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News Bites for December 20

Snohomish pot shop robbed

The Bud Hut on Bickford Avenue was broken into two weekends ago, an employee confirmed. The damage was found the morning of Sunday, Nov. 26.
It was not known how much product was stolen.
A number of Everett marijuana shops were broken into during November, including two separate thefts at Purple Haze in Everett on Nov. 24 and Nov. 26. A robber hit High Society on Broadway on Nov. 14 and attempted to break in to KushMart on Evergreen Way also in November. — Michael Whitney

29 apply for Everett council

Twenty-nine people have applied for a future vacancy on City Council.
The lot will be interviewed during this week’s council meeting, with six finalists up for a second interview at the Jan. 3 council meeting. A selection will be made from there.
The vacancy is for Mayor-elect Cassie Franklin’s seat. She will be sworn in as mayor on Jan. 3.
The applicants came from across the city and are, in alphabetical order: Sharita Burton, Michael Butler, Greg Camp-bell, Glenn Coil, Kevin Conley, John Dimas, Megan Dunn, Joseph Erikson, Jennifer Hesse,Terry Hill, Seth Hunter, Derek Jorgenson, Ryan Kilby, Deb Loughrey-Johnson, Ethel McNeal, Daniel Simeon Maynor,William Morgan, Justin Murta,
Hillary Pirtle, Whitney Pittman, Richard Porter, Paula Rhyne, Mary Rollins,Tyler Rourke, Nathan Shelby, Glenn Strombo, Paula Townsell, Michael Trujillo and Merle Yonker.
The Dec. 27 council meeting is canceled to provide a break.
The public can comment on the 29 applicants or the six finalists by sending comments to no later than Friday, Dec. 22.

Comment time on national park fee hike ends Dec. 22

The public has until Dec. 22 to comment on a national park fee increase which the National Park Service says is needed to address a maintenance backlog at parks.
The proposed increases would mean during the peak season it would cost $70 per vehicle to enter Olympic National Park or Mount Rainier, or $30 per person on bike or foot.
Some senators say it would make parks cost-prohibitive.
To comment, visit or write to National Park Service, Recreation Fee Program, 1849 C Street, NW, Mail Stop: 2346 Washington, DC 20240.

Xfinity Arena gets new name

EVERETT — It’s going to be Angel of the Winds Arena now. The Stillaguamish tribe secured the arena’s naming rights through 2028 in a $3.4 million deal announced Wednesday, Dec. 13. It takes over for Comcast, which declined to extend sponsorship.
“We may not be the largest, but we’re determined to be the best,” Angel of the Winds Casino Resort general manager Travis O’Neill said during the announcement.
New exterior signage will go up over the coming months, along with updates within the arena to reflect the name change.
The casino is taking over naming rights from Xfinity Arena. Comcast, which owns Xfinity cable service, declined to extend its partnership.
Comcast Spectacor, another subsidiary for Comcast, will continue managing the arena. The arena opened on Hewitt Avenue in 2003.
The casino is in Arlington in north Snohomish County.

Library levy on April ballot

Sno-Isle Libraries will ask voters to help with funding with a levy ballot measure this April.
Last week the library board approved asking voters to consider restoring 9 cents to the library district’s regular operating levy. The 2018 levy rate is expected to be 38 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. If voters approve the ballot measure scheduled for April 24, the levy rate would go to 47 cents in 2019.
The library system had said its alternative was to make $2 million in cuts from a menu of options that included reducing library hours or buying fewer new books and materials.


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