Lynnwood businesses prepare to reopen as Snohomish County announces Phase 2 approval

Lynnwood business owners began preparations to reopen after Snohomish County announced Friday that it would be moving into Phase 2 of the state’s Safe Start program, effective immediately. Around the Table Game Pub co-owner Tim Morgan said he was caught off guard by the announcement and is waiting until next week to ensure they are…

Breaking: Snohomish County approved to move into Phase 2 of reopening plan.

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers announced Friday morning that the county is receiving a variance from the Washington State Health Department to move into Phase 2 of the governor’s COVID-19 reopening plan. The health department order is effective immediately. “Snohomish County can now start reopening our businesses and get more people back to work,” Somers…

COVID-19 Daily Report for Lynnwood and Snohomish County: June 5, 2020

The Friday, June 5, data from the Snohomish Health District, while presenting a one-day spike in new cases, continue the big-picture story of our communities’ slow but steady gain in the local battle against a stubborn and tenacious virus. This long-term pattern is clearly demonstrated in the Countywide Trend line chart in the numbers of…

We love our advertisers: Edmonds College

Our advertisers are the lifeblood of our publications, and we can’t thank them enough for all they do to support us. We invited each of them to share a message with our readers during this challenging time. Edmonds College Edmonds College is a proud part of the Edmonds community. Our campus and broader communities are…

Playtime: Summer reading, plus family-friendly peaceful protests

Sno-Isle librarians were in the middle of planning for their summer reading program when libraries closed on March 13th due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Since then, our three local libraries offer wi-fi access from their parking lots and Sno-Isle has offered library cards online, moved Storytimes and Trivia online, laid out how to access books,…

Sweet tip for National Donut Day

June 5 is National Donut Day, and reader Ruth Arista shared this tasty tidbit: “On 196th, by Subway, I just discovered Zuri’s Donutz (address is 7600 196th St. S.W., Lynnwood — right on the Lynnwood/Edmonds border). Davis, the owner and donut magician, opened in October. For National Donut Day he got going at 5 a.m…..

COVID-19 Daily Report for Lynnwood and Snohomish County: June 4, 2020

The Thursday, June 4, data from the Snohomish Health District continue the big-picture story of Snohomish County’s slow but steady gain in the local battle with COVID-19. Note particularly the total case counts (upper) lines in the Countywide Trends line chart showing confirmed plus probable (blue line) and confirmed only (yellow line) over the full…

Mayor addresses civil emergency, decision to veto ordinance eliminating city’s utility tax

After declaring a civil emergency and a citywide curfew earlier in the day, Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith opened Monday’s Lynnwood City Council work session by addressing the action taken after alleged reports of “civil unrest” threatened Alderwood Mall. During her comments, Smith described the reported tips from community members received by the Lynnwood Police Department…

South County Fire receives grant to add community paramedic telehealth

South County Fire is receiving a $10,000 grant to launch a telehealth program to safely connect community paramedics with older adults and other vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Community paramedics provide non-emergency assistance to frequent 911 callers. The program helps clients access social services and community resources to meet their needs. This reduces 911…

Lynnwood Police Blotter: May 24-May 29, 2020

Between May 24-29, the Lynnwood Police Department reported 19 cases of identity theft related to unemployment fraud. The department recently issued advice regarding what to do in the event personal information is used to file false unemployment claims. May 24 18700 block 33rd Avenue West: A man was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession…

Sponsor spotlight: COVID-19 may mean higher PUD bills, but help is easy to find

Long, warm days and cool nights are part of what make the Pacific Northwest a paradise in the summer. But there’s also a financial benefit: More sun and warmer temperatures mean lower energy bills. Usually. With COVID-19 keeping many people home, Snohomish PUD says energy use for this time of year is slightly higher than…

Lynnwood Lifestyles: Improving your sleep during quarantine

Stress is riding high these days, to say the least. With people spending too much time in isolation, and worrying about the future, it’s no wonder insomnia is commonplace. According to an Express Scripts report (prescription benefit plan provider) medications for anxiety, depression, and insomnia skyrocketed by 21% between February and March alone. Reports of…

Community members gather to honor George Floyd, protest police brutality

Hundreds lined 52nd Avenue West in the Meadowdale area Wednesday night, holding signs and soliciting honks from passing cars to honor the life of George Floyd while protesting against police brutality. Chants and car horns filled the air as community members gathered near St. Timothy Lutheran Church, located in the 5100 block of 164th Street…

COVID-19 Daily Report for Lynnwood and Snohomish County: June 3, 2020

The Wednesday, June 3, data from the Snohomish Health District present a picture of a tenacious infection that is very slowly giving ground. After a one-day spike of 33 new cases Tuesday (yellow chart), Wednesday’s addition of 15 to the caseload is more in line with the experience of the previous week. Total Active Cases…

