Will Chen announces candidacy for Edmonds City Council

Edmonds Citizens Housing Commissioner, community volunteer and local business owner Will Chen on Sunday announced his campaign for Edmonds City Council in the 2021 election. Chen said he has not yet decided which position he will run for. Three of the council’s seven seats — Positions 1, 2 and 3 — are up for election this…

Edmonds police conducting traffic safety emphasis now through Feb. 7

Edmonds police are conducting both education and enforcement during a traffic safety emphasis now through Feb. 7, with a focus on areas of vehicle-vs.-pedestrian collisions on 2020. The emphasis will also include well-known problem areas such as the Highway 99 and Highway 104 corridors and a five-block radius of 5th Avenue and Main Street, police…

Letter to the editor: Edmonds Housing Commission process didn’t prioritize citizen input

Editor: As the Edmonds Citizens Housing Commission concludes this Thursday, the Alliance of Citizens for Edmonds (ACE) thanks the Commissioners and alternate Commissioners, for volunteering their time, committing to this aspirational process.  Understandably, the process was made more difficult for all involved due to Covid-19 restrictions, mandating virtual meetings and eliminating the original promise of…

My Edmonds News Daily Legislative Report: Jan. 25, 2021

My Edmonds News presents The Daily Legislative Report, covering the 2021 Washington State Legislature. In the Senate Labor, Commerce & Tribal Affairs Committee, Senate Bill 5267 earned a public hearing. The legislation requires state licensing for electrical work associated with flipping property. It would prevent local homeowners from gaining permits and doing the work themselves…

Free drive-thru COVID-19 testing events scheduled in Lynnwood, MLT this week, next

With COVID-19 rates remaining at high levels and vaccine roll out ramping up slowly, getting tested for COVID-19 and taking precautions to prevent the spread of the virus remain vital. Free, drive-thru events are scheduled to take place: Wednesday, Jan. 27 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Meadowdale High School, 6002 168th St. S.W.,…

Sponsor spotlight: IRS identity theft season begins now

Each year thieves try to steal billions in federal withholdings by stealing your identity. As the IRS focuses more attention on this quickly growing problem, now is the time of year to be extra vigilant. Early tax filing season is the worst time Your federal tax account at the IRS has plenty of money in…

Letter to the editor: Threats to elected officials unacceptable

Dear Editor, This morning, between Zoom meetings and schedule planning, I came upon a thread on Twitter that stopped me in my tracks and weighs heavy enough to write this letter. There is a lot of anger and disdain in our city, and in communities across the region. Frustrations with elected leadership on some level….

Help for anxious kids, parents in next Sno-Isle Libraries Issues That Matter Jan. 30

The second installment of Sno-Isle Libraries’ Issues That Matter series is titled “How to Recognize Anxiety and Depression in Kids” and focuses on the needs of parents and caregivers with children at home. Join Sno-Isle Libraries staff and mental health professionals from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30. The coronavirus pandemic is adding stressors that families couldn’t…

Letter to the editor: Vaccine whack-a-mole?

Editor: Ten months. That’s how long our government (Federal, State and County) has known that a COVID-19 vaccine was in the works. Among the known facts were: Once one or more vaccines were FDA approved, production ramp up would be slow relative to demand, and the demand would be astronomically high and urgent. Was it…

Edmonds City Council scheduled to discuss draft tree code at Jan. 26 meeting

The Edmonds City Council is scheduled to discuss draft Edmonds Tree Code during its Tuesday, Jan. 26 business meeting. As we reported in our December 2020 story, developing a new tree code was one of the original tasks of the Edmonds Tree Board when it was created in 2010. Specifically, the board was charged to…

Girls on the Run of Snohomish County seeking volunteer coaches

Girls on the Run of Snohomish County is looking for dedicated individuals to co-coach teams during their spring season, April 19-June 12. Volunteer coaches will follow a structured curriculum to engage small teams of girls in fun, interactive lessons in person or online. Teams meet twice per week during the eight-week season and the program…

Reminder: Blood drive at Lynnwood Convention Center Jan. 28-29

The Lynnwood Convention Center will serve as a Pop-Up Donor Center this Thursday and Friday, Jan. 28-29, for a Bloodworks Northwest blood drive. Over the course of two days, the goal is to collect 108 units of blood. You can schedule your appointment here, Bloodworks Northwest is also offering a special incentive to anyone donating…

