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Apartment maintenance employee earns VFW national lifesaving award for fire rescue

Tony Vierra has received the VFW National Lifesaving Award for rescuing a man from a balcony and assisting other residents to safety at an apartment fire in the Lynnwood area last month.

Tony Vierra has received the VFW National Lifesaving Award for rescuing a man from a balcony and assisting other residents to safety at an apartment fire in the Lynnwood area last month.

Vierra is a maintenance employee at The Seasons Apartments in the 3700 block of 164th Street SW where a fire caused more than $400,000 damage on May 2, 2013. He quickly retrieved a ladder and rescued a man from a balcony, alerted other residents to evacuate and assisted a woman escape down a smoke-filled stairwell.

Martin Spani, Commander of VFW Post 1040 in Lynnwood, nominated Vierra for the national award. Spani was joined by the post’s Senior Vice Commander Frank Martinez and Chaplain John Zambrano at a brief ceremony to present the award to Vierra at The Seasons Apartments last week. Firefighters from Snohomish County Fire District 1 and Lynnwood Fire Department also attended to recognize Vierra for his lifesaving accomplishment.

Jason Wingert seeks Mill Creek City Council seat

Jason Wingert, a local business owner and leader, has announced he is running for Mill Creek City Council position number two.

Jason Wingert, a local business owner and leader, has announced he is running for Mill Creek City Council position number two.

Wingert said that the City Council needs a new perspective, “We need a fresh set of eyes and practical solutions for the problems facing our city. The old way of doing things isn't going work anymore.”

Wingert believes there are four key areas that we must focus on:

  • Strong Police and Fire presence to keep our neighborhoods safe.
  • A business friendly environment to help our local economy grow.
  • Real fiscal responsibility means providing essential city services with low taxes.
  • A great, cost effective parks and recreational program.

Mill Creek resident John Lovick appointed Snohomish County Executive

The Snohomish County Council unanimously appointed John Lovick to be Snohomish County Executive. He was sworn into office on Monday morning, June 3, 2013.

The Snohomish County Council unanimously appointed John Lovick to be Snohomish County Executive. He was sworn into office on Monday morning, June 3, 2013.

“This is a tremendous honor,” said Lovick. “I feel incredibly fortunate to work for the 2,500+ county employees who make Snohomish County a great place. I’m looking forward to continue working with the county’s elected officials on behalf of the citizens of Snohomish County. I see this as a wonderful opportunity to restore faith in county government.”

Mill Creek City Manager takes steps to implement the city’s strategic plan

Ken Armstrong, Mill Creek City Manager, has taken steps to implement the City of Mill Creek’s Strategic Plan.

In the spring edition of the City of Mill Creek’s newsletter (The City of Mill Creek Current • Spring 2013), I mentioned that I saw exciting opportunities for the community of Mill Creek – opportunities to reinvest in itself and in its future.

In early April, the Mill Creek City Council met with senior City staff in an all-day retreat to talk about some of the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead in the next 20 years. Much of the day’s conversation focused on the pros and cons of annexation as well as long-term economic and community development.

While no action was taken during the retreat, the City Council indicated its desire to initiate ongoing discussions relating to economic development. The Council asked City staff to continue to explore economic development opportunities and to engage Mill Creek businesses and property owners in that process.

A message from the 2013 Mill Creek Relay for Life Committee

The 2013 Mill Creek Relay for Life is this weekend, June 1st – 2nd, at McCollum Park beginning at noon on Saturday and going until 9 am Sunday morning.

The 2013 Mill Creek Relay for Life is this weekend, June 1st – 2nd, at McCollum Park beginning at noon on Saturday and going until 9 am Sunday morning.

The event will start with the Survivor Opening Ceremony and then all Survivors will kick off the relay and Celebrate with the first lap.

There will be fundraiser events for all ages throughout the day including food, drawings, products for purchase, games, photo booth, and others.

Friends of the Mill Creek Library Spring Book Sale was a big success

Friends of the Mill Creek Library held their annual Spring book sale on Saturday, May 18th, 2013. The sale raised $2,096.28. This was the third year in a row the sale has raised over $2,000.

Friends of the Mill Creek Library held their annual Spring book sale on Saturday, May 18th, 2013.

The sale raised $2,096.28. This was the third year in a row the sale has raised over $2,000.

Proceeds from this sale are used to support library programs for children, teens and adults.

Friends of the Library Treasurer, Carol Spate said, “The funds are used to provide programs the library would not be able to offer without our help. Seventy five percent of our $11,200 budget last year was used for children and teen programming. We partner with the city to sponsor the 4 children's summer concerts in library park. We provide the prizes for the summer reading children and teen programs, pizza and game night for the teens as well as crafts and storytelling and entertainment for children. We sponsor the books discussion groups for adults.”

Missing person alert: Gary Cox

Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office detectives are seeking assistance in locating 62 year-old Gary L. Cox who has been missing since May 18, 2013.

May 24th Update

The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office has informed us that, "Mr. Cox was located safe and sound late yesterday at a bus station in Idaho.  Thank you for your help in publicizing the information regarding his disappearance."

Original May 22nd article

Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office detectives are seeking assistance in locating 62 year-old Gary L. Cox who has been missing since May 18, 2013. 

Cox walked away from his group home in the 2400 block of 104th Pl SE in Everett with the intent of traveling to an unknown destination in Idaho. 

