2013 Snohomish County News
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Snohomish County and its partners are a step closer to greatly improving Chinook salmon numbers in the Puget Sound following the release of a final environmental impact statement for the Smith Island Restoration Project.
Their deaths rarely make the headlines and might go unnoticed in the obituaries, but Snohomish County is committed to honoring the homeless men and women – civilian and military – who died this past year in our communities. The annual memorial is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, in front of the courthouse building at 3000 Rockefeller Ave. in Everett.
On Monday, December 09, 2013, the Snohomish County Council approved the purchase of nearly 12 miles of the Eastside Rail corridor, preserving commercial freight service and establishing a foundation for future commercial, recreational and transportation needs as the county grows.
Snohomish County Council voted today, Nov. 25, to build a new $150 million, nine story courthouse on property adjacent to Comcast Arena, at the corner of Wall and Oakes streets.
Snohomish County’s Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Board (AOD) is seeking new members.
Snohomish County hired Sara Bhagat this week as its new attorney administrator for the office of public defense. Bhagat formerly worked in Snohomish County as a public defender.
Take a mouth-watering journey through the history and meaning of sweets across the state of Washington at “A World of Sweets” lecture presented by the Snohomish County Arts Commission. Anthropologist Julia Harrison will lead the discussion beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Fog Dog Gallery, 223 N. Olympic Avenue in Arlington. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Make plans now to come see the Capitol Christmas Tree from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Nov. 8 at the Snohomish County Campus Amphitheater at Rockefeller and Wall streets in Everett.
The Snohomish County Children’s Commission is presenting a forum on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Henry M. Jackson High School Annex in Mill Creek.
Discounted early registration is now available online, and includes a gourmet, locally produced lunch. The one-day conference runs from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at Comcast Arena in downtown Everett. Registration information, directions and workshop sessions are available online at www.focusonfarming.org.
Are you interested in protecting our county’s shoreline and managing our marine environment? The Snohomish County Marine Resources Advisory Committee seeks two new members, from districts 2 and 3, to serve a three-year term.
Ever had questions about mental health and aging but were afraid to ask? Now, you don’t have an excuse. Snohomish County’s Council on Aging, in partnership with several local agencies, will host a wellness event Thursday, Oct. 24, at Merrill Gardens at Mill Creek.
The Bothell community will celebrate the official reopening of a new Swamp Creek bridge on Carter Road, near Forsgren County Park, Lockwood Elementary School and Kenmore Junior High School, from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9. Speakers will present brief remarks at Lockwood Elementary, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the bridge.
Snohomish County will contribute $460,000 to seven local cities for improvements to their parks. County elected officials and staff will present ceremonial checks throughout the month.
The forum will be held in the Jackson Board Room on the 8th Floor of the Robert J. Drewel Building (east county administration building), located at 3000 Rockefeller Ave, Everett, WA. The forum will begin at 6:30 with a brief presentation on the county’s revenue picture, followed by an opportunity for public comment.
Paine Field director Dave Waggoner earned high honors from the Northwest Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives – the group named him Airport Executive of the Year at its annual banquet Tuesday, Oct. 1.
Residents interested in helping shape Snohomish County’s comprehensive land-use plan for growth through the year 2035 are invited to attend a public meeting in October. The county will formally adopt the land-use plan in 2015.
Snohomish County’s new Sustainable Operations Action Plan helps the county reduce its carbon footprint and track its progress toward sustainability.
With the weekend forecast calling for heavy wind and rain, Snohomish County encourages residents to be flood ready.
A partnership between the county and community agencies has helped end homelessness for 72 veterans, and hopes to help more in the future.
We’re looking for a few good people to serve on our Council on Aging. Members help direct funding to benefit seniors and those with disabilities. Applications are due Sept. 20.
Pilots flying in to or departing from Paine Field now have more runway options. On Thursday, Sept. 12, airport and county officials will formally reopen runway 16L-34R for general aviation traffic.
Snohomish County seeks reviews and comments on a draft report regarding its administration of federal housing and community development grants. Comments must be received by Sept. 24.
September is National Preparedness Month, and county residents are encouraged to learn about preparedness options and take steps toward emergency preparedness. A free preparedness fair is set for Sept. 21 and will give residents great preparedness ideas, tips and tools.
Executive John Lovick and representatives from several Snohomish County groups will address this month’s Snohomish County Tomorrow assembly Wednesday, Sept. 25th.
