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School board votes to cut 'Mockingbird' from curriculum

Long a staple in America's high school English classes, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" no longer fits the times or needs of students, or their teachers,... — Updated 1/26/2022

House and Senate vote to delay long-term care implementation

The implementation of Washington’s highly-touted and highly controversial long-term care program should be delayed by 18 months, lawmakers in both the House and Senate decided this week. In a floor debate Jan. 26, the Senate... — Updated 1/27/2022

6th annual Polar Bear Plunge embraces cold water for cause

Participants of all ages rushed into the cold Puget Sound at Lighthouse Park to kick off the 2022 Polar Bear Plunge in support of the Jump Up! for Salmon fundraising campaign on... — Updated 1/26/2022

Four City Council candidates vying for empty council seat move on to next round

The Mukilteo City Council settled on the four candidates it will choose from to fill Mayor Joe Marine’s vacant seat. During the Tuesday, Jan. 18, meeting, each of the councilmembers submitted their top four choices. The four... — Updated 1/26/2022

Police Beat

Jan. 24 Troublemaker A caller reported a short, white male wearing a dark puffy jacket pulled the fire alarm at the location on the 3900 block of Harbour Pointe Blvd. SW when... — Updated 1/27/2022

PTO lecture educates parents on pandemic induced anxiety, depression in students

Remote learning was hard for students of Mukilteo School District; now staff and parents are trying to battle pandemic-induced anxiety and depression through education. Tonya Morris, vice president of Olympic View Middle... — Updated 1/26/2022

Mukilteo School District holds school safety community webinar

With threats of school shootings spreading online, the Mukilteo School District scheduled a webinar with parents last week to discuss how schools would respond to threats and dangerous situations.  The school safety webinar... — Updated 1/26/2022

Mukilteo Police seeking robbery suspect

Mukilteo Police are searching for a man who robbed a bank at around 3 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 25. Mukilteo officers responded to the robbery in the 3900 block of Harbour Pointe Blvd. SW, in which the suspect entered the bank,... — Updated 1/25/2022

Salmon habitat rules would restrict agricultural uses

Advocates hope mandatory conservation of key habitat areas will help salmon runs recover, but opponents worry farmers will pay a price. House Bill 1838, to be known as the Lorraine... — Updated 1/24/2022

Future fund would help close income gap, supporters say

Young adults will be able to access a fund years from now to give them a boost if lawmakers pass a bill aimed at narrowing the gap between the rich and poor. Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, sponsor of HB 1861, said the... — Updated 1/24/2022

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Time for a changing of the guard

About three decades ago when the newspaper industry was moving into the computer age, I used to regale young journalists with stories about how we used to write stories on... — Updated 1/26/2022

Show your support for vital services provided by schools | Guest View

"You've been given a great gift, George: A chance to see what the world would be like without you," says the angel Clarence to Jimmy Stewart's George Bailey in "It's A Wonderful... — Updated 1/26/2022

Special Services – 'All means all!' | Mukilteo Schools

The oft-referenced Mukilteo School District mission, “commitment to the success of every student,” calls out our passionate commitment to all our students without exception. It... — Updated 1/26/2022

Letter to the Editor: Cannot support School District levy due to botched remote learning response

The Mukilteo School Board is asking for community support of a new levy. School district taxation makes up a sizable portion of our property taxes and as such, it is reasonable to... — Updated 1/26/2022

Letter to the Editor: Help our children succeed

This note is in support of the Mukilteo School District levy. As a parent of two students in the Mukilteo School District, I am in full support of this levy. I understand the value... — Updated 1/26/2022

Kindness: A universal language

Mark Twain once said, “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” I believe this to be true. The COVID-19 pandemic has managed to bring out some... — Updated 1/26/2022

Editorial cartoon for week of Jan. 26

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Spring in New York: Ah, the sweet stench of spring in Manhattan! | Off Kilter

I had the opportunity to visit my hometown last spring. It only took a few minutes to realize why I took off for parts unknown as soon as I was able. (For me, it was age 16, when I... — Updated 1/26/2022

Now, why didn't I think of that?

Ever since my Darn Wright column in the June 21, 2021, Mill Creek Beacon, “Sunnier times means pickleball time,” hit the newsstand, pickleball has been a hot topic. I discussed... — Updated 1/20/2022

Career choices | Off Kilter

I was thinking the other day about my work on my eighth startup. Now, most of you reading this probably have not started up a company from scratch. Let me assure you that it is not... — Updated 1/21/2022

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Mukilteo thrower takes second at high school invitational | Sports Brief

Mukilteo’s Kimberly Beard finished second in the weight throw at the inaugural Spokane High School Indoor Invitational Jan. 16. Beard, a middle school athlete, opened the door with a throw of 40 feet, 7 inches. Beard later set... — Updated 1/26/2022

Marauders snap 4-game losing streak | Boys basketball

Mariner picked the right time to snap a four-game losing streak. Four players scored in double figures as the Marauders dominated Lake Stevens 75-53 in the Wesco 4A opener for both... — Updated 1/26/2022

Knights off to a tough start in league play

An undermanned Kamiak boys basketball team dropped its first two league games, but then rebounded for a huge nonconference victory over Arlington., Junior Jaytin Hara scored a... — Updated 1/26/2022

Mukilteo Pythons win state title

The Mukilteo Pythons defeated Tacoma 2-0 in the Washington Youth Soccer Recreational Cup U12 Boys Soccer championship game Dec. 11 at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. The team... — Updated 1/20/2022

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The next great adventure | Travel Sketcher

If all continues to go as planned, in March we will be in France. This is a small chapel at the end of rue d'église in Saint-Céneri-le-Géri, about 30 miles from where we plan to... — Updated 1/19/2022

Jaiiya: A bowl (or more) of goodness | Arts and Appetite

It is 2022! Time is marching on ... How many restaurants on your route to work or to your favorite shop make you pause and think, "Oh yeah, I really want to try that place?" Well,... — Updated 1/20/2022

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