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Recall filed against mayor withdrawn

SNOHOMISH — The recall against Mayor Karen Guzak has been halted.
Recall petitioner Bill Betten withdrew on Wednesday, July 13, just two days after the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s office filed a ballot synopsis with Snohomish County Superior Court. Betten filed the recall on June 23.

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Kla Ha Ya Days brilliantly fun

kla ha dancersDoug Ramsay photo,

Traditional Mexican dancers were among the many entries that paraded up First Street in the grand parade that was part of the 103rd annual Kla-Ha-Ya Days festival in Snohomish on Saturday, July 16. Along with the two-hour long parade, the festival featured eating competitions, live music, a salmon barbecue, as well as other events. Noticeably absent this year was the ever-popular frog jumping contest due to the lack of acquiring frogs in time.

Neighborhood firework bans proposed

SNOHOMISH COUNTY— There was a healthy discussion last week on a proposed idea to let neighborhoods ban
fireworks locally at the Snohomish County Council’s operations committee meeting on July 12.
The proposal, created by Councilman Hans Dunshee, would allow neighborhoods
to determine by petition
among neighbors on whether people in their area can discharge fireworks by majority rule. The idea is similar to the no-shooting zones the county already has in place.
The County Council will continue discussing fireworks and set a date for a future public hearing on Dunshee’s measure at the council’s July 20 weekly general meeting.

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South Everett library plan in motion

EVERETT — Constructing a bigger, better South Everett library may start next spring, thanks to a funding allocation set to be approved in August.
The City Council will be asked to authorize earmarking $600,000 toward
designing an expanded Evergreen Branch library at its Aug. 3 meeting. The city intends to ask for construction bids in early 2017 to make the long-awaited expansion a reality.
The Evergreen Branch library opened in 1989 at a time when fewer than 70,000 people lived in Everett. Today, the city population exceeds 110,000, with 85,000 people living south of 41st Street, which is traditionally seen as the dividing line between north and south Everett.

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homelessServices for all in need at Project Homeless Connect

EVERETT — About 930 homeless children and adults partook in a free buffet of services, supplies and meals from more than 90 agencies at the eighth annual Project Homeless Connect on Thursday, July 14. 
Everything from dentistry to detox programs, housing connections to cookies awaited people in need when event doors opened at 9 a.m. at Everett High School.

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Little Free Libraries in town give kids more access to books

SNOHOMISH — A “little free library,” situated close to home, can instantly put books into the littlest hands.
Riverview’s Elementary principal Tammy Jones recently put up a “little free library” for children at the Snohomish Mobile & RV Park at 1330 Ave. D. 

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Monroe hospital adds new heart monitor technology

MONROE — EvergreenHealth Monroe hospital has recently added new monitors that track heart rate and vital signs. 
The monitors allow nurses and physicians to access their patient’s vital signs from any location in the hospital. 

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Senior centers stymied by United Way grant cut

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — A change in grant funding focus at the local United Way is leaving area senior centers feeling left out.
In 2013, five regional senior centers were collectively given $150,000 from the United Way, spread over three years. Next year, it will be none. 

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Reshaping Everett council to be discussed

EVERETT — Voters will be asked to make small changes in city government on this fall’s ballot, but a much larger change — restructuring City Council elections — still may see a revival.
A discussion that will include restructuring City Council elections is scheduled for July 13 in a council subcommittee, but it’s too early to say that a council restructure would be tacked on to the upcoming ballot measure.

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City plans to renew Police Department contract with sheriff's office

SNOHOMISH — Talks of renewing the city’s contract with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office for police services through 2021 began last month.

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