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 By Pat Ratliff    Features    July 25, 2013

Getting the news to you

If you’re one of the lucky people in Edmonds, you get your Beacon delivered right to your door. A select group of local teens deliver the newspaper to residents, asking only for a small donation for...

 
 By Pat Ratliff    News    July 18, 2013

Yes, our hospital IS that good

Looking for the best hospital to get that upcoming operation? You may not have to travel far at all. According to U.S. News magazine, Swedish/Edmonds is one of the best hospitals in the state of Washington. These results are a dramatic turnaround...

 
 By Pat Ratliff    News    July 11, 2013

County residential assessments jump 10 percent

If you own a home in Snohomish County, keep an eye on your mailbox – you’ll be receiving your new assessment notices soon. Those are being mailed this week. Notices for commercially zoned property owners were mailed at the end of June. County...

 
 By Pat Ratliff    News    July 2, 2013

Miss Edmonds to compete for Miss Washington Teen USA title

Jubilee Zevenbergen is just 16, but she already has a lot on her plate. She’s a sophomore at King’s High School where she plays basketball. She also plays soccer for King’s High and a Rush G96...

 
 By Pat Ratliff    News    June 27, 2013

Windermere agents volunteer for massive beach cleanup

When Greg Hoff of Edmonds Windermere Real Estate was looking for a community service project for his office, he called Rich Lindsay, parks manager for the City of Edmonds, to see if they could help...

 
 By Pat Ratliff    News    June 27, 2013

Impact Fees to be assessed on all new building in Edmonds

Developers in Edmonds are going to be paying more fees to the City. Beginning Oct. 1, developers will be required to pay a Park Impact Fee, which will assess fees on new construction and business expansions over 10 percent. New construction will...

 
 By Pat Ratliff    News    June 20, 2013

Bastille Day avec la Edmonds Petanque Club: C’est merveilleux!

The French celebrate Bastille Day to mark the storming of the Bastille fortress-prison on July 14, 1789. This year, Edmonds residents will be celebrating Bastille Day on June 14 as well. But the crowds will be storming the Edmonds Petanque Courts at...

 
 By Pat Ratliff    News    June 20, 2013

Council OK’s 6-year transportation program

If you’ve been wondering when you’ll see improvements and repairs to some of the streets in Edmonds, some long-term plans in the city’s 2014-2019 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) might give you a hint. The Washington State Department...

 
 By Pat Ratliff    News    June 13, 2013

750 students attend final Law Day

On June 7, four defendants escaped convictions and a fifth benefited from a hung jury at the South Division of South District Court. The 5th graders who handed down the verdicts must have been...

 
 By Pat Ratliff    News    June 6, 2013

Council OKs new finance director, more time for short plats

Edmonds has a new city finance director. Roger Neumaier was approved by the City Council Tuesday and will start work immediately. Neumaier was previously finance director for Snohomish County for 14 years. In other action, Edmonds Senior Planner...

 
 By Pat Ratliff    News    June 6, 2013

Lighting up Point Edwards with LEDs

Eric Moss, the Facilities Manager at Point Edwards, loves to save energy. He also loves to save money, but that’s just a pleasant by-product to the energy he saves. He’s just finishing up a...

 
 By Pat Ratliff    News    May 30, 2013

Fix the marsh and you stop the flooding

Edmonds, WA – Jerry Schuster, stormwater engineering program manager for the City of Edmonds, brought some potentially good news on salmon habitat when he made a presentation to the City Council on the results of a “Willow Creek Daylight Early...

 
 By Pat Ratliff    News    May 30, 2013

A full slate for local elections but not until fall

Citizens in the Edmonds area will see a full slate of candidates running for positions on the Edmonds City Council, the Edmonds School Board, Edmonds Municipal Court, the Woodway Town Council and Fire District 1 Board of Commissioners. But don’t...

 
 By Pat Ratliff    News    May 23, 2013

Edmonds Kiwanis 2013 Citizen of the Year – Bill Brayer

The Kiwanis 2013 Citizen of the Year is no stranger to many in Edmonds. Bill Brayer founded and was Director and CEO of MS Helping Hands/Donor Closet (originally called Multiple Sclerosis Community Se...

 
 By Pat Ratliff    News    May 23, 2013

Parks levy on the ballot; Port invite to the table

The City of Edmonds will probably be putting a $2 million, three-year levy lid lift on the Nov. 5, 2013, ballot. A Metropolitan Park District Park Levy Exploration Committee, comprising more than 40 citizens, recommended to the City Council to “tak...

 
 By Pat Ratliff    News    May 16, 2013

Buried logs leave historical questions

There are some interesting antiquities showing up 5 to 10 feet underground along 76th Avenue West, in Edmonds, where crews are replacing old water and sewer mains. Crews are finding incredibly well pr...

 
 By Pat Ratliff    News    May 16, 2013

Housing market ‘red hot’ in Edmonds

A combination of low inventory and low interest rates has created a housing market in Edmonds that some real estate brokers are describing as “red hot.” “We’ve got a limited inventory, but a lot more are coming on,” said R. Craig...

 
 By Pat Ratliff    A&E    May 9, 2013

Sculptors Workshop to hold annual Spring Sale

Are you in the market for some original local art, or just need some functional “artistic” pottery for your home or a gift? You’re in luck. The members of the Sculptors Workshop are putting on...

 
 By Pat Ratliff    News    May 9, 2013

Mushing for Literacy

Jan Steves is back on the trail. This time she’s mushing for literacy. Steves is busy making presentations to schools about her experiences preparing for and being in the Iditarod sled dog race. ...

 
 By Pat Ratliff    News    May 9, 2013

To discuss or not...

Technology tanked on Tuesday. Mechanical problems with the video system at the Edmonds City Council Chambers caused more than a slight delay to the proceedings. The problems also prompted the council to reschedule a number of agenda items to a later...

 
 By Pat Ratliff    News    May 2, 2013

Drivers, produce, bread needed at food bank

The Edmonds Food Bank (The Carol Rowe Memorial Edmonds Food Bank) is in dire need of food. Stocks are low and more people come in each month for help providing for their families. “We’ve been very...

 
 By Pat Ratliff    News    April 25, 2013

Park Impact fees: funding Edmonds’ future parks

Edmonds has a wonderful selection of parks and recreation venues, many residents would probably agree. But the city spends a lot of money keeping those parks clean, repaired and open to the public. As more people move into the city (estimates are...

 
 By Pat Ratliff    News    April 18, 2013

Local academic program helps students excel

Jan Link is the director of Academic Link Outreach (ALO), a local non-profit that she is confidant is helping students meet and exceed state standards, graduate from high school, and be better...

 
 By Pat Ratliff    News    April 18, 2013

Council will continue Harbor Square discussion

The Port of Edmonds may have withdrawn its request to incorporate the Port’s Harbor Square Master Plan into the city’s Comprehensive Plan, but that’s not necessarily the end of the discussion. Two councilmembers, Strom Peterson and Diane...

 
 By Pat Ratliff    News    April 4, 2013

Code change requires design standards downtown

When new buildings are constructed in downtown Edmonds, they will complement and reflect the older buildings already in place. And heights, its proponents insisted, will remain unchanged. At least that’s the intent of legislation a City Council maj...

 

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