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…

Group Health seeks volunteers to support hospice patients

Group Health’s Hospice Program seeks volunteers in Snohomish County to offer support and services to patients and their caregivers. Volunteers participate in many services. They may stay with a patient so a caregiver can take a break, visit with patients, read to patients, run errands or help with transportation to medical appointments. Volunteers must be…

Community Transit expansions planned starting in 2016

Community Transit is planning to expand operations in Snohomish County between now and 2021. Community Transit’s Draft 2016-2021 Transit Development Plan calls for purchasing 167 buses and expanding transit operations by 40 percent over the next six years. The agency will then need to hire about 200 more employees, increasing the workforce by 25 percent. A…

Happening nearby: University Link light rail station opens March 19

Sound Transit posted notice of a tailgate party coming March 19 to celebrate the opening of the University of Washington Station on the University Link light rail. Events include light rail running to a street festival at Capitol Hill Station, and the chance to get a golden ticket for an inaugural ride. More details can…

New veterans resource center now open in Lynnwood

A new Veterans One-Stop Resource Center has opened in Lynnwood to serve veterans and their families. The center will be staffed by local professionals who are available to help with referrals to Veterans Affairs, medical and employment assistance and career transitions. The Veterans One-Stop Resource Center will open every Tuesday and the first Wednesday of…

Community Transit adding new trips in March; hiring for future expansion

Community Transit says it will be adding “a modest amount” of new service starting March 27, including 15 new trips, six extended trips and earlier/later travel times. A further expansion of service is planned for September, and the agency said it will be hiring more drivers and mechanics to accommodate those plans. The changes were…

Snohomish County PUD will help thousands in need pay their electric bills

Thousands of senior citizens and low-income customers will receive help with their electric bills this year through energy assistance programs offered by Snohomish County Public Utility District. The programs currently provide reductions of 20 percent, 40 percent or 60 percent off PUD electric and water bills. The discount percentage that customers receive depends on their income level. Currently, the…

Archdiocese of Seattle publishes list of clergy accused of sexual abuse

The Archdiocese of Seattle on Friday published a list of clergy and religious brothers and sisters “for whom allegations of sexual abuse of a minor have been admitted, established or determined to be credible.” The diocese said it published the list as part of its “ongoing commitment to transparency and to encourage persons sexually abused…

Liias calls for Attorney General to investigate use of tickets bots for Adele concert

State Sen. Marko Liias, D-21st District, has asked Washington State’s attorney general to investigate the use of ticket bots to profiteer off the sale of tickets to the upcoming Adele concert in Seattle. “The use of ticket bots is profiteering, plain and simple. It’s unfair, it’s exploitative, and it’s illegal,” Liias said. “Last year, the…

Burn ban lifted in Snohomish County

The Snohomish County burn ban has been lifted, effective at noon Saturday, Jan. 9, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency said. Air quality levels are expected to remain below the triggers for burn bans through Sunday evening, the agency said. A stronger weather front is expected by Monday and should ensure better air quality into…

Cafe brings new opportunity to Lynnwood at-risk teen

It’s a new year, a new cafe and new opportunities for homeless youth in Lynnwood. On Friday, Jan. 8, CafeWorks in Everett is holding its grand opening celebration, featuring coffee, free samples, and a look at the new space that is now officially open to the public. CafeWorks, a collaboration between HopeWorks, Cocoon House and…

Winter energy-saving tips from Snohomish PUD

With cooler winter weather, there are steps you can take now to reduce energy use and improve comfort in your home. To cut heat loss, close your drapes at night and open them during the day to let the sun in and warm your home. Check your heating ducts to ensure they’re properly sealed and…

Washington Healthplanfinder issues last call for Jan. 1 coverage

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange is alerting residents today that only a few hours remain to sign up for health coverage through wahealthplanfinder.org that goes into effect on Jan. 1. Customers have until Dec. 23 to select a Qualified Health Plan that begins at the start of the New Year. While the deadline for Jan….

Traveling over holidays? Plan ahead, WSDOT advises

While wrapping final presents and whipping up holiday treats, make sure to also plan ahead for stress-free holiday travel, the Washington State Department of Transportation says. By following these steps, drivers can be celebrating with family and friends, instead of sitting on a freeway: · Check the Washington State Department of Transportation’s best times to…

Kiwanis Club of Lynnwood celebrates community service partnership

The Kiwanis Club of Lynnwood joined more than 600,000 other adult and youth volunteers in the Kiwanis family of service clubs in over 80 nations to celebrate their partnership in community service during the month of November. The Kiwanis Club of Lynnwood, along with two Key Clubs, marked Kiwanis Family Month by holding a food…

City Council report addresses steps for helping Lynnwood’s homeless

“It’s all about homelessness and money,” said Mayor Nicola Smith about the Nov. 2 work session meeting of the Lynnwood City Council. The full council was present to hear councilmember Rev. M. Christopher Boyer give an update from the Homelessness Task Group and to perform a required review the 2015-2016 mid-biennial budget modifications presented by…

Local candidates’ contributions and funding as of Oct. 30

Here is the latest information from the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission on our local candidates’ campaign finances. For each candidate, we’ve provided a link to the detailed breakdown of contributions by name and amount. The Washington State Public Disclosure laws require that candidates who spent more than $5,000 on a prior campaign or expect…

National Weather Service issues wind, flood advisories

The National Weather Service’s Seattle office has issued wind and flood advisories for the region. The wind advisory is from 9 p.m., Friday through noon Saturday. A strong warm front is moving north across the region and strong winds, up to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph, will produce windy conditions. Impacts could include downed…

Volunteers of America announces plans for new neighborhood service center in Lynnwood; Rick Steves pledges $2 million in support

Volunteers of America Western Washington celebrated its 100th year anniversary with a major announcement last week as the organization announced its partnership with Trinity Lutheran Church, Boys and Girls Clubs of Snohomish County and Rick Steves on a new Neighborhood Service Center plan located on the Trinity Lutheran Church grounds near 196th St. SW. and Highway 99. The…

Swedish Hospital nurses, health care workers ratify contract

Nurses and health care workers at Swedish Edmonds are among 7,000 Swedish employees who have ratified a new contract that brings staff and new hires at Swedish campuses in King and Snohomish Counties to a $15/hour minimum wage, according to a news release Monday from SEIU Healthcare 1199NW. The contract covers nurses, housekeepers, dietary staff,…

Update: Power restored to Lynnwood

Snohomish County PUD is reporting that power has been restored to all 9,000 customers in the Martha Lake/Swamp Creek areas in Lynnwood. Crews are still determining if the outage was weather related, PUD said.  

Sen. Chase receives Rachel Carson award for anti-pesticide efforts

32nd District Sen. Maralyn Chase ( D-Shoreline) was bestowed the Rachel Carson Award on Saturday by the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP) at the group’s Healthy Harvest Celebration at the Eugene Vet’s Club in Oregon. “This is an honor and a reaffirmation of my obligation and responsibility to protect our community and our…

Lynnwood Convention Center hosting food drive

In honor of World Food Day on Oct. 16, the Lynnwood Convention Center is hosting a food drive through Oct. 22. All donations will go to the Lynnwood Food Bank. Donations can be dropped off at the Lynnwood Convention Center, located at 3711 196th Street SW during regular business hours. Monetary donations will also be accepted…