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Reducing waste is a top focus of the Snohomish County Council. There are multiple ways we have been working to reduce or eliminate waste in our county. The first is in our annual county budget, where we strive to increase efficiency by stretching your tax dollars to ensure that you are getti…

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Treaty Indian tribes in western Washington are outraged that the Environmental Protection Agency is advancing the agenda of a small group of industrial polluters to undermine public health, science and decades of hard work by rolling back the water quality standards that we have been impleme…

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The mayoral election that's just around the corner will be important for the future of Arlington. The area is in rapid growth and leadership is key to a successful future.

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As our region’s population continues to grow, policy makers at all levels are focused on planning for the future growth that is anticipated and the challenges that come along with it. Snohomish County and its cities are currently in the process of updating our long-term growth strategies. Th…

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The Cascade Industrial Center (formerly known as the Arlington Marysville Manufacturing Industrial Center) received its official designation from the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) on Thursday, June 27th. The action approved the Cascade Industrial Center (CIC) as a regional Manufacturin…

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Every two years, the State Legislature meets to adopt a biennial budget. This year they met and approved the 2019-2021 operating, capital, and transportation budgets. Snohomish County and its partners lobbied the legislature to make important investments in our county and we were very succes…

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Each April for the past 35 years I’ve said the same thing: This was the most challenging North of Falcon process we’ve ever had. Every year that’s true as the tribal and state salmon co-managers’ job of sharing and rebuilding a steadily shrinking resource becomes more difficult.

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As a home owner in Marysville and a chaplain with Marysville Crisis Support Services, I have a unique view of the recent Proposition 1 initiative to establish a Regional Fire Authority (RFA) in Marysville.

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Access to high speed broadband internet has become increasingly important in today’s dynamic and changing world. From commerce to communication, so much of our lives depend on reliable internet access. While most urban residents enjoy high speed internet, many residents in rural areas do not…

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Warmer days and the closing weeks of the school year have us thinking ahead to family-friendly events and activities to keep young bodies and minds busy. Fortunately, the Marysville community has much to offer for a variety of interests.

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South of the Marysville city limits lies one of our community’s natural assets, the Qwuloolt Estuary. (Qwuloolt means “marsh” in Lushootseed, a language spoken by Puget Sound Salish tribes including Tulalip.) It’s the place where the Snohomish River meets the Puget Sound. This transition zon…

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We must stop treating Puget Sound like a sewer if we are going to restore the fish, shellfish, wildlife and other natural resources it supports. That’s why we are urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stand strong in the face of challenges to water quality improvements.

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In each annual budget, the Snohomish County Council allocates money to be spent on local parks and community projects throughout the county. These projects are mostly funded by REET (Real Estate Excise Tax) and various grants. In the 2019 budget, $2.7 million was allocated for projects in Di…

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With Daylight Saving Time and spring just around the corner, we’re excited to step up our activity levels and embrace all the health and wellness activities the Marysville Tulalip community has to offer. Here’s just a sample. 

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Treaty tribes in western Washington are concerned that Gov. Jay Inslee’s two-year $54 billion budget now before the state Legislature will not adequately fund culvert replacement. We are thankful, however, that the governor’s proposal fixes a $2.5 million shortfall that threatens the region’…

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With the recent federal government shutdown and partisan gridlock taking priority over doing the people’s work, Snohomish County elected officials continue to work together on a productive and bipartisan basis. In this month’s column, I will highlight some of the good work being achieved in …

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As the days steadily warm in February, the New Year has us refreshed and ready to get to work on new projects. The City of Marysville, the Tulalip Tribes, and the Marysville School District are all working hard on many economic development projects to help improve our neighborhoods, schools,…

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In 2000, the community of Arlington passed a school bond. Literally hundreds of community and staff participated in the planning for the facilities needs of the district. Choices had to be made because we couldn’t afford to do it all at once.

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The February and November 2018 school bond proposals received majority approval by Arlington School District voters, but did not reach the 60% supermajority approval required. To increase the chance of passage the school board removed improvements to athletic facilities, the transportation c…

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A recent Washington Supreme Court ruling has strengthened a state law aimed at protecting the waters, shorelines and streambanks essential to salmon recovery. The ruling also reflects the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the culvert case that the state has a duty to protect habitat so that salmo…

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Forget about learning? I know that sounds like strange advice coming from a teacher, but think about this: Have you ever tried looking at a faint star in the night sky? If so, you know that gazing directly at it will cause it to disappear. It is only by looking a little off to the side that …

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On February 12 we will ask you, the voters, to approve a bond for school construction and safety improvements.  The planned projects will require our community to invest in a bond totaling $96 million.   As your elected representatives we do not take this action lightly.  It’s a balancing ac…

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Snohomish County, along with the other 38 counties in Washington State, provides local and regional services to its residents. Many decisions about the County are made locally by the County Council and other elected officials. However, other decisions are forced down to the County from the s…

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Happy New Year, Marysville Tulalip community! We appreciate serving residents, families, visitors and businesses year-round. Let’s reflect on highlights of last year’s accomplishments and look ahead to 2019.

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The strength of the late Billy Frank Jr.’s vision and leadership is once again being called upon to help recover salmon in western Washington.

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On Monday, Nov. 19, the Snohomish County Council adopted the 2019 budget. The budget reflects North County values of fiscal responsibility and prioritizing public safety. 

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As we approach the holiday season, shorter days, the school break, and begin to prepare for a new year, it is a good time to pause and reflect. At the Marysville School District, we begin thinking about first-semester student grades and attendance, but academics are not the only thing that i…

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In last month’s column, I provided a breakdown of the total property taxes collected by the County Treasurer and how those dollars are allocated by various taxing authorities (school districts, local governments, etc.) In that article, I shared that of the $1.4 billion collected in total, th…

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I’ve known Judge Kristen Olbrechts for 27 years and trust her skill, knowledge, and legal acumen in the courtroom as an attorney and as a judge.

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I am writing to endorse Jennifer Rancourt for Judge of Cascade District Court. This judicial position serves citizens of north Snohomish County, including the cities of Marysville, Stanwood, and Arlington. I have been a Judge for the past 14 years, and I know both candidates. Jennifer Rancou…

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I watched the U.S. Senate candidates debate on Channel 5 which was handled excellently as each candidate was allowed only a short time frame to respond to the questions.

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I’m voting Democrat and Republican. The bitter partisanship in D.C. this year has shown me how much I don't want that to become a reality in Olympia, or more importantly Snohomish County.

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Property tax dollars are used to fund much of local government operations at various levels. The process through which property taxes are levied and collected is complex. In this month’s column, I will share some important information about how property taxes are collected, how the amounts a…

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October is always a fun month with friends and family getting ready for fall activities, youth sports, and of course — Halloween! October is a month where we focus greatly on our physical and mental wellness, which is a priority in our Marysville and Tulalip communities year-round. Our commu…

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In an unfortunate reversal, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has decided to reconsider our state’s new water quality standards – the most protective in the nation – based on an industry trade group petition that argues the rules will increase their cost of doing business.

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Recent market studies have shown that the construction industry will grow faster in Snohomish County than neighboring counties in the Puget Sound region. Workforce Snohomish reports that we are poised to see a growth of 25% in the construction industry in Snohomish County over the next ten y…