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The Everett Herald has a nice piece discussing the Monroe mayor’s race between Ed Davis and Geoffrey Thomas. The two candidates has significantly different viewpoints. And they both have ideas worth exploring.

Read the whole thing here

Some cool news from my local library provider. The Lynnwood branch (my local one), is back open after remodeling.

“You’ll discover new carpet, paint, improved restrooms and approximately 1,000 square feet set aside as a new Creative Commons. This special space will provide you with exciting opportunities for computer-aided creativity, group collaboration workspace, research, development and instruction.”

I’ll need to make some time to head down soon. 

Also important: all branches will be closed this coming Monday, October 7th. 

Lastly, they’ve collected key links to understand the Affordable Care Act, it’s requirements and places to act. 

Be forewarned, be prepared.

Full closure of SR 9 near Clearview next weekend
We really appreciate patience from folks as we hit the home stretch of the SR 9 widening project near Clearview.  The project is in a very weather-dependent stage right now as we try to finish the final paving in between rainstorms.  Keep your fingers crossed.

Next weekend, our contractor crews will close both directions of the roadway between 176th Street Southeast and 188th Street Southeast to install a signal bridge at the intersection of 180th Street Southeast.  Additionally, 180th will be closed between Snohomish Avenue and 83rd Avenue Southeast.  Drivers will follow a signed detour.Be sure to stay up to day with construction activities in the area by checking our Snohomish county construction update page.

This just came through, posting as is. Great opportunity for the locally artistically inclined.

City seeks nominations for arts awards
2013 Mayor’s Arts Awards and the prestigious Richard Wendt Award of Excellence
Awards recognize Everett’s artists and arts supporters
Deadline:  5 PM, Friday, October 4, 2013
Presentation November 21

For more information and nomination forms, visit www.ci.everett.wa.us/default.aspx?ID=1074.
Contact Carol Thomas, 425-257-7101 cthomas@ci.everett.wa.us

The City of Everett Cultural Arts Commission invites nominations for the 2013 Mayor’s Arts Awards and the prestigious Richard Wendt Award of Excellence.  The awards recognize the accomplishments of artists, arts and cultural organizations and community members committed to enriching the Everett community through the arts.

This is the 21st year of the Richard Wendt Award of Excellence, a lifetime achievement award given to those individuals whose strong support of the arts has been ongoing through philanthropic and volunteer service.

In recognition of Everett’s growing arts community, the commission has created the Mayor’s Arts Awards, which in its fourth year will honor art educators, artists in the community and young artists demonstrating promise and commitment to the Everett arts community.

Nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4.  The Cultural Arts Commission will review the nominations and select the recipients.  The awards, which are non-monetary, are presented annually.

Mayor Ray Stephanson will honor recipients of the 2013 Mayor’s Arts Awards and the Richard Wendt Award of Excellence at a public ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 21.  For more information and nomination forms, visit http://www.everettwa.org/default.aspx?ID=1945.

Past honorees
Past Wendt award recipients include: J. Leach and Vickie Norris, 2012; Janalene Simpson, 2011; Arden Flom, 2010; Marian and Jerry Krell, 2009; Bob and Dona Anderson, 2008; Dr. Richard and Nancy Wendt, 2007; Imagine Children’s Museum, 2006; Clay and Hap Wertheimer, 2005; Terry and Cheryle Earnheart, 2004; Susan Jane Russell, 2003; Arts Council of Snohomish County, 2002; Mike Jordan, 2001; Peter Newland, 2000; John and Idamae Schack, 1999; Dr. Sanford Wright, 1998; Maryalice Salget, 1997; Dr. Paul-Elliott Cobbs, 1996; Dr. Richard Wendt, 1995; Carl Gipson, 1994; Dorothy Jayne Wright, Clyde Revord Motors and Jim Noonan, 1993; and Gene Nastri, 1992.

Past Mayor’s Arts Awards recipients include: Lloyd Weller, Arts Educator; Ron and Ursula Stocke, Artist in the Community, 2012; 20 Riverside, Young Artist; Henrietta Wilson, Arts Educator; Tami Walker and Roxy Gesler, Artist in the Community, 2011; Josey Wise, Young Artist; Shannon Danks, Arts Educator; Liz Geiger, Jane Steele-Meagher and Janet Wold of the Corner Studio and Gallery and Cheri O’Brien, Shari Osti and Evelia Sanchez of the Red Door Gallery, Artist in the Community, 2010.

###City seeks nominations for arts awards
Awards recognize Everett’s artists and arts supporters

EVERETT – The City of Everett Cultural Arts Commission invites nominations for the 2013 Mayor’s Arts Awards and the prestigious Richard Wendt Award of Excellence. The awards recognize the accomplishments of artists, arts and cultural organizations and community members committed to enriching the Everett community through the arts.

This is the 21st year of the Richard Wendt Award of Excellence, a lifetime achievement award given to those individuals whose strong support of the arts has been ongoing through philanthropic and volunteer service.

