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Articles from the April 26, 2017 edition

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Badminton, making a comeback, draws enthusiasts to Harbour Pointe Badminton Club

For many, the game of badminton conjures up memories of 4th of July picnics and Sunday church potlucks, a leisurely sport that people of all ages and abilities could play. So it was a wakeup call in...

 

It’s time for Washingtonians to take a test drive | Guest View

Washington, along with every state in the nation, utilizes a gas tax to provide a major source of funding for roads and bridges. It has been a reliable workhorse for decades, but its future...

 

Mukilteo DI team headed to global competition

A team of six Mukilteo middle and elementary school students is headed to the Destination Imagination Global Finals tournament for the third time in four years, and this year they plan to take first p...

 

Bracelet sales support high school for Guatemalan girl

Kamiak senior Erin Dahl is halfway to her goal of selling 400 Guatemalan-made bracelets to raise money for a Guatemalan girl to attend high school for four years. “So far, we have sold about 200...

 

Cameras catch 2 men robbing jewelry store in Harbour Pointe

Mukilteo police are looking for two men who robbed Harbour Pointe Jewelers early Saturday morning, April 22. “They had the audacity to smash in the front door, with cameras around and people in the...

 

Building bridges by building robots

As a student with special needs, Mariner High School freshman Gabi Stansberry has struggled with many things that most girls her age take for granted. Finding friends with common interests, having...

 

Doing the dirty work

About 35 people gathered at the Mukilteo Community Garden on Saturday, April 22, to clean up the grounds and wake up the beds. The annual event enlists helping hands from the Kiwanis Club of Mukilteo...

 

Lawmakers ban drivers from using hand-held devices

Editor's Note:April is designated by the National Safety Council as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. In 2015, 167 people died in Washington in accidents involving a distracted driver....

 

Zieve eyes run for City Council

Peter Zieve, president and founder of the Mukilteo-based aerospace automation company Electroimpact, says the City Council should be more focused on serving the community’s youth. That, he said, is...

 

Interpret Torah not literally but as living text | Worship

The Torah, also known as the Old Testament and the Five Books of Moses, is a very personal text shared by millions. On the holiday of Shavuot – starting at sunset on May 30 – Jews will mark the receiving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. The Torah...

 
 By Kim Voetberg    General    April 26, 2017

Being prepared is best way to manage bad press | Chamber Corner

In recent weeks, one airline company took several hits when three separate negative news stories hit the headlines. While we will not restate those issues now, businesses can take what happened to this beleaguered company and leverage better habits w...

 

Letter: Let’s expand highway system, not public transit

The letter our clever senator, Marco Liias, wrote to your paper last week (“My amendment sought true taxpayer accountability,” April 19) managed to murky his true intentions that have not changed since I first talked to him several years ago. He...

 

Letter: Volunteers make community garden beautiful

We just wanted to thank all of the volunteers who showed up in the Mukilteo Community Garden (MCG) and helped clean up the grounds on Earth Day. All together, there were approximately 35 people, including 17 Key Club members from our high schools,...

 

Letter: Zieve’s views a greater threat than ISIS

Belatedly, I am trying to catch up with local news. I take serious exception to the seemingly objective letter by Rick Foltz of Mukilteo (“Zieve a victim of political correctness police,” April 5). More and more, people take the opportunity to...

 

Letter: Easter choir concert blew me away

Thank you for publishing the article, “Let’s come together to make an Eastertide tradition” in the April 12 issue. I attended the celebration at the Pointe of Grace Lutheran Church featuring the Total Experience Gospel Choir on April 22 and...

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General    April 26, 2017

Dancing in the dark | Chuck's World

An idle algorithm from the fine folks at Netflix can make my day. It’s a neat trick, and pretty impressive most of the time. I usually get recommendations for films or shows that I like. It’s...

 

Hints of cities lost to history hidden all around | Taking Stock

A report says that the lost city of Etzanoa has been found in Kansas. It was found hiding under the modern municipality named Arkansas City, or Ark City, as one former Kansan tells me it is called. Etzanoa was home to perhaps 20,000 ancestors of...

 

What’s blood and why do we have it? | Ask Dr. Universe

Dear Dr. Universe, Why do we have blood? Where does it come from? Norelle, Olympia Dear Norelle, Our bodies have many living parts, like skin, muscle, brain and bones. Blood helps keep these parts alive and healthy. The system that moves our blood...

 

Police beat (April 14-21)

April 14 Vehicle recovery A female reported that her vehicle, which ad been stolen out of Shoreline, had been located in the 5200 block of 84th Street Southwest. She tool possession of the vehicle. Lost and found An officer retrieved property that...

 

Prosecutors still reviewing AMPM robbery

Prosecutors are still deciding whether to charge a Mukilteo teenager who reportedly robbed a convenience store in Harbour Pointe in the early morning hours of April 12. Police responded to an armed robbery in progress at 2:05 a.m. at the Arco AMPM...

 

WSF releases summer sailing schedule

Washington State Ferries (WSF) has released its adjusted summer sailing schedule for the Mukilteo-Clinton route after collecting input from riders. The temporary schedule, which takes effect June 25 and runs for six months through fall 2017,...

 

Home robbery suspect pleads not guilty

A 26-year-old Seattle man who turned himself in to police after a webcam caught him and another man robbing a south Everett home March 29 has pleaded not guilty. Calvin Q. Bennett turned himself in two days later and has not provided any information...

 

Woman with bipolar disorder competent to stand trial

A Kirkland woman who reportedly lives with Bipolar Disorder has been deemed competent to understand the charges against her and participate in court proceedings. Mukilteo police and a SWAT team shut down a neighborhood of Harbour Pointe for several...

 

County’s recycling station to close for 3 weeks in May

The postponed closure of the Airport Road Recycling and Transfer Station is scheduled for May 1 through May 21. The closure was originally scheduled to occur in January and was postponed to February due to weather in Eastern Washington causing disrup...

 

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