Edmonds City Council set to confirm Neil Weiss as new municipal court judge

The Edmonds City Council is scheduled to vote next week to confirm appointment of Everett defense attorney Neil Weiss as the city’s new municipal court judge. If confirmed May 28, Weiss will replace former Municipal Court Judge Whitney Rivera, who was appointed to the Snohomish County Superior Court. He will serve out the remainder of…

Woodway Town Council approves annexation of Point Wells

The Woodway Town Council voted 4–1 May 20 to annex Point Wells, which is a 67-acre unincorporated area located in Snohomish County that borders Woodway and Shoreline. The land is owned by BSRE Point Wells, LP (BSRE), a subsidiary of Blue Square Real Estate, LTD – an Israeli real estate company – which itself is…

City invites public to complete revised transportation survey, running through June 10

The City of Edmonds is in the process of creating an updated 20-year Comprehensive Plan, and the city’s transportation plan is an element of that plan. The city has released a revised survey to receive public input on topics related to transportation priorities, areas of concern and modes of transportation the public feels safer using…

Edmonds VFW, American Legion Posts to help celebrate Memorial Day at events

VFW Post 8870 and American Legion Post 66, both in Edmonds, will help celebrate Memorial Day on Monday, May 27 by participating in three separate events. Members of the posts and a color guard will attend ceremonies at a program set for 11 a.m. at the Edmonds Memorial Cemetery, located at 820 15th St. S.W. At…

State ferries enters busy summer season with marked improvement

As the crewing situation improves at Washington State Ferries, the sailing cancellation rate has been cut in half over the past year, according to a news release. That’s good news for the hundreds of thousands of people that will take to the Salish Sea for the unofficial start of the busy summer travel season. State…

Sponsor spotlight: Scotty’s Food Truck open Thursday and Saturday this week

Scotty’s Food Truck  will be at Five Corners Calvary Church parking lot in Edmonds this Thursday, May 23and Saturday, May 25 from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Scotty’s will be closed Friday, May 24. Call ahead to avoid the wait: 206-795-1615 Open Thursday and Saturday 3:30-7:30 p.m. Five Corners in Edmonds 8330 212th St. S.W.  

Capital gains tax receipts in Washington tumble

Capital gains tax collections in Washington have plummeted in their second year, creating potential challenges for the next governor and legislative budget writers in 2025. Washington took in $433 million as of May 15, down from $786 million netted in 2023, the first year the tax was paid. The number of those filing remained steady,…

Sponsored: RBC Wealth Management in Edmonds seeking Sr. Investment Associate

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Myriad local projects on Congressman Larsen’s list for funding in 2025 spending bill

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen has requested a total of $42,399,656 for 15 local projects in the Fiscal Year 2025 spending bill, including those benefiting an Edmonds College project with the Latino Educational Training Institute, the Port of Edmonds, the Edmonds School District, the Edmonds Food Bank and Community Transit. According to a news release from…

Council reviews draft accessory dwelling unit recommendations, hears from residents

The Edmonds City Council Tuesday night continued its review of proposed updates to Edmonds City Code that would allow detached accessory dwelling units (DADUs) citywide. Several people testified during a public hearing on the code changes, which were recommended by city staff and the Edmonds Planning Board. The draft DADU recommendations — approved by the…

Deaf program families, staff push back against budget cuts at school board meeting

In just over an hour during the May 14 school board meeting, dozens of Edmonds School District students, staff and families expressed their concerns about upcoming budget cuts due to a $10.6 million funding shortfall.  To accommodate the quantity of speakers,, the meeting’s public comment portion was extended by about 40 minutes. Most commenters focused…

Congressman Rick Larsen visits Asian Service Center

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen visited the Edmonds-based Asian Service Center (ASC) Monday to learn about what the nonprofit is doing and to meet several board members and area residents. Those attending included ASC Executive Director Robert Ha, Edmonds Councilmember Will Chen, Board Director Alison Alfonso Pence, Board Member Khulan Enkhtaivan and Advisory Board Member Phong…

Restaurant news: Celebrating a worthy cause at a festive Toast of Edmonds

The 4th annual Toast of Edmonds took place Sunday afternoon, May 19 benefitting the Senior Lunch Program at the Edmonds Waterfront Center (EWC). More than 300 people gathered on a spectacularly beautiful afternoon to celebrate the work of the EWC, enjoy some of Edmonds’ finest craft cocktails and small bites, and vote for their favorite…

Did Bob Ferguson go too far responding to fellow Fergusons?

