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Fire District 1 retirement ceremony to honor Firefighters Tipp and Hood

Firefighters Gary Hood and Mike Tipp will be honored for their years of service to the citizens of Snohomish County Fire District 1 at a retirement ceremony at Martha Lake Fire Station.

Firefighters Gary Hood and Mike Tipp will be honored for their years of service to the citizens of Snohomish County Fire District 1 at a retirement ceremony at Martha Lake Fire Station 21 on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 9:00 AM.

Parking will be available in the north and east parking lots of the neighboring Christ the Rock Church.

Fire 1 Foundation helps families in need this holiday season

Fire 1 Foundation donates $10,000 to Volunteers of America food bank programs.

County-wide food bank programs will benefit from a $10,000 donation from the Fire 1 Foundation, a nonprofit community service organization founded by the employees of Snohomish County Fire District 1.

“Supporting food bank programs is a tradition for Fire District 1 that started more than 20 years ago when a group of firefighters passed the hat to collect money to sponsor a family for the holidays. It grew from there,” said Jim Grieco, president of the Fire 1 Foundation and a captain at Fire Station 10 north of Lynnwood.

New Washington State Patrol badge commemorates 100th Trooper Basic Training Class

Washington State Troopers have been authorized to wear a specially designed badge to commemorate the historic graduation of the 100th Trooper Basic Training Class.

Troopers of the Washington State Patrol will likely look different to you.  Starting today, December 14, 2012, troopers have been authorized to wear a specially designed badge to commemorate the historic graduation of the 100th Trooper Basic Training Class.

The thirty-seven trooper cadets graduating today at the Washington State Capitol Rotunda will also be wearing the new badge.

These graduates completed of 1,000 hours of training in order to graduate. Historically, only about four to six percent of applicants make the grade to become a Washington State Patrol Trooper.

Mill Creek City Council approves police dog unit

The Mill Creek City Council approved the necessary funds to implement Mill Creek’s new police dog unit at the December 4, 2012, City Council meeting.

The Mill Creek City Council approved Mill Creek’s 2013-2014 budget at the December 4th City Council meeting. Included in this budget are the necessary funds to implement Mill Creek’s new K-9 unit.

During the October 9th City Council meeting Mill Creek Police Chief Bob Crannell said that although adding a police dog to his department has come up over the past few years it hasn’t been justified until now. Chief Crannell said that the need for a K-9 unit has increased to 62 calls in the last 14 months.

Mill Creek makes progress in reducing the projected 2013-2014 budget deficit

In the last month, Mill Creek residents and the Mill Creek City Council passed two separate measures to reduce the City’s projected 2013-2014 budget deficit by increasing tax revenue.

In the last month, Mill Creek residents and the Mill Creek City Council passed two separate measures to reduce the City’s projected 2013-2014 budget deficit by increasing tax revenue.

By passing Mill Creek Resolution 1 by 67% “approved” votes in November 6th’s General Election, Mill Creek residents increased the sales tax in the City by 0.1%. This should provide $260,000 in increased sales tax revenue for the City over the next two years. This tax revenue can only be spent on police and/or fire protection services.

Just Between Friends Toy Sale and Holiday Bazaar - Gold Creek Community Church in Mill Creek.

The Just Between Friends organization is holding a toy sale and holiday bazaar at Gold Creek Community Church on December 7th and 8th, 2012.

Just Between Friends Toy Sale and Holiday Bazaar is happening this weekend at Gold Creek Community Church in Mill Creek.

Just Between Friends is not a retail store, but rather a savings extravaganza shopping event that happens a few times a year in Snohomish County.

Mill Creek Women's Club auction raises over $17,000 for YWCA Pathways for Women

For the fifth consecutive year Mill Creek Women's Club November program featured a live and silent auction to benefit YWCA “Pathways for Women.”

For the fifth consecutive year the Mill Creek Women's Club November program featured a live and silent auction to benefit YWCA “Pathways for Women.”

Members of the club and local merchants generously donated well over 100 items for the live and silent auction. A kindle, artwork, jewelry, wine and home décor were just a few of the items donated. Club member, Sue Kincaid offered a condo in Maui for 5 nights, there was a 2 hour house cleaning by Molly Maid, a YWCA Gift Certificate for a family membership for a year , a beautiful hand made quilt by Club President Susan Mayer and home made soups and desserts for every month of the year. Club member Mary Kay Voss once again did an excellent and entertaining job as emcee for the event.

Washington State Patrol Detectives seek witnesses to Smokey Point motorcycle accident

Washington State Patrol Detectives Seek Witnesses to Smokey Point motorcycle accident

The Washington State Patrol Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.) is investigating the one-motorcycle serious injury collision involving a Snohomish County Sheriff’s deputy on the morning of Wedsnesday, November 21, 2012.

The crash occurred at about during the morning rush hour at 8:15 a.m. as the deputy was entering the southbound lanes of I-5 from Smokey Point. He suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Harbor Medical Center in Seattle.

Detectives are seeking additional witnesses to the collision and any event leading up to it.

State Fire Marshal says turkey fryers can be dangerous

Be careful with turkey fryers

The holidays are sneaking up on us and are right around the corner with Thanksgiving on the 22nd of November.  State Fire Marshal Chuck Duffy wants to provide a reminder to please think twice about fire safety while celebrating the holidays.  The State Fire Marshal’s Office shares the following information from the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) regarding Turkey Fryers:

UL considers turkey fryers to be dangerous to use as they present numerous safety hazards to consumers. "We're worried by the increasing reports of fires related with turkey fryer use," says John Drengenberg, consumer affairs manager of UL. "Based on our test findings, the fryers used to produce those great-tasting birds are not worth the risks. And, as a result of these tests, UL has decided not to certify any turkey fryers with our trusted UL Mark."

Mill Creek Central Market Bomb Threat

Bomb threat at Mill Creek Central Market

According to Mill Creek Police Department Information Officer Ian Durkee, “Mill Creek Police officers responded to the report of a bomb threat at the Central Market grocery store in the 15600 block of Main Street on Friday, November 17, 2012 at 7:40 PM.”

“A Central Market employee called 911 because they had received a phone call from a person who said there was a bomb inside the store.”

“Officers arrived and assisted with evacuating the store. No injuries were reported during the evacuation.”

Drowsy Driving Prevention Week is November 12-18

Drowsy Driving Prevention Week is November 12-18

Drowsy driving, or sleepiness, has been identified as a factor in a growing number of automobile crashes.  As with the dangers of speeding, drinking and driving, and not wearing seatbelts, drowsy driving is just as devastating and dangerous. 

Drowsy driving has serious consequences on our highways.  It impairs driver’s reaction time, judgment, vision, awareness of surroundings and decision making.  Warnings signs include: trouble keeping your eyes open and head up, difficulty focusing, yawning repeatedly, and missing exits or traffic signs.

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