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Up close with Santa

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Emerson Louthan, 2, of Lynnwood visits with Santa Claus while he and his family were visiting the Imagine Children’s Museum in Everett during the museum’s sensory-friendly time. The monthly event allows children with processing sensitivities and their families a period when they can play at the museum when it is quieter and less busy.

‘His heart grew three sizes that day’

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The poor Grinch just can not get a break as he was chased out of town again this year by a posse of Santa’s helpers in the form of runners during the sixth annual “Chase the Grinch Outta Snohomish 5K and 10K fun run” on Sunday, Dec. 8. Hundreds of runners of all ages dressed for the festive occasion ran along the Centennial Trail.

Firefighters offer feast for Thanksgiving

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Everett Fire Department firefighter Mark Farrar serves a meal during the Everett Firefighters Association’s 20th annual Free Holiday Dinner for seniors at the Carl Gipson Senior Center in Everett on Sunday. Nearly 400 meals were served during the event as fire department personnel along with their families and friends helped prepare and serve the meals.

Giant blocks let you build anything

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Baylynn Fox, 7, of Everett slides a couple of foam blocks through the doorway of a castle that she and her sister Calla, 3, along with her 10-year-old friend Kylie Thoman were building inside the Imagine Children’s Museum in Everett on Saturday, Nov. 16. The museum recently introduced Imagination Playground Blocks in its Build Zone.

Kids give “spooky slime” a try

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Kyleen, age 7, left and her pal Leilani, 8 enjoy making “Spooky Slime” in an event for kids at the Mariner branch of Sno-Isle Libraries in South Everett on Saturday, Oct. 26. Several groups of kids enjoyed making the sparkle goo. They could add colors, sparkles and googie-eyes.

“Pumpkins in the pool” perfect for fall

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On Saturday, Oct. 19, there were 20 to 30 families that took part in the “Pumpkins in the Pool”, a family event at the Monroe/Sky Valley Y in Monroe. Pumpkins floated all over in part of one of the Y’s pools. There was pumpkin decorating, too. The pumpkins were donated by Craven Farms of Snohomish.

A mainstay on Main Street looks to retire

MONROE — The owners of the Sky River Bakery, a joyful morning stop for hundreds, are planning a well-deserved break after starting shop here 32 years ago.   More on this story... Published October 9, 2019

Park newly named for Pilchuck Julia blessed with honor

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Tulalip Tribal Chairwoman Teri Gobin (left) and tribal member Patti Gobin (center) perform along with Tulalip Tribe drummers and singers to open the Pilchuck Julia Landing ceremony on Tuesday, Aug. 27.
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Former Seattle-Snohomish Mill burns

No firefighters injured, building likely a total loss

A firefighter keeps an eye for any spreading fire as flames race through the former Seattle-Snohomish lumber mill in Snohomish. Fire crews worked to fight the fire early Wednesday, Aug. 28. In the top right, a Fire District 7 ladder truck sprays water down onto the roof.

SNOHOMISH — A two-alarm fire tore through the former
Seattle-Snohomish Mill across the river from First Street on Wednesday, Aug. 28. Now investigators are working on any clues.
  More on this story... Published September 4, 2019

These pianos are not going to play themselves

Sophia Mendez (right) and Nadya Mendez (left) of Everett sit down together on Colby Avenue in downtown Everett to play a piece during the city’s annual Street Tunes experiment. This piano is one of 19 located around the city as part of an interactive art project to bring visual and musical enjoyment to the community. The pianos will be out until Aug. 27 when they’re put away for the year. Each piano can be played during daylight hours.

U-pick season is open

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Brooklyn Parsons, 5, of Lake Stevens, picks blueberries along with her family at the Mountainview Blueberry Farm south of Snohomish on Thursday, July 25. Blueberry season is in full swing as numerous U-pick farms including several in the Snohomish and Monroe areas are open. Along with blueberries, U-pick farms of other varieties of produce are opening for summer picking throughout Snohomish County and the broader region.

Summertime splash pads
open in public parks

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Peyton, 7, Olivia, 9, and a friend enjoy the spray pad at Willis Tucker Park on the Fourth of July. The girls and their families enjoyed a picnic and the park. The large family group is from the Snohomish area. The splash pads at Willis Tucker Park, 6706 Puget Park Dr. in Snohomish, and Forest Park in Everett, 802 W. Mukilteo Boulevard, have opened for the season.

