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August 27, 2015

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District 1 Names Everett Woman New Community Resource Specialist

K. Thorstenson

Kristen Thorstenson, photo courtesy Fire District 1

Fire District 1 which serves the areas south of the Everett city limits is expanding its public outreach and education programs. Just got this in from Leslie Hynes at Fire District 1.

Snohomish County Fire District 1 has hired Kristen Thorstenson as a community resource specialist, focusing on emergency medical services prevention and education programs.

Thorstenson brings more than 25 years of experience in home health and injury prevention and education working with Fire District 1, Marysville Fire District, the Safety Restraint Coalition and SafeKids and other agencies.

Falls prevention will be a major emphasis of Thorstenson’s new job. She will be working closely with Fire District 1’s successful community paramedic program to help manage referrals and outreach for patients with needs outside the scope of traditional EMS programs.

“We respond to more than a thousand falls each year. This is one of the top three reasons patients are referred to our community paramedic. Kristen will be establishing a falls prevention program for patients who have fallen or who are at risk of falling,” explained Capt. Shaughn Maxwell, head of Fire District 1’s Emergency Medical Services Division.

Thorstenson will follow-up with these patients to provide information, assistance in accessing existing social services or scheduling a home visit for a falls risk assessment and safety survey.

Thorstenson will coordinate public first aid and CPR courses offered monthly by Fire District 1. “We hope to expand these programs to increase bystander CPR and AED (automated external defibrillator) use,” she said.

Thorstenson will also develop community emergency preparedness education programs.

Fire District 1 is the largest provider of fire and emergency medical services in Snohomish County, with full-time staffing at 12 fire stations. The department serves nearly 200,000 residents in unincorporated south Snohomish County, Brier, Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace.


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August 27, 2015

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Everett Attorney Donating $500 A Month To Deserving Teachers

Attorney Rick Merrill

Rick Merrill

Again this school year Rick Merrill, an Everett attorney and long time sponsor of MyEverettNews.com, plans to give away $500 a month to honor a Snohomish County teacher.

Here’s everything you need to know to nominate your favorite educator…

As we approach the beginning of the school year, those who have children know that there is an abundant amount of supplies that need to be purchased just to begin the school year on the right foot.  However, it is not just parents that are spending their hard earned cash to prepare for the school year, our local educators can sometimes spend several hundreds or even thousands of dollars of their own money to prepare their classroom for the upcoming school year.  Most of the time, that money spent by the educators is not reimbursed and those educators are just out of the money.

Rick recognizes that our local educators are sacrificing their own hard earned money to help benefit our local students.  Last school year Rick gave away $4000 to deserving local educators and school districts.  Each educator was nominated through our website, then nominations were reviewed monthly, and an educator was selected for the award.  Educators selected received a $500 check made payable to their school for use in the award winner’s classroom, as well as a plaque recognizing them as an educator of the month.

We encourage you to review the previous winners from last school year in our blog.  Then go to our website and nominate an educator that you feel deserves to be awarded $500. One winner will be selected each month, and will be notified by Everett radio station KXA Country Radio. Winners will be asked to come into the station, be presented with a $500 check, a plaque recognizing them as Educator of the Month winner, and will record a brief spot to be aired on KXA Country Radio.

By working together maybe we all can help lessen the financial blow to our local educators and get our future leaders ready for their school year.


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August 26, 2015

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Felon Flees From Everett Police Dog – Needs Rescue By Everett Fire

Felon chase

As a reward for tracking the suspect an Everett K-9 gets some play time.

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Technical rescue crews prepare to go down into a ravine.

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A basket and backboard are brought down so the suspect can be hauled up the ravine.

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Powerful lights had to be strung so crews could see where they were going in the thick woods.

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Medics check out the man’s medical condition.

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The man is transferred to a waiting ambulance.

A wanted felon tried to escape from Everett Police Wednesday night by running behind houses, through yards and finally into deep woods in west central Everett.

That didn’t work out so well as in the end he needed to be rescued from a deep ravine by Everett Firefighters.

Here’s what we know.

Shortly after 9:00PM an Everett Police officer tried to contact a man wanted for felony escape in an area east of Glenwood Avenue.

A K-9 was called and the dog, handler and another officer began tracking the suspect north through the neighborhood.

The chase went on for about a mile through extremely heavy woods, brush, into ravines and through streams until the K-9 was able to pin the suspect down in one spot.

Backup officers who had been working containment had to use machetes to get to where the dog had caught up to the suspect.

That turned out to be in a ravine west of the 5200 block of 1st Drive West off Brookridge Boulevard.

