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September 16, 2021

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USS Ralph Johnson, Crew And Families Leave Everett For Japan

The USS Ralph Johnson (shown here at the dock) left Everett Wednesday and will be stationed in Japan.

A farewell for the USS Ralph Johnson who headed out for re-assignment in Japan after calling Naval Station Everett its first homeport. The departure plan was first announced in January. Here’s more from the Navy.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) departed Naval Station Everett to join the Forward Deployed Naval Forces in Yokosuka, Japan.

USS Ralph Johnson will forward deploy to Japan to replace the guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) that is scheduled for overhaul maintenance.

The move involves the relocation of the ship’s crew of approximately 300 sailors and their family members.

USS Ralph Johnson arrived in Everett as a newly commissioned ship in April 2018.

The forward presence of USS Ralph Johnson supports the U.S. Navy’s commitment to the security and stability of the Indo-Pacific region.

The Navy continually monitors Fleet capabilities and rebalances assets over time to provide the most robust, capable maritime force possible.



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September 16, 2021

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A Good Night For Historic Properties In Everett

Wednesday night’s City Council meeting in Everett, Washington was a good night for three historic properties. First off, the council unanimously approved the transfer of the historic Van Valey House at 2130 Colby in north Everett to the Everett History Museum. Here’s some background on the transaction from the council briefing packet.

The Everett History Museum hopes to re-open the Van Valey House on March 1, 2022.

In 2002 Edward and Elizabeth Morrow generously donated the Van Valey House to the City. The City is grateful for the generosity of the Morrow’s. Part of the transfer was a Donation Agreement signed by the City and the Morrows. Under that 2002 Donation Agreement, the City must transfer by quit claim deed the Van Valey House to a “historic non-profit entity designated by City Council” if the City “fails to use the [Van Valey House] for City of Everett use.” The Donation Agreement does not require any payment from the historic non-profit entity for the Van Valey House.

From 2002 through 2019, the City used the Van Valey House as an event venue, storage facility and office space. The expenses to operate and maintain the Van Valey House have exceeded the revenue associated with public and private rentals.

The Everett Museum of History wants to take ownership of the Van Valey House. Members of the Morrow family support this transfer. This transfer honors the City’s agreement with the Morrows to place the Van Valey House in museum ownership, and it relieves the City of responsibility for the maintenance and operations of the Van Valey House. Consistent with the 2002 Donation Agreement, the Everett Museum of History will not pay the City for the Van Valey House.

In the other two actions, the city council added the Gowdy House located at 2803 19th St. to the Everett Register of Historic Places along with the Walsh Platt Motors building which sits at the southwest corner of Hewitt and Rucker. That building is currently undergoing extensive renovation.



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September 15, 2021

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Driver Escapes Fiery Crash At 3rd SE And Dorn In South Everett

The car hit head on into this pole and rolled back across the street.

The crew from Engine 7 got the fire in the tree quickly knocked down.

The car was destroyed but the driver did get out safely.

Thankfully the driver of a small car was not seriously injured following a crash at 3rd Avenue SE and Dorn Avenue in South Everett Wednesday night.

Just before 10 PM Everett Police and Fire responded to a report of a car on fire under a tree at that intersection. It appeared the car hit a pole and caught fire.

The driver was able to safely exit as the car’s engine compartment burst into flames with the car rolling backward ending up under a tree across the street. The tree caught fire but Everett firefighters were able to quickly bring things under control.

Again the driver was not seriously injured and Everett Police are looking into the cause of the crash.

Here are a few photos of the scene. Click photo to enlarge.



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September 15, 2021

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Snohomish Superior Court Judge Eric Lucas Has Passed Away

Word in this afternoon from Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers on the passing of retired Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Eric Lucas.

Judge Eric Lucas (photo courtesy Snohomish County)

It was with great sadness I learned of Superior Court Judge Eric Lucas’ passing over the weekend. Judge Lucas was not just an excellent judge, he was an extraordinary leader and an inspiration to many.

Judge Lucas was a graduate of Harvard University and the first Black Superior Court Judge in Snohomish County. He wrote, taught, and otherwise gave of himself to help the next generation. Judge Lucas was an active and engaged member of Snohomish County NAACP and spent much of his time outside the halls of justice working with youth. He led the NAACP’s Annual Prodigies of Peace Essay Contest, helping the next generation understand their role in leading community change. Recently, Judge Lucas had been instrumental in engaging with the Marysville School District, when Black students’ lives were threatened.

Judge Lucas will be sorely missed. He was a bright light in Snohomish County and an engaging personality for all who met him. My deepest condolences go out to his family and friends for this significant loss.



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September 15, 2021

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Everett Sausage Fest Not Happening This Year, Sausage Will Be Available

Sad to report that there will not be an Everett Sausage Festival this year. Here are the details as provided on their Facebook Page. You will be able to support their fundraising efforts through a raffle. Tickets are available at the Parish office. Also they will be selling sausages. Follow their Facebook Page for details. […]

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September 15, 2021

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Motorhome Destroyed By Fire While At Rotary Park Next To Snohomish River

Had a couple of calls from people wondering about a thick column of smoke coming from Rotary Park in the Lowell area of Everett, Washington late this morning. A motorhome was destroyed after catching fire. Crews from Engine 1 and Engine 4 including some of Everett Fire Department’s newest firefighters worked together to put out […]

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