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· Public health budget under the knife
· Your car was stolen — what happens next?
· Everett earmarks $1.25 million for homeless effort

Maple Avenue to be closed Aug. 31 - Sept. 4 from Pine Avenue to Three Lakes Road
SNOHOMISH — Maple Avenue from Pine Avenue to the north City Limits (Three Lakes Road) will be closed Monday, Aug. 31 to Friday, Sept. 4 to complete a pavement overlay. This includes the intersection of Maple Avenue and Pine Avenue. Expect traffic detours and delays in the area. More...

Heroin’s rampancy focused on
at Clearview town hall meeting

Doug Ramsay photo,

Snohomish County Executive John Lovick speaks during a town hall meeting in Clearview on Wednesday Aug. 19. A standing room crowd of more than 100 Clearview and Maltby area residents filled the Clearview Community Center for the meeting.

SNOHOMISH — Pot stores, zoning, traffic, crime and heroin. All are major issues for the Clearview community south of Snohomish bisected by Highway 9, a road that residents don’t want to see turn into “another Highway 99.”
Clearview residents asked county officials questions in a large Q-and-A style town hall meeting Wednesday, Aug. 19 at the Clearview Community Center. The 140 people there packed the tiny church building. More...

Public health budget under the knife
County suggestion would divert established mental health funding

EVERETT — A suggestion from County Executive John Lovick's administration to cut Snohomish County's contribution to the public health agency by almost one-third has Snohomish Health District officials beyond concerned. More...

Everett earmarks $1.25 million toward homeless efforts; budget balanced for 2016
EVERETT — Everett is budgeting $1.25 million toward initiatives to assist the city’s homeless population in next year’s budget. More...

Monroe council mulling wakeboard park contract
MONROE — A decision is expected this week on the potential wakeboard park on Lake Tye.
H3O is also currently past due on its rent by $15,550 for the lake, which was another issue council wanted to tackle pending which decision they make. More...

Snohomish teacher facing heat over relationships
SNOHOMISH — The Snohomish School District has written up a strict policy regarding teacher contact with students after a controversial and pricey investigation concluded earlier this year on teacher Bill Nicolay. More...

Everett Schools start date still unknown
EVERETT — The Everett School District is still negotiating with its teachers union on certain points in the contract before the official start date for school can be firmed up.
The school calendar is one item decided during those negotiations. More...

Bubble Run an opportune time for a selfie

Doug Ramsay photo,

A runner takes a “selfie” of herself after emerging from a mountain of foam bubbles during the third annual Bubble Run through north Everett on Saturday, Aug. 22. Thousands of runners and walkers participated in the 5K event up Colby Avenue and through parts of downtown Everett where they had encountered a number of mounds of colored bubbles that they had to run through.

Tuck Gionet remembered for inspiring many people
SNOHOMISH — The heart of the community was in grief after learning of the loss of one of the biggest hearts around.
Many reflected last week on why Tuck Gionet mattered so much and how he impacted their lives.
The foot of the Big Tree at Snohomish High School, where Gionet taught government, was track and field coach and held other roles, was surrounded with flowers, cards and other items in tribute. More...

Year-round market’s shift has farmers hesitating
EVERETT —The county’s first year-round farmer’s market is not a farmer’s market anymore, though organizers are planning to have farm-fresh local produce in place for a fall opening.
That philosophical and practical shift at the downtown Everett site from a farmers market to a hybrid supermarket featuring produce from up to 28 farms each month is one of many changes for the Farms and Market store.
With the model changing, farmers the Tribune spoke with appear to be taking a wait-and-see approach. More...

Your car was stolen — what happens next?
When your car is stolen, it's more than a headache. It could become a vehicle for drug abusers to get from point A to point B, and it could be ditched and sent to a tow yard where you'll have to pay to get your car back. What happens after a car is stolen? More...

Padding for joy and community spirit
SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Mike De Aguir moved to Washington from Hawaii in 1991 to create a life with more opportunity for his family. 
Whathe learned after moving here is that many other Hawaiian families came to western Washington for similar reasons. He also found that many Hawaiians begin to miss some of the culture and traditions that could only be found back on the islands. 
So he did something about it. More...

Legion looks to build new memorial at Lake Tye Park
MONROE — A new and improved veterans memorial may be on the horizon at Lake Tye Park.
Monroe American Legion Post No. 58 wants to build a new monument, honoring all veterans. It is working out the details and may soon receive City Council's approval. More...

Hearing extended for cell tower on Second Street
SNOHOMISH — The cell phone tower proposed at the Snohomish Boys & Girls Club brought a handful of residents contesting the project at a public hearing Friday, July 31 at 10 a.m.
City hearing examiner Ted Hunter continued the hearing last week so more people can weigh in and also to have Verizon and the city bring him more information, including how the tower would look.
The next hearing date has not been set, but Hunter estimated it could take a month to gather the information.  More...

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 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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