Technical rescue crews from the Everett Fire Department were called out when it was determined the suspect couldn’t walk out.

Multiple crews responded and had to rappel 200 feet down to the bottom of the ravine to secure the suspect and then haul him back up.

The suspect had non life-threatening injuries and was taken to Providence Regional Medical Center to be checked out before being booked into jail.

No officers, firefighters or K-9s were injured during the chase and rescue.


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August 26, 2015

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Everett Police Hire First-Ever Embedded Social Worker

Lauren Rainbow

Everett Police Sgt. Mike Braley introduces Lauren Rainbow to the Everett City Council Wednesday afternoon.

Progress continues on efforts by the Everett Community Streets Initiative Task Force to address problems on the city’s streets.

Today Everett Police introduced their first-ever embedded social worker to the Everett City Council.

Lauren Rainbow began work on August 10th and is based out of the Everett Police north precinct and reports to north administrative sergeant Mike Braley.

Rainbow, a mental health community support specialist, will work with Everett Police to better respond to a variety of street-level social issues, including chronically homeless individuals and individuals with mental illness who come into contact with the criminal justice system. She will also have a range of other responsibilities including coordinating social service outreach and serving as liaison to the social service community.

She earned her BS in Psychology from Colorado State University in 2006, from there she worked at an inpatient chemical dependency treatment center on the adolescent unit as the lead case manager for 2 years.

In 2008 Lauren moved to Seattle and began working with drug-addicted pregnant women and their young children at Perinatal Treatment Services in Seattle, which is now run by Evergreen Manor. Lauren has done homeless youth outreach in downtown Seattle with Stand Up For Kids, this was direct advocacy and support to link homeless youth with services and housing.

Lauren completed her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Washington in early 2014, during which time she worked with the Young Adult Services. The program was through the YMCA and worked with at-risk and homeless youth. Lauren also worked as a grief and bereavement clinician with Providence Hospice in Everett, there she provided group and individual counseling to community members who had experienced a sudden/traumatic loss. Lauren also facilitated a support group for kids who had lost a parent.

After Lauren graduated from UW she was hired as the Director of Student Affairs with the Post-Prison Education Program, which is a non-profit dedicated to reducing recidivism among formerly-incarcerated individuals by getting them back into school and training programs. In 2014 she began working at Harborview Medical Center in the Emergency Department as an ED Social Worker.

By the end of September another important position is expected to be filled. Right now United Way of Snohomish County and the City of Everett are advertising for applicants for a Streets Initiative Coordinator, a new position to be funded by United Way and housed at City Hall.

The coordinator will be responsible for coordinating Streets Initiative activities, tracking the many projects moving forward as part of the Streets Initiative, keeping the public informed on progress of the Streets Initiative, and working with stakeholders on a variety of Streets Initiative-related issues. You can click here to apply for that position.

Another sign of progress was revealed in an update earlier this month…

As part of the continuing evolution of the Streets Initiative, a Streets Initiative Steering Committee has been formed. By way of background, the Streets Initiative Task Force initially was convened to develop the final report and recommendations.

In the course of that work, the Task Force asked to be reconvened approximately every six months to be updated on progress. Following issuance of the final report, ad hoc committees and a “core team” were formed to develop a framework for implementing the recommendations.

The purpose of the new Steering Committee is to provide a continuing governance structure and a vehicle for ongoing stakeholder engagement now that the Task Force and the ad hoc planning committees have largely fulfilled their responsibilities.

The Task Force will of course be reconvened approximately each six months for status updates, and the planning committees may be asked to do follow-up work as needed, but ongoing oversight and advisory functions will be performed by the Steering Committee.

Among other responsibilities, the Steering Committee will oversee the work of the new Streets Initiative Coordinator.


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August 26, 2015

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Cancelled – Final Cinema Under The Stars This Friday Night at Silver Lake – Cancelled

Editor’s Update Thursday Aug 27th 1:30pm: Based on the weather forecast the City of Everett has decided to cancel the show for this Friday night. They hope to reschedule a special event with Big Hero 6 later this year. Opening night got rained out and fingers are crossed for this Friday night as the season […]

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August 25, 2015

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Gunshots, Car Crash, Power Outage Wakes Everett Neighborhood

Editor’s Update 6:00PM: Everett Police say the man shot this morning is a man in his 30s. An update on his condition has not been provided. Detectives from the Major Crimes Unit continue to investigate. It was a rude awakening for residents of one west central Everett neighborhood today. Around 4:15 this morning there were […]

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