Year In Review: January - June

Dec 26, 2018



Mukilteo boy starred in ‘A Christmas Story Live!’


If you were one of the 4.52 million viewers who watched “A Christmas Story Live!” on Fox on Dec. 17, you likely noticed a young actor with the screen name of Andy Walken starring as Ralphie Parker.

What you may not know, however, is that Andy, 11, is actually from Mukilteo and lived here until this past September when his family relocated to Los Angeles.

“I was born and raised in Mukilteo,” Andy said. “When I first started acting in 2015, my mom and I would spend three months in California every winter looking for new acting jobs, but Mukilteo was always my home.


Ex-Mukilteo student wanted for Edmonds murder


Derrick Crawford, a 22-year-old from Mukilteo, has been identified as a suspect in a homicide investigation by The Edmonds Police Department.

Crawford was a student in the Mukilteo School District, having attended Mukilteo Elementary, Olympic View Middle School and Kamiak High School before transferring to ACES High School, according to Andy Muntz of the Mukilteo School District.

Muntz believes that Crawford did not graduate from ACES.

An arrest warrant for second-degree murder has been issued, Edmonds Police Sgt. Shane Hawley said.


Kamiak grad, war hero, honored for service


When Rachel Chambers saw an Epic Ford Northwest commercial about a contest honoring veterans, she knew she had to do something for her boyfriend, Kyle Storbakken.

Storbakken, a retired Army veteran who served as a field medic in the mid 2000s, is a Kamiak High School grad that currently lives in Everett with Chambers.

The contest Epic Ford put on was their “Nominate a Hero” promotion, where people could submit letters about why a veteran in the area should be gifted a brand new Ford F-150 courtesy of the dealership.

“I was watching TV at a friend’s house when I saw the commercial,” Chambers said. “I initially forgot about it, but I drove past the dealership on Evergreen and saw a billboard with an ad for the contest, and that’s when I went and started the submission.”

Chambers, who entered the contest without Storbakken knowing, used his military documents and chose some of the best stories she could find.

“It took some time, and I really wanted to honor him for what he’s done,” Chambers said.

In the submission, she gives a thorough story of Storbakken’s journey in the Army, starting with when he enlisted.

“I was back home in Everett and 9/11 had happened, and I was really emotionally driven,” Storbakken said. “A good friend of mine had recently passed away in the spring, and I was a young kid kind of looking for a sense of direction in life.”




Welcome to the centenarian club, Mattie


The odds of living to be 100 are not very high.

According to the U.S. Census Special Report on Centenarians, there were 53,364 centenarians in the United States in 2010, or about 1.73 per 10,000 people.

Not great odds.

Combine those odds with serving in the Navy in WWII?

I’m no mathematician or odds maker, but I can probably assume the percentage would get far worse.

Someone who beat all those odds and joined the centenarian club is Mukilteo’s own Mattie Martin, who, on Feb. 7, joined members like Bob Hope, Beverly Cleary and George Burns in living to 100 years old.

Martin has lived in Mukilteo for 32 years in the Harbour Pointe area, and is a charter member of the Mukilteo YMCA and an avid swimmer.


Vigilant grandmother spoils school shooting plan


Officers from the Everett Police Department arrested Joshua O’Connor, an 18-year-old ACES High School student, on Tuesday, Feb. 13, after his grandmother discovered he was planning a school shooting and bombing at ACES.

According to court documents, O’Connor’s grandmother found a journal with detailed plans of a school shooting, as well as a semi-automatic rifle hidden in a guitar case.

She did not know O’Connor had a rifle, and was shocked at the details in the journal, so she quickly notified police of her grandson's plans.


Ground broken for new Boys & Girls Club


Brisk temperatures and overlapping airplane noise (insert your Paine Field terminal jokes here) didn’t deter roughly 100 people from attending the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club on Monday, Feb. 26.

Those in attendance included Mukilteo City Councilmembers Scott Whelpley, Richard Emery and Anna Rohrbough, former Mukilteo Mayor Joe Marine, Riaz Khan, and Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce CEO Julie Martin.

Former Mukilteo mayor and current Snohomish County Councilmember Brian Sullivan emceed the event. Sullivan has long ties to the Boys & Girls Club.

