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 By Paul Archipley    News    March 25, 2020

From the publisher's desk: Together we can win

Scared. That's a word being confessed everywhere, by husbands to wives, children to parents, patients to doctors, workers to coworkers, strangers to strangers. We're scared. How could we not be?... Full story

 
 By Paul Archipley    News    March 18, 2020

Council hires new administrator to run City Hall

A divided Mukilteo City Council approved the appointment of a new city administrator Monday. By a 5-2 vote, the council hired Steve Powers, who has worked for the City of Oak Harbor since 1998. He...

 
 By Paul Archipley    News    March 11, 2020

Mukilteo aerospace supplier stays busy during slow time

While the coronavirus outbreak has overtaken daily routines around the world, people in the aerospace industry have been dealing with another headache for a year – the March 2019 grounding of the...

 
 By Paul Archipley    News    March 11, 2020

Ruben Mariscal cooks up a good life in America

Ruben Mariscal fondly remembers as a child riding a donkey out to his father's pasture each morning where he rounded up the cows and herded them back to the barn for his older brothers to milk. It...

 
 By Paul Archipley    News    March 4, 2020

Coronavirus closes schools, empties store shelves

The Mukilteo School District closed Mariner High and Discovery Elementary schools Monday after learning on Sunday that a parent of a Mariner student had been diagnosed with COVID-19, the coronavirus...

 
 By Paul Archipley    News    March 4, 2020

Local organizations face increasing cyberthreats, experts warn

Although the world is focused on COVID-19, a virus that can make you feel pretty lousy and, in extreme cases, threaten your very life, there's another virus coursing through the country that can...

 

4 scouts soar at Eagle Court of Honor ceremony

At a time when the Boy Scouts of America is struggling with controversy and bankruptcy, it's heartening to hear about young men who demonstrate the ideals of scouting – Scout Spirit – based on...

 

School district bond passes

Mukilteo School District officials plan to hit the ground running after voters provided a razor-thin victory last week for a $240 million capital projects bond measure. In unofficial returns, the...

 

Have a cuppa joe with a cop

It's the nature of the beast that many interactions between citizens and police are, shall we say, unpleasant. You were the victim of a crime. You were pulled over for a traffic infraction. A squabble...

 

Coyote in a pickle saved by concerned residents

For months, Mukilteans have been commenting on increased coyote activity hereabouts, trading stories about backyard sightings, and warning each other to keep pets and kids safe. Feelings ranged from c...

 

'To do' list is long; resources are short

Every year about this time, members of the Mukilteo City Council meet in retreat to discuss their visions for the year ahead. What needs to be done? What should be their priorities? What can they do...

 

Karla Lawson puts her stamp on 30 years of 1st class service

For many of us, going to the post office for stamps rates on a scale with a trip to the grocery store for milk. Rather not. Yet, regulars at the Mukilteo post office actually enjoy their visit. Why? I...

 

Proposed school bond improves community for all, supporters say

While Mukilteo School District voters have always been supportive of their schools – levies virtually always pass – bond measures are never a shoo-in. That's because bonds, such as the proposed...

 

Windstorm rattles Mukilteo

Windows rattled, branches crashed on rooftops and trees fell on roadways Friday when a fierce windstorm, accompanied by sideways rain, blew through the region. Meteorologists reported a wind gust of 5...

 

Our View | Support your local newspaper

Here at the Beacon family of newspapers, we’re grateful for the community’s support. In 1992, when we founded Beacon Publishing in Mukilteo, city officials and others were incredulous that we...

 

You too can fight domestic violence l Publisher's Desk

Kim Goldman had brought extensive notes for a prepared speech she was going to give at the Hope Within Luncheon, a fundraiser for Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County that’s held annually...

 

'It soothes the soul'

Anyone who loves gardening will tell you it's as close to communing with God as one can get. And if your garden is producing not just flowers but food, too? Nirvana. In years past, Seattle exiles who...

 
 By Paul Archipley    News    July 10, 2019

Garden, quilt tour reflects Northwest’s artistic spirit

Featuring eight gardens and over 100 quilts, this year’s Mukilteo Garden & Quilt Tour celebrates creativity and color – a tribute to the artistic spirit that permeates life in the Great...

 
 By Paul Archipley    Opinion    May 1, 2019

Compact parking spaces suck l Our View

We all joke about shopping at Costco where we can buy cases of food or several months’ worth of toilet paper even if we don’t really have space to store it all. But among the things Costco... Full story

 

Welcome to Mukil ‘you’re screwed’ teo l Our View

Many readers remember well when county officials began reneging on their long-held promise to maintain Paine Field as a corporate and general aviation airport. Although some politicians believed in...

 

Electroimpact’s founder confounds critics, defenders

If Peter Zieve should ever give you a personal tour of Electroimpact’s campus in Mukilteo, skip your workout that day. Zieve walks at a quick pace, skips the elevator when moving from floor to...

 

No more parking lots on the waterfront! l Our View

I recently enjoyed a short vacation in Newport Beach, California, where my wife and I rented an apartment on the Balboa Peninsula, a block from the ocean. Walking to the beach one day, I noticed one... Full story

 

Ex-Beacon editor hits bull’s-eye in ‘One Last Shot’

The journalists in novelist Al Hooper’s world are hardened and experienced, but their tough personas are leavened with strains of gentleness, understanding and, of course, love. All traits are on...

 

Movie actor’s heart-rending story spotlights domestic violence

A 12-year-old boy walked into his local police station, and stripped off all his clothes. Officers were aghast; his body was covered with bruises, welts and burns. He said his father did that to him,... Full story

 

Citizens’ group forms to fight Zieve candidacy

Mukilteo’s normally sleepy election season is anything but this year, mainly due to the candidacy of one person: Peter Zieve. Zieve, founder and owner of Electroimpact, an international aerospace...

 

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