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…

Leader of Neo-Nazi group pleads guilty to charges that include threatening Edmonds journalist

A 25-year-old Redmond man who led the neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division, pled guilty Wednesdasy in the U.S. District Court in Seattle to federal conspiracy and hate crime charges for threatening journalists — including TV journalist and Edmonds resident Chris Ingalls —  and advocates who worked to expose anti-Semitism. Cameron Shea pled guilty to one count of…

Community Transit Swift Orange Line project receives $37 million in federal funding

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration on Monday announced that Community Transit’s Swift Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project — with 13 stations planned between Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood and the McCollum Park and Ride in Mill Creek — has been awarded $37 million in federal funding. The Swift Orange Line is an 11.3-mile BRT…

SBA to increase lending limit for COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration is increasing the maximum amount small businesses and non-profit organizations can borrow through its COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. Starting the week of April 6, 2021, the SBA is raising the loan limit for the COVID-19 EIDL program from 6-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount…

Compass Courses honors new VP Kamala Harris with display

Passersby at Harbor Square Business Complex have noticed the new display outside of Compass Courses depicting newly-elected U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris at the helm of a ship bearing her name. “I admire her so much,” says Compass Courses owner Julie Keim, who along with staff from her school put up the Kamala Harris tribute…

Federal Paycheck Protection Program re-opens this week for new, some existing borrowers

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) said Monday that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will re-open the week of Jan. 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. To promote access to capital, initially only community financial institutions will be able to make First Draw PPP Loans on Monday, Jan. 11, and Second Draw…

Not yet responded to the U.S. Census? Deadline is Thursday, Oct. 15

With the U.S. Supreme Court ruling Tuesday that the 2020 Census count could end now instead of at the end of the month, here’s a reminder that you have through Thursday, Oct. 15 to respond to the census. The Census Bureau said that as of Tuesday, “well over 99.9% of housing units have been accounted for…

Cantwell announces $3.7M WSDOT grant to mitigate landslides in rail corridor south of Mukilteo

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell on Tuesday announced that the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will receive $3.7 million from the Federal Railroad Administration to implement critical landslide mitigation measures along the rail corridor north of Seattle that has a history of slides. Cantwell is the ranking member on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science,…

Households may receive follow-up visits from 2020 Census takers

With door-to-door visits by census takers now underway, the U.S. Census Bureau says that households may also receive a follow-up visit to ensure everyone is counted in the 2020 Census. As of Sept. 11, the Census Bureau reports that 65.7% of all housing units nationwide have responded online, by phone or by mail, and another…

Larsen announces 2020 Congressional App Challenge for middle, high school students

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen announced Tuesday the launch of the 2020 Congressional App Challenge. The annual competition, which runs through Oct. 19, is open to high school and middle school students who live in or attend school in Washington’s Second Congressional District. Students may compete as individuals or in teams of up to four. Students…

Officials urge all Snohomish County residents to respond to 2020 census

The deadline for completing the 2020 U.S. Census is Sept. 30, and Second District U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen hosted an Aug. 20 panel discussion via Zoom to remind people why it’s critical to respond to it. The Zoom meeting included Toby Nelson from the Census Bureau, Snohomish County Community Relations Manager Vanessa Gutierrez, and Ben…

Census takers to start followup July 30 with non-responding households in Snohomish County

This Thursday, July 30, census takers in Snohomish County will begin to follow up with households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. The current self-response rate in Snohomish County is 70.9%, compared with a national response rate of 62.4%. Washington’s response rate is 67.7%. Among South Snohomish County cities, Brier continues to lead the…

Brier still leads state of Washington as top responding city for 2020 Census

Here’s a local update on responses to the 24th U.S. Census, now underway. According to the most recent report from Census officials, the City of Brier still leads the way both statewide and among cities in Snohomish County, with an 85.3% response rate. Edmonds has a 77.3% rate, with Mountlake Terrace at 71.9% and  Lynnwood…

Brier leads state in completing the 2020 census

When it comes to completing the 2020 Census, Brier leads the state — with nearly 85% of households responding. That’s according to the latest figures supplied by Toby Nelson of the U.S. Census Bureau. As of May 21, Brier was the best responding municipality in Washington state with 84.5% of households having returned their census questionnaire….

More than half of Washington residents respond to 2020 census questionnaire so far

Washington state Tuesday passed the halfway mark for self-response to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2020 questionnaires. Overall, 50.4% of Washington households were reported to have responded to the census, putting the state ahead of the national average of 45.7%. Washington is number two in the western United States for public participation, edged only by Utah….

Brier tops list of Puget Sound cities responding so far to U.S. Census

In the Puget Sound region, Brier is leading the way when it comes to responding to the U.S. Census, and most cities in the region are showing response rates above the national average. That’s according to a Saturday post from the Puget Sound Regional Council of Governments (PSRC). Households in Brier have filled in their…