April 18, 2024

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Homage Names Kathryn McCutchan, Director of Social Services

McCutchan brings nearly three decades of expertise in behavioral health services administration, community-based programming in prevention and intervention services, federal grants management, and project development and planning to her new post.

She has been an administrator for Hope House Home for the Elderly, an associate director of Empowering Pacific Island Communities, executive director of Pacific Youth and Community Development and has worked for the Department of Human and Social Services for the American Samoa Government.

In her new role, McCutchan will be responsible for providing leadership, direction, and supervision of social services programs administered under the auspices of Homage.

We are thrilled to have Kathryn join our team,” said Keith Bell, CEO of Homage. “Her work in government and the nonprofit community, specifically caring for the unique needs of older adults, will be an invaluable asset to our clients. We are confident that Kathryn’s leadership and experience will greatly benefit Homage and the community we serve.

As Homage’s Director of Social Services, McCutchan will work to ensure Homage’s programs are efficiently and effectively meeting the needs of its target population in a culturally responsive manner, provide professional support, promote growth opportunities for Homage’s frontline and management staff, explore funding resources to expand programs and services, and strengthen organizational partnerships with key stakeholders in the public and private sector.

I am honored to join Homage, an amazing organization with committed people dedicated to helping the most vulnerable segment of our community: older adults and people living with disabilities,” said Kathryn McCutchan. “I look forward to working with the staff and managers to provide optimal services for clients reaching out to Homage for help. I hope to help Homage further expand its portfolio for program sustainability as well as develop and offer new programs.

McCutchan is deeply committed to serving the community, having been the president and executive director of the Pacific Behavioral Health Collaborating Council for the Pacific Region and a board member of Hope House and Catholic Social Services in American Samoa. In 2022, she was appointed by Governor Lemanu Mauga of American Samoa to serve as Chairwoman of the American Samoa Workforce Development Board. She is the proud president of the Fa’asao High School Alumni Association, which raises funds to invest in Catholic Education. She currently sits on the board of the Office of Catholic Education for American Samoa.

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April 18, 2024

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WSU Everett Cougar Pride Statue Arrives on Campus

The WSU Everett campus now has their own Cougar Pride statue to match statues on other WSU campuses.

The statue was donated by Gary Schneidmiller, 1971 graduate of Washington State University. Gary donated this statue, and the others, to celebrate the cherished tradition of a live cougar mascot at WSU, spanning more than half a century, from 1927 to 1978.

Six different cougars served as the school’s mascot and lived in a cage located adjacent to the football stadium, which became known as Butch’s Den. The tradition came to end with the passing of Butch VI in 1978.

Eventually there will be Cougar Pride statues in all six WSU campuses, all crafted by Mike Fields.

The cougar sculpture is 14-feet, 5-inches long nose to tail, 6-feet, 4-inches wide, weighing in at approximately 4,500 pounds. The cougar itself stands 11-feet, 4-inches high.

The process of making the statue is documented here and is quite fascinating. It starts with a digital Zbrush file that which was used to cut special foam with a CNC machine. Then a layer of clay was added all in an effort to make a mold panels for pouring the molten bronze. Then an extensive welding, sandblasting, and a patina process.

The original Butch statue was made for the WSU campus in 2008. Sixteen years later, Everett now has its own.

In a previous statement, Gary Scheidmiller said: “I am hopeful that Cougars everywhere rekindle and reconnect with that special WSU feeling when they visit Butch.”

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April 17, 2024

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Multi-Vehicle Crash Shut down 41st Street for Three Hours on Wednesday

On Wednesday, the Everett Fire Department and Everett Police Department were on scene of a multiple vehicle collision with injuries in the 1400 block of 41st Street in Everett.

41st Street was closed between Rucker and Colby Avenue from about 4pm to 7pm. Multiple vehicles were involved in the collision, including an Amazon delivery truck, a box truck, and two passenger cars. One occupant was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

King5 was able to obtain a video of the accident from one of the store owners near the intersection. In the video below, you’ll see a white car blow past two vehicles at a stop sign and ram right into an Amazon delivery truck and a box truck delivering flowers.

See for yourself:

A dashcam video of the accident by one of the cars was posted on NextDoor.


Photos from Everett Fire Department

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April 16, 2024

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Celebrate Earth Day at the PUD’s Energy Block Party on April 27

Hundreds gather to watch the PUD’s high voltage demonstration Photo by: Krysta Rasmussen, Snohomish PUD

The Snohomish County PUD is hosting its Energy Block Party at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 27 at its Electric Building headquarters in downtown Everett.

This free event celebrates the 54th annual Earth Day and includes a Truckstravaganza, or Touch-a-Truck, for kids, an electric vehicle and bike show, children’s activities, giveaways and more.

We are excited to once again host this fun, family-friendly event and I can’t wait to connect with our customers,” said John Haarlow, Snohomish PUD CEO/General Manager. “We have all the same great features from last year, plus we’ve added two presentations for customers that want to go deeper on energy efficiency and solar for their home. I encourage everyone to come and hang out, meet our mascots and have some fun.

