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Jackson High celebrates 25 years

Jackson High School just hit the quarter-century mark.

It was built in 1994, and initially only 660 students attended. Now it’s overflowing with 2,250 kids — well over capacity.

The community has seen a lot of changes in that time, too. Principal Dave Peters shared his thoughts on the school’s birthday in a statement.

“Ever since our school opened in 1994, it has been our mission to prepare students for their futures,” he said. “Of course, the ‘future’ for students has significantly changed in the last quarter century. Today we are preparing students to hold jobs that may not yet exist, using technologies that haven’t been invented, and to solve problems that we don’t know are problems yet.”


Ice caves closed

The Big Four Ice Caves trail has been closed due to safety issues, with an expected opening date of May 24.

Erosion damage and runoff makes the footbridge crossing the South Fork Stillaguamish River unsafe during this time of year. The picnic area and elevated boardwalks remain open.

Part of the Mountain Loop Highway is still blocked because of winter weather. Cars can’t access the ice caves trailhead, but hikers can still walk in.


Riverfront development

The city of Everett is holding a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. May 1 on amendments to the master plan proposed for the Riverfront development landfill site. The hearing will take place in city council chambers at 3002 Wetmore Avenue. The developer wants to add 1,250 housing units to the site, along with 230,000 square feet of retail space, 125,000 square feet of office space and a 250-room hotel.

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Hands-on workshops

Learn how to preserve fresh foods safely in a series of four workshops at WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Evergreen Room in McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett.

The series kicks off with Basics of Safe Canning, 6:30 to 9 p.m May 15 and May 30. Learn the basics of food safety and canning skills, including bacteria and food spoilage, canning equipment and canning high/low acid foods. Includes demonstration of the process only.

More info: or 425-357-6024

Mountlake Terrace awards

The city of Mountlake Terrace is accepting nominations for its Evergreen Awards to recognize property owners who take great care of their properties. The five categories are: Best Maintained Residence, Best Maintained Business, Best Maintained Multifamily Property, Most Sustainable Property and Best Transformation.

Deadline to nominate is May 31.

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