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Mill Creek man killed in high-speed motorcycle crash

A 27-year-old Mill Creek man was killed in a high-speed motorcycle accident in the 2300 block of 132nd Street SE on Monday, June 3, 2013 at 8:30 pm.

June 5, 2013 update

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the deceased as 27 year old James V. Beaudry from Mill Creek.

Original June 4, 2013 article

A 27-year-old Mill Creek man was killed in a high-speed motorcycle accident in the 2300 block of 132nd Street SE on Monday evening, June 3rd.

Mill Creek Police Information Officer Ian Durkee reported, “Mill Creek Police officers responded to a collision involving a Suzuki motorcycle and a four door Volkswagen sedan in the 2300 block of 132nd St SE.”

“When officers and fire personnel arrived, the motorcyclist, a male in his twenties from Mill Creek, was found deceased in the brush on the north side of 132nd Street SE in the 2300 block. The two occupants of the Volkswagen were uninjured.”

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.

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