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The second annual Snohomish On the Rocks Distillery Festival is Feb. 1-2 at the Snohomish Events Center, 1011 Second St. Friday, Feb. 1 tasting is 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 2 tastings are 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $25 and includes five tasting tickets and food samples. Purchase tickets at www.snohomishrocks.com.
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The Snohomish Education Foundation has created a scholarship in honor of Snohomish High School Coach Keith Gilbertson Sr., who passed away in 2011. The two college scholarships are open to student athletes. The goal is to raise $200,000. For more information, visit www.coachgilb.org. A bust of the coach is on the wall of the school’s new gym, which was named after him.

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The lead runner passes by the Monroe prison while corrections officers cheer runners on during the second annual Jayme Biendl 5K run/walk Sunday, Jan. 27. Nearly 400 runners from as far away as Spokane and Walla Walla participated in this year’s event. Around $13,800 was raised to benefit the Behind the Badge Foundation. Biendl was killed by an inmate in 2012.

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The eighth annual GroundFrog Day is Saturday, Feb. 2 at the gazebo at First Street and Avenue A in downtown Snohomish. The fun begins at 11 a.m. and includes free family activities and the famous Snohomish Slew frognostication.
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Police chief asks for sales tax increase to hire officers
MONROE - Voters may see a sales tax increase on the August ballot to supplement what Police Chief Tim Quenzer said is a “bare bones” budget for the Police Department.
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City gathering comments on wildlife refuge plan
SNOHOMISH - The parks board heard from about 15 residents on a draft wildlife refuge plan that will be finalized this year and incorporated within the city’s parks master plan.
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2 names for plaza emerge from historical commission
EVERETT - The City Council will have two names to consider for the new downtown plaza.
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Where is support for appeal of commercial flights decision?
MUKILTEO - The city of Mukilteo is preparing to appeal the Federal Aviation Administration’s approval of commercial passenger flights at Paine Field, but so far no other city wants to join the suit. 
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Volunteers count homeless for annual survey
EVERETT - Volunteers took to the streets last week for Snohomish County’s annual homeless count.
The volunteers found 1,960 homeless individuals countywide, a decrease from 2011 and 2012 numbers, according to preliminary numbers.
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Council wants more details on $50,000 festival idea
MONROE - Parks director Mike Farrell pitched bringing a music festival to town in September and asked the City Council to consider the authorization of $50,000 to make that happen.
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