Reminder: Traditional MLT Tree Lighting returns Dec. 2

The 38th annual City of Mountlake Terrace Tree Lighting is set for Friday, Dec. 2, at the Jerry Smith Town Center Plaza next to City Hall. Festivities start at 6:30 p.m. with the Mountlake Terrace High School Jazz Band, followed by a choral concert by Terrace Park Elementary students, a visit from Santa, and the traditional…

I-5 express lanes in Seattle to remain southbound through Wednesday, Nov. 30

The Interstate 5 express lanes in Seattle will remain open in the southbound direction through at least 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, the Washington State Department of Transportation said. They will not switch to northbound on Tuesday, Nov. 29, due to snow. The express lanes are normally reversed each day and closed overnight, but snow…

Snohomish County Council to meet in Mountlake Terrace Nov. 29

In an effort to engage South County residents, the Snohomish County Council is hosting its Tuesday, Nov. 29 regular meeting at Mountlake Terrace City Hall. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. Find the agenda and Zoom info here. For those wanting to attend in person, Mountlake Terrace City Hall is located at 23204 58th Ave. W….

Mountlake Terrace Police Blotter Nov. 19-27, 2022

Nov. 19 22800 block 56th Avenue West: Police arrested a woman on suspicion of DUI after she was observed driving erratically and swerving into opposing traffic. After the driver exited the vehicle, police observed a strong odor of alcohol coming from her, along with slurred speech, watery eyes and lack of balance. A bottle of tequila…

Lucia Schmit appointed as county’s director of emergency management

Lucia Schmit has been appointed the director of Snohomish County’s Department of Emergency Management. Schmit has served as an emergency management leader at federal, state and local agencies, including time spent working internationally. She comes to the county from the City of Seattle, where she has worked since 2018 as the emergency planning coordinator. According…

Plan to cut statewide fuel emissions 20 percent starts Jan. 1

On Jan. 1, 2023, Washington’s new Clean Fuel Standard will begin cutting greenhouse gas emissions from transportation — the state’s largest source of carbon pollution — the Washington State Department of Ecology says. Over the next 12 years, the new standard will reduce annual transportation emissions statewide by 20%, or about 4.3 million metric tons…

Introducing our new advertiser, Cascadia Art Museum

Welcome to new advertiser Cascadia Art Museum, an educational nonprofit organization that celebrates the rich cultural history of Northwest art. The museum provides enriching experiences through original exhibitions, public programs, publications and educational outreach. Three new exhibitions open Dec. 1, 2022: George Tsutakawa: Early Works on Paper Urban Scenes of Seattle – 1910 -1960 Vintage Christmas…

Sponsor spotlight: Raising a financially savvy child

If you have children or grandchildren, you have an opportunity to give them a jump-start on their journey to becoming financially responsible adults. While teaching your child about money and finances is easier when you start early, it’s never too late to impart your wisdom. Here are some age-relevant suggestions to help develop a financially…

Registration begins Dec. 1 for MLT Dance Academy

Registration opens Dec. 1 for the City of Mountlake Terrace Dance Academy’s second semester, with classes running Feb. 6 through June 17. While the Dance Academy program is based on a full school year’s curriculum and dancers must meet the minimum age as of Sept. 1, 2022, students may enter the program any time during…

Updated: Free at-home COVID-19 tests no longer available

The Washington State Department of Health said it “has already exhausted the limited supply” of free COVID-19 home test kits, which it recently announced were available to residents through the end of the year. “We have had an overwhelming response to the initiative,” a pop-up message on the department’s free COVID test webpage said.  

Girls on the Run seeking volunteer coaches for spring 2023 season

Girls on the Run (GOTR) of Snohomish County is looking for coaches for their spring 2023 season, and also has opportunities for those who want to bring the program to your school or group. GOTR is a “physical activity-based, positive youth development program that inspires girls and gender-expansive youth in third through eighth grade to…

School board receives budget updates, Martha Lake Elementary student presentation

The Edmonds School District Board of Directors at its Tuesday, Nov. 22 meeting received a student presentation and school improvement plan from Martha Lake Elementary School. During the presentation, students from each grade talked to the board about the school’s new pledge. Martha Lake Elementary Principal Stephanie Kay-Fredrickson said surveys were given to each class…

Veterans Park closed Nov. 30-Dec. 2 for geotechnical work

Veterans Memorial Park in Mountlake Terrace will be closed from Wednesday, Nov. 30-Friday,Dec. 2 for geotechnical work related to the Transit Connection Corridor Project. The project will combine lighting and paving upgrades of trails throughout Veterans Memorial Park, with a secondary effort to finish the design of a pedestrian plaza at 236th Street Southwest and Van…

Save the date: Free vision and hearing screenings at Edmonds Waterfront Center Dec. 13

The Edmonds Waterfront Center is partnering with the Edmonds Lions Club to provide free hearing and vision screenings from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Dec. 13. The Lions Club provides assistance to obtain glasses and hearing aids for qualifying low-income children and adults. Participants must live in Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood or Mountlake Terrace. No appointment…

