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Judge delays arraignment for man accused of January murder-arson until he receives mental evaluation

SNOHOMISH — Shackled to a wheelchair and outfitted in an orange jail jumpsuit, Zach Konicke, 29, made an appearance in Snohomish County Superior Court Monday, Feb. 8 in what was supposed to be his arraignment for the charges against him.
The would-be arraignment is held off, for now, until a mental competency evaluation can be conducted and finalized for the court to proceed.

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Canvassing effort also reveals stories

73-year-old Paul Wilson tells a very animated story as he is interviewed by Irene Slagle, of Catholic Community Services (left) in front of the Everett Men’s Shelter during the annual Point in Time Count on Thursday, Jan. 28. Slagle, along with other volunteers, searched the streets, alleys and along riverbanks during the day to get a count of homeless people throughout the county.

EVERETT — It was hard to tell the teenagers needed counting.
Jan. 28 was time for the annual Point in Time survey of Snohomish County’s homeless population. While officials, agency staffers and volunteers slogged through a rainstorm, counting people who had no stable shelter. More on this story...


How much would mayoral change measure cost city?

SNOHOMISH — If a petition to change the city’s form of government succeeds, what will it cost the city?
County elections manager Garth Fell said last week he has received a lot of communication on the potential costs. 
Fell said the estimated cost for this issue, based on the size of Snohomish and past voter history, could be around $5,000 from the city coffers. If a primary is needed to narrow a field of mayoral candidates, it would cost the city around an additional $7,500, Fell said.

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Big concert featuring Amanda Palmer, Jason Webley benefits animal shelter

EVERETT — The Everett Animal Shelter’s annual Shakaroo benefit concert Saturday, Feb. 13 will have a little twist this year: a singer-songwriter showcase with some big names along-side the everlasting Puppy Parade.
This year’s Shakaroo will feature internationally touring singer Amanda Palmer. 

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Hal Moe Pool group leaning in favor of civic center

SNOHOMISH — A mixed use community center has become the unofficial vision for the future fate of the closed Hal Moe Pool site.
An advisory committee for the former pool’s redevelopment commonly said they want a multi-use community facility that appeals across generations.
The committee met for the first time last week and also heard the city's take on the deed restrictions at the site.

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Forest Park pool to close for 1½ months this spring

EVERETT — The 40-year-old Forest Park Swim Center, the city’s only public pool, will receive some fix up work this spring.
The pool will be closed for maintenance from the end of February to the middle of April, by city estimates.

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Smalltime offenders can join work crew instead of be jailed

EVERETT — Another piece of the city’s Safe Streets plan went into effect last week as a contract to put selected, non-violent offenders to work cleaning up the Broadway corridor instead of sending them to jail or levying penalty fines they cannot pay.
The people selected for the city work crews will receive rehabilitation while they contribute by cleaning up the streets.

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State honors SHS student for winning essay

SNOHOMISH — The essay didn’t take long to write, but a Panther’s essay on World War II impressed an Olympia committee enough to declare her a state winner.
June Lin, 16, is a Snohomish High School junior and her essay, “Six Long Years,” was chosen as the winner in the 11th grade category for the Office of Secretary of the State of Washington Legacy Washington program.

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State board to decide soon on East Monroe rezone

MONROE — A state board is considering whether the controversial East Monroe rezone, which a majority of City Council members approved in December, can move forward.

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After apartment fire, troubles and hardship persist for displaced residents

EVERETT — The community along Casino Road has stepped up to assisted the 100-plus people who lost their homes to the New Year's Eve fire at The Bluffs Apartments on Casino Road, but many are still facing difficulties.

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Petition for changing Snohomish mayor role active

SNOHOMISH — A petition is now being spread to change Snohomish government from a “weak mayor” to “strong mayor” and ousting the city manager position.
Mayor Karen Guzak thinks it’s a bad idea. She says city manager Larry Bauman is doing an effective job.
Resident Bill Betten is spearheading the petition effort. He believes the head of City Hall should be accountable to residents.
Now, a petition is being spread.

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One-third in county can’t make ends meet

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — In Snohomish County, and throughout the Pacific Northwest, the poor are indeed getting poorer and the population of the financially secure is shrinking, according to a new wide-ranging report released by the United Way.

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Master plan for Japanese Gulch up for review

MUKILTEO — Once a town bustling with Japanese immigrants and Crown Lumber Mill workers, then next door to Boeing’s Everett hub post-World War II, Japanese Gulch, a 140-acre wooded greenspace area owned by the city of Mukilteo, is ready for the next phase in its life

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Photo by Doug Ramsay /dougramsayphoto.photoshelter.com


Dairy ambassadors speak to kids

Snohomish County Dairy Ambassador Becca Bartelheimer of Snohomish reacts to young girls’ as the two talk about the healthy benefits of dairy food during the Imagine Children’s Museum’s “Jumping Jacks and Super Snacks Fun Day” on Saturday, Jan. 9. The daylong event featured activities to teach children proper fitness as well as healthy eating. Along with Bartelheimer, Snohomish County Dairy Ambassador Allyson Carothers of Monroe and Washington State Dairy Ambassador Nicole Buell of Marysville were on hand talking about the benefits of dairy foods and handing out cheese samples.

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