Jackson High School students win awards and cash at WSU STEM fair

The team of Indira Rayala, Hannah Cho, and Celia Evans from Jackson High School earned first place in the Biofuels Challenge for their research at WSU's Imagine Tomorrow STEM Fair.

On May 18-19, 2013 four teams comprised of ten students from the H.M. Jackson High School’s Engineering and Research club competed against students representing 54 schools from Washington, Idaho and Montana at a STEM fair called Imagine Tomorrow hosted by Washington State University in Pullman.

The team of Indira Rayala, Hannah Cho, and Celia Evans earned first place in the Biofuels Challenge for their research entitled “The Effect on Methane Production during the Anaerobic Digestion of Cow Manure Along with Bio-degradable Plastic.” This award earned each team member $1,000 and $5,000 for Jackson High School.

Four teams consisting of ten students: Miranda Aiken, Hannah Cho, Celia Evans, Artyom Kozorezov, Akshy Palanisamy, Shruti Parikh, Brooke Parsons, Indira Rayala, Anastasia Redina and Madison Warnke, competed in this STEM fair.

The school also brought home the award for Best Project by a Team from a Newly Participating School. That newbie award earned each of the ten students $100 and another $500 for Jackson High School.

2013 Election for Mill Creek City Council set

All of the four Mill Creek City Council seats up for election in 2013 will be contested. A Primary Election for two of these City Council positions will be necessary.

All of the four Mill Creek City Council seats up for election in 2013 will be contested. In two of these contests three candidates have filed for the same position, which means there will be a Primary Election for these City Council positions.

The State of Washington has a Top 2 Primary system. This allows voters to choose among all candidates running for each office regardless of their party preference. The two candidates who receive the most votes in the August 6th Primary Election qualify for the November 5th General Election.

2013 Mill Creek Summer Children's Concerts at Library Park

Friends of the Mill Creek Library are co-sponsoring with Mill Creek Parks & Recreation and other local sponsors to present the 2013 children's entertainment at Library Park.

Friends of the Mill Creek Library are co-sponsoring with Mill Creek Parks & Recreation and other local sponsors to present the 2013 children's entertainment at Library Park.

The summer performances will be a four week series on Wednesdays. These FREE concerts/performances feature music, fun and laughs for children of all ages.

Bring a lunch and a blanket and enjoy a variety of shows and entertainment.

Day & Time:  Wednesdays, 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Location:  Library Park 15429 Bothell Everett Hwy. Mill Creek, WA

Search was on for burglar in Maltby area

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office K-9 team was tracking a burglary suspect in the area of York Rd on Monday morning, May 20, 2013.

Update from Shari Ireton, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Information Officer:

Deputies are no longer searching for a burglary suspect in the Maltby area.  It is believed the suspect fled the area on a bicycle.  Lockdowns have been lifted from all area schools.

The rider of the motorcycle struck by the suspect at the 4300 block of 229th Pl SE reported no injuries and did not require medical aid. 

The suspect has been identified using images taken during the attempted burglary and is believed to be a 37 year-old Everett man.

Fire causes $100,000 damage to condo near Martha Lake

No one was injured in a fire that caused more than $100,000 damage to a condominium in the Martha Lake area west of Mill Creek Saturday morning, May 18, 2013.

No one was injured in a fire that caused more than $100,000 damage to a condominium in the Martha Lake area west of Mill Creek Saturday morning, May 18, 2013.

A passerby called 9-1-1 at 8 a.m. to report flames coming from the two-story, eight-unit building in the 16800 block of Larch Way. The caller then alerted residents in the building to evacuate. No one was inside the unit where the fire was burning.

Firefighters from Fire Districts 1 and 7 responded and had the fire under control in less than 15 minutes.

Deputies searching Clearview area for felony warrant suspect

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office closed off an area in the Clearview neighborhood on Friday afternoon, May 17, 2013 while they search for a suspect who they believed is armed and dangerous.

Update: Suspect Vincent Nutter, 22, has been taken into custody by the Snohomish County Violent Offenders Task Force following a call from a citizen who spotted the suspect walking down a nearby road.  

Nutter fled the area where the citizen had spotted him, then climbed 40 feet up into a tree near the 7000 block of 184th St SE.

Law enforcement attempted to negotiate with him to climb down, but Nutter refused.  

Fire personnel from Fire District 7 arrived on scene and, using a fire hose, sprayed water up the tree.  After a few blasts of water, the suspect willingly agreed to climb down the tree.  

He was taken into custody unharmed around 8:30 PM and will be booked into jail on his outstanding warrants.  Other charges related to the stolen car in which fled from police earlier tonight, as well as his attempting to elude police, may be pending.

Snohomish County Fire District 1 wins national EMS award

Snohomish County Fire District 1 has just been honored with the national Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award presented by the Congressional Fire Services Institute and the MedicAlert Foundation.

Snohomish County Fire District 1 has just been honored with the national Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award presented by the Congressional Fire Services Institute and the MedicAlert Foundation.

This competitive award is given annually to honor departments championing innovative practices to enhance the quality of emergency medical services (EMS). This year’s award showcased three agencies – Fire District 1, Montgomery County Fire Rescue (Maryland) and Miami Dade Fire and Rescue (Florida) -- for “forging new ground in fire service-based EMS.”

The award was presented to Fire District 1 on May 9, 2013 at the 25th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner in Washington, D.C. More than 2,000 fire-service leaders from throughout the country attended along with Vice President Joe Biden, the keynote speaker.

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