An estimated $4 million in grant funding is expected to be available starting July 2014 for local non-profits, developers or government agencies to build projects that will benefit low- to moderate-income individuals and neighborhoods in Snohomish County.
Seattle Police detectives arrested an employee of Butler Amusements on Friday, Aug. 30, at the Evergreen State Fair.
Public and nonprofit agencies are encouraged to apply for tourism grant funding available from Snohomish County to promote tourist opportunities throughout the county. Please see the news release below or attached for more information.
Nearly $25 million in bond funding to preserve open space, farm and agricultural land, and timber land throughout Snohomish County is expected to be approved this fall by the Snohomish County Council.
In recognition of the important role the Imagine Children’s Museum plays in the community, Snohomish County Councilmembers Stephanie Wright, Dave Somers and Brian Sullivan will be joined by County Executive John Lovick to present the Museum with a 2013 Community Stewardship Award.
Executive Lovick will join other local elected officials next Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Everett’s 50th anniversary celebration of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. For more information, please see the release below or attached.
Snohomish County has been recognized by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties (NACo) as one of the top ten counties in the nation for its use of technology to improve services and efficiency. The 2013 Digital Counties Survey winners were recognized on July 20th at the NACo Annual Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.
Snohomish County’s early childhood education program received nearly $300,000 in extra funding to expand the program in the Everett and Marysville school districts. An additional 45 children will benefit each year thanks to the new influx of funds.
Snohomish County Executive John Lovick will convene a panel of mental-health professionals this summer tasked with finding new ways to offer mental-health services to county residents. The Executive’s office is currently accepting letters of interest. Please see the news release below or attached for more information.
This year’s annual National Night Out Against Crime is set for Tuesday, Aug. 6, at Willis Tucker Community Park in Snohomish. Participants can learn home and personal safety tips, connect with local law enforcement agencies and get information from local nonprofits. Please see the news release below or attached for more information.
The county’s Centennial Trail and parks earned rave reviews from readers of ParentMap magazine. The trail was a finalist in the magazine’s “Golden Teddy” awards; two local parks were named in the magazine’s “best for families and kids” survey.
Snohomish County Executive John Lovick will participate in tomorrow’s 727 donation ceremony at Paine Field. Following the ceremony, the Executive will tour Paine Field along with the Governor, Everett Community College’s President and other elected officials. Please see the news release below or attached for more information.
Snohomish County Public Works crews completed a second major construction project on Getchell Road more than a week and a half ahead of schedule. Both projects were expected to wrap up in early August.
Snohomish County’s Surface Water Management Division is seeking input as it gathers comments and ideas to balance programs and services with changing needs.
Drivers currently navigating around two construction zones at opposite ends of Getchell Road, near Lake Stevens, got a pleasant surprise this morning, July 18. Snohomish County Public Works crews wrapped up work on a culvert replacement project late Wednesday night, July 17, nearly two full weeks ahead of schedule.
For the eighth year in a row, athletes from across the United States and around the world will gather in Snohomish County to compete in the Ironman 70.3 Lake Stevens Triathlon. Drivers should practice extra caution along route.
Walgreens, a new sponsor at this year’s annual Evergreen State Fair, is providing a discounted fair gate admission promotion prior to August 22, as well as sponsoring Senior Citizen Day and Family Day during the fair. To receive the special discount, visit your local Walgreens store.
The Snohomish County Tomorrow Steering Committee will meet at 6 p.m. July 24 on county campus with Patrice Hardy of Sound Transit for an overview of the Lynnwood Light Rail Link Extension project. The committee will also discuss priorities for other regional transportation projects and the committee’s legislative priorities.
The Snohomish County Council on Aging (COA) is seeking vibrant new members for terms beginning January 2014. Snohomish County residents interested in the needs and issues facing older persons and younger persons with disabilities are asked to apply for membership on the COA. The COA manages federal, state and local funds targeted for our elderly citizens.
Summer is the season for fairs and festivals, large family get-togethers, and road trips. It is also the best and sometimes only time to repair roads and bridges, replace culverts, install sewer and water lines, and build housing developments.
A new underage drinking and substance abuse prevention coalition will begin meeting monthly starting at 1 p.m. July 11 at the Monroe Public School’s administration building.
Sporting rock star sunglasses and the enthusiasm to match, county officials on Wednesday presented the Snohomish County Rock Star Employee of the Month award to Owen Carter, Public Works Deputy Director/County Engineer.
