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 By Beacon staff    News 

Snohomish County leaders announce desire to move to Phase 2 of reopening plan

In a reversal from comments made just in the past week about the county not being able to reopen June 1 because of the current rate of new COVID-19 cases, Snohomish County officials... — Updated 5/28/2020

 By Emily Gilbert    News 

City facing projected losses of up to $3 million from COVID-19

The City's finance director, Jeff Balentine, warned City Council members of multimillion-dollar losses at their meeting on May 12, although he and the city manager warned the... — Updated 5/26/2020

 By Christopher Kim    News 

Mill Creek celebrates Memorial Day this year with a 'reverse parade'

The City of Mill Creek celebrated Memorial Day with a different approach this year respecting the health precautions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic - with a pre-recorded virtual... — Updated 5/26/2020


Snohomish County approves business relief grant

The Snohomish County Council has approved two new grant programs for businesses, allowing the application process to open. The two grant programs include a Small Business Relief, Recovery, and Resiliency (R3) Grant Program and the... — Updated 5/22/2020

 By Emily Gilbert    News 

Pier 1 Imports closing in Mill Creek

You'll have to look elsewhere for sassy decorative pillows and cozy accent rugs when shopping in Mill Creek. Pier 1 Imports, a major fixture of Main Street in Mill Creek, announced... — Updated 5/20/2020

 By Emily Gilbert    News 

City Briefs

Here's what's going on in the city. Editor's note (5/19): this has been updated with new times from the City for the Memorial Day "reverse parade." It will be held from 10 a.m. to... — Updated 5/19/2020

 By Dean Ridings    Opinion 

Guest View | Newspapers have your back

We're in the midst of a global pandemic, but its impact on America’s communities is local. First responders are our neighbors helping our neighbors, rushing to addresses just down the street, and taking the sick to the nearby... — Updated 5/19/2020

 By Emily Gilbert    A & E 

2020 Mill Creek Festival postponed until September

The popular summertime favorite, the Mill Creek Festival, has been postponed. It was scheduled for July but has been moved to September 12-13 because of the threat of COVID-19.... — Updated 5/15/2020

 By Emily Gilbert    A & E

Car club helps celebrate seven birthdays in Mill Creek

Editor's note: this story was originally published on April 24. What started as a simple Facebook post has turned into a community of car enthusiasts helping celebrate those with bi... — Updated 5/15/2020

 By Marge Rhodes    A & E

Book Club Corner | Novel Women of Mill Creek's reading recommendations

Local book club meetings are in a hiatus right now due to the coronavirus. However, Novel Women of Mill Creek plans to hold a meeting in May in a member's back yard following... — Updated 5/15/2020

 By Emily Gilbert    A & E

Tips for container gardening during the quarantine

The governor's stay-at-home order and social distancing guidelines have kept many people confined to their homes. After binge-watching your favorite show on Netflix for the second t... — Updated 5/15/2020

 By Christopher Kim    News

Northshore Senior Center: A 'massive resource' to local seniors in need

The Northshore Senior Center in Mill Creek has been closed since early March as a precaution amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The main facility in Bothell remains open, however, as a... — Updated 5/15/2020


Snohomish County to reopen parks May 5

From Snohomish County Parks, Recreation & Tourism: Today, Snohomish County announced the re-opening of county parks for day-use on Tuesday, May 5, in coordination with Governor... — Updated 5/15/2020

 By Emily Gilbert    News

Opening a business amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Opening a business is difficult during "normal" circumstances, but imagine opening a business during a pandemic.  Mill Creek had two new businesses open in March, one right before... — Updated 5/15/2020

 By Emily Gilbert    News

Rotary members offer curbside pickup for food bank donations every other Friday

Update: Rotary members collected as much as 4,000 pounds of food and other supplies, and $2,500 in monetary donations for the Mill Creek Community Food Bank on Friday, April 17.... — Updated 5/15/2020

 By Dr. Steve Davis    Opinion 

Guest View: COVID-19 or allergies? (How to Spot the Difference) 

It starts with a runny nose, then develops into a wheezing cough and red itchy eyes.  You panic – how do you know if you are experiencing symptoms from the dreaded COVID-19 or just your regular seasonal allergies?  Warmer... — Updated 5/15/2020

 By Pam Pruitt    Opinion 

Moving forward despite a vicious virus

My personal appreciation goes to those of you who are practicing social distancing and wearing face covers. Not only are you protecting yourself, but you are also helping to keep the rest of us healthy. If we stick to it, the... — Updated 5/15/2020

 By Christopher Kim    News 

"Support Local" businesses struggling against COVID-19

In the midst of the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 outbreak, some Mill Creek business owners have begun sporting dark blue t-shirts with "Support Local 2020, We Got This" emblaz... — Updated 5/15/2020


$317 million Everett school bond on August ballot

Now, more than ever, schools are the heart of the community.  Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, on March 24, 2020, the school board agreed to postpone the April 28 bond... — Updated 5/15/2020


The governor's reopening plan during the COVID-19 era

Editor’s note: the following is an excerpt from Gov. Jay Inslee’s statewide reopening plan. Phase 1 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s reopening plan for the state began on May 5, 2020.  When COVID-19 disease burden is low and decreasing... — Updated 5/15/2020

 By Miranda Milton    A & E 

Battling boredom: Basics of bird watching

Studies show that hobbies improve mental health but COVID-19 has made some hobbies and activities impossible, or at least put them on hold. Puget Sound bird experts agree that one... — Updated 5/15/2020

 By Christopher Kim    News 

Mill Creek Community Food Bank strains to keep up with growing need

The Mill Creek Community Food Bank has struggled to keep up with rapidly growing demands in recent weeks as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Since the outbreak, workers have... — Updated 5/15/2020

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Chuck's World | Warning: Column may contain salty language

Google knows what I'm up to. This shouldn't be a surprise, although I'm always surprised. Of course, any search engine worth its salt will recognize patterns, including (and maybe particularly) if one is looking up the meaning of... — Updated 5/1/2020


Our Schools | Support for each other in uncertain times

In last month’s column, I stated in these challenging times we stand with you, and we will get through this together. I still believe that. But as this crisis continues to disrupt what we all thought of as our normal life, I... — Updated 5/1/2020


Health District updates on planning, testing and data

The Snohomish Health District is continuing to focus on what a safe, healthy path to establishing a new normal looks like. Opening businesses back up and reinvigorating the local... — Updated 5/1/2020


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