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Wednesday, June 7, 2006 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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New Times bureau editor's roots are showing

Times Snohomish County bureau Editor

I just wanted to take a couple of minutes to introduce myself as the new Snohomish County bureau editor for The Seattle Times.

Scott Barry, Snohomish High School class of 1968. Pleased to meet you. I have some pretty deep roots in the county. My dad was a logger, my mom a teacher, and I've lived in Index, Startup, Sultan, Monroe, Snohomish, Lake Stevens, the Seven Lakes area northwest of Marysville and the Seattle Hill area southwest of Snohomish.

I played Little League baseball for the Sultan Firefighters when left field in Skykomish was the river and right field in Gold Bar was a raspberry patch.

I spent time on Tulalip Tribes land when the only gamble was whether the parents of a girl who lived there would let her date me.

I was arrested once by Lloyd Thornton, a legendary Everett police officer, for racing on Colby Avenue in the late 1960s.

I did a lot of growing up here before I moved down the road a ways.

Now I'm reconnecting with the county, driving its back roads, reacquainting myself with its geography and getting to know what's on the minds of its residents. On any given day, you might see me shopping at a plant nursery near Granite Falls or an estate sale in Edmonds, driving slowly down Colby to find a coffee shop or skipping rocks into the water at Kayak Point County Park.

Many of the people I grew up with in the county never left; others have moved back. And a lot more folks have moved here from all over the world.

The people who've been here have changed along with the county; the others have brought change.

Every week in The Times of Snohomish County, we provide information to help you live your life amid all the change that swirls around us. That mission will never change, though the way it's presented will adjust and evolve.

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The Times has an exceptional group of reporters working in Snohomish County, most of whom have roots here as well.

We'll continue to introduce you to people, places and things you might not know about, to tell you what government is doing for you or ask questions about why it isn't working for you.

On Page 21, you'll find a photo of each member of the Snohomish County bureau and each reporter's specialties. We'll also benefit this summer from having Yamiche Léone Alcindor on our staff. She just finished her freshman year at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and will report on a range of topics during her internship.

Whenever you have a story idea, give one of us a call.

And the next time you see one of us, stop and say hello and introduce yourself.

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