Everett Station summer market opens

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Twins Ellie and Olivia, age 5 from Everett, look over the selection of soaps and lotions at a booth in the Wednesday farmers market at Everett Station, which opened Wednesday, June 5. Together with mom Laura Hernandez, they enjoyed the honey, the kettle corn and considered the rings each received from a vendor at the market as their favorite. The Everett Station farmers market will run Wednesdays 3 to 7 p.m. through Aug. 29. It is run by the Everett Farmers Market, which operates its larger Sunday market at the Port of Everett marina.

Assembled meals benefit thousands

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SNOHOMISH —A line of students, faculty and community volunteers packed meals Monday, May 20 as part of the SHS Fights Hunger effort. Thousands of meals were put together. Over 900 students from Snohomish and AIM high schools assembled packets that will provide more than 100,000 meals that will be distributed both locally and worldwide. Each packet containing rice, soy protein, dehydrated vegetables and a vitamin packet provides six meals when boiled in water. The campaign is a partnership between the Dream Dinners Foundation and the Snohomish High School DECA program.

Motorcycle show has plenty of shine

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SNOHOMISH —Desiree Lagazo decorates her 1999 Yamaha at the 23rd annual Sky Valley Motorcycle Show on Sunday, May 19 on Snohomish’s First Street. Hundreds of motorcycles of all vintages lined the streets. ”I love it, love all of it. It’s all fresh, there is no ‘judging,’ it’s like the Girl Scouts” for an age group Lagazo includes herself in called “50-Teenagers.” The pink circle under the front tire is an old Christmas tree skirt.

Monroe fishing derby action

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Not everyone used a rod and reel at the “Trouts Unlimited Kids Fishing Day” on Sunday, April 28 at Lake Tye, in Monroe, as a participant wades into the lake with a big net. The weekend weather was sunny almost all weekend, lending to a good amount of sunshine. The event later included an adult derby.
In Snohomish, the Snohomish Sportsmen’s Club and Tillicum Kiwanis are hosting a kids’ derby May 4 from 8 to 11 a.m. on Blackman Lake; meet at Hill Park, 1600 Park Ave.

Another wonderful Easter Parade

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Having her Easter bonnet tied on by her mother Meghan, four-year-old Maya Ingebrigtson of Snohomish waits for judging during the
39th annual Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet contest in Snohomish on Saturday, April 20. Being the only Easter parade in the state, the parade has become a tradition as thousands line First street to watch. While it may have not been sunny as in past years, the event did remain rain-free. More photos are in this week's paper.

Tough mudders tackle Spartan race

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Competitors slip and slither under the barb wire grid during the Seattle Spartan Super and Sprint races on Saturday, April 13 outside of Monroe. The two-day competition drew thousands of challengers who took on obstacles such as sliding down a mud bank and diving under a floating fence to stagger up the other side. The fastest competitors tackling the longer, 8-mile course took about one hour to finish it. The short course was three miles.

All ages help rebuild bikes

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Sharing Wheels volunteer Carter Wall, of Everett, gets a little help from his three-year-old nephew Quincy Wall in pumping air into a bicycle tire tube during a weekend work session last Sunday. Help fix donated bikes at a work party Sunday, March 31 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sharing Wheels provides pizza and guidance. Work party is at the Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop at 2531 Broadway in Everett.

Traditional cultures on display

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Western Washington University students, Samara Almonte (left) Riley Rieber (center) and Ray Valle (right) along with Amanda Jackson and Lily Saldana (both not pictured) perform a traditional Latin dance at this year’s Everett High School Culture Night on Wednesday, March 13. Along with displays of countries from around the world, the evening included dance and musical performances from students from Mariner High, Western Washington University and several community groups.

A new era for Paine Field

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The first commercial flight at Paine Field in more than 75 years launched Monday, March 4. Here, photographed Saturday, March 2, technicians perform last-minute checks of the check-in kiosks in the arrivals area in anticipation of opening day.
The first trip Monday, March 4 was a ceremonial flight to Portland at 10 a.m., and the airport’s first formal commercial passenger flight of the 21st century left at 10:30 a.m. heading to Las Vegas with Alaska Airlines.

