Council discusses MLT COVID-19 relief efforts, senior center rent reduction

The Mountlake Terrace City Council contemplated several items related to the COVID-19 pandemic during its July 2 work/study session. Discussions included an update about proposed local relief efforts, reviewing a resolution to authorize receiving coronavirus relief funds from the state, and examining the Mountlake Terrace Senior Community Center’s request for both rent reduction and forgiveness…

COVID-19 update for July 3, 2020: A closer look at the local numbers

With Snohomish County officials voicing the possibility of joining the growing number of states and local jurisdictions that are back to more restrictive protocols in an effort to slow the COVID resurgence, this report provides a closer look at the local numbers in an effort to shed light on the reasoning behind this. Drawing primarily…

COVID-19 information, support just a phone call away

The State of Washington has established phone lines for people looking for information about COVID-19 as well as those who need support due to pandemic-related stress. The 211 COVID-19 Call Center provides information or answers to your questions and concerns by calling 1-800-525-0127 or texting 211-211 for help. You can also text the word “Coronavirus” to 211-211 to receive information and updates…

Enjoy some virtual Third of July memories

The annual Mountlake Terrace Third of July family celebration and fireworks at Ballinger Park was canceled this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but here are some file photos from past years to enjoy.  

Intersection improvements, flashing beacon coming to 48th Ave W and 216th St SW

The City of Mountlake Terrace is designing improvements to the intersection of 48th Avenue West and 216th Street Southwest with plans for construction in 2021, NextMLT reports. Included will be sidewalk bulb-outs and new ramps at all corners, as well as a flashing beacon (RRFB) for the pedestrian crossing of 48th on the north leg…

Small business training July 9 to focus on Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness

The Washington Small Business Development Center is holding a training event Thursday, July 9 for businesses regarding Small Business Administration COVID-19 programs and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness. The online program will run from 9-10:30 a.m. July 9. Representatives from the SBA and the Washington State Small Business Development Center will review the PPP Loan Forgiveness…

Reminder from South County Fire: Celebrate safely on July 4

South County Fire encourages residents to celebrate safely and legally this Fourth of July. The holiday is typically the busiest day of the year for 911 calls to South County Fire. Extra staff will be on duty and South County Fire headquarters will serve as a base for a multi-agency Fire Operations Center to coordinate…

Community Transit CEO Emmett Heath announces retirement

After more than 40 years of public service, including 15 years at Community Transit, CEO Emmett Heath announced Thursday that he will retire later this year in order to spend more time with his family, including his three young grandchildren. Heath has served as CEO for Community Transit for six years and, before being selected…

Health department: New COVID-19 reports show concerning patterns of inequity, rise in cases among younger people

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and Bellevue-based Institute for Disease Modeling (IDM) released two new reports analyzing COVID-19 data by age, race/ethnicity and primary language spoken. Both reports highlight the pandemic’s disproportionate and increasing impact on communities of color. The IDM report also points to recent increases in COVID-19 among younger people. DOH’s…

Edmonds College now offering online summer youth camps

Edmonds College is offering 100% online, summer youth camps from now through the week of Aug. 17. Camps will be led by live instructors from the college and Black Rocket, a national leader in technology education. Choose from a variety of programs in the arts, language acquisition, coding, video game design, and more. “Our camps…

Hands in the Dirt: MLT gardening tips for July

Ah, July. Time for summer to officially begin — but not until after the holiday, of course! July is a bit of a limbo month for a lot of gardeners. The heat is building; heat lovers are growing like crazy, spring planted greens may be bolting and going to seed, and while the last of…

Healthy Eating: It’s strawberry season — just in time to celebrate July 4th

I absolutely love it when local fresh strawberries are in season. It means summer is really here (even if the weather feels like “Juneary”).  Strawberries mean the 4th of July is near. Although the usual holiday festivities like city fireworks and parades won’t be happening, you can still celebrate our freedom with fresh strawberries. I…

Larsen champions changes in federal legislation that would invest $1.5 trillion in transportation

The House of Representatives Wednesday passed the Moving Forward Act, a comprehensive, long-term package that invests more than $1.5 trillion in America’s transportation and infrastructure over the next five years. U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, championed several provisions in the final bill to rebuild and revitalize…

COVID-19 relief grants available for small businesses in Mountlake Terrace

The City of Mountlake Terrace has established a Small Business Relief Grant Program for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. The deadline to apply is Monday, July 13. The city has initially allocated $100,000 to this program, which is included in $647,000 available to Mountlake Terrace through the federal 2020 CARES Act. The city’s goal is…

