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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…

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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 …