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March 28, 2015

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Sunny Weather Brings Motorcycle Crashes To Everett

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MC Crash Mar 28 COne sad way to know when spring has arrived in Everett, the number of motorcycle crashes increases. Today two riders aboard a Harley Davidson were sent to Providence Regional Medical Center after a crash in front of the Riverside Business Park on West Marine View Drive. Early indications are a northbound pickup truck made a left turn toward the 529 on-ramp in front of the southbound motorcycle. The accident is still under investigation by Everett Police. Left turns are one of the most common ways motorcycles are struck by other vehicles and with the good weather there are more bikes on the road. Please keep an extra eye out for motorcycles, especially when turning. Here are a few MyEverettNews.com photos from the scene.

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March 28, 2015

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15-Year-Old Arrested in Casino Road Shooting, 2nd 15-Year-Old Sought

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The crime scene wrapped around the small shopping center at 5th and Casino.

Everett Police this afternoon released information on the arrest of a 15-year-old as a participant in a shooting on 5th and Casino Road back on March 16th. Here’s the update from Aaron Snell at Everett Police…

Detectives arrest a juvenile in connection with a recent shooting.

Since the March 16, 2015 shooting, Major Crimes Unit detectives have investigated a shooting in the 500 block of W. Casino Rd where a 22 year-old victim was shot in both legs.

On the night of the shooting, officers located and impounded a silver Dodge Magnum. Detectives were able to determine who had used the car that night.

A second vehicle also left the scene of the shooting. It was located and the occupants stated the shooter and getaway driver were in the Magnum and called them with instructions not to go home, talk with police or answer their phones.

Probable cause was developed to arrest a 15 year-old Everett male for rendering criminal assistance by driving the shooter to and from the location of the crime. He was located, arrested and booked into Denny Juvenile Justice Center on March 26, 2015,

Detectives have developed probable cause to arrest another 15 year-old Everett male believed to be the shooter. Due to the sensitive nature of an ongoing case, he will not be identified.

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March 27, 2015

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Megan Dunn To Challenge Ron Gipson’s Seat On Everett City Council

Earlier this month we told you that a majority of the seats on the Everett City Council were up for grabs this fall. Now we have our first challenger for one of those positions. Megan Dunn has announced her candidacy for Everett City Council Position #4. That seat is currently held by Ron Gipson who has been serving on the Everett City Council for 20 years. Here is Dunn’s announcement.

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Megan Dunn, (candidate supplied photo)

Community leader Megan Dunn has announced she is running for Everett City Council, Position 4.

Megan has a 15-year track record in environmental health and social justice advocacy as well as a strong background in policy studies. An experienced community leader, Dunn is former Chairperson of the Lowell Neighborhood Association and several City of Everett commissions. Most recently, Dunn served on the Streets Initiative Task Force, which focused on addressing homelessness in Downtown Everett.

Dunn’s leadership will bring a new focus on healthy, livable communities to City Council. As an environmental policy program director and advocate, Megan will work to find solutions for Everett that improve Everett’s quality of life, grow local businesses and keep our families healthy. As a mother of two school-aged children, Megan also understands the issues facing Everett families every day, like crime in our neighborhoods, finding local jobs and a compassionately addressing the concerns of homeless residents in our vibrant downtown.

“Our city is at a crossroads, with a growing downtown and some local businesses making a comeback from the Recession. But as our community moves forward, we can’t afford to leave others behind,” said Dunn. “I’m running for City Council to bring a new voice to Council that will work with business, families and non-profits to make Everett a safer and healthier place for all families to live, play and thrive.”

Megan was appointed by Mayor Ray Stephanson to the Everett Human Needs Commission in 2013 and the Streets Initiative Task Force in 2014; she was selected for the Brown Fields Committee for Everett in 2014. An active volunteer, Dunn has helped lead a number of local campaigns for green spaces including Everett’s first pesticide free park, Lowell Neighborhood Park. Dunn was Chairperson of the Lowell Civic Association, and facilitated neighborhood oversight of the Riverfront Development.

