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The Year In Review - A look back at some of the top stories of 2006
ARLINGTON Take a look back at some of the stories of 2006 that appeared in The Arlington Times.
About 100 residents of the Smokey Point RV Park got a huge lump of coal in their stockings last month when their landlord gave them a 45-day notice to move out.
That is putting a bind on many of the residents who are hard pressed to find another park that will accept their aging rigs, many of which have been sitting for years. Some elderly and disabled folks dont know what they will do come the Jan. 15 deadline to quit the premises. The park is slated to be demolished to make way for Lakewood Crossings, a half-million-square-foot shopping center anchored by a Costco and a Target, as well as other stores. The site is south of 172nd Street NE and west of Interstate 5.
Wal-Mart opponents turned up the heat before the Arlington Hearing Examiner Jan. 9, claiming the developer building the planned store at 172nd Street NE hasnt done studies required to properly determine the effects of the 25-acre development on traffic and the environment.
But city planners and attorneys for Tacoma developer David Evans and Associates said they have done more than needed under both state and city regulations to mitigate the 13,000 additional daily car rips the planned Wal-Mart will generate. Engineers also defended their plans to handle storm water run-off from the 1,100 parking spots the site will include.
According to a raft of civil engineers, wetland specialists and hydrologists, the innovative storm water detention system will be top-notch and have room to spare when handling rainwater falling on the site. The planned 204,000-square-foot store is planned for a former raspberry farm where the water table is as high as five feet normally and less during the rainy months.
Pending evictions have been halted at the Smokey Point RV Park after a temporary restraining order was issued by a Snohomish County court on Jan. 12. Utilities were due to be shut off and the park closed to residents three days later under a 45-day notice given by the parks owner on Dec. 1.
About 80 remaining residents got a reprieve from Snohomish County Superior Court Commissioner Arden Bedle, who issued the order barring any enforced evictions. He also enjoined the parks management from shutting off electricity or water until after a hearing on a permanent injunction scheduled for Jan. 20.
The Arlington City Council explored options for neighborhood conflict resolution during its Jan. 20-22 retreat in La Conner, by discussing one possible method of attempting to resolve the current conflict between the residents and developers in the Gleneagle neighborhood.
Brad Collins, community development director for the city of Arlington, asserted that the city needed to adopt a different mindset to approaching problems involving situations in which competing property interests are spiraling downward into litigation, such as the dispute over the Gleneagle Golf Course contract and rezone.
People expect the city to do something, but we cant take a position or get involved if were remaining in a quasi-judicial mode, said Collins, who suggested that the city could shift to a mediator role by listening and facilitating the debate between the two sides.
U.S. Rep. Rick Larsens Jan. 26 visit to the businesses of Olympic Avenue came not long after Arlington Mayor Margaret Larson sat in on one of the downtown merchants weekly meetings with city officials about the coming construction.
On Jan. 18, Larson joined city of Arlington Capital Projects Manager Paul Ellis, Economic Development Director Vic Ericson and Development Services Director Paul Richart, all of whom have become relatively regular fixtures at the merchants meetings over the course of the past month, to answer local business owners questions and solicit their suggestions.
I always talk about the heart of this town, but a citys heart is what makes it unique, Larson said. Whether its the schools, churches, hospitals, libraries, Chambers of Commerce, police and fire departments or merchants, I appreciate what all of you do, because were all tied together. We literally have a main street and its a wonderful place.
For the past few weeks, members of the Army Corps of Engineers, Snohomish County, the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians and assorted local contractors have struggled to counteract the consequences of the Jan. 25 landslide on the North Fork Stillaguamish River near Oso, to preserve the roads and residences of neighborhoods such as Steelhead Drive.
Even as this team remains focused on preventing the rerouted river from flooding nearly a dozen nearby homes, members of the citizen-based, watershed-concerned Stillaguamish Implementation Review Committee are already attempting to look toward the long-term effects of this drastic shift in the landscape.
Bill Blake, SIRC chair and natural resources director for the city of Arlington, has been discussing the situation with Pat Stevenson, environmental manager for the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians, and Tracy Drury, river science and engineering consultant for GeoEngineers, Inc. According to Blake, progress has been made in protecting and restoring Oso-area homeowners way of life, but he emphasized the equal importance of safeguarding other local residents from facing a similar situation.
The Olympic Avenue reconstruction, with new sewer, water and stormwater lines beneath a new level surface and sidewalks will have to wait another year.
