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Saturday, May 23, 2015 -- 8:52 am
Crowds Watch as Wash. Crews Battle Restaurant Fire
FireHouse.com - May 22--MOUNT VERNON -- Firefighters worked into the evening Thursday to put out a fire that affected several businesses downtown and led officials to evacuate a nearby apartment building as a precaution. The fire started about 6:30 p.m. at the restaurant, which shares a building with All City Bail Bonds and the Super Pho & Teriyaki II restaurant, according to city of Mount Vernon public information officer Kenny Bergsma. Read more...
Thursday, May 21, 2015 -- 9:26 pm
Stubborn fire at Mount Vernon, Wash., restaurant building
KHQ-TV Spokane - Authorities say a stubborn fire has caused significant damage to three businesses that share a downtown Mount Vernon, Washington, building. KOMO-TV of Seattle reports the fire started about 6:30 p.m. Thursday in a building housing a bail bond office and two restaurants. Read more...
Thursday, May 21, 2015 -- 5:39 pm
More scrutiny for first charter school, while others apply
KOMO News - The state's first charter school continues to operate under careful scrutiny of the Washington State Charter School Commission, while the process for approving more charter schools moves along. At a meeting Thursday in Mount Vernon, the statewide commission heard updates on corrective action by First Place Scholars, Washington's first charter school, which opened in Seattle last fall. Read more...
Monday, May 11, 2015 -- 3:46 pm
Dynamic range test added to Canon EOS 5DS R First Impressions Review
Digital Photography Review - Canon's EOS 5DS R tops anything we've seen in its class for resolution, but that's only part of the image quality equation. We put its 50MP sensor to the test in our Raw dynamic range studio and real-world tests. Read more...
Friday, May 8, 2015 -- 4:22 am
Man pleads not guilty to shooting Mount Vernon taxi driver
Seattle Post-Intelligencer - A Tacoma man accused of fatally shooting a Mount Vernon taxi driver has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and robbery. The Skagit Valley Herald reports that 29-year-old Solomona Fatu Luteru entered his plea Thursday. Read more...
Sunday, May 3, 2015 -- 2:22 am
Port of Port Angeles to receive $2 million federal grant for composites development
Peninsula Daily News - What's it good for? Items manufactured from recycled carbon-fiber composite materials include: Aircraft interior components. Automobile hood liners. Read more...
Monday, April 27, 2015 -- 1:21 am
Teacher walkout: Tough decision reflects seriousness
HeraldNet - I stood on a busy street corner Wednesday with a sign "Fund Schools Now, Stop Breaking the law, Washington Legislature is in 'contempt of court.' " Passersby predominantly quizzically read our signs, clearly unaware of the real issues. Read more...
Thursday, April 23, 2015 -- 11:48 am
Teachers in 1-day protest walk out in 3 districts
The Columbian - Teachers in three Washington school districts have staged brief walkouts, calling for better pay and asking state legislators to completely fund a voter-approved initiative that would lower the number of students per class. Teachers in five other cities - Bellingham, Ferndale, Blaine, Mount Vernon and Anacortes - plan similar half- or full-day walkouts Friday. Read more...
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 -- 12:18 am
Top ten hemp legends: Which myths are true -- and which went up in smoke?
Denver Westword - Did Henry Ford really make a car out of hemp? Was the Declaration of Independence written on hemp paper? Did Abraham Lincoln use hemp oil in his lamps? The hemp plant, a variety of Cannabis sativa that's the subject of this week's cover story " Green Acres ," is steeped in lore. Some hemp legends are true. Read more...
Monday, April 13, 2015 -- 10:56 pm
Bearcat Beat | Smarter Balanced testing begins
The Monroe Monitor & Valley News - The new Smarter Balanced testing for juniors will begin April 21 and 22 with math and then continue April 28 and 29 for English and Language Arts. Regular classes will commence at 11:25 a.m. on those designated days for all students. Read more...