Paine Field Airport is sponsoring, “Airplanes! Bringing the Exciting World of Aviation to the Classroom,” a graduate level professional development course. The course will be held August 5 -8, 2013 at Paine Field.
Following on the heels of transition in Snohomish County government, Ty Trenary is scheduled to be sworn in as the next Sheriff at 1 p.m. Monday, July 8 in the public hearing room on the first floor of the Robert J. Drewel Building.
Snohomish June 28, 2013
County Resurfacing Program Targets 88 miles of Roads
Snohomish County has begun its annual roadway resurfacing program, this year focusing on 88 miles of county roadways.
Snohomish County Executive John Lovick, County Council and Parks Advisory Board members, as well as Mill Creek officials will officially open Tambark Creek Park today at 4 p.m.
Snohomish County Executive John Lovick announced today that Gary Haakenson will continue to serve in the Executive Office as part of the new administration.
The Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office urges residents to use caution when discharging fireworks during the Fourth of July fireworks season and encourages residents to be safe first, have fun second.
Snohomish County’s Surface Water Management Division is seeking input from citizens countywide—gathering comments and ideas to help in fine tuning programs and services to meet increasing and changing needs.
Snohomish County’s McCollum County Park Pool will open at noon Thursday with swimming lessons beginning the following Monday, June 24. The popular outdoor pool at McCollum Park has been serving Snohomish County since 1970 and has taught more than 80,000 people how to swim. The pool with a water slide offers swimming lessons, pool rentals, open swims and a summer league swim team through Sept. 3. It is considered to be one of the most affordable aquatics programs in the region.
Snohomish County will participate in a presentation and panel discussion at the “Summit on Inclusive Communities” scheduled for Thursday in Ellensburg.
Snohomish County Engineer Owen Carter has been named County Engineer of the Year by the Washington State Association of County Engineers (WSACE).
Impossible Bird, characterized as the "next big musical duo” with a “big sound” will fiddle their way to your heart during this year’s free annual summer concert series “Music on the Plaza.” They are one of eight bands slated to grace the Snohomish County Campus Amphitheatre stage with their musical talents during July and August. Performers will present a range of musical genres including blues, an Australian percussive guitarist, dream-pop and throw-back vintage favorite Beatles cover band Crème Tangerine.
The Snohomish County Noxious Weed Control Board has received a grant from the Washington State Department of Agriculture to survey and begin to control Japanese knotweed along the Pilchuck River.
Snohomish County’s Surface Water Management Division (SWM) provides a wide variety of programs and services for reducing road and property flooding and preserving and improving the health of Snohomish County’s water resources and natural systems.
Snohomish County recently awarded $1.5 million to 21 projects designed to prevent and end homelessness for individuals and families.
John Lovick, former state legislature and Washington State Trooper, was named Snohomish County’s fourth county executive Monday following a unanimous vote by the County Council.
This morning, John Lovick was sworn in by Judge Thomas Wynne as the new Snohomish County Executive. Lovick, who most recently served the county as Sheriff, was selected unanimously by the County Council to fill the recently vacated Executive seat.
Snohomish County Public Works’ crews have reopened the Deer Creek gate on Mountain Loop Highway, providing access to the Big Four Ice Caves, Barlow Pass and other recreational opportunities.
Snohomish County’s Energy Smart Loan Program has made 110 loans totaling more than $1 million since the program was launched in the spring of 2012.
Snohomish County and Island County residents wanting to learn how they can protect and maintain their shoreline property in Port Susan are invited to a free workshop at the Stillaguamish Grange Hall on Saturday, June 1.
Snohomish County’s Paine Field Airport will soon begin multiple construction projects, which will have some effect on the airport’s tenants and users.
Snohomish County’s Public Works Department is conducting an evaluation of pedestrian facilities located in the public right-of-way for compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.
Tickets are now on sale for the REO Speedwagon concert at The Evergreen State Fair’s grandstand, scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Aug. 29.
The Snohomish County Commission on Human Rights invites the community to “Humanity not Hatred,” a conversation about human rights honoring Brisenia and Raul Flores.
Tickets are now on sale to hear 3 Doors Down perform at the Evergreen State Fair grandstand Aug. 28.
The Snohomish County Children's Commission, Snohomish County Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) and other community partners are presenting a forum on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on May 21 at the Imagine Children’s Museum.
Snohomish County is again offering free preschool through our award-winning Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) to children who will be four years old by Aug. 31, 2013, and whose families are income-eligible.
