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Tough athletes tackle challenges

Jim Scolman photo

After splashing through water and mud obstacles, timed competitors in the Seattle Spartan Trifecta event Aug. 13 and 14 make a slippery rope climb up a metal slope as one of the many course obstacles at Sky Meadows Park (the old Nordstrom Farm) near Monroe.

Echo Lake residents bolster their emergency safety

ECHO LAKE — The Echo Lake community’s new Emergency Operations Center will help ensure they're not isolated if The Big One shakes through this unincorporated, isolated area of thousands of households midway between Woodinville and Monroe.

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Two historic Monroe houses at risk of demolition again

MONROE — But the clock is ticking louder today on the historic Buck Houses, and fate will tell if they’re saved.

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Man gifted car as next step toward rebuilding his life

SNOHOMISH — Church members helped get him into housing. Now, they’ve helped get him transportation to have a stronger footing in the job hiring market.

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Suboxone clinic proposed for downtown Monroe

MONROE — A proposed new site for an addiction clinic in downtown Monroe will also help East County residents with opioid dependence as far away as Index.

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Monroe’s Swifts Night Out event is this Saturday

MONROE — On Saturday, Aug. 20, the annual Swifts Night Out event at Frank Wagner Elementary School, 639 W. Main St., returns in-person after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic from 4 p.m. to dusk.

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Once a youth jail wing, now treating adults:
Inside the North Sound Behavioral Health Treatment Center

EVERETT — People are getting help in Everett through short-term but intensive, 24/7 rehabilitation to try to put addiction firmly in their past.

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Broadband internet gaps in county to be identified to increase services

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — A countywide survey will dig deeper into internet gaps in rural county. Informal surveys show Machias, Three Lakes, and the outskirts north of Monroe, plus the Highway 9 corridor between Lake Stevens and Arlington, are populated areas have internet speeds below broadband standards. Residents in the most outlying pockets might be buying satellite internet services as no internet lines come to them.

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Party it up in downtown Snohomish Block Party Aug. 26, 27

SNOHOMISH — The Snohomish Block Party is an annual 2-day festival which is going to take place Aug. 26 and 27 in Historic Downtown Snohomish.

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Snohomish Highway 9 roundabout build to detour traffic onto Second Street

SNOHOMISH — A roundabout at Highway 9 at Avenue D will finally start construction Aug. 16. Residents and travelers in the Snohomish area will need to prepare for an around-the-clock closure of state Route 9 beginning at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 16 to 5 a.m., Monday, Aug. 22.

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Expert to present area-wide property tax effects of
Snohomish’s proposal to spur development

SNOHOMISH — At the Aug. 16 City Council meeting, the Snohomish County Assessor is expected to show their office’s calculations on the tax impacts for the broader area if council proceeds with a local development tax exemption for the Midtown District.

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Snohomish brewery owner faces
criminal charge of child molestation

SNOHOMISH — County prosecutors filed a charge Thursday against the owner of SnoTown Brewery on an accusation he molested a pre-teen girl. Second-degree child molestation is a class B felony.

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Lingering baby formula shortage has food banks left with few cans to give

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — The nation’s baby formula shortage has left at least some food banks sometimes going without. They can use your help. People on WIC Cards faced further hurdles. Baby formula makers speak to what they're doing in response.

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New teen center gives a safe haven in Monroe

MONROE — A new teen mentorship program has emerged looking to offer teens a safe place to hang out, seek resources, and receive one on one mentoring from a qualified volunteer at 17150 West Main St., Suite B in Monroe, between the St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store and 911 Driving School.

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County to buy Days Inn hotel in Everett to convert into short-term transitional homeless shelter

EVERETT — Leaders in Snohomish County government announced Monday, Aug. 8 the intent to buy the Days Inn hotel next to the Everett Mall to convert to time-limited, bridge housing to give shelter to homeless individuals. There will be a public hearing at the Wednesday, Aug. 17 meeting County Council, where the council will be asked to approve the deal.

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Everett adjusting laws about city park use

EVERETT — A few new park rules would let children establish little businesses and put a ban on flying drones overhead, plus set speed limits in parks and add civil penalties for molesting wildlife. The council will vote to approve at its Wednesday, Aug. 10 meeting which starts at 6:30 p.m.

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Aircraft museum at Paine Field may reopen this year; collection bought

EVERETT — The Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum at Paine Field has a new collection owner who intends to reopen the museum by year’s end.

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Stag barber not off hook for state's slew of fines

SNOHOMISH — The state still would like the rebel barber of Avenue D to pay up a slew of fines which he’s said before are a violation of his Constitutional rights to make a living.

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A survivor in so many ways: Resilient Renee's story

MONROE — Renee Uribe-Sayah endured much in her life: The domestic abuse, the migraines, the car accident, the brain tumor. She took each step as a challenge.

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Blackman Lake under toxic algae watch

SNOHOMISH — Toxic blue-green algae spotted on Blackman Lake Monday, July 25 prompted the city to put up warning signs against swimming in the water. Until the lake is determined safe, the city asks that people take caution.

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Snohomish Gazebo's refurb is underway

SNOHOMISH — The Avenue A Gazebo is now getting a full refurbishment. The plans are a new deck, new ceiling, new railings and a new roof.
It’s being done as a gift to the community by businessowner Palmer Bodin of Nordic Home Solutions. Everything except the roof could be wrapped up by early August

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Pro graffiti artists share their talent

EVERETT — The creation of more than 30 new murals went up in Everett during early August. It's thanks to a collaboration event led by one of the masters of the art.

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Marci Larsen selected as new Monroe Schools superintendent

MONROE — The school board has selected a supe with years under her belt.

Public concerts Thursday nights in Everett

Jim Scolman photo

Lyane Hunter and John Kaiser boogie to the rock-a-billy sound of The Dusty 45s Thursday, July 28 at the weekly Music at the Marina free summer concerts held at the Port of Everett.
Coming up is a Fleetwood Mac tribute band Aug. 18. Music starts at 6:30 p.m. at Port Gardner Landing.
Everett Transit is now offering free evening bus rides on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays to and from downtown and the waterfront, including direct access to Music At the Marina shows. The service started this week and ends Sept. 30. Bus stops downtown are along Pacific Avenue and Wall Street. See for full map of bus stops.

Fixes for 522 bottlenecks are being designed
today, but actual construction timeline hazy

MONROE — Progress is steadily being made behind the scenes to widen the last part of state Route 522 and completely redo the Maltby Road/Paradise Lake Road intersection to get rid of the stoplight.
Finding money to construct it is a known need.

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Young adults in Snohomish win national award

SNOHOMISH — Earlier this month, the National Education Association awarded three Snohomish residents for their work in fighting racism and for the documentary "What Happened on First Street."

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Equestrians feel sidelined in newest Lord Hill Park plan

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — The recently released final plan for Lord Hill Regional Park, the large recreational woodland between Snohomish and Monroe, again tweaks the trail system and reverses decisions.
Horse riders, though, take issue.

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How Everett’s indoor farm grows: What Infarm is doing

EVERETT — A high-tech approach to vertical farming is happening in Everett’s backyard and is feeding Everett’s schoolchildren.

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Summer meal programs keep kids fed

Details on free meal programs in Snohomish, Monroe and Everett available through the end of August for everyone under 18.

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You don’t need ice for hockey

Doug Ramsay photo

Liam Lugo, 10, of Everett tries to tuck the ball past goal keeper Hayden Statton, 11, of Lake Stevens as the two were participating in the Youth Hockey Partners of Everett’s “Hockey in the Park” at Everett’s Kasch Park on Saturday, Aug. 6.

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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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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