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Articles from the January 7, 2013 edition

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 By Staff    News    January 7, 2013

Valley General Hospital Announces Permanent CEO Appointment

Monroe, Wash. – The Board of Commissioners for Snohomish County Public Hospital District #1 are pleased to announce that Eric Jensen, FACHE will be appointed Chief Executive Officer of Valley...

 
 By Washington News Service    News    January 7, 2013

Report: Megabanks Give Less than 1% to Charity

SEATTLE - In an effort to rebuild their tarnished reputations, the nation's biggest banks are touting their charitable contributions and community involvement. On closer inspection, however, they are not so charitable after all, according to a new...

 
 News    January 7, 2013

Influenza claims three lives in Snohomish County

Vaccination is the best protection against this severe flu; plenty of vaccine in the county SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. -- The Snohomish Health District reports three residents of Snohomish County died in recent days from the severe flu that is...

 
 By Journal Staff    News    January 7, 2013

Task Properties and Impact Property Management have moved to new location

In the last year Task Properties and Impact Property Management has seen significant growth in the real estate industry and have moved to facilitate their expanding office staff. Their new office is located at 9506 4th Street NE, #101 in Lake...

 
 By Steve Strong    News    January 7, 2013

Lake Stevens 2013 Real Estate Report

Looking back at 2012 it was a great year in the real estate market for both buyers and for sellers in Lake Stevens. The market showed consecutive months with higher sales than we have seen in years, increasing values and great interest rates. We...

 
 By Press Staff    Granite Falls    January 7, 2013

GFHS announces fall sports award winners

Fall sports awards were presented at team banquets held in November. The varsity and JV soccer, varsity and JV volleyball, and cross country teams earned the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) Distinguished award for a team GPA...

 
 By Press Staff    Granite Falls    January 7, 2013

Granite Falls High School accepting nominations for Alumni Hall of Fame

Nominations are now being accepted for the annual Granite Falls High School Alumni Hall of Fame inductees. The Alumni Hall of Fame was established in 1994 to honor past graduates that were active in school activities that have gone on to become...

 
 By Press Staff    Granite Falls    January 7, 2013

Washington State PTA begins new partnership

Washington State PTA and the Washington-based Owner/Operators of McDonald’s franchises have entered into a partnership agreement for 2013, continuing McDonald’s commitment to education. The overall goal in this partnership is for the...

 
 By Press Staff    Granite Falls    January 7, 2013

Success in Education Awards presented

The Granite Falls School District has announced its first quarter Success in Education award winners. Student winners Jessica Laboda, Jenasea Hott, Alex Cunningham, Semira Kern, Hunter Theriault, Jesse Hills, and Brooke Claxton were recognized at...

 
 By Press Staff    Granite Falls    January 7, 2013

Snohomish County urges preparedness for emergencies

What do earthquakes, windstorms, heavy rain and flooding have in common? All have impacts that can be alleviated when residents become better prepared for disaster situations. Snohomish County’s Department of Emergency Management (DEM), the...

 
 By Press Staff    Granite Falls    January 7, 2013

Michalisin, Newton earn prestigious title of National Board Certified Teacher

Ryan Michalisin and Michael Newton, both English teachers at Granite Falls High School, have earned the highest credential available to American educators by recently becoming National Board Certified Teachers through the National Board for...

 
 By Staff    Granite Falls    January 7, 2013

Local business gives back, pays it forward

Local residents and new business owners, Curt Hofstetter & Debbie Calloway of C-Dub Auto Repair, visited the Granite Falls Fire Department, arriving with a donation for the Firefighters Christmas...

 
 By Press Staff    Granite Falls    January 7, 2013

Library holds family fun in January

Furry Friend & a Book Read with our furry friend, Spring, a golden Labrador who is a trained Delta Society Pet Partner Therapy Team canine. This dog is a non-judgmental listener for school-age readers. Dog trainer is Christina Bunn. Tuesday,...

 
 By Pam Stevens    Granite Falls    January 7, 2013

Granite Falls School District receives major grant from state, PUD

The Granite Falls School District is certainly doing their part in becoming more energy efficient and with the help of grant money from OSPI, or the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction,...

 
 By Press Staff    Granite Falls    January 7, 2013

Granite Falls HS food drive another huge success

One of the student food drive coordinators, Megan Davis, fills a box of donated food for local families. The food covered three hallways of the school. The annual Granite Falls High School Food Drive...

 
 By Press Staff    Granite Falls    January 7, 2013

GF students demonstrate how to “Be the Change” with community mural

Granite Falls students from the local Youth Coalition demonstrated their commitment to “Be the Change” when they unveiled the first city mural on December 11 at Jim Holm Park located at 302 S. Granite Ave. in Granite Falls. The Youth...

 
 By Press Staff    Granite Falls    January 7, 2013

Freeze winter fires

Home fires are more prevalent in winter than in any other season. This is due to the increased amounts of family cooking, decorating, and harsh winter weather which all contribute to an increased risk of hazards. Follow these safety tips from...

 
 By Fred Cruger    Granite Falls    January 7, 2013

A Look Back

Whew! The campaigns are over and the votes have been counted! I didn’t know many of the candidates personally (have met only two or three), but it got me thinking about politicians in general,...

 
 By Press Staff    Granite Falls    January 7, 2013

Employment Security offers free software courses

The Employment Security Department has expanded a popular service that allows Washington residents to learn computer software programs for free. For the past two years, the department provided free access to online Microsoft courses. Now, under a...

 
 By Press Staff    Granite Falls    January 7, 2013

Dorn announces remaining top agenda items for 2013 Legislative session

State Superintendent Randy Dorn will address several priorities during the 2013 Legislative session. Two of those priorities – fully funding basic education and streamlining the assessment system – have been described previously. Today,...

 
 By Daris Howard    Granite Falls    January 7, 2013

Life's outtakes

My wife and I decided we needed a new car for her to drive. It wasn’t that our little pickup had quit running or was having any mechanical problems. It was just that it had a tendency to choose to be an off road vehicle, even when we...

 
 Granite Falls    January 7, 2013

YOUR LETTERS for January 2013

Rethinking education Dear Editor, In a recent Guest Editorial, Don C. Brunell reinforced the need for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills for college-bound students, but also stressed our need for skilled craftsmen:...

 
 By Pam Stevens    Granite Falls    January 7, 2013

School shootings bring up questions about mental health, guns

Twenty young lives and six adult lives were lost only a few short weeks ago in one of the worst school shootings in American history. The actions of one deranged killer has changed the lives of...