Megan was elected a Democratic Precinct Committee Officer (PCO) in 2010 and 2014. She has served as on the executive board for the Red Barn Community Garden, 38th Legislative District Democrats and the National Organization for Women (San Francisco Chapter). Megan is committed to environmental protection and has worked at Rainforest Action Network and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

Megan is the Healthy People and Communities Program Director for Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP). She has a Biology-Geology degree from University of Rochester and Master of Arts in Policy Studies from University of Washington-Bothell. Megan lives with her husband and two school-aged children in the Lowell Neighborhood of Everett, WA, in a house built in 1892.

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March 27, 2015

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Larsen Holding Roundtable On Military Compensation In Everett Saturday

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Current and former service members are invited to the discussion with Congressman Larsen Saturday March 28th.

WASHINGTON—Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, will moderate a roundtable with General Peter W. Chiarelli, U.S. Army (Ret.) to hear reactions and recommendations from leaders of several local military and veterans groups about a recent report on military compensation. The event will include time for questions from the public. The event will take place on Saturday, March 28 in Everett and will focus on the recently released report from the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission.

Members of the media and the public are invited to attend. Details follow.

The commission was established as part of the FY2013 National Defense Authorization Act, the country’s annual defense policy bill, to conduct a review of military compensation and retirement systems, and to make recommendations about modernizing them.

General Chiarelli was a member of the commission and will offer opening remarks about the commission’s process and findings.

Larsen and General Chiarelli will then moderate a roundtable with local veterans and veterans service providers to hear their reactions and feedback about the commission’s report. Time for questions from the public will follow.

Saturday, March 28

Organizations on the Panel

County Veteran Service Offices

Community College Veterans Resource Centers

American Legion

Fleet Reserve Association

Navy Transition Assistance Programs

Other organizations have been invited

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Everett School District Community Resource Center

3900 Broadway Avenue

Everett

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March 26, 2015

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400 Pinwheels For Prevention To Be Planted In Everett

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To help raise awareness of the Guardian ad Litem program in Everett and Snohomish County there will be a special Pinwheel Planting on April 7th at the Denney Juvenile Justice Center in north Everett. Here are the details…

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month and the Snohomish County Volunteer Guardian ad Litem (VGAL) Program is making sure the community is aware by hosting its first Pinwheels for Prevention® event Tuesday, April 7 at the Denney Juvenile Justice Center in Everett.

Snohomish County Executive John Lovick is scheduled to deliver a proclamation at noon outside the juvenile justice center at 2801 10th Street in Everett. Other honored speakers include Snohomish County deputy prosecuting attorney and the 2015 recipient of the Norm Maleng Advocate for Youth award, Adam Cornell, along with advocates familiar with the dependency court system.

Following the brief program there will be a reception and “planting” of 400 pinwheels, representing the number of abused and neglected children in the court system currently in need a VGAL to represent them in the dependency process.

The blue pinwheel has become a national symbol for child abuse prevention. Communities nationwide are planting pinwheel gardens as a way to call attention to the needs of children in their neighborhoods.

In addition to raising community awareness about child abuse, the VGAL program hopes to recruit more court appointed special advocates to speak up for our county’s most vulnerable children as they make their way through the dependency court system.

Qualified individuals from all walks of life, cultures, backgrounds and ethnicities are currently being sought to submit an application and begin the interviewing process for the next training scheduled to begin on May 9, 2015.  If you are interested in speaking up for a child and becoming a court appointed special advocate with the Snohomish County VGAL program, please call (425) 388-7854 or click here to see the application.

For more information about the April 7 event please contact Interim Community Services Supervisor Kristine Morse at 425-388-7841 orKristine.morse@snoco.org.

About Pinwheels for Prevention®:

Prevent Child Abuse America started the Pinwheels for Prevention® campaign in 2008 to create a national effort to change the public’s beliefs and behaviors regarding child abuse and neglect prevention. The pinwheel represents efforts to change the way our nation thinks about prevention, focusing on community activities and public policies that prioritize prevention right from the start to make sure child abuse and neglect never occur. www.pinwheelsforprevention.org

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March 25, 2015

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Update Coming Monday From Everett Community Streets Task Force

Editor’s Update March 26th 10:45am: The City of Everett has advised the location of the meeting has been changed to the Weyerhaeuser Room at the Everett Station, 3201 Smith Avenue.

