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Left Coast/Right Coast - So many complaints, so little time

The other day as I stomped on the gas to “get through” a light turning red (I swear Judge, it was still yellow when I went through) I looked up and saw another of those horrible traffic cameras.

Highway 99 Encore: The other day as I stomped on the gas to “get through” a light turning red (I swear Judge, it was still yellow when I went through) I looked up and saw another of those horrible traffic cameras.

See, this is another example of bureaucracy run amok. The poor schmuck doesn’t stand a chance. The lights are timed so if you are dumb enough to attempt to run the light, the yellow signal is timed to be so short that unless you’re traveling at Mach 1 – you cannot make it through before red. Then that ticket shows up with your dumb face looking directly up at the camera – with your license plate displayed below (ask me how I know this).

If you are traveling at Mach 1 or above, you also get a camera ticket for speeding (again, ask me how I know this).

The only good thing here is that a camera ticket is not classified as a moving violation, so it does not go on your insurance and doesn’t increase your premium about 20% for three years (again, ask me how I know this).

New multi-use Tambark Creek Park opened

Snohomish County and Mill Creek officials opened Tambark Creek Park, a new 40-acre multi-use facility, on Friday afternoon, June 28, 2013.

Snohomish County and Mill Creek officials opened Tambark Creek Park, a new 40-acre multi-use facility, on Friday afternoon, June 28, 2013.

Snohomish County developed the park with part of the $70 million in mitigation funds received from King County for the construction of the Brightwater Sewage Treatment Plant. According to Lukas Velush of the Everett Herald in an October, 2005 article; approximately $8 million was earmarked to develop Tambark Creek Park.

Snohomish County and Mill Creek plan to share future maintenance costs for Tambark Creek Park although a final agreement has not yet been reached.

Tambark Creek Park is located southeast of Mill Creek on 35th Avenue SE just north of 180th Street SE.

There are two entrances to the park. The park’s west entrance is off 35th Avenue SE and the east entrance is off Sunset Road & 176th Street SE.

Bill Iffrig to be honorary starter for the Run of the Mill 5k in support of Boston marathon victims

Bill Iffrig of Lake Stevens, local Boston Marathon hero who was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, will be running in the Run of the Mill 5K and will be the 2013 Honorary Starter on Saturday, July 6, 2013 in the Mill Creek Town Center.

Bill Iffrig of Lake Stevens, local Boston Marathon hero who was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, will be running in the Run of the Mill 5K and will be the 2013 Honorary Starter.

The Run of the Mill 5K is Saturday, July 6, 2013 in the Mill Creek Town Center.

New Mill Creek housing development planned on Seattle Hill Road

Seattle Hill North Coast LLC is planning to develop Seattle Ridge, a new 16-lot housing development on Seattle Hill Road in Mill Creek. The four-acre property is located at 14616 Seattle Hill Road.

Seattle Hill North Coast LLC is planning to develop Seattle Ridge, a new 16-lot housing development on Seattle Hill Road in Mill Creek. The four-acre property is located at 14616 Seattle Hill Road, just north of the intersection of Seattle Hill Road and 148th Street SE.

According to Camille Chriest, Mill Creek Senior Planner, “The proposal is to subdivide the property into 16 lots for single-family home development. As proposed, a 50-foot wide vegetated roadway buffer with sidewalk will be provided adjacent to Seattle Hill Road and there will be two common open space/park areas. Access to the plat will be off Seattle Hill Road and will extend through to the existing 146th Street SE road stub-out in the plat of Webster's Pond.”

Free Workshop - Living Well with Chronic Conditions (Mill Creek YMCA)

Senior Services of Snohomish County is offering a free six week workshop in March/April 2013 and again in July/August 2013.

Senior Services of Snohomish County is offering a free six week workshop in  July/August 2013.

This is the first time Senior Services has offered Living Well as an evening workshop.  Register now for the session beginning Thursday July 11th.

This six-week workshop, developed by Stanford University’s Patient Education Department, is designed to help individuals who have an ongoing condition (such as diabetes, asthma, heart disease, chronic pain, arthritis, and hypertension) improve the quality of their lives.

Jackson High School students compete in world competition

Three H.M. Jackson High School students and their advisor travelled to Oswego, New York with their science research and engineering projects to compete against 400 other students representing over 50 countries and territories.

Three H.M. Jackson High School students and their advisor travelled to Oswego, New York with their science research and engineering projects to compete against 400 other students representing over 50 countries and territories.

The International Genius Olympiad was held between June 16 and June 21, 2013. Thousands of students applied and were selected from around the world, and only 400 received scholarships to this event.

We received two second-place medals and an honorable mention,” announced Kim Griggs, Engineering and Research club co-advisor.

Mill Creek’s new sustainable landscaping a collaborative effort

Volunteers and Mill Creek staff planted the new sustainable landscaping on Saturday, June 22nd. According to Linda Knox, Mill Creek Town Center Business Association past-president, "It looks great!"

Volunteers and Mill Creek staff planted the new sustainable landscaping on Saturday, June 22nd. According to Linda Knox, Mill Creek Town Center Business Association past-president, "It looks great!"

