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Holiday tour showcases grand homes, chef tastings

One of the houses on the Assistance League’s Homes for the Holidays tour this year will feature close to 50 snowmen decorations. The Assistance League of Everett will host its fourth annual home...

 By Sara Bruestle    News    November 3, 2016

Church to host election night prayer vigil

After the ballots are counted Tuesday, many might find themselves turning to prayer. St. Hilda St. Patrick Episcopal Church, just outside Edmonds in unincorporated Snohomish County, is ready to help. The church is holding an election night vigil ...

 By Sara Bruestle    News    October 17, 2016

Edmonds arcade aficionado sets world records

Jason Lundgren is well on his way to becoming King of the Arcades. The Edmonds man’s New Year’s resolution was to beat the world’s high score in an arcade game. Lundgren, 33, now holds not one, not two, but five world records in classic...

 By Sara Bruestle    A&E    August 17, 2016

Spike and the Impalers to headline benefit show

Spike and the Impalers will headline an all-ages show to benefit the victims’ families of the Mukilteo shooting. The Historic Everett Theatre is hosting the event from 7 p.m. to midnight on Friday,...


Carver revs up tree stumps with chainsaws

Steve Backus has a gift. With a chainsaw, the local woodcarver can transform tree stumps into art instead of firewood. For years, Backus has been helping homeowners turn the hazardous but much-loved...

 By Sara Bruestle    News    August 10, 2016

County Council denies neighbors' appeal of Picnic Point development

A neighborhood group’s appeal of a hearing examiner’s decision to allow a developer to build homes in a Picnic Point gulch has been denied. The Snohomish County Council on Aug. 8 affirmed with a 3-2 vote Hearing Examiner Peter Camp’s decision...

 By Sara Bruestle    A&E    August 3, 2016

8th Mukilteo Art Festival to feature 30 artists

If you buy one of Renata Mendenhall’s necklaces at this year’s Mukilteo Art Festival, you’ll get to wear a piece of Brazil around your neck. A returning artist, Mendenhall crochets...


Thrift shop serving victims of domestic abuse moves

When victims of domestic violence leave home to escape abuse, many times they have left all of their belongings behind. Sometimes all they have are literally the clothes on their backs. Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County runs a thrift...


Pokémon Go mania takes over Mukilteo

If you play Pokémon Go, here’s a tip: Mukilteo Lighthouse Park is a pocket monster jackpot. The park is a perfect spawning ground for Pokémon because it is at the beach next to the water, is home of the historic lighthouse and has lots of large...

 By Sara Bruestle    News    July 30, 2016

'We will stand with them': Mukilteo shaken by mass shooting

Mukilteo has been "shaken to its core" after three Kamiak High School grads were shot to death at a house party early Saturday. Anna Bui, Jake Long and Jordan Ebner died when a gunman opened f... Full story

 By Sara Bruestle    A&E    July 18, 2016

Composer, banker by day in Edmonds July 23

Richard Vitzhum never trained as a composer, but that’s what he’s known for. The 65-year-old Mukilteo resident is a classically trained conductor and violinist who has composed and arranged works for the Mukilteo Community Orchestra and the...


Vehicle found underwater may be missing man’s

A car that detectives believe belongs to a missing man was found underwater near the Mukilteo ferry dock. Jose Sanchez Diaz, of Lynnwood, disappeared nearly a year ago. Cellphone data shows that he was last at the Mukilteo waterfront. The red 1995... Full story

 By Sara Bruestle    News    June 30, 2016

Marko Liias running for state treasurer

Sen. Marko Liias wants to be state treasurer, and Bruce Guthrie, Jeff Scherrer and Mohammed Riaz Khan will vie for Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self’s seat. Edmonds voters likely will find those two races the... Full story

 By Sara Bruestle    Features    May 4, 2016

Resource fair focuses on youth mental health

With suicide rates for youth in Snohomish County among the highest in the state, Snohomish County Human Services is hosting a new kind of resource fair. The county’s first-ever Children & Youth Mental Wellness Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to...


Gangs are here in Snohomish County

The following article is the seventh in an eight-part series produced by The Beacon on teen issues. Called “Turn Up The Volume,” the series aims to educate our readers while offering information – and hope – to those needing help. – Ed. A...


Baseball pioneer played for Edmonds team

In honor of Black History Month, the Edmonds Beacon is featuring Jimmy Clax-ton, the first black player in professional baseball in the 20th century. -Ed. Thirty years before Jackie Robinson, an Afric... Full story


Experts: Youth alcohol use down, heroin use up

The following article is the fourth in an eight-part series produced by The Beacon on teen issues. Called “Turn Up The Volume,” the series aims to educate our readers while offering information – and hope – to those needing help. – Ed. Youth h...


Youth suicides increasing at alarming rate

Youth suicide is now a leading mental health issue for Snohomish County. In fact, some experts warn, it’s a crisis. According to the Snohomish Health District, suicide is Snohomish County’s ninth leading cause of death – second for those 15-24 y... Full story

 By Sara Bruestle    News    January 18, 2016

Warning: Dog poisonings reported in Snohomish County

Residents have been reporting possible dog poisonings at Snohomish County Parks. One animal death has been confirmed so far. Park rangers are investigating reports of dog poisonings throughout the...


County Council against another Paine Field museum

The Snohomish County Council has voted against a proposed historic aircraft aviation center at Paine Field. The founder of Historic Flight Foundation had proposed a five-building Historic Aviation...


12-year-old repeats ‘Nutcracker’ role

Eden Vold has stepped into her sister’s ballet shoes to play Clara in the “Nutcracker.” Eden, 12, of Mukilteo, is starring in Alderwood Dance Spectrum’s 21st annual production of “A Storyboo... Full story

 By Sara Bruestle    A&E    December 2, 2015

Meet the Grinch at Mukilteo’s tree lighting

Children will get to meet Dr. Seuss’ the Grinch at Mukilteo’s tree lighting this year. The Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting is scheduled for 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at Rosehill Community...


Tour showcases old homes, holiday decorations

You’re bound to find a new way to deck your halls on the Assistance League’s Homes for the Holidays tour. The Assistance League of Everett will host its third home tour from noon to 7 p.m....


Region’s greatest minds talk futuristic ideas

Twenty-three of the region’s greatest minds recently shared the stage at a locally organized TED conference. Hundreds, if not thousands, watched the first-ever TEDxSnoIsleLibraries event, with the...


Superhero benefit is for 9-year-old liver recipient

Monty Huesca is one mighty 9-year-old: His nickname is “The Hulk,” and he has a new liver. He said it’s helped him to recover from liver failure and a transplant surgery by pretending he’s a...


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