Afghan refugees find welcoming home in Snohomish County, thanks to multi-agency efforts

Afghan families and individuals looking for ways to escape the turmoil in their home country are finding new beginnings in Snohomish County, thanks to the coordinating efforts of the Everett-based Refugee and Immigrant Services Northwest (RISNW). Started in 1977 to help newly-arrived refugees from Southeast Asia, RISNW was at first known as the Refugee Forum of…

Introducing new Lynnwood Today reporter Lauren Reichenbach

Lynnwood Today is pleased to welcome new reporter Lauren Reichenbach. A Lynnwood resident, Reichenbach recently graduated from Eastern Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She previously worked for the on-campus newspaper, The Easterner, as a co-manager and copy editor for two years. Her dream is to become a traveling photojournalist for National Geographic,…

Edmonds, Lynnwood areas experience power outage Thursday following PUD equipment failure

An equipment failure caused a power outage affecting thousands of customers in several Edmonds and Lynnwood neighborhoods around noon Thursday. The Snohomish County PUD outage map indicated 4,500 customers were initially without power. The outages occured in Edmonds and Lynnwood neighborhoods on both sides of 196th Street Southwest, mostly west of Highway 99. PUD spokesperson…

Trash continues to pile up as California labor dispute spills into Washington state

Overflowing trash continues to line the streets and sidewalks in Edmonds and Lynnwood while Republic Disposal’s sanitation workers stay off the job in solidarity with striking workers in Southern California.  With contract negotiations apparently stalled, it could be some time before the trucks roll again and trash pickup resumes. Republic Services provides waste collection and…

Top stories of 2021 as voted on by readers

Readers voted recently on the top stories Lynnwood Today published in 2021. Here are the top eight vote-getters: The overwhelming favorite was a story about a local publisher Brett Reistroffer, who encouraged people to read more bizarre and spooky stories last Halloween. It received 36% of the vote cast in the poll. In the article…

Last chance: Vote for your top Lynnwood story in 2021

The year 2021 was a busy one in Lynnwood. We’ve included a list of major stories for the year, and now it’s your turn to vote for your top pick. (Click on the headlines at right of each box to read the story.) The deadline to vote is noon Friday, Jan. 7. We’ll feature the top…

Leadership Snohomish County invites nonprofits to submit service project proposals

Leadership Snohomish County is inviting local nonprofit organizations and businesses to submit a project proposal to become a 2021-22 LSC Community Impact Project Partner. Project proposals are due on July 23. For 24 years, Leadership Snohomish County (LSC) has used hands-on service projects as a way to connect vision and action in Snohomish County. The…

Hazel Miller Foundation announces grant awards for spring quarter 2021

The Hazel Miller Foundation announced the award of 15 grants approved by the foundation’s board of directors for spring quarter 2021. Organizations receiving the awards are as follows: Clothes For Kids plans to continue providing free school clothing to students within Snohomish County who qualify for free or reduced meals at school. This grant will…

Steven Li named Habitat for Humanity of Snohomish County executive director

Steven Li has been appointed new executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Snohomish County. Li has served as the president of the Habitat Snohomish Board of Directors since June of 2019, and arrives with experience as an architect, a realtor and a carpenter on construction crews in other Habitat affiliates. “We are very excited…

Three local Girl Scouts mix passion, sustainability to earn Gold Star Award

Driven by passion and focused on sustainability, three local Girl Scouts have earned a Gold Award — the highest honor a Girl Scout can achieve. To earn the award, a Girl Scout must choose a problem in society, devise a solution, make it sustainable and reproducible, and have a connection beyond her local community to…

Rental assistance available through Volunteers of America Western Washington

Volunteers of America Western Washington recently made its 2021 Rental Assistance program available. Qualified Snohomish County households will be able to receive up to 12 months of rent assistance, including help with past-due rent. Households applying for rental assistance are advised to collect the following documents: rental agreement, verification of rent due, 2020 tax form…

Hazel Miller Foundation announces recipients of grant awards

The nonprofit Hazel Miller Foundationa has announced grants it has awarded to local organizations for 2020 and 2021 Over the course of the 2020 grant cycle, the foundation approved several grants including Dawson Place Child Advocacy Center: a safe home to serve children up to 18 years of age who have experienced trauma; Concern for Neighbors…