Once the new sustainable landscaping is established it will need much less water and upkeep than the conventional landscaping it replaced. However, Jesse Blum, Mill Creek Design Review Board member, cautions that it will take up to three full years for the new plants to be established. It will be important to keep the new plants well watered during this period.

2013 Run of the Mill 5K to hand out virtual race bags

In an effort to reduce waste and cleanup after the race, the 2013 Run of the Mill 5K will provide their registered racers with a virtual race bag chock full of goodies.

In an effort to reduce waste and cleanup after the race, the 2013 Run of the Mill 5K has partnered with the industry-leading software platform, Virtual Race Bags® to provide their registered racers with a digital race bag chock full of goodies.

This is being done to eliminate unnecessary waste from plastic bags full of paper, and to provide a more effective way for local businesses to provide the registered racers with their coupons and offers.

4th of July fireworks go on sale on June 28, 2013

Fireworks go on sale for the Fourth of July festivities in Washington State on Friday, June 28, 2013. Washington State law allows sales of consumer fireworks to begin on June 28, 2013, at noon and end on July 5, 2013, at 11:00 pm.

Fireworks go on sale for the Fourth of July festivities in Washington State on Friday, June 28, 2013. Washington State law allows sales of consumer fireworks to begin on June 28, 2013, at noon and end on July 5, 2013, at 11:00 pm.

A number of cities and counties have restricted or banned the sale and discharge of fireworks.  Be sure to check with your local jurisdiction before using fireworks.

State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy announced that the number of retail fireworks stand licenses issued in 2013 is down 2.5%, or 23 licenses, from 2012.  A state license is required before a city or county can issue a permit to operate a fireworks stand in Washington.

The fireworks regulations for North Puget Sound Cities and unincorporated Snohomish County are as follows:

Polygon NW makes progress on East Gateway Urban Village development

Polygon Northwest has already begun grading the site of their multi-use development in Mill Creek’s East Gateway Urban Village.

Polygon Northwest has already begun grading the site of their multi-use development in Mill Creek’s East Gateway Urban Village. As well, their informal meetings with Mill Creek’s Design Review Board over the past months have resulted in design improvements in building elevations, materials and landscaping design, which should result in quick final approvals.

The next step in the process will occur at the June 26, 2013 public hearing when the Mill Creek Hearing Examiner will receive public input on the project’s binding site plan. The binding site plan being considered only includes the residential portion of the complex. The commercial development will be considered at at later date.

2013 Mill Creek Festival Main Stage lineup is announced

The 2013 Mill Creek Festival will run Saturday, July 13th from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 14th from 11 a.m. To 5 p.m.

One of Mill Creek's summer highlights and a favorite family event is the Mill Creek Festival, which is put on the the Mill Creek Business Association. 

The 2013 Mill Creek Festival will run Saturday, July 13th from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 14th from 11 a.m. To 5 p.m.

The Main Stage at the beer and wine garden is a fun place to enjoy continuous, live entertainment throughout the weekend and the area will stay open for an extra hour on both days.

Snohomish County Sheriff’s helicopter to test emergency notification device in Mill Creek

Sometime between 4 and 6 pm on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s helicopter, SnoHawk 10, will fly over the Sheriff’s Office South Precinct in Mill Creek and other locations to test a long-range acoustic device called the LRAD 500XTM.

If you hear voices from the sky along Mill Creek Boulevard on Wednesday afternoon, don't be alarmed. It is just the Snohomish County Sheriff's office testing a new gadget.

Sometime between 4 and 6 pm on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s helicopter, SnoHawk 10, will fly over the Sheriff’s Office South Precinct in Mill Creek and other locations to test a long-range acoustic device called the LRAD 500XTM.

Jackson High School Student represents King and Snohomish Counties at Science Expo

Madison Warnke, senior, was selected to represent King and Snohomish Counties at the Seattle Science Festival Expo Day held on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at the Seattle Center!

H.M. Jackson High School student, Madison Warnke, gets a hands-on opportunity to be a real scientist.

Madison Warnke, senior, was selected to represent King and Snohomish Counties at the Seattle Science Festival Expo Day held on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at the Seattle Center!

Her research titled The Effects of 1/f Noise on the Cognitive Ability of High School Students in an Educational Setting was on display all day at the festival.

Host families needed this July to welcome 34 Spanish students

This summer, 34 students from Spain, aged 14-18, will be coming to our community from July 3 – July 29.

June 13, 2013 update

Most of the 34 students have found host families, but several still need places to stay. Please consider this opportunity for your family to discover a new culture!

This summer, 34 students from Spain, aged 14-18, will be coming to our community from July 3 – July 29. They are coming to improve their English, learn about American culture, as well as share their own culture with you! We know our volunteer host families' lives are busy so, hosting with EHP is the perfect balance. By hosting for only 3 ½ weeks, you will be able to get an introduction to another culture, without having to make a long-term commitment.

Open your heart and home to one of our students for a few short weeks this summer; share your America and make a new life-long friend!

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