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Rail corridor purchase will allow city to widen roads, fix traffic

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

Woodinville will buy a 2.6-mile stretch of the Eastside Rail Corridor from the Port of Seattle for $1.1 million, allowing the city to widen roads and improve intersections throughout the city.
Buying the rail corridor will make it easier for the city to construct future road projects, City Manager Richard Leahy said, including the widening the Sammamish River bridge, widening the trestle at the entrance to the city, widening Woodinville-Snohomish Road, extending 135th Avenue NE from NE 175th Street to Little Bear Creek Parkway, and improving the Mill Place intersection near Target. It also makes it easier for the city to plan and control passenger rail, excursion rail, freight rail and trails (King County has already purchased a trail easement.)
The Eastside Rail Corridor runs for 42 miles between Renton and Snohomish, including an 8-mile spur between Woodinville and Redmond. In 2009, the Port of Seattle purchased the rail corridor from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railway, and the Port has sold portions of the corridor to cities, counties, Sound Transit and utilities.

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Local fire personnel assist Oso mudslide

  • Written by David Weed, Woodinville Fire & Rescue

Unbelievable. That is the word local fire personnel use when asked what it is like at the Oso mudslide. Personnel from Woodinville Fire & Rescue and Bothell Fire and E.M.S. have responded to the mudslide that occurred on Saturday, March 22. Their work assignments vary across all aspects of the disaster efforts. Three firefighters from Woodinville were dispatched soon after the mudslide as part of FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue team (USAR). These USAR members were deployed within the first few days to search for and rescue survivors within the slide zone. As the days continued, the efforts slowly transitioned from rescue efforts to recovery operations. “Our personnel on the front lines of this incident are enduring harsh conditions, both physical and emotional,” stated David Weed, Community Services Officer for Woodinville Fire & Rescue. “We have local fire chaplains on scene to address the responders’ emotional health while working under extreme working conditions,” Weed added. The firefighters on the initial response were released on April 4 after nearly two weeks at the site. Additional firefighters from both departments took over recovery efforts on Friday, April 3 to give a much needed break to the initial USAR team.

In addition to the front line workers, fire personnel also staffed positions at the Oso incident command center and at the Snohomish County Emergency Operations Center. Woodinville and Bothell personnel have served in capacities including incident commanders, logistics support, finance support, public information officers and incident liaisons. Over the past two weeks a total of 12 personnel from both fire departments have contributed their expertise to the disaster efforts. In addition, both departments are prepared to provide firefighter/emergency medical technicians to help the fire departments near the landslide respond to their standard response activity. Bob Van Horne, Fire Chief of both Bothell Fire and E.M.S. and Woodinville Fire & Rescue stated, “A community has been devastated and the people and responders in Oso are in need. The fire service has a strong tradition of assisting fire departments and their communities and we will continue to do our small part within the larger response to serve the Oso community.”

Woodinville will seek private developer for old schoolhouse

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

The old Woodinville schoolhouse has another chance at a new life. The City Council voted last week to seek proposals from private developers.

In late 2013, the Council considered turning the schoolhouse into a cultural center or wine business incubator, but grew hesitant when the price climbed to $12 million, including building additional parking. The city conducted a survey that showed that a bond measure to pay for renovating the schoolhouse was unlikely to pass, so in January 2014, the Council decided not to put a bond measure on the ballot.

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Suspect pleads guilty to 2011 murder

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Kirkland, WA – Suspect Dakota M. Wolf has accepted a plea arrangement from the King County Prosecutor’s Office for the death of Scarlett Paxton. On Nov. 30, 2011, Paxton’s body was discovered on the steps leading to her apartment in Juanita. Through investigation, Kirkland Police Department detectives were able to place Wolf at the scene of the murder and were able to later charge him with first degree murder. At the time of the murder, Wolf was an active duty, but currently AWOL, member of the US Army and was stationed out of Joint Base Lewis/McChord. He has since been dishonorably discharged from the military and has been in custody since his discharge. Detectives were never able to find a strong link between Paxton and Wolf.

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WGC Plant Sale at Chateau Ste. Michelle on Saturday, May 10th

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Every year on the day before Mother’s Day, hundreds of enthusiastic amateur gardeners line up with boxes and wagons in the parking lot of Chateau Ste. Michelle, awaiting the opening of the Woodinville Garden Club Plant Sale at 9:00 a.m. On Saturday, May 10, 2014, the Woodinville Garden Club’s 30th Anniversary Plant Sale will kick off at Chateau Ste. Michelle right on time.

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