Children in a bucket truck at the 2023 Energy Block Party

The Energy Block Party will have fun activities, including:

A Truckstravaganza, or Touch-A-Truck: If you like trucks, this part of the event is for you. We’ll have opportunities to visit with our lineworkers and check out bucket trucks, digger trucks and see some of the tools we use to keep the power on. Thanks to our community partners, you can also marvel at a fire engine, the Kids Copter, an all-electric bus and more!

An EV car and bike show: Thinking about going electric, but don’t know where to start? Get information from your neighbors to find out what they really think of their EVs and hear advice about the buying process. Sharing Wheels, a non-profit EV bike organization, will also be on hand to talk about electric bikes.

Solar Information: Learn about energy-efficiency improvements and going solar during two special presentations in the PUD Auditorium where attendees will also be able to win amazing door prizes. Take note, due to space limitations, these events are limited to 300 attendees each.

Pump up the Comfort: Whole House Energy Efficiency will take place between 11:15 am. to 12:15 p.m. Audience members will have the opportunity to learn the most cost-effective ways to make their homes more comfortable year-round.

The Home of the Future: From Solar Energy to Battery Storage will begin at 12:30 p.m. and will focus on how to get solar at home and the future of residential battery storage.

Info booths and free giveaways: Stop by dozens of booths to get free items to help your home be more efficient – and even win a tree for your yard! You’ll also be able to chat with Commission members, customer service representatives and find out about jobs at the PUD.

Children’s activities: The PUD’s Education team will host a booth where children can build a circuit. We’ll also have our mascots on hand and our famous high-voltage demonstration trailer to teach those of all ages about electricity and safety.

Food trucks: We’ll have five food trucks on hand this year, including Ryan’s REZ-ipes, Paparepas, Momo’s Kebabs, Vulpine Espresso and Baker’s Dozen Mini Doughnuts.

Snohomish PUD’s Energy Block Party is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the PUD’s headquarters at 2320 California St., Everett, WA. The event is free. For more information, including parking and transit access, visit snopud.com/energyblockparty.

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April 16, 2024

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Elvis Impersonator Challenge Returns to Everett on May 4th

The lineup is set for Kentucky Rain Band’s Elvis Challenge at Historic Everett Theatre on May 4th.

Heidi May of KRKO and KXA Radio will be returning to host the 2024 Elvis Challenge Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 pm at the Historic Everett Theatre. Last year’s winner, Nick Poling, will return as a special guest and sing several songs with the band.

Kentucky Rain Band’s Elvis Challenge is a competition to find the region’s best Elvis Impersonator. Contestants will be judged on four categories as they compete for prizes: vocal performance, costume and appearance, stage presence, and audience response. All performers will be backed by Kentucky Rain Band, the Northwest’s #1 Elvis Tribute Artist & Rock-n-Roll Band, based in Everett, WA. This year’s contest lineup is packed full of both new and returning Elvis Impersonators.

Nick Poling of Marysville won the 2023 Elvis Challenge

Heidi May has been a fixture in the Seattle radio market, previously spending time at KBSG, KJR-FM, KMPS, and Q104.5. Heidi is a Breast Cancer Survivor and has raised thousands of dollars towards finding a cure. As an avid music fan, Heidi had a great time being involved with the Elvis Challenge for the first time in 2023 and is excited to return.

Nick Poling of Marysville, WA was crowned the 2023 Elvis Challenge Champion. He wowed the crowd with his hip-shaking “young Elvis” rendition of “Blue Suede Shoes” followed up with his “jumpsuit era Elvis” version of “My Way.” Although he has performed for years locally as a singer and actor, this event was the first time Nick had taken on his Elvis persona. Since winning the contest, Nick has launched his career as an Elvis Tribute Artist, performing several shows in the Seattle area. He’s excited to return as champion and sing some of his favorite Elvis songs.

More information about the event and tickets can be found at krbelvischallenge.com. Tickets can be purchased here.

About the band:

Kentucky Rain Band is the Northwest’s #1 Elvis Tribute Artist & Rock-n-Roll Band. In 1993, Kentucky Rain Band was established by Elvis Tribute Artist Steve Adams and has since went on to perform with dozens of Elvis Tribute Artists in the Northwest. Led by founding members and Everett, WA residents Dallas Cooper and Steve Preszler, Kentucky Rain Band is also the house band for the Elvis Challenge – the “search for the region’s best Amateur Elvis Impersonator.”

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April 15, 2024

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Everett Silvertips Host Portland Winterhawks in Game 3 of the 2nd Round of the Playoffs

Tonight the Everett Silvertips (49-21-2-3) take on the Portland Winterhawks (54-15-4-1) at 7pm tonight in Game 3 of the 2nd Round of the Western Hockey League Playoffs.

