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 By Christopher Kim    News 

The Beacon's general election guide: Q&A with the candidates

The November general election ballots have been delivered, and on them are the candidates for the Everett School District Director-at-Large Positions 3 and 4. According to the offic... — Updated 10/22/2021

 By Christopher Kim    Opinion 

Preparing for the storm ahead | Editor's Note

I'll be honest, it's been a rough past few weeks for me. The dreary weather certainly doesn't help my mood, and I can almost physically feel the weight of this season adding some... — Updated 10/22/2021

 By Christopher Kim    News 

Just for Licks: TikTok vandalism hits local schools

Following a national social media trend on TikTok dubbed the 'Devious Lick' challenge, local public schools have suffered thousands of dollars in property damage and lost staff... — Updated 10/22/2021

 By Christopher Kim    News

Vehicle Prowls have been on the increase

Mill Creek Police have seen a significant increase in vehicle prowls in recent weeks. Prowlers will frequently try door handles on vehicles to see if they are unlocked, and will... — Updated 10/15/2021


Where have the letters gone? | Ok Boomer, Ok Zoomer

Publisher Paul Archipley and Mill Creek Editor Christopher Kim are at opposite ends of the generational gap. Archipley is a Baby Boomer; Kim is a member of Generation Z. But they ha... — Updated 10/8/2021

 By Christopher Kim    News

Officials look for ways to address growing homelessness

Editor's note: This is the second in a two-part series on the growing challenge of homelessness in Snohomish County. Homelessness has become an increasing issue in Snohomish... — Updated 10/8/2021

 By Christopher Kim    News

General election ballots to be mailed next week

With the Snohomish County General Election approaching Nov. 2, candidates campaigning for positions on the Mill Creek City Council urge residents who can vote to participate.... — Updated 10/8/2021

 By Christopher Kim    News

Mill Creek Police encounters hiring difficulties

Mill Creek’s police department is faced with short staffing and hiring difficulties that are affecting local law enforcement agencies all across the country. Unlike larger agencie... — Updated 10/8/2021

 By Christopher Kim    News

Homelessness in Snohomish County continues to grow

The number of people experiencing homelessness in Snohomish County has continued to increase in recent years. According to a 2020 report from the Snohomish County Human Services... — Updated 10/7/2021

 By Christopher Kim    News

Councilmember: Vaccine passports should not be required

The Mill Creek City Council this week soundly rejected a councilmember's proposal to block vaccine passports and mandates on COVID-19 vaccinations at City Hall. During the Sept. 28... — Updated 10/6/2021

 By Christopher Kim    News

UPDATE: Plastic bag ban NOW in effect

​​Beginning Friday, Oct. 1, the statewide ban on single-use plastic bags will go into effect. The bag ban prohibits the distribution of single-use plastic carryout bags by... — Updated 10/1/2021

 By Christopher Kim    News

Mill Creek Senior Center reopening soon

After being shut down for more than a year, the Mill Creek Senior Center is finally ready to reopen. The COVID-19 pandemic had led to the senior center's closure in March 2020 due... — Updated 10/1/2021

 By Christopher Kim    News

Coffee shop gets harassed for its vaccine policies

Although proof of vaccination is not required in most businesses in Snohomish County, Mixed: Coffee and Community is requiring them for customers who want to dine in. "We are... — Updated 10/1/2021


Gripes of wrath | Ok Boomer, Ok Zoomer

Publisher Paul Archipley and Mill Creek Editor Christopher Kim are at opposite ends of the generational gap. Archipley is a Baby Boomer; Kim is a member of Generation Z. But they ha... — Updated 9/24/2021

 By Christopher Kim    News

Blo Blow Dry Bar franchise opening new location

Blo Blow Dry Bar, a North American hair-styling salon franchise, will open a new location in Mill Creek by year's end. The business, with more than 130 locations open and in develop... — Updated 9/24/2021

 By Christopher Kim    News

Police seeking body camera vendors

Earlier this month, the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office announced the start of a test program to outfit selected Sheriff's deputies with body-worn cameras (BWC). "One of the thing... — Updated 9/24/2021

 By Christopher Kim    A & E

Mill Creek fall garage sale returns

Mill Creek's semiannual garage sale makes its return this year and will be next week Saturday, Oct. 2. The citywide sale is available for all residents in Mill Creek with no... — Updated 9/24/2021

 By Christopher Kim    News

Big changes could be in store for local voters

With the release of the national census data, the Washington State Redistricting Commission prepares for its decennial redrawing of district borders. These new borders could bring... — Updated 9/24/2021

 By Christopher Kim    News

The Market formerly known as Central ...

Formerly known as Central Market in Mill Creek, the Town & Country Market has undergone a season of change this past summer from officially rebranding to its family name,... — Updated 9/20/2021


School district provides data on confirmed COVID cases

With the start of a new school year, and students heading back to in-person learning, concern over whether the school's COVID safety protocols are sufficient in keeping kids and... — Updated 9/17/2021

 By Christopher Kim    A & E

Good to see you again, Summer Concert Series

Wednesday, Sept. 15 marked the conclusion of the Mill Creek Town Center Summer Concert Series with its final performance by The Infinity Project playing a tribute to the band Journe... — Updated 9/17/2021

 By Christopher Kim    News

National Drive Electric Week event

The National Drive Electric Week event on Sunday, Sept. 26, will run from 1-4 p.m. The event is organized by the Snohomish County Electric Auto Association (SCEAA) and will be held... — Updated 9/17/2021

 By Christopher Kim    News

COVID-19 booster pending approval

While health care providers are now encouraging a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for certain immunocompromised individuals, news of whether or not everyone else will be needing... — Updated 9/17/2021

 By Christopher Kim    News

City loses another long-term employee

Report from Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek, September 3, 2021. After over 20 years of working for the City of Mill Creek, senior planner Christi Schmidt submitted her... — Updated 9/17/2021

 By Christopher Kim    News

Firefighters respond to vaccination mandates

Firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics serving Mill Creek are now required under state mandate to get vaccinated by Oct. 18 or risk losing their jobs. Gov. Jay Inslee's recent mandate... — Updated 9/3/2021


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