City of MLT police lobby to close for several weeks starting Sept. 28

The Mountlake Terrace Police Station lobby will close for all in-person business starting Monday, Sept. 28 due to construction related to the police station expansion. The closure will likely last for several weeks, the city said. The work is part of the Civic Campus redevelopment project, which also includes a new city hall and is…

Housing Washington hosting affordable housing conference online Oct. 6

Housing Washington is hosting its 27th annual affordable housing conference Tuesday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This year’s free conference is virtual but registration is required to attend. Registration details can be found at www.housingwa.org. Housing Washington will have 12 breakout sessions, a virtual exposition of exhibitors, and two keynote speakers — Dr. Tiffany Manuel,…

FAQs about the Edmonds Virtual Oktoberfest, set for Saturday, Oct. 3

Edmonds Rotary is gearing up for its first-ever Edmonds Virtual Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 3  from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The 2020 online Zoom event will take place in lieu of the popular in-person version — first held in 2019 —  due to COVID-19 public gathering restrictions. Enjoy beer from Gallaghers’ Where U Brew…

Restaurant News: From sushi to gyros, new dining options in Lynnwood

Happy accident: An Amazon return meant a trip to Alderwood Mall. Sad to see former favorite food establishments shuttered, my spirits lifted as I rounded the corner. A new sushi spot — Bitty Fish Sushi — recently opened in the location formerly occupied by Blue C Sushi. I had to investigate and share with readers….

County: Outdoor burn ban modified to allow recreational fires

With rain lessening fire danger, recreational fires are now allowed in Snohomish County, the fire marshal’s office said. Recreational fires are defined as “less than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high and are for cooking and pleasure only.” Recreational fires must be contained within a fire pit that has been cleared of all…

Edmonds School District suspends $2 convenience fee for online payments

The Edmonds School District said it has suspended convenience fee for online payments. All payments made online via TouchBase, the district’s online payment system, in the past have been subject to a $2-per-transaction convenience fee. Those have been suspended due to limited availability to make in-person credit card payments, the district said.

Sponsor Spotlight: Like Edmonds Center for Arts, gala presenting sponsor Fortive focused on talent development

  An interview with Fortive Corporation’s Stacey Walker, CHRO — Senior Vice President, Human Resources What should the community know about Fortive? Fortive is made up of a family of more than 20 businesses that enable customer workflows across the fields of software development, robotics, energy, healthcare, and more. While each of our businesses operates independently, we’re united…

State announces new COVID relief funds to support nonprofits helping youth

The need for youth programs that provide learning, mentoring and social-emotional support to students and young adults has never been greater, but COVID-19 has significantly impacted the ability of many nonprofits to keep their doors open. The Washington State Department of Commerce is partnering with School’s Out Washington to distribute approximately $9 million in state…

Snohomish  County Council passes resolution recognizing importance of school meal programs during COVID-19 

The Snohomish Count Council on Wednesday passed a resolution recognizing the efforts made by Snohomish County school districts to maintain and expand their meal programs to continue serving children during school closures due to the Covid-19 epidemic.  With Snohomish County residents among the earliest known cases of COVID-19 in the country, local school districts had to rapidly develop…

Edmonds College names Athmar Al-Ghanim as 2020-21 student trustee

The Edmonds College Board of Trustees selected its eighth student trustee. Athmar Al-Ghanim was appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to serve from July 1 through June 2021. “My goal is to help people in need locally and globally,” Al-Ghanim said. “I want to help people in any way that I can. Working on the Board…

Edmonds School District 2020-21 Student Artwork Calendar available online

The Edmonds School District 2020-21 Student Artwork Calendar is complete and is currently being printed. Copies will be sent to each district family. The printed calendars are scheduled to arrive within the next week. For planning purposes, a PDF version of the calendar has been posted online in case families would like to print it…

Sponsor spotlight: Is Your Website Truly Accessible? Get Our 5-Point ADA-Compliance Checklist

  When you think about website accessibility, your first thoughts may spark with images of your prospects and customers engaging with you via mobile devices. “Ha!,” you chuckle, “you’ve made sure your website and social media platforms were mobile accessible years ago…” But in this case, we’re not talking about mobile accessibility; we’re talking about…

MLT Council appoints Diversity Commission members, OKs final plan for Creekside Meadows project, increases pet licensing fees

Measures for local construction projects, updating the municipal pet licensing program and appointing community members to the new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission were all unanimously approved by the Mountlake Terrace City Council at its Sept. 21 meeting. The city also acknowledged two civic recognition awards it recently received. Changes made to the pet licensing…

SnoPUD prepares for potential power outages during storm season

With stormy weather forecast for the latter part of the week, Snohomish County PUD said it is prepared to respond quickly to power outages and minimize disruptions to its customers. The PUD said it will be taking extra precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of its employees and customers during the ongoing pandemic. “Our…

Five townhomes being considered for 236th St SW property

A pre-application site plan has been submitted for a five townhome project at the southeast corner of 236th Street Southwest and 55th Avenue West, according to NextMLT. The project would be on one 0.17 acre lot in the RS-T Transitional zone that has been vacant for many years. The RS-T zone allows single-family residential, townhomes…

Under the Weather: Fall storms get off to an early start with an atmospheric river

  Autumn has only just begun, but we’re already expecting the stormy weather that we’re accustomed to seeing this time of year. On Wednesday, an atmospheric river is expected to take aim directly at the Pacific Northwest, bringing with it some significant rainfall. What is an atmospheric river? I wrote an article about this phenomenon…

Sponsor spotlight: Understanding tax terms — wash sales

You may be considering booking stock losses due to recent market drops in order to save on your bill from Uncle Sam. Selling losers can be a great strategy when these losses can offset stock gains and up to $3,000 in excess stock losses can offset your ordinary income. However, there is a little known…

After 10 years of voting by mail, Washington schooling other states

States across the country are taking lessons from Washington’s almost 10-year tradition of voting by mail. Washington is one of five states that sends ballots to all registered voters – with or without a pandemic – along with Oregon, Colorado, Utah and Hawaii. Kristin Eberhard is director of Climate and Democracy at the Sightline Institute’s…

Sponsor spotlight: Chef Dane catering and food truck menu for Sept. 21-25

Entrees: ** Grilled Turkey Sandwich – bacon, havarti, tomato, mayo, cranberry sauce on grilled sourdough served with french fries or green salad… $11.95 ** Vegetarian Black Bean Sliders – spinach, tomato, red onion, avocado, spicy roasted jalapeno mayo served with french fries or green salad … $10.95 ** Beef & Lamb Gyro – ground beef…

Girls on the Run of Snohomish County launches virtual fall season

Girls on the Run of Snohomish County (GOTRSnoCo) has announced the launch of a special virtual fall season. GOTRSnoCo is a leader in delivering evidence-based, life skills curriculum to girls of all abilities through a program that creatively integrates running and movement. With more than 45 sites across the county, the organization has served more…

Fall quarter starts at Edmonds College Sept. 21, with most classes online

Edmonds College is open; however, most classes and services are virtual and online for fall quarter, which starts Sept. 21. “At Edmonds College, your success is our priority — especially now,” said EC President Dr. Amit B. Singh. “We’re working hard during this challenging time to pivot and continue to provide our students with a…

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