The first two games in Portland were blowouts. The Winterhawks beat the Silvertips 8-2 in game one, then 6-1 in game two. Tonight will be Everett’s first chance to play in front of their home crowd.

The Portland Winterhawks are undefeated in the playoffs so far (6-0), but in the regular season, the Silvertips were able to beat the Winterhawks twice, both coming at home games. One of the games was even a shutout, which only happened to the Winterhawks one other time this season.

How to Watch:

  • Attend in person. Tickets are still available, ranging from $17-45 a seat.
  • Watch on CHL TV. A round 2 playoff pass is $14.91.

How to Listen:

  • KRKO 1380AM or 95.3FM
  • KRKO online via TuneIn
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April 12, 2024

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Alexa’s Cafe to Open Everett Location at Port of Everett’s Waterfront Place

On April 9, the Port of Everett Commission approved a 10-year lease with two five-year extension options for a 2,400-square-foot interior restaurant space with expansive outdoor patio along the Marina esplanade. Alexa’s Cafe will be occupying that space, serving up scrambles and pancakes with a waterfront view.

The new Everett cafe location joins Rustic Cork Wine Bar, Tapped Public House and Menchie’s @ the Marina at a new 12,000-square-foot building being constructed at Fisherman’s Harbor, next door to the new Asian-inspired Fisherman Jack’s restaurant and South Fork Baking Co., which opened last year.

We’ve been working to add a breakfast spot at Waterfront Place to round out the mix of dining options at the waterfront,” said Catherine Soper, Director of External Affairs & Business Development for the Port. “Alexa’s Cafe is a great addition to the Port’s ‘restaurant row,’ and we look forward to bringing this quality establishment, and many more, to the community very soon.

Co-owner Leigh Henderson founded Alexa’s Cafe & Catering in 1991. The family-owned restaurant group serves breakfast and lunch all day, as well as caters for private and corporate events. Their flagship restaurant opened in Bothell in 1995. Their second location, Alexa’s at Molbak’s Garden Cafe, opened in Woodinville in 2020. Though Molbak’s closed earlier this year, Alexa’s is still serving breakfast and lunch there daily, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. through April. The catering arm of the business has been based in Mukilteo since 2015.

At Alexa’s Cafe, we believe in creating a cozy space where friends, families, and neighbors can come together over delicious meals and good conversations,” said Leigh Henderson and Alexa Shaich, owners of Alexa’s Café & Catering. “From hearty breakfast options to flavorful lunch specials and decadent desserts, our menu is tailored to delight your taste buds and nourish your soul.”

The menu will be similar to the Bothell location’s offerings: scrambles, benedicts, pancakes, French toast, sandwiches, quesadillas, tacos, burgers and more. Alexa’s Cafe at Waterfront Place will also feature a small market stocked with grab-and-go breakfast and lunch items ideal for the provisioning boater, including pastries, sandwiches and snacks.

Alexa’s Cafe will be sited in one of two new retail buildings coming soon to Waterfront Place’s Fisherman’s Harbor slated to break ground this summer, with businesses opening in 2025. The buildings are being constructed as part of the Port’s new “Restaurant Row.”

We are honored that the Port of Everett believes that Alexa’s Cafe & Catering is a great fit for Waterfront Place,” Henderson said. “We’re excited to immerse ourselves in the Everett community as we’ve done in Bothell over the past 30 years.”

The second building coming to Fisherman’s Harbor will add another 6,000-square-feet of restaurant space at the corner of Seiner and West Marine View drives near the Grand Avenue Park Bridge. It will house The Net Shed, a new fish-and-chips and fish market combo. One, 2,800-square-foot space is available, for which the Port is seeking a Mexican restaurant to add new flavor at the waterfront.

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April 11, 2024

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Kidnapping & Domestic Abuse Chase Leads to Fatal Car Accident

The Snohomish County Sheriff were pursuing a suspect vehicle Thursday evening that was related to a kidnapping of an adult victim, and a domestic violence assault. The chase started near Airport Road, led through Evergreen Way & Casino Road in Everett, then ended at the 14800 block of SR 525 Northbound in Lynnwood in a […]

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April 11, 2024

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Silver Lake Excalibur Disc Golf Course May Expand

The Everett City Council had a first reading of a special improvement project called the “Thornton A. Sullivan Park Disc Golf Course Improvement Project.” If approved, the project would provide an estimated $150,000 in funding for the design, permitting and construction costs for the Thornton A. Sullivan Parks Disc Golf Course improvements (also known as […]

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April 10, 2024

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Petco Love to Grant $50,000 to Everett Animal Shelter

Pending Everett City Council approval tonight, Petco Love will award the Everett Animal Shelter a $50,000 grant for their lifesaving work for animals in Snohomish County. Since its founding in 1999, Petco Love has invested over $350 million in adoption and other lifesaving efforts. Petco Love also helps find loving homes for pets in partnership […]

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