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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.

  • Man sentenced in high-speed chase, assault case
    The Monroe man who told police he had wanted them to kill him following a high-speed chase down U.S. Highway 2 in July was sentenced Monday to 1 1/2 years in prison with credit for time served.
  • One arrest in attempted Walmart robbery
    Monroe Police arrested a 26-year-old Mukilteo man and are searching for another suspect in an attempted robbery at Walmart on Tuesday morning.
  • Police chase down stolen vehicle in downtown Monroe
    Monroe Police arrested a man and woman following the pursuit of a stolen vehicle through downtown early Monday morning.
  • Monroe mayor looks to keep position
    Monroe Mayor Geoffrey Thomas met last Tuesday with challenger and City Councilmember Jim Kamp for one of the two public forums.
  • District 5 county council candidates square off a Monroe Chamber forum

    District 5 Snohomish County Council incumbent Sam Low and challenger Kristin Kelly took the stage together at the annual Monroe Chamber of Commerce candidate forum last Tuesday at the Rock Church.

     
  • Monroe Council hopefuls make their case to voters

    Four seats on the Monroe City Council are up for grabs in the general election. Only three of the incumbents running for reelection have competition.  
    The six candidates in the contested races were given a chance to speak during the annual Monroe Chamber of Commerce candidate forum last Tuesday at the Rock Church.

  • EvergreenHealth’s new CAO treating medical system

    Renée Jensen has kept tabs on the city’s medical center ever since she graduated from Monroe High School 20 years ago.
    She was named EvergreenHeath Monroe’s chief administrative officer in March. Since coming on in May, Jensen has developed a new strategic plan for the center. The document includes input from every one of the building’s roughly 400 employees.

  • Monroe man pleads fast, furious, guilty
    The Monroe man who said he had wanted police to kill him following a high-speed chase down U.S. Highway 2 in mid-July has pleaded guilty to two felony charges.
  • Getting vets back to work

    U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene has reintroduced legislation intended to connect the nation’s 370,000 unemployed veterans with jobs.
    About $50 million would be made available through the Manufacturing Jobs for Veterans Act for the next five years, according to a news release from DelBene’s Washington, D.C., office.

  • Monroe dance instructor receives nine-month sentence

    The Monroe dance instructor charged with inappropriately touching an underage student in November 2015 will be spending the next nine months in jail. Kristopher Backman received his sentencing for third-degree child molestation from Snohomish County Superior Court Judge David Kurtz on Tuesday, Oct. 3.

  • Sultan School District keeps classes going after online threat
    The message was posted through Sarahah.com, a website that allows people to send comments anonymously. Parents of school district students shared images of the threat on social media. It read: “I'm in your second period class and I'm gonna bring a gun to the school this is not a joke so don't go to school tomorrow if u want to live I'm serious.”
  • Police: Monroe man shoots up girlfriend's pickup
    Monroe Police report a 36-year-old Monroe man was arrested Sunday after reportedly shooting up his girlfriend’s truck two days earlier.
  • Coffee with the Mayor
    When she scheduled Friday’s trip to Sultan, U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene hadn’t planned to congratulate the mayor on being tapped to fill former Rep. John Koster’s vacant seat.
  • Monroe releases preliminary budget
    The city of Monroe has released its proposed 2018 budget, with expenses estimated at around $62.2 million. What tends to be the city’s largest fund is anticipated to grow by 2.44 percent by the end of next year.
  • Seattle man falls, dies near Wallace Falls

    A Seattle man who fell near Wallace Falls died Sunday evening.
    The 33-year-old had been hiking with friends and family when he went over an embankment near the Sky Valley lookout at middle falls, according to a Snohomish County Sheriff's Office news release. His wife called 911 and told dispatch their dog had also fallen.

     
  • Environmental group challenges aerial spraying
    SVENA suggests timber corporations spot spray smaller amounts of land and plan clear cutting and replanting, so the need to control competing vegetation is minimized, or letting a diversity of vegetation grow instead of using chemicals.
  • Monroe strategizing new  economic approaches

    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 mayor tapped to fill House seat

    Carolyn Eslick will fill the seat left vacant by former Rep. John Koster in August.
    As of Wednesday the mayor of Sultan now also works in the Washington House of Representatives. Eslick is representing the 39th Legislative District, which is comprised of sections of Skagit, King and Snohomish counties.

  • New station breaks ground
    Snohomish County Fire District 7 has broke ground at the site of its new station, which is expected to improve response time to Lost Lake and Echo Lake communities once open.
  • Highway roadwork nears completion

    After unpredictable delays, millions of dollars spent and about 25 miles of roadway paved, two major projects on U.S. Highway 2 are about to wrap up.
    Crews are expected to complete all work between Sultan and Skykomish by the end of the week, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. The finishing touches are just about on schedule.

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