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 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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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 7/24/2020 Full story

 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 Full story

 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 Full story

 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 Full story

 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 Full story

 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 7/24/2020


Governor announces more restrictions to slow COVID-19

From the Office of the Governor: "Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman today announced changes to "Safe Start," Washington's phased approach to reopening. The... — Updated 7/23/2020 Full story


COVID: A letter from the Snohomish Health District to the community

The following was written by the Snohomish Health District. To our friends and neighbors in Snohomish County: It's been six months since the first reported case of COVID-19 in the... — Updated 7/22/2020 Full story

 By Beacon staff    News

UPDATE: Bothell police officer killed during traffic stop

UPDATED with new information on July 20 from the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team: The bullet that killed a Bothell police officer after responding to a traffic stop c... — Updated 7/20/2020 Full story


Burn ban starts July 22 in Snohomish County

Due to high fire danger and expected hot and dry weather conditions, the Snohomish County Fire Marshal has announced an outdoor burning ban for the unincorporated areas of... — Updated 7/17/2020 Full story

 By Beacon staff    News

National Night Out event canceled

Another summer event has been taken off the calendar because of the COVID-19 pandemic: Mill Creek's National Night Out celebration. The event was originally scheduled for Aug. 2,... — Updated 7/17/2020 Full story

 By Beacon staff    News

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 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

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


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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