February 21, 2024

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Northbound Highway 99 Traffic in Everett Altered Due to RV Fire

Just after noon on Wednesday 2/21 northbound lanes of Highway 99 were blocked for a fire response in what was determined to be an RV fire at the 13400 block of Highway 99.

Traffic cam footage shows a large cloud of black smoke and first responders blocking all the northbound lanes. Traffic was getting through by going down the center turn lane.

The RV was destroyed and a car was damaged. Thankfully, no one was hurt. All lanes opened up by 1pm.

The fire trucks can be seen just past O’Finnigan’s Pub & Grill where Starlite RV Park resides.

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South County Fire reports that Support 7 will provide resources for the two people displaced by the fire.

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February 21, 2024

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Explorer Middle School Full Replacement Starts With New Gymnasium

Explorer Middle School is part of the Mukilteo School District but located in Everett City Limits.

The school plans to fully replace the existing school. In Phase 1 they will build a new 21,400 square foot gymnasium and replace the track.

The new gymnasium building will provide a new main gym, an auxiliary gym, a fitness studio, locker rooms, restrooms and thanks to a November 1st, 2023 School Height Code Amendment approved by the City of Everett, will be tall enough to allow for volleyball.

As seen in the image to the right, the gymnasium will be in place of the current tennis courts.

The replacement track will feature new a new turf field, plus a rubberized track, and improved stormwater management and utilities.

The funding comes from a February 2022 voter approved Capital Bond Expansion Projects, which was a 25 cent increase in the old local tax rate ($12.50 per month for a $600k home).

Explorer Middle School currently serves 949 6th to 8th grade students in the Mukilteo School District. It is located at 9600 Sharon Dr, Everett, WA 98204 in the Holly Neighborhood in south Everett.

If you’d like to look up the City of Everett permitting info, the project number is REVII24-005.

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February 20, 2024

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Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live Glow Party Coming to Everett

Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live Glow Party is coming to Everett in June.

The event is best described as a rock concert mixed with a monster truck show, featuring laser lights, fog machines, and other theatrical effects.

The show will take place at the Angel of the Winds Arena on June 1st and 2nd in Downtown Everett.

What to Expect:

Fans will see Hot Wheels Monster Trucks come to life with fun theatrical effects including a laser light show, dance parties, and Hot Wheels toy giveaways. Fans will also see a special appearance from a transforming robot, plus a performance from “high-flyers” freestyle motocross.

Shows will take be at the Angel of the Winds Arena during these times:

  • Saturday June 1st at 12:30pm
  • Saturday at 7:30pm
  • Sunday at 2:30pm

hot wheels crash zone everett waThese events typically have Crash zone pre-party events that run90 minutes to see the trucks and drivers close up. Also, a VIP experience is typically available to meet the host and receive gifts.

Tickets will be made available Friday 2/23 at 10am here: https://www.ticketmaster.com/hot-wheels-monster-trucks-live-glow-everett-washington-06-01-2024/event/0F0060489B8E1891

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February 19, 2024

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Color Storm Coming to Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens

Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens will undergo a vibrant transformation as it plays host to “Color Storm,” an exhilarating yarn bombing event set to inject bursts of color and creativity throughout the serene landscape. The event will take place throughout the month of March.

This initiative, organized by Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens and Great Yarns of Everett, aims to captivate visitors and infuse the tranquil setting with a riot of hues and textures as the final event celebrating the Arboretum’s 60th year.

Yarn bombing, the art of adorning public spaces with knitted or crocheted yarn creations, will take center stage as local artists and enthusiasts unite to weave a tapestry of imagination within the lush confines of Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens.

Tree trunks will will serve as a canvas for this unique form of artistic expression, and yarn pom poms will hang from limbs. After the event all yarns will be recycled.

“We are thrilled to invite the community to experience the magic of Color Storm,” said Eileen Simmons, President of Evergreen Arboretum. “This event celebrates the intersection of nature and creativity, inviting people of all ages to engage with their surroundings in a playful and meaningful way.

