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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.

  • Examiner's Office identifies motorist killed in Snohomish collision
    The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the man who died in a one-vehicle collision Saturday night in Snohomish as 37-year-old Anthony R. Vannelli, Jr. of Monroe.
  • 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. 

  • Stuck semi causes traffic problems under SR 522
    The road between the Main Street roundabouts under State Route 522 was closed off Thursday afternoon while Monroe Police tried to get a Kenworth semi-trailer unstuck, after the truck’s cargo load was crushed and wedged underneath the overpass. The semi-trailer was removed around 2:30 p.m.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Updated: Man seriously injured by downed tree on vehicle
    A Snohomish County Public Utility District employee is recovering at Harborview Medical Center after a tree fell on his work vehicle near milepost 8 on Sultan Basin Road on Tuesday, March 13.
  • Snohomish County Council considering permanent ban on safe injection sites
    The Snohomish County Council will hold a public hearing at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 14, before considering an ordinance to permanently ban safe injection sites in Snohomish County.
  • 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.
  • Sheriff’s Office: Motorcyclist dies in head-on collision in Snohomish on Saturday

    The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office reports a motorcyclist died when their off-road vehicle collided with a pickup truck in Snohomish on Saturday afternoon.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sheriff's office: Suicidal man arrested with weapon outside church Sunday

    Churchgoers were hurried back inside Monroe's The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Sunday afternoon when a man with knives refused to get out of his car in the parking lot at 17372 Tester Road. 

    The 58-year-old Monroe man had just come from attending a service, and Snohomish County Sheriff's Office deputies had approached him regarding a report of a stolen jacket at the church around 3:30 p.m., according to agency spokesperson Courtney O'Keefe. She said law enforcement learned the man had a Department of Corrections escape warrant out for his arrest.

    He reportedly showed deputies he had a weapon. O'Keefe said one of the knives on him was a thick-blade long knife. She said he refused to get out of the vehicle, and was threatening suicide.

    Tester Road was shut down for part of the standoff, O'Keefe said. People were kept inside the church for more than two hours to ensure their safety. Monroe Police responded as well.

    Sheriff’s spokesperson Shari Ireton said deputies used pepper spray inside the man’s vehicle, which was effective in getting him to get out. He was arrested, treated for the chemical exposure, and then booked into Snohomish County Jail.

    O'Keefe said the stolen jacket was found in his car.

  • 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.
  • Elusive burglary suspect facing two felony charges
    A registered sex offender who had eluded authorities for months before his capture in Gold Bar back in January has pleaded not guilty to two felony charges.
  • 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.
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