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Photos by Kelly Sullivan: Missy Maxon and her student Lennon Locking and his dad, Travis, look over the handmade gift cards he drew for Frank Wagner Elementary’s first art walk held Friday. Sept. 29.
Photos by Kelly Sullivan: Missy Maxon and her student Lennon Locking and his dad, Travis, look over the handmade gift cards he drew for Frank Wagner Elementary’s first art walk held Friday. Sept. 29.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 2:00 AM
The first — and likely not the last — Frank Wagner Art Walk was hosted in Monroe’s historic downtown corridor Friday evening. Almost every one of the students made a piece that was on display and for sale.
  • A new leash on life
    Beck's Place clients talked up the nonprofit and the help it provides clients in crisis who don't want to lose their four-legged family members during the organization's second annual Evening at Adam's fundraiser on Monday, Oct. 9. 
  • Victory on Heybrook Ridge
    Almost exactly 11 years after the first notice of proposed logging was posted at the Index General Store, the proponents of Heybrook Ridge can finally celebrate its preservation.
  • Hurricane canines to the rescue

    Five pets have found their way from Hurricane Harvey’s floodwaters to Monroe.
    The dogs traveled nearly 2,300 miles from where they were displaced during the natural disaster that killed dozens of people and forced thousands to leave their homes. Many of those people now have nothing and are struggling to survive, said Pasado’s Safe Haven executive director Laura Henderson.

  • YMCA Fun Run haunting downtown in October
    The Monroe Family YMCA development and corporate relations director said they are among the hundreds of racers that traditionally turn out to complete the routes. The 1 mile, 5K and 10K Fun Run fundraiser has coupled grit with creativity for the past eight years, and is set to do it again on Saturday, Oct. 28.
  • Monroe collisions specialist hits the brakes
    The Monroe Police Department lost its collisions specialist when Jon “JR” Richardson retired on Sept. 15. He was with the agency for about 32 years. For nine of those, he was assigned as a detective, but decided to request patrol again around 1998. 
  • YMCA celebrating 10 years in Monroe
    The Monroe Family YMCA is in the middle celebrating its 10-year anniversary. Its doors opened off Fryelands Boulevard just more than a decade ago on Sept. 1, and thousands of people have been through them since to seek out services.
  • Kidz Club adding more kids
    In recent years Kidz Club has been capped at 60 students. Take the Next Step’s community outreach coordinator Sarah Lunstrum said this fall the nonprofit’s staff and volunteers will be making room for 80 youth.
  • Good migrations
    It was the first year Swift Night Out saw bad weather, said docent Susie Schaefer. A gray gloom settled over the Sky Valley on Saturday, and a subtle chill was in the air; light rain fell occasionally.
  • Climbers elevate recreational spots
    Hundreds of members of Washington’s climbing community converged at four favored sites this summer to carry out much-needed stewardship and conservation work.
  • Communication for success
    In the midst of summer vacation, student Daniel Hagen found himself alone in front of Monroe City Councilmember Jim Kamp and Toastmasters International local representative Mark Van Valkenburg.
  • Special day at the fair
    The Evergreen Morning of Dreams event allotted two hours last Wednesday for people with disabilities or special needs to experience the grounds without the usual crowds.
  • Bus drivers receive transportation safety honors
    Monroe School District transportation department employees have collectively racked up just under 400 years of safe driving. One driver in particular has contributed more than 30 years and a million miles to that figure.
  • Evergreen State Fair: Opening day
    Monroe resident Briana Pence was finally picked out of the crowd during the last international lumberjack show on opening day of the 2017 Evergreen State Fair.
  • Kindergarten crash course
    Liliana Santiago-Castro was much more nervous about learning her letters in class than she was to take her first bus ride last Wednesday.
  • PHOTOS: Solar Eclipse viewing in Monroe
    Monroe wasn’t in the path of totality for the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, but people could still get a good, but brief glance as the moon partially covered the sun — totally in some other parts of the Northwest — in an event that will likely not occur again in this part of North America in a lifetime.
  • Musicians rock to aid friend’s cancer fight

    Married photographers Jerry and Lois Levin had been keeping their eyes out for signs of stomach cancer — other types weren’t on their radar.
    Last February, two days before Jerry’s birthday, his wife was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. She had been exhibiting odd behavior that seemed to align with appendicitis. He said they weren’t going to risk it; Lois was taken straight to the doctor.

  • National Night Out
    K9 Nuke ripped down the lawn at Lake Tye Park on Tuesday evening. He was on the heels of a criminal who fled on foot from his vehicle after leading a Monroe Police Department officer on a short car chase.
  • Monroe business getting signed up
    A new downtown Monroe business owner is receiving $10,000 in signage and rebranding that could provide a shot in the arm at a pivotal time in the young company’s development.
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