Tooth-A-Palooza ensures free checkups

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Alden Reldan, 4, of Oak Harbor, practices the proper way of brushing his teeth during the annual Tooth- A-Palooza event at the Imagine Children’s Museum in Everett on Friday, Feb.15. The event, which was in conjunction with the museum’s monthly free admission night, featured free low-level dental exams by area dentists, along with hands-on exhibits and lessons in proper dental care. It is timed to celebrate “National Children’s Dental Health Month.”

Snow days

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Snowfall across the region caused early closures and interruptions to everyday life. Two separate snow dumpings at the start and end of the week had plow crews working overtime to get roads clear. More snowfall is expected this week. Here, 6-year-old twins Caroline and Ethan Bryan of Monroe sled on the modest hill near Miracle Field and the Monroe Community Senior Center on Saturday, Feb. 9.

Snohomish Slew says more wet coming

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Snohomish’s famous amphibian frognosticator, Snohomish Slew, looks out at the crowd of his admirers as is presented by caretaker
Thayer Cueter for the 14th annual GroundFrog Day celebration in downtown Snohomish on Saturday, Feb. 2. Well over several hundred Slew’s fans gathered to see if he would let out a croak to signal a quick arrival of spring. However, he held his silence, indicating his forecast of six more weeks of “soggy and wet,” and even added with a chance of snow flurries to this year’s prediction.

Body found after fire in
Everett bar’s building

A male was found dead on Sunday, Jan. 20 after a fire broke out around 12:30 a.m. in the second-floor apartments above Harvey’s Pub and Grill on Broadway, which was once the former home of Buzz Inn. The two-alarm fire at 3615 Broadway destroyed the upper story, and the bar below has extensive water damage.
The cause and origin of the fire were still under investigation by a joint police and fire team as of late Friday, Jan. 25.

The man who died in the Jan. 20 fire at 3615 Broadway was identified as Stephen Andvik, 58. The county medical examiner’s office identified that he died of smoke inhalation and the manner of death was identified as an
accident. Andvik was the only fatality. KIRO-TV reported from talking with people who knew Andvik that he did not reside in the apartments but was there visiting a friend. The Tribune was unable to independently confirm by press time.
The two-alarm fire broke out in the second-floor apartments above Harvey’s Pub and Grill. It destroyed the upper story, and the bar below has extensive water damage.
The building was equipped with fire alarms that alerted people inside the bar and the apartments upstairs to evacuate the building. There were no fire sprinklers in the building. It was built in 1951.

Carl Gipson, a remarkable man, turns 95

Surrounded by family members from his sons to grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Carl Gipson listens as 150 guests sing “Happy Birthday” to him at the Carl Gipson Senior Center on Saturday, Jan. 12. The barrier-breaking Everett City Councilman was born Jan. 11, 1924. He is the first black resident to serve on the council, and did so for 24 years. The center was named for Gipson in 2009 for his longtime civic involvement. One of his sons, Ron Gipson, who also spent a long time on Everett City Council, holds a microphone in the upper left.

Bringing life anew from holiday waste

Bobby Mangrum trims limbs from one of the many Christmas trees that Everett Community College has received since the end of the holiday season to prepare them to size to be put into a shredder for mulch.
A cost-free disposal of Christmas trees gives the college valuable wood chips that is used as mulch around flower gardens and other vegetation throughout the campus. Trees can be dropped off between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays. Trees must be free of all decorations, tinsel and any other non-biodegradable materials. For more information on EvCC's program, call 425-388-9512. The City of Monroe is
also taking trees for free, story here.