Health Department urges state residents to stay close to home this summer

The Washington State Department of Health is encouraging people in our state to limit summer travel plans to help slow the spread of COVID-19. First, be familiar with the Safe Start plan and how it applies to your county. Governor Jay Inslee’s initiative for a phased Safe Start plan details travel allowances for people who…

Volunteers of America offering rental assistance to families impacted by COVID-19

In partnership with Volunteers of America Western Washington, Snohomish County is offering financial to residents financially impacted by COVID-19. The Coronavirus Relief Prevention Program is offering households unable to pay rent due to coronavirus-related job loss, the household has a member who is 65 or older or the household has a member who has underlying…

No Kindergarten Jump Start in August; modified program planned for after school begins

The Edmonds School District announced that Kindergarten Jump Start will not be held in August 2020 as originally planned, due to the uncertainties with social distancing guidelines in the coming months. However, the district will likely run a modified Jump Start program when school begins in September. Jump Start is a pre-kindergarten, transitional program usually…

Citizens raise issues of race, policing at June Coffee with the City meeting

This story was updated Wednesday to clarify an earlier quote from Chief Pete Caw regarding Mountlake Terrace policing. Prompted by a nationwide focus on law enforcement and racial biases, Mountlake Terrace city staff and police dedicated the city’s virtual Coffee with the City earlier this month to answering community members’ questions about police policies and…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Revisiting how we engage with Facebook

For years, I have shared with readers my love-hate relationship with Facebook. Actually, let’s flip that: It’s a hate-love relationship. To explain, everything we post to our news websites is also posted to Facebook and Twitter. I used to do this posting individually, by hand, and with three community news websites it was fairly time…

City of MLT distributes face masks to community members

The City of Mountlake Terrace distributed more than 100 free cloth face masks Monday to low-income Mountlake Terrace residents at a drive through/walk up event. The masks were supplied by the State of Washington. City Community Relations Director Virginia Olsen said that the city has ordered 1,000 masks for distribution to other residents, and will…

Donors needed to stock the shelves for local patients amid blood shortage

Bloodworks Northwest is bracing for a severe summer blood shortage that could limit local trauma centers access to blood. So they’re ramping up their appeal for blood donations of all blood types. Anyone who donates between now and July 11 will get a $20 grocery gift card. “Summer is always a challenging time for blood…

Edmonds College Foundation raises over $277,000 in first virtual gala

The Edmonds College Foundation raised over $277,000 in its first-ever virtual gala, exceeding its original goal of $230,000. For more than 35 years, the annual gala has raised funds to help students succeed in their educational journey through scholarships, emergency funding, and impactful programs. “Edmonds College students are the future of our community. Our sponsors,…

Sponsor spotlight: Life after lockdown — What is everyone shopping for?

With Snohomish county in Phase 2 of reopening, Ginny’s Girls was able to reopen traditional estate sales for business. We have established new guidelines for our staff and customers to meet mandated requirements while keeping everyone safe and comfortable. People are out shopping after being quarantined to their homes and we are busy as ever. …

COVID-19 update for June 29, 2020: A local and global perspective

The nationwide surge in COVID infections is now reaching us locally, with Snohomish County showing an uptick in cases, albeit not as severe as many areas of the United States. As additional global perspective, the following snapshot comparing the top hotspots throughout the world from Johns Hopkins University shows the United States trending sharply upward…

Sponsor spotlight: How small business can use gift card sales during COVID-19

Gift Card Sales Help Small Business Owners Maintain Business-(not quite)-As-Usual While we fully honor the impact COVID-19 is taking on the lives and families of its victims, we also honor the very real threat shelter-in-place mandates pose to small business owners worldwide. As a small business dedicated to helping other small- to midsize companies, Kaufer DMC wants to share…

Edmonds School District’s free summer meal distribution begins Monday, June 29

Starting the week of Monday, June 29, the Edmonds School District will be continuing its free meal kits for all children ages 1 to 18 years old through the summer. All families with children in the area are invited to use the food program, regardless of their financial situation. Summer meal distribution will look a…

State residents invited to complete Washington State Food Security survey

The University of Washington and Washington State University, with support from Tacoma Community College, have created the Washington State Food Security survey to gain a better understanding of how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted economic security and food access for Washington state residents. All residents who are 18 years or older are invited to participate….

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