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All types shine at Snohomish’s car show

Doug Ramsay photo

A young car enthusiast checks out Fillmore, the hippie Volkswagen van character from the Disney animated movie “Cars,” at the 40th annual Snohomish Classic Car and Hot Rod Display in downtown Snohomish on Sunday, Sept. 25. Al Brasher of Snohomish recreated the Disney caricature vehicle from a 1960 VW micro-bus, which includes a fully tie-dyed inspired interior.

City, county to look for sites for new stadium in Everett

EVERETT — A feasibility study began last week for siting a new multipurpose outdoor stadium in Everett.
And if one gets built, the Everett AquaSox minor league baseball team is committing to a 30-year or longer lease to anchor it.

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Everett Mall's transformation would cut it up

EVERETT — It might not be readily apparent, but redevelopment of the Everett Mall is underway. A future, second-step plan would slice a big part of the mall to reshape its appearance.

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Adjustments made before Cathcart Crossing land-use appeal is heard Oct. 5

CATHCART — New movement in the appeal of a proposed townhouse development at Cathcart Way and Highway 9 has put a lot back on the table by the County Council in advance of an appeal hearing they'll be deciding on this week.
Update: The hearing has been continued to Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 10:30 a.m.

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County, city leaders plead to Sound Transit to not alter future Everett rail route

EVERETT — Sound Transit again got an earful from local leaders against the idea of altering where the future Link light rail line is routed within Everett last week. An idea would cut Paine Field out of the picture. County leaders call foul to that.

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County Council resolution calls out for more youth sports officials and better parent temperment

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Parents and officials cheered a resolution passed at the County Council last week that recognizes the need for more youth sports officials and calls on parents and players to behave with respect and sportsmanship. The deficit of volunteer game officials is now interfering with play.

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News Bites for Oct. 5, 2022

AROUND SNOHOMISH COUNTY — The minimum bid price for the Avenue D former public works yard in Snohomish, update on cancer fundraiser, and an Everett rape attempt report.

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Council majority puts end to multi-family tax exemption talks for Midtown District

SNOHOMISH — A 4-3 vote by the City Council last week put an end to talks of offering developers a tax waiver that intended to jointly encourage development and affordable housing in the Midtown District up Avenue D. So, what's next?

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Newly discovered COVID‑like virus could
infect humans, resist vaccines

A recently discovered virus in a Russian bat that is similar to SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind COVID-19, is likely capable of infecting humans and, if it were to spillover, is resistant to current vaccines.

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Everett trying to stay on course with its budget

EVERETT — Mayor Cassie Franklin’s proposed $543.7 million budget avoids service cuts, and it continues the city's work on homelessness, affordable housing and climate change.

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In a way, he's how Hewitt Avenue got its groove

EVERETT — One could say building rehabilitator Pete Sikov is a secret part of Hewitt Avenue's revival. Through selecting who to rent to, it transformed into a historic arts and culture district. The Hodges Building, smack-dab in the center of downtown, underwent years of restoration after a damaging fire and opened in May. A story of the landowner who has slowly curated whole blocks of downtown.

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Brush fire in Monroe's hills was likely accidental

MONROE — A rush of firefighters tackled a three-alarm brush fire in the hills behind Walmart and up Chain Lake Road Monday, Sept. 19 as a smoke column could be seen billowing from most of north Monroe. The fire was likely caused by accident, investigators say.

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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.
The County Council will hear the appeal on Oct. 5.

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Delta residents tired of dangerous Jackson Park problems

Mukilteo’s go-kart center is closing

Doug Ramsay 2021 file photo

The end may be near for Traxx Indoor Raceway, the go-kart center in Mukilteo. Traxx announced the news earlier this month. The last checkered flag may fall Oct. 30.
Anybody serious about buying can contact
The owners are happy to sell as a whole package.
You’d need to relocate the business because the warehouse it’s in at 4329 Chennault Beach Road will have a new tenant. The building’s owner is a relative of the warehouse’s original builders, county land records show.
The next nearest go-kart center is K1 Speed in Redmond.

Proposed statewide change to ban new gas cars from sale in 2035 taking comments

A formal proposal would ban the sale of new gas-powered and gas-electric hybrid vehicles by 2035 statewide. The state Department of Ecology is taking public comments on this until Oct. 19. Here's how...

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Corn maze of Seattle Kraken hockey team is Stocker Farms’ theme this year

SNOHOMISH — Stocker Farms’ corn maze design this year celebrates the Seattle Kraken NHL team, and it’s all for a good cause.

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In reversal, Snohomish County dumps now to be open Sunday, Sept. 25

Snohomish High's homecoming dance changing to be informal

Gov. to end coronavirus emergency status, but some rules stay

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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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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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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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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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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Stretching to the sky

Jim Scolman photo

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.




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