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Farmers market season is nearly here


Photo courtesy James Berntson

Radicle Roots farmers Allie Leiser, Pete Temrowski and James Berntson show off their brussel sprout loot at their farm just outside Snohomish city limits. Radicle Roots will sell organic vegetables at the Snohomish Farmers Market for their fifth year this season.

Three area farmers markets are opening for the season in coming weeks, with Snohomish and Everett starting May 5 and May 8. Market managers hope that the new customers and vendors who found them during the pandemic will be back, resulting in more vibrant markets than ever.

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Developer tax break for Midtown District being considered

SNOHOMISH — From the new Midtown district that runs down Avenue D and beyond, the city is looking to stimulate development. It may proceed with short-term exemptions on certain property tax costs for developers of large residential buildings, with extra time if the building contains affordable housing.

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Her art calls from her Ukrainian upbringing

SNOHOMISH — Since the age of 5, Anna Lomachenko has always had a passion for art, but it wasn’t until this spring when she found new inspiration from her home country.

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Jackson High's robotics team successful in World Championships

EVERETT — Jackson High School’s robotics team came home with a division victory in the FIRST world robotics championships held this weekend in Houston, Texas, and nearly advanced to go head-to-head in the championship final.

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Jailed chiropractor released as judge reverses course

SNOHOMISH — The judge handling the case of Dr. Ken Parker, the former chiropractor, last week revised her sentencing order to be shorter.

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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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Snohomish litter walk planned for Saturday

SNOHOMISH — A “litter walk” is scheduled for Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to noon. Meet at the Carnegie Building, 105 Cedar Ave., and go on walks with fellow residents to grab litter.
“There’s no cost, no registration required, and all supplies (safety vests, litter grabbers, bags and gloves, as well as disposal) will be provided by Republic Services,” Natalie Caulkins, the region’s Recycling Coordinator for Republic, said by email. The walk is jointly arranged by the trash hauler and by the organization Green Snohomish.


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 until Saturday (30th)

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 www.snohomishcountywa.gov/5816/Thomas-Eddy-Restoration-Project
It asks how people use the park and how important water access is for park users.
Levee changes may happen in 2024.


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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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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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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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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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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