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Multi-state study finds 74 cases of possible voter fraud in Washington

Some eight voters in Snohomish County may have voted twice in the 2016 presidential election, according to a study involving Washington and four other states. Washington’s Secretary of State is forwarding some 74 cases of possible voter fraud to...

 

Mukilteo 12-year-old takes leading role in ‘Oliver!’

With help from her siblings, 12-year-old Kalia Estes of Mukilteo has been practicing her Cockney accent a lot lately in preparation for her starring role in the Village Theatre’s upcoming Kidstage...

 

Mukilteo’s Laverty elected chair of state board of education

As the state Board of Education’s new chair, Kevin Laverty of Mukilteo says he’s focused on encouraging innovation in Washington schools, especially as it relates to preparing students for a... Full story

 

Edmonds woman tackles dirty work of helping hoarders

Erica DiMiele is living her dream, even if most might consider it a nightmare. “Whenever I tell people what I do, they’re like ‘What!?’” she said. “They don’t understand, so sometimes I...

 

A stroke of artistic spirit

When Hyeh-Yeon Hoffer became a mother, she took time off from work to care for her children, but found she also needed to do something for herself. “I was looking for something meaningful for...

 

Mukilteo students better prepared for college than peers

Students in the Mukilteo School District’s class of 2017 outperformed their peers on the new SAT college entrance exam – statewide and nationally – according to results released last week. Scores on the new test, which debuted in 2016, range...

 

Mariner student struck by car after school

A 15-year-old Mariner High School student who was struck by a car while crossing 120th Street on Thursday, Sept. 28, was released from Harborview Medical Center and returned home a day later, according to the Mukilteo School District. “School had...

 

City’s BTW Plan wins planning award

The city’s plan for improving and diversifying the way people get around town is getting recognition from state-level planning groups. The Planning Association of Washington (PAW) and the Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association...

 

Mukilteo woman hospitalized after head-on collision

A Mukilteo woman is in satisfactory condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after her car crossed the centerline last week along State Route 104 some 13 miles northwest of Poulsbo. Lisa M.... Full story

 

Mukilteo’s first official pot shop opens

Five years after state voters legalized marijuana, Mukilteo finally has its first pot shop – technically. Of course, Kush Pointe has been open since July 2016. Both shops are located along the...

 

To leash or not to leash dogs in Japanese Gulch?

The question of whether dogs should be kept on-leash while in Japanese Gulch returns to the City Council on Monday, Oct. 2. Last year when the council unanimously approved the Japanese Gulch Master Pl... Full story

 

PHOTOS: Getting the hang of a Huey

Mette Baldwin, 7, of Lynnwood sits in the cockpit of a Bell UH-1B Iroquois “Huey” helicopter Saturday, Sept. 23, during the Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum’s annual Vietnam Day event at...

 

Finding purpose through service

Giving back gave purpose to Sargun Handa’s life. “Community service has really saved me,” the Kamiak High School junior said. “I feel so much more complete now.” At age 9, Handa was... Full story

 

Woman shot to death in home near Mukilteo

Detectives are gathering evidence and following up on leads after a woman was shot to death in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Sept. 20, inside a residence near Mukilteo. Snohomish County Sheriff’s deputies responded to multiple 911 calls at... Full story

 

City prepares ‘objective’ mailer on sales tax

The city’s Transportation Benefit District Board is set to sign off Monday, Oct. 2, on a four-page mailer intended to educate voters about the 0.1 percent sales tax measure on the Nov. 7 ballot. Policy Analyst Marko Liias presented the public...

 

Oil paintings portray dreamy landscapes, realistic still life

Beginning Thursday, the Cole Gallery in downtown Edmonds welcomes the award-winning work of two Northwest oil painters. Works by Michelle Waldele of Bothell and Scott Gellatly of Portland will be on...

 

Mukilteo brothers both serving in military

Two brothers from Mukilteo are successfully pursuing careers in the military. Both Reggie and Quinn Carlson, sons of Rob and Lisa Carlson, are now graduates of U.S. Military Academy in West Point,...

 

Youth club’s 48th luau, auction to be bigger than ever

With nearly 300 items up for auction, organizers expect this year’s Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club Luau & Auction to be the biggest ever. Now in its 48th year, the luau and auction remains one... Full story

 

PHOTOS: Making their mark

Four teams of two set out Friday morning, Sept. 15, with a mission to mark as many storm drains as possible in the Harbour Pointe area of Mukilteo. The effort was not only a productive way to spend...

 

Khan calls out Zieve over claim of Muslim support

The president of a group planning to build a mosque in Mukilteo says City Council candidate Peter Zieve is falsely claiming support from Muslims in Mukilteo. Riaz Khan, who himself has unsuccessfully...

 

Should city allow short-term vacation rentals?

Demand for short-term vacation rentals is well established in Mukilteo, but how the city plans to deal with them is only just starting to take shape. The City Council discussed the issue Monday,...

 

School district reassures student DACA recipients, families

As students in Mukilteo started a new school year earlier this month, President Donald Trump announced plans to end the 2012 DACA program that has protected from deportation more than 800,000 young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as...

 

PHOTOS: Festival scenes | MukFest

The 52nd-annual Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival attracted crowds on all three days, Sept. 8-10. Here are scenes from around the festival grounds. See Gallery (31)...

 

PHOTOS: Fishing derby and pancake breakfast | MukFest

Once again, Mukilteo's Boys & Girls Club held its annual fishing derby on the pier between Ivars and the ferry terminal while Boy Scout Troop 189 hosted the community for a pancake breakfast...

 

PHOTOS: Parading through Harbour Pointe | MukFest

Marching bands, political candidates and fire trucks, among many others, paraded down Harbour Pointe Boulevard on Saturday morning, Sept. 9, during the 52nd-annual Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival. Here...

 

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