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 Photo by Kelly Sullivan: Vietnam War veteran AJ Cruce received a Purple Heart for wounds inflicted during an ambush mission in 1967.
Photo by Kelly Sullivan: Vietnam War veteran AJ Cruce received a Purple Heart for wounds inflicted during an ambush mission in 1967.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 5:00 AM
AJ Cruce was on an ambush mission in Vietnam in 1967 when a B-40 rocket shattered against a nearby tree. He and his commanding officer were sprayed with shrapnel from the blast. The two men were immediately medevaced from the jungle on the border of Cambodia where they were stationed.
  • Dublin dancing dreams
    When Kari Berile was eight, she broke her wrist. She begrudgingly agreed to Irish Dance lessons at the Sky Valley Education Center — her mother encouragingly noted the activity wouldn’t require the use of her arms.
  • It runs in the family
    Madison Bertrand and her sister, Colbi, have many different interests, but academics is something they're both passionate about. Though years apart, the sisters can now both boast about graduating valedictorian at Monroe High School.
  • Monroe Middle School runs up wins at track finals
    The Monroe Middle School track team competed in the North County South Division Finals at Lake Stevens High School on Thursday, May 24.
  • Dianna Atterbury is purposely smothering her once lush green lawn with cardboard and mulch.
    On top of the grass is a layer of wood chips and two four-by-eight-foot raised beds. The Monroe woman will water her future garden with rain gathered in three 50-gallon buckets installed beside her front porch.

  • Cancer survivor running for a cure
    Carla Stewart made her plan to run 55 miles during this year’s Monroe Relay For Life public one week after finishing her last chemotherapy treatment.
  • Milking it for all it’s worth

    Marcia St. John was preparing for a digital apocalypse when she bought her first dairy goats.
    Now, St. John's Creamery has more than 160 goats, and is operating here in Monroe.

  • High school senior skier places in national competition

    Teegan Lowe believes she skis her best when her mind is clear and thoughts are calm.
    This season the Monroe High School junior tested her tried technique at the national level for the first time. 

  • New Y director working to build community

    New Monroe and Sky Valley YMCA executive director Craig Chambers knew he wanted to work in the city years before his hiring.
    The former Stanwood-Camano YMCA senior director had his eye on the Monroe community, and in March he replaced Patsy Cudaback.

  • Longtime Monroe resident celebrates 104th birthday

    Elizabeth Lang-Knox-Hutchins turned 104 years old on May 14.

  • Timber Monster Brewing Company taps into Sultan community
    Timber Monster Brewing Company has opened on Main Street in Sultan, creating a space where people's love for good coffee and craft beer come together.
  • Running without a finish line
    Monroe's Heather Free has a list of racing goals that's miles long. When she isn't running a marathon, she's home with her husband and daughter, keeping pace with family life. 
  • Couple takes on John L. Scott Monroe branch
    Kristie and Dave Bray are the wife-husband team running Monroe’s new John L. Scott branch.
  • Creating a philosophy to work with
    New EvergreenHealth Monroe chief nursing officer Brenda West signed on this winter, with plans to finish her career at the medical center.
  • Business grows with community

    The City of Sultan’s assistant planner Cyd Donk says the expansion of Mountainside Storage exemplifies the many ways the city is growing.
    Owner Kay Meyers, facility managers Lexie and Anthony Manzanares and their Coast Real Estate Services partners celebrated the groundbreaking for the additional 40 new units to their 225 stalls on Thursday, March 29.

  • Business keys to success
    The doors to Elite, Lock and Safe were first unlocked on April 1, 1993. The longtime business owner will honor the store’s 25th anniversary this month, by hosting a celebration at 15178 Woods Creek Road from 4-8 p.m. Friday, April 6.
  • Away at Camp Bow Wow
    Beverley Stevenson’s husband suggested she start her doggy daycare in Monroe two years ago, as the Idaho couple passed the Evergreen State Fairgrounds on U.S. Highway 2.
  • A werewolf in Sultan
    Sultan’s former game lounge owner is pursuing a new venture. As Gabe Aguirre learns to create comics by his own hand, he also works to ensure the craft is preserved.
  • Running the Legislature
    Rachael Gonzales found herself in one of the busiest places in Washington last month — the heart of the legislative session in Olympia.
    Luckily, the Sky Valley Education Center freshmen had her two good friends, Snohomish High School students Hadley Grant and Jazmine Criswell, with her in the fray. Rep. Dan Kristiansen sponsored the trio of pages for one week.
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