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Snohomish County

Gary Meek appointed Snohomish County Fire District 7 Fire Chief

Gary Meek was appointed Fire District 7 Fire Chief at the February 28, 2013 Fire Board meeting. He has served as interim Fire Chief since 2011 when the previous chief retired.

Gary Meek was appointed Fire District 7 Fire Chief at the February 28, 2013 Fire Board meeting. He has served as interim Fire Chief since 2011 when the previous Fire Chief retired.

“Chief Meek has done an outstanding job while serving in the interim chief position,” said Board Chair Neil Doherty. “The Board has great confidence in his ability as fire chief and we know he will continue to serve our community with great dedication and professionalism.”

Train to become a Snohomish County Beach Watcher!

Train to become a Snohomish County Beach Watcher. Snohomish County WSU Beach Watchers receive 100 hours of university-caliber training from over 40 local experts, offered annually.

The deadline to apply for training to become a Washington State University Snohomish County Extension Beach Watcher is March 12, 2013.

Snohomish County WSU Beach Watchers receive 100 hours of university-caliber training from over 40 local experts, offered annually.

Training runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, April 2-26 and Oct. 1-29, at McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. There is a $35 materials fee; fee waivers are available.

Dingmon appointed as Fire District 1 commissioner

Karen Dingmon was appointed to the Snohomish County Fire District 1 Board of Commissioners.

Karen Dingmon was appointed to the Snohomish County Fire District 1 Board of Commissioners. She was sworn in and took office at the board’s February 19, 2013 meeting.

Commissioners selected Dingmon from a field of 11 candidates to fill a vacancy created at the end of 2012 when Millie Judge resigned from the board to take office as a Snohomish County Superior Court Judge. Dingmon will have to run for election in the fall if she wants to serve the two years remaining in Judge’s six-year term.

“I would like to help my community in achieving the best quality of service for firefighting, prevention and emergency medical services,” Dingmon said. “These vital services require informed, well thought-out plans involving both the public and the fire department to carry out the laws meant to protect all citizens.”

East Gateway Urban Village Update – February 2013

Development of the East Gateway Urban Village continues to move forward.

Development of the East Gateway Urban Village continues to move forward.

Economic development of underutilized areas of Mill Creek has been the City’s focus since the adoption of Mill Creek’s Strategic Plan on April 10, 2012.

Mill Creek’s Strategic Plan and Comprehensive Plan both highlight the East Gateway Urban Village as a main source of increased revenue for the City.

County Councilmember Gossett proposes to leverage low interest rates to preserve open space

Snohomish County Councilmember Dave Gossett presented a plan to leverage the current low interest rates to greatly expand the preservation of open space within Snohomish County at the January 15, 2013 meeting of the Conservation Futures Advisory Board.

Both interest rates and land prices are at historically low levels. Snohomish County Councilmember Dave Gossett presented a plan to leverage the current low interest rates to greatly expand the preservation of open space within Snohomish County at the January 15, 2013 meeting of the Conservation Futures Advisory Board.

Burn bans lifted in King and Snohomish Counties

Due to stagnant weather conditions, a Stage 1 burn ban remains in effect for Pierce County, until further notice.  Burn bans have been lifted for King and Snohomish counties, effective at 1 p.m. on January 21, 2013.

From the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency website.

Stage 1 Burn Ban in Effect for Pierce County

Please rely on your home's cleaner source of heat until air quality improves

Due to stagnant weather conditions, a Stage 1 burn ban remains in effect for Pierce County, until further notice.  Burn bans have been lifted for King and Snohomish counties, effective at 1 p.m. on January 21, 2013.

Poor Snohomish County air quality prompts continued burn ban

Due to stagnant weather conditions, Stage 1 burn bans are in effect for King, Pierce and Snohomish counties, until further notice.

Monday, January 21, 2013 update.

Stage 1 Burn Ban remains in Effect for King, Pierce,
and Snohomish Counties.

Please rely on your home's cleaner source of heat until air quality improves.

Due to stagnant weather conditions, Stage 1 burn bans are in effect for King, Pierce and Snohomish counties, until further notice. 

"Cold and calm conditions will persist for a few more days," said Dr. Phil Swartzendruber, agency forecaster. "In neighborhoods where wood-burning is common, air pollution levels could reach the UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS category."

"We encourage everyone who doesn't rely on wood heat to use instead their home's cleaner source of heat until weather conditions change."

