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· Teens on acid, transients concern Snohomish police
· Snohomish boy's park fundraiser pays off
· Cascade XC coach losing post spurs big crowd, but no action

Snohomish Aquatic Center brings huge crowds

Will host Groundfrog Day afterparty on Jan. 31

Eighteen-month-old Ellie Dejonge of Everett checks out one of the water features in the children’s play area of the Snohomish Aquatic Center on Thursday, Jan. 15.

The popular Snohomish Aquatic Center has been open for a full year and according to school district officials, all is going well and programs continue to develop within the facility. As more folks continue to come to the Aquatic Center, the staff also continues to learn. Schedule tweaks and adjustments were made throughout the first year, as well as growth in some areas such as swimming lessons.  More

Snohomish teens on acid and transients concern police
SNOHOMISH —From transients roaming First Street to high schoolers dropping acid, the Police Department has its work cut out for them in 2015. The Snohomish Police Department has been working with the Snohomish School District to push acid out of the schools after a raft of incidents this fall.  More

Opposition over Coach Steve Bertrand losing post is boiling
EVERETT — When a respected coach tried to boost a fellow
teacher’s political campaign last year, it led to thundering reprimands within the Everett School District.
But now people are asking if Cascade High School cross country coach Steve Bertrand is being punished twice after he learned just before Christmas week that he was being pulled off the team he’s coached since 1980. 
Last week, almost 100 supporters for coach Steve Bertrand came before the Everett School Board looking to right a perceived wrong but received little satisfaction.More

County weighing options in courthouse parking snafu that's stalling the project
EVERETT — Snohomish County officials are hastily searching for solutions after parking restrictions imposed by Everett are stalling work on the new county courthouse. The county has to build more space for parking, but that could cost up to $4.5 million more.  As of last week the courthouse project was stalled. More

9-year-old’s year-long fundraiser to improve park pays oiff
SNOHOMISH — A boy’s dream for new playground equipment at a park he adopted is coming to reality. Jonah Urie’s year of fundraising to make Tillicum Kiwanis Park much better secured the last of the needed money in December.  More

Work ongoing to fix mudslides along Seattle-Everett rail line
EVERETT — Transportation officials hope that landslides along the Seattle-Everett rail corridor, which plague Sounder train service, will be a rare occurrence by 2017. More

Railroad cries foul on Everett tactic to remedy Bond St. access
EVERETT — In a squabble over pedestrian access to Pigeon Creek Trail, the city is flexing its muscles on railway Burlington Northern Santa Fe. More

Broadway Bridge in Everett to close through 2015
EVERETT — Drivers in Everett may have to adjust their routes soon as the Broadway Bridge is coming down to construct its replacement.
The 103-year-old bridge between Hewitt and California is long overdue for an overhaul, but also acts as an arterial connector between downtown and north Everett.
Construction work will start in early February to put up a new bridge. The full closure is anticipated to take up to a year. More

Singing Dr. King's legacy of freedom
From left, Anisa Stoot, Dyshauntic Bletson and Tonia Reddix sing along with other members of the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Choir during the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration at the United Methodist Church in Everett on Sunday, Jan. 18. Nearly 200 people attended this year’s event which featured music, dancing and keynote speaker Pastor Paul A. Stoot Sr.

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