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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.

  • Monroe teen dies in train collision
    A 15-year-old Monroe High School student was killed when he was struck by a BNSF freighter train around 3:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14.
  • Startup man dies in head-on septic truck collision
    The Washington State Patrol reports a 55-year-old Startup man was killed Thursday morning when a septic tank struck his vehicle west of Monroe on State Route 2.
  • Going to a better Park Place

    Principal Terry Chesire has seen a handful of renovations in his career.
    “By far, this is the most complex,” he said. “Any time you are managing a construction project with students on site and school going on, it is amazing what it takes to make that occur.”

  • Local school districts, teachers unions reach contract terms
    Sultan and Monroe bargaining teams were able to reach tentative agreements for teacher contracts before the start of the school year and avert strikes. Here's what they negotiated with their respective districts. 
  • Forterra eyes next big land save
    Seattle-based environmental nonprofit Forterra and Skykomish residents are working to preserve 320 acres of Maloney Forest, which its namesake creek traverses. The landscape includes 50 acres of old-growth trees and critical wildlife habitat.
  • Monroe Police making early fleet purchase
    Monroe Police will purchase eight vehicles for its fleet a year ahead of schedule to save money and avoid the manufacturer’s first wave of hybrids.
  • Motorcyclist dies in two-vehicle collision on State Route 2
    Monroe Police are seeking tips to help understand how a motorcyclist ended up being struck and killed on State Route 2 on Friday, Sept. 7.
  • Sno-Isle Libraries board appoints new executive director

    The Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees has selected Lois Langer Thompson to be the library district’s next executive director following a nationwide search.

  • City, nonprofit  planning East Monroe purchase
    Heritage Baptist Church, after years of being unable to develop its East Monroe property under current zoning, is set to sell its 43 acres of land north of U.S. Highway 2 to the City of Monroe, with conservation nonprofit Forterra assisting with the purchase.
  • Healthcare workers picket in Monroe
    Dozens of demonstrators took turns pacing the sidewalk in front of the EvergreenHealth Monore on 179th Avenue Southeast on Aug. 29. They waved signs that read “Safe staffing saves lives,” “Push out babies, not staff,” and “Caution: Patients at risk.”
  • Monroe teachers strike still on table
    Members of the Monroe Education Association voted unanimously Thursday to allow the union's collective bargaining team to call a strike if necessary, she said. A tentative agreement hasn't been reached with administrators as of Friday, and contracts expired at midnight .
  • Sheriff's office seeking suspect connected to multiple vehicle thefts
    The Snohomish County Auto Theft Task Force reports a man with ties to Monroe is suspected of at least two robberies and four vehicle thefts going back to early August.
  • Monroe economic advisory board to be permanent
    The City of Monroe is making the Economic Development Advisory Board a permanent body, and is seeking more volunteers.
  • Community meets Monroe Police chief finalist
    Jeffrey Jolley is the sole candidate for Monroe's new police chief. This week he met with community members and several panels organized by Mayor Geoffrey Thomas to vet Jolley for the top job at the Monroe Police Department.
  • Boosting Cripple Creek’s ecosystem

    Thousands of willow saplings are thriving after being planted as a buffer for Cripple Creek.
    They are expected to accomplish a number of conservation goals. Fast-forward a few years, and project organizers predict the creek’s water will be colder and cleaner, and the impact will be felt far beyond Monroe’s boundaries.

  • Final report released for 2018 Point In Time
    Snohomish County’s unsheltered population has grown by 10 percent annually since 2013, despite a big drop last year.
  • Cities support WATV routes between Monroe, Sultan
    Monroe and Sultan are supporting legislation that would provide wheeled all-terrain vehicle drivers connections between the two cities.
  • Community to meet police chief finalists
    Monroe Mayor Geoffrey Thomas plans to make the identities of the two finalists for city police chief public on Tuesday, giving residents a day to come up with questions before a community meet-and-greet.
    Monroe’s last police chief, Tim Quenzer, retired from the force in May, after 16 years leading the department.
  • Police: DUI suspect arrested after striking cop car
    The Washington State Patrol arrested a woman for DUI on Monday afternoon, after she reportedly struck a parked Monroe Police vehicle.
  • Sultan woman struck crossing I-5 in Marysville
    A 25-year-old Sultan woman was sent to Providence Hospital after being struck while running across Interstate 5 in Marysville on Sunday night.
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