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Splash pads and water playgrounds at Everett's Forest Park and Willis Tucker Park in Snohomish, pictured above, offer playtime in the water and a chance to cool off in the heat all through summer.
Forest Park's splash pad opened early for the season. Its daily hours are 10 a.m. to dusk and the park is at 802 E. Mukilteo Boulevard in Everett. Willis Tucker Park's splash pad will be open daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. starting this Saturday, May 27. Willis Tucker Park is at 6705 Puget Park Drive just outside of Snohomish. Both are free to the public. They're both scheduled to be open to September.

Snohomish park bathrooms hit by troubles

SNOHOMISH — Ferguson Park's bathrooms are locked, and so are the ones at Hill Park at Blackman Lake. Someday, cameras may be watching these parks.

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Snohomish Pride on June 3 to have parade plus more

SNOHOMISH — On June 3, Snohomish will host its first annual Pride Festival, consisting of local vendors, cabaret, face painting, Pride pop-ups and a parade.

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Finishing state Route 522 more possible as design component now fully funded

MONROE — The last chunk of dough to design the future, wider state Route 522 is secure. Legislators recently committed $33.6 million for 522 in the state Transportation budget. Here's the new timeline.

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Snohomish residents to be asked to see if pipes are of lead

SNOHOMISH — A selection of city residents will soon be receiving postcards asking them to state whether their pipes are made of lead. It’s part of a federal audit that has the goal to get rid of lead pipes. What if you do have lead pipes? You'll have to replace them.

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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.

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

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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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