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 By Brian Soergel    News 

Campaign offers tips to reduce auto thefts

Following a 45% increase in stolen vehicles in 2022 over 2021, the Washington Auto Theft Prevention Authority (WATPA) has launched a public awareness campaign in an attempt to help... — Updated 3/16/2023

 By Brian Soergel    Schools 

Sharp decline in students moving from high school to college

Over the past decade, Washington’s high school graduation rate has steadily increased, but the proportion of the state’s graduates who enroll directly in college has not, according to the Washington Student Achievement... — Updated 3/16/2023

 By Brian Soergel    News 

City to negligent businesses: Pay up

Last April, the State Auditor's Office reported that during the audit of the 2020 CARES grant funds, several Edmonds businesses that received grant funds from the City did not meet... — Updated 3/16/2023

 By Brian Soergel    News 

County denies Taste Edmonds permit

Taste Edmonds will not be held in Esperance Park this year after Snohomish County on Thursday denied a permit from the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, which puts on the event.... — Updated 3/16/2023

 By Brian Soergel    News 

MOTO MANIA: Lee Kindell makes pizza his way – and customers wait months for it

This is the first of a two-part series on Moto pizza and its founder and owner, Lee Kindell. You've got to wonder. Does it really take a month or more to get a pizza from MOTO in Ed... — Updated 3/16/2023

 By Brian Soergel    News

Edmonds ferry back to 2-boat service

Washington State Ferries officially restored the Edmonds-Kingston route to two-boat service on Feb. 28, according to a service restoration progress report. According to WSF head... — Updated 3/12/2023

 By Brian Soergel    News

Diane Buckshnis enters mayoral race

Longtime Edmonds City Councilmember Diane Buckshnis will challenge incumbent Mike Nelson and challenger Mike Rosen in an attempt to become the city's next mayor. "After 13 years in... — Updated 3/9/2023

 By Brian Soergel    News

Ballyhoo producer shares history with musical's lead character

It seemed fated that Jean Craciun would be associated with Ballyhoo's Theatre's latest production. Craciun is a Ballyhoo board member and founder and president of the Diversity Cent... — Updated 3/8/2023

 By Brian Soergel    News

A new chapter: ECA executive director Joe McIalwain leaving after 17 years

Edmonds Center for the Arts founding executive director, Joe McIalwain, will step down in late August after 17 years. ECA is operated by the Edmonds Public Facilities District. "I h... — Updated 3/7/2023

 By Brian Soergel    News

Remembering Lori: Friends dedicate flower pole in honor of longtime hairstylist

A group of Lori Peña's former customers and longtime friends paid tribute to the late hairstylist Sunday morning, remembering her at a newly dedicated flower pole in Edmonds in... — Updated 3/2/2023

 By Brian Soergel    News

Edmonds cancels contract with The Hand Up Project

In light of recent information discovered regarding the organization's founder, the City of Edmonds is canceling the newly signed contract with The Hand Up Project for public... — Updated 3/2/2023

 By Brian Soergel    News

Edmonds home values increased 25% in past year

The average residence value of a home in Edmonds for 2023 is $918,400, according to an annual report from the Snohomish County Assessor's Office. That's a 25% jump from $732,700 in... — Updated 3/2/2023

 By Brian Soergel    News

Edmonds College will soon be a major bus hub

Edmonds and Mukilteo are transit hubs in Snohomish County – ferries and train stations in both, with a bus station added in Edmonds. Mukilteo has Paine Field next door in... — Updated 2/23/2023

 By Brian Soergel    News

Feedme Hospitality helping with quake relief

Feedme Hospitality & Restaurant Group has announced a partnership with World Central Kitchen to assist with disaster relief and preparedness worldwide. As part of the partnershi... — Updated 2/23/2023

 By Brian Soergel    News

For Harper: Gift a gown to Seattle Children's Hospital

Angie and Harper Foy of Edmonds are excited about giving back to Seattle Children's Hospital with a fundraiser called "Gift a Brave Gown to a Brave Kid." You may recall Harper from... — Updated 2/21/2023 Full story

 By Brian Soergel    News

Mayor lays out plans for 2023

During his State of the City address Feb. 2 at the Edmonds Waterfront Center, Mayor Mike Nelson listed a handful of projects his administration will be pursuing this year. Here's a... — Updated 2/21/2023

 By Brian Soergel    News

Edmonds School District data breach exposed sensitive information

Now we know how serious the cybersecurity breach is for the Edmonds Schools District and its more than 20,000 students. On Friday, Feb. 10, the district determined that an... — Updated 2/21/2023


The Band LeLe: Edmonds trio recruits local musicians for its latest CD

What started off as an online request five years ago led to the creation of a local band making its mark in Edmonds and beyond. The band coalesced after member Rachel Gardner,... — Updated 2/21/2023

 By Brian Soergel    Schools

Internet access restored in school distric

The Edmonds School District restored internet access Monday, Feb. 13, after being unavailable for two weeks. District staff are continuing to finalize grades this week; families... — Updated 2/16/2023

 By Brian Soergel    News

Diversity Commission seeks a name change

In an attempt to more inclusive, the Edmonds Diversity Commission seeks to change its name to the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Commission. The change will be... — Updated 2/16/2023

 By Brian Soergel    News

New location, new Taste

Taste Edmonds has a new home: Esperance Park. The hope is for it to be the Taste's permanent home, Edmonds Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ryan Crowther said Thursday during... — Updated 2/14/2023

 By Brian Soergel    News

School District internet outage: Legacy face time, pencils and paper

The Edmonds School District continues to investigate what it calls "the technology incident." To put it another way, the district and its schools have been without internet access... — Updated 2/9/2023

 By Brian Soergel    News

Hard-copy budget book now $20

Want a hard copy of Edmonds' adopted budget for 2023? You can get one, but it'll cost you $20 after previously being available for $5. Why the increase? "First, we put a PDF copy... — Updated 2/9/2023

 By Brian Soergel    A & E

John Hurley: 'It's been a labor of love'

Immediately after Jeff Barnett and Kyle Hoover lowered the cloth to unveil the renovated Edmonds Orca on Feb. 5, a voice rose above the din of about 200 customers at Salish Sea Boat... — Updated 2/9/2023

 By Brian Soergel    News

Edmonds candidates slow to announce intentions

Who will lead Edmonds in the near future? Who will take the mayor's corner office, and who will legislate on the nonpartisan City Council as it tackles issues of great importance?... — Updated 2/9/2023


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