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January 2014

Stillaguamish: Arlington food bank receives $100K from Tribe - The Arlington Community Food Bank benefitted from a larger-than-expected holiday donation from the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians this year, which presented $100,000 each to not only the Arlington Community Food Bank, but also the Stanwood/Camano Food Bank and Northwest Harvest on Dec. 7.

Stillaguamish: Tribe donates $300,000 to three food banks - An unexpected Christmas present arrived early this year to three local food banks: $100,000 in cash, a donation from The Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians.

December 2013

Stillaguamish: Tribe plans $20 million hotel - The Angel of the Winds Casino, which drew more than 1 million visitors last year, has announced plans to add a $20 million, 125-room hotel. Construction is scheduled to last 14 months. “I would like to see a grand opening maybe on New Year’s Eve of 2014,” said Travis O’Neil, the casino’s general manager, on Oct. 23.

Stillaguamish: Scientists Want to Know How Much Fish You Ate Last Night - “Seafood is a staple of a lot of people here in the Pacific Northwest, as well as freshwater fish, and it’s supposed to be a healthy alternative to other food sources,” says Shawn Yanity, chair of the Stillaguamish tribe in Washington State. “But how healthy is it when you’re only allowed to consume so much before you start taking on a risk of cancer and other sicknesses?”

Stillaguamish: Centennial Trail Coalition meeting set for Nov. 21 - The Centennial Trail Coalition of Snohomish County will conduct its next general meeting from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, in the Stillaguamish Conference Room of the city of Arlington Utilities offices at 154 W. Cox Ave. Snohomish County Parks Director Tom Teigen will be on hand to receive a $5,000 check, a grant from the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians, for the fences and railings on the "Tin Bridge" near Cloverdale Farm, four miles east of Arlington in Trafton.

Stillaguamish: Centennial Trail Coalition plans for future projects - All but complete, the final section of the Snohomish-Arlington Centennial Trail from Lebanon Street to Cemetery Road (204th Street) is currently under construction as part of Arlington's 67th Avenue renovation project. Thanks to a grant from the Stillaguamish Tribe, the coalition was able to cover the cost of the safety device on the bridge to enable access to the public. With a thorough "brushing" by the parks department recently, the Whitehorse Trail now provides a beautiful 8-mile round trip walk from Arlington to Trafton and back.

October 2013

Stillaguamish: Festival of the River educates attendees on environmental issues - The 24th annual Stillaguamish Festival of the River and Powwow was shorter by one day this year, but the line of backed-up cars leading to River Meadows County Park was certainly no shorter on either Saturday, Aug. 10, or Sunday, Aug. 11, as participating educators declared the unique reorganization of the grounds' layout to be a success.

May 2013

Stillaguamish: Gregoire sided with Boeing on water quality rules - Entering her final year in office, former Gov. Chris Gregoire found herself in a difficult spot: Indian tribes, powerful supporters of the governor, wanted stricter water pollution rules. "This is a public health issue and our current rate on fish consumption is just unacceptable," said Shawn Yanity, chairman of the Stillaguamish Tribe and co-leader of a state-tribal environmental committee.

March 2013

Stillaguamish: Tribe Invests $5 Million in Company Recycling Plastic Bottles - MicroGreen Polymers, Inc., is doing something amazing, and Koran Andrews, a tribal member and CEO of the Stillaguamish Tribal Enterprise Corp. (STECO), was quick to see the company's potential as an opportunity to diversify the tribe's economic development efforts.

Stillaguamish: Meet up with Stilly River’s bald eagles for 2-day festival - The Skagit River's bald eagles get plenty of attention, but the Stillaguamish River watershed also supports one of the largest populations of wintering bald eagles in the lower 48 states. To celebrate the wintering raptors, the Stillaguamish Tribe and the city of Arlington offered the sixth annual Eagle Festival./font>

February 2013

Stillaguamish: Tribe adds $10,000 to reward for info on eagle shootings - The Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians has lent its support to the Department of Fish and Wildlife's investigation of four bald eagles found dead east of Granite Falls on Jan. 9, after having been shot with what appears to have been a small-caliber rifle.

