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Colors fly as Snohomish hosts Holi event

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A girl gets colored powder blown onto her from family members as part of playing with colors for the Holi event held at the Snohomish Carnegie Building on Sunday, March 19. Holi is an ancient Hindu festival to celebrate emerging into spring and to celebrate peace and kindness. The event included food, folk dancing and more. The city government anticipates making it an annual public celebration.

Future Snohomish fire station, City Hall, Police Department on Pine Avenue?

SNOHOMISH — Pine Avenue is expected to be the street where a future fire station will go. A future City Hall and Police Department would be next door. Details of a series of agreements which also resolves a land matter over the ownership of the fire stations inside city limits.

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Motocross on borrowed time at fairgrounds

MONROE — Until public outcry may have reversed the decision, motocross events were being booted from the Evergreen State Fairgrounds. The county wasn't going to continue hosting the sport in the horse arena. Now they have given a one-year reprieve.

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Clearview religious center OK’d with conditions

SNOHOMISH — A 5.5-acre State Street site may be used as a religious center, subject to constraints.

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Snohomish Fire asking voters for levy restoration this August

SNOHOMISH — Fire District 4 will be asking voters this August to restore its levy rate to $1.50 per $1,000 in assessed property tax value.

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Semi-pro soccer team to play in Nationals

SNOHOMISH — The Steelheads have the trophy, now they want the national cup. A story of how a semi-pro indoor arena soccer team that calls Snohomish its home arena is on to the national championship.

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Rural housing pilot could save farmland

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — A pilot program being considered to allow small bunches of townhomes or apartments on the county's big farmland homesteads could solve two problems facing ag today, says a supporter of introducing the concept of agrivillages to the county. Comments are being taken through March 21.

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What-if study of merging city, regional bus agencies nears
finish; transit union says stop

EVERETT — A study on whether to consolidate Everett’s city bus system into the larger Community Transit system is nearing the light of day. Work began a little over a year ago. But Everett Transit’s union says the underlying situation has shifted, that the city bus system is now financially stable, and argues the purposes to consolidate are no longer there. City administration says that may be, but the study is whether ultimately Everett benefits. So what's what?

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Everett School District may cut 140 jobs due to budget hole

EVERETT — Everett Schools is facing a projected $27.9 million budget shortfall for next school year. A plan reduces the district's size by 140 or so people.

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Mayor outlines directives for Everett’s future

EVERETT — Mayor Cassie Franklin is directing the Police Department to clamp down on violent crime with a new cops unit, calling on internal leaders to broaden the economic base, pursue ways to have more housing at all price points and to strengthen behavioral health treatment for individuals with mental illness, substance use, or both.

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Snohomish Police to use UTV vehicle when need calls for it

SNOHOMISH — The Snohomish Police Department will eventually be adding a four-wheeled UTV to its fleet, as well as a couple of electric bicycles.

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Snohomish vets memorial should be back to Carnegie by end of May

SNOHOMISH — Snohomish’s veterans memorial should be installed beside the Carnegie Building by the end of May, and a celebration will be held on Memorial Day.

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Proposal would allow certain development in S. Snohomish UGA and other flood hazard areas

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — An exception that grants a controlled ability to redevelop properties in flood-fringe areas will be advancing to the County Council. In essence, it grandfathers buildings from 1983 and earlier to give a one-time "use it or lose it" development credit. 1983 was when flood insurance maps were developed.

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Snohomish trash bills to rise April 1

SNOHOMISH — Trash bills will be rising come April 1.
Republic Services is invoking a clause in its city contract to adjust trash bill rates to track with nearly 6% inflation. Here's what it means for your bill.

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IHOP coming to Monroe

MONROE — An IHOP will be taking over the closed Denny’s at Kelsey and U.S. 2, and a full BECU bank branch is coming to a spot near the Providence Clinic, the Monroe Chamber of Commerce affirmed.
The BECU will open this fall, the company announced by press release.
The IHOP’s opening date was not known at press time.
There are IHOP restaurants in Lake Stevens, central Everett and south Everett. The Monroe IHOP is owned by a different franchisee than the Lake Stevens restaurant. IHOP debuted as the International House of Pancakes in 1958. Its parent company also owns Applebee’s.
In other news, a Wendy’s franchisee had explored opening in Monroe in the Fred Meyer parking lot. Its planning application hasn’t advanced further as of late last year.

Hotel properties county bought are contaminated with meth

EVERETT — Methamphetamine contamination needs to be cleared out of the former Days Inn hotel on Everett Mall Way which the county is converting into a space to temporarily house people who are homeless.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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