Crowds gather near Mountlake Terrace Elementary to honor George Floyd, protest his death

Demonstrators lined the streets near Mountlake Terrace Elementary School Thursday evening to honor George Floyd with candlelight vigil while protesting police brutality against Black men and woman. Hundreds gathered along 220th Street Southwest and 52nd Avenue West in front of the elementary school to protest the killing of Floyd, a Black man who died last…

Breaking: Snohomish County approved to move into Phase 2 of reopening plan.

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers announced Friday morning that the county is receiving a variance from the Washington State Health Department to move into Phase 2 of the governor’s COVID-19 reopening plan. The health department order is effective immediately. “Snohomish County can now start reopening our businesses and get more people back to work,” Somers…

COVID-19 Daily Report for Mountlake Terrace and Snohomish County: June 4, 2020

The Thursday, June 4, data from the Snohomish Health District continue the big-picture story of Snohomish County’s slow but steady gain in the local battle with COVID-19. Note particularly the total case counts (upper) lines in the Countywide Trends line chart showing confirmed plus probable (blue line) and confirmed only (yellow line) over the full…

South County Fire receives grant to add community paramedic telehealth

South County Fire is receiving a $10,000 grant to launch a telehealth program to safely connect community paramedics with older adults and other vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Community paramedics provide non-emergency assistance to frequent 911 callers. The program helps clients access social services and community resources to meet their needs. This reduces 911…

Sponsor spotlight: COVID-19 may mean higher PUD bills, but help is easy to find

Long, warm days and cool nights are part of what make the Pacific Northwest a paradise in the summer. But there’s also a financial benefit: More sun and warmer temperatures mean lower energy bills. Usually. With COVID-19 keeping many people home, Snohomish PUD says energy use for this time of year is slightly higher than…

COVID-19 Daily Report for Mountlake Terrace and Snohomish County: June 3, 2020

The Wednesday, June 3, data from the Snohomish Health District present a picture of a tenacious infection that is very slowly giving ground. After a one-day spike of 33 new cases Tuesday (yellow chart), Wednesday’s addition of 15 to the caseload is more in line with the experience of the previous week. Total Active Cases…

Sponsor spotlight: Think before tapping 401(k) as emergency fund

Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, you may be able to take money out of a qualified plan, like a 401(k), or an IRA, with favorable tax consequences. But should you do it? You might view withdrawing money from a retirement account as a last resort. Background Among other changes in…

Mountlake Terrace HS celebrates Class of 2020

Mountlake Terrace High School honored its graduating seniors Wednesday with a drive-up commencement ceremony to accommodate social distancing requirements related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the Class of 2020  arrived by car in the Mountlake Terrace parking lot for video and photo shoots capturing the moment they received their diplomas, as staff and family…

Learn how to reopen your business safely during free online training

As Washington state businesses prepare for reopening, navigating the health and safety precautions to protect employees and customers can be daunting. Join the Washington Small Business Development Center for a free online training Friday, June 5 and learn about employer COVID-19 safety requirements, employer and employee rights and obligations, potential consequences and resources to assist…

Scriber Lake HS honors its seniors during drive-up ceremony

Scriber Lake High School seniors had their turn Wednesday as the 2020 graduates from Edmonds School District high schools were filmed this week as part of the virtual graduation ceremony to accommodate social distancing requirements related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the Scriber Class of 2020 arrived by car in the school parking lot…

Catholic Community Services offer free diapers, baby formula to families in need

Catholic Community Services and the PREPARES Program have received special funding from the Community Foundation of Snohomish County to distribute emergency baby diapers, wipes and baby formula to Snohomish County families impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The organizations are working with community partners to distribute resources at sites throughout Snohomish County.  South County families in…

Edmonds Heights K-12 makes it special for Class of 2020

Edmonds Heights K-12 is proud of its individual approach to learning that involves parents directly, allowing them to be the primary educators of their children. So it’s only natural that their graduation ceremonies, especially in this year of COVID-19, should reflect this. “We’ve always made parents part of our graduation,” said Principal Dr. Scott Mauk. “And…

Judge says second recall petition against Snohomish County sheriff can proceed

A judge has ruled that a second recall petition against Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney can move forward. Four local attorneys had filed this petition, alleging that Fortney violated his oath of office when he announced on Facebook in April that he would not enforce Gov. Jay Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthyorder. The judge’s ruling…

COVID-19 Daily Update for Mountlake Terrace and Snohomish County: June 2, 2020

The Tuesday, June 2, data from the Snohomish Health District begin the new week on a mixed note, showing fewer hospitalizations and a gain in overall recoveries, despite a one-day spike in caseloads and a corresponding gain in active cases. After an encouraging weekend of low numbers of new cases (yellow chart), the past 24…

