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Edmonds School District students getting some days off

Edmonds School District students in the seventh through 12th grades are getting some days off in order to catch up before winter break. Three Wednesdays in December, Dec. 2, Dec.... — Updated 12/1/2020 Full story

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State election results are certified

More Washingtonians voted in the 2020 general election than in any election in the state's history. According to vote totals certified today by Secretary of State Kim Wyman,... — Updated 12/1/2020

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Our businesses need our support during this pandemic | Letter to the Editor

The small bright spot of this pandemic has been the outpouring of support from our residents to our communities that are most in need. One part of our treasured community is our... — Updated 12/1/2020

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Council: Reject emergency mayoral powers | Letter to the Editor

City Council: I've been following the issues around this evening's (Dec. 1) agenda item 9.1 regarding the administration's request for temporary relief from the requirements of... — Updated 12/1/2020

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Opposes legislative power for Edmonds mayor | Letter to the Editor

I strongly oppose granting the mayor legislative powers during the COVID-19 pandemic. I am opposed because it is un-American, it puts too much power into one individual, and... — Updated 11/30/2020

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Governor announces statewide COVID-19 exposure notification tool

Gov. Jay Inslee, along with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), today, Nov. 30, announced the launch of WA Notify, an anonymous exposure notification tool to help stop... — Updated 11/30/2020 Full story

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Hundreds line up for COVID testing in Edmonds

Michelle Grigsby took the test for her grandma. Grigsby was first in line Monday, Nov. 23, for the free COVID testing offered by Verdant Health Commission and Medical Teams... — Updated 11/24/2020 Full story

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Snohomish County launches local business support site

Snohomish County has launched a program called Support SnoCo in an effort to boost the economic health of local businesses. This program is one of the recommendations from the... — Updated 11/29/2020 Full story

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Small Business Saturday, and First Dibs

Saturday, Nov. 28, was Small Business Saturday in Edmonds, as well as the second day of First Dibs. There were plenty of shoppers about, with lines forming out of Edmonds Bookshop... — Updated 11/28/2020 Full story

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When they need it most, support our local businesses | Guest View

In a normal holiday season, some people think, "The most wonderful time of the year!" Others may think, "Hmmf! And this crazy year, we are all a little befuddled!" Well, no matter... — Updated 11/28/2020

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Gnomes and gingerbread people | Through Your Lens

What signs of the holidays have you seen in Edmonds? Lee Lageshulte captured Santa gnomes at Coldwell Banker Bain and the gingerbread folks at The Refinery Salon. Send us your... — Updated 11/27/2020

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Too much horsepower at the Port of Edmonds | Letter to the Editor

On Monday, Nov. 23, from 10-10:30 a.m. approximately, a powerboat (see photo) ran its large outboard (four-cylinder, greater than 100 horsepower) very noisily right adjacent to the... — Updated 11/26/2020

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Mayor names Dave Turley new finance director

Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson on Wednesday, Nov. 25, appointed Acting Finance Director Dave Turley to be the city's next finance director. "Dave has served our city for four years as... — Updated 11/25/2020

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Edmonds police officers OK after suspect attempts to run them over

Three Edmonds police officers are OK after two suspects attempted to run them over in their car. A 24-year-old male from Kent and a 38-year-old female, both wanted felons, were... — Updated 11/25/2020

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Mayor appoints next Edmonds Municipal Court judge

Mayor Mike Nelson today, Nov. 24, appointed Whitney Rivera to be Edmonds' next Municipal Court judge. "I am excited to announce my judicial appointment of Whitney Rivera to the... — Updated 11/29/2020

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Annie Fortnum: Serving all for Thanksgiving

Annie Fortnum hasn't spent as much time the last few years as she used to at the community kitchen – one that was named after her at Edmonds Lutheran Church. "I don't go to the... — Updated 11/28/2020

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Working to increase Native representation

November is Native American Heritage Month, a particularly important commemoration in Washington, which is home to 29 federally recognized tribes. Despite the state's rich Native... — Updated 11/24/2020

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A 1953 fire department tragedy on a summer night

It was a routine call for Fire Station No. 1 late Sunday evening, July 26, 1953 – a brush fire was burning at Talbot Park near Meadowdale. Answering the call from Station No. 1:... — Updated 11/29/2020

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No property tax increase; street grant projects | City Briefs

No property tax increase; EMS levy rises by 1% Edmonds homeowners will not see their property taxes increased in 2021 as City Council members voted to keep the 2021 city's... — Updated 11/24/2020

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Harvey's Lounge to close in Edmonds

