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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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Xfinity Arena

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.


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. 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 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



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


Everett Wal-Mart

The new Wal-Mart opens Wednesday

It’s been one of the most-asked questions over the past several months by readers of 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 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 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

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



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

Cannabis Cup

About 1500-2000 people came out for the show

Cannabis Cup

A member of the Wailers plays rhythm guitar

Cannabis Cup

A woman hulas while she waits for the show

Cannabis Cup

A percussionist with the Wailers

Cannabis Cup

A preacher on his stool outside the arena

Cannabis Cup

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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Classic Cars and Cannabis to Bring Thousands to Everett, WA This Weekend

September 5, 2014


Two big events in Everett this weekend as the annual Wheels on the Waterfront Car Show returns to the Port of Everett and the Cannabis Cup marijuana trade show makes its first Everett appearance at Comcast Arena.

First, Wheels on the Waterfront…

Wheels on waterfront Wheels on the Waterfront Fall Classic Car Show is an annual charity event the first weekend after Labor Day. The event benefits the Providence Foundation’s Cancer Patient Assistance Fund. With special support from the Port of Everett and Harbor Marine, the event showcases and awards prizes to cars in 22 different classifications. The event includes: Scuttlebutt Brewery beer garden, live music, wine tasting, food and other vendors, awards ceremony, charity drawings, as well as showcasing local car dealerships, the Port of Everett and additional area businesses.

Click here for an event flyer — Please post for community members!

Click here for a list of event sponsors

Date: Saturday, September 6, 2014

Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Set-up 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.)

Where: Waterfront Center, 1205 Craftsman Way, Everett, Washington (Port of Everett Marina). Drive-thru registration at Harbor Marine, located off 10th Street, beginning at 7 a.m. Sept. 6)

Cost: FREE to visitors; $25 car pre-registration fee before Sept. 1 (includes free show t-shirt); after Sept. 1 through day of event, $30.

Entries: Classic stock and modified cars, domestic and foreign, 1900 to the present, as well as T-buckets and street rods will be featured with trophies given to the top 3 in each of the 22 judged categories. All show cars will be on concrete as Craftsman Way and surrounding marina areas will be used for the show.

Schedule of Events (Saturday, September 6):
7 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: Drive through registration Harbor Marine, cars placed, vendors set-up
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Jetty Island boat shuttles from the event
10 a.m. – 4p.m.: Cars on display, vendors open for business (official judging 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Roaming microphone, sponsor, vendor, car participant’s recognition, and People’s Choice voting by car show entrants, “Show-n-Shine” time
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Scuttlebutt beer garden, wine tasting, Bluewater Distillery tours Noon – 1 p.m.: “Live” national radio broadcast – KRKO with Jeff Shade
1 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.: Special recognition and acknowledgements
1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Providence Foundation speakers share about the charity and cause
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.: Trophy award winners by classification and charity drawing winners announced
2:15 p.m. – 4 p.m.: “Live” music, street dance (3 – 3:15 p.m. final charity drawings/awards)
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Clean-up, take down, street re-opens

Here’s What we know about the Cannabis Cup

Cannabis Cup Poster What is a Cannabis Cup?
It’s a two-day trade show/EXPO incorporating vendor booths in a main building with an extended outdoor component for additional vendor booths.

Inside booths range from glassware and clothing to grow equipment and artwork. Inside also features three seminars per day either in a sectioned off area off the main floor or in a private “theater” like setting. The seminar topics include legalization regulations featuring Northwest experts, current political issues, grow seminars with HIGH TIMES editors as well as a cooking seminar from our own Cannabis Cookbook author.

The outdoor component is typically a fenced off area with privacy screening that is not visible to the general public. Medicating (smoking) is allowed in this area for those 18+ with a picture ID. Visitors are wrist banded for entry. Security is posted to assure these regulations are followed.

No selling or distributing of cannabis is allowed.

There is Saturday night entertainment typically starting @ 8PM and lasting till @ 11PM.

Either at the venue or in another venue if room does not allow.

The entire event is protected by outside hired security. Every security company we’re hired for these events has stated that we have the most polite and respectful attendees of any events they work (including sporting events, concerts etc.).

This event is a celebratory and informational gathering for vendors and patients.


Saturday, September 6th

Doors open at noon

*All seminars take place in the second floor conference room. Follow signs.

1 p.m.

“The Military Veteran and Cannabis”

Bobby Black (moderator), HIGH TIMES

Steven Jacob Lull, veteran, US Surgeon Generals Team

Dakota Blue Serna. veteran, The Green Union

Rick Rosio, Veterans for Compassionate Care

Dr. Paul Smith, physician, Marijuana for Trauma Inc.
Dr. Darryl Hudson, Marijuana for Trauma Inc.
Matt Ferris, nutritional healer
Fabian Henry, veteran, Marijuana for Trauma Inc.

