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'I Can't Breathe' art installation on Sixth Avenue North

The latest "On the Fence" temporary art installation, sponsored by the Edmonds Arts Commission, is "Untitled," by Christabel Jamison, an 18-year-old student at Edmonds-Woodway High... — Updated 7/8/2020

 
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Surprise: Walkable Main Street is back – for the foreseeable future

Well, that didn't take long. After announcing that it would "pause" Walkable Main Street over several weeks to "work with our community partners to see how we can move this idea... — Updated 7/7/2020

 
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Edmonds presses pause on Walkable Main Street project

The grand experiment of closing three blocks of Main Street to vehicle traffic for the past two weeks was bound to be controversial. And now it's paused. "We've had very positive... — Updated 7/7/2020

 
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Pride parade procession – by car – journeys through Edmonds

A seven-car Pride parade drove through Edmonds on Sunday, June 28, during Pride weekend, established 50 years ago in New York to celebrate the LGBTQ community. The process made its... — Updated 7/7/2020

 
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Being a Black woman – and a cop – in Edmonds

Tabatha Shoemake, 51, is Edmonds' senior animal control officer and 11-year veteran with the Edmonds Police Department. As a Black woman working in an increasingly diverse but... — Updated 7/7/2020

 
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Pride parade procession – by car – journeys through Edmonds

A seven-car Pride parade drove through Edmonds on Sunday, June 28, during Pride weekend, established 50 years ago in New York to celebrate the LGBTQ community. The process made its... — Updated 7/2/2020

 
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A clarification on Main Street Nails story

After the Beacon ran a story June 18 on a confrontation between a Black couple and the Asian American owners of a nail salon in Edmonds, we were contacted by a family member who wanted to make a clarification. Quick recap: The... — Updated 7/2/2020

 
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2 councilmembers: Kristiana Johnson made racist comment

Edmonds City Council President Adrienne Fraley-Monillas and Councilmember Luke Distelhorst have accused fellow Councilmember Kristiana Johnson of racism. “At the June 23 Edmonds City Council meeting, Mayor Mike Nelson brought to... — Updated 7/2/2020

 
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Ferry passengers help save woman's life

A Washington State Ferries captain credits quick-thinking passengers on the Spokane for saving the life of a distraught woman who threw herself overboard. On June 7, the Spokane was on its way to Kingston from Edmonds under mostly... — Updated 7/2/2020

 
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Mindy Woods: From homelessness to City program manager

Mindy Woods didn't have much time to celebrate after the City of Edmonds named her its first Human Services program manager. She dove right in. The new half-time position was the... — Updated 7/2/2020

 
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2 councilmembers say Councilmember Kristiana Johnson made racist comment

Edmonds City Council President Adrienne Fraley-Monillas and Councilmember Luke Distelhorst have accused fellow Councilmember Kristiana Johnson of racism. "At the June 23 Edmonds... — Updated 7/1/2020

 
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Pedestrian-only Main Street to return; fountain roundabout will be closed

Last weekend's closure of Main Street to vehicle traffic – now called the "Walkable Main Street Pilot Project," will return June 27-28, at the Beacon reported on Facebook Monday.... — Updated 6/26/2020

 
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UPDATED: Police officers out at Edmonds-Woodway and Meadowdale high schools

The Edmonds School District board on June 23 voted 5-0 NOT to renew interlocal contract with City of Edmonds for a police school resource officer at Edmonds-Woodway. They also... — Updated 6/24/2020

 
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Marching for justice: Black Lives Matter silent march draws up to 1,000

Up to 1,000 people marched through downtown Edmonds June 12 in an event promoted as a peaceful, silent march to support Black Lives Matter. The march was one of more than 35... — Updated 6/23/2020

 
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UPDATED FROM POLICE REPORT: Edmonds nail salon, customers subject of 'disagreement'

An incident at Main Street Nails in Edmonds has become a flashpoint for heated comments on social media during a time of rising tension after the death of George Floyd, a black... — Updated 6/23/2020

 
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Closing Main: 'It's the beginning of what Edmonds is going to be like in the future'

No one was happier to see three blocks of Main Street closed to parking and vehicle traffic Saturday and Sunday than Rick Steves, Edmonds' European traffic expert, who wrote an... — Updated 6/23/2020

 
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Take a seat, or browse: Edmonds restaurants, shops opening for Phase 2

Ready to step into a restaurant or retail store again? You can now do so, as the state Department of Health approved Snohomish County's application to move into Phase 2 of... — Updated 6/21/2020

 
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'Pedestrian-friendly' weekend coming up on Main Street

It's Edmonds' newest controversy: Open up Main Street to pedestrians only? The City took its first step to that possibility when Mayor Mike Nelson announced the dates for the first... — Updated 6/21/2020

 
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Edmonds' Holy Rosary opposes sex-ed bill, references known hate group

Holy Rosary Church in Edmonds urged its parishioners to sign a citizens petition for Referendum 90, which would repeal a new law requiring all state school districts to provide Comprehensive Sexual Health Education (CSHE) for... — Updated 6/19/2020

 
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190 Sunset closing; Epulo Bistro moving into space

190 Sunset restaurant, which opened in September 2016, is closing its doors for good at Salish Crossing after being closed since March due to coronavirus restrictions on... — Updated 6/18/2020

 
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Impairment remains the most common factor in traffic deaths

Traffic safety leaders in Washington have released an updated version of Target Zero, the state’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan, as Washington begins transitioning to the governor’s Safe Start proclamation. According to the... — Updated 6/18/2020

 
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Should police officers be stationed at public schools?

Last week, Seattle Public Schools announced it was suspending its relationship with school resource officials for one year. Could the Edmonds School District follow suit? It’s a distinct possibility, especially after a district... — Updated 6/18/2020

 
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Mayor announces plan to review and update police procedures and policies

The nationwide conversation on race and inequality has not skipped over Edmonds, which has seen Black Lives Matters rallies and marches, questions about racism at a local business,... — Updated 6/18/2020

 
 By Brian Soergel    News

Should police officers be stationed at public schools?

Last week, Seattle Public Schools announced it was suspending its relationship with school resource officials for one year. Could the Edmonds School District follow suit? It’s a distinct possibility, especially after a district... — Updated 6/17/2020

 
 By Brian Soergel    News

Edmonds' Holy Rosary opposes sex-ed bill, references hate group

Holy Rosary Church in Edmonds urged its parishioners to sign a citizens petition for Referendum 90, which would repeal a new law requiring all state school districts to provide... — Updated 6/11/2020

 

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