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Train fans statewide convene

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Robbie Winter, 11, of Mill Creek runs a small freight train along the Pacific Northwest On30 Modular group’s display during the 27th annual Model Train Show and Market Place at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe on Saturday, Feb. 24. The two-day weekend event has become a tradition for train fans young and old every year. The event sponsored by the United Northwest Model Railroad Club attracts model railroad clubs and vendors from throughout the Northwest with proceeds from the show benefiting the Snohomish County 4-H club.

Keeping parks fresh

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Tim Gray and his daughter Carley Gray from Everett volunteer as part of Navy Strike Group 11 to help spread mulch along the stream in Hannabrook Park on Saturday, Jan. 27. Although there was wind and rain, the volunteers cut blackberry bushes and spread mulch with gusto. Future cleanups are planned citywide. For more information, visit

Rain causes minor river flooding

Water over roadway
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Rising river levels from constant rainfall created flood warnings for the Pilchuck, Snohomish, Snoqualmie and Tolt rivers on Sunday, Feb. 4. Water from the Pilchuck River eroded riverbanks near Lake Stevens. The Snohomish River ran high on Monday, Feb. 5, and water made its way to its usual basins, including the Stocker Soccer Fields and Snohomish Boat Launch along Lincoln Avenue, pictured above on Monday, Feb. 5.

Slew says spring is coming

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Spring is just around the corner, the frognosticating Snohomish Slew indicated by giving a croak at Snohomish’s 13th annual GroundFrog Day Saturday, Jan. 27. Children lined up for a kiss on the nose from the bullfrog, such as the child above.

A kiss for good luck

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Bar owner Mark “Chewey” Nuss receives a kiss on the nose from Snohomish Slew as part of the pre-GroundFrog Day celebration
at Fred’s on First Street. GroundFrog Day will be this Saturday, Jan. 27 at the Avenue A gazebo off of First Street with family-friendly festivities starting at 12:30 p.m. and a follow-on event will be at 2 p.m. at the Snohomish Aquatic Center, 516 Maple Ave.

Still a legend in dance

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Eleanor Leight, 95, talks with a few women from the audience following the Leight Fantastic dance team’s holiday performance at the Snohomish Senior Center on Monday, Dec. 11.

Night of Christmas Jingles

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From left, Tully VanAssche, Annie VanAssche, Ava Larson and Ashley Rice sing “Silent Night” along with the audience during the annual “Night of Christmas Jingles” at Hidden Meadows Farm, near Snohomish, on Sunday, Dec. 10. The event brings back the time when the farmers and community people came together to forget the stresses of everyday life.

Get out of here, Grinch

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Grabbing onto his hat as he runs with a horde of people behind him, The Grinch made an appearance for the fourth annual Chase the Grinch run on Sunday, Dec. 3. About 800 runners participated in the run along the Centennial Trail from Snohomish to Three Lakes Road and back for the 5K runners, or Snohomish to Machias and back for the 10K runners.

Santa stops by Snohomish

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Having arrived on the top of a Snohomish Fire District 4 fire engine, Santa Claus makes his way through a crowd of his fans to the Avenue A gazebo where he sat and talked to children regarding their Christmas lists on Saturday, Nov. 25. The annual visit to downtown Snohomish by Old St. Nick marks the opening day of holiday shopping and sales by local businesses.

All breeds welcome

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A Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, named Right Said Fred, is being handled by his owner Tonya Struble and examined by
Judge Eric Liebes. He went on to win a group two in the hound group. The Whidbey Island Kennel Club hosts a two-day annual All-Breed American Kennel Club show every year in November at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds which includes conformation, junior showmanship, obedience and rally trials. This year, 1,374 dogs were entered into the show.

Students do the polka

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Thomas Tilton plays the accordion as he and members of the Leavenworth-based polka band Alpenfolk perform while students try out a dance during a German language conference held at Snohomish High School on Saturday, Nov. 18. More than 350 German language studies students from across the state attended this year’s conference, which included this lesson in German polka dancing.