2 p.m.

“The Art of Edibles”

Elise McDonough (moderator) HIGH TIMES

Marla “Molly” Poiset, Cheffettes
Kenny Morrison, Evergreen Herbal

Alison Draisin, Ettalew’s Medibles
Madhu, Siddhi Tonics

3 p.m
Nico Escondido presents “Beginner Grow Tips for Indoor Cultivation: Get Growing Now”

4 p.m. Saturday

“The New Washington Apple: Navigating i502”

Kurt Boehl (moderator), criminal defense attorney

Adam Smith, Avitas Agriculture

Michael Devlin, consumer goods professional

Lauren Downes, Herbal Nation

James Lathrop, Cannabis City

Adam Mintz, Steep Hill Halent Laboratory

5 p.m.

“The Science of Cannabis: Understanding Our Medicine”

Addison Demoura (moderator) Steep Hill Halent Lab

Kymron deCesare. Unversity of California/Davis

Dr. Benson Hausman, Elemental Wellness Center

8 p.m.

The Arena

HIGH TIMES Magazine presents The Wailers

Sunday, September 7th

Doors open at noon.

1 p.m. “Canna-business 101: How to open yours!”

Jen Bernstein (moderator) HIGH TIMES
Adam Mintz, Steep Hill Halent Laboratory
Garyn Angel, Magical Butter.
Brett Albanese (aka Bart Simpson), Cloud Penz.
Kitty Dunleavy Miller, Cannabis Farmers Markets, Kit-Tea’s herbal remedies.

2 p.m.
Russ Belville presents “The Top Ten Legalization Lies and the Sound Bites to Debunk Them”

3 p.m.

“HIGH TIMES presents Free Weed from Danny Danko”

Danny Danko (host) HIGH TIMES

K, Trichome Technologies
Michael Boutin, Cultivator

DJ Short, cultivation and breeding expert.
Scott, Rare Dankness
Matt, BC Bud Depot

4 p.m.

“The Power of Topicals”

Elise McDonough (moderator) HIGH TIMES
Ah Warner, Cannabis Basics

Trista Okel, Empower Oil
Kitty Dunlavy Miller, Cannabis Farmers Markets, Kit-Tea’s herbal remedies
Megan Schwarting, Kush Creams

5 p.m.
Jon Gettman presents: “Competition and Cannabis Markets”

7:30 p.m.
The Arena
The U.S. Cannabis Cup Awards

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Showers and Hockey in Everett’s Labor Day Forecast

August 27, 2014



Lincoln is inviting hockey fans in Everett, WA to spend a little time on ice this Labor Day Weekend.

After a pretty amazing summer there are showers in the forecast for Labor Day Weekend. That’s just fine with the Everett Silvertips who host their annual pre-season hockey tournament featuring nine hockey games over three days in Comcast Arena at Everett. Direct from the ‘Tips, here’s what you need to know…

Silvertips training camp has come and gone, and now the 2014 Holiday Inn Preseason Classic at Comcast Arena is right around the corner!  Preseason packages and single game tickets are available now for all nine games during the annual tournament over Labor Day weekend plus Everett’s final home preseason game vs. the Seattle Thunderbirds on Friday, Sep. 12.

Preseason ticket packages include all nine games during the Holiday Inn Preseason Classic AND our home preseason finale vs. Seattle on Sep. 12 as a bonus for just $75 per seat.  CLICK HERE to buy your package today!

Single game tickets for all preseason games at Comcast Arena can be purchased in person at the Comcast Arena main box office (open Noon to 5 pm Monday-Thursday and 10am to 2 pm on Friday & Saturday).  All seating is general admission for this year’s exhibition games.  For more information, call the team office at 425-252-5100 to speak with a friendly account executive.

The ‘Tips will be in action each day of the Holiday Inn Preseason Classic in the 7:00 pm game, facing the Victoria Royals Friday, Aug. 29, the Spokane Chiefs Saturday, Aug. 30 and the Portland Winterhawks on Sunday, Aug. 31.  The tournament also features early games at 11:30 am and 3:00 pm daily.  CLICK HERE for the complete tournament schedule.

Single game tickets for all Silvertips regular season home games go on sale this Thursday, August 28.  Everett’s 2014-15 home opener is set for Friday, Oct. 3 vs. the Kelowna Rockets, with the ‘Tips continuing their opening weekend vs. the Portland Winterhawks the following night at Comcast Arena.  CLICK HERE for the Silvertips’ full 2014-15 home schedule.

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