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 By Jana Hill    News 

Vaccine watch: April 15, everyone over 16 eligible

Editor's Note: Check back for updates. Bookmark, share with friends and family. Ask me if you have any COVID-19 vaccine questions: millcreeke[email protected] The take-homes are... — Updated 4/17/2021 Full story

 
 By Jana Hill    News 

Mill Creek passes ordinance on drug law

Editor's Note: This is the first of a two-part series on the new drug law in Mill Creek. A new law in Mill Creek is cracking down on possession of illegal drugs – and in a little... — Updated 4/17/2021 Full story

 
 By Jana Hill    News 

Phase 2 rollback in three counties

Three counties are rolling back to Phase 2, but so far Snohomish County remains in Phase 3 with the bulk of Washington state. Snohomish County officials warned in the past Joint... — Updated 4/16/2021 Full story

 
 By Jana Hill    News 

City manager due for annual review

Mill Creek City Manager Michael Ciaravino is due for a performance review in May, an action that was pushed up last year due to competing priorities. Last year's article is here: ht... — Updated 4/16/2021

 
 By Jana Hill    News 

City of Mill Creek opens slowly

The City of Mill Creek will reopen, but not quite yet. A full opening of City Hall with onsite services, a return of employees to City office space, and public meetings is planned f... — Updated 4/16/2021

 
 By Jana Hill    News 

J&J pulled for safety review

The J&J vaccine is paused due to a rare form of stroke that occurred in six women, after the single-dose shot was given. "It makes sense to just put a pause on things," said Dr.... — Updated 4/16/2021 Full story

 
 By Jana Hill    News 

COVID-19 cases climb as city makes plans to re-open

COVID-19 infection rates are going up in Snohomish County and health officials warn that gatherings are one key spreader, and the final impact of Easter will be measurable April... — Updated 4/16/2021 Full story

 
 By Jana Hill    News

Mill Creek weighs in on regional transportation

Future commuting options are in the works, in Mill Creek. Community Transit just announced a $37 million federal grant to fund its third rapid-transit bus line in South Snohomish... — Updated 4/16/2021

 
 By Jana Hill    Opinion 

The best revenge | Editor's Note

Revenge is for the weak. I cannot offer a claim that revenge has never crossed my mind. I understand the math of justice. When a wrong has occurred, we crave the right. We want... — Updated 4/16/2021 Full story

 
 By Jana Hill    News

City of Mill Creek opens slowly

The City of Mill Creek will re-open, but not quite yet. A full opening of City Hall with onsite services, a return of employees to City office-space, and public meetings is planned... — Updated 4/15/2021 Full story

 
 By Jana Hill    News

Ciaravino backs city staff, in talks to re-open

The emergency proclamation first provoked by Gov. Jay Inslee's office at the start of the worldwide pandemic is under discussion in Mill Creek, with hopes to consider a re-opening... — Updated 4/15/2021

 
 By Jana Hill    News

City considered drugs, open doors, new people

Editor's Note: The Mill Creek City Council met last night, on April 13. Articles on that meeting are in-process. Check back for updates and subscribe: the next edition is in-print... — Updated 4/14/2021

 
 By Jana Hill    News

Mill Creek ponders drug-possession ordinance

Mill Creek is one of the cities deciding whether to pass a drug-enforcement law, or wait for the legislature to fill a gap in enforcement opened by State v. Blake. The city... — Updated 4/11/2021

 
 By Jana Hill    News

Mill Creek public health comes at a cost

The Snohomish Health District was already seeking new revenue streams the same year COVID-19 hit. The health district covers services that keep food, schools, and septic systems... — Updated 4/11/2021 Full story

 
 By Jana Hill    News

Waiting to see the effects of Easter

Since the last count on April 5, 56 people in Mill Creek have died of COVID-19 as the vaccination effort rolls ahead, and variants are spreading for a virus that is still, in its... — Updated 4/9/2021 Full story

 
 By Jana Hill    News

Mill Creek ponders Blake-decision impact

A court ruling that frees the accused from legal consequences has the attention of the Mill Creek City Council. The case is State v. Blake, and is based on the notion that the... — Updated 4/8/2021 Full story

 
 By Jana Hill    News

Litigation in Mill Creek: update scheduled

Mill Creek is scheduled to get an update on its legal expenses. City attorney Grant Degginger is slated for a quarterly update regarding legal expenses, in the upcoming Mill Creek... — Updated 4/7/2021

 
 By Jana Hill    News

Mill Creek considers possession ordinance

This week, the City of Mill Creek is considering an ordinance filling a law enforcement gap left by a Washington state Supreme Court ordinance relating to drug possession. The... — Updated 4/5/2021

 
 By Jana Hill    News

Prepping for closer contact

Changes to physical distancing are on the table as Mill Creek schools take in more onsite students, but no changes are being made to the safety level of the virus. Gov. Jay... — Updated 4/2/2021 Full story

 
 By Jana Hill    News

Re-opening begins

Editor's Note: Contact me, and tell me how your business has fared the pandemic. What were the challenges and how did you overcome them? What was too much to overcome?... — Updated 4/2/2021

 
 By Jana Hill    Opinion

Home Stretch | Editor's Note

We are coming into the baseball season and the pandemic is being robustly addressed, so let’s go with a sports metaphor: we’re entering the home stretch. We can see the... — Updated 4/2/2021

 
 By Jana Hill    News

So far, so good

Editor's Note: As of the last check-in by The Beacon for the March 25, cases reported among athletes in school sports programs do not appear to be students in Mill Creek. If new... — Updated 4/1/2021

 
 By Jana Hill    News

The Beacon invites continued community connection

The Mill Creek Beacon conducted a community engagement project through the month of March. We invited people within and near Mill Creek to attend city council meetings and enjoy... — Updated 3/31/2021 Full story

 
 By Jana Hill    News

Re-openings come with warnings

Cautious optimism is the tone as the mutating virus is reined in by vaccination and prevention, and businesses and schools begin to re-open. "We just really want to keep that... — Updated 3/27/2021 Full story

 
 By Jana Hill    News

Mill Creek Mayor opens up

Editor's note: The Beacon is inviting the public to take part in public meetings, as a way to practice community engagement and to take advantage of Zoom-based meetings that do not... — Updated 3/26/2021

 

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