City council honors Mountlake Terrace woman who turns 100 Saturday

The City of Mountlake Terrace Monday honored longtime resident Kathleen Jackson with a proclamation in honor of her 100th birthday, which is this Saturday, Oct. 22. Mildred Kathleen Campbell Jackson was born in Denver, Colorado Oct. 22, 1922. She grew up on a goat farm north of Bothell, then moved to Mountlake Terrace in 1951….

Snohomish PUD workers receive 2022 Governor’s Lifesaving Award

Snohomish PUD employees Bill Greenfield and Tommy O’Brien received the Governor’s Lifesaving Award during the annual Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference in Tacoma earlier this week. The Governor’s Lifesaving Award is given annually to Washington workers who have gone above and beyond in saving a life while on the job. Greenfield and O’Brien were…

War stories: Edmonds man’s latest efforts to save animals in Ukraine

Call it passion – determination – love. All that — and more — have an Edmonds man back in the war in Ukraine, trying to save injured and abandoned animals. Dan Fine had one goal: To help save displaced and lost animals caught in the fighting. This trip, his second, took him into Ukraine, into…

MTHS grad takes second place in women’s javelin at state Junior Olympics

Recent Mountlake Terrace High School graduate Hope Ambachew took home second place in the women’s javelin event with a throw of 31.13 meters last weekend at the USATF Pacific Northwest Association Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships in Tacoma. Ambachew now advances to the USATF Region 13 Championships July 7-10 at Hanford High School in…

Memorial scholarship to honor late Edmonds-Woodway High graduate, Warrior wrestler Emily Hood

The Foundation for Edmonds School District is hosting the Emily Hood Memorial Scholarship in honor of the 2020 Edmonds-Woodway High School student who died Feb. 28 from inoperable brain cancer. Described as “a treasured daughter, sister and friend,” Emily was a proud member of the Edmonds-Woodway Warriors girls wrestling team. Despite her diagnosis and prognosis, she…

Lynnwood painter wins record $2.37 million jackpot on Tulalip Resort Casino slot machine

A Lynnwood man playing the slot machine at Tulalip Resort Casino won the casino’s largest-ever jackpot — nearly $2.4 million — early Sunday morning. Jose Lopez, a self-employed painter, won the $2,369,748.95 payout shortly after midnight on March 20, eclipsing the resort casino’s previous jackpot record of $1,101,976.12. The jackpot is the largest known slot machine…

Reserve police officer retires after 25 years serving Mountlake Terrace

A.J. Werfelmann, 51, recently retired after 25 years of serving as a reserve officer with the Mountlake Terrace Police Department. The Marysville resident works full-time as a senior operations manager for retail with Brookfield Properties, and he also volunteered on weekends as a reserve police officer. Werfelmann said he first developed an interest in working…

Comedian Kermet Apio continues looking for punchlines during the pandemic

Why did the comedian perform bits from his bedroom? Because he was Zooming in on the humor. Professional comedian and longtime host of Edmonds Comedy Night, Kermet Apio recently discussed challenges he has faced with writing and developing new material during the COVID-19 pandemic. Apio is a past winner of the Seattle Comedy Competition and…

Vogue Magazine names MTHS grad Lily Gladstone one of its 15 Rising Stars of 2022

Vogue Magazine has named Lily Gladstone, an actor who graduated from Mountlake Terrace High School in 2004, as one of “The 15 Rising Stars Poised to Dominate 2022.” As we wrote in our June 2021 story here, Gladstone is appearing as the female lead in the upcoming movie adaptation of the best-selling book Killers of…

MLT author’s debut novel explores female resilience and empowerment

Mountlake Terrace resident Amanda Johnson had her debut novel East of Manhattan published recently. The novel was partially informed by her personal experiences while husband Ben Hill worked as the house manager for a celebrity in New York. It touches on themes of feminism and shifting gender roles as related to work and family structure….

Fundraiser launched to cover funeral expenses of slain gas station employee

A fundraiser has been launched to cover the funeral expenses for a 60-year-old Snohomish man who was shot to death Sept. 26 at a Chevron gas station at 148th Street Southwest and Highway 99 in unincorporated Lynnwood. According to the account of the incident on the GoFundMe page, the victim — Tejpal Singh — “was opening…

Big day for ‘Da Mama’: Community surprises longtime resident on her 90th birthday

Friends and family of longtime Mountlake Terrace resident Mickey Schwald celebrated her 90th birthday by throwing her a surprise party. Schwald’s health is compromised by medical issues, so organizers put together a socially distanced party during which people drove by Schwald’s residence to wish her a happy birthday. Attendees at last weekend’s event were also…

Scene in Brier: Happy 102nd birthday, Bob Taylor

There was a call out from a community Facebook page, asking people to drop off a card for Grampa Bob, who celebrates his 102nd birthday in Brier Sunday. I found out Grampa Bob loves McDonald’s, Ivar’s, and IHOP. So I got him a McD’s card. I then drove to his house to leave the card…

MLT man uses newly acquired woodworking skills to help others

C.J. Monaghan discovered a new passion for woodworking during the pandemic and recently found a way to use his skills to help other people. Using a slab of donated wood, Monaghan custom crafted a large table, approximately 6 feet in length, and in turn presented $1,000 from its sale to the Everett Recovery Café which…

Scene in MLT: A rolling tribute

A 1963 Plymouth Valiant spotted in Mountlake Terrace: The owner said it was his late father-in-law’s. It has 500,000 miles on it, and the drum brakes are still original. It’s been repainted in Dodge Viper Blue. The owner’s wife suggested selling it, but he said, “No, we have to keep it. Every time someone honks…

Teen keeping bearded dragon found at MLT park

Good news for those who have been following the tale of the Lynnwood teen and the bearded dragon (which can be viewed here): No one came forward to claim the exotic animal found recently at the Mountlake Terrace disc golf course, so she gets to keep him. According to Jessica Briarmoon, her daughter Laurissa has…

Mountlake Terrace HS grad featured in upcoming Scorsese movie

Lily Gladstone, an actor who graduated from Mountlake Terrace High School in 2004, is starring in the upcoming movie Killers of the Flower Moon. The film is being directed by Martin Scorsese and also features Leonardo DiCaprio, Jesse Plemons and Robert De Niro. The movie is based on David Grann’s acclaimed 2017 historical nonfiction book…

Brier’s new Little Art Gallery fosters community creativity

When Brier resident Gavin Doyle built a “Little Art Gallery” in his neighborhood, his goal was to add some color for people to enjoy and to share their own creations. Similar to the little lending libraries or food pantries that dot many neighborhoods, Doyle’s structure, which is located on 27th Place West near the intersection…

Missing a bearded dragon? Group finds exotic pet while playing disc golf

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: A group of friends walks into a park to play frisbee golf and finds a live dragon. Lynnwood resident Jessica Briarmoon was playing frisbee golf along with her daughter and a group of friends on June 12 at the Terrace Creek disc golf course in Mountlake Terrace when…

Community rallies to help cover funeral costs for MTYAA youth football coach

The area’s youth football community has launched a fundraiser to cover funeral expenses for Albert “Coach Bigg” Okumbe, who coached for many years with the Mariner Jr. Football team and most recently this spring for the MTYAA Hawks Jr. Football team. Mariner Jr. head coach Joel Anker started an online memorial fundraiser after Okumbe died…