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Monroe celebrates its community

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Jesus on the drum, Adriana, Jesus Jr. and Dulce of the Yolihuaní Aztec Dancers perform at the Multicultural Monroe event put on by the Monroe Equity Council on Saturday, Sept. 10. The event at Sky River Park featured food, music, vendors and more.


Snohomish tax exemption for developers goes to City Council vote Tuesday, Sept. 20

SNOHOMISH — The City Council’s decision nears for whether to introduce a temporary property tax waiver for developers to build multimillion-dollar affordable housing buildings in the Midtown District, the special development zone along Avenue D.
A public hearing and council’s vote are scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 20 at the council meeting that starts at 6 p.m.

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In some schools, lunch is already free for everyone
State Superintendent aims to make school meals free statewide

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — As it stands today, not everyone has to pay for a school lunch. Those who do saw meal prices nudged up again this school year. If State Superintendent Chris Reykdal gets state legislation passed for universally free school meals, per a plan he announced last week to ask for $86 million in state earmarks, paying for school lunch could become a thing of the past next fall.

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How to help today for those impacted by Bolt Creek Fire

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — People can help the many residents who had been evacuated by the wildfire in forest land near Skykomish which burned more than 9,400 acres and forced a call to evacuate a large area north of U.S. 2. Mandatory evacuations ended and were reversed Tuesday, Sept. 13 based on fire control trajectories.

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Complete burn ban in effect - no recreational fires now

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Fire officials at Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue, headquartered in Monroe, issued a full burn ban in its jurisdiction, including a ban on recreational fires, due to the current high fire danger and existing wildland fires within the region. The upgraded burn ban will took effect immediately and be effective until further notice. This restriction bans all outdoor burning, including recreational fires. Exceptions are charcoal and gas grills.
Who's affected?: Incorporated cities and towns included in this outdoor burning ban are: Lake Stevens, Mill Creek, Monroe, and Sultan. All residential outdoor burn permits, including permits issued by PSCAA (Puget Sound Clean Air Agency) for agricultural burning, are suspended until this ban is lifted. This ban will remain in effect until there is a sustained period of rainfall.


Blackman Lake receiving more focus

SNOHOMISH — The city is investing in Blackman Lake. The lake off of 13th Street can use any help it can get.

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School memorializes 9/11 with thousands of tiny U.S. flags

SNOHOMISH — Some 2,977 American flags, one for each life lost in the 9/11 attacks, covered the grass alongside Union Avenue late last week.

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Snohomish brewery owner pleads not guilty

SNOHOMISH — The brewer who’s been accused of molesting a pre-teen girl pleaded not guilty before Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Robert Okrent last week. Frank Sandoval’s trial is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 2.

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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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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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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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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.


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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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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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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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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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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