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Solar power: It's possible, and it's powerful

Some homeowners – including those in Edmonds – have discovered in the past that the benefits and incentives for installing costly solar panels have been mostly geared towards... — Updated 1/20/2022

UPDATE Armed standoff over; suspect in custody

UPDATE Large explosions in the area are from SWAT team distraction devices that were deployed.The suspect is in custody. He’s being evaluated by an aid crew for exposure to... — Updated 1/23/2022

Law would force cities to increase housing density in single-family neighborhoods

Forcing higher densities in Washington’s cities will help reduce housing costs, cut fuel emissions and put an end to exclusionary zoning, supporters of House Bill 1782 say.... — Updated 1/23/2022

Here comes the sunset | Through Your Lens

Saturday was filled with all-day sunbreaks for the most part, and it was glorious. Of course, residents and visited stepped out from under the fog of the last couple of days and... — Updated 1/22/2022

District students demand COVID answers

Students from the Edmonds School District have created a change.org petition asking for clearer answers on the impacts of COVID. They planned to stage a "sick out" Friday. "We were aware of the sick out and the petition," said... — Updated 1/21/2022

Cascadia Art Museum names Sally Ralston executive director

Sally Ralston has been named executive director of Cascadia Art Museum in Edmonds. Ralston will lead the nonprofit, which is dedicated to early Northwest art, in its mission of... — Updated 1/21/2022

PUD commissioners approve rate increase

The Snohomish County PUD Board of Commissioners have approved a general rate increase for all residential and commercial electric customers. For residential customers, the addition... — Updated 1/21/2022

UPDATE: 2 councilmembers skip 'Negotiating Agreement' meeting

UPDATE Council President Vivian Olson called the meeting to order on Saturday. Attending were Councilmembers Neil Tibbott, Diane Buckshnis, and Will Chen via Zoom. Councilmember... — Updated 1/23/2022

Tsunami advisory draws the curious to Edmonds beaches

Edmonds has a new tsunami warning system in the Olympic Beach parking lot on Dayton Avenue West, and it wasn't needed Saturday, Jan. 15. But a rare tsunami advisory did prompt the... — Updated 1/22/2022

City hopes to scrub out rotten smell

What's that smell in the Bowl? The one like rotten eggs? For years, that's what numerous residents downtown have asked City officials. Officials investigated: It's hydrogen... — Updated 1/20/2022

Residents raise stink over trash pickup

Services are back to normal now, but lingering snowy streets combined with out-of-state forces raised a stink among some Edmonds residents who pay Republic Services for garbage... — Updated 1/20/2022

627 Dayton St.: 3-story, 24-unit apartment complex planned

Glenn Safadago of GBH Holdings has filed an application to develop a three-story, 24-unit apartment complex at 627 Dayton St. The location is just west of the Edmonds Library's... — Updated 1/23/2022

City hires interim economic development director

The City of Edmonds has hired Doug Merriman into the contract position of interim economic development and community services director. Merriman most recently served as city... — Updated 1/20/2022

Edmonds-Kingston route sees increases in vehicles, passengers

The Edmonds-Kingston ferry route saw an increase of 14% in vehicle traffic in 2021, according to Washington State Ferries, and saw an overall increase of 20% in total ridership.... — Updated 1/20/2022

Dogs love sunsets, too | Through Your Lens

Shawn Austin sent us this great photo of the sunset Wednesday, Jan. 12, taken by Jennifer Myatt, who co-owns Calypso restaurant on Main Street. Miki... — Updated 1/20/2022

Legislators: Make March 22 Women's Suffrage Day

Women fought a decades-long battle for the right to vote, and now lawmakers want to memorialize the crusade by designating March 22 Women's Suffrage Day. The 19th Amendment,... — Updated 1/20/2022 Full story

Jesse Salomon proposes law on police discipline

Legislation introduced early this session by Sen. Jesse Salomon (D-Shoreline) would restrict avenues used by police who have been disciplined by their superiors to overturn or... — Updated 1/20/2022

Edmonds gets two solar grants from the state

The Washington State Department of Commerce has announced $3.5 million in grants to 29 state and local government agencies to install solar panels at public buildings in communities throughout the state. That includes two in... — Updated 1/20/2022

Civic Roundtable to have forum on ranked-choice voting

The Edmonds Civic Roundtable will have a public forum on ranked-choice voting featuring Lisa Ayrault, executive director of FairVote Washington. The program is 4-5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24, at the Edmonds Waterfront Center, 220... — Updated 1/20/2022

