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Left Coast/Right Coast: A visit to the “starship” Nimitz

Mike Gold at Everett Home Port with the Nimitz in the background.
Mike Gold at Everett Home Port with the Nimitz in the background. Photo credit: Fred Minifie.

Okay, I’ll admit a preference for the Navy over the other services. Why? Well, let’s start when I was four years old. My father, a professional musician, got both of us on a radio talent show (in New York). I played “Anchor’s Aweigh” on piano, the theme song of the United States Navy. My father played something non-military. We won the contest and I received a brand new bicycle as my prize.

Clearview Community Association gets answers about medical marijuana shops

From left to right: John Lovick, Luis Moscoso, Rosemary McAuliffe, Derek Stanford, and Dave Sommers.
From left to right: John Lovick, Luis Moscoso, Rosemary McAuliffe, Derek Stanford, and Dave Sommers. Photo credit: Richard Van Winkle.

Over 170 community members attended the August 27, 2014, Clearview Community Association town hall meeting featuring five local elected officials who answered questions about medical marijuana businesses and public safety issues in Clearview.

Snohomish County Executive John Lovick, Snohomish County Council Chair Dave Somers, State Senator Rosemary McAuliffe, and State Representatives Luis Moscoso and Derek Stanford attended the meeting to answer questions and address concerns.

They surfed the concrete at Mill Creek’s Board Bash

Six year old Caden Smith, who has been skateboarding since the age of two, won his division of the competition.
Six year old Caden Smith, who has been skateboarding since the age of two, won his division of the competition. Photo courtesy of Chuck Wright.

On August 23rd, the City of Mill Creek sponsored their 7th free annual Board Bash Skateboarding Competition. And, even in the 76 degree heat 29 competitors, one from as far away as Yakima and another from Chehalis, signed up to show off their “surfing stuff.”

"September check list," from The Whistling Gardener

I just tore out my beans and zucchini and beets and now I have room for some cool season crops like peas, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, carrots, beets and garlic.
The Whistling Gardener shares his list of chores to consider for the month of September. Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery.

The Whistling Gardener shares his check list of chores for September,"This has been one of the best gardening years I can remember but I have to say that I am ready for some rain because it feels like I have been at the end of a hose for months now with no relief in sight."

City of Mill Creek reorganizing to prepare for Public Works move

The City of Mill Creek will be reorganizing the Public Works and Community Development departments effective September 1, 2014.
Having planning, engineering, right-of-way inspection, surface water monitoring, and building permitting/inspection together in the same group and location improves communication and organizational efficiency. Image credit: News of Mill Creek.

The City of Mill Creek will be reorganizing the Public Works and Community Development departments effective September 1, 2014.

On August 1st Mill Creek City Manager Ken Armstrong announced he was authorizing the reorganization, which had been under discussion for a number of months. His email to all employees said in part, “The changes are being made to increase organizational efficiency and to prepare/facilitate the potential move of the Public Works Maintenance function and staff to an off-site location.”