SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Local legislators are lining up laws to make drug possession and use illegal locally after a statewide law didn’t clear the Legislature.
SNOHOMISH — Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Martin has been named to be police chief come July 1. Martin was Sultan’s police chief from 2018 until last year when he took a different assignment.
EVERETT — The City Council is weighing an ordinance expanding the city’s “no-sit / no-lie” buffer zones to give the mayor the option to include all public spaces, such as parks, and service facilities. “No-sit / no-lie” zones forbid people experiencing homelessness from laying down or camping in the zone. The City Council is scheduled make a decision at its Wednesday, May 3 meeting.
SNOHOMISH — Fire District 4's future fire station will be on Pine Avenue between Third and Fourth streets, pending the close of a land deal to buy the block.
SNOHOMISH — Snohomish Fire District 4’s board last week formally declined an overture from South County Fire to initiate partner talks. Snohomish Fire began holding exploratory merger talks with another agency, Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue, in January.
MONROE — The city is making progress in building a safety net for the most vulnerable citizens, and is working to create an inclusive community that is comfortable and belongs to all residents, Mayor Geoffrey Thomas emphasized during his annual State of the City address Tuesday, April 11.
OLYMPIA — A slimmed version of a bill to override local zoning to have more duplexes or fourplexes on residential lots in larger cities such as Everett is on its way to becoming law.
SNOHOMISH COUNTY — The Legislature wants to return the ability for law enforcement to pursue vehicles under more circumstances after restrictions were placed two years ago. Local viewpoints on some items have been split.
EVERETT — After neighborhood backlash, county leaders retracted on possibly buying the Hope Covenant Church, 4502 Rucker Ave., to shelter people experiencing homelessness until the Mayor and City Council gives the idea a joint endorsement.
SNOHOMISH — The new owner of Java Haus is no stranger to its menu.
EVERETT — The City Council authorized a $500,000 payout to settle a long-drawn-out federal lawsuit over the city’s “bikini barista” rulebook.
SNOHOMISH — She began feeling sick soon after being placed in her apartment. Months later, a certified contractor's test results showed her bedroom had off-the-charts contamination from meth. The blind spot that disabled a Snohomish woman may have been neighbors' complaints of the prior tenant having a suspected meth lab were not logged.
SNOHOMISH — Community housing was the focus of the late February City Council meeting, and for good reason as most people working in Snohomish cannot afford to live here. The solution discussed is “middle housing” — small apartment buildings and townhomes that fit among single-family homes.
SNOHOMISH — Crime is being kept at bay, the Police Department is adding new tools to use and Snohomish will greet a new police chief in coming months.
SNOHOMISH — Shelly Eckel has always lived healthfully, and her family history doesn't have cancer in it. But at age 51 she was surprised to learn she had colon cancer. Within a month later, doctors were able to eliminate the tumor.
SNOHOMISH — This winter's test results are giving some early tells on why toxic algae seems to be able to thrive in Blackman Lake, and what can be done to restore it.
EVERETT — A $7.4 million state Legislature earmark is being proposed for a much better ballpark in Everett to retain the AquaSox minor league team.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SNOHOMISH — The public has plenty of questions on Harvey Field's proposal to expand its airport footprint, which includes relocating Airport Way farther south.
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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