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  • Away at Camp Bow Wow
    Beverley Stevenson’s husband suggested she start her doggy daycare in Monroe two years ago, as the Idaho couple passed the Evergreen State Fairgrounds on U.S. Highway 2.
  • Sheriff's office investigating rape report at Sultan Middle School
    The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office and Sultan School District are looking into rape allegations reported on the Sultan Middle School campus last Wednesday.
  • Monroe moves forward with ATV ordinance

    The Monroe City Council discussed the potential for allowing wheeled all-terrain vehicles on city streets last Tuesday, and how that could be regulated.
    Councilmember Jeff Rasmussen said the committee responsible for reviewing transportation and public safety issues had successfully vetted the options this winter; that it had been a straightforward conversation.

  • Parents get educated about safety protocols

    Monroe School District families took the opportunity to learn about new active intruder protocols being taught to their children this year.
    Risk and Safety manager Greg Burns explained “Move, Evade, Defend,” a system developed by Washington’s Tactical Training Academy, during an information meeting at Chain Lake Elementary on Wednesday, March 14. 

  • Council bans safe injection sites in unincorporated Snohomish County
    The Snohomish County Council voted unanimously to ban safe injections sites following a public hearing in Everett on Wednesday. The action came after a six-month moratorium on such facilities was enacted in September.
  • A werewolf in Sultan
    Sultan’s former game lounge owner is pursuing a new venture. As Gabe Aguirre learns to create comics by his own hand, he also works to ensure the craft is preserved.
  • Monroe Cold Weather Shelter keeps doors open in 2018
    This year marked the first season since it opened half a decade ago Monroe’s Cold Weather Shelter was not at risk of being shut down halfway through winter.
  • Committee helping city procure next K9 officer
    A newly formed community committee is working to ensure the Monroe Police K9 program is supported for the long term and when the agency is ready to take on its next animal partner.
  • Council approves new playground equipment for Sky River Park

    The City of Monroe aims to have the new Sky River Park playground open by this summer.
    The Monroe City Council approved nearly $343,600 in equipment purchases during last Tuesday’s meeting. The project is included in the park’s six-year master plan, and $350,000 was budgeted for use this year.

  • Legislature passes last-minute budget deal
    On the final day of the legislative session, lawmakers approved a last-minute supplemental budget deal that funnels roughly $1 billion to K-12 public education and a $400 million one-time reduction in state property taxes.
  • Chief retiring after long career
    After 16 years leading the department, Monroe Police Chief Tim Quenzer will be retiring from the force effective May 1. He presided over his last department awards ceremony on March 6, before handing over his letter of resignation.
  • Kristiansen won't seek reelection in November
    House Republican Leader Dan Kristiansen says he kept the promise he made to his party six years ago, but now it’s time for the longtime 39th District legislator to say goodbye to Olympia.
  • Running the Legislature
    Rachael Gonzales found herself in one of the busiest places in Washington last month — the heart of the legislative session in Olympia.
    Luckily, the Sky Valley Education Center freshmen had her two good friends, Snohomish High School students Hadley Grant and Jazmine Criswell, with her in the fray. Rep. Dan Kristiansen sponsored the trio of pages for one week.
  • Organizations rallying opposition to annual aerial spraying of pesticides in the Sky Valley region
    Nearly two dozen residents from Gold Bar to Skagit County turned out last Tuesday to discuss concerns over the pesticide treatment of tree farms around communities along the U.S. Highway 2 corridor. Many said they were disheartened to hear how likely it is they have been unknowingly exposed to harmful chemicals.
  • Funding Sky Valley conservation
    A half dozen Sky Valley projects will receive a chunk of $116 million the state has dedicated to recreation and conservation efforts.
  • Monroe puts out call for artists
    The City of Monroe has set a March 30 deadline for a call for artists wanting to create the next downtown sculpture.
  • Monsanto seeks dismissal from lawsuit by former SVEC parents, faculty
    Monsanto is asking for a dismissal of complaint filed against the company for chemical exposure families and educators who spent time in the Sky Valley Education Center say caused serious health problems.
  • District: Threatening student forces temporary lockdown at Hidden River Middle School
    Hidden River Middle School went into temporary lockdown Thursday afternoon in response to a student who was allegedly threatening others with sharpened pencils in the library.
  • Longtime missionary wants to help at home
    Beatrice Ruhli spent decades teaching English to Spanish-speaking South Americans as a missionary. She hopes to do the reverse in her new community.
  • Sultan resident has dozens of story ideas
    “The Dozen Dozens” is about a family that lives in an upside-down house. The father and mother, Odd Dozen and Even Dozen, and their many children can only walk on the ceiling. They climb a ladder to get to the front door.
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