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 By Emily Gilbert    News

Mill Creek student artists show off their designs

What was once an unsightly utility box was just a blank canvas for several local students who have made the Mill Creek streets a little brighter. A team of Mill Creek Elementary... — Updated 3/4/2022

 By Emily Gilbert    News

Mill Creek City Council members vote to support Ukraine

Mill Creek City Council members signaled their unanimous support for Ukraine this week by passing a resolution in support of the country in the face of an unprovoked invasion by... — Updated 3/4/2022

 By Emily Gilbert    News

Council authorizes mayor to purchase fire station 76; fire commissioner doesn't support

Mill Creek City Council members authorized Acting City Manager Martin Yamamoto to purchase Fire State 76 for over $1.1 million as part of the process for South County Fire District... — Updated 2/26/2022

 By Emily Gilbert    News

Annexation to South County Fire on the ballot in April

Mill Creek city councilmembers voted 7-0 in favor of putting the question of whether to change which organization provides fire service at a special meeting on Feb. 15. City staff h... — Updated 2/17/2022

 By Emily Gilbert    News

Mill Creek settles with two former employees for $30,000

Mill Creek City councilmembers unanimously approved a settlement with the union that represents local government employees Tuesday night, Feb. 1, including a $30,000 severance payme... — Updated 2/11/2022

 By Emily Gilbert    News

Mill Creek City Council moving forward with South County Fire annexation

Mill Creek City Council members signaled their support for changing fire districts during their meeting Feb. 8, which if approved by voters this spring could lead to lower property... — Updated 2/10/2022


"I don't want to talk to you" | Ok Boomer, Ok Zoomer

Emily: Hey, Paul. I’ve had a tough time with government transparency in the City of Mill Creek since February when the Beacon began reporting on the former police chief being on administrative leave. Not only with public records... — Updated 7/9/2021


Scandalous music of the generations | Ok Boomer, Ok Zoomer

Publisher Paul Archipley and Mill Creek editor Emily Gilbert are at opposite ends of the generational gap. He is a Baby Boomer; she is a member of Generation Z. In this regular feature, they share their thoughts on issues of the... — Updated 7/9/2021


Collective vs. individual rights | Ok Boomer, Ok Zoomer

Publisher Paul Archipley and Mill Creek editor Emily Gilbert are at opposite ends of the generational gap. He is a Baby Boomer; she is a member of Generation Z. In this regular feature, they share their thoughts on issues of the... — Updated 7/9/2021

 By Emily Gilbert    News

Unfair labor practice charge against the City can go forward, state says

A preliminary review by the state Public Employment Relations Commission said that if the City employees' union's allegations are true, the City of Mill Creek's actions may... — Updated 8/7/2020

 By Emily Gilbert    News

A mask for every child at Mill Creek Community Food Bank

Now that face masks have become a requirement in many peoples' wardrobes to cut down the spread of the coronavirus, sewing aficionados and other volunteers have stepped up to make m... — Updated 8/7/2020

 By Emily Gilbert    News

State House candidate in a serious car crash on election night

April Berg of Mill Creek, a state House of Representatives candidate in the Aug. 4 primary election, was injured in a car crash after a driver crossed the center line and hit her car head-on. The accident occurred on State Route... — Updated 8/7/2020

 By Emily Gilbert    A & E

Charity events go forward in light of COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has forced many aspects of everyday life to adapt to working from home and staying 6 feet apart from each other, and it’s impacted how nonprofits and charities can operate some of their most important... — Updated 8/7/2020

 By Emily Gilbert    News

City Council seeking public input on new budget

The process for the new City budget is underway. City Councilmembers should already have begun reaching out to the public during the months of August and September to hear how they want the money to be spent for the next two... — Updated 8/7/2020

 By Emily Gilbert    Opinion

Editor's goodbye

I took a look at the Nov. 15, 2019 issue of the Beacon before I began writing this. Why? It was my first issue as the editor and reporter of the Beacon, so I was wondering what I had written to introduce myself to all of you. Back... — Updated 8/7/2020

 By Emily Gilbert    News

Editor's Corner | Folo: Employee saved from layoff, outcome of public records requests

The term “folo” is a bit of journalism jargon, and it just means a follow-up to an earlier story. We have several folos to share with readers. Employee saved from layoff After the emotional rollercoaster that was the July 7... — Updated 7/24/2020

 By Emily Gilbert    News

City's plan for CARES Act funding highlights marketing opportunities

Mill Creek Finance Director Jeff Balentine has suggested multiple ways of using federal CARES Act money to help COVID-19 recovery efforts, including everything from air filters for... — Updated 7/24/2020

 By Emily Gilbert    News

Remember to vote in the primary, Tuesday, August 4

As if 2020 wasn't jam-packed enough, another election day is coming up. Voters will decide Aug. 4 which candidates will advance to the general election in November. Besides all... — Updated 7/24/2020

 By Emily Gilbert    News

City has spent nearly $1 million on legal fees this year alone

The City of Mill Creek has spent nearly $1 million in legal expenses so far in 2020 and is expecting to spend more than $2 million in the current biennial budget. The City has... — Updated 7/24/2020

 By Emily Gilbert    A & E

2020 Mill Creek Festival canceled

Summer hasn't been the same this year – games canceled, parties postponed, live outdoor entertainment shut down, and restaurants and other businesses forced to scale back... — Updated 7/21/2020

 By Emily Gilbert    News

City of Mill Creek slapped with unfair labor practice complaint, again

The union that represents certain employees at the City of Mill Creek has filed an unfair labor practice charge with the Public Employment Relations Commission of Washington (PERC)... — Updated 7/10/2020

 By Emily Gilbert    A & E

Boston's is back open for business

Boston's is open for business again in Town Center after suddenly closing its doors for more than a year. It has new ownership and a new design. The Main Street pizza restaurant... — Updated 7/10/2020

 By Emily Gilbert    News

Mill Creek staffers allegedly commuting from out of state while local positions face layoffs

Two key City employees, who worked with City Manager Michael Ciaravino even before they came to work for Mill Creek, have allegedly been working from their homes in Ohio and New... — Updated 7/10/2020

 By Emily Gilbert    News

Tired of virtual meetings, one City Council member proposes a return to the dais

Zoom meetings and conference calls are difficult, but it looks like they will be the go-to for the City of Mill Creek for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19. "We're not getting... — Updated 7/10/2020

 By Emily Gilbert    News

Acting Chief Eastman tries to clear up PD's use-of-force policy

The recent deaths of Black people in the United States at the hands of the police, spurred by the video of the death of George Floyd in an interaction with four Minneapolis police... — Updated 7/10/2020


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