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Herbie Martin endorses Lynn Sordel for Mill Creek City Council

Former Mill Creek City Council candidate Herbie Martin endorsed his former rival Lynn Sordel in a September 6th email.

Former Mill Creek City Council candidate Herbie Martin endorsed his former rival Lynn Sordel in a September 6th email, “First I would like to thank the individuals that voted for me. Lynn Sordel’s values and leadership line up with my personal values, therefore I am publically endorsing his campaign as we prepare for the general election in November 2013.”

Everett School District announces second round of community bond planning meetings

Following the September 11th and 12th focus groups about high school needs, the September 16th and 18th open house sessions look at school construction needs for all grades in order to plan for a voter-approved 2014 bond issue.

In the next decade, an extra 1,400 students are expected to be attending Everett Public Schools. That would push the number of students enrolled to more than 20,000. Most of that growth is happening in the south end of the district where construction of single-family homes and apartments has resumed.

Sign interpreter helps students succeed at school devoted to deaf children

The Northwest School For Hearing-Impaired Children levels the playing field for hearing-impaired children by teaching the exact same English that their hearing peers receive. 100 percent graduate from high school; 67 percent graduate from college.

100 percent graduate from high school; 67 percent graduate from college.

For seven years, Mill Creek resident Ramona Softich Gaines has attended middle school classes. She’s not a perpetual student but a sign interpreter for students from Northwest School for Hearing-Impaired Children (NWSFHIC) in Shoreline. Softich Gaines prepares the older students who attend NWSFHIC, a preschool through eighth grade school devoted to deaf/hard of hearing children, for a traditional classroom setting by accompanying them to a nearby middle school.

Unincorporated Snohomish County burn ban starting Monday, July 15, 2013

Due to high fire danger and expected hot and dry weather conditions, an outdoor burning ban for the unincorporated areas of Snohomish County will go into effect Monday, July 15, 2013 at 8 a.m. according to the Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office.

September 6, 2013 update

The Snohomish County Fire Marshal's Office has lifted the county-wide burn ban effictive Friday, September 6, 2013, for all unincorporated areas of Snohomish County.

Original article

From a Snohomish County Fire Marshal's Office news release.

Due to high fire danger and expected hot and dry weather conditions, an outdoor burning ban for the unincorporated areas of Snohomish County will go into effect Monday, July 15, 2013 at 8 a.m. according to the Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office.

Mill Creek City Council passes six-month marijuana moratorium

At their regular July 23, 2013 meeting, the Mill Creek City Council unanimously passed an ordinance establishing a six-month moratorium on marijuana related businesses and activities within Mill Creek City limits.

September 1, 2013 update

The Mill Creek City Council will hold a public hearing at the City Hall to receive public testimony regarding marijuana production and sales on Tuesday September 3, 2013 at 6 pm.

On Thursday, August 29, 2013 the Federal Justice Department announced that it would not sue to block Washington State's recreational marijuana law impmementation. Brian M. Rosenthal of the Seattle Times reported, "The DOJ’s decision brings an end to months of uncertainty as Washington state has wondered whether the other Washington would sue to stop the implementation of Initiative 502, which passed with 55.7 percent of the vote."

In separate news, the Pew Research Center reported that, "Six-in-ten Americans say that the federal government should not enforce its marijuana laws in states that permit use."

Original July 27, 2013 article

At their regular July 23, 2013 meeting, the Mill Creek City Council unanimously passed an ordinance establishing a six-month moratorium on marijuana related businesses within Mill Creek City limits.

Transformer fire on Village Green Drive knocks out power

An electrical transformer malfunction and fire knocked out electrical power for many Mill Creek residents during a heavy rain storm on Thursday evening, August 29, 2013.

Friday afternoon update

According to Autumn Waite, Snohomish County Fire District 7 Public Information Officer, there were two more transformer fires causing power outages along Mill Creek Boulevard on Friday morning. The first was at 9:37 am at 151st and Mill Creek Boulevard, and the second was at 11:09 am at the 14600 block of Mill Creek Boulevard.

Waite said, "In both cases there was light smoke and we remained on scene until PUD arrived."

Power was out for an hour or two in some Mill Creek neighborhoods.

Original article

An electrical transformer malfunction and fire knocked out electrical power for many Mill Creek residents during a heavy rain storm on Thursday evening, August 29, 2013. A Laurel homeowner reported a very loud explosion at about 6:45 pm, the same time the power went out.

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