Mountlake Terrace City Councilmember Doug McCardle announces resignation

Citing the demands of his new job as a middle school principal and his plans to go back to school to earn an administrative credential, Mountlake Terrace City Councilmember Doug McCardle said he is resigning effective Dec. 19, the council’s last meeting of the year. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed serving the city, but need to establish…

Community Transit to host public hearing Nov. 3 on 2023 budget

The Community Transit Board of Directors’ monthly board meeting will take place at 3 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3. The meeting will begin with a public hearing on Community Transit’s proposed 2023 budget. The public hearing and board meeting will be hybrid, with in-person attendance and an online option available. For meeting materials and information on…

Proposed Community Transit 2023 budget available for comment; public hearing Nov. 3

Community Transit has released its 2023 proposed budget, and the goals include working to develop new services, build facilities to accommodate growth, and create connections to light rail in Lynnwood. “Our strategic priorities are delivering excellent service every day, and building a brighter future for customers,” said Community Transit CEO Ric Ilgenfritz in an agency news…

South County Fire to hold public hearings Oct. 18 on 2023 budget, benefit charge

The South County Fire Board of Commissioners will hold public hearings Oct. 18 on the regional fire authority’s proposed budget, benefit charge and levies for 2023. The board meeting begins at 7 p.m. and will be held remotely using Zoom teleconferencing (Meeting ID 861 5293 4763). For instructions on how to provide public comments during…

Verdant Health Commission unveils 2023-24 strategic plan, new grantmaking standards

With a focus on mental health, health care access and food security, the Verdant Health Commission Friday morning rolled out its two-year strategic plan during a community forum in Lynnwood. The Verdant Health Commission Board recently completed a Community Health Needs Assessment – with more than 500 residents participating – and the results helped commissioners…

Snohomish PUD releases new MySnoPUD app

Snohomoish County PUD has released a MySnoPUD app, which gives customers easy access to payment tools, bill and usage information and push notifications. The new MySnoPUD app is free and available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Customers will be able to use biometric authentication such as Face ID or their fingerprint…

Public comment invited on Puget Sound Regional Council draft Transportation Improvement Program

The Puget Sound Regional Council is encouraging public comment on a $5.4 billion draft regional Transportation Improvement Program that shows projects moving forward in the central Puget Sound region through 2026, funded by state, federal, regional and local funds. The draft TIP represents over $34 billion in total transportation investments at project completion. The public…

Fearnehough appointed to South County Fire board

Michael Fearnehough has been appointed to the South County Fire Board of Commissioners. Fearnehough was the board’s unanimous choice to fill a vacant commissioner seat in Election District 2, which includes Lynnwood neighborhoods west of Highway 99 and the unincorporated communities of Esperance, Lake Serene and Picnic Point. He replaces Greg Urban, who resigned from…

Citing supply chain issues, PUD delays installation of smart meters in homes, businesses

Due to supply chain and manufacturing issues, Snohomish County PUD said Monday it is delaying the deployment of its smart meter program until mid-2023. The program, known as Connect Up, will install new electric and water advanced meters on all customers’ homes and businesses. The PUD was originally scheduled to begin deployment of new meters…

Providence reverses course on moving Swedish Edmonds maternity operations to Everett

After announcing Wednesday that it was considering “temporarily” moving Swedish Edmonds childbirth and NICU operations to Providence Everett due to staffing challenges, Providence Swedish said Thursday it is no longer considering the idea. Thursday’s decision by Providence Swedish not to pursue combining the two maternity centers came hours after the Public Hospital District No. 2…

Snohomish Health District administrative officer plans to step down at end of 2022

Shawn Frederick has announced that he will be stepping down at the end of his third full year leading the Snohomish Health District as administrative officer. Frederick has worked at the district for more than six years and has served as administrative officer since 2019. In a news release announcing his departure, the health district…

Aug. 2 primary ballots to be mailed this week

Snohomish County Elections this week will mail ballots for the Aug. 2 primary election to 500,000 registered voters. Ballots were mailed to military and overseas voters on June 17 and to out-of-state and rural voters on July 8. A local voters’ pamphlet will also be mailed this week to every household. All eligible voters should…

Daniels elected chair of South County Fire Board of Commissioners

Derek Daniels is the new chair of the South County Fire Board of Commissioners. Commissioners elected Daniels to the position of chair after Greg Urban resigned at the June 21 board meeting. Urban plans to move out of state later this summer and expects to step down as commissioner following the board’s July 12 meeting….

PUD Introduces new squirrel mascots Zip and Zap

Thanks to input from customers and employees, Snohomish County PUD’s new squirrel mascots now have names: Zip and Zap. Next up, the utility will be working to bring Zip and Zap to life at community events and through publications and media. “Zip and Zap will allow us to share important messages about electrical safety, environmental…

League of Women Voters presents candidate forum series for primary election races

The League of Women Voters of Snohomish County is offering a series of candidate forums available for viewing and listening prior to the Aug. 2 primary election, which includes Washington State legislators and Congressional representatives within newly created voting districts. The league will hold nine candidate forums, asking questions of candidates in these primary races:…

Community Transit board approves plan to engage communities on service impacts

  The Community Transit Board of Directors has approved a three-year plan that addresses how the agency engages minority and low-income populations. Community Transit provides bus and paratransit service, vanpool and alternative commute options in Snohomish County. According to a Community Transit news release, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 states that,…

Three days of free access to state parks coming in June

In honor of three different events, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is providing the public with a free day of access to state parks on three days in June during which visitors will not need a Discover Pass for day-use parking. Free days of access this month include : Saturday, June 11 — National Get…

U.S. Rep. Larsen hikes and bikes during local tours highlighting connectivity

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen walked the trails at Veterans Memorial Park on Monday while touring the planned transit connection project to the Mountlake Terrace Transit Center. In preparation for Sound Transit’s Lynnwood Link light rail extension that is scheduled to begin service in 2024, the City of Mountlake Terrace plans to build a pedestrian plaza…

Community invited to share health care perspectives during Verdant focus group May 23

The Verdant Health Commission is inviting the community to attend a virtual focus group Monday, May 23, to assist Verdant’s efforts to increase health care accessfor all South Snohomish County residents. The meeting will run from noon-1:30 p.m. via Zoom. Residents are encouraged to participate in the focus group to provide their perspective. There is…

Verdant Health Commission launches community survey

The Verdant Health Commission is seeking responses to a brief community survey to better understand the overall health and health care needs of South Snohomish County residents. The survey, posted on www.verdanthealth.org, will be available in multiple languages from May 2 through May 31 to ensure that a diversity of perspectives and lived experiences are…

Snohomish County PUD offices reopened to public

Snohomish County PUD recently reopened to the public its Electric Building Headquarters in downtown Everett and three community offices. The PUD’s Electric Building office is now open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The PUD’s Lynnwood, Arlington and Monroe community offices are open the same hours on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The…