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Lake Stevens: Highway 9 work resumes

State transportation crews this week expect to resume work along Highway 9 between Lundeen Parkway and Highway 92.

Crews are scheduled to cut trees on the west side of Highway 9 between Lundeen Parkway and Soper Hill Road. This work is expected to cause brief lane closures on Highway 9.

The construction is part of a $22.5 million project funded by the 2005 gas tax to widen Highway 9 from two to four lanes and to make intersection, lighting and traffic signal improvements. Work started last summer on the east side of Highway 9. Crews shut down the project over the winter to help reduce erosion near sensitive wetlands in the area. The project is expected to wrap up by fall.

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Monroe: Firefighters say thanks

Monroe firefighters are grateful this month.

Their family, friends and community members have donated about $4,400 to blood cancer research so far this year.

They’re hoping to raise $5,000 by the end of the month. Their efforts were part of the annual Firefighter Stairclimb challenge at the Columbia Center tower in Seattle. All the proceeds go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The competition also went well for them, firefighter Ray Sayah said.

“We did great,” he said. “I think everyone met their goals.”

The crews are especially grateful to the Monroe Fred Meyer and Albertsons stores for hosting their fundraising events.

Collection boxes will be around town at local businesses until the end of the month.

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Mountlake Terrace: Beacons installed

Two school zone flashing yellow beacons and signs have been installed near Mountlake Terrace Elementary School to slow traffic before and after school.

The beacons are located on 52nd Avenue West for southbound traffic and on 220th Street SW for eastbound traffic. The solar powered beacons are mounted on poles with “Speed Limit 20” signs and “when flashing” placards.

They were funded by a $7,400 grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

Mukilteo: Firefighters’ fundraiser

Firefighters who work at Paine Field will be showing off their stuff this weekend at the QFC store on the Mukilteo Speedway.

Paine Field firefighters partnered with Mukilteo crews for the annual Firefighter Stairclimb challenge. So far, they’ve raised several thousand dollars for blood cancer research, Paine Field firefighter Tony Mace said.

They have until the end of the month to keep raising money. Their event is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the QFC. They will be donning firefighting gear while working out on stairclimbing exercise machines.

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