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Colors fly for Masons fundraiser

Colors fly for the kickoff start of the Color Run hosted by the Sultan Masons and Rainbow Girls held Sunday, Sept. 10 in Sky River Park in downtown Monroe. The Color Run is an annual walk/run event that fundraises "to support the future education of students in the cities of Sultan and Monroe and the Grand Worthy Advisor's Service Project," according to a city of Monroe newsletter.

School’s back in session

The Snohomish School District’s bus driving instructor Sandy Dykstra gives instructions as the district's bus drivers go through their yearly testing last week in preparation for the new school year. With schools throughout the state beginning classes this week, extra caution is due when out driving.
The Snohomish School District, like many school districts, is short on drivers and is hiring. Snohomish is short by about one dozen drivers.

Final weeks for farmers markets

Shoppers walk the stalls of the Snohomish Farmers Market on a sunny Thursday, Aug. 30.
The Snohomish Farmers Market is running Thursdays through Sept. 28.
The Monroe Wednesday market outside Galaxy Theatres concludes with a harvest market Sept. 27. Everett’s Sunday market near Hewitt Avenue and Wall Street downtown ends latest on Oct. 30.

The Fair is open!

Kids grin and scream while on a children's caterpillar ride at the Evergreen State Fair on opening day last week in Monroe. It's one of the fair carnival's many, many rides and attractions. The fair continues every day 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Sept. 4 when it ends that night at 7 p.m. It will be closed Wednesday, Aug. 30 for a one-day break for cleaning and setting up.
Find the Tribune's Guide to the Evergreen State Fair here!

Pilchuck Park reopens for play

Rob Greer of Snohomish pitches a practice ball to son Owen Greer, 14, in the late afternoon of Sunday, Aug. 20 on Baseball Field No. 2 at the newly reopened Pilchuck Park. Owen's a pitcher and middle infielder with the Seattle Wave select baseball team.
The city reopened the park Thursday, Aug. 17 after closing it in late April to do major work at the park's entry road due to erosion by the Pilchuck River. This project involved moving the road away from the bank, bolstering the riverbank, moving a water line and sewer main out of the way, and adding heaps of dirt to raise a nearby slope to build a replacement entry road on top.

Park-goers flock to fire hose spray

Kids, and a few adults, enjoy a refreshing sprinkling of water during the hot weather on Saturday, Aug. 12, as the Everett Fire Department sprayed water from atop of Engine 2 out over a group of nearly 100 kids and adults at Wiggums Hollow Park. The crowd was treated to about a half-hour of cooling fun as they ran through or stood as the water rained down. some even splashed around in the puddles that formed in the grass. Firefighters will be spraying again at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26 at Walter E. Hall Park. on Casino Road.

Renaissance Faire opens for August

A girl at the Midsummer Renaissance Faire looks up close at a lanner falcon held by a member of the company Raptor Events during events Sunday, Aug. 6 on the grounds of Sky Meadows Park near Monroe. Raptor Events cares for, trains and presents birds of prey such as falcons and owls, as well as reptiles. General admission tickets for the Faire were sold out for the remaining weekends as of press time. Other events are also happening at the Faire. You can check at

Celebrating at the Nubian Jam

Willie Will and Jazz Digs perform rap at the Nubian Jam on Saturday, July 29, in Forest Park, Everett. The well-attended festival provided food, music, community and recognition of Black culture. This year was the Nubian Jam's 31st anniversary year.

Summer bookmobile runs in Snohomish

Mike Kearney points out a few books to a young boy in the Snohomish School District’s Book Café lime green bookmobile on
Thursday, July 20. The bookmobile delivers free books to students every Tuesday and Thursday through Aug. 17. For complete information and a schedule of the bookmobile's weekly stops, check out the district's website at

Kla Ha Ya Days is for everyone

A girl looks to clean her face after participating in the pie eating contest Saturday, July 15 during the events portion of Snohomish's annual summertime community event, this year celebrating its 110th anniversary. More photos from the events of this year's Kla Ha Ya Days are on page 5 of the July 19 paper.

3-on-3 fills downtown Everett

The streets of downtown Everett thumped to the sound of basketballs and sneakers during the Everett Boeing 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament on Saturday and Sunday, July 15-16. Members of the “K&K Girls” in pink, from Tulalip, played the “Dewin To Ball” squad in green, of Snohomish. All are in the 8 - 11 age group. Above, a player named Emma shoots for two.

Music at Lake Tye Park starts for July

Families enjoy the tunes of the Soul Searching Band on Friday, July 7 at the first of this year's free city concerts at Lake Tye Park.
Each Friday this July there's free live music at Monroe's Lake Tye Park starting at 7 p.m. Upcoming acts are blues group The Stacy Jones Band on July 14, danceable musicmakers Brickhouse on July 21 and '80s rock party band Hair Nation on July 28. There are also food trucks, vendors and a cocktail garden featuring Monroe breweries.

Lego play time available at libraries

Eden Rackowski, 5, of Everett builds a tower of Duplo Legos for her Rapunzel doll Friday, June 23 for the first of a weekly Lego play time Friday afternoons at the south branch of the Everett Library on Evergreen Way. Lego time is 3 to 4:30 p.m. Fridays until Aug. 25 and the library is at 9512 Evergreen Way. It's for children ages 6-12.

Firefighters show kids their gear

Snohomish Fire District 4 firefighter Ben Kloes lets a gaggle of kids get a close up view of his firefighting attire as he and fellow firefighters from Fire Station 41 visited the Snohomish Library during the library’s Firefighter Storytime and Touch-A-Truck on Thursday, June 29.

“Ride the Centennial” event makes its debut

A group called Ian’s Ride gathered June 15 to travel the Centennial Trail, launching from the Snohomish Library at noon. They traveled for 12 miles to the Getchell trailhead along the trail.
Founder Ian Mackay (furthest right in photo) started “Ian’s Ride” in 2016 after a his bicycle crash in 2008 left him paralyzed from the neck down. Mackay’s mission with Ian’s Ride is to promote outdoor accessibility.
This event was the group’s first year traveling to Centennial Trail. They plan to return to the trail next year. Its largest event is called Sea to Sound to ride 73 miles on the Olympic Discovery Trail, riding 73 miles from Lake Crescent to Port Townsend over the course of three days. That ride takes place on the weekend of Aug. 25.
For more on this nonprofit group, see

Everett Farmers Market celebrating 30 seasons of providing local farmers’ bounties

Jayden of A.C.M.A Mission Orchards out of Quincy, holds up a head of cabbage, as Janet Gore (far left) of Everett reacts with excitement at the Everett Farmers Market on Sunday, June 3. Gore had been in search of a head of cabbage to finally find the only vendor with them on that day.

EVERETT —The popular Everett Farmers Market has moved several times, seen more vendors and, in its 30th season, is thriving in downtown Everett. The inside story of how the market grew, from its roster of those who ran it.

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Try a splash pad

Splash pads and water playgrounds at Everett's Forest Park and Willis Tucker Park in Snohomish, pictured above, offer playtime in the water and a chance to cool off in the heat all through summer.
Forest Park's splash pad opened early for the season. Its daily hours are 10 a.m. to dusk and the park is at 802 E. Mukilteo Boulevard in Everett. Willis Tucker Park's splash pad will be open daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. starting this Saturday, May 27. Willis Tucker Park is at 6705 Puget Park Drive just outside of Snohomish. Both are free to the public. They're both scheduled to be open to September.

Preparing to beautify downtown

Snohomish Garden Club members Allison Lamb (left) and Gigi Watson (right) plant flowers into large containers at the Snohomish Public Works yard on Saturday, May 6. The flowers will bloom to fill this year's upcoming hanging baskets that will go on poles throughout downtown Snohomish starting around Memorial Day. Several dozen garden club members met to plant nearly 600 plants into the 70 large containers.

Making every piece perfect

Cathcart Elementary school fifth grader Caia Fisher, 10, brushes on an oil and spice dressing onto slices of pita bread as she prepares her culinary creation during the Snohomish School District’s annual junior chef competition inside Glacier Peak High School on Friday, April 28. Fourth through sixth grade students from the district’s elementary schools were invited to submit recipes for after-school snack foods. The top competitors were given the chance to create their food that day for a panel of judges.

Miracle League lets everyone play the game

Seven-year-old Dominic Pineda takes a swing at the ball during the season-opener of Miracle League Baseball on Rotary Field in Monroe on Saturday, April 22. The Monroe / Sky Valley YMCA's Miracle League gives children with physical and mental disabilities the experience and fun of playing baseball. In Miracle League games, every player gets to hit, get on base, and score every inning, with the help of a volunteer buddy. The local league is open to kids of all ages and with any type of physical or mental disability from the anywhere in the Puget Sound area. The league’s season runs through mid-June with games each Saturday.

