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News from Terry Ryan

March 2017

Terry Ryan's eNewsletter

Terry Ryan

Snohomish County Council
3000 Rockefeller Ave., M/S 609
Everett, Washington 98201
 8th floor, Robert J. Drewel Building 
Phone: 425-388-3494


Pam Pruitt, Legislative Aide

Marijuana Store Ordinance

At our February 15th public hearing, the Snohomish County Council enacted a new ordinance establishing some regulations on marijuana stores. One new regulation requires a minimum separation of 2,500 feet between marijuana stores (measured from property line to property line). This requirement is modeled in part on the City of Everett’s regulations.

Background information- The State of Washington allocated 32 marijuana stores to Unincorporated Snohomish County and some of the smaller cities. Some of the larger cities were also allocated additional marijuana stores. However some cities (such as Mill Creek and Lynnwood) banned the marijuana stores which pushed more stores to open up in areas of unincorporated Snohomish County. Highway 99 has about 7 of these stores clustered in close proximity of each other. There have been 3 stores on the Bothell-Everett Highway located between Mill Creek and Thrashers Corner.

Some local businesses and citizens complained about having so many of these stores “clustered” in their neighborhoods.  I brought this to the Council for discussion last summer and we enacted an emergency moratorium preventing any new stores from opening until we could put some regulations in place. We now have a new ordinance in place with regulations. As some of these marijuana stores close or chose to re-locate in the future, they will have to re-open at least 2,500 feet (Approximately 1/2 mile) away from the nearest marijuana store.

Thank you to our Congressional Leaders!

Delbene and Ryan

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene and Councilmember Terry Ryan


While attending the National Association of Counties conference in Washington D.C., our council was able to meet individually with Senator Cantwell and Representatives DelBene, Jayapal and Larsen to discuss Snohomish County issues. These topics included transportation, funding for opioid treatment/ homelessness and economic development/family wage jobs.

Our Federal Delegation is dedicated to working for all of us. The Senators and Representatives personally meet with us and they work hard to advocate for our issues. We are well represented in Washington D.C.

Cocoon House

Terry and Julio on the side of the complex.  Cocoon House is a designated “Safe Place” for youth in need.

Terry and Julio on the side of the complex. Cocoon House is a designated “Safe Place” for youth in need.


I have met many great organizations dedicated to serving people in my 21 years of public service. Cocoon House is one of these organizations. They provide short and long term housing to homeless young people ages 12-17 years old, and their children. Cocoon house has housing sites in Everett, Arlington and Monroe. 

Their Vision is clear- “To see every young person in our community safe and thriving.”

Their Values- “Cocoon House is committed to helping youth build meaningful relationships and grow into unique, independent young adults. They create a peaceful nurturing environment and all services are rooted in positive youth development, building on each young person’s strengths. Cocoon House honors our commitments and is accountable to our donors, the community, and youth and families.”

Recently I toured the Everett facility (which was formerly a hotel) with Luis Cortes, Public Relations manager with Cocoon House. This facility provides housing for young people up until they turn 18 years old. They also assist teens in receiving help in school, preparing them for employment, life and enrichment skills and accessing community services on and off site, while planning for long term housing. I was deeply impressed with Luis and the employees at this facility. They care about the kids and want to help them get on track to have a good future.

When a teen leaves or is forced out of their home, the first 48 hours are critical to keep them from becoming a victim of assault, violence or gangs, Cocoon House offers a “Get Help 24/7” line: call or text 425-877-5171 or email a trained volunteer will come to pick them up and get them to safety. Parents can call 425-317-9898.

Our County Council is struggling to provide adequate services for the homeless to help them get back on their feet. There are so many people in homeless (and seemingly hopeless) situations in Snohomish County and throughout the state. It can be overwhelming to see the impacts on these families. However, it is heart warming that organizations like Cocoon House are making a positive difference in many of these young lives. I am grateful for a program like Cocoon House that is dedicated to helping teens avoid a cycle of homelessness and drugs.  

Please visit their website; for more information.

Terry and Julio Cortes, Public Relations Manager in the Dining Room of Cocoon House

Terry and Julio Cortes, Public Relations Manager in the Dining Room of Cocoon House

Terry and Julio Cortes in the courtyard of a Cocoon House housing complex in Everett.  Behind them is the garden area where residents grow their own v

Terry and Julio Cortes in the courtyard of a Cocoon House housing complex in Everett.  Behind them is the garden area where residents grow their own vegetables.

Terry Ryan reappointed to Transportation Steering Committee

Snohomish Councilmember Terry Ryan has been reappointed to the Transportation Steering Committee for the National Association of Counties.  Ryan was first appointed in 2015.

The Transportation Steering Committee sets policy on all matters pertaining to federal transportation legislation, funding and regulations and their impacts on county government, including highway and bridge development, finance and safety, public transit development and finance, transportation planning, airport development and service, passenger and freight railroads, ports and waterways, freight movement and research and development of new modes of transportation.

