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Riding the waves

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Brayden Gonzalez, now 13, of Snohomish tries his best at staying on his feet as he surfs the wake on the Snohomish Aquatic Center’s
FlowRider simulator in 2022. Being the only indoor surf-simulator in the Seattle area, it crosses wakeboarding, snowboarding and skateboarding for an exciting and challenging experience. The center’s recreational pool is available for open swim Sundays from noon to 5:45 p.m. The Snohomish School District opened the center at 516 Maple Ave. in January 2014.

Monroe’s next schools chief seen as energetic community-builder

MONROE — Shawn Woodward, currently the schools superintendent in a district north of Spokane, was selected by the school board last week to be Monroe's next superintendent starting July 1.

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Monroe beginning to add cameras to its biggest parks

MONROE — Security cameras will be protecting three city parks, and one's already up at Lewis Street Park.
Outdoor cameras will be activated at Lake Tye Park in the next few weeks and added to Sky River Park later this year.

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Boeing Everett to have assembly line building 737 MAX

EVERETT — A new, fourth line for the 737 MAX is coming to Boeing’s Everett plant. Boeing confirmed Monday, Jan. 30 that the new line would start in the second half of 2024. To optimistic local officials, it signals a commitment to Snohomish County.

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Snohomish J-ROTC program is again among top 20% of nation

SNOHOMISH — Snohomish High’s Marine Corps J-ROTC program has again earned the honor of being ranked among the country’s top 20% of all such programs of the service branch.

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Republic plans to request Snohomish council to allow trash bill increase

SNOHOMISH — Republic Services, which has the contract for trash, recycling and yard waste services for all city residents, has approached the city requesting to authorize an unscheduled rate modification tied to the area’s Consumer Price Index. The city awaits Republic to provide details on how much the request is.

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Mukilteo’s late watchdog Pancerzewski to be honored

MUKILTEO — The city will be honoring former Councilman Charlie Pancerzewski during its Monday, Feb. 6 City Council meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. at City Hall. Through much of his life, the former Microsoft auditor put forward calm, sometimes contrarian examinations of city issues.

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Snohomish Fire District 4 to look at join-up with bigger Snohomish Regional Fire and Rescue

SNOHOMISH — Snohomish Fire District 4’s three board members have directed the chief to approach Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue to have conversations about consolidating services.

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A pregnancy center in Everett had an arson attempt, FBI thinks it’s deliberate

EVERETT — In late June, three days after Roe vs. Wade was overturned, law enforcement believes someone tried to burn down a pregnancy health center in Everett. What happened in Everett with an incendiary device also happened in attacks elsewhere, and the FBI takes these attacks seriously. Now, the FBI is soliciting tips and put up reward money.

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Why Bob McDaniel always gives his all

SNOHOMISH — Bob McDaniel still puts on a vest and goes to work at the hardware and garden store that bears his family's name. How come? An honest day of work never hurt anyone. He just happens to have been at it for nearly 70 years.

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Seniors advised on handling, managing opioids safely in the home

SNOHOMISH — What should you do with opioids in the home? What should you know? How do you keep safe? Homage Senior Services recently led a discussion at the Snohomish Senior Center on opioid abuse geared for elders.

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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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Celebrating the Lunar New Year

Doug Ramsay photo

The Imagine Children’s Museum in Everett celebrated the Lunar New Year with an annual performance of the lion dance by the Mak Fai Dragon and Lion Dance Association of Seattle on Saturday, Jan. 21. In Chinese culture, the lion is characterized by power, wisdom and superiority, while the dance is supposed to bring good fortunes and chase away evil spirits for the new year.

Darlene Huntington helped save Snohomish’s charm

SNOHOMISH — Darlene Huntington, 88, was known for her love of gardening and restoration of historic buildings in Snohomish, and was instrumental in establishing the Snohomish Historic Business and Residential Districts alongside her father, Everett Olsen.

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Snohomish flag football team to play at national tournament

SNOHOMISH — The boys of Snohomish's U12 flag football team are making a return trip to Las Vegas. They clinched a spot into the upcoming national tournament by reigning supreme at regionals held in Los Angeles in November.

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Behar’s Furniture of Everett closing as owner changes focus

EVERETT — Behar’s Furniture is winding down after a 60-year run. The business was still strong, so why close? Here's what's going on.

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Washington state bill seeks to fix nurse understaffing

and other news from the Legislature

A bill introduced in Olympia aims to address understaffing in Washington state hospitals. Plus a bill to make it a felony to assault any amateur sports official such as a referee.

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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.

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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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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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 City Hall-police station-fire station campus 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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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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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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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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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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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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