Police, family seek missing 15-year-old high school student

Police and family members are looking for a 15-year-old Mountlake Terrace High School freshman who ran away from home April 25 and hasn’t been seen since. Ema Catalan lives in the Lynnwod/Bothell area and is believed to be nearby. She is described as Hispanic, 5’1″ with shoulder-length curly black hair that has a red underneath…

South County Fire offers five steps to prepare for fire season

While South Snohomish County may not see wildland fires on the same scale as those in rural areas of Eastern Washington, experts expect the risk of wildfire west of the Cascades to increase with climate change and population growth. Under the right weather conditions, west-side fires can be fast-moving, South County Fire said. This happened…

Edmonds Police Blotter: April 20-26, 2021

April 20 22600 block 76th Avenue West: A local business was burglarized. 21400 block 84th Avenue West: An unlicensed juvenile driver was stopped for speeding. 8300 block 208th Street Southwest: Police responded to a verbal argument between a couple. Police said a husband provoked his wife’s dogs and was bitten. 23000 block Highway 99: A…

Sponsor spotlight: Choosing the right professional to help you stay in your home

While some homeowners might dream of retiring to a private tropical island, more and more are choosing to “age in place” and live independently, comfortably and safely in their own home, regardless of age or ability. As the Baby Boomer generation embraces this stage of life, many are searching for builders and remodelers who can…

Voters continue to support Edmonds SD levy in latest returns

Voters are continuing to support the Edmonds School District’s $180 million capital levy, according to the latest results released Friday, April 30. With a 31% voter turnout so far, the levy was receiving 57% approval, with 19,380 yes votes to 14,854 opposed. Votes will continue to be counted as they come in through the U.S. mail…

Drinking water safety topic of Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation event May 7

The Trudy Sundberg Lecture Series, in collaboration with the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation, will present Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha with her discussion, “What’s in Your Water?” Award-winning broadcast journalist Enrique Cerna will join Hanna-Attisha in this virtual conversation on Zoom at 5 p.m. Friday, May 7. Please register in advance for this event.  Event organizer Marshall Goldberg was finalizing plans for their presentation at last year’s Trudy Sundberg Lecture Series when the coronavirus pandemic canceled all in-person Sno-Isle…

Suspect wanted in connection with MLT shooting identified in court documents

The suspect wanted in connection with the April 18 shooting in Mountlake Terrace that left two men seriously injured has been identified in charging documents filed with the Snohomish Prosecuting Attorney’s office. Deguialin Babkino Valdez, 22, of Everett, is facing multiple charges of first-degree assault after allegedly shooting two men at Taluswood Apartments in a…

Sponsor spotlight: The history of Scotty’s Food Truck

It’s fun to know a bit of history on some of the area’s favorite food vendors. Scotty’s Food Truck has been a festival favorite for many years, and Chef Scotty has had an interesting culinary history. He was born in Japan and spent many years living near the Mediterranean coast in Turkey. A local village…

How COVID cases are reported in the Edmonds School District

We received a reader inquiry regarding how confirmed COVID-19 cases in classrooms are reported by the Edmonds School District, so we asked the district’s communications team about it. Among the questions raised: Whether district staff was being transparent with the public about classes switching back to in-person learning after a positive case was detected. In…

Downtown popup COVID testing sites are scams, Edmonds police say

The Edmonds police sent out a warning Wednesday regarding two curbside COVID test sites that have appeared in downtown Edmonds during the past few days, labeling them as “scams” involving potential identity theft. Edmonds police spokesperson Sgt. Josh McClure said police made the determination after officers spoke with workers staffing the pop-up sites at 5th…

Edmonds School District levy passing in early returns

The Edmonds School District’s proposed $180 million capital levy was receiving 55% approval in early returns Tuesday night. With a voter turnout of 24% so far, returns from the Snohomish County Elections Office — released at 8 p.m. Tuesday — showed the measure receiving 14,569 yes votes to 12,017 votes oppose Votes will continue to be…

County COVID briefing: As numbers continue to rise, return to Phase 2 likely next week

The weekly COVID media briefing from Snohomish County officials was marked by a growing concern over the county’s stubbornly rising numbers of case rates and hospitalizations, the two critical metrics used by Gov. Inslee’s office to determine which reopening phase will be operative. On March 11 Inslee rolled out the revamped Roadmap to Recovery program,…

Sponsor spotlight: Maplewood Presbyterian Church to reopen for in-person worship May 2

Maplewood Presbyterian Church will reopen for in-person worship services on May 2, 2021. The service begins at 10 a.m. Members and friends are welcome (and everybody is a friend!).                                   Location                           19523 84th Ave. W.                         Edmonds, WA 98026                                    Phone                              425-778-5248                                     Email                   office@maplewoodpres.org                                   Website                    www.maplewoodpres.org — Sponsored by…

One driver injured in I-5 rollover collision Tuesday

A two-vehicle collision on Interstate 5 near 44th Avenue West injured one driver and blocked two lanes of traffic for a short time Tuesday morning, according to the Washington State Patrol. Emergency crews responded around 10:30 a.m. to the collision on I-5 in Mountlake Terrace, which occurred one vehicle — a Saturn sedan — merged…

Beware of ‘unusual’ COVID testing sites, health district says

We had inquiries from readers Monday asking about free COVID testing being offered near the Edmonds ferry terminal, as it appeared that proper testing protocols weren’t being followed. Turns out, the Snohomish Health District has also received questions about the operation and is investigating. “We have received a couple emails from folks about the Edmonds…

April 29 webinar will introduce state’s new earthquake warning system

The Washington Emergency Management Division and Pacific Northwest Seismic Network are hosting a free webinar Thursday, April 29 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. presenting key information about the state’s new ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning system that will launch next month. The system, operated by the United States Geological Survey in cooperation with the Pacific Northwest…

Sponsor spotlight: Review your Social Security earnings report

Most of us go through life without being concerned with, or ever checking on, our Social Security records. We assume the money deducted each payday and an equal amount paid in by our employer is applied properly to this valuable retirement benefit. Ignoring is problematic The Social Security Administration (SSA) receives a vast amount of…

Meadowdale High senior awarded AAUW scholarship

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Edmonds SnoKing Branch has awarded a $2,000 scholarship to Jihan Ali, a Running Start senior at Meadowdale High School and Everett Community College and a first-generation student from Syria. The scholarship is given to a female student graduating from an Edmonds School District high school in 2021 and…

Donors needed immediately as blood shortage continues

Bloodworks Northwest has declared a “Code Red” alert due to the significantly low blood supply, affecting local hospitals and trauma centers across the Pacific Northwest over the last three weeks. The near-empty shelves at Bloodworks hold less than a 24-hour supply, and there is a struggle to keep hospital inventories full. Due to this shortage, hospitals…

Small Business Administration reopens grant applications for shuttered venue operators

The U.S. Small Business Administration on April 26 will reopen the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal for operators of live venues, live performing arts organizations, museums and movie theatres, as well as live venue promoters, theatrical producers and talent representatives to apply for critical economic relief. “We recognize the urgency and need to get this program…