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City of Everett To Spend $66,400 to Study Fire Department Efficiencies

September 22, 2014


Everett Fire Department

The city is ready to begin an efficiency assessment of the Everett Fire Department.

At its meeting Wednesday night the Everett City Council will be asked to consider spending $66,400.00 to study the efficiencies of the Everett Fire Department. The study is part of Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson’s Budget Deficit Reduction Plan. The Fire Department is the first of three city agencies to be studied. When the plan was revealed in June there was concern expressed about the independence of the study. The city recently completed its request for qualifications and of four firms who responded and the administration is recommending Fitch and Associates out of Missouri. They were the low bidder at $66,400.00. The study would begin sometime this year and be conducted in three phases…

  • Phase 1 would be a baseline management and operations analysis of the Everett Fire Department and identifying short and long term opportunities.
  • Phase 2 would be an in-depth evaluation of short-term efficiencies
  • Phase 3 would be an in-depth evaluation of long term efficiencies

All three phases are expected to be completed by the spring of 2015. You can click here to see the results of the request for qualifications as well as what the city is asking Fitch and Associates to provide. Once the study of the Fire Department is complete, the city will move on to an analysis of the Police Department and Everett Transit.

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Do You See Everett, WA as The City of Everett Sees Everett?

September 21, 2014


If you had to describe Everett to someone what would you say? Recently the City of Everett launched a “design a new logo contest” and here’s how the city described itself. Does your experience match the city’s description?


A view of the welcome to Everett sign at 41st and Broadway.

Get to know us
We are a community with a rich history of entrepreneurs, innovators, risk takers and big thinkers, and those values still drive everything we do today.

For a mid-size city, we’re home to some heavy hitters in the world of global trade and technology. Boeing built its first airplane in Everett in 1967 and is now starting work on the 777X – an airplane that will change the face of aerospace. We have the largest advanced manufacturing hub in the world, and we’re working hard to develop the technology innovators and technicians of the future. We are no stranger to international markets; many of our top 50 companies are foreign-owned.

The Port of Everett and Naval Station Everett anchor our vibrant waterfront. The Port boasts the largest recreational marina on the West Coast and an active deep-water port. The Navy base joined our waterfront in 1994 and its sailors and their families are an important part of our community.

Beyond aerospace and industry, we’ve seen tremendous growth in higher education and health sciences. Providence Regional Medical Center and Everett Clinic are nationally recognized for groundbreaking patient care and health-care solutions. We’re home to three colleges, including Washington State University, one of the nation’s premier research institutions.

And while you probably know about Boeing and some of our other famous residents, we’re also incredibly proud of the arts and music renaissance that’s happening in our downtown and on our waterfront. In the past several years, Everett residents and visitors have had the chance to experience exciting new bands through the Everett Music Initiative, incredible musicals and shows at the Village Theatre and Historic Everett Theatre, and world-class art exhibits and classes at the award-winning Schack Art Center. The XFINITY arena and events center brings a wide range of concerts, traveling shows, conventions and sporting events to our region.

Everett boasts an enviable quality of life, with an extensive park and trail system, natural beauty on all sides and our 19 unique and active neighborhoods. We are family friendly – from the bustling Imagine Children’s Museum to our beloved AquaSox and Silvertips. Every summer is filled with countless ways to enjoy our city – from sandy fun on Jetty Island to the Sorticulture garden arts festival to concerts at the marina to craft beers and food trucks.

Next spring a year-round farmers market will open in the heart of downtown, complete with serveries, a commercial kitchen, and space for local farmers to connect directly with restaurateurs and customers. With exciting new housing and hotels opening all the time, young families and professionals are flocking to our active and walkable city core.

This is an exciting time to be an Everettite.

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Everett Parents Alerted To Watch For Signs Of EV-D68 In Your Child

September 20, 2014


EV-68d The Snohomish Health District released this bulletin about a child from Snohomish County with a confirmed case of EV-D68. For privacy reasons, they will not say if the child was from Everett but Katie Curtis at the Health District did ask us to pass this along to our readers…

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed the presence of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) in Washington state, including Snohomish and King Counties. The CDC testing confirmed that two children, one from  Snohomish County and one from King County who had been hospitalized at Seattle Children’s Hospital has respiratory illness associated with EV-D68.

