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BDS Planning & Urban Design founder Brian Scott presented his strategy for downtown Monroe during the Monroe City Council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 1. BDS was hired by the city in April and has been working on a strategy since May.	 Photo by Chris Hendrickson
BDS Planning & Urban Design founder Brian Scott presented his strategy for downtown Monroe during the Monroe City Council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 1. BDS was hired by the city in April and has been working on a strategy since May. Photo by Chris Hendrickson
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 12:18 PM
The Monroe City Council was given an overview of Monroe’s new Downtown Revitalization Strategy last week, presented by BDS Planning & Urban Design principal Brian Scott with support from the Downtown Monroe Association (DMA). 
  • Education in construction

    Frank Wagner and Salem Woods elementary students began their summer with some last-minute groundwork.
    Ceremonies marking the start of renovations at both schools were held last week.

  • Monroe finds new city administrator
    The search has ended for a new Monroe city administrator, the City Council voting last week to appoint Deborah Knight to the position. The vote was prefaced with a 30-minute meet-and-greet set up by Mayor Geoffrey Thomas.
  • Sheriff's office recovers body of missing Gold Bar man
    The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office recovered the body of a missing 70-year-old Gold Bar man from the Skykomish River on Thursday afternoon.
  • Sheriff's Office seeking whereabouts of missing Gold Bar man

    The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office is still searching for a Gold Bar man who went missing Monday afternoon.
    Olaf Eriksen, 70, was last seen around 1:30 p.m., according to an SCSO news release. A witness said that was when they saw the man, who suffers from dementia, walk away from his home.

  • Monroe fixing to blaze a few trails

    The city of Monroe is partnering with local and regional agencies to build two connecting trails between downtown and surrounding communities.
    The plan is part of a much bigger picture. Eventually, the routes could help residents reach as far as eastern Washington, or intersect popular trails in Snohomish and King counties.

  • No charges for man that texted about having wife, child killed

    A Monroe man who was arrested for allegedly texting someone about killing his wife and 4-year-old daughter for money will not face charges.
    Jeffery Lytle, 42, was released from custody after temporary charges expired. The case was dropped by the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office last month.

  • UPDATE: Crews still searching for body of suspected drowning victim

    Rescue crews are waiting for evidence to wash up before more time is spent in the water searching for the man believed to have drowned near Index on Saturday.

  • Sheriff's Office recovers body of missing Monroe man
    The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Unit recovered the body of a 37-year-old Monroe man from an island on the Skykomish River on Wednesday, June 14.
  • Man severely injured after jumping off Woods Creek Bridge
    A man who jumped off the Woods Creek Bridge — falling about 25 feet — on Tuesday was found alive and severely injured five hours later.
  • Contract social worker helps Monroe with domestic violence

    In recent years the Monroe Police Department has received just fewer than 100 calls relating to domestic violence annually.
    In 2016 responders were dispatched 90 times, and 39 times so far in 2017, according to MPD administrative director Debbie Willis. Those numbers are typical in Monroe, she said.

  • Monroe makes embedded social worker official

    The partnership for the embedded social worker in Monroe is officially in effect.
    The Monroe City Council approved a two-year interlocal agreement between the city and the Snohomish County Human Services Department Behavioral Health Program at last week’s meeting to lock in the position.

  • DelBene talks cuts to public education
    U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene recently met with regional representatives to address potential federal policy changes that may slash education funds.
  • A Lake Tye Park playground inclusive

    The new playground at Lake Tye Park has reopened.
    While families spent the past week trying out the new features, the official dedication was held Thursday, June 1. Designer Shawna Birkett was in attendance; it was one of the few times she has been able to see her own plans put to use.

  • Singletary sale draws suit
    The Singletary timber sale is complete, but a lawsuit filed against the Department of Natural Resources by local environmentalists at the end of May aims to pause logging.
  • Salem Woods receives Washington Achievement Award

    The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction has chosen Salem Woods Elementary as a recipient of the 2016 Washington Achievement Award.
    The accolade spotlights schools that have shown significant progress in one of seven categories. Salem Woods ranked in the top 5 percent on the state’s Achievement Index for English Language Arts Growth last year.

  • Opioid crisis goes on; deaths down

    Opioid-related overdose deaths appear to be on the decline locally, but use of the drug is likely as prolific as ever, according to officials.
    The Snohomish County Health District — along with other regional and state partners — monitors heroin and prescription drug use. The participating agencies have helped pinpoint a trend in the past six years in Snohomish County. 

  • Pearson scores more drop boxes for disadvantaged communities

    Sky Valley residents will have more options for casting their vote for free in all future elections.
    Sen. Kirk Pearson’s authored the bill that will increase the number of ballot drop boxes passed this legislative session unanimously in the senate and by a supermajority in the house. Gov. Jay Inslee signed the legislation Tuesday, May 16.

  • Legislators approve some SR-522 improvement funding for WSDOT

    The State Route 522 Paradise Lake Road intersection replacement project in Maltby is a step closer to coming to fruition.
    The Washington State Department of Transportation’s budget for the 2017-19 biennium includes $750,000 for design, traffic analysis and community engagement, set aside by legislators this session. Washington Sen. Kirk Pearson said it was a unified message sent from the community that pushed the funds through.

  • Monroe downtown business owners will have at least one more year to forgo permit fees associated with improvements and development.
    The Monroe City Council passed an ordinance that renews waivers for a number of permits last Tuesday, May 23.

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