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A gift for Edmonds: Donated 1-acre site on will be used for a park or public garden

Empty lots for sale in Edmonds quickly fall to hungry developers, but there's one on Bowdoin Way that's off-limits, thanks to a generous gift from a longtime resident. Before she... — Updated 10/28/2021

School district wants bond vote reduced from 60% approval

To address escalating capital demands, the Edmonds School District is asking the state Legislature for a constitutional amendment to change the bond validation rate from a 60%... — Updated 10/28/2021

A history of Southwest County Park

Editor's note: This story follows one written by the author in April, Edmonds Beacon"The lost railroad tracks of an Edmonds park." One of the most popular hiking spots in Edmonds... — Updated 10/28/2021

Debby Grant solves her retirement conundrum

In the end, it was her knitting that did the job. With retirement looming and free time available, Edmonds resident Debby Grant mused about how best to use that extra time. She... — Updated 10/28/2021

Council will continue to meet remotely | City Briefs

Despite the pleas of several public speakers, the Edmonds City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to continue meeting remotely through Zoom. Councilmember Kristiana Johnson... — Updated 10/28/2021

Through Your Lens | After the rain

We all know the end of the rainbow lands in Edmonds. On this day, after the rain stopped and the sun came out, Steve Christiansen captured this image of the... — Updated 10/28/2021

Through Your Lens | A perfect fall scene

Over the weekend, Connie Helfenstein found a perfect spot to take in the golden fall colors: Deer Creek Park in the Town of Woodway. Lisa Hanson captured the... — Updated 10/28/2021

South County Fire names state Fire Educator of the Year

South County Fire Community Outreach Manager Shawneri Guzman has been named Educator of the Year by the Washington Public Fire Educators. According to South County Fire, throughout... — Updated 10/28/2021

Municipal Court to begin relicensing program, passport processing

Edmonds Municipal Court will begin its new relicensing program Nov. 2. The goal of the program is to enable people to get their driver's licenses and drive legally while making... — Updated 10/28/2021

TikTok vandalism hits middle, high schools

As a result of national TikTok's monthly challenges, the Edmonds School District's middle and high schools have suffered thousands of dollars of property damage and lost staff... — Updated 10/24/2021

What's the rush with the 2022 CIP/CFP? | Letter to the Editor

The rate increases you see in your utility bills are due to projections on two critical budgetary tools: the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) and the Capital Facilities Plan (CFP).... — Updated 10/26/2021

Sweet: Trick-or-treating begins today in Edmonds

The spooky day is Sunday most places. But not in Edmonds. Halloween Trick-or-Treat Week in Edmonds begins today, Oct. 26. Get dressed up in your Halloween costume and... — Updated 10/26/2021

COVID cases cancel E-W homecoming game

The pandemic has altered the schedule of Edmonds-Woodway football, forcing the cancellation of last week's homecoming game against Mountlake Terrace High School. On Oct. 22,... — Updated 10/26/2021

School district wants bond vote reduced from 60% approval

To address escalating capital demands, the Edmonds School District is asking the state Legislature for a constitutional amendment to change the bond validation rate from a 60... — Updated 10/25/2021

PSE: Damage assessment and restoration efforts continue

From Puget Sound Engery at noon Monday, Oct. 25: Crews, electric first responders and hundreds of support staff continue working to safely assess damage, make repairs to equipment... — Updated 10/25/2021

No vaccine: Teachers, patrol officers out of work

Washington State University football coach Nick Rolovich is the highest-paid state employee without a job following Gov. Jay Inslee's Oct. 18 deadline for state employees to be... — Updated 10/21/2021

Madrona K-8 closes; 26 COVID cases in 10 days

Madrona K-8 students were kept out of school Tuesday, Oct. 19, after 26 students tested positive for COVID-19 cases, and the school was shut down. The Edmonds School District... — Updated 10/21/2021

Status quo or change?

