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Long live the King l Editor's Note

Growing up an avid baseball fan in the area, I’ve been a fan of the Mariners for as long as I can remember. Playing baseball, and my best position being at pitcher (I couldn’t hit to save my life), I was naturally drawn to... — Updated 10/2/2019


Mukilteo student makes top 300 science list

A Mukilteo middle schooler is one of the top scientists of his age in the entire country. Recently, Angad Signh, an Explorer Middle School student, was named to the Top 300 Broadcam MASTERS, one of the country’s premier science,... — Updated 10/2/2019

 By Brandon Gustafson    News

Mukilteo police ditch gold and silver for pink

It's October, which means you can expect to see a lot of pink. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to raise awareness, many businesses and agencies add pink to their... — Updated 10/2/2019

 By Brandon Gustafson    News

A first, a finale, and a semicentennial

The annual Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club Luau is back for the 50th time this Saturday. As you can imagine, the yearly fundraiser has changed dramatically since the first party half... — Updated 9/25/2019


School District below state average in English and math assessments

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) recently released results for the statewide Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) taken in the 2018-19 school year. The statewide assessment results are just one look into how... — Updated 9/25/2019

 By Brandon Gustafson    News

What could a change in government look like?

Mukilteo voters have a few big decisions to make this November. Along with four City Council seats and multiple County positions, residents will be choosing the future of Mukilteo's... — Updated 9/25/2019

 By Brandon Gustafson    News

City rolling out pilot parking program at Lighthouse Park

Parking at Lighthouse Park will look a tad different over the next few months, as the City is going to test a pilot parking program at the waterfront from October through March for 33 “low demand” paid parking spaces.... — Updated 9/19/2019

 By Brandon Gustafson    News

Paine Field third Salmon-Safe airport in North America

Paine Field Airport joined an exclusive list last week, as the airport is now one of just three airports in North America to be certified by environmental nonprofit Salmon-Safe.... — Updated 9/19/2019


Auditor's Office: Kids need more time for lunch

Elementary school students need more time to eat lunch. That’s the word from the State Auditor’s Office (SAO), which recently performed an audit on lunchtime practices and scheduling. During that audit, the SAO visited 31... — Updated 9/19/2019

 By Brandon Gustafson    News

Mukilteo Teen Lounge back for fourth year

Teens looking for a place to go after school will once again have the option of going to the Mukilteo Teen Lounge at Pointe of Grace Lutheran Church (5425 Harbour Pointe Blvd.).... — Updated 9/19/2019


Lost and found: ACT exams

Last week, The Beacon reported that 40 ACT exams taken at Mariner High School in June had been lost in transit somewhere between Mariner and Iowa, where the ACT’s headquarters is located. Word came out two weeks ago that the... — Updated 9/12/2019


New Mukilteo School District superintendent named

Well that didn't take long. Just few weeks after it was announced that Mukilteo School District Superintendent Dr. Marci Larsen would retire at the end of the year after nearly 17... — Updated 9/12/2019

 By Brandon Gustafson    News

27 opioid overdoses, 2 deaths in one week in July

Twenty-seven people in Snohomish County overdosed because of opioids during one week in July. Of those 27 overdoses, two were fatal. The information comes from the third annual seven-day point-in-time count done by the Snohomish He... — Updated 9/12/2019

 By Brandon Gustafson    News

Attempted sale of Hawthorne Hall fails

Sell? Lease? Tear down? Keep? What should be done with Hawthorne Hall? Hawthorne Hall, 1134 Second St., is where the Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club called home earlier this year before moving to its new facility in Harbour Pointe. The... — Updated 9/12/2019

 By Brandon Gustafson    News

Sisters tag team on mural depicting Mukilteo

There are a few pieces of art across town unique to Mukilteo. There's the wood-caved totem at the roundabout at Lighthouse Park, the "hot dog man" wood statue where the old Neener... — Updated 9/12/2019

 By Brandon Gustafson    News

Welcome to the Mukilteo Lightning Festival

On a night when seemingly all of Mukilteo was down at Lighthouse Park, Mother Nature decided to make her presence known. The 54th annual Lighthouse Festival took place this past... — Updated 9/12/2019


Larsen retiring after 16 years leading School District

The leader of the Mukilteo School District is retiring from her position in the near future. Late last week, the Mukilteo School District announced that Dr. Marci Larsen, Mukilteo S... — Updated 9/6/2019

 By Brandon Gustafson    News

After some uncertainty, Festival returns this weekend

One of Mukilteo's longest-running traditions returns for the 54th time this weekend with the annual Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival. While many in town know the drill – no parking... — Updated 9/5/2019

 By Brandon Gustafson    News

Mukilteo family works to increase suicide awareness

It's been nearly three years since Nina Smiljanic took her life. Nina was 15 when she killed herself, and she would have graduated from high school this June. "It was a bad June (th... — Updated 9/5/2019

 By Brandon Gustafson    News

Beached sailboat finally removed from Lighthouse Park

As most people in the area know, Lighthouse Park is one of the most desirable destinations in Mukilteo. That is especially true during the summer season. In addition to Mukilteo's... — Updated 9/5/2019

 By Brandon Gustafson    News

School District employee starting social skills class for autistic children

Dayna Sanders has worked in the Mukilteo School District for a few years now. A licensed speech-language pathologist, she also recently started her own company, Next Level Speech Therapy, which provides online speech therapy for... — Updated 9/5/2019

 By Brandon Gustafson    News

Muk PD is back on 2 wheels

Very soon, one Mukilteo Police officer will be trading in four wheels for two, as the Mukilteo Police Department will have a motorcycle officer for the first time in roughly seven... — Updated 8/28/2019

 By Brandon Gustafson    News

Upcoming needs assessment could help push senior center forward

Dode Carlson's ultimate goal is getting a senior center built in Mukilteo. Carlson, president of the Mukilteo Senior Association, joked that once that happens, she's "out of here."... — Updated 8/28/2019

 By Brandon Gustafson    News

Peace Park project delayed

The Monday, Aug. 19, Mukilteo City Council meeting was quick and not very notable, except for one piece of news: the Peace Park project on the Byers' property will be delayed until... — Updated 8/26/2019

 By Brandon Gustafson    News

ACT tests taken at Mariner lost in transit

A few dozen students who took the ACT exam at Mariner High School during the last school year received unfortunate news last week when it was revealed that the tests of 40 students... — Updated 8/22/2019


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