“I actually grew up in the Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club,” Sullivan said. “I was 10 years old in 1968 when I first walked into that club on Second Street…kids at school always said ‘you need to meet us at the Boys & Girls Club,’ which was actually just the Boys Club. I’m from ancient times.”




Peace Park project to receive $400k from state


To the surprise of the Mukilteo City Council, the city is to receive $400,000 from the state Supplemental Capital Budget for the Peace Park project.

The park, which has been discussed in some form since 2016, would be a place of reflection, would honor the victims of the July 2016 shooting in Mukilteo, and is almost certainly going to be located at Byers Park (601 4th Street).

According to Jeff Price, the recreation and cultural services director for Mukilteo, groundbreaking for the park would likely begin this summer, and the goal would be to finish the park next spring.

Mukilteo Mayor Jennifer Gregerson said Sen. Marko Liias helped in the city receiving the state funds.


Liias chose to postpone funds for Japanese Gulch

At last week’s Mukilteo City Council meeting, councilmembers were surprised to discover the state granted $400,000 to Mukilteo for the proposed Peace Park, but the city would no longer receive $721,000 that was set in the initial state budget in January for the Japanese Gulch Daylighting project.

At the meeting, Mayor Jennifer Gregerson said Sen. Marko Liias helped the city receive the state funds for the Peace Park.

Some councilmembers wondered why there was a request for the Peace Park in the first place, and asked who put the request in and when.

Councilmember Bob Champion voiced his displeasure over the loss of funds for the Japanese Gulch project, and said he would be writing to representatives of the 21st Legislative District.

Subsequently, in his email to Sen. Liias, Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self and Rep. Strom Peterson, Champion said he was disappointed with the removal of funds.

The $721,000 that initially was allotted for the Japanese Gulch project was split into two projects in the 21st District: the Peace Park in Mukilteo, which will receive $400,000, and the Mariner Sno-Isle Library in Everett, which will receive the remaining $321,000.


‘No more shootings’


Schools in the Mukilteo School District joined millions of students nationwide last Wednesday, March 14, in the National School Walkout, voicing concern about gun violence and school safety in the United States.

The walkout was exactly one month after the Feb. 14 shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 14 students and three staff members were shot and killed.

Students at Kamiak High School, Mariner High School, Olympic View Middle School, Explorer Middle School, Voyager Middle School and Harbour Pointe Middle School who participated in the walkout left class at 10 a.m. for 17 minutes in honor of the 17 people who died.

The Mukilteo School District did not endorse the walkouts, but recognized that students have First Amendment rights.


Mukilteo locals raise over $23k in memory of friend


Every year in March, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society hosts “The Big Climb,” an event where participants climb the 69-story Columbia Tower in Seattle for cancer research.

Team Mully has been participating in the climb since 2013, in honor of Meagan Mullanix, a 2010 Kamiak grad who was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia at 17 and fought cancer a total of five times.

In 2013, Mullanix’s mother and sister participated for the first time. Last year, Mullanix completed the 69-story climb herself.

Last July, Mullanix lost her long-fought battle with cancer at the age of 26.

To keep her spirit alive, friends and family of Mullanix teamed together once again for Team Mully, and as of March 27, raised over $23,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, exceeding their original goal of $15,000.




Students and residents gather at Mukilteo beach to protest gun violence


Heart stirring stories and messages took center stage at Never Again: Mukilteo, a student-led protest against gun violence and school shootings this past Saturday, March 31, at Lighthouse Park.

Students from Kamiak, with the help of public donations through the website GoFundMe, organized the rally to try to put an end to gun violence and school shootings that have been increasingly rampant throughout the United States over the last few years.

Kamiak students Ketta Davis, Alissa Kiser, and Abby Selbeck helped organize the event with some other students and Mukilteo citizens, and also served as the rally’s emcees.

Guest speakers included State Senator and Kamiak grad Marko Liias, Mukilteo Mayor Jennifer Gregerson, Snohomish County prosecutor Adam Cornell, Mukilteo resident Paul Kramer, and Kamiak teacher Shan Oglesby.

