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WA 93258 50¢ L.S. Historical Society PO. Box 874 Lake Stevens, WA 98258 Reardon, Hope in for a 'toughrayce for Snohomish County Executive L.S. races for Mayor, BY PAM STEVENS I MANAGING EDITOR It has been evident since the primary race began incum- bent Aaron Readon and Rep. Mike Hope were both going to have a tough campaign in the race for Snohomish County Executive. Now that the numbers are in, with over five points between them, both candidates are bringing their A-game to the forefront and both have new ideas of how to create jobs and boost the flagging economy in . Snohomish County... l , Only 23 percent of voters in the county actually returned their ballots and with the expectation that those numbers will go up for the general election, both candi- dates have a lot of campaigning to do in the next few months. Reardon is currently leading Hope by just over 4,000 votes which makes it imperative that voters return their ballots in the general election. Reardon’s eight years on the job has given him first-hand experience as to what the county is going through. “In these turbulent times, V we need a proven leader at the county with a record of getting me. job dona‘fllxmlaelpedtmam our county competitive by cut- ting red tape, balancing the bud- get and building a rainy day fund without raising taxes," Reardon said. “I’ll be in neighborhoods all over the county over the next two months talking to voters about our shared vision of the work that must be done mov- ing forWard and the foundation we've laid to accomplish those tasks.” Lake Stevens and their voting districts were a great help to Hope during the primaries. His focus now‘is to continue cam- paigning in the north part of the county but to also concentrate hard on those who live in the mew-wtmasseuse; SEE VOTING 0N PAGE 8 Contributed Photo Executive Aaron Reardon Contributed Photo Representative Mike Hope Missing L-S. man’s body Liquor e’Control BOard selects found in Snohomish BY PM STEVENS l MANAGlNG EDITOR Lake Stevens resident Edward Joseph Kirgan, .48, left Bert’s Tavern in Bothell on Sunday, August 14 on his 1997 Honda VTX motorcycle and was not seen or heard from after that. Kirgan’s family reported him missing to the Lake Stevens Police the next day. The police, along with family and friends, - started looking for Kirgan im— mediately and Were concerned about health problems Kirgan had. V After only a- few days of searching, Kirgan’s body, along with his motorcycle, was found in a ditch off of Marsh Road in Snohomish. “His family was out search- ing different routes and lo- cated him in a deep ditch along Marsh Road,” Lake Stevens Po- lice Chief Randy Celori said. Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office arrived to the scene after a call was made at ap- index “‘ Opinion ........... ... ............. .. 2 Church.....’ ........................ ..4 Calendar .................... Classifieds... ..... ....... ....10 , Contributed PhOiO proximately 10 am. Thursday ‘ morning where a man’s body was found in the 8200 block of Marsh Road. It was obvious this wasn’t a recent crash, but detectives don’t know exactly how long the SEE KlRGAN 0N PAGE3 sentencedtoprison Charles “Chuck” Allen who served Granite Falls for 22 years was sentenced to five years in prison for taking money from diabled people. Page 3. ' ' stores in spirits tasting pilot Lake stevens store one of the chosen, * JOURNAL STAFF Beginning September 1, the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) will implement a year-long spirits tastingpilot in 30 state, contract and tribal liquor stores statewide. The Lake Stevens store in Frontier Village was chosen as one of those pilot stores. Upcoming tasting events will be posted at the stores, as well as on the Events page of the Stores and Products section of the WSLCB website at www.1iq. wagov. The enabling legislation was at the request of the Distillery Representatives Association of Washington (DRAW) as a way to introduce premium products to store customers. “The spirits sampling pilot is dream dog park 55,. aha pilot take place 1; »tember1,2012. :- i .1. Sampling will to a quarter maximumpu x a win for both consumers and producers," said Carrie Tellefson of DRAW. “With so many prod- ucts'available, the tasting events offer consumers a valuable op- portunity to taste spirits in a controlled environment, learn about new, premium products and provide valuable feedback lead their classmates meetnewGFSD for distillers.” As part of their screening and store selection the WSLCB con— sidered retail sales volume, loca- tions, and appropriate in—store space for sampling. ‘ Consideration was also given to traffic accidentdata and prox- imity to churches and schools. members Students from NLMS, LSMS and Cavelero Mid High headed to leadership camp to learn how to motivate their peers and dem- onstrate pride. Page 5. Local resident Brianne Frazee and her four-legged friend Bailie are finalists to win a $500,000 dream dog park for Lake Stevens. Page 5. The local community is in- vited to meet the new Granite Falls High School Principal and the GFSD superintendent. Read more on page 7.