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Honoring those who served

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Veterans stand during the opening ceremonies of the VFW Flags For Our Fallen 5K held at Lake Tye Park in Monroe Saturday, May 21.

Snohomish-area state Route 9 closure postponed

SNOHOMISH — WSDOT said May 25 that the contractor requested postponing the upcoming scheduled five-day closure and detour on state Route 9 at Avenue D to construct a roundabout. Revised dates for the closure are not final yet.
"They are working on a new timeline for when they’d like to do the 5-day closure," WSDOT spokesman Tony Black told the Tribune.
"Work in the area will continue," Black said.
The closure had been scheduled from May 31 to June 6 to build a standard-size, single-lane roundabout where state Route 9 intersects with Avenue D and 19th Place. The $3.4 million roundabout will allow local traffic entering the highway to go either north or south. Currently, traffic must turn right only.

The Roosevelt Store’s story is nearing an end

MONROE — The days have become numbered for the Roosevelt Store, the community market near Roosevelt and Trombley roads. A rumor it will be converted into a marijuana store, though, is so far unfounded.

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Snohomish to add more staff to focus on public needs

SNOHOMISH — Mayor Linda Redmon is shoring up a community services division as one of a series of expansions within City Hall to respond to public needs. The city is hiring a public works director and adding or expanding within other functional areas, too.

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Everett's Epic Ford is no more as dealer sells, land is sold

EVERETT — The cars are all gone from Epic Ford as the dealership shut down earlier this month.
It leaves Everett currently without a dealer for the No. 3-selling automaker in America.

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Think your kid gets migraines? This doc can say

EVERETT — More children may be susceptible to migraines than once thought. A clinical research drug trial is ongoing for a dissolvable tablet to help adolescents when migraines attack. An Everett center is one of the few centers nationally taking patients.

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$30,000+ raised so far for Snohomish man badly hurt in accident

SNOHOMISH — A Snohomish man is recovering from a serious dirt biking accident earlier this month, but it won’t be cheap. A fundraiser has raised more than $33,000 so far.

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Inslee not itching to restart mask mandate

The return of an indoor mask mandate isn’t under consideration today, but might be on the horizon, Gov. Jay Inslee indicated during a roundtable talk last week. Meanwhile, he explained why he won't lift the state gas tax.

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NEWS BITES for May 25, 2022

AROUND SNOHOMISH COUNTY -- Modifications to this year's Kla Ha Ya Days, Lt. Alanis honored, bicycle mobility meeting scheduled, and work planned for Blackman Lake, and more.

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Snohomish teacher wins national award

SNOHOMISH — Snohomish High School career pathways and civics teacher Kathy Purviance-Snow won one of public education’s highest national honors for her work in lifting up education and her students.

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Sultan flexing its muscles as it seeks fixes for U.S. 2 congestion

SULTAN — The City of Sultan is trying to take the matter of fixing U.S. 2 congestion into its own hands. The city hired a consultant company to produce designs with the goal of reducing traffic wait times. Some of the drawings feature roundabouts to replace the stoplights along the 3-mile section in Sultan.

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May 3 killing in Everett called “thoughtless”

EVERETT — At an Everett Storehouse storage facility, a man renting one of the storage units and his friend came to pick up materials, and found a person sleeping inside a vehicle parked at the unit. That sleeping person had a gun and responded by shooting, according to how it was told.

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Moving Snohomish vets memorial back to Carnegie still to come

SNOHOMISH — A plan is in the early stages to put the Snohomish Veterans Memorial obelisk monument back to standing on the Carnegie Building’s grounds at First and Cedar.

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

Public hearing Wednesday, June 1
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.

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Lower speed limit for part of Evergreen Way in Everett approved at City Council

EVERETT — The City Council voted unanimously to support a proposal to reduce speed limits along state Route 99 (Evergreen Way and SE/SW Everett Mall Way) between Airport Road and 7th Avenue SE. The area has had many pedestrian fatalities this spring.

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Road rage may have preceded shooting on Wagner Road

MONROE — A Monroe man was jailed for shooting at another Monroe driver in an incident along Wagner Road, but he is claiming it was self-defense.

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Snohomish Home Depot thief out again from jail

SNOHOMISH — The Lake Stevens man who stole thousands of dollars worth of goods in a string of thefts from the Snohomish Home Depot earlier this year temporarily landed in jail on another matter last month, but as of Friday, May 13 is out again for time served.

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New Snohomish bar's hallmark is pies

SNOHOMISH — A new bar on First Street makes pies for dinner and dessert.

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State Supreme Court pauses on limiting access to juvenile court records

The state Supreme Court paused on implementing a criticized rule that would heavily limit juvenile names from being identified in court documents to just initials and birthdates, among other restrictions.

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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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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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Crowds delighted at motorcycle show

Doug Ramsay photo

Even in the rain, the show must go on, which the Seattle Cossacks Motorcycle Stunt and Drill Team did as part of the 25th annual Sky Valley Motorcycle Show in Snohomish on Sunday, May 15. For the past 84 years, the drill team has performed throughout the Northwest. The rain did not dampen the spirits of many motorcycle enthusiasts who turned out for this year’s bike display show.

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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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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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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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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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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