Say hello to my little friend

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6-year-old Aaron Im of Snohomish is surprised as he finds Lucy the alligator above his head while attending a presentation by Scott Petersen, the Reptile Man, at the Snohomish Library on Wednesday, April 5. He showed a number of his live reptile friends, including a giant turtle, several snakes, and lizards along with Lucy. Petersen’s family runs The Reptile Zoo just east of Monroe on U.S. 2. It's open to the public daily except Wednesday and Sunday. You can watch feeding night on Fridays at 5 p.m.

Strolling among cherry blossom trees

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Visitors to Everett’s Grand Avenue Park enjoy one of the first warm and sunny days of spring on Wednesday, March 29, as the trees begin to blossom in the park and on the streets of Everett’s north side. The warm sun was brief as the good old Western Washington rain has returned for parts of this week. However, early predictions look promising for a dry Saturday morning for the annual Snohomish Easter Parade on April 8.

Colors fly as Snohomish hosts Holi event

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A girl gets colored powder blown onto her from family members as part of playing with colors for the Holi event held at the Snohomish Carnegie Building on Sunday, March 19. Holi is an ancient Hindu festival to celebrate emerging into spring and to celebrate peace and kindness. The event included food, folk dancing and more. The city government anticipates making it an annual public celebration.

Clearing space at the Fairgrounds

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The bucket of a backhoe pulls down the center section on the north wall of the 400 building at the Evergreen State Fair Park last week. The well-known commercial building at the center of the fairgrounds was nearly 70 years old, having been built in the mid-1950s. It served many functions, including, as a dairy barn, small animal shows, exhibitions, craft shows and as a commercial vendor space. The building was more recently instrumental during the COVID-19 pandemic as a storage and distribution facility of PPE items. Once the building's gone, the area will remain open space for the time being as future use of the space is still being determined by fairgrounds staff and park planners.

Yep, it’s a whale’s skeleton

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Four-year-old Duncan Hopkins (left) and five-year-old Aiden Doane examine the rib cage of a gray whale which is part of the Imagine Children’s Museum’s Puget Sound Eco-System gallery. The Everett museum recently opened a three-story addition which features a woodlands adventure gallery, a package distribution simulator, an import-export gallery focusing on the region's seaports, as well as the Eco-System gallery which also features a full-size replica of a newborn gray whale calf.

Farmers market pop-ups this spring

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Terry Niblack of Sedro Woolley-based Skagit Gourmet Mushrooms describes cooking methods of a variety of mushrooms while tending to a booth at a pop-up event held by the Everett Farmers Market inside the Everett Performing Arts Center on Sunday, Feb. 12. While it is not yet time for fresh vegetable and fruits season, the market does feature many other food and craft items and it will be operating future pop-ups at the Performing Arts Center downtown on Sunday, March 12 and Sunday, April 23.

Ducks scramble for that bread

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Two-year-old Kayden Meyers tosses a few crushed crackers out for the ducks to eat while he and his family were enjoying a dry and somewhat sunny Groundhog Day at Lake Tye Park in Monroe on Thursday, Feb. 2.

Celebrating the Lunar New Year

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The Imagine Children’s Museum in Everett celebrated the Lunar New Year with an annual performance of the lion dance by the Mak Fai Dragon and Lion Dance Association of Seattle on Saturday, Jan. 21. In Chinese culture, the lion is characterized by power, wisdom and superiority, while the dance is supposed to bring good fortunes and chase away evil spirits for the new year.

Sprucing up McCollum Park

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With one of the few sunny days last week, around 15 volunteers trekked into the wooded portion of McCollum Park in south Everett on Saturday to pull out English Ivy that is threatening the native plants in the park. The cleanup was sponsored by the Snohomish County Healthy Forest Project and was also one of the county’s MLK Day of Service projects. Above, Julie Langabeer of Everett pulls out ivy. To volunteer for the Snohomish County Healthy Forest Project, see

Trying a hand at lacrosse

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Snohomish High School senior Aislyn Goss, who plays on the Snohomish Lacrosse Club’s girls varsity team, gives six-year-old Evelyn Ward of Snohomish instruction on hand placement to throw the ball during the club’s free beginners clinic at the Snohomish Sports Dome on Saturday, Jan. 7. More than 60 girls from kindergarten to high school age learned about the sport at the clinic. The club is open to all girls in the Snohomish, Monroe and Lake Stevens school districts and Archbishop Murphy High School.

Skating around Snohomish

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Chris, left, and Braelyn enjoy the skating at the Snohomish Valley Golf Center's ice rink in Snohomish on Wednesday, Dec. 28.

Greeting the new season

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Karen Clifton and Karen Soltys, on the steps, right, pause to enjoy the caroling from the lit-up Avenue A gazebo above and watch people walking along Snohomish's candelit Riverfront Trail at the annual Winter Solstice Walk on Wednesday, Dec. 21. The solstice marks the formal start of winter, although regional snow made it feel like it was already here.

Repairing Blackman Lake:
The next steps to try to curb lake’s decline

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Doug Campbell of Snohomish uses a measuring tool to take a sample of water from near the center of Snohomish's Blackman Lake on Wednesday, Dec. 14.
SNOHOMISH — Work is being done to begin monitoring blue-green algae blooms (cyanobacteria) in Blackman Lake and recommend ways to manage the toxic flora.

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Trying a hand at ice sculpting

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As a small crowd watches, David Ganschow of the PureDry Restoration team used a grinder to carve out a Christmas tree from a block of ice in the ice carving competition as part of the Historic Downtown Snohomish Association’s Winterfest weekend events. People from four companies had their first ever try at ice sculpting during a Saturday, Dec. 10 event on First Street in Snohomish. PureDry's team won the popular vote. Collectively, the companies raised $600 for their selected charities.

The Grinch makes a hasty retreat

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The Dr. Seuss book character The Grinch came to goof off at people before the start of the annual Chase The Grinch fun run up and down Centennial Trail in Snohomish the morning of Saturday, Dec. 4. We hope those weren't presents he stole.

Santa arrives to greet his fans

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The holiday season was officially opened in Snohomish as Santa Claus made his yearly visit to town on Saturday, Nov. 26. Rather than visiting his fans from the gazebo on Avenue A, the jolly old man made this year's stop at the recently renovated Carnegie Building at First Street and Cedar Avenue. After an afternoon of visiting individually with the children, Santa and Snohomish Mayor Linda Redmon officially lit the Community Christmas Tree which now stands in front of the Carnegie Building.

Pee-wees compete for the cup

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In an age 5 - 7 championship game the morning of Saturday, Nov. 12, Stanwood Spartan #45, Ryan Combs, sprints for the corner, behind a strong block against the Lake Stevens Vikings as part of a series of North Sound Junior Football League championship games held at Snohomish High School that day. Stanwood won 34-6. Older age brackets played as the day progressed. In the Bantam championship game of 7th graders, Lake Stevens beat Snohomish 38-0.

USO Dance returns to entertain

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Don Wootten of Snohomish and his wife Shelley dance to the 1940’s era big band music of Route 66 at this year’s Veterans Day Celebration and USO Dance at the Carl Gipson Center in Everett on Friday, Nov. 11. After a few years of absence due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the annual Veterans Day dance returned this year. The USO is the United Service Organizations, an entertainment and care organization to boost U.S. soldiers’ morale founded in 1941 and still exists today.

Expanded museum open for play

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Children can run, jump and explore in more play areas now. Five-year-old Daisy Morado of Marysville leads her two-year-old brother Josiah through a rope bridge in the Imagine Children’s Museum’s new woodlands exhibit on Saturday, Oct. 29. Saturday was the grand opening of the museum's 33,000 square-foot expansion. The woodland exhibit features a full-size Sasquatch resting in a hammock in his tree house. It is one of 12 new galleries within the three-story expansion.
The 33,000 square foot addition practically doubled the size of the original museum by adding three new floors. The museum is located at the corner of Wall and Hoyt avenues in Everett. It began fundraising in 2018 when it recognized its popularity was leading to crowding in the museum. The expansion had a soft opening in September before last weekend's grand opening. The expansion cost $25 million.

Pumpkins in the pool

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Alise, age 4, and her big brother Alijah, 5, gather their prize pumpkins during the “Pumpkin Swim” at the Monroe Y on Saturday, Oct. 22. Their last names were not made available. The YMCA sponsored two sessions for kids and families for the fall event.

Firefighters show off how they do it all

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Olivia Denney, 6, of Everett (left) and Owen Shelton, 7, of Lake Stevens learn how to use a fire extinguisher to put out a controlled fire as part of Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue’s annual open house at Station 31 in Monroe on Saturday, Oct. 15. A number of hands-on activities, demonstrations and close-up looks at firetrucks were part of the afternoon-long event. The station's open house, which has happened now for 20 years, is timed to coincide with National Fire Prevention Week.

