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  • Sky Valley Community Watch Dogs aims to curb criminal activity by assisting law enforcement

    A group of Gold Bar residents have banded together to address crime they believe needs more management.
    Former Gold Bar City Councilmember Chris Wright is leading the newly formed Sky Valley Community Watch Dogs coalition. The first meeting was held at the tail end of December, and was in part a response to the search for registered sex offender Brett Card, who is linked to at least one of many recent burglaries that have been reported around town since November.

  • Sultan School District seeks levies support

    One measure supports restoring an existing levy, which makes up about 10 percent of the annual budget, according to the school district. It helps pay for operations and programs, such as special education, transportation, electives, clubs and sports, as well as staffing. 
    The other introduces a new levy that would be the first of its kind and fund improvements to how instruction through technology is delivered. Both would cover what costs the state is still not fully funding, according to the school district.

  • City honors fallen K-9 cop
    Nuke made a name for himself throughout the region, Quenzer said. He was also well known in the community, having been present at local events, such as Monroe’s National Night Out, which draws a crowd of thousands every year, and the demonstrations held for visiting groups at the Monroe Police Department. 
  • Sheriff’s office arrests wanted sex offender sleeping in Gold Bar trailer

    The registered sex offender that law enforcement has been after for months was arrested Thursday.
    Gold Bar Police Chief Dave Casey received a tip via Crime Stoppers that led him to a trailer in town where 26-year-old Brett Card was staying. He was wanted on multiple warrants, including failure to register as a sex offender, and for a December burglary — one in a string reported in the area since November.

  • Multiple vehicle collision involving logging truck shuts down U.S. 2
    Four people were injured in a collision that caused a logging truck's load to release and scatter across U.S. Highway 2 on Monday.
    Traffic was impacted for hours between Monroe and Snohomish that afternoon, according to WSP. The crash happened near an overpass, between 88th Street and State Route 9. 
  • Sky Valley senior food delivery service ramping up

    The Sky Valley Volunteers of America and a handful of community partners are starting up a food delivery program for seniors and others in need.
    The local center’s director Calei Vaughn said essentially anyone who could benefit from the services will be fed. The first drop off is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 15, but only a few people have signed up.

  • Sultan looks back at 2017, toward the future

    Sultan Mayor John Seehuus started off the annual State of the City address by calling 2017 a “year of great change.”
    That afternoon Henry Sladek was in attendance to represent Skykomish. Sladek owns the historic Cascadia Inn. City administrator Ken Walker talked about strides made in Sultan last year and what residents can look forward to in 2018.

  • Startup Gym nears finish line
    Nearly a thousand volunteer hours went into restoring the rotted yet sturdy walls of the gym in 2017 alone, the unmistakable white building visible from U.S. Highway 2. The Sky Valley Arts Council has been leading the renovations that began nearly three years ago.
  • Police: Masked armed robber hits Monroe Shell station early Sunday morning

    Monroe Police are investigating an armed robbery that took place at the Shell Station in the 13800 block of Fryelands Boulevard early Sunday morning.
    Officers responded to the station around 1:45 a.m. on Jan. 7, where an employee described the incident.

  • Parents, former faculty suing Monroe School District over SVEC contaminants
    Dozens of families and educators who spent time in the Sky Valley Education Center are suing the Monroe School District and other entities for symptoms they believe were caused by toxic chemicals in the facility.
  • Sultan Police seek sex offender in Gold Bar burglary investigations
    The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office is investigating a series of burglaries and attempted burglaries Gold Bar homeowners have been calling in since early November.
  • Getting better with age
    The East County Senior Center is retiring its old moniker as it approaches its 50th year of service in the Sky Valley. From now on, visitors will have to ask for directions to the Monroe Community Senior Center.
  • Something to finish at Wallace Falls State Park

    Competition is headed to the trails of Wallace Falls State Park for one of only a few times in decades.
    Gold Bar resident Brian Nelson is putting on three long-distance races on March 3.

  • 2017 highlights in the Sky Valley
    Here's a rundown of some of the interesting items that made the news in the Sky Valley in 2017. 
  • Tough love on wheels

    Whistles, raucous applause, what sounded like war cries and the frequent squeal of rubber wheels filled the cavernous Gary D. Weikel Event Center on an overcast Saturday night in December.

     
  • Filling space under the tree

    More than 100 children who may not have otherwise had presents to open Christmas morning were guaranteed to find gifts under their tree only an hour into this year’s Sky Valley Food Bank toy drive.

     
  • Draft master plans ready
    Draft master plans for Lake Tye Park and a future park site on property currently owned by Cadman Inc., have been released.
    Seattle-based HBB Landscape Architecture, the company hired by the city of Monroe to head the concurrent projects, built outlines based on public comments received at open houses, during popup studios and through surveys conducted this fall.
  • Boys and Girls Club gym open for play
    Nearly seven years to the day the original building was leveled, Sultan celebrated the completion of the community’s new gym at the Boys and Girls Club last Wednesday. Despite its rural address, the replacement project received support and attention from federal officials.
  • Sheriff’s Office ends search for missing Snohomish man

    The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office called off the search for Henry Groeneveld on Monday.
    The 63-year-old Snohomish man went missing around 10 a.m. on Dec. 11. He was last seen by his wife at their home in the 400 block of Union Avenue.

  • Festival at the Fields
    Sky Valley community members met in near-winter weather to support local nonprofits and a struggling friend at a rain-soaked family farm on Friday.
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