May 19, 2024

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Officer Given Receives the Dan Rocha Award

Officer Given. Credit: Everett Police

Everett Police Officer Given is the first officer to receive the Dan Rocha Award.

The Dan Rocha award was created to honor our fallen hero, Officer Dan Rocha.

The award is given to officers who demonstrate a commitment to the community by policing with dignity, respect, and compassion as Dan did.

Officer Given was the perfect first winner of this award. Those who know Officer Given, say she has a smile that is contagious to other officers and our community.

Officer Given has been with the Everett Police since 2019 and has always put community first. She is one of Everett’s Field Training Officers and passed her skills to Everett’s newest officers. Next week Given will move into the PIO position.

A couple fun facts about Officer Given:

  • She grew up in Vienna, Austria
  • She loves backpacking, skiing, and convincing her co-workers to get Dairy Queen with her.
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May 18, 2024

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Paine Field Community Day Today

Paine Field Community Day 2024 is set to make a grand return on Saturday, May 18, after a five-year break.

This beloved late May tradition at the Snohomish County-owned airport is back. Organized collaboratively by Paine Field airport staff, the Washington Pilots Association, and the EAA Young Eagles program.

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2024
Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Paine Field Airport, 3509 109th St. SW, Everett, WA 98204

Don’t miss out on the chance to:

  • Meet and chat with local pilots
  • Admire unique aircraft up close
  • Explore opportunities with local colleges and flight schools
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May 16, 2024

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I-5 Road Rage Incident in Everett Led to Fight With Construction Workers – Suspect Killed By Trooper

Traffic cameras on I-5 near Everett documented what a road rage incident that lead to a lengthy fight with construction workers and a shooting.

Here’s the official report from SMART Investigators at 8:50pm:

Shortly after 4 p.m., Washington State Patrol (WSP) responded to a report of a road rage incident on the shoulder of I-5 northbound near milepost 197. The suspect vehicle began ramming a WSDOT vehicle and a lift that was on the shoulder of I-5, operating over the slough, with two employees onboard.

The suspect was armed with a hammer and an altercation ensued between the suspect, WSDOT employees and a Washington State Patrol trooper. During the altercation, the WSP trooper shot the suspect. Law enforcement immediately rendered aid to the suspect. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

One WSDOT contractor had non-life-threatening injuries.

We are told the incident ended with a WSP Trooper shooting a person near milepost 197 in Everett. I-5 North between Everett and Marysville remained closed until midnight so SMART detectives could investigate the scene.

Here’s the video of the initial fight (not the shooting):

This video shows the suspect trying to flee the scene after trying to hijack the truck with a construction worker still on the manlift. You’ll also see the officers arrive to detain him. When exactly the shooting occurs is unclear in the video:

 

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May 16, 2024

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Everett Celebrating Bike Everywhere Day on Friday

Bike Everywhere Celebration at Everett Transit Station on 5/17

May is National Bike Month and the City of Everett, along with the Cascade Bicycle Club, is hosting events throughout the month and sharing resources to promote bicycle safety and encourage bicycling as a convenient way to get around our community.

BIKE EVERYWHERE DAY

May 17th Everett will be celebrating Bike Everywhere Day. Everett Transit will host a bike celebration event from 8am to noon.

The free and fun community event celebrates all-things biking, including safety checks, small repairs, games and prizes! Whether your ride is part of your commute or a weekend jaunt with the family, this event has something for everyone.

Everett Station

Everett Station at 3201 Smith Avenue.

The event will include:

  • A bike wheel curling challenge
  • 2024 Bike Everywhere t-shirts
  • Prize giveaways
  • Bike checks
  • Bike locker information
  • Information about new bike paths and trails that connect you to Everett and beyond (Check out the Fleming Bicycle Corridor and the Fulton Street Bicycle Corridor).

Everett Station is located at 3201 Smith Avenue in Downtown Everett.

 

 

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May 15, 2024

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US 2 Trestle Travelers in Snohomish County Invited to Learn About a New Trestle Study That Includes I-5

Hewitt Avenue TrestleThose who travel on or near the US 2 trestle in Snohomish County, including people who drive, walk, bike, and roll, are invited to comment on the draft purpose and need statement for a new study of the Trestle and a section of Interstate 5.

The US 2 Trestle in Snohomish County is the only direct route across the Snohomish River between eastern Snohomish County and the I-5 corridor in Everett.

In partnership with the Federal Highway Administration, the Washington State Department of Transportation is completing a planning and environmental linkages study. These studies are designed to gather public input about transportation issues and environmental concerns for specific areas. In the case of US 2, the study will help identify improvements that could improve traffic flow on and around the trestle for all travelers.