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The city erected a fence to keep people from camping outside the north end of the Everett Gospel Mission.

The public is invited to get an update next week on progress made, and further work to do, by the Community Streets Task Force appointed by Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson last year. Here are details of Monday’s meeting…

Members of the Community Streets Task Force will reconvene at the Everett School District Community Resource Center, located at 3900 Broadway Ave., on Monday, March 30, from 4-5:30 p.m. The group will discuss the draft implementation plan, and share updates on several of the recommendations.

The task force, comprised of service providers, business owners, community members and other representatives from around Everett, began meeting in July 2014. The group met a total of nine times, and released their final report and recommendations on Nov. 13.

The goal of the task force was to develop recommendations that could be implemented by the community to address street-level social issues in Everett’s urban cores. The final report included 63 recommendations in six categories: public safety, enhanced services, housing and shelter, public understanding, interagency coordination and advocacy.

Since January, six groups of community leaders, agency and business representatives and city and county staff, have formed work groups to develop implementation plans for each of the 63 recommendations. Task force members and other community members have collaborated on the plans.

The public is welcome to attend the meeting, which will be recorded for broadcast on the Everett Channel. For meeting details, visit https://everettwa.gov/Calendar.aspx?EID=561. For more information on the task force, visit www.everettwa.gov/streetsinitiative.

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March 25, 2015

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New Board Members Replace Burke And Bavasi At Everett’s Xfinity Arena

Xfinity Arena There’s a changing of the guard on the board of the Everett Public Facilities District. While many people think the City of Everett owns the arena that’s not exactly the case. The Everett Public Facilities District developed and owns Xfinity Arena at Everett. The PFD is a municipal corporation and is managed by a five person board of directors whose members are appointed by the Everett Mayor and confirmed by the Everett City Council. Gigi Burke was appointed to the board in 2009 and Bob Bavasi joined the board in 2013. The Public Facilities District contracts with Global Spectrum to manage the arena. Here’s the update on the two members replacing Bavasi and Burke.

The Everett Public Facilities District, owners of XFINITY Arena at Everett, announced the appointment of two new Board Members, Secretary Mike Dutton and Board Member Ryan Crowther. They join the long-standing current EPFD Board comprised of President Gary Weikel, Treasurer Thomas Gaffney, and Vice President Lanie McMullin.

Mike Dutton received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Washington and is currently a financial advisor with D.A. Davidson & Co with 31 years of advising experience. He also brings his diverse experience with positions on other boards including Everett Community College Foundation, Everett Golf and Country Club, Healing the Children, Snohomish County Red Cross, Imagine Children’s Museum, Snohomish County Sports Commission and Dawson Place.

Board Member Ryan Crowther graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and PR in 2008. He then began work with the Economic Development Council of Snohomish County and later became Marketing Manager of Economic Alliance Snohomish County. He created Puget PR and Public Affairs in 2012, where he works with an array of regional public and private clients.

Crowther’s biggest influence can be seen with the establishment of the Everett Music Initiative, a movement aimed at making Everett a destination for musicians local and abroad. Since its inception, Everett Music Initiative has successfully executed over 75 musical events, welcoming over 20,000 music-goers and $1.5 million in spending to the local economy. In 2014, the inaugural Fisherman’s Village Music Festival was created, bringing fans from as far as Kentucky and Canada to downtown Everett.

XFINITY Arena at Everett was developed and is owned by the Everett Public Facilities District, and is managed by Global Spectrum. The EPFD is a municipal corporation headed by a five member Board of Directors. Board members are appointed by the Mayor of Everett and confirmed by Everett City Council to serve four year terms.

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March 24, 2015

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Everett Schools To Present Miss Representation Documentary

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The event is free but you will need to get advance tickets.

