Updated information about the coronavirus outbreak, and where to learn more

On Jan. 21, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Washington State Department of Health announced the first case in the U.S. of 2019 novel coronavirus was identified in Snohomish County. The patient recently returned from Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, where an outbreak of 2019 novel coronavirus has been ongoing since December. The…

Healthy eating: Lentil soup packs a flavorful, nutritious punch

Move over, chickpeas: Lentils are officially the coolest legume. For the uninitiated, lentils are tiny round legumes — aka a seed that grows in a pod — that come in a variety of sizes and colors, including black, brown, yellow, red, or green. They’ve long been a staple in Indian cuisine  as well as vegan…

Swedish management and workers return to the bargaining table, but disagreements remain

For the first time since the three-day walkout Jan. 28-30, representatives of Swedish Hospital and the union representing its approximately 7,800 affected health care workers (SEIU Healthcare 1199NW) returned to the bargaining table on Monday. It’s been almost two weeks since the health care workers walked off the job at several Puget Sound-area Swedish Hospital…

Striking Swedish Edmonds health care workers rally Friday to return to their jobs

This story has been updated with additional information from Swedish and SEIU Healthcare 1199NW. An estimated 300 health care workers gathered at the Swedish Edmonds hospital campus Friday morning for a 7 a.m. rally marking an end to a three-day strike, during which approximately 7800 hospital employees walked off the job protesting what their union…

Snohomish Health District update: What you should know about the novel coronavirus

With the novel coronavirus in the news lately, we are reposting the following information from the Snohomish Health District website. The first case of novel coronavirus 2019 in the U.S. was confirmed last week in Snohomish County. Since that case was announced on Jan. 21, four more have been identified in the U.S. More than…

Striking health care workers take to the picket line Tuesday at Swedish Edmonds

The morning rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of hundreds of Swedish heath care workers as they turned out in front of Swedish Edmonds Hospital at 7 a.m. Tuesday to begin what the union says will be three days of picketing at major Swedish facilities throughout the area. According to the SEIU Healthcare 1199NW,…

Swedish strike gets personal for local workers as Tuesday deadline looms

With an estimated 8,000 Swedish Hospital health care workers poised to walk off the job Tuesday demanding a new contract with better wages and working conditions, both the workers’ union and Swedish management are scrambling to prepare for what the union plans as a three-day walkout. However, the strike could extend two additional days while…

Donate blood, and you have a chance to win a new car

To maintain an adequate blood supply through the winter months, Bloodworks Northwest and the Haselwood Auto Group in Bremerton have a special offer for blood donors who come into any Bloodworks Northwest donor center — including the Lynnwood location — or participate in a blood drive from now until March 17. Every time participants donate, they will…

Healthy Eating: This curry squash soup makes a nourishing winter meal

By now you probably know that one of my favorite things to make is soup. During the winter months I am completely satisfied by a bowl of soup and a slice of hearty bread for dinner. Sometimes I’ll add in a tossed salad. My chief taste tester (my dear husband) often feels that soup passes…

“The parties are too far apart”: Swedish heath care workers give notice of planned strike Jan 28-30

In a roundtable briefing Friday, nurses and caregivers of SEIU [Service Employees International Union] Healthcare 1199 NW at Swedish-Providence announced they were delivering a 10-day notice of intent to strike Jan. 28-30 “if proposals adequately addressing patient safety and staffing levels are not forthcoming.” The bargaining team “has concluded that the parties are too far apart,” the…

Red Cross CPR, first aid class at MLT Recreation Pavilion Jan. 25

An American Red Cross Adult & Pediatric CPR/AED/First Aid class will be offered at the Mountlake Terrace Recreation Pavilion on Saturday, Jan. 25 from 2-4 p.m. This is a blended learning course, which is a combination of online lecture and in- person skill testing. Those who register should receive a link to take the online…

Union hopes tentative agreement with Sacred Heart nurses will pave way for settlement with Swedish

The Service Employees International Heathcare 1199NW union (SEIU) announced Tuesday that a “tentative agreement” has been reached between nurses belonging to the Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA) and Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane — and is hopeful a similar agreement can be reached with Swedish Medical Center. In its announcement, the union stresses that the tentative agreement…

New fitness and dance classes offered through MLT Recreation and Parks

Get some exercise in the new year with new fitness and dance classes being offered through Mountlake Terrace Recreation and Parks starting in Jan. Cardio Kickboxing is a new group fitness class that combines martial arts techniques with fast-paced cardio. This high-energy workout is perfect for the beginner and elite athlete alike. Build stamina, improve…

Fitness Corner: When a New Year’s resolution lasts a lifetime

When I was 16 years old I made a New Year’s resolution that changed my life. I resolved to give up soda for one year. I have no recollection of why I did it, but I do remember it ended up being a resolution as well as sort of a bet with my boyfriend at…

Immediate strike threat averted as Swedish and health care workers agree to continue contract talks

Emerging from all-night marathon bargaining sessions, officials from Swedish Hospital and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which represents more than 13,000 affected nurses and caregivers statewide, announced Friday morning that they are extending contract negotiations. Both sides agree that while several key issues remain to be resolved, they are encouraged that meaningful progress is…

Healthy Eating: Tips for mindful eating as new decade dawns

As we start 2020, I have been reading many articles that reflect on the past year and the past decade. With regards to food and eating, there seems to be a trend right now that gives more permission for people to be themselves and eat the way that works for their bodies and their situations….

Free dementia family caregiver conference set for Feb. 22 in Everett

The Journey, a free conference for families caring for patients with Alzheimer’s or dementia, is set for Saturday, Feb. 22 in Everett. The event, sponsored by the Lynnwood-based Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter, will offer tools and encouragement to unpaid family caregivers. Topics to be covered include: managing stress and distress behaviors, how to cope with the…

Workers move closer to strike as union rejects latest proposals from Swedish

After a full day of negotiations on Monday, Dec. 30, Swedish health care workers and management remain at an impasse, and the threat of a strike continues to loom. In a statement issued Tuesday morning, SEIU (Service Employees International Union) Healthcare 1199NW, which represents the workers, said that “Swedish-Providence’s proposals thus far do not address…

Hard-boiled egg products recalled due to potential listeria contamination

Hard-boiled egg products sold at a range of stores — including Costco, Safeway, Trader Joe’s and Fred Meyer/QFC — have been recalled following a listeria outbreak that so far has affected seven people nationally, including one death Four hospitalizations have been reported and one person in Texas has died. None of the victims was from…

Reminder: Holiday closures for city facilities; Pavilion winter break schedule

All city offices will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 25 for Christmas and Wednesday, Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day. The Mountlake Terrace Recreation Pavilion Pool will have a modified schedule during the holiday season, with some time changes and adjusted swims through Jan. 5. The entire Pavilion will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 and Jan.1…

Hospital workers threaten ‘imminent strike’ at Swedish, claiming patient safety takes a back seat to CEO pay

Nurses and caregivers announced on Thursday that they are moving closer to an “imminent strike,” claiming that patient care and severe understaffing have worsened and executive pay has ballooned since Swedish was taken over seven years ago by Providence, Washington’s largest health care corporation. Hospital workers are represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)…