Color Storm is not just about brightening up the landscape; it’s also an opportunity for local knitters and crocheters to showcase their talents and foster a sense of community spirit. Participants have been diligently crafting intricate yarn installations, each one destined to evoke wonder and delight among visitors.

“The arboretum provides the perfect backdrop for this collaborative endeavor,” remarked knitting coordinator Fontelle Jones of Great Yarns. “I can’t wait to see how our creations interact with the natural beauty of the gardens, creating moments of joy and surprise for everyone who wanders through.”

Throughout the month of March, visitors are encouraged to immerse themselves fully in the experience, snapping photos, sharing their impressions on social media with friends. The Arboretum is free to visit and open from dawn to dusk every day.

Color Storm promises to be a feast for the senses, inviting residents and tourists alike to rediscover Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens in a whole new light. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this enchanting spectacle!

Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing public access to an extensive collection of ornamental plants in a beautiful setting. The Arboretum offers educational programs, events, and workshops to promote horticultural knowledge and appreciation in the community.

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February 18, 2024

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3 kids from Everett Crowned State Champions in Hoop Shoot Contest

A rare celebration for an Everett-based basketball club. On February 10, 2024, three kids from Everett were crowned Washington State Champions in the Elks Hoop Shoot contest.

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Ellie Matisin, Helaina and Max Soterakopoulos Win State Hoops Championship

The event took place at St. Martin’s University in Olympia. Each athlete won their local qualifier, the district qualifier in Seattle, and the Washington State championship in Olympia.

Trophies were awarded to the top boys and girls in each category: Ages 8-9, 10-11, and 12-13. Elizabeth “Ellie” Matisin (9) will represent the Everett Elks Lodge #479. Helaina Soterakopoulos (10) and Max Soterakopoulos (9) will represent the Shoreline Elks Lodge #1800.

During the district finals, Helaina made 10 out of 10 free throws for the win in round 1. She finished 2 rounds making 21/25 baskets. Ellie and Max both won the State Finals during a tie breaker in a 5 shot shootout of round 3. Ellie completed in the girls’ division and won by 2 baskets, while Max won in a close shootout during the boys’ division. His opponent from Longview was first to go, who made 4 of his 5 shots in the 3rd round. Max finished round 3 by swishing 5 out of 5 shots for the win.

These three competitors have created a close bond within this last year, because they all play for the the same soccer and basketball club. Their basketball teammates and coaches from the Wildcat Basketball Academy (WBA), an AAU club in Everett, are extremely thrilled to have them move onto the next round. In addition to practicing free throws, they are also preparing to compete in the Washington Middle School State basketball tournament in Spokane.

This triple threat group will advance to the NW Regional contest in Kennewick, WA. They will compete against athletes from Alaska, Idaho, and Oregon. Their goal is to secure their spots in the Elk’s National Hoop Shoot Championship located in Chicago, which will take place in mid April, 2024.

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February 16, 2024

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“Heart Bomb” Planned for Historic Clark Park Gazebo Saturday

City of Everett Employees at Clark Park in 1928

City of Everett Employees at Clark Park in 1928.
Credit: Everett Public Library

On January 27th we broke the news that the Clark Park Gazebo will be removed by the city.

On Saturday, concerned Everett citizens, led by Historic Everett are planning a “Heart Bomb” to show appreciation and love for the historic Clark Park Gazebo.

The 103-year-old historic structure is located at Clark Park, 2400 Lombard Avenue. The heart bombing will occur at noon to 1pm this Saturday. The public is welcome and encouraged to join.

Example of a heart bombing of a historical building in NY

On Tuesday, February 12, supporters gathered in the Northwest History Room at the Everett Public Library to create hearts and garland to use to decorate the historic structure.

Until the announcement, the City of Everett and Parks Department were working on plans to restore and improve the security of the Gazebo by adding historically appropriate shutters as well as adding a dog park to increase activity in the Park.

