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Just as many of our residents and businesses have experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 shutdown, Snohomish County is facing budget constraints due to falling revenues. In response to this, the County Council has approved reductions in spending accordingly. In this month’s colum…

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The greatest obstacle to salmon recovery in western Washington is that we continue to lose salmon habitat faster than it can be fixed and protected. Until that changes, salmon populations will continue to decline.

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The social and economic devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated action by every level of government to help individuals and businesses. Funding passed at the federal level has made its way to the local level for appropriations. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic S…

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Arlington Mayor Barb Tolbert has invited a group of diverse business leaders to join an Arlington Economic Recovery task force to create a framework to reestablish the economy and work force in Arlington, and to identify any obstacles. This committee is part of a city-wide effort to identify…

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In the several weeks since COVID-19 reached our community, so much has changed. School buildings, government offices and many businesses are closed. Many people have lost their jobs or had hours cut back and face uncertain times. Meanwhile, adults may be working from home while also caring f…

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented social and economic disruption in our communities, state, and nation. As we continue our work to limit the spread of the virus, we must begin to look to the future and how we will recover economically. That is why I joined County Executive Dave …

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Treaty tribes are encouraged by cooperative efforts with federal and state natural resources managers and others to monitor and stem the invasion of European green crab across western Washington.  

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Arlington has a long and well-deserved reputation for neighborliness.  In today’s reality of Stay Home, Stay Healthy, I get calls and emails every day from residents sharing heart-warming stories of neighbors helping each other, helping local businesses, helping our healthcare organizations.  

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As the Marysville/Tulalip community comes together to respond to the COVID-19 virus threat and physical restrictions to help limit the spread of the virus, we are encouraged by the resilience of our residents and many examples of community partnerships to help those most in need. 

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In addition to the work of adopting policies and budgets for Snohomish County, we as Councilmembers are involved in advocacy to our legislators at the state and federal level. As representatives closest to the people, we bring the concerns of our communities to our state and federal partners…

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Treaty tribes are encouraged that the Washington State Legislature may finally put an end to the destructive practice of suction dredge mining, for the protection of threatened salmon and their habitat as well as southern resident orcas that depend on salmon.

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The Census is a self-portrait of the nation, counting everyone living in the country once in a decade. The Constitution mandates the Census, and it is our duty to complete the survey and be counted.

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In February of each year, the County Treasurer sends out property tax statements. These bills are a culmination of the multiple taxing districts that each property lies within. In this month’s column, I will review the process for setting the various tax rates and highlight some of the impac…

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March is Women's History Month, commemorating and celebrating the vital role of women in American history. This is a good opportunity to recognize some influential women in our Marysville Tulalip community history and thank them for their contributions. 

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Twenty years ago, West Coast groundfish stocks such as sole and rockfish were in serious trouble. Decades of overfishing had brought their populations to the cliff edge of collapse. In 2000 federal managers declared a fishery disaster and closed huge sections of the ocean to further harvest.

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February is American Heart Month. We encourage individuals and families in the Marysville Tulalip community to explore ways to live healthier. That can range from learning about diabetes to increasing physical activity and supporting families. Healthy minds and hearts are the key! 

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Each January, the Snohomish County Council elects its leadership for the year. As you may know, I served as Vice Chair of the Council in 2019. At our first meeting of the year, I was elected by my colleagues to serve at Chair of the Council for 2020. I am humbled by the trust they have place…

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As busy as 2019 was for the City of Arlington, it is hard to imagine that 2020 could be any busier. Yet, it looks like that is going to hold true. Here’s a quick look at what’s ahead for plans and projects in the new year.

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It would be easy to blame the Puget Sound Partnership’s failure to clean up Puget Sound on a lack of leadership, funding and meaningful authority to control pollution, but the truth is that we are all to blame.

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This past year at the City has been busy, exciting, and filled with accomplishments. I am proud to share just a few of these accomplishments in some of our key focus areas.

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With the new year comes a new legislative session beginning Jan. 13. Your Marysville-Tulalip community leaders regularly meet with elected officials in Olympia about state funding priorities. Here are some highlights for 2020 and beyond.  

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The single biggest way most of us help support and raise our children is through our schools.  These schools are concrete expressions of the care and vision we have for the next generation and for the future of our community. The quality of each child’s school experience cannot be left up to…

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Workforce shortages in the construction and building trades have become ever apparent with a red hot building market in the Puget Sound region. Fewer young people are joining the trades and, when they are, it typically is not until they are in their late twenties. This represents a decade of…

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Treaty Indian tribes in western Washington are greatly encouraged by Gov. Jay Inslee’s recent commitment to challenge the status quo and take steps needed for salmon recovery. 

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Welcome to the “Berry Patch,” your information source for the 88th Annual Marysville Strawberry Festival, to be held the third week in June, 2020. 

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During this holiday season, I reflect on the things I am most thankful for. Primarily among them is our dedicated, involved community. Arlington, at its heart, is a community of engaged residents that take time out of their busy lives to make this community thrive. We are so blessed to have …

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On November 12th, the Snohomish County Council adopted its first $1 billion budget. In this month’s column, I will highlight how that money is appropriated and where the revenue comes from. 

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Families in the Marysville Tulalip community have many free and inexpensive ways to celebrate the holiday season. As you look forward to the festive season ahead, be sure to mark your calendar for one or more. Wishing all in the Marysville Tulalip community a joyous holiday season! 

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The people of Snohomish County elected Adam Fortney as sheriff because they liked his promise to make the county a safer place. Now we hear that, even before all the votes are counted, the county executive Dave Somers wants to usurp the management of the jail from the elected sheriff. The ra…

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The Billy Frank Jr. Salmon Coalition is looking forward to another year of working together to accomplish responsible management through responsible leadership. 

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Each fall, the Snohomish County Council adopts the County budget for the following year. By County Charter, the County Executive proposes a budget to the Council. Right now, we are considering Executive Somers’ proposed budget for 2020. 

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My family moved to Marysville in 1989 and I’ve had my business in the downtown area since then. I am so grateful that we have a Mayor in Jon Nehring who is working hard for our community.

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My husband and I have lived in Marysville for over 25 years. When we first moved here, Marysville was a small city with not much for activities or businesses. Our community is now a thriving city. Marysville under the leadership of Mayor Jon Nehring, the City Council and the Parks Department…

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The “P” in EPA stands for Protection, but the federal Environmental Protection Agency is failing to protect our water and our health. Instead, EPA plans to allow more known toxic cancer-causing chemicals to enter our water supply. 

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The timber industry has long been an integral part of our local economy and community in Snohomish County. The timber trust lands managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) were committed many years ago to support local infrastructure projects. Counties, schools, f…

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Treaty tribes are encouraged by fish passage improvement projects in the Puget Sound region and other projects that will open access to many miles of good salmon spawning and rearing habitat. They are clear examples of the kinds of action we need to take to recover salmon populations.

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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…