In recognition of Everett’s growing arts community, the commission has created the Mayor’s Arts Awards, which in its fourth year will honor art educators, artists in the community and young artists demonstrating promise and commitment to the Everett arts community.

Nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4. The Cultural Arts Commission will review the nominations and select the recipients. The awards, which are non-monetary, are presented annually.

Mayor Ray Stephanson will honor recipients of the 2013 Mayor’s Arts Awards and the Richard Wendt Award of Excellence at a public ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 21.  For more information and nomination forms, visit http://www.everettwa.org/default.aspx?ID=1945.

Past honorees
Past Wendt award recipients include: J. Leach and Vickie Norris, 2012; Janalene Simpson, 2011; Arden Flom, 2010; Marian and Jerry Krell, 2009; Bob and Dona Anderson, 2008; Dr. Richard and Nancy Wendt, 2007; Imagine Children’s Museum, 2006; Clay and Hap Wertheimer, 2005; Terry and Cheryle Earnheart, 2004; Susan Jane Russell, 2003; Arts Council of Snohomish County, 2002; Mike Jordan, 2001; Peter Newland, 2000; John and Idamae Schack, 1999; Dr. Sanford Wright, 1998; Maryalice Salget, 1997; Dr. Paul-Elliott Cobbs, 1996; Dr. Richard Wendt, 1995; Carl Gipson, 1994; Dorothy Jayne Wright, Clyde Revord Motors and Jim Noonan, 1993; and Gene Nastri, 1992.

Past Mayor’s Arts Awards recipients include: Lloyd Weller, Arts Educator; Ron and Ursula Stocke, Artist in the Community, 2012; 20 Riverside, Young Artist; Henrietta Wilson, Arts Educator; Tami Walker and Roxy Gesler, Artist in the Community, 2011; Josey Wise, Young Artist; Shannon Danks, Arts Educator; Liz Geiger, Jane Steele-Meagher and Janet Wold of the Corner Studio and Gallery and Cheri O’Brien, Shari Osti and Evelia Sanchez of the Red Door Gallery, Artist in the Community, 2010.

I’m pleased to hear of the Chehalis tribes receiving this grant. For more information on the Chehalis, follow this link: http://www.chehalistribe.org/our-story/index.html

KXRO Newsradio

The U.S. Department of Justice awarded more than $10 million to eight Indian Tribes in Western Washington, including the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis. U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan said that the money is specifically to enhance services to crime victims and improve criminal justice in the tribal communities, tailored to the needs of each tribe.

Durkan said “One size does not fit all, and I am pleased these grants will address specific needs on Tribal lands.”

The grants include nearly $2.6 million for crime issues related to alcohol and substance abuse. This includes over $400,000 for the Chehalis Reservation.

Five of the tribes received significant funding to combat violence against women, with an additional $300,000 for Chehalis.

In addition, tribes also received funding for their community oriented policing efforts providing for tribal police, training and equipment.

In total, the Chehalis Tribe will receive $1,125,991.

Chehalis

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Our friends at the City of Lake Stevens Park and Recreation department are asking for input. Here is a link to a survey to help guide them as the plan for the future.

Give them a few minutes. It’s your, and our, future. 

Join the Superintendent’s Roundtable – and a special request!!!!

On Wednesday of this week, we have our first Superintendent Roundtable.  After welcome and introductions, we will invite participants to share topics and areas of interest for this year’s programs.

In addition to this, Dr. Nick Brossoit has a special request for those who can attend the meeting.  There is a possibility of adding a Capital and Construction Bond measure to the February 2014 election, in addition to the Replacement School Programs and Operations Levy.  Dr. Brossoit would like to review this information with those who can attend and gather your thoughts and input in preparation for a series of public input session he will host on this same topic later this month.  If you can make space on your busy schedule; please attend.

“Our District , like most in the region, will be challenged with space needs within two years as we reduce class size in grades 1-3 and add full-day kindergarten,” Dr. Brossoit said. “We also need to address our highest priority facility needs that are currently backlogged, as well as safety improvements on all our campuses.”

 The Superintendent’s Roundtable is tomorrow, Sept. 18 from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Educational Services Center, 20420 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood 98036.  Feel free to bring your lunch and we hope to see you there. We will also discuss topics for upcoming Roundtable conversations for the 2013-14 school year.

– from the Edmonds School District Website

Dave Earling, Mayor of Edmonds, wrote a good guest post over at My Edmonds News. It’s good for governmental leaders to talk, frankly, about government services and what they cost. It’s a start of a series. Other leaders will write about their departments work and what it costs to fund it. Should be a good series to help understand how small government works.

From The Mayor’s Desk: Another blunt conversation.

(If you aren’t up-to-date on Snohomish County’s Exec drama, here’s a quick primer).

Per MLTNews.com, the Sheriff is throwing his proverbial hat into this ring. Mr. Lovik will present a decent choice for us residents. It’ll be interesting to see who else comes forth, though.

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