All breeds welcome

Kaitlyn Price photo

A Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, named Right Said Fred, is being handled by his owner Tonya Struble and examined by
Judge Eric Liebes. He went on to win a group two in the hound group. The Whidbey Island Kennel Club hosts a two-day annual All-Breed American Kennel Club show every year in November at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds which includes conformation, junior showmanship, obedience and rally trials. This year, 1,374 dogs were entered into the show.

Demonstrating the dances of Peru

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Theresa McDermott of the Peruvian dance group Balorico performs a dance at the Imagine Children’s Museum in Everett on Saturday, Nov. 4, as children from the audience were encouraged to join in. The dancing performance was part of the museum’s “Celebrate Our World” series, with this month featuring the country of Peru. The series of events continues next month featuring France.

Little ones do trunk or treat

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Dressed as Mickey Mouse, Paxton Burns, 1 of Brier uses both hands to reach for some candy in a bowl as his sister Emily, 3, waits for her turn in the back. The two were of over 1,000 children and parents who celebrated Halloween by participating in the second annual Trunk or Treat at the Hope Church in Snohomish on Saturday, Oct. 28. Members of Snohomish Fire District 4 and the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Department also passed out candy.

Many get into Halloween spirit in the Riverside Neighborhood

Kaitlyn Price photo

The Dean family decorated this home on East Grand Avenue in Everett for the annual Riverside Neighborhood Halloween contest. Summer Dean’s decorations include twinkly orange lights, gravestones, skeletons and more. There are six contest categories: best overall, best theme, best daytime, best nighttime, scariest and best block. Home nominations among neighbors close Saturday, Oct. 21.

EVERETT — The Riverside Neighborhood in northeast Everett has embraced an annual Halloween decorating contest with the hope of transforming Riverside into a “frightfully, delightful community.”

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It's pumpkin pickin' season

Parker Camacho, 1, of Everett, carries a pumpkin that she picked out back to a wagon as she and her family participated in the activities at Stocker Farm south of Snohomish on Sunday, Oct. 8. The Snohomish Valley Festival of Pumpkins is in full swing, as farms throughout the valley are open with U-pick pumpkin patches, hay rides, corn mazes and other family-style activities. Several of the farms also have haunted activities in the evenings on weekends.

Keeping it spotless

Jack Kuehn of Everett finishes shining the chrome parts under the hood of his 1940 Ford Deluxe 2-door sedan at the 35th annual Snohomish Classic Car & Hot Rod Display on Sunday, Sept. 24. Kuehn, a retired Everett police officer, was one of about 500 owners of classic vehicles and hot rods that showed off their rides in downtown Snohomish.

Yoga at sunset

Kaitlyn Price photo

Snohomish community members join in for a free Sunset Slow Flow Yoga class held at Skydive Snohomish in the middle of Harvey Airfield. This class was lead by yoga instructor Haley McElderry from Spark Hot Yoga Studio on Thursday, Aug. 31. The studio closed for one week for a remodeling project.

Playing with the bells and whistles

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Wesley Bruton, 2, of Redmond looks up at the gauges, while his sister Caroline, 4, pulls the cord to blow the whistle on the Imagine Children’s Museum’s newly remodeled train exhibit on Saturday, Sept. 9. The two were accompanied by their grandmother Tammie Enders of Snohomish. The museum in Everett reopened on Sept. 9 after being closed for a week for maintenance and cleaning. It has several refurbished and new exhibits including the steam locomotive that features a simulated firebox and button-activated locomotive sounds.

Vigil honors those lost to opioids

Participants of the “A Night to Remember - A Time to Act” candlelight vigil in commemoration of International Overdose Awareness Day light candles as photos of victims are displayed nearby on Thursday, Aug. 31 at Thornton A. Sullivan Park in Everett.

The Fair continues to roll ‘til Labor Day

Doug Ramsay photo,

The Evergreen State Fair runs through Sept. 4. Carsen Monaghan of the Whatcom County town of Deming (right) does his best to stay on the log as he competes with Eric Towne of Flagstaff, Arizona in the log rolling demonstration as part of the International Lumberjack Shows at the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe on Sunday, Aug. 27.

Antique tractors to climb on

Benjamin Nimnich, 2 (left) and his brother Gideon, 4, (behind Benjamin) both of Mount Vernon play on their father’s 1948 International Harvester Farmall tractor while attending the 29th annual Stock and Antique Tractor Show and Threshing Bee at the Frohning Farm south of Monroe on Saturday, Aug. 12. Each year the three-day event presented by the Sky Valley Stock and Antique Tractor Club features a large display of farm and logging tractors from as early as the 1920s.

