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National sand sculptor returns to SandBlast

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

SandBlast 2012Courtesy Photo Sand sculpture from SandBlast 2012The Duvall SandBlast Festival of the Arts "2013 SandTennial"  is again honored to feature Kali Bradford, award winning and internationally known master sand sculptor. Bradford’s career has spanned more than 30 years, during which time she has traveled the world creating scalable and detailed sand sculptures, ranging from diminutive three foot displays, to a sky-reaching 64-foot architectural installation.  She’s sculpted sand in China, Australia, France, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico and India, as well as throughout the United States. In August of 2012, Kali was awarded 4th place, out of 20 competitors, in the NW Sand Festival, "Tournament of Champions," held in Federal Way, and just last month she was honored with third place out of a field of 10 in the first "Sand Bash Women’s Master Sand Sculpting Championship" held in Fort Meyers Beach, Fla..  Bradford is a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) recipient, and has been granted awards on nine occasions in California, and on two occasions in Washington, as an artist-in-residence. 

A multi-media artist, Bradford also paints, writes poetry and teaches. See more of Kali’s art at  http://sandart.tumblr.com/. 

On Saturday and Sunday, July 20 & 21, you will find the annual SandBlast Festival of the Arts at McCormick Park in Duvall, along the shore of the Snoqualmie River.  Festival hours are noon to 6 p.m. For more information, contact Duvall Foundation for the Arts at www.duvallarts.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

City Council works to end bullying among council members

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman, News Writer

Last week’s City Council meeting highlighted the personal conflicts that often arise between council members — even as the council sought to end that problem by adding a rule to the council’s Code of Ethics that would prohibit bullying among council members.

Deputy Mayor Liz Aspen initiated the discussion after another council member sent an unflattering email to Aspen, Councilmember Paulette Bauman and several citizen groups.

Aspen said the email is one of many examples of how members of the council engage in workplace bullying, which "is when one person or group of people in a workplace single out another person for unreasonable, embarrassing or intimidating treatment."

"We need to write into our council Code of Ethics language to prevent acceptance of behavior using the Internet that undermines the work of the council and uses the process that we have in place to hold council members accountable if they violate this Code," Aspen said.

The council’s Rules of Procedure already discourage "personal insults, slanderous remarks and ad hominem attacks with respect to other city officials and employees," but nothing in the Code of Ethics provides a way to enforce that.

Although the council members carefully avoided saying whose actions necessitated the changes to the Code of Ethics, the discussion centered around one council member who sent the bullying email and who "blogs consistently on the Patch," according to Bauman.

Mayor Bernie Talmas and Councilmember Susan Boundy-Sanders argued that because the email in question discussed campaigns, it would not fall under the council’s Code of Ethics anyway.

"Under state law, there is a distinction between candidate behavior and legislator behavior," Boundy-Sanders said. "There would be no support in any court for muzzling candidates from speaking about campaign issues. So, my concern being that the particular event that spurred this has flaws in its conception."

Greg Rubestello, city attorney for Woodinville, also pointed out that whatever rules the council adopts, it would need to make sure they don’t "step on anybody’s free speech rights" during campaigns.

"It is shameful that leaders in our community are engaging in this kind of behavior. I understand freedom of speech, for our citizens to express themselves even if it is negative, and I support that," Bauman said. "In the Code, council members need to be held to a higher standard ... We will never always agree, but we need to be able to conduct city business without these attacks that have nothing to do with the issues."

Still, the email came up frequently in the discussion. Bauman said it used "the b-word" and the "evil" about other councilmembers and a citizen.

"Nasty politics doesn’t have to happen in our city," she said. "Certainly, I think we’ve all gotten used to that, but why does it need to happen here?"

Councilmember Art Pregler said he thought the Code of Ethics and Rules of Procedure already deal with this issue, and that creating a new rule about bullying would lead to confusion about whether someone had been acting as a public official — in which case their behavior could be enforced under the Code of Ethics — or as part of a campaign.

Bauman also suggested the council develop procedures for removing a mayor and deputy mayor from their positions (although not from the council.) Under state law, the mayor is elected by the other council members for a two-year term.

"There comes a point in time when the leaders of this community, if they are not upholding the majority and the consensus and the collaboration of this community ... if they are not representing the majority of this council, then I think there needs to be a mechanism to remove — unappoint — our mayor and deputy mayor," she said.