“I am so proud to be part of such a dedicated group of students,” Davis said at the start of the rally. “We spent a lot of time and effort to organize our school walkout, which was on March 14, and this community event. The issue of gun violence is something we all care deeply about and felt it was important to address.”


Electroimpact gives kids an intro to engineering


Lots of kids spend their Spring Breaks out of town with their families.

With the weather lately, who can really blame them?

For most, Spring Break is a time to relax and not worry about schoolwork or learning for a week.

But some Mukilteo students are using their week off in Electroimpact’s newly formed Youth Engineering Lab.

Peter Zieve, president and owner of Electroimpact, opened up the lab this past Saturday and is running it daily through April 15.

Zieve said all children are welcome, regardless of their current knowledge of engineering.

To help get the lab up and running, Zieve enlisted the help of some Kamiak students who are in the school’s robotics club.

“We were helping the robotics club with Vex robotics, and they came over here to give us an exposition. And I saw them all and I said, ‘I’ve got to get you guys helping us in our new technology area.’”


Mukilteo locals aim to increase autism awareness


April is National Autism Awareness Month throughout the United States.

According to a 2017 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 68 children in the United States was found to be having autism spectrum disorder (ASD). As far as by gender, one in 42 boys has ASD and one in 189 girls has ASD.

Toward the end of March, Jason Lundgren, a 2001 Kamiak graduate, called the Beacon and asked if there was going to be a story on Autism Awareness in April.

Lundgren is on the autism spectrum, and felt it was important that people in the Mukilteo community were made aware that April is Autism Awareness month, and that autistic people often struggle emotionally because of how others treat them, but also that they can contribute to society despite their disability.

Lundgren and his friend Derrick Meury, a 2004 Kamiak grad, shared their struggles of dealing with autism, but also some of their talents, and things they wish people would understand about autistic people.

“People with autism can contribute to the community such as going to work, going to the library, anything social,” Lundgren said.


South Everett-Mukilteo Rotary Club changes lives in Guatemala village


Members of the South Everett-Mukilteo Rotary Club broke out their work boots, tools, and passports for their recent volunteer trip.

Last month, members of the SEMR teamed with members of the Marysville Rotary Club and the Hands for Peacemaking Foundation in the small Guatemalan village of Canton Maya Jaguar, where they helped build a school, as well as putting new stoves in houses and clean water through water catchment systems.

Sean Straub, a local realtor who was raised in Mukilteo and graduated from Kamiak, has been a member of the SEMR for the last 13 years, and made his first trip to Guatemala this past month.

“We left Seattle on March 9 and got back March 19,” Straub said. “We were in the village of Canton Maya Jaguar from March 11 to March 15 with a couple days of travel on either side.”




Mukilteo teachers file grievance over salary contract


Teachers in the Mukilteo School District are upset about their salaries.

Following the Washington State Supreme Court’s 2012 McCleary decision, school districts throughout Washington will receive additional money from the state in order to help fully fund education.

As shown in a newsletter from Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self, who lives in Mukilteo, part of that funding was to fully fund teacher salaries by the 2018-2019 school year, rather than have some portion of teacher salaries funded through levies.

Chris Williams, a teacher at Harbour Pointe Middle School, said the Mukilteo Education Association (MEA) asked to bargain for increased salaries due to the new money that’s to be received by the Mukilteo School District, but the district declined.

Consequently, the MEA filed a grievance against the district late last week.

Teachers pack board meeting over salary bargaining


Roughly 300 teachers in the Mukilteo School District donned red shirts and stormed the district’s school board meeting on Monday, May 14, to protest the district’s decision to not reopen their Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Teachers filled the parking lot beforehand, and about 150 stayed and packed the meeting room, with teachers elbow to elbow along the walls. So many teachers attended that many weren’t able to get into the meeting room, and had to stand in the hallway. Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self also attended the board meeting in support of the teachers.

The teachers’ frustration stems from a 2012 Washington State Supreme Court Decision, dubbed the McCleary ruling, which gives millions more to school districts across the state to help fully fund basic education.

A portion of that money was allotted for guaranteeing teacher’s salaries as well as giving them raises.


