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 By Paul Archipley    News

The Beacon: Shining a light on Mukilteo for 30 years

Thirty years ago when my wife Cate and I decided to start a weekly newspaper in our newly-adopted community, people were skeptical. "Do you really think there's enough news to fill... — Updated 7/27/2022

 
 By Paul Archipley    Opinion

Time for a changing of the guard

About three decades ago when the newspaper industry was moving into the computer age, I used to regale young journalists with stories about how we used to write stories on... — Updated 7/15/2022

 
 By Paul Archipley    News

School board votes to cut 'Mockingbird' from curriculum

Long a staple in America's high school English classes, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" no longer fits the times or needs of students, or their teachers, in... — Updated 2/3/2022

 
 By Paul Archipley    News

Kamiak students walk out, demand COVID rule changes

Feeling unsafe and unhappy that in-school classes are continuing as the latest COVID-19 variant speeds through their campus, Kamiak High School students staged a walkout Tuesday to... — Updated 1/26/2022

 
 By Paul Archipley    News

Here's a sporting idea: Make pickleball the official state sport

Like other states, Washington claims its share of official symbols: the state flower is, of course, the rhododendron. The state bird? American goldfinch. Fish? Steelhead. Tree?... — Updated 1/2/2022

 

What can we do about panhandlers? | OK Boomer, OK Zoomer

Publisher Paul Archipley and Mill Creek Editor Christopher Kim are at opposite ends of the generational gap. Archipley is a Baby Boomer; Kim is a member of Generation Z. But they... — Updated 11/10/2021

 

Where have the letters gone? | OK Boomer OK Zoomer

Publisher Paul Archipley and Mill Creek Editor Christopher Kim are at opposite ends of the generational gap. Archipley is a Baby Boomer; Kim is a member of Generation Z. But they have at least one thing in common: a love of... — Updated 10/13/2021

 

Gripes of wrath | OK Boomer OK Zoomer

Publisher Paul Archipley and Mill Creek Editor Christopher Kim are at opposite ends of the generational gap. Archipley is a Baby Boomer; Kim is a member of Generation Z. But they ha... — Updated 9/29/2021

 
 By Paul Archipley    Opinion

Subscribers step up to support The Beacon

Dear readers, We wrapped up our August Subscriber Appreciation Month with many new readers as well as existing subscribers who signed up for another year, even months before their... — Updated 9/16/2021

 

Vaccines work, so why such blatant opposition still? | OK Boomer, OK Zoomer

Publisher Paul Archipley and Mill Creek Editor Christopher Kim are at opposite ends of the generational gap. Archipley is a Baby Boomer (an odd designation for a senior citizen);... — Updated 8/25/2021

 
 By Paul Archipley    News

Subscribe now to support The Beacon, win prizes

If you’re among the many who have enjoyed reading free issues of The Beacon over the past several weeks, we hope you’ll agree that your hometown newspaper is an important part... — Updated 8/25/2021

 

Ya Like Jazz? | OK Boomer OK Zoomer

Publisher Paul Archipley and Mill Creek Editor Christopher Kim are at opposite ends of the generational gap. Archipley is a Baby Boomer (an odd designation for a senior citizen); Ki... — Updated 8/11/2021

 

The gun dilemma in America | Boomer Zoomer

Paul: So, Chris, guns are on my mind this week. Over the weekend, a 6-year-old girl was shot to death, an innocent bystander in a drive-by shooting in Washington, D.C. Also,... — Updated 7/29/2021

 

Old column revived with new hire | OK Boomer Zoomer

Publisher Paul Archipley and Mill Creek editor Christopher Kim are at opposite ends of the generational gap. Archipley is a Baby Boomer (an odd designation for a senior citizen);... — Updated 7/14/2021

 
 By Paul Archipley    Opinion

Beacon subscription drive heats up with summer | Publisher's Desk

It’s been about six months since The Beacon transitioned from a free publication to a subscription newspaper. We’re pleased to report that, while we’re not where we want to... — Updated 7/14/2021

 
 By Paul Archipley    News

Water lines being replaced in north Mukilteo

Water line replacement in Old Town’s Sky-Hi-La neighborhood has disrupted the area’s normally quiet streets in recent weeks, but residents should benefit from the results. When... — Updated 4/28/2021

 
 By Paul Archipley    News

The Beacon remains your 'go to' source for local news | Publisher's Desk

As the old saying goes, “Time flies when you’re having fun.” Nobody, of course, would likely argue that the last three months have been much fun. Coronavirus, the... — Updated 1/27/2021

 
 By Paul Archipley    Opinion

The Beacon enters a new space-time reality | From the Publisher's Desk

3 a.m. is a precarious time for humans to be riding on planet earth. As the giant rock we call home orbits the sun and spins on its axis, astronomers say that at 3 in the morning... — Updated 12/30/2020

 
 By Paul Archipley    Opinion

Peace of mind | From the Publisher's Desk

My father was a practical man. When I was young and full of myself, one of the first cars I bought was a 1960 Triumph TR3 roadster. Very impractical. It had removable side curtains... — Updated 12/23/2020

 
 By Paul Archipley    Opinion

Give the gift of community this year | Publisher's Desk

Santa, like life, sometimes surprises you, and you get things that weren’t on your wish list. Worse yet comes the day when you discover that neither Santa nor the life you... — Updated 12/16/2020

 
 By Paul Archipley    Opinion

Time is running out: Sign up for your Beacon now! | Publisher's Desk

When I got my first job, delivering the local daily newspaper, I learned how to “box” the paper, that is, fold it into a square with corners tucked in to make a tight-fit box. N... — Updated 12/9/2020

 
 By Paul Archipley    Opinion

From the Publisher's Desk: We're here to tell your stories

Dear Reader, Department of Fish & Wildlife trackers and their dogs had cornered the mountain lion up in a tree, and were waiting for a veterinarian to arrive with a tranquilizer... — Updated 11/18/2020

 
 By Paul Archipley    Opinion

From the publisher: Why community newspapers matter

Dear Reader, Readers who have been following this story over the past few weeks know about our plan to switch our business model from a free newspaper to a digital first... — Updated 11/11/2020

 
 By Paul Archipley    News

Beacon resumes its weekly publication

Dear Reader, We are heartened by the response after our recent announcement that The Beacon is converting to a digital first, subscription format. Even though the official... — Updated 11/4/2020

 
 By Paul Archipley    News

For a sustainable future: The Beacon invites you to partner with us | From the Publisher's Desk

Dear Reader, 2020 may be remembered, ironically, as the year everyone would like to forget. From a pandemic to an economic collapse to political polarization and more, this has... — Updated 10/16/2020

 

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