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Legislation seeks changes to I-405 toll lanes

  • Written by By LaVendrick Smith WNPA Olympia Bureau

OLYMPIA — Lawmakers say they intend to find immediate solutions to motorists’ frustration and anger over the Interstate 405 express toll lanes, which opened in September.

Senate Bill 6152 would authorize the Washington State Department of Transportation to operate only one express toll lane in each direction on I-405. Currently the agency operates two express toll lanes from Bellevue to Bothell in both directions, in addition to a single express toll lane running in both directions from Bothell to Lynnwood.

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Governor’s Executive Order targets suicide prevention, firearm violence

  • Written by Izumi Hansen WNPA Olympia News Bureau

OLYMPIA — An executive order issued Jan. 6 by Gov. Jay Inslee intends to reduce suicides in the state by first analyzing data and laws concerning gun violence.

The order takes a public-health approach to gun violence — an approach also used to prevent vehicular fatalities, which have steadily dropped since implementation of the state plan Target Zero.

Between 2012 to 2014, 665 people died by firearms in Washington. Of those firearm fatalities, 520 were suicide, according to data from the Washington State Department of Health.

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Rainier beer to be brewed in Woodinville

  • Written by Emily Hamann

Old-school Seattle beer fans rejoice! A beer with the name Rainier will once again be brewed in Washington. In fact, it’s going to be brewed right here in Woodinville. But won’t quite be the same beer as the one once brewed underneath the big red “R” in south Seattle.

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City Council chooses city manager, discusses parks and transit

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

Council picks new city manager

Brandon Buchanan will become Woodinville’s new city manager, the City Council voted unanimously last week.

Buchanan is currently the city manager of Williams, Arizona, a small city of about 3,000 en route to the Grand Canyon. He’s scheduled to start as Woodinville’s city manager in early March.

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Development ahead and behind for Woodinville

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

Woodinville Mayor Bernie Talmas and Interim City Manager Dick Zais took to the podium together to give the State of the City address to the Woodinville Chamber of Commerce last Thursday, recounting successes from last year and discussing plans for this year.

Next year, Woodinville is planning several big road projects, Talmas said. The city will overlay one lane of 175th Street and make intersection improvements at 175th and Garden Way, and add roundabouts and remove lanes on 171st Street. In 2017,

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