The Oak Ridge Boys return Aug. 26 to the Evergreen State Fair with one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry.
April 25, 2013
County, Housing Hope Continue Nonprofit Series
Snohomish County and Housing Hope will continue their ongoing series of classes designed to help nonprofits fight through leaner, more challenging economic times.
April 23, 2013
Live Music, Entertainment at Spring Festival, April 27-28
Enjoy live music and entertainment, food and drinks from the comfort of the Root Beer Corral (for the kid in you), or if you prefer, relax in the Evergreen Fair Foundation’s Beer Garden featuring local microbrews (for the adult in you). Either way, we’re sure you’ll have a really good time.
April 19, 2013
Christian Group MercyMe to Perform Aug. 30 at Fair
MercyMe is sharing their message of spiritual encouragement and random acts of kindness with visitors to the Evergreen State Fair on Aug. 30.
April 16, 2013
Reardon Recognizes County’s 911 Dispatchers
Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon has declared this week – April 14-20, 2013 – Public Safety Telecommunications Week in honor of the work performed by SNOCOM 911 and SNOPAC 911.
April 16, 2013
Solid-waste Violators Assessed $1.8 Million in Fines
Two recycling companies are facing up to $1.8 million in fines following a Snohomish County investigation that has revealed numerous violations of the county’s waste-disposal code.
April 12, 2013
Public comment welcome on housing/development plan
Snohomish County has recently released an affordable-housing plan that proposes spending nearly $5 million in federal grant funds to improve housing options for those in need.
April 11, 2013
County’s Early Head Start program now recruiting
Snohomish County’s Early Head Start program is recruiting to fill openings for 82 pregnant women, infants and toddlers in eastern and northern Snohomish County.
April 10, 2013
Disaster-preparedness class focuses on senior’s needs
Snohomish County will host a disaster-preparedness class geared toward seniors and their needs during an emergency.
April 5, 2013
‘Don’t Drip & Drive’ Campaign Urges Drivers to Fix Leaks
Vehicle leaks cause havoc for drivers and the environment, but a new program called “Don’t Drip & Drive” puts Western Washington residents in the driver’s seat when it comes to finding an affordable fix.
March 27, 2013
County Farmers’ Market Underway in Everett
Snohomish County residents looking for a place to purchase healthy local foods year round are a step closer to having a farmers’ market to call their own. Construction of a 60,000 square-feet, year-round Farmers’ Market and Food Hub got under way Tuesday with an official groundbreaking attended by local farmers, residents, project developers and Snohomish County and Everett officials. The market is expected to open in July 2014.
March 22, 2013
Award-winning country singer Brantley Gilbert to play at Fair
Brantley Gilbert, county music’s 2013 New Male Vocalist, is bringing his southern country rock show to the Evergreen State Fair on August 27. Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, March 22.
March 22, 2013
In a step to increase environmental responsibility, Snohomish County has rolled out new requirements for purchasing “green” products and services, including construction
March 20, 2013
County Approves Bonds for Courthouse, Parks and Roads
Snohomish County approved $120 million in bonds Wednesday as part of a package to build a new courthouse and a new sheriff’s precinct, as well as to purchase improved laptops for deputies, with funding also available for conservation futures, parks and roads projects.
March 19, 2013
Spring Festival offers rides, BBQ and outdoor vendors April 27-28
Celebrate spring at the first annual “Evergreen State Spring Festival” at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds, featuring music, root beer garden, beer garden, indoor & outdoor vendors and leisure-related exhibits, carnival rides and games, favorite fair foods and the Washington State Spring BBQ Championship.
March 15, 2013
Affordable housing service expands to Snohomish County
Snohomish County and others are joining with local housing and service providers to increase affordable housing options through a free rental listing service called Housing Search NW.
March 11, 2013
Smoke alarms double your family’s chance of getting out of a home fire alive. Smoke alarms are an early warning that can provide critical extra seconds to escape — but only if they work.
March 8, 2013
An oddly skewed intersection near Clearview will become a distant memory starting Monday, March 18. That’s when Snohomish County Public Works crews will close the West Interurban Boulevard intersection with 180th Street Southeast and officially open the new 59th Avenue Southeast intersection several hundred feet to the west.
March 7, 2013
Individuals with disabilities and their families can find ongoing support during Snohomish County’s 16th annual Transition Resource Fair, to be held March 26 at Cascade High School.
