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 By Paul Archipley    Opinion

Peace of mind

My father was a practical man. When I was young and full of myself, one of the first cars I bought was a 1960 Triumph TR3 roadster. Very impractical. It had removable side curtains... — Updated 1/2/2021 Full story

 
 By Paul Archipley    News

Time is running out: Sign up for your Beacon now!

When I got my first job, delivering the local daily newspaper, I learned how to “box” the paper, that is, fold it into four equal sides with corners tucked in to make a tight-fit square. No rubber bands needed. I’d fold all m... — Updated 12/28/2020 Full story

 
 By Paul Archipley    News

Give the gift of community this year

Santa, like life, sometimes surprises you, and you get things that weren’t on your wish list. Worse yet comes the day when you discover that neither Santa nor the life you envisioned was real. The holiday season always reminds... — Updated 12/26/2020

 
 By Paul Archipley    News

We're here to tell your stories

Department of Fish & Wildlife trackers and their dogs had cornered the mountain lion up in a tree, and were waiting for a veterinarian to arrive with a tranquilizer gun. The mountain lion, also known as a cougar or puma, had been... — Updated 11/19/2020

 
 By Paul Archipley    News

Why community newspapers matter

Dear Reader, Readers who have been following this story over the past few weeks know about our plan to switch our business model from a free newspaper to a digital first subscription program. Relying on advertising as our main... — Updated 11/14/2020

 
 By Paul Archipley    News

Beacon launches weekly publication

Dear Reader, We are heartened by the response after our recent announcement that The Beacon is converting to a digital first, subscription format. Even though the official conversion is two months away, readers already are taking... — Updated 11/12/2020

 
 By Paul Archipley    News

The Beacon invites you to partner with us for a sustainable future

Dear Reader, 2020 may be remembered, ironically, as the year everyone would like to forget. From a pandemic to an economic collapse to political polarization and more, this has been a year like no other. Consequently, there has... — Updated 10/19/2020

 
 By Paul Archipley    Opinion

Publisher's Desk | Poor decisions at City Hall are nothing new

The citizens of Mill Creek are being ill-served by their local elected officials. When we launched our first Mill Creek Beacon edition six years ago, we were shocked to discover that Mayor Pam Pruitt was writing news stories about... — Updated 9/11/2020

 

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

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 8/7/2020

 

OK Boomer, OK Zoomer: Scandalous music of the generations

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 7/24/2020

 

Ok Boomer, Ok Zoomer: Collective vs. individual rights

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 7/10/2020

 

Ok Boomer, Ok Zoomer: Thoughts on the Black Lives Matter Movement

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 6/25/2020

 

Ok Boomer, Ok Zoomer | An editorial debut

Publisher Paul Archipley and Mill Creek editor Emily Gilbert are at opposite ends of the generational gap. He is a Baby Boomer (an odd designation for a senior citizen); she is a... — Updated 6/25/2020 Full story

 
 By Paul Archipley    Opinion

Publisher's Desk | Together we can win

Scared. That’s a word being confessed everywhere, by husbands to wives, children to parents, patients to doctors, workers to coworkers, strangers to strangers. We’re scared. How could we not be? We’re part of a moment like... — Updated 4/8/2020 Full story

 
 By Paul Archipley    Opinion

Our View| Support your local newspaper

Here at the Beacon family of newspapers, we’re grateful for the community’s support. In 1992, when we founded Beacon Publishing in Mukilteo, city officials and others were incredulous that we thought a small town of 8,000... — Updated 2/7/2020

 
 By Paul Archipley    News

Beacon journalists feted at annual newspaper association confab

Two members of the Beacon Publishing newsroom were honored with a handful of awards last week at the annual Washington Newspaper Publishers Association convention in Olympia. Sports editor David Pan won five awards, including 2nd... — Updated 10/18/2019

 
 By Paul Archipley    Opinion

Publisher's Desk | You too can fight domestic violence

Kim Goldman had brought extensive notes for a prepared speech she was going to give at the Hope Within Luncheon, a fundraiser for Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County that’s held annually during Domestic Violence... — Updated 10/18/2019

 
 By Paul Archipley    Opinion

Advertising expert Jim Pompeo joins Beacon team

Over the last five years, Coca-Cola has spent an average of $3.8 billion a year on advertising. Coffee is the most widely consumed beverage in America, yet Starbucks spends nearly... — Updated 10/18/2019

 
 By Paul Archipley    A & E

Ex-Beacon editor hits bull’s-eye in ‘One Last Shot’

The journalists in novelist Al Hooper’s world are hardened and experienced, but their tough personas are leavened with strains of gentleness, understanding and, of course, love.... — Updated 9/26/2018

 
 By Paul Archipley    Schools

Innovative ideas blossom at session on JHS overcrowding

Plenty of out-of-the-box thinking has produced some novel ideas on how to solve overcrowding at Henry M. Jackson High School. Why not offer more online courses? How about two-story portables? Run a new bond measure for a less... — Updated 5/31/2018

 
 By Paul Archipley    News

Retirement will not stop Michelson from serving the city she loves

The phrase “creature of habit” may be a cliché, but if you were to look up that idiom in the dictionary, you might very well find Donna Michelson’s picture. Six days a week,... — Updated 12/15/2017 Full story

 
 By Paul Archipley    News

Council on Aging brings action, power to growing populace

Senior. Retiree. Pensioner. Oldster. Golden ager. Old fogey! People “of a certain age,” particularly the baby boomers who are entering that stage of life at the rate of 10,000 per day, aren’t sure what they want to be... — Updated 9/15/2017

 
 By Paul Archipley    News

Councilmember faces possible resignation after moving out of city

Sean Kelly is stuck between the proverbial rock and hard place. The first-term Mill Creek councilmember is seeking election to a second term in November. Problem is, Kelly no... — Updated 9/13/2017

 
 By Paul Archipley    News

Separate but one, magnified by the Great American Eclipse

Bill McAulay was in high school when his mother made him get up in the middle of the night to look at a comet that was streaking across the dark sky. This week, in Madras, Oregon,... — Updated 8/24/2017

 
 By Paul Archipley    News

Want a long, happy life? Volunteer!

You may have seen the statistic: baby boomers are retiring at an average rate of 10,000 per day. Tired of work, but not tired of living, many are seeking satisfaction by turning their interests to volunteerism. Opportunities are,... — Updated 6/21/2017

 

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