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 By Brian Soergel    News    November 14, 2019 

City will appeal gun-storage ruling

The Edmonds City Council voted Tuesday to appeal a court ruling last month that the City's gun-storage ordinance "impermissibly regulates firearms in violation" of Washington's 36-year-old preemption...

 By Brian Soergel    News    November 14, 2019 

Mike Nelson elected Edmonds' next mayor

Forty-four-year-old Councilmember Mike Nelson won 33 out of 51 districts in the city to become Edmonds' 36th mayor, beating fellow councilmember Neil Tibbott. After the latest round of votes were...

 By Brian Soergel    News    November 14, 2019 

Swedish strike would affect Edmonds hospital

The nurses and health-care workers of SEIU Healthcare 1199NW at Swedish Medical Center will announce the results of their strike authorization vote Friday, Nov. 15. This would affect all campuses,...

 By Brian Soergel    A & E    November 14, 2019 

The market returns to Edmonds

The fifth annual Edmonds Holiday Market opened Saturday, Nov. 9, with more than 50 vendors selling their wares under cloudy skies in front of City Hall on Fifth Avenue North. The Holiday Market is...

 By Brian Soergel    News    November 14, 2019 

Early Edmonds publisher recognized

Missouri Hanna, newspaper publisher, champion of women's suffrage and Edmonds resident of the early 1900s, is finally getting her due with new historical interpretive panel on the corner of Sunset...

 By Brian Soergel    News    November 7, 2019

Buck Weaver: A veteran's veteran

Buck Weaver is a veteran's veteran, a World War II hero, and a proud member of the Greatest Generation. Buck is 101. He was born three months before the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in... Full story

 By Brian Soergel    News    November 7, 2019

Will ArtWorks make way for Sound Transit parking?

The director of ArtWorks in Edmonds is voicing concerns about Sound Transit's possible plan to use the space leased to ArtWorks for parking. "If this goes through, we can say goodbye to a program...

 By Brian Soergel    News    November 7, 2019

Mike Nelson leading Neil Tibbott for Edmonds' next mayor

After the second rounds of votes were tallied Wednesday in the 2019 general election, Edmonds City Councilmember Mike Nelson has the edge over fellow Councilmember Neil Tibbott in the bid to become...


In Edmonds: Tom Petty, but bluegrass

If you want to hear your favorite Tom Petty songs in a rollicking, acoustic, and jam-band setting, head to the Edmonds Center for the Arts Thursday, Nov. 7, for Keller Williams' PettyGrass Featuring... Full story

 By Brian Soergel    News    October 31, 2019

The walking live: Rick Steves as Frankenstein's monster

Marjie Bowker knew who Rick Steves was, of course. The European travel expert is a celebrity in Edmonds. Until this week, she had never met him. But after an employee spied Bowker's Steves-inspired...

 By Brian Soergel    News    October 31, 2019

Goodbye, yellow van man

Every town has its characters. Steve Bell, who parked his yellow VW Westfalia on the Sunset Avenue bluff in Edmonds just about every day for years, was among them. In Bell's case, the van – a dab...

 By Brian Soergel    News    October 31, 2019

Waterfront Center adds food and veteran services

Two well-known names in Edmonds have been selected to offer food and health and wellness services when the new Edmonds Waterfront Center has its grand opening, scheduled for summer 2020. The all-ages...


New Rick Steves documentary airing in Edmonds first

Edmonds can get a free advance screening of Rick Steves' new PBS documentary, "Hunger and Hope: Lessons from Ethiopia and Guatemala," 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410...

 By Brian Soergel    News    October 31, 2019

Leftcraft: Restaurant to feature healthy choices

The empty space at 519 Main Street will be home to – wait for it – a restaurant called Leftcraft Taproom, "an eating and drinking establishment" set to open Jan. 2020. According to the space's...

 By Brian Soergel    News    October 24, 2019

'The Lavender Palette'

Cascadia Art Museum in Edmonds will be the first museum in the country to explore regional gay culture through the work of early- to mid-20th-century gay and lesbian artists in an exhibit opening...

 By Brian Soergel    News    October 24, 2019

Edmonds mayoral candidates answer questions

In advance of the Nov. 5 general election that will give Edmonds a new mayor, the Beacon asked candidates Mike Nelson and Neil Tibbott for their thoughts on five specific questions that haven't been... Full story

 By Brian Soergel    News    October 24, 2019

Fixture on Sunset in Edmonds: Steve "Yellow Van" Bell dies

We're sorry to report the passing of a colorful icon, Steve "Yellow Van" Bell. He was 77, and was well-known for watching trains and people parked on the bluff at Sunset Avenue. Bell was also part of... Full story

 By Brian Soergel    News    October 17, 2019

'There was consensus that College Place needs to be done first'

When designers created College Place Middle School 50 or so years ago, they probably thought it looked pretty good. Maybe. But today, most would say the Lynnwood school – where most Edmonds kids...

 By Brian Soergel    News    October 17, 2019

Snohomish County budget focuses on housing, environment

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers' proposed 2020 budget to the Snohomish County Council, announced last week, focuses on public safety and the opioid crisis, environmental and fiscal...


Bond would build new College Place Middle School

Edmonds students who attend College Place Middle School in Lynnwood – the main campus for local kids – will see a new school in the near future if voters say yes to a $600 million capital...

 By Brian Soergel    News    October 10, 2019

Mayor's budget includes infrastructure improvements

As the oldest incorporated city in Snohomish County, Edmonds is certainly feeling all of its 129 years these days. That fact was a main driver in Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling's proposed $130 million...


Third season of Diversity Film Series begins this month

Patrick Doherty, Edmonds' economic development and community services director, says the third version of the Diversity Film Series is its most diverse yet. The series, sponsored by the City's...

 By Brian Soergel    News    October 3, 2019

'Our humanity is intertwined'

King's Schools, an independent, interdenominational Christian school for students from preschool to grade 12 in Shoreline, is under fire from teachers and students who feel the school is not...

 By Brian Soergel    News    October 3, 2019

Bike lanes coming to major roadways in Edmonds

In a move aimed at increasing bicycle access throughout the city, Sound Transit has awarded Edmonds $1.85 million to, according to City transportation engineer Bertrand Hauss, make it easier and...

 By Brian Soergel    News    October 3, 2019

Trolley going out of business; $1.5M suit filed against Edmonds | City Briefs

Trolley serving Edmonds going out of business This summer, Edmonds introduced a month-long trolley that took locals and visitors from downtown to the waterfront. But Councilmember Mike Nelson relayed...


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