From the Publisher’s Desk: Reflections as we head into our 13th year

Dear readers:

Every October, I receive my annual notice that the domain name I purchased in 2009 — — is renewing for another year.

It gives me pause when I think about those early years working to get this fledging news organization off the ground — all while holding down another full-time job and helping shepherd one kid through high school and another through college.

Let’s just say, sleep was not the highest priority at the time.

Then, a few years later, the publishers of MLTnews (also founded in 2009) and Lynnwood Today (founded in 2010) asked me if I’d be willing to take over their publications, when changes in their circumstances didn’t allow them to continue.

My first instinct was to say no each time to adding another publication to the mix, but the truth is, neither community had a newspaper. And I knew that if I rejected the idea, residents of those cities would have no news source. So now, we have the My Neighborhood News Network (MNNN) — which encompasses all three of our South Snohomish County publications.

Having our three cities (actually five, as we also cover happenings in Brier and Woodway, plus unincorporated areas nearby) connected makes good sense for many reasons. Our cities are geographically next to each other and our coverage area mirrors the boundaries of the Edmonds School District and Public Hospital District No. 2 (which operates as the Verdant Health Commission), as well as most of the South County Fire regional fire authority

As any parent living within the Edmonds School District boundaries can attest, kids and their parents become friends across the cities– through sports leagues, scouting, music and theater groups and more. The My Neighborhood News Network is proud to be a connecting point for Southwest Snohomish County. Covering this area regionally as well as locally often allows us to provide context on how projects and decisions in one city can impact residents in another.

As we enter our 13th year, we are certainly not resting on our laurels, either. We are working on exciting developments aimed at cementing our long-term commitment to providing readers with trusted community news. I look forward to sharing that information with you as our efforts progress.

And speaking of commitments, a growing number of readers are supporting us with a monthly, annual or one-time contribution. If you are one of them, please accept my sincere thanks. If not, you can learn more here.

Until next time.

Teresa Wippel

  1. Teresa, thanks for your diligence in trying to present the truth. Old fashioned but refreshing. You provide a great service to your readers. Best wishes for continued success, Ben (and Barbara Cain)

  2. Thank-you Teresa!
    Speaking from the point of view of a person heavily involved with numerous local non-profits, I can attest that our community gains significant benefit from MEN. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to announce so many of our events and keep the community informed of our work.
    I would like to urge each of these non-profits to consider budgeting for subscriptions or donations to My Edmonds News. It’s a win win for all of us.

  3. Thanks, Teresa for all you contribute to our community. Unfortunately our news is becoming filtered through the lens of party politics. It’s so nice to have an online news source like MEN to get unbiased information and feedback to start each day.

  4. Dear Teresa
    Thank you for your wonderful work and dedication to the community. I want to support Gerry Tays comment that My Edmonds News continue as a news platform and not be used for political campaigning. Political candidates should pay for ads and citizens should editorialize about issues only.
    Best wishes for years to come
    Pat ONeill

  5. Thank You Teresa, I like your plan. I will continue to contribute to MEN and increase my monthly amount. Just let me know If I need to go elsewhere to find My Neighborhood News Network. Thank you. Deb.

    1. Hi Deborah — if you want Edmonds news, you are in the right place. There are links at the top of the home page to visit Mountlake Terrace and Lynnwood, if you desire, as well as a My Neighborhood News Network link that provides headlines for all three websites.

  6. Thank you, Teresa. I rely on My Edmonds News when I am traveling, and to get the nitty gritty details of what is going on, culturally, politically, and among my neighbors.

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