The first step of the US 2 trestle planning and environmental linkages study is to develop a purpose and need statement with public input. The final statement will carry over to the future National Environmental Policy Act review helping to speed up that process. A NEPA review is required for all transportation projects receiving federal funding or permits.

Area of study. Click to expand.

To help travelers learn about the study and comment on the purpose and need, WSDOT is hosting an online open house and survey for four weeks. Online open house attendees can review the study background, complete a survey about their travel on or near the US 2 trestle, and review and provide comment on the draft NEPA purpose and need statement. There will also be more opportunities to comment in the future. Content is available in English, Spanish, Russian, Korean, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

The goal of the online open house is to:

  • Help us understand your experience traveling on or near the US 2 trestle and
  • Gather feedback on the draft Purpose & Need statement.

Online open house information:

When: Tuesday, May 14 to Friday, June 7, 2024
Where: engage.wsdot.wa.gov/us2trestle

Voicemail comments also accepted: 425-233-8970

Access for participation for those without home internet:
Free Wi-Fi access is available through Snohomish County libraries:

Everett Public Library – 2702 Hoyt Ave., Everett, WA 98201
Library on Wheels – 7312 35th Ave. NE, Marysville, Washington 98271
Marysville Library – 6120 Grove St., Marysville, WA 98270
Lake Stevens Library – 2211 Grade Road, Lake Stevens, WA 98258
Snohomish Library – 311 Maple Ave., Snohomish, Washington 98290
Additional Wi-Fi locations are provided through the Washington State Department of Commerce.

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May 14, 2024

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Former Everett City Council Member Scott Murphy Announces Run for Mayor of Everett

Former Everett City Councilmember, Scott Murphy, announced today that he will run for Mayor of the City of Everett in 2025.

Public safety, homelessness and crime remain huge problems and the city’s finances are a mess,” said Murphy. “It’s time after six years that we change our current trend and restore our city to a place where we can begin to really tackle the issues our community is seeing every day in our neighborhoods and on our streets. Everett has been a great city and we can’t sit by and allow Everett to slide downhill like other cities.

Murphy, a Democrat, served on the City Council from 2013 through 2021 where he demonstrated a strong commitment to investing in public safety, police, fire and emergency medical aid services, and other essential utility services including water, sewer and streets and their importance on public health and safety.

Whether it is the increasing number of unhoused individuals, public drug use, the city’s worsening budget deficit, or just not feeling safe when out and about in Everett, any way you cut it, we are worse off than we were six years ago,” said Murphy. “Cassie Franklin has convened multiple political task forces over the years, yet things keep getting worse. Cassie Franklin proposed a 44% increase in the city’s property tax portion that will pass through to Everett residents and businesses. Expenses have ballooned since I left the City Council in 2021 and it’s time for serious fiscal accountability!

Former Everett Councilmember Brenda Stonecipher said, “Scott is uniquely qualified to be Mayor of Everett. We worked together on the City Council for nine years and there was a mutual respect between us. Scott understands the city budget, the financial problems facing the city, and the community we serve.

I am confident that Scott will engage the City Council and our community in an open and transparent process to identify ways to improve efficiency and do more with the resources that are available. I also believe Scott will continue to support public safety, including fire and police where Scott is a strong advocate. Scott recognizes that the city’s efforts to address street-level impacts of the substance abuse crisis have not worked and the insufficient progress in providing adequate housing options are of paramount importance. I believe Scott will approach these issues with fresh energy and ideas.

Every city needs the right kind of leadership at the right time. I have a high regard for Scott and I believe he is the Mayor that Everett needs now,” said Stonecipher.

Initial endorsers include:

  • Former Everett Mayor Ed Hansen
  • Former Everett Councilmember Brenda Stonecipher
  • Former Everett Councilmember Bill Rucker
  • Former Everett Councilmember Rich Anderson
  • Former Everett Councilmember Shannon Affholter
  • Former Everett Councilmember Gigi Burke
  • Former Everett Councilmember Ron Gipson
  • Former Everett Councilmember Connie Niva
  • Former School Board Member Kristie Dutton.

Scott Murphy’s community stewardship along with his business and strong financial experience set him apart from the current Mayor,” said Rich Anderson, former Everett Councilmember and a retired Certified Public Accountant. “Scott has the integrity and character to lead the city with sound planning and better judgment.

Other community members endorsing Murphy include: Larry O’Donnell; Jack and Mary Ellen O’Donnell; Chris Adams; Phil and Scuttle Bannan; Bob and Christy Andre; Mike Deller; Carlton Gipson; Dan and Ash Gunderson; Phil and Kelly Johnson; Jim and Sharon Langus; Si and Lisa Newland; Retired Everett Police Captain Greg Lineberry; Pat and Angie Sievers; Jack and Marilyn Courrier; Morrie Trautman and Larry and Linda Jubie.

