June 14, 2024

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Ahead of Schedule, Kayak Point Regional Park Opens Today

The day-use area of Kayak Point Regional Park two weeks earlier than originally planned. The park reopens today, June 14th, after being closed for construction since July 5, 2023.

As mentioned in our previous story, the pier (usually used for fishing and crabbing) will remain closed the entire summer, due to in-water construction for the new pier that is required to occur during the summer months, when work is least likely to impact aquatic life.

“We are very excited we can open Kayak Point Regional Park early – giving visitors three extra weekends to enjoy the park this summer,” said Sharon Swan, Snohomish County Parks Director. “The park is still not complete, and construction on the pier will continue through the summer, but in the interim the community can still enjoy their favorite saltwater park.”

What will be open?

  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Parking (and overflow parking)
  • Restrooms
  • Picnic shelters (reservations are open but not reservable until July 1)
  • New boat launch
  • Campground
  • Water trail campsites

What will be closed?

  • Pier (no access; no fishing/crabbing from pier)
  • Not all ADA amenities are constructed yet in the interim phase
  • Playground

What will be different?

  • Be aware of new traffic patterns – pay attention to all signs
  • New boat launch lane, queuing lane, boarding float, trailer parking, tie-down areas
  • Pier construction may impact noise and traffic
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June 13, 2024

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Northwest Plus Credit Union Donates $10k for Emergency Student Housing

Northwest Plus Credit Union recently donated $10,000 to the Everett Community College Foundation for emergency housing for students.

The donation will directly benefit 10 EvCC students facing housing insecurity, including five who live in housing on campus, with $1,000 each.

“This donation from NW Plus CU comes at a critical time,” said Kristen McConaha, Executive Director of College Advancement and the EvCC Foundation. “The number of requests from EvCC students for emergency funding for housing is at an all-time high.”

The requests come both from students living in one of two EvCC dorms and from students living elsewhere.

Three out of 10 Washington college students experienced housing insecurity the previous year, and one out of 10 experienced homelessness in the previous year, according to a 2023 report from the Washington Student Achievement Council and Western Washington University.

“As a not-for-profit member-owned financial institution, we empower people to build brighter futures for themselves,” said Torrie Ramos, NW Plus CU CEO. “Supporting EvCC students facing housing insecurity is one way we accomplish this mission.”

NW Plus CU also offered a free budgeting basics class for EvCC students on May 14 and plans to offer similar classes in the future.

 

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June 13, 2024

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WSP Investigating Southbound I-5 Shooting

I-5 South Blocked Before 41st in Everett

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) is actively investigating a shooting that occurred at approximately 10:37 a.m. on June 12, 2024, on southbound Interstate 5 just north of the 41st St. off-ramp.

Southbound I-5 from Marine View Drive to 41st St didn’t open until just before 1pm.

State Patrol Investigation of I-5 Shooting

The suspect vehicle is a red Chevrolet Camaro (approximately 2010) with a tinted rear license plate cover. The driver was described as a male with facial hair. There was a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the shooting.

The victim vehicle is a tan 2004 Lexus SUV with multiple bullet entries to the rear passenger tire. There were no injuries sustained during this incident.

WSP detectives are asking for witnesses of the road rage/ shooting incident with information or video footage of the suspect vehicle to please call Detective Josh Lancaster at (360) 757-2008 or email him at Joshua.Lancaster@wsp.wa.gov. Your assistance is appreciated as detectives work to locate the suspect and suspect vehicle.

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June 12, 2024

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Two Year Countdown Until Kickoff of the Seattle FIFA World Cup 2026

In just two years, Canada, Mexico, and the USA will host FIFA World Cup 2026™, with Saturday, June 15th marking two years until the tournament kicks off locally. Seattle will host six matches in 2026: two in the knock-out round and four in the first-round group-stage including matches on Juneteenth welcoming the US Men’s National team and a kickoff to Pride weekend.

Today, FIFA released a more detailed version of the tournament’s match schedule (pdf), first revealed in February of this year.

The schedule is now color-coded and spotlights teams’ possible pathways in steering their way from the group-stage to the final. Seattle remains one of only two cities guaranteed to host the US Men’s National Team.

Looking at the Schedule, the Seattle area will host a game June 15th, June 19th (USA Men), June 24th, June 26th, July 1st, and July 7th.

Statement from Seattle FIFA World Cup 2026 CEO, Peter Tomozawa on the two-year benchmark:

“We are proud and excited by the work underway to welcome the world to Washington State. The foundation of our preparations is a great team — executing our vision of a safe, memorable, and exciting FIFA World Cup experience. While the matches will be played at Seattle’s Lumen Field, our work and legacy building is statewide– and soon we’ll be announcing locations for fan zones, watch parties, and practice facilities in communities throughout Washington.

