South County Fire promotes Jason Isotalo to assistant chief of operations

South County Fire Deputy Chief Jason Isotalo has been promoted to assistant chief of operations. In this role, Isotalo leads the regional fire authority’s operations division, which is responsible for equipping, staffing and operating 14 fire stations to provide prompt fire and emergency medical response to more than 250,000 residents of southwest Snohomish County. He…

Mountlake Terrace Police Blotter: Sept. 18-24, 2020

Sept. 18 23400 block Lakeview Drive: A man reported the motor was stolen from his boat overnight while it was parked near his residence. He described the motor as a blue and white Suzuki 20hp, which he said was bolted down to the boat and would have taken some time to remove. He valued it…

Reminder: City of MLT police lobby to close for several weeks starting Sept. 28

The Mountlake Terrace Police Station lobby will close for all in-person business starting Monday, Sept. 28 due to construction related to the police station expansion. The closure will likely last for several weeks, the city said. The work is part of the Civic Campus redevelopment project, which also includes a new city hall and is…

County: Outdoor burn ban modified to allow recreational fires

With rain lessening fire danger, recreational fires are now allowed in Snohomish County, the fire marshal’s office said. Recreational fires are defined as “less than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high and are for cooking and pleasure only.” Recreational fires must be contained within a fire pit that has been cleared of all…

SnoPUD prepares for potential power outages during storm season

With stormy weather forecast for the latter part of the week, Snohomish County PUD said it is prepared to respond quickly to power outages and minimize disruptions to its customers. The PUD said it will be taking extra precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of its employees and customers during the ongoing pandemic. “Our…

Breathe deep: Clean air arrives in Western Washington

Clean air finally arrived in the area Saturday morning, as most of the wildfire smoke has left Western Washington. That’s the official word from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, which reported good air quality throughout the Puget Sound region. The agency said it expects good air quality for the rest of the weekend and…

Mountlake Terrace Police Blotter: Sept. 11-18, 2020

Sept. 11 7100 block 220th Street Southwest: A man reported someone stole a catalytic converter from one of his work vehicles. 6100 block Saint Albion Way: A man was arrested for a DUI warrant out of Snohomish County after police responded to a reported assault at Lakeside Apartments. However, police were unable to establish probable…

Air quality a bit better Thursday, with more improvement expected Friday and Saturday

Many residents experienced a bit of relief from the smoky skies Thursday as clean ocean air began pushing into north Puget Sound. “Further clearing will happen more broadly with the arrival of rain starting early tomorrow morning and continuing into Saturday,” the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency said Thursday. “At this time, we don’t expect…

Relief from smoky air expected by end of week

Relief is still expected Thursday night or Friday from wildfire smoke that has blanketed the region for the past week. According to a joint announcement from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and the health departments of King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties, air quality throughout the Puget Sound region continues to be unhealthy, and…

Officials say wildfire smoke may continue to impact region until Friday

Unhealthy air continued in the Puget Sound region Tuesday, with increased wildfire smoke levels expected for Wednesday. That’s according to a joint announcement Tuesday from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and the health departments of King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. The light rain showers in the area have not significantly reduced smoke levels….

Air quality continues to be unhealthy, as expected weather system fails to materialize

Air quality continues to be unhealthy in our region, as the weather system that was expected to bring some relief from the wildfire smoke failed to materialize Monday, according to a joint announcement from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and the health departments of King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. A continued chance of light,…

Cough, cough: Unhealthy air for sensitive groups predicted through mid-week

Wildfire smoke continues to impact the Puget Sound area, and the air quality will be unhealthy for sensitive groups through the middle of next week. That’s according to a joint announcement Sunday from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and the health departments of King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. Air quality was defined as…

Mountlake Terrace Police Blotter: Sept. 4-9, 2020

Sept. 4 22800 block 44th Avenue West: A woman was arrested for DUI after witnesses said she struck a flower planter in the QFC parking lot after leaving a bar. When police arrived, the woman’s vehicle was being blocked in by bystanders preventing her from driving away. They told police she had been stumbling to…

Public invited to comment on firefighting foam collection and disposal plan

The Washington Department of Ecology proposes to use the state’s hazardous waste contractor, Clean Harbors, to collect stockpiles of PFAS-containing firefighting foam from fire stations and select state agencies across Washington. Clean Harbors will transport the foam to their Aragonite commercial waste incineration facility located in Tooele County, Utah. PFAS, a class of persistent chemicals…

Wildfire smoke alert continues for Puget Sound region through Sunday

A wildfire smoke alert for serious health problems continues from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and the health departments of King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. Unhealthy air is expected throughout the day Saturday and it will be unhealthy for sensitive groups on Sunday. Winds blowing from the west should begin to clear out…

Suspect in Lynnwood shots-fired incident dies in car crash after police pursuit

A man died in a car crash early Thursday morning after he and another suspect led police on a high-speed chase following a shooting in unincorporated Lynnwood, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. At 12:45 a.m., deputies responded to reports of 15-20 shots fired at an apartment complex in the 14800 block of Admiralty…

Complete burn ban issued for Snohomish County

Due to high fire danger and sustained hot and dry weather conditions, the Snohomish County Fire Marshall’s office outdoor burn ban previously issued July 22 for the unincorporated areas of Snohomish County has been upgraded to a complete burn ban, which includes recreational fires. The upgraded burn ban will take effect immediately and be effective…

South County Fire to hold virtual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony Friday

South County Fire will hold this year’s 9/11 Memorial Ceremony virtually to honor those who lost their lives. Community members are invited to join and pay tribute to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks during a virtual ceremony. The online event will be held Friday, Sept. 11 on Facebook and will also…