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 By Brian Soergel    News 

Mama bird takes over petanque court in Edmonds

It's a pretty cool sight right in the heart of Edmonds, but don't get too close. You'll get an earful of angry chirping – after all, it's a mother protecting her eggs. A couple... — Updated 4/17/2021

 
 By Brian Soergel    A & E 

There's a moose on the loose in children's book debut

When a moose is loose on the Palouse, there are some who decide he doesn't belong. That's the intriguing premise of a children's book by longtime Edmonds resident Janice Gear, who... — Updated 4/16/2021

 
 By Brian Soergel    News 

Retailers ask for compromise on Walkable Main Street

HouseWares owner Robert Boehlke isn't saying Walkable Main Street should not return for a second year. He's simply seeking a compromise that works for all businesses. "We need this... — Updated 4/15/2021

 
 By Brian Soergel    News 

Edmonds grocery workers to get hazard pay

More than a year after the coronavirus took hold in Edmonds, Edmonds City Councilmembers last week approved Mayor Mike Nelson's ordinance to require grocery stores with 500 or more... — Updated 4/15/2021

 
 By Brian Soergel    News

Sherman Pruitt opens up: 'I will forever be wounded and hurt by this experience'

This is the second of a two-part series on Sauk-Suiattle Police Chief Sherman Pruitt, who Mayor Nelson initially selected as Edmonds’ new police chief. City councilmembers, with... — Updated 4/15/2021

 
 By Brian Soergel    News

Bringing it all back home: Edmonds letter carrier Todd Hoover retires after 40 years

"We never, never ever thought this was going to happen," said acting postmaster Tammy McGowan. She smiled while turning to Todd Hoover as co-workers watched Saturday during a retire... — Updated 4/15/2021

 
 By Brian Soergel    News

Busy art, busy artist: Doug Lofstrom started painting in his late 70s – turns out he's pretty good

It's never too late to start something new, and 83-year-old Doug Lofstrom is exhibit one. Long taken by the thought of painting – but never putting inner thought to canvas for 75... — Updated 4/15/2021 Full story

 
 By Brian Soergel    News 

Edmonds' Nancy Leson is a community hub in baking team

On a bright and windy Sunday recently, cars, bicycles, and foot traffic converged on Nancy Leson's home – a steady procession of Edmonds neighbors bearing nutritious, delicious,... — Updated 4/15/2021

 
 By Brian Soergel    News

Volunteers keep Edmonds Senior Center Thrift Store humming

The Beacon has written about European travel expert Rick Steves Volunteer Corps, employees from Rick Steves' Europe on Fourth Avenue North who do work in the community. Steves... — Updated 4/8/2021

 
 By Brian Soergel    News

Sherman Pruitt speaks out about his experience

Four months ago, everything changed for Sauk-Suiattle Police Chief Sherman Pruitt in a most public way after he applied for the Edmonds police chief job. During a community Zoom mee... — Updated 4/2/2021

 
 By Brian Soergel    News

Honoring the Coast Salish people in Edmonds

Ty Juvenil, a woodcarver and member of the Tulalip Tribes, is making his mark in Edmonds. Last year, he collaborated with Edmonds artist Andy Eccleshall on "Before Edmonds," murals... — Updated 4/1/2021

 
 By Brian Soergel    News

Police say train death appears to be deliberate

Mary Simmons is still trying to process what she saw late in the day Tuesday, March 23. A trip to the off-leash dog park turned horrific when she witnessed a pedestrian struck and... — Updated 4/1/2021

 
 By Brian Soergel    News

'Hate has no home here'

The story of Sunday's Unite Against Hate rally in Edmonds was one of cooperation between cities, a quick social media campaign, and the will of citizens, public figures, and... — Updated 4/1/2021

 
 By Brian Soergel    News

Kelneros will open wine bar, Vinbero, at Cheesemonger's site

First came a cocktail lounge. Two years later, a wine bar's on the way. Kris and Kali Kelnero of Kelnero on Main Street in Edmonds plan to transform The Cheesemonger's Table on Fift... — Updated 4/1/2021

 
 By Brian Soergel    A & E

E-W student teaching art class at Cascadia

The protege is ready for the spotlight. Emma Gibson, a senior at Edmonds-Woodway High School, will teach a class for Cascadia Art Museum where participants will use watercolors to... — Updated 3/30/2021

 
 By Brian Soergel    Schools

Second graders resume in-person learning

Some normalcy is returning. Second graders in the Edmonds School District resumed in-person learning on Monday, March 22, while kindergartners and first graders will resume... — Updated 3/25/2021

 
 By Brian Soergel    News

Councilmember Fraley-Monillas will run for another 4-year term

Councilmember Adrienne Fraley-Monillas has ended the suspense. She has filed for reelection to hang on to her Position 3 seat for another four years. At the moment, no other... — Updated 3/24/2021

 
 By Brian Soergel    News

Having conversations about mental health during a pandemic

In addition to taking more than 525,000 lives nationwide, including 5,100 in Washington state, the worldwide coronavirus pandemic has led to a documented increase in mental health... — Updated 3/18/2021 Full story

 
 By Brian Soergel    News

Jim Lawless resigns; new assistant police chief in Marysville

Acting Police Chief Jim Lawless has resigned from the Edmonds Police Department, 11 months after Mayor Mike Nelson said he couldn't "imagine a person better suited" to be the... — Updated 3/18/2021

 
 By Brian Soergel    News

Sound off: Should Walkable Main Street return?

In summer 2020, during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, the city approved Walkable Main Street, a pedestrian-friendly program in downtown Edmonds that closed Main Street on... — Updated 3/18/2021

 
 By Brian Soergel    News

Legalize it: Rick Steves is in a position of power as chair of national marijuana reform group

This is the first of a two-part series on Rick Steves and his efforts to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use nationwide. Those who know Rick Steves as the affable travel... — Updated 3/18/2021

 
 By Brian Soergel    News

'You get used to it'

This school year was the first for Samson Samuel at Meadowdale High School, whose family was on vacation here last year and unable to return home to Eritrea in East Africa due to... — Updated 3/18/2021

 
 By Brian Soergel    News

Rick Steves: 'It's so exciting how things are snowballing.'

Editor's note: This is the second in a two-part series on Edmonds resident Rick Steves and his efforts to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use nationwide. To read part... — Updated 3/18/2021

 
 By Brian Soergel    News

Walkable Main Street – should it return?

Tracy Felix, who owns ARTspot on the 400 block of Main Street, said she's excited about the possible return of Walkable Main Street this year. "At ARTspot, we are all about doing... — Updated 3/18/2021

 
 By Brian Soergel    News

Foodie fund benefits Edmonds restaurants

Max McKinley, a real estate broker in Edmonds, has created a GoFundMe page – Edmonds Foodie Fund – to help local restaurants during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. "Our goal... — Updated 3/15/2021

 

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