Keeping downtown Monroe clean

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Dorian Adams, center, and Maverick, 5, both of Monroe, scramble to collect litter during last month's monthly cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 24 in downtown Monroe. Dorian's mom Rachel is at left and Maverick's mom Heather Sevier is in the background with her stroller. Sevier, commenting on the cleanup, said, ”I like to clean and it’s good to clean up our community.”

The Monroe Chamber of Commerce began organizing a monthly clean up in downtown. The group meets rain or shine on the last Saturday of every month. They meet at Sharinabean's on Main Street at 10 a.m.

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Panthers flood the streets

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Snohomish’s Avenue A was awashed in a sea of red, white and black on Friday, Oct. 7, as the Snohomish High School students and staff paraded through town in the annual Homecoming Serpentine. The annual event has become a tradition at the school as it has been held each homecoming through several generations of students.
Westbound First Street car traffic was controlled from entering the parade route, but not eastbound, leading drivers to turn up Avenue A where they encountered the parade between Second and First streets. Drivers were quickly diverted into a bank’s parking lot and
were forced to wait for the parade to pass.

All types shine at Snohomish’s car show

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A young car enthusiast checks out Fillmore, the hippie Volkswagen van character from the Disney animated movie “Cars,” at the 40th annual Snohomish Classic Car and Hot Rod Display in downtown Snohomish on Sunday, Sept. 25. Al Brasher of Snohomish recreated the Disney caricature vehicle from a 1960 VW micro-bus, which includes a fully tie-dyed inspired interior.

Farmers markets now in waning weeks

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There is always more then just fruits and vegetables for sale at the local farmers markets as Livi Aley of Marysville proves as she demonstrates hula hoops in front of her “Livijoyhoops” booth at the Everett Farmers Market on Sunday, Sept. 18. Along with the usual produce, kettle corn and flower vendors, there are many arts and crafts vendors at markets.
The Everett Farmers Market runs until Oct. 30. Snohomish's market finishes up Sept. 29. Monroe's market is to Oct. 21.

Monroe celebrates its community

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Jesus on the drum, Adriana, Jesus Jr. and Dulce of the Yolihuaní Aztec Dancers perform at the Multicultural Monroe event put on by the Monroe Equity Council on Saturday, Sept. 10. The event at Sky River Park featured food, music, vendors and more.

Stretching to the sky

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Chuck Betker, of Spark Hot Yoga, center, back, leads a class of about 30 students in Slow Flow Vinyasa Yoga in a beautiful sunflower field at Bob’s Corn & Pumpkin Farm on a stunning Tuesday afternoon in Snohomish. “Farm Yoga” is one of many events Bob’s is hosting for its sunflower festival ongoing through Sept. 17. Betker has been teaching for about seven years and is from Everett.

Overdose vigil honors deceased

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Rayme Rogge-Springer of Everett lights a memorial candle at the conclusion of the Opioid Oversode Vigil held Wednesday, Aug. 31 at the Snohomish County Campus in Everett.
The event is called “A Night To Remember, A Time to Act.” The county’s event is held on International Overdose Awareness Day.
The opioid overdose vigil is an annual event. This year’s vigil coincides with a new recent spike in overdoses noted by the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

The Fair rolls on

Jacob Kerst photo

Kids experience the biggest drop on the rollercoaster at the 2022 Evergreen State Fair in Monroe on Friday, Aug. 26. Many visitors are enjoying all the aspects of the Fair such as racing, carnival, animals, food and more. The Fair is open through Labor Day, Sept. 5.
See more photos from the fair on the back page of the Tribune newspaper. Find a paper here!

Artist’s shindig held downtown

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Putting their artistic skills in action, Ben Danks of Everett (left) and Alexa Clark of Mill Creek contribute to the community paint-by-number mural at this year’s Fresh Paint in Everett on Sunday, Aug. 21. The annual art festival held by the Schack Art Center moved from the waterfront to Hewitt and Hoyt avenues in downtown. More than 100 artists showed off and sold their work.

Tough athletes tackle challenges

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After splashing through water and mud obstacles, timed competitors in the Seattle Spartan Trifecta event Aug. 13 and 14 make a slippery rope climb up a metal slope as one of the many course obstacles at Sky Meadows Park (the old Nordstrom Farm) near Monroe.

You don’t need ice for hockey

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Liam Lugo, 10, of Everett tries to tuck the ball past goal keeper Hayden Statton, 11, of Lake Stevens as the two were participating in the Youth Hockey Partners of Everett’s “Hockey in the Park” at Everett’s Kasch Park on Saturday, Aug. 6.

Hyper creative:
Pro graffiti artists coming to Everett to show and share their talent over four days

Jacob Kerst photo

Everett Rise is a mural created by graffiti artists Hyper, Faust and Spawk at the last Paint Jam event in Everett. The mural is painted 100% by spray paint and was a collaboration, made in stages by the three artists. It was a commission piece for the business that the wall belongs to, Screen Printing Northwest at 2526 Colby Ave.

EVERETT — On Aug. 4-7, an all-day Paint Jam event is coming to Everett, bringing with it the creation of 30 new murals throughout the city. Going All City NW 2022 has events taking place from 8 a.m. until sunset each day.
The unconventional art requires skill. Event details in story.

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All back together for Kla Ha Ya Days

Doug Ramsay photo

After a two-year hiatus during the pandemic, the annual Kla Ha Ya Days parade returned in Snohomish this past weekend, bringing thousands of people to First Street. The parade featured local high school bands, colorfully decorated vehicles, drill teams and the ever popular Ixtapa dancing horses and West Coast Country Heat dance team. Above, young dancers from Pacific West Performing Arts entertain the crowd.

A new place to play

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Nine-year-old Phoebe Li of Everett (right) plays with her family’s 10-month-old dalmatian Lucy as the family attends the grand opening of the off-leash dog area at the Lowell Riverfront Park in Everett on Thursday, June 30. The nearly one-acre, fenced-in land is now the largest off-leash area in the Everett Parks system. A cement pad from the former Simpson Paper Co. mill was unearthed during construction of the park was reused as a park bench.

Hundreds pile into Everett 3-on-3

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Hundreds came to Everett for its inaugural 3-on-3 amateur basketball tournament held July 9 and 10 on downtown’s pavement.
The Seattle Smoke, in black jerseys, play the K&K Team from Tulalip in the “Youth, 10-11, Female” bracket July 9. The Smoke ultimately won their bracket, with 20-4 over the Storm.
The Everett 3-on-3 was built by two ex-organizers of Spokane Hoopfest, a huge shindig. Everett hopes to grow it to the same magnitude.

Space science camp

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Eric, 9, and Kylerlynn, age 10, right make glow-in-the-dark snow from household chemicals Thursday, July 7 as part of the “Spacecation “ module of Camp Invention, a one-week STEM summer camp, at the Sky Valley Education Center in Monroe. The camp is run under the
National Inventors Hall of Fame, which says this is the “only nationally recognized summer program focused on creativity, innovation, real-world problem solving and the spirit of invention.”
The hands-on program is for children ages kindergarten to sixth grade. Each grade level handles differing mini-projects geared toward engineering applications, geometry and the science behind the chemical properties of matter and molecules.


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Alex Ratcliffe, center with the beach ball, age 3 1/2 from Lynnwood enjoys the Willis Tucker Park Splash Pad on a warm day, at last, with the many other kids and adults.
Splash pads are at Willis Tucker Park, 6706 Puget Park Drive, Snohomish, and at Forest Park, 802 W. Mukilteo Blvd. in Everett.

Pickleball exhibited

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Snohomish Senior Center member Karen Gahm of Snohomish sends the ball across the net as she was playing a game of pickleball at the Snohomish Boys and Girls Club in Snohomish on Saturday, June 25. The senior center, along with the Snohomish Pickleball Club, presented an exhibition of the sport during a day of fun activities. Pickleball, invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, is Washington State’s official sport.

Farmers Markets give plenty to see

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Tori MacMullin of Lake Stevens and her three-year-old daughter Luna, check out the green frog and yellow flower cookies at Darlene Ulsh’s fresh baked goods booth at the Snohomish Farmers Market on Thursday, June 16. After people got soaked during the two prior market days in Snohomish, the weather was much more cooperative last week. The Snohomish market runs on Thursdays from 3-7 p.m. at Cedar and Pearl streets. It moved back to this spot earlier this month.
Monroe’s market is Wednesdays from 3-7 p.m. in the Galaxy Movie Theaters parking lot. Everett’s market is held Sundays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. downtown in the vicinity of Wetmore and Wall streets a block off of Hewitt.

Everyone plays the game

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Isaiah Kobernik, 7, of Monroe, has a little assistance from coach Gerad Kobernik as they participate in a Miracle League game at Rotary Field in Monroe on Saturday, June 4. Miracle League baseball allows children facing physical and mental disabilities a way to play baseball. In Miracle League games, every player gets to hit, get on base and score every inning, with the help of a volunteer buddy. Operated by the Monroe YMCA, the league is open to kids of all ages and with any type of physical or mental disability from anywhere in the Puget Sound area. This year’s season concludes June 18. League organizers said that volunteer groups and organizations are encouraged to help. For more information to play or volunteer next season, contact the Monroe Y, 360-805-1879.

