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Jack Brawley, 3, of Mount Vernon uses a little water power to coax his frog into jumping during the annual frog jumping contest at this year’s Kla Ha Ya Days in Snohomish. The frog jumping event has become one of the more popular events at Kla-Ha-Ya Days along with the annual Grand Parade, with grand marshal Kandace Harvey this year, and a variety of fast eating competitions. Now more than 100 years strong, the Kla Ha Ya Days festivities attract people from all over the region to Snohomish each year.

dollarCould Carnegie become costly council space?
SNOHOMISH  — The City Council is mulling turning part of the Carnegie Building property into a new City Council Chambers and meeting room.
The concept was introduced at last week’s City Council meeting.

roundaboutHow to navigate a roundabout Snohomish’s roundabout on Avenue D is almost completely built
SNOHOMISH ­— Traffic is flowing through the city’s new roundabout at Avenue D and 15th Street, which opened three of four legs on July 8, but there are still concerns over traffic safety rules as well as more construction that will last through the end of this month and into the fall.
City officials conferred with the state Department of Transportation and decided to set regulations to answer the basic “how to drive a roundabout” question.

homelessEverett begins tackling poverty
 EVERETT - A new city-created thinktank will be talking homelessness, mental health and crime to look for solutions.

developmentPort of Everett waterfront development outlined
EVERETT - Plans by the Port of Everett to revamp its 65-acre waterfront marina district are back in the forefront again.


roadworkMonroe transportation sales tax bump out on ballots
MONROE — Voters in Monroe will be deciding whether to increase the city’s sales tax rate for road maintenance in the Aug. 5 primary. Ballots were mailed out late last week.

City’s dream of buying Stocker property progressing
SNOHOMISH ­— The city is still trying to secure a 20-acre riverside property from Ed and Edith Stocker it has wanted for 20 years with big plans for the site.

voteSnohomish County Executive Race

Candidates in race for County Executive differ on jobs, safety and ideas

Voters have three choices for Snohomish County Executive on primary ballots, which are due Aug. 5. Two candidates will advance to November’s general election.
The candidates are incumbent County Executive John Lovick, a Democrat running on keeping the county moving forward; Carolyn Eslick, a business and public safety-oriented Republican and mayor of Sultan; and James Robert Deal, a Lynnwood attorney running on a progressive Democratic platform.
Whoever wins will lead the county as its face to legislators, handle the county’s administrative management and has to play well with the County Council.
Whoever wins, though, only will have a one-year term until another election happens in 2015. This race is to finish disgraced county executive Aaron Reardon’s four-year term. Lovick, who at the time was the county sheriff, was appointed executive in May 2013.
The job will pay $161,114.

Executive John Lovick (D)

Lovick has his campaign points down to a concise seven words. 
“Good schools, good roads and good jobs,” are Lovick’s priorities, he said.

Carolyn Eslick (R)

For Eslick, everything to improve quality of life starts with strengthening public safety.
“Without safe streets and communities, all else is moot,“ Eslick said.

James Robert Deal (D)

Deal is entering the race with a wide range of ideas on a campaign of environmental and public health issues he says will improve the county’s quality of life.
“You need a guy with a vision,” Deal said.

Everett FireApartment fire under investigation
On July 20 around 2 a.m. firefighters were called out to a report of an apartment fire at 801 75th Street SE. The first firefighters on scene noted the fire was coming from the first floor apartment bedroom window. The fire spread to the floors above and the attic area where firefighters stopped the fire. About 35 residents were displaced from the blaze and were assisted by the Red Cross. Two cats were confirmed deceased, while no other injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is still being investigated by officials.

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