Our safety and transportation plans are moving forward, and our partnerships with Seattle and other cities, the State legislature, and private sector partners will help us secure the resources and coordination needed to be fully prepared by June 2026.

Beyond the six matches hosted in Seattle, we are committed to leaving a positive generational impact on our region and state. Alongside our Legacy Partners, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, we are making plans and investments in accessibility, sustainability, human rights, culture, community, and children. We’ll have more to report on all of these activities soon– and over the next two years as we build momentum, enthusiasm, and support for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.”

Video statement from Kasey Keller, former Seattle Sounders and U.S. Men’s National Team legend and four-time FIFA World Cup participant.

Video Statement from FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

Fans interested in pre-registering for FIFA World Cup 2026™ tickets can do so at fifa.com/tickets.

About SeattleFWC26 

SeattleFWC26 is the local organizing committee for Seattle’s participation as one of the 16 host cities selected for the FIFA World Cup 2026™. As a not-for-profit organization, SeattleFWC26’s vision is to foster a lasting legacy for our region, guided by the spirit of soccer, innovation, and inclusion. To keep up to date on the latest news and involvement opportunities with SeattleFWC26, please sign up at http://www.seattlefwc26.org/get-involved.

About FIFA World Cup 2026™ 

FIFA World Cup 2026™ will be the biggest sporting event ever, with three Host Countries, 16 Host Cities, 48 teams and 104 matches uniting an entire continent to showcase a momentous new tournament format. With more countries, cities, teams, and games, FIFA World Cup 2026™ will be the most inclusive tournament ever, engaging millions of fans across 16 unique stadiums and billions worldwide. The tournament will take place in June and July 2026. For the latest FIFA World Cup 2026™ information please visit the FIFA World Cup 2026™ website.

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June 11, 2024

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Geek Fest West Announces Their “Raise Your Glasses Comedy Club – Everything Geek Tour”

Geek Fest West is bringing the laughs this summer with what they are dubbing the “Raise Your Glasses Comedy Club – Everything Geek Tour.”

Here’s the lineup:

Bernice Ye ComedyBernice Ye is a multifaceted comedian, actor, and martial artist, often referred to as the “Jackie Chan of Comedy.” Born and raised in China, she moved to the U.S. in 2004. She’s performed at prestigious festivals such as the New York Comedy Festival and won accolades like “The Funniest MF in Washington” and a Grant for Artist Progress from the Washington State Artist Trust. In LA, she launched “Fine Imports,” a variety show highlighting global cultures. Her recent project, “Asian Chicken Salad,” a comedy rap created with Cole Connor, won awards at film and comedy festivals.

She will be Performing at Geek Fest West AfterDark – on Friday, July 19, and Saturday, July 20

Variety of comedians to see at Geek Fest West (click poster to expand)

Raye Schiller is a queer, ex-Orthodox Jewish comedian and writer from New York, currently based in Los Angeles. Raye has performed around the world, including Lisbon, Rome, London, and Peru, and headlined at the NY Comedy Festival. Raye hosts the popular comedy podcast “Yenta!” and boasts a devoted social media following with millions of views on their standup clips. For no good reason, Raye also has a Masters in Computer Science from Cornell University.

Catch Raye at Geek Fest West AfterDark on Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20

Malcolm Whitfield is a New York-born, L.A.-based writer and comic who has been hailed by many teachers as “a distraction to others”. In his decade of comedy, he has shared the stage with names like Aasif Mandvi, Luenell, Josh Blue, Matteo Lane, and many more. He has written for the Hard Times and Crooked Media and is one of those people who claims to be bad at texting, and he’s very sorry about that.

He will be on the stage Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20

Derek Sheen is a cuddly mess of insecurities and a gifted, one-of-a-kind storyteller. His ability to mine humor from the dark, humid corners of the human condition has made him a cult favorite of comedy nerds around the globe. Despite his lack of television or film credits, he has amassed a pretty loyal fan base by touring with comedy legends (name-drop alert!). Brian Posehn, Patton Oswalt and Janeane Garofalo. Derek Sheen has released four critically acclaimed albums on Minneapolis-based Stand Up! Records, with Grammy-winning producer Dan Schlissel. All four albums are available to stream on Spotify and Apple Music right now!

Catch Derek opening Saturday Night ahead of Shayne Smith.

GeekFest West Everett

Geek Fest West Information:

Tickets are available now at https://GeekFestwest.yapsody.com/

Event Details:

Dates: July 19–20, 2024
Location: Everett Performing Arts Center
Tickets for Friday and Saturday shows are at https://GeekFestwest.yapsody.com/ or at www.GeekFest.com.