Class of 2020 Edmonds eLearning Academy students participate in video graduation

Class of 2020 seniors from the Edmonds School District’s eLearning Academy program on Tuesday participated in the production process for the virtual graduation ceremony being filmed to accommodate social distancing requirements related to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Tuesday, students arrived at an appointed time in the College Place Middle School parking lot to be filmed receiving…

Beverly Elementary PTA to hold peaceful protest honoring George Floyd June 3

The Beverly Elementary School PTA will hold a “a socially distant, peaceful protest” June 3  from 8 to 9 p.m. to mourn the death of George Floyd. Community members are invited to line 52nd Avenue West between 164th Avenue West (bordering St Timothy’s Church) and 148th Avenue West to honor Floyd, a Black man killed…

Inslee extends moratorium on evictions to Aug. 1

Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday extended until Aug. 1 protections for renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor first proclaimed a moratorium on evictions in mid-March, then extended and expanded the moratorium in mid-April. Proclamation 20-19.2 issued Tuesday extends the prior eviction moratorium for 60 days (through Aug.1), and makes modifications to the prior moratorium. The…

County officials: Phase 2 reopening may come within days

“We are moving forward and very excited about it.” That comment from Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers set an upbeat tone for the Tuesday morning County’s COVID-19 briefing. County staffers, he said, “really scrambled over the weekend to get that (Phase 2 reopening) package submitted to the state health department. ” Somers said he expects…

MLT Recreation & Parks announces plan for phased reopening of amenities, programs

The City of Mountlake Terrace Recreation & Parks Department on Tuesday announced its plan for the reopening of amenities and programs in accordance with Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start — Washington’s phased reopening. Throughout Phase 1, passive areas, trails, the fishing pier, boat launch and disc golf have been open. Once Snohomish County’s variance is…

Police: Alderwood Mall still closed due to ‘continuing credible threats’

This story was updated June 2 to include new information from the Lynnwood Police Department and Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith. Due to continuing credible threats of property damage and theft at the Alderwood Mall, businesses at the mall are still closed and barricades are in place to prevent access to the area, according to Lynnwood…

Superintendent McDuffy issues statement regarding ‘senseless killing’ of George Floyd

Edmonds School District Superintendent Kris McDuffy issued a statement Monday night regarding “deep and painful feelings” surrounding the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed Black man who died last month after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly eight minutes. In her letter to district families and staff, McDuffy called Floyd’s…

COVID-19 Daily Report for Mountlake Terrace and Snohomish County: June 1, 2020

The Monday, June 1, data from the Snohomish Health District show a weekend of encouraging progress on all fronts in our local battle with COVID-19. After almost two weeks of remaining fairly constant, incremental new cases per day (yellow chart) is trending down, adding 38 between Saturday and Monday for an average of less than…

Washington State wins second grant to support economic recovery from COVID-19

Washington workers negatively affected by COVID-19 will gain employment and training for in-demand occupations that pay a living wage through a new $12 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The state’s Employment Security Department said it partnered with the Washington Workforce Association, the state Workforce Board and other key stakeholders to win two…

Hands in the Dirt: MLT gardening tips for June

Welcome to June, even though it kind of still feels like May with the rain and cool nights we’ve been having. Nighttime temperatures are still hovering around the 50-degree mark, which means depending on your garden microclimate, tender plants like tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant can still benefit from a little extra protection like a cloche…

Council brainstorms ways to use federal relief funds to help MLT residents, businesses

Sending every resident face masks through the mail. Awarding grants to local businesses. Covering college tuition for retraining. Providing money to food banks. These were among the ideas offered by Mountlake Terrace City Councilmembers during a remote Monday night discussion on how to spend the $647,000 the city anticipates receiving through the federal CARES (Coronavirus…

Lynnwood declares civil emergency, imposes curfew until 5 AM Tuesday

Declaring a civil emergency, Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith Monday announced she was imposing a curfew in the city starting at 5 p.m. Monday, June 1. The curfew was set to last until 5 a.m. Tuesday, June 2. and was  enforced by the Lynnwood Police Department. In response, Edmonds College closed its campus at 5 p.m. Monday…

Need help paying your utility bill? MLT COVID-19 Relief Fund now taking applications

Mountlake Terrace residents who need help with their utility bills can now apply for the just-opened Keep MLT Strong COVID-19 Relief Fund. The fund — administered by partner organizations participating in the Keep MLT Strong effort — is aimed at helping Mountlake Terrace residents get caught up on utility bills that may have gone unpaid…

Upcoming webinars provide overview of NW Laborers Apprenticeship program

Join Northwest Laborers Training for an introductory webinar on the Apprenticeship Program, benefits and skills. You can start your career through the Northwest Laborers Apprenticeship Program by registering for one of the following webinar options:  June 4 at 2 p.m. or June 9 at 6:30 p.m For every attendee, Northwest Laborers Training will donate $10 to Crisis…

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