Locals march against gun violence

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Naomi Dietrich (with megaphone) of the group SnoCo Indivisible leads Snohomish County’s March For Our Lives Rally held Saturday, June 13 in Everett. Prior to the march, people listened to speakers at the County Campus in downtown Everett.
Hundreds attended, including at least one anti-protestor who was led away by police officers.
Similar marches were held across America that day in response to recent gun violence events such as the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas late last month.
Organizers hope Congress makes current gun laws stricter.
Last week, the U.S. House approved a national “red flag” bill that temporary takes away guns from people authorities deem as dangerous or unstable. At press time it faces the Senate.

Spinning for a good time

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Sari Peterson of Portland, Oregon demonstrates how yarn is made while using an 1800s-era spinning wheel from the former Czechoslovakia region at the 10th annual Fiber Fusion Northwest event at the Evergreen Fairgrounds in Monroe on Saturday, June 4. The event focuses on natural fibers such as fleece and wool, from animal to product. All aspects of natural fiber were on display, from sheep and llamas to spinning wheels, looms and all kinds of yarns and knitting material.

Crowds delighted at motorcycle show

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Even in the rain, the show must go on, which the Seattle Cossacks Motorcycle Stunt and Drill Team did as part of the 25th annual Sky Valley Motorcycle Show in Snohomish on Sunday, May 15. For the past 84 years, the drill team has performed throughout the Northwest. The rain did not dampen the spirits of many motorcycle enthusiasts who turned out for this year’s bike display show.

Honoring those who served

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Veterans stand during the opening ceremonies of the VFW Flags For Our Fallen 5K held at Lake Tye Park in Monroe Saturday, May 21.

Kids reel out at fishing derby

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Three-year-old Gia Pena of Snohomish checks her pole as she participates in this year’s Snohomish Sportsman’s Club kids fishing derby at Blackman Lake on Saturday, May 7. The fish were elusive this year as just a few were caught during the derby before the rain came and shortened the event.

Beautifying downtown Everett

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Colleen Temple of Everett fills a sidewalk planter with flowers in front of her employer Coastal Community Bank’s office on Colby Avenue on Saturday, April 30. Volunteers from throughout the county participated in the annual organized planting of flowers in downtown Everett. The weather cooperated as the rain ended and the sun began to poke out just as the event began.

Crowds return for Easter Parade

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The Snohomish Easter Parade sprang back to life after a two years’ absence with high turnout on a sunny Saturday, April 16. Above, the Snohomish High School Panther band brought school spirit. They were one of the more than 50 entries to walk down First Street for the parade, which included club organizations, dance teams, schools and scouting troops participating.

Kid meets kid

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Four-year-old Aubrey Swanson of Lake Stevens gently holds a three-month old goat at the SnoTown Brewery on Saturday, April 9. Several baby goats and their mothers from the Crazy B Homestead of Lake Stevens were guests for the afternoon. SnoTown Brewery, on Snohomish’s Second Street, plans to make young goat visits a fairly regular event.

Cherry blossoms bloom

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A man takes his dog for a stroll through Grand Avenue Park in the north end of Everett late last week as the cherry trees that line the park are in full bloom.

Plenty to choose from

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A guest looks over several of the many pieces of art on display at the Schack Art Center in Everett on Sunday, March 6. All of the art exhibited at the center will be part of this year’s H’arts Benefit Auction.
The Schack is holding a “meet the artist” event Thursday, March 10 from 5 - 8 p.m. at the center, 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett. The 40th annual auction currently has two separate silent auctions going that are taking bids through March 11 and March 13, and there will be a live auction that starts Thursday, March 10 at noon. A catalog of the pieces being auctioned off is at

Who’s up for a game?

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Stuart Blondin, 9, of Snohomish quickly weaves his way through the cones as he participated in an Emerald City floorball practice at the Snohomish Sports Dome on Sunday, Feb. 27. Floorball, a sport which uses balls and hockey sticks prominent on the East Coast, is played internationally, with a number of semi-professional and professional leagues, including in the U.S. For more on floorball for the Puget Sound area, check out Emerald City Floorball on Facebook or at

Gipson Center back in the swing of things

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Alfred Gengnagel of Mukilteo returns the ball while playing table tennis at the Carl Gipson Center in Everett on Saturday, Feb. 12. Nearly 30 people came to play for the day’s activities. The Carl Gipson Center reopened Jan. 3 under the banner of Volunteers of America Western Washington, which manages the center and leases the building at 3025 Lombard Ave. from the city. The city dissolved its senior center program in spring 2020 as one of the numerous budget cuts it made in response to the pandemic.

Riding the waves

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Brayden Gonzalez, 12, of Snohomish tries his best at staying on his feet as he surfs the wake on the Snohomish Aquatic Center’s
FlowRider simulator Sunday, Jan. 30. Being the only indoor surf-simulator in the Seattle area, it crosses wakeboarding, snowboarding and skateboarding for an exciting and challenging experience. The center’s recreational pool is available for open swim Sundays from noon to 5:45 p.m. The Snohomish School District opened the center at 516 Maple Ave. in January 2014.

Going with purpose

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Led by the Highway 2 Freedom Runner, a good-sized crowd of runners and walkers participated in the 10th anniversary Jayme Biendl Memorial 5k Walk/Run the morning of Jan. 23 in Sky River Park in Monroe. Biendl was a corrections officer in the Monroe prison who was murdered inside by a sneak attack by an inmate Jan. 29, 2011.

Making new friends

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Three-year-old Henry Schaefer of Snohomish watches as Sarah Seigneuret, aka “Somebuddy the Clown,” draws teeth and eyes on a balloon dinosaur that she made for him at the Imagine Children’s Museum in Everett on Saturday, Jan. 15. Seigneuret performed a magic show followed by making balloon art for museum visitors.

Pups prove their speed

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Noodle, a mixed-breed terrier owned by Geoffrey Reuther of Everett, charges down the aisle during the first qualifying race of Sam’s Cats and Dogs’ Great Small Dog Race series held inside their Everett store on Jan 5.
The fastest dogs in the qualifiers go on to run as a sideshow for the Everett Silvertips hockey games on the ice inside Angel of the Winds Arena. The top dogs from last week’s qualifier race are scheduled to run at the Jan. 21 Silvertips game against Kelowna. A pack of dachshunds are scheduled to run at the Feb. 19 game against Victoria. Lovable corgis are scheduled to have their race March 19 at the game against Vancouver.
The dachshunds had their qualifier race Tuesday, Jan. 11. The corgi qualifier race is anticipated for Tuesday, Feb. 8.

Bring out your sled

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10-year-old Emmalyn Varra takes a turn on the informal “Miracle Field sledding hill” in Monroe on Dec. 27. Emmalyn, her 4-year-old brother Simon and 9-year-old sister Clair were on the hill the Monday afternoon after the big snow came. Monroe saw six inches of snowfall Dec. 26, according to the National Weather Service. The overall county saw similar snowfall accumulation.

Candlelit walk welcomes winter

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As part of celebrating the Winter Solstice on Dec. 21, volunteers line Snohomish’s Riverfront Trail with candle-lit luminaries, a tradition that dates for more than a decade now. Due to the dry weather, and the trail’s popularity, plenty of people took advantage to take a nice stroll.

Santa brightens the day

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Four-year-old Matilda Etgeton of Marysville gets a kick out of seeing Santa Claus as most of his face was covered by his beard and a required face mask during sensory-friendly time at the Imagine Children’s Museum in Everett on Sunday, Dec. 19. Santa was able to stop in this year to visit during a monthly period at the museum formatted for especially for children with stimulus processing sensitivities and their families. The museum’s sensory-friendly time is on the third Sunday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. (pre-registration required.)

Caroling for the community

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SNOHOMISH — Members of Zion Lutheran Church in Snohomish warm up on the church steps before heading out into the neighborhood to sing traditional Christmas carols Sunday, Dec. 19.

Snohomish Carnegie gets spruced up

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SNOHOMISH — On Thursday, Dec. 2, members of the Carnegie Foundation and a city crew planted some 70 shrubs, ferns and small cedars around the perimeter of Snohomish’s Carnegie Building. Above, Renée Deierling prepares to plant ornamental fountain grass as Melody Clemans digs. About 20 volunteers participated in total.
Carnegie Foundation members are excited a cherry tree is coming back for the corner of Cedar Avenue and First Street. A small tree sourced from Harnden’s Nursery will be planted in January. It could grow to 25 feet tall, Clemans said. Until 1968, a magnificent cherry tree stood at the corner. It was removed when an annex building was grafted onto the original Carnegie. A magnolia was planted to replace it. Today, it’s just grass.

