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· Clearview, Monroe fire districts eye future merger
· For housing the homeless, a strategy that works
· Food banks can use cash, turkey donations

Fundraising effort for man killed in storm

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Grant Strinden, who was killed when a tree fell on his car during the windstorms Tuesday, Nov. 17, was an avid Seahawks fan and met head coach Pete Carroll, left.

MONROE — More than words are used to describe Grant Strinden, 23, of Monroe through photos shared of the man with his daughter and fiancée.
Strinden was killed last week when a tree fell onto his car while driving down Ben Howard Road in last week’s destructive windstorm. More...

Christmas House, which helps low-income parents with presents, to open Dec. 3
EVERETT — Entering its 35th year in operation, Christmas House in Everett will open its doors Dec. 3 for parents trying to give their children a memorable holiday. 
The all-volunteer nonprofit offers qualifying low-income parents across Snohomish County the ability to select Christmas gifts for their children free of charge. More...

For housing the homeless, a strategy that works
EVERETT — Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson vowed last week to deliver 20 housing units to chronically homeless citizens in 12 months at the city’s inaugural Housing First Forum.
Stephanson made the announcement in front of a near-capacity crowd of more than 300 people at the Historic Everett Theatre, saying he was inspired by the call to action of successful homeless housing advocate Lloyd Pendleton, who has revolutionized Utah's homeless situation with a strategy to end barriers to housing. More...

Minds appear made up on East Monroe rezone
MONROE — A steadfast majority of City Council members appear ready to approve the East Monroe rezone despite staunch public opposition.
A final vote is expected this week at council after press time, but it nearly was pushed through last week. More...

Clearview, Monroe fire districts eye future merger
SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Monroe Fire District No. 3 and Clearview Fire District No. 7 are in talks of merging. The fire chiefs and fire boards are examining an interlocal agreement right now.
If the two districts do merge, voters in both districts will have a say at the polls most likely on the next voting cycle, but the chiefs are confident the merger will succeed and also benefit taxpayers. More...

Heavy storms cause havoc across region
SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Wind gusts surpassing 50 miles an hour combined with heavy rain Tuesday, Nov. 17 made for a hellacious day and week for much of the region.
Trees snapped. Roads flooded. Approximately 150,000 households countywide lost power. More...

Everett zoning change would allow for more community centers
EVERETT — The city’s Planning Commission is looking over amending city zoning code to allow community centers to be added to the list of facilities, such as hospitals, churches and clinics, that can exist in residential areas using a special permit.
If approved, the door would be open to have facilities like YMCA centers located in residential zones as well as commercial ones. More...

Evergreen Branch jostling for city dollars
EVERETT — The Everett City Council has resurrected plans for a larger, better provisioned Evergreen library branch in south Everett, but the project will likely to be reshelved without substantial financial commitment.
The revamp of the compact 8,595 square foot facility has been on and off the table for years. More...

Overdose reversal kits explained: How to use naloxone
SNOHOMISH — While opiate overdoses are associated with drug abuse, a clear message at a training last week was that an overdose could happen to anyone, at any age, who has access to painkillers or heroin. 
Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is an overdose-fighting medicine that is a nasal spray. At a training session earlier this month, officials showed the public how to use it. More...

PROFILES OF PEOPLE: Monroe Mayor Geoffrey Thomas
Monroe’s Mayor Geoffrey Thomas stood in pouring rain without hat or umbrella to speak at the Monroe Family Village ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, Oct. 30.
He did this to make a point. More...

Snohomish Haggen to be sold away?
SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Grocery chain Haggen’s longstanding core stores, including the Snohomish Haggen on Avenue D, could be put up for auction this January if a bankruptcy court approves the request.
Meanwhile, the Monroe Haggen will be turned into an Albertsons again and the Everett Haggen will become a Safeway again after a national 127-store auction concluded last week. More...

Food banks can use cash, turkey donations
SNOHOMISH AND MONROE — Nearby food banks are looking for help with filling their shelves in anticipation of the holiday season. More...

Everett Food Banks also are looking for help, see story here.

Snohomish to restrict cell phone towers better
SNOHOMISH — New rules to prevent another cell phone tower from popping up without public scrutiny is being put forth by the city. The City Council is scheduled to look at the 11-page draft code at its Tuesday, Nov. 17 meeting. More...

Liquor board records offer glimpse into fight details; bar owner speaks

Prior reporting:

After fight, First Street bar risks closure

Man in fight says liquor board targeted him

Records reveal details on First Street fight

Liquor board agents get earful from bar owners in debacle meeting post-First Street fight

Tribune wins journalism award

Tribune reporter Melanie Russell took honors in the five-state Society of Professional Journalists Northwest Excellence in Journalism Awards earlier this year.
Russell’s Aug. 27, 2014 profile of a woman whose daughter’s heroin addiction deeply impacted her family, which showed how there are secondary victims of drug abuse, won third place for crime and justice reporting in the weeklies category for 2014.
The story’s title was “Heroin: Use Impacts More Than Just The User.”
The annual Society of Professional Journalists awards honor the best print, broadcast and online news reports in a region spanning from Alaska to Montana.
This is the second year in a row the Tribune has won an award in the contest.

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