For a complete list of current endorsements please visit: www.electscottmurphy.com.

“I intend to challenge the mayor on a number of issues, and will provide the citizens with a clear account of where this Mayor has failed, and what my plans will include. I am committed to campaigning the next year and a half to be elected, and to do my best if elected to work night and day to address our citizens’ concerns,” said Murphy.

Murphy has lived in Everett for 32 years and he and his wife Kippy raised their 3 children in Everett. In addition to serving on the City Council, Murphy served 16 years as President and COO of Goldfinch Brothers Inc. where he was instrumental in the company’s expansion and growth. Goldfinch Brothers is a six-generation family-owned local Everett business with over a century of success in the construction industry.

Murphy’s community service includes serving as Board President, Everett Public Facilities District (Everett Events Center); Board Chair, Community Foundation of Snohomish County; President, Everett Public Schools Foundation; President and Coach, North Everett Little League; Board Member, Providence Hospital General Foundation; Co-Chair (with Kippy), Providence Festival of Trees; and Board Member, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Snohomish County.

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May 14, 2024

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New Mural in Downtown Everett Reflects Art Inside Imagine Children’s Museum

Imagine Children’s Museum launched a fun mural project intended to turn heads and spark imaginations in the Everett community.

At the corner of Pacific and Colby Avenues, mural artist, Gina Ribaudo, is enlivening downtown Everett with original artwork offering a colorful welcome to the area.

The mural features playful scenes of Port Gardener Bay’s ecosystem and a local woodland forest with a rope bridge and fishing pond. These hint at the playful learning galleries found inside Imagine Children’s Museum.

This new mural brings the wonder of playful learning inside the Museum into the outside world,” said Nancy Johnson, CEO of Imagine Children’s Museum. “Everyone who sees the mural will get a glimpse of what awaits inside the Museum, or simply be reminded of the beauty of our Puget Sound region.

Imagine Children’s Museum is the largest children’s museum in the Pacific Northwest and a major destination for children ages 12 and under and their grown-ups. Every year, more than 283,000 children, families, school groups and youth organizations visit the three-story facility at the corner of Wall St. and Hoyt Ave.

A tribute to the Museum’s commitment to the arts can be seen throughout its expansive interior. Throughout every floor of the Museum, you will find original works of art, including other murals by Gina Ribaudo.

Over the past 20 years, Ribaudo has painted larger-than-life murals that reflect the wonders of Snohomish County – including mountains, waterways and street scenes.

Imagine Children’s Museum’s mission is to utilize playful learning to enrich children’s lives. It serves the community through hands-on indoor and outdoor exhibits, field trips, camps, classes, family events and outreach programs.

Visual art can be inspiring for children, and can help them develop visual literacy skills, including the ability to observe details and make connections between what they see and the real world. Art can spark new conversations with children, providing opportunities for vocabulary development and language enrichment.

Murals are vibrant expressions of community identity and pride. As larger-than-life artworks, murals have the unique ability to uplift public spaces, injecting a sense of vitality and unity. For children, murals can instill a community connection and a sense of belonging.

Whether you’re a seasoned art enthusiast or simply a curious explorer who appreciates the transformative power of art, this new mural is a must-see. Drive or walk by today to witness the beauty of imagination coming to life!

The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Every third Friday of the month, all families with children ages 12 and under can visit the Museum during its free family nights from 5 to 9 p.m.

 

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May 13, 2024

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Perfect Storm Tanked Everett Area Traffic This Past Weekend

The Aurora Borealis geomagnetic storm wasn’t the only unusual event on this past weekend. Traffic woes began with President Biden flying into Seattle on Air Force One Friday, causing Flight restrictions at SeaTac and Paine Field plus highway and street closures during Friday rush hour for his motorcade to a private fundraising events. He also […]

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May 11, 2024

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Everett Farmers Market Opens on Mother’s Day

Get ready for a festive Mother’s Day bash tomorrow, Sunday, May 12th. It will be the official kick off for the 31st year for the Everett Farmers Market. The 2024 Everett Farmers market takes place on Sundays from 10:30am to 3pm, starting on Mother’s Day and running into October. Over 100 vendors will be attending. […]

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May 10, 2024

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Sorticulture, Everett’s Garden Arts Festival, Returns in June

The City of Everett’s popular Sorticulture Garden Arts Festival returns to downtown Everett from June 7th to June 9th. This year’s event will be the biggest one yet, taking over five city blocks in downtown Everett to showcase the talents of 130 local artists, plant nurseries and vendors offering handcrafted art, plants, flowers and locally […]

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