“I am honored to have been reappointed to this board,” Ryan said. “It will work well with my positions on the Puget Sound Regional Council Transportation Policy Board and Community Transit Board.” he said.  “Transportation is a key component to our county’s economic growth and quality of life,” Ryan added.

Ryan just returned from a trip to Washington DC where he met with members of the Washington State Congressional delegation to talk about transportation needs in Snohomish County.

“I look forward to representing our county and speaking out for our transportation needs,” said Ryan.

New service March 12 adds trips on 11 local and commuter routes- courtesy of Community Transit

Community Transit

Beginning March 12, more than 40 new trips are being added to increase weekday bus frequencies during the middle of the day and extend some service later at night on weekdays and Saturdays.

In addition, Saturday and Sunday schedules on several routes are being adjusted to allow for better connections to other bus service.

The service expansion will add trips on 11 routes, including:

  • New late-night trips on the Swift Blue Line and Route 101;
  • New late-night trips on Routes 201/202;
  • New midday trips on Route 119;
  • A new morning trip on Route 402 and an evening trip on Route 810; and
  • Expanded DART paratransit service hours along some routes.

Details of the service expansion plan are available at

Bus Plus schedule books will be available on buses this week, and online schedules are now available at

Institute of Flight


March 14, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Robotics was just one of the fascinating demonstrations at last year's event.

Family STEAM Night 2017 will be held Tuesday, March 14 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. to celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. This night invites learners of all ages to engage in hands-on activities. This FREE event welcomes community members to discover helicopters, read about STEAM careers, play magnet games, explore the Destiny Module, and more! STEAM Camp signups will launch that evening.

Get FREE tickets at:



STEAM Camp expands in 2017. It will run for eight weeks, from July 3 to August 25. Learners in grades 3-5 and grades 6-8 can engage in fun topics such as Organic Flight & Biomimicry, Space Gear, or Drone Zone Training Academy. Camp runs each week Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. STEAM Camp fees are $350 per session, but Institute of Flight members only pay $320 per session. Tickets will be available on March 14


Our philosophy: "Institute of Flight will never deny a child (under 18) participation because of an inability to pay."

Thanks to the generous support of our donors/sponsors, we are able to fulfill our goal to inspire young people to explore careers in STEAM fields. To request a financial assistance application, contact

Ride to Remember Oso -- March 19th

Join EASC staff and local community members, as well as riders from around the state, as we embark on the first annual Ride to Remember Oso bike ride. The purpose is to remember the Oso Landslide and the victims of that event that occurred on March 22, 2014, as well as to celebrate and recognize continued efforts to economically revitalize the North Stillaguamish valley, including Arlington, Oso, and Darrington.

This event is part of on-going efforts the communities are undertaking for the America's Best Communities competition, of which EASC is supporting Arlington and Darrington's bid to be one of three national winners. EASC investor Frontier Communications is the prime sponsor of the ABC competition.

We hope that you can join on Sunday March 19. Besides the 28 mile bike ride along SR 530, there will be a family friendly trail ride on the Whitehorse Trail, as well as a community celebration in Darrington.

For more information and to register, please check out the Ride to Remember Oso webpage at:

District Events


Bothell - 5th Annual March Mania Basketball Tournament March 18 – March 19, 2017 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Annual March Mania BBall Tournament

Washington Tournament Association hosts several youth basketball tournaments from October to July each year.  The 5th Annual March Mania Basketball Tournament will have four game guarantee for boys and girls divisions; 4th grade to 8th grade.  The tournament games will be played at Lynnwood High School.  This basketball tournament is an AAU - Sanctioned tournament.  All players and coaches must have a current AAU membership on file.  Registration deadline is March 10, 2017.

  • 18218 North Road, Bothell, WA 98012
  •  (206) 523-4293


PNW AAU Karate District Championships April 1, 2017 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

PNW AAU Karate

Come watch some of the finest karate athletes in action! For more information visit their website at

  • Lynnwood High School Gymnasium, 18218 North Road, Bothell, WA 98012
  • 206-440-5533


Mountlake Terrace - SJHA Ladies of Winter Hockey Tournament March 17 – March 19, 2017

SJHA Ladies of Winter Hockey

  • Tournament is open to Bantam/14U and Midget 16U Girls teams registered with USA Hockey or Hockey Canada.
  • Tournament is limited to a total of 16 teams.  Multiple divisions within each age group may be formed based on registered teams and/or relative skill level.
  • Each team will receive at least four games and a maximum of six games.
  • All games will be played at one of the following rinks: Olympicview Ice Arena and Lynnwood Ice Center.
  • All teams are required to stay at designated SJHA Host Hotels.
  • All teams will be required to provide official roster.
  • Entry fees are non-refundable.
  • All games will be governed by USA Hockey rules and regulations.
  • One ice scrape will be allotted for each game.
  • Locker room facilities will be provided.

  • 22202 70th Avenue W, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98201

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