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Photo by Chris Hendrickson: Firefighters Andy Lauer and Noah Redfield from District 26 in Gold Bar escorted Santa to deliver this new bike to Natalie Carpenter during the 2014 Ho Ho Run.
Photo by Chris Hendrickson: Firefighters Andy Lauer and Noah Redfield from District 26 in Gold Bar escorted Santa to deliver this new bike to Natalie Carpenter during the 2014 Ho Ho Run.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 4:24 PM
The Gold Bar Firefighters Association is making its list and checking it twice, so to speak, as it seeks families interested in participating in this year’s Ho Ho Run.
  • Lake Tye Park readies for playground overhaul

    In about two months the Lake Tye Park playground will be open again after a renovation overhaul.
    Old equipment will be leveled and recycled, then replaced with an inclusive jungle gym and play spaces with ADA-accessible features. Public officials broke ground at the site on Thursday, March 16.

  • Downtown Monroe Association gets part-time director
    The Downtown Monroe Association Board of Directors has hired on a part-time executive director to bring the nonprofit closer to achieving state-accredited status.
  • Sultan middle schoolers receive robotic assistance

    An intelligent, two-wheeled piece of machinery was added to the Sultan Middle School STEAM program's arsenal.
    The Standever Institute donated a Double Robotics Telepresence robot to the Science, Technology, Engineering, Automation and Math program on Friday, March 17. The nonprofit aims to connect people with opportunities in technology.

  • Volunteers clean up former encampment site

    Nearly 100 volunteers cleared 26,600 pounds of debris from a strip of private property south of Monroe along the Skykomish River on Saturday, Feb. 25. The garbage was largely a result of homeless encampments, the occupants of which were issued a no-trespassing order by property owner Dale Reiner in December.

  • Sky Valley Community Awards

    Residents up and down the Sky Valley spend many hours each year giving back to the community without expecting a return.
    Ever year, Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce staff ensure their work is recognized at the annual Community Awards Celebration Potluck. Business owners, high school students and volunteer firefighters were only a few of the many acknowledged as exemplary residents from Sultan, Gold Bar, Index and Skykomish during the 19th annual celebration on Saturday, Feb. 11.

  • Skykomish Hotel a community effort
    When Skykomish resident Todd Brunner first saw the Skykomish Hotel interior, two to three inches of moss coated the floorboards in spots, and ferns grew from the grime.
  • Learning a religion
    Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Seattle’s director of public affairs Alam Ali said since President Donald Trump’s executive order that attempted to ban immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries, attendance has spiked at regional Coffee, Cake and Islam educational gatherings.
  • Cool beans
    By the end of the Monroe ChiliBowl benefit, members of the Julia V. Morris Community Garden had nabbed themselves the trophy for most original dish. Their prize: a tin can brimming with brown spotted beans.
  • Addressing chief concerns

    A group of Sultan neighbors are discussing what it would take to preserve one of the city’s historic relics.
    The 12-foot-high Chief Sultan statue was erected around 1985 at the junction of the Sultan and Skykomish rivers off of Main Street. It was officially dedicated in 1996. The creator and resident Jerry Carter has since passed away.

  • Monroe Monitor welcomes new reporter Kelly Sullivan
    The Monroe Monitor & Valley News is excited to introduce full-time reporter Kelly Sullivan to our Sky Valley readers.
  • Downtown swifts
    Sultan and Monroe community members came together over the weekend to celebrate the “Wagner Swifts,” a new public art display featured in the heart of Monroe’s downtown core.
  • Maltby Girl Scout aiming for silver with blood drive
    Maltby resident Margaret Seaney is heading into 2017 with her eyes on the prize, as the 14-year-old works to coordinate a blood drive in hopes of earning her Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest honor achievable for a Girl Scout at her level.
  • Getting back on the road
    As Monroe residents Shelby and Isaac Loehr recently learned, sometimes the greatest inconveniences can result in the most amazing blessings.
  • Gold Bar Santas burn up the streets on Christmas Eve run
    There is nothing like seeing the excitement in a child’s eyes as they come face to face with Santa Claus — just ask the firefighters from Snohomish County Fire District 26 in Gold Bar that volunteered their time for this year’s Ho Ho Run.
  • Former Monroe mayor taught many lessons
    With the passing of former Monroe Mayor Donnetta Walser, the community is mourning the loss of an icon. During her time as an educator and elected official, Walser took risks, celebrated victories and weathered storms with grace. She was a mother, wife, role model and a tireless public servant. 
  • Fitness center flexes charity
    The Thrive Community Fitness Help the Homeless event did more than provide food and clothing to Monroe residents in need. It offered dignity and hope, as helpers and recipients merged into a single community that cast aside differences and celebrated similarities. 
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