Ice royalty greet young fans

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EVERETT — The Ice Princess (left) and Ice Queen meet a young girl who was with her family at the Port of Everett’s annual “Holiday on the Bay”
event Saturday, Dec. 4 at the port’s Pacific Rim Plaza. Visitors could also touch and climb into an Everett Fire Department fire engine at
the event. The event concluded with the lighting of the port’s Holiday tree (in the background) and the arrival of Santa by boat.

Santa comes to visit

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SNOHOMISH — Lucy Campbell-Estes, 3, of Maltby smiles and waves at Santa Claus as the jolly old man made his yearly visit to downtown Snohomish on Saturday, Nov. 27. While heavy rain was forecasted for much of the day, it didn’t keep Santa’s young fans and their parents from coming to town to greet him. In fact, the rain subsided just before Old St. Nick arrived on a Fire District 4 fire engine, and held off for a while as all the young ones that came to see him were able tell him their wishlists.

Help volunteer to build children's bikes

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Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop seeks volunteers who can come help fix bicycles for Christmas House on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. through December at the shop. People are asked to pre-register their time to volunteer at
The shop entrance is in the back alley of 2531 Broadway in Everett, and the bicycles benefit Christmas House, an annual free gift giveaway in Everett for low-income families during December. In this file photo, Ed Phares of Everett attaches a pedal to a children’s bike at the shop.

Deer rescue

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Firefighters and others rescued a deer that fell into a detention pond in Snohomish on Sunday, Oct. 17. The deer was hoisted out and then released to run away free.

Panther Pride takes to the streets

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Snohomish High School students and staff swarm down Fifth Street during the annual Homecoming Serpentine through Snohomish on Friday, Oct 8, led by the royal court and followed by the Panther fall sports teams and the school’s marching band.
The traditional Serpentine began generations ago.

Classics line First Street once more

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Chester, a two-year-old beagle, sits back and watches as Steve Martin of Brier wipes off a little road dust as he readies to show off his
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle at the 38th annual Snohomish Classic Car and Hot Rod Display in Snohomish on Sunday, Sept. 26. Despite the threat of rain throughout the day, several hundred cars were on display along First Street.

A day of rumble and polished chrome

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A group of motorcyclists pass by a few of the early arrival bikes as they ride up First Street in Snohomish heading in for the 24th Annual Sky Valley Motorcycle Show that was held Sunday, Sept. 12. While the weather saw drizzles in the morning, it took until midday for the event to get into full swing.

Farmers Markets for all ages

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The Buss family, Fispher, age 8, his sister Autumn, 6, mom Julie and little dog Naya, all of Monroe, enjoy the sights and variety of the late summer afternoon at the Monroe Farmers Market Wednesday, Sept. 1. Fispher insisted on trying the kettle corn.
Weekly farmers markets are nearing the end of their seasons. Monroe’s market finished Sept. 1, but will hold a harvest market Wednesday, Sept. 29. Snohomish’s Thursday market concludes Sept. 30. Everett’s Sunday market at Hewitt and Wetmore avenues concludes Oct. 31.

Public concerts Thursday nights in Everett

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Six-year-old Raya Kay Gentry, of Everett (left) along with her mother Marry J Gentry and her one-year-old brother Zander dance to the music of Seattle performer Lady A at this year’s season-opening performance of Music at the Marina at the Port of Everett’s south marina on Thursday, Aug. 5. This one-month outdoor concert series on Thursday evenings concludes Aug. 26.
Upcoming shows are:
Aug. 19: LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends (rock and soul); and
Aug. 26: Eldridge Gravy and The Court Supreme (funk).
The venue is open from 5 to 9 p.m. and shows start at 6:30 p.m. Shows are free. On-site parking costs $5. There are no public buses running within one mile of the Port of Everett area on Thursday evenings.

Blueberry season in full swing

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Four-year-olds Hugo Bremer (left) and Adair Smith, both of Seattle, team up to pick blueberries at the Mountainview Blueberry Farm in Snohomish on Sunday, July 25. Many of the u-pick farms throughout the Snohomish Valley are presently in full swing pf operations.

Great day for Show and Shine

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A gentleman checks out the interior of Stan Pauley’s fully restored 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air decked out with 1950s memorabilia on display at the Kla-Ha-Ya Days Show and Shine car show in Snohomish on Sunday, July 18. Pauley, who lives in Woodinville, and his wife Pam have been become regulars at area car shows over the years, including participating in all of the various Snohomish shows. This year’s Show and Shine attracted hundreds of vehicles of all types and ages filling First Street as well as several of the side streets in downtown Snohomish.

Free Friday music series at Lake Tye starts

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Bailey and her mom Amy Brooks of Monroe dance to the country music of Megs McLean and her band Friday, July 9 at Lake Tye Park for the first of four city concerts called Music in the Park. A large crowd was brought out by the great weather. Bailey is age 5½ and said she has been dancing for a long time. Coming up, rock band BroHamm will play Friday, July 23 at 7 p.m. and ‘80s tribute band The Spazmatics plays July 30 at 7 p.m. The Stacy jones Band played July 16.

Paddleboarding on Silver Lake

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Ximena Cruz, 15 of Mill Creek (left) and Mariely Salazar, 15 of Shoreline paddle across Silver Lake in south Everett late last month. The two girls were taking a lesson taught by instructor Keely Maroney (not pictured) of Hydrology Stand Up Paddle, which rents paddleboards on the lake and also holds classes. Paddleboarding lessons are available for children age 6 and up from the company.

Keeping cool in the heat

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Aiden, age 4, is not real sure about the falling water from the splash pads at Willis Tucker Park, 6705 Puget Park Dr. in Snohomish, on a visit June 20. The spray pads at Willis Tucker Park will operate through the summer into September from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. There are spray pads at Forest Park in Everett, too, that is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Markets have all, from apricots to zucchini

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Troy Fisk of Bill’s Fruits bags up a small bunch of apricots for a customer Sunday, June 20 at the weekly Everett Farmers Market in downtown Everett. The stand is one of over 80 vendors at the market. While cherries and apricots from the east side of the state are presently in season, other varieties of fruit and vegetables start becoming available in the next several weeks.

Learn to be safe while boating

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Having launched their boats at the Port of Everett’s 10th Street boat launch, boaters prepare for a day out on the Sound on Saturday, June 12.
Boating class: There was a free boating safety class on Thursday, June 17 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. to review an introduction to boating laws, safety equipment, navigation, and other important topics. The class was led by Martin Mooney, an instructor with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. The auxiliary and the Everett Public Library are co-sponsoring this class.
You can also sign up for a Washington State Boating Safety Course online at

Explore sea life at low tide

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Megan Dishneau, dog Miley and son Cole, age 4, all from Snohomish, enjoy the negative-3.7 low tide at Everett's Edgewater Park on Friday, May 28. ”This is the first trip to the beach for Miley and we are really enjoying this low tide,” Dishneau said.
The lowest tides of the season will occur June 24 and 25 with a negative-3.9 and negative-4.0, respectively. For a full list of low tide dates, click on the Outdoor Adventure Guide in the right-hand column.

Got any carrots there, mister?

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Jayce Flickinger, 5, of Granite Falls gets a curious sniff from a miniature donkey at a parcel of land in the Snohomish River Valley a few weeks ago on a private visit. The donkeys are owned by Debi Steltz of Lords Hill Miniature Donkey Rescue. If you want to see them, she asks that you do not just go on the property but to call her at 425-367-1007.

Reeling for relaxation

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Taylor Rooney, an avid fisher new to Monroe, enjoys an evening of fishing on the West bank of Lake Tye. He said:”I came out at noon and got two and now I came back to see if I could get my limit.” Rooney added, “I’m new to Monroe but I fish everywhere I go.”

Public gets first glimpse inside Carnegie

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Carnegie Foundation member Terry Lippincott points out prominent historical features that were restored on the front facade of Snohomish’s Carnegie building during public tours on Thursday, May 6 of the recently restored building. Tours went inside the building, too. The city plans to use the Carnegie for private event rentals and small public meetings.

Growing for the food bank

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The Julia V. Morris Centennial Garden, next to the Sky Valley Food Bank at 233 Sky River Parkway in Monroe, helps grow fresh fruit and vegetables for the food bank. Above, garden volunteer Lori Heffner plants cabbage starts from her home greenhouse last month. Julia Morris founded the food bank 45 years ago. The garden was planted in 1999 and named in Morris’ memory. Volunteers tend the garden as a community effort. To connect with them on Facebook, find the group “Friends of JVM Food Bank Garden.”

