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Swedish nurses strike highlights staffing, security concerns

Some Swedish nurses were told to stay home after their three-day strike ended, Friday, Jan. 31. For others, Friday morning was their first day back to work. Swedish spent $11 million to hire...

Mill Creek property taxes rise 10% in 2020

Mill Creek property tax bills increased more than 10% from 2019 to 2020. The 2020 average tax bill for Mill Creek property owners is $6,372, about a $610 increase from the year before, according to a new report by the Snohomish County Assessor’s...

City Council has blurry vision for boulevard

While some may see future development along the Mill Creek Boulevard corridor as a way to reinforce a “vibrant commercial and civic hub” next to Town Center, others worry overdevelopment might cause traffic problems and high-density apartments...

Glacier Peak High School bomb threat suspect arrested

A 2016 Glacier Peak High School graduate was arrested Feb. 4 for the November 2019 bomb threat at the school, and for child pornography, and cyberstalking, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.  The suspect, a 22-year-old Everett...

Lawmakers propose a plan to treat mentally ill people without their consent

People unable to care for themselves due to mental illnesses could be subject to receiving treatment, even without their consent, if Washington state legislators pass a law to establish executorships for people who are incapacitated. “Our mental...

Democratic controlled house passes clean fuels bill despite bipartisan opposition

People will be asked to use a lot less gasoline and to convert to alternative clean fuels in the next 15 years if a proposal before the Legislature becomes law. After lengthy debate, Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill 1110 passed 54-44 in the...

More drug offenders would be sentenced to treatment instead of prison under proposed law

Proposals moving through the Legislature would expand the eligibility of incarcerated people to receive treatment for substance abuse in lieu of or concurrently with prison sentences. Senate Bill 6211 was heard by the Law and Justice Committee in...

Armed 2nd Amendment supporters rallied in resistance at Capitol

Roughly 100 gun rights activists marched on the State Capitol on Friday, Jan. 31, and rallied in opposition to recently proposed gun regulation bills. Matt Marshall, leader of the Washington Three...

Advisory votes on tax increases under fire

Advisory votes that give voters a chance to let lawmakers know their opinions on legislation to increase taxes may be removed from future ballots. Instead, senators are considering replacing advisory votes with a public opinion task force. The...

Lawmakers propose cap and trade amid continued push for an emission-reduction policy

A proposed cap and trade program is under consideration in the Senate as lawmakers continue to explore ways to meet the state’s greenhouse gas reduction goals. Senate Bill 5981, with Sen. Reuven Carlyle, D-Queen Anne, as its primary sponsor,...

Our Schools | Please support the school bond

Dear friends, in September 2018, Everett Public Schools board of directors asked that a community committee be established to determine the scope and size of a capital bond to be considered by district voters. This committee, consisting of over 30...

Darn Wright | How do I love thee?

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” I believe love is an emotional process, which has many levels, and can be directed at many things. It also has the power to decrease one’s ability to reason. If my definition is even close to what...

Off Kilter | The future of television

Since the widespread implementation of the internet, many of the things that have been in our lives for 50 years or longer are undergoing a radical change. Television is one of them. I was a kid when wide-scale nationwide television became a...

Chuck Sigars | A simple gift in a troubling time

I said goodbye to two old friends last week, although it was hardly sad, and not really goodbye anyway. A favorite television show ended, for one thing. I watched the finale and appreciated the elegant closure, although I wasn’t sorry. The time...

Orcas, frogs, rockets - oh my!

Mill Creek Elementary's annual Science Day made kids gasp in surprise during a rocket blast-off, smile in awe of a Pacific tree frog, and examine an orca tooth and other marine mammals in the Pacific...

Don't forget to vote on the February 11 school bond

Update: As of Feb. 11 at 8:15 p.m., the $470 million Snohomish School District captial bond looks like it is going to fail, according to the County’s unofficial vote count published tonight. Bonds require at 60% majority to pass. Approve: 45.37%...

Jackson junior wins Lady Knights crown | Girls wrestling

Jackson’s Amanda Rasoumoff made quick work of her opponent in 145-pound finals at the Lady Knights Invitational. Rasoumoff pinned Yelm’s Dasha Burnett in 1 minutes, 35 seconds to win her second...

Glacier Peak rallies to beat Mariner | Boys basketball

Glacier Peak faced its biggest test of the season. Down by 15 points in the third quarter against Mariner, the Grizzlies staged an epic comeback to pull out a thrilling 55-49 victory in a battle...

Knights splash Timberwolves | Swimming

Kamiak's talent up top and its depth were too much for Jackson to overcome. The Knights won eight of 12 events, including all three relays, to prevail 110-76 in a Wesco South boys swimming and diving...

Wolfpack falls to Bearcats | Boys wrestling

Jackson battled to the final whistle, but Monroe came out on top in a close Wesco 4A boys wrestling clash. The Bearcats won nine of 14 matches, including two by forfeit, to defeat the Timberwolves...

Up next on HGTV: Mill Creek real estate agents and sisters host new show

Twin sisters Leslie Davis and Lyndsay Lamb have been business partners for decades – since the womb. Now they are taking their local real estate success to a national audience in their new show,...

Book Club Corner: 1st Wednesday is BYOB (bring your own book)

This month's Book Club Corner features the BYOB Book Club, sponsored by the Mill Creek Library. Its meetings are held at 6:45 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month in the Library. The unique...

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