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Articles from the January 3, 2012 edition

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 By Mike Anderton    Sports    January 3, 2012

Viking girls basketball cruise through Wenatchee tournament

Viking girls cruised through a pair of lopsided wins in the Wenatchee Holiday Basketball Tournament last week. Lake's defense smothered Walla Walla 53-34 on Tuesday, then did the same to host Wenatchee 55-30 the following day to bring home the champi...

 
 By Jim Miller    Columns    January 3, 2012

What seniors need to do to find and research doctors who accept medicare

Dear Savvy Senior, What resources are available to help seniors locate and research Medicare doctors? My husband and I are approaching age 65 and need to find a new internist or primary care doctor who accepts Medicare. Our current doctor is not...

 
 By Ronnie Mcbrayer    Columns    January 3, 2012

Keeping the Faith:

A century ago Leo Tolstoy wrote about a greedy farmer in his tale, “How Much Land Does a Man Need?” This farmer never had enough and moved town to town looking for greener pastures. On his journeys he heard rumors of a distant tribe that...

 
 By Journal Staff    News    January 3, 2012

Stay safe during winter

The hustle and bustle of the holidays is among us. Don’t let the chaotic season take away from important safety precautions that should be taken each winter. Increased amounts of family cooking, decorating and harsh winter weather all...

 
 By Journal Staff    News    January 3, 2012

Relay for Life team member meeting

The January 2012 Relay for Life of Lake Stevens team member meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 10 at 6 p.m. On the second Tuesday of each month, local teams and their members are invited to Lake Stevens High School to get inspired and find out...

 
 By Journal Staff    News    January 3, 2012

Register your Relay For Life team today

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life® of Lake Stevens gives everyone in the community a chance to help the organization save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Register your team today by visiting...

 
 By Photo Travis Krause    News    January 3, 2012

Motorhome fire near Sunnycrest Elementary

On Friday, Dec. 23, Lake Stevens Fire responded to a fire involving a motorhome in front of Sunnycrest Elementary School. There were no injuries but the motorhome was a complete loss. . On Monday,...

 
 By Journal Staff    News    January 3, 2012

Lundeen Parkway roundabout operation study taking place

An aerial view of the newest roundabout on Lundeen Parkway where the city is studying the design. In mid 2010, the Lundeen Parkway roundabout became fully operational. It didn’t take long for...

 
 By Pam Stevens    News    January 3, 2012

Local heroes honored by Snohomish Red Cross

Acting on impulse is often what makes someone a hero and that is certainly the case for two Lake Stevens residents who were recognized by the Snohomish County Chapter of the American Red Cross on...

 
 By Journal Staff    News    January 3, 2012

Local family granted Christmas wish

Many local radio stations use the holiday season to grant families in need a special wish for them and their families. Country radio station KMPS 94.1 was one of the stations who made Christmas dreams come true for many in Western Washington. KMPS...

 
 By Journal Staff    News    January 3, 2012

Home ownership made easier in this market

Williams Real Estate Brokers is hosting a free Washington State Housing Finance Commission Curriculum Workshop in their conference room at 430 91st Avenue #6 Lake Stevens. The class will be held on Friday January 13 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Please...

 
 By Journal Staff    News    January 3, 2012

Free kindergarten readiness classes starting soon-sign up now

READY! For Kindergarten classes will start on January 9 in both English and Spanish for parents of children who will enter Kindergarten Fall 2012 and Fall 2013. Each lesson is packed with activities and information designed to help you help your...

 
 By Journal Staff    News    January 3, 2012

Fatal vehicle collision on Highway 92, North Machias

A 28-year-old male was killed in a vehicle accident on Highway 92 and North Machias Road on Tuesday, Dec. 27 while driving his 1995 Chrysler Sebring. The highway was closed for hours while police investigated the accident which occurred at 3:30 p.m....

 
 By Journal Staff    News    January 3, 2012

Download free library eBooks on your eReader

“Now that they have implemented an eBook check-out system to include the Kindle, we are using the library more than ever without leaving home,” commented 67-year-old Jerry Kovacich, who moved with his wife to Coupeville, Wash., after...

 
 By Journal Staff    News    January 3, 2012

Algae in lake reaches cautionary levels

Snohomish County Surface Water Management (SWM) recently found potentially toxic blue-green algae in Lake Stevens, prompting the posting of cautionary signs at boat launches and public areas around...

 
 By Lake Stevens Police Beat    Lights & Sirens    January 3, 2012

Lights and Sirens for January 4, 2012

The police department responded to 584 incidents in the week of December 18, 2011 through December 24, 2011. The following is a brief summary of some of the more notable contacts: Warrant Service/VUCSA, 12/20/11 300 block 91st Ave. NE While...

 
 By Washington State Department Of Transportation – News    News    January 3, 2012

Major changes for Tuesday’s commute; drivers should pack their patience

SEATTLE – Puget Sound drivers can expect major changes to their commute starting early Tuesday morning as they adjust to a tolled SR 520 bridge. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) expects the morning rush hour to start...

 
 Opinions    January 3, 2012

YOUR | LETTERS for January 4, 2012 issue

Support of community helps families in need Dear Editor, We are overwhelmed with joy at the generosity of the Lake Stevens community in their support for the Li’l Hungry Hearts program this holiday season. We would like to thank Mr. Joe...

 
 By Janet Trautwein    Opinions    January 3, 2012

Who’s looking out for your health care needs?

Officials recently released 244 pages worth of regulations governing the health-insurance exchanges established by the federal health reform law. The rules envision a big role for "navigators" —entities or people expected to help cons...

 
 By Chris Thomas    News    January 3, 2012

WA Pet Food Pantries Doing Booming Business

TACOMA, Wash. - Food banks around the state have been busier than ever this year, and one of the needs that is often overlooked at donation time is food for pets. Not all food banks have the space to collect pet supplies, but humane societies, animal...