Stillaguamish: Even as season winds down, eagles line Skagit River - The eagles come to northwest Washington rivers from Canada and even southeast Alaska in the fall and early winter to feed on salmon carcasses after the fish have spawned. he city of Arlington and Stillaguamish Tribe have scheduled their sixth annual Arlington-Stillaguamish Eagle Festival for Feb. 1-2 in Arlington. That event includes rafting, a chain saw carving show, nature tours, exhibits, arts and crafts and entertainment.

Stillaguamish: 4 bald eagles found shot at Washington state lake - Officials and a Native American tribe in Washington state are offering $13,750 for information leading to the conviction of whoever killed four bald eagles near a lake last week, according to local media. The Stillaguamish Tribe, a Native American group based in Arlington, Wash., has pledged $10,000 toward the reward fund.

Stillaguamish: Tribe invests $5M in Microgreen - The Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians has invested $5 million in plastic cup company Microgreen Polymers Inc. of Arlington. Microgreen is a University of Washington spin out that's pioneering a new method for reducing the amount of plastic used in consumer products like coffee cups and building materials.

January 2013

Stillaguamish: Tribe's investment helping Arlington company hire 200 - More than 200 jobs are scheduled to be added this year at MicroGreen Polymers, which uses innovative technology to make food and beverage containers from recycled plastic. The company last month received a $5 million investment from the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians. The investment allows MicroGreen to expand is commercial production sooner than anticipated, said Tom Malone, who serves as president and chief executive officer of the company.

December 2012

Stillaguamish: Protection and restoration of habitat go hand-in-hand with the revival of salmon - Wild salmon runs have been in steep decline in the Pacific Northwest for decades. Restoring runs to historic levels involves substantial economic costs and navigating a labyrinth of competing societal priorities and entrenched policy stances. The Stillaguamish Tribe and Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission say there’s no time to wait. If we don’t act, there won’t be any more salmon.

November 2012

Stillaguamish: Nursery’s native plants key to habitat projects - Banksavers Nursery is the state's only tribal-owned native plant nursery, and one of the few around that focuses solely on plants native to Western Washington. Operated by the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians, Banksavers evolved from educational and social efforts to engage tribal members in learning about native plants and their traditional uses. Then it became a program in which the tribe grew native plants for its own salmon habitat projects, establishing wetlands and forests to mitigate for the tribe's development in the county.

Stillaguamish: Tribal nursery focuses on native Wash. plants - Banksavers Nursery is the state's only tribal-owned native plant nursery, and one of the few around that focuses solely on plants native to Western Washington.

August 2012

Stillaguamish: Festival of the River highlights tribal culture, natural resources, watershed - An estimated 1,200 attendees turned out for the Friday, Aug. 10, concert of the 23rd annual Stillaguamish Festival of the River, and Stillaguamish Tribal Chair Shawn Yanity believes the Festival’s three days at the River Meadows County Park this year more than kept pace with last year’s Festival. The 2011 Stillaguamish Festival of the River marked the debut of a third day, Friday, to serve exclusively as a concert day, and the three-day event drew approximately 18,000 visitors over the weekend last year.

Stillaguamish: Big names and a powwow at Festival of the River - People attending this weekend's Festival of the River can see some top entertainment for only the price of parking -- $5. The Stillaguamish Tribe's 23rd annual Festival of the River is from about noon to 10 p.m. or so today through Sunday at River Meadows County Park, 20416 Jordan Road, between Arlington and Granite Falls.

Stillaguamish: Festival of the River runs Aug. 10-12 - The Stillaguamish Festival of the River and Powwow are fast approaching. The 23rd annual event, which takes place starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11, and Sunday, Aug. 12, will again be held at River Meadows County Park. This year will also include an additional day for the festival, starting at 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10, for a music show. The festival became a three-day event starting last year.

