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Leonard Kelley, who had served as mayor since 2013, cited health concerns in his resignation letter sent to Stanwood City Administrator Jennifer Ferguson late Sunday night. The resignation was effective 9 a.m. Monday, July 6.

There are fewer homeless families with children, fewer people in shelters, but more who are unsheltered and more who are chronically homeless, according to the annual Point-in-Time Count of people experiencing homelessness in Snohomish County.

Snohomish County isn’t moving onto Phase 3 anytime soon, local and state officials announced recently. And if new COVID-19 cases continue to increase, local health officials said it’s possible the county could drop back into Phase 1.

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Stanwood planners are riffing on old ideas to give the city a new look, possibly including one-way streets and pedestrian plazas to revitalize east and west business areas.

As Snohomish County continues to open up in Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Safe Start” plan, courts are also preparing to get back to business as usual — at least as much as possible.

The three-car crash blocked both lanes and slowed traffic to a crawl for about three hours before the road reopened fully at about noon, according to the Washington State Patrol. On Camano, the backup reached to the IGA. In Stanwood, the backup reached past Pioneer Highway. 

Local small businesses and organizations rose to the challenge of creating safe ways to interact with the public and stay connected during the pandemic. Some of the changes adopted by shops, services and churches are likely to become permanent. 

Many of the 289 Stanwood High graduates culminated their high school careers Friday with a parade through downtown and by gathering in living rooms watching their prerecorded commencement ceremony on televisions and laptops.