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Project Girl hosts second annual Juneteenth celebration in Lynnwood

Juneteenth Lynnwood

LYNNWOOD, Wash., June 19, 2024—Project Girl hosted its second annual Juneteenth celebration at Cedar Valley Community School in Lynnwood on Wednesday, June 19, to commemorate the day the last remaining people in the United States were freed from the evil of slavery and servitude. The event held approximately 60 vendors, food trucks, live music by […]

County honors community members of Mexican and AAPI heritage

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EVERETT—The Snohomish County Council honored both the county’s robust Asian/Pacific Islander and Mexican communities on Wednesday, May 1, by signing two separate proclamations recognizing May as Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month; and recognizing May 5 officially as Cinco de Mayo. The General Legislative Session kicked off with council unanimously passing Resolution 24-023, […]

Snohomish County now to require annual drug testing of its housing properties

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EVERETT—The Snohomish County Council adopted Ordinance 24-011 at its Public Hearing on May 1, with a vote of 3-2, that will now require annual drug testing of county-owned supportive housing facilities for hazardous chemicals. The ordinance, introduced by Councilmember Nate Nehring was adopted on a 3-2 vote with Council Chair Jared Mead and Councilman Sam […]

Salary commission approves $230,000 in pay raises for elected officials

Salary commission

SNOHOMISH COUNTY—At its Thursday meeting on April 25, the Snohomish County 2024 Salary Commission approved a total of $229,815 (or 14.98 percent) in pay raises for Snohomish County government elected officials over a two-year period effective January 1, 2025. The commission unanimously agreed to a uniform approach to determining salaries for elected officials, reversing its decision […]

Salary Commission proposes $53,000 raise for Snohomish Sheriff

Salary Commission

SNOHOMISH COUNTY—At its Monday meeting on April 15, the 10-member appointed Snohomish County 2024 Salary Commission is proposing a 5-percent minimum salary increase for Snohomish County government elected officials; and a 28.9-percent (or $53,180) increase for the Snohomish County Sheriff position. If approved by the Board at its meeting at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 25, […]

Snohomish City Councilman Tom Merrill new Community Transit board chair

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SNOHOMISH COUNTY—Snohomish City Council Member Tom Merrill was selected by his peers on February 1 to serve as chair of the Community Transit Board of Directors for 2024. Stanwood Mayor Sid Roberts was chosen as board vice chair. Lynnwood Mayor Christine Frizzell was selected as board secretary. Merrill has lived in the city of Snohomish […]

Community Transit selects new Board of Directors Composition

community transit composition

EVERETT—At a Special Meeting held on January 18, the Community Transit Board of Directors voted unanimously to change its nine-member composition, transferring a voting seat from medium city category to large. Board leadership—Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary—is to be decided at its February 1 meeting. The nine-member Community Transit Board composition is reviewed every four years, […]

From poverty to promise, Inslee visits Rise Up Academy

rise up academy

EVERETT—Kicking off its 25th year of educational excellence, Governor Jay Inslee toured Rise Up Academy on Wednesday, January 17, seeing firsthand an education curriculum that refuses to let any child “fall through the cracks.” “Trudi and I have been trying to help for the last four years on this by creating resources for early childhood […]

Mead and Nehring to lead Snohomish County Council in 2024

Mead and Nehring

SNOHOMISH COUNTY—Councilman Jared Mead (D), representing District 4, and Councilman Nate Nehring (R), representing District 1, were re-elected as Chair and Vice Chair of the Snohomish County Council, respectively, by their fellow councilmembers during the body’s Administrative Session on January 2. “I’m honored and grateful to be re-elected by my fellow councilmembers as Chair of […]

County passes $135 million Housing & Behavioral Health Capital Fund

Capital Fund

EVERETT, Wash., December 14, 2023—The Snohomish County Council unanimously approved on December 14 the Housing and Behavioral Health Capital Fund, an investment plan to preserve and build affordable housing and behavioral health facilities. The Capital Fund will earmark a substantial investment of approximately $114 million over five years and create 550 new affordable housing and […]

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