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Cathcart Elementary school fifth grader Caia Fisher, 10, brushes on an oil and spice dressing onto slices of pita bread as she prepares her culinary creation during the Snohomish School District’s annual junior chef competition inside Glacier Peak High School on Friday, April 28. Fourth through sixth grade students from the district’s elementary schools were invited to submit recipes for after-school snack foods. The top competitors were given the chance to create their food that day for a panel of judges.

Monroe area for a few families to sleep in cars proposed

MONROE — A proposal at St. Vincent de Paul’s site in west Monroe would set up a space for a small number of homeless families to safely sleep in their cars afterhours to the left of the thrift store. An open house meeting about the proposal will be Thursday, May 11 from 5 to 6 p.m. at St. Vincent de Paul's resource center, 17150 W. Main St., Suite B.

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Tearing up the quarter-midget circuit

SNOHOMISHHudson Johnson is a quarter midget race car driver who has already nailed down local, regional and national-level winner's trophies in the NASCAR Youth Series.

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Planned shelter at Hope Church Everett site dead

EVERETT — The county won't be buying Hope Covenant Church on Rucker Avenue to turn into a homeless shelter site in central Everett. The county now is asking the city to make arrangements for a future site.

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Wanted driver cut through Snohomish on busted tires, rims

SNOHOMISH — What the heck happened on that sunny Wednesday afternoon in which a big pickup truck barrelled through town with police behind?

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Local governments acting as state drug possession law to end

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — A countywide drug possession and use law being introduced to the County Council this week would make it a gross misdemeanor to use drugs in public or be carrying illegal drugs. Everett’s City Council, meanwhile, will decide on a drug possession law this Wednesday, May 3.

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Snohomish student working to fight childhood hunger

SNOHOMISH — A Valley View Middle School 7th grade student, is raising money for the Snohomish Community Food Bank selling hand-decorated goods. So far she's raised more than $650 and will be doing fundraisers to raise more.

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Next Snohomish Police Chief announced as Lt. Mike Martin

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.

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More “no-sit/no-lie” zones in Everett discussed

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.

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Snohomish may re-evaluate allowing fireworks

SNOHOMISH — The City Council may seek an advisory ballot measure asking the public whether it would support a full in-city ban.  Snohomish currently allows using fireworks on just the Fourth of July from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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Forest Park pool’s future to be studied

EVERETT — The city of Everett is considering what to do with the long-closed Forest Park pool.

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Snohomish Farmers Market opens May 4

SNOHOMISH — Fresh fruits, vegetables and delights are all for the choosing as farmers market season is nearly here. The Snohomish Farmers Market opens Thursday, May 4 on Cedar Avenue and part of Pearl Street in Historic Downtown Snohomish.

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Miracle League lets everyone play the game

Seven-year-old Dominic Pineda takes a swing at the ball during the season-opener of Miracle League Baseball on Rotary Field in Monroe on Saturday, April 22. The Monroe / Sky Valley YMCA's Miracle League gives children with physical and mental disabilities the experience and fun of playing baseball. In Miracle League games, every player gets to hit, get on base, and score every inning, with the help of a volunteer buddy. The local league is open to kids of all ages and with any type of physical or mental disability from the anywhere in the Puget Sound area. The league’s season runs through mid-June with games each Saturday.

Site of future Snohomish fire station on Pine Avenue identified

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.

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Monroe asking residents how it should grow

MONROE — The city is having the public help plot out how and where Monroe should grow over the next 20 years.
The city will need to accommodate about 5,000 more residents, so where should they live?

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Snohomish Fire board declines to consider joining with South County Fire

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.

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Monroe mayor's speech highlights human needs

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.

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Backlash has county pause on mid-Everett homeless shelter

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.
County representatives faced hostility and pleas during two evening meetings last week packed with residents who live around Hope Church.

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How robotics clubs make mighty tech

MONROE — Inside the skunkworks of Bearcats Robotics and legions of other robotics clubs are the next generation of engineers. Sure, they created a machine, but they also beefed up a lot of life skills that don't require a screwdriver, too.

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Java Haus changes hands but to keep its proven formula

SNOHOMISH — The new owner of Java Haus is no stranger to its menu.
Kobi Gomez, a lifelong Snohomian, ate here many, many mornings. Now she’s taken over as of April 1.
Retiring owner James White, 58 of Fobes Hill, said he’s putting it in the right hands since Gomez has restaurant experience.

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Meth lab residue harmed next tenant at Housing Hope Snohomish apartment unit

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.

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Many who work in Snohomish can’t live here due to cost

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.

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Nobody expects colon cancer: A Snohomish woman's story

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.

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Blackman Lake early test results suggest lakebed fueling algae

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.

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State may plunge $7.4 million toward futue AquaSox stadium

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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