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 -- 8:35 pm
Deputies arrest 2 after Mount Vernon, Wash., bank robbery
Seattle Post-Intelligencer - Police in Mount Vernon, Washington, say two men are in custody after a bank was robbed late Wednesday afternoon. Snohomish County sheriff's deputies quickly stopped a vehicle sought in the case and made the arrests. Read more...
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 -- 5:57 am
Commissioners try to avoid split with Skagit County
Whidbey News-Times - Skagit County's Council of Governments is expected to meet in the coming weeks to discuss the options. Skagit may choose to boot Island County from the SIRTPO or individual cities, like Mount Vernon, may simply opt to leave the organization, commissioners said. Read more...
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 -- 3:56 am
CareTrust REIT Acquires Mira Vista Care Center for $9.1M
Benzinga - CareTrust REIT, Inc. today announced that it has acquired Mira Vista Care Center, a 94-bed skilled nursing facility located in Mount Vernon, Washington, for $9.1 million. In connection with the acquisition, CareTrust entered into a triple-net lease with Five Oaks Healthcare, LLC, which took over operations effective April 1, 2015. Read more...
Monday, April 6, 2015 -- 9:15 am
Man held in connection with taxi driver's killing
KHQ-TV Spokane - A 29-year-old Puyallup man is being held on $1 million bail as a Skagit County judge granted prosecutors more time to file formal charges in the shooting death of a female taxi driver. The Skagit Valley Herald reports that Solomona Luteru is in Skagit County Jail on investigation of second-degree murder and first-degree robbery. Read more...
Friday, April 3, 2015 -- 6:41 pm
22 vehicles involved in separate crashes in Mt. Vernon
KOMO News - The Friday evening commute came to a grinding halt in Mount Vernon after several cars were involved in separate crashes. Trooper Francis said there was a 15 car crash on northbound at College Way and a two car crash in the northbound lanes just north of College Way. Read more...
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 -- 1:35 pm
Arrest in fatal shooting of Mount Vernon taxi driver
KHQ-TV Spokane - Authorities in Lakewood, Washington, have arrested a man suspected of fatally shooting a female taxi driver in downtown Mount Vernon Monday night. Mount Vernon Police Chief Jerry Dodd says Lakewood police took the man into custody Tuesday morning, about 100 miles south of the crime scene. Read more...
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 -- 12:30 pm
Bearcat Beat | MHS encourages leadership, networking
The Monroe Monitor & Valley News - The Associated Student Body wrapped up its last event, for its most recent round of committees, with the leadership breakfast last Friday, March 27. The breakfast is a special event that is a new tradition at the high school. It was created to recognize those who exude leadership but also to act as a catalyst to those who may not recognize they possess leadership qualities. Read more...
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 -- 8:26 am
Manhunt for fleeing suspect after taxi driver found dead
KOMO News - Police are looking for a suspect after a taxi driver was found dead Monday night in Mount Vernon and witnesses heard what sounded like a gunshot. The incident unfolded in downtown Mount Vernon, near the intersection of South Third and West Montgomery streets, about 9:40 p.m. when witnesses heard a popping noise and saw a taxi cab drive slowly into some nearby shrubs. Read more...
Thursday, March 26, 2015 -- 5:30 pm
Aerial tour of Tulip Town bursting with color
KREM-TV Spokane - Tulip Town in Mount Vernon, Washington is a vision of technicolor glory in this new drone footage filmed by Patrick Marker of Over Skagit. After Aerial tour of Tulip Town bursting with color Tulip Town in Mount Vernon, Washington is a vision of technicolor glory in this new drone footage filmed by Patrick Marker of Over Skagit. Read more...
Thursday, March 26, 2015 -- 8:02 am
Heating up
Methow Valley News Home Page - The daily Washington State Department of Transportation reports from the crews clearing the snow off the North Cascades Highway are like nothing we've read in years. Read more...



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