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21st Annual Everett Coho Derby This Weekend

September 19, 2014

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This young lady poses with a catch from the 2012 derby.

Thousands of anglers, friends and family are expected on the Everett waterfront this Saturday and Sunday for the annual Everett Coho Derby. Top prize this year is $10,000.00 with $5,000.00 going to second place. Hundreds of other prizes are available to the nearly 2000 participants who purchase a ticket. So with all those tickets purchased where do the funds from the derby go? According to the Coho Derby website, the Everett Steelhead & Salmon Club and the Snohomish Sportsmen’s Club form an equal partnership to run the derby and also to divide the proceeds. They use the funds to support community events and conservation projects including two major coho enhancement operations (a net pen on the Everett waterfront and an active hatchery), which place over 80,000 catchable fish each year into the water. There are also special fishing events for kids as well as educational programs for all ages. Even if you’re not going to enter the derby, the scene on the Everett waterfront makes for great people watching and fun photo opportunities. There’s also a beer garden and lots to eat.


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PETA Plans Pachyderm Picture Protest Outside Everett Circus

September 18, 2014

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Signs from the 2011 protest.

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An anti-PETA sign during a protest in 2011

It could be a bit of a circus outside of the circus this evening as PETA plans to have protesters outside Xfinity Arena in Downtown Everett. According to a press release, the protesters will be carrying posters with graphic pictures of elephants in a Ringling Brothers Circus training facility. In the past PETA protesters have been met in Everett by Anti-PETA protesters who are against PETA’s use of pictures in view of children coming to the circus. It’s likely both groups will be in force tonight. Here’s part of the PETA press release…

 

What:              PETA protesters will assemble in Everett on Thursday evening as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus prepares for its opening show. The protesters will display signs that read, “Ringling Beats Animals,” and are emblazoned with compelling photos taken inside Ringling’s training compound. The photos expose how baby elephants used by Ringling are stretched out, slammed to the ground, gouged with steel-tipped bullhooks—weapons that resemble fireplace pokers with sharp steel hooks on one end—and shocked with electric prods. These abusive sessions go on for several hours a day in order to force the baby elephants to learn to perform circus tricks out of fear of punishment. Actor Alec Baldwin has narrated a video exposé that focuses on how circuses abuse elephants.

 

“Everett residents would run screaming from the big top if they knew how baby elephants are violently forced to perform difficult, confusing, and sometimes painful tricks,” says PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel Delcianna Winders. “Since children love animals, the last place that parents and grandparents should take them to is the circus.”

We haven’t received word yet of any plans of anti-PETA protesters but if 2011 is any indication, they will likely be back.


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Press Release Confirms 10 Oso First Responders Invited To Bathe An Elephant in Everett, WA Wednesday

September 16, 2014

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The public is invited to watch heroes bathe an elephant Wednesday at 11:00am.

We reported earlier in the month on Ringling Bros. asking the Everett City Council for a street closure to honor Oso First Responders. That closure was approved and here are more details on the event as received in our email today from Sue Strickland at the Downtown Everett Action Committee…

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents “Super Circus Heroes”
Honoring Puget Sound Area’s Real-Life Heroes from the SR530 Landslide
The Greatest Show on Earth celebrates the courage and dedication of first responders from the SR530 Slide as Puget Sound’s “Greatest Heroes on Earth”

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 – 11 am

  • 11:00 am “Greatest Heroes on Earth” Recognition Ceremony of SR530 Slide First Responders
  • 11:30 am Ten First Responders to Help Bathe a Ringling Bros. Asian Elephant
  • 12:00 pm Event concludes

XFINITY Arena at Everett SE Entrance at the corner of Lombard Avenue and Wall Street

The men and women of local fire departments, law enforcement and search & rescue agencies demonstrate their courage every day for the safety and well-being of the community and Ringling Bros. is proud to honor their heroic efforts with a special award ceremony hosted by Ringmaster David Shipman! Being honored are representatives from the Oso, Darrington, Arlington, Marysville and other Fire Departments, the Snohomish County Fire District, the Red Cross and many other volunteers!