March 6, 2013
Snohomish County Public Works Director Steven Thomsen has been selected as the new chair for the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Regional Project Evaluation Committee, which prioritizes Puget Sound transportation projects for federal funding.
March 1, 2013
John Pennington, Snohomish County’s Department of Emergency Management director, has completed the Executive Leaders Program at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security.
February 20, 2013
The Snohomish County Council took a decisive step on Wednesday in addressing the serious allegations of abuses in the office of County Executive Aaron Reardon. Acting unanimously on an emergency ordinance, the Council removed the county's Department of Information Services (DIS) from Reardon's control and placed it temporarily under the oversight of County Auditor Carolyn Weikel.
February 12, 2013
The Snohomish County Assessor’s office is responsible for annually updating the assessed values for all locally assessed real and personal property in Snohomish County and calculating the levy rates for all taxing districts for property tax purposes...(more).
February 12, 2013
Snohomish County will join King County and the Cascadia Green Building Council conference in sponsoring the 2013 Green Tools Government Confluence, an event that gathers sustainability leaders in the public sector from across the region for an intense day of inspiration and peer-to-peer learning.
February 8, 2013
Are you a justice-seeking humanitarian drawn to help people solve problems? Can you advocate for civil rights using a problem-solving approach? Your neighbors in long-term care facilities need you.
February 7, 2013
The deck of the Little Pilchuck Creek bridge west of Granite Falls is cracking and deteriorating. To help preserve the bridge deck until it is repaired later this spring, Snohomish County Public Works has reduced the speed limit to 25 mph.
February 4, 2013
The Snohomish County Arts Commission is seeking concepts from qualified artists to design, fabricate and install a site‐specific artwork for Miner’s Corner County Park near Bothell.
January 29, 2013
Due to surface damage, Snohomish County is placing load restrictions on the westbound lane of Little Pilchuck Creek Bridge on Getchell Road west of Granite Falls. Trucks and other large vehicles heading west from Granite Falls can use State Route 92 as an alternate route to access State Route 9 and points west. Loads are limited to 10 tons for two-axle vehicles, 14 tons for three-axle vehicles and 22 tons for multi-axle vehicles with trailers. That weight roughly corresponds to unloaded semitrucks and dump trucks. If load restrictions don’t slow the rate of deterioration, Public Works will reduce the bridge to one lane of alternating traffic until permanent repairs can be completed.
January 28, 2013
Flooded fields and overflowing roadside ditches aren’t just a sign of wet weather, they’re also a potential sign of poor water quality and bacterial pollution. It’s a complex problem, but one that Snohomish County Surface Water Management wants to solve – with help from local residents.
January 28, 2013
Early data collected Thursday during Snohomish County’s Annual Homeless Point In Time (PIT) count show a decrease over numbers collected during 2012.
For this year’s count, approximately 150 volunteers spent the day and early evening gathering information on Snohomish County’s homeless population. This year’s total – still incomplete – shows 1,960 individuals in 1,117 households without a permanent place to live. This compares to last year’s final count of 2,387 individuals in 1,410 households. Of the individuals counted this year, an estimated 722 were homeless children under the age of 18.
January 24, 2013
As winds pick up and temperatures continue warming, a burn ban for Snohomish County has been lifted. Still, officials urge caution before conducting outdoor burning and to continue using cleaner energy sources for home heating when possible.
January 18, 2013
Snohomish County is seeking volunteers for its Jan. 24 Point in Time homeless count.
The Snohomish County Human Rights Commission and the Washington State Human Rights Commission will hold a joint public meeting on Thursday, Jan. 24, to discuss human rights issues and concerns in Snohomish County.
January 16, 2013
The Snohomish County Evergreen State Fair is seeking candidates to fill two unexpired terms on its Fair Advisory Board.
January 14, 2013
A Stage 2 burn ban is in effect for Snohomish County to protect residents from worsening air quality and will remain in effect until further notice.
January 11, 2013
Snohomish County residents wanting to learn more about ocean acidification are invited to a free seminar Jan. 24 at the Everett Station.
January, 8, 2013
Drivers and residents on Old Machias Road should prepare for a three-week, around-the-clock road closure starting Monday, Jan. 14.
Old Machias Road will close from 7:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14, until 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, between 52nd Street Southeast and 117th Drive Southeast. Drivers will follow a signed detour route using South Machias and Richey roads. Local access will be provided for residents and emergency vehicles.