Scrambling toward the endzone

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Isaac Palmer, 12, of Marysville, (right) spins and dodges a defender to keep from having one of his flags pulled as he carries the football down field while playing in a Snohomish County Boys & Girls Club flag football league game at Snohomish High School on Saturday, April 24. The “Chiefs” from the Snohomish club went on to beat the “Cowboys” team from the Lake Stevens Boys & Girls Club. Flag football is one of a number of team sports organized by Snohomish County Boys & Girls Club, with games played at Snohomish High School, Park Place Middle School in Monroe and in Lake Stevens.

Fire Explorers shows teens how pros work

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Snohomish Fire District 4 explorer Kortney Crane of Marysville uses the proper technique of holding a fire hose as Fire District 4 firefighter-paramedic Claire Woofenden (left) gives instructions during a weekly practice session by Explorer Post 444 at the district’s training center in Snohomish on Wednesday, March 24. The explorer program educates people ages 14 to 20 in fire and emergency medical operations as well as community leadership and volunteer values. Numerous explorers from this post have become career firefighters, paramedics and emergency dispatchers. While there are no openings for new members at the moment, the post’s adviser said they are taking applications from Snohomish County teens interested in pursuing a fire service career.
To sign up, visit or call 360-568-2143.

All ages get behind the wheel

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Young drivers feed a need for speed as they drive gas-powered go-karts at Traxx Indoor Raceway, off of Chennault Beach Road in Mukilteo, on Saturday, March 20. Traxx opens its building side doors during warm, sunny days to expand into an indoor/outdoor track. Drop-in races last for approximately 10 minutes, usually yielding about 15 laps of fury. The business also takes reservations to avoid waiting in line.

Enjoying signs of spring

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The cherry trees are beginning to blossom as a couple enjoy a warm, sunny day and takes a stroll along the Port of Everett’s south marina last Saturday, March 13. Outdoor walks and hikes have become popular as other activities and venues continue to be closed due to Covid-19 restrictions. While we have enjoyed a stretch of enjoyable weather this past few weeks, the rain is predicted to return for the last half of this week.

High-flying adventure

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Summer Rous, 7, of Bainbridge Island carefully steps as she crosses one of the many off the ground obstacles in the High Trek Adventures rope course located at the Paine Field Community Park in south Everett on Saturday, March 6. The rope course has elements that are from 15 feet to 50 feet off the ground. The adventure site also has zip lines, outdoor laser tag, mini golf and axe throwing.
The park’s website at has more details, including COVID procedures that are being enforced.

What do you want at Averill Field?

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A child nicknamed “Hay Hay,” along with her father Jim Wojnarowski, both of Everett, go for a spin while playing at the Tillicum Kiwanis Playground at Averill Field in Snohomish on Saturday, Feb 27. The young girl and her parents were exploring Snohomish for the afternoon when she spotted the playground and the family stopped for a little playtime. The Tillicum Kiwanis Playground is in the footprint of the Averill Field redevelopment plan, and the play equipment will be “retired” when a new park space replaces it later this decade.

SNOHOMISH — The green space at Third Street and Pine Avenue is destined to become a city park, and the next step is to identify what people want to be in it. This is your chance.

Getting some grind

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George Dubuque of Seattle (left) grinds one of the rails at the skate park in Monroe’s Lake Tye Park during the afternoon of Saturday, Feb. 20. While much of the rest of the country remains in the deep freeze of winter, the Pacific Northwest will enjoy relatively warmer temperatures and have the chance to venture out during those rare rainless times to parks and trails, where proper social distancing can be achieved. While the rain came back again this week, a dry weekend is forecasted for our area.

"The Big Snow"

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Lisaeth, Anyelhn, Eric, Noe, Iker and Mariel (in no particular order), all of Monroe, enjoy sledding on the slope just below Miracle Field in Monroe on Saturday, Feb. 13. Snow rolled into the region Friday evening and blanketed the area with between six to 11 inches of snow depending where you live. Power outages were reported in numerous areas, including the Woods Creek area of Monroe and parts of Sultan near Mann Road. An overnight low of 26 degrees for Saturday, Feb. 13 measured at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport broke a record for temperature. The Washington State Patrol reported it handled 196 collisions in Snohomish County over the weekend.

Gyms, restaurants reopen
to limited service

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LaRae McCurry (left) and Lacey Ramon, of the Snohomish Fitness Center, wipe down and sanitize the workout equipment at the gym in downtown Snohomish last Friday. As of Monday, in seven counties including Snohomish County, restaurants could allow indoor dining again and gyms can allow people to come in at limited capacities. The region has met the ability to move up in the state’s new regional approach for restrictions. Things stay open unless infections increase again.

Ever tried glassblowing?

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From left to right, glass artist Julie Conway and team member Dan Friday work to shape a piece of glass art while Ben Ostrom and Manolo Aguilera (far right) work to slowly spin the glass globe at the Schack Art Center in Everett on Saturday, Jan. 16. The glass globe is embedded with silver leaf and will be part of a multi-piece chandelier Conway has designed.
The Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Ave. in Everett, has classes in working with hot glass, kilns and flamework. The private studios also can be reserved for hot glass and kiln work. To find out more, visit and click on “Classes” to navigate the schedule, or call 425-259-5050. Visitors can watch glassblowing live; learn more on that at the website by using the drop-down menu titled “Visit.”

Getting time outdoors

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With a day-long break in the rain, Snohomish area residents got out to enjoy the dry but cold weather last Saturday on the River Trail through Snohomish. While the rain continued to hold off through the better part of Sunday. it has returned for much of the present work week. This upcoming weekend however is predicted to be dry and possibly sunny again.

The purposeful lives of old Christmas trees

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SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Recycling Christmas trees, often collected by Boy Scout troops, has become more than simply grinding them down to use as bark for flower beds or wood chips for parks and trails.

Ice skating... in Snohomish?

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Adelyn Burtner, 8, of Bothell (left) holds on to her three-year-old brother Emerson’s hand as the two attempted to stay on their feet while skating on the synthetic ice-skating rink at the Snohomish Valley Golf Center south of Snohomish on Dec. 6.
The synthetic plastic surface is warm to the touch and does not melt, but acts just like ice when used by ice skates. The skating rink is located in a heated tent and is open daily for 50-minute sessions at the center, with rental skates available. The golf center plans to operate the skating rink through the end of January.

Bikes for all is Scout’s big project

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Henry Amend of Snohomish wheels out a new bicycle to be given a final safety check and then handed to a young recipient at the Sharing Wheels nonprofit in Everett on Saturday, Dec. 12.

SNOHOMISH — A 16-year-old mountain biker and future Eagle Scout from Snohomish raised more than $3,000 to help provide 27 bikes for children of low-income families just in time for Christmas.

Homegrown Santa

Photo by Lucas Wuolle, age 10

Steven Schroeder has been making visits in the Echo Lake and Lost Lake neighborhoods to excite kids. For many years, Schroeder participated with a group called Bikers Against Child Abuse.
He tries to ride and wave to people as much as possible.
“The response from kids and adults alike is truly incredible,” he said.

Santa always finds a way...

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Being 1,749 years old, Ol’ Saint Nicholas has to take as many precautions as necessary to avoid the coronavirus. However, to keep the tradition of visiting with the children during his annual visit to Snohomish this past weekend, the jolly old gent sat himself behind glass in the storefront window of Randolph Cellars on First Street and used walkie-talkies to hear from children who came to see him. Avery Heath, 6, of Snohomish, tells Santa her wish list over a pink radio while Santa listened on Saturday, Nov. 28.

After turkey, time to think about trees

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Aryna, 9, of Everett, brings up the rear as she helps her father Cody carry the family’s freshly cut Christmas tree back to their vehicle at Stocker Farms in Snohomish on Saturday, Nov. 21. While the annual U-cut Christmas tree season normally starts on the day after Thanksgiving, a few of the area farms opened for limited cutting this past weekend. All of the area farms will be open starting this Friday.

Up goes the tree

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Crews from the City of Everett give Santa a hand with the seasonal decorations in downtown Everett on the morning of Saturday, Nov. 21, including the traditional tree hoisted above the intersection of Hewitt and Colby avenues.

Snohomish’s Carnegie building is practically complete

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Snohomish city project manager Brennan Collins (yellow coat) talks with a member of the construction crew in front of the Carnegie building at First Street and Cedar Avenue while work continues during one of the few dry days last week.

The Carnegie building in the historic Snohomish Downtown is almost fully restored. The City Council plans to discuss the Carnegie operations plan at the council meeting on Dec. 1. City administrator Steve Schuller said no dates or official plans have been set but the city has been thinking about holding a “rotating” open house.

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Market offered great gifts

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Mia Baus, 3, of Snohomish, points out a glass holiday orn-ament that she thinks would be a great gift for a relative as she and her mother and grandmother were shopping at the Flore garden and gift booth at the second annual Snohomish Holiday Market on Saturday, Nov. 14.