The “Greatest Heroes On Earth” Recognition Ceremony will be followed by a real treat as 10 of these local heroes will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help bathe one of our treasured Ringling Bros. Asian Elephants right on Wall Street.

In addition, Feld Entertainment has set aside 1,000 complimentary Circus tickets for the impacted families and First Responders to the SR530 Slide. They will be guests on Thursday, September 18 and Friday, September 19. Each of those nights, one of the First Responders will serve as Guest Ringmaster alongside David Shipman.


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City of Everett To Review Practices Surrounding Downtown Arena

September 12, 2014

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Xfinity Arena general manager Rick Comeau talks with a hot dog vendor set up across from the main entrance to the arena during Cannabis Cup.

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This site of a fatal fire can’t be used as a parking lot but the City of Everett says its use as an open air market was acceptable.

Following the recent Cannabis Cup in downtown Everett, the city is going to review how it views and enforces zoning code uses and potential violations in the area surrounding Xfinity Arena. During the Cannabis Cup a hot dog vendor was set up kitty-corner from the arena at Oakes and Hewitt. That looked to be a violation of the zoning code put in place to protect downtown brick and mortar restaurant owners. In addition a gravel parking lot directly across from the main entrance to the arena was used as an area for an open air market and for people to smoke medical marijuana. That lot was the former location of the McCrossen building which was destroyed in a three-alarm fire in November of 2012. One person died in the fire and 40 residents were displaced. The property has been fenced and while Everett zoning codes prohibit using that space as a parking lot, there apparently is no restriction on the owner renting out the property for open air events.

MyEverettNews.com did ask the city about the use of that lot during the Cannabis Cup and got the following e-mail response from city communication director Meghan Pembroke…

“From a land-use standpoint, the use during the event was not in violation of our zoning code. As part of the demolition of the McCrossen Building, the City required the property owner to develop a landscaping plan, and our planning staff has been working with Mr. Sikov’s landscape architect on a perimeter planting plan for the site.”

Another lot across the street on the east side of Broadway was used for a similar marketplace and smoking area. Food vendors inside that area were allowing people to smoke well within 25 feet of where they were serving. As far as why the marijuana smoking area wasn’t kept on the Xfinity Arena property, general manager Rick Comeau told MyEverettNews.com that because the arena has a liquor license, the Washington State Liquor Control Board prohibited the use of any marijuana related product on the property. The arena facilitated introductions between the property owners and the promoter of the Cannabis Cup who made independent arrangements to use the two lots on either side of the arena.

With regards to reviewing the current zoning codes and their enforcement, City of Everett’s Pembroke offered the following…

“The City worked with the Public Facilities District (PFD) and the event promoter to handle many event-related requests before the Cannabis Cup. However, some agreements were worked out directly between the event promoter and private property owners. This event was the first of its kind in Everett, so we’ll do a review internally and talk with the PFD about how it went and any issues that came up.”


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Everett Pub Hosting 9/11 Remembrance and Firefighter Cancer Fundraiser

September 10, 2014

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If you like pipes, drums and a good time for a good cause this might be the event for you.

Shawn O’Donnell’s Irish Pub on 128th street in south Everett will be hosting the 2nd annual Snohomish County Firefighter’s Pipes and Drums fundraiser Thursday night at 6:00pm. Firefighters, friends and families will be gathering to honor those lost on September 11th 2001. In addition there will be a ladder ball competition among firefighters with the proceeds going to benefit the Firefighter Cancer Support Network. The event is open to the public so if you’d like to combine bagpipe and drum music, beer and food, competition and remembrance than do stop by O’Donnell’s on 128th street starting at 6:00pm.


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Everett Mall Way Walmart Opens Wednesday

September 9, 2014

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The new Wal-Mart opens Wednesday

It’s been one of the most-asked questions over the past several months by readers of MyEverettNews.com. When does the Walmart open on Everett Mall Way? Here’s the answer and most anything else you may want to know about the Grand Opening direct from Walmart…

A new Walmart is opening in Everett on Wednesday, Sept. 10, following a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m. The new store is conveniently located at 1605 SE. Everett Mall Way and will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“We are so proud of this new store and are excited to open our doors,” said store manager Chris Johnson. “I hope the Everett community will come out on grand-opening day to join the celebration.”