The council passed the amended motion, which directed city staff to draft language in the Code of Ethics to address proper decorum in all forms of communication, workplace bullying, procedures for removing the mayor and deputy mayor, and holding council members responsible for factual accuracy.

Aspen, Bauman, and councilmembers Les Rubstello and Scott Hageman  voted for the motion. Talmas, Boundy-Sanders and Pregler voted against it.

Earlier in the meeting, the council discussed with BLRB Architects plans to rehabilitate the Old Woodinville Schoolhouse. After seeking public opinion for several years about how to reuse the building, the architects narrowed the options down to two: a wine incubator or a cultural and art center.

The wine incubator would provide a space for small wineries, breweries and distilleries to open tasting rooms and begin to draw some customers.

Eventually, as they became more financially viable, they would be able to move into their own spaces.

The cultural and art center would have a black box theater on the second floor, with dressing rooms, storage, a lobby and concession stand.

The first floor could have restaurants, art galleries and retail, and the basement could hold offices for the theater or other nonprofits, or a bar or club.

Deputy Mark Childers retires after 28 years of service

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Kenmore ChildersCourtesy Photo. Deputy Mark Childers has retired from the King County Sheriff’s Office. He had served in Kenmore since 1990.KENMORE — Deputy Mark Childers retired from the King County Sheriff’s Office June 28 after 28 years of exceptional service. Deputy Childers has served the Kenmore community since 1990.

Childers was hired by the King County Sheriff’s Office in May of 1985 and was assigned to patrol until 1990, when he was transferred to the DARE Unit.

Childers taught DARE in the Northshore School District for the next five years and then transferred back to patrol.

In 1995, Childers was accepted to be a part-time School Resource Officer at Inglemoor High School and Kenmore Junior High School and has served in Northshore schools since.

In 2012, Childers was recognized as School Resource Officer of the Year by the Washington School Safety Organization.

In August 1998, Childers transferred to the City of Kenmore and assumed the position of storefront/community officer. During his tenure with the City of Kenmore, Childers has provided the following services to our citizens: neighborhood dispute resolution; Block Watch administrator; Citizens Academy facilitator; Junior High Student Academy facilitator; Vacation House Check coordinator; Crime Free Multi-housing seminar; Home and Business Security surveys; Sixth Grade Drug Awareness classes; Crossing Guard Academy teacher; coordinator of  National Night Out barbecue and manager of the police volunteers.

NPAF to host Brewfest July 20

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Northshore Performing Arts Foundation will host a Brewfest on Saturday, July 20, at Country Village in Bothell from 2-5 p.m. Tickets, which can be purchased at the event, are  $20 which will provide a tasting glass to keep and six sample tastes.

Extra tickets may be purchased at the discretion of the sponsoring group. Seven breweries will be participating and each will be providing two of their specialty beers, providing a choice of 14 beers. The breweries participating are: Foggy Noggin, Triplehorn, Dirty Bucket, Brickyard Brews, Twelve Bar Brews, Duvall Springs and Mac and Jack’s.

This is a fundraiser for the Performing Arts and helps them put on quality shows for the community at the Performing Arts Center at Bothell High School. The money is also used for enrichment programs in the Northshore School District elementary schools bringing arts to children in their own facilities.

This past year, 10 programs were provided to five different elementary schools in the district at no cost to them.

There will also be an Oldsmobile Car Show at Country Village on the same day (Saturday, July 20) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For additional information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or  (425) 483-5105.

Woodinville wineries rake in double golds

  • Written by Shannon Michael, Features Writer

It was a very good year at the 2013 Seattle Wine Awards for several wineries in Woodinville. Locally, 34 wineries came home with double gold honors in 28 categories. The Seattle Wine Awards is the largest and most comprehensive independent Washington wine recognition program, according to the program’s executive director, Christopher Chan. "We had 1,105 wines entered for evaluation this year," he said.

The tasting panel of judges was comprised of top local and national wine professionals, including master sommeliers, wine buyers and journalists.

Next up for the award program is the fifth annual Seattle Wine Awards Gold Medal Experience on Sunday, July 21, at The Rainier Club in downtown Seattle.

Sixty winemakers will be on hand for connoisseurs to sample this year’s winning wines. The event will run from 2 to 7 p.m. for VIP entry ticket holders ($89 per ticket), and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for general admission ($65 per ticket).

For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit Seattle Wine Award’s website: www.seattlewineawards.com/tasting.html. The event will benefit the Rainier Arts & Library Foundation.