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Photo by Kelly Sullivan: The city of Monroe includes marketing the empty properties in town as part of an economic development strategy.
Photo by Kelly Sullivan: The city of Monroe includes marketing the empty properties in town as part of an economic development strategy.
Monday, September 25, 2017 10:56 AM

Monroe city staff is proposing a new approach to build up the tourism industry and economy.
City administrator Deborah Knight presented the plan to form an advisory board to the Monroe City Council at the Sept. 12 meeting. It is part of a larger economic development strategy she and Mayor Geoffrey Thomas have been fine-tuning for the past month.

  • 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. 
  • As commuters wound their way home last Wednesday evening along State Route 203, Emily Heinl pulled into the left turn lane where 203rd Street and the highway meet, according to a Washington State Patrol news release.
  • 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. 
  • 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.

  • Seehuus to continue being Sultan mayor

    Sultan mayor John Seehuus will continue in his role for the next two years.
    Seehuus stepped in late last year when former mayor Carolyn Eslick was tapped this fall to fill the 39th District seat vacated by John Koster in the Washington House of Representatives. He will finish out Eslick’s term, which ends in 2019. The city council approved his move at its Dec. 21 meeting.

  • 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.
  • Sheriff's office investigating body found near Skykomish River bank
    A man officials believe was homeless was found dead on the banks of the Skykomish River near Gold Bar on New Year's Day, according to a Snohomish County Sheriff's Office news release.
  • Monroe’s volunteer Economic Development Advisory Board will gather for the first time this month.
    Appointed by Mayor Geoffrey Thomas, the group will be convened from January until about late spring or early summer, with their first meeting set for 8-9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11.

  • 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. 
  • Police: Attempted ‘Grinch’ caught with stolen vehicle, presents
    A car filled with gifts and the owner’s purse was reported stolen from outside a Sultan home on Christmas, but the suspect didn’t get far.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Monroe School District going back to voters
    Monroe School District voters will be asked to renew a levy that expires next year in an upcoming special election. The resulting revenue will help cover costs for security, transportation, special education, support programs and extracurriculars.
  • Leaders celebrate mammography unit opening
    EvergreenHealth’s breast center’s 3-D mammography unit is now up and running. EvergreenHealth Monroe’s new chief administrative officer Renée Jensen said its use has doubled compared to its prior 2-D technology.
  • The Monroe City Council has approved next year’s budget, which includes nearly $90 million in expenses — which includes transfers — across all accounts.

  • Snohomish man remains missing a week later

    A 63-year-old Snohomish man is still missing after a week-long search.
    The last time Henry Groeneveld was seen by his family was around 9:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 11, in the 400 block of Union Avenue. Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes announced the unit had taken over the case as of Friday morning.

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