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 By Paul Archipley    News

Here's a sporting idea: Make pickleball the official state sport

Like other states, Washington claims its share of official symbols: the state flower is, of course, the rhododendron. The state bird? American goldfinch. Fish? Steelhead. Tree?... — Updated 1/20/2022

 
 By Paul Archipley    News

City settles lawsuit with former employee

After more than three years of turmoil and two years of legal wrangling, the City of Mill Creek and former Communications & Marketing Director Joni Kirk have settled her lawsuit against the City. Kirk had been placed on paid admini... — Updated 1/20/2022

 
 By Paul Archipley    News

Voters asked to weigh in on fire services annexation

Very few people want to know how the sausage is made, but Mill Creek voters may want to pay attention over the next few weeks as their City Council hashes out options for funding fu... — Updated 1/20/2022

 
 By Paul Archipley    News

Jackson students protest against sexual harassment, abuse

Fed up with ongoing – and increasing – incidents of sexual harassment and abuse, students at Jackson and Everett high schools staged walkouts and a petition drive this month, calling for increased discipline in Everett Public... — Updated 12/23/2021

 
 By Paul Archipley    News

City moves toward annexation into South County Fire

There’s no easy way to present the difficult facts about funding future fire and EMS services in Mill Creek. No matter which option the city’s voters choose, costs will go up. Way up. On Tuesday, the Mill Creek City Council... — Updated 12/17/2021

 
 By Paul Archipley    News

Chief says he's not 'a good fit' for Mill Creek

Four police chiefs in less than two years. A steady drain of other police officers over that same time period. A current force that is half the recommended number for a city the size of Mill Creek, with remaining officers... — Updated 12/16/2021

 
 By Paul Archipley    News

Educators train for shooting they hope never happens

While the Nov. 30 killing spree at a high school north of Detroit was just the latest horrific shooting that has plagued America’s schools, Everett Public Schools’ (EPS) educators appear to be well prepared to act quickly... — Updated 12/15/2021

 

What can we do about panhandlers? | Ok Boomer, Ok Zoomer

Publisher Paul Archipley and Mill Creek Editor Christopher Kim are at opposite ends of the generational gap. Archipley is a Baby Boomer; Kim is a member of Generation Z. But they... — Updated 11/5/2021

 

Where have the letters gone? | Ok Boomer, Ok Zoomer

Publisher Paul Archipley and Mill Creek Editor Christopher Kim are at opposite ends of the generational gap. Archipley is a Baby Boomer; Kim is a member of Generation Z. But they ha... — Updated 10/8/2021

 

Gripes of wrath | Ok Boomer, Ok Zoomer

Publisher Paul Archipley and Mill Creek Editor Christopher Kim are at opposite ends of the generational gap. Archipley is a Baby Boomer; Kim is a member of Generation Z. But they ha... — Updated 9/24/2021

 
 By Paul Archipley    Opinion

Subscribers step up to support The Beacon

Dear readers, We wrapped up our August Subscriber Appreciation Month with many new readers as well as existing subscribers who signed up for another year, even months before their... — Updated 9/17/2021

 
 By Paul Archipley    Opinion

Subscribe now to support The Beacon, win prizes

If you’re among the many who have enjoyed reading free issues of The Beacon over the past several weeks, we hope you’ll agree that your hometown newspaper is an important part... — Updated 8/27/2021

 
 By Paul Archipley    Opinion

Beacon subscription drive heats up with summer | Publisher's Desk

It's been about six months since The Beacon transitioned from a free publication to a subscription newspaper. We're pleased to report that, while we're not where we want to be yet,... — Updated 8/25/2021 Full story

 

Vaccines work, so why such blatant opposition still? | Ok Boomer, Ok Zoomer

Publisher Paul Archipley and Mill Creek Editor Christopher Kim are at opposite ends of the generational gap. Archipley is a Baby Boomer (an odd designation for a senior citizen);... — Updated 8/20/2021

 

Ya Like Jazz? | Ok Boomer, Ok Zoomer

Publisher Paul Archipley and Mill Creek Editor Christopher Kim are at opposite ends of the generational gap. Archipley is a Baby Boomer (an odd designation for a senior citizen); Ki... — Updated 8/6/2021

 

The gun dilemma in America | Ok Boomer, Ok Zoomer

Publisher Paul Archipley and Mill Creek editor Christopher Kim are at opposite ends of the generational gap. Archipley is a Baby Boomer (an odd designation for a senior citizen);... — Updated 8/6/2021

 

Old column revived with new editor | Ok Boomer, Ok Zoomer

Publisher Paul Archipley and Mill Creek editor Christopher Kim are at opposite ends of the generational gap. Archipley is a Baby Boomer (an odd designation for a senior citizen);... — Updated 7/16/2021

 

"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

 
 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... — Updated 7/6/2021

 
 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-fi... — 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... — Updated 12/26/2020

 
 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... — 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... — 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... — Updated 10/19/2020

 

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