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Edmonds man dies in falls off trail on Little Mount Si

Eastside Fire & Rescue in North Bend reported Wednesday that it responded to Little Mount Si for a report of a male who fell off the trail at the British Aisles climbing area. The Seattle Times reports the 22-year-old man, who... — Updated 5/28/2020

No explanation: Finance Director Scott James abruptly leaves City

Scott James, Edmonds' finance director since March 2014, has abruptly left the City. The Beacon has sent text, emails, and phone calls to James, but they have not been returned,... — Updated 5/27/2020

Edmonds College extends remote operations through spring quarter

Edmonds College announced Wednesday, May 27, that it will extend its remote operations and will serve students and the community remotely through June 19. Pending any further guidance on closure from Snohomish County or... — Updated 5/27/2020

Health District no longer listing number of long-term care deaths by facility

The Snohomish Health District reports that it is no longer providing the number of long-term care facility deaths by individual locations. "We have not been reporting out at that level of detail," said district spokeswoman... — Updated 5/27/2020

Many City of Edmonds employees getting hazard pay even when not working

City of Edmonds employees have been receiving paid full-time salaries even not working full time. On top of that, many are getting hazard pay of between 3 and 6 percent – even... — Updated 5/27/2020

Consider outdoor dining spaces, traffic calming measures | Guest View

As Edmonds begins to loosen its coronavirus restraints, it is a good time to reflect on how to move forward with climate resilience in mind. Edmonds has been a climate leader, so it is natural that the City would recognize this... — Updated 5/26/2020

Edmonds police capture prolific vehicle prowler

A 24-year-old Lynnwood man has been booked into the Snohomish County Jail in connection with multiple vehicle prowls in the Edmonds-Woodway High School and Five Corners areas.... — Updated 5/26/2020

On Memorial Day: Honoring sacrifice

For decades, families, friends, and neighbors have stood shoulder to shoulder at the Edmonds Cemetery, enduring the rain or relishing the sun, with red poppies sprouting from their... — Updated 5/27/2020

Memorial Day flags on Sunset in Edmonds

Lee Lageschulte took these photos on Sunday, May 24, the day before Memorial Day. "It was such a treat to see all the American flags on Sunset," she wrote. " The names of the... — Updated 5/25/2020

Honoring Edmonds veterans on Memorial Day

Here are a few images from the Edmonds Memorial Cemetery on Memorial Day, May 25. No ceremony this year due to the coronavirus. For more pictures go to... — Updated 5/27/2020

Love conquers all: Toni & Sam's wedding story

A decade is a long time to be in love. I've been fortunate enough to love, and have been loved very deeply, for the past 10 years. It's easy to dream of what your wedding day will... — Updated 5/26/2020

New art installation in Edmonds a treat for bird watchers

Edmonds artist Mona Fairbanks' "Birds of a Feather" art installation on the southwest corner of Sixth Avenue South and Main Street just may be the most impressive yet. She created... — Updated 5/23/2020

99th birthday: Goin' fishing | Through Your Lens

Karen Fry's mother, Marian Hudak, celebrating her 99th birthday May 20th from her home in the Seascape condos in the 600 block of Main Street. Her family decorated their cars for a... — Updated 5/26/2020

Public comments: Budget review, long-term care; Rick Steves' idea

Public comment has always been a chance for regular citizens to give their opinions (three minutes only!) on City matters – and other things – during City Council meetings. As... — Updated 5/26/2020

Mayor: Main Street will close for a pilot project

It appears Rick Steves might get his wish for a closed-to-traffic portion of downtown Edmonds – at least temporarily. During his second virtual town hall, on May 21, Mayor Mike... — Updated 5/27/2020

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... — Updated 5/22/2020

Senior Center Thrift Store plans reopening; seeking volunteers

The Edmonds Senior Center Thrift Store is seeking volunteers in preparation to reopen the store that has been closed for two months. The Thrift Store – in the QFC shopping center in Westgate – is a primary source of income... — Updated 5/22/2020

Dayton Street: Upcoming road restoration, intersection closures

The City of Edmonds is working to complete the pavement and crosswalk replacements at Fifth Avenue South and Dayton Street prior to the Phase 2 reopening of businesses in the... — Updated 5/21/2020

Understanding Rare Cancers | Prime Living

Although rare cancers don't occur often, they can affect people of all ages and genders. A rare cancer is defined as fewer than 15 new diagnoses per 100,000 people per year,... — Updated 5/21/2020

