Council OKs small-cell wireless permit with hope of revisiting aesthetic regulations

The Edmonds City Council Tuesday night approved a master permit for Cingular Wireless to install small-cell wireless facilities in the city, but also asked to take another look at a council-approved ordinance from 2019 governing the asethetics of such structures. In other action, the council agreed to add Juneteenth as a paid holiday for city…

Walkable Main Street Program returns this Saturday

The City of Edmonds Walkable Main Street program is returning this weekend — Saturday and Sunday, June 19-20. Main Street will be closed from 6th to 3rd avenues, starting at 8 a.m. Saturdays and reopening before 8 a.m. Mondays. Vehicle U-turns will continue to be allowed around the downtown Edmonds Fountain, with clear pedestrian pathways…

Edmonds musician to participate in Make Music Day festival June 21

Edmonds musician Nick Baker is known to many for his support of seniors — bringing music, piano and vocals to them and lifting spirits. What is less well known is that in pre-COVID times, Baker has also traveled the world with a performance band called United by Music North America. Baker will once again takes…

Washington’s average wage set a record in 2020 — increasing to $76,741

Washington’s average annual wage grew by 10.1% in 2020 to $76,741, according to the state Employment Security Department—representing the largest percentage increase in the average annual wage year over year on record. The average annual wage is calculated only using wages from those in the workforce that are covered by unemployment insurance. The average weekly…

Letter to the editor: Questions to be asked prior to eliminating salary commission

Dear Editor: Recently the Edmonds City Council has discussed eliminating the Edmonds Salary Commission, comprised of five citizens nominated by the mayor and confirmed by the city council. Their role is to convene every two years to review and make binding salary and benefits recommendations for the city’s elected positions of mayor and council. The…

Looking Back: Taming a town while still having a good time in Edmonds

When the little village of Edmonds incorporated as a fourth-class town in August of 1890, even though there had been some hard times, the residents must have been filled with hope that the final decade of the 19th century would bring prosperity, growth and some needed culture to their community. Certainly, at 5 o’clock in…

Letter to the editor: Is the Edmonds City Council fairly compensated?

Editor: I am surprised by the Edmonds City Council reviewing the salary commission after just reinstating the Salary Commission Ordinance in 2016 for the 2017 and 2019 sessions; this was after disbanding it in 2014 after a long history of having one in place. In the end, the reason we have a salary commission is…

Verdant seeks consulting services to lead CHART program for South Snohomish County

The Verdant Health Commission has released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the CHronic-Utilizer Alternative Response Team (CHART) program leadership. Since 2017, the CHART program has been administered by the Verdant Health Commission in partnership with health care, human services, fire/EMS, and law enforcement organizations. Verdant seeks an organization to take a leadership role in…

Edmonds Driftwood Players announce 2021 scholarship recipients

Edmonds Driftwood Players have awarded 2021 scholarships to students who have been active in local, college and professional theatre The 2021 recipient of the Ralph Eaton Technical Theatre Scholarship is Cami Taliaferro-Barber, a theatre production student who will be attending Cornish College of the Arts. The $500 Ralph Eaton Technical Theatre Scholarship was started in 2011…

Sponsor spotlight: Helping your fellow business owner

Your firm survived 2020. Now you may be asking yourself, when will the economy return to pre-pandemic levels? Will it be this fall? A year from now? Longer? Until the economy fully emerges from the pandemic, small businesses can help one another stay afloat. By collaborating with other like-minded firms, your business can find creative…

Ed! says: Love Local

As we all know, the past 16 months have been a challenge for our downtown business community, and Ed! (Edmonds Downtown Alliance)—an organization created for, funded by and overseen by member businesses­­­—has been working hard to support it. Supporting and promoting local is the reason Ed! exists. Not heard of Ed!? We are the local…

Rotary Club of Edmonds announces return of in-person Edmonds Oktoberfest

The Edmonds Rotary Club announced today the return of Edmonds Oktoberfest, scheduled for Sept. 24-25 at Frances Anderson Center field in downtown Edmonds. This will be the second in-person version of Edmonds Oktoberfest, as last year’s fundraiser was virtual, due to the pandemic. The 2019 event was the first event of its kind in the area,…

Council to continue deliberations June 15 on small-cell wireless permitting

Continued deliberation and potential action on a master permit application from New Cingular Wireless to install small-cell wireless facilities in city rights of way are among the items on the Tuesday, June 15 Edmonds City Council agenda. While New Cingular’s current plans do call for the small cells to house 4G technology, wireless representatives admitted…

King County to enforce residency rule for those using Shoreline Transfer Station

Are you a South Snohomish County resident who drives to Shoreline for that weekend dump run? Starting June 16, you’ll have to prove you live in King County to use the nearby Shoreline Transfer Station. King County Solid Waste said they will begin enforcing an existing rule that requires all self-haul customers to verify they…

