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News from Terry Ryan

January 2018

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

Thank You Mayor Ray!

Councilmember Terry Ryan with Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson


It has been my honor and privilege to work with Mayor Ray Stephanson over the past several years.  His dedication and commitment to Everett and Snohomish County communities have improved hundreds of thousands of lives. 

His leadership has helped bring many great things to Everett and Snohomish County including:

  • Production of the Boeing 777X which brought thousands of family wage jobs and additional related businesses and ongoing support for the local economy;  
  • Washington State University building a campus in Everett, which will provide educational opportunities for decades to come;
  • Naval Station Everett continues to be an important base for the United States Navy, our national defense and a major employer for Snohomish County;  
  • Commercial air service to Paine Field, another long-term economic driver for Everett, Snohomish County and surrounding areas;
  • Providence Regional Medical Center expansion which provides world-class health care close to home;
  • The new supportive housing project with Catholic Housing Services in Everett.  It was an honor for me to work with Ray on this low barrier housing project.

I would like to personally thank Mayor Stephanson for stepping up and providing our county with a respected, regionally recognized elected official to provide steady leadership, vision and direction. He delivered in a big way for Everett, Snohomish County and the State of Washington.  We will be eternally grateful to him and his dedication to making a positive, lasting impact on thousands of lives.

Thank you Mayor Stephanson for being an outstanding public servant!

Oath of Office

Terry being sworn in for his District 4 seat on the Snohomish County Council. Thank you to Snohomish County Auditor Carolyn Weikel for administering the Oath of Office.

I am humbled and honored to be able to serve the residents of our district for four more years.

Terry 2

Welcome to Angel of the Winds Arena

Angel of the Winds Casino Resort Signs On for 10-Year Naming Rights Partnership



The Everett Public Facilities District announced an agreement with Angel of the Winds Casino Resort on a 10-year naming rights partnership through 2028. The value and terms of the naming rights deal are for $3.4 million over the life of the contract. 

Under the new deal, the arena will be officially rebranded to Angel of the Winds Arena, effective immediately. New exterior signage will go up over the coming months, along with updates within the arena to reflect the name change.

Everett P.F.D. Chair Gary Weikel, Tribal Chair Shawn Yanity, Councilmember Terry Ryan


Since the building opened in 2003, the multi-purpose arena has drawn over 5 million guests to downtown Everett, hosted hundreds of Everett Silvertips hockey games, along with more than 1,500 events, covering all genres from monster trucks and sold-out concerts, to high school graduations and Disney On Ice.

The Stillaguamish Tribe is composed of descendants of the 1855 Stoluck-wa-mish River Tribe. In 1855 the population resided on the main branch of the river, as well as the north and south forks. The name Stillaguamish, under various spellings, has been used since around 1850 to refer to those Indians who lived along the Stillaguamish River and camped along its tributaries. They were a party to the treaty of Point Elliott of January 22, 1855 under the spelling Stoluck-wa-mish. No separate reservation was established for the Stoluck-wa-mish Indians. Some moved to the Tulalip Reservation, but the majority remained in the aboriginal area along the Stillaguamish River. Tribal headquarters are located in Arlington, Washington.

In addition to the Angel of the Winds Casino, the Stillaguamish Tribe is also known for their philanthropy.  Over the past few years, they have generously donated millions of dollars to local causes including relief organizations, food banks, environmental organizations, animal rehabilitation services, recreation and health care including the American Cancer Society.

Thank you to Tribal Chairman Shawn Yanity and the Stillaguamish Tribe for their commitment to the Arena and their many contributions to our community.

Congratulations to Forest View Elementary School

Forest View Equipment Piece
Principal Darren Larama, Vice Principal Paige Nguyen, Councilmember Terry Ryan


Snohomish County partnered with Everett Public Schools and Forest View Elementary School PTA to acquire equipment for its special needs playground.  The "climbing rock" pictured above sits on a special soft rubber mat which allows wheelchairs to access the play structure. 

Forest View


Congratulations on a successful project that will benefit children in the community for years to come.

Everett School District Receives $300,000 Grant



On Tuesday, December 5th, Snohomish County councilmembers presented a check to the Everett School District for Snohomish County’s contribution for the Memorial Stadium rehabilitation project. The County is providing $300,000, matched with $300,000 from the Everett Aquasox and $1.8 million from the District.  This is a good example of partnering with other entities to accomplish a project that none could afford individually.

As Service Expands, Transit Police Unit will Grow by 56 Percent




As part of its ongoing service expansion, Community Transit will be in construction mode throughout 2018, building 34 stations for its new Swift Green Line bus rapid transit route, a new Seaway Transit Center near Boeing’s Everett plant, and road improvements to ease congestion and help buses stay on schedule.

The 2018 budget also includes first-year funding for a new three-year contract with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) for transit safety and protection services. From 2018 through 2020, the agency’s Transit Police Unit will add seven deputies, increasing the unit to 20 members.

Staffing for the Transit Police Unit will include a half-time lieutenant, two sergeants, two master patrol deputies, 14 deputies and an administrative position.  Transit police are regular SCSO deputies who patrol Community Transit buses and facilities, and respond to calls when needed. Because the Transit Police Unit is a dedicated unit within the SCSO, its deputies can call non-transit deputies for backup in a transit security situation, and can respond to general security issues in their patrol area.

Community Transit and the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office first created the Transit Police Unit in 2003 with 10 positions.

“Our customers and employees deserve to feel safe and secure on our service and in our facilities,” said Community Transit CEO Emmett Heath. “Uniformed deputies with full authority to enforce the law are a great deterrent to misconduct. As our service expands we want to make sure that our safety and security detail grows along with our service.”

State Park Free Days

Following are the 2018 State Parks free days:

  • Jan. 1 — First Day Hikes; New Year’s Day
  • Jan. 15 — Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • March 19 — State Park’s 105th birthday
  • April 14  — Spring Day
  • April 22 — Earth Day
  • June 2 — National Trails Day
  • June 9 — National Get Outdoors Day
  • June 10 — Fishing Day
  • Aug. 25 — National Park Service 102nd Birthday
  • Sept. 29 — National Public Lands Day
  • Nov. 11 — Veterans Day
  • Nov. 23 — Autumn day

Please note, free days apply only to day use (not overnight stays or rented facilities). A Discover Pass is still required to access lands managed by the Washington State Departments of Natural Resources and Fish & Wildlife on these days. Sno-Park permits are still required on free days at designated Sno-Parks during the winter season.

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and holiday season.  Here’s wishing you an even better 2018!


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