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Yep, it’s a whale’s skeleton

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Four-year-old Duncan Hopkins (left) and five-year-old Aiden Doane examine the rib cage of a gray whale which is part of the Imagine Children’s Museum’s Puget Sound Eco-System gallery. The Everett museum recently opened a three-story addition which features a woodlands adventure gallery, a package distribution simulator, an import-export gallery focusing on the region's seaports, as well as the Eco-System gallery which also features a full-size replica of a newborn gray whale calf.

Community Transit to modify services March 19 to adjust to driver deficit

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Community Transit is pulling back some services March 19 to prevent last-minute cancellations. Affected routes are in story. The agency remains short on drivers amid a national hiring crunch but is working to increase its bus driver headcount. Separately, the agency's employee vaccine mandate may change soon.

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Sen. Lovick seeks to add more police academy sites to help solve cadet trainee bottleneck

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — State Sen. John Lovick is seeking state funding to solve a police shortage by creating additional law enforcement training centers. One could be placed in Everett.

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Gun used in late evening robbery in Snohomish

SNOHOMISH — Just before 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, a man pointed a gun and demanded items from a group of four adults on the Riverfront Trail.

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New leaks prolonged boil water advisory for some in Machias, fixes complete and advisory lifted

SNOHOMISH — The advisory for residents in Machias lifted around Feb. 25 as needed work is complete. Additional leak spots discovered along a water transmission line serving about 75 properties in the Machias area  had prolonged a boil water advisory for residents and businesses that began Jan. 30.

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Everett mayor’s romantic life put under audit by council

EVERETT — The Everett City Council hired an outside law firm to investigate Mayor Cassie Franklin's alleged romantic relationship with a male co-worker within the mayor's office. The investigation looks at whether any city finances or city facilities were used for the personal relationship.

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Monroe school board member’s recent open gov. flap prompts multiple comments both in her defense and to criticize

MONROE — A packed house took their first opportunity to register opinions to the school board Feb. 13 over a recent controversy where one member became accused of violating the state's open public meetings act (OPMA). Crtics say even if it wasn't determined illegal it still is an ethical misdeed . The school board also had an opportunity to respond.

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Financial literacy school classes get boost, could soon be taught at younger age levels

SNOHOMISH — Beginning in April, school districts may apply for a one-year grant to train staff in financial literacy education. With additional staff training, districts could expand financial education to elementary schools and strengthen secondary courses to align with state competency standards for financial literacy, and add classes for more students. Here's why this is important.

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Snohomish Wine Festival back for March 4

SNOHOMISH — Snohomish’s burgeoning winemaker scene will be happy to have you try their latest all in one place at the Snohomish Wine Festival March 4.

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Everett Council to cut midday meeting time

EVERETT — A proposal to hold all City Council meetings at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays would cut the council’s once-a-month 12:30 p.m. meeting.
Council President Brenda Stonecipher said the reasons to make the change are the midday meeting was tough for some council members to attend as part-timers with day jobs, and the audience for the midday meeting has consistently been low. The public these days can participate online by Zoom if they can’t make the meeting in person at 3002 Wetmore Ave.
The council is scheduled to vote at its March 1 meeting whether to make the change.
The city livestreams its council meetings on its YouTube channel and also on local cable TV. Try both channels 21 and 29 to find it.

Density flood fringe regulation changes proposed

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — On Feb. 28, the county Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on proposed code amendments to flood fringe regulations in the county code. The change would allow certain development to be exempt from the maximum allowable density and obstruction limitations. The fringe includes the area directly south of the City of Snohomish.
The planning commission will meet Tuesday Feb. 28 at 5:30 p.m. online.
To join the Zoom Meeting: or call (253) 215-8782, Webinar ID: 893 2070 0716

Cold weather shelters open when it freezes at night

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Cold weather shelters are open when it freezes outside. Locations and details inside story.

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Lawsuit against state over ex-cop’s child sex abuse says state worker negligent for not reporting it

MONROE — A tort lawsuit can proceed against the state of Washington that says a social worker who was mandated by law to report child sex abuse failed to do so when it came to Carlos Martinez, a former sergeant with the Monroe Police Department, Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Cindy Larsen decided last week.

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Hearing Examiner re-appointed but has his critics

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — A collective of concerned residents would rather see the current hearing examiner gone. They question his fairness. The County Council disagrees and gave a 5-0 vote to extend his contract.

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Former Eastside Tire site on Avenue D changing hands

SNOHOMISH — Plans to rebuild Eastside Tire, the former Avenue D auto shop lost to a fire in July 2021, ended up not being in the cards. Why so is explained.

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Salmon flourished after Pilchuck River Dam’s demolition

SNOHOMISH — Salmon have taken over the waters to create new spawning areas after the city let go of its dam on the Pilchuck River. The dam by Granite Falls was there to divert drinking water for the City of Snohomish. But by the mid-2010s, the city began to get all its water from Everett. The city no longer employed its use.

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Monroe Community Court’s latest graduate celebrated for personal turnaround

MONROE — The Monroe Municipal Court congratulated the latest graduate of the Community Court — a program which gives minor offenders a second chance and resources for success. This is what it meant for her.

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Barb Lamoureux is capping off her career, but not her philanthropy

EVERETT — Barb Lamoureux, a local philanthropist and hometown real estate broker, is retiring from her day job.
Countless organizations received generous donations from her. She also sponsored numerous events with the Everett Silvertips and Everett High School.

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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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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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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.

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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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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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Farmers market pop-ups this spring

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Terry Niblack of Sedro Woolley-based Skagit Gourmet Mushrooms describes cooking methods of a variety of mushrooms while tending to a booth at a pop-up event held by the Everett Farmers Market inside the Everett Performing Arts Center on Sunday, Feb. 12. While it is not yet time for fresh vegetable and fruits season, the market does feature many other food and craft items and it will be operating future pop-ups at the Performing Arts Center downtown on Sunday, March 12 and Sunday, April 23.

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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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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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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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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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 Feb. 23.

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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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