Edmonds Parks Department ready to adopt new open-space plan

The Edmonds Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Services department is close to updating its Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan, scheduled to be adopted by City Council... — Updated 1/20/2022

Citizens must act to prevent boxy apartments downtown | Guest View

My wife and I moved to Edmonds in 1989, inspired by a college class I was fortunate to attend. The class was called "Urbanalysis," and its primary message was that cities compete... — Updated 1/20/2022

Sounding off: Streateries, new apartments | Letters to the Editor

Thank you for your removal Many, many thanks to the restaurants that have taken down the street structures. The others ... and the ones with both sidewalk and street? And the term... — Updated 1/20/2022

The road less traveled is often off the map | History Files

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth;... — Updated 1/20/2022

The Hook: Great, fresh seafood in the neighborhood | Arts & Appetite

Perrinville Village, on the corner of 76th Avenue West and Olympic View Drive, is growing into quite the neighborhood hub and, because of its great location, is a hub for folks... — Updated 1/20/2022

Neil Tibbott: 'I am committed to making connections with the people of Edmonds' | Guest View

People often ask me what's it like being back on the City Council after a break of two years, and they often wonder why I left in the first place. In 2019, in order to run for the... — Updated 1/15/2022

How deep (and wide) is your love? | Moment's Notice

2022 is here! Wait, what happened to 2021? 2021 was supposed to be a year of restoration, a year that had us returning to the normal we all thought was, well, normal. Less... — Updated 1/13/2022

Edmonds Waterfront Center, PCC, and LEED certification | Greener Edmonds

Buildings are now being constructed that significantly reduce environmental impacts. Terms used to describe them are “green” or “sustainable.” There are processes that... — Updated 1/13/2022

Advice from a former Ballard resident | Letters to the Editor

Advice from a former Ballard resident: Get involved, Edmonds I lived in Ballard from 1986 to 2019. It's well known how Ballard has been affected since the changes in zoning laws... — Updated 1/13/2022

Finding history, and great races, in Easton, Wash. | History Files

The greatest pleasure in digging up buried history is that you never know what you're going to get. Because you don't what, if anything, is buried. It's a bit like Forrest Gump's... — Updated 1/15/2022

An inspiring piece of machinery | Sketching Edmonds

While sharing a company Christmas dinner with my wife's co-workers at the delightful little Italian restaurant on Fifth Avenue South – Girardi's – I asked if anyone knew what... — Updated 1/20/2022

Community Transit grants surplus vehicle to school district

Community Transit has awarded 12 surplus vans to local nonprofit organizations throughout Snohomish County, including the Foundation for Edmonds School District. The Van GO program is for retired Community Transit vanpool vans or... — Updated 1/20/2022

Arts Festival Foundation awards $13K in grants

The Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation has awarded $13,000 in grants that promote arts education in schools. These grants are designed to provide students in the Edmonds School... — Updated 1/20/2022

Kamiak graduate headed to Winter Olympics

Sean Beighton – who grew up on the Picnic Point area north of Edmonds – thought he had closed a chapter of his life when he retired from the sport of curling in June 2019. Through hard work and perseverance, the 2007 Kamiak... — Updated 1/13/2022

Here's a sporting idea: Make pickleball the official state sport

Like other states, Washington claims its share of official symbols: the state flower is, of course, the rhododendron. The state bird? American goldfinch. Fish? Steelhead. Tree?... — Updated 1/13/2022

Edmonds Waterfront Center inducts 7 new board members

Seven new members have been selected for the board of directors of the Edmonds Waterfront Center. Chase Keffeler, Devnee Gadbois, Kay Shin, Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney, and Terri... — Updated 1/20/2022

Honors and appointments | A&E Briefs

MLK tribute honors Edmonds resident Edmonds resident Leilani Miller, executive director of Millennia Ministries in Everett, and Montlake Terrace Concern for Neighbors Food Bank,... — Updated 1/20/2022

Jesse Cook returns to Edmonds for 4th time

Guitarist Jesse Cook is a familiar presence on the Edmonds Center for the Arts stage. His show Jan. 20 is the Canadian native's fourth appearance. All have sold out. "It's nice to... — Updated 1/17/2022

Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation names board officers

The Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation has elected three new board officers: President Jennie de Mello e Souza, Vice President Morgan Smalley, and secretary Marnie Chinn. Tim Jones... — Updated 1/13/2022

Sponsored Feature | Charcoal cuisine features inspired Northwest favorites

For years, Edmonds has been transforming itself from a sleepy town on the Sound into a destination location. Restaurants, art galleries, boutique retailers and other attractions,... — Updated 1/13/2022 Full story

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