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Mukilteo recognizes employees of the quarter

Mukilteo has named Colt Davis and Brian Wirt as the employees of the third quarter. Davis, a police sergeant, is Supervisor of the Quarter and Wirt, surface water technician, is Employee of the...


Holiday tour showcases grand homes, chef tastings

One of the houses on the Assistance League’s Homes for the Holidays tour this year will feature close to 50 snowmen decorations. The Assistance League of Everett will host its fourth annual home...

 By Sara Bruestle    A&E    November 23, 2016

Mukilteo 8-year-old to play Dickens’ Tiny Tim

Eight-year-old Keagan Estes has the honor of uttering what is arguably the most famous line in “A Christmas Carol.” Keagan, of Mukilteo, will play Tiny Tim, the sickly boy who walks with a...


500 more parking spaces needed

A study has found that Mukilteo needs 500 more parking spaces on the waterfront. There isn’t enough parking to meet demands at Lighthouse Park, as well as at the nearby train station, ferry terminal and businesses all year round. Although the... Full story


At-risk youth celebrate Day of the Dead

At the altars were old photographs, sugar skulls, candles, colorful flowers, traditional breads and other memorabilia to remember the dead. Snohomish County’s Denney Juvenile Justice Center on Nov....

 By Sara Bruestle    A&E    November 16, 2016

New holiday festival to feature decorated trees

A new kind of festival is about to showcase Mukilteo’s goodwill with a shining display of decorated Christmas trees. Mukilteo’s first-ever Festival of Trees is a contest and exhibit to benefit...


Local engineers sell 1st shelter to survive tsunami

When most are selling their homes out of fear, Jeanne Johnson just bought a house in Long Beach’s tsunami hazard zone. The Pacific County beach faces two types of such hazards: tsunamis from... Full story


Mariner area to get its own library soon

Sno-Isle Libraries will soon open a new library near Mariner High School. A “demonstration library” is scheduled to open next year in a 3,600-square-foot retail space at 520 128th St. SW near the... Full story


Former Marine to students: You can be like a veteran

Myron Travis has a lesson for elementary students on Veterans Day: You can be just like a veteran. A Marine Corps veteran, Travis spoke to students at Endeavour Elementary’s Veterans Day assembly on...

 By Sara Bruestle    News    November 9, 2016

Large truck damages ferry dock’s control box

Mukilteo ferry service was shut down Saturday morning after a large truck damaged a control box at the dock. The terminal was closed at about 8 a.m. A maintenance crew managed to repair the controls...

 By Sara Bruestle    News    November 9, 2016

12 Mukilteo staffers to get pay raises

A dozen non-union city employees will receive a total of $30,000 in raises next year. The higher salaries were included in the 2017 budget the Mukilteo City Council approved on Nov. 7 with a 5-1 vote. While the mayor’s preliminary budget included a... Full story


Author writes novels based on historical facts

Nancy Horan is the author of two New York Times bestsellers that are favorites of book clubs throughout the nation. Horan, author of “Loving Frank” and “Under the Wide and Starry Sky,” is the... Full story


Officers surprise 5-year-old with visit to birthday party | Kudos & Complaints

We received a follow-up accolade from the mom who asked if a Mukilteo police officer could visit her son’s birthday party for our Kudos and Complaints series after the last one ran in September. Her... Full story

 By Sara Bruestle    News    November 2, 2016

Kamiak student aces AP computer science exam

A Kamiak High School junior has earned a perfect score on the AP computer science exam. Joey Schafer, son of Scott and Katie Schafer, is one of only 10 students in the world to earn every point...

 By Sara Bruestle    News    November 2, 2016

5th Street signal redesign in the works

It’s arguably the most dangerous signalized intersection in Mukilteo. The 5th Street signal for northbound vehicles along the Mukilteo Speedway has two lights for two lanes, one for local traffic...


Local church to host prayer vigil on election night

As the ballots are counted Tuesday, many might find themselves turning to prayer. St. Hilda St. Patrick Episcopal Church near Mukilteo is ready to help. The church is holding an election night vigil – including prayers, litanies and moments of...


Award-winning author inspires love for reading at Mariner

When Matt de la Peña visited Mariner High School, he met the characters in his books. The author of six young adult novels and two picture books, de la Peña spoke to students at Mariner Oct. 4... Full story

 By Sara Bruestle    News    October 19, 2016

Mayor dismisses Public Works director of 3 years

After three years as Mukilteo’s Public Works director, Rob McGaughey has been let go. McGaughey replaced Larry Waters, who retired in 2013 after serving as head of the Public Works Department for...


Man gets 3 years for abusing 5-week-old son

A Mukilteo man has been sentenced to three years in prison for abusing his newborn son. Andre Ash, 35, was convicted of second-degree child abuse for assaulting his 5-week-old son. Ash shook his son and broke many of the baby’s bones. Snohomish...


Eagle Scout delivers supplies to schoolchildren in Africa

Carson Leavitt was inspired by an African safari to start working toward his Eagle Scout rank when he was in the eighth grade. Carson, now a junior at Kamiak High School, completed all of the requirem...


Arcade aficionado finally sets new Final Fight record

Jason Lundgren is well on his way to becoming King of the Arcades. The Mukilteo man’s New Year’s resolution was to beat the world’s high score in an arcade game. Lundgren, 33, now holds not... Full story


Clown craze creeps its way into Mukilteo

While some believe the real bozos are running for high office, some creepy clowns have been spotted in Mukilteo within the last week. The first clown sighting was reported in South Carolina in August, but the eerie phenomenon has spread across the...


New benches honor school buddies lost too soon

It can be lonely at recess. Two new benches at Mukilteo Elementary help kids fight loneliness with friendship on the playground. The “buddy benches” were installed last week in memory of a...


Hiker, in solitude, discovers the best in people

While hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, Rich Steward wasn’t Rich Steward. His name was “Proton.” Steward, 59, of Mukilteo, hiked all 2,650 miles of the trail in four months and 11 days. The...

 By Sara Bruestle    News    October 5, 2016

Mayor's 3rd budget is balanced but includes tax increases

Mayor Jennifer Gregerson has presented her third balanced budget in a row – but this one includes increases in property taxes and licensing fees. The mayor’s first and second budgets balanced revenues and expenditures without raising taxes.... Full story


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