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Articles from the May 21, 2014 edition

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Get your garden featured in next Mukilteo tour

Calling all gardening enthusiasts: The Mukilteo Way Garden Club is seeking private gardens to feature in the next Mukilteo Garden & Quilt Tour. The tour isn’t a garden competition but a... Full story

 By Sara Bruestle    Features    May 21, 2014

Family hopes to triple memorial scholarship funds

A Mukilteo family is looking for a new way to keep giving in memory of the late Aaron Zarate. After eight years holding garage sales to benefit the Aaron Zarate Memorial Scholarship, his family is... Full story


Kiwanis honors ‘outstanding’ Kamiak freshman

The Kiwanis Club of Mukilteo recently honored Kamiak High School’s Lauren Koball as the May Student of the Month. Although Lauren is only a freshman, she didn’t waste any time getting involved....


Pink flamingos flock to Mukilteo yards

Mukilteo Girl Scout Troop 42048 is surprise “flocking” lawns with plastic flamingos as a fundraiser to go on a trip this summer to Savannah, Ga., the birthplace of Girl Scouts of the USA. If...

 By Megan Managan    Sports    May 21, 2014

Mukilteo girls select basketball team fourth at tournament | Sports brief

The Mukilteo Knights girls fifth grade select basketball team recently posted a strong finish at their first tournament of the year. The Knights finished with a 3-1 record during the Tiger Classic... Full story


Racism: Just undo it | Worship

The loathsomeness of racism has belched its way into the headlines again, so I (full disclosure) have copped much of this copy from a Beacon column that I submitted in 1993. Like Stevie Wonder says, "We've got so far to come."-Gordy...


Mariner students are top 10 in world DECA competition | School brief

Mariner High School’s DECA school student-based enterprise team was a finalist at the International Career and Development Conference recently held in Atlanta. The team, consisting of Stephanie Le, Jale Beka and Tim Angelos, finished in the top 10... Full story


Harbour Pointe to present ‘Guys and Dolls’ | School brief

The students at Harbour Pointe Middle School will present the musical ‘Guys and Dolls’ this weekend. Performances will be in the Kamiak Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 23 and Saturday, May 24. There also will be a matinee...


Sno-Isle Tech students are ‘Oso Giving’ | School brief

ASB students at the Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center raised nearly $,1500 in a Oso Mudslide Fundraiser. Their efforts raised $599.67 for the Cascade Valley Hospital Disaster Fund and $889.24 for the American Red Cross, for a total of $1,488.91. Students... Full story


Parents think highly of Mukilteo schools, survey says

Parents in the Mukilteo School District say they are happy with the way they are treated at their child’s school and are happy with the education their children are receiving, according to the results of a parent survey conducted between March 14...


Construction bonds for Mukilteo schools sold to investors

Construction bonds that will provide the funds to make a number of facility improvements throughout the Mukilteo School District have been sold to investors. When voters approved a bond measure in February, they granted the school district the...

 By Megan Managan    Sports    May 21, 2014

Kamiak qualifies six for state, Mariner’s Koba makes cut | Girls prep golf

The Kamiak girls golf team qualified for next week’s 4A state tournament, while Mariner will send one after the district championship on Tuesday, May 20. The district tournament, held at Cedarcrest Golf Course on Monday and Tuesday, saw Kamiak’s...

 By Andy Muntz    Schools    May 21, 2014

Students can register now for summer school

Summer is almost here, which means registration is now open for the Mukilteo School District’s Summer School program. Sessions providing basic skills instruction in reading, writing, and math will be available at all grade levels. Elementary... Full story


Log of 911 calls to Mukilteo police for week of May 21 | Police beat

May 14 Animal – 7300 blk 48th Ave. W. A caller requested contact in regards to her neighbor’s dogs being left in their backyard all day barking and “ramming” her fence. An officer did not observe any aggression from the dog or any violations....


Protective signs destroyed in Japanese Gulch | Letter

Editor, The Beacon: “La-la, la-la-la. I can’t hear you!” Children sometimes shout this and place their hands over their ears. The better not to hear you. Sometimes they cover up their eyes, so as not to see. Recently, the city of Mukilteo...


EMS week honors service of your firefighters | Letter

Editor, The Beacon: This week is Emergency Medical Services (EMS) week (May 18-25). It is in this week we would like to bring attention to you the excellent care you receive from the firefighter EMT's and firefighter paramedics from the Mukilteo... Full story


Here’s complaint No. 12 | Letter

Editor, The Beacon: My wife and I felt compelled that one of us write you to state our objection to the heading you used for the Kudos & Complaints story (so, yes, this is one more complaint) [“Mosque attendance will add to gridlock on...


New mayor is breath of fresh air | Letter

Editor, The Beacon: Your story on Mayor Jennifer Gregerson's prospective changes to city government was like a breath of fresh air [“Mayor plants to replace city administrator with full-time job,” The Beacon, front page, May 14]. She waited... Full story


An inside look at the Japanese Gulch Group | Gulch View

We saved the forest in Japanese Gulch, so do we still need Japanese Gulch Group? The Japanese Gulch Group advocates for outdoor recreation, wildlife and ecological preservation of the green space in Japanese Gulch. We were founded by a group of...

 By Chef Dez    General    May 21, 2014

Brine for the best barbecued lean meats | Chef Dez

Although men have been assigned the stereotype of working the backyard barbecue, it is a joy that is shared by all home culinary enthusiasts. It's a summertime passion. The smoky essence of smoldering charcoal starts my mouth watering as my mind...

 By Chuck Sigars    General    May 21, 2014

We’ll always have Paris – and pancakes | Chuck's World

I took some time off last week, not a lot. About four days, really, and closer to three because Mondays are always crazy. You know Mondays. But I had a bit more free time, which was nice. I organized...

 A&E    May 21, 2014

Community events for week of May 21 | Around town

May 21 LEED Version 4 Noon- 1 p.m. The SnoLeaf Branch Collaborative presents “LEED Version 4,” part of an educational series. Learn about the newest of the LEED rating systems, which was officially adopted in fall of 2014 by USGBC. Lunch...


Mukilteo to continue monitoring gulch creek | City brief

The city is extending an agreement to care for a Japanese Gulch stream in partnership with the Snohomish County Airport. Mukilteo City Council on Monday authorized Mayor Jennifer Gregerson to sign an interlocal agreement (ILA) with Paine Field to...


Mukilteo council amends first-quarter budget | City brief

This quarter, the city had $40,000 in unexpected expenses. The City Council has amended the 2014 budget to add $151,000 in new expenditures, offset by $111,500 in added revenues, according to city staff. About $5,000 of that will be paid for out of...

 By Sara Bruestle    News    May 21, 2014

Ex-mayors: Fire services contract doesn’t make sense

Mayor Jennifer Gregerson thinks contracting fire services with Snohomish County Fire District 1 “makes sense” for Mukilteo. Two former mayors of Mukilteo think otherwise. Former Mayors Joe Marine and Don Doran, who served eight years each, said...


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