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  • SVEC reopening areas of school after further testing
    Seven spaces at the Sky Valley Education Center in Monroe can reopen after recent testing found no detectable amounts of PCBs.
  • Monroe opens fields of dreams
    Despite some early spring rain — and a lot of rain at times — Bearcat Baseball seniors pitched their approval of the new Monroe High School ballfields before their home opener.
  • 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.

  • Monroe council passes first reading to repeal term limits
    The Monroe City Council voted to accept the first reading of an ordinance to repeal restrictions on councilmember term limits, a proposal that has come and gone multiple times in the past several months.
  • Community leads firearms dealer to missing military truck
    The 5-ton military cargo truck stolen from outside Shannon Jelenek's business did not go unnoticed on its trip from downtown into a snow bank outside Skykomish.
  • Monroe Goodwill receives dank donation
    Staff at the Goodwill in Monroe were left a little dazed and confused when they opened a cooler containing roughly 3.7 pounds of marijuana that had been donated over the weekend.
  • Point in Time preliminary data in
    The number of unsheltered homeless people in Snohomish County jumped 9 percent from 2016, and has doubled since 2013, according to the 2017 Point in Time summary report released Wednesday, March 8.
  • County plans May Creek Bridge summer closure
    The crossing at May Creek, nine miles east of Gold Bar, will be shut down for the summer. When it reopens, a 100-foot-long, 28-foot-wide bridge will replace the partially washed out structure that has functioned with only one lane for several years.
  • No effects from restroom access policy repeal
    Effects from the recent repeal of Obama administration restroom access policies addressing transgender students will not be felt in local schools for now. The Trump administration’s action on Feb. 22 defers decision making to the states.
  • Sky River rock revival
    The Lauritzen Family Farm will host a revival of the 1968 festival that drew in more than 20,000 people out to a raspberry farm for performances by Santana, Country Joe and the Fish, the Grateful Dead and Muddy Waters, the event often lauded as the Woodstock before Woodstock.
  • Legislature delays school levy cliff
    The Monroe School District will hold on to an estimated $3.9 million in its budget that had been threatened by months of indecision in the Washington Legislature to extend a significant local funding option.
  • 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.
  • Residents weigh in on grizzly restoration plans
    County residents recently offered input on the Draft Grizzly Bear Restoration Plan’s Environmental Impact Statement for the North Cascades Ecosystem.
  • 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.

  • Pearson calls for increasing drop boxes in smaller jurisdictions

    Washington Sen. Kirk Pearson is pushing for more ballot drop boxes, which he says are disproportionately located in smaller jurisdictions.
    With Senate Bill 5472, which passed out of the Senate last week, Pearson aims to have one drop box installed per 15,000 registered voters in each county, city, town and census-designated place with a post office.

  • District shuts down Sky Valley Education Center spaces over contaminant testing
    Seven spaces in the Sky Valley Education Center in Monroe will remain shut down until the Monroe School District receives results from further PCB testing.
  • Monroe ends potential interest in health district facility

    Monroe has given up any potential financial claim of ownership in the Snohomish County Health District’s Rucker Building in Everett.
    City councilmembers voted unanimously to relinquish any interest in the facility during their meeting Tuesday, Feb. 28, by entering into an interlocal agreement with the health district. The question of ownership has been up in the air for the past two months.

  • 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.

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