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Everett: Hatloe joins elite leadership group

Everett City Councilman Arlan Hatloe recently became one of the first elected municipal officials in the country to complete an intensive leadership program with the National League of Cities.

Hatloe is among two dozen politicians to achieve the diamond level with the advocacy organization’s Certificate of Achievement in Leadership Program.

The program was established to provide local officials with professional development opportunities to improve personal skills and abilities needed to facilitate positive change and innovation within their communities, according to the league.

Hatloe was recognized at a conference in New Orleans earlier this month.

Hatloe, who was elected to the coun­cil in 2001, has participated in 21 seminars, conferences and leadership summits that focused on topics such as ensuring good jobs, smart growth in economic development and creating sustainable communities in the 21st century.

Councilmen Mark Olson and Ron Gipson hold the platinum status in the program and are working toward the diamond level.

Lake Stevens: 2008 budget could get OK

The Lake Stevens City Council is scheduled to hold another public hearing and consider approving its budget for 2008 tonight.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Lake Stevens School District Educational Services Center, 12309 22nd St. NE.

The city’s $17.2 million budget includes a $4.5 million low-interest loan from the state to defray the costs of a planned new sewage treatment plant.

The $6.4 million general fund, up from $6.1 million for 2007, includes money for two new public works employees, a code enforcement officer and $100,000 for sidewalks.

The council has already approved a 1 percent increase in city property taxes next year to help pay for the new spending.

For more information, call the city at 425-334-1012.

Mukilteo: Student art gets gallery exposure

Students from Snohomish and King counties are expected to have their artwork on display in Old Town Mukilteo starting this month.

Art will be shown from Friday through Jan. 16 at the Art Building, 724 First St., Mukilteo. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

An opening reception is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.

For more information, go online at www.theartworkshopinc.com.

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