Food banks need extra support as they ramp up to meet demand fueled by COVID-19

With demand already doubling and expected to increase further as the COVID crisis deepens, local food banks – and their customers – are feeling the strain.  Now more than ever they need help from the community to support their mission to serve our neighbors in need. The Edmonds Food Bank operates out of the Edmonds United…

Council approves Evergreen Playfield turf project, learns about townhome proposal

It’s official: Evergreen Playfield No. 1 will be getting a facelift. The Mountlake Terrace City Council during its Tuesday, Feb. 18 work session approved a $1.4 million contract to install FieldTurf and new lighting at the playfield, which is currently a dirt field and underutilized. Located at 22205 56th Ave. W., it is the northernmost…

Counting America in 2020 — it starts with rural Alaska

As you may have heard, it is time for the countdown for the start of another decennial United States census. Our nation, including the urban areas of Alaska, begin the census count in mid-March. However, since the U.S. purchased Alaska in 1867, out of tradition and necessity, rural Alaska people are the first to be…

Community turns out to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., recognize Shirley Sutton

Community members turned out in force Monday to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as the Edmonds Center for the Arts served as the venue for both a youth-oriented free morning program and a ticketed evening event that included presentation of a Beloved Community Award to former Lynnwood City Councilmember Shirley Sutton….

Mountlake Terrace HS students join movement calling for action on climate change

Inspired by teenagers around the world, several Mountlake Terrace High School students have taken to the streets, waving signs outside of their school hoping to spread awareness about climate change. Since the beginning of the 2019-20 school year, the Mountlake Terrace freshmen have been participating in climate strikes protesting inaction against climate change. They also…

MLTnews 2019 year in review: November-December

MLTnews continues its look back at the highlights of 2019. Part 6: November-December November On Nov. 1, MLTnews reported that three South County Fire firefighters joined a Snohomish County strike team that traveled to Sonoma County, California to assist local fire agencies battle the Kincade Fires. The team was in California for two weeks. ~~~~ The Mountlake…

MLTnews reviews 2019: September-October

MLTnews continues its look back at the highlights of 2019. Part 5: September-October September The Mountlake Terrace City Council voted to approve the $10,000 Mountlake Terrace Community Senior Center deck expansion and improvement plan as part of its consent calendar at its Tuesday council meeting. The south-facing deck of the Mickey Corso Community Clubhouse offers sweeping…

MLTnews reviews 2019: July-August

MLTnews continues its look back at the highlights of 2019. Part 4: July-August July The Mountlake Terrace and Edmonds police departments are looking for a man who struck a Mountlake Terrace police officer with his vehicle in the early hours July 1. Patrol units from both departments contacted a suspicious occupied vehicle parked near the F…

New Zealand: Exploring the Land of Kiwis

Think New Zealand – do flightless kiwi birds and fuzzy-skinned kiwi fruit come to mind? You’ll find both in this amazing country… where you can experience Maori culture, hike through tree fern rain forests, kayak scenic lagoons and explore glowworm caves. New Zealand is “Down Under” – but actually not that close to Australia, its…

MLTnews reviews 2019: March-April

As we enter a new decade, MLTnews continues its look back at the highlights of 2019. Part 2, March-April March Mountlake Terrace City Councilmember Seaun Richards announced at the March 4 city council business meeting that he is not seeking re-election to his Position 7 seat this fall. The two-term councilmember said he won’t be running to…

Clothes for Kids seeks winter coat donations for students in need

Clothes for Kids, which provides wardrobes for Edmonds School District students in need, is seeking donations so they can purchase warm coats for students this winter. This year, Clothes for Kids is anticipating supplying 4,000 low-income students with a warm winter coat and lightweight coat. The coats will complete the school wardrobe each student receives…

Hundreds gather Sunday for annual Menorah Lighting ceremony

The first night of Hanukkah was observed Sunday by more than 250 people during the 8th Annual Menorah Lighting ceremony at Lynnwood City Hall. People from multiple generations sang traditional Jewish songs, such as “Chanukah, Oh Chanukah,” “Blessings for Menorah Kindling” and “Maoz Tzur,” along with the all-time favorite “I Have a Little Dreidel.” Many…