“A Christmas Story” comes to life

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Practicing the scene in which Flick, played by 10-year-old Kalum Cruze (left) sticks his tongue to a frozen flag pole, schoolmates from left, Elianna Emmons, 11, Emmaleijh Hanhn, 13 and Andrew Tjaardra, 10, who plays Ralphie, watch in amazement during dress rehearsal on Tuesday, Nov. 13.
Performances of “A Christmas Story” will be held at the Wagner Performing Arts Center located at 639 W. Main Street, in Monroe. Dates and times: Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 1 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Dec. 2 at 2 p.m., Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 8 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. Raffle tickets for the leg lamp will be sold at all shows and the winner will be announced
at the closing performance. Tickets for adults are $14.50, $12.50 for students, seniors and active military, and children 5 and under are free.
Further information is at

Calls for peace after synagogue shooting

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Lafti Al-Ali (right) and Bentalha Al-Ali, both of Everett hold candles as they listen to Rabbi Rachel Kort of the Temple Beth Or in Everett sing during the Interfaith candlelight vigil at the Snohomish County Courthouse campus on Thursday, Nov. 1. Several hundred people of all faiths gathered for the event to honor the 11 people killed in a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Oct. 27.

Festival of Bands

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Cascade High School junior Hannah Darby performs with the Cascade Sound Marching Band during the 31st annual Puget Sound Festival of Bands at Everett Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 27. This year’s festival featured 14 high school bands from Washington plus Astoria High School from Oregon. Along with Cascade, other local schools to participate this year were Stanwood and Oak Harbor. The Chiawana High School band from Pasco took first place with a stunning performance that featured an arrangement of “Ballet Suite No. 4” by Dmitri Shostakovich and “Another Brick in the Wall” by Pink Floyd that was underscored by audio of defining moments in modern American history such as President Ronald Reagan’s iconic entreaty: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

65th annual Serpentine a sea of red

Reusing food past its prime

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Chef Lesa Sullivan demonstrates how fruits and vegetables that are past their sell-by date yet still edible can be repurposed into simple recipes, such as a sauteed fruit juice called a “shrub,” at the Snohomish Farmers Market on Thursday, Sept. 27.
In another example, a cheese grater can shred tomatoes to be turned into a topping garnish. Sullivan also served ratatouille, where the cook throws multiple vegetables into a pot to create a meal sort of like a stew. Officials from Lake Stevens taste-tested the results.
The show was for Waste Management’s “Scrap Happy Kitchen” effort against food waste to show how food can be thoroughly used before resorting to discarding it in the compost bin. The company has a guide on prolonging food storage and reusing food scraps available at


Brick by brick

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Steve Jensen shows the scale of his Lego block structure of the wardrobe from “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” book that opens the Narnia series of adventures. Last week inside his Monroe store he was placing Lego trees on the wintry ground and other touches.

MONROE — There isn't anything quite like the wardrobe from Narnia that was built, brick by brick, with Legos. More on this story...

Fire destroys Judd & Black flagship store

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Ladder trucks from Everett (left) and Marysville fire departments attempt to douse the flames as fire raced through the Judd & Black appliance store building at 3001 Hewitt Ave. approaching the U.S. 2 trestle on Friday night. A wall also collapsed. The Fire Department as of press time was still working to identify the fire’s origin, but early reports it began in a dumpster have been refuted. Police also are investigating. No one was injured in the three-alarm fire that began around 7:30 p.m. and took a couple of hours to bring under control.


Free Zumba classes

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Carl Gipson Senior Center members (from left, Dianne Campbell of Lake Stevens, Joanne Drebaum of Snohomish, Jan Brown of Everett and Pam Kepford of Everett) work out during a Zumba session at the center on Wednesday, Sept. 5. The Zumba class meets Wednesdays at 4 p.m. A budget proposal the mayor presented last week would introduce a membership fee to use the Carl Gipson Senior Center. Right now, the center is free to everyone over the age of 50.

School is starting

Children returned to school this week, meaning yellow school buses are making stops along their routes. Here, Snohomish School District vehicle mechanic Myles Glance tightens up a screw as he finishes repairs to one of the district’s buses Thursday, Aug. 30 as mechanics readied fleets countywide. Safety is important as children load in and out of school buses. Do not pass a school bus when it signals a stop; it’s not the same as a city bus. On a two-lane road, cars in both directions stop unless there’s a dividing median. Not stopping for the bus can cost you a $430 fine by state law, and some districts have videocameras built into their buses for enforcement purposes.

