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 By Brian Soergel    News    June 26, 2019

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. According to Edmonds...


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 than half-a-dozen...

 By Brian Soergel    News    December 5, 2018

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 them statewide. Last... Full story

 By Brian Soergel    News    October 25, 2018

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 it across... Full story


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 Wolfe, an Edmonds... Full story


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 50s or 60s, Sgt. Sh... Full story


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 Street in Edmonds, which... Full story


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 chain with more than...

 By Brian Soergel    A&E    August 9, 2018

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 booths will be there,...

 By Brian Soergel    News    August 8, 2018

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-in-time data collect...

 By Brian Soergel    A&E    May 25, 2018

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 Edmonds) this... Full story

 By Brian Soergel    News    May 10, 2018

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 42 years ago....

 By Brian Soergel    News    April 4, 2018

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 take-back program to...

 By Brian Soergel    News    January 10, 2018

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 subtitle includes the...

 By Brian Soergel    A&E    December 7, 2017

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 2013 and, most...


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 Legislative session... Full story

 By Brian Soergel    A&E    November 14, 2017

‘Conversations with the conductor’: Leonard Bernstein was wrong

If you’ve ever wanted to know what the life of a music conductor is like, your big day has arrived. Conductor Adam Stern will present “Conversation with the Conductor” 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18,... Full story

 By Brian Soergel    A&E    November 2, 2017

First-time author finds success with historical novel

As any writer knows, getting a book published is a big deal. Many authors self-publish their own, but having a publishing company’s support can make all the difference in making sure your voice...

 By Brian Soergel    A&E    October 5, 2017

Poetry as a metaphor for life

Is poetry relevant in this hurly-burly age? Or are its stanzas disappearing down a road less traveled by? Elizabeth Austen is a poet, a good one, so you’d expect her to sing its grandeur, its shining light on universal truths. She does. But this,... Full story


ECA season opens with Bria Skonberg

Edmonds Center for the Arts’ 11th season opens Oct. 5 with Canadian singer, trumpeter and songwriter Bria Skonberg. Before the performance, Skonberg will lead a master class with Meadowdale High Sch...

 By Brian Soergel    News    August 23, 2017

Health district logs 37 opioid overdoses in 7 days

We’ve all heard horror stories about opioid abuse. Here’s a new one. The Snohomish Health District reports that there were 37 opioid overdoses within one seven-day period throughout the county, though none were logged in Mukilteo. The health... Full story

 By Brian Soergel    A&E    August 10, 2017

A Taste of Edmonds at 35

A Taste of Edmonds Where: Civic Field, 310 Sixth Ave. N, Edmonds When: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 11-12 and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 13 Admission: $5, free for those 12 and under. Separate $2 cover 4-10 p.m. Aug...

 By Brian Soergel    News    July 14, 2017

Edmonds Underwater Park celebrates a milestone

Although a number of divers gathered at Brackett’s Landing North on Saturday to celebrate an important anniversary for the Edmonds Underwater Park, more than a few couldn’t help but steal glances...

 By Brian Soergel    A&E    June 15, 2017

Edmonds Arts Festival celebrating 60th anniversary

What’s your festival? A Taste of Edmonds? Or the Edmonds Arts Festival? Two of the city’s two most popular festivals have their super fans – do you revel in a slice of good-old Americana (the Tas... Full story


All about the light

By his own estimation – he keeps a detailed calendar – Randall J. Hodges has hiked just about 26,000 miles of trail far and wide, including one of his favorite spots: Mukilteo’s Big Gulch. For... Full story


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