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  • 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. 

  • Board keeps it loud
    The Monroe Public Schools Board of Directors will appoint Jim Langston to represent the district and community of Maltby for the remainder of the current term for a seat previously held by Jim Scott.
  • Stopping in Sultan
    Sultan is finally ready. Ready to be pro-growth, ready to improve its appeal from U.S. 2, and ready to grow its tourism and business sectors into the economic boons the community is confident they can become.
  • 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.
  • Sky Valley business owners respond to new minimum wage
    The new year brought new challenges for local business owners faced with increased labor costs stemming from the implementation of Initiative 1433, a minimum wage increase passed by Washington voters in November.
  • State of the City Address
    The Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce kicked off the new year with its traditional State of the City address luncheon, as elected officials from Sultan and Skykomish looked back at 2016 and talked about what’s coming up in 2017. 
  • 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.
  • 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.  
  • Police arrest smash-and-grab suspect outside damaged store
    It isn’t often that police officers arrive at a crime scene to find the suspect sitting outside on a curb waiting for them, but that’s what happened in downtown Monroe last week.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Making the connection
    The city of Monroe will present three possible routes for connecting 191st Avenue Southeast to Chain Lake Road next week, a connection that could help improve safety and alleviate congestion at Rainier View and Chain Lake roads by providing residents with an alternate way to travel in and out of the area.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • Downtown Monroe proving worthy asset
    From the Main Street Plaza Project to a variety of new businesses, Monroe’s downtown core is gradually starting to come alive. Based on growth projections and the ever-changing trajectory of consumer needs, Monroe Community Development Director Dave Osaki thinks it could be poised for much more.
  • City administrator says goodbye to Monroe family
    After 31 years with the city of Monroe, City Administrator Gene Brazel drafted his final council agenda, closing out the regular business meeting of the Monroe City Council with his trademark calm and grace. The final meeting of 2016 took place Tuesday, Dec. 20, at Monroe City Hall, and was attended by numerous friends and members of Brazel’s family. 
  • Swifts a permanent fixture in Monroe
    Some might call 2016 the year of the Vaux’s swifts, as the graceful migratory winged creatures became Monroe’s official city bird. The theme is being carried over into 2017, as the city ushers in the new year with a sculpture to honor the petite birds and their swirling flight. 
  • 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. 
  • Congresswoman lends a hand
    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene spent an hour volunteering at the Sky Valley Food Bank in Monroe recently, passing out food during its Wednesday morning distribution service.
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