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Trying a hand at lacrosse

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Snohomish High School senior Aislyn Goss, who plays on the Snohomish Lacrosse Club’s girls varsity team, gives six-year-old Evelyn Ward of Snohomish instruction on hand placement to throw the ball during the club’s free beginners clinic at the Snohomish Sports Dome on Saturday, Jan. 7. More than 60 girls from kindergarten to high school age learned about the sport at the clinic. The club is open to all girls in the Snohomish, Monroe and Lake Stevens school districts and Archbishop Murphy High School.

Martin Luther King Jr.Opportunities to recognize, honor The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. this year

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Organizers of Everett's Martin Luther King Jr events Jan. 13 and Jan. 15 hope people not only reflect on King's appeals for equality during the civil rights movement but act on his call for kindness and fellowship. Also in this story are day of service opportunities to sign up for.

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Help explain Snohomish’s future to your neighbors

SNOHOMISH — The city planning department is looking for people to join a new Civic Ambassador program to help it gain insights for the 2024 Comprehensive Plan.

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Everett council starting to see two camps with differing philosophies

EVERETT — Two emerging camps among City Council members again had a split vote, this time on who would lead as council president for 2023. Also, a contender for council has begun a campaign.

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Highway 9­ – Cathcart Way development may
need to be re-plotted

CATHCART — The park-and-ride section of the proposed townhome development at Cathcart Way and Highway 9 has been remanded for further environmental work. Underlying zoning was improperly applied. Modifying the stormwater drainage plan could open the chance the site layout would need reworking, a county planner said at the hearing. An opponent says this could reopen the whole thing.

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Opening on Monroe School Board:

Snohomish’s Carnegie changes focus to use as public space

SNOHOMISH — A community event space is the renewed focus for the Carnegie Building, the city-owned property at 105 Cedar Ave.

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Annual homeless persons survey Jan. 24 seeks volunteers

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — The annual Point in Time Homelessness Count will be happening Tuesday, Jan. 24. You can help with this effort.  

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Temporary indoor dog park opens at Fairgrounds

MONROE — A new, covered off-leash dog park opened at the Evergreen State Fair Park this week. It will be open through Feb. 28 from dawn to dusk.
The park is in the Judging Arena, building No. 606.
To get there, organizers say to enter off of Cascade View Drive from U.S. 2. Park in the yellow parking lot and walk your dog to the Judging Arena across from the Event Center.
The rules include that dog owners must stay present and keep their dogs under control, including for excessive barking. No sick dogs, aggressive dogs or dogs in heat are allowed. Puppies under six months old are too young to come, too.
The temporary dog park opened as a partnership between the city of Monroe and the Evergreen State Fair Park.
Monroe’s other dog park is at Wiggly Field in Skykomish River Park (at the end of Sky River Parkway, a road off of Village Way), although flooding can close that. The store Sam’s Cats and Dogs, Naturally, near Old Owen Road and U.S. 2, also has a private dog park.

Monroe wants public’s opinion on city re-brand

MONROE — The city aims to have a new brand and marketing tagline by this time next year. Right now, it’s still in development, and the city is soliciting input for what aspects and landmarks best represent Monroe.
The city is taking comments through this week, Friday, Jan. 13, to 5 p.m.
Monroe’s current marketing tagline, “The Adventure Starts Here,” was introduced about 10 years ago to position Monroe to tourists as an active place with outdoor experiences.
Mayor Geoffrey Thomas said previously this branding did not speak for residents who already call Monroe home. The new brand would reflect the community using the framework of the “Imagine Monroe” mission statement developed last year.
There’s a survey that can be reached through a link in its “Latest News” section at

Snohomish will still have two fire stations if
FD4-city campus concept advances

SNOHOMISH — Snohomish will still have two fire stations somewhere in town if a concept to build a combined City Hall-police station-fire station complex comes to fruition. More details in story. 

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Everett Library cutbacks tied to staff shortage

EVERETT — The downtown library isn't open on Sundays anymore, and the branch on Evergreen Way is no longer open on Mondays. 

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New series of free fire safety classes in Monroe

MONROE — As winter weather begins to assail the county, Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue is offering a free online disaster preparedness class.
The hour-long Zoom session begins at 6 p.m. Wed., Jan. 11. It's the first of many this year.

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Snohomish grad’s metalwork and paintings are whole exhibit floor

SNOHOMISH — Richard Nash, a 1965 Snohomish High graduate, is honored that his work is the center of a gallery exhibit filling the Museum of Northwest Art in downtown La Conner.  

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New record shop in Snohomish is homegrown

SNOHOMISH — Father and son co-owners Derek and Mark Florian of Snohomish have been in the vinyl record collection scene for many years. They recently opened a record shop at Second Street and Avenue C.

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The former Roosevelt Store to be marijuana retail shop

MONROE — A marijuana shop is cleared to open soon in the former Roosevelt Store near Roosevelt and Trombley roads. The Kushery received its license approval from state regulators Friday, Dec. 16. 