Sealed ‘til Everett’s 175th

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Edison Dippery, 2, has his hand traced onto a postcard by his mother Mary Fosse, while dad Mike Dippery helps during the City of Everett’s 125th anniversary time capsule sealing at the library main branch on Sunday, Aug 19. Well over 100 postcards that held messages of the thoughts of Everett today and predictions for the future were placed in the capsule, not to be opened until 2068. Some cards also had photos attached by the writers of themselves or places they enjoy. The capsule also holds copies of the Sunday edition of the Everett Herald, last week’s Tribune and several other items from present-day Everett.

Nubian Jam

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Erie Wheeler and her daughter Jaqyrie, 7, both of Everett, react to the soul music of the Everett-based BroHamM band during the 26th annual Nubian Jam at Everett’s Forest Park on Saturday, July 28. The daylong event celebrates Everett’s diversity: African-American culture was displayed through music, food, inspirational speakers, dance and varied live performances.

A rainbow of flavor at
area farmers markets

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Co-owner Taylor Barker of Waxwing Farm near Mount Vernon restocks the carrots in the organic farm’s stand at the Everett Farmers Market on Sunday, Aug. 5. The Everett Farmers Market has two different locations. One is at 2333 32nd Street from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays thru Sept. 26. The other is at Boxcar Park on 1200 Millwright Loop W. on Sundays thru Oct. 14. The Snohomish Farmers Market is open Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m. until Sept. 27 at the Carnegie Building off of First Street in Snohomish. On Aug. 15, the Monroe Farmers Market will have their last event of the season from 3 to 7 p.m., at Monroe Plaza in the old Albertson’s parking lot.

Wakeboarding 101

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Austin Schram of Neenah, Wisconsin performs a flip while competing in the Junior Men’s division semi finals on opening day of the 2018 Nautique WWA Wakeboard National Championship event at Monroe’s Lake Tye on Wednesday, July 25.

MONROE — Wakeboarders convened for national championships last week at Lake Tye. One local competitor explained the joys and challenges of riding the waves to victory.

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Kla Ha Ya Days delights yet again

Keeping her eye on the competition, a young participant in the watermelon eating event glances at a competitor. The watermelon event was just one of the many events competition at this year’s Kla Ha Ya Days celebration in Snohomish on Saturday, July 21. The annual event which attracts visitors from all over the state, and featured the traditional parade, eating competitions and an appearance from the Dino Crew Northwest’s dinosaurs, along with a carnival and circus.

Soccer academy has kids
finding new goals

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Caylee Krestel (left) and Ryan Cho, both 8, participate in the annual Casino Road Soccer Camp on Thursday, June 28 at Walter E. Hall Park in Everett. The annual week-long camp hosted by the Everett Police Department is in its 11th year and helps build positive relations
between the police and at-risk children. Now-retired Everett Police Sgt. Manny Garcia, who once played professional soccer in Mexico, created the academy to teach soccer skills as well as promote positive life skills to the city’s youth.

Rain pauses Showdown race

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After being rained out on Saturday night, the main event for the annual Summer Showdown at Evergreen Speedway was postponed to Sunday, July 1, as crews were able to dry out the asphalt. The big-money Showdown attracts national Super Late Model circle track racers to Monroe. Above, in turn four, Chris Davidson of Pearland, Texas (No. 14) is ahead of Wyatt Gardner of Lake Stevens (No. 3) and John Lathrop Jr. of Puyallup (orange car, left) during the early laps of the race. National racer Preston Peltier won the 200-lap race for the second year in a row. Davidson was second and Robb Touchette of Lake Stevens was third.

Goodbye school, hello summer

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Weston Gile, 5, from Snohomish runs through three aqua jumper fountains during a sunny day at the Willis Tucker Spray Pad on Friday, June 15. The Spray Pad is open until the warm weather ends in September at Willis D. Tucker Community Park.

No boo-boos for these bears

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EVERETT — Four-year-old Jason Smith of Everett has his teddy bear examined by Kaiser Permanente physician Lindsey Pepper during the Imagine Children’s Museum’s annual Teddy Bear Clinic on Saturday, June 23. Young visitors to the museum were given a free bear by Kaiser Permanente where they then had their bear examined by medical staff prior to taking them home.

