MLT council receives mid-year performance review of city departments

The Mountlake Terrace City Council at its July 29 work/study session reviewed the performance measures of city departments through the first six months of 2021. The city’s recreation fund continues to be affected by decreased classes and capacities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recreation programs have been opened and offered as allowed by health guidelines and…

Reminder: Haven’t voted yet? Check out these primary election resources

If you haven’t yet cast your vote in the Aug. 3 primary election, here’s what you need to know. Local ballots for the Aug. 3 primary election were mailed to residents July 16. Voters in Mountlake Terrace and Brier will vote for Snohomish County Council Position 4, held by Jared Mead of Mill Creek. He…

Mountlake Terrace Police Blotter: July 23-30, 2021

July 23 21900 block Highway 99: A customer at the Red Dragon Casino reported that he returned to his vehicle in the parking lot after spending several hours inside the casino and discovered his passenger-side window had been shattered. He said nothing was taken from the vehicle. 4000 block 212th Street Southwest: A man was…

Snohomish County 2022 Hotel-Motel grant cycle now open

Snohomish County has opened its 2022 annual tourism grant cycle, with completed applications due Sept. 13. The 2022 Hotel-Motel Small Fund total is projected to be $475,000. The awards are for selected projects that can be completed by Dec. 15, 2022. Distribution of funds will begin in January 2022. The county says that eligibility of…

Free photography camp Aug. 2-5 for BIPOC youth

A free summer camp that will teach the basics of photography to Snohomish County BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color) youth ages 12-18 is being held at Mill Creek’s Mixed coffee shop Aug. 2-5 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Participants with various levels of experience who are interested in photography will receive hands-on experiences, a…

Sponsor spotlight: Keep unwanted summer guests away

Social distancing this summer may be a barrier for having visitors at your home. There are some guests, however, that you should never allow into your home — pests such as ants, roaches, rats and termites. Not only are pest infestations a nuisance, it’s critical to protect your family from disease due to food contamination…

Nominations sought for Snohomish County Women in Leadership Award

Leadership Snohomish County, a nonprofit committed to developing county-specific sustainable leaders, has opened its call for nominations for the fifth annual Deborah Knutson Women in Leadership Award. The award will be presented at Leadership Snohomish County’s sixth annual Leadership Day on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. The event will be held at the Lynnwood Convention Center. Nominations must…

Sound Transit night work planned along I-5 and State Route 104 interchange in August

Starting Monday, Aug. 2, Sound Transit’s contractor will begin a night operation along the Interstate 5 and the State Route 104 Interchange to set girders for the elevated guideway for the future Lynnwood Link Extension. This work will include nighttime on-ramp and off-ramp closures and one full closure of SR 104 through the month of…

MLT man uses newly acquired woodworking skills to help others

C.J. Monaghan discovered a new passion for woodworking during the pandemic and recently found a way to use his skills to help other people. Using a slab of donated wood, Monaghan custom crafted a large table, approximately 6 feet in length, and in turn presented $1,000 from its sale to the Everett Recovery Café which…

Under the Weather: Hot temperatures return to finish out month of July

Wednesday, July 28, we officially hit an 80-plus-degree high at Paine Field for the first time since early July. This really helps show that after that miserable bout with temperatures that should never get remotely close to Western Washington, things have been quite comfortable for most of this month. It’s been very dry, as has…

YWCA Seattle King Snohomish bringing Stacey Abrams to annual luncheon Sept. 14

This Sept. 14, YWCA Seattle King Snohomish is featuring keynote speaker Stacey Abrams at its second virtual Inspire Luncheon, a fundraiser to support women and girls through YWCA programs. Abrams made history in 2018 when she became the first Black female gubernatorial nominee for a major party in any state. She followed that up with…

Terrace Brier SC free youth soccer clinic set for Aug. 3

The Terrace Brier Soccer Club is hosting its 25th annual free soccer clinic Aug. 3 in Mountlake Terrace at Evergreen Playfields 4 and 5. Tuesday’s event runs from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and is open to all kids born between 2012-2016, regardless of their experience level. Participants will be separated into age-appropriate groups and organizers recommend dressing…

Mountlake Terrace Police Department street address has changed

The address for the Mountlake Terrace Police Department has changed to 23250 58th Ave. W. The new address was posted at the building’s entry on Wednesday morning at the Mountlake Terrace Civic Campus. The address change is prompted by the recent redevelopment of the Civic Campus, with vehicular access only from 58th Avenue West. Previously…

Public invited to welcome Blue Heron Canoe Family to Edmonds waterfront Aug. 1

The public is invted to the Edmonds Waterfront Center on Sunday, Aug. 1 to help welcome the arrival of the Blue Heron Canoe Family, celebrating the Native American canoeing tradition. The event, which runs from 2-5 p.m. Aug. 1, will include the sharing of prayer, ceremony, story, song and dance with the Blue Heron Canoe Family….

