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When COVID-era “expanded” food benefits ended, food banks saw new surge in people

Snohomish Community Food Bank volunteer Mike Manley talks helps a client with what's in one of the food bank's freezers during the food bank’s Friday, May 12 service time to shop for supplemental food.
SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Enhanced SNAP benefits were designed to give people extra allotments to help them through the COVID-19 pandemic, when life was full of uncertainty. But at the beginning of March, these additional SNAP benefits concluded, and food banks are seeing an increase in clients coming in for food. 

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Sky Valley motorcycle show ready to roll Sunday, May 21

SNOHOMISH — Come early for the bikes, stick around for the stunts and live music. The show is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 21.

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Monroe area for families to sleep in cars explained

MONROE — A program to let families with children sleep in their car overnight in St. Vincent de Paul's parking lot at its building on W. Main Street could begin by this summer. Representatives explained the details at a meeting Thursday, May 11.

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SHS performing fairytale musical

Some of the cast members in the Snohomish High School musical production of “Into the Woods Jr.” during a dress rehearsal Tuesday, May 9. The show has remaining performances May 19 and 20 at 7 p.m., and May 20 and 21 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for children, seniors and veterans. It’s an adaptation of the 1987 musical by Steven Sondheim from a book by James Lapine.
The cast is Luke McClellan as The Baker, Kenzie Moore as The Baker’s Wife, Makenzie Stinson as Cinderella, Poppy Stilwell as Jack, Christina Draper as The Witch, Sabrina Scherief as Little Red Riding Hood, Grace Coman as Jack’s Mother, Dylan Baker as The Wolf, Madi Patridge as Mysterious Man, Rachael Hassler as Rapunzel, Ilo Bartolone as Steward and Shyla Weeks as Milky White. Snohomish High theater adviser Diane Johnston said ”we are very proud, the kids did everything, sets, music, lights, everything.”

Gays, bisexuals with steady partners can now donate blood without waiting period

Most gay and bisexual men who are in a steady relationship with another man, or any woman in a relationship with a bisexual man, will no longer need to abstain from sex for three months before being cleared to donate blood. The FDA made a policy change which blood banks have cheered.

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Memorial Day dedication unveils Snohomish’s new vets memorial site

SNOHOMISH — The new veterans memorial being installed on the Carnegie Building’s lawn is coming along. The circular path is already built.
On Monday, May 29, a dedication will be at 2 p.m. of the city’s new veterans memorial.
The program will include a welcome by state Sen. John Lovick, and speeches from VFW District Commander Otis Wolfe of VFW Post 921, Chris Cote of American Legion Post 96 and Mayor Linda Redmon.
There will be an unveiling of the obelisk that honors 79 Snohomish men lost in wars. The obelisk was moved to the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Cemetery a few years ago when the Carnegie underwent extensive construction.
A three-round shooting volley and the playing of “Taps” will be part of the Memorial Day ceremony.
More abut the obelisk and the relocation process is in a 2022 story here.

New signage installed in Monroe

MONROE — New, blue wayfinding signs began being installed around Monroe early last week. The big metal signs replace the brown wooden signs to guide people to key points and places in the city.
A separate set of gateway signs announcing people have entered historic downtown were installed last fall.
The large monument signs in the state Route 522 roundabout on Main Street and Lewis Street Park were the first wave.


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Everett adding bike boulevards to enlarge its all-city network

EVERETT — More bicycle corridors are coming to central Everett soon by way of reconfiguring Madison Street and modifications to north-south Fleming Street parallel to Evergreen Way.

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Split Everett council permits mayor to add homeless buffer zones

EVERETT — The mayor can now set more zones in Everett which outlaw laying or sleeping on the sidewalk. The City Council voted 4-3 granting the mayor authority

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New Snohomish indoor soccer semi-pro club announced

SNOHOMISH — The owner of the Snohomish Sports Dome announced she is starting a local club to compete in men’s and women’s semi-professional indoor soccer. Meanwhile, the Steelheads are relocating. A league commissioner says there's a talent pool in soccer big enough for both.

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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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Preparing to beautify downtown

Snohomish Garden Club members Allison Lamb (left) and Gigi Watson (right) plant flowers into large containers at the Snohomish Public Works yard on Saturday, May 6. The flowers will bloom to fill this year's upcoming hanging baskets that will go on poles throughout downtown Snohomish starting around Memorial Day. Several dozen garden club members met to plant nearly 600 plants into the 70 large containers.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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