Harvey's Lounge, the longtime dive bar on Highway 99 in Edmonds that in 2018 was the site of a racist incident, has closed. "After 71 years in business, we have decided to... — Updated 11/24/2020

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COVID, police reform, race equity on agenda | Guest View

I am profoundly grateful to the voters of the 32nd Legislative District for reelecting me to a second term in the State House. It has truly been the honor of my lifetime to serve... — Updated 11/24/2020

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School sports, activities needed more than ever | Guest View

Ever since I was lucky enough to become the executive director at the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, I've told our staff and membership that we are in the... — Updated 11/24/2020

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Warm house, cool planet, part 2 | Greener Edmonds

Installing an efficient heating system like a heat pump is one way to lower the environmental cost of keeping a house warm. Another is working with what is already there. Sealing... — Updated 11/24/2020

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Soccer; kindness vs. change; Waterfront Center | Letters to the Editor

Sno-King soccer is still going on We were saddened to hear of the staffing reduction at Sno-King ("Sno-King Youth Club cuts 2 positions," Nov. 19). So many kids have gone through... — Updated 11/24/2020

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This is us, Thanksgiving edition | Chuck's World

After a long, chatty call with my daughter the other night, she mentioned that it was time for her nightly routine. She and my son-in-law apparently do the New York Times crossword... — Updated 11/24/2020

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A change in political climate? | Moment's Notice

"We must learn to live together as brothers or we will perish together as fools." – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. When we talk about the climate these days, it is the political... — Updated 11/24/2020

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For the whole world, now more than ever

When we first met Aaron Giebel in the pages of the Beacon, the 12-year-old was busy creating a publication called Cute Kitten News when not attending Madrona K-8 or delivering the... — Updated 11/24/2020

School District Foundation gets $5K for headphones

The Foundation for Edmonds School District has received a $5,000 Boeing Sponsorship Award from The Boeing Co. Funds will be used for district’s Digital Access and Technology Support Project, which helps hundreds of children... — Updated 11/24/2020

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Start of high school sports season delayed again

The high school sports season has been pushed back, and each of the three seasons has been shortened. The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) executive board... — Updated 11/24/2020

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'Head in the Clouds': Andy Eccleshall show

Edmonds artist and muralist Andy Eccleshall will have a month-long show at Cole Gallery in Edmonds in December. There will be no opening reception, due to COVID restrictions Also... — Updated 11/24/2020

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Edmonds-Woodway grad Barbara Childs featured in Artists Sunday

Edmonds School District's community arts program Barbara Childs is one of 20 artists nationwide chosen to participate in Artists Sunday, a new art-focused shopping holiday taking... — Updated 11/24/2020

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Edmonds author releases debut historical novel

Edmonds resident Nancy Burkhalter's debut historical novel, "The Education of Delhomme: Chopin, Sand, & La France," was released Nov. 17 through History Through Fiction. The... — Updated 11/24/2020

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Holiday picks from the Edmonds Bookshop | Holiday Cheer

We know the holidays are a little harder to celebrate this year. Edmonds Bookshop will close our doors upon reaching 25% capacity, so when visiting please be considerate of those... — Updated 11/26/2020

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First Dibs returns in Edmonds for 2020 – for 10 days | Holiday Cheer

Thirty-one Edmonds merchants will be participating in First Dibs which – unlike previous versions – will continue for 10 days, not just one. It begins Nov. 27 on Shop Small... — Updated 11/24/2020

Make the season bright and grab a bite with DVS | Holiday Cheer

Join Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County (DVS) for their Holiday Gift Drive Kick-off and Drive-Thru Lunch, in lieu of their annual Holiday Luncheon. You can still donate unwrapped gifts or gift cards for a child or... — Updated 11/24/2020

Cascade Symphony Orchestra 'Virtual Holiday Pops' concert | Holiday Cheer

The Cascade Symphony Orchestra (CSO) will offer its annual “Holiday Pops” concert online 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. This is the Edmonds-based orchestra’s second concert of the 2020-21 season performed virtually due to the... — Updated 11/24/2020

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Making Edmonds festive | Holiday Cheer

Edmonds Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services employees Eric Bird and Molly Matthews installed wreaths on light poles around town last week. It's certainly starting to... — Updated 11/25/2020

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Wreath Walk; Santa' Mailbox; 5K Dash | Holiday Briefs

Wreath Walk Edmonds debuts downtown Art Walk Edmonds is starting a new tradition this year for downtown Edmonds. It has put original, artist-designed and decorated wreaths in... — Updated 11/24/2020

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