Grass fire on Second Street caused by curious crow

Curious crow photo
Fire District 4 firefighters and witness Ray Vermillion look where a crow had flown into the power line transformer and blew it on Monday, July 24. Power to the Tribune offices, the chiropractor’s office and Farmers Insurance office was out for almost one hour.

The Kings of Wake

Wakesurfer Callum Bondy of Chicago rides the wake during competition in the Supreme Northwest Wake Surf Open on Lake Tye in Monroe on Sunday, July 16. Unlike wakeboarding, where a boat pulls the rider, wakesurfers drop the rope once they are up, and ride along on the boat’s wake. Amateur surfers from throughout the U.S. and Canada participated in the weekend-long competition, as riders qualified for the Centurion Boats World Wakesurfing Championships in September in British Columbia. The pro wakeboard tour that came to Lake Tye in past summers isn’t scheduled to take to the lake this year.

Typewriters on the streets

Robert Gillock is sitting at a typewriter in downtown Everett at one of the city’s many typewriters that hit the streets last week for its “Word on the Street” event. He is with his mom Tara Gillock who is helping him navigate the keys for him to answer the daily published question of “what is your favorite thrifty item?” The typewriters are out on the streets at nine downtown locations, such as this one outside Major League Pizza on Colby Avenue, now through Tuesday, Aug. 1. The typewriters are displayed on artist-embellished tables, reflecting the theme of the written word.

Kla Ha Ya Days brings family fun

Ten-month-old Camille Liberda of Arlington takes a big lead as her competition just rolls over in the background during the baby crawling contest at this year’s Kla Ha Ya Days celebration in Snohomish on Saturday, July 15. The annual event attracts participants from all over the state, and featured the traditional parade, eating competitions and frog catapulting using toy frogs, along with a carnival and circus. Sunday’s events included a car and motorcycle show.

Fire at Port of Everett marina

Everett Police and Fire Department’s Marine 1 moves into position to battle flames from a number of boats that burned at the Everett Marina on Saturday, July 8. The fire started on a boat having mechanical problems while coming to dock. One person had minor injuries and was treated at the scene. The fire damaged five boats on the D Dock, four of which sunk.

Valley produce stands are opening up

Ciara Cleary restocks the apricots at Stocker Farm’s Country Market produce stand on Tuesday, June 27. A few produce stands in the Snohomish River Valley have opened up, and there are several u-pick farms now open. Right now, strawberries and raspberries are coming in fresh daily as are Walla Walla onions, and blueberries will be arriving within the next week or two and a blueberry u-pick site will be opening later this month.

Origami stars and stripes

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The before-school and after-school YMCA daycare program at Cedar Wood Elementary School created an American flag made of origami peace cranes. They presented it to the school as a thank you gift. In the photo above, Cedar Wood Principal David Jones and YMCA teacher Shirley Bryant stand with the origami peace flag.

Wranglin’ up rodeo bikes at Bike Bash

Axle Skinner, 3, of Mill Creek, maneuvers his bike through a field of half-cut tennis balls that represent rocks as he runs through the bike rodeo event during the third annual Snohomish County Bike Bash at Willis Tucker Park on Saturday, June 24. Sponsored by Community Transit, Snohomish County Parks and Recreation and The Bridge City Church, the event featured the safety and skills-oriented bike rodeo, along with other bicycle oriented events. Snohomish County Fire District 7, was also on hand providing low cost bike helmets and fittings.

Fishing derby enriches lives

Karen Skoog of Bellevue, (left) helps her brother David Fouty also of Bellevue with the fishing pole as the two participated in the Friendship Adventures non-competitive fishing derby at Snohomish’s Blackman Lake on Saturday, June 17. Kirkland based Friendship Adventures is a volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of people with developmental disabilities through social, recreational, and educational activities.

Beautifying the city

Stella Rucker, 7, of Everett (left) and her mother Molly plant flowers in a bed as they, along with other volunteers planted over 30,000 flowers along the stretch of Mukilteo Boulevard that stretches through Forest Park in Everett Saturday, June 3. This was the 24th year of the event which attracts volunteers from across the county.


