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Farmer's water fight takes a twist: A second shut-off notice

Jay Hagen and Barbara Carlson sit on one of their tractors at their farm south of Snohomish in this photo from August.

SNOHOMISH — A farmer’s lengthy battle with a rural water company isn’t over, and now there’s a twist.
Jay Hagen thought he was still in talks and negotiations with Cross Valley Water District to get the water meter to his house turned back on – on his terms – until he got a phone call last week from his mother who lives in Texas.
Now a second water meter servicing Hagen’s large barn on an adjacent piece of land is under threat with a shut-off notice for Dec. 11. (The water district did not shut off the water as of press time Dec. 15.) More

Council supports hiring a new parking manager, new study
EVERETT — If there’s one thing difficult about downtown Everett, it’s finding the right place to park.
The City Council discussed the current downtown
parking situation last week and some council members suggested a parking manager, a new position, could benefit the city. More

Snohomish County may be headed for partial gov shutdown
SNOHOMISH COUNTY A disagreement over the county budget could cause a partial government shutdown if not resolved before Jan. 1. So far as of earlier this week, neither County Executive John Lovick nor a majority bloc of County Council members can come to agreement on the 2015 budget. More

Thefts up, other crimes down in Snohomish
SNOHOMISH — Criminals are on the run in Snohomish, given the Police Department’s latest statistics. Thefts and DUIs are the only major category of crimes that rose compared to last fall. The biggest jump is theft, which is up 47 percent compared to last fall. The majority of thefts are occurring at the Snohomish Station retail center. More

Searchers cease scouring Blackmans Lake for fisherman
SNOHOMISH After five days of searching the murky waters of Blackmans Lake for a missing fisherman, Sheriff’s Office officials announced active search efforts have ceased Friday, Dec. 12. No body has been recovered as of press time. More

School District may demolish century-old school building
EVERETT — The school board’s 3-2 vote Dec. 9 against the administration’s wishes now means a buyer could snag the 103-year-old Longfellow Building for any purpose for the right price. But suitors may have to hurry: the district intends to market the site for four months before coming back to ask the board to level the Longfellow. More

State Route 522 work complete with new roundabout
MONROE — Early in the morning of Monday, Dec. 15, drivers were finally given free range to travel all four lanes of the widened state Route 522. Here's how it looks: More

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Woman's homebuilt tiny house "a tiny slice of paradise"

MONROE — Tucked away in the woods south of Monroe, there is a customized tiny house with a matching chicken coop.
A large barn casts a shadow over the tiny structures, but it is a welcome site for Candice Ding, 43, the owner and builder of this tiny house, because that is where she comes up with more ideas for her functional, funky, efficient little house. More

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Lowell’s gritty history is new book
EVERETT — Lowell has always maintained its independent spirit.
A new book, “150 years of Lowell History,” captures this. It also carries a bit of a misnomer: Lowell turned 150 in 2013. But three years of research and much thumbing through a century-plus worth of archives were put into this 350-page book. Locals say it is authoritative, but also say there’s enough material to make two or three volumes more. More

Kaddywompas Radio Show an annual hoot

Dressed as Santa’s Elves, Thumbnail Theater performers from left, Tim Noah, Cindy Soup and Michael McFadden sing during the performance of “A Kaddywompas Christmas Carol” on Saturday, Dec. 13. The Kaddywompas Radio Show is an ongoing series performed by the theater depicting an old-time live radio show. Celebrating the season, the Kaddywompas Players performed a humorous version of the classic tale of The Christmas Carol. The Holiday festivities continue at the theater in Snohomish with performances of Christmas music by harpists Bronn and Katherine Journey, Dec. 18 through Dec. 21.

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