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 By Paul Archipley    News    February 26, 2020 

4 scouts soar at Eagle Court of Honor ceremony

At a time when the Boy Scouts of America is struggling with controversy and bankruptcy, it's heartening to hear about young men who demonstrate the ideals of scouting – Scout Spirit – based on...

 

Lizards lurk when eagles soar

Eagle projects typically require a great deal of time and effort. That certainly was the case for Andrew Wills who completed his project in August 2016. So it was disheartening, to say the least,...

 

Parents and teachers express concerns over mandatory sex ed

Parents, students and educational professionals voiced their concerns in a public hearing about a bill that would mandate comprehensive sexual education in public schools beginning as soon as kindergarten. Lorraine Jenne, chair for the Wahluke...

 

Lawmakers consider a grow-your-own recreational marijuana bill

People may be allowed to grow up to six of their own cannabis plants and up to 15 plants per household if the Legislature passes House Bill 1131 or its companion, Senate Bill 5155. Under current law, people can obtain prescriptions for medical...

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News    February 26, 2020 

Swedish and nurses' union back to bargaining

Bargaining teams from Swedish Medical Center and SEIU 1199NW, the union that represents nurses and other caregivers at the hospital chain, went back to the table Feb. 10. It was the first time the...

 

Liias bill promotes car tax changes

Lawmakers on the Senate Transportation committee approved SB 6606 last week, a measure introduced by state Sen. Marko Liias (D-Mukilteo) that seeks to keep light rail construction in the Puget Sound area on track while also implementing a fairer...

 
 By Leona Vaughn    News    February 26, 2020 

More drug offenders would be sentenced to treatment instead of prison under proposed law

Proposals moving through the Legislature would expand the eligibility of incarcerated people to receive treatment for substance abuse in lieu of or concurrently with prison sentences. Senate Bill 6211 was heard by the Law and Justice Committee in an...

 

Lawmakers aim to make childcare more accessible

Parents could have better access to childcare providers if lawmakers pass a bill that aims to make the childcare certification process cheaper and easier. The primary sponsor of House Bill 2556, Rep. Tom Dent, R-Moses Lake, said he intends for this l...

 

Advisory votes on tax increases under fire

Advisory votes that give voters a chance to let lawmakers know their opinions on legislation to increase taxes may be removed from future ballots. Instead, senators are considering replacing advisory votes with a public opinion task force. The...

 

Police Beat

2/14/20 Civil 3900 Harbour Pt. Blvd. SW An officer was dispatched to contact a caller who had been "kicked out" of his room but still had things inside. The officer contacted the manager who said he gave the caller and his girlfriend some time to...

 

School district bond passes

Mukilteo School District officials plan to hit the ground running after voters provided a razor-thin victory last week for a $240 million capital projects bond measure. In unofficial returns, the bond – requiring a 60% yes vote for passage ...

 

Snohomish County Housing Affordability Regional Taskforce releases report

The Snohomish County Housing Affordability Regional Taskforce (HART), launched by Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers in May of 2019, released their final report last week after six months of collaborative work, including engagement by 15 local...

 

Have a cuppa joe with a cop

It's the nature of the beast that many interactions between citizens and police are, shall we say, unpleasant. You were the victim of a crime. You were pulled over for a traffic infraction. A squabble...

 

Mukilteo YMCA Celebrates 20 Years of Impact

Last Wednesday at Rosehill Community Center, the Mukilteo YMCA kicked off its 2020 Annual Campaign Fundraising season with a memorable evening of speakers, a silent auction, and long-time memories of building community and friends. The Y may be...

 

Transition Resource Fair helps youth with disabilities

Young people who experience disabilities can learn more about options for landing jobs and connecting with their communities at a March 24 event in Everett. The annual Snohomish County Transition Resource Fair will be at Cascade High School...

 
 By Rebecca Carr    News    February 19, 2020

Native Mukiltean hits century mark

Editor's note: Beverly Ellis is celebrating her 100th birthday on Sunday. In her honor, we're republishing an article written by former editor Rebecca Carr that marked Beverly's 90th. It's a fun...

 

House passes bill to expand court-ordered gun confiscation

Courts could be one step closer to ordering people subject to vulnerable adult protection orders to surrender their firearms after the House voted 55 to 42 on Friday, Feb. 14, in favor of a bill that expands authority to do so. House Bill 2305 would...

 

Albertsons becomes Safeway

On Saturday, Feb. 29, the community is invited to the grand re-opening of the newly remodeled Mukilteo Safeway, formerly Albertsons, at 12811 Beverly Park Rd. The Mukilteo Safeway’s new design upgraded all the store’s specialty departments and...

 

Police Beat

2/11/20 Malicious 11000 Mukilteo Spdwy. An officer responded to a cold malicious mischief report. Upon arrival, it was determined that someone had cut the chain link fence in two places on the front gate to the business. It did not appear as if entry...

 

Senate passes bill requiring comprehensive sex-ed in public schools

A proposed law to require school districts to implement a comprehensive sexual education curriculum emphasizing healthy relationships and consent was passed after a 28-21 vote by the state Senate last week. If signed into law, Engrossed Substitute...

 

Heart to Heart with Freewheelin' Dan

An "interview" with husband Dan: You are currently in the fifth month of freewheelin'-traveling and pet sitting overseas after 68 years of little travel. What prompted you to try this adventure? I've...

 
 By Beth Bond    News    February 19, 2020

Dollar stores do have deals

Thank goodness for the dollar stores! Or maybe not. We all want the best value for our money, and this month, when Valentines and candy were to be exchanged, why not visit the "Dollar Store?" Just be...

 

YOU can make a difference

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James You can make a difference in these ways: State Health Insurance Benefit Advisor – All insurance companies in the state pay a fee to operate here. The Insurance Commissioner...

 

Healthy kids, healthy drinks

This month, I’m excited to write in support of a bill in the Washington State Legislature requiring restaurants to serve healthy drinks on children’s menus. House Bill 2383, the “Healthy Drinks, Healthy Kids” initiative, considers water,...

 
 By Jim Miller    News    February 19, 2020

Important legal documents all seniors should have

Dear Savvy Senior, What kinds of legal documents do I need to prepare to help my family after I’m gone? I would like to get my affairs in order but could use some help. —Almost 75 Dear Almost, All adults – especially seniors – should have at...

 

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