Snohomish County announces nearly $500K in tourism grant opportunities

Snohomish Couty’s annual tourism small grant cycle – known as the hotel-motel small grant fund – is now open. Approximately $490,000 in tourism grant dollars are available for public and non-profit organizations to use for tourism marketing, promotions, and capital projects. Historically, the average project allocation is $10,000, but ranges from $5,000 – $50,000. “Tourism…

Snohomish County temporarily reopens emergency rental assistance program

Have you or a loved one been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic? The Snohomish County Emergency Rental Assistance Program has temporarily reopened to accept new applications through 211. The program has limited funds and assistance cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit snohomish-county-coronavirus-response-snoco-gis.hub.arcgis.com/pages/emergency-rental-assistance The county also provided the following additional resources: Utility Assistance: snohomishcountywa.gov/552/Energy-Assistance Food…

Dr. James Lewis selected as Snohomish Health District’s next health officer

The Snohomish Health District has a new health officer — Dr. James Lewis. He will take over the health officer role from Dr. Chris Spitters, who is stepping down after more than 20 years with the district. Lewis, who is set to start Aug. 1, is currently a medical epidemiologist with Public Health – Seattle &…

Snohomish County’s Litter Wranglers return to county roads for 2022 season

Snohomish County’s Litter Wranglers are returning to the road in 2022 for their fifth season in six years. Last year, the program removed nearly 6,000 bags of garbage from county rights of way. “The Litter Wranglers were originally deployed to fix a widespread problem throughout Snohomish County—trash on the side of the road—and they have…

Public invited to review updates to the draft Paine Field Master Plan

Airport planners have completed draft concepts and alternatives for the Paine Field Airport Master Plan. Snohomish County invites the public to visit an online open house from June 1 to 30, to get an update on what the team has been working on, to learn more about the master plan, and leave comments or questions. The…

Pride Month kickoff event at Snohomish County Campus June 1

An event to kick off Pride Month in Snohomish County is scheduled for Wednesday, June 1, from noon to 4 p.m. on the Snohomish County Campus at 3000 Rockefeller Ave in Everett. “Snohomish County is a welcoming one. This is a wonderful and important opportunity to celebrate, support and learn from our friends, families and…

Snohomish County seeking applicants for Board of Equalization

Applications are being accepted to fill a vacancy on the Snohomish County Board of Equalization. The board is an independent body organized to hear appeals of assessments made by the county assessor and is comprised of five citizen members appointed by the Snohomish County Council, after recommendation by the county executive. The board provides an…

Reminder: City hosting Snohomish County pandemic recovery open house Wednesday

The Snohomish County Office of Recovery and Resilience is asking area residents for feedback on pandemic recovery needs at an upcoming series of public events. The City of Mountlake Terrace will host the first open house for District 4 on Wednesday, May 25 from 6-7:30 p.m. at City Hall. Area residents are invited to attend the…

County leaders hosting Public Safety Town Hall in Marysville June 8

Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney and County Councilmembers Sam Low, and Nate Nehring are hosting a Public Safety Town Hall from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 8 at the Marysville Opera House. According to organizers, the event is intended to start a dialogue with the community about public safety challenges facing local communities and what can be…

County announces local engagement meetings for federal COVID recovery funds

Snohomish County’s Office of Recovery & Resilience is launching a countywide engagement effort to guide investment strategies for the county’s $160 million American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) allocation. According to a county announcement, the effort will include one in-person recovery event in each Snohomish County Council district that will include “key partners” across major recovery…

Snohomish County: 2022 Homeless Point-in-Time Count shows increase in shelter capacity

Snohomish County on Monday released its 2022 Homeless Point-in-Time count, designed to provide a snapshot of households experiencing homelessness on a single night in Snohomish County. Among the results: The total number of individuals residing in a shelter, transitional housing and living without shelter is the highest it has been since 2012. From its low point…

Candidate filing for federal, state and county office opens May 16

Candidate filing begins at 9 a.m. Monday, May 16, for the 2022 ballot. There are 41 offices available for filing including U.S. senator, U.S. representative, state senator, state representative, judicial positions, county prosecuting sttorney and public utility district commissioner.  Candidate filings for political party precinct committee officer positions will also be accepted. A complete list…

Low-income seniors invited to apply for county’s farmers market nutrition program

Eligible low-income seniors are invited to apply for Snohomish County’s Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. The program is aimed at increasing the community’s intake of fruits and vegetables; expanding the use of local farmers markets, farm stores and community-supported agriculture programs; and increasing sales of Washington- grown fruits, vegetables and herbs. A list of participating…

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…

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…