State requests Puget Sound become ‘no-discharge zone’ for vessel sewage

The Washington State Department of Ecology, with support from other state agencies, on Thursday, July 21, formally requested that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  protect Puget Sound by making it a no-discharge zone for vessel sewage. The move would prohibit commercial and recreational vessels from releasing sewage into Puget Sound. The Sound’s shellfish beds, swimming…

Lynnwood library takes steps to reduce trash

The Lynnwood Library is taking steps to reduce landfill waste by recycling and composting more trash. “Over the past five years, we’ve systematically become a greener, more sustainable operation,” Public Information Manager Jim Hills wrote on Sno-Isle’s website. “With 21 libraries, five mobile-library vehicles, a fleet of additional vehicles and a service center, Sno-Isle Libraries…

Department of Ecology seeks public comment on oil transportation safety

The public is invited to comment on two proposed rules aimed at improving the safety of transporting oil through the state. Comments for both proposed rules will be accepted until June 10. The first proposed rule would create notice requirements for facilities receiving oil by rail and pipelines transporting crude oil. Affected communities would be notified…

Ecology Youth Corps hiring teens for summer jobs in Snohomish County

The Washington Department of Ecology’s Northwest Regional Office plans to hire 70 teenagers across Northwest Washington this summer as part of the Ecology Youth Corps. Teens chosen for the program will be assigned to one of six crews based in King, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom counties. Ecology Youth Corps crews picked up 1.1 million pounds…

PUD seeks applications for solar energy projects

Applications are now open for local organizations to demonstrate solar energy projects to the Snohomish County Public Utility District. The projects can be installed on new or existing buildings in the utility’s service area. The projects will be funded by a voluntary, customer-funded green initiative called Planet Power. Proposals for PUD funding must be received by May 6,…

Ecology Department asking for input on oil transport rules via rail, pipeline

The Washington State Department of Ecology invites anyone with an interest in shaping laws aimed at enhancing the safety of transporting oil in Washington state to comment via public workshops in person or via webinars in Olympia and Auburn this week and next. The Ecology Department is beginning the process to draft and update three…

Stage 2 burn ban issued for Snohomish County

Due to stagnant weather conditions and rising air pollution, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is issuing a Stage 2 burn ban for Snohomish County, effective Thursday, Jan. 7, at 1 p.m. Under a Stage 2 burn ban, All wood burning is prohibited, including pellet stoves. Outdoor burning is also prohibited. This ban is in…

Residents need to contract for mandatory garbage service by Aug. 1

The City of Lynnwood is reminding all property owners, who do not currently subscribe to regular garbage service, that they have until Aug. 1 to sign up. In February, the Lynnwood City Council adopted an ordinance that requires all city property owners to have scheduled curb-side garbage service at their property by Aug. 1. Estimates from the local hauling…

Lynnwood singer competing for AARP Superstar title

Lynnwood resident May Palmer is one of five singing finalists left out of more than 1,300 entrants competing for the AARP Superstar title. Palmer has already earned a trip to Miami on May 15 for the chance to win the grand prize of $5,000 and along with a trip to experience a professional recording session at DMI Music…

Volunteers honor Earth Day at Gold Park

An enthusiastic group of volunteers joined Edmonds Community College LEAF School in an Earth Day/National Day of Service event Saturday at Gold Park in Lynnwood. Volunteers assisted with restoration efforts, removal of invasive plants and new native plantings. New interpretative signs also were installed throughout the park. The event was sponsored by Center for Service Learning, Learn and…

Brighton School students celebrate Earth Day at Ballinger Park

Brighton School students were among the more than 60 volunteers who celebrated Earth Day at Ballinger Park in Mountlake Terrace. Students, along with residents from Mountlake Terrace, Edmonds and Lynnwood, picked up litter and debris in the park and also removed weeds from the area near the Hall Creek pedestrian bridge.

Electronics recycling event May 2 to benefit Meadowdale HS Music Boosters

Meadowdale High School Music Boosters Club is hosting an electronics recycling event on Saturday, May 2, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the high school, 6002 168th St. S.W. Among the items to be recycled: computers, laptops, printers, computer parts, faxes, scanners, appliances, stereos, bicycles and barbecues. You can see the complete list here: www.1greenplanet.org. Cash…

Celebrate Earth Day at Gold Park on Saturday

The public is invited to join the Edmonds Community College LEAF School in an Earth Day/National Day of Service event from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, April 25 at Lynnwood’s Gold Park. Volunteers will assist with restoration efforts, removal of invasive plants and new native plantings. Hot lunch and snacks will be provided. Contact Anna Michel…

Public invited to Meadowdale Beach Park meeting on Monday at Meadowdale High School

Snohomish County Parks and Recreation is hosting a meeting on Meadowdale Beach Park regarding public access, fish barrier and maintenance issues at 6:30 p.m., Monday, April 20 in Meadowdale High School’s Great Hall.. Consultant Anchor QEA will be providing details on the feasibility of design alternatives to address the public access, fish barrier and maintenance issues resulting…

Whole Foods to offer free compost on April 18

Whole Foods will be offering free compost to its customers in honor of Earth Day on Saturday, April 18. Bring your own containers from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. for Cedar Grove compost while supplies last. Whole Foods is located at 2800 196th St. SW., Lynnwood.  

Edmonds Community College graduates build environmental educational facility in Italy

Two graduates from Edmonds Community College, Antonio and Kiersten Baiamonte, are building a sustainable educational study abroad facility named, Bio-Monte, Retreats, Tours, and Education in Tuscany, Italy. The Baiamontes, a married couple, want to connect with students and educators to transform the land they have found in the Chianti region of Italy into educational organic…

Free electronics and paper shredding event in Lynnwood April 11

A free paper shredding and electronics recycling event is scheduled for Saturday, April 11 at Windermere Real Estate, 18811-28th Ave. W., Ste. J, in Lynnwood (next to See’s Candy at Alderwood Mall). Paper shredding will run from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. while electronics recycling will be from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. All recycling services are free and…

Lynnwood named a Tree City USA Community by Arbor Day Foundation

Lynnwood has been named a Tree City USA Community for 2014 by the Arbor Day Foundation. The announcement was made by Lynnwood City Councilmember Benjamin Goodwin during last week’s Council meeting. To qualify as a Tree City USA community, a town or city must meet four standards established by the Arbor Day Foundation and the…

Clean up volunteers needed for spring projects

The City of Lynnwood is hosting several cleaning and planting events this spring and is looking for volunteers, both individual and groups. Are you looking to enjoy some spring weather, roll up your sleeves and lend a hand? Heritage Park Spring Clean 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Tuesday, April 7 19921 Poplar Way Project includes…

Rep. Strom Peterson’s bill to protect honeybees buzzes over to Senate

After passing the Washington State House of Representatives 67-31 on a bipartisan vote, Rep. Strom Peterson’s bill to protect honeybee colonies and preserve pollen-rich food source is scheduled for a hearing Wednesday in the Senate Natural Resources and Parks Committee. House Bill 1654 would direct the state noxious weed control board to conduct a pilot…

City Council, Transportation Benefit District Board to meet on Monday

The Lynnwood City Council is scheduled to consider amending the City Center Multiple-Unit Housing Property Tax Exemption Program at Monday’s meeting. This program provides an incentive to implement the City Center Plan by attracting new affordable and/or market rate housing to the residential target area – City Center. The proposed amendments to the ordinance provide consistency regarding…