Our Underwater Backyard: How diving connected me to the sea and our community

My Edmonds News is publishing monthly stories and photographs from the Edmonds Underwater Park, with features written by members of the youth dive team led by Annie Crawley, Edmonds underwater photographer, filmmaker, writer and ocean advocate. For as long as I can remember, I have been drawn to the sea. The rocky shores, rolling waves and…

Reminder: Haven’t voted yet? Check out these primary election resources

If you haven’t yet cast your vote in the Aug. 3 primary election, here’s a reminder of our election resources: You can watch a video of the primary election debate for Edmonds City Council Positions 1 and 2 here. In addition, we have a written summary of the Position 1 debate here and the Position 2…

Scene in Edmonds: Volunteers help restore the Edmonds Marsh

  Over 30 Edmonds community volunteers helped remove invasive nightshade and blackberry along Highway 104 over two days under a Washington State Department of Transportation “Adopt-A-Highway” restoration project. According to organizer Joe Scordino, the bittersweet nightshade — which has grown into dense thickets in the fences bordering the highway — is blocking and altering water…

Neighbors bid fond farewell to longtime Edmonds mail carrier

A group of Edmonds neighbors on Saturday bid a fond farewell to their mail carrier of more than 37 years, Jeff Everson. During his last day on the Edmonds route, neighbors from the 500 block of 6th Avenue South and Magnolia Lane gathered to wish Everson well, greeting him with a signed banner and hugs….

Snohomish County 2022 Hotel-Motel grant cycle now open

Snohomish County has opened its 2022 annual tourism grant cycle, with completed applications due Sept. 13. The 2022 Hotel-Motel Small Fund total is projected to be $475,000. The awards are for selected projects that can be completed by Dec. 15, 2022. Distribution of funds will begin in January 2022. The county says that eligibility of…

Edmonds Police Blotter: July 20-26, 2021

July 20 7600 block Lake Ballinger Way: An unknown suspect smashed a gas station window and stole cigarettes. 8700 block 188th Street Southwest: A homeowner reported multiple packages were stolen from their front porch by an unidentified suspect. 22700 block Highway 99: A window was broken at a business in an apparent attempted burglary. 20800…

Free photography camp Aug. 2-5 for BIPOC youth

A free summer camp that will teach the basics of photography to Snohomish County BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color) youth ages 12-18 is being held at Mill Creek’s Mixed coffee shop Aug. 2-5 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Participants with various levels of experience who are interested in photography will receive hands-on experiences, a…

Sponsor spotlight: Keep unwanted summer guests away

Social distancing this summer may be a barrier for having visitors at your home. There are some guests, however, that you should never allow into your home — pests such as ants, roaches, rats and termites. Not only are pest infestations a nuisance, it’s critical to protect your family from disease due to food contamination…

Letter to the editor: My take on the bias/discrimination/hate portal

Editor: I’ve refrained from making a comment about the Bias/Discrimination/Hate portal until I could attempt to get several logistical questions answered.  Those questions were: Why was this a consideration in the first place? Have there been instances where residents felt as though something happened but didn’t feel comfortable going directly to the police? Who/what department…

Nominations sought for Snohomish County Women in Leadership Award

Leadership Snohomish County, a nonprofit committed to developing county-specific sustainable leaders, has opened its call for nominations for the fifth annual Deborah Knutson Women in Leadership Award. The award will be presented at Leadership Snohomish County’s sixth annual Leadership Day on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. The event will be held at the Lynnwood Convention Center. Nominations must…

Sound Transit night work planned along I-5 and State Route 104 interchange in August

Starting Monday, Aug. 2, Sound Transit’s contractor will begin a night operation along the Interstate 5 and the State Route 104 Interchange to set girders for the elevated guideway for the future Lynnwood Link Extension. This work will include nighttime on-ramp and off-ramp closures and one full closure of SR 104 through the month of…

City of Edmonds announces revised mask-wearing policy for employees, visitors

The City of Edmonds said Friday it has returned to requiring employees who are working indoors to wear a mask or face covering regardless of vaccination status. The policy, which became effective Wednesday, July 28, is aimed at ensuring the safety of city employees and reducing workplace transmission of COVID-19, the city said. Employees will…

Feedme Hospitality Lemonade Stand raises $2,350 for An Edmonds Kind of 4th

The Feedme Hospitality & Restaurant Group recently donated $2,350 to support the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce’s An Edmonds Kind of 4th celebration — results of proceeds collected during its lemonade stand fundraiser. Feedme Hospitality owners Andrew Leckie and Shubert Ho — who own Edmonds establishments Salt & Iron, Shooby Doo Catering, Bar Dojo, The Mar•Ket, SanKai,…

Dacha Theatre bringing outdoor plays to Edmonds, Lynnwood areas Aug. 1, 5

Seattle-based Dacha Theatre in bringing a pair of outdoor plays to the Lynnwood and Edmonds area starting Aug. 1. Star Play, an outdoor family play with music about the wonders of stars and the night sky – will be at the Lynndale Amphitheatre, 18927 72nd Ave. W. West, Lynnwood at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1…

Under the Weather: Hot temperatures return to finish out month of July

Wednesday, July 28, we officially hit an 80-plus-degree high at Paine Field for the first time since early July. This really helps show that after that miserable bout with temperatures that should never get remotely close to Western Washington, things have been quite comfortable for most of this month. It’s been very dry, as has…

Snohomish County PUD work to close 188th Street SW in Edmonds from Aug. 2-6

Snohomish County PUD work to complete an upgrade on one of its transmission poles in Edmonds will temporarily close 188th Street Southwest from Aug. 2 through 6. The closure will be between 83rd and 84th Avenues West. The road will be closed each day from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. to accommodate large equipment. A detour will be…

