advert

September 29, 2014

0 Comments

Citing Need For More Data, City of Everett Wants to Extend Temporary Pot Zoning Rules

I 502 in Everett

Everett wants more data before making retail pot rules permanent.

As just the first of its five retail marijuana stores opens today, the City of Everett is looking at extending its zoning laws for retail pot merchants. The current temporary ordinance was passed last October but since the city hasn’t yet had retail marijuana sales, they don’t really have data to see of the ordinance will work as intended. On Wednesday the Everett City Council will hear a briefing on the extension. There really aren’t any substantial changes to the ordinance other than to clarify that Everett will not issue an application to a marijuana retailer until that retailer has a letter of approval in hand from the Washington State Liquor Control Board. While there are more than four-dozen applications pending with the State right now, only one licensee had been approved. You can see a copy of the proposed ordinance here.


Continue reading...

September 28, 2014

2 Comments

Serious Injury Car-Pedestrian Crash on Everett Mall Way Sunday

Car-Ped Ev Mall

A look thru the interior of the VW

car-ped Mall

Officers investigate the windshield of the VW

car-ped mall

Officers looking over the area where the crash occurred.

Everett Police traffic investigators are looking into the circumstances that left a 17-year-old girl with serious injuries after a car-pedestrian crash early Sunday afternoon. Police at the scene tell MyEverettNews.com that a VW Bug was travelling west on Everett Mall Way when it collided with the 17-year-old. The incident happened around 12:30 pm and tied up traffic for about an hour. It does not appear the pedestrian was in the crosswalk. Officers say the investigation is in its early stages and no further information is available at this time. The driver is cooperating with police and it does not appear that drugs or alcohol were a factor. It happened in the 100 block of SW Everett Mall Way near the Honda motorcycle dealership. We’ll update when we have more information. This is the second serious injury car-pedestrian crash detectives have investigated that has occurred outside of a crosswalk in the last 15 hours. Click photos to enlarge.


Continue reading...

September 28, 2014

0 Comments

1st Retail Marijuana Store in Everett, WA To Open Monday at 2:00pm

Everett marijuana store

This is the first and so far only licensed retail marijuana store in Everett, WA. It opens at 2:00pm Monday.

Earlier this month we first told you about “High Society” the first retail marijuana store in Everett, WA to receive a license from the Washington State Liquor Control Board. At that time the store planned on being open around the 15th of the month. In talking with Neary, the owner of High Society, she said getting a predictable supply of approved marijuana had been holding up the opening. “I didn’t want to open for just a day and have to close and wait for more product,” said Neary. “I wanted to wait and make sure we would be able to be open on a consistent basis for our customers and also the employees we’ve hired.”

I asked if there was anything people should know about buying marijuana in a retail store. “You have to be 21 years old to be inside the store, whether or not you’re buying marijuana,” Neary said. While Washington State law allows those under 21 to be inside a liquor store when accompanied by an adult, the same is not the case for retail marijuana stores. Other facets of legal marijuana use are similar to legal alcohol use. Just like you can’t buy a bottle of gin and then open it up and start drinking it in public, the same goes for marijuana. Initiative 502 states that it is unlawful to open/consume a package of marijuana or marijuana infused product in view of the general public.

After Monday’s opening at 2:00pm, the store will have regular hours of Monday – Saturday 10:00am – 8:00pm and Sunday from Noon – 7:00pm. The address is 1824 Broadway in north Everett.


Continue reading...

September 27, 2014

0 Comments

Man With Life-Threatening Injuries After Car vs. Pedestrian Crash on Evergreen Way

UPDATE: Monday 11:00am Everett Police advised the pedestrian involved in the crash has died. The case remains under investigation.

Car- Ped

Investigators begin to collect the pedestrian’s belongings.

Car Ped 2

A look at the front of the GMC Envoy.

A man was sent to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after he was hit by an SUV while crossing Evergreen Way shortly before 10:00 pm Saturday night. According to Everett Police, a GMC Envoy was travelling southbound in the 10100 block of Evergreen Way when it struck a man crossing in the middle of the street from east to west roughly in front of the Motel 6. The man struck the windshield of the SUV and collapsed onto the roadway. The driver of the Envoy is cooperating with police and they say they do not believe drugs or alcohol played a role on the part of the driver. No word on whether the pedestrian was impaired but he was not in a crosswalk. Southbound Evergreen Way was closed for about an hour and a half for the investigation.


Continue reading...

September 27, 2014

0 Comments

Everett High Schools Turning Out Microsoft Masters

All four high schools in Everett…Cascade, Jackson, Everett and Sequoia are certified as Microsoft IT Academy schools. According to this recent release from Linda Carbajal at Everett Public Schools, that means even as freshmen students can earn a Microsoft Office Masters (MSO) Certification. James Ramirez is just one example.

