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The top of the new Heybrook Ridge County Park trail offers a commanding view of the Skykomish Valley. The new trail head is located directly south of Index proper off of the Index-Galena Road.  
										 Photo by Chris Hendrickson
The top of the new Heybrook Ridge County Park trail offers a commanding view of the Skykomish Valley. The new trail head is located directly south of Index proper off of the Index-Galena Road. Photo by Chris Hendrickson
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 4:26 PM

It can be called one of the Sky Valley’s greatest environmental successes; when a group of people gathered to save Heybrook Ridge from a 95-acre timber harvest in 2006, the task seemed daunting. 

  • Best kept secret in the Sky Valley
    Since taking the post of Sno-Isle Libraries Monroe branch managing librarian nearly three years ago, Phil Spirito’s mission has been to change that situation.
  • Village Voices ages skill, not spirit

    On a slightly cloudy Wednesday morning last week, East County Senior Center visitors were met with the rolling melodies sung by an unseen live choir.
    Members of the Village Voices, many of whom have been singing together for nearly 15 years, were in the corner of the cafeteria, moving through tunes during their weekly practice session.

  • Homesteading social media

    Women throughout the Sky Valley have found a new social forum where they can share their experiences with homesteading and help each other grow.
    Six months ago, Shirel Smith decided to create the Homesteading Women of Monroe, Washington Facebook group. Around 120 members have since joined, sharing frustrations, experiences, and resources, and asking questions in a safe space.

  • Wise woman of Sky Valley
    Do you have peppermint, sage, parsley or catnip growing in your garden or a pot on the porch? Is there an aloe plant on your windowsill? Are there raspberries, nettles, dandelions in your yard? Besides spicing up a stew or salad, have you wondered about the medicinal benefits these plants have to offer?
  • Couple growing farm share plans

    Chelsea and Cody Johansen want to find out how to feed their family and the Sky Valley local, healthy food.
    Together with their three children they raise chickens, goats and turkeys, and grow a variety of produce, which they sold last year at a farmers market and through Community Supported Agriculture subscriptions. This year, they are tinkering with their system.

  • Law & performer
    “Theater is life, movies are art, TV is furniture,” says Terry Simon, musician, singer, composer, and playwright. “Experiencing entertainment live is so much more rewarding than from any other source.”
  • Ban lifts, fishing back on
    By Friday morning anglers were already on the banks of the Wallace River at one of two hotspots closed since Dec. 30 to hatchery winter steelhead fishing.
  • Low steelhead returns cause fishing closures

    Adult winter steelhead returns have dipped too low, forcing fishing closures at two hotspots on the Wallace and Skykomish rivers.
    The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife issued the rule change for Dec. 30 through Feb. 15 to include all species, according to a WDFW news release. 

  • Director always checking up on community
    Connie Wittren loves helping people to do good things, and health care is her passion. As the director of the EvergreenHealth Monroe Foundation, she is in a position to do both.
  • Coffee stand to shop downtown
    Sharinabean’s coffee stand namesake Sharina McCrain has been serving coffee in Monroe for just over three years. Now, with her new location, she’s providing a family-friendly haven that offers her trademark coffee drinks and more.  
  • Colorful experimentation at Rosalyn’s Art Studio
    Whether they’re interested in yoga, learning how to paint, experimenting with pottery or becoming an amateur photographer, Rosalyn’s Art Studio owner Rosalyn Santerre can help her customers further a variety of artistic endeavors.
  • Rallying the troops
    Monroe’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7511 has its sights set on building membership during 2017, and is starting the new year with a pancake breakfast fundraiser to kick things off.
  • An open thank you letter to Sky Valley Food Bank from Morris family

    In celebration of the Sky Valley Food Bank’s 40th anniversary, a big thank you for continuing to help your neighbors in need! My family and I deeply appreciate you honoring my mother.

  • Pasado’s pet of the week Oct. 25

    Tee is one of the good guys. He’s sweet, silly and snuggly, wishing only to please those around him.

  • Halloween in the Sky Valley

    A guide to the haunts for kids, families to trick-or-treat


    At first glance, he seems an unlikely daredevil. But give him a river and a boat, and Index resident Rob McKibbin is unstoppable.

    McKibbin has run some of the most challenging whitewater in Snohomish and King counties, and is one of the few kayakers to have successfully navigated the notoriously formidable Sunset Falls. Located on the south fork of the Skykomish River near Index, Sunset Falls is considered a Class VI rapid, which is as dangerous as it

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