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Articles from the October 20, 2010 edition

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 By Pat Ratliff    News    October 20, 2010

Education, budget high priorities for Scott

Candidate Elizabeth Scott Elizabeth Scott feels she has seen what’s wrong in Olympia, and she wants the chance to go there to fix it. Education and the budget are where she’ll start....

 By Pat Ratliff    News    October 20, 2010

Roberts works for creative change

Rep. Mary Helen Roberts Rep. Mary Helen Roberts serves the 21st District of Washington. As our incumbent, with three terms under her belt, she has accomplished a number of the things she’s wante... Full story


Church goers expect to rebuild following fire

Photo by Paul Archipley Smoke rises from the Church of Latter Day Saints in Mukilteo at 8 a.m. on Saturday, which was destroyed by an arson fire earlier that morning. Investigators are currently...


Community says farewell to Rosehill

Photo by Sara Bruestle Tude Richter was one of several in the community to share their memories of Rosehill Community Center at a farewell ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 16. The end is near for the old... Full story


Enter this spooky hallway if you dare

Too long in the tanning booth... Photo courtesy of Ashley Wynn Enter this spooky hallway if you dare. Skeletons, ghouls, witches, spiders, jack-o-lanterns, and graves are just some of the decorations...


Kiwanis Club installs new officers

Photo courtesy of the Mukilteo Kiwanis Club A new lineup of officers is ready to lead the Mukilteo Kiwanis Club into the new year. Pictured are, from left, Al Dantico, Marc Greenhouse, Cheryl Winn,...


Northwest Nationals lose 3-0

Airborne... Photo courtesy of Liz Ferry Mitchell Ferry of Mukilteo takes flight for his team, the Northwest Nationals. The Nationals suffered a tough 3-0 loss to the Black Hills FC of Olympia in... Full story


Steinway artist to perform in Mukilteo

Photo courtesy of Mark Salman Concert pianist Mark Salman is scheduled to perform selected works of Chopin on Saturday, Oct. 23 at Mukilteo Presbyterian Church. Concert pianist Mark Salman has...


Looking Back Through a Madison Avenue Lens

Aside from the universal certainties, death and taxes, there are a few personal things I’m also sure of. I will never go skydiving. I will never eat potato salad. I will never accidentally meet...

 By Jim Miller    General    October 20, 2010

Best cell phone plans for seldom calling seniors

Dear Savvy Senior, What are the absolutely cheapest cell phone plans for seniors? I’ve had a cell phone for nearly four years that I rarely use, but I like having it for emergency purposes. -Infrequent Caller Dear Infrequent, For seniors who...


You can choose serenity

“The mind and spirit of man advance when he is tried by suffering… just as the plow furrows the earth deeply, purifying it of weeds and thistles…” (from the Bahá’í Writings) Bahá’ís...


Letters for week of Oct. 20

Farwell, Food Emporium Dear Editor, The Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce wishes to issue a huge thank you to the Olson family and all the wonderful staff at Food Emporium, and let them know how much we will miss them in our community. Food Emporium... Full story


Vote yes on Initiative No. 2

Attempts to reduce traffic infractions – especially the kind that can lead to injury or worse – are commendable. But the red light camera solution is an answer in search of a problem, and...

 By Sara Bruestle    News    October 20, 2010

City reviews traffic-control alternatives

The city is reviewing alternatives for improving Mukilteo’s traffic issues, including speeding in school zones, red light violations, and reckless drivers. Traffic officer JC Becker presented the Mukilteo City Council recently with alternative...


City to hold public hearing for 2011 budget

Mukilteo City Council will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. on Nov. 1 at City Hall, located at 11930 Cyrus Way in Mukilteo. The purpose of the hearing is to receive public comment on the proposed 2011 budget. The preliminary budget for 2011 will be...


Longer waits expected on Mukilteo/Clinton ferry route

The ferry Kittitas had some propeller problems this weekend and had to be removed from the Mukilteo/Clinton route. Riders should expect longer waits for the next several days while it is repaired, especially during the peak commute times. In the...


More parking lots, downtown revitalization clash in city proposal

Conflicting goals of creating a more vital, pedestrian-friendly downtown and the urgent need for more commercial parking will clash Thursday at a meeting of the Mukilteo Planning Commission. City...

 By Sara Bruestle    News    October 20, 2010

Public responds to ferry improvement options

Mukilteo residents will be happy to know that an end to ferry traffic on SR-525 may be in the future. Washington State Ferries is considering options for improving the Mukilteo ferry terminal, including several to relocate it to Everett, Edmonds or... Full story

 By Sara Bruestle    News    October 20, 2010

Realtors happy with sign code changes

Signs advertising open houses, day cares and garage sales along public streets in Mukilteo are here to stay – but with some changes to the sign code. Mukilteo City Council unanimously approved an amendment to the city’s sign code Monday...

 By Sara Bruestle    News    October 20, 2010

‘Severe’ budget gap predicted for 2013

The city’s first gap report came with some bad news: a 7.75-percent gap in the budget is predicted by 2013. Finance director Scott James was the bearer of bad news to the Mukilteo City Council during the review of the third-quarter budget on... Full story


Chamber speaker to focus on strategic business planning

October’s featured guest will be Jim Rand, from Seattle Research Partners, at the monthly Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 21. Rand, founding partner of the firm, will be speaking on the... Full story


Christian author to speak at local church

Fran Riedemann, author of the newly published novel “Joseph: The Heart of a Father,” will be speaking at Mukilteo Presbyterian Church at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26. Riedemann’s book is about the biblical Joseph. “Everything...


Male attempts suicide off ferry

A male attempted suicide by jumping off the Mukilteo ferry at about 11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, according to a police report. He was later found alive by the shore and transported to Providence hospital. The subject had called Care Crisis to report... Full story


Snohomish County Council asks state for land to build public shooting range

The Snohomish County Council voted 4-0 recently to support a motion sponsored by Councilmember Dave Somers requesting the state Department of Natural Resources re-convey land to the county for the purposes of constructing a public shooting range. The...


The gift of music for the holidays

As a caregiver for someone with dementia, you may be wondering what gift to give your loved one for the holidays. Have you considered the gift of music this holiday season? In my fifteen years of experience as a therapeutic musician, I have led...


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