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 By Brian Soergel    News

Adjusting to a new reality | Beacon Community Spotlight

Editor's note: This is the second in a two-part series on three school districts in the coronavirus age: Edmonds, Mukilteo, and Everett. The 2020-21 school year – it was a long,... — Updated 10/13/2021

 
 By Brian Soergel    News

Anything but normal | Beacon Community Spotlight

Editor's note: This is the first of a two-part series on three school districts in the coronavirus age: Edmonds, Mukilteo, and Everett. The 2021-22 school year was thought to bring... — Updated 10/6/2021

 
 By Brian Soergel    News

Ferry line cutters, beware: You're being watched

It’s aggravating. Dangerous. Downright inconsiderate – drivers cutting into ferry lines instead of getting to the end of the pack. To address an ongoing problem of driver line-cutting at ferry terminals, the Washington State... — Updated 10/6/2021

 
 By Brian Soergel    News

Redistricting changes may be in store for local voters

Mukilteo and Edmonds, two of Snohomish County's most prominent cities, have been in the same legislative district for years. But that could change if one of the proposed maps from... — Updated 9/30/2021

 
 By Brian Soergel    A & E

Edmonds Arts Festival returns; masks strongly encouraged

The Edmonds Arts Festival, traditionally held in June over the Father's Day weekend, arrives this Friday through Sunday, Aug. 27-29, at the Frances Anderson Center. The festival was... — Updated 9/1/2021

 
 By Brian Soergel    News

Will broadband legislation help bridge 'digital divide' locally?

Two new laws aimed at helping bridge the so-called digital divide in Washington State took effect July 25 and lets public entities, including not-for-profit, community-owned public... — Updated 8/26/2021

 
 By Brian Soergel    A & E

This is not your father's Taste

No matter what you call it, and no matter the format, it's still the Taste, and it's back after the pandemic years. The Beatniks are once again Friday's night's final performance. S... — Updated 8/18/2021

 
 By Brian Soergel    A & E

Garden party blooms in Edmonds this weekend

After three years of renovating a drab 1959 house in Esperance into a spacious, modern home with a garden of delight and wonder, Alicia Rivera wasn't necessarily thinking about the... — Updated 7/14/2021

 
 By Brian Soergel    News

Paull Shin: 'He embodied the American Dream'

In an emotional speech to colleagues on the Senate floor April 15, Sen. Marko Liias spoke fondly of the late Sen. Paull Hobom Shin, who died April 12 in his home at age 85. Shin... — Updated 4/28/2021

 
 By Brian Soergel    News

PAWS CEO adapts to a new reality

After being a major donor to the Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) for more than 20 years, Heidi Wills stepped in as CEO a little more than a year ago. Yep. Just as a... — Updated 3/3/2021

 
 By Brian Soergel    News

Salmonella bacteria killing wild birds here

One of the documented, positive outcomes of the coronavirus pandemic has been the uptick of people taking up bird watching and adding bird feeders to their properties. But a recent... — Updated 2/24/2021

 
 By Brian Soergel    News

Restaurateur wants more guidance from Gov. Inslee

David Jones realized his dream in 2007 when he and his wife, Lorri, opened Blazing Onion Burgers, Brews & Spirits in Mill Creek, a fast-casual restaurant that became an... — Updated 5/3/2020

 
 By Brian Soergel    News

Funeral home adapts to coronavirus changes

Due to coronavirus restrictions, we've all read and seen heartbreaking images of families tearfully waving to their loved ones in nursing homes. And we've seen men, women, and... — Updated 4/23/2020

 
 By Brian Soergel    Schools

Edmonds CC changes its name change to 'Edmonds College'

More than 50 years after its founding as Edmonds Community College, the two-year school now has a new name. The Edmonds Community College board of trustees voted in favor of the... — Updated 4/23/2020

 

Swedish, nurses union agree on new contracts

Swedish Health Services has reached agreements with SEIU 1199NW on new contracts that cover more than 7,700 represented employees of Swedish Medical Center and Swedish Edmonds. The... — Updated 4/23/2020

 

Swedish, nurses union agree on new contracts

Swedish Health Services has reached agreements with SEIU 1199NW on new contracts that cover more than 7,700 represented employees of Swedish Medical Center and Swedish Edmonds. The... — Updated 4/9/2020

 
 By Brian Soergel    News

Two Snohomish Health District leaders resign

The Snohomish Board of Health announced Tuesday, June 18, that it has accepted and approved the resignation of two top leaders of the Snohomish Health District, administrator Jefferson Ketchel and health officer Dr. Mark Beatty.... — Updated 6/26/2019

 

Overcoming obstacles

The American Dream was created with Adam Cornell in mind. Overcoming a rough beginning – put up for adoption at age 8, shuttled around Washington’s foster care system in more... — Updated 3/27/2019

 
 By Brian Soergel    News

Strom Peterson proposes ban on plastic bags statewide

State Rep. Strom Peterson (D-Mukilteo), who led a successful effort to ban most plastic bags from retail stores in Edmonds nine years ago, now has a larger goal in mind: to ban... — Updated 12/5/2018 Full story

 
 By Brian Soergel    News

Got weed, eh?

Just don’t do it. Despite the fact that the sale of marijuana – cannabis, weed, pot, reefer, pick your poison – is now legal and regulated in Canada, it remains illegal to take... — Updated 10/25/2018 Full story

 
 By Brian Soergel    News

PUD candidate questions timing, transparency in naming of CEO

The Snohomish County Public Utility District is caught in the middle of a drama not unlike Democrats’ attempt to delay confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh until after the November general election. Rebecca... — Updated 9/20/2018 Full story

 
 By Brian Soergel    News

Police looking for suspect in molestation at 99 Ranch Market in Edmonds

Edmonds Police are asking the public to help identify a man who allegedly molested a 9-year-old girl in 99 Ranch Market on Highway 99 in Edmonds. The suspect is a while male in his... — Updated 9/16/2018 Full story

 
 By Brian Soergel    A & E

There's a new bartender in town

Marc Quinn has mixed cocktails in various venues on three continents, so he’s replaced a few bartenders. Quinn is now into his second week of bartending at the Loft on Main... — Updated 9/12/2018 Full story

 
 By Brian Soergel    News

QFCs phasing out plastic bags

QFC announced Aug. 23 that it will phase out single-use plastic bags and transition to reusable bags across its stores by the end of next year. Bellevue-based QFC is a subsidiary of Kroger, the country’s largest supermarket... — Updated 9/5/2018

 
 By Brian Soergel    A & E

Revamped Taste Edmonds is this weekend

Earlier this spring, the Edmonds Beacon broke the news that the Edmonds Chamber was “blowing up the Taste” for 2018. Indeed. Longtime Taste-goers might not recognize the city’s biggest event. Oh, the typical fried-food... — Updated 8/9/2018

 

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