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October 21, 2018

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Lane Changes Coming To 529-East Marine View Drive Interchange Tuesday

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This configuration begins Tuesday.

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Here is the suggested route to avoid the construction area completely. Use 19th Street and Broadway to bypass the intersection going south.
Use 16th Street and Broadway to bypass the intersection going north.

The Washington State Department of Ecology has finished one phase of the Everett Smelter Cleanup in the area of 529 and East Marine View Drive. Now they are moving into a second phase which means changing lane configurations in the work zone as they move to the other side of the street.

The new lanes will go into operation Tuesday morning (10/23) and the work is expected to take six to eight weeks.

DOT says to complete the cleanup and keep motorists and workers safe, these closures will be in effect:

· No through traffic on East Marine View Drive.

· The exit from northbound Broadway to East Marine View Drive will remain closed.

· The only access to the northbound Broadway/SR-529 on-ramp will be from the north, on southbound East Marine View Drive.

· The only access to Riverside Road will be from the south, on northbound East Marine View Drive.

· The only exits from Riverside Road will be left or right turns onto East Marine view drive.

Motorists approaching the project site will find detour and warning signs.



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October 20, 2018

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Alarm And Closed Door Credited With Limiting Damage At House Fire

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Engine 2 was first on the scene.

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A firefighter heads around the back of the house.

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Firefighters set up a fan to air out the house.

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Spotted the new Engine 1 at 18th and Cedar.

The Everett Fire Department is crediting a working smoke alarm and a closed bedroom door with limiting the amount of damage to a house with a bedroom on fire this afternoon. It happened in the 1700 block of Cedar in north Everett. Here is a release sent out this afternoon by Everett Fire and some MyEverettNews.com photos.

Just before 2 pm on Saturday, an alert resident called 9-1-1 to report an alarm sounding and the smell of smoke at their neighbor’s home in the 1700 block of Cedar Street.

Firefighters arrived at the home and found the alarm still sounding, they were able to detect the smell of smoke, and nobody appeared to be home.

Firefighters were able to quickly gain entry into the home and found a mattress fire in one of the bedrooms. The fire was quickly extinguished using fire suppression foam. Damage to the inside of the home was minimal due to the bedroom door being closed, preventing the fire and smoke from spreading. There were no injuries to firefighters or civilians.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

In general, this is a good example of how a working smoke detector and a closed bedroom door helped prevent a fire from spreading to the rest of the home.

Remember to routinely check your smoke detector to ensure it is working, they are a key component to a family’s fire escape plan.  “When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly”, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). “Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area.” Every level of the home, to include a basement, should have working smoke alarms.

Additionally, a closed door, such as this call, may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. Per closeyourdoor.org, once a fire alarm sounds, a person has approximately three minutes to escape their home. A closed door may give a person precious life-saving extra time to escape a fire.

For more fire prevention safety tips, visit https://everettwa.gov/Fire.



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October 19, 2018

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No Injuries As Fiery Crash Wrecks Three Vehicles On Wetmore

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Wetmore was shut down for about 30 minutes.

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An Everett firefighter finishes putting out the fire in the engine compartment.

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A look at the aftermath of the crash and fire.

Thankfully no injuries but two vehicles appeared to be totaled and at least one other damaged after a suspected impaired driver slammed his vehicle into cars parked in the 2500 block of Wetmore Avenue in downtown Everett Friday evening.

The crash happened around 7:00 PM.

After hitting the parked cars the driver was able to get out of his vehicle. That was fortunate as it burst into flames that could be seen from several blocks away.

Everett fire crews quickly got the fire out and Everett Police detained the driver who was then transported to Providence Regional Medical Center on Colby to be checked out before being processed.



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October 18, 2018

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What’s On The Ballot For Everett, Washington Voters?

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No more connecting the lines, now you get to fill in the oval.

Today the Snohomish County Auditor started mailing out ballots for the General Election. As a reminder MyEverettNews.com accepts political ads but does not endorse candidates or take positions on issues.

We have provided links to the voter’s guide for the races listed here and also have provided a link to the Snohomish County Auditor’s Voter Information page at the end of this article.

There are Senate and Congressional seats as well as a slew of Washington State legislative initiatives that are all available for study in the Voters Guide. For the City of Everett in particular here are some decisions facing voters. (For a complete listing of everything on the ballot you can download a sample ballot from the auditor’s website. We have not listed candidates who are unopposed.)

