‘Get Ready to Cry’: Reflecting on a month helping Ukrainian dogs of war

These are faces you won’t forget – the “war dogs” of Ukraine. For the past month, Edmonds residents Dan Fine and Tana Axtelle helped to treat and love these war survivors: some given up by refugees, others abandoned, many of them injured, all of them afraid. Thousands of pets and farm animals are victims of…

Edmonds residents headed for Poland to help animals displaced by war

Trapped in the Russia-Ukraine war are uncounted thousands of animals – pets lost or abandoned, farm animals and even zoo animals. Two Edmonds residents are heading to a Polish town just 30 minutes from the war zone to help veterinarians care for hundreds of those animals. In just one veterinary clinic in Przemysl, Poland, volunteer…

Top 10 stories of 2021 as voted on by readers

Readers voted recently on the top stories MLTnews published in 2021. Here are the top 10 vote-getters: The overwhelming favorite was an article about C.J. Monaghan, a local resident who used his newly acquired woodworking skills to help other people – which garnered 30% of the total votes cast in the poll. Monaghan got into…

Last chance: Vote for your top Mountlake Terrace story in 2021

The year 2021 was a busy one in Mountlake Terrace. We’ve included a list of major stories for the year, and now it’s your turn to vote for your top pick. (Click on the headlines at right of each box to read the story.) The deadline to vote is noon Friday, Jan. 7. We’ll feature…

MLT Civic Campus flower artwork installed

The second of two artworks was put in place Friday in the Jerry Smith Plaza, part of the new Mountlake Terrace Civic Campus on the corner of 232nd Street Southwest and 58th Avenue West. C.J. Rench’s wildflower metal sculptures with glass/resin flower petals was placed outside Mountlake Terrace City Hall. The yellow center portion of…

Brier man’s squirrel in hat photo draws national attention

Hisham “Sham” Othman’s unique hobby of making hats for squirrels and then photographing them has attracted national attention after one of the Brier resident’s photos was selected for inclusion in the Washington Post’s “Squirrel Week” photography contest. Othman, who works in finance, said he first started crafting the squirrel headwear and taking photos in May…

Neighborhood collection drive led by 9-year-old boy benefits MLT food bank

With many food banks facing an increased demand in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a 9-year-old Mountlake Terrace boy was inspired to take action – collecting food, toiletries and cash for the Concern for Neighbors Food Bank. Atticus Patella-Buckley, 9, decided to help out by organizing a neighborhood food drive. A couple of weeks…

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 a 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…

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…

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…