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Photo by Kelly Sullivan: The city of Monroe includes marketing the empty properties in town as part of an economic development strategy.
Photo by Kelly Sullivan: The city of Monroe includes marketing the empty properties in town as part of an economic development strategy.
Monday, September 25, 2017 10:56 AM

Monroe city staff is proposing a new approach to build up the tourism industry and economy.
City administrator Deborah Knight presented the plan to form an advisory board to the Monroe City Council at the Sept. 12 meeting. It is part of a larger economic development strategy she and Mayor Geoffrey Thomas have been fine-tuning for the past month.

  • Preliminary report shows drop in county’s unsheltered population
    Snohomish County Human Services reports the number of people living unsheltered is down 27 percent from 2017, based on preliminary results of the annual homelessness survey. The report follows what East County’s organizers say was an unprecedentedly low participation rate during the Jan. 23 count.
  • Three charged following drug-money laundering investigation
    A 20-year-old Monroe man was among three Snohomish County residents arrested Wednesday, following a two-year money laundering investigation tied to multiple drug trafficking organizations, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
  • DNR, community making plans for Reiter Forest

    With Singletary off the table, Washington Department of Natural Resources staff and members of the Sky Valley community are trying to figure out next steps forward. The state agency last fall began a review of the Reiter Foothills Forest Recreation Plan finalized in 2010. Its scope encompasses 10,000 acres of DNR managed land, which included the original 187-acre timber sale.

  • Sultan receives funding for pedestrian bridge

    A project to build a bridge for walkers and cyclists across the Sultan River has been awarded a $2.5 million grant.
    The City of Sultan applied for the 2017-2021 Puget Sound Regional Council funds, along with more than five dozen other agencies, according to PSRC.

  • Council approves parks master plans

    The Monroe City Council approved master plans for Lake Tye Park and the Cadman future park site.
    The unanimous decision was made about half a year after efforts began. Community involvement and transparency were touted by city officials and staff as exceptional during the process. 

  • Mayor says state of Gold Bar looks good
    Gold Bar’s new mayor Bill Clem said since filling the seat in December he already sees community strength as one of the city’s greatest untapped assets.
  • City hires more help for surplus properties
    The City of Monroe is taking a three-pronged approach to selling the six remaining North Kelsey Street properties sitting along Tjerne Place Southeast north of U.S. Highway 2.
  • Freshmen investments in Sultan

    Ninth-graders were off to an unprecedented start at Sultan High School this year.
    They were the first incoming cohorts with access to a new system of supports. Principal Tami Nesting said new policies were implemented this fall to address the link between a productive first year and successful secondary education.

  • Examiner's office positively identifies body of Henry Groeneveld found at Dagmar's Landing
    The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office has positively identified the body found at Dagmar’s Landing in Everett as that of Henry Groeneveld, who had gone missing in Snohomish back in early December.
  • Sheriff's office believes body of Henry Groeneveld has been found

    The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office believes Henry Groeneveld has been found.
    Sheriff’s spokesperson Shari Ireton said City of Everett employees were clearing brush at Dagmar's Landing in north Everett Tuesday morning when they found the body of the missing Snohomish man. The 63-year-old was last seen by his wife in early December.

  • Point in Time count faces own obstacles
    Take the Next Step navigator Michael Lorio sat on an overturned container while speaking with Chris Olson from outside his waterlogged tent Tuesday afternoon. He was one of two men living between a straight stretch of railroad tracks and a northward bend in the Skykomish River who agreed to participate in the annual community survey on homelessness.
  • Examiner’s Office: Missing Snohomish man died from heart disease

    The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Officer reports Paul Yoshihara died from heart disease.
    The Snohomish man was found in a grass field down Lowell-Snohomish River Road northwest of Snohomish on Jan. 13. The 75-year-old disappeared from his home a week earlier. 

  • Gold Bar burglary suspect held on bail
    Burglary suspect and registered sex offender Brett Card, who allegedly found his weeks of eluding law enforcement to be a real thrill, is now sitting in the Snohomish County Jail.
  • Snohomish County groups receiving $2.98M in salmon recovery funding
    The Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board and the Puget Sound Partnership last Thursday announced the award of more than $53 million in salmon restoration grants, of which Snohomish County projects received a combined $2.98 million in awards.
  • Monroe man dies in SR-2 vehicle-versus-pedestrian collision
    A 48-year-old Monroe man was struck on State Route 2, between Fryelands Boulevard and 179th Avenue Southeast, on Tuesday night and later died from his injuries.
  • Pumping up Skykomish River Park

    The city of Monroe is welcoming help from community and county partners in expanding its parks system.
    New exercise equipment was celebrated this month by the many hands that pulled off the project. Monroe Boys and Girls Club director Jeff Rasmussen said seeing the stations installed has been a long-awaited aspiration.

  • Monroe Police recover three stolen vehicles in one day

    Monroe Police stopped the driver of a stolen car with guns drawn last Tuesday.
    It was the second of three vehicles law enforcement recovered in the city that day, according to an agency news release.

  • An investigation found the man whose body was discovered on the banks of the Skykomish River on New Year’s Day had committed suicide.
  • Student in trouble for bringing airsoft gun to school
    Frank Wagner Elementary School families received a letter from principal Vikki Berard last Tuesday letting them know a student had brought a toy gun into the building.
  • Sultan woman recovering after U.S. 2 collision
    The condition of the Sultan woman admitted at Harborview Medical Center on Jan. 8 after her car struck debris a logging truck dumped on U.S. Highway 2 has improved significantly.
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