County Councilwoman Wright sworn in for new term

Last week a judge swore in Snohomish County Councilwoman Stephanie Wright for her first full term. The former Lynnwood City Councilwoman was first appointed to the county council in 2010 to fill the seat left vacant by Mike Cooper when he became Edmonds mayor. Wright represents District 3, which includes Lynnwood, Edmonds, Woodway and surrounding…

Executive Reardon calls for tougher adult entertainment regulations

Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon is calling on the County Council to address adult entertainment regulations. This comes after a recent proposal to open a strip club just outside of Mukilteo. The proposal was rejected because it would be too close to restaurants that serve alcohol. Reardon cites concerns about crime and lax rules on…

County Councilwoman Stephanie Wright kicks off re-election campaign

Snohomish County Councilmember Stephanie Wright officially launched her re-election campaign Monday night at the Edmonds Senior Center. Wright had served on the Lynnwood City Council before being appointed to the county post last August. “I’ve lived here in Snohomish County my entire life and it’s a place I treasure very much,” she said in a…

PAWS contract may be spared from county’s budget cuts

As we reported earlier this month, Snoshomish County was considering ending its contract with PAWS due to a budget shortfall. It would have meant that stray animals from unincorporated parts of the county would be sent to the Everett Animal Shelter. Now, it looks like that won’t happen. County Councilman Dave Gossett released a budget…

PAWS contract may be spared from county's budget cuts

As we reported earlier this month, Snoshomish County was considering ending its contract with PAWS due to a budget shortfall. It would have meant that stray animals from unincorporated parts of the county would be sent to the Everett Animal Shelter. Now, it looks like that won’t happen. County Councilman Dave Gossett released a budget…

PAWS worries about losing Snohomish County contract

The Snohomish County Council is considering terminating its contract with PAWS next year to house stray animals from unincorporated parts of the county. Lynnwood-based PAWS is concerned about the effect the move will have on animals in the community. If the county ends the contract, people will have to take stray or unwanted animals to…

Stephanie Wright appointed to Snohomish County Council

Lynnwood City Council Vice President Stephanie Wright has been unanimously appointed to the Snohomish County Council. Wright will fill position three, the seat vacated by Mike Cooper when he left to become the mayor of Edmonds. She’s the first woman on the County Council since 2001. During the interview with the four existing county councilmembers…

Snohomish County Council expected to choose new member today

The Snohomish County Council is expected to appoint its newest member today. Three candidates are vying for position three — the seat vacated by Mike Cooper who left in July to become the new mayor of Edmonds. Lynnwood City Council Vice President Stephanie Wright, Edmonds City Councilmember D.J. Wilson and Lynnwood Planning Commission Member Maria…

Endorsements keep coming in the race for Snohomish County Council

Today Edmonds City Council member D.J. Wilson announced his list of endorsements in his bid for the Snohomish County Council. He’s seeking the seat of Mike Cooper, who just left the Council to become the new mayor of Edmonds. Wilson’s endorsements include State Senators Paul Shinn and Darlene Fairley, South Snohomish County Chamber of Commerce…

Snohomish County councilman proposes fireworks ban

Snohomish County Councilman Mike Cooper, who represents Lynnwood on the Council, has proposed a fireworks ban for unincorporated Snohomish County. Cooper, a retired professional firefighter, says it’s time to stop the property loss and injuries from fireworks. “I cannot stand by and watch as people continue to lose their homes or get injured from fireworks,”…

County Executive Reardon asks Lynnwood residents for budget fixes

Which county services are important to you and how should we pay for them? Those are the two questions Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon asked as he came to the Lynnwood fire station last night for his first “Community Conversation.” “We have to make very difficult decisions about what services we fund, at what level…

County Executive Reardon wants to hear from you

What county services are most important to you? Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon wants to know. Reardon will host a community meeting in Lynnwood next week to hear from the public on 2011 budget priorities. The meeting is set for Monday, May 10, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Lynnwood Fire Station (188th Street…

New rules could mean much taller buildings in south Snohomish County

A decision by the Snohomish County Council next week could clear the way for much taller buildings near Lynnwood. On May 5 the Council is expected to approve new design standards for urban centers that would allow buildings up to 18-stories high in parts of unincorporated Snohomish County – including 44th Avenue SW on the…