Edmonds Library renamed in honor of its dearest friend: the late Peggy Pritchard Olson

The library was her passion, so it’s only fitting that the Edmonds Library now officially bears the name of the late Edmonds City Councilmember Peggy Pritchard Olson. Friends, relatives and dignitaries gathered Tuesday for the official ribbon cutting to announce the new library name: Edmonds Sno-Isle Library Peggy Pritchard Olson Building. Deputy Snohomish County Executive…

2011 budget passes Edmonds City Council – now awaits mayor’s signature

The Edmonds City Council passed its version of the 2011 city budget Tuesday night, and the next step is a signature by Mayor Mike Cooper. The vote was 6-1, with Councilmember D.J. Wilson voting no. Wilson called the budget “irresponsible” because it doesn’t fund important initiatives and isn’t sustainable long term. Some of Wilson’s fellow…

Edmonds City Council to take another look at 2011 budget Tuesday night

The meeting may be just a few days before Christmas, but the Edmonds City Council Tuesday night has some serious business to clear off its plate before any holiday celebrations begin. For starters, the council will meet in executive session from 5:30-7 p.m. regarding real estate negotiations and labor negotiation strategy.  Then it’s on to…

Q & A with new City Councilmember Diane Buckshnis

Meet your newest Edmonds City Councilmember, Diane Buckshnis, who was appointed to the Edmonds City Council last week to fill Council Position No. 4. Q: What would like your constituents to know about you? A: I do not consider myself a politician and have no political aspirations other than to serve my Edmonds community. I…

City Council scheduled to appoint new member Tuesday night

It could be a long night at the Edmonds City Council meeting Tuesday, when Council members decide who will fill the seat left vacant following the death of Peggy Pritchard Olson in November 2009. The first candidate to receive a four-vote majority wins. The last time there was a vacant council seat, in January 2009…

Who should be appointed to vacant City Council seat? Ex-candidate weighs in

Publisher’s note: The Edmonds City Council will begin interviewing candidates for the vacant council seat at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12 in the council chambers. The interview schedule can be found here. The successor will be chosen at the next regular council meeting, Jan. 19. This is an open letter to the Edmonds City Council. Soon…

Interested in serving on City Council? Apply by 4:30 p.m. Thursday

The deadline is 4:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve for applying to fill the Edmonds City Council seat vacated by the death of Councilmember Peggy Pritchard Olson. Application forms are available in the Office of the City Clerk, 121 5th Ave. N., first floor, Edmonds. The form can also be obtained online. Some familiar names are…

Outgoing president hopes for a stronger City Council in 2010

The new year will mean a new look for the Edmonds City Council, with two new members (Adrienne Fraley-Monillas plus a yet-to-be-determined person filling the seat vacated by Peggy Pritchard Olson’s death), and a new president. And, if outgoing Council President D.J. Wilson has his way, 2010 will also be the year that the council…

Pritchard Olson’s strength and courage recalled at memorial service

When Peggy Pritchard Olson was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis on her 58th birthday last year, she responded the way she did to every challenge in her life: moving forward, with no complaints. Ms. Pritchard Olson’s bravery in the face of ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, was a common theme during a memorial service that…

Memorial service for Edmonds councilmember today

Edmonds City Councilmember Peggy Pritchard Olson will be remembered today at a public memorial service that starts at 2 p.m. at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N. Ms. Pritchard Olson, who was serving her second term on the Council, announced in May 2008 that she was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis…

Memorial service Nov. 18 for Peggy Pritchard Olson

The public is invited to attend a memorial service for Edmonds City Councilmember Peggy Pritchard Olson at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N. Ms. Pritchard-Olson, who was serving her second term on the Council, announced in May 2008 that she was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral…

Peggy Pritchard Olson ‘cared about all Edmonds residents’

Edmonds City Councilmember Peggy Pritchard Olson, who died today at the age of 59, was remembered as a caring public servant who loved her town and the people living there. Ms. Pritchard Olson, who was serving her second term on the Council, announced in May 2008 that she was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)…