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Everyone plays the game


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Isaiah Kobernik, 7, of Monroe, has a little assistance from coach Gerad Kobernik as they participate in a Miracle League game at Rotary Field in Monroe on Saturday, June 4. Miracle League baseball allows children facing physical and mental disabilities a way to play baseball. In Miracle League games, every player gets to hit, get on base and score every inning, with the help of a volunteer buddy. Operated by the Monroe YMCA, the league is open to kids of all ages and with any type of physical or mental disability from anywhere in the Puget Sound area. This year’s season concludes June 18. League organizers said that volunteer groups and organizations are encouraged to help. For more information to play or volunteer next season, contact the Monroe Y, 360-805-1879.

First Street now to be site of entire Kla Ha Ya Days weekend

SNOHOMISH — Weekend events are all going to be on First Street for the annual Kla Ha Ya Days summertime celebration in mid-July after a change in venue.

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Police chief Carmen Best to speak at free event in Everett on Friday, June 17

EVERETT — Retired Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best will present to speak at the Historic Everett Theatre on Friday, June 17 at 6:30 p.m.
The theater is at 2911 Colby Ave., Everett. Doors open at 5 p.m. This is a free, all-ages event. Walk-ins allowed.
She released a recent book titled “Black in Blue: Lessons on Leadership, Breaking Barriers, and Racial Reconciliation.”

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Monroe’s green thumbs give back

MONROE — The Monroe Garden Club does a lot around town. The club for anyone interested in plants is celebrating its 70th anniversary.

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Sheriff’s Office rebalancing deputies to upsize patrols; suspends K-9s, social workers

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — A manpower deficit is prompting the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office to suspend its K-9 units, Office of Neighborhoods social worker program and others to reassign these deputies to patrol beats, Sheriff Adam Fortney announced.

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Get together to party and play to benefit Snohomish food bank

SNOHOMISH — A couple of community residents are holding a public barbecue and yard sale which benefits the Snohomish Community Food Bank Benefit on Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 902 Fifth St. in Snohomish.

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Snohomish Garden Tour comes June 26

SNOHOMISH — A diverse range of approaches to gardening marks this year’s Snohomish Garden Tour, which is happening the afternoon of Sunday, June 26.

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Sky Valley Food Bank’s new director can use more volunteers

MONROE — The Sky Valley Food Bank has a new director who’s an experienced hand.

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Bird flu found in Monroe flock, and other News Bites

MONROE — A poultry flock was infected with bird flu, dumps closed June 19 and a songwriter is nominated for awards.

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Locals march against gun violence


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Naomi Dietrich (with megaphone) of the group SnoCo Indivisible leads Snohomish County’s March For Our Lives Rally held Saturday, June 13 in Everett. Prior to the march, people listened to speakers at the County Campus in downtown Everett.
Hundreds attended, including at least one anti-protestor who was led away by police officers.
Similar marches were held across America that day in response to recent gun violence events such as the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas late last month.
Organizers hope Congress makes current gun laws stricter.
Last week, the U.S. House approved a national “red flag” bill that temporary takes away guns from people authorities deem as dangerous or unstable. At press time it faces the Senate.


Investigation finds abuses by Monroe Schools Superintendent Blasko without doubt, school leaders processing next steps

MONROE — With a damning report on Superintendent Justin Blasko now in the open, the school board is being mum about whether he’ll stay or go.
School board president Jennifer Bumpus issued an update on June 2 that the district plans to recruit an interim superintendent for beyond June 30 as a standby.

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Snohomish Farmers Market to move again

SNOHOMISH — The weekly Thursday afternoon Snohomish Farmers Market is moving back to Cedar and Pearl as soon as this week.

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Free rides on Everett city buses for all under age 18 start July 1 changes to ORCA Lift fares

EVERETT — Everett Transit will let youth under 18 ride free effective July 1, and also reduce the ORCA Lift fare and introduce a subsidized ridership program.

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Snohomish Health District may become county department

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — The county’s independent health authority has agreed to become a department within Snohomish County government.

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Everett School Board has an opening as Berg resigns

EVERETT — State Rep. April Berg has taken off her other hat as an Everett School Board member. Applications to fill the school board vacancy are being taken through Thursday, June 9 at 4:30 p.m. at the school district’s Superintendent’s Office. Info on how to apply is in story.

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Everett School Board majority declines to shorten terms to 4 years

EVERETT — A proposal to shorten elected school board terms from six years to four years, introduced by exiting board member April Berg, was shot down last week.

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Incoming Snohomish High School principal excites

SNOHOMISH — Nate DuChesne has been announced as the next principal of Snohomish High.

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Fungi to fork: Growing gourmet mushrooms from scratch

EVERETT — Black Forest Mushrooms owner, Nathanael Engen, spent his time during the coronavirus lockdowns learning how to build a magical kingdom of gourmet mushrooms, which he'll soon be taking to market.

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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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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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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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Spinning for a good time


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Sari Peterson of Portland, Oregon demonstrates how yarn is made while using an 1800s-era spinning wheel from the former Czechoslovakia region at the 10th annual Fiber Fusion Northwest event at the Evergreen Fairgrounds in Monroe on Saturday, June 4. The event focuses on natural fibers such as fleece and wool, from animal to product. All aspects of natural fiber were on display, from sheep and llamas to spinning wheels, looms and all kinds of yarns and knitting material.


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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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.

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