NEWS BITES for May 25, 2022

Update, June 2022-- This news has now changed. All weekend events will be along First Street.
Some Kla Ha Ya Days events to be at Averill Field this year
SNOHOMISH — Averill Field, at Third and Pine, will host the concerts, vendor fair and the traditional contest games for this July’s annual Kla Ha Ya Days town celebration. The usual contests include pie eating, seed spitting and more. These will go on at Averill Field shortly after the Kla Ha Ya Days Parade wraps up on Saturday, July 16.
 The weekend carnival will still be held at Harvey Field and the Kids Fair will still be at the Snohomish Station shopping center on Bickford Avenue. A car show is set for July 17.

 Panel talk on bicycle improvements
SNOHOMISH COUNTY — How do you use your bike? What about where?
On Thursday, May 26, a county transportation coalition will hold a lunchtime panel meeting over Zoom with presentations on how cities are improving their bike corridors. Panelists include transportation staff from Everett, Lake Stevens and Marysville. The panel is noon to 1:30 p.m. A shortlink to access the meeting is

 Bird Scooters now around Everett
EVERETT — Rentable scooters are now posted at sidewalk corners and around town. The scooters are rented by the company Bird. They arrrived just in time for The Fisherman’s Village Music Festival which happened over the weekend.

Blackman Lake rehab work planned
SNOHOMISH — The city plans to hire someone to remove curly-leaf willow at Blackman Lake. A vote on hiring the consultant will come to the City Council during June, city administrator Heather Thomas said. City leaders are also researching putting alum treatments into the lake.

Lifejacket aids rower who capsized
EVERETT — On Monday, May 16 just after 8 a.m., Everett Fire was dispatched to a water rescue for a male who capsized in the Snohomish River near Dagmar’s Marina.
An 80-year-old man who is an experienced rower, called 911 stating his rowing shell had capsized.
The man, who stated he was not injured but was cold, floated down the river for a few minutes until he made it to a wood pylon near the shore where he waited to be rescued.
Everett Fire located him. He was taken to Providence Regional Medical Center to be treated for hypothermia. Everett Fire called it a good reminder to always wear a life jacket.

Lt. Alanis recognized for service
SNOHOMISH — Until recently the second-in-command at the Snohomish Police Department, Nathan Alanis is now a lieutenant within the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
Alanis received special recognition at the May 17 Snohomish City Council meeting for his work as the department’s administrative sergeant.
Chief Rob Palmer called Alanis “my rock when I came in during an unsettled time” when taking over as police chief in June 2020 to replace reassigned chief Keith Rogers.
Working the police department was “a wonderful experience and I have a lot of gratitude to Chief Palmer for everything he’s done,” Alanis, a Snohomish resident, said.