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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.

  • Sultan down to a science
    Sultan Middle School students made a strong showing during this year's Washington State Science and Engineering Fair. It was the second time the school participated, led by Science teacher Dr. Brian Pinkerton.
  • Sheriff's office recovers body of Monroe woman from Youngs Creek

    The body of Jazmine Weitlauf was recovered from the waterways around Cedar Ponds on Saturday, more than a week after she fell over the falls there on April 12.

  • One year later
    Monroe Police Sgt. Ryan Irving and embedded social worker Elisa Delgado, who signed on last spring, make up the city’s Community Outreach Team, and go out on patrol twice a week. Together they check in at encampments, work to get unsafe and disordered locations cleaned up, provide rides to services and complete other tasks.
  • Investigators revive double murder cold case

    Investigators believe new evidence could solve a decades-old double murder.
    The Snohomish and Skagit county sheriff’s offices released composite sketches last Wednesday of the suspect believed to have killed Jay Cook, 21, and his girlfriend Tanya Van Cuylenborg, 18, in 1987.

  • Snohomish County Fire districts 26 and 28 are ready to make their merger official.
    Next week Sky Valley voters will be asked to legally combine the two agencies, which have been operating as one since March 2017, during Snohomish County’s April 24 special election

  • Former Monroe officer, sex offender begins serving 14-month sentence

    Ex-Monroe Police Sgt. Carlos Martinez has begun serving his 14-month sentence for sex crimes against a minor.
    An appellate court decided in January not to grant a 2016 appeal of his charges, according to the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. 

  • Search for Jazmine Weitlauf suspended over rising water levels

    The search for the Monroe woman who fell over the falls at Cedar Ponds Lake has been suspended.
    Rising water levels hindered the search and rescue teams scanning tributaries and pools for Jazmine Weitlauf, according to Snohomish County Sheriff's Office Lt. Ian Huri. The 22-year-old's disappearance was called in by friends just before 6 p.m. Thursday.

  • PUD halts Sunset Falls hydropower project
    The Snohomish County PUD has tabled plans for the Sunset Falls Fish Passage and Energy Project after new projections came in showing the proposed energy resource might not be needed for another decade.
  • Monroe Police searching for suspects in bar brawl outside Papa’s Tavern
    Monroe Police are looking for up to three suspects involved in a fight that took place last weekend outside Papa’s Tavern at 120 E. Main St.
  • ‘Wild Card’ pleads guilty to charges

    There will be no trials for Brett “Wild Card” Card, who pleaded guilty for failing to register as a sex offender and a Gold Bar burglary in late March, and is now serving a 1 ½ year prison sentence.

  • Monroe pawn shop probe

    Monroe Police estimate Samvel Grigoryan took hundreds of thousands of dollars in stolen goods for his pawn shop, and he remains under investigation for first-degree attempted trafficking of stolen property, however, charges have not yet been filed.

  • Gold Bar man facing felony charges after U.S. 2 collision
    Brandon Lee Carpenter reportedly eluded law enforcement three times in the same day less than a week before he crashed a stolen gold Mazda Miata into the back of a Ford Excursion and was arrested, according to court documents.
  • Fire districts team up for regional trainings
    Ten Snohomish County fire districts that include Fire District 7 have started a new program that aligns response practices on a regional level.
  • An education in local response
    Sgt. Ian Huri stood hunched beneath a State Route 203 bridge just south of Monroe, interacting with a man in his late 20s who was living there illegally inside a tent on Friday morning.
  • Wallace Falls State Park input gathering continues
    Washington State Parks staff is asking the Sky Valley if Wallace Falls State Park should grow its reach, keep operations as is or look toward a future somewhere in between.
  • County council supporting Singletary sale

    The Snohomish County Council is supporting the Washington State Department of Natural Resources’ moving forward with the Singletary timber sale.
    An unscheduled resolution was brought up for a vote at the county council’s meeting on Wednesday, March 21. Councilmember Sam Low said the costs of completing the conveyance were too high. He said progress had been stalled too long.

  • Box of marijuana left at Mail Station undeliverable
    Did you make an error when trying to send a box of marijuana from Monroe to Arizona? The Monroe Police Department wants to speak with you.
  • Police chase on SR-2 ends with two in hospital
    A 26-year-old Gold Bar man was sent to the hospital and then to jail following a high-speed chase on State Route 2 on Saturday afternoon, according to Monroe Police.
  • Snohomish County Sheriff honors all-stars

    The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office credits deputy Craig Hess’ balance of humor, an upfront attitude and decorum for developing an exceptional rapport with the Sky Valley community.

  • City council bans being homeless in downtown Monroe
    The first bans sitting or lying down on public sidewalks within 100 feet of a business between 6-2 a.m., and is commonly referred to as a “no-sit/no-lie” ordinance. The second allows for designating zones where high volumes of drug trafficking occur as prohibited spaces for people charged with or convicted of a drug-related crime.
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