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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...

 
 By David Pan    Sports    February 26, 2020

Knights successfully defend state boys swim titles

Kamiak's Vlad and Slava Gilszmer turned out to be just as quick on their feet as they were in the pool. Minutes after finishing first and second in the 500-yard freestyle for the second straight...

 

Lizards lurk when eagles soar

Eagle projects typically require a great deal of time and effort. That certainly was the case for Andrew Wills who completed his project in August 2016. So it was disheartening, to say the least,...

 

Parents and teachers express concerns over mandatory sex ed

Parents, students and educational professionals voiced their concerns in a public hearing about a bill that would mandate comprehensive sexual education in public schools beginning as soon as kindergarten. Lorraine Jenne, chair for the Wahluke...

 

Lawmakers consider a grow-your-own recreational marijuana bill

People may be allowed to grow up to six of their own cannabis plants and up to 15 plants per household if the Legislature passes House Bill 1131 or its companion, Senate Bill 5155. Under current law, people can obtain prescriptions for medical...

 

Swedish and nurses' union back to bargaining

Bargaining teams from Swedish Medical Center and SEIU 1199NW, the union that represents nurses and other caregivers at the hospital chain, went back to the table Feb. 10. It was the first time the...

 

Liias bill promotes car tax changes

Lawmakers on the Senate Transportation committee approved SB 6606 last week, a measure introduced by state Sen. Marko Liias (D-Mukilteo) that seeks to keep light rail construction in the Puget Sound area on track while also implementing a fairer...

 
 By David Pan    Sports    February 26, 2020

Kamiak's Cantini takes 3rd place at Mat Classic XXXII | Wrestling

Diana Cantini faced one of the biggest challenges in her high school wrestling career. The Kamiak senior came into Mat Classic XXXII undefeated and was regarded as a top contender in the girls...

 

Season comes to an unexpected early end for Mariner | Boys basketball

Mariner wasn’t playing its best basketball at the end of the regular season. After going 9-1 in their first 10 Wesco 4A games, the Marauders won only two of their last four league contests. Unfortunately, Mariner’s inconsistency continued in the...

 
 By Leona Vaughn    News    February 26, 2020

More drug offenders would be sentenced to treatment instead of prison under proposed law

Proposals moving through the Legislature would expand the eligibility of incarcerated people to receive treatment for substance abuse in lieu of or concurrently with prison sentences. Senate Bill 6211 was heard by the Law and Justice Committee in an...

 

Lawmakers aim to make childcare more accessible

Parents could have better access to childcare providers if lawmakers pass a bill that aims to make the childcare certification process cheaper and easier. The primary sponsor of House Bill 2556, Rep. Tom Dent, R-Moses Lake, said he intends for this l...

 

Advisory votes on tax increases under fire

Advisory votes that give voters a chance to let lawmakers know their opinions on legislation to increase taxes may be removed from future ballots. Instead, senators are considering replacing advisory votes with a public opinion task force. The...

 

Around Town

Feb. 27 Mukilteo Yacht Club meeting 6 p.m. Mukilteo Yacht Club offers several organized cruises each month to places such as Langley and Port Townsend. Both power boaters and sail boaters are welcome. Meeting takes place at Milltown Sailing...

 

Travel Sketcher

The views in this area are always sketch-worthy. This is from Duke's on Lake Union. Sailboat, Queen Anne, and the lake - even on a rainy day it is a delight....

 

Navigating the last part

I gave a friend a ride home the other night, traversing unfamiliar streets in the dark the old-fashioned way. That is, he told me where to turn. This was mildly embarrassing for a couple of reasons,...

 

An appeal to the City Council

This letter from the mayor (see following) last year to the state indicates the City wanted this grant to pursue affordable housing in Mukilteo. The residents of Mukilteo did not know anything about this. I do not find any council meeting minutes aut...

 

Don't further burden residents with onerous ferry traffic

TO: Mayor Jennifer Gregerson and City Council members On June 23, 2019, we submitted a letter to the City of Mukilteo after we had reviewed the challenges put forth by Mick Matheson, PE, Public Works Director in regard to the waterfront...

 

Bloomberg showed heart to employee in need

My support for the candidacy of Mike Bloomberg is not without some very personal insight. I suffer from Multiple Sclerosis. During the 35 years I have dealt with this chronic condition I had the opportunity to meet a wonderful gentleman who suffers...

 

Kamiak treated teacher loss the right way

Two weeks ago on Tuesday, I received a text from my daughter, “My chem teacher died.” A few minutes later she texted what my husband and I already knew, “He was my favorite teacher.” I could...

 

Housing grant: Let's get on the same page

The City Council has received a number of comments both in person and via E-mail from the community regarding the Housing Action Plan grant we were awarded and the council voted to accept. I am favorable of a full and well-rounded deliberation on...

 

Police Beat

2/14/20 Civil 3900 Harbour Pt. Blvd. SW An officer was dispatched to contact a caller who had been "kicked out" of his room but still had things inside. The officer contacted the manager who said he gave the caller and his girlfriend some time to...

 

Mukilteo district educators, students to honor Bud Davis at memorial

Charles Arthur’s Mukilteo School District family will join his loved ones at noon, Sunday, March 1, to celebrate Bud’s life in the Kamiak High School Gymnasium. There will be a reception following the memorial in the Kamiak Commons. Charles...

 

Liias sponsors slate of bills expanding access to college

Continuing his efforts to make the college dream a reality for more students across the state, State Sen. Marko Liias (D-Mukilteo) is sponsoring several bills during the 2020 legislative session designed to remove barriers and expand access to...

 

Cascade Symphony offers scholarships to area high school music students

Scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $3,000 will be awarded by the Cascade Symphony Orchestra to qualified high school seniors from the Edmonds, Mukilteo, Northshore and Shoreline school districts. Applications and audition recordings will be...

 

Edmonds Driftwood Players Celebrates 11 Years of the Festival of Shorts

As part of the TIPs program, Edmonds Driftwood Players (EDP) will present the 11th Annual Festival of Shorts, March 13-15. Eight 10-minute plays have been selected from over 200 submissions from around the world, and will be performed at the three-da...

 

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