Youth games test firefighter skills

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Snohomish Fire District 4 explorer Tyler McCleod, 16, of Snohomish quickly removes the cap to a hydrant so as to connect the hose to it while competing in an annual Fire Explorer Muster at the Fire District 4’s training facility on Saturday, Nov. 7. Typically, fire explorers throughout the state meet in late spring for a friendly competition, however with COVID-19 restrictions in place, the annual “Muster” moved to November, with several smaller events held at the same time. Each event was connected via a live-stream feed. Saturday’s event in Snohomish had explorers from the Snohomish Fire Dist. 4 post and the Camano Island Fire post. Fire explorer posts are sponsored by fire departments and open to males and females ages 14 to 21. Monroe has one, too.

Riders working out their horses

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Violet Semritc, 3, of Monroe, (right) is watched by Cailyn Espinosa, of Snohomish as the two ride in a warm-up area at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe on Sunday, Nov. 1. Semritc had finished a competing run in the Snohomish County Western Games Association’s monthly competition, while Espinosa was warming up for her run. The games association does pattern racing competitions during the winter, and the riders range in age from 1-year-old on up to over 70.

Trunk or Treat brings out little ones

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Left to right, in costume, Audrey, Zoe and Aero of Everett enjoy the First Baptist Church Kids Community Trunk or Treat event Saturday, Oct. 24 in Everett. Aged 6, 3, and 2, they gathered Halloween goodies from about 13 “trunks”, enjoyed the other costumes and the beautiful fall day, together with mom Talia and dad Wayne.

Snohomish River Run

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Pictured above are the first of the racers to cross the finish line on Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Snohomish River Run 5K and 10k. To comply with COVID-19 guidelines, start times were staggered into five minute intervals with a max of 10 runners each start.

Snohomish farms offer variety of U-picks

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Two-year-old Jakey, of Snohomish, reaches for a low hanging apple that was just within his reach as he and his family were picking at the Bailey Family Farm’s apple orchard on Wednesday, Oct. 7. While the annual Festival of Pumpkins in in full swing in the Snohomish Valley, other delectable fruits and vegetables are also available for harvesting at this time. Although apples are beginning to be picked out for the season, they as well as sweet corn and a variety of vegetables are available for u-picking at a number of valley farms through October.

Pumpkin-pickin’ season in full swing

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Corbin Littleton, 4, of Lake Stevens finds it a lot easier to just roll his chosen pumpkin back to the wagon rather than carrying it as he and his parents were on a pumpkin hunting venture at Stocker Farm this past Sunday. The Snohomish River Valley has become the place to be to search out that perfect jack-o-lantern or decorative pumpkin again this year during the annual Festival of Pumpkins.

Local farms opening steadily for guests

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The hay ride heads out from the corn maze with a load of guests at Craven Farm on Sunday, Sept. 27. The wagon has dividers inside as a social distancing safety measure.

Much like everything else, the COVID-19 pandemic put the fall agritourism season in jeopardy. But with some elbow grease, local farmers worked with the state Legislature to open up many of the usual activities and are ready to welcome guests safely this season. More on this story...

Light-hearted fun in vintage wear

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David Chamness (left), Brenda Chamness (center), both of Shoreline, wear vintage tweed clothing, while Marc McDaniel sports a vintage police uniform, as they head down the Centennial Trail to Snohomish. The three were participating in the annual Snohomish Tweed Ride from Machias to Snohomish on Saturday, Sept. 19, in which riders dress in attire appropriate to 1899. It is sponsored by the Historic Downtown Snohomish Association. While usually participants ride as a group, this year due to COVID-19, participants rode in smaller groups or individually.

Smoothly skimming the river

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The balloon “Olympic,” piloted by Jay Woodward of Balloon Depot, glides over the Snohomish River. The photographer writes: “I know I am just one of many Snohomish area residents who are thrilled to watch these flights over our beautiful area again. They seem to have a calming influence in a stormy time.”

Locals sign-wave to “save the post office”

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A group demonstrating in support of the U.S. Postal Service, and protesting the cutbacks to the agency, try to get the attention of motorists on Avenue D in Snohomish in front of the shoppng center that includes the post office on Saturday, Aug. 29.

People demonstrated outside the Snohomish Post Office with signs to express support in response to recent changes at the U.S. Postal Service. More on this story...

Class of ‘21 opens their year

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Breanne Barrow, hands balloons to students of Monroe High School’s senior class Wednesday Sept. 9. In an annual tradition, the senior class gather at sunrise on the first day of the school year at Lake Tye Park where they release balloons and take a class photo. Several parents along with the senior class ASB student council organized this year’s event.

Smoke present over the area

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Wildfire smoke and haze from the West Coast fires somewhat obscures the familiar red barn of Stocker Farm at state Route 9 and Marsh Road, as seen during the noon hour on Sunday, Sept. 14. Outdoor air quality remained at unhealthy levels in Snohomish County during the early part of this week.

In awe of butterflies

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Georgia Sauvage, 12, of Snohomish holds open a box as she releases Pink Lady butterflies at the Mountainview Blueberry Farm’s “Berries and Blooms” event Saturday, Aug. 22. In the background, Keith Stocker talks into a microphone while giving the audience a little talk about butterfly varieties. The berry farm on E. Lowell-Larimer Road south of Snohomish and two other Snohomish-area farms are celebrating the late summer season with sunflower fields that are open to the public. Thomas Family Farm at state Route 9 and Marsh Road is holding its “Sunflowers in Snohomish” event while Bob’s Corn and Pumpkin Farm on Elliot Road east of Clearview is holding its “Sunflower Experience.” The events continue through this weekend. Check each farm’s website for dates and times as each are different.

Farmers markets still going strong

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Radicle Roots Farm owner James Berntson restacks bunches of radishes during brisk sales at the Snohomish Farmers Market on
Thursday, July 30. Berntson’s farm is in Snohomish. With restoration construction at Snohomish’s Carnegie Building on-going, the market which is usually held outside the Carnegie has temporarily moved this summer to Stocker Farm on Marsh Road off of state Route 9. The market is following health district rules pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the market’s website at snohomishfarmers for information on the rules. The market is open every Thursday, rain or shine, from 3 to 7 p.m., with special risk and senior shopping from 2:30 to 3 p.m.

Pools available for lap swim

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Swimmers participate in an afternoon lap swim session at the Everett YMCA on Thursday, July 2.
While open swimming is still restricted, the YMCA pool facilities in Everett and Monroe, along with the Snohomish Aquatic Center have reopened for lap swimming.
Reservations are required for lap swims at the Everett Y. Call 425-258-9211 or members can use the “YMCA Snohomish County” mobile app to reserve a time. Day pass fees apply. But Everett residents do not need a Y membership. For lap swims at the Monroe Y, call 360-805-1879 or use the “YMCA Snohomish County” mobile app.
The Snohomish Aquatic Center recommends preregistration to swim. Call 360-568-8030 during its business hours or email to make a reservation request. Only registered swimmers will be able to enter the Snohomish facility.

Monroe farmers market open weekly

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Reagan, age 2½, and mom Ashley from Monroe buy raspberries from the Lopez Bros. Farms stall at the Monroe Farmers Market, on Wednesday, June 24, in the parking lot of Galaxy Theatre. The market featured fruit, veggies, face shields and barbecued food. Other vendors offered metal and craft items for sale. The market opens every Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., June through August.

Food bank garden continues growing

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Mary Sutton, of Snohomish, straightens up young tomato plants as she worked with a number of other volunteers at the community garden on the Bailey farm south of Snohomish earlier this month. The garden provides fresh produce and herbs to area food banks, in particular the Snohomish and Maltby food banks, the Snohomish Community Kitchen and the Snohomish Senior Center. Last year, the garden provided more than 3,500 pounds of food, from broccoli to peas, tomatoes and lettuce. Over 30 different vegetables and herbs are grown each year and harvested from spring to late fall. The group is encouraging the public to come out and volunteer, and welcomes all ages to join in. The group meets Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8 to 11 a.m. with weeding being the main activity at this time, however harvesting for some of the crops will start in several weeks. Bailey’s is at 12711 Springhetti Road.

Flocking to the river

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Sunshine was in abundance this past weekend with temperatures reaching into the 80s throughout the Puget Sound area. Some families headed to the water, as those did here along the Pilchuck River near the Dubuque Road on Saturday afternoon. The state’s social distancing rules are still in effect, meaning households should stay six feet away from each other.

Farming season back in action

The old saying goes that April showers bring May flowers. Well, April also brings the start of farming season in the Northwest. Farmers in the county have begun plowing their fields these past two weeks to prepare them for planting corn, pumpkins and other crops. Above, Brian Brager uses a disk plow to turn up the soil in one of the fields at Stocker Farms in the Snohomish River Valley last week.

