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Snohomish County Executive wants to expand 211 call center availability

Snohomish County Executive John Lovick promotes Mental Health Panel findings and 211 services to help improve access to mental health care.

One of the first things that John Lovick did when he was appointed Snohomish County Executive last year was to convene a mental health panel to address the county’s neglected mental health issues. One of their recommendations is "the expansion the existing 2-1-1 call system as a gateway to the array of mental health services offered in the community."

Friends of the Mill Creek Library offering professional development grants

The Friends of the Mill Creek Library will award one or more grants up to $1,500 to defray professional development costs to support the provision of literacy education or the expansion of literacy services in our community. Grant applications are due on Tax Day, April 15, 2014.

The Friends of the Mill Creek Library will award one or more grants up to $1,500 to defray professional development costs to support the provision of literacy education or the expansion of literacy services in our community. Grant applications are due on Tax Day, April 15, 2014.

Proposed projects may include seminars, courses, conference attendance, or other continuing education endeavors that support professional development.

Mill Creek City Council considering adding bike friendly striping to streets

The Mill Creek City Council is considering a project to re-stripe a number of collector streets to be more bike friendly. This bike lane project is estimated to cost $25,000 to $50,000.

The City of Mill Creek has received a number of requests over the years to provide additional bike lanes on city streets, especially along “the loop” of Village Green Drive and Mill Creek Boulevard. Because of budget constraints, this road project has not had a high enough priority to get funded.

At the request of a number of city councilmembers, Tom Gathmann, Mill Creek Public Works Director, presented a number of bike friendly road striping options at the March 11, 2014, city council meeting.

Penny Creek Elementary School teacher Wanda Hill named Outstanding Technology Educator of the Year

Wanda Hill, Penny Creek Elementary School teacher, was recognized as NCCE’s Outstanding Technology Educator of the Year during their conference at the Seattle Convention Center on March 13, 2014.

Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE) selects educators who go above and beyond.

Wanda Hill, Penny Creek Elementary School teacher, was recognized as NCCE’s Outstanding Technology Educator of the Year during their conference at the Seattle Convention Center on March 13, 2014.

The Outstanding Technology Educator of the Year award is given to an NCCE member who interacts with students on a daily basis.

Mill Creek City Council trying to decide on direction for new solid waste contract

The Mill Creek City Council couldn’t decide on how to proceed with the city’s expiring solid waste contract at their March 4, 2014, regular meeting. As a result the decision has been postponed until at least April 8th.

The Mill Creek City Council couldn’t decide on how to proceed with the city’s expiring solid waste contract at their March 4, 2014, regular meeting. As a result the decision has been postponed until at least April 8th.

Solid waste collection is one of those things over which Mill Creek residents and businesses have very little control. Along with electricity and natural gas, Mill Creekers can’t shop around for the best deal. They have to rely on the contracts negotiated on their behalf.

Multiple fatalities confirmed at State Route 530 landslide

It has been confirmed that two people have died as a result of the landslide across State Route 530 between the cities of Arlington and Darrington.  The landslide was first reported around 10:45 Saturday morning, March 22, 2014, at the 29400 block of SR 530.

March 25, 2014, 3:03 pm update.

A volunteer rescue worker was injured while working in the debris area of the SR 530 landslide earlier today. The injury occurred when a small piece of debris was thrown up in helicopter wash and struck him in the head.  The injuries appear minor and the victim was transported to an area hospital for evaluation.

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