MLT resident identified in Sunday’s fatal motorcycle crash

Edward Shephard, 64, of Mountlake Terrace has been identified by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office as the man who died in a motorcycle crash Sunday afternoon in Snohomish. Shephard died at the scene after the motorcycle he was riding missed a curve on South Machias Road, continued straight and crashed a short distance off…

Department of Health: Masks required for all K-12 students and staff heading back to classroom

The Washington State Department of Health Wednesday released updated guidance for the 2021-2022 school year aimed at helping students, teachers and staff return safely to the classroom. The department said in a news release that its guidance “aims to minimize transmission and maximize in-person instruction and is informed by the latest science, recently released Centers…

Nubian Jam festival celebrates African and African American culture July 31

A celebration of African and African American culture, the Nubian Jam, is this Saturday, July 31 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., at Forest Park in Everett, with focus on community connectedness through education and entertainment as a bridge to bring families together. Since 1992, Nubian Jam, meaning, “Beautiful People,” has been recognizing elders and…

Sound Transit seeks public feedback on 2022 Service Plan

Sound Transit invites the public to learn more about proposed changes to service in 2022 and provide feedback on its service plan. Sound Transit is considering changes to ST Express bus and Sounder South as ridership is rebounding and the region continue to recover from the pandemic. The agency is responding to the ridership increase…

Scene on video: Progress on the Ballinger Park fishing pier

David Carlos shot this video of Ballinger Park fishing pier construction in Mountlake Terrace July 26. The waterfront project will add a new fishing pier, boat dock, boat launch, and enhanced shoreline improvements. Project funding also covers the new restrooms at the boat launch as well as an accessible pathway from the senior/community center to…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Business and politics

Whether you are a business owner or a politician, longevity is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, you gain more experience with every passing year and feel more comfortable in your role. On the other hand, as you become familiar with the ebb and flow of either your business or election cycle, you may…

The Writer’s Desk: What looks like dawdling may be hard work

Recently I got distracted one morning by scrolling through social media (when I should have been writing) and an illustration of a man standing inside an empty pool and staring off into space popped up on my Instagram feed. The caption read, “Sometimes this is writing, standing silently in an empty pool like a psychopath,…

City council July 29 to discuss 2021 performance of city departments

  The Mountlake Terrace City Council will have a review, during its July 29 work/study session, of performance measures for various city departments over the first six months of this year. Items on Thursday’s agenda include: – Review of city departments performance measures for January-June 2021 a. Recreation, parks, and property management b. Community and…

County health officials urge wearing masks indoors regardless of vaccination status

COVID-19 case rates have increased in recent weeks and Snohomish County health officials are recommending that all residents wear masks when in indoor public settings such as grocery and retail stores, restaurants and entertainment venues where the vaccination status of other people is unknown. Snohomish County’s Chief Health Officer Dr. Chris Spitters — along with…

IRS warns taxpayers about Child Tax Credit scams

The Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division is warning taxpayers about Child Tax Credit-related scams, which criminals may use to steal money and personal information. While millions of American families started receiving the advance Child Tax Credit payments last week, criminals were already looking for innovative tactics to take advance of unwitting victims, the IRS…

Mountlake Terrace man dies in motorcycle crash Sunday

A 64-year-old Mountlake Terrace man died after the motorcycle he was riding crashed in Snohomish Sunday afternoon. Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Courtney O’Keefe said the Sheriff’s Office Collision Investigation Unit responded to the crash near the 6800 block of Machias Road around 2:20 p.m. Sunday. The motorcycle was traveling on South Machias Road when…

Help wanted: Join our team at the Lynnwood Convention Center

The Lynnwood Convention Center is hiring! Our team is looking to add several positions including Director of Facility Accounting, Accounting Manager, Custodian, Banquet Server, Bartender and more. Employees at the Lynnwood Convention Center enjoy free parking and accessibility on a main bus route, paid sick leave, flexible hours, convenient location for commuting, and 401k participation….

Corrections Department: No decisions made on proposed MLT work release site

While the Washington State Department of Corrections has identified a property on the Mountlake Terrace-Edmonds border as a leading site to evaluate further for a new work release facility, a department spokesperson said that several steps remain before a final recommendation and decision will be made. The department is in the early stages of finding…

Commentary: Do you know how to make local government work for you?

Your city council and mayor were elected to represent your interests in the efficient operation of the city. They work for you. They represent the entire city and respond to the will of the people. Contact and communication with them is vital for any representative form of government to function appropriately. All municipalities maintain websites…

Sponsor spotlight: Understanding tax terms — installment sales

If you use an installment sale to help sell property, you can benefit from tax deferral and possibly lower your overall tax bill. But you need to watch out for certain tax traps if you do. Installment sale defined Generally, you create an installment sale when you receive payments for sold property in the tax…

Reminder: South County Fire offering free online kids fire camp

South County Fire is offering a free online Kids Fire Camp featuring fun activities for families to do at home. Materials are posted online at www.southsnofire.org/firecamp so families can participate at their own pace. Camp includes hands-on activities to do as a family in conjunction with workbook activities for kids focused on fire safety, disaster…

Washington State Patrol seeks non-law enforcement representatives for investigation teams

The Washington State Patrol is looking for a community representative for authorized Independent Investigation Teams (IIT) in each county, statewide An IIT will consist of a team of qualified and certified peace officer investigators and at least two non-law enforcement community representatives who operate independently of any involved agency to conduct investigations of police deadly…

Healthy Eating: Baked rice — a simple, delicious and versatile dish

Baked rice is a dish that can be served as a side dish or a main dish. You can add extra veggies to the mix if desired–broccoli, carrots, peppers, snap peas come to mind. You can change up the type of nuts, beans and cheese to suit your tastebuds or to use what you have available in…

Mountlake Terrace Police Blotter: July 16-22, 2021

July 16 24000 block Van Ry Boulevard: Police recovered a Ryobi generator in a room at the Studio 6 hotel that had been reported stolen from the back of a vehicle in the parking lot earlier that night. After taking the initial theft report, police later received an anonymous tip that a bald white male…

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