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University Book Store to close Mill Creek store

The University Book Store, located in the Mill Creek Town Center, announced on Sept. 5 that the store will not be renewing its lease. A significant rental increase contributed to the decision,... Full story


Mill Creek Police Department takes first steps in creating strategic plan

Mill Creek Police Chief Greg Elwin highlighted the importance of a strategic plan for the city’s police department at a City Council meeting on Sept. 3. The strategic plan is a document used to communicate goals within the department while...


Evergreen State Fair collects 33,866 pounds of food on opening day

Opening day of the Evergreen State Fair rounded up 33,866 pounds of canned goods to support food banks across Snohomish County. Aug. 22 became the largest single-day food drive at the Evergreen State Fair, increasing 13% from last year. According to... Full story


Mill Creek blood drive supports local cause

Bloodworks Northwest hosted a blood drive at the Mill Creek City Hall North parking lot on Aug. 30. The event was moved from Central Market last minute, however, the next blood drive will be held in their parking lot on Sept. 20. This blood drive is...

 By Dan Aznoff    News    August 15, 2019

Freshman lawmaker reflects on his first session in Olympia

Former Mill Creek City Councilmember Jared Mead (D-Mill Creek) completed his first turn in the marathon known as the legislative session in Olympia and said he is prepared to go the distance. Mead is...

 By Dan Aznoff    News    August 15, 2019

Reports of our death have been greatly exaggerated

The offices of Beacon Publishing received numerous phone calls and emails in response to a photo that appeared on the front page of another Mill Creek newspaper with the headline “Bye, Bye Beacon.” The intent of the misleading headline,... Full story

 By Dan Aznoff    News    August 1, 2019

Council approves next step in plan for East Gateway Urban Village

Members of the Mill Creek City Council gave their blessing to the engineering requirements needed to acquire two small parcels that will be used for a roadway to provide two access points for The...

 By Dan Aznoff    News    July 18, 2019

Senior Center remains a hub of activity

Whispers that the 1-year-old Mill Creek Senior Center would be closing by the end of the month have been denied by managers of the program and many of the regulars who frequent the facility. The senior center opened in its new space in the lobby of... Full story

 By Dan Aznoff    News    July 18, 2019

Two appointed councilmembers vying to fulfill unexpired terms

There are seven candidates vying for five seats on the Mill Creek City Council on the August primary ballot in their attempts to advance to the general election in November. The unusual number is a result of two resignations in the past year....

 By Dan Aznoff    News    July 18, 2019

Council reluctantly approves upgrades to computer network

In a rare show of discord, members of the Mill Creek City Council were divided on a proposal to authorize more than $50,000 to replace aging elements of the city’s computer network. The upgrades were proposed by IT Manager James Busch as part of...


Communications director sent home for violation of privacy policy

The city’s director of communications and marketing has been out of City Hall for more than three weeks after allegedly recording a private meeting held to fire a member of her staff without advising any of the people in the room. Joni Kirk has... Full story

 By Dan Aznoff    News    July 3, 2019

Can art really make Mill Creek an even more desirable place to live?

City governments can spend taxpayer money in a variety of ways. Members of the Mill Creek City Council heard two diametrically different options on ways to spend taxpayer dollars to improve their...


Ursus americanus visits the NW Stream Center

An honored guest dropped in to pay a visit to the NW Stream Center last week. And his appearance created quite a stir among both visitors and staff. Ironically, the young black bear paid his respects...

 By Dan Aznoff    News    July 3, 2019

Threat of trade wars with China helped secure lower rates

Residents of Mill Creek will pay more in property taxes next year to pay for the work needed to repair major failures in the city’ underground stormwater system. But the bills will not be as high as earlier predicted as a direct result of President... Full story

 By Dan Aznoff    News    June 21, 2019

Council completes crash course on high finance

After an extended debate and some serious soul searching, members of the Mill Creek City Council approved an agreement with the capital management firm DA Davidson to issue $2.8 million in bonds to fund repair of the aging stormwater system that... Full story


Presentation to council will emphasize the role of art in a vibrant community

The vice president of a non-profit agency that promotes the importance art to a thriving community will make a special presentation is scheduled to make a special presentation during the regular... Full story

 By Dan Aznoff    News    June 7, 2019

Large crowds lined Main Street for Memorial Day Parade

Proposals by city staff to create a city-wide Mill Creek Days celebration during the month of May could have been partially responsible for the turnout for what Mayor Pam Pruitt warned could be the...

 By Dan Aznoff    News    June 7, 2019

Developers could break ground on The Farm by the end of June

The approval of revised plans by a third-party hearing examiner cleared the way for developers to break ground on the proposed mixed-use project known as The Farm by the end of June. The public hearing was held in late May. The examiner issued his...

 By Dan Aznoff    News    June 7, 2019

City prepares for traffic impact from The Farm

The same California company that plans to build almost 400 workforce apartment homes above a sprawling commercial complex in the northeast corner of Mill Creek included cash incentives to offset the impact from the additional population and traffic... Full story

 By Dan Aznoff    News    May 21, 2019

Two challengers will compete with five members of current city council

The names of seven Mill Creek residents will appear on the ballot in the race to fill five seats on the City Council this fall. The one-week filing period ended Friday, May 17. The primary election... Full story

 By Dan Aznoff    News    May 21, 2019

Slate for council election set with familiar names plus one local business owner

The names of seven Mill Creek residents will appear on the ballot in the race to fill five seats on the City Council this fall. The one-week filing period ended Friday, May 17. The primary election is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug 6. The general... Full story

 By Dan Aznoff    News    May 17, 2019

Ciaravino hopes to empower the vision of the city council

Of all the factors that attracted Michael Ciaravino to move his family across the country, it was the kitchen in City Hall that convinced him that he had found his new home. Before the new city... Full story

 By Dan Aznoff    News    May 17, 2019

City staff looks forward to benefits from The Farm

The additional population and added revenue are the measureable factors that allowed developers to convince the City Council to approve the 355 apartment homes and 100,000 square feet of commercial...

 By Dan Aznoff    News    May 17, 2019

Familiar faces will dominate City Council ballot

Five incumbents and one extremely active member of the community who has been the ballot before have all filed to run for the five positions on the Mill Creek City Council to be decided by voters this fall. As of Thursday, May 16, all six had filed t...


Building site plan hearing for The Farm set for next week

A public hearing on the site plan application for The Farm has been scheduled for next Thursday, May 23, in the City Council chambers in City Hall beginning at 6p.m. The application under consideration for the 17-plus acres in the East Gateway Urban...


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