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Crowds return for Easter Parade

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The Snohomish Easter Parade sprang back to life after a two years’ absence with high turnout on a sunny Saturday, April 16. Above, the Snohomish High School Panther band brought school spirit. They were one of the more than 50 entries to walk down First Street for the parade, which included club organizations, dance teams, schools and scouting troops participating.

Snohomish County-wide Earth Day cleanups look for volunteers

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Multiple clean up events to celebrate Earth Day are planned for this week and later this month in the City of Snohomish, in Everett, along the waterfront and elsewhere. A compilation with how to sign up.

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Children raise $2,200 for Ukrainian refugees with coin drive

SNOHOMISH — Last week, a fourth-grade class at Emerson Elementary delivered $2,200 to the Salvation Army’s efforts on the Ukraininian refugee crisis through a coin drive among classmates.

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Monroe mayor's speech includes call for help on SR522

MONROE — Mayor Geoffrey Thomas gave appreciation to recent improvements in the city, appealed for help in advocating for widening state Route 522 and shared upcoming enhancements in his State of the City speech delivered to the Monroe Chamber of Commerce last week.

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Renaming Totem Falls Elementary not needed, tribe says

SNOHOMISH — Totem Falls Elementary may not need a rename after consulting with the Tulalip Tribes. The Tulalip Tribal council prefers these are not changed, Snohomish School District officials say. Its Northwest Coast tribal character mascot, Rocky the Raven, is OK, too.

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Comments sought on Thomas’ Eddy plan

SNOHOMISH — The county’s surface water management division proposes to lower and remove some of the levees at Thomas’ Eddy to restore the Snohomish River floodplain around Bob Heirman Wildlife Park.
The reason is because “the levee cuts the river off from its floodplain and constrains its ability to create and maintain fish and wildlife habitat,” a project description says.
The site is identified as a salmon restoration site, and the county received a $200,000 salmon recovery grant from the Washington state Salmon Recovery Funding Board for this project.
Public comments are being taken through April 30 at a three-question survey at
It asks how people use the park and how important water access is for park users.
Levee changes may happen in 2024.

Author reading at the Snohomish Carnegie on Saturday

SNOHOMISH — Author Sara Graham will read from her newly published book, Mt. Rainer Bear Family Adventure, on Saturday, April 23 at 1 p.m. in the Snohomish Carnegie. Sara will read from her book and share real-life adventure ideas that human families can experience at the National Park. The event is free and open to the public. Children will receive a signed copy of the book.
Schedule of event:
Doors Open: 1p.m.
Slide Program: Mt. Rainier Bear Family Adventure: 1:20p.m.
Raffle Give-a-way: 1:45p.m.
Book signing: 1:50p.m.
Slide Program: Mt. Rainier Bear Family Adventure: 2:20p.m.
Raffle Give-a-way: 2:45p.m.
Book signing: 2:50p.m.
Event ends: 3p.m.

The Snohomish Carnegie is located at 105 Cedar Ave. in downtown Snohomish. The City of Snohomish is a sponsor of the event.

Everett on path to have red light ticket cameras

EVERETT — The city is now soliciting bids to add automated red light cameras at six intersections, after the City Council voted 6-1 to proceed.
Vendor responses are due in May. If the council approves, the cameras could become operational sometime next year. The locations are in this story. TThe equity of the cost of a citation was talked about at the council meeting, and there was a brief attempt to pause the bidding process to hold deeper discussions with communities of color on these equity concerns.

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Urgent care center opened by EvergreenHealth Monroe hospital

MONROE — This spring, a new medical service has bloomed in Monroe: EvergreenHealth Urgent Care, located across the parking lot from the hospital, on the second floor of the beige and brick EvergreenHealth Pavilion at 14841 179th Ave. SE.

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Funko to close local warehouses, consolidate in Arizona; HQ stays

EVERETT — Everett-based "pop culture" figure maker Funko formalized that it will be closing its Everett and Puyallup warehouses to consolidate in Arizona, which will create a layoff affecting 258 workers.

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Kid meets kid

Doug Ramsay photo

Four-year-old Aubrey Swanson of Lake Stevens gently holds a three-month old goat at the SnoTown Brewery on Saturday, April 9. Several baby goats and their mothers from the Crazy B Homestead of Lake Stevens were guests for the afternoon. SnoTown Brewery, on Snohomish’s Second Street, plans to make young goat visits a fairly regular event.

Store clerk residing in Snohomish arrested for sexual messages to minor

LAKE STEVENS — A 30-year-old Snohomish man who was a clerk at a Lake Stevens convenience store thought it was OK to give a pre-teen $100 cash and a note that he was attracted to her. He was arrested for sending explicit messages to a police detective whom he thought was a 12-year-old.

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Concrete strike may delay Lynnwood Link rail opening

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — A concrete delivery drivers strike, now in its fifth month, has wedged an interruption in constructing the Lynnwood Light Link Rail line among multiple others.

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Changes to Lord Hill Regional Park plan upsets mountain bikers

SNOHOMISH — Multiple alterations to an earlier draft plan released by county parks staff in November for guiding Lord Hill Regional Park’s future has hikers and equestrians generally in favor and mountain bikers feeling burned.
In the new changes: Hikers would be allowed on all trails. One-direction trails would no longer exist. Bike jumps and berms would be flattened. Downhill biking would be less useable.
A recent meeting introducing these changes had more than 100 in attendance.

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Man arrested for March 6 Everett murder had denied involvement

EVERETT — Prosecutors are charging the man police say shot and killed another man in the street. It was while a large fight was happening simultaneously in the parking lot of a south Everett billiards place.

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Effort to add video board at Snohomish Aquatic Center

SNOHOMISH — Imagine watching a movie while floating on an inner tube at the Snohomish Aquatic Center, or dancing in the pool at a throwback disco party. A private fundraiser is ongoing to install four huge screens and an improved sound system at the aquatic center, and there's a story behind why.

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Second vaccine booster shots for COVID-19
suggested for certain groups of individuals

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — A newly available second booster dose against COVID-19 is now being suggested for people 50 and older, and also people age 12 and older who have weakened immune systems.

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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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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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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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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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