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A longstanding shortage of deputies


Doug Ramsay photo, dougramsayphoto.photoshelter.com

Snohomish County Sheriff Deputies Bud McCurry (left) and A.J. Malaby check out one of a number of homeless camps in the brush along Highway 99 north of Lynnwood late last week. The two deputies work in a division unit of the sheriff’s office, along with sheriff’s office-affiliated social workers, make contact with homeless people and try to steer them toward resources to get them off the streets. The work is among the broad range of work for deputies.

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — A recent staffing study recommends the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office needs to hire 48 patrol deputies to cover the growing population in the county, largely in north and south county.
Money at the county, though, isn’t available to do it. The Sheriff’s Office has 271 commissioned deputies and hasn’t expanded its roster since before the Great Recession.
One source for money may come in the criminal justice sales tax. More...

Proposed hikes in animal shelter fees
Public hearing on Wednesday

EVERETT — An increased fee table will be examined at the May 25 Animal Shelter Advisory Board meeting and public hearing.
The proposed fee table includes changes to pet licensing fees, adoption fees and reclaim fees to the general public.

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Snohomish heroin forum will be May 26 at SHS

SNOHOMISH — A planned forum on the Police Department’s actions to combat the scourge is scheduled for Thursday, May 26 hosted jointly by the city’s ad hoc Public Safety Commission, and they want a large turn-out.
The forum will be on Thursday, May 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) at Snohomish High School, 1316 5th Street, Snohomish.

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Snohomish open to food trucks coming, hearing on June 7

SNOHOMISH — The City Council gave a look last week at code that would allow mobile food trucks in certain areas of town.
The council is receptive to letting food trucks operate. Council members primarily want to make sure food trucks do not station too close to regular ‘brick-and-mortar’ restaurants, particularly around Historic Downtown Snohomish.

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Snohomish parks naming committee members selected

SNOHOMISH — Two residents were selected last week for the city’s new Parks Naming Committee. The following parks are on the list for naming: the 20-acre riverfront property west of Lincoln Avenue, the 10-acre 2000 Ludwig Road future natural park, the 10-acre Lake Avenue property (the Harryman property), a site at 1103 Maple Ave. and the former Averill Field block surrounding Hal Moe Pool, which includes Tillicum Kiwanis Park, the Snohomish Skate Park and the Boys and Girls Club.

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Seattle Childrens to put clinic at Providence campus

EVERETT — Seattle Children’s is planning to open a pediatric urgent care clinic in north Everett on the Providence Colby campus.
Providence and Seattle Children’s representatives spent an hour answering project questions at the Thursday, May 19 Northwest Neighborhood meeting.
There will be an open house meeting scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 25 inside the conference room of the Providence Colby hospital. The closest entrance to the room is near the corner of 13th Street and Colby Avenue.

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Everett low-barrier homeless housing site picked

EVERETT — Everett has identified space for a future large housing complex for low-income people.
The city is to attract interest in developing a 60- to 70-unit housing site on city land near the intersection of Evergreen Way and Pecks Drive in south Everett.

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Profiles of People: Irvin, "Role Model"

EVERETT — Irvin* is today an adult living in America unlawfully.
He’s floating between two lives, tethered emotionally to the life he remembers with his family in Mexico City and the one he physically exists in here.
He carries a strong, self-determined vision to make the area a better place and also provide a role model for youth placed in the same position that he was, growing up with nobody he could look to.

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Debating how to shape Everett's downtown

EVERETT — The public came out last week to give their thoughts on downtown's long-range future, and there is still time to give input on the city's Metro Everett plan.

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Monroe Police to test using officer body cameras starting in June

MONROE — The City Council unanimously approved a pilot program for Monroe police officers to test out body-worn cameras at last week’s council meeting. 

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Survey: City Hall can be more transparent

SNOHOMISH — As the city grapples with hearing from residents on what it can do better, it appears to be getting the same feedback from a $13,000 public survey it commissioned. 

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Snohomish fast-tracks fresh website, city mobile app

SNOHOMISH — In an effort to keep up with current times of instant information and maintain a smarter web presence, the city will spend about $10,000 to fund a website diagnosis, website redesign and new mobile app. 

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Area World War II vet among 51 given honor of free trip to D.C.

EVERETT — Ann Bjorneby, 93, was among 51 World War II veterans who were honored with a flight to Washington, D.C. this April.
The group Puget Sound Honor Flight is searching for more people who served as part of her generation.

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Beautifying Everett



Doug Ramsay photo, dougramsayphoto.photoshelter.com

Grace Castle, 88, of Everett carefully plants flowers into a planter at the corner of Colby and Hewitt Avenues on Friday, May 13. More than 20 volunteers spent the morning helping Everett Parks and Recreation staff in the annual “Viva Color Planting” along the streets of downtown Everett. A second “Viva Color Planting” event will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 4 with volunteers needed to plant flowers along Mukilteo Boulevard at Forest Park. A free shuttle from View Ridge Plaza at Olympic and Mukilteo Boulevards will be provided for the event.

Why are beekeepers losing their hives?

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Beekeepers of all skill levels nationally are losing bees at high rates which has ended up with consequences to the agricultural industry and necessitated an industry of trucking in bees from out-of-state to make up for local losses.

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