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 By Lorraine Loomis    Opinion    June 20, 2018 

Tribes celebrate the return of salmon

Every spring and summer, many tribes throughout the region celebrate the return of the salmon and the beginning of salmon fishing season. My tribe, the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, holds a First...

 

The 87th Strawberry Festival was enjoyed by thousands

Hello Marysville and welcome to “The Berry Patch.” It is hard to believe, but the 87th Marysville Strawberry Festival is now in the history books as they say. A successful and enjoyable event was enjoyed by thousands. The success of the Festival...

 
 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...

 

Festival could not happen without volunteers, sponsors

Hello Marysville and welcome to “The Berry Patch.” The Strawberry Festival, not unlike every other Community Festival, could not go on without the support of sponsors. We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank these...

 

Festival, community loses good friend, supporter

It is with deep sadness that I write this tribute for Ken Coole, a true supporter of over thirty years to the Marysville Strawberry Festival and the Marysville community. I met Ken and his brother Walt, at the first Seattle Seafair Parade the...

 
 By Jim Strickland    Opinion    May 30, 2018

The criterion of 'Connection'

What criteria do we use to determine how well our schools are doing? More often than not, we wind up looking at things such as grades, graduation rates, and test scores. This kind of data is...

 

Preparations in high gear for Strawberry Festival

Hello Marysville and welcome to “The Berry Patch.” As we are inching our way ever so close to “Jam In Marysville,” the 2018 Marysville Strawberry Festival, preparations are in high gear. There is still time for you to get involved as a volunt...

 

Strawberry Festival will soon be here

It is hard to believe that it is Festival Season already, but we are hard at work preparing for our Festival along with appearances at many out-of-town parades. Maryfest Inc. has a dedicated and hard working Executive Board, Board of Directors,...

 

Cooperation spawns hope

“The spirit of cooperation must guide us. It is how we will be able to bring back the salmon.” These words from our late leader Billy Frank Jr. become more important every day. Even though...

 
 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...

 

Working hard to make it 'your Marysville Strawberry Festival'

Heart and Soul — that is what the Board of Directors and volunteers of Maryfest Inc. are putting into restarting the organization and improving the Marysville Strawberry Festival. After over a year of turmoil and indecision, we are back stronger...

 

Habitat key for salmon, orcas

Gov. Jay Inslee’s recent executive order to recover southern resident killer whales is a good start if it sparks a long-term effort to recover both orcas and the salmon they depend on. The decline...

 

Marysville Strawberry Festival at risk

It would be a very sad day for Marysville/Tulalip citizens if the Marysville Strawberry Festival event was cancelled. This event has been a great asset to the city off Marysville and local businesses. For the past 50+ years it has grown into a...

 

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...

 

Poor salmon runs expected

As the tribal and state co-managers begin the annual salmon season setting process, the effects of drought and poor ocean conditions over the past few years – combined with ongoing loss of habitat...

 
 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...

 

Hirst 'fix' will hurt salmon

In a hasty move to “fix” the Hirst ruling, the State Legislature and Gov. Jay Inslee are writing a bad check on our limited water supply at the cost of salmon, future generations and holders 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...

 

Vote 'Yes' to support our children

In 1977 the legislature was directed by the courts to identify and fully fund basic education. Now, 41 years later the legislature still is not adequately funding the education every child in the state deserves. This is why our schools must depend...

 

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