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Fire causes $160,000 damage to home north of Mill Creek

No one was injured in a fire that caused more than $160,000 damage to an unoccupied home north of Mill Creek Monday afternoon, August 12, 2013.

No one was injured in a fire that caused more than $160,000 damage to an unoccupied home north of Mill Creek Monday afternoon, August 12, 2013.

Neighbors reported black smoke coming from the back of the two-story house in the 11400 block of 31st Ave. SE near Silver Lake just before 3 p.m. The back of the house was in flames when firefighters arrived and there was fire in the attic.

Edmonds CC offers free tuition for two new information technology certificates this fall through PACE-IT

Edmonds Community College’s new PACE-IT (Progressive Accelerated Certifications for Employment in Information Technology) program offers two new information technology certificates this fall.

Edmonds Community College’s new PACE-IT (Progressive Accelerated Certifications for Employment in Information Technology) program offers two new information technology certificates this fall.

PACE-IT — a federally funded $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor — will provide online instruction and services for adult learners pursuing certificates in technology and integration support, network security, web development and design, ethical hacking, and data management. The program is designed to prepare students for industry-recognized certifications while strengthening pathways to high-wage, high-demand IT jobs across high-growth industries.

Mill Creek Officer selected as School Resource Officer of the Year

The Washington School Safety Organization (WSSO) has named Mill Creek Police Officer Rory Mundwiler as the 2013 School Resource Officer (SRO) of the Year.

The Washington School Safety Organization (WSSO) has named Mill Creek Police Officer Rory Mundwiler as the 2013 School Resource Officer (SRO) of the Year.

WSSO Vice President, Deputy Karen Davy, stated, “Our Board chose Rory because staff and students alike see him as a professional who is completely capable of handling a crisis but also someone who is compassionate and can reach the kids on a level they understand.”

Avoid the Needless Death of a Child - Vehicular Child Heatstroke

As the warmest month of the year is here, the Washington State Patrol is urging adults to never leave a young child alone in a car - especially in the sun.

As the warmest month of the year is here, the Washington State Patrol is urging adults to never leave a young child alone in a car - especially in the sun.

Call 911 immediately if you observe a child unattended in a motor vehicle.  It is a specific crime in Washington to leave a child under 16 years of age in a motor vehicle with the engine running.

Primary election ballots must be postmarked by August 6th

Mill Creekers have a chance to make a difference as two City Council seats are in this year’s primary election. Voters will decide which two candidates will qualify for the November 5th general election.

Most of those eligible to cast a vote in Tuesday’s primary election won’t do so. Since this is not a big national election year, turnout will most likely be around 30 percent.

However, Mill Creekers have a chance to make a difference as two City Council seats are on this year’s primary election ballot. Voters will decide which two candidates will qualify for the November 5th general election.

Presentation honors Fire District 1 for winning national award

Snohomish County Fire District 1 was honored as the winner of the national award for Excellence in Fire Service Based Emergency Medical Service in a presentation on August 1, 2013 at the Martha Lake Fire Station 21 near Mill Creek.

Snohomish County Fire District 1 was honored as the winner of the national award for Excellence in Fire Service Based Emergency Medical Service in a presentation on August 1, 2013 at the Martha Lake Fire Station 21 near Mill Creek.

The Congressional Fire Services Institute and the MedicAlert Foundation present this competitive award annually to honor innovative practices which enhance the quality of emergency medical services (EMS).

Mill Creek City Council repeals ban on firearms in Mill Creek parks

The Mill Creek City Council voted unanimously to repeal an ordinance banning firearms in Mill Creek City parks at their July 23, 2013 regular meeting.

The Mill Creek City Council voted unanimously to repeal an ordinance banning firearms in Mill Creek City parks at their July 23, 2013 regular meeting.

This action was taken at the advice of Shane Moloney, Mill Creek City Attorney, in order to avoid possible legal action and to better conform to Washington State law.

A previous Mill Creek City Council made it unlawful to carry a firearm in any park as an effort to increase public safety.

Snohomish County hosts 2013 National Night Out on August 6th

Join your neighbors for crime-prevention tips and fun during this year’s National Night Out Against Crime from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, August 6, 2013, at Willis Tucker Community Park.

Join your neighbors for crime-prevention tips and fun during this year’s National Night Out Against Crime from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, August 6, 2013, at Willis Tucker Community Park.

The annual free event features on-site emergency vehicles and booths with safety tips and information. Visitors can learn how local law enforcement agencies are working to reduce crime and protect families, and can get tips to increase personal and public safety.

Bart (Tim) Masterson files for re-election to the Mill Creek City Council

Bart Masterson has filed for reelection to the Mill Creek City Council. He was first elected to the City Council in 2009.

Bart Masterson has filed for reelection to the Mill Creek City Council. He was first elected to the City Council in 2009.

According to Masterson’s press release, “During the economic turmoil of the last four years, he has concentrated on the City’s fiscal soundness by advocating for tactical expense trimming and careful spending rather than drastic service cutting measures.  As a result, our financial reserves have remained strong and service levels high.”

From the City Manager: The Civic Center Concept and Economic/Community Development

A City-funded Civic Center is one way to reinvest in the Mill Creek community, create a sense of place and be a catalyst for economic development.

By Ken Armstrong, Mill Creek City Manager.

In the last edition of this magazine (Mill Creek Current – Summer 2013), I wrote about some economic and community development ideas here in Mill Creek.  Included in that discussion was a description of one City-funded possibility, which was first presented to the Mill Creek City Council in April 2013.  This scenario was and still is in its very early stages and the process of taking this idea from the conceptual phase to reality will take years.  Additionally, the idea we presented was just a way to start the conversation and was not meant to be the only way forward for how the City might reinvest in the community, create a sense of place and be a catalyst for economic development.

Holtzclaw seeks Mill Creek City Council seat

Brian Holtzclaw, a 10-year Mill Creek resident, believes he can help solve our city's challenges through careful fiscal planning and cost control instead of increasing taxes.

From a Holtzclaw campaign news release.

Brian Holtzclaw, a 10-year Mill Creek resident, believes he can help solve our city's challenges through careful fiscal planning and cost control instead of increasing taxes.

Holtzclaw is a native Washingtonian.  He attended Whitman College in Walla Walla and graduated from University of Puget Sound School of Law. He has been a licensed attorney for almost 20 years.

His wife, Amy and their two boys live in the Brighton subdivision. They are active in Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Mill Creek Little League.

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