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· Records reveal details on First Street fight
· Mayor commits $1 million toward poverty efforts
· Lovick’s budget proposes refund to taxpayers

Singer Jerry McClain, 81, loves Snohomish

Doug Ramsay photo,

With his wife Elaine alongside him for support, Jerry McClain celebrated his 81st birthday singing to patrons of Andy’s Fish House on First Street in Snohomish on Saturday, Oct. 3. McClain, who has Alzheimer’s disease, has become a celebrity in Snohomish as he can be seen sitting in his walker singing along First Street on a regular basis. McClain and his wife spent his birthday visiting three First Street restaurants where he sang for patrons and was greeted by many of his friends and fans.

SNOHOMISH — On Saturday, Oct. 3, First Street was illuminated with song by local singer Jerry McClain, who led a group of friends and fans for his 81st birthday celebration.
Singing old standards in aged but clear a capella, he wa hand in hand was his wife of 41 years, Elaine McClain, who said that overall that the birthday celebration was overwhelming because of the love and joy. More...

Group wants to restructure council elections into districts
EVERETT — A grassroots effort wants to reform the City Council elections system using geographic boundaries, but was handed a hurdle through a council vote last week. The group proposes a system of five district seats and two “at-large” seats from anywhere in the city.
Many council members support giving the idea consideration, but said that a city review commission meeting next year would be the best venue for the districting topic. More...

Man in fight says liquor board targeted him
SNOHOMISH — In the aftermath of the First Street fight just past midnight on Saturday, Sept. 19, state liquor board officials and others are seeking solutions.
Meanwhile, the main man arrested in the fight told the Tribune that he felt that liquor board agents targeted him and his fiancee that night. More...

Prior reporting:

Records reveal details on First Street fight
SNOHOMISH — A fight on First Street Sept. 19 just after midnight that appears to have escalated when a liquor board agent pushed a bar patron spiraled into a situation that sent one sheriff’s deputy to a hospital with a concussion and two Snohomish men arrested and charged with assault. More...

Meanwhile: Liquor board agents get earful from bar owners in debacle meeting post-First Street fight

Mayor commits $1 million toward poverty efforts
EVERETT — Last week’s public safety commission meeting offered a glimpse of police activities, but also a platform for the city to announce $1 million in homelessness assistance efforts.
Police Chief Dan Templeman also laid out how crime reduction efforts are going in the city. More...

Lovick’s county budget proposes refund to taxpayers
SNOHOMISH COUNTY — County Executive John Lovick’s recommended 2016 budget calls for suspending the county courthouse project, a $4 million property tax cut and hiring two dozen-plus new employees, but the optimistic offerings seem unlikely to all survive the scrutiny of the County Council.
Transportation and reimbursements for the Oso land slide efforts plus a pledge to protect public safety funds rounded out Lovick’s address. More...
Everett’s geographic divide not divisive, meeting shows
EVERETT — Anyone looking for a turf skirmish didn’t get one at a conversation event last week to discuss the differences between north and south Everett held at the downtown library.
Some residents say that boundary perceptions have evolved into three separations: North, central and south Everett. More...
Tulalip Tribes' lawsuit over taxes could cost county
SNOHOMISH COUNTY — A federal lawsuit filed by the Tulalip Tribes in June over taxes could make a big dent to the county’s coffers.
Last week, Snohomish County formally denied a Tulalip Tribes claim to an estimated $9 million in annual tax revenues.
A total of up to $40 million a year is up for grabs in the high stakes lawsuit the Tribes filed against the Washington State Department of Revenue, Snohomish County and county officials. More...
Haggen wants to close its Monroe, south Everett stores
MONROE — Grocery chain Haggen wants to close down its newly acquired Monroe and Everett stores along with 100 others by the end of this year.
The beleaguered Bellingham-based grocer put the Monroe store on U.S. 2 and former Everett Safeway at 75th Street and Evergreen Way on a list of money-losing stores it wants to shed by Dec. 31 as part of a bankruptcy restructuring filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. More...
City takes input on Hal Moe Pool site
SNOHOMISH — The public has plenty of ideas on what the city should do with the former Hal Moe Pool site.
Some of the ideas thrown out among the crowd of 30-plus people at a meeting Wednesday, Sept. 23 included transforming the former pool space into an indoor skate park, to affordable housing, to an event center or sports facility. More...

For anything, it was "Call Barry!"
EVERETT — If Barry Martin had more patience as a young man while in the Army, he wouldn’t have ended up serving the City of Everett’s Parks and Recreation Department for 30 memorable years. More...

Profiles of People: Emanuel Popa, computer guru
SNOHOMISH — Emanuel Popa is only 36 years old, but he often reflects back to his time “back in the day,” because for him the phrase recalls the time when he fell in love with computers.
Today, he is the owner of E-Man computers but what makes him special is More...

Snohomish woman put face-to-face with thief
SNOHOMISH — A Snohomish woman, Cory, had her car broken into twice in three days last week, and the second time could have put her life at risk if an off-duty Everett Police officer had not intervened. More...

A quick, loving shine

Doug Ramsay photo,

Andy Ochoa of Ferndale polishes out the hood of his 1952 C.O.E. (cab over engine) Chevrolet truck during the 33rd Annual Snohomish Classic Car and Hot Rod Display on Sunday, Sept. 27.
It took Ochoa more than two years to restore and trick out the vintage vehicle. He also replaced the flat bed on the rear with a pickup truck bed before having it painted in the burgundy red color. Sponsored by the Snohomish Chamber of Commerce, the annual event has become one of the largest car shows in the state and attracts car and truck enthusiasts from all over the Northwest including British Columbia, Canada.

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 an award 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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