Register by June 25 for August Back to School Fair

The Edmonds School District is hosting its Back to School Fair Aug. 11-13, and is asking families to register by June 25 to reserve free school supplies, medical checkups, dental screenings and sports physicals Families must be enrolled for the 2021-2022 school year to participate. Register in advance and learn more on the event website: bit.ly/ESDB2S…

Work in, bike or walk through Lynnwood? The city wants your ideas

The City of Lynnwood has extended the deadline to June 21 for an online open house survey regarding its draft Connect Lynnwood Active and Accessible Transportation Plan. City staff would like input from anyone who lives or works in, bikes or walks through Lynnwood. You can visit the online open house here or copy and…

Edmonds Booktalk: How do you define summer reading? There’s a book for that

Summer reading time! We will begin with staff-recommended summer reads, and then add links to a few fantastic lists to keep you in books clear into fall. You may define “summer reading” any way you wish: A fun/light read. Doesn’t matter if you are interrupted by other fun… it’s easy to pick up where you…

Seattle-bound cranes pass by Edmonds

Standing 316 feet tall with a 240-foot outreach boom, four new cranes destined for Seattle Harbor’s Terminal 5 passed by Edmonds Sunday morning. Traveling on the vessel Zhen Hua 36, the cranes departed Shanghai on Sunday, May 23. Built by ZPMC (Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co., Ltd.), the cranes will be among the largest on the…

Update: Bug the tortoise is back home

Good news: The Russian tortoise missing in the Westgate area has been found. Westgate neighborhood resident Ann Meyring had been missing her pet tortoise, Bug, since June 2. But on Saturday — more than a week later — Meyring found her by the back door.  

EPIC Poetry Group: Poet’s Corner — Letting Go the Grail, Phobophobia

Here is the latest installment of Poet’s Corner, presented by the Edmonds-based EPIC Poetry Group. Letting Go the Grail It’s the soft giving up of everything the chipped cup from your grandmother’s wedding the framed kindergarten painting by your younger son a drawer full of cords and wire too full to close A life’s work of…

Edmonds Police Blotter: June 1-7, 2021

June 1 23600 block Highway 99: Edmonds police took custody of a warrant suspect who was located and arrested by Shoreline police. 23600 block 84th Avenue West: A catalytic converter was stolen from a vehicle overnight. 9500 block 244th Street Southwest: Police responded to a harassment complaint regarding a man following a woman and making…

Sponsor spotlight: Assessing online reviews when looking for a remodeler

If you visited a dozen websites and read hundreds of reviews just to decide on which toaster oven to purchase, then how about when it comes time to select a home remodeler? That remodeler will be doing a significant amount of work to your biggest investment: your home. So choosing the right one is a…

Edmonds School District to open Woodway Center to kindergarten and early learning this fall

The Woodway Center is the new name for school opening in September 2021 to serve incoming kindergarteners who live in Edmonds’ Sherwood and Westgate Elementary School boundaries. Located in southeast Edmonds, the center will open in the former Woodway Elementary School building. It will be the new home to: Kindergarten (eight classrooms planned) Serves kindergarteners in the Sherwood…

Reminder: Edmonds Port Commission meeting agenda for June 14, 2021

June 14, 2021 7:00 pm I. CALL TO ORDER II. FLAG SALUTE III. CONSENT AGENDA A. Approval of Agenda B. Approval of June 1, 2021 Meeting Minutes C. Approval of Payments D. Approval of Executive Director Contract Amendment IV. PUBLIC COMMENTS (For any issues not already on the Agenda; 3 minute limit) V. POSSIBLE ACTION…

Community Transit to receive $6.5 million in American Rescue Plan funds

U.S. Senator Patty Murray on Friday announced that Community Transit is one of five Washington state agencies that will receive new Capital Investment Grant (CIG) Small Start program awards administered by the Federal Transportation Administration for transit projects. The funding for the awards comes from the American Rescue Plan. Community Transit will receive a $6.5…

Buy Dad a personalized paver brick and support the Edmonds Historical Museum

Looking for a unique Father’s Day gift? The Edmonds Historical Museum reminds the community that they are selling personalized paver bricks for the Museum Plaza, located at 118 5th Ave. N. in downtown Edmonds. According to Ann Wood, who is coordinating brick sales, the museum can provide a gift certificate informing the recipient about the…

High school sports roundup for June 10, 2021

Boys Basketball Edmonds-Woodway defeated Shorewood 73-53 No Details Reported Records: Edmonds-Woodway 4-6; Shorewood 3-6 End of season Shorecrest defeated Meadowdale 71-61 Shorecrest scorers: Elijah Johnson 25, Devon Nehring 16, Newton Pepple 12, Hayden Bohag 11, Kai Cannady 3, Manolo Roque 2, Keaine Silimon 2 Meadowdale scorers: Leo Baquian 14, Aiden Bloomquist 14, Jeremy Kim 11, Isaac Braxton…

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