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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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Woodinville farm fixes drainage disaster with help from county program

  • Written by Emily Hamann

Tom Quigley has been managing the 70-acre farm on 140th Place Northeast in Woodinville for 25 years. And every spring for as long as he can remember, a stream running through the middle of the farm turns the surrounding area into a muddy swamp.
That is all changed now. Starting in August, the stream was cleared of the canary grass that choked the ditch, and Quigley and a team of contractors dredged the stream. Now it runs unfettered through a clear ditch lined with jute netting underneath three concrete bridges. The next stage in the process is to plant cedars, willows and other shade trees along the sides, to shade and cool the stream and prevent erosion. Quigley used King County’s Agricultural Drainage Assistance Program, or ADAP, to help him get the permit.  
The property, which is home to Olympic Nursery, will soon also be the site of a new Tonnemaker farm stand. The family fruit company will lease 14 acres of the land. In an email, Kurt Tonnemaker said they hope to get the farm organically certified and grow vegetables and berries. They also hope to have a you-pick element to the farm, as well as a weekly farm share program.

Before they would rent the land, however, Quigley had to make it usable.

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Washington Healthplanfinder opens for second enrollment period

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Washington Healthplanfinder, the online health insurance marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act in Washington State, launched its second open enrollment period for Qualified Health Plans on Nov. 15. New and returning customers can compare 90 health insurance plans from 10 different insurance companies and see if they qualify for free or low-cost health coverage through www.wahealthplanfinder.org. Enrollment in Apple Health is year-round.

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