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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.
  • 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.
  • Sultan resident has dozens of story ideas
    “The Dozen Dozens” is about a family that lives in an upside-down house. The father and mother, Odd Dozen and Even Dozen, and their many children can only walk on the ceiling. They climb a ladder to get to the front door.
  • Longtime missionary wants to help at home
    Beatrice Ruhli spent decades teaching English to Spanish-speaking South Americans as a missionary. She hopes to do the reverse in her new community.
  • Getting hot in Monroe
    Marianne Ames believes she and her business partners are opening up Monroe’s first hot studio — Bliss Yoga — right where it needs to be.
  • Dogged determination to make reading fun

    George Sallee didn’t intend for an entire community to know and love his new golden retriever when Simon came home.
    Almost four years later, hundreds of Maltby Elementary School students and families are familiar with the Snohomish man and his three canine partners, who read in nearly every classroom once a week.

  • Something to finish at Wallace Falls State Park

    Competition is headed to the trails of Wallace Falls State Park for one of only a few times in decades.
    Gold Bar resident Brian Nelson is putting on three long-distance races on March 3.

  • Tough love on wheels

    Whistles, raucous applause, what sounded like war cries and the frequent squeal of rubber wheels filled the cavernous Gary D. Weikel Event Center on an overcast Saturday night in December.

  • Inmates finding balance at Monroe complex

    Seghon Rorie received a 16-year sentence a little more than a decade ago. He was convicted of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon. While this wasn’t his first stint in jail, he determined to change the outcome this time around.

  • Miss Washington Teen USA keeps full schedule
    Summer Keffeler asserts she still has time for friends and sleep between going to school full-time, her competitive dance schedule and balancing her duties as Miss Washington Teen USA. 
  • Lessons from Ghana
    A pair of EvergreenHealth Monroe Pharmacy interns have visited Ghana two summers in a row to help address chronic conditions prevalent among vulnerable communities.
  • Father’s long life remembered
    David Nelson milked dozens of cows as a boy before and after school to help his family get through the Great Depression.
  • Looking to deliver
    Monroe’s first food delivery service launched last Tuesday. Snohomish resident Garrett Peckler has been working for the past nine months to open a local branch of My Town 2 Go, which operates in 18 states across the United States.
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