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Say their names | Through Our Lens

In the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer on May 25, Edmonds residents have held rallies in support of Black Lives Matter and regular... — Updated 8/5/2020

2 cases of rare COVID-19-related condition in children in Snohomish County

On Friday, Aug. 7, the Department of Health (DOH) announced there are now 11 cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19 in Washington... — Updated 8/7/2020

Love across political lines | Moment's Notice

There is an old political joke that a member of our family, Barry Howard (USAF COL Ret.), used to love to tell. In a nutshell, a man learns he needs a brain transplant but has to... — Updated 8/7/2020

No Taste: another local event falls victim to COVID

Well, this leaves a sour Taste. The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce today, Aug. 7, announced its largest fundraising event, Taste Edmonds, has been canceled for the first time in 38... — Updated 8/7/2020

No hate-crime charge in vandalism case

On July 19, three days after the Snohomish County Prosecutor's Office declined to file a hate crime charge against the man Edmonds Police identified as a suspect in the vandalism... — Updated 8/6/2020

COVID-19: 3 Edmonds restaurants are affected

At least three Edmonds restaurants temporarily closed last week due to coronavirus concerns: Chanterelle, Salt & Iron, and San Kai. All cited the presence of people who tested... — Updated 8/5/2020

No suspense: Peterson, Ortiz-Self move on to general election

Although the Aug. 4 primary didn’t directly affect Edmonds government – Mayor Mike Nelson is in his first term and all seven councilmembers are set (Adrienne Fraley-Monillas, Luke Distelhorst, and Kristiana Johnson’s terms... — Updated 8/5/2020

Bike lanes; tree city; blood donations | City Briefs

More bike lanes coming to Edmonds The Edmonds City Council on Tuesday, Aug. 4, approved a $1.85 million Sound Transit Access grant that will add several bike lanes along arterial routes in the city. The project created... — Updated 8/5/2020

Say hello to the Trumps in Edmonds

The longtime Edmonds resident who created life-size papier-mache, stick, and chicken wire figures of President Trump and wife Melania must have known he'd get flak for a story... — Updated 8/5/2020

Finance director: City budget continues to be in good shape

Although the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on municipal budgets nationwide, Acting Finance Director Dave Turley continues to report that Edmonds is in relatively... — Updated 8/5/2020

Gallaghers' to reopen at Harbor Square with new owners

One of the oldest breweries in Edmonds is getting a second life. After saying in May that they were closing Gallaghers’ Where-U-Brew, owners Tom and Marcie Kretzler announced July 31 that they have found new owners for the... — Updated 8/5/2020

Health District: Increased hospitalizations could be coming

The Snohomish Health District, in its report detailing COVID-19 in the county July 12-25, shows that the current wave of COVID-19 activity is finding its way into older age groups and could lead to a sustained increase in... — Updated 8/5/2020

Issues, offenses, trespassing | Police Beat

July 28 Issues Male angry with female, and punches holes in the wall. 8100 block 236th St. SW. Capital offense Subject's personal information was used to open cable service in... — Updated 8/5/2020

From Edmonds fire station to fire chief

The South County Fire Board of Commissioners selected Thad Hovis to serve as fire chief of the regional fire authority. Hovis was sworn-in Tuesday during a board meeting held via... — Updated 8/5/2020

Snohomish County fireworks death after fireworks accident

The Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) has received 265 reports of fireworks-related incidents from hospitals, clinics, and fire agencies so far this year. Of the 265 reports received, there were 92 fires and 173... — Updated 8/5/2020

Deadline extended for Edmonds housing survey

The City of Edmonds launched an online open house and community survey two weeks ago to gather information from the public about the future of housing in Edmonds. The open house and survey are part of community outreach by the... — Updated 8/5/2020

Edmonds Beacon front page for Aug. 6

There's plenty of news in the Thursday, Aug. 6, edition of the Edmonds Beacon. Pick up a copy around town! If you prefer to read the paper online,, you can do that as well. You... — Updated 8/6/2020

From Edmonds fire station to fire chief

The South County Fire Board of Commissioners selected Thad Hovis to serve as fire chief of the regional fire authority. Hovis was sworn-in Tuesday during a board meeting held via... — Updated 8/5/2020