Due to discoveries in last weeks ground penetrating radar survey of underground N. Olympic Avenue, the construction project will not start this spring as planned, said the city of Arlingtons Capital Projects Manager Paul Ellis.
We discovered eight more fuel tanks and six other mysterious objects, Ellis said Friday. The plan includes the removal of three tanks that were identified through research of insurance documents dating back to 1905.
A facility at 521 Highland Drive will be the site of Snohomish Countys second emergency shelter for homeless and runaway teens in approximately 120 days, according to Cocoon House Executive Director Lee Trevithick.
Trevithick, who made this promise at the Arlington Cocoon House groundbreaking ceremony Feb. 15, asserted that since 1991, Cocoon House has been the only non-profit organization in the county to focus exclusively on the needs of homeless teens under the age of 18, before he pointed out that the Everett Cocoon House was unable to admit approximately 214 homeless teens over the course of the past fiscal year due to a lack of capacity.
A call about a stolen shopping cart led to the bust of a suspected methamphetamine lab and a visit by U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, who cited the bust as an example of why agencies such as the Snohomish County Regional Drug Task Force need more federal funds.
Arlington Police Chief John Gray reported that his officers received the shoplifting call from the Smokey Point Safeway at approximately
5:20 a.m., Feb. 22. Tracing the truck that drove away with the cart led officers to the house on the 19000 block of 23rd Avenue NE at approximately 5:40 a.m., where five suspects were arrested on outstanding warrants and a strong smell of ammonia could be detected from the front door.
The city of Arlington will need to appoint a new City Council member on or before May 31 because Dan Anderson is resigning.
In a letter dated March 3, Anderson informed his fellow Council members and Arlington Mayor Margaret Larson that his new job, as a motorcycle detachment sergeant for District Two of the Washington State Patrol in Bellevue, will require him to move to a new home without allowable mileage of his new position.
Andersons new home is being built in the Soper Hill area to comply with this requirement and is currently scheduled to be completed on or before the end of May. As such, he will no longer live within the boundaries of the city of Arlington which is a requirement for City Council members.
Mike Zachman and his fellow volunteers from Arlington and Marysville arent likely to forget their recent trip to Louisiana anytime soon, since it served as a stark reminder that the southern states are still years away from being restored to their former glory.
Zachman, pastor of The Point Church in Arlington, joined eight other parishioners from Arlington, along with five from Marysville, to work with Louisiana-based members of the Building Better Communities Network on repairing homes and distributing food in the New Orleans area.
From Feb. 21-28, the field teams nearly two dozen members split up into as many as three different groups a day, so they could simultaneously manage warehoused supplies and clear out debris for the neighborhoods of New Orleans, which were slammed by hurricanes and flooding in August and September of last year, as well as a tornado earlier in February.
After Ruth Gonzales announced her resignation from the city of Arlingtons Planning Commission, her 13 years in the volunteer position were recognized with the presentation of a plaque by Arlington Mayor Margaret Larson at the March 6 City Council meeting. While Gonzales looks forward to taking on new community service roles, she remains proud of her role in the past dozen years of the citys development.
I grew up here and lived most of my whole life here, said Gonzales, who chaired the planning commission for the past few years. Its my town and I wanted to help, so I felt strongly about participating.
The Arlington High School Hi-Q team beat the teams from the Meadowdale and Lake Stevens high schools in the Snohomish and Island counties-wide Hi-Q championship March 23 in the AHS gymnasium, maintaining their lead throughout the contest in spite of fierce competition in a number of challenging academic subjects.
As this years division leader, the AHS Hi-Q team got to host the championship at their school, but they were facing defending champion Meadowdale, whose team had themselves defeated the then-defending champions from AHS last year.
The finals represented the culmination of a 20-team competition that began in January with high school students from throughout Snohomish and Island counties. For AHS juniors Richard Gonzalez, Hang Nguyen and Krista Sparks, and seniors Amanda Flick, Owen Robertson and Mitch Yunker, their first-place win gained them a grand prize of $1,000 to go toward their school, as well as a birthday present of sorts for Robertson, who turned 18 the day of the championship.
Sarah Arney, editor of the Arts and Leisure section of The Arlington Times, accepted the eighth annual Howard A. Christianson Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award, March 31, from Arlington Lodge 129 of the Free and Accepted Masons, deeming the title a huge honor.
