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Contemporary glass exhibit opens Thursday in Everett

For 25 years, Jenny Pohlman and Sabrina Knowles have collaborated to produce sculptural stories in glass that reflect lessons they learned from life and travels about healing, self-empowerment,... Full story


City’s failure to plan for future surprising | Council Corner

To my Mukilteo neighbors and friends: I am swiftly coming to the end of my third and final term and wanted to offer a few thoughts to all of you. First of all, I want to extend my sincere gratitude...


Mukilteo 12-year-old takes leading role in ‘Oliver!’

With help from her siblings, 12-year-old Kalia Estes of Mukilteo has been practicing her Cockney accent a lot lately in preparation for her starring role in the Village Theatre’s upcoming Kidstage...


Mukilteo’s Laverty elected chair of state board of education

As the state Board of Education’s new chair, Kevin Laverty of Mukilteo says he’s focused on encouraging innovation in Washington schools, especially as it relates to preparing students for a... Full story


Mukilteo Kiwanians install new officers, directors

The Kiwanis Club of Mukilteo has installed several new officers and added new directors to its board. During the club’s annual installation dinner and reception Wednesday, Sept. 27, at Travis...


Edmonds woman tackles dirty work of helping hoarders

Erica DiMiele is living her dream, even if most might consider it a nightmare. “Whenever I tell people what I do, they’re like ‘What!?’” she said. “They don’t understand, so sometimes I...


A stroke of artistic spirit

When Hyeh-Yeon Hoffer became a mother, she took time off from work to care for her children, but found she also needed to do something for herself. “I was looking for something meaningful for...

 By David Pan    Sports    October 4, 2017

Ex-Jackson High School swimmer killed in auto accident

A former member of the Jackson High School girls swim team was killed in an automobile accident last week. Shannon Prendergast, a 2015 graduate and four-year swim team member, died Tuesday, Sept. 26, on I-90 east of Kittitas. At about 5:30 a.m.,...

 By David Pan    Sports    October 4, 2017

Strong performances by Mukilteo throwers

Two Mukilteo hammer throwers had strong performances at the inaugural Fall Hammer Classic on Sunday, Oct. 1, at the University of Washington. Kim Beard threw a nation- leading age group distance of 29.24 meters (95 feet, 11 inches) to win her... Full story


Kamiak, Mariner tennis at a glance

Kamiak Coach: Jeff Gilbert, first year Top players: Aidan Norris, Jimmy Dang, Cooper Layman, Daniel Kim From the coach: “Kamiak will be in a bit of a rebuilding state this year. The goal is to build on fundamentals, participation, enthusiasm, and...


Mariner swimming at a glance

Mariner Coach: Jennifer Angelos, 15th year Individual to watch: Sophomore Emma Melgardshagen qualified for the 4A state swimming championships last season. She advanced to the 100 freestyle consolation finals where she finished 13th overall. From...

 By David Pan    Sports    October 4, 2017

Marauders fall 33-27 to Bruins in overtime | Football

Mariner came up a yard short on fourth down in overtime and wasn’t able to extend its game with Cascade. The Bruins escaped with a 33-27 victory over the Marauders in a Wesco 4A football clash Friday, Sept. 29, at Everett Memorial Stadium. The Mara... Full story

 By David Pan    Sports    October 4, 2017

Injuries hurt Kamiak in loss to Bulldogs | Football

A battered Kamiak team stuck together in a tough loss to Mount Vernon. The Bulldogs scored 21 unanswered points in the second half to pull away for a 28-6 victory in a Wesco 4A football game Friday, Sept. 29, at Goddard Stadium. The Knights (0-3 in... Full story

 By David Pan    Sports    October 4, 2017

Knights set pair of school records in blazing start | Girls swimming

Less than a month into the regular season, the Kamiak girls swim and dive team already is making waves. The Knights have set school records in the 200-yard medley relay and the 100 butterfly. The Knights are lucky if one or two school records are...


500 years later, Luther’s legacy offers tricky lessons | Worship

It’s a tricky thing to be Lutheran as the world celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. You may remember that in the last days of October 1517 Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses onto the church door in Wittenberg, Germany. It proved... Full story


Movement to help elderly age in place gives me hope | Insightful Investing

There may be more options for end-of-life planning than you think. This sounds horrible as I see it in writing. I started this journey of weighing end-of-life health care options as the debate over the Affordable Care Act was, and still is, an open...


Letter: Campaign signs a 5-month blight on town

The length of time campaign signs can be visually polluting our pretty little town is ridiculous. From before the primary to after the November final election amounts to about five months. Why so long? And I still see signs of candidates who lost in... Full story


Letter: Handa’s story an example of youth in action

Thanks for sharing Sargun Handa’s story of the power of community service (“Finding purpose through service,” Nicholas Johnson, Sept. 27). I have seen this in action, volunteering with Every year, 75-100 Real Change Scholars ages...


Letter: Rohrbough an open-minded listener ready to lead

We confidently recommend Anna Rohrbough for Mukilteo City Council Position 1. Anna’s desire to examine the issues and listen closely to the public’s questions and concerns with an open mind exemplifies a great leader. She demonstrates honesty,...


Letter: Las Vegas shooting shows evil has no religion

My friends, we got to be united and always remember that we will support each other to please our Lord. This catastrophe should be a time of reflection for all of us, individually and as a community. It is very clear that evil has no religion, no... Full story


Letter: Sales tax or not, city’s financial plan needs an update

As a current member of Mukilteo’s Long Range Finance Committee, we have been examining the future financial fitness of our city. Our LRF Plan hasn’t been updated since 2014, and we must now fix the sustainability plan for our city’s growth and...


Letter: I began by asking questions; now I’m running for council

When my wife and I moved here from the other side of Paine Field, we knew Mukilteo as a city bustling with potential. We started having discussions at the dinner table about why that potential wasn't fully realized. We asked each other: “Why... Full story


Letter: Stop pretending pets are service animals

Nothing upsets me more than seeing fake service animals. I wish all the fakers would leave their pets at home. A service animal is an aide, most of the time in place of walkers, visual aids and medications. I have a serious medical problem that... Full story


Letter: Edmonds wrong to rename Columbus Day

Evidence shows that the tribal people of the Pacific Northwest oppressed women, engaged in slavery and followed rules dictated by tribal elders. The arrival of Christopher Columbus opened a door for another oppressed people to flee religious...


Something is the new something else | Chuck's World

I’ve been looking at this photo for most of my life. Not continuously. You know what I mean. It was taken over 40 years ago, at a birthday party for my grandfather. The old man is in the middle of... Full story


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