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 By Christopher Kim    News

Mill Creek has fully reopened

After more than 15 months of social and business restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19, things are starting to return to normal capacity, giving local communities and... — Updated 7/23/2021

 
 By Christopher Kim    News

Food truck night every Wednesday at local church

Advent Lutheran Church has been working in partnership with the Washington State Food Truck Association to host a variety of food trucks every week in an effort to support local... — Updated 7/16/2021

 
 By Christopher Kim    News

Mill Creek Library In-person services will open next week

With COVID restrictions beginning to loosen, the Mill Creek Sno-Isle Library prepares to open its doors for its first in-person operations in over a year. The library had a soft... — Updated 7/6/2021

 
 By Christopher Kim    News

Central Market renovations include year-round seating area

Central Market has undergone several changes over the course of the last few months in an attempt to accommodate current COVID regulations and an updated and growing selection of... — Updated 7/6/2021

 
 By Jana Hill    News

CARES funding spent on county business support

The county has launched a plan to support local businesses, with use of federal CARES funds. On Friday, Nov. 27, Snohomish County announced the launch of Support SnoCo, a four-prong... — Updated 12/10/2020

 
 By Jana Hill    News

Dining moves back outside as weather turns damp

Rain washed over the Mill Creek Town Center's Main Street the night before its restaurants would shift to outdoor dining and take-out options, in response to state restrictions,... — Updated 11/25/2020 Full story

 
 By Jana Hill    News

Rainy and cold weather hits as dining experiences move inside

Business owners in Mill Creek's Town Center are bracing for the second of two indoor dining bans, with funding concerns at the forefront for those who have already tapped... — Updated 11/18/2020

 

Protect your business, over coffee

The Economic Alliance of Snohomish County has scheduled a free, virtual "Coffee Chat" for 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 01. The Zoom-based "Coffee Chat" events are... — Updated 11/17/2020

 
 By Jana Hill    News

Two small businesses close, then reopen after COVID clusters

Two businesses in Mill Creek and one on Airport Road near Mukilteo went through the process of temporary closure after employees tested positive for COVID-19. Two La Palmera... — Updated 11/6/2020 Full story

 
 By Jana Hill    News

Mill Creek businesses may qualify for CARES funding

The $600,000 in CARES funding available to Mill Creek businesses is quickly approaching the halfway mark in committed funds, just four days into the process the City created to... — Updated 11/4/2020

 
 By Jana Hill    News

Mill Creek offers grants to small businesses, service organizations

The City Council approved a plan to distribute CARES funding to Mill Creek businesses. "The intent of the CARES Act is direct economic development for the businesses (that are) on... — Updated 10/23/2020 Full story

 
 By Jana Hill    News

Mill Creek library still shuttered to visitors

While more activity will be allowed under loosened restrictions announced recently by Governor Jay Inslee, the change won't help Mill Creek's library. Libraries are one of the many... — Updated 10/11/2020

 
 By Jana Hill    News

Cities make plans for reopening of venues

As the doors to event venues prepare to swing open, Mill Creek is already taking steps to help businesses make a comeback from COVID-19's impact on their bottom lines. Gov. Jay... — Updated 10/7/2020

 
 By Beacon staff    News

Neowise comet lights up the sky

A newly discovered comet has graced the skies above Mill Creek and most of the Northern Hemisphere recently. It is the brightest comet visible in our area in the last 25 years, and... — Updated 8/7/2020

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News

Editor's Corner | Folo: Employee saved from layoff, outcome of public records requests

The term “folo” is a bit of journalism jargon, and it just means a follow-up to an earlier story. We have several folos to share with readers. Employee saved from layoff After the emotional rollercoaster that was the July 7... — Updated 7/24/2020

 
 By David Pan    News

PUD offers assistance to customers struggling to pay bills

If you’re struggling to pay your bill from Snohomish County PUD because it is much higher than expected, help is available. Some Mukilteo residents have been surprised by bills that are double or more the amount they are used to... — Updated 7/24/2020

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News

City's plan for CARES Act funding highlights marketing opportunities

Mill Creek Finance Director Jeff Balentine has suggested multiple ways of using federal CARES Act money to help COVID-19 recovery efforts, including everything from air filters for... — Updated 7/24/2020

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News

Remember to vote in the primary, Tuesday, August 4

As if 2020 wasn't jam-packed enough, another election day is coming up. Voters will decide Aug. 4 which candidates will advance to the general election in November. Besides all... — Updated 7/24/2020

 
 By Emily Gilbert    News

City has spent nearly $1 million on legal fees this year alone

The City of Mill Creek has spent nearly $1 million in legal expenses so far in 2020 and is expecting to spend more than $2 million in the current biennial budget. The City has... — Updated 7/24/2020

 
 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

 
 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

 
 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

 

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