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Bill targeting public records access is dead

A controversial bill that would have allowed local agencies to prioritize how they fulfill public records requests is dead. House Bill 2576, which drew criticism from open-government proponents, but had strong support from local... — Updated 3/4/2016

 By LaVendrick Smith    News

Local doctor revives mission trip to Guatemala

When Mary Hubbs traveled up a dusty, dirt road and witnessed the conditions of an out-of-date Guatemalan hospital, she felt as if she was taking a glimpse into the past. “You... — Updated 11/26/2014

 By LaVendrick Smith    News

Sounder North line sees increase in ridership

While Sound Transit’s Sounder North may have its critics, recent studies suggest the commuter rail line service – which runs through Edmonds, Mukilteo and Everett – is on the... — Updated 11/14/2012

 By LaVendrick Smith    A & E

Made in Washington: Local art sold at annual mart

Look no further than the Holiday Art Mart for affordable high-end gifts for this holiday season. Art lovers are invited to do their holiday shopping at the fourth annual Holiday... — Updated 10/31/2012


Author to tell rock ‘n’ roll’s best kept secret

You’ll never hear rock ‘n’ roll the same way after author Kent Hartman reveals the genre’s little-known secret. Hartman, author of The Wrecking Crew, is the guest speaker... — Updated 10/31/2012

 By LaVendrick Smith    A & E

Meet authors of teen reads at the library

Young readers and aspiring writers have the opportunity to get to know their favorite authors beyond the characters. In honor of Teen Read Month, the Mukilteo Library is hosting a Meet the Authors event at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct.... — Updated 10/17/2012

 By LaVendrick Smith    A & E

Benefit show to give kids a chance to dance

You don’t have to go far to dream big. That’s the message one local dance crew is trying to send to Mukilteo youth. The Connection Performing Arts Center and the Mukilteo Youth... — Updated 10/10/2012

 By LaVendrick Smith    News

Late night ferry service may get the ax

Late night Mukilteo-Clinton ferry riders may need to adjust their commute schedules next year. The proposed 2013-15 state biennial budget proposes that Washington State Ferries reduce service to some of its ferry routes, including... — Updated 10/3/2012

 By LaVendrick Smith    News

Friends and family keep Brandon's goal alive

More than 1,100 children will be diagnosed with cancer in the month of September. That's just in the United States. For Kris Forth, of Mukilteo, September is about change ... — Updated 9/19/2012


Mukilteo test scores higher than state average

The results are in: Students in Mukilteo and Edmonds are outperforming students from across the state. Students in Mukilteo and Edmonds school districts consistently scored at or higher than the state average on the High School... — Updated 9/19/2012


School district welcomes 2 new principals

The new principal at Discovery Elementary has a story about his first day of school that rivals most students’ stories. On his first day, Principal Edmund Wong was trapped on a... — Updated 9/12/2012

 By LaVendrick Smith    News

The piano of a lifetime

As each key is pressed on the baby grand, a little drum strikes a string to produce a melody, and with its music floods joyful memories of childhood. Rita Jo Sawyer, of Mukilteo,... — Updated 9/12/2012

 By LaVendrick Smith    News

Dance the night away in the beer garden

Get ready to rock ‘n’ roll in this year’s beer garden. The annual Microbrew and Wine Garden will be open from 5 p.m. to midnight Sept. 7-8 at the festival main stage. The... — Updated 9/5/2012

 By LaVendrick Smith    News

‘Anything is possible’ for 8 local Ironman athletes

In some races, first place is an afterthought – finishing is the real victory. That’s the lesson eight local athletes learned as they competed in the 2012 Subaru Ironman Canada... — Updated 9/5/2012

 By LaVendrick Smith    News

Scouts take over festival pancake breakfast

After years of helping the Mukilteo Lions Club serve pancakes, starting this year the Boy Scouts are taking over the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival Pancake Breakfast. Boy Scout Troop... — Updated 8/29/2012

 By LaVendrick Smith    News

Teens to rock Rosehill in Battle of the Bands

Young bands are about to take their talents from the garage to the stage in this year’s Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival teen Battle of the Bands competition. The sixth annual Battle... — Updated 8/29/2012

 By LaVendrick Smith    News

Art leaves its mark on festival

Art lovers take notice: Two events will showcase local art at this year’s Lighthouse Festival. Festival-goers are invited to explore the many artist booths and visit the Festival... — Updated 8/22/2012

 By LaVendrick Smith    News

New fun for kids at festival

If ye kids be bored at this year’s Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival, be ready to walk the plank! New to the festival this year is a “Kids Korner” with five pirate-themed... — Updated 8/22/2012

 By LaVendrick Smith    News

Fishing derby for kids 14 and younger

Kids, here’s your chance to reel in a big one. The Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club is hosting its annual youth fishing competition on Saturday, Sept. 8, as part of the 47th annual... — Updated 8/15/2012

 By LaVendrick Smith    News

Chocolate meets creativity in carving contest

Chocolate is more than sweet – it’s a way to bond with family. Chocolate lovers and their families are invited to compete in this year’s Fudge-A-Muk competition at 1:45 p.m.... — Updated 8/15/2012

 By LaVendrick Smith    News

Tennis tournament for players of all skill levels

Tennis fever is spreading through Mukilteo. The annual Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival Tennis Tournament is set for Aug. 24-26. The three-day event starts at 4 p.m. on Aug. 24 at Kamia... — Updated 8/8/2012

 By LaVendrick Smith    News

Storytellers to give all-encompassing vision of Mukilteo’s past

No tale is off limits for the Mukilteo Storytellers, who promise to share all of Mukilteo’s secrets – the good, the bad, and even the ugly – at the 47th annual Mukilteo... — Updated 8/8/2012


Mukilteo schools seek OK for bus levy

The Mukilteo School District will ask voters on the Nov. 6 ballot to OK taxes to help pay to replace its aging fleet of school buses. Resolution No. 8 is a one-year transportation vehicle levy to raise $3 million in 2013 to be... — Updated 8/1/2012

 By LaVendrick Smith    News

Festival kicks off with annual Run-A-Muk

Through running, Anders Jacobsen has discovered his fountain of youth. The 87-year-old of Everett began running in his 50s and has since then competed in hundreds of races. One of h... — Updated 7/25/2012

 By LaVendrick Smith    News

Meow in Mukilteo event helps find families for cats

Pawsitive Alliance is on a mission to match felines with families. The organization is hosting its fifth annual Meow in Mukilteo cat adoption event July 29. From noon to 3 p.m.... — Updated 7/18/2012


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