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News bites for January 10, 2018

Low-barrier housing approved
EVERETT — The City Council approved gifting Catholic Housing Services land to build a low-barrier, low-income housing complex, the next step toward its completion.
The location is 6107 Berkshire Drive, at the cusp of a middle class neighborhood that largely has opposed the plan from the start.
The council vote was 6-0, with new member Ethel McNeal abstaining.
The plan calls for 65 housing units for chronically homeless individuals; the agreement with Catholic Housing Services requires the site’s use to stay that way for the next 50 years.

New park equipment
MONROE — The public is invited to a dedication for new exercise equipment installed at Skykomish River Park, 413 Sky River Parkway in Monroe. The dedication event will be Thursday, Jan. 11 at 4 p.m., rain or shine, at the 32-acre park. A county grant helped pay for the stations.

New three-way stop in Machias
SNOHOMISH — Sometime last week, a new three-way stop was installed at S. Machias Road at OK Mill Road. Before, cars only stopped at OK Mill Road. The intersection had complaints that cars at OK Mill would dart out to turn onto Machias Road, a dangerous scenario as Machias Road curves on both sides approaching OK Mill Road.

Limited bus service for MLK Day
SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Community Transit’s commuter service to downtown Seattle and the University of Washington will be limited on
Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 15. Only the following bus routes will operate: 402, 413, 421 and 855.

New state Senator selected
SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Keith Wagoner, the mayor of Sedro-Woolley, was appointed for a state Senate seat in the 39th District from a pool of three Republican candidates. Longtime politician Kirk Pearson vacated the seat in November to take a position in the Trump administration as the State Director for USDA Rural Development in Washington. The 39th district spans across eastern Snohomish County, much of Skagit County and part of King County.

Teachers recognized
SNOHOMISH — Teachers Cathy Tanasse (Glacier Peak High School), Jordan Gere (Valley View Middle School/Glacier Peak High School) and Andrea Rossall (Emerson Elementary) were recently named VFW Post 921 Teachers of the Year, and all three also received VFW District 1 Teacher of the Year recognition. VFW District 1 represents Snohomish, Lynnwood, Arlington, Sultan, Edmonds, Monroe and Gold Bar, according to the Snohomish School District. The teachers will advance to the state level for possible recognition.

Everett Sears survives closure wave
EVERETT — The Sears at the Everett Mall survived another corporate pruning as the company announced Thursday, Jan. 3 it will close 39 Sears stores and 64 Kmarts nationwide.
In Washington state, the Sears stores in Shoreline, Federal Way and Chehalis will close in April, as well as the Kmart in Chehalis. Last year the company closed nearly 400 stores, including the Sears at Alderwood Mall. With this year’s culling, there will be less than 1,000 Sears stores and less than 400 Kmarts. In November 2014, there were 1,050 Kmarts in existence.


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