Eyman loaning $500k to fund car tab campaign


Tim Eyman is all in on his latest venture.

Eyman, a conservative political activist who lives in Mukilteo, announced last month that he is again pursuing a limit oncar tab fees at $30.

Last week, Eyman announced he is loaning $500,000 to help get his campaign started.

“I’m not sure which is more accurate: I am committed or I should be committed,” Eyman said in a newsletter to his supporters.

Eyman said he’s hoping to get another $500,000 for this year’s signature drive, and to get his $500,000 investment back during next year’s potential campaign.

“To get the initiative on the ballot will cost $1 million,” Eyman said. “I’m in for the first half, (we) need to raise the other half to make it. After that, we’ll raise money for the campaign to pass it in 2019 as well as raise funds to retire the loan/debt.”

Eyman said the money was going towards his and his wife’s retirement.


Attempted murder at Staybridge


An apparent love triangle nearly turned deadly this past Saturday as an Everett man forced his ex-girlfriend to ingest Xanax and fentanyl in an apparent attempt to cause her to overdose.

According to court records, Zachary Madding, 28, is being charged with attempted second-degree murder domestic violence, unlawful imprisonment domestic violence, criminal impersonation in the first degree (false identity), and making a false or misleading statement to a public servant.

According to Mukilteo Police Department Assistant Chief Glen Koen, Mukilteo officers arrived to the Staybridge Suites hotel around 10 a.m. Saturday, May 19, following a report of two men fighting in the parking lot.

“We arrived and soon discovered it was a domestic situation,” Koen said. “The suspect had held a young lady in his room.”


Annual Memorial Day Ceremony highlights service and history


Citizens of Mukilteo joined many across the nation on Memorial Day, May 28, in remembering those who have lost their lives while serving in the United States’ Armed Forces.

The Mukilteo Historical Society hosted its annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Pioneer Cemetery, with a flag ceremony by Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2100, and speakers Margaret Summitt and Mayor Jennifer Gregerson.

Great weather and a beautiful view of the Puget Sound helped attract more than 50 people to the Mukilteo Historical Society-hosted event on Monday morning.



New FAA study could delay Paine Field terminal


The expected grand opening of the new Propeller airport terminal at Paine Field may come later than the originally anticipated fall 2018 opening.

The Federal Aviation Administration announced late last week that it has started a supplemental environmental assessment for the new terminal.

The FAA released a statement, citing an increase in proposed daily flights, as well as different types of aircrafts, as reasons for reopening the environmental study, which had originally been completed in 2012. That study found that a new terminal would not have any significant impact on noise, air pollution, or traffic.


Bear cub captured in Harbour Pointe


It’s unclear if it was looking for honey like Winnie the Pooh or for picnic baskets like Yogi, but a bear cub was located, and eventually captured in Harbour Pointe this past Sunday afternoon.

The bear was reported to be between 120 and 150 pounds by the Mukilteo Police Department, and was first seen in the Picnic Point area Sunday morning. It was later located near Chennault Beach Road and Harbour Pointe Boulevard, and eventually made its way toward Kamiak High School.

The bear was captured in the wooded area between Kamiak High School and Harbour Pointe Middle School.

“It was a black bear that was marauding through neighborhoods in the area,” Captain Alan Myers of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) said.

Members of the Mukilteo Police Department assisted WDFW with the bear’s capture, and everything went smoothly on their end.

“Everything worked out well,” Mukilteo Police Chief Cheol Kang said. “The main thing was we wanted to get photos and the word out to the public so they knew to avoid that area. Priority number one is always making sure everyone is safe.”


ACES, Kamiak, and Mariner seniors earn diplomas


Tassels were moved, gowns were worn, and caps flew high last week as nearly 1,000 Mukilteo students graduated from high school.

Seniors from ACES, Kamiak, and Mariner high schools received their diplomas from their respective schools at their commencement ceremonies.

ACES’ commencement was last Thursday, June 14, at the ACES campus, and Kamiak and Mariner’s ceremonies were Friday, June 15, at the Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett.

In total, 1,030 Mukilteo students graduated. Kamiak boasted the largest class with 474 graduates, Mariner had 442 graduates, and ACES had 49.



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