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 By Emily Gilbert    News    February 7, 2020 

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...

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News    February 7, 2020 

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...

 
 By Emily Gilbert    A & E    February 7, 2020 

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, "Un...

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News    February 7, 2020 

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...

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News    February 7, 2020 

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...

 
 By Emily Gilbert    Schools    February 7, 2020 

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...

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News    January 17, 2020

City plans tested in first snow of season

Over speakerphone from their respective vehicles, Mill Creek City Manager Michael Ciaravino and Public Works Director Gina Hortillosa said in an interview they have been keeping an eye on how the firs...

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News    January 17, 2020

Body of missing woman found near Gold Creek Community Park

The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office has recovered the body of a woman who had been reported missing. The woman's body was found near the 6300 block of Snohomish Cascade Drive, which is near Gold...

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News    January 17, 2020

Update: 8,000 caregivers at Swedish plan to strike Jan. 28

Update (Jan. 17, 7:12 p.m.) – This story has been updated to reflect new information and includes new comment from Swedish. It has also been updated to reflect the hospital's correct name. Nurses...

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News    January 17, 2020

Pam Pruitt will serve fifth term as mayor

Councilmember Pam Pruitt was elected to her fifth term as the mayor of Mill Creek by the city council at its meeting Jan. 7. She will serve for two more years as the head of the legislative branch of...

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News    January 17, 2020

What's the cost of your favorite event in Mill Creek?

How much of the City's resources really go into preparing for some of Mill Creek's community events like Eggstravaganza, the Memorial Day parade, Run of the Mill, or Pianos on Main? It depends on how...

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News    January 17, 2020

'We all have a passion for something' – celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy this weekend

The community is invited to celebrate the achievements and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. at First Presbyterian Church in Everett Sunday, Jan. 19. The theme of this year’s event is “Elevating Our Community: Whatever Affects One Directly...

 

How do snow days affect summer break?

The first time a snow day is declared, kids and parents usually rejoice. The second day seems too good to be true. But by the third day, some begin to worry about how winter weather may affect summer...

 

Swim for Life will teach kids a lifelong skill, for free

Learning to swim is an important skill for anyone, but especially in the Pacific Northwest, where residents are surrounded by water. Swim for Life, a nonprofit organization in Snohomish, has offered to teach all second-grade students in the...

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News    January 3, 2020

Case solved: North Creek man's remains finally identified

After 1,900 hours and a team spanning the country, the skeletal remains found on a North Creek property in January 2015 were identified as Nathaniel Terrence "Terry" (Davies) Deggs from New York. He...

 

City Council discusses funding options for upcoming projects

In its last scheduled regular meeting of 2019, Mill Creek City Council heard the state auditor’s exit report, voted to move forward with hiring a surface water engineer and adopted a city ordinance to accept a state sales tax credit to fund...

 

New principal at Totem Falls Elementary

Totem Falls Elementary will be getting a new principal next year. Dr. Craig Church, the current principal of Emerson Elementary, will become the principal of Totem Falls next year.  Church has been a principal for more than 20 years and has worked...

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News    December 6, 2019

New building for Public Works, a $2 million park expansion, and grant money in updated CIP

The Mill Creek City Council made some changes to its Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), notably adding a million-dollar project and canceling two smaller ones from when the plan was originally adopted...

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News    December 6, 2019

Mill Creek's favorite courtesy clerk retires – on his 91st birthday

There was a near-constant receiving line as shoppers walked in to say farewell and thank you to 91-year-old Chuck Elvig, who was finally retiring from his courtesy clerk job at Central Market....

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News    December 6, 2019

Property tax, EMS levies to increase 1% in 2020

The City Council voted to increase both the property tax and EMS levies for Mill Creek residents in 2020 to accommodate for a likely increase in City Hall staff. The council voted 6-1 for the tax increase during its Nov. 26 meeting.  “To avoid...

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News    December 6, 2019

Jay Cho hopes to cultivate diversity at Mill Creek Senior Center

Jay Cho didn't know who the people sitting at a table in the Seattle Children's rehabilitation area were, but they would change his life.  It was 2010 and one of Cho's two sons was in the hospital...

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News    December 6, 2019

Mill Creek businesses count on holiday sales 

Many Mill Creek businesses rely on holiday shopping to help carry them through historically slower months in the beginning of the new year.  "It's really everything I wait for [during] the rest of...

 

City Hall may get some new faces

Mill Creek has seen growth in recent years and it is only expected to continue. An increasing population leads to the need for more city services and programs, and City Manager Michael Ciaravino has asked the Council for a number of staff...

 

No changes to city hall leadership

Mill Creek leadership will stay the same but there will be some countywide changes after the general election Nov. 5. Vote counts are as of Nov. 12. There were nearly 500,000 registered voters in Snohomish County, with a 42% turnout.  Mill Creek...

 

Hello from the new editor

Well it's been a whirlwind editing my first issue of the Mill Creek Beacon. I stepped into the role last week after the previous editor, Madeline Coats, moved over to the Mukilteo Beacon. I see this...

 

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