North Middle School PTA is inviting the public to see a documentary on female exploitation in media. Here’s more information from the Facebook event page created by Everett Public Schools…

Please join North Middle School PTA for a free film screening and panel discussion of the documentary film Miss Representation. Miss Representation provides an inside look at how media misrepresentation of women has led to under representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. This event aims to spread community awareness of this important issue in order to help advocate social change to break the cycle of female exploitation in media.

Their hope is to encourage students to develop the critical-thinking skills they need to navigate through the mixed messages they encounter on TV, the radio, in movies, and through online and social media. This is also a great opportunity for parents to see the effects popular culture is having on both our girls AND boys.

**Parents are encouraged to attend with their student. Students without an adult must be in 8th grade or higher and provide a school ASB card. This film is rated PG-13.

Tickets are free but must be obtained in advance. You can get your tickets here.

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March 23, 2015

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New Shop Hopes To Make Downtown Everett More Bike Friendly

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Eric Smith just opened Bayside Bikes in downtown Everett.

“Everett is already bike friendly,” said Eric Smith. “I hope opening downtown can make it even friendlier.” Smith is the owner-operator of Bayside Bikes which just opened at 2707 Colby Avenue in the Key Bank Building. Born and raised in Everett, Smith says he’s been working on bicycles since he was 14 years old. “I started working at Tim’s on Broadway every summer while I also worked at the Everett Silvertips team store during hockey season,” Smith added. “I love Everett, know what I wanted to carry and thought, why not work for myself?” Smith tells MyEverettNews.com that he offers a little bit of everything for the bike owner including sales, full service, repair and even rentals. He hopes to have his rental bikes in the store within the next couple of weeks. They’re local Raleigh bikes from Kent and he plans on offering them for lunch rides, an hour rental or on a daily basis. He has bikes for every level of rider from a beginner who wants a “comfort” bike to the experienced off road enthusiast. Prices for his bikes range anywhere from four hundred dollars into the thousands. Every bike sold comes with a year of free service and a free tune up to adjust cables, spokes and other parts that need attention once the bike has been broken in. He also carries children’s bikes and yes, even training wheels. There’s a full line of helmets and accessories. He said one of the thing he likes about his location is there’s an open area right next to the shop where people can test ride and see how well the bike fits. If you’d like to find out more you can visit his Bayside Bikes website here.

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March 23, 2015

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Monday Mess With Multiple Crashes Around Everett During Afternoon Commute

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The woman driving this Mini-Cooper may have had a medical issue prior to the crash.

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Employees from Dick’s Towing put a strap around the Mini-Cooper in preparation for righting it.

There were at least a half dozen crashes within 60 minutes during Everett’s afternoon commute Monday. No particular cause or extreme weather, just a run of bad luck. A medical condition is believed to be behind this crash at Madison and Beverly Lane in central Everett that took out a signal pole.

The commute wrapped up with a head-on crash at 112th and Evergreen Way shortly before 7:00pm.
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March 22, 2015

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Everett Silvertips U.S. Division Champs – 1st Two Playoff Games Next Friday and Saturday

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The Silvertips are hosting the first two playoff games this weekend at Xfinity Arena.

The Everett Silvertips have made it to the playoffs every year they’ve been in existence. The last few years have seen them get in on the lower end of the division but this year the ‘Tips are going into the playoffs as division champs. In case you missed it, here’s the official re-cap of Saturday night’s game and you can click here for info. on buying playoff tickets right now.

The Everett Silvertips suffered a 4-3 shootout loss to the Victoria Royals Saturday night at XFINITY Arena, but gained a point to clinch the 2015 U.S. Division title.  In conjunction with a Portland Winterhawks loss, the point gained earned the ‘Tips the fourth division title in franchise history and first since 2007 to pit Everett against the Spokane Chiefs in the first round of the 2015 WHL Playoffs.

