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Citizens turned away from public meeting

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Several commissioners of the Woodinville Water District may have violated the Open Public Meetings Act by attending a meeting last week that the public wasn’t allowed to attend.

Three citizens — Hank Stecker (a Woodinville Councilmember), Steve Yabroff (a Woodinville Planning Commissioner) and Dave Henry — tried to attend a meeting of the Sno-King Water District Coalition, a group made up of representatives from eight water districts including the Woodinville Water District.

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Dumpster fire

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

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Last Friday afternoon, Woodinville Fire & Rescue responded to a dumpster fire near Haight Carpet. No injuries were reported.

North Creek High School will open with 9th, 10th and 11th graders

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

Despite parents urging otherwise, the Northshore School Board voted last week that grades 9 through 11, rather than only grades 9 and 10, would attend the new North Creek High School in its first year.

Six parents came to last week’s Board meeting to express their complaints: that their children would switch schools three times during grades 9 through 11, losing connections with teachers and coaches. Several parents said the school district had done a “bait-and-switch” and that they would not have supported the bond this spring to fund the new high school if they had known 11th graders would have to switch schools during high school.

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New power line will help meet demand on the Eastside

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

A new electricity transmission line that Puget Sound Energy is building will help support growth on the Eastside, including reducing strain on the infrastructure that serves Woodinville. But before permitting or construction can start, PSE needs the public to give input on the best route for the new transmission line.

The new electric transmission line will stretch from Redmond to Renton, with a new power substation to be built in Bellevue. A Community Advisory Group made up of residents, business owners, school districts, tribes and others narrowed 18 possible routes to four routes. The public can learn more and give feedback at pse.com/energizeeastside until Nov. 21.

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SR 202 Little Bear Creek culvert replacement postponed until 2017

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

A state project to replace the Little Bear Creek culvert has been postponed, but the delay will mean fewer road closures of State Route 202, one of the main entrances to Woodinville.

Construction was originally scheduled to start in spring 2015 and end in fall 2016, but will now start in 2017, according to a press release from the Washington State Department of Transportation. Instead of fully closing State Route 202 (131st Avenue NE) for a month, the new design will only require full closures on two weekends. However, the new design will raise the cost of the project to $10 million.

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