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 By Emily Gilbert    News    March 20, 2020 

Schools, businesses closed to stop the spread of COVID-19

All public and private K-12 schools in Washington state will be closed Tuesday, March 17 through April 24, according to Gov. Jay Inslee during a news conference Friday, March 13 due to the COVID-19...

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News    March 20, 2020 

Support the little guys' – COVID-19's impact on local businesses

COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has taken over daily life in a way that hasn't happened in recent memory. "The world is upside down," Mike Pederson of Central Market told the Be...

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News    March 20, 2020 

Update about Police Chief Elwin's leave: We're waiting for news, too

In our last issue, the Beacon told readers about the City's decision to put Police Chief Greg Elwin on administrative leave. We learned about Elwin's situation through a news tip and later confirmed...

 
 News    March 20, 2020 

Just buy what you need, health department says

As many people in Mill Creek know, and indeed all over Washington state, store shelves are empty of many supplies like hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, toilet paper, and plastic gloves. This is because people are “overstocking” — buying too...

 
 By Cameron Sheppard    News    March 20, 2020 

Governor's plan unveiled to help workers, renters, small businesses during COVID-19 outbreak

Economic assistance to workers, renters and small businesses suffering from the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak will be provided by Governor Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 response plan. On March 16, Inslee mandated a two-week closure of restaurants, ba...

 
 News    March 20, 2020 

Mill Creek Community Food Bank still open

The Mill Creek Community Food Bank is still open and offering help through an online ordering form and curbside pickup in light of the spread of the coronavirus. The change in operations is the food bank’s efforts to help stop the spread of...

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News    March 20, 2020 

City briefs for March 10 - 20

City Hall access closed March 18 - April 18 City Hall will be closed to the public for one month to help stop the spread of CO- VID-19. Non-emergency police services (including concealed weapons permits), passport applications, all City-sponsored...

 
 By SharonAnn Hamilton    News    March 20, 2020 

The Virus of Fear - Q&A

Q: How does it feel to be barreling across England and France at 186 MPH and through the Chunnel at 100 MPH? SharonAnn – Scary and thrilling, no seat belts, great lunch, helpful and charming steward...

 
 By Beth Bond    News    March 20, 2020 

Loneliness and the threat to your health

New, scientific studies are showing an actual difference in cell activity in those people who are depressed. Steve Cole, professor of medicine at UCLA, relates this surprising result in the blood...

 
 By Jim Miller    News    March 20, 2020 

Beware of coronavirus scams

Dear Savvy Senior, Amid all the troubling coronavirus news, I’ve also read that there are various coronavirus scams going around right now taking advantage of innocent people who are afraid of getting sick or are worried about those that have....

 

Addressing Novel Coronavirus

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is at the top of most people’s minds, given the significant impacts on health and the economy. As we weather the outbreak, adhering to sound hygiene practices is critical. Simple steps work — like regular...

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News    March 20, 2020 

Jackson High School student tests positive for coronavirus

First published Feb. 28; updated March 20. Update – As of March 20, there were 1,524 cases in the state and 83 deaths according to health department data; Snohomish County had 385 cases and eight deaths. As of March 20 data, 11 of the county's...

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News    March 20, 2020 

Local business donates 5,000 meals for those in need

The Dream Dinners Foundation donated over 5,000 meals to Venture Church in Mill Creek to give to people in need. The church will begin offering meals via curbside pickup Tuesday, March 24. People can...

 
 News    March 20, 2020 

All City parks closed in Mill Creek

The City of Mill Creek has ordered the closure of all parks to slow the spread of COVID-19. This order is effective at 4 p.m., Monday, March 23, 2020. The order affects the following parks: -Buffalo...

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News    March 20, 2020 

Washington state under 'stay at home' order to stop the spread of COVID-19

Washington state residents will be under a “stay at home” order immediately to slow the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus that has gripped the world, Gov. Jay Inslee announced March 23. The order goes into effect...

 
 By Christopher Kim    News    March 20, 2020 

Billions in federal funding on the line in upcoming census 

Update March 25 – Census field operations have been suspended until April 1 to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the Census Bureau announced March 18. "During this pause in field operations, the...

 
 News    March 20, 2020 

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The Beacon has been part of your community for nearly 30 years – covering your world – and we intend to continue doing so for many years to come. But like other small businesses slammed by the coronavirus pandemic, we are battling to keep our doo...

 
 By Beacon staff    News    March 20, 2020 

Two volunteer positions open on the Planning Commission

The Mill Creek City Council is looking for two volunteers to fill two spots on the Planning Commission. Each position is for three years and will expire on April 30, 2023. Their meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Dutie...

 
 By Cameron Sheppard    News    March 20, 2020 

Washington scrambles to boost supply of life-saving protective items for healthcare workers

Millions of N-95 masks and other types of personal protective equipment are being delivered to Washington State as public health and emergency response officials scramble to obtain the equipment needed to respond to the growing COVID-19 outbreak....

 
 News    March 20, 2020 

Property tax deadline extended to June 1 in Snohomish County

Due to the financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Snohomish County Treasurer Brian Sullivan and Executive Dave Somers have extended the first-half 2020 property tax deadline to June 1, 2020. This Executive Order only applies to resident...

 
 News    March 20, 2020 

Tell us about your home-based business

Starting your own home-based business? The pandemic that has led to pay reductions, cuts in hours and layoffs, coupled with orders by state officials to shelter in place, has prompted some enterprising folks to start a business out of their home....

 
 News    March 20, 2020 

Beacon offers free classifieds

Looking to sell some stuff and pick up a little extra money during the coronavirus pandemic? Let the Beacon help! We will run your classified “for sale” ad for FREE. Here are the particulars: • Classified ads placed by 9 p.m. Sunday will be...

 
 News    March 20, 2020 

Gov. Inslee announces assistance for homeowners unable to make mortgage payments

Gov. Jay Inslee and Charlie Clark, director of the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) announced the state is taking steps to assist distressed Washington homeowners who are unable to make their mortgage payments due to...

 
 By Beacon staff    News    March 20, 2020 

Public can donate protective equipment for medical workers at two locations

Want to help first responders and medical workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic? For a limited time, Snohomish County is opening two locations where the public can donate new, unopened...

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News    March 6, 2020

Seattle Hill Road to undergo $1 million facelift at Village Green Drive and 35th Ave. SE

Seattle Hill Road will be getting a facelift as soon as April from where it intersects with Village Green Drive and crosses 35th Avenue SE. The City Council voted to award the $1 million construction...

 

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