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As a taxpayer, it is important to me that my tax dollars are being managed responsibly. That is why I am supporting Nate Nehring's re-election campaign to the Snohomish County Council. Nate has proven to be a responsible steward of tax dollars during his first full term in office.

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Tribal treaty rights are being attacked by so-called conservation groups that threaten legal action against our hatcheries.

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Welcome to the Berry Patch from the Board of the Marysville Strawberry Festival to our community. We are planning to have monthly articles so our community will know what is going on with us and all the activities we are involved in.

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Housing affordability is one of the most pressing issues in Snohomish County and the Greater Puget Sound Region. As home prices in King County skyrocket, demand for affordable housing in Snohomish County is growing, which pushes prices up. 

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I have really appreciated having Nate Nehring represent us on the Snohomish County Council. We can all see his commitment to youth and outreach in our community — I especially appreciated his series of classroom discussions and forums with Snohomish County students throughout 2021. 

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As a father and husband whose wife and son have or are serving in the United States military, I always appreciate when our leaders demonstrate their support for those who have served the nation. I learned through the newspaper about County Councilmember Nate Nehring’s legislation to provide …

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If you’re a golfer or follow the sport, you likely know that in general, golf’s popularity is declining. Fortunately, here in Marysville, we’re seeing a different story. The city’s long-term management strategy for Cedarcrest Golf Course is paying off handsomely. 

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I was very pleased to see that Nate Nehring won the County Council primary election with what appears to be the largest vote total in the district’s recorded history. I am one of Nate’s many supporters and have followed his campaign closely. It is clear to me that the Councilmember’s base of…

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I have known Debora Nelson for many years and support her for the City Council position in Arlington. For the last several years I have attended the council meetings in person or for the last year and a half virtually. I have observed her research every issue that requires a vote, by gatheri…

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I have noticed Councilman Nate Nehring’s proactive approach to dealing with issues that most shy away from because there are no easy answers. This includes things like nuisance properties in our county that often resemble junk yards while also doubling as flop houses with rampant drug use. W…

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I am so impressed with Councilmember Nate Nehring and his initiative to help create the Regional Apprenticeship Pathways Program at Marysville Pilchuck High School. This is exactly the type of thinking we need to train and connect our students with good paying jobs in the Trades that are in …

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As I have written before, public safety is the paramount responsibility of local government. While Snohomish County government has broad jurisdiction over many topic areas and issues, keeping our communities safe is, as it should be, our number one priority. I have had the opportunity in the…

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If you drive in and around Marysville, you’ve likely seen road construction over the past several weeks. Summer and early fall, when our Pacific Northwest weather tends to be the driest, is prime season for this type of work. This is a good opportunity for me to outline the city’s road impro…

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Public safety is the number one priority of local government. While we have many responsibilities to our constituents, providing for the safety of our streets and neighborhoods is the most important. That has become more difficult in the past year due to several factors, most of which are ou…

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Homelessness is a widespread issue throughout our country, our state and our region. People often ask me what the City of Marysville is doing in response. 

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With the State Legislature passing new tax increases left and right, many people I know are seriously considering moving out of Washington State because they can no longer afford to live here and raise a family. It seems to me that in the midst of a pandemic, the more appropriate response fr…

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The Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe are looking forward to the start of the process to untangle water rights and protect threatened salmon in the Nooksack River basin by finding out just how much water there is and who is using it.

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As I have shared in previous columns, Snohomish County is proud of our history supporting the United States Armed Forces and our veterans who have served. Through veteran assistance programs, memorials, and veteran employment initiatives, our County government places high value on those who …

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Happy Independence Day! Over the weekend our nation celebrated its 245th birthday. Our city celebrated by presenting our third professional 4th of July fireworks show for the Marysville community. I am grateful to live in this country and to serve as mayor of this wonderful city.  