Democratic candidate Bob Ferguson pursued various hardball political and legal tactics to get two opponents who share his name out of the governor’s race — including an option the secretary of state said Washington election law doesn’t allow. Now, rival Democratic candidate Mark Mullet is accusing Ferguson of going too far, arguing that he pressed…

Travel notes: South Korea surprises

Arriving at Changdeokgung Palace in Seoul, I was surprised to see some Korean women wearing their traditional outfits – and a few men, too. They helped transport my imagination in this UNESCO World Heritage Site, which dates to the 15th century. While ruined and rebuilt several times, Changdeokgung is considered the most architecturally beautiful of…

Sponsor spotlight: Sam Souza Painting LLC answers more painting project questions

Hi! That’s me on the ladder, Sam Souza, owner of Sam Souza Painting LLC in Edmonds. We talked about interior painting projects last month. Now, I’m ready to answer questions about exterior painting projects. So let’s get started. Q: How are exterior painting projects different from painting inside the home? A: Exterior painting projects often…

You’re invited: Celebrate the Arts party in Edmonds June 12

The Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation is once again hosting a Celebrate the Arts Party, promising an unforgettable evening of creativity, music and community spirit. Mark your calendars for 6:30-10 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at the Frances Anderson Center Plaza. Here’s what you can look forward to at the party: Live music by The Dogtones: Get…

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Community Transit, Sound Transit operating on Sunday schedule for Memorial Day

All Community Transit service and Sound Transit buses, including DART service, will operate on a Sunday schedule on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. The Zip Alderwood Shuttle will operate as usual from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Community Transit’s Customer Care phone lines and RideStore are closed. There will be no Community Transit bus service…

Memorial Day program at Edmonds Cemetery May 27

Members of the Edmonds Cemetery and Columbarium Board invite the public to attend the annual Memorial Day Observance at 11 a.m.  Monday, May 27 at the Edmonds Memorial Cemetery and Columbarium, 10 0th Avenue Wes and 15th Street Southwest, one block north of the Westgate QFC. The event will take place rain or shine and…

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Letter to the editor: Support the Dementia Inclusive Series at Edmonds Center for Arts

Editor: Many of us know someone affected by dementia. I’m privileged to volunteer at the Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA), not only for the evening shows but also for the unique Dementia Inclusive Series they’ve offered for several years. ECA’s program stands out because it’s completely free for participants and offers a special opportunity…

Sponsor spotlight: Understanding the home gain exclusion

One of the biggest tax benefits available today is the exclusion of gains when you sell your qualified home. Here is what you need to know. The tax benefit explained For those who qualify, a married couple can exclude up to $500,000 ($250,000 for unmarried taxpayers) in capital gains from the sale of your principal…

Snohomish County releases 2024 Point-in-Time count of homelessness

Snohomish County Human Services released Monday the Annual Point-in-Time (PIT) count, designed to provide a snapshot of households experiencing homelessness on a single night. This survey was supported by the efforts of 274 volunteers, county personnel and partnering agency staff. The 2024 count identified 1,161 people in 945 households residing in shelter, transitional housing, or…

Fire Marshal: Take extra precautions to avoid outdoor burns

Nothing feels more like summer than getting together to barbeque, gathering around a fire pit, or roasting marshmallows over a campfire. However, as the season is getting dryer, it is important to review fire safety tips to ensure proper preparedness. According to the U.S. Fire Administration in 2022, 41% of outdoor fires were set unintentionally….

Economic Alliance Snohomish County hosts 2024 Snohomish County Update May 28

Economic Alliance Snohomish County is proud to announce the Snohomish County Update, set to take place on May 28 at the Boeing Future of Flight Aviation Center. This annual event brings together community members and local businesses for a discussion on the economic landscape and the innovations shaping our future, according to a news release….

WA decides: Initiative 2117 to repeal the Climate Commitment Act

This article is one in a series looking at statewide initiatives on Washington’s 2024 November ballot. What would Initiative 2117 do? It would repeal a 2021 law, known as the Climate Commitment Act, which established the state’s cap and invest program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The measure also would bar state agencies from imposing…

Public hearing on Point Wells annexation at May 20 Woodway Town Council meeting

Whether the Town of Woodway should annex Point Wells is the topic of a public hearing and possible vote during the Woodway Town Council’s Monday, May 20 meeting, starting at 6 p.m. You can learn more about the annexation proposal here. The council will also discuss Twin Maples traffic calming. There will be two opportunities…

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