Navigating COVID-19 – compassion or ageism? | Guest View

When Gov. Jay Inslee issued the stay-at-home order in March due to COVID-19, the Edmonds Senior Center suspended all our programs. The message from the Centers for Disease Control... — Updated 6/3/2020

UPDATE: City says no wrongdoing in finance director's firing

Scott James, Edmonds' finance director since March 2014, has abruptly left the City after being fired by Mayor Mike Nelson. According to a separation agreement obtained by the... — Updated 6/2/2020

Mayor Nelson: 'Black lives matter in Edmonds and in this country'

Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson released the following statement Monday, June 1. Black Lives Matter to me. Black lives matter in Edmonds and in this country. We cannot continue to allow... — Updated 6/1/2020

A message from the police chief: 'We hear your concerns and we respect your purpose'

The following is from Edmonds Acting Police Chief Jim Lawless: “We value the concerns that our community has in response to the events that have taken place regionally and nationally over the last several days. Those who wish... — Updated 6/1/2020

UPDATE: Crosswalk repairs and intersection closures on Dayton Street

From the City of Edmonds: Dayton Street construction project crews made great progress in the last week paving Fifth Avenue South between Maple and Main streets. However, the project takes a small step back this week to repair... — Updated 6/1/2020

A tale of two food banks during coronavirus

The story of the Edmonds Food Bank over the past five months is not unlike many other “essential businesses” such as hospitals, fire departments, and grocery stores. One difference is, because of COVID-19, that food banks... — Updated 6/1/2020

Citizen of the Year nomination forms available in July

The Edmonds Kiwanis Club’s annual Citizen of the Year recognition, originally scheduled for May due to the coronavirus, now has new dates. Nominations are now due Oct. 1, with the recipient to be honored Oct. 29. Nomination... — Updated 6/1/2020

'I had to do something': Protesting in Westgate

It's a far cry from the mass scenes of protests nationwide after the killing of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white policeman in Minneapolis pinned him under his knee... — Updated 5/31/2020

Undeterred, E-W junior runs marathon, with support from teammates

Matthew Lacambra, a dedicated cross-country and track-and-field runner at Edmonds-Woodway High School, along with his teammates, were disappointed about the cancellation of their... — Updated 5/31/2020

From the archives: School's in session on the fishing pier

The Beacon is occasionally republishing stories we think will be of interest to readers. Here's one on the much-photographed fish installation on the Edmonds Fishing Pier the... — Updated 5/31/2020

New online portal opens for residents

City officials say getting a development permit in Edmonds just got easier through a new portal system that makes applying online faster for a range of permits, including small... — Updated 5/31/2020

Would George Floyd have wanted more violence? | Letter to the Editor

Editor's note: The following is from Iris Brown, a 15-year-old at Edmonds-Woodway High School. This morning, I watched a video of a man having the life choked out of him by a... — Updated 5/31/2020

Edmonds mayor responds to critical services, including hazard pay | Commentary

When the pandemic hit Snohomish County, the City of Edmonds moved quickly to respond to this disaster to maintain the continuity of critical services running in our city. Critical... — Updated 5/30/2020

The artist has departed: In memory of Ray Gerring

I would like to tell you about my friend Ray. He was a painter who eventually went blind, a WWII veteran who served in the Air Corps, and a local author who memorialized the early... — Updated 6/1/2020

Sheriff's Office looking for level 3 sex offender who cut off ankle bracelet

The Snohomish County Violent Offender Task Force (VOTF) seeks the public's help to locate 40-year-old Timothy McCamey, a Level 3 Registered Sex Offender. He is out of compliance... — Updated 5/31/2020

Snohomish County leaders want to to move to Phase 2 of reopening plan

In a reversal from comments made just in the past week about the county not being able to reopen June 1 because of the current rate of new COVID-19 cases, Snohomish County officials today announced their intention to ask the... — Updated 5/28/2020

Governor announces long-term care testing program

The state Department of Health on Thursday, May 28, issued an order that will require widespread testing within long-term care facilities. Residents and staff in nursing homes will... — Updated 5/28/2020

Message from acting police chief regarding George Floyd death

As we witness the pain and outrage resulting from the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd and the situation currently unfolding in Minneapolis, Minnesota, I want to assure you that... — Updated 5/28/2020

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 5/30/2020

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Look at the church, look at the steeple | Chuck's World

I was thinking about Vaughn Meader the other day, so my unconscious appears to be totally in charge now. I won't tell you about my dreams. Vaughn Meader was one of the most famous... — Updated 5/29/2020

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

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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

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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 5/30/2020

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 5/30/2020

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

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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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