Area grocery stores adapting to COVID-19 challenges

Welcome to grocery store shopping in the age of COVID-19. What used to be a simple trip to the store is now preceded by a list of worries including whether the items on your list will still be on the shelves, and if you’ll be limited in how much you can purchase. Once you get…

Edmonds Arts Festival organizers make ‘difficult decision’ to cancel 2020 event

For the first time in 64 years, Edmonds won’t have an arts festival. The Edmonds Arts Festival and Foundation announced Thursday that they are canceling the June 2020 Edmonds Arts Festival and associated events to protect the health and safety of community members, artists, volunteers, visitors and Edmonds School District students. “This was a difficult…

Mayor Mike’s Corner: Thank you for doing your part

First, let me say thank you. Thank you to our Edmonds City workers who continue to do their jobs in difficult conditions. Thank you to our business owners and local workers who are under significant strain to stay in business. Thank you to our residents who are doing their best to shelter in place and…

COVID-19 disrupts schedules for local youth baseball, softball leagues

While area recreation fields in mid-March would normally include the sights and sounds of youth playing organized baseball and softball, this year is different — thanks to COVID-19. Two local youth organizations acknowledge that the COVID-19 outbreak has affected their spring schedules, but both hope to get their players back on baseball and softball diamonds…

Sponsor spotlight: You need a power of attorney

With all the excellent advice available about how to protect yourself and loved ones during the coronavirus outbreak, one necessary legal document is often overlooked. It’s a Power of Attorney. You really do need a Power of Attorney (POA.) Why is that? In the event that you become hospitalized or in a care community, the…

Inslee announces relief for businesses, workers, renters in response to COVID-19 outbreak

Gov. Jay Inslee Wednesday announced measures for Washington state businesses and workers, as well as renters and other residents who may struggle financially to pay utility bills while dealing with loss of income during the COVID-19 outbreak. This is in addition to the state support for workers and businesses, and the state financial, export, insurance…

COVID-19 daily report for Edmonds and Snohomish County: March 17, 2020

Publisher’s note: We have created this ongoing report on information related to COVID-19 as it applies to our communities. It will be updated regularly to reflect changing information. Links to our latest coverage Council OKS temporary Edmonds ‘grab-and-go’ parking spots to aid restaurants City to close off playground equipment, other measures announced to address COVID-19 fallout…

Edmonds Municipal Court puts in-person hearings, jury trials on hold

In response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announcement  recommending avoiding social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people, the Edmonds Municipal Court has adopted new emergency measures in response to the COVID-19 epidemic. The court is continuing all matters except for the following: – Video-in custody hearings – Out-of-custody arraignments for charges…

Edmonds School District: More learning resources coming next week, meal delivery service planned

While schools remain closed to encourage students and families to practice self quarantining and social distancing, Edmonds School District officials said they are working to accommodate the evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. In response to Gov. Jay Inslee’s proclamation to close all public and private schools in the state until April 27, district officials have assured…

Council OKs temporary Edmonds ‘grab-and-go’ parking spots to aid restaurants

With just Mayor Mike Nelson and two councilmembers present on the dais and the rest calling in by telephone, the Edmonds City Council met for about an hour Tuesday to consider three items related to the COVID-19 outbreak. The agenda had been shortened considerably from the one issued last Friday, to accommodate the speaker phone…

Fitness Corner: Exercise in the age of coronavirus

The novel coronavirus has upended our lives in a way that few of us have ever experienced. With seemingly no end in sight, it’s an unsettling and frightening time. As we socially distance and isolate ourselves at home more, combined with the loss of control that many of us are feeling, it’s easy to lose…

Sno-Isle Genealogical Research Library closed until April 25

The Lynnwood-based Sno-Isle Genealogical Research Library at Heritage Park is closed until April 25 due to COVID-19 concerns. General genealogical information or any queries may be emailed to info@snoislegen.org and they will be answered in a timely manner. “The staff will miss the patrons and look forward to helping them with their family research in…

Snohomish County restricting access to selected buildings until further notice

Snohomish County on Tuesday announced the restriction of public access to select county facilities, primarily those in the Administration Buildings on the county campus in Everett, effective Tuesday, March 17. These county facilities will be closed to the public until further notice, with limited exceptions. “COVID-19 is impacting our daily lives, and we must adapt…

COVID-19 daily report for Edmonds and Snohomish County: March 16, 2020

Publisher’s note: We have created this ongoing report on information related to COVID-19 as it applies to our communities. It will be updated regularly to reflect changing information. Links to our latest coverage Edmonds business owners finding different ways to weather coronavirus crisis Edmonds School District begins distribution of grab-and-go meals during school closure Updated: Latest…

Edmonds business owners finding different ways to weather coronavirus crisis

With Gov. Jay Inslee banning on-site dining and beverage service statewide — along with the shutdown of “non-essential services” — to slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), Edmonds business owners say they are looking at range of ways to serve the community during this unprecedented call for social distancing. For some, that means shifting from…

Federal disaster assistance loans available to state small businesses economically impacted by COVID-19

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Monday it is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Washington small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the COVID-19. The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in many Washington counties, including Snohomish County. SBA Customer Service Representatives will be available to answer questions…

Inslee details statewide ban on onsite food and beverage service, other ‘non-essential services’ — and also expands limits on social gatherings

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee Monday issued an emergency proclamation that mandates the immediate two-week closure statewide of all restaurants, bars, and entertainment and recreational facilities, as well as additional limits on large gatherings. The governor also included what he called “non-essential services” in the ban, including hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, movie theaters, museums and…

COVID-19 daily report for Edmonds and Snohomish County: March 15, 2020

Publisher’s note: We have created this ongoing report on information related to COVID-19 as it applies to our communities. It will be updated regularly to reflect changing information. Links to our latest coverage An adventure in online grocery shopping: Tips for first-timers Governor to announce statewide shutdown of restaurants, bars Monday A partial list of Edmonds…

An adventure in online grocery shopping: Tips for first-timers

Okay, my wife and I are tech-savvy – to a point. We use a computer, iPad, iPhones. We text, have Facebook accounts; we can navigate YouTube and Messenger. But we don’t use Instagram or Snapchat, we don’t Tweet, we don’t speak ‘WhatsApp” or “weChat,” we don’t know what TikTok does, or “Viber” either.  You get…