“We see a greater public benefit in preserving and maintaining historic structures, gathering spots and character in Everett”, commented Andrea Tucker, President of Historic Everett, “Enhancing, rather than demolishing them gives us all a sense of place and community.”

 

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February 15, 2024

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Valentine’s Day Fire at Housing Hope Apartments Caused by Lithium-ion Batteries

On February 14th at 11:10pm the Everett Fire Department responded to an apartment fire at Housing Hope’s New Century Apartments at 2507 Howard Avenue. Thanks to smoke alarms and a sprinkler system, the fire didn’t spread beyond the occupant’s bedroom.

Here’s what the Everett Fire Department reported:

The apartment occupants reported hearing a loud pop, followed by the activation of the smoke alarm.

The residents found a fire in the bedroom and attempted to extinguish it with a fire extinguisher before the sprinkler system activated.

Firefighters arrived within minutes of the call and found the apartment’s sprinkler system had activated and extinguished the fire, preventing it from spreading. The fire was contained in the apartment’s bedroom, and the second and third floors suffered water damage.

The Everett Fire Marshal’s Office investigated and concluded that lithium-ion batteries in the home likely caused the fire. They have ruled the fire as accidental.

Lithium-ion batteries are widely used to power various devices such as smartphones, laptops, power banks, tablets, toys, e-cigarettes, smoke alarms, scooters, and vehicles. Since these batteries store a significant amount of energy, it is crucial to handle them with care. They can overheat, catch fire, or even explode if not treated properly. It is important to follow the recommended safety measures when using them. Everett Fire urges everyone to be cautious while handling lithium-ion batteries.

Here are some safety tips when using lithium-ion batteries:

  • Only purchase and use devices, batteries, and charging equipment that are listed by a nationally recognized testing lab and labeled accordingly.
  • Use charging equipment that is only compatible with your device. To be safe, use only the charging equipment that is supplied with your device.
  • Do not keep charging the device or device battery after it is fully charged.
  • Do not put lithium-ion batteries in the trash. Recycling is always the best option. Take the batteries to a battery recycling location or contact your local waste department for disposal instructions.
  • Stop using your device if the battery shows signs of damage, such as an unusual odor, excessive heat, popping sounds, swelling, or change in color.
  • Only have device repairs performed by a qualified professional.
  • Larger batteries and equipment such as power tools and electric scooters should be charged in the garage, shed or carport away from living spaces.
  • Don’t charge or store battery devices near exits or along egress paths where they might hinder or block your escape should they catch fire or become involved in one.

For more information on lithium battery safety, visit the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA.org) website.

This incident serves as a good reminder to have working smoke alarms in your home. They are the first line of defense for early notification and evacuation should there be a fire.

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February 13, 2024

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GeekFest West Premieres In Everett This Summer

Save the date to embrace your inner-geek as the first-ever GeekFest West takes place this summer in Downtown Everett. GeekFest West is founded by local passionate geeks who wanted to create an inclusive and unforgettable experience for fellow geeks. Their mission is simple: to celebrate geek culture, connect fans, and spread joy throughout the Northwest. […]

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February 12, 2024

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Mysterious White Buoy in Port Susan Bay

A reader shared a couple of pictures, wondering what the mysterious object was floating in Port Susan Bay. Here’s what they saw: As you can see, a large white buoy-looking object is being pulled around in the water. The white buoy is actually a renewable energy capture buoy built by Panthalassa, a renewable energy startup […]

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February 10, 2024

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Mom and Pops Cakery Opens in Downtown Everett

It’s always exciting when a new business opens up in Downtown Everett. This weekend Mom and Pops Cakery had a “soft” grand opening at 1407 Hewitt Ave. Expect to see cake pops, macarons, mini cakes, popcorn, cookies and coffee. Many will be valentines day themed. If anyone wants to stop in Sunday February 11th, they’ll […]

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