Arney was recognized for her contributions to the community at a ceremony attended by such local notables as Arlington Fire Chief James Rankin and Mayor Margaret Larson, as well as by her siblings and four of the previous winners of the award.
Mike Gregoire, husband of Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire, stopped by Trafton Elementary April 10 to meet with representatives of the local community and read a fractured fairy tale to the students of Dan Larsons third-grade class.
Gregoire was greeted by Trafton Parent-Teacher Club President Lanette Ziegler, Arlington School District Deputy Superintendent Warren Hopkins, Arlington City Administrator Allen Johnson and Arlington Mayor Margaret Larson. Ziegler then treated him to a tour of the two-story schoolhouse which was built in 1912 and recently submitted for a determination of eligibility into the National Register of Historic Places by the Trafton Elementary PTA.
In spite of a short burst of rainfall in the afternoon, the city of Arlingtons Easter egg hunts attracted hundreds of parents and children.
The afternoon Easter egg hunt on the grassy field between Weston High School and the Stillaguamish Athletic Club was not only a first at that location, but it also marked the first year that the city of Arlington had attempted to stage two Easter egg hunts on the same day, since the morning still saw the playground of Terrace Park hosting its own Easter egg hunt.
At both locations, children were divided up into four different age groups, including newborns to two-year-olds, three- to five-year-olds, six- to eight-year-olds and nine- to 12-year-olds, all of whom pressed anxiously against the color-coded ribbons marking each of their areas for Easter egg hunting, before the Arlington Fire Departments starting horn sounded.
Lakewood High Schools April 22 Spirit Day might not have boasted the high turnout that the members of the Lakewood Sports Booster Club had hoped for, but Bruce Hayton prefers to take a longer view of their efforts to clean up the school grounds.
A lot of people had prior commitments for this weekend, said Hayton, president of the Lakewood Sports Booster Club. Serious obligations, too, like weddings, anniversaries and reunions. Still, everyone who couldnt come in took the time to call in and let us know why, which shows that they do care.
Although the event attracted less than a dozen student athletes and their parents, the enthusiasm of those who did attend was undeterred by their relatively low numbers as they focused most of their work on the schools stadium, employing tools ranging from brooms and scrapers to hoses and blowers under the supervision of the schools custodial staff.
Marine Lt. Geoff Meno finally got to meet some of the children whose letters had boosted the morale of his platoon in Iraq, when he returned from seven months in the Al Anbar province to visit the second-grade class of his eight-year-old niece, Grace Meno, at Kent Prairie Elementary School.
Meno, who is stationed at Camp Pendleton in California, thanked Sally DeVores students for writing to him so often and explained to them that the American military is trying to stop the bad guys in Iraq, by emphasizing how many Iraqi civilians are still living without amenities that Americans take for granted. He also knew his young audience well enough to appeal to their interests with a slide show that included dozens of photos of tanks, trucks, helicopters and weapons.
How could the Arlington Airport conduct its Appreciation Day without allowing area pilots to put their own planes in the air, much less fly passengers with them?
According to Appreciation Day coordinators and attendees alike, the Arlington Airport and the other organizations that contributed to the May 6 events still managed to treat aviation buffs of all ages to a fun time, in spite of gray weather that placed a ceiling on their turnout and their ability to take off.
Northwest Experimental Aircraft Association Executive director Barbara Tolbert explained that the days low, heavy cloud cover prevented the Arlington Airport from conducting flights as safely as they prefer, given the young age of many of the passengers at the Appreciation Day.
The Stillaguamish Senior Center will host an assortment of area resident and dignitaries, including U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, as they honor the contributions to the local community by Howard Christianson, during its May 31 fundraising breakfast.
David Duskin, of Bailey, Duskin, Peiffle and Canfield, will act as master of ceremonies for the event and, literally, could not say enough about the career and works of Christianson.
In 1971, when some Arlington residents didnt like their choices for mayor, they started a grass-roots write-in campaign for Howard Christianson, who was a City Council member at the time, Duskin said. When he was elected, he beat out an incumbent mayor.
Scott Solla was officially sworn into Position Three of the Arlington City Council at its May 15 meeting, but he already feels welcomed by the city and community.
Solla was well aware of the fact that the Council had voted 4-2 for his selection at its May 1 meeting, which he acknowledged was not a unanimous vote in his favor, so he had expected that I might have to prove myself, to those who would have rather seen another person in this position. What Solla found instead was that all his fellow Council members greeted me with open arms and Mayor Margaret Larson has been a joy and always has her door open for me.