Edmonds Waterfront Center hosts COVID vaccine pilot

The email from the Snohomish Health District came in Tuesday morning. Could we use 100 COVID vaccines for eligible members this week? By Thursday we had mobilized our staff, recruited volunteers, contacted & and scheduled 100 members, and prepared the Edmonds Waterfront Center for our first-ever visitors. We have been in communication with the health…

State’s first cases of U.K. COVID-19 strain found in Snohomish County

The COVID-19 variant first identified in the United Kingdom has been found in testing samples from Snohomish County. That’s according to a Saturday announcement from the Washington State Department of Health along with the Snohomish Health District and the UW Medicine Virology Lab. The UW Medicine Virology Lab detected two cases of the COVID-19 variant…

EPIC Poetry Group: Poet’s Corner — Tree Paranoia, New Moon

Here’s the latest installment of Poet’s Corner, presented by the Edmonds-based EPIC Poetry Group.   TREE PARANOIA He cut down those looming trees bound to doom him with their danger. Larger than his mansion, he imagines they could flatten him in any wind. When wind advisories raged he booked a room in a hotel. When rain…

Edmonds Chamber welcomes new board members 

The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce has appointed seven new members to serve on its board of directors and appointed Rob Schwertley as board chair for 2021. The new board members include: Olivia Brown Latham (Sugar Spa Edmonds) Greg Carlson (Beck’s Tribute Center) Will Chen (Will Chen CPA) Azra Jabeen (Fortive) Krista Larrison (Kita Events Northwest)…

Reminder: Edmonds Port Commission meeting agenda for Jan. 25, 2021

January 25, 2021 7:00 pm I. CALL TO ORDER II. FLAG SALUTE III. CONSENT AGENDA A. Approval of Agenda B. Approval of January 11, 2021 Meeting Minutes C. Approval of Payments IV. PUBLIC COMMENTS (For any issues not already on the Agenda; 3 minute limit) V. POSSIBLE ACTION VI. INFORMATION A. Continuation of Resolution 20-03,…

Sponsor spotlight: Fight the winter blues by bringing the outdoors in

People are spending significantly more time at home as a result of COVID-19, which has led to shifts in habits and a renewed focus on how their homes live and breathe. With winter in full swing, healthy habits and homes will become increasingly important: Approximately 20% of the population suffers from seasonal depression. Here are…

Emergency cold weather shelter open Friday, Jan. 22

With temperatures expected to drop this weekend, the South Snohomish County Emergency Cold Weather Shelter will be open Friday, Jan. 22. Depending on the forecast, the shelter may also be open next week as well. The shelter opens at 7:15 p.m. at Maple Park Church (60th Avenue West and 176th Street Southwest, Lynnwood). Those not…

Commentary: The Waterfront Center and the significance of place

As we prepare to welcome the community into the new Waterfront Center (subject to the course of COVID-19 and meeting safety protocols), it is important that we place this milestone into a larger frame. Our story is more than the building. On January 13, we kicked off The Waterfront Forum, a three-part Zoom series with…

Eight Edmonds School District teachers receive National Board Certification

The Edmonds School District announced that eight teachers recently received their National Board Certification. This brings the total number of National Board Certified teachers in the district to 224. The teachers are: Kylen Boddie, Meadowdale Elementary Megan Drobnicki-Girdhar, VOICE Transition Theresa Forssen, Lynndale Elementary Sarah Fox, VOICE Transition Ben Hammond, VOICE Transition Lois Park, College…

City of Edmonds, Chamber launch ‘Edmonds Business Booster’ website

The City of Edmonds and Edmonds Chamber of Commerce have launched the Edmonds Business Booster, a website that consolidates online free business-support services offered by various agencies and organizations serving Edmonds and Snohomish County. The website address is EdmondsBizBooster.com. With attention-grabbing lines like “Do you have a fantastic product idea, but don’t know how to…

My Edmonds News Daily Legislative Report: Jan. 22, 2021

My Edmonds News presents The Daily Legislative Report, covering the 2021 Washington State Legislature. – The Senate’s Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee held a public hearing Jan. 22 for Senate Bill 5136, which would prohibit fees for child care licenses, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and its devastation on the child care…

Edmonds School District planning Black Lives Matter Month of Action in February

In preparation for February’s Black Lives Matter month of action, the Edmonds School District has formed a Black Lives Matter Month of Action Planning Committee. Any Edmonds School District student, family and staff are welcome to help create virtual activities and events for students, families, and staff. The committee will meet a few times between…

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