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Colleen Temple of Everett fills a sidewalk planter with flowers in front of her employer Coastal Community Bank’s office on Colby Avenue on Saturday, April 30. Volunteers from throughout the county participated in the annual organized planting of flowers in downtown Everett. The weather cooperated as the rain ended and the sun began to poke out just as the event began.

No teacher layoffs at Monroe School District in budget rewritten due to levy failure

MONROE — The Monroe School District will not be laying off teachers this year, instead pulling up to $7 million from its available reserves as a safeguard if its second try at a levy doesn’t pass in November.

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These residents cleaned up 522, so can you

MONROE — Donning orange vests, yellow helmets, gloves and trash-grabbing tools, people spent three hours bagging debris on each side of the roadway as part of their efforts to build community.

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Extensive state Route 9 closure planned for end of May

SNOHOMISH — On Tuesday, May 31 at 8 p.m., northbound state Route 9 between Second Street and 30th Street will fully close 24 hours a day until 5 a.m. Monday, June 6. Signed detours will be in place. The state Department of Transportation is putting in a roundabout at SR9 and Bickford.

Farmers markets open this week for Snohomish, Everett

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — 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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Delta goes its own way to add traffic controls, new sidewalks for neighborhood safety

EVERETT — The Delta Neighborhood plans to install traffic circles and missing sidewalks using neighborhood funds and a $1,500 grant from Walk America. Although the city is not funding the project, it isn’t a rogue operation.

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Monroe Council wants to re-assess parking downtown

MONROE — The City Council wants to take a new comprehensive look on downtown parking.

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Snohomish's Economic Development Director takes new job

SNOHOMISH — The city’s economic development and communications director is heading to a bigger role.

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Rentable scooters to be available in Everett in coming weeks

EVERETT — Rentable electric scooters will be back on sidewalks as soon as a few weeks from now.

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Letter carrier's drive coming May 14th supports food banks

SNOHOMISH — The Letter Carrier’s Food Drive is back!
Postal Workers across the country drop off postcard announcements, then the bags in mailboxes days before the big pick up. Residents are asked to fill this bag with healthy food for pick up on Saturday, May 14.
The Snohomish Community Food Bank's director asks that people donate canned vegetables, peanut butter, cereals and other healthy goods; to donate goods that are in non-breakable containers versus glass; and to skip putting perishable fruits or vegetables into the bags as it may be a few days before these arrive to the food bank. Instead, bring those directly to the food bank.

Firefighters train on vehicle operations

Photo courtesy Braven Auto & Metals

A couple of weeks ago, firefighters headed to Braven Auto and Metals off of N. Machias Road in Lake Stevens for hand-on training. The auto recycling yard offered scrap vehicles to use for practicing cutting off roofs, bending back car doors and other rescue extraction methods.
Snohomish Regional Fire and Rescue visited Tuesday, April 19 and Everett Fire visited Thursday, April 21. Above, a Snohomish Regional Fire and Rescue crew tears into a Chevrolet Cobalt.

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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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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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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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.

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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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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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