Local veterans and their loved ones joined area scouts, students and other civilians at this years observance of Memorial Day, May 29, to commemorate those military members who have given their lives in service to their country.
This years Memorial Day began at 6 a.m. for the city of Arlington, when members of Arlington American Legion Post 76 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1561 gathered with volunteers from the community to hang flags along Memorial Way.
After a procession of firefighters, boy scouts, girl scouts, high school musicians, World War II veterans and police, fire and military vehicles kicked off the days events with a street parade through downtown Arlington starting at 10 a.m., the Arlington Cemetery hosted an 11 a.m. ceremony to honor our nations fallen veterans.
Almost seven months after its official groundbreaking Sept. 26, the Stillaguamish Senior Centers latest elderly housing complex opened its doors to the public May 31, as the centers staff members and board of directors gathered with volunteers, elected officials and senior residents for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Stillaguamish Gardens.
According to Stillaguamish Senior Center Executive Director Jo Olson, planning for the new building began two years before its groundbreaking, when the center received predevelopment funding from such sources as Chris Jowell and Impact Capital, as well as a challenge grant courtesy of Frontier Bank and Dave Brunner.
After nearly a century of continuous operation, the Trafton School building is being reviewed for nomination to the Washington Heritage Register and the National Register of Historic Places by the Washington State Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.
Members of the Trafton PTC will be traveling to Colfax to attend the advisory councils next meeting June 16, where they plan to make their case for including their school in these state and federal listings of significant properties, worthy of recognition.
Arlington is a step closer to shopping at a local Wal-Mart. The mega-chain took another significant step toward establishing a Supercenter in the Arlington/Smokey Point area June 14.
Arlington City Council sided with Wal-Mart, voting to affirm the hearing examiners decisions that supported Wal-Mart and reverse those that went against the discount chain. Three separate parties appealed the hearing examiners Feb. 14 decision on Wal-Marts special use permit including Arlington/Smokey Point Community Matters (against) and the city of Arlingtons Community Development Department (for).
A former Arlington City Councilman who served in that position for more than 20 years before stepping down in December 2003, Oliver Smith has been selected to be grand marshal of this years Grand Parade on the Fourth of July.
After a series of serious health challenges, Smith stepped down from his Council position to make way for some new, energetic blood, but when he started feeling better he immediately rejoined the Arlington Airport Commission returning to a position that he held before he was elected to the Council 20 years before.
Born in Arlington in 1935, Oliver Smith served his country in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1956 and returned to Arlington for a career in the timber industry. He was co-owner of a sawmill in Preston, Wash., and has enjoyed building things out of wood through the years.
As the Friends of the Arlington Library slave away preparing for its second annual book sale Saturday, July 8, to raise money for programs at the Arlington Library, library supporters are also preparing to launch a campaign to pass a bond request to build a new, bigger Arlington Library.
At its regularly scheduled meeting June 19, the Arlington City Council approved resolution No. 729 to work with the Sno-Isle Regional Library System and Snohomish County on a special election in the Arlington Library Capital Facilities Area to approve a maximum of $8.1 million to finance the construction, furnishing and equipping a new library facility in the city. The proposal will be on the ballot in November.
The 38th annual Arlington Northwest Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in at the Arlington Airport July 5-9 drew thousands of attendees and hundreds of recreational aircraft, either on display on 116 acres of the airports grounds or in flight in the skies above, but the most striking diversity of the event was found in all the reasons that aviation enthusiasts are interested in the field of flight.
John Smutny, an EAA organizer for the fly-in and a local member of Chapter 67 of the EAAs International Aerobatic Club, explained that the aerobatics category is more concerned with correctly executing specific maneuvers than wowing the crowds at air shows, as they give each other grades on the mechanics of their flights, from the straightness of their lines to the roundness of their loops.
As of this month, Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon is assuming operations of the cancer care program at Cascade Valley Hospital in Arlington.
According to Peggy Penny, director of oncology at Skagit Valley Hospital, this transition will allow Cascade Valley Hospitals cancer care program to continue at the same locations, with the same doctor and the same nurses, but under the auspices of another hospital.
Cascade Valley Hospital Administrator Clark Jones described himself as very pleased to be able to reach this agreement with Skagit Valley Hospital, which allows them to continue offering outpatient oncology treatments in Arlington. He went on to praise the oncology departments staff as a tremendous asset to Cascade Valley Hospital, whom is he glad to be able to keep in the Arlington community.
