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New city boat launch vandalized with
anti-mayor, pro-ag messages; culprit unknown


.Melanie Russell photo



SNOHOMISH — An act of vandalism in pink graffiti with pro-agriculture, anti-city and politically charged messages was sprayed was sprayed all over the city's new boat launch on Lincoln Avenue. The vandalism was found early Friday morning, July 22, the day of its grand opening celebration.
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Snohomish "strong mayor" restructure bid to be on November ballot

SNOHOMISH — Voters this fall will get to decide which form of government they want the city to function under: A "weak mayor" system with a city manager in charge of City Hall or a "strong mayor" system with an elected official as the city's leader.

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Public safety forum on August 3 talks police

SNOHOMISH — The city is hosting a public safety forum for people to discuss their concerns.
The forum will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 3 at the Carnegie Library, 105 Cedar Ave. in Snohomish. The event is being dubbed a “public safety conversation café.”

National Night Out events countywide Aug. 2

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Communities across the entire nation will learn how to work together and network with local police officers to prevent crime on Tuesday, Aug. 2.
Here is a list of events.

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New Snohomish superintendent settling into job

SNOHOMISH — New Snohomish School District superintendent Kent Kultgen is making the rounds around town.

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Everett Transit receives grant for new electric buses

EVERETT — The city's transit system will be able to purchase a few new electric buses to refresh its fleet, thanks to a newly received federal grant related to low emissions.

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Snohomish man's murder and arson trial moved to August

SNOHOMISH — Zach Konicke, 30, the man charged with murder and arson from a Jan. 14 incident in Machias, was not seen in court for the tentative trial date of July 25 as the trial date was stricken from the docket.
His next court date has been scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 4.

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South Everett library plan in motion

EVERETT — Constructing a bigger, better South Everett library may start next spring, thanks to a funding allocation set to be approved in August.
The City Council will be asked to authorize earmarking $600,000 toward
designing an expanded Evergreen Branch library at its Aug. 3 meeting. The city intends to ask for construction bids in early 2017 to make the long-awaited expansion a reality.
The Evergreen Branch library opened in 1989 at a time when fewer than 70,000 people lived in Everett. Today, the city population exceeds 110,000, with 85,000 people living south of 41st Street, which is traditionally seen as the dividing line between north and south Everett.

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homelessServices for all in need at Project Homeless Connect

EVERETT — About 930 homeless children and adults partook in a free buffet of services, supplies and meals from more than 90 agencies at the eighth annual Project Homeless Connect on Thursday, July 14. 
Everything from dentistry to detox programs, housing connections to cookies awaited people in need when event doors opened at 9 a.m. at Everett High School.

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Merging Monroe Fire with Fire District 7 on ballots

MONROE — Voters in Monroe will decide whether to merge the Monroe Fire Department together with Fire District 7. Fire District 7 voters in Clearview and nearby areas, meanwhile, will be asked for an emergency medical services (EMS) levy lid lift.

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Everett year-round farmers market to come back with new owner?

EVERETT — In the coming weeks, some big announcements are anticipated on reviving the year-round farmers market in Everett, at the corner of Grand and Hewitt avenues.
The market, which was set to open in the spring of 2012, has been sitting idle in an empty area of a building, and the situation worsened last fall when its developer, Lobsang Dargey, was accused by federal authorities of defrauding foreign investors.

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Kla Ha Ya Days brilliantly fun


kla ha dancersDoug Ramsay photo, dougramsayphoto.photoshelter.com

Traditional Mexican dancers were among the many entries that paraded up First Street in the grand parade that was part of the 103rd annual Kla-Ha-Ya Days festival in Snohomish on Saturday, July 16. Along with the two-hour long parade, the festival featured eating competitions, live music, a salmon barbecue, as well as other events. Noticeably absent this year was the ever-popular frog jumping contest due to the lack of acquiring frogs in time.

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