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 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 Full story

 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

 By Brian Soergel    News

57 overdoses over 7 days in Snohomish County

More than 50 overdoses in one week. Twelve in one day. The Snohomish Health District – in partnership with the Snohomish County Opioid Response Multi-Agency Coordination (MAC) Group – recently completed a second seven-day point-i... — Updated 8/8/2018

 By Brian Soergel    A & E

Festival season starts at the Port of Edmonds

If you want to catch the popular rock band Beatniks in Edmonds this year, your chance comes with the 31st Edmonds Waterfront Festival at the Port of Edmonds June 1-3. The band will not perform at Taste Edmonds (formerly A Taste of... — Updated 5/25/2018 Full story

 By Brian Soergel    News

Keep on travelin’: Rick Steves says live like a local when traveling

From his home office on Fourth Avenue North in Edmonds, Rick Steves continues to pump out travel guidebooks on European travel, as he has done since opening Rick Steves’ Europe... — Updated 5/10/2018

 By Brian Soergel    News

Statewide drug take-back signed into law

Gov. Jay Inslee last week signed into law House Bill 1047, also known as the Secure Drug Take-Back Act. The bill is a big victory for Rep. Strom Peterson (D-Edmonds), its sponsor. It creates the nation’s first statewide drug... — Updated 4/4/2018

 By Brian Soergel    News

Mukilteo-Clinton ferry route gains 124,000 riders in 2 years

Sorting through the Washington State Department of Transportation’s 16th annual Corridor Capacity Report for 2016, it’s hard to find any good news. After all, the report’s... — Updated 1/10/2018

 By Brian Soergel    A & E

The stars were aligned for Edmonds singer and dancer

It appears Jerbarco Arnold is finally home. Growing up in Georgia, he moved to Washington state in 2001, back to Georgia in 2003, back to Washington in 2005, back to Atlanta in... — Updated 12/7/2017

 By Brian Soergel    News

Marko Liias to command state Senate floor action

Sen. Marko Liias, D-Mukilteo, will lead Senate floor action as the majority floor leader in the 2018 Legislative session. Liias represents Mukilteo in the 21st District. The 2018... — Updated 11/22/2017 Full story


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