Special delivery in Brier: Grampa Bob’s 103rd birthday

Monday was Grampa Bob’s 103rd birthday. He’s not related to me; he’s more like a grampa figure to the town of Brier. The call came out three years ago during the pandemic, asking the community to drop off a 100th birthday card for Bob. That was our first card for him. A basket on the…

Military Wire: Best military-friendly colleges of 2022

The pursuit of continual knowledge and experience is part of the military culture. To advance in rank, one needs to pursue continual education and look for opportunities to grow. It really isn’t uncommon for those who serve to have a “growth mindset.” We just don’t call it a “growth mindset.” We use other terms, like…

Verdant Health Commission awards $2.3 million in grants to community organizations

The Verdant Health Commission recently approved more than $2.3 million in grants to local nonprofit organizations to support community health through its recent competitive application process. The requests granted by the Verdant Board of Commissioners will support 11 separate multi-year projects or programs run by 10 different nonprofits. The following grants were approved, with annual…

Cascadia Art Museum seeking part-time Museum Educator

Cascadia Art Museum is looking for a part-time Museum Educator to join our team. The Museum Educator plays an essential role in providing and delivering arts engagement experiences to our community. The Museum Educator oversees the strategic plan, creates and delivers education programs serving children through older adults. Days and hours are flexible. Resumes can…

Students and staff display artistic talents at MTHS art show

Mountlake Terrace High School students and faculty shared their artistic talents with the community at a free art and maker show on Saturday, May 21. The MTHS Innovations Club organized the event to show off the creativity of students and staff with various murals, Edmonds Arts Festival submissions and projects on display. Instructors noted that…

Snohomish PUD hosting virtual workshop on Lower Snake River dams April 26

The Snohomish County PUD Commission is hosting a virtual workshop Tuesday, April 26 on the impacts of the Lower Snake River dam operations to PUD customers. Currently, most of PUD’s power is purchased from the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), and most of BPA’s power is generated by dams built by the federal government throughout the…

Health department: Overdose deaths in Washington top 2,000 in 2021 and continue to rise

New data from the Washington State Department of Health show that deaths from drug overdoses continue to increase for Washington residents. Provisional data as of April 4 show drug-related overdose deaths surpassed 2,000 in 2021, a more than 66% increase compared to 2019. “Overdose deaths are a public health emergency, and fentanyl is a major…

Passionate about environmental issues? Community Action Training School begins in May

Those with an interest in environmental issues are invited to attend Community Action Training School, a free training program on scientific issues including watershed health, clean water, native plants and salmon habitat/population restoration. The program administrators support attendees in the design and implementation of stewardship action projects in their own communities. Community Action Training School, sponsored…

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Home-delivered Nourishing Network weekend meal kits available to ESD families

Edmonds School District parents who need supplemental food over the weekend for their chilldren can arrange for meal kits through the Foundation for Edmonds School District’s Nourishing Network program. Parents can contact their child’s school to get connected to the Nourishing Network. Meal kits contain a weekend’s worth of meals per child as well as…

Edmonds College returns to remote operations for winter quarter  

Edmonds College on Thursday announced it has decided to remain in remote operations through March 18, the end of winter quarter. A few critical classes with hands-on components vital to learning may be held in-person on campus. Classes moved online for the first week of Winter quarter in an effort to help mitigate cases of…

Updated City of MLT development and impact fees go into effect Jan. 1

Updated development and impact fees will go into effect in the City of Mountlake Terrace Jan. 1, 2022. Each year the city considers and adopts fee schedules for development services, which includes the review, permitting and inspection of land use and construction projects. Impact fees are used to fund the costs of capital improvements, such…

No bus service disruptions but staffing shortages remain, Edmonds School Board learns

With more Edmonds School District bus drivers getting vaccinated against COVID-19, district leaders this week announced that all students who are eligible for bus routes will not lose their bus service. At the Oct. 12 Edmonds School Board business meeting, Superintendent Gustavo Balderas briefed the school board on efforts to encourage district staff to get…

Now’s the time to weigh in with your own state redistricting map

The Washington State Redistricting Commission reminds the public that to ensure the full consideration, third-party maps should be submitted by Friday, Oct. 22. Third-party map submissions are those that meet the same statutory requirements the commissioners must meet when delivering their final maps. Those requirements are detailed in Chapter 44.05.090 of the Revised Code of…

Blood drive at Lynnwood Convention Center Sept. 21-22

The Lynnwood Convention Center is hosting a Pop-Up Blood Donor Center Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 21-22. You can make an appointment at www.lynnwoodcc.com/blooddrive.  Appointments and masks are required. There is no deferral from donating if you receive the COVID vaccine. See the COVID-19 safety measures webpage for more information.

Edmonds police investigating Plum Tree Plaza fire as arson

The early morning fire that severely damaged all 14 businesses at the Plum Tree Plaza in Edmonds Saturday, Sept. 11 is being investigated as arson, Edmonds police said Monday. Edmonds police detectives are working with South County Fire as well as agents from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) as they continue the…

Small crowd gathers in Edmonds to mark 20th anniversary of 9/11

While not as large or long as in past years, a COVID-safe 9/11 observance at the Edmonds Fallen Firefighter Memorial drew an estimated 50 people to contemplate and remember during the 20th anniversary Saturday of the horrific event that took more than 3,000 lives. “With the pandemic still very much a part of our lives,…

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…

Edmonds School Board votes to adopt budget for 2021-22 school year

With variables like student enrollment still unknown, the Edmonds School District Board of Directors voted last week to adopt the district budget for the 2021-22 school year. The board unanimously voted at its Aug. 9 business meeting to adopt the budget proposal, which included $372.8 million in the district’s general fund — an increase of…

Fitness Corner: An (extra)ordinary Father’s Day 

Last summer, as I sat there one day at my dining table (AKA my office) I could hear my parents in my kitchen making themselves lunch. It was just another day out of the five weeks they stayed with us, visiting from New Zealand. I could hear the low hum of their casual conversation and…