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Tell us about your home-based business

Starting your own home-based business? The pandemic that has led to pay reductions, cuts in hours and layoffs, coupled with orders by state officials to shelter in place, has prompted some enterprising folks to start a business out of their home....

Beacon offers free classifieds

Looking to sell some stuff and pick up a little extra money during the coronavirus pandemic? Let the Beacon help! We will run your classified “for sale” ad for FREE. Here are the particulars: • Classified ads placed by 9 p.m. Sunday will be...

Stay-at-home order extended until May 4

Washingtonians will need to stay at home until at least May 4, Gov. Jay Inslee announced in a news conference on April 2. He extended the statewide stay-at-home order to try to slow the spread of... Full story

Update: Former police chief under investigation

The City opened a formal investigation into former Mill Creek Police Chief Greg Elwin for a host of allegations, including associating with people with a criminal reputation, not controlling his...

Mill Creek business owner sent cease and desist letter from the AG's office for price-gouging

The Washington Attorney General's office sent a Mill Creek business owner a cease and desist letter for selling N95 masks on Amazon for more than six times their normal price, according to a news...

Local business donates 5,000 meals for those in need, and more help on the way

Updated 4/2/20 The Dream Dinners Foundation donated over 5,000 meals to Venture Church in Mill Creek to give to people in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.  People came to the church and volunteers... Full story

A family's experience with COVID-19

Melinda Knight and her family had just recently returned from a trip to Disneyland when one of her sons began feeling sick.  "It just hit through all of us," she said. "Now I'm just kind of at the...

COVID-19's impact on domestic violence resources: There is still help available

The governor’s stay-at-home order may be difficult for everyone – social plans canceled, schools and businesses closed, trips limited to the essentials – but can be even more so for those experiencing domestic violence and abuse.  “Our... Full story

City Briefs March 21 - April 2

Editor’s note: In our last issue, the Beacon gave readers an update on our public records requests into Police Chief Greg Elwin being put on administrative leave. In that story, we told readers that the City responded saying they would respond to...

Public can donate protective equipment for medical workers at two locations

Want to help first responders and medical workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic? For a limited time, Snohomish County is opening two locations where the public can donate new, unopened... Full story

Publisher's Desk | Together we can win

Scared. That’s a word being confessed everywhere, by husbands to wives, children to parents, patients to doctors, workers to coworkers, strangers to strangers. We’re scared. How could we not be? We’re part of a moment like no other in modern... Full story

Darn Wright | Freedom of the press and free choice

Fred Fillbrook, the View’s owner and publisher, has my compliments and many others for over 28 years of using his 1st Amendment rights. If one or more city councilmembers follow their peers’ – Mark Bond, John Stickler, and Stephanie Vignal...

Our Schools | Support each other in uncertain times

What unprecedented times we are living in. When we entered 2020, who would have thought we would be facing a national health crisis, working from home, and closing schools? It has been a challenge for everyone. These are difficult times for our...

Chuck's World | Fading colors, sudden waves, surprising hope

I honestly can't remember my marriage vows. It was a quick wedding, impromptu even, although as I recall it was conventional. I don't think I agreed to anything untoward. There could have been some fine print in there about taking out the trash....

Glacier Peak High School junior wins countywide photo contest

Maybe you're more perceptive than this Beacon writer when it comes to photos, but after learning the backstory of Glacier Peak High School junior Elijah Croyle's award-winning photo, "The Decision,"...

Boys & Girls Clubs offering all-day childcare

In response to COVID-19, the needs of first responders, health-care workers, and school closings, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County is open and offering discounted all-day child care. Free child-care is offered to all first responders and...

Fire District 7 teaches homeschool lessons on Facebook Live 

As the spread of the COVID-19 virus continues to impact our region, all public events, school visits, and station tours have been canceled for the fire district. Like most fire agencies, these are the main ways prevention messages are taught to... Full story

All schools to remain closed through the end of the school year statewide

Today, April 6, Gov. Jay Inslee announced that all schools in Washington state will remain closed through the end of the current school year. Schools have been closed since March 17 statewide. The governor also extended the state's stay-at-home... Full story

Beacon provides courtesy listing of open restaurants

A note to our readers: As a service to the community and an effort to assist our fellow business owners during this unprecedented time, the Beacon is publishing a list at no charge of restaurants that remain open for takeout and/or delivery. We... Full story

2020 Garden Tour canceled

The Mill Creek Garden Club is disappointed to announce the cancellation of its Mill Creek Garden Tour & Artisan Market 2020 previously scheduled for June 27. Leaders read the reports on the...

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