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Recall statement filed against Mayor Guzak

SNOHOMISH — A formal attempt to recall Mayor Karen Guzak was initiated late last week.
The recall letter was filed with the Snohomish County Auditor’s Office on Thursday, June 23, almost eight months after Guzak’s third term election victory in November. 
The recall process has multiple procedural steps, including an overview by the county prosecuting office, and if it passes muster then the recall effort must fill a petition with at least a little over 700 signatures by Aug. 2 to force a public vote on the recall this fall.

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It's farmers market season


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Roslyn McNicholl of Mount Vernon-based Rabbit Fields Farm, restocks the produce in the farm’s stand at the Everett Farmers Market on Sunday, June 19. Now at Box Car Park on the Everett waterfront, the market has expanded this year, with nearly 100 vendors. Farmers Markets across the county are all active right now. Monroe’s weekly Wednesday farmers market at Lake Tye Park opens today from 3 to 8 p.m. and will run Wednesdays through Sept. 7. The Snohomish Sunday market near Second Street and Lincoln Avenue opened its season earlier this month, and a Friday afternoon market at the Everett Mall opened its season last week. The Snohomish Thursday market and Everett Sunday market opened their seasons in May.

“Greedy fishermen” may halt kids fishing derby

SNOHOMISH — Annual abuse from fishermen taking advantage of trout planting before the kids fishing derby on Blackmans Lake could spell the end to the family-friendly event.
The culprits are adults, and they’ve become sneaky while likely robbing children of potential prime catches.

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Time Out Sports Bar on First Street still on thin ice

SNOHOMISH — The clock may be ticking for Time Out Sports Bar’s liquor license.
An assault inside the Time Out the night of Saturday, June 11 has again cast a shadow on the popular First Street bar. The bar already is operating under a series of temporary liquor licenses after a high-profile fight last September that sent one police officer to a hospital.

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Snohomish Open Government committee chews over what’s next

SNOHOMISH — Keeping things cordial and clearing the air were among the goals at the city ad hoc Open Government Committee meeting last week as the group worked to finalize its draft ecommendations to be sent to the City Council.
Meanwhile, on June 21 after press time, the City Council considered extending the committee’s work, which if approved could mean another Open Government Committee meeting will be slated for June 27. The extension would include paying the city’s consulting facilitator an additional $1,755 for the meeting.

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Bug in new 911 system delayed fire response

EVERETT — The mayor of Everett is lodging his disappointment with hang-ups with the new 911 dispatching software called New World Systems. 
The flashpoint came when fire officials encountered serious problems from 911 dispatch while tackling the massive warehouse fire along the Everett waterfront June 4.

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Interested public comes to mayoral chat

SNOHOMISH — Twenty people gathered to chat city topics with Mayor Karen Guzak at Proper Joe Coffeehouse on First Street the morning of Friday, June 17, where issues were brought to the table for casual discussion. The mayor and city officials reiterated for people to trust “the process.”
Many processes within the city are currently unfolding, Guzak emphasized at the public coffee event. 

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Cycling to the maximum: Mountain bike team scales new heights

SNOHOMISH — This spring, Snohomish High School students William Comyns, Isaiah Ortiz and Megan McGee rode together as the Snohomish Student Mountain Bike Team, competing in the Washington Student Cycling League.
The team just capped off its inaugural league season in May, completing races in Gig Harbor, Tacoma, Roslyn and the championships at Riverside State Park in Spokane.

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How Snohomish became a regional wedding capital

SNOHOMISH — The wedding industry is Snohomish has grown so large, it is being used as a topic for a lecture at a university this fall.
Snohomish is becoming the destination wedding capital in the Puget Sound region, and it’s helped revive longstanding local farms. Gardens, chapels, ballrooms, barns and fields — the fancy or rustic wedding of some brides’ dreams are all offered in Snohomish.

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Washed Mobile a novel approach to ensure laundry service for homeless people

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Launching soon, Washed Mobile will be a laundromat in a truck hitting the streets this summer to help homeless people have clean clothes. 

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All-volunteer effort reviving joy ride; plans to run train around Fairgrounds

MONROE — The little engine known as the “Bumblebee Special” hasn’t run since 1994, when it was parked after giving rides to thousands of youth at Jazwieck’s Golfette and Trainland amusement park in Everett, which closed in 2009.
But for the Western Heritage Center founders and volunteers working on her know she has more miles to go. There are plans to have it ring around the Fairgrounds once it is restored, but there is more to do yet.

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