Rivers Edge Services Inc., began potholing the 21 identified sites of underground storage tanks on Olympic Avenue June 25, as part of the city of Arlingtons first phase of its Olympic Avenue Reconstruction Project.
As a result, traffic on Olympic Avenue has been reduced to one flagger-controlled lane, between Maple and Division streets, through July 28.
According to Arlington Capital Projects Manager Paul Ellis, Rivers Edge has been contracted by the city to start this first phase of the project by verifying the existence of the underground storage tanks, which were identified at 21 sites on Olympic Avenue through historical records, oral accounts from local residents and ground-penetrating radar.
Rivers Edge began the potholing part of the project at Maple Street July 25, and is working north toward Division Street, digging a small hole between seven to eight feet deep at each site to find out if a tank is actually there. If no tank is found in a hole, it will be filled and the contractor will move onto the next site. If a tank is found in a hole, it will be covered with a steel plate until the contractor starts the tank removal process July 31.
Although the day began with clouds and even rain, organizers of the 59th annual Silvana Fair contended that the fair technically maintained its longstanding tradition of offering clear, sunny skies July 29.
We always say it never rains at the Silvana Fair, except for once a few years ago, said Darlene Strotz, who has served as the treasurer for the fair and also supervises its exhibits of arts, crafts, flowers and vegetables in Viking Hall. Most of the time, though, the weathers just like today, warm and bright. It was coming down a bit this morning, but as soon as we officially opened the fair at 9 a.m., it quit. We get about 3,000 people a year, but because we have room for them to spread out, it doesnt feel crowded.
They arrived early in the morning, waded through waist-deep cool waters and cast their net across the width of the river to catch Chinook salmon for the Stillaguamish Tribal Hatcherys annual broodstocking of the fish in an ongoing effort to rebuild the native population of the endangered species.
These fish are taken to the hatchery for spawning once theyre ripe, said Francesca Perez, biologist and outreach coordinator for the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians Natural Resources Department. By raising a percentage of Chinook salmon eggs in the hatchery, we hope to increase the number that might survive long enough to head out to sea and spawn themselves.
The 17th annual Stillaguamish Festival of the river attracted an estimated 4,000 attendees to the river Meadows County Park Aug. 12-13, by offering onlookers its characteristic mix of environmental education and relaxed entertainment in the summer sun.
We see people from all over, who happen to be visiting Washington state and decide to stop by, said Stillaguamish Tribal Chair Shawn Yanity. There have been cars in our open field parking lot from North Carolina, California, Vermont, West Virginia, Louisiana and Florida. Last year, we even got some Japanese exchange students and a family from England.
Much of this diversity was reflected in the festivals Pow Wow, which likewise boasted an estimated 100 dancers and 70 drummers, representing between 50-100 Native American tribes from across the county.
The Arlington Garden Club dedicated the Mayors Flower Garden, Aug. 15, next to City Hall, the City Council Chambers and the police station on Olympic Avenue, in honor of city of Arlington Mayor Margaret Larsons request to renovate the landscaped area adjacent to those buildings.
Arlington Garden Club President Linda Follett explained that when the Arlington Police Station and Council Chambers were completed last year, the building came with landscaping that was actually 35 clumps of ornamental grass and some small shrubs that bloomed for two weeks in the summer.
Dissatisfied with this display, Larson mentioned to Sarah Hegge, recreation coordinator for the city of Arlington Parks and Recreation Department, that she wanted flowers in the area, a request that was passed on to Follett in April and officially undertaken by the Garden Club in May.
Burned children from Washington and close to a dozen other states converged at Arlington Rotary member Jim Minifies house on the Big Lake for a day of boat rides, barbecue meals and hanging out in the summer sun Aug. 22, as part of the Burned Children Recovery Foundations 16th annual Camp Phoenix program.
Minifie and Arlington School District Board of Directors member Carolyn Erickson are two of the local residents who have volunteered their time and resources to Camp Phoenix over the years, with Minifie hosting burned children from ages 6-18 as they enjoy the hot dogs from his grill, the hot tub, volleyball court and pier in his backyard, while Erickson has served as executive director for the Arlington-based Camp Phoenix since 1998.
I love it, said Minifie, as he showed Ukrainian-born Alex Skrymyk which lures work best for fishing on the lake. Its a lot of fun for the kids. Im proud to support this.
