Thad Hovis named new South County Fire chief

The South County Fire Board of Commissioners has selected Thad Hovis to serve as Fire Chief of the regional fire authority. Hovis was sworn-in during the board’s Aug. 5 virtual meeting via teleconference. A 25-year fire service veteran, Hovis has been serving as interim fire chief since the retirement of Fire Chief Doug Dahl at…

Main topic of weekly COVID-19 briefing? Boeing’s future in Snohomish County

The COVID-19 impact on Boeing’s future in Snohomish County topped the county’s coronavirus briefing Tuesday. Boeing has already announced it will cut back 787 production in Everett from 10 Dreamliners a month to six a month next year. Here are the key numbers on Boeing’s economic impact in the county: 30,000 employees at the Everett…

College Place MS educator wins presidential award for excellence in math, science teaching

College Place Middle School teacher Amy Peterson was recently named a recipient of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). PAEMST awards are the nation’s highest honors for teachers of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science. Two educators are recognized per state. The other Washington state recipient was a teacher…

Edmonds Chamber board commits to raising next $35K for ‘Hero’ campaign

The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce has already raised one-third of the $100,000 goal for its Edmonds Kind of Hero fundraising campaign — and now chamber board members have committed to raising the next third of the total required to save the Edmonds Chamber. “A great Chamber of Commerce is one of the pillars of a great…

Online registration for Edmonds School District students extended to Aug. 7

The deadline for online back-to-school registration for Edmonds School District students has been extended to Aug. 7. The district’s Back-to-School Consortium is also assisting families in need by providing registered K-12 students with free school supplies. Register online on the district website.

COVID-19 update for Aug. 3, 2020: Global, national and state perspective

The coronavirus pandemic continues to rage across the world. Cases now surpass 18 million while deaths approach 700,000, with no letup in sight. The United States continues to lead the other nations of the world in total COVID case numbers and deaths. The following map from Johns Hopkins University provides the latest statistics as of…

Drive-thru COVID-19 testing to continue this week at McColllum Park

The Snohomish Health District announced on Monday that it will continue drive-thru testing this week at McCollum Park, 600 128th St. S.E. in Everett. Online registration is now open at www.snohd.org/drive-thru-testing, with appointments for this week starting Tuesday, Aug. 4. Testing is expected to remain at McCollum Park through the end of this week. The…

Five months into the pandemic, tips for fighting COVID-19 stress

Yes, there is such a thing as COVID stress. Burnout. Overload. “We are so saturated with information,” says Pat Morris from Volunteers of America Western Washington, “that there’s a sense of powerlessness among all of us. When are we going to get back to normal? When is this going to be over?” The information saturation,…

Sponsor spotlight: Get rid of your kids’ summertime blues

Let’s be honest. This is a strange summer. With many recreation activities canceled or significantly altered because of this year’s pandemic and social distancing guidelines, families need to be creative to keep their kids energized and engaged. Never fear! Here’s a list of activities to create a memorable summer for your kids: Organize a family…

CoronaCoaster – the Pandemic Times: Record your stories for history

Have a story to tell about your life in the age of coronavirus? Willing to share it with others via video? It is no exaggeration that we are in historically unique times. A group of local organizations have come together to launch a new community-based video project, CoronaCoaster, to provide a historical record of the…

Sponsor spotlight: Chef Dane Catering menu week of Aug. 3-8

Aug. 3 – 8 Food Truck Locations ** Monday dinner – Seaview neighborhood, Edmonds ** Monday dinner – Faith Hill Community Church by Hickman Park, Edmonds ** Tuesday lunch – Alderwood Business Center, Lynnwood ** Tuesday dinner – Point Edwards, Edmonds ** Wednesday lunch – 4th & Dayton, Edmonds ** Thursday lunch – private company…

Sponsor spotlight: Next free legal clinic for seniors Aug. 5

The Edmonds Waterfront (Senior) Center and Sanders Law Group offer a free legal clinic for seniors every month, and the next one is Wednesday, Aug. 5. This popular monthly clinic offers 15-minute individual appointments with an Elder Law Attorney. It runs from 1-3 p.m. and space is limited. Please call ahead to the Edmonds Waterfront (Senior)…

Looking Back: 102 years ago – 1918 and the Spanish Influenza Pandemic

In October of 1918, the world was still fighting WWI, and although the end of the hostilities was near, censorship of the news still remained.  Therefore, it was left to the non-combatant country of Spain to report that civilians in many places were becoming ill and dying at an alarming rate.  These circumstances gave rise…

Edmonds Police Blotter: July 21-27, 2020

July 21 8100 block 238th Street Southwest: A man stole from a store and presented an unknown possible weapon when confronted by an employee. The subject was located and arrested nearby in possession of a metal bar. 7700 block Lake Ballinger Way: A cargo trailer was stolen from a business storage area. 22100 block Highway…

Sponsor spotlight: 5 criteria for choosing an estate sale company

There are a few reasons you may find yourself looking for an estate sale company to handle a loved one’s estate or to downsize your own belonging. During these life transitions, finding a trustworthy team can ease your stress while hiring a company who mishandles the job can add more to your plate. How do…

Who’s got the ferry traffic ‘beat’ in Edmonds? At the moment, no one

This story started with a July 24 My Edmonds News commentary from Peggy and Ralph Sanders. “It seems there are,” wrote Peggy Sanders, “no traffic officers anymore so waiting lines for the ferry are now blocking the pedestrian crosswalks and often the intersections at Dayton and Sunset.” She and others want to know why. But,…

Edmonds School District to delay reopening of schools, offer remote learning this fall

Following the advice of county health officials, the Edmonds School District announced Wednesday it will forgo reopening schools in the fall for the 2020-21 school year. Instead, the district will be moving forward with its remote-learning model, Continuous Learning 2.0. In a letter addressed to families, Superintendent Gustavo Balderas said the district will be moving…

State Department of Health launches COVID-19 survey

The Washington State Department of Health has launched the Community Recovery-Oriented Needs Assessment, or the CORONA survey. The survey is an effort to assess the behavioral, economic, social, and emotional impacts and the needs of communities across the state as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. The CORONA survey results will inform immediate, long-term, and…