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News Bites for May 2

Former Tribune publisher Bill Bates dies

SNOHOMISH — Bill Bates, who helmed the Tribune as editor, publisher, voluminous writer, and a co-owner from 1964 until retiring in 1981, died Tuesday, April 24 at age 95.
Active into his 90s, Bates was a civic leader who sat on the city’s planning commission, the school board, the Carnegie Foundation and aided the community effort to open a pool
in Snohomish. Hal Moe Pool broke ground July 25, 1970.
Bill and Barbara Bates, married for 70 years after meeting at a newspaper, lived in a historic home downtown for more than 50 years after arriving in Snohomish in the 1960s.
Bates’ funeral is scheduled for Saturday, May 5 at 1 p.m. at
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 913 Second St. in Snohomish.
A larger story will be in next week’s Tribune.


Young football kicker honored

SNOHOMISH — Van Berman, a Centennial Middle School 7th grade student, was recently awarded 2017 The Susan G. Komen Youth Hero Award at a celebration in Seattle April 24.
He was recognized for his “Kicking for Cancer” fundraiser that raised over $10,000 for the Komen Foundation last year. Van gathered pledges for how many field goals he made
in two selected football games.
He hit 12 out of 13 attempts during those games. Van plays for the Snohomish Panthers Jr. Football Senior Red.


Tobacco store theft leaves clerk injured

MONROE — Two guys with a getaway driver made a ruse last Wednesday afternoon to steal a carton of cigarettes, but two of the three were caught the morning after a deputy spotted them asleep in the getaway car up on Calhoun Road.
The two asked a clerk to pull the carton down from the shelf. One exited the store while the other implied he would buy the carton. With 10 packs in a carton, these are worth around $90.
The man ran off with the carton to a waiting black, older Mercedes with a female driver stationed in it.
The employee, 62, gave chase and attempted to stop the car but ended up falling to the ground. The man had a hand laceration and facial injuries and was taken to EvergreenHealth hospital.
It happened at Cigar Q, a store near the northeast corner of U.S. 2 and Kelsey.
The two caught will face first-degree robbery charges.

Salary talk on May 15 agenda

SNOHOMISH — A City Council discussion on the mayor’s $18,000-a-year salary will be May 15, not May 1. It was listed on the city website for the May 1 meeting, which was clarified and changed online Friday, April 27 to list the correct date.

Mixed use building approved

SNOHOMISH — The city recently approved a three-story mixed use building to be built at 161 Lincoln Ave. It will have six residential units and 3,925 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor. The permits should be issued later this month after an obligatory comment period.
The project would replace a former car wash southeast of the Snohomish Co-Op. The 20 on-site parking spaces would be required to be beneath or behind the building.

Electric buses for Everett Transit

EVERETT — Everett Transit’s director Tom Hingson was ecstatic to talk about a small fleet of electrically powered buses being built for the city bus system. “Like nothing you’ve seen before,” Hingson said last week. He anticipates the buses will come into service this September, likely running on Route 7.

City hires economic development manager

SNOHOMISH — The city recently hired Wendy Poischbeg to be its full time economic development and communications manager. She comes with more than two decades of experience, including a 10-year stint working for Snohomish County in tourism and economic development. Her city salary will be $98,112 a year.
Poischbeg was hired over three other local candidates,
Mayor John Kartak said, “we’re excited to have Wendy.”
The city’s last full-time economic development manager Debbie Burton (Emge) became the finance director in 2016. Since then, the city was using consultants for the role.



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