Nearly a dozen residents of Cascade Valley Senior Living in Arlington were treated to a unique display of aerobatic skills, albeit on a smaller scale than one might expect, when half a dozen members of the Arlington Eagles R/C flyers brought their gas- and battery-powered remote-controlled aircraft to the groups airfield just east of Arlington, for an Aug. 29 show.
The planes ranged from cheap and lightweight foamy flyers, whose easy-to-repair bodies were as sliver-thin as their wings, to expensive and durable scale models of actual full-size aircraft, with wingspans as wide as five feet across, but the most fascinating display of the day might well have been the enthusiasm of the participants, among the senior spectators and the veteran hobbyists alike.
Firefighters, police officers, city officials and citizens of Arlington joined members of Arlington American Legion Post 76 in Legion Park to remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and beyond, paying tribute not only to those who lost their lives, but also the loved ones they left behind.
Arlington Police Chief John Gray reflected on the lives lost among the plane passengers, the victims inside the World Trade Center buildings and in the surrounding area, and the police officers and firefighters who raced into danger to save lives that day. At the same time, he urged his audience to consider the suffering and loss of those who survived the tragedy, including the public safety personnel who still cope with health issues from breathing in the toxic concoction at Ground Zero.
A friend of the Arlington community, Oliver Smith, died just after
7 a.m., Sept. 16.
Punks was always there, said his fellow City Council member Dick Larsen and his neighbor Don Yost. He cared about this city. He always wanted things done right, Larson said.
Smith served the community unendingly, starting as a volunteer firefighter and a term on the airport commission before launching 20 years on the Arlington City Council.
Nearly a year and a half after construction on a Washington State Department of Transportation project unearthed the remains of at least four Native Americans, near a busy intersection just east of Arlington on State Route 530, the reburial of those remains was memorialized by representatives of the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians, the city of Arlington and WSDOT, Sept. 22.
Stillaguamish Tribal Chair Shawn Yanity recounted the surrounding areas history as the site of Skalbalko, a Stillaguamish village that served as a gathering place for hundreds of Native Americans for hundreds of years, well into the 1800s, describing it as a sacred area whose past needs to be remembered.
The Trafton Fair has been benefiting Trafton Elementary School since its inception in 1954, but according to Trafton Parent-Teacher Club President Lanette Ziegler, the event has always gotten bigger, attracted more attendees and raised more funds each year.
We served at least 550 meals, Ziegler said. We used to stage events in the field next to the school, but thats been completely filled by parking.
For the past 52 years, on the last Friday of every September, visitors to Trafton Elementary have found carnival games, live animals, food, face-painting, clowns, raffles for children and adults, and booths for crafts and bakery items. The proceeds generated by this event have gone toward field trips, playground equipment, ceremonies and awards to recognize student achievement and other programs and resources intended to improve the students learning and quality of life.
United States Senator Patty Murray asked for an earful last week and she got it: mayors and top executives from more than 20 Snohomish County cities explained the challenges and opportunities they face.
The three-term senator lives on Whidbey Island and she told the
Oct. 5 gathering that she wanted to hear from the people on the ground getting yelled at everyday. Snohomish County was always my backyard growing up, Murray told the group at the Marysville City Council Chambers. Its amazing the changes that have occurred. The change on everybodys mind was growth, which means traffic, which is interpreted as the need for more roads and transit options.
The Little White Church on the Hill suffered form bad luck a day before Friday the 13th, when its building and cemetery were vandalized by two teenagers on the evening of Oct. 12, but according to Larry Hanson, such destructive acts are an all too common occurrence for the state historic site.
Hanson, a parishioner and chair of the churchs historic committee, recalled how the church building was completed in 1890 by a congregation that had formed sometime between 1882-1884, but he also noted the number of times that the churchs remote location has made it a target of deliberate property damage over the years.
Art supporters of Arlington enjoyed a fun evening that raised approximately $6,000 for public art in Arlington at the fourth annual Fall Into Art Auction presented by the Arlington Arts Council Oct. 21. The auction last year raised $2,500.
Even though a lot of art items sold for less than their retail value, Arlene Swartz said she was very happy with the auction.
I felt as though the art auction is beginning to come of age. A good number of people were there and the bidding was much better than last year. I cant wait to see what happens next year, Swartz said.
