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Kids reel out at fishing derby


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Three-year-old Gia Pena of Snohomish checks her pole as she participates in this year’s Snohomish Sportsman’s Club kids fishing derby at Blackman Lake on Saturday, May 7. The fish were elusive this year as just a few were caught during the derby before the rain came and shortened the event.


COVID-19 cases rising again, health officer says consider masking up

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — The county's health officer advises individual people to consider taking the step to mask up in public spaces as COVID-19 infection cases are increasing in Snohomish County. Meanwhile, experts note an offshoot mutation of the Omicron variant — a subvariant named Omicron BA.2.12.1 — is beginning to spread, and this one appears to be more resilient to vaccines.

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Snohomish High theater club reimagines “Once Upon A Mattress” to heady ‘60s

SNOHOMISH — Snohomish High’s theater club takes the Middle Ages royal court of Broadway's "Once Upon a Mattress" and reworks it all to the 1960s for this musical comedy. Final shows are the weekend of the 21st.

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Everett Transit to reduce fares for some, under-18s to ride free

EVERETT — Everett Transit has announced its proposal plans to modify fares for its bus services. 
The proposal consists of: free youth fare, introduction of a Subsidized Annual Pass program, and reducing the current ORCA Lift fare to $1.
The ORCA Lift program lets income-eligible residents in the system pay reduced fares. A public hearing on these ideas will take place before the City Council on Wednesday, June 1 regarding the proposed fare change.

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Community Transit to revamp its bus routes in 2024 to link to light rail

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — When an urban rail system reaches Lynnwood as soon as summer 2024, it could be a game-changer for the county.
In anticipation, Community Transit is restructuring its bus network to bring riders to Sound Transit’s Link light rail stations, as well as connecting commuter riders with Community Transit’s bus rapid transit Swift lines. Details in story. Public input is being sought.

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News Bites for May 11, 2022

AROUND SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Upcoming public free dump days for Monroe and Mukilteo are postponed; Cascade View school mascot changing to the Cubs?; Monroe signs to arrive week of May 23; Everett may expand paid time off program rules for city employees, and more.

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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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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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Beautifying downtown Everett


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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.


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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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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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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