Alliance founded by Edmonds resident helps empower Afghan women, girls

Edmonds resident Lisa Herb has made it her mission to advocate for the equitable treatment of women on a global scale. In 2005, Herb founded the Alliance for International Women’s Rights (AIWR), and serves as its director. AIWR supports current and future women leaders in developing countries, with a current focus on Afghanistan. AIWR creates…

Snohomish County League of Women Voters announces winners of 2021 Democracy in Action awards

The League of Women Voters of Snohomish County on Saturday presented Democracy in Action Awards to two organizations: the 2020 Complete Count Committee led by Vanessa Gutierrez and Washington Family Engagement (WAFE) and its Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI). WAFE founder and executive director is Adie Simmons. Washington Family Engagement through its Parent Leadership Training…

Lynnwood Today 2020 year in review: July-December

As we enter the new year, Lynnwood Today continues to look back on 2020. Part 2, July-December July After 33 years in law enforcement, Lynnwood Police Chief Tom Davis announced his retirement at the end of the month. Davis came to Lynnwood in 2016 and has spent his entire professional career in law enforcement. He…

Lynnwood Today 2020 year in review: January-June

As we wrap up what is likely to be a memorable year, Lynnwood Today is looking back on 2020. Part 1, January-June January After returning from its winter recess, the Lynnwood City Council unanimously voted at its Jan. 13 business meeting to elect Councilmember Christine Frizzell as council president for the year. Councilmember Shannon Sessions…

Misha Carter joins the My Neighborhood News Network as reporter, photographer

Jeanne Misha Martinez Carter starts work today as a reporter and photographer through the My Neighborhood News Network’s new Community Journalist of Color Fellowship Program. “I want to be clear about why I created this program,” said Publisher Teresa Wippel. “The U.S. Census Bureau reports that while racial and ethnic minorities comprise almost 40 percent…

Waste Management delays yard waste pickup in parts of unincorporated Lynnwood

Yard waste services were  unavailable Monday in lower South Snohomish County, including parts of unincorporated Lynnwood, according to Waste Management. Residents who typically receive Waste Management pick-up on Mondays have been advised to leave yard waste carts at the curb until Tuesday, Aug. 25. In the event Waste Management is unable to provide pick-up services…

Sonic boom heard Wednesday night likely a meteor

A sonic boom heard Wednesday night that shook houses and set off car alarms was likely from a “completely random” meteor, according to the American Meteor Society. Around 7 p.m. Wednesday, a fireball was seen — and heard — flashing across the sky. After receiving initial reports of the incident, witnesses across multiple counties, including…

Lynnwood-based Habitat for Humanity to dedicate new home Feb. 29

Michael Huff and Vickie Redding are Lynnwood-based Habitat for Humanity‘s newest homeowners in Snohomish County. The couple will receive the keys to their new home in a public dedication ceremony this Saturday, Feb. 29 in Gold Bar. Built by Habitat for Humanity of Snohomish County, this home has been under construction by the nonprofit since…

Clothes for Kids seeks winter coat donations for students in need

Clothes for Kids, which provides wardrobes for Edmonds School District students in need, is seeking donations so they can purchase warm coats for students this winter. This year, Clothes for Kids is anticipating supplying 4,000 low-income students with a warm winter coat and lightweight coat. The coats will complete the school wardrobe each student receives…

Eight professionals join Leadership Snohomish County’s Board of Directors

Leadership Snohomish County, a nonprofit committed to developing sustainable, county-specific leaders to strengthen communities, has welcomed eight new members to its Board of Directors. The candidates were approved by the current board and begin the three-year term in 2020. They are: Annie Cole Snohomish County Denise Gregory Wyatt Everett Community College Jamyang Dorjee Community Transit…

Canuck the crow is missing — and there’s a $10K reward for his return

Have you seen Canuck the crow? Bill Anderson, a local wildlife photographer, shared a message he received Thursday regarding Canuck, described as “a semi-tame wild crow that is famous on social media.” Canuck went missing on Aug. 30 from Vancouver, B.C. and there is a $10,000 reward for his safe return. According to this CBC…

Bella’s Voice seeking donations of food, supplies for homeless pets

Local non-profit pet thrift store Bella’s Voice is seeking community donations for pet food and supplies, with the goal of supporting local pet owners who are homeless. Bella’s Voice accepts pet food and pet supplies year around. Community members are invited to drop off donations during the store’s regular business hours — 9 a.m.-7 p.m….