Fire District 1 to implement changes to improve efficiency and response times with less staff

Snohomish County Fire District 1 will begin implementing staffing changes this month as part of a lean 2013 budget that aims to maintain existing service levels, improve efficiency and avoid firefighter layoffs despite declining revenue.

From a Snohomish County Fire District 1 news release written by Leslie Hynes, Public Information Officer.

Snohomish County Fire District 1 will begin implementing staffing changes this month as part of a lean 2013 budget that aims to maintain existing service levels, improve efficiency and avoid firefighter layoffs despite declining revenue.

Stage 1 burn ban continues for Snohomish County

Continuing cold weather and rising air pollution have prompted a Stage 2 burn ban in Pierce County, effective at 1 p.m. on January 17, 2013. A Stage 1 burn ban continues for Snohomish County. These bans are in effect until further notice.

Updated Friday, January 18, 2013.

Please rely on your home's cleaner source of heat until air quality improves.

Continuing cold weather and rising air pollution have prompted a Stage 2 burn ban in Pierce County, effective at 1 p.m. on January 17, 2013. A Stage 1 burn ban continues for Snohomish County. These bans are in effect until further notice. 

"Pollution levels in Pierce County spiked overnight and reached UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS," said Dr. Phil Swartzendruber, agency forecaster.

Former Mill Creek City Councilmember Terry Ryan announces run for Snohomish County Council

Former Mill Creek City Councilmember Terry Ryan announced his candidacy for the Snohomish County Council’s District 4 seat today, January 17, 2013.

Former Mill Creek City Councilmember Terry Ryan announced his candidacy for the Snohomish County Council’s District 4 seat on January 16, 2013.

Ryan announced that he is seeking the Councilmember position as a Democrat.

District 4 contains the City of Mill Creek as well as parts of Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood, Briar, Bothell, and unincorporated Snohomish County. County Councilmember Dave Gossett, a Democrat from Mountlake Terrace, currently represents the District. Since Councilmember Gossett has served for three consecutive terms, he is unable to run again.

Stage 1 burn ban in effect for
Pierce and Snohomish Counties

A Stage 1 burn ban continues for Pierce and Snohomish counties, until further notice. The ban in King County is lifted, effective at 1 PM on January 16, 2013.

Please rely on your home's cleaner source of heat until 
air quality improves.

A Stage 1 burn ban continues for Pierce and Snohomish counties, until further notice. The ban in King County is lifted, effective at 1 PM on January 16, 2013.

"We're lifting the ban in King County because air pollution levels there have improved," said Dr. Phil Swartzendruber, agency forecaster. "Based on historic patterns, it’s unlikely they’ll reach trigger levels in the next few days."

January 2013 - Stage 1 burn ban in effect 
for King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is lowering the air quality burn ban from a Stage 2 to a Stage 1 in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties effective at 1:00 PM on January 15, 2013.

Please rely on your home's cleaner source of heat until air quality improves!

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is lowering the air quality burn ban from a Stage 2 to a Stage 1 in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties effective at 1:00 PM on January 15, 2013.

The ban remains in effect until further notice.

Stage 2 burn ban now in effect for Snohomish County

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency issued a Stage 2 burn ban in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties on Sunday, January 11, 2013, to protect residents from worsening air quality.

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency issued a Stage 2 burn ban in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties on Sunday, January 11, 2013, to protect residents from worsening air quality.

The bans will remain in effect until further notice.

Overnight, many areas around the Puget Sound reached air pollution levels of “UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS”, especially in areas where wood burning is common.  Agency forecasters expect the current cold, dry, and stagnant weather conditions to extend well into the week.  The Clean Air Agency will continue to closely monitor the air quality and weather situation.

Fire District 1 seeks nominees for Fire Commissioner vacancy

Snohomish County Fire District 1 is seeking nominees to fill a vacancy on its Board of Fire Commissioners.

Snohomish County Fire District 1 is seeking nominees to fill a vacancy on its Board of Fire Commissioners.

The application deadline is January 18, 2013.

Commissioner Millie Judge left the Board at the end of last year to take office in January as Snohomish County Superior Court Judge. The Board of Commissioners will select and appoint someone to fill the vacancy. The appointee will have to stand election in the fall of 2013 to retain the seat and serve the two years remaining in Judge's six-year term.

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