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 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 10/24/2020

 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 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 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


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

 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 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 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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