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Stretching to the sky

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Chuck Betker, of Spark Hot Yoga, center, back, leads a class of about 30 students in Slow Flow Vinyasa Yoga in a beautiful sunflower field at Bob’s Corn & Pumpkin Farm on a stunning Tuesday afternoon in Snohomish. “Farm Yoga” is one of many events Bob’s is hosting for its sunflower festival ongoing through Sept. 17. Betker has been teaching for about seven years and is from Everett.


Project at corner of SR 9 – Cathcart Way got OK too quietly, appeal accuses

CATHCART — How county planning staff proceeded with a proposed development at a large vacant corner at Highway 9 and Cathcart Way has prompted an appeal from neighbors crying foul to the County Council. Neighbors believed Cathcart would get a lively hub. Instead, 286 townhomes is the plan that wasn't widely publicized.

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Large arts and music center nears its opening

EVERETT — A new graffiti museum and music venue is coming to Everett this fall at Everett and Wetmore avenues, within the former Club Broadway building.

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Everett Film Festival returns Sept. 10 with fresh flicks

EVERETT — After three years on hiatus, the Everett Film Festival of independent films is back. On Saturday, Sept. 10, a lineup of 11 movies, varying from animated shorts to documentaries and features, will be shown at the Everett Community College Jackson Center.

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Proposed narcotics rehab rule may not preclude federal dollars for county's hotel buys

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — County Councilman Nate Nehring's effort to introduce a stipulation that illicit drug users must go through treatment as a condition of being given shelter in county-funded housing for homeless individuals can be done without precluding federal funding, but it must be done narrowly to avoid pitfalls, the county prosecutor's office found.

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Nurses stretched thin at Providence Everett, call for increased staffing

EVERETT — Local union members organized a leaflet campaign Wednesday, Aug. 24 to raise attention to chronic understaffing at Providence’s two campuses in Everett.

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A zebra finds a new home in Machias

MACHIAS — How did a zebra end up a woman's ranch? Well, here's the thing...

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Mental health pro selected for Snohomish school board

SNOHOMISH — The school board’s newest member is Sarah Adams.

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Epic Ford site’s buyer appears to be major auto dealer group

EVERETT — The buyer appears to be Kendall Automotive Group, one of the region’s largest auto dealer groups.

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Felony charges for suspected DUI crash on U.S. 2

MONROE — A woman suspected of driving under the influence hit a King County Sheriff’s Office cruiser head-on Aug. 25 in a crash on U.S. 2 between Sultan and Monroe now faces felony charges.

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Overdose vigil honors deceased

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Rayme Rogge-Springer of Everett lights a memorial candle at the conclusion of the Opioid Oversode Vigil held Wednesday, Aug. 31 at the Snohomish County Campus in Everett.
The event is called “A Night To Remember, A Time to Act.” The county’s event is held on International Overdose Awareness Day.
The opioid overdose vigil is an annual event. This year’s vigil coincides with a new recent spike in overdoses noted by the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.


Clearer picture of personal property tax impacts if city’s builder incentive idea is fruitful

SNOHOMISH — How much would homeowners in both the city and in the boundaries of the Snohomish school and fire districts end up paying extra on their property taxes to make up the difference if the City Council approves a builders' property tax exemption to encourage future affordable housing developments in the Midtown District along Avenue D and builders jump on the offer?

Further clarification on Midtown tax exemption idea added to story

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Trees around Avenue A gazebo felled

SNOHOMISH — The trees around the Avenue A gazebo needed to come down after all, the city said, and last week, they did.

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County Council approves buying hotels to house homeless individuals short-term

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — A County Council majority last week approved proceeding to purchase two hotels for nearly $20 million, one in Everett and one in Edmonds, to convert to short-term transition housing for people experiencing homelessness. The council did not attach a well-publicized contingency to require drug users to go through rehabilitation to be let into housing. County Executive Dave Somers said this contingency would remove the county's ability to use federal funding to feasibly make the hotel purchases.

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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 — 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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