James, Cascade High

James Ramirez began earning certifications as a freshman at Cascade High. Photo courtesy Everett Schools

Can you do a pivot table in Excel? Can you insert a video clip in a Power Point presentation? Can you sequence all your footnotes in Word report, create a table of contents automatically and add a bibliography?

James Ramirez could do all that and more as a high school freshman when he took intensive Microsoft Office Masters (MSO) Certification exams last spring.

He is one of fewer than 100 other high school students in the state to pass the exams and earn the coveted certification. He now is officially a “Specialist” in PowerPoint and Access, and an “Expert” in Word and Excel.

Even as a sophomore this year, James’ certification gives him an advantage in his future choices of careers and colleges. “As a high school student now, he has clearly carved a path for ongoing skill-building in technology skills if he chooses to do so,” notes Career and Technical Education Director, Carl Fender.

Jim Schmidt, James’ teacher last year says, “James took Computer Applications two semesters as a freshman. The first semester, he earned Microsoft Specialist Certification in Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access. The second semester he went on to earn the higher Expert Certification in Word and Excel. James is a member of the Robotics Club at Cascade.”

Each of the district’s high schools, including Sequoia High School, are certified as Microsoft IT Academy schools. This means that since 2012 each high school student in the district has access to the classes and instruction to earn 21st century skills and a certification that is recognized by employers, colleges and technical schools around the world.

In 2013-14 alone, 179 high school students in the district earned some level of Microsoft IT certification.

The number of students shooting for that certification and earning have grown since 2012 when 130 earned some level of certification and since 2011 when the number was 45.

Fender emphasizes the advantage certified students have in the competitive world of college placement and career opportunities. “This certification certainly is recognized by other students. Beyond that, every employer covets certified job applicants, and college interest perks up upon seeing that certification on a transcript. Certification is a firm measure of a student’s determination to learn and of confidence and personal skills.”


Continue reading...

September 26, 2014

0 Comments

$40,000.00 in Cultural Arts Grants Available in 2015 For Projects in Everett, WA

Everett Arts

You have until October 31st to submit an application.

The City of Everett has begun accepting grant applications from cultural arts groups and non-profit groups for next year. There are specific requirements for how the money can be used. Here are the details from Carol Thomas at the City of Everett…

The City of Everett Cultural Arts Commission is now accepting applications for cultural arts grants to fund art programs and capital projects for 2015.

 

“The goal of the grants is to help support quality artistic and cultural programs and events in Everett,” said Carol Thomas, cultural arts manager. “We hope to see a diverse representation of projects and activities that everyone in Everett can learn from and enjoy.”

 

The commission will award up to $40,000 in grants for 2015. Arts organizations, artists, educational institutions and community organizations that offer arts programs and services, and that meet the eligibility requirements, are invited to apply. All grant-funded projects must take place within Everett city limits and be open to the general public.

 

In the past, grants have supported everything from theater equipment to ballet and live music performances to a forum to discuss arts for special-needs audiences. “You are only limited by your imagination,” said Thomas.

 

Applications are available online. Interested groups can also contact Carol Thomas for more information at 425-257-7101 or cthomas@everettwa.gov. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31.

 

To be eligible for a programming grant, applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with at least one year of operating history. Nonprofits with at least two years of operating history are eligible to apply for a capital projects grant.

 

The City of Everett Cultural Arts Commission is composed of volunteer commissioners who are appointed by the Mayor.  The mission of the commission is to initiate, sponsor, organize and promote cultural and artistic programs and services for the enrichment and enjoyment of the Everett community.

 

For full details on the cultural arts grant program or to apply, visit www.everettwa.org/default.aspx?ID=1940.

 


Continue reading...

September 25, 2014

0 Comments

Scenes From Emergency Drill at Everett’s Paine Field

Fire drill

The drill began with a simulated fire

Every year the FAA requires Paine Field to hold a review of the airport’s emergency plan and at least once every 3 years hold a full-scale airport emergency plan exercise. This morning 50 students from the Kamiak High School drama department portrayed crash victims in a simulated accident. The premise was an aircraft landed short of the runway and veered onto a taxi way splitting the fuselage and catching fire. The drill involved more than two dozen fire, police, medical, emergency management and support agencies. Here are a few pictures from the drill. Click to enlarge.

Fire crews begin entering the plane.

Fire crews begin entering the plane.

Once the fire is out more crews arrive.

Once the fire is out more crews arrive.

A panoramic shot of fire trucks and planes

A panoramic shot of fire trucks and planes

Fire trucks lining up behind the plane

Fire trucks lining up behind the plane

A patient is put onto the Sheriff's chopper

A patient is put onto the Sheriff’s chopper

SCSO chopper arriving

SCSO chopper arriving


Continue reading...