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Recall statement filed against Mayor Guzak

SNOHOMISH — A formal attempt to recall Mayor Karen Guzak was initiated late last week.
The recall letter was filed with the Snohomish County Auditor’s Office on Thursday, June 23, almost eight months after Guzak’s third term election victory in November. 
The recall process has multiple procedural steps, including an overview by the county prosecuting office, and if it passes muster then the recall effort must fill a petition with at least a little over 700 signatures by Aug. 2 to force a public vote on the recall this fall.

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Machias Food Truck Market Place soon on the move


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SNOHOMISH —
The Machias Food Truck Marketplace is hopping with activities and quick food at its location along South Machias Road.
The food truck market may be moving down the road in the coming weeks to the county-owned Centennial Trail trailhead parking lot on S. Machias Road just north of the fire district training facility. The move is anticipated to happen at the end of July or beginning of August.

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Know the rules if choosing to light fireworks

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — If choosing to light fireworks, first check your city ordinances and if allowed, play it safe. Alternate events will be held in Everett.
Find out safety tips and about local ordinances in this story.

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In Clearview, medical marijuana zoned out, leaving shops stuck amid July 1 law change

SNOHOMISH — In the Clearview community, the sight up and down Highway 9 of green crosses — denoting a medical marijuana dispensary —  had residents seeing red.
On July 1, by state law, those medical marijuana dispensaries are going to be swept away. 
Most of the former dispensaries have already shuttered.

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Transgender student policy passes at Snohomish school board

SNOHOMISH — The Snohomish School Board approved a new policy relating to transgender students at a meeting that drew dozens of people last week. The policy allows transgender or transitioning students attending Snohomish Schools to use the bathroom or locker room
with the gender they identify with and also addresses policies like the student records, confidentiality and dress codes. The new policy is viewed as an “add on” to the school district’s existing anti-discrimination policy.

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Snohomish plans to pipe all its water from Everett

SNOHOMISH — Council voted unanimously to go “all Everett” for the city’s water supply to save the city and resident ratepayers money. 
The change means the city’s water plant will eventually be shut down and Everett will supply all of the city’s water. 

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Snohomish council doesn’t keep Open Gov. facilitator

SNOHOMISH — Almost every council member last week said “no” to a proposal to pay an extra $1,755 to keep on the open government committee’s contracted facilitator for a few additional, previously unscheduled meetings. 
Several people spoke at last week’s council meeting against paying the facilitator more money, with a few saying the committee could run its own meetings. After council members did not approve the contract extension, a resident commented, “Council actually listened to us tonight.”
The committee will proceed without the facilitator and this week after press time worked toward finishing its recommendation list to be presented to the City Council on July 19.

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Japanese Gulch plan approved; trail leash law still to be decided

MUKILTEO — The Japanese Gulch Master Plan received unanimous City Council approval on Monday, June 20. Though the $4.8 million plan is now set in motion, some concerns still linger with the public, including a dog leash policy that was left undecided. No new leash code was put into the trail use rulebook.
The pause on a leash law was in response to equally divided, and equally passionate, public opinion. 

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Goats of all kinds come play


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Nalia Cox, 5, of Kirkland prepares to pick up and hold Romeo, a six-month-old pygmy goat that she was showing at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds, on Sunday, June 26. The barnyard activities continue Saturday, July 9 at the fairgrounds with the annual Goatalympics. The family-friendly event features foot races, obstacle courses and other fun events with pet goats. The Goatalympics will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the judging arena on the east side of the fairgrounds.

“Greedy fishermen” may halt kids fishing derby

SNOHOMISH — Annual abuse from fishermen taking advantage of trout planting before the kids fishing derby on Blackmans Lake could spell the end to the family-friendly event.
The culprits are adults, and they’ve become sneaky while likely robbing children of potential prime catches.

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Interested public comes to mayoral chat

SNOHOMISH — Twenty people gathered to chat city topics with Mayor Karen Guzak at Proper Joe Coffeehouse on First Street the morning of Friday, June 17, where issues were brought to the table for casual discussion. The mayor and city officials reiterated for people to trust “the process.”
Many processes within the city are currently unfolding, Guzak emphasized at the public coffee event. 

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Time Out Sports Bar on First Street still on thin ice

SNOHOMISH — The clock may be ticking for Time Out Sports Bar’s liquor license.
An assault inside the Time Out the night of Saturday, June 11 has again cast a shadow on the popular First Street bar. The bar already is operating under a series of temporary liquor licenses after a high-profile fight last September that sent one police officer to a hospital.

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Cycling to the maximum: Mountain bike team scales new heights

SNOHOMISH — This spring, Snohomish High School students William Comyns, Isaiah Ortiz and Megan McGee rode together as the Snohomish Student Mountain Bike Team, competing in the Washington Student Cycling League.
The team just capped off its inaugural league season in May, completing races in Gig Harbor, Tacoma, Roslyn and the championships at Riverside State Park in Spokane.

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How Snohomish became a regional wedding capital

SNOHOMISH — The wedding industry is Snohomish has grown so large, it is being used as a topic for a lecture at a university this fall.
Snohomish is becoming the destination wedding capital in the Puget Sound region, and it’s helped revive longstanding local farms. Gardens, chapels, ballrooms, barns and fields — the fancy or rustic wedding of some brides’ dreams are all offered in Snohomish.

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Washed Mobile a novel approach to ensure laundry service for homeless people

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Launching soon, Washed Mobile will be a laundromat in a truck hitting the streets this summer to help homeless people have clean clothes. 

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