Clothes dryer fire safety tips from state fire marshal’s office

Clothes dryers caused 4% of home structure fires in 2014 through 2018, according to the National Fire Protection Association, and last year in Washington state, there were a reported 352 fires caused by appliances, including clothes dryers. More home clothes dryer fires occur in the fall and winter months and peak in the month for…

Sounder train available for Seahawks vs. Las Vegas Raiders game Nov. 27

Sound Transit’s Sounder train will be running to this weekend’s Seahawks game at Lumen Field. The special service will be available Sunday, Nov. 27, for the 1:05 p.m. Seahawks game against the Raiders. The inbound N Line train from Snohomish County departs Everett at 10:45 a.m. with stops in Mukilteo and Edmonds, arriving at King…

Healthy eating: Winter green salad a fresh option for holiday table

During the holidays, it’s easy to eat rich and high-caloric foods. We’re visiting with family and friends as well as going to open houses and office parties, where we are treating ourselves to a wide assortment festive foods of the holidays. It’s all good — everything in moderation, right? Try not to demonize the foods…

Have Breakfast in Santa’s Workshop at MTHS Dec. 10

The community is invited to the annual Breakfast in Santa’s Workshop from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 10 at Mountlake Terrace High School. Event proceeds benefit the nonprofit Mountlake Terrace High School Music Boosters, which supports music education. It includes a pancake breakfast ($6 for kids/seniors, $8 for teens/adults, $25/family), kids activities, Santa pictures…

Washington State Patrol ‘HiVE’ enforcement week two happening Nov. 26

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) will once again be focusing its efforts to reduce serious injury and fatality collisions during a “High Visibility Enforcement” (HiVE) patrol Saturday, Nov. 26. This will be the second of four HiVE patrols occurring in conjunction with statewide efforts during the upcoming holiday season. Future patrols include Dec. 17 and…

Public invited to sponsor wreaths for Wreaths Across America event in Monroe Dec. 17

For the second year in a row, Monroe-based Ward Roney Jr. VFW Post 7511 and its auxiliary invite the community to usher in the holiday season by remembering the fallen heroes who fought for our freedom. The post is partnering with Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit organization that coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies at more than 3,400…

Washington’s 2023-2026 program of multimodal transportation projects ready for public review

A compilation of prioritized transportation improvements projects is now ready for public review and comment through Wednesday, Dec. 14, the Washington State Department of Transportation says. More than 1,400 statewide transportation improvement projects using $5.1 billion in federal funds are included in the 2023-2026 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, or STIP for short. The draft 2023-2026…

City of MLT offices closed for Thanksgiving holiday

Mountlake Terrace City Hall and the police station will be closed both Thursday and Friday, Nov. 24-25, for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Recreation Pavilion will be closed Thursday, operate regular hours Friday and modified hours on Saturday, the city said.    

MTHS student supports foster kids with Eagle Scout project

Skyler MacKay was just four days old when he entered the foster care system. Adopted into an unsafe home, he spent five years there before going back into foster care at the age of 6. That’s when Lisa MacKay took him in, eventually adopting Skyler. Now her 14-year-old son is using his childhood experience to…

Reminder: Jingle Bell Breakfast and Craft Fair Dec. 3 at Lynnwood Convention Center

The Lynnwood Convention Center is ringing in the holiday spirit with its first annual Jingle Bell Breakfast and Craft Fair on Saturday, Dec. 3. This festive event will kick off the month of December with a delicious breakfast, merry musical performances, fun craft activities for kids and a holiday craft fair featuring goods from over…

Thanksgiving safety tips from the state fire marshal

According to the National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment, with Christmas Day and Christmas Eve following close behind. Between 2017 and 2021, fire agencies in Washington state reported more than 9,850 fires related to cooking, resulting in 13 fire fatalities and $44 million…

Washington State Patrol special enforcement Nov. 19 results in speeding, DUI infractions

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) last weekend conducted a High Visibility Enforcement (HiVE) emphasis to reduce serious injury and fatality collisions, as well as intercept crime. The criminal offense citations and arrests as part of the Saturday, Nov. 19 patrol on Interstate 5 in Snohomish County included DUI with a preliminary breath test result of…

Reminder: City’s proposed biennial budget online for public review

The City of Mountlake Terrace’s proposed 2023-2024 biennial budget is now available online here. The budget details the city’s financial plans for the next two years and beyond. The Mountlake Terrace City Council is continuing to review the proposed budget, with a potential vote Dec. 5.

MTHS music program hosting metals fundraiser Dec. 3

The Mountlake Terrace High School Music Program wants your metals. The group is hosting a metal fundraising drive Saturday, Dec. 3  — just pull up and drop off. Bring your appliances, yard equipment, computer parts, car parts, metal furniture and other metal recyclables. Computer screens, TV screens or propane tanks will be accepted. The drive…

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