Out while the sun lasted

With just the top of Whidbey Island visible over a low blanket of fog hovering over Port Gardner Bay on Friday, March 20, a photographer and several others went out to take in the sunny weather that we all enjoyed last week at Everett’s Grand Avenue Park. The photographer is shooting at a bust of Sen. Henry M. Jackson’s head installed a few years ago. While we enjoyed a week’s worth of spring-like weather last week, the rain has returned and is forecasted to stick through the first part of next week. Everett’s Mayor Cassie Franklin set a directive telling residents to stay home except for errands for health and safety, and for essential business, allows outdoor activity as long as you stay at least six feet away from other people under the principle of social distancing.

Bang those drums

Harmonee Adams, 3 (right) and Stella Dixon, 7, both of Everett, beat on Djembe drums while participating in the “Playing with Music” class conducted by Marco Cortes at the Imagine Children’s Museum on Sunday, March 8. The COVID-19 virus has caused closures to some facilities and postponed or canceled events in the area. The museum is remaining open with its normal hours, but asks that before visiting to make sure everyone in your family or group is feeling well and does not have a cough or fever.

Chinese lions give a show

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Nancy Fletcher of Monroe and her giggling daughter River, 2, get an up-close visit by one of three lions as they were enjoying a performance of the LQ Lion Dance Troupe at the Imagine Children’s Museum on Saturday, Feb. 8. The Seattle-based Chinese lion dance troupe, consisting of members from ages six to 18, were one of a number of performances and events as the museum celebrated the Chinese New Year.

Clanging armor at the medieval faire

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John Paul of Vancouver B.C. (left) and Matt Reinker of McMinnville, Oregon battle it out in Armored Combat at the annual Ursulmas Medieval Faire at the Evergreen Fairgrounds in Monroe on Sunday, Jan. 26. The weekend-long event features combat and archery competitions, a medieval village of living history along with artisans and crafters demonstrating skills from the fifth to fifteenth centuries Europe. The popular event is hosted by the Kingdom of An Tir-SCA. It has been a fixture at the Fairgrounds for over 30 years and attracts participants from as far away as Florida and Saskatchewan, Canada, being that it is one of the few of its kind held during winter.

Snow blanketed region last week

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Lisseth Montiel, 10, leads her brother Yael, 13 down a short sledding hill, below Miracle Field at Monroe’s Skykomish River Park, on Monday afternoon, Jan. 13. Heavy snowfall that came down in two different periods last week gave the region slippery conditions and interrupted schools and some offices. Downed trees caused U.S. 2 to close east of Skykomish for a few days, leaving residents and travelers stuck. The snow began to subside on Thursday.

Imitating cleaning an oil spill

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Hermione, 8, and her brother Randy of Snohomish scrub vegetable oil off of a feather using dish soap during an experiment in how oil spills affect the environment and wildlife as part of the Snohomish Library’s monthly Curiosity Academy on Friday, Jan. 11. Along with oil spills, the academy lesson focused on other pollutants within the world’s oceans such as plastics and other types of waste.

Up close with Santa

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Emerson Louthan, 2, of Lynnwood visits with Santa Claus while he and his family were visiting the Imagine Children’s Museum in Everett during the museum’s sensory-friendly time. The monthly event allows children with processing sensitivities and their families a period when they can play at the museum when it is quieter and less busy.

‘His heart grew three sizes that day’

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The poor Grinch just can not get a break as he was chased out of town again this year by a posse of Santa’s helpers in the form of runners during the sixth annual “Chase the Grinch Outta Snohomish 5K and 10K fun run” on Sunday, Dec. 8. Hundreds of runners of all ages dressed for the festive occasion ran along the Centennial Trail.

Firefighters offer feast for Thanksgiving

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Everett Fire Department firefighter Mark Farrar serves a meal during the Everett Firefighters Association’s 20th annual Free Holiday Dinner for seniors at the Carl Gipson Senior Center in Everett on Sunday. Nearly 400 meals were served during the event as fire department personnel along with their families and friends helped prepare and serve the meals.

Giant blocks let you build anything

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Baylynn Fox, 7, of Everett slides a couple of foam blocks through the doorway of a castle that she and her sister Calla, 3, along with her 10-year-old friend Kylie Thoman were building inside the Imagine Children’s Museum in Everett on Saturday, Nov. 16. The museum recently introduced Imagination Playground Blocks in its Build Zone.

Kids give “spooky slime” a try

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Kyleen, age 7, left and her pal Leilani, 8 enjoy making “Spooky Slime” in an event for kids at the Mariner branch of Sno-Isle Libraries in South Everett on Saturday, Oct. 26. Several groups of kids enjoyed making the sparkle goo. They could add colors, sparkles and googie-eyes.

“Pumpkins in the pool” perfect for fall

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On Saturday, Oct. 19, there were 20 to 30 families that took part in the “Pumpkins in the Pool”, a family event at the Monroe/Sky Valley Y in Monroe. Pumpkins floated all over in part of one of the Y’s pools. There was pumpkin decorating, too. The pumpkins were donated by Craven Farms of Snohomish.

A mainstay on Main Street looks to retire

MONROE — The owners of the Sky River Bakery, a joyful morning stop for hundreds, are planning a well-deserved break after starting shop here 32 years ago.   More on this story... Published October 9, 2019

Park newly named for Pilchuck Julia blessed with honor

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Tulalip Tribal Chairwoman Teri Gobin (left) and tribal member Patti Gobin (center) perform along with Tulalip Tribe drummers and singers to open the Pilchuck Julia Landing ceremony on Tuesday, Aug. 27.
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Former Seattle-Snohomish Mill burns

No firefighters injured, building likely a total loss

A firefighter keeps an eye for any spreading fire as flames race through the former Seattle-Snohomish lumber mill in Snohomish. Fire crews worked to fight the fire early Wednesday, Aug. 28. In the top right, a Fire District 7 ladder truck sprays water down onto the roof.

SNOHOMISH — A two-alarm fire tore through the former
Seattle-Snohomish Mill across the river from First Street on Wednesday, Aug. 28. Now investigators are working on any clues.
  More on this story... Published September 4, 2019

These pianos are not going to play themselves

Sophia Mendez (right) and Nadya Mendez (left) of Everett sit down together on Colby Avenue in downtown Everett to play a piece during the city’s annual Street Tunes experiment. This piano is one of 19 located around the city as part of an interactive art project to bring visual and musical enjoyment to the community. The pianos will be out until Aug. 27 when they’re put away for the year. Each piano can be played during daylight hours.

U-pick season is open

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Brooklyn Parsons, 5, of Lake Stevens, picks blueberries along with her family at the Mountainview Blueberry Farm south of Snohomish on Thursday, July 25. Blueberry season is in full swing as numerous U-pick farms including several in the Snohomish and Monroe areas are open. Along with blueberries, U-pick farms of other varieties of produce are opening for summer picking throughout Snohomish County and the broader region.

Brick by brick

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Steve Jensen shows the scale of his Lego block structure of the wardrobe from “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” book that opens the Narnia series of adventures. Last week inside his Monroe store he was placing Lego trees on the wintry ground and other touches.

MONROE — There isn't anything quite like the wardrobe from Narnia that was built, brick by brick, with Legos. More on this story...

Fire destroys Judd & Black flagship store

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Ladder trucks from Everett (left) and Marysville fire departments attempt to douse the flames as fire raced through the Judd & Black appliance store building at 3001 Hewitt Ave. approaching the U.S. 2 trestle on Friday night. A wall also collapsed. The Fire Department as of press time was still working to identify the fire’s origin, but early reports it began in a dumpster have been refuted. Police also are investigating. No one was injured in the three-alarm fire that began around 7:30 p.m. and took a couple of hours to bring under control.


Sealed ‘til Everett’s 175th

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Edison Dippery, 2, has his hand traced onto a postcard by his mother Mary Fosse, while dad Mike Dippery helps during the City of Everett’s 125th anniversary time capsule sealing at the library main branch on Sunday, Aug 19. Well over 100 postcards that held messages of the thoughts of Everett today and predictions for the future were placed in the capsule, not to be opened until 2068. Some cards also had photos attached by the writers of themselves or places they enjoy. The capsule also holds copies of the Sunday edition of the Everett Herald, last week’s Tribune and several other items from present-day Everett.

The voice of the AquaSox

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Tall Tom Lafferty begins his 35th season in the booth
First game of the season is Friday, June 15

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Family’s service with guide dogs featured in film

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Rebecca Minelga kneels by new trainee Ogden, a Labrador, at the Snohomish Library last week with her sons Sebastian, 1, in her arms, and Oliver, 5.

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Learning the art of firefighting

Snohomish Fire recruit Doug Higbee prepares to access the inside fire scenario at a fire training program on Monday, April 16 at the Ray Brown Training Center in Machias. The purpose was to evaluate the inside and outside conditions of a mock hallway caught on fire, simulating what recruits might see in the field later on.

SNOHOMISH — Snohomish Fire's sole recruit going through training right now explains the intensity and camaraderie that goes into it. More on this story...





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