YWCA Seattle King Snohomish bringing Stacey Abrams to annual luncheon Sept. 14

This Sept. 14, YWCA Seattle King Snohomish is featuring keynote speaker Stacey Abrams at its second virtual Inspire Luncheon, a fundraiser to support women and girls through YWCA programs. Abrams made history in 2018 when she became the first Black female gubernatorial nominee for a major party in any state. She followed that up with…

Edmonds Center for the Arts looking for volunteers

Are you interested in supporting the arts in the community? Edmonds Center for the Arts is looking for volunteers to support the fall reopening for the 2021-2022 season. To learn more, attend a new volunteer open house Tuesday, Aug. 3 in the ECA lobby at 5:30 p.m. You’ll receive a closer look at the ECA…

Public invited to welcome Blue Heron Canoe Family to Edmonds waterfront Aug. 1

The public is invted to the Edmonds Waterfront Center on Sunday, Aug. 1 to help welcome the arrival of the Blue Heron Canoe Family, celebrating the Native American canoeing tradition. The event, which runs from 2-5 p.m. Aug. 1, will include the sharing of prayer, ceremony, story, song and dance with the Blue Heron Canoe Family….

Department of Health: Masks required for all K-12 students and staff heading back to classroom

The Washington State Department of Health Wednesday released updated guidance for the 2021-2022 school year aimed at helping students, teachers and staff return safely to the classroom. The department said in a news release that its guidance “aims to minimize transmission and maximize in-person instruction and is informed by the latest science, recently released Centers…

Edmonds police chief candidate finalists announced; public meet-and-greet set for Aug. 4

Three candidates for Edmonds police chief have been selected to move forward to the final steps in the selection process. They are Acting Edmonds Police Chief Michelle Bennett, retired Waterbury, Connecticut Police Captain Lawrence Hunter and retired Pennsylvania State Police Officer Dante Orlandi. Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson will meet individually with the three finalists Wednesday morning,…

Pre-purchase tickets to Taste Twenty-One, be entered to win Alaska Airline flights

Every person who pre-purchases a ticket to the Edmonds Taste Twenty-One food festival, scheduled for Aug. 20-22 at the Frances Anderson Center field, will automatically be entered to win two free Alaska Airlines tickets, the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce announced Wednesday. Up for grabs are two unrestricted Coach Class roundtrip tickets with no blackout dates…

Nubian Jam festival celebrates African and African American culture July 31

A celebration of African and African American culture, the Nubian Jam, is this Saturday, July 31 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., at Forest Park in Everett, with focus on community connectedness through education and entertainment as a bridge to bring families together. Since 1992, Nubian Jam, meaning, “Beautiful People,” has been recognizing elders and…

Sound Transit seeks public feedback on 2022 Service Plan

Sound Transit invites the public to learn more about proposed changes to service in 2022 and provide feedback on its service plan. Sound Transit is considering changes to ST Express bus and Sounder South as ridership is rebounding and the region continue to recover from the pandemic. The agency is responding to the ridership increase…

Letter to the editor: My experience using the online portal to report bias

Editor: I may have been the first to officially report an instance of bias in Edmonds using the portal. Ultimately this report should serve as a case study to see how the portal is used, what corrective actions are taken and what latitude Edmonds has with reports as serious as this. My report read as…

Police arrest Lynnwood carjacking suspect in Edmonds Monday night

In a case involving the Lynnwood and Edmonds police departments as well as the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, a 38-year-old Spokane Valley man was booked into Snohomish County Jail Monday for first-degree robbery following a carjacking incident at Wilcox Park. According to Lynnwood police, a man called 911 just before 10 p.m. Monday, July 26,…

Scene on video: Progress on the Ballinger Park fishing pier

David Carlos shot this video of Ballinger Park fishing pier construction in Mountlake Terrace July 26. The waterfront project will add a new fishing pier, boat dock, boat launch, and enhanced shoreline improvements. Project funding also covers the new restrooms at the boat launch as well as an accessible pathway from the senior/community center to…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Business and politics

Whether you are a business owner or a politician, longevity is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, you gain more experience with every passing year and feel more comfortable in your role. On the other hand, as you become familiar with the ebb and flow of either your business or election cycle, you may…

Irish dancer at Edmonds-based school competes in national championships

A 12-year-old Mukilteo boy who dances with Edmonds-based Carroll-Henderson School of Irish Dancing placed first in the preliminary level and 16th in the overall Championship at the U.S. National Irish Dance Competition in Phoenix, Arizona earlier this month Eli Munoz has been dancing with the Carroll-Henderson School for almost five years. He has previously qualified…

Edmonds Police Foundation celebrates 25 years, invites public to golf tournament fundraiser

The Edmonds Police Foundation has released its new logo to celebrate its 25th anniversary, and is also reminds the public that it’s time to register for the annual David Stern Memorial Golf Tournament fundraiser, scheduled for Aug. 23 at Harbour Pointe Golf Club. Stern The foundation raises money to support education, training and equipment for the Edmonds Police…

Edmonds-Woodway’s Paulson among winners in Summer Smash high school tennis tourney

Edmonds-Woodway’s Natalie Paulson was among the champions in last weekend’s Snohomish Summer Smash tennis tournament for high school tennis players. After a one-year layoff due to the pandemic, the tournament at Snohomish High School drew 132 players from over 30 Western Washington high schools. After four days of play, the championship results were as follows:…

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