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· Man to make life-changing trek across Spain
· Public health budget under the knife
· Snohomish K-9 Crimewatch gaining momentum

Everett volunteers patrolling parks as a “City Guard”

Doug Ramsay photo,

From left to right, City Guard members “Hook”, “Light bar”, “Wolf”, and “Charlie Brown”, stroll through Clark Park in the north end of Everett on Thursday evening, Aug. 27 while members “Hooligan,“(left) and “Black Beard” follow behind.

EVERETT — A group calling itself a City Guard is presenting itself across Everett’s parks.
The Guard’s spokesman says they are planning to clean up every Everett park and had already rolled through Clark, Garfield, Wiggums Hollow, Langus, Lions and Jackson parks. More...

Snohomish High School Classes of ‘49 and ‘50 meet with boundless memories
SNOHOMISH — The Snohomish High School classes of 1949 and 1950 met for a reunion recently and their life stories were varied and bright.
Approximately 40 class-mates and their spouses came from as far away as Arizona as well as the wide span of the Puget Sound area.
The shelter was decorated in the class colors of red and white from tablecloths to balloons. Old yearbooks were also on hand to give people extra grins.More...
Snohomish K-9 Crimewatch effort gaining momentum
SNOHOMISH — A new effort to have dog walkers act as city watchdogs is building.
The Police Department’s K-9 Crimewatch effort began its patrols early last month. Patrols are at the discretion of the dog walkers.
Police held an information meeting at the Snohomish library last month to  More...
Wakeboard park contract talks turning rancorous
MONROE — Talks of a wakeboard park are getting longer and hotter.
At the Aug. 25 City Council meeting, council fired many questions at the owners of H3O, who were present.
A few tempers flared, but were quickly checked in light of moving forward with contract negotiations. More...

Everett man ready to make life-changing pilgrimage across Spain
EVERETT — A man’s walking journey through northern Spain in a few weeks may help inspire others to take a pilgrimage, or perhaps donate to cancer research. Either way, Michael Trujillo is walking to serve others while experiencing a life-changing pilgrimage. More...

County may implement hiring freeze to stem budget woes
SNOHOMISH COUNTY — The Snohomish County Council this month may implement a hiring freeze across the county after sour budget forecasts appear to be looming.
County Councilman Brian Sullivan introduced the ordinance to create a hiring freeze last week. More...

Snohomish school board approves restrictive teacher policy in wake of Nicolay issue
SNOHOMISH — The Snohomish school board last week approved a new policy specifically restraining teachers on how they contact or connect with students while instructing them.
In the wake of an investigation involving Snohomish High School teacher Bill Nicolay’s relations with teenage students  More...

Maple Avenue to be closed Aug. 31 - Sept. 4 from Pine Avenue to Three Lakes Road
SNOHOMISH — Maple Avenue from Pine Avenue to the north City Limits (Three Lakes Road) will be closed Monday, Aug. 31 to Friday, Sept. 4 to complete a pavement overlay. This includes the intersection of Maple Avenue and Pine Avenue. Expect traffic detours and delays in the area. More...

Windstorm takes out power across Puget Sound

Doug Ramsay photo,

A rare late summer storm created strong winds that toppled trees and brought down power lines throughout the Pacific Northwest on Saturday, Aug. 29. Damage was extensive from Portland to Vancouver B.C.
in Snohomish County most of the county was without power at times throughout the weekend, with the majority of Snohomish included in being without power. The most extensive damage occurred in the south county areas including the south end of Everett. The Lynnwood Park and Ride, for example, had trees toppled over cars in the parking lot.
Above in Snohomish, a tree lies across the northbound lanes of Avenue D just north of 10th Street while a power line blocks the southbound lanes. As of Sunday evening, Aug. 31 the Snohomish County P.U.D. was reporting about 55,000 customers were still without power as power crews from eastern Washington were in route to assist.

Public health budget under the knife
County suggestion would divert established mental health funding

EVERETT — A suggestion from County Executive John Lovick's administration to cut Snohomish County's contribution to the public health agency by almost one-third has Snohomish Health District officials beyond concerned. More...

Heroin's rampancy focused on at Clearview town hall meeting
SNOHOMISH — Pot stores, zoning, traffic, crime and heroin. All are major issues for the Clearview community south of Snohomish bisected by Highway 9, a road that residents don’t want to see turn into “another Highway 99.”
Clearview residents asked county officials questions in a large Q-and-A style town hall meeting Wednesday, Aug. 19 at the Clearview Community Center. The 140 people there packed the tiny church building. More...

Tuck Gionet remembered for inspiring many people
SNOHOMISH — The heart of the community was in grief after learning of the loss of one of the biggest hearts around.
Many reflected last week on why Tuck Gionet mattered so much and how he impacted their lives.
The foot of the Big Tree at Snohomish High School, where Gionet taught government, was track and field coach and held other roles, was surrounded with flowers, cards and other items in tribute. More...

Your car was stolen — what happens next?
When your car is stolen, it's more than a headache. It could become a vehicle for drug abusers to get from point A to point B, and it could be ditched and sent to a tow yard where you'll have to pay to get your car back. What happens after a car is stolen? More...

Tribune wins journalism award

Tribune reporter Melanie Russell took honors in the five-state Society of Professional Journalists Northwest Excellence in Journalism Awards earlier this month.
Russell’s Aug. 27, 2014 profile of a woman whose daughter’s heroin addiction deeply impacted her family, which showed how there are secondary victims of drug abuse, won third place for crime and justice reporting in the weeklies category for 2014.
The story’s title was “Heroin: Use Impacts More Than Just The User.”
The annual Society of Professional Journalists awards honor the best print, broadcast and online news reports in a region spanning from Alaska to Montana.
This is the second year in a row the Tribune has won in the contest.

                                        ELECTIONS 2015

Elections in Everett:
Everett School Board elections attract two challengers

Elections in Snohomish:
* Mayor Karen Guzak will face old foe Larry Countryman
* Upstart Suprenant challenging longtime Councilwoman Schilaty
* Freshman Councilman Kaftanski has challenger in Zach Wilde

Elections in Monroe:
* City Council race between Kamp and Bradley

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