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 By Madeline Coats    News    November 1, 2019 

How does government work in this city?

The government in Mill Creek is unique. Without digging through confusing language in the Municipal Code, it can be complicated to understand proper procedures and policies put in place to enforce the...

 
 By Madeline Coats    News    November 1, 2019 

Eagle Scout collects boxes of cereal for local families

Jared Berks’ Eagle Scout project was to collect 200 boxes of cereal to support the Mill Creek Community Food Bank. So far, however, the 13-year-old has accumulated more than 1,100 donations from friends and relatives across the country.  The...

 
 By Madeline Coats    News    November 1, 2019 

Proclamations from Mayor Pam Pruitt

One promotes teaching students to improve financial education from an early age. The next encourages students to be leaders and entrepreneurs in the fields of business, finance, marketing, and...

 

Editor's Corner | Our time together was short

Well, it was a fun 66 days with Mill Creek. Unfortunately, my time as editor has come to an end as I transition over to the Mukilteo Beacon. This was my first time working with a council-manager type of government and much was learned about the ways...

 

Snohomish Education Foundation raises over $263,000 at annual auction

In just one student-focused evening, community members gave $263,000 – all of which will support classroom activities in K-12 schools and add to scholarship funds available for graduating high schoo...

 
 By Madeline Coats    News    November 1, 2019 

IRG Physical & Hand Therapy kicks off food drive Nov. 1

IRG Physical & Hand Therapy clinics are planning to raise 15,000 pounds of canned or non-perishable food during the month of November to donate to local community food banks.  Collection boxes are located inside each of the clinics, and donations...

 
 By Madeline Coats    A & E    November 1, 2019 

Jackson freshman will play piano concerto with Bellevue Symphony

Jackson High freshman Hyun Yoon will join the Bellevue Symphony for a performance at the Meydenbauer Center Nov. 10. Yoon started playing piano at the age of 5, and has continued for the past eight years. He took a year-long break when transitioning...

 

Lions, Tigers, and Bears--OH MY! 

Snohomish Elementary school students and their families gathered at the Thoren Family Farm Oct. 12 for the first annual "Wizard of Oz" pumpkin carving festival.  The 45 students carved images of...

 

City discusses updates to Transportation Improvement Plan

The City of Mill Creek is required to update its Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) annually. The City Council conducted a study session Oct. 8 to discuss potential projects in Mill Creek. Director of Public Works and Development Services Gina...

 

Flood risks, preparedness, and recovery

The fall and winter months have arrived, and so has the likelihood of significant flooding. Snohomish County has developed numerous resources to be accessed before, during, and after a flood event.  Snohomish County Surface Water Management (SWM),...

 

Two members of the Women's Club compete in the upcoming election

Carmen Fisher and April Berg have two big things in common: their names are both on the November ballot and they are members of the Mill Creek Women's Club.  Fisher is vying for pos. 5 on the City Co...

 

Snohomish County housing and community development projects are seeking applicants

Snohomish County is encouraging nonprofit organizations and government agencies to review the Notices of Fund Availability (NOFAs) and submit applications for housing, public facility, infrastructure, services, and tenant-based rental assistance. Pro...

 

Somers launched Climate Action Advisory Committee Oct. 9

A newly formed Climate Action Advisory Committee will provide recommendations about policies and practices to protect public health, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, address climate change, and preserve the natural environment in Snohomish County....

 

Jackson students named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists

Four students from Jackson High School were named Washington State National Merit Scholarship semifinalists last month. Juliana Mothersbaugh, Emilia Peterson, Priyanka Rao, and Ethan Thong received...

 

North Middle School held a community open house Oct. 17

North Middle School opened its doors this fall and welcomed students, staff, and the community to a new 21st century learning space. The school is designed to promote collaboration, according to a news release from Everett Public Schools. Voters...

 

HopeWorks Station crosses finish line Oct. 11

HopeWorks Station and Station Place, a workforce facility and 65-unit housing development that includes housing for vulnerable youth, veterans, and families seeking pathways out of poverty, officially opened Oct. 11.  Staff, residents, graduates,...

 
 By Madeline Coats    News    October 4, 2019

Somers shares proposed 2020 budget for Snohomish County

CORRECTION: The location of the severe weather shelter is not yet decided. The basement of the Carnegie Building in Everett is being considered for the shelter, but no final decision has been made....

 
 By Madeline Coats    News    October 4, 2019

Update on Swift Orange Line

Bus Rapid Transit gave an update on the Swift Orange Line at a city council meeting on Sept. 24. Swift Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is frequent; every 10 minutes on weekdays, every 20 minutes on evenings and weekends. Officials says it has proven to be...

 
 By Madeline Coats    News    October 4, 2019

Department of Health launches new app for people who vape

The Washington State Department of Health and 2Morrow Inc. are working to launch a new smartphone app to help teens and young adults quit vaping.  The self-guided program includes 10 short lessons, advanced messaging protocols, and customized tips....

 
 By Madeline Coats    News    October 4, 2019

Rotary Club supports survivors of sex trafficking and prostitution

Peoria Home staff, board of directors, and residents held an official ribbon cutting reception to celebrate their newly renovated property Sept. 24. Peoria Home is a nonprofit organization dedicated...

 
 By Madeline Coats    News    October 4, 2019

Acceptance of grant funding for Mill Creek's historical timeline panels 

The City Council voted unanimously to authorize City Manager Michael Ciaravino to accept Snohomish County’s Historic Preservation Grant funding of $7,806 at a meeting Sept. 10.  On July 25, the communications and marketing department received conf...

 
 By Madeline Coats    News    October 4, 2019

Council considers affordable housing sales tax credit

The City of Mill Creek is considering a local revenue sharing program by providing up to 0.0146 percent local sales and use tax credited against the state sales tax for housing investments. This tax is available in increments of 0.0073 percent....

 
 By Madeline Coats    News    October 4, 2019

Third annual count tracks 27 opioid overdoses in seven days in Snohomish County

During one week in July, 27 people in Snohomish County overdosed because of opioids, causing two fatalities.  This information comes from the third annual 7-day point-in-time count by the Snohomish Health District in partnership with the Snohomish...

 

Local artist releases first album

Bothell-native Jaeden Luke, a self-taught, 19-year-old singer and songwriter, has released a self-produced album called “Free of Me.” He recorded and produced the album in his bedroom. “Free of Me” is an acoustic pop album with seven tracks....

 

$470 million capital bond aims to rebuild schools and enhance safety

The Snohomish School District Board approved a measure asking voters to consider a $470 million capital bond in the Feb. 11 election.  This funding would rebuild aging elementary schools, enhance safety and security in all K-12 facilities, and...

 

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