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A new place to play

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Nine-year-old Phoebe Li of Everett (right) plays with her family’s 10-month-old dalmatian Lucy as the family attends the grand opening of the off-leash dog area at the Lowell Riverfront Park in Everett on Thursday, June 30. The nearly one-acre, fenced-in land is now the largest off-leash area in the Everett Parks system. A cement pad from the former Simpson Paper Co. mill was unearthed during construction of the park was reused as a park bench.

Council awaits clearer figures on Midtown developer exemption

SNOHOMISH — The City Council has placed a time-out on a proposal to introduce a temporary property tax waiver for developers to build multimillion-dollar residential buildings in the Midtown District, the city’s zoning area along Avenue D.

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Snohomish dog wins at Westminster, as luck may have it

SNOHOMISH — An Italian Greyhound from Snohomish made it to New York and struck gold at the premier Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, but Sriracha and her owner Sarah Evans' admission to the competition came by a stroke of luck.

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Lord Hill Park final plan done, weigh in July 13

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — The county parks department released a final plan for Lord Hill Regional Park, the wide recreational area between Snhomish and Monroe, last week. Come to a meeting about it Wednesday, July 13 (link in story).

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Monkeypox now in Snohomish County

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — A case of Monkeypox was logged in a Snohomish County man late last week, the Snohomish Health District announced Monday. It is a viral condition circulating in low numbers around Washington state.

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Lake Tye Park’s graffiti taggers might be known

MONROE — The repeat vandals to Lake Tye Park's bathroom appear to be juveniles whose parents have intervened.

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Everett’s Salty Sea Days festival has been revived for late July

EVERETT — On July 22 and 23, rosters of live bands, a 40-foot-long obstacle course, a Nerf practice range, a skateboard ramps exhibition and more will be bringing two days of fun for the community.

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Youth sports teams need more umpires, umps ask for respect

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Volunteers are greatly needed for youth sports leagues, but some are shying away from harassment. Many are calling for better courtesy.

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Hundreds pile into Everett 3-on-3

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Hundreds came to Everett for its inaugural 3-on-3 amateur basketball tournament held July 9 and 10 on downtown’s pavement.
The Seattle Smoke, in black jerseys, play the K&K Team from Tulalip in the “Youth, 10-11, Female” bracket July 9. The Smoke ultimately won their bracket, with 20-4 over the Storm.
The Everett 3-on-3 was built by two ex-organizers of Spokane Hoopfest, a huge shindig. Everett hopes to grow it to the same magnitude.

Snohomish studying the community’s highest human needs

SNOHOMISH — The city’s top three human service needs are mental health care, affordable housing and food security, says a volunteer workgroup’s report. The report includes suggestions on what can be done to address these items. Sometime within the coming months, City Hall will begin polling the community.

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Snohomish mini-golf tournament is man’s way of giving back

SNOHOMISH — Cody Gemmer is the founder and driving force behind the second annual Caddy Brite Classic mini-golf tournament, a public tournament slated for 3 - 5 p.m. Thursday, July 14 at the Snohomish Valley Golf Center, 8511 Marsh Road, Snohomish.

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Space science camp

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Eric, 9, and Kylerlynn, age 10, right make glow-in-the-dark snow from household chemicals Thursday, July 7 as part of the “Spacecation “ module of Camp Invention, a one-week STEM summer camp, at the Sky Valley Education Center in Monroe. The camp is run under the
National Inventors Hall of Fame, which says this is the “only nationally recognized summer program focused on creativity, innovation, real-world problem solving and the spirit of invention.”
The hands-on program is for children ages kindergarten to sixth grade. Each grade level handles differing mini-projects geared toward engineering applications, geometry and the science behind the chemical properties of matter and molecules.

Snohomish's Avenue A Gazebo replacement may come soon

SNOHOMISH — The weathered gazebo at the endcap of Avenue A at First Street is still set to get a full refurbishment. Council discusses the plans for deleting a tree nearby.

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Coffee stands won’t close due to plumbing rule

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Coffee stands without plumbing can continue to operate under zero risk of closure, the state health department told the Tribune, and this allowance hasn’t been deleted. The story discusses why and what's transpired since earlier this month.

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Snohomish tops all area cities for priciest household bills

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Snohomish is the 11th most expensive city within Washington for household bills, and most expensive within Snohomish County, according to a June study by DoxoInsights, an analytics arm of the automated bill pay company Doxo based in Bellevue. The story includes information on Everett, Monroe, Lake Stevens and other cities.

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Summer meal programs keep kids fed

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Programs in Snohomish, Monroe and Everett make sure hunger doesn’t strike. They’re each opening starting June 27 to everyone under 18. Details in the story.

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Pickleball exhibited

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Snohomish Senior Center member Karen Gahm of Snohomish sends the ball across the net as she was playing a game of pickleball at the Snohomish Boys and Girls Club in Snohomish on Saturday, June 25. The senior center, along with the Snohomish Pickleball Club, presented an exhibition of the sport during a day of fun activities. Pickleball, invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, is Washington State’s official sport.

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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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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Alex Ratcliffe, center with the beach ball, age 3 1/2 from Lynnwood enjoys the Willis Tucker Park Splash Pad on a warm day, at last, with the many other kids and adults.
Splash pads are at Willis Tucker Park, 6706 Puget Park Drive, Snohomish, and at Forest Park, 802 W. Mukilteo Blvd. in Everett.

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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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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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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