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State ferries facing recruitment problems

Captain Tim Koivu began working for Washington State Ferries (WSF) in an entry-level position 43 years ago, when he was studying to be an X-ray technician at Bellevue College. “I got through with...


Kamiak graduate pursuing Olympic skating dreams

The 2018 Winter Olympics begin in South Korea in just over five months, and Kamiak High School graduate Jean-Luc Baker and his skating partner Kaitlin Hawayek are working hard to secure one of three spots open to U.S. ice dancing pairs. Baker was... Full story


Boy Scout to rebuild bridge in Japanese Gulch

Since vandals destroyed his Eagle Scout project last week – a wooden footbridge in Japanese Gulch – 15-year-old Ethan Papenhausen has been working hard to rebuild. The project, which spanned a 17-foot-long gully along a trail, was there for just...


Mukilteo-born violinist finishes prestigious summer fellowship program

When she was younger, Lara Lewison of Mukilteo needed to be bribed with Beanie Babies to play her violin; now, she is an accomplished musician. Her musical abilities were passed down from her father,... Full story


Boy Scout bridges muddy gap in city trail system

Next time you’re walking through Japanese Gulch, you won’t have to worry about stepping in the mud thanks to 15-year-old Ethan Papenhausen’s Eagle Scout project. Papenhausen built a wooden bridg... Full story


Pickleball sees surge of interest in Pacific Northwest

Called the fastest growing sport in America by NBC News, pickleball is expanding especially rapidly in the Pacific Northwest. Todd Cort has been witness to the surge in pickleball’s popularity... Full story

 By Marie Haaland    Sports    August 9, 2017

Team drone racing league preparing for takeoff

The Professional Aerial League is holding the first-ever team drone racing competition at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 at Xfinity Arena in Everett. Drone racing is often viewed as an individual sport,...


Drain markings aim to protect Puget Sound from pollution

It’s easy to forget that what we put down the drain ends up in our prized Puget Sound. “What we do on land affects Puget Sound and the wildlife,” said Yolimar Rivera Vazquez, the Natural... Full story


Library prepares locals for solar eclipse

Mukilteo may be outside the path of totality, but residents can still expect to see the rare total solar eclipse the morning of Monday, Aug. 21 – or at least most of it. A 94-percent eclipse will be...

 By Marie Haaland    Sports    July 26, 2017

Jet City sees roller derby develop into serious sport

The Jet City Rollergirls have seen roller derby evolve into an incredibly real, serious sport over the past decade or so, especially here in the Pacific Northwest. Christina Congdon, a Mukilteo... Full story


‘Real Housewives of Mukilteo’ win chamber’s 2nd Amazing Race

Twenty-nine teams of two competed in the second-annual Amazing Race Mukilteo for a $250 grand prize on Saturday, July 15. Organized by the Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce, the event is inspired by the... Full story

 By Marie Haaland    Sports    July 19, 2017

Jet City Rollergirls invites newcomers to open house

Jet City Rollergirls is hosting an open house in order to give people an opportunity to learn about and sign up for roller derby. The event is scheduled for 9-10 p.m., Thursday, July 20, at the Everett Skate Deck, located at 9700 19th Ave. SE in... Full story


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