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UPDATE: Bothell police officer killed during traffic stop

UPDATED with new information on July 14 from the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team: Throughout the day, detectives with the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Te... — Updated 7/14/2020 Full story

 
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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 battl... — Updated 7/11/2020 Full story

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News 

City of Mill Creek slapped with unfair labor practice complaint, again

The union that represents certain employees at the City of Mill Creek has filed an unfair labor practice charge with the Public Employment Relations Commission of Washington (PERC)... — Updated 7/10/2020

 
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City of Mill Creek responds to employees union's unfair labor practice complaint

The City of Mill Creek responded July 10 to AFSCME’s unfair labor practice charge, the union that represents certain City employees, that the union filed in response to several City layoffs and other alleged unfair labor... — Updated 7/10/2020

 
 By Beacon staff    News 

Union letter to City Council about unfair labor practice complaint, layoffs

Miguel Morga, the director of staff services for the union that represents City of Mill Creek employees, sent the following letter to each City Councilmember in response to the layoffs of three employees (the fourth person laid... — Updated 7/10/2020

 
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Health District: What to do if a customer refuses to wear a mask

The Snohomish Health District came out with more guidelines for businesses operating during the COVID-19 pandemic, including steps of how to respond to a customer not wearing a... — Updated 7/10/2020 Full story

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News 

Mill Creek staffers allegedly commuting from out of state while local positions face layoffs

Two key City employees, who worked with City Manager Michael Ciaravino even before they came to work for Mill Creek, have allegedly been working from their homes in Ohio and New... — Updated 7/10/2020

 
 By Christopher Kim    News 

Restaurants face challenges despite the return of dine-in seating

Mill Creek's restaurants are slowly returning to regular dine-in operations with the recent transition into Phase 2 of Gov. Inslee's reopening plan, along with many others in... — Updated 7/10/2020

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News 

Tired of virtual meetings, one City Council member proposes a return to the dais

Zoom meetings and conference calls are difficult, but it looks like they will be the go-to for the City of Mill Creek for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19. "We're not getting... — Updated 7/10/2020

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News 

Acting Chief Eastman tries to clear up PD's use-of-force policy

The recent deaths of Black people in the United States at the hands of the police, spurred by the video of the death of George Floyd in an interaction with four Minneapolis police... — Updated 7/10/2020

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News

City lays off four employees amid coronavirus-induced revenue shortfalls

City Council members learned that the City will need to lay off four employees in light of the COVID-19 pandemic – and it was the first time some of those staff members had learne... — Updated 7/8/2020

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News

Public Works Director resigns from the City

Mill Creek's Public Works Director, Gina Hortillosa, has resigned. She becomes one of many to leave the City in the past year. "It was a personal decision for me to resign. There's... — Updated 7/7/2020

 
 By Christopher Kim    News

Important water and boating safety tips

Summer is almost officially upon us, and with sweltering days ahead, many are looking forward to getting in the water this season. However, experts caution eager swimmers and boater... — Updated 7/7/2020

 
 By Christopher Kim    News

Celebrate safely this July 4 weekend

The summer season is in full swing and with the July 4 weekend just around the corner, local authorities are calling for an increase in public awareness about fireworks safety ... — Updated 7/7/2020

 
 By Beacon staff    News

Church demolition on City property, room rentals paused, parks open again | City Briefs

Here's what's going on in City Hall. City demolishing St. Francis Episcopal Church, house on City property The City of Mill Creek will begin demolishing the old St. Francis Episcopa... — Updated 7/7/2020

 
 By Christopher Kim    News

Black bear spotted near Willis D. Tucker Community Park

A black bear was recently seen crossing Puget Park Dr. near Willis D. Tucker Community Park on June 6. Eagle-eyed Mill Creekers who spotted the animal documented the encounter and p... — Updated 7/3/2020

 
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State announces two-week pause on all counties moving forward with reopening

Governor Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman announced a two-week pause on all counties moving forward in the phases until at least July 16. This is to allow more time to see where the numbers are heading, and to give... — Updated 7/2/2020 Full story

 

County exec: No retreat to Phase 1

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers said that he has no intention of taking the county back to Phase 1 during the coronavirus pandemic. "I support the phased re-opening of Snohomish County," he said in a news release on July 1.... — Updated 7/2/2020 Full story

 
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Masks required statewide beginning Friday, June 26

People statewide will be legally required to wear a mask when indoors or outdoors in public space if they cannot maintain 6 feet of social distance to help slow the spread of... — Updated 6/23/2020

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News

Father helps preteen son in stabbing of 12-year-old at Heatherwood Apartments

Update 06/13/20 at 12:09 p.m. – The suspect's father, Martinez D. Mitchell, who is accused of holding the 12-year-old victim while his son stabbed him, was arrested after turning... — Updated 6/19/2020 Full story

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News

Mill Creek parade celebrates graduating seniors

Graduating high school and college seniors, their families and friends, and community members came out to celebrate the Class of 2020 June 13 during the City's graduation parade.... — Updated 6/19/2020 Full story

 

Police Blotter: June 1 - 11

June 1 Identity theft Officers responded to an identity theft report at 15019 3rd Dr. SE. A 59-year-old Mill Creek man reported unknown suspects opened an unemployment claim using his personal information. June 2 Don’t drink and... — Updated 6/19/2020

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News

Acting Police Chief's views on 'defunding the police'

Police officers' use of force has been called into question across the nation after the video of the death of George Floyd while a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck in... — Updated 6/19/2020

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News

Does Mill Creek need a racial equity council?

George Floyd's death and the ensuing protests across the nation, and right here in Mill Creek, have galvanized people to seek change in the way we do law enforcement in the United... — Updated 6/19/2020

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News

Business adapts to Phase 2 of reopening

There's been a noticeable uptick in foot traffic on Main Street in Mill Creek since Snohomish County entered Phase 2 of Gov. Inslee's coronavirus reopening plan earlier this month,... — Updated 6/19/2020

 

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