PCC Farmland Trust committed to protecting local farms, food supply

In 1999, an Olympic Peninsula organic produce farm that supplied carrots to PCC Natural Markets was for sale, likely to be sold to a residential development. It was a situation that “set off a light bulb” for the idea of the PCC Farmland Trust, a non-profit that works to preserve farmland across Washington state, said…

Former Lynnwood Public Works Director appointed interim Snohomish County executive director

Snohomish County Executive John Lovick appointed former Lynnwood city manager Loren Sand to serve as interim executive director, filling Deputy Executive Lenda Crawford’s former position. Lovick also appointed budget manager Brian Haseleu as acting finance director through the end of the year. Sand’s first day in the office is Wednesday, Sept. 23. Haseleu’s acting appointment…

Fire District 1 dedicates 9-11 Memorial as ‘a gift to all of you’

More than 50 firefighters, police, government officials and citizens gathered at precisely 11 minutes after 9 on Friday morning in front of Edmonds Fire Station 17 to mark the 14th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center by dedicating a new memorial to all those who lost their lives that day. “This…

Update: Snohomish County PUD crews still at work, 60,000 without power

Snohomish County PUD is reporting that approximately 60,000 households are still without power following Saturday’s windstorm. Many of the households are located in Edmonds, Woodway and Mountlake Terrace. More than three dozen crews at working to restore power, the PUD said. Transmission to substations has been restored, a big step that allows crews to work…

Power out, trees down after windstorm 

Many Lynwnood residents and businesses were without power Saturday after a strong windstorm knocked down trees and power lines throughout the area. Snohomish County PUD spokesman Neil Neurotsos said up to 150,000 PUD customers were without power,  representing about half of its customer base. My Neighborhood News reporter Larry Vogel said he was driving around Edmonds…

Snohomish PUD moves to appoint Craig Collar as new CEO/General Manager

The Snohomish County Public Utility District Board of Commissioners Tuesday introduced a resolution to name Craig Collar as its new Chief Executive Officer/General Manager. The appointment requires final approval at the board’s meeting on Aug. 25, with an effective starting date of Sept. 1. Collar has served as Assistant General Manager of Power, Rates and Transmission…

Alderwood Water & Wastewater District receives Outstanding Performance Award

Alderwood Water & Wastewater District’s Wastewater Treatment Plant receivedf an Outstanding Performance Award from the Washington State Department of Ecology for perfect performance in 2014. More than one-third of Washington’s wastewater treatment plants – 127 – received this award. Each of the plants passed all environmental tests, analyzed all samples, turned in all state-required reports, and…

Decision on Woodway fields interlocal agreement postponed again

The battle over tire crumb rubber turf in the city of Edmonds isn’t over yet. For the second time in two weeks, the Edmonds City Council postponed a decision on whether to approve an interlocal agreement with the Edmonds School District under which the city would schedule, operate and maintain the artificial turf fields now…

Judge dismisses most of claims against Woodway fields project; next hearing Oct. 16

A Snohomish County Superior Court judge on Friday dismissed many of the claims filed by Edmonds resident Mark Wall, who is appealing the Edmonds City Council’s land use decision regarding an athletic field complex planned for the former Woodway High School. During the Friday hearing, Judge Bruce Weiss dismissed 12 of 15 claims that the…

Lynnwood Police blotter

The following are selected incidents from the Lynnwood Police blotter. July 20 6000 block of 168th St. SW. Theft. An AED was stolen from a high school. July 23 17100 block of 37th Ave. W. Burglary. A large quantity of iPhones were stolen from a garage. 18300 block of 52nd Ave. W. Malicious mischief. A…

Edmonds School Board says no to joint meeting with City Council on crumb rubber

The Edmonds School Board has declined an invitation for a joint meeting with the Edmonds City Council next Tuesday, Aug. 4 to discuss the tire crumb rubber infill being installed at the former Woodway High School. In an email to Council President Adrienne Fraley-Monillas Wednesday night, School Board President Diana White said she would “respectively…

Stage 1 of Drought Response Plan activated

The City of Everett released a statement Monday regarding the activation of Stage 1 Drought Response Plan as a proactive measure due to higher than normal temperatures and lower than normal precipitation. Storage at Spade Lake Reservoir is at 68 percent of normal and precipitation from May through July has been 23 percent of normal….

Decision delayed on Woodway fields interlocal agreement

Even before the nearly two dozen people testified about the pros and cons of tire crumb rubber artificial turf being installed by the Edmonds School District at the former Woodway High School, the Edmonds City Council unanimously voted to postpone a decision on the matter. Following a motion by Councilmember Tom Mesaros, councilmembers decided to…

Community Transit Board sends sales tax measure to Nov. 3 ballot

Community Transit will be asking voters this November to approve new funding to increase bus service throughout Snohomish County. Just one day after Gov. Jay Inslee signed a statewide transportation funding bill, Community Transit’s Board of Directors voted to place a measure on the Nov. 3 ballot that would increase the agency’s sales tax by three-tenths…

Lynnwood Police blotter

The following are selected incidents from the Lynnwood Police blotter. June 30 19300 block of 44th Ave. W. Narcotics. A 55-year-old man was arrested for possession of narcotics/heroin. July 2 19700 block of Highway 99. Theft. A 16-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy were arrested for shoplifting alcohol. Another 15-year-old boy was arrested for possession…

Woman arrested after stabbing man at Lynnwood apartment complex

A woman who allegedly stabbed a man Thursday afternoon in Lynnwood was arrested and is in custody at the Lynnwood Jail. At about 3:15 p.m., a woman in her 40s, who was living in an apartment complex in the 6500 block of 208th St. SW., walked up to a man in his 50s, who worked at the apartment…

Edmonds School Board considers new names for former Woodway High School campus

The former Woodway High School site could have a new name soon. The Edmonds School District Board of Directors heard a report Tuesday from Executive Director of Business and Operations Stewart Mhyre on a recent task force meeting designed to come up with three suggestions for a name. Those attending the meeting included staff, students,…

Suspect arrested in sexually motivated assaults, including Edmonds Community College case

Lynnwood Police arrested a man who confessed to several recent assaults of women, including one woman at Edmonds Community College. On Wednesday, Lynnwood Detectives interviewed a subject, who had been arrested on a misdemeanor warrant the previous day. The suspect fit the description in several recent incidents where women had been assaulted in the area of 200th…

Edmonds Community College hires new Executive Vice President of Instruction

Edmonds Community College has hired Charlie Crawford as its new Executive Vice President of Instruction. Crawford will be working with instructors, students, and staff to continue to strengthen instructional pathways and serve the educational needs of the community. Prior to his appointment at Edmonds, Crawford served 11 years in various dean roles at Tacoma Community College…