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December 11, 2017

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County Council Approves Funds For Low Barrier Housing In Everett

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It looks like groundbreaking will happen in January.

While there has been some concern that time was running out to complete the complex funding pieces for a low barrier housing project on Berkshire Drive in Everett, it appears things are moving forward for a January groundbreaking.

This morning the Snohomish County Council approved a loan agreement for $1.6 million dollars with Catholic Housing Services which was the final piece of the funding needed for the project to move forward. On Wednesday the Everett City Council will get a briefing on the status of the project.

As part of the proposed property transfer, the City has requested a 50-year use-restriction covenant on the land, which will go before City Council for approval. The covenant includes safeguards regulating how the property can be used and defines the population served. For example, the proposed covenant establishes that the facility will serve chronically homeless individuals; specifies classes of prohibited residents, such as sex offenders; and requires a City-approved management and operations plan with 24-hour staffing, neighborhood outreach, and on-site service expectations.

The other final actions requiring Council approval are the property surplus, the real estate transaction that will transfer the property to CHS, and construction covenants that require the project be built in accordance with specific approved plans. Following the Dec. 13 briefing, council members will have several weeks for discussion and review; the actions are scheduled for a vote on Jan. 3, 2018.

With Council’s approval, CHS expects to close on the project and break ground on the new facility by mid-January. The land is valued at approximately $360,000; CHS has been able to use the City’s proposed land donation to secure the local, state and federal housing funding needed to develop and construct the project.

On Dec. 1, the City issued a notice of Finding of No Significant Impact under the National Environment Policy Act (NEPA) with a 30-day comment period, which will enable CHS to finalize the commitment of ongoing operation support from the Everett Housing Authority through project-based vouchers worth close to $9 million over the next 15 years.
For more information on the project, visit the project page on the city’s website here.



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December 10, 2017

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Free Holiday Concert By Navy Band Northwest Monday Night In Everett

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Navy Band Northwest performs during their concert series “Home for the Holidays” at the Everett Performing Arts Center in 2016. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alex Van’tLeven/Released)

The Commander Navy Region Northwest will present a Navy Band Northwest holiday performance in Everett on Monday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m.

The concert will be held at the Everett Performing Arts Center on Wetmore, home of the Village Theatre.

Entry is free and open to the public, no tickets necessary.

The band’s performance includes traditional and family holiday music. Throughout the evening there will also be an appearance by Santa Claus.

Navy Band Northwest is under the command of Rear Admiral Gary Mayes, Commander Navy Region Northwest. The band’s director, Lieutenant Bruce Mansfield, leads 35 musicians who perform more than 400 engagements each year at both military and civilian events.



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December 10, 2017

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16-Year-Old Murder Suspect Assaults Deputy, Escapes In Downtown Everett

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Photo provided by SCSO

Editor’s Update 8:20 AM: The Sheriff’s office says Bryan Rodriguez-Hernandez is now in custody. He was spotted near an apartment complex by 100th SW and 12th Ave. West around 6 AM.
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The scene at the Snohomish County Courthouse in downtown Everett around 2:15 AM

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A K-9 team at Wall and Wetmore.

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Another K-9 team working the area of Colby and Wall streets

Three dozen law enforcement officers spent more than two hours combing the streets of downtown Everett early this morning after a 16-year-old murder suspect assaulted a deputy and escaped while being taken into the Snohomish County Courthouse.

Snohomish County Sheriff’s Lieutenant A.J. Bryant identified the teen as Bryan Rodriguez-Hernandez, who was taken into custody on the Village Green Mobile Home Park shooting that happened Thursday morning.

Bryant said Rodriguez-Hernandez was being escorted back from the hospital for transport to the courthouse in downtown Everett, when he slipped his right hand from the hand from the handcuffs, struck the escorting Deputy in the head and escaped from him. That was around 2 AM.

3 different K-9 teams scoured streets throughout the downtown Everett area and to the south before that part of the search was suspended around 4 AM.

Major crimes detectives from the Sheriff’s office are now working to relocate the suspect who had been taken into custody along with others over the weekend.

Rodriguez-Hernandez is wanted for murder in the first degree, escape in the first degree and assault in the third degree. If you have any information on his whereabouts you are asked to call the SCSO tip line at 425-388-3845.



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December 9, 2017

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Everett Firefighters Union Taking To Social Media To Argue Staffing Case

Last week MyEverettNews.com told you about the Mayor’s decision to stop running Engine 3 if putting it into service would cause an overtime expense. Today the Everett Firefighters Union Posted the following video on Facebook to make their case to keep Engine 3 staffed.

2017 has been a year of turnover at the top of the Everett Fire Department with three different Fire Chiefs. Eric Hicks was named Fire Chief after the retirement of Murray Gordon in January. One of his first duties as Chief was to return Engine 3 to regular service. In April Hicks resigned as Fire Chief and accepted a position in King County. In May Tim Key was named interim Fire Chief. He has continued the practice of using Engine 3. Key told the Everett City Council budget committee of he plans to use aid cars or specially equipped SUVs with two firefighters to answer aid calls when Engine 3 can’t be staffed. You can see the report to the City Council Budget committee here.



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December 9, 2017

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Everett Presents Mayoral History Project As City Prepares For Newest Mayor

The City of Everett and the Everett Public Library have put together a great look at Mayors from Everett’s past. Here’s the first presentation… As we prepare for January’s mayoral transition, we are taking a look back at Everett’s history. This month we’ll highlight some of our former mayors and share photos of our past. […]

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December 8, 2017

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Sheriff Names Teen Murder Suspect, Asks Public For Help

This afternoon the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office asked us to pass along the following information… Major Crimes detectives have probable cause for the felony arrest of 16 year-old Larry Dontese Dorrough for the 1st degree murder of a 54 year-old woman yesterday morning. Dorrough is the same suspect detectives were attempting to contact last night […]

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