Mill Creek

Washington state senators and representatives along with Governor Inslee and FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez break ground at the Swift Orange Line on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Swift Orange line to link Edmonds, Mill Creek to Lynnwood rail

Construction kicked off Tuesday on the bus route, which will boost rapid service in south Snohomish County.

Washington state senators and representatives along with Governor Inslee and FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez break ground at the Swift Orange Line on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Mill Creek Fire Station 76. (Mill Creek Fire Department)

Mill Creek to vote on annexation into South County Fire

Voting “yes” on the April 26 ballot is the best deal, the city says, citing rising costs either way.

Mill Creek Fire Station 76. (Mill Creek Fire Department)
Members of the The Glacier Peak High School robotics team. Named the Sonic Squirrels is heading to a world competition in Texas. (Courtesy Photo)

Snohomish, Everett robotics teams headed to world competition

The Sonic Squirrels’ robot can climb monkey bars and drive autonomously. “Everything has to be built from scratch.”

Members of the The Glacier Peak High School robotics team. Named the Sonic Squirrels is heading to a world competition in Texas. (Courtesy Photo)
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Police: Driver rams cars, deputy fires gun outside Safeway

No injuries were reported in the incident near Mill Creek. Detectives were investigating the deputy’s use of force.

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Jeff Brown at the Lowell Riverfront Trail with the Cascades visible in the distance on Thursday, April 7, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Mukilteo doctor’s ‘Seven Summits’ inspired more climbing adventures

After reading about Dr. Rick Thurmer’s feats in The Daily Herald in 2017, Jeff Brown set out to summit his first “14er.”

Jeff Brown at the Lowell Riverfront Trail with the Cascades visible in the distance on Thursday, April 7, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Election

Voters to act on school funding measures, fire district annexation

Granite Falls, Marysville, Stanwood and Sultan all suffered levy defeats in February. They’ll try again April 26.

Election
Pieces of trash litter the side of Highway 522 as a car drives by on Monday, March 21, 2022 in Monroe, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

During the pandemic, roadside trash piled up in Washington

One reader noticed more litter along Highway 522. Cleaning up is a team effort of state agencies, volunteers and inmates.

Pieces of trash litter the side of Highway 522 as a car drives by on Monday, March 21, 2022 in Monroe, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
FILE - A cloud of smoke rises after an explosion in Lviv, western Ukraine, March 18, 2022. Until the missiles struck within walking distance of the cathedrals and cafes downtown, Ukraine’s cultural capital was a city that could feel distant from the war. (AP Photo, File)

Snohomish County vet follows uneasy ‘call to duty’ into Ukraine

Carl Larson’s team of trained veterans is “level-headed,” he said, not “bloodthirsty Rambos.”

FILE - A cloud of smoke rises after an explosion in Lviv, western Ukraine, March 18, 2022. Until the missiles struck within walking distance of the cathedrals and cafes downtown, Ukraine’s cultural capital was a city that could feel distant from the war. (AP Photo, File)
The 810 McCollum Park Community Transit bus at it's new stop in the shadow of the newly opened Northgate Light rail Station in Seattle. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

How to weigh in on Everett light rail’s route and stations

Sound Transit wants your feedback on possible Link rail and station locations.

The 810 McCollum Park Community Transit bus at it's new stop in the shadow of the newly opened Northgate Light rail Station in Seattle. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Toshihiro Kasahara works the grill on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022, at Toshi’s Teriyaki in Mill Creek. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Teriyaki trailblazer: Mill Creek’s Toshi created our regional dish

His humble takeout on Bothell Everett Highway is a throwback to the 1976 Seattle store that made the fast food famous here.

Toshihiro Kasahara works the grill on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022, at Toshi’s Teriyaki in Mill Creek. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
A sign is up on a new Amazon Go building along 132nd St SE Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, in Mill Creek, Washington. The cashierless grab-and-go store is set to open in the coming months. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Convenient or creepy? Cashier-less Amazon Go coming to Mill Creek

Cameras and sensors track customers’ every move. Purchases are automatically charged to online accounts.

A sign is up on a new Amazon Go building along 132nd St SE Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, in Mill Creek, Washington. The cashierless grab-and-go store is set to open in the coming months. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Joni Kirk (City of Mill Creek)

Mill Creek settles ex-spokesperson’s lawsuit for $95,000

Joni Kirk claimed the former mayor wanted her out and that she was wrongfully fired. The city denies wrongdoing.

Joni Kirk (City of Mill Creek)
Jack Ng, owner of China City, at his restaurant in Mill Creek on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Businesses and nonprofits plan to push through COVID in 2022

“You can’t just wait until the fog clears,” says one business owner. Here’s what he and others are planning.

Jack Ng, owner of China City, at his restaurant in Mill Creek on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Dr. Jay Cook of Providence Regional Medical Center Everett in a video screen grab. 20220107

Record number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized in county

Meanwhile, state Sen. John Lovick has tested positive. Some jury trials are suspended. And a pivot to remote learning is possible.

Dr. Jay Cook of Providence Regional Medical Center Everett in a video screen grab. 20220107
Sen. John Lovick, D-Mill Creek, has proposed a bill to make pickleball the official state sport. (Photo provided by Chuck Wright)

Local-led effort trying to make pickleball official state sport

A bill put forward by Sen. John Lovick of Mill Creek seeks to recognize and aid the rapidly growing sport.

Sen. John Lovick, D-Mill Creek, has proposed a bill to make pickleball the official state sport. (Photo provided by Chuck Wright)
House Speaker Pro-tem Rep. John Lovick, D-Mill Creek, presides over the Washington House, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Lawmakers were busy throughout the day as Wednesday was the floor cutoff deadline for the 2020 legislative session. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Lovick tapped for Senate, Donaghy to replace him in House

The choice of John Lovick was no surprise, but the County Council’s appointment of Brandy Donaghy was not unanimous.

House Speaker Pro-tem Rep. John Lovick, D-Mill Creek, presides over the Washington House, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Lawmakers were busy throughout the day as Wednesday was the floor cutoff deadline for the 2020 legislative session. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Jeff Young

Another Mill Creek police chief steps down

Jeffery Young was the city’s third chief in two years. The city manager who appointed him resigned recently, too.

Jeff Young
Brian Holtzclaw (left) and Tim Schmitt.

Recount confirms Holtzclaw’s re-election to Mill Creek council

In Stanwood, a machine recount validated Tim Schmitt’s defeat of City Councilwoman Judy Williams.

Brian Holtzclaw (left) and Tim Schmitt.
Michael Ciaravino

Ex-Mill Creek manager gets $92K severance after rocky tenure

Deputy City Manager Martin Yamamoto has temporarily taken over after Michael Ciaravino’s resignation.

Michael Ciaravino
Top (L-R): Brian Holtzclaw, Eric Cooke, Judy Williams, Tim Schmitt. Bottom (L-R): Patrick Leonetti, Donna Cross, Dani Gaumond, Rob Johnson.

Recounts in Mill Creek, Stanwood as 2021 election is certified

Another tally is required to settle races for seats on city councils, as well as the Alderwood water district.

Top (L-R): Brian Holtzclaw, Eric Cooke, Judy Williams, Tim Schmitt. Bottom (L-R): Patrick Leonetti, Donna Cross, Dani Gaumond, Rob Johnson.