Residents near the new Lakewood Crossing shopping center are livid over traffic in the Lakewood area and are demanding changes to nearby residential streets swamped with cars during the weekend shopping rush. Many say the traffic will not let them out of their neighborhoods during the peak shopping times.
Crystal Tree Village is a mobile home park tucked just a couple of blocks away from the 460,000-square-foot retail center anchored by Costco and Target. Several other big box stores will open on the site soon, including a Circuit City, Linens and Things, a national-chain restaurant and several more large retail stores. In all the center is estimated to eventually bring 28,000 daily weekday car trips to what is essentially a dead-end street along Twin Lakes Avenue just west of I-5. It is currently drawing about half that amount.
Community Transit has plans for two new facilities: an 11-acre transit center is planned for the Smokey Point area at 169th Street and a two-acre park and ride lot for downtown Marysville.
There are 20 CT park and ride lots in Snohomish County, and three in Marysville are already at capacity. A pair of lots near 1-5 and SR 528 downtown are filled on a daily basis; they are augmented by a smaller one at the 116th Street on-ramp a few miles to the north. The latter will likely be closed when the interchange is improved and CT wants to keep pace as traffic grows in the north county area. The agency has scheduled a pair of open houses to gauge community interest and hear form locals.
The Smokey Point site could hold 375 parking stalls and would likely be included in a mixed-use development that would let commuters park in the lot during the day and other business customers use it at night. The site is located at the northeast corner of 169th and Smokey Point Boulevard.
In spite of water levels reaching record highs during the Stillaguamish Rivers flooding Nov. 6, officials throughout the Arlington and Darrington communities agree that the actual damage could have been much worse.
City of Arlington Public Works Director Len Olive reported that the Stillaguamish River reached a record high of 21 feet at Arlington, Nov. 6, surpassing its previous high-water mark of 20.75 from Oct. 21, 2003. By contrast, the flood stage for the river is only 14 feet, while its moderate flood stage is 17.5 feet and its major flood stage is 19 feet.
Library bond supporters gathered for ice cream at the Local Scoop Nov. 16, although they didnt know if they were celebrating or planning a strategy for another campaign. As of Nov. 17, the library bond proposal had 59.51 percent which was just short of the 60 percent supermajority required for the bond to pass.
More than 59 percent of the voters want a library so you have to give them one, said an experienced election campaigner, Dick Post, namesake of Post Middle School and former superintendent of the Arlington School District. You have to keep trying.
As of Nov. 20, there were only 3,000 more votes from across the county left to count, with another report due Nov. 21. The election will be certified Nov. 28.
Many Arlington residents were left without power or transportation in the wake of the seasons first snowfall, as Nov. 27 saw both the city of Arlington and the Arlington School District closed for business, along with several of the communitys downtown merchants.
Santa Claus was welcomed to town by a large crowd gathered at City Hall Saturday, waiting for Mark Winterhalter and his two Belgian draft horses, Sugar and Spice, to deliver the main feature of Arlingtons Santa Parade. Santa was delivered to City Hall about 12:30 p.m. and commenced entertaining wishes from a line of children which continued until 4 p.m.
The seventh annual Military Day at the Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Hall and Museum Dec. 7 was an appropriately historic-minded occasion, coinciding as it did with the annual anniversary of Pearl Harbors bombing.
The event allowed attendees to reflect on the nations past and present armed conflicts. It also gave former military members the opportunity to trade more personal war stories over coffee and cookies.
Close to three dozen area families received support form regional law enforcement, military members, businesses and other organizations during the Fraternal Order of Polices fourth annual Shop with a Cop program in Snohomish County.
The Arlington Haggen Food and Pharmacy store served as the staging area for the event Dec. 16, as members of FOP Puget Sound Lodge 15 and military police from Naval Station Everett were paired off with local kids in need, giving the youngsters tours of their duty vehicles before driving them out to nearby stores that took part in sponsoring the event, such as Fred Meyer and Wal-Mart, for holiday shopping sprees of $100 per child.
The Arlington Rotary Club members were joined by members of their families at their regular lunch meeting Dec. 21 to assemble and distribute 50 boxes full of groceries for the holidays to families from Lakewood to Darrington.
Rotary President John Meno welcomed all the family members for pizza lunch after the boxes were assembled and before they were to be delivered after lunch.
Having all of our kids here to help will teach them to continue the tradition of giving service, Meno said.
The Arlington Rotary Club has been giving out baskets for possibly 20 years.