Graham Millar, Remi Laurencelle and Matt Fonteyne each found the back of the net for Everett in front of over 7,900 fans.  Ben Betker and Brayden Low each picked up assists in the final regular season home game of their junior careers, while Nikita Scherbak, Jake Mykitiuk and Kevin Davis tallied the remaining helpers.  Goaltender Carter Hart (18-5-2-3) turned away 24 of 27 shots faced for Everett before Victoria took the win in the fourth round of the shootout.

The Silvertips killed off a penalty early in the first to hold off the Royals in the early minutes.  On a Silvertips powerplay later in the frame, a broken stick created a shorthanded opportunity for Victoria, but goaltender Carter Hart shut the door to keep the game scoreless.  Nikita Scherbak found himself on a partial breakaway for a great scoring chance for Everett that yielded no results.  The Royals turned momentum in their favor late in the period on a goal from Taylor Crunk to take a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.

Despite the late goal for Victoria, the Silvertips came out strong to start the second period.  Hard work paid off as Jake Mykitiuk found Graham Millar in front for a backhand score to tie the game for Everett.  The ‘Tips came close to taking the lead after a shot from Noah Juulsen circled around the top post, but evaded the back of the net.  Remi Laurencelle then gave the Silvertips their first lead of the game, stuffing a wraparound try underneath the pads of Victoria goaltender Justin Paulic.  Following a rush of penalties for both teams, the ‘Tips took back-to-back minors where Victoria then tied the game at two on a Joe Hicketts goal.  With nine seconds remaining in the frame, Scherbak found Matt Fonteyne in the slot for a score to give the Silvertips a 3-2 lead heading into the third.

The ‘Tips went on an early powerplay in the third, but couldn’t score to extend their lead.  Midway through the period, Taylor Crunk scored his second goal of the game to once again tie the game for Victoria.  Kohl Bauml was stopped by Paulic on a penalty shot and Carter Hart made some crucial saves for Everett late in the third as regulation expired.  Shots were even at 25 heading into overtime.  Hart and the Everett penalty-killing unit stood tall for the ‘Tips in overtime after the Royals were awarded a 4-on-3 powerplay.  The game was eventually decided in a shootout, where Ivan Nikolishin scored the lone goal for Everett as the Royals had a 2-1 edge over four rounds for a 4-3 victory.

Victoria goaltender Justin Paulic (14-15-1-1) stopped 23 of 26 shots in net.  The Silvertips’ powerplay went 0 for 4 on the night while the penalty killing unit was 5 for 6.

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March 21, 2015

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Everett To Host Thousands Of Out of Town Bowlers In April and May

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Lots of out of town bowlers mean lots of tourist dollars for Everett in April and May!

We hear a lot about events at Xfinity Arena drawing visitors from out of town but for 8 weekends in April and May, both of the bowling alleys in Everett are going to be attracting the out of town crowds as two big bowling events come to Everett, WA. Those bowlers are expected to bring a lot of tourism dollars to Everett. Here’s the early information from Tammy Dunn at the Snohomish County Sports Commission…

The Snohomish County USBC is proud to host the 78th Annual Washington State USBC Open Championships in Everett for eight weekends in a row. They will also be hosting the Open Championships, as well as the Women’s State Tournament. The tournaments are held simultaneously on Saturday’s and Sunday’s from April 11 to May 31. Each weekend, approximately 400 bowlers from Idaho, Oregon, and Washington will compete at host houses; Glacier Lanes and Evergreen Lanes.

The team event, which consists of four bowlers, will be hosted at Glacier Lanes; Saturday’s at 9:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. and Sunday’s at 9:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

The singles event will be hosted at Evergreen Lanes Saturday’s at 9:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Both bowling houses have great restaurants with fantastic food to enjoy when you stop in to watch a few matches. The general public is welcome to come and watch the event.

“Snohomish County USBC is excited to host this year’s tournaments and we look forward to seeing lots of high scores from bowlers around the multi-state area. It has been over 15 years since the Washington State USBC Open Championships has been held in the county”, states Dennis Jackson, Snohomish County USBC Vice President. “The individual with the highest scratch All Events score will represent the State of Washington in the USBC Master Tournament in 2016.”

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