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Everett mural brings Jimi Hendrix to life,
and it’s all by spray can

EVERETT — A four-story tall mural of Jimi Hendrix now graces the east wall of the Hodges Building.How did it come to be? Serendipity, maybe.

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Cold weather shelters open when it freezes at night

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — After an abrupt end to a warm early fall, cold weather shelters have been opening up across Snohomish County. The shelters aim to provide comfortable lodging for those who may not have the facilities to withstand the freezing-temperature nights that are becoming more and more frequent. Locations and details inside story.

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Repairing Blackman Lake:
The next steps to try to curb lake’s decline

SNOHOMISH — Work is being done to begin monitoring blue-green algae blooms (cyanobacteria) in Blackman Lake and recommend ways to manage the toxic flora.

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Small plane that crashed near Snohomish was doing stall tests

SNOHOMISH — Federal transportation safety investigators on Saturday released the preliminary determination pilots may have been deliberately testing the airplane stall limits of a stock Cessna Grand Caravan at the time it broke up midair Nov. 18 and crashed hard in a field near U.S. 2.

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First Street tree removals were needed, but replacements won’t be soon

SNOHOMISH — What's to replace the trees removed along First Street, and how?

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Boeing’s final 747 marks end of a grand era

EVERETT — The last Boeing 747, rolled out Dec. 6, is on its way of going into service, and the jumbo jet with the unmistakable hump had a distinct role to play for Boeing.
A story on the goodbye, and what's next for Boeing Everett.

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Maltby neighbors air concerns as development project roars back

MALTBY — A proposed townhome community that’s been revived, currently under county review, is facing strong opposition from area residents.
Snohomish Gardens is a plan for a 196-unit subdivision on 16.91 acres located at 9321 and 9509 Paradise Lake Road, near the intersection at state Route 522.

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Past questions reappear at Harvey Field public meeting

SNOHOMISH — The public has plenty of questions on Harvey Field's proposal to expand its airport footprint, which includes relocating Airport Way farther south.

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Unvaxxed firefighter medics sue SRFR district in federal court for back pay

MONROE — Eight unvaccinated firefighters at Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue who were given just the option to go on an unpaid leave of absence unless they got vaccinated have sued the agency in federal court for back pay during their absence and for discrimination because their religious exemptions were not accommodated with regular testing and personal protective equipment (PPE) instead. The district said the firefighters, by being unvaccinated, posed an unmitigated liability if they were working on public medical calls.

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Operation Sky Valley’s programs are keeping community fed

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Operation Sky Valley is a grassroots organization that prepares 2,000 ready-to-go meals for children and seniors from Monroe to Gold Bar.

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Get to know your neighbors with a watch group

SNOHOMISH — At a town hall in the Carnegie Building last Thursday, Snohomish residents from the city's public safety commission explained the ins and outs of how to set up a neighborhood watch.

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Everett Transit to lengthen hours, modify routes starting in March

EVERETT — Eight city bus routes will undergo service changes and a new bus route will be added in March if the City Council approves a current proposal by Everett Transit.

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Want to work? Program erases barriers, worries for
disabled adults on SSI and SSDI

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — For people depending on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) payments, there's a bog of confusion regarding benefits, how to get back to work, how to map a career path, and what to put on a resume. A free program helps assist people on Social Security Insurance and Social Security Disability Insurance in multiple ways.

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In Monroe, this house comforts the families of prisoners

MONROE — Matthew House, a nonprofit located near the Monroe prison, ensures families of the incarcerated are taken care of with temporary shelter, food and clothing at the time in their lives when their world's been turned upside down.

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Sultan to use roundabouts to fix U.S. 2 traffic clogs

SULTAN — The city is centering on a plan to gradually widen U.S. 2 to four lanes, and build roundabouts at multiple highway intersections within the city. Three fixes are looking promising in the immediate future. The city will start lobbying Olympia for specific projects in January.

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Paine Field could be designated to grow

EVERETT — A state airports committee is suggesting to either greatly grow services at Everett’s Paine Field in tandem with growth at Sea-Tac Airport or to construct a brand-new airport in either Pierce or Thurston counties. They’re working on deciding which option to put forward to state legislators next year.

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Up for a challenge, a stunt flying duo emerged

ARLINGTON — These two guys are putting on quite a show while doing something they love.

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Religious center’s compatibility debated in Clearview

CLEARVIEW — Dozens of neighbors in Clearview want to have sound controlled from activities at a destination religious assembly facility located on rural land off of State Street. County Hearing Examiner Peter Camp is deciding whether to approve a conditional use permit for the Husaynia Islamic Society of Seattle to upgrade a barn's interior to be a better worship center. The topic is scheduled to return to the hearing examiner in February.

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Legislators will re-file bill to lower state’s drunk-driving limit

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — State Sens. Marko Liias and John Lovick, both of Snohomish County, would like to lower the state’s legal drunk-driving impairment limit to 0.05% blood-alcohol concentration.

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Fentanyl is being added to other drugs more often

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Even drug users who'd never want to touch Fentanyl are being blindsided that somebody blended it in, and a drug testing expert is finding these incidences have skyrocketed.

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City, county will 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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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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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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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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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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