“The spread of EV-D68 reminds us how important it is to get back to basics: washing hands, covering coughs, & staying home when ill,” said Dr. Gary Goldbaum, MD, MPH, Director and Health Officer of the Snohomish Health District. “And although here is no vaccine for this virus, with flu season approaching, we also need to get vaccinated in order to protect all of us.”

The results of the testing also show that EV-D68 is not alone in causing serious respiratory illness. The tests indicated that a variety of common cold viruses that cause uncomplicated infections in most children can cause severe disease in asthmatics and those with underlying lung diseases.

Many people who get sick from EV-D68 have only mild symptoms, like runny nose or coughing with or without fever.  Parents should be watchful for any signs of wheezing or worsening asthma and seek medical help promptly if breathing difficulty occurs.  Children and adults with asthma should be sure to take their medications as prescribed and have an asthma control plan with their health care provider.  They should contact their healthcare provider promptly if asthma symptoms worsen even after taking medication.

There is no specific treatment or vaccine for EV-D68 infections.  Testing is done to determine when the virus is present in the community, but is not helpful for individual patients and is not needed or available in non-hospitalized cases.

For additional information on enterovirus D-68:

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21st Annual Everett Coho Derby This Weekend

September 19, 2014


Everett Coho

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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Another Downtown Everett Restaurant Closing – Fish Tale Brew Pub Ending 3 Year Run

September 19, 2014


Fish Tale sign

Fish Tale opened the Everett location in August of 2011.

Saturday will mark the final day for the Everett location of Fish Tale Brew Pub. They opened three years ago in the former Turner’s location directly across from Xfininty Arena at the corner of Hewitt and Broadway. It was billed as a slice of organic pub life brought to downtown Everett. It was a new location for the folks at Fish Brewing in Olympia. No word yet on the reason behind the closure or if something else is planned for the space. We’ve reached out to the folks at Fish Brewing and will let you know what we hear.

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Details and Guidelines Revealed For $5000.00 City of Everett Logo Contest

September 18, 2014


City of Everett logo

The winning logo will fetch the designer $5000.00. Click the old logo above to get all logo design contest rules.

On August 14th we revealed that the City of Everett was going to hold a contest to design a new city logo. That little story turned out to be one of our most commented articles ever. Now Meghan Pembroke, communications director for the city, has released the design guidelines for the contest…

Our new logo:
We’re looking for a logo that’s modern and sophisticated, that offers both a nod to our history and view of our future. Our logo needs to work at art and music shows in our downtown core and in board rooms all across the world. Because our logo is reproduced in a variety of different formats, we’d like something that leans toward simple and sleek, with maybe just a tiny hint of quirky.

Size and colors
The City’s logo is used in variety of applications, including on road signs, business cards, uniforms, large banners, websites and posters. Your design should be adaptable for black-and-white uses, and should be scalable (looks good when very small and when very large).

You are welcome to use any combination of colors in your design. However, because of reproduction considerations, we suggest limiting your design to three or fewer colors (including black). We prefer designs that do not use graduated colors.

Logo types
We encourage you to submit whatever design you think best represents the qualities described in our design brief. We are especially interested in wordmark, combination mark and emblem logo types. This blog post provides a helpful overview of common logo types:

Other considerations
Your logo design should be able to stand alone or accommodate adding specific department names (i.e. “Public Works” or “Parks and Recreation”).

Here are some other details from a press release issued by the city this week…

“Our current logo is more than two decades old, and we’re in need of new look,” said Meghan Pembroke, communications director. “We’re asking artists and designers to send us their best ideas for a new logo. The public will also have a chance to help us narrow down the field.”


The City will accept design submissions via their website through Friday, Oct. 17. The community will then be able to vote for their favorite logo designs through an online survey.


A judging panel will review the top 20 finalists – 15 chosen by community votes and five selected by members of the Everett Cultural Arts Commission. The winning design will be presented to the City Council for approval in late November or early December.


“The contest is open to anyone who has a great idea,” said Pembroke. “We’ll accept artistic concepts as well as fully realized designs. We’ll work with one of our graphic designers to finalize the winning design and translate it into our family of logos.”


The City’s logo is used in variety of formats, including uniforms, vehicles, stationery and signs. The City will take a gradual approach to replacing logos to keep costs low. The logo will be changed out for electronic uses right away; for vehicles, signs and other uses, it will be changed out as those items come up for replacement.


For contest rules and design guidelines, visit



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PETA Plans Pachyderm Picture Protest Outside Everett Circus

September 18, 2014

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Signs from the 2011 protest.


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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