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 By Jana Hill    News

City holds mask-giveaway on Sept. 29

The city of Mill Creek is distributing free, reusable cloth masks from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, in the City Hall North Parking lot, 15720 Main St. Recreation Coordinator Jay... — Updated 9/24/2020

 
 By Jana Hill    News

State paves the way for reopening of venues

As the doors to event venues prepare to swing open, Mill Creek is already taking steps to help businesses make a comeback from COVID-19’s impact on bottom lines. Gov. Jay Inslee... — Updated 9/24/2020

 
 By Jana Hill    News

Mill Creek Mayor resigns in early morning hours

Mill Creek Mayor Pam Pruitt has resigned, in a letter sent to the City Council at 3:35 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 24. Pruitt served on the Mill Creek City Council from 1988 to 1995, and h... — Updated 9/4/2020

 
 By Jana Hill    News

COVID testing sites impacted by wildfire air quality

Testing for COVID-19 was disrupted by the air quality issues in Snohomish County, but other options are available for those who require a test. Anyone with symptoms or close... — Updated 9/23/2020

 
 By Jana Hill    News

County first responders help fight wildfires

Fire District 7 is being pulled into out-of-state fires, and is also hoping to get the message to residents – adhere to the burn ban, and clear dry debris from residential... — Updated 9/22/2020

 
 By Jana Hill    Opinion

Moving toward better days | Editor's Note

Now that the skyline looks like a white sheet and breathing is difficult when walking to the mailbox, my outlet is abruptly removed. I run. If my mindset has moved between stressed... — Updated 9/18/2020

 
 By Jana Hill    News

What happened to Rodney Johnson?

Police still do not know what happened before Rodney Peter Johnson ended up shot in the head, likely in the late 1980s. Johnson's body was found floating in Lake Stickney in the lat... — Updated 9/18/2020

 
 By Jana Hill    News

Remote learning is a fit for local family

The first day of school used to come with memories of new shoes, backpacks, and possibly a ride on a yellow bus. But pandemic-era students will have an entirely new set of memories.... — Updated 9/18/2020

 
 By Jana Hill    News

More change on Mill Creek City Council

The city of Mill Creek needs two new council members. Another seat opened on the council this week when council member Mike Todd moved into the director seat, for the Public Works... — Updated 9/18/2020

 
 By Jana Hill    News

Loa Griesbach started her adult life paralyzed

Loa Griesbach has handled her quadriplegic status as a bit of a dare. "I don't fit the box or follow the rules. If you tell me that my condition means I'm going to be like this or t... — Updated 9/18/2020

 
 By Jana Hill    News

Ciaravino's contract is amended to add five days of paid time off

City Manager Michael Ciaravino's performance review ended with a majority opinion of the council that he "met expectations," and his contract was amended to add five additional... — Updated 9/18/2020

 
 By Jana Hill    News

Federal and state messages conflict on voting

The postcard from U.S. Postal Service advising voters to "plan ahead" has spurred a clarifying campaign from the Washington Secretary of State. The Postal Service is encouraging... — Updated 9/16/2020

 
 By Jana Hill    News

City faces more turnover and a no-confidence vote for Ciaravino

Mill Creek continues to struggle with turnover, and on Sept. 1, one of the unions representing administrative employees issued a no-confidence vote against City Manager Michael... — Updated 9/16/2020

 
 By Jana Hill    News

COVID risk hits local family harder than most

It was just a cold, but it meant a visit to Children's Hospital for 3-year-old Finn Botts. The boy's mother, Alisha Mitchell-Botts, is a Jackson High School graduate who grew up in... — Updated 9/16/2020

 
 By Jana Hill    Opinion

'I hear you ...' | Editor's Note

Wet hair, pregnant sister, aunt with cancer. Call my people, and get to work. That fragmented thinking was my head, on Sept.11,2001. I was editor for the Mill Creek Enterprise, and... — Updated 9/11/2020

 
 By Jana Hill    News

John Lovick demonstrates in support of U.S. Postal Service

Between 20 and 30 people joined at the Snohomish Post Office on "Save the Post Office Saturday" as part of a nationwide trend of public protests since the pandemic was announced in... — Updated 9/4/2020

 
 By Jana Hill    News

Another resignation has occurred at the city of Mill Creek.

Matthew Feeley, the supervising engineer for the City, quit at 7:36 p.m. Aug. 29. His LinkedIn profile says he was at the City about one and a half years. “Effectively immediately, I have resigned from my position as the Interim... — Updated 8/30/2020

 
 By Jana Hill    News

Slade Gorton achieves a legacy, dies knowing that he did

Slade Gorton, a former Republican senator who gave four decades of his life to public service, has died due to complications from Parkinson's disease. He was 92. Gorton died at his... — Updated 8/29/2020

 
 By Jana Hill    News

COVID scare leads to four-day closure for Towne Center Starbucks

A four-day closure of Town Center Starbucks ended with negative tests for COVID-19 after the company sent one employee in for testing and several more into self-quarantine. “Out of an abundance of caution, the store closed... — Updated 8/26/2020

 
 By Jana Hill    News

Marti Anamosa is retiring after 21 years as a library volunteer and leader

With just over two decades dedicated to the libraries, Marti Anamosa is retiring as a Sno-Isle Libraries volunteer. Her dedication to the libraries has been lengthy and detailed,... — Updated 8/26/2020

 
 By Jana Hill    Opinion

Editor's Corner: Getting the Band Back Together

Hello, Mill Creek readers – I am, once again, your editor. I was last an editor for Mill Creek readers in 2002. I was at the Enterprise, a community newspaper then owned by the Washington Post. Back then, I worked alongside the... — Updated 8/25/2020

 
 By Jana Hill    News

Lake Stickney cold case reinvigorated by DNA evidence

Details of people, activities and other memories could help solve a murder that traces back to a man who went missing in the late 1980s. It was 1987 or 1988 when Rodney Peter Johnso... — Updated 8/23/2020

 
 By Jana Hill    News

Mill Creek finance director resigns

Jeff Balentine, finance director for the city of Mill Creek, has resigned. His last official day was Sunday, Aug. 16. "My decision was tough to make, but I decided to end my employm... — Updated 8/23/2020

 

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