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BDS Planning & Urban Design founder Brian Scott presented his strategy for downtown Monroe during the Monroe City Council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 1. BDS was hired by the city in April and has been working on a strategy since May.	 Photo by Chris Hendrickson
BDS Planning & Urban Design founder Brian Scott presented his strategy for downtown Monroe during the Monroe City Council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 1. BDS was hired by the city in April and has been working on a strategy since May. Photo by Chris Hendrickson
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 12:18 PM
The Monroe City Council was given an overview of Monroe’s new Downtown Revitalization Strategy last week, presented by BDS Planning & Urban Design principal Brian Scott with support from the Downtown Monroe Association (DMA). 
  • More threats found in Monroe High bathrooms

    Two more threats have been found in boys restrooms at Monroe High School since the first that indicated a shooting might occur at first lunch on April 3.
    Law enforcement, Monroe School District administrators and other community agencies are investigating the drawings, according to a letter to parents from MHS principal John Lombardi on Friday, April 14.

  • Update: Examiner's Office identifies Sultan man pinned under van
    Monroe Police report attempts to revive a man found underneath a 1989 Ford Econoline van in the O’Reilly Auto Parts parking lot Tuesday night were unsuccessful.
  • Monroe Police arrest driver in rollover collision
    A 20-year-old Gold Bar man is believed to have been under the influence when he drove his convertible through a fence in the 19100 block of Rainier View Road in Monroe, rolling it down an embankment and ending up on its top near the edge of a retention pond.
  • A congresswoman about town halls
    Hundreds of residents in Washington’s 1st Congressional District came to ask and listen to U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene’s answer questions during a town hall meeting at Glacier Peak High School last Tuesday.
  • Monroe feeling growing pains
    The city of Monroe received nearly half of the building permits it had anticipated for the entire year within the first quarter of 2017, prompting the city council to unanimously approve a staff request to make a part-time planning permit technician a limited full-time position until the high volumes are under control.
  • Police arrest four in child abuse case

    Four adults living in apartments on Killarney Circle in Monroe have been arrested on suspicion of beating children with a wooden paddle.
    The Monroe School District and Child Protective Services contacted Monroe Police about a potential case of child abuse on Thursday, April 6, said Debbie Willis, MPD administrative director.

  • Armed robbers hit Sultan Pharmacy
    The Sultan Police Department is looking for two robbery suspects that struck the Sultan Pharmacy and Natural Care in Sultan on Tuesday evening, stealing prescription medications that included oxycodone. The masked robbers arrived at the store at 6:56 p.m.
  • Monroe School District assessing how it responds to potential threats
    Parents of Monroe High School students had mixed feelings about the response to a recent alleged school shooting threat. Some sang praises for how the situation was handled, while others had hoped for more details.
  • Gold bar man injured in mobile home fire; found inside structure
    A Gold Bar man in his 50s suffered burns to his face and torso after his double-wide mobile home caught fire Tuesday, April 4.
  • Monroe makes one-time payment to strapped health district
    The Monroe City Council last week agreed to fund a $1 per capita payment — roughly $18,120 — to the financially strained Snohomish County Health District, which sought help from local municipalities last year.
  • Sister says Alex Dold's death highlights state's mental health response issues
    Jen Dold, whose brother, Alex, died after a physical altercation with law enforcement Tuesday, March 21, said her family was hesitant to call 911 that evening. The 29-year-old man lived with his mother, Kathy Duncan, at her home in the Echo Lake neighborhood. He developed schizophrenia almost 10 years ago. The two women were trying to involuntarily hospitalize him
  • Man struck, killed by BNSF freight train near Sultan
    A man was struck and killed by a Burlington Northern Sante Fe freight train hauling vehicles east of Sultan around noon Sunday, April 2.
  • Fire Districts 26, 28 want to make their merger official

    Voters in Gold Bar and Index will be asked to combine Snohomish County Fire Districts 26 and 28 in an upcoming election.
    As of Wednesday, March 1, the two virtually volunteer-driven districts began working under a four-year interlocal agreement (ILA). 

  • No injuries in train-versus-car collision in Monroe
    A late-night motorist had to leave her car to be struck by an eastbound train after getting stuck on railroad tracks at Kelsey Street, just south of State Route 2 in Monroe on Friday.
  • Frank Wagner reports one confirmed mumps case
    Frank Wagner Elementary School in Monroe now has one confirmed mumps case and one probable case, putting the statewide outbreak at 694 — 42 of those in Snohomish County.
  • Former Monroe corrections officer receives 18-month sentence for smuggling contraband
    A former corrections officer at the Monroe Correctional Complex was sentenced Friday to 18 months in prison for accepting bribes for smuggling contraband into the facility. Michael W. Bowden, 31, of Everett pleaded guilty on Jan. 9 to extortion under color of official right.
  • Smoldering cigarette causes total loss of Doug's RV shop
    A cigarette left smoldering Sunday caused an estimated $60,000 in damage to the shop for Doug's RV in Startup — no one was inside at the time.
  • UPDATED: Downed power line kills man near Gold Bar restaurant

    A man died Monday after accidentally walking into a downed power line on a trail near the Mountain View Diner in Gold Bar.

  • Wind burst knocks over trailers at Monroe RV center
    A small tornado, or very strong wind burst, touched down in the RV lot at Speedway Chevrolet in Monroe around 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 30, tipping over two trailers.  No one was injured, but employees were left shaken.
  • The Monroe City Council approved an ordinance repealing term limits restrictions at last Tuesday’s meeting, with Councilmembers Kirk Scarboro and Jim Kamp dissenting. 

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