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We’ve seen some real progress over the past few years in efforts to prevent human waste from damaging the health of Puget Sound and the Washington coast. Still, we face a chronic problem with outdated wastewater treatment plants that undermine those gains even though we have the technology t…

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After more than a year spent fighting a deadly pandemic, we have a lot of reason to celebrate this summer. For many of us, July 4th festivities will mark a much-needed return to normalcy. While we at the Marysville Fire District join you in toasting to brighter days ahead, we ask you not to …

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With law enforcement reforms set to take effect in late July and more reform work on the horizon, many opinions exist on how law enforcement should conduct its work. On June 8, I read an article in the Suburban Times written by Chief Mike Zaro of the Lakewood Police Department. Chief Zaro's …

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As state restrictions have begun to ease, allowing our community to move toward being fully reopened, I’m pleased that all city buildings are once again open to the public. It has been great as well to see our families once again be able to enjoy our spray park that has been back open since …

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At a time when civil discourse seems to have taken a backseat to divisive rhetoric and hyper-partisanship, it is critical for elected officials of good faith to speak out. That is why I have joined Snohomish County Councilmember Jared Mead at a series of town halls and classroom visits with …

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It is time for Seattle City Light to address the damage its three hydroelectric dams have caused over the past 100 years to the Skagit River, the tribes who have always lived here and their treaty-reserved fishing rights.

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Snohomish County has a proud history of honoring the brave men and women who serve or have served in the United States military. From our annual Veterans Day and Memorial Day Ceremonies to the eternal flame at the Veteran’s Memorial on the County Courthouse, we stand with our service members…

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With the state legislative session now in the books, I want to take this opportunity to report on impacts here in Marysville. We are fortunate to have a strong working relationship developed and nurtured over several years with our lawmakers in Olympia. As I have said before, it often takes …

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Treaty tribes and our state salmon co-managers are looking ahead to another grim year of fishing because of poor ocean conditions that reduce marine survival, and the ongoing loss of freshwater habitat.

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The safety of our neighborhoods and communities is the most important responsibility of local government. This is certainly an issue that is at the top of my priority list and has been a focus of my work on the Snohomish County Council. Chronic nuisance properties make neighborhoods unsafe a…

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With the start of spring comes hope and optimism for a better season ahead. Something we’re really looking forward to here at the city is beginning to offer more public programs and events as allowed. Of course, we will continue to encourage safety precautions and abide by all regulations. E…

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Treaty Indian tribes in western Washington strongly support proposed state legislation to place a statue of the late natural resources and civil rights champion Billy Frank Jr. to replace Marcus Whitman in our nation’s capital. We think Washington should join 10 other states that since 2000 …

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Expanding broadband access for residents and businesses in Snohomish County has been and continues to be a high priority. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted just how dependent we are on reliable, high speed internet and how large the service gaps are among our residents and businesses. Th…

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Marysville has many beautiful neighborhoods, yet throughout the city litter and graffiti are scourges that mar our views and harm our city image. Litter and graffiti are nothing new for our city or others, of course, and for many years we have heard complaints about them. I want to take this…

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I am an Arlington resident and received your paper with the Salute to Police section.  I am also a police officer in a city in Snohomish County.

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Small and medium-sized businesses have faced enormous challenges over the past year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent economic shutdown. As we celebrate the recent announcement that Snohomish County was moved forward to Phase 2 of the Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Rec…

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At this time last year, the first diagnosed U.S. COVID patient was recovering at home after being released from treatment at Providence Hospital in Everett. 2020 was marked by a worldwide pandemic that harmed not only public health, but also our economy, personal lives, social networks and m…

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Habitat loss and damage is the driving factor for the decline of salmon in our region. It doesn’t discriminate and never stops. Every hour of every day it kills salmon, including salmon listed under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). 

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As we begin a New Year, many are reflecting on the past year and looking forward to what is ahead. In this month’s column, I will share thoughts and experiences from 2020 as well as some goals for the next year. 

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As we enter a new year and begin a new Presidential administration, I am excited and hopeful about the possibility of reclaiming our country's moral leadership at home and around the world. Here is an excerpt from a 1961 essay by Martin Luther King Jr. that could well have been written today:

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It’s time to get rid of the Electron Hydroelectric Dam on the Puyallup River that has been killing salmon, steelhead, bull trout and other fish for more than a century. It is so old that it escapes most regulatory oversight and would never be allowed to be built today. 

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The holidays are a great opportunity to support local businesses as we shop for friends and loved ones. It is especially important this year to support our local small businesses considering the significant impacts COVID-19 restrictions have had on their operations. 

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As we look toward the New Year, here at the City of Marysville we have been preparing for the next state legislative session that starts on Jan. 11. Over the past several years, the City Council and I have been very successful in obtaining state funding for projects that are important to our…

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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…