Councilmember Seaun Richards thanks voters as he leaves after two terms

Monday night marked the last official meeting for Mountlake Terraee City Councilmember Seaun Richards, who decided not to seek re-election to his Position 7 seat after serving two terms on the council. Richards, who owns the Red Onion Cafe and Seafood Bar on 44th Avenue West and has been active in myriad community events over…

Mountlake Terrace residents turn out for 37th annual Christmas Tree lighting event

Cold weather and a brief drizzle did not keep Mountlake Terrace residents from attending the 37th annual Christmas Tree lighting event Friday night at Evergreen Playfield, 22205 56th Ave. W. Prior to the tree lighting, community members gathered on the field to hear students from Mountlake Terrace Elementary and Terrace Park School launch the event…

Council approves construction contract for new MLT City Hall, expanded police station

A new Mountlake Terrace City Hall, public plaza and expanded police station moved another step closer to reality Monday night when the Mountlake Terrace City Council unanimously approved the awarding of a $10. 6 million construction contract to Allied Construction Associates Inc. for the work. The vote was 5-0, with Councilmembers Seaun Richards and Bryan…

Reminder: MLT tree lighting ceremony set for Dec. 6

The Mountlake Terrace tree lighting ceremony is set for Friday, Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m. at Evergreen Playfield, 22205 56th Ave. W. The evening features a jazz combo from Edmonds-Woodway High School and choral concert by Mountlake Terrace Elementary and Terrace Park School students. The highlight of the event is a visit from Santa and…

Christmas on the Paranormal Express: A holiday essay, Part 3

Here’s the third and final installment of attorney Michael W. Hall’s annual Christmas Story. You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. Without warning, bursting in through the sliding lounge car door, a strange incongruent couple presents themselves, dressed in either outdated or futuristic clothing (it’s hard to tell), coiffed in, if you can…

Christmas on the Paranormal Express: A holiday essay, Part 2

We present Part 2 of attorney Michael W. Hall’s annual Christmas Story. You can read Part 1 here. As I drift into the zone, an ever-changing Louis L’Amour Wild West landscape slides by outside. It’s captivating how the view from a train is much more immersive than any other mode of transportation.  On the train you’re…

Christmas on the Paranormal Express: A holiday essay, Part 1

We present attorney Michael W. Hall’s annual Christmas Story, this year in three parts Part 1 Ever since I was monikered with the nickname, “The Paranormal Lawyer” (decades ago), I’ve found myself skirting the outer-limits of sanity and incredulity, treading lightly between the clear-cut, analytical career of an attorney-at-law and my lifelong interest in the…

Essay: Smells like Thanksgiving

When I walked into my grandparents’ home as a little girl, and later, in November visits to my mother’s kitchen… I’d draw a deep breath. The best part of Thanksgiving was the aroma of the food —  roast turkey, fresh baked bread and pies — our traditional family fare filled my nose. I’d bet that…

Food drives make a difference for Concern for Neighbors Food Bank

The Concern for Neighbors Food Bank in Mountlake Terrace provides assistance for some 80 to 100 households weekly; this week the organization expects to see upwards of 150 people for their regular Tuesday distribution of food prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. While the majority of donations to the food bank comes from Northwest Harvest, Volunteers…

Trunk r Treaters find sweet rewards at annual Terrace event

Monsters, superheroes and magical creatures were spotted at the 11th annual Trunk R Treat event in Mountlake Terrace as children and adults donned costumes in the spirit of Halloween. Sponsored by the Mountlake Terrace Business Association, the annual Trunk R Treat event offers the community a safe and family-friendly trick-or-treat experience. Local businesses and community…

Mountlake Terrace ballot drop box relocated

Snohomish County’s ballot drop box, located at the Mountlake Terrace Civic Campus, has been relocated from the northeast corner of 232nd Street Southwest and 58th Avenue West to an island closer to the Mountlake Terrace Library and Police Station. Accessible to walkers or drivers, those wishing to drop off ballots may enter the Civic Campus from…

Weekend idea: Fall colors on Highway 2

Photographer Bill Ray recommends a drive along Highway 2 toward Leavenworth to see fall colors. “Generally there is still plenty of color with more to come — except in Leavenworth itself which is past the peak,” he said. “Index and Eagle Falls are spectacular and not that far away. They make a dandy half-day trip….