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City Council wants to keep the woods in Woodinville

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

Preserving Woodinville’s “Northwest woodland character” was at the forefront of many City Council members’ minds, as the council continued the process of updating the Comprehensive Plan at last week’s meeting.

As Lisa Grueter, a manager for BERK Consulting, explained, protecting and reinforcing Woodinville’s Northwest woodland design character is a land use goal in the draft of the Comprehensive Plan.

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Bothell man sentenced to 28 ½ years in prison for wife’s murder

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

Bothell resident Alan Justin Smith was sentenced to 28 and a half years in prison for killing his wife in 2013 after he was found guilty last month of first-degree murder.

Judge Linda Krese ruled that Smith would serve 344 months in prison, minus the time he has already served while awaiting trial, according to documents from the Snohomish County Superior Court. He will also have three years of community supervision.
Smith is forbidden to have any contact with any of the witnesses in the trial. He can appeal the decision within 30 days.

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House passes bill to uphold religious rights and protect the homeless

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

OLYMPIA – On March 6, in 56-42 vote, the House passed HB 2086, sponsored by Rep. Joan McBride, D-Kirkland, regarding religious organizations and homeless encampments.

“At its core, this is a religious rights bill,” said McBride. “It protects the right of faith-based organizations to provide shelter and refuge to the homeless and provides much needed consistency among jurisdictions in regards to homeless encampments.”

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Inglemoor wins state DECA competition

  • Written by Emily Hamann

On March 6, high school students from all over Washington gathered at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue for the state DECA competition. Students did role playing events, gave presentations and took tests, all designed to prepare them to compete in the business world, and the real world.

“Students have the opportunity to use their knowledge in business and marketing,” said Paul Glenovich, one of the DECA advisors at Woodinville High School. Students compete in small teams or individually, and choose from events that range from pitching a complete business plan to role-playing a business meeting scenario with almost no chance to prepare.

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Senate passes $15 billion transportation package, 11.7-cent gas tax increase

  • Written by By Cooper Inveen WNPA Olympia News Bureau

Just 18 days after its initial unveiling, Senate lawmakers passed a $15 billion transportation package that includes an 11.7-cent increase to the state gas tax over the next three years.

That package now moves to the Democrat-controlled House where Majority Leader Pat Sullivan, D-Covington, said that the package won’t be considered until lawmakers address education funding, which they are under order from the state Supreme Court to substantially increase.

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