Fire levy passes, Zimmerman loses in primary
MONROE — Monroe Fire District 3’s levy increase easily passed voter approval with 67 percent of the vote in the Aug. 7 primary.
The levy needed a supermajority of 60 percent to pass. The levy got 2,273 “yes” votes and 1,139 “no” votes.
The levy asked for an additional $14.40 per month to keep service levels the same. The fire district’s budget has decreased over the recent years due to dropping home values. The average homeowner paid $47.12 per month in 2009, but without this levy, that homeowner would only pay $30 per month in 2013.
If the levy failed, emergency personnel would have been cut by 39 percent — that’s 12 full-time firefighters and six part-time firefighters. Other cuts included the closure of the Wagner Hill Fire Station and the termination of special operations such as flood rescue and hazardous materials response.
In other primary news, Mayor Robert Zimmerman didn’t make the cut for a state House position.
Zimmerman, a Republican, came in third with 22 percent of the vote. Democrat Eleanor Walters came in first in the race for Representative Position 2 in the 39th District with almost 28 percent of the vote. Republican Elizabeth Scott came in a close second with 26 percent of the vote.
The top two move on to the general election in November.
Sky Valley Food Bank needs school supplies
MONROE - Once again the Sky Valley Food Bank is coming to the community for help. Each year, through the “Supplies 4 Success” program, the food bank tries to provide new school supplies for children in need in Monroe. Last year the food bank distributed backpacks filled with school supplies to more than 600 students, from kindergarten to 12th grade. The food bank anticipates a greater need this year.
A new school year can be very daunting for families attempting to make ends meet. Affording all the required supplies, especially with multiple school age children, can, and often does, break the bank. The food bank offers a little relief to these families with the simple act of passing out pens, pencils and paper.
To provide for all these kids, the food bank needs community support. Donations of pens, paper, backpacks, crayons, and colored pencils would be greatly appreciated. A full list of needed supplies can be found on the food bank’s website, www.svfoodbank.org. Monetary donations may also be made on the website.
Donations may be dropped off at the Sky Valley Food Bank at 233 Sky River Parkway in Monroe from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Mondays. Supplies will be distributed to families the last two weeks of August.
Next closure of U.S. 2 at Bickford Avenue
The next closure of U.S. 2 at Bickford Avenue is set for Aug. 17-20. All lanes of westbound U.S. 2 near Bickford Avenue will close next weekend for more culvert replacement work. This work is part of the new overcrossing project at this intersection. Click on this link for a road closure schedule www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/US2/BickfordSafety/ClosureInfo.htm.
Bader, Robinson advance to general election
EVERETT - The race to fill Drew Nielsen’s seat in the general election has two clear leaders.
Seismic work begins this month on Carnegie
SNOHOMISH - The city is getting ready to begin seismic work on the former Carnegie Library in the next few weeks and into early 2013.
Hearing examiner stands by decision
MONROE - The city’s hearing examiner denied a request to reconsider his decision that found the city’s environmental study for Heritage Baptist Fellowship’s controversial rezone request was “inadequate as a matter of law.”
Voters will get say on purchasing Japanese Gulch property
MUKILTEO - In November, city residents will be asked to raise their property taxes to support buying the last piece of Japanese Gulch. The eleventh-hour surprise decision to put the measure on the ballot, though, stirred ire at last week’s City Council meeting.
Everett Craft Beer Festival is Saturday, Aug. 18
EVERETT - Beer fans rejoice: At the Everett Craft Beer Festival Saturday, Aug. 18 downtown, a cornucopia of local brews will be available for tasting.
First street projects funded by sales tax begin soon
SNOHOMISH - The City Council last week approved the first set of street projects funded by the newly formed Transportation Benefit District.
Murray fights to protect all women in domestic violence act
EVERETT - Seeking faces and stories to give her firepower in defending additions to the Violence Against Women Act in Congress, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray visited Everett’s Dawson Place children’s abuse center last week.
Boy wakes from coma, gets to throw first pitch
SNOHOMISH - Eight-year-old Caleb’s last words before he lost consciousness for four days broke his mom’s heart.
Jumping out with Skydive Snohomish
SNOHOMISH - Harvey Field in Snohomish may be a small-town airport, but nestled amidst green farmland and towering mountains it makes for a premiere skydiving destination and a popular activity for the young at heart.