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Articles from the September 30, 2009 edition

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Consistency in a mayor

There have been many letters written about the race for mayor between Pat Smith and Joe Marine. I have read multiple letters supporting each candidate. As I have read through those who have endorsed Joe Marine I have been surprised by their...


David and Golliath

Also known as Japanese Gulch Group and developers. There is this place called Japanese Gulch, where bugs, birds, mosquitos, trees, moss, stinging nettles, small streams of water and whatever else has been there for ages, want to be left alone. The... Full story


Experience counts

Mayoral candidate Pat Smith was a guest speaker at our recent Olympus Terrace Club Garden meeting. I found his presentation enlightening and informative, but I'm troubled by several declarations he made at our meeting and again at the recent mayoral...


Free speech - to a point

The Beacon's editorial Sept. 23 stated that political campaign signs fall under our First Amendment freedom of speech right. Please take a closer look at this issue and consider the limits to free speech determined by the courts. Just as shouting...


Good things in Mukilteo

Good things are happening in Mukilteo. First, the City Council's final approval of construction funds for the new community center. Again, over the persistent objections of councilmembers Tony Tinsley and Kevin Stoltz, who regardless of the... Full story


Kessler Such anger!

Pat Kessler completely missed the point about the purpose of the recent City of Mukilteo publication and the pride many have in our city. I don't care if it was published on a recycled lunch napkin; the quality of the work was great! It's full of... Full story


Leadership counts

"that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." There are few who wouldn't recognize these immortal words from one of our country's most famous leaders. Presidential candidates of both parties strive... Full story


Preserve what's left of history

As an architect in Spokane, I have been following with great concern public dialogue regarding the fate of Mukilteo's Rosehill Community Center. To my shock, the people and leadership of Mukilteo seem bent on destroying their landmark structure to... Full story


Tessandore for judge

I've had the great fortune to work with Rico Tessandore as his legal secretary in the Property Crimes/Drug Unit of the prosecuting attorney's Office for five years prior to my retirement. I was impressed by his intelligence, work ethic, caring...


Comeback seasons for life

On Saturday, Sept.19th, Washington Husky football fans experienced one of the most exciting moments in Husky football history as the Huskies defeated the mighty No. 3 ranked USC Trojans on ABC in front of a national audience! As the final whistle...


Thanks to Luau volunteers and sponsors

I want to thank our sponsors, The Taylor family and Diamond Knot Brewery, and all who attended for making the 40th Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club Luau and Auction a success. Special appreciation to Ed Taylor who started the whole thing 40 years ago and...


The Lions' share of thanks

On behalf of the Mukilteo Lions Club, I would like to express appreciation to the citizens of Mukilteo as well as the vast multitude of people who attended our annual pancake breakfast the morning of the Lighthouse Festival Parade. We all had a...


Walkers beware

This letter is for all walkers, joggers, bikers, casual strollers and anyone else who find the opportunity to navigate along our Mukilteo streets or the Speedway. Take notice, it's getting dark earlier and light later as we progress into fall,...


City breaks ground at Rosehill

The long-awaited new community center project looked as if it might finally be happening last week when Allied Construction set up its trailer headquarters on the site, followed closely by heavy equipment moving dirt around what used to be the...


Smith, Marine square off

Both sides declared victory last week after Mayor Joe Marine and challenger Pat Smith faced off in a mayoral debate hosted by the Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce. Marine pointed to his record of accomplishments over the past four years, while Smith...


40th annual Luau in pictures

This year marked the 40th anniversary of the Boys and Girls Club Luau and auction, which is one of the biggest fundraisers each year for the club. Thanks to the many volunteers, sponsors and donors who help make it a success. Beacon photos by...


Astronaut's talk helps students see beyond the Horizon

NASA astronaut Gregory Johnson dreamed big, studied hard, never stopped learning, and remembered to have fun along the way. He was never afraid to fail, and kept trying no matter what. That's the recipe for a career in aerospace and a seat on the...


Battle of the Dragons

Ina duel of the Mukilteo Dragons, the Black Dragons come out on top!... Full story


Volunteers tidy Serene Lake wooded area

Six-year-old Owen Morris had trash duty at the Serene Lake Elementary OWL cleanup last week. Morris had fun helping fill trash bags with littered soda cans and candy wrappers, but he was disappointed he didn't get any cookies. Last time he... Full story


Writing a story of success

From the time she was a little girl, Mariner junior Skylar Beckman has had a special connection with animals. Even those known to be shy around people warm up to her immediately, and she doesn't recall a time in her life when she didn't have at... Full story


Lady Knights take KeyArena by Storm

Kamiak Lady Knights basketball team helped introduce the Seattle Storm players at Key Arena before their semi-final playoff game versus the Los Angeles Sparks....


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