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…

Ukrainians new to Washington face barriers to work

The number of Ukrainians arriving in Washington state has increased since the Russian invasion in February. Already, the Evergreen State is home to the third-largest population of Ukrainians, after California and New York. Oleg Pynda is the executive director of the Ukrainian Community Center of Washington, which provides mental and behavioral health services. He said…

PUD invites you to vote on names for its new squirrel mascots

Earlier this year, customers helped Snohomish County PUD choose two squirrels as the new PUD mascots. Now the PUD needs customers to help name them. Customers are being asked to vote on your favorite squirrel names from the options below: Zip and Zap Sparky and Watt Douglas (Doug) Fir Squirrel and Ponderosa (Rosa) Pine Squirrel…

Mountlake Terrace Post Office will have to move by February 2023

The U.S. Postal Service will have to move out of its post office located at 23210 57th Ave. W. in Mountlake Terrace by February of next year. “The owner of the property where the Mountlake Terrace Post Office is located is not interested in renewing the lease,” USPS spokesperson Ernie Swanson said in an email. Its…

PUD launches new ‘Reading Between the Lines’ program in local libraries

Snohomish County PUD is launching a new partnership and reading program with Everett Public Libraries and Sno-Isle Public Libraries. The new reading program, “Reading Between the Lines,” will donate books to area libraries four times throughout the year. The books will range in topics from renewable energy to the science and technology of electricity, conservation…

Snohomish County PUD receives American Public Power Association award

Snohomish County PUD has been recognized as a Platinum Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) by the American Public Power Association for providing reliable and safe electric service to its customers. “Being named an RP3 utility is a reflection of how great a utility the PUD is and has become,” said John Haarlow, PUD CEO/general manager….

Federal budget adds $2 million for MLT light rail plaza and connective trails

Transit connections in the Mountlake Terrace Town Center received a major boost earlier this month when President Joe Biden signed into law the 2022 federal budget. Within the budget, U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen secured $2 million to support the City of Mountlake Terrace’s Transit Connection Corridor Project which will construct a pedestrian plaza next to…

Sound Transit asks public feedback on Everett link extension, north operations facility

Sound Transit on Monday launched a public engagement period for the Everett Link Extension project. The public can weigh in on the initial results from technical analysis on the potential stations, route and Operations and Maintenance Facility North locations. Community members can learn more and provide feedback through April 3 at everettlink.participate.online. The Everett Link…

Micah Rowland appointed to South County Fire Board of Commissioners

Micah Rowland has been appointed to the South County Fire Board of Commissioners. Rowland was the board’s unanimous choice to fill the vacant fire commissioner seat in Election District 4 in the Mariner/Lake Stickney area. He was one of three candidates interviewed for the position during the board’s Feb. 18 regular meeting. “We are pleased…

City receives award for employee wellness efforts

For the fourth year in a row, the City of Mountlake Terrace has received the WellCity Award from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) for promoting employee health. This accomplishment involved meeting 29 wellness requirements for the city to earn a 2 percent discount on its medical premiums. This occurred through the AWC Employee Benefit…

Puget Sound Regional Council seeking comment on funding for community-based transportation improvements

The Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) is inviting public comment on two funding programs. Comments are being accepted through March 24, 2022. PSRC develops policies and coordinates decisions about regional growth, transportation and economic development planning within King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties. It is composed of nearly 100 jurisdictions, including all four counties, cities and…

Snohomish County PUD Commission to meet Feb. 15

The Snohomish County Public Utility District Commission will hold a business meeting Tuesday, Feb. 15. The morning session will run from 9 a.m.-noon or until the end of business, and will include a presentation on the Four Lower Snake River dams, as well as a review of the PUD’s past year and a look at the…

Mark Holmes named Community Transit chief operating officer

Community Transit has named Mark Holmes the agency’s new chief operating officer. Holmes, who starts March 21, will oversee the Snohomish County transit agency’s transportation operations as well as fleet and facilities maintenance. Holmes has 35 years of experience in bus operations and bus and rail service planning with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in…

Operator of Climate Pledge Arena chosen to oversee Lynnwood Convention Center operations

The Lynnwood Public Facilities District announced Tuesday it has selected Oak View Group Facilities LLC,  builder and operator of Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena, as the new operator of the Lynnwood Convention Center. The selection of Oak View Facilities Group (OVG) follows a request for proposals process that began in June 2021. OVG’s contract began Feb….

Verdant Health Commission appoints Dr. Jim Distelhorst as board president  

The Verdant Health Commission Board of Commissioners had elected Dr. Jim Distelhorst as Public Hospital District 2’s president.   As a retired family physician. Distelhorst brings an extensive background in health care delivery and community service. In addition to practicing medicine, his professional experience includes teaching residents as a director of two-family medicine residencies, and working as a medical administrator at Valley Medical Center…

Snohomish County PUD to host long-range strategic planning workshop Jan. 25

The Snohomish County PUD Board of Commissioners is hosting a long-range strategic planning special workshop Tuesday, Jan. 25, from noon until 3 p.m. via Zoom. The public is invited to attend. To access, visit the Commission Meetings web page, then click on the button to join the Jan. 25 Zoom meeting. Snohomish County PUD is the…