Snohomish County PUD: Summer projects aimed at enhancing reliability for customers

Snohomish County PUD said its crews will be busy this summer making electric system improvements and completing preventative maintenance projects — all work to help ensure the PUD can maintain high levels of reliability through storm season and meet growing demand. The PUD has work scheduled on many of its substations, including standard maintenance, equipment…

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…