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 By Nate Nehring    Opinion    August 8, 2018

County's growth presents opportunities, challenges

One of the most prominent points of discussion in local government is population growth. Snohomish County is currently among the fastest growing counties in the entire nation. With an existing...

 
 By Nate Nehring    Opinion    July 11, 2018

Concerns raised over the reintroduction of grizzly bears

The federal government plays a huge role in local communities and sometimes their actions can go unnoticed or are not widely covered. One such example is the effort to reintroduce grizzly bears into...

 
 By Jim Strickland    Opinion    July 4, 2018

Teaching the Big Picture

Twenty-five years ago, my wife and I left Atlanta, Georgia, to drive across the country with a book called The 100 Best Small Towns in America as our guide. If you measured the success of our trip by...

 
 By Nate Nehring    Opinion    June 13, 2018

Focusing on bringing businesses to North County

News last month about Seattle’s new head tax ignited a fiery debate about what our business climate looks like in the Puget Sound area. Rather than imposing additional burdens on business, we are...

 
 By Nate Nehring    Opinion    May 9, 2018

A great partnership with the military

In honor of Military Appreciation Month, I am dedicating my May column to the great partnership between Snohomish County and our military. Snohomish County has played host to the United States...

 

Preparing students for their future

With the last day of school quickly approaching, we recognize the important role we all play in preparing our local students for their futures. Families, nonprofit and service groups, cultural organizations, city, school district and other...

 

Levy will help libraries maintain services

I am fortunate to serve with six other individuals from Island and Snohomish counties on a board responsible for the oversight of a critical community resource: our public libraries. The objective of...

 
 By Nate Nehring    Opinion    April 11, 2018

Milestone in battling the opioid epidemic

Snohomish County has reached a milestone in the northern part of the county with regard to the ongoing effort to combat the opioid epidemic. There remains much work to be done, but I look forward to...

 

Helping you enjoy spring

Spring is in the air and the Marysville Tulalip community has so many great ways to get outside and get back to nature. Here are a few ideas to get you started. City of Marysville You can get your hands dirty, help Mother Earth and have fun at an...

 

The coming revolution in education

My wife and I both work with students who have autism. These young people often have unusually intense and focused interests, so much so that it is extremely difficult for them to engage in any activi...

 
 By Nate Henring    Opinion    March 14, 2018

County Council works with local legislators

Snohomish County is represented by 21 legislators from seven different legislative districts in Olympia at the State Legislature. The Snohomish County Council passes an annual legislative agenda to gu...

 

Questions, answers and facts about Sno-Isle operations levy

Property taxes are a tough subject, but worth talking about. Almost all of the money needed to operate the Marysville, Arlington and Lakewood/Smokey Point libraries - and the other 20 community...

 

Focusing on infrastructure and economic development

As we leave the winter season and enter into spring, we are graced with a little more sunshine, more people leaving their homes for outdoor activities and the simple joy of enjoying the longer days. More hours in the day also signal the beginning of...

 

Helping you stay healthy

Health is influenced by our environment's day-to-day circumstances and experiences. Marysville’s 2016 Health Profile prepared by the Snohomish Health District reports that cardiovascular disease and cancer represent the leading causes of death at 4...

 

County approves 2018 budget

The responsibility of passing a budget for Snohomish County government is something which the County Council takes very seriously. Last month, the council-adopted budget went into effect. Back in...

 

The most wonderful time of the year

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Our community truly embraces the holidays and offers many free and inexpensive ways for families to celebrate the season. Break out the calendar and find some old and new events to enjoy this year....

 

Legislative page program gives students a look at lawmaking

On the first floor of the state Capitol in the Page Room, photos are displayed of young people who served as legislative pages during the early years of the program. These images are an...

 

Supporting veterans starts locally

As a grateful nation pauses to honor women and men who served in the military this Veterans Day, I call on community members to reflect on how to best support local veterans. I recently held six...

 

Working together to help our neighbors

As the weather gets colder and we approach the holiday season, some of our neighbors are struggling to make ends meet. This can be an even more difficult time for people who don’t have enough resources to meet their family’s food and clothing...

 

Community events support local youth

Supporting our youth is one of the most important things a community can do. That’s the focus of Unity and Wellness Month activities presented throughout October by Tulalip Tribes Youth Services, and also promoted by the Marysville School District...

 

Own It, Mr. President

“Let Obamacare fail…we’ll just let Obamacare fail. We’re not going to own it. I’m not going to own it. I can tell you the Republicans are not going to own it.” – President Donald Trump,...

 

The structures of leadership

I like to walk. It's a great feeling to be outdoors in the fresh air, stretching my legs, and just having a little time to think. But walking has had a side benefit that I didn't plan or expect. It...

 
 By Becky Berg    Opinion    July 19, 2017

Legislature helps schools

Upon becoming a school board member, there are several things that happen, one of which is becoming a member of the Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA). This organization works to...

 
 By Tom Maloney    Opinion    June 28, 2017

Fireworks ban now in place in Marysville city limits

Another 4th of July is upon us and the celebrations will undoubtedly be different in the city of Marysville this year. The fireworks ban now in place prohibits the use, possession and sale of all fire...

 

Trumpcare lacks common sense

If there were a book on common sense for Congress, I am sure it would include a chapter on holding public committee hearings before voting on legislation. Trumpcare would be a perfect case study:...

 

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