Rosewood Courte slow on COVID-19 notifications

Julie Williams didn't get much sleep the night before Mother's Day. On May 9, she read the Edmonds Beacon's May 7 cover story on Rosewood Courte Memory Care on Edmonds Way, which... — Updated 5/27/2020

Rosewood Courte: 'Everyone worked together for the benefit of our residents and their families'

The month of April was a difficult one for everyone at Rosewood Courte. Despite following the rules and guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and state and county... — Updated 5/21/2020

Newspapers have your back | Guest View

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... — Updated 5/21/2020

What is it like owning a restaurant today? | Moment's Notice

This week, the Beacon asked me to write this Arts & Appetite column from my perspective as a restaurant owner. Since my personal feelings are entwined with any attempt at a... — Updated 5/21/2020

City pay cuts?; Rick Steves' plan; wear those face masks | Letters to the Editor

Mayor, staff should take pay cuts to be role models I'm a 40-year Edmonds resident and currently serving on an Edmonds city board. After reading your last edition, I saw that the... — Updated 5/21/2020

As our nation turns its lonely eyes to Matt | Chuck's World

I finally saw "Contagion," which everyone seemed to be watching about six weeks ago. Or maybe it was six months ago. How long has it been? I've already forgotten the days of the... — Updated 5/21/2020

An earlier quarantine: Polio, Nazis, and me | Guest View

At age 8, my brother was hospitalized with polio symptoms. The diagnosis came between the beginning of the Truman administration and the end of World War II. Next door to us in... — Updated 5/21/2020

Bookselling in phases | Fresh Reads

First and foremost, we hope that everyone in Edmonds continues to stay safe, and that you live your lives with devoted attention to current health recommendations. Doing otherwise... — Updated 5/21/2020

Edmonds School District announces virtual graduations

High school seniors will get their 2020 graduations. As expected, however, they will be virtual ones. “It is just not possible to hold any kind of in-person ceremony in June,” said Assistant Superintendent Greg Schwab in a... — Updated 5/21/2020

Edmonds College student government donates $50,000 to emergency fund

The Associated Students of Edmonds College has donated $50,000 to the college's Foundation in response to emergency funding requests from students who have been impacted by... — Updated 5/22/2020

Edmonds College host 7th annual Memorial Day ceremony virtually May 22

Edmonds College will host its seventh annual Memorial Day Ceremony virtually with a live premiere of "A Time to Remember" at 10 a.m. Friday, May 22, on YouTube. "Each year, we come... — Updated 5/22/2020

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 5/21/2020

Osprey make a home in Westgate

The osprey, defined: "The osprey or more specifically the western osprey – also called sea hawk, river hawk, and fish hawk – is a diurnal, fish-eating bird of prey with a... — Updated 5/22/2020

ECA announces 2020-2021 season

Edmonds Center for the Arts has announced its 2020-2021 season, with highlights including Mary Wilson of the Supremes and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Elvin Bishop and Charlie... — Updated 5/21/2020

Memorial Day observance, COVID-19-style

Editor's note: The Edmonds Memorial Cemetery will have flags and crosses up on May 22 in observance of Memorial Day, recognizing the gravesites of military personnel. The... — Updated 5/21/2020

No poppy drive this year, but donations VFW donations accepted

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #8870 has been forced to modify its plans to distribute poppies in the Edmonds community during the Memorial Day weekend. The poppy drive... — Updated 5/23/2020

Ralph Howard Sorensen Jr.: 5/17/1928-4/27/2020

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by; And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white... — Updated 5/21/2020

Carol Trent

Carol Trent, loving, kind, gentle soul, and the best mother one could ever hope to have, passed on April 2nd at age 94. A life-long Washingtonian, Carol was born in Raymond, a tiny... — Updated 5/21/2020

Valerie Anne Dickison: 1948-2020

Valerie Anne Dickison was born May 21, 1948, and passed away unexpectedly April 6, 2020, at her home. Her parents were Herbert Larkin and Margaret Freda (Shaw) Larkin, and she... — Updated 5/21/2020

Robert Fuller: 1942-2020

Robert Fuller passed away at home on April 27th following a brief illness. Bob committed himself to community service, including as trustee and board chairman of Evergreen School; Apogee Institute board member; Lynnwood Rotary... — Updated 5/21/2020

Dorothy (Dee) C. Heggen: 1924-2020

Dorothy was born in St. Paul, MN, May 20, 1924, and passed away April 17, 2020. Her parents were Charles and Florence Coulter. Her dad was Chief of Police in St. Paul for many... — Updated 5/21/2020

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