As part of The Beacon’s coverage of the upcoming general election, we have put four questions to the six City Council candidates in advance of Nov. 2. Kristiana Johnson is running to maintain her Position 1 seat, and is being... — Updated 10/21/2021

Halloween flora & fauna

It appears to be time to deadhead this bush on Walnut Street. Halloween is on display, part of the fun of being a resident or business in... — Updated 10/21/2021

Leanne Shelton: Still dancing after all these years

Have you ever done the can-can? Leanne Shelton does it every year. Her dancing lessons began at age 5 in a Ballard dance studio. Two years later, her mother signed her up for the... — Updated 10/21/2021

A few rainy-day bites | Arts&Appetite

The weather forecasters are telling us to prepare for a longer, cooler, and wetter fall and winter than we have experienced for the last few years. If the rain this week is any... — Updated 10/28/2021

What's the rush with the 2022 CIP/CFP? | Guest View

The rate increases you see in your utility bills are due to projections on two critical budgetary tools: the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) and the Capital Facilities Plan (CFP). In addition to rushing approval of the budget... — Updated 10/28/2021

Traffic fixes; just ducky | Letters to the Editor

Editor's note: Due to an editing error, a letter in the Oct. 14 issue of The Beacon was missing a key point. Here is the letter, in full. Serious traffic fixes needed on Dayton and... — Updated 10/28/2021

Snohomish County home to billion-dollar companies | History Files

Why does it matter that Seagen is now the sixth most valuable company in Washington, and who cares other than shareholders? Would the jobs at Seagen still be as valuable if the... — Updated 10/28/2021

Why is the 2022 budget being rushed? | Guest View

Do citizens realize that the budgeting process is being aggressively rushed this year? Why is this budget being rushed, and why is this scheduling not typical or appropriate? For... — Updated 10/22/2021

The sixth extinction: Getting closer | Greener Edmonds

Five mass extinctions have dramatically changed the face of life on earth. They have collapsed biodiversity and created conditions where new species have evolved and dominated. We... — Updated 10/25/2021

Welcome back; candidate support | Letters to the Editor

Thank you for your service Just returned to Edmonds after a 15-year stay in Lake Chelan. Great to be back home, and want to thank all the local retailers and restaurant owners and... — Updated 10/22/2021

The meaning of the X | Moment's Notice

X – such a dramatic letter, mysterious, unique. Fewer than 2% of words in the English language use the x, and in Spanish, only words taken from indigenous languages or from... — Updated 10/22/2021

The pumpkin patch on Highway 99 | Sketching Edmonds

The closest thing we have to an urban pumpkin patch here is probably Country Farms, which sits on the edge of Edmonds city limits on Highway 99 at 228th Street SW. The front is a... — Updated 10/22/2021

Dumpling Generation: The specialty is HOT | Return Visit

The experience of my recent return visit to Dumpling Generation will only build on the original effusive review (April 2019). The dining room still exudes the very reassuring... — Updated 10/22/2021

Edmonds School District: High school options

Eighth grade students in the Edmonds School District have a transition into high school that is coming up quickly. Families have options available to their students as they head... — Updated 10/28/2021

COVID cases cancel E-W homecoming game

The pandemic has altered the schedule of Edmonds-Woodway football, forcing the cancellation of last week’s homecoming game against Mountlake Terrace High School. On Oct. 22, Edmonds-Woodway Principal Allison Larsen sent a... — Updated 10/28/2021

Aaron Barraza – Football

This Edmonds Woodway Athlete of the Week is senior running back Aaron Barraza. Barraza has been instrumental in EWHS last two wins vs Monroe and Shorecrest. Against Monroe, Barraza... — Updated 10/26/2021

Alex Lee – Boys Tennis

Captain and Senior Tennis player Alex Lee is described as "highly competitive with great energy" by his coach. "Alex brings a level of play that challenges himself and those around... — Updated 10/26/2021

Edmonds man's movie on TCM Halloween night

Movie producer Ed Hartman, who the Beacon profiled in April – www.bit.ly/3Cj2QXX – will have his silent film "As the Earth Turns" on the Turner Classic Movies channel 9 p.m.... — Updated 10/28/2021

Holiday Market returns for its seventh season

While lingering restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic continue to hamper some traditional holiday activities, the Edmonds Holiday Market will be back again this year,... — Updated 10/22/2021

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