Snohomish County announces $5 million pandemic recovery program focused on small businesses, tourism

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers Monday announced $5.2 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) investments to support pandemic recovery efforts for small businesses, entrepreneurs, and tourism. These investments include the creation of a Small Business Innovation Assistance (SBIA) program, which provides technical assistance and grants to small businesses and entrepreneurs; and an expansion…

Snohomish County taskforce continuing efforts to address housing crisis

The Snohomish County Housing Affordability Regional Taskforce (HART) is working to build upon the five-year plan and continue efforts to ease the housing crisis, the county said in an update Wednesday. The task force, chaired by Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers and Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin, met April 5, and HART members committed to continuing their…

Meadowdale Beach Park to be closed again starting April 11 for estuary restoration work

Snohomish County’s Meadowdale Beach Park will be closed again to the public starting Monday, April 11 to allow for continued estuary restoration work. The project will restore a historic 1.3-acre estuary to provide essential rearing habitat for chinook, chum and coho salmon as well as cutthroat trout. Puget Sound chinook salmon are listed as a…

Snohomish County invites public comment on draft Housing and Community Development Plan

Snohomish County released a draft affordable housing and community development plan for the Snohomish County Urban County Consortium that proposes spending over $6 million in federal grant funds to improve housing options and living environments for those in need. The draft 2022 Annual Action Plan is available for review and comment through April 22. A…

Edmonds resident Peggy Estela receives Champion for Children award

Edmonds resident Peggy Estela has received the Champion for Children award designating her as volunteer of the year for the Snohomish County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program. Estela was recognized for being a champion in the lives of abused and neglected children and for leading with CASA’s core values of hope, integrity, inclusion, and…

Snohomish County arts and culture grant applications to open Feb. 28

The Snohomish County is opening arts and culture grants in three categories for application on Monday, Feb. 28. The grant application deadline is March 25. The county’s 1% for the Arts Fund will reimburse up to $2,000 in expenses for projects completed by Dec. 31, 2022. Governments and 501(c)(3) non-profit agencies can apply directly for…

Afghan refugees find welcoming home in Snohomish County, thanks to multi-agency efforts

Afghan families and individuals looking for ways to escape the turmoil in their home country are finding new beginnings in Snohomish County, thanks to the coordinating efforts of the Everett-based Refugee and Immigrant Services Northwest (RISNW). Started in 1977 to help newly-arrived refugees from Southeast Asia, RISNW was at first known as the Refugee Forum of…

Snohomish County Council Chair Megan Dunn to host virtual housing informational panel Jan. 25

Snohomish County Council Chair Megan Dunn will host a virtual housing informational panel from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25. Panelists will share more about the county’s current status of housing needs, barriers to accessing affordable housing, and solutions moving forward. Participating panelists include: Jacque Julien, executive director of Communities of Color Coalition (C3) Beth Doglio,…

Snohomish County seeks applicants for Civil Service Commission opening

Snohomish County is looking for applicants to fill a recently vacated commissioner position for the Civil Service Commission. The deadline to return applications is Feb. 20. The Civil Service Commission was created by the state Legislature to establish a merit system of employment for Snohomish County deputy sheriffs and other employees of the sheriff’s office….

Snohomish County seeks community volunteers for Performance Audit Committee

Snohomish County is seeking community members to serve on its Performance Audit Committee (PAC). The committee is represented by citizens who are nominated by county councilmembers to represent their districts and also nominated by the county executive to serve as members at large. The PAC advises and reviews department audits by assisting in identifying objectives,…

County COVID briefing: Slight decline in cases, but hospitals stretched thin

“I would love to be at the tail end of the last surge,” Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers told reporters gathered at the weekly COVID briefing, but  “we are not there yet.” The county has seen a slight decline in the total number of cases – down from an all-time high of more than 13,000…

Snohomish County seeks ideas for 2024 Comprehensive Plan Update visioning process

What do you want Snohomish County to look like in 2044? The county is seeking public input as it works to develop a vision for the county’s future, which will be used in the 2024 Comprehensive Plan. The 2024 Comprehensive Plan Update will guide growth, preservation, and development in Snohomish County over a 20-year planning…

Snohomish County Council selects 2022 leadership team that includes Dunn, Mead

The Snohomish County Council on Monday selected Councilmember Megan Dunn as its chair for 2022. Councilmember Dunn is in her first term on the council, representing the 2nd council district, which includes Mukilteo, Everett and Tulalip. “I am honored to have been selected by my fellow councilmembers as chair of theSnohomish County Council,” Dunn said….

Share your ideas by Jan. 3 for Paine Field Master Plan

Paine Field is extending the online open house and comment period for its master plan through 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 3. This extension has no impact on the timeline for the Airport Master Plan process. Paine Field held the first of several online open houses from Nov. 3 -24. There were also two informational webinars during…

Snohomish County sees spike in COVID cases as Omicron takes hold

Snohomish County reported an all-time high in new COVID cases in the week leading up to Christmas — a total of 2,719 new cases from Dec. 19-25, more than at any other time in our two-year pandemic. That’s 10 times more new cases than were reported in June this year. The chart below tells the…

Snohomish County crews shift from snowplowing to deicing as temperatures fall

With temperatures expected to fall below 20 degrees Fahrenheit Sunday night, Snohomish County said its crews are now focusing on deicing operations. The county reported that its road maintenance crews have plowed 10,674 miles, sanded 2,504 miles, and have used more than 600 tons of sand and salt since Christmas morning. With temperatures expected to…