Snohomish PUD expands payment options as meter reading resumes 

As the state moves toward reopening more businesses in the wake of COVID-19, Snohomish County PUD will implement “a gradual and safe return” of select field operations, including meter reading, the utility said. The PUD also said it will continue to offer its community support plan for any customer experiencing a financial hardship related to…

Lynnwood Convention Center feels financial pain of COVID-19 shutdown

The Lynnwood Convention Center is normally abuzz with activity during the busy months of March, April and May, but this spring is not like any other. As the coronavirus pandemic and government-mandated shutdowns have ravaged the hospitality industry, the city-owned convention center has not been immune. “Right now we’ve lost just shy of $1.5 million…

Snohomish County PUD temporarily suspends reading meters, amends billing process

With a focus on keeping its employees and customers safe during the COVID-19 outbreak, Snohomish County PUD announced Friday it has temporarily suspended reading meters and sending meter readers into the field. In a statement, PUD spokesperson Aaron Swaney said the delivery of critical power and water services remains unaffected. Additionally, PUD residential and small…

Snohomish County PUD public offices closed, non-essential business paused

To protect the health and well-being of customers and employees, Snohomish County PUD has closed its offices — including its Headquarters building in downtown Everett — to all public access effective Friday, March 13, and paused non-essential business operations until further notice. The PUD’s decision — which is in line with guidance from the World…

Snohomish County PUD changes operations to protect against COVID-19

To protect the safety and health of its customers and employees, Snohomish County PUD is making changes to operations and access that may impact customers as the COVID-19 outbreak evolves in the region. The PUD said in a Wednesday announcement that its incident management team continues to follow the utility’s pandemic response plan and work…

Stanford bill to reduce barriers for International medical graduates on way to governor’s desk

Legislation sponsored by 1st District State Sen. Derek Stanford and passed Tuesday by the House of Representatives will reduce barriers for international medical graduates who want to continue their professional careers in Washington state. Sanford sponsored Senate Bill 6551, which addresses professional barriers for medical providers who graduate from institutions outside the U.S. and Canada….

Saturday: Congressman Larsen invites constituents to Brier Community Coffee

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen is inviting constituents to meet him at a Community Coffee in Brier on Saturday, Feb. 15. The event will run from 2-3:30 p.m. at Brier City Hall, 2901 228th St. S.W. Community Coffees are an opportunity for Larsen to hear directly from constituents about important issues in an informal setting. Larsen will…

Judge’s ruling on car-tab initiative could come as soon as next week

Voters were deceived when they were asked to pass Initiative 976 slashing car-tab taxes, a coalition of groups including Seattle and King County argued in court Friday, attempting to defeat a measure they say is riddled with constitutional issues. That’s according to a report from our online news partner The Seattle Times, which says a…

Bill introduced in Congress would ensure federal transportation funding for local cities

U.S. Reps. Rick Larsen and Pramila Jayapal were among five congressional representatives from Washington state who introduced legislation Friday aimed at ensuring that. medium-sized cities — including Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace –receive federal funding for surface transportation and infrastructure projects. The Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development for Underfunded Projects (BUILD UP) Act requires…

Snohomish County Housing Affordability report identifies priorities for meeting region’s needs

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers and Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith Wednesday afternoon officially released the final report of the Snohomish County Housing Affordability Regional Taskforce (HART). Begun in May 2019, the task force included 15 local elected officials and more than 40 community members and experts. The HART report establishes a five-year action plan, including early…

Larsen invites constituents to community coffee in Mountlake Terrace Jan. 11

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen invites constituents to meet him at a community coffee from 10:30 to noon this Saturday, Jan. 11 at interim Mountlake Terrace City Hall, 6100 219th St. S.W. Larsen represents the 2nd Congressional District, which includes Mountlake Terrace and Lynnwood. The coffee is an opportunity for Larsen to hear directly from constituents…

Reminder: Deadline Jan. 1 for input on city’s ADA transition plan

The City of Mountlake Terrace is developing an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Self-Assessment and Transition Plan. The city encourages residents to participate in an online survey and comment on the current conditions of the city’s accessibility for persons with disabilities. The deadline to complete the survey is Jan. 1, 2020. Using an interactive mapping tool, the city…

Washington’s next commercial airport one step closer to taking flight; next state meeting Jan. 9

Washington state officials will begin 2020 with more work researching and discussing the location of Washington’s next commercial airport as the Commercial Aviation Coordinating Commission (CACC) meets Jan. 9, at Sea-Tac Airport. The commission will narrow down possible airport sites based on previous research as well as factors including airspace, local land use, environmental impacts,…

Snohomish County PUD board approves 2020 budget with no rate increase

The Snohomish County PUD Board of Commissioners approved the 2020 budget for the electric system on Tuesday, including staff’s recommendation to forego a rate increase in in the next year. The utility said it’s the third straight year the PUD has avoided raising electric rates. “Bringing affordable power to our ratepayers is one of our…

Commentary: Tobacco and Vapor 21 — What you need to know

Washington State is kicking off a big change for the better. As of Jan. 1, 2020, Engrossed House Bill 1074 – or Tobacco and Vapor 21 – makes it illegal to sell tobacco and vapor products to anyone under 21. Including Washington State, Tobacco and Vapor 21 is currently the law – or will be…

MLT Mayor Kyoko Matsumoto Wright receives County Realtors 2019 Community Service award

Mountlake Terrace Mayor Kyoko Matsumoto Wright, a broker in the Coldwell Banker Bain of Lynnwood office, has received the Snohomish County Camano Association of Realtors (SCCAR) Community Service award for 2019. The award, presented on Dec. 11, celebrates outstanding contributions of an individual to his or her local community, as well as being an active participant…

Citing safety, state public employees push to protect personal information

A lot of information can be gleaned from a birth date. That’s why Washington state public employees are raising safety concerns about a recent state Supreme Court decision — and hope lawmakers will correct it. In October, justices sided with the Freedom Foundation that public employees’ birth dates can be disclosed under the state Public…

Washington prepares to launch paid family and medical leave program

The state’s paid family and medical leave program will be available to employees starting in January. Washington will become the fifth state to offer comprehensive leave, allowing employees to take up to 12 — and in some cases 18 — weeks off to care for a new child, a loved one or in the event…

MLT Salary Commission approves pay raise for city council

Following a two-month review, and a public hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 4, the Mountlake Terrace Salary Commission adopted a resolution that provides for a $100 increase to the monthly salaries of the city’s mayor and councilmembers effective Jan. 5, 2020. As of Jan. 5, 2020, the mayor’s salary will be $1,100 per month and councilmembers’…

Snohomish County commission to host International Human Rights Day celebration Dec. 8

The Snohomish County Human Rights Commission is inviting the community to celebrate International Human Rights Day on Sunday, Dec. 8. The event will take place from 1-3 p.m. at Everett Community College in the Jackson Center. This year’s celebration includes the award-winning Living Voices performance of Native Vision, which follows a Navajo girl in the…

City of Mountlake Terrace preparing for winter weather

The City of Mountlake Terrace is getting ready for winter weather by sweeping streets, cleaning storm drains and preparing for deicing and snow plowing. The city’s fleet includes five trucks equipped with snowplows and sand/salt spreaders and a sixth truck equipped with a dedicated liquid deicer applicator. Snow removal and deicing routes are prioritized according…