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Southern resident orcas endangered for 19 years now

When the southern resident orcas were listed as an endangered species in 2005, there were 88 individuals in the population. The following year, the Endangered Species Coalition established …

Retiring and ready for Medicare? Here's some thoughts

More than  four million  Americans will turn 65 this year, more than ever before. Whether this milestone means retirement or not, these individuals need to make important choices about …

Cars, carbon, and the cost of bike lanes

There is irrefutable proof that the climate is changing, and in our corner of the planet the greatest contributors to carbon emissions are gasoline- and diesel-fueled vehicles, at 25%. Getting …

An environmental minute: Rain gardens help stormwater management

Another street in Edmonds is undergoing a green transformation! This new rain garden is a practical solution to stormwater management and climate resilience while showcasing the power of community …

CTE and STEM Expo highlights

In the Edmonds School District, we are proud to offer 15 Career and Technical Education (CTE) Pathways in a variety of high demand areas, including aerospace manufacturing, automotive technology, …

Still I rise: A tapestry of joy, loss, achievement, and struggle

A powerful poem by Maya Angelou, “Still I Rise,” is an anthem of the Black struggle, hope, and resilience. The final phrase “Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the …

Ferries: Clean and green in the future

Editor’s Note: WSF Assistant Secretary Steve Nevey wrote this piece in conjunction with the marking of Earth Day April 22. When I was offered the opportunity to move from the cruise …

In defense of planned bike lanes on Main Street

Editor’s note: The following was addressed to Edmonds City Councilmembers. I am writing to request that you support the completion of the planned bike lanes on Main Street as part of the …

Tax season: Net worth vs. self-worth

Oh boy, it’s tax season. You may be one who plans year-round organizing your documents or maybe one who starts thinking about it in February. Either way, for most of us it is stressful. Do …

Edmonds Marsh grant approved. Now what?

Edmonds is off to a great start toward the goal of reconnecting the marsh to Puget Sound and to restoring valuable fish and wildlife habitat. A grant received from the National Fish and Wildlife …

Do the citizens of Edmonds really want changes made to the City’s Comprehensive Plan (which dictates municipal operations in the City) so that we become known as “Edmonds – Where …

No density in Edmonds: A note from your environment

Hello, it’s me – the environment! Folks, please wake up and just say no to all this density noise. You are killing me, as my topography in Edmonds is environmentally rich, with two …

David Levitan responds to claims from City employee

Editor’s note: In an article Feb. 29 on the front page of the Beacon, “Employee files claim of $375K against City,” City employee Michelle Martin accused former Planning Manager …

Remembrances, and tears, celebrating Abdikadir Gedi Shariif

I attended a celebration of Abdikadir Gedi Shariif’s life in Tukwila Feb. 29, hosted by the Seattle Rideshare Drivers Association. I had the incredible honor of joining the Shariif family, …

Your Public Records Act is being eroded

The people have a right to know. That was the idea in 1972 when a citizens’ Coalition for Open Government in Washington state successfully worked for the passage of Initiative 276, a …

Edmonds Chamber: Accomplishments, and looking ahead

A couple of weeks ago, the Edmonds Chamber held its annual membership meeting, with over 70 in attendance. At this meeting, our team was proud to share the chamber accomplishments of the previous …

Making an environmental difference: Our 1% counts a great deal

As an environmentalist and an activist preparing for the climate crisis, I am often asked: “What can I do right now, immediately that will really make a difference?” I do have my …

Think small on accessory dwelling units in Edmonds

Editor’s note: The City of Edmonds presented a report on an accessory dwelling unit code update to City Council on Tuesday, Feb. 27. State housing mandates are meant to support more …

Voters supporting schools, but bond threshold needs to be lowered

Local levies and bonds are one important way that communities support their schools, and preliminary results from Tuesday’s special election show how committed voters are to their local public …

A personal reflection on living in a segregated South

Editor’s note: Community leader Wally Webster spoke at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. ceremony Jan. 15 at the Edmonds Waterfront Center. Here is part one of that speech, with part two …

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