Suds alert: Gallaghers' to reopen at Harbor Square with new owners

One of the oldest breweries in Edmonds is getting a second life. After saying in May that they were closing Gallaghers' Where-U-Brew, owners Tom and Marcie Kretzler announced July... — Updated 8/4/2020

Edmonds earns Tree City USA designation again

The Arbor Day Foundation has named the City of Edmonds a 2019 Tree City USA award winner for the seventh year in a row in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest... — Updated 8/4/2020

Another ('Welcome') sign of the times | Editor's Note

You may be wondering what happened to the City’s plan to replace the iconic “Welcome to Downtown Edmonds” gateway sign placed prominently on the grassy southern entrance to Fifth Avenue South. The answer shows the glacial... — Updated 8/5/2020

Defunding the police: What could It mean? | Guest View

Brutality by some in the police force is not new, but the overwhelming demand for meaningful institutional change to overcome this gives me hope. However, calls for defunding the police as the answer gives me pause. So far, there... — Updated 8/5/2020

Where to eat outside during a pandemic? | Arts & Appetite

August marks stricter rules about in-room dining at our local restaurants – now only people from the same household can sit together inside in a restaurant and with a max of five... — Updated 8/5/2020

Big tech, remote learning, the fence issue | Letters to the Editor

A love letter to Amazon and Apple Say what you want about big tech. How Amazon and Apple are crushing small business. But a huge factor in their success is their exceptional... — Updated 8/6/2020

No silver bullets, just silver linings | Chuck's World

Whatever this is, I've been doing it for five months now. And so have you, obviously. While the "same storm, different boats" concept is also obvious, five months is enough time... — Updated 8/5/2020

Welcome home – home again | Home Again

Most people who rent apartments move on at some point, for one reason or another. A one-year or two-year lease ends, and the rent becomes month-to-month, little thought given to... — Updated 8/5/2020

Less water waste means healthier rivers | Greener Edmonds

Our water comes from a protected watershed in the Cascades. Spada Reservoir is in the headwaters of the Sultan River, a tributary of the Skykomish, which is in turn a tributary of... — Updated 8/5/2020

Behind the scenes: On the Fence art project | Guest View

Editor’s note: The Edmonds Arts Commission (EAC) has received several inquiries regarding its newest On the Fence temporary art installation at Civic Park. Arts Commission Chair Marni Muir wrote this column to address questions... — Updated 8/5/2020

Remote control: In-home learning for students

To say the lives of The Edmonds School District students, parents, and caregivers have changed over the last five months would be stating the obvious. Day care? After-school... — Updated 8/5/2020

Underway: A new ship for Sons of Norway

"Thor" is being restored. Edmonds resident and student Xander Siqveland's Eagle Scout project is repairing Edmonds' Sons of Norway's historic Viking Ship parade float. Work began... — Updated 8/5/2020

Foundation receives $10,000 grant for food assistance

The Foundation for Edmonds School District has received a $10,000 grant from Albertsons Companies Foundation. The grant will fund free meals and food assistance for children and families in south Snohomish County facing economic... — Updated 8/5/2020

College grant to assist health-care training for low-income students

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a $3 million grant to Edmonds College for its health-care training program for low-income students. The program, Innovations in Creating Access To Careers in Healthcare... — Updated 8/5/2020

Wesco schools delay start of prep sports

The start of the prep sports season has been pushed back to 2021. Wesco athletic directors voted last week to shift the two sports scheduled for the fall – cross country and boys... — Updated 8/5/2020

No surprise: Classic Car Show won't be held in 2020

The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce has canceled the annual Classic Car Show due to COVID-19 restrictions. It would have been the 20th anniversary of the event, held in September.... — Updated 8/5/2020

During the pandemic, record your stories for history

Have a story to tell about your life in the age of coronavirus? Willing to share it with others via video? It is no exaggeration that we are in historically unique times. A group... — Updated 8/5/2020

Under construction: Rain gardens in the Sierra Park neighborhood

Editor's note: The following was submitted by the City of Edmonds. The City of Edmonds' stormwater group, in partnership with the Snohomish Conservation District, is very excited... — Updated 8/5/2020

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