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Fire causes $50,000 damage to Silver Lake area home

No one was injured in a fire that caused more than $50,000 damage to a home northeast of Silver Lake near Everett on Wednesday evening, April 17, 2013.

No one was injured in a fire that caused more than $50,000 damage to a home northeast of Silver Lake near Everett on Wednesday evening, April 17, 2013.

Dispatchers received multiple calls around 8:15 p.m. reporting flames coming from a single-story house in the 2100 block of 105th Pl. SE.

Firefighters responding to the call could see a large column of black smoke from several blocks away. The back of the house was engulfed in flames when the first firefighters arrived.

No one was inside the house at the time of the fire. Firefighters from Fire District 1 and 7 responded and had the fire under control in about 20 minutes.

The house is heavily damaged. The man who lived in the house plans to stay with friends.

The Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.

Mill Creek Civil Service Commission vacancy to fill

The City of Mill Creek is seeking volunteers to serve on the Civil Service Commission.

The City of Mill Creek is seeking volunteers to serve on the Civil Service Commission.

Duties and Responsibilities Include:

  • To provide for, formulate, and hold competitive tests to determine the relative qualifications of persons who seek employment for civil service positions and certify eligibility lists.
  • To hear and determine appeals or complaints regarding Civil Service examinations.
  • To maintain and approve Civil Service regulations in compliance with State law.

Nominate your favorite Washington State educator for KCTS 9's Golden Apple Award

Do you know an outstanding educator or educational program making a difference in your community? Send in a nomination for KCTS 9's 22nd Annual Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Education.

Do you know an outstanding educator or educational program making a difference in your community? Share their successes with the rest of Washington state by sending in a nomination for KCTS 9's 22nd Annual Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Education.

Any person contributing time or services in Washington state schools from pre K through grade 12 can be nominated. Teachers, administrators, school staff and volunteers, specific education or community programs, and local businesses are all eligible for nomination. Students, parents, teachers and community members can all submit nominations.

Fire at mobile home near Silver Lake causes heavy damage

No one was injured in a fire just before 7 a.m. on April 13, 2013 that caused heavy damage and forced a couple from their mobile home in the Silver Lake neighborhood south of Everett.

No one was injured in a fire this morning that caused heavy damage and forced a couple from their mobile home in the Silver Lake neighborhood south of Everett.

The fire was reported just before 7 a.m. on April 13, 2013 in a double-wide mobile home in the 12200 block of Nels Peters Road. A smoke alarm alerted the couple to the fire and they were able to safely escape with their dog.

The mobile home was engulfed in smoke when firefighters arrived. When the first crew opened the front door to check conditions inside and make an interior attack, a firefighter stepped through the floor. He was not hurt.

About 40 firefighters from Fire District 1 and 7 and Mukilteo Fire Department responded. The unstable floor and heavy damage to the rest of the structure made it unsafe for firefighters to enter mobile home, so firefighters had to attack the fire from outside.

“Industrial signage” at Mill Creek City parks to be removed

At their regular April 9th meeting the Mill Creek City Council decided that the current plan for park signs was not well conceived, and that City staff should come up with another plan.

In the end, the original plan for park signs didn’t hold up to public scrutiny. At their regular April 9th meeting the Mill Creek City Council decided that the current plan for park signs was not well conceived, and that City staff should come up with another plan.

The 2006 Wayfinding Sign Program was meant to provide a common design for all signs in Mill Creek. At the time the City had just adopted a new logo, a number of the old wooden signs around the City were rotting away, and people needed way faring signs at various places to tell them where things were.

Professional development grant applications due April 15th

Along with your tax returns, professional development grant applications for up to $1,500 are due on April 15, 2013.

Along with your tax returns, professional development grant applications for up to $1,500 are due on April 15, 2013.

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.

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

Individuals must be actively engaged in the provision of literacy services or literacy education, and live, work, or otherwise have ties to the greater Mill Creek area.

Everett School District start and end time survey

Everett School District is conducting a "start and end time survey.” For a number of reasons the district is considering changes to school start and end times starting in fall 2013.

Everett School District is conducting a "start and end time survey."

In an effort to improve bus on-time schedules, increase bus route efficiency and save general budget dollars the district is considering changes to school start and end times starting in fall 2013.

The district will use information from this survey as it considers school schedules for next fall.

The survey will be open online through Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 8 a.m.

Rank four options being considered for next year's school schedule.

Woodside Elementary principal earns $5,000 LASER award

Woodside Elementary School principal Dr. Betty Cobbs was awarded the annual Science Education Advocate Award by the Washington State Leadership and Assistance Education Reform

Washington State Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER) selected just five recipients for its annual Science Education Advocate Award. Two of those recipients have Everett connections. One is Dr. Betty Cobbs, long-time school district leader who is now principal at Woodside Elementary. The other recipient and only organization on the winners’ list is Imagine! Children’s Museum in downtown Everett.

Thanks to the Boeing Company, each of the state’s five winners has earned $5,000 to be given to the not-for-profit public education entity of their choice to use to benefit science education. Dr. Cobbs has chosen to award her $5,000 to Woodside Elementary School’s PTA. When asked why she chose that group, Cobbs explained, “PTA advocates for the well-being and education of all students. In addition, the Woodside PTA provides enrichment resources for our students. The funds will be reserved for expanding the library collection of non-fiction science books for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.”

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