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 Photo by Kelly Sullivan: Vietnam War veteran AJ Cruce received a Purple Heart for wounds inflicted during an ambush mission in 1967.
Photo by Kelly Sullivan: Vietnam War veteran AJ Cruce received a Purple Heart for wounds inflicted during an ambush mission in 1967.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 5:00 AM
AJ Cruce was on an ambush mission in Vietnam in 1967 when a B-40 rocket shattered against a nearby tree. He and his commanding officer were sprayed with shrapnel from the blast. The two men were immediately medevaced from the jungle on the border of Cambodia where they were stationed.
  • Milking it for all it’s worth

    Marcia St. John was preparing for a digital apocalypse when she bought her first dairy goats.
    Now, St. John's Creamery has more than 160 goats, and is operating here in Monroe.

  • High school senior skier places in national competition

    Teegan Lowe believes she skis her best when her mind is clear and thoughts are calm.
    This season the Monroe High School junior tested her tried technique at the national level for the first time. 

  • New Y director working to build community

    New Monroe and Sky Valley YMCA executive director Craig Chambers knew he wanted to work in the city years before his hiring.
    The former Stanwood-Camano YMCA senior director had his eye on the Monroe community, and in March he replaced Patsy Cudaback.

  • Longtime Monroe resident celebrates 104th birthday

    Elizabeth Lang-Knox-Hutchins turned 104 years old on May 14.

  • Timber Monster Brewing Company taps into Sultan community
    Timber Monster Brewing Company has opened on Main Street in Sultan, creating a space where people's love for good coffee and craft beer come together.
  • Running without a finish line
    Monroe's Heather Free has a list of racing goals that's miles long. When she isn't running a marathon, she's home with her husband and daughter, keeping pace with family life. 
  • Couple takes on John L. Scott Monroe branch
    Kristie and Dave Bray are the wife-husband team running Monroe’s new John L. Scott branch.
  • Creating a philosophy to work with
    New EvergreenHealth Monroe chief nursing officer Brenda West signed on this winter, with plans to finish her career at the medical center.
  • Business grows with community

    The City of Sultan’s assistant planner Cyd Donk says the expansion of Mountainside Storage exemplifies the many ways the city is growing.
    Owner Kay Meyers, facility managers Lexie and Anthony Manzanares and their Coast Real Estate Services partners celebrated the groundbreaking for the additional 40 new units to their 225 stalls on Thursday, March 29.

  • Business keys to success
    The doors to Elite, Lock and Safe were first unlocked on April 1, 1993. The longtime business owner will honor the store’s 25th anniversary this month, by hosting a celebration at 15178 Woods Creek Road from 4-8 p.m. Friday, April 6.
  • Away at Camp Bow Wow
    Beverley Stevenson’s husband suggested she start her doggy daycare in Monroe two years ago, as the Idaho couple passed the Evergreen State Fairgrounds on U.S. Highway 2.
  • A werewolf in Sultan
    Sultan’s former game lounge owner is pursuing a new venture. As Gabe Aguirre learns to create comics by his own hand, he also works to ensure the craft is preserved.
  • Running the Legislature
    Rachael Gonzales found herself in one of the busiest places in Washington last month — the heart of the legislative session in Olympia.
    Luckily, the Sky Valley Education Center freshmen had her two good friends, Snohomish High School students Hadley Grant and Jazmine Criswell, with her in the fray. Rep. Dan Kristiansen sponsored the trio of pages for one week.
  • Sultan resident has dozens of story ideas
    “The Dozen Dozens” is about a family that lives in an upside-down house. The father and mother, Odd Dozen and Even Dozen, and their many children can only walk on the ceiling. They climb a ladder to get to the front door.
  • Longtime missionary wants to help at home
    Beatrice Ruhli spent decades teaching English to Spanish-speaking South Americans as a missionary. She hopes to do the reverse in her new community.
  • Getting hot in Monroe
    Marianne Ames believes she and her business partners are opening up Monroe’s first hot studio — Bliss Yoga — right where it needs to be.
  • Dogged determination to make reading fun

    George Sallee didn’t intend for an entire community to know and love his new golden retriever when Simon came home.
    Almost four years later, hundreds of Maltby Elementary School students and families are familiar with the Snohomish man and his three canine partners, who read in nearly every classroom once a week.

  • Something to finish at Wallace Falls State Park

    Competition is headed to the trails of Wallace Falls State Park for one of only a few times in decades.
    Gold Bar resident Brian Nelson is putting on three long-distance races on March 3.

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