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Extra holiday DUI patrols on the road in Snohomish County this weekend

The annual emphasis patrol is scheduled for this weekend, December 13 through December 15, 2013, with extra patrols planned through the New Year.

County’s DUI and Target Zero Task Force: ‘drive sober or get pulled over’

An average of 49 people lose their lives in traffic collisions between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day in Washington. For Snohomish County law enforcement agencies, that’s 49 too many, especially during the holidays.

The annual emphasis patrol is scheduled for this weekend, December 13 through December 15, 2013, with extra patrols planned through the New Year.

Fire District 1 offers Christmas tree safety tips

Snohomish County Fire District 1 is reminding residents to keep safety in mind as they trim the tree and deck the halls this holiday season.

Snohomish County Fire District 1 is reminding residents to keep safety in mind as they trim the tree and deck the halls this holiday season.

"We've had three Christmas tree fires in the past two years in our service area. Fortunately, no one was injured, but the damage was significant and forced three families from their homes," said Fire Chief Ed Widdis.

Everett School Board sets process for new board member appointment

School Board Vice President Carol Andrews announced the process and timeline for qualified applicants to submit application materials the board will consider in appointing a successor to former member and president Jeff Russell.

Everett School Board President Jeff Russell resigned December 1, 2013. Replacement will serve through 2015.

School Board Vice President Carol Andrews announced the process and timeline for qualified applicants to submit application materials the board will consider in appointing a successor to former member and president Jeff Russell. Russell created the vacancy when he resigned his position December 1, 2013, subject to board acceptance of his resignation during the December 10th regular board meeting.

Andrews charged the superintendent with starting the process to accept applications for board consideration in accordance with existing board policy and procedure.

Everett School Board to appoint replacement member after Jeff Russell resigns

Director and School Board President Jeff Russell resigns as of December 1, 2013. Replacement to be nominated by the community and chosen by the Everett School Board.

Director and School Board President Jeff Russell resigns as of December 1, 2013. Replacement to be nominated by the community and chosen by the Everett School Board.

In a message he said brought him “sadness and a tremendous sense of loss,” Superintendent Gary Cohn announced to Everett Public Schools staff this morning that he and School Board Vice President Carol Andrews, “ … were informed by a letter from School Board President Jeff Russell of his resignation from the board effective December 1.”

Cohn’s message to staff included comments from Russell’s letter. 

Mill Creek City Council votes to increase 2014 property tax and EMS levies

A majority of the Mill Creek City Council voted to increase the 2014 property tax and EMS (emergency medical services) levies as called for in the 2013-2014 biennial budget in order to minimize a future General Fund drawdown.

A majority of the Mill Creek City Council voted to increase the 2014 property tax and EMS (emergency medical services) levies as called for in the 2013-2014 biennial budget in order to minimize a future General Fund drawdown.

At their November 26, 2013, meeting the City Council voted 4-3 to increase the property tax levy by 1%, and 7-0 to increase the EMS levy by 1%. These tax increases will provide approximately $64,000 in additional tax revenue for the City in 2014, and works out to an $11.33 tax increase for a $450,000 home.

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