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Duck races delight crowd at Snohomish farm

  Spectators watch a duck race on Saturday, Oct. 19 at The Farm at Swan’s Trail near Snohomish. The farm is participating in the Festival of Pumpkins, which features six Snohomish Valley farms offering pumpkin patches, corn mazes and other farm-related entertainment to the public during the month of October. In addition to the hourly duck races, The Farm at Swan’s Trail features a pig show, a kids’ play area, a fishing pond and plenty of food choices. For details on each farm, visit

Maintenance work downtown requires 2 weekend closures
EVERETT — This weekend crews begin work on a project to repaint the “quadrangle” above the Hewitt Avenue and Colby Avenue intersection in downtown. The work will require two full closures of the intersection, from Friday night to Monday morning, while crews sandblast and paint the aging metal structure.
Crews will close the intersection and build a containment system to prevent contamination during each full weekend closure. The intersection will be closed to vehicle traffic for two consecutive weekends:
• 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 through 7 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28
• 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 through 7 a.m. Monday, Nov. 4
Drivers will follow a signed detour during the closure. Pedestrian access will remain open during the work.
The quadrangle structure is nearly 40 years old, and holds traffic signals, lights and a large tree every holiday season. Contractor crews working for the city will use power tools and sand-blasting equipment to remove the existing paint. Then they’ll prime the structure and add a fresh layer of paint to prevent further deterioration. 
A four-way stop will be in place at the intersection starting Sunday, Oct. 20 and will continue until the project is completed.

Council to vote on property tax increase next month
SNOHOMISH - Next month the city will decide whether to authorize a 1 percent property tax increase.
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Murphy vs. Minchew: the City Council’s only contested race
EVERETT - The candidates for the general election met last week at a forum which attracted more than 90 residents.
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Police continue to investigate crash that killed Cascade teen
EVERETT - The Everett community is mourning the loss of Perla Hernandez, 14, who was killed in an accident while walking home from school.
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City Council ends discussion on residential density
SNOHOMISH - The discussion on whether to increase the residential density in the historic business district downtown has been dropped.
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Broader discussion on sewer system expected soon
EVERETT - The Everett City Council is expected to discuss the cost of replacing the city’s outdated sewer system in a few weeks after an engineering firm’s draft plan is completed.
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