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Everett: Fire chief contract extended Snohomish County Fire District 1, based in south Everett, has renewed Fire Chief Ed Widdis’ contract through 2016.

Widdis has been fire chief since 2003. His annual salary in recent years was set at $159,878.

The district serves nearly 200,000 people between Everett and the King County line.

Lake Stevens: DelBene to speak at Rotary Club U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene will be a guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Lake Stevens meeting on Friday, March 21. The First District Democrat will talk about ways to create jobs and strengthen the economy. The Rotary meets at 7:15 a.m. at the Lake Stevens School District Educational Service Center, 12309 22nd St. NE.

Marysville: Poochapalooza seeks vendors The Eighth Annual Marysville Poochapalooza is seeking pet-related vendors and business sponsors for the biggest summer outdoor dog event in Snohomish County. Highlights of Poochapalooza include flyball exhibitions, dancing dogs, contests for things like wacky pet tricks, obstacle courses and the “Running of the Wieners” daschund race. Rescue dogs for adoption will also be featured in a doggie-wear fashion show. Sponsorships, donations and vendor fee proceeds support park improvements at the Strawberry Fields for Rover Off-Leash Park. This year’s event will be held Saturday, July 12 the park. To find vendor forms, booth prices and get more information, go to or contact Leslie Buell at 425-268-5285 or

Monroe: District hires football coach Brett Jay has accepted a job as the new varsity football coach for Monroe High School.

Jay, 30, joins a growing Bearcat program that has seen post-season play the past three years.

He leaves a stint as head football coach for River View High School in Kennewick. Jay earned a 43-21 record with three playoff appearances, including the 2012 semifinals. He was selected as coach of the year in 2010 and 2012.

The 2002 River View graduate returned to his alma mater to coach after playing semi-professional football and earning MVP status twice.

Jay expects to move to the Monroe area with his wife and two children, ages 6 and 2. Jay and his wife are both certificated teachers.

Students have twice chosen Jay, an English and physical education teacher, as their commencement speaker.

Snohomish: Fundraiser for senior center Gambling at the Snohomish Senior Center was put on hold earlier this year due to a city ban. The prohibition put on hold seniors’ efforts to raise money for automatic doors with the card games at the Snohomish Senior Center.

Now, Silverado Memory Care in Everett is planning to partner with the nonprofit senior center to host an auction. The groups hope to raise the $14,000 needed to purchase and install the doors.

People can help by donating auction items or cash. Items can be dropped of at the Snohomish Senior Center, located at 506 Fourth St., from March 21 to 25 .

The event is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on March 25.

Sultan: Gold Dust Days nominations Organizers of Sultan’s Gold Dust Days are looking for nominations for grand marshal.

The annual parade is scheduled for July 26.

The deadline to make a nomination is March 31.

To submitt a suggestion, send a letter to PO Box 46, Sultan, WA 98294 or email

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