Bikes line the streets

With early arrivals parked along First Street, motorcyclists pass by as they arrive for the 21st annual Snohomish Motorcycle Show on Sunday, May 21. Thousands of motorcyclists and bike enthusiasts packed the downtown area, as motorcycles of all types from old to new lined First Street as well as several of the side streets. The event also featured a demonstration by the Seattle Cossacks motorcycle stunt team. Organized by Sky Valley ABATE, the event proceeds are donated to various community donations throughout the year.

Delightful worms disgust

Alexa Dahl, 6, of Everett gingerly picks out a worm to put into her take-home worm farm at the Snohomish Library on Friday, May 12 for a class. Dahl and about 20 other children learned about soil and composting while building their own worm farms. The children also helped plant flowers in a bed on the north side of the library. The event was partially funded through a grant from the Snohomish Garden Club.

Marching against climate change

Jacqueline Williamson (with the flag of earth) and Jenny Lutz (with the globe), both of Bothell, lead a march up W. Marine View Drive along the Everett waterfront as more than 400 people participated in the People’s Climate March of Everett sponsored by the local chapter of The march coincided with President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office and started at the 10th Street boat launch, finishing with a lecture in a field near Legion Park.

An egg-citing Easter Parade

Myckel Johnson, 4, of Burlington (left) and Hailey Carlin, 4, of Kirkland converse as they wait for judging during the Easter Bonnet contest that presided the 37th annual Snohomish Easter Parade on Saturday, April 15. Thousands lined the street for the traditional event as the sun kept peeking in and out of the clouds all day.

Out for a spring walk

Several people wander past the flowering trees that are in full bloom in Everett’s Grand Avenue Park on Saturday, April 1. After a record-setting month of rain through March, much of Snohomish County was able to experience a brief break from the wet weather as the sun came out for a part of the afternoon and evening on Saturday.


Kids will be kids

Harper Carden, 5, of Marysville holds on to her pygmy goat and waits her turn, while her grandmother Julie Davis of Arlington walks her goat past the judges during the annual Evergreen Pygmy Goat Association show at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe on Saturday, March 25. Over 70 goats from all over the Northwest participated in the judging this year, with the youngest being just three-months-old.

Tons of debris removed

From center left, Sarah Lunstrum of Monroe, Melanie Modrell of Duvall and Jill Brumbaugh of Monroe pick up debris while cleaning up a homeless encampment on the south bank of the Skykomish River outside of Monroe on Saturday, Feb. 25. More than 80 volunteers, some from as far away as Oregon and Wenatchee, spent the morning clearing out the encampment near the Lewis Street Bridge. The cleanup was able to get done in less than two hours; it was organized by the nonprofit group RiverJunky, which cleans up waterways and campsites around the state.


The GroundFrog says spring is coming

SNOHOMISH — For good luck, Snohomish Slew gets a kiss from Princess Amphibiana, Jenny Hatch, prior to his Frognostication at the 12th annual GroundFrog Day celebration in Snohomish on Saturday, Jan. 28. Slew’s keeper Thayer Cueter is holding up the American Bullfrog. As the tradition goes, if Slew croaks, its sunny skies for spring in the Pacific Northwest, if he does not, then expect more wet weather. While it was faint and barely heard, Slew did make a sound predicting sunny days ahead, which excited the crowd of over 100 of Slew’s fans in attendance.

Related: “The Frog Lady” Thayer Cueter got her nickname by no coincidence


Food trucks invading Everett weekly

Diners line up during a chilly lunch hour on Friday, Jan. 6 to buy meals from food trucks lining the Wetmore Avenue Plaza in Everett. While the main portion of the plaza is fenced off for maintenance work on the fountain, it and the frigid temperature didn’t stop people from dining at the trucks. The food trucks convene at the plaza as part of an effort called “Food Truck Fridays” put on by the Washington Food Truck Association. The organization plans to open a second food truck space soon in the Silver Lake area with a grand opening Monday, Jan. 16. That food truck lot will run weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. a block south of Costco at 1831 Silver Lake Road. The food truck association launched in 2015.







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