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Opportunity Expo draws hundreds of local students. Page 7


President Obama visits Oso community BY KIRK BOXLEITNER

SPORTS: Tomahawks shutout Chargers, 12-0. Page 10

OSO — President Barack Obama’s visit to the area on Tuesday, April 22, culminated in a press conference in the Oso Fire Station that afternoon, after he’d had a chance to survey the damage done by the March 22 Oso mudslide, as well as to speak with the slide’s first responders and the families of the slide’s victims. When Obama disembarked from Air Force One at the Paine Field Airport at approximately 12:50 p.m., he was greeted by state and federal elected officials, including Gov. Jay Inslee, U.S. senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, and U.S. representatives Suzan DelBene and Rick Larsen, who accompanied him to the Oso Fire Station where he singled them out by name for being “relentless in making sure that Oso had the resources that it needs.” Obama then flew over the site of the slide in Marine One, which touched down at approximately 1:30 p.m. so that he could travel from Arlington to Oso by motorcade on State Route 530, which was lined with locals who were waving and holding signs. Obama reached the Oso Community SEE OSO, PAGE 2

SPORTS: Lakewood falls to Sultan, 4-2. Page 10

Snohomish County releases preliminary election results




Vol. 120, No. 42 Courtesy Photo

Marysville Transportation Benefit District Board Chair Jeffrey Vaughan.


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From left, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, Oso Fire Chief Willy Harper, Darrington Mayor Dan Rankin, President Barack Obama, Arlington Mayor Barbara Tolbert, Gov. Jay Inslee, and U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene face the crowd at the Oso Fire Station on April 22.

In the wake of the special election on Tuesday, April 22, the city of Marysville’s Transportation Benefit District looks to be passing its proposed sales and use tax to fund transportation improvements, while the Lakewood School District is on the knife’s edge of possibly passing its proposed building bond to improve Lakewood High School, on its second time on the ballot. As of Thursday, April 24, at 3:43 p.m., the Marysville TBD’s proposition had received 4,212 votes to approve it, or 55.02 percent of the vote, and 3,444 votes to reject it, or 44.98 percent of

the vote, while the Lakewood School District’s proposition had received 1,981 votes to approve it, or 60.05 percent of the vote, and 1,318 votes to reject it,or 39.95 percent of the vote. Marysville TBD Board Chair Jeffrey Vaughan and Lakewood School District interim Superintendent Dr. Michael Mack both expressed what they called “cautious optimism” regarding the prospects of their respective propositions, each of which they deemed vitally important for their own citizens. “If this passes, we’ll need to get busy really quick,” Vaughan said. “We’ll be looking at a list of project priorities right away, to see which of those things we should get going on first. It’s going

to be an active and exciting time, because we’ll finally be addressing a number of transportation issues that we’ve needed to address for a while now.” Although the TBD Board had been scheduled to meet on Monday, April 21, Vaughan noted that the meeting was cancelled because it would have been able to accomplish very little, coming the night prior to Election Day. “That meeting should be rescheduled fairly soon, though,” Vaughan said. “Definitely no later than May, and it’ll be announced well beforehand in all the usual channels, includSEE RESULTS, PAGE 11

Marysville Globe, April 26, 2014  
Marysville Globe, April 26, 2014  

April 26, 2014 edition of the Marysville Globe