Geek enthusiasts, rejoice! Geek Fest West Game Expo, https://www.geekfest.com/, a locally owned and operated event, will take the Everett Area by storm from July 19 to July 21, 2024. Be prepared for an unforgettable celebration of all things geeky.

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June 11, 2024

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Everett Police Department to be Featured in On Patrol: Live

On Friday, June 14th, the Everett Police Department will be appearing in On Patrol: Live, a television documentary series that chronicles the experiences of law enforcement on patrol, giving the public a firsthand glimpse of what it’s really like. This will be the first time the series has featured a department in Washington State.

On Patrol: Live airs Friday and Saturday Nights from 6pm to 9pm PT on REELZ, which is available in the Everett area on Direct TV (238), DISH (299), Peacock, Sling TV, Xfinity/Comcast (205 or 1429 HD).

“I truly believe we have one of the best police departments in our state – if not the best,” said Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin. “This opportunity will allow an even greater number of people, both locally and nationally, to see the great culture we’ve worked to develop within the department and our officers’ dedication to serving the greater Everett community.”

In addition to riding with the Everett Police Department live on Friday and Saturday nights, On Patrol: Live will film patrol officers in their daily operations as they respond to routine and emergent calls for service within the city. This allows viewers to see firsthand the day-to-day work and experiences of local patrol officers.

“I’m excited that Everett’s hard working police officers will be documented by On Patrol: Live,” said Police Chief John DeRousse. “This will be a great opportunity for our community and people throughout the country to see how our officers do their jobs, living up to our department’s mission while addressing some of the difficult challenges they face every day.  I believe that seeing our officers in action will inspire more people to consider a career with the Everett Police Department —wanting to become part of this important team.  Like agencies across the country, the Everett Police Department has a need to recruit future officers, from all walks of life.  We are seeking new and unique opportunities to connect with the public in ways that will promote a career with the Everett Police Department.” 

As the department will be the first in Washington State to be featured on the series, it will provide viewers with a better understanding of law enforcement operations and procedures from a local lens—one that is specific to the Everett community and their police department.

The filming of On Patrol: Live will not interfere with standard services and operations provided by the Everett Police Department.

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June 10, 2024

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Emergency Response Drill to Take Place on Thursday

The Northwest Regional Aviation consortium will be conducting an emergency response exercise in Snohomish County on June 13th, 2024.

Fictionalized Emergency Response Drill

Here’s the training scenario:

A coordinated terrorist attack at multiple locations is the scenario used for the exercise.

Major damage has taken place in a few key government buildings. Supporting scenarios for the exercise include water rescues, high-rise rescues, K-9 building searches, aerial surveys of impacted areas, live video downlink operations, rescue teams, and equipment transport to support structural collapse.

Aircraft from Snohomish, King, Pierce and Spokane County Sheriff’s Departments, along with the Washington State Patrol, U.S. Navy, FBI, Customs Border Patrol Air-Marine, Airlift Northwest, and Life Flight Network, will be coordinating joint response efforts.

Seattle Police, Seattle Fire, Snohomish County Fire Technical Rescue, Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management, Sky Valley Fire, Snohomish and King County Volunteer Search & Rescue Organization, Arlington Municipal Airport, Providence Regional Medical Center, Everett Fire & EMS, Sno911, and WSDOT-Aviation will all be supporting the regional aircraft response.

Northwest Regional Aviation has learned from real-world emergency response that knowing the capabilities of partner agencies, and who to call for assistance is critical when large-scale emergencies happen. Having pre-plans in place and the knowledge of how to execute the pre-plans greatly helps in an organized response to a large-scale emergency.

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June 9, 2024

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Everett Public Library Celebrates 130 Years

On Monday, June 10th, the Everett Public Library is celebrating 130 years. It all started on June 10th, 1894, when a group of local women met in the home of Mary Lincoln Brown to form a Woman’s Book Club. Their aim was the “improvement the minds” through the study of literature, but more specifically, the […]

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June 8, 2024

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Everett Pride Block Party Returns June 15th

After a successful first year in 2023, the Everett Pride Block Party event returns for a second year on June 15th in downtown Everett. Pride Block Part Details: Saturday, June 15, 2024 11:00AM to 6:00 PM 2927 Wetmore Avenue, Everett, WA, 98201 There will also be two afterparties: All Ages Afterparty Saturday, June 15, 2024 […]

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June 6, 2024

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Final Nail in the Coffin for Clark Park Gazebo

The Everett City Council voted unanimously to approve the new off-leash dog park plans for Clark Park, which was bundled with taking down the Clark Park Gazebo and putting it in storage for a possible rebuild at a different park. The Everett Historical Commission was upset with the way the process went, as they believe […]

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