Everett City Council Position 4. This is a one-year-term that will be on the ballot again next November. It is to fill the unexpired term for the seat currently held by Ethel McNeal. She was appointed by the city council to fill the spot vacated by the election of Cassie Franklin to Mayor of Everett. McNeal ran in the primary but came in third behind first time candidates Tyler Rourke and Liz Vogeli.

There are three ballot propositions on the ballot just for voters in the Everett city limits.

Proposition Number 1 – Amendments to City of Everett Charter regarding Council Elections
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The City Council has submitted to the voters five Charter amendments concerning Council elections. If approved, by amending Charter sections 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4 and 9.1, a specified number of the Council’s seven members would be elected within districts determined by an independent commission, and the other City Council members and Mayor would be elected citywide. Districts would be re-drawn following each ten-year federal Census. Council positions would have four-year terms, subject to certain transition provisions.

Should these proposed Charter amendments be:

Approved
Rejected

Ballot title approved by the City Attorney’s Office (August 6, 2018).

Proposition Number 2 – Amendments to City of Everett Charter regarding the Number of Council Districts
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The City Council has submitted to the voters five Charter amendments concerning Council elections. If a majority of the City’s electors votes in favor of Proposition #1 so that a specified number of the Council’s seven members are to be elected within districts, then regardless of whether you voted “Approved” or “Rejected” on Proposition #1, should the number of Council Districts be five (“Option A”) or four (“Option B”)?

Five Council Districts and two Citywide (Option A)
Four Council Districts and three Citywide (Option B)

Ballot title approved by the City Attorney’s Office (August 6, 2018).

Proposition Number 3 – Emergency Medical Services Property Tax Levy
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The Everett City Council has adopted Ordinance No. 3608-18 concerning a property tax levy to maintain emergency medical services.

If approved, this proposition would maintain existing service levels for emergency medical care and services, including paramedic services, by authorizing an increase in Everett’s emergency medical services property tax levy capacity to the previously-authorized rate of fifty cents ($0.50) per one thousand ($1,000) assessed valuation in 2019, and to increase the levy each year thereafter as allowed by Chapter 84.55 RCW.

Should this proposition be:

Approved
Rejected

Ballot title approved by the City Attorney’s Office (August 6, 2018).

PUD Commissioner District 1. This is a race to fill a 2-year-term for the District 1 position on the PUD Board of Commissioners. The area that makes up District 1 includes Everett and also Marysville, Granite Falls, Darrington, Arlington and Stanwood along with the northern portion of unincorporated Snohomish County. Candidates are Sidney (Sid) Logan and Mary Rollins.

38th District – Senator. This is a 4-year-term in the State Senate. The 38th covers Everett, Marysville and Tulalip. John McCoy is the incumbent and Savio Pham is the challenger.

38th District – Representative. This is a 2-year-term in the State House. June Robinison is the incumbent and Bert Johnson is the challenger.

U.S.Representative Congressional District 2. This is a 2-year-term in the United States Congress with Everett as the largest city represented in the District. Rick Larsen is the incumbent and Brian Luke is the challenger.

Proposition Number 1 – Emergency Communication Systems and Facilities Sales and Use Tax
Ballot Title

The Snohomish County Council passed Ordinance No. 18-037 concerning an emergency communication systems and facilities sales and use tax. This proposition would authorize the imposition of a countywide sales and use tax, in addition to any other taxes authorized by law, of one tenth of one percent (0.1 % –10 cents for every $100) to be used for emergency communication systems and facilities, as authorized by RCW 82.14.420.

Should this proposition be:

Approved
Rejected

Ballot title approved by the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office (June 20, 2018).

Again this election there is no need to put a stamp on your ballot the postage is pre-paid. If mailed the ballot does need to be postmarked on or before Election Day.

Ballot drop boxes are still available in Everett outside the Everett Mall by Sears and Famous Daves and in front of the Snohomish County Courthouse at Wall and Rockefeller in downtown Everett, Washington.

Questions? Here is the link to the Snohomish County Auditor’s elections page.



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October 18, 2018

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Council Sends Plastic Bag Ban To General Government Committee For More Study

The Everett City Council decided Wednesday night to send a proposed ordinance eliminating single use plastic bags within the Everett City limits to the general government subcommittee for further refinement and a plan of implementation. Council members spoke in favor of the ordinance but indicated they wanted to make sure that they were providing enough […]

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October 17, 2018

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Mayor Franklin Issues First Budget Address

At the Wednesday night Everett City Council meeting Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin issued the first budget address of her administration. The city council also held their first public hearing on the budget. The hearing will remain open with the third and final budget hearing set for November 7th. You can click here to see the […]

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