From the Publisher’s Desk: Saying (a belated) farewell to Harry Gatjens

I’ll never forget the first time I met Harry Gatjens. It was early 2010, a few months after I started publishing My Edmonds News. Harry and I were among the few people regularly attending Edmonds City Council meetings. One night, Harry introduced himself to me. Harry explained that as an Edmonds resident, he had a…

Restaurant News: A sample of food truck fare at this weekend’s Taste Twenty-One

Taste Twenty-One is not your typical Taste Edmonds this year, for sure. This year’s 21-and-older event — running Aug. 20-22 at Edmonds’ Frances Anderson Center playfield — will feature a beer and wine garden and live music, and the Facebook page lists many bands for your enjoyment: www.facebook.com/tasteedmonds. See website for event details and to purchase tickets: www.TasteEdmonds.com Here’s…

Military Wire: Why the truth matters more than you think

  “How do you kill 11 million people?” That was the question posed by New York Times best-selling author of The Noticer and The Traveler’s Gift, Andy Andrews. It’s also the title of one of his books. As one who has studied war history and had to endure reading the Psychological Operations manual more than…

Looking Back: Remembering midget race cars of the past at Aurora Speed Bowl

During the early 1930s, as our nation struggled to survive the Great Depression, a new sport burst upon the scene, and oval tracks for midget car racing began appearing throughout the country.  During its early days, this unusual racing sport drew the interest and participation of backyard mechanics, and as one source said it was…

Edmonds Booktalk: Books for the ‘dog days’ of summer

The ancient Romans called the hottest, most humid days of summer “diēs caniculārēs” or “dog days.” The name came about because they associated the hottest days of summer with the star Sirius, the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major. To find Sirius, draw a line through Orion’s Belt and extend that line toward the…

Bird Lore: Red-naped Sapsucker

One fine spring day Joan Poor glanced into her yard and spotted an unusual Edmonds visitor, a Red-naped Sapsucker (adult female). With her April 16, 2021, sighting, Red-naped Sapsucker became the 277th species to be documented inside the city limits. There are four sapsucker species in the contiguous U.S. Our Edmonds resident is the Red-breasted…

Under the Weather: Rain expected to make a much-needed return over the weekend

The month of July is officially a wrap, and two words would adequately describe the month’s weather: dry and warm. We ended the month with a mere 0.01 inches of measurable rainfall at Paine Field, tying for second place for the lowest amount of rainfall for the month of July. First place belongs to 2017, which only…

Restaurant News: Local chefs take the stage Thursday for cooking demos

From on-stage cooking demonstrations to wine tasting, Restaurant News wants to share a list of happenings for your enjoyment this week. Edmonds Cooks! is coming to the Edmonds Center for the Arts this Thursday, Aug. 5, at 7:30 p.m. This special event (part of ECA’s Spotlight Summer Series), is hosted in their theater with a…

Our Underwater Backyard: How diving connected me to the sea and our community

My Edmonds News is publishing monthly stories and photographs from the Edmonds Underwater Park, with features written by members of the youth dive team led by Annie Crawley, Edmonds underwater photographer, filmmaker, writer and ocean advocate. For as long as I can remember, I have been drawn to the sea. The rocky shores, rolling waves and…

Under the Weather: Hot temperatures return to finish out month of July

Wednesday, July 28, we officially hit an 80-plus-degree high at Paine Field for the first time since early July. This really helps show that after that miserable bout with temperatures that should never get remotely close to Western Washington, things have been quite comfortable for most of this month. It’s been very dry, as has…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Business and politics

Whether you are a business owner or a politician, longevity is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, you gain more experience with every passing year and feel more comfortable in your role. On the other hand, as you become familiar with the ebb and flow of either your business or election cycle, you may…

The Writer’s Desk: What looks like dawdling may be hard work

Recently I got distracted one morning by scrolling through social media (when I should have been writing) and an illustration of a man standing inside an empty pool and staring off into space popped up on my Instagram feed. The caption read, “Sometimes this is writing, standing silently in an empty pool like a psychopath,…

Healthy Eating: Baked rice — a simple, delicious and versatile dish

Baked rice is a dish that can be served as a side dish or a main dish. You can add extra veggies to the mix if desired–broccoli, carrots, peppers, snap peas come to mind. You can change up the type of nuts, beans and cheese to suit your tastebuds or to use what you have available in…