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Firefighters want to thank the City Council for placing annexation of the Arlington Fire Department to North County Regional Fire Authority on the February election ballot for voters to consider. Annexing to the Fire Authority would protect the quality and level of emergency services for cit…

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This fall marks the 50th anniversary of an event that sparked the landmark ruling by federal Judge George Boldt in U.S. v. Washington that upheld our treaty-reserved rights to hunt, fish and gather. 

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One of the most important roles of the County Council is the adoption of the annual budget for Snohomish County. Our budget currently exceeds $1 billion, which pays for services ranging from public safety and elections to roads and parks. The budget determines the level of revenues we will c…

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As we approach the holiday season, we naturally look forward to celebrating the people and traditions that are dear to us. In some cases, this year we may need to tweak the way we do things to protect the health of loved ones. Yet as the Marysville community has shown time and time again, I …

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I wish there were better news in our 2020 State of Our Watersheds Report that will be released later this month, but at best we are treading water on a few indicators of the overall health of our region’s environment, while losing ground on most others.

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What does city government do for you? People rely on cities for core services like public safety, streets, utilities and parks. Developing the city budget reflects those top priorities and city services. 

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John Dewey, one of the most prominent American philosophers of the 20th Century, wrote that “the local is the only universal, and as near an absolute as exists.” National and world politics have their place, but focusing too much attention on these can do more to divide us than to bring us t…

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 Black Lives Matter is not about partisan politics.  It is about simple, plain old justice.  It is about looking deeply at our ourselves and owning the biases that we have as individuals and as a community.  It is about critically examining the systems that we live in and through to see wher…

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Civic engagement is one of the cornerstones of our society and is essential to our representative form of government. Decisions best reflect the values of the community when there is a high degree of public participation. In this month’s column, I will discuss some of the ways you can get in…

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What we don’t know about populations of harbor seals and California sea lions in western Washington could be hurting salmon, orcas and other marine species — as well as fishing communities and economies — far more than we think.

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We all know that great things are often accomplished as a result of teamwork, rather than ‘going it alone’ as they say. That is certainly true when it comes to local government and our ability to work together with our neighbors. That is why I am excited about a new effort to collaborate mor…

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Building on the city’s strong track record of project delivery, I am proud to report that we are completing important city infrastructure projects on time this summer. This is important to resident taxpayers, commuters, businesses and visitors. 

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The most powerful actions we can take to recover our region’s salmon are to give our rivers and streams room to breathe while protecting the land and vegetation lining their banks.

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As we look toward economic recovery following the COVID-19 shutdown, one of the focuses of our efforts is around workforce development. Ensuring that we have appropriate workforce training programs is essential to the strength and resilience of our economy. The Regional Apprenticeship Pathwa…

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Like communities across Washington, treaty Indian tribes are coping with what we all hope are the worst days of the COVID-19 pandemic that has disrupted every part of our daily lives, economies and traditions.

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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.