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 By Emily Gilbert    News    December 6, 2019 

New building for Public Works, a $2 million park expansion, and grant money in updated CIP

The Mill Creek City Council made some changes to its Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), notably adding a million-dollar project and canceling two smaller ones from when the plan was originally adopted...

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News    December 6, 2019 

Mill Creek's favorite courtesy clerk retires – on his 91st birthday

There was a near-constant receiving line as shoppers walked in to say farewell and thank you to 91-year-old Chuck Elvig, who was finally retiring from his courtesy clerk job at Central Market....

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News    December 6, 2019 

Property tax, EMS levies to increase 1% in 2020

The City Council voted to increase both the property tax and EMS levies for Mill Creek residents in 2020 to accommodate for a likely increase in City Hall staff. The council voted 6-1 for the tax increase during its Nov. 26 meeting.  “To avoid...

 

New road to ease 35th Avenue congestion

A Snohomish County Public Works project to widen the roadway between State Route 524 (Maltby Road) and 187 Place Southeast, and connect 196th Street Southeast to 200th Street Southeast. Snohomish...

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News    December 6, 2019 

Jay Cho hopes to cultivate diversity at Mill Creek Senior Center

Jay Cho didn't know who the people sitting at a table in the Seattle Children's rehabilitation area were, but they would change his life.  It was 2010 and one of Cho's two sons was in the hospital...

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News    December 6, 2019 

Mill Creek businesses count on holiday sales 

Many Mill Creek businesses rely on holiday shopping to help carry them through historically slower months in the beginning of the new year.  "It's really everything I wait for [during] the rest of...

 

Know the difference between the flu and common cold this season

Flu season came to Snohomish County early this year and cases began to pick up in mid-November although peak season is usually between January and March.  While other respiratory illnesses like the...

 

Police Blotter Nov. 8 - Nov. 15

Nov. 8 Smashed mailbox A driver hit a mailbox at 14200 block of 41st Avenue Southeast. Officers arrested the driver and booked him into the Snohomish County Jail.  Main Street theft Two transient people in their 20s were arrested on multiple...

 

City Hall may get some new faces

Mill Creek has seen growth in recent years and it is only expected to continue. An increasing population leads to the need for more city services and programs, and City Manager Michael Ciaravino has asked the Council for a number of staff...

 

No changes to city hall leadership

Mill Creek leadership will stay the same but there will be some countywide changes after the general election Nov. 5. Vote counts are as of Nov. 12. There were nearly 500,000 registered voters in Snohomish County, with a 42% turnout.  Mill Creek...

 
 By Beacon staff    News    November 15, 2019

Anonymous bomb threat at Glacier Peak High School

An anonymous bomb threat led to an evacuation at Glacier Peak High School Tuesday while the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office investigated and authorities searched the building. The Washington State Patrol Intra-Agency Bomb Squad and multiple K9...

 
 By Beacon staff    News    November 15, 2019

Local briefs

Keep storm drains clear to prevent flooding Fallen leaves, pine needles, litter and other debris can block storm drains and lead to flooding. Make sure to keep storm drains clear so water can pass...

 

Community Transit service to grow 5 percent in 2020

Community Transit’s proposed budget would increase service five% in 2020 as the agency continues is expansion of bus service for Snohomish County residents. The service increase equates to about 18,000 hours of news service, a more moderate expansi...

 

Snohomish County buses may meet light rail at Northgate in 2021

As Link light rail expands north toward Snohomish County, Community Transit and Sound Transit are exploring bus service changes to connect riders with fast, reliable service to the University of Washington, downtown Seattle and other regional...

 

Approval of I-976 already stirs controversy, Eyman prepares to fight

Former Mukilteo resident Tim Eyman has finally found success in decreasing car tab taxes to $30 after the General Election Nov. 5. Eyman declared victory before all ballots were even counted Tuesday night. “I love being a political activist. I abso...

 

Vaping devices can be difficult to recognize

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a new study Nov. 8 on the association between vitamin E acetate and vaping-associated lung injury. In light of this new information, the...

 

Good way to see the world? Get your hands dirty

Who would have thought a few months ago I would be on my knees, in the dirt, in an orchard in the countryside of France helping a new friend harvest the fallen hazelnuts (filberts)? No one who knows...

 

Police Botter Nov. 1 - Nov. 7

Nov. 1 “Exposed” Officers responded to a report of indecent exposure at a local business along Bothell‐Everett Highway. An unknown man exposed himself to an employee. “Parking lot problems” Officers responded to a report of a hit and run...

 
 By Beth Bond    News    November 15, 2019

A lifetime of music

It's been said that music has the power to soothe the savage beast, and maybe so. Music touches our lives from birth to death. In fact, the use of calming music can influence the embryo as it...

 
 By Jim Miller    News    November 15, 2019

How to create an ethical will

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you write a column on ethical wills and how to make one? The attorney that made up my will recently suggested I write one as a tool to explain the intentions of my will, as well as express my thoughts and feelings, but I don...

 

Make yourself happy; make yourself useful

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson Here are some ways to be useful: Volunteer Chore - The...

 

Ketogenic Nutrition and Diabetes

Ketogenic nutrition, or the "keto diet," is gaining a lot of attention as a tool for weight loss and healing chronic disease. Although not right for everyone, keto diet is highly effective for...

 

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...

 

Mill Creek Celebrates "Service; Past, Present, and Future" for Veterans Day 2019

Mill Creek's annual Veterans Day celebration will honor the past, present, and future of military service. The public can partake in a commemorative ceremony, the parade, and admire the assembly of...

 

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...

 

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