June 2012

Stillaguamish: Tribe Looks at Pharmaceutical Effects on Fish - The Stillaguamish Tribe is sampling fish to learn more about the effects of pharmaceuticals and other household products that flush into area streams. Wastewater and runoff containing products that mimic estrogen can interfere with the endocrine system of fish, potentially resulting in males displaying both male and female characteristics.

February 2012

Stillaguamish: School lunch has never looked so good - The buy-local movement that helped spur the growth of farmers markets in Snohomish County and across the state has now reached what might be its culinary final frontier -- the school lunch plate. The Stillaguamish Tribe recently announced a $100,000 grant to the Arlington School District to help its program continue and grow.

Stillaguamish: Work to restore salmon habitat on Stillaguamish River near Darrington nearly complete - A side channel along the North Fork Stillaguamish River once provided salmon habitat, until railroad tracks cut it off from the river's main channel in the 1930s. Now, work by the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians to restore the waterway is nearly complete.

Stillaguamish: Eagles rule the roost at Arlington Eagle Festival on Saturday - The city and the Stillaguamish Tribe are holding the fifth annual festival Saturday in downtown Arlington.

Stillaguamish: Tribe donates $590,000 to Arlington police & fire departments, plus schools and charities - Stillaguamish Tribal Chair Shawn Yanity found himself on the receiving end of a succession of handshakes from Arlington firefighters and police officers after his presentation to the Arlington City Council on Monday, Jan. 23. "We made a commitment," Yanity said, as he announced the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians' donations of more than half a million dollars to area agencies that serve the community and its citizens. "We wanted to help. We asked the police and fire departments what they needed. We wanted hard numbers. We had to ask twice," he chuckled, before turning serious. "We know the impact these hard times have had on everyone."

Lummi-Stillaguamish: Ecology partnership awards save Puget Sound wetland habitat - The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) has secured seven federal grants totaling $5.7 million to help protect or restore 960 acres of marine wetlands and connected freshwater and upland habitat areas in Puget Sound. To accomplish the acquisitions, Ecology is working in partnership with the Lummi Nation, Stillaguamish Tribe, Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group, North Olympic Salmon Coalition, Whidbey Camano Land Trust, Mason County, and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Janaury 2012

Stillaguamish: Tribe announces more than $500K gifts to city of Arlington, school district, agencies - The Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians announced Monday the donation of more than a half-million dollars to benefit those who live in the Arlington area. The contributions made this week are above and beyond what is required of tribes with casinos in the state, said Stillaguamish tribal Chairman Shawn Yanity. "We are not a private business, but a government eager to cooperate with and help other jurisdictions," Yanity said. "We need to work together as partners. It means so much for the tribe to have those relationships."

Stillaguamish: Watershed council to explain its work in keeping Stillaguamish River healthy - People are invited to learn what the Stillaguamish Watershed Council does at a meeting set for 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Stillaguamish Tribe's Angel of the Winds Casino restaurant conference room, 3438 Stoluckquamish Lane. The original focus of the group was to assist in the cleanup of water pollution in the Stillaguamish River by guiding a plan approved that year by the state Department of Ecology. In more recent years, the mission has expanded with a focused effort on the recovery of Stillaguamish chinook salmon after they were listed as threatened in 1999.

Stillaguamish: Watershed Council's next meeting on Jan. 26 - The Stillaguamish Watershed Council will ring in its 12th year with its next meeting at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26. at the Angel of the Winds Casino Watershed Restaurant conference room. "The significance of this diverse group is that we can address issues from varying perspectives, in an open forum where all voices can be heard in an atmosphere of respect and value," said Franchesca Perez, an assistant with the Stillaguamish Watershed Council and an outreach biologist with the Stillaguamish Tribe's Natural Resources Department.

December 2011

Stillaguamish: Snohomish County gets nearly $2.5 million in state salmon recovery grants - The Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians will use a $300,000 grant to install five or six logjams for salmon habitat in the north fork of the Stillaguamish River west of Darrington.

Stillaguamish: Arlington close to passing budget - Arlington City Council directs the mayor to sign a interlocal agreement with the Stillaguamish Tribe. The agreement seeks to provide the two governments with a framework to deal with issues of common concern.


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