Lunchtime concert series season opens

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EVERETT — The Music on the Plaza concert series started with a bit of rain as the Seattle based band New Age Flamenco performed for a sparse audience due to the weather on Wednesday, June 13. Above, band members Ernesto Pediangco, left and Vidas Svagzdys perform one of the band’s signature style Latin and Caribbean songs. The concert series continues Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. through July 25 at the Snohomish County Campus Plaza Amphitheater in Everett, at the corner of Rockefeller Avenue and Wall Street. No concert July 4.

The voice of the AquaSox

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Tall Tom Lafferty begins his 35th season in the booth
First game of the season is Friday, June 15

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Show and tell at police open house

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SNOHOMISH — Camden Smith, 5, from Snohomish gets to sit in the driver’s seat of the Snohomish County Search and Rescue’s “Kid Copter” with guidance from Deputy Bill Quistorf during the Snohomish Police Department’s open house on Friday Jun. 15.


A garden with plenty

SNOHOMISH — Snohomish High students built a pollinator garden on campus that was the site of a meet and greet for Cascade View Elementary students and pen pals from the senior English classes at Snohomish High on Friday, June 8. The second graders and high school
seniors released butterflies in the pollinator garden to see them fly.
The pen pal exchanges discussed how birds, butterflies, bees and other pollinators live.
In the photo, Cascade View second grader C.J. Cressey, 8, marvels at the sight of one of the released butterflies sitting on his hand. Sixty second graders from Cascade View were teamed up with 55 high school students to release the approximately 60 butterflies.


Family’s service with guide dogs featured in film

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Rebecca Minelga kneels by new trainee Ogden, a Labrador, at the Snohomish Library last week with her sons Sebastian, 1, in her arms, and Oliver, 5.

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She won’t stop running

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MONROE — Carla Stewart, who plans to run 55 miles during the Monroe Relay for Life on June 2 and 3, stands in the garden at the Sky Valley Food Bank on Thursday, May 24. She is a cancer survivor and the 55 miles are to honor 55 people. She also raised more than $3,800 for the American Cancer Society for the walk and memorial event.

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A beautiful day of chrome and rumble

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With a light drizzle much of the morning, attendance at the 22nd annual ABATE Sky Valley Motorcycle Show was light, but by mid-day the sun came out and downtown Snohomish began to fill up with motorcycles and riders of all types.

Hal Moe Pool demolished

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Backhoes took to work and demolished Hal Moe Pool Monday, May 14. The site at Third Street and Pine Avenue is turning into a green space park. The lettering and a few other elements of the building were removed for preservation before demolition. Hal Moe Pool closed in 2007. Hal Moe Pool broke ground July 25, 1970 and a community fundraiser paid to open it. It received a roof in 1988.

Mothers with heart

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Francisca Allard sits in the yard of the family’s home near Snohomish, along with her three children, left to right, Taylor, 20; Raegan, 3; and Mason, 7.

SNOHOMISH — One mother gave a priceless gift in a moment, the other over the course of 30 years. More on this story...

For Henry

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Sisters Christina Morehouse (far left), Liz Dickson (pink coat behind Morehouse) and Kathleen Capetillo (behind the table) talk to a gentleman who lives on the route that their father Henry Groeneveld worked as the postman at a little postal worker appreciation event the sisters put together for Saturday, April 28 outside the Snohomish Post Office on Avenue D. The event was for Groeneveld, whose birthday would have been April 29. He died in December after presumably going into the Snohomish River. There was a large community search effort.

Following in the footsteps

Nick and “Skip” Hammons in the dugout together at a game last year. Skip retired last year after 25 years as head coach, but still can be found at the games as Nick coaches. An event honoring Skip’s career will be April 27 at 4 p.m. at the baseball field at Snohomish High.

SNOHOMISH — The Panthers’ new head coach Nick Hammons has his dad Skip rooting for him. More on this story...

Learning the art of firefighting

Snohomish Fire recruit Doug Higbee prepares to access the inside fire scenario at a fire training program on Monday, April 16 at the Ray Brown Training Center in Machias. The purpose was to evaluate the inside and outside conditions of a mock hallway caught on fire, simulating what recruits might see in the field later on.

SNOHOMISH — Snohomish Fire's sole recruit going through training right now explains the intensity and camaraderie that goes into it. More on this story...

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

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.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.



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