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Cherry blossoms bloom


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A man takes his dog for a stroll through Grand Avenue Park in the north end of Everett late last week as the cherry trees that line the park are in full bloom.

Community grieves Everett Police officer's line-of-duty death

EVERETT — Everett Police Officer Dan Rocha, 41, was killed by the suspect Friday, March 25 in a Starbucks parking lot at 10th and Broadway near Everett Community College.

The memorial service for Officer Dan Rocha will be held on Monday, April 4 at 1 p.m. at Angel of the Winds Arena located at 2000 Hewitt Ave. in Everett. The service will be open to the public.

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Snohomish school name, mascot changes being discussed

SNOHOMISH — A state law restricting the use of Native American tribal iconography means Cascade View Elementary’s mascot, the Thunderbird, is being replaced soon, and the name and mascot of Totem Falls Elementary is being discussed between the Tulalip Tribes and the Snohomish School District.

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Proposal for Madison Street adds bike lanes, removes street parking

EVERETT — The city’s traffic department wants your opinion through April 18 on its proposal to paint a bike lane from Sievers-Duecy Boulevard to the Interurban Trail along 1.7 miles of Madison Street. The city's survey link is in the story.

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New principals will be leading Snohomish, Glacier Peak high schools

SNOHOMISH — Both of Snohomish’s big high schools will be getting new principals. For Glacier Peak, the school district held final interviews for its next principal last week.

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Snohomish’s finance director may leave for Mukilteo

SNOHOMISH — The city’s finance director may be returning to his old city of Mukilteo if its council there says yes.

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Comments sought on where to place Everett Link rail line

EVERETT — Where should the future Light Link Rail be routed through Everett? What should be demolished to make way for some of the line?
Sound Transit wants opinions through April 3.

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Monroe may use bonds for municipal campus

MONROE — Another piece to how the city’s municipal campus plan may come together is now clearer: The city thinks it will issue municipal bonds to pay for the major building investment.

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Final days for the Everett Skate Deck

EVERETT — Sunday, April 3 marks the last day of public skating at the venerable rink in Silver Lake, with one last hoorah happening April 9.
For more than 60 years, people all around have come for a good time, but the Skate Deck will be closing the doors for good to as the site will be redeveloped. The owners would like to reopen again elsewhere someday to create new memories.


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Fix-up work for Avenue A gazebo re-energized by local man

SNOHOMISH — The gazebo at First Street and Avenue A may be refurbished soon thanks to a local company’s generous offer.

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New solar array proposed in South Everett would benefit PUD bill-aid program

EVERETT — The Snohomish County PUD is looking to build a new solar panel array in South Everett next to Walter E. Hall Park on Casino Road on leased city land. The City Council will discuss at a public hearing March 30. The money that the PUD would save by generating electricity here will be donated into its program to help people with their utility bills, known as Project Pride.

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Heather Thomas confirmed as Snohomish city administrator

SNOHOMISH — The City Council confirmed Heather Thomas as the new city administrator. The story discusses her initial goals and other details. Meanwhile, prior city administrator Steve Schuller quickly found a new role in another city after being let go by the mayor.

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Monroe Schools sets interim superintendent contract

MONROE — The school board last week solidified a contract with interim superintendent Kim Whitworth through June 30.
Monroe School Superintendent Justin Blasko remains on administrative leave while an investigation on him started in December is still ongoing.

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Snohomish Home Depot thief back out again

SNOHOMISH — Dogged legwork led to identifying a repetitive thief and making the arrest. A day later when it went to court, the man was released from jail on his own recognizance.

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Everett woman aims to do whole 2,600-mile Pacific Crest Trail

EVERETT — Calling from a campsite 6,000 feet up in the Laguna Mountains east of San Diego, California, Monica Reinoso of Everett described how she’s on the trek of a lifetime, and she’s doing purposefully for a good cause. She is trying to raise $50,000 for Meals on Wheels, a program run by Homage that brings food to homebound seniors and people with disabilities.

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Everett interested in levy lid lift tax measure

EVERETT — A property tax levy lid measure, asking to increase taxes above 1%, could be on November ballots under a suggested timeline released last week.

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Rural landowners may be able to build second houses on their properties soon

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Rural landowners will soon be able to build a second, smaller house anywhere on their property by a vote of the County Council last week.

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Snohomish Farmers Market to relocate in downtown

SNOHOMISH — The Snohomish Farmers Market is relocating this year to be along Union and Glen avenues.

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New Monroe Municipal Campus plan going ahead

MONROE — The city is progressing on renovating the city’s municipal campus at the March 1 City Council meeting. The municipal campus project would improve city hall, the municipal court’s space and the Monroe police station, among other facilities.

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PUD adds baseline fee to bills starting April

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Your power bill will increase by about $3 per month starting this April, but so will your neighbor’s, as the Snohomish County PUD is adding a fixed base charge to its monthly rates.

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Snohomish's Community Kitchen program endures

SNOHOMISH — After pivoting to take-out because of coronavirus restrictions, the nonprofit continues to serve meals for the public on Monday and Thursday afternoons outside St. John's Episcopal Church on Second Street with a lot of heart.

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Monroe Police officers to soon have body-worn cameras

MONROE — To comply with a new state law, the Monroe Police Department will equip each of its officers with a body-worn camera to record interrogations.

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Who’s up for a game?


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Stuart Blondin, 9, of Snohomish quickly weaves his way through the cones as he participated in an Emerald City floorball practice at the Snohomish Sports Dome on Sunday, Feb. 27. Floorball, a sport which uses balls and hockey sticks prominent on the East Coast, is played internationally, with a number of semi-professional and professional leagues, including in the U.S. For more on floorball for the Puget Sound area, check out Emerald City Floorball on Facebook or at www.snohomishsportsdome.com.


Monroe’s city court to add rehabilitation path

MONROE — This April 1, the city’s municipal court will be establishing a therapeutic, intervention-based community court program. Community courts offer low-level, nonviolent criminals with substance use disorders or other behavioral health a pathway into treatment.

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Roundabout to come to Avenue D at state Route 9

SNOHOMISH — A roundabout is coming this year on state Route 9 where it meets the intersection at Avenue D. It is scheduled to come this summer. WSDOT selected the contractor Dec. 27 as the next milestone for the $3.4 million project.

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For Coach Jansen, tennis is his sport, but mentorship is his game

SNOHOMISH — Spending 50 years doing a job you love sounds like a dream. For former Snohomish High School tennis coach Dick Jansen, he did it.  Jansen continues to be active as a mentor, which is one part of why he loved coaching.

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Chiropractor’s sex-crimes case to see judge decide

SNOHOMISH — A settlement agreement was reached in the case of a Snohomish chiropractor accused of sexually touching women while on the job. Now, the chiropractor's fate will be decided by a judge instead of a jury, and the settlement reduced the number of criminal counts he is charged with. A judge approved the agreement Thursday, Jan. 6.
UPDATE, March 1: Parker's sentencing date has moved to April 1.

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Monroe Schools’ Superintendent Blasko put on leave by school board, to be investigated

MONROE — Emerging stories of retaliation and fear under School District Superintendent Justin Blasko that surfaced last week led to the school board to put Blasko on administrative leave and to hire a third-party investigator to probe the allegations. Meanwhile, multiple groups have stated opposition to Blasko, and two protests against the district occurred Dec. 13.

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