The Economic Alliance of Snohomish County offered a heartfelt welcome to Everett’s new Walmart. “We are excited for the opening of the beautiful new Walmart,” said Jim Stephanson, Director of Business Development at the Economic Alliance of Snohomish County. “Not only will this opening create many new jobs and expanded retail revenue for the Everett area, the leadership team at Walmart have shown themselves to be great community partners with a willingness to give back to our community in many ways already.”

The store will provide Everett residents with low prices on a broad assortment of merchandise and offer
Walmart’s free Site to Store program, enabling customers to choose from nearly a million additional online
items that can be ordered on Walmart.com and picked up at the Everett store for free, often as quickly as the same day.

The new store employs approximately 200 full- and part-time associates. Store manager Chris Johnson began his Walmart career in 2001 as a cashier.

Affordable Groceries to Meet All Your Needs

The new store offers fresh produce and a full line of groceries from all the leading brand names, including organic and natural selections. There is also a wide variety of meat and bakery selections, including breads and desserts.

In addition to groceries, the store features quality, value-priced general merchandise, including electronics and back-to-school supplies. In addition, customers can shop a broader assortment of items online at Walmart.com and then pay for these purchases with cash in all of Walmart U.S. stores and Walmart Neighborhood Markets, including the new Everett store.

The pharmacy offers a full range of products and services. Pharmacy team members can answer product and prescription questions and customers can ask about health and wellness solutions. Everett residents can easily transfer prescriptions and order refills on the go with the Walmart mobile app for iPhone and Android.

Community Giving

The grand-opening celebration includes check presentations for grants from Walmart to local community groups, including:

  • Cocoon House, Everett- Serving Homeless Youth in Snohomish County
  • Boys and Girls Club of Everett
  • Cascade High School
  • City of Everett Parks and Recreation
  • Everett Police Department

In addition to the grants given as part of the grand opening, the new store will further Walmart’s pledge to fight hunger in America. As part of Walmart’s and the Walmart Foundation’s $2 billion commitment to fight hunger through 2015, Walmart stores in Washington donated approximately 10.4 million pounds of food, in fiscal year 2014, or the equivalent of 8.6 million meals. Additionally, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $19.5 million in fiscal year 2014 in Washington alone. For more information on Walmart’s fight against hunger, visit http://foundation.walmart.com/our-focus/hunger.

A Big Family Welcome

Walmart is happy to be part of the Everett community and is ready to celebrate with residents on Saturday, Sept. 13. A Big Family Welcome will give customers a chance to meet Johnson and enjoy fun family activities and free food samples while supplies last. Join the celebration from noon to 3 p.m.


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From Hollywood to Hawaii, Thousands Come to Everett For Cannabis Cup

September 6, 2014

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Actor David Arquette chatted with folks before going into Comcast Arena for the Wailers Show

The first day of the High Times Cannabis Cup brought several thousand people into the streets surrounding Comcast Arena in downtown Everett. In addition to educational seminars inside the conference center, there were booths in two parking lots on either side of the arena where vendors displayed various cannabis related items and people tried various strains of marijuana. The Wailers took the stage around 8:30pm an played the entire Legends album. Actor David Arquette came up from California and spent a good part of the day attending the event and then went into the concert. Outside of the arena a street preacher holding an electronic tablet stood on a stool shouting words of salvation as people walked by. Unofficial attendance figures for Saturday looked to be between seven and eight thousand people. An informal poll revealed people came from as far away as Rhode Island and Hawaii. Here are a few photos from Saturday night’s concert. The event continues from Noon until 7:00pm on Sunday. We’ll have a follow up on the economic impact soon.

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A couple before the show

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About 1500-2000 people came out for the show

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A member of the Wailers plays rhythm guitar

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A woman hulas while she waits for the show

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A percussionist with the Wailers

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A preacher on his stool outside the arena

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The lead singer of the Wailers.

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A view of the crowd as the Wailers play the Legends album.


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