Sponsor spotlight: Think before tapping 401(k) as emergency fund

Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, you may be able to take money out of a qualified plan, like a 401(k), or an IRA, with favorable tax consequences. But should you do it? You might view withdrawing money from a retirement account as a last resort. Background Among other changes in…

Scriber Lake HS honors its seniors during drive-up ceremony

Scriber Lake High School seniors had their turn Wednesday as the 2020 graduates from Edmonds School District high schools were filmed this week as part of the virtual graduation ceremony to accommodate social distancing requirements related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the Scriber Class of 2020 arrived by car in the school parking lot…

Catholic Community Services offer free diapers, baby formula to families in need

Catholic Community Services and the PREPARES Program have received special funding from the Community Foundation of Snohomish County to distribute emergency baby diapers, wipes and baby formula to Snohomish County families impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The organizations are working with community partners to distribute resources at sites throughout Snohomish County.  South County families in…

Edmonds Heights K-12 makes it special for Class of 2020

Edmonds Heights K-12 is proud of its individual approach to learning that involves parents directly, allowing them to be the primary educators of their children. So it’s only natural that their graduation ceremonies, especially in this year of COVID-19, should reflect this. “We’ve always made parents part of our graduation,” said Principal Dr. Scott Mauk. “And…

Judge says second recall petition against Snohomish County sheriff can proceed

A judge has ruled that a second recall petition against Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney can move forward. Four local attorneys had filed this petition, alleging that Fortney violated his oath of office when he announced on Facebook in April that he would not enforce Gov. Jay Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthyorder. The judge’s ruling…

COVID-19 Daily Update for Lynnwood and Snohomish County: June 2, 2020

The Tuesday, June 2, data from the Snohomish Health District begin the new week on a mixed note, showing fewer hospitalizations and a gain in overall recoveries, despite a one-day spike in caseloads and a corresponding gain in active cases. After an encouraging weekend of low numbers of new cases (yellow chart), the past 24…

Inslee extends moratorium on evictions to Aug. 1

Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday extended until Aug. 1 protections for renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor first proclaimed a moratorium on evictions in mid-March, then extended and expanded the moratorium in mid-April. Proclamation 20-19.2 issued Tuesday extends the prior eviction moratorium for 60 days (through Aug.1), and makes modifications to the prior moratorium. The…

County officials: Phase 2 reopening may come within days

“We are moving forward and very excited about it.” That comment from Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers set an upbeat tone for the Tuesday morning County’s COVID-19 briefing. County staffers, he said, “really scrambled over the weekend to get that (Phase 2 reopening) package submitted to the state health department. ” Somers said he expects…

Police: Alderwood Mall still closed due to ‘continuing credible threats’

This story was updated June 2 to include new information from the Lynnwood Police Department and Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith. Due to continuing credible threats of property damage and theft at the Alderwood Mall, businesses at the mall are still closed and barricades are in place to prevent access to the area, according to Lynnwood…

Superintendent McDuffy issues statement regarding ‘senseless killing’ of George Floyd

Edmonds School District Superintendent Kris McDuffy issued a statement Monday night regarding “deep and painful feelings” surrounding the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed Black man who died last week after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly eight minutes. In her letter to district families and staff, McDuffy called Floyd’s…

Meadowdale HS honors Class of 2020 with festive commencement

In a special ceremony that will live in the memories of parents, teachers, administrators —  and especially the graduates of the Class of 2020 —  Meadowdale High School pulled out all the stops despite the COVID shutdown, setting a new standard for the old saying “when the world gives you lemons, make lemonade.” “All credit…

COVID-19 Daily Report for Lynnwood and Snohomish County: June 1, 2020

The Monday, June 1, data from the Snohomish Health District show a weekend of encouraging progress on all fronts in our local battle with COVID-19. After almost two weeks of remaining fairly constant, incremental new cases per day (yellow chart) is trending down, adding 38 between Saturday and Monday for an average of less than…

Scene in Lynnwood: Seniors have their graduation moment

Lynnwood High School Class of 2020 seniors were the first students in the Edmonds School District to begin the production process for the virtual graduation ceremony being developed by Jostens and Life N Light. On Monday, students arrived at an appointed time to be filmed receiving their diplomas. The final footage will be compiled into a video…

Lynnwood declares civil emergency with curfew until 5 AM Tuesday

Declaring a civil emergency, Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith Monday announced she was imposing a curfew in the city starting at 5 p.m. Monday, June 1. The curfew was set to last until 5 a.m. Tuesday, June 2. and was  enforced by the Lynnwood Police Department. In response, Edmonds College closed its campus at 5 p.m. Monday…

Washington State wins second grant to support economic recovery from COVID-19

Washington workers negatively affected by COVID-19 will gain employment and training for in-demand occupations that pay a living wage through a new $12 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The state’s Employment Security Department said it partnered with the Washington Workforce Association, the state Workforce Board and other key stakeholders to win two…

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