Overflow crowd ignites debate on Senate’s transportation package

  • Written by By Cooper Inveen WNPA Olympia News Bureau

OLYMPIA — The Senate’s new transportation package is being hailed for its bipartisan support, while some critics find aspects of it troubling.

The proposals were revealed on Feb. 12 after 22 months of negotiations, and would mostly fund various highway projects in the state’s more congested areas. The package would raise $15 billion over a 16-year period mostly through an 11.7 cents-per-gallon gas tax implemented over the next three years.

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Art created from recycled materials is focus of new Kenmore art exhibit

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

“The Art of Recycling,” a juried exhibit of artwork incorporating recycled materials, will open Friday, Feb. 27 at the Arts of Kenmore Gallery in Kenmore City Hall. The public is invited to the opening reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. featuring a presentation by Gay Jensen, an award-winning fiber artist from Seattle.

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Make a difference — help plant some trees

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Join Water Tenders, King County Parks and AmeriCorps to plant native plants in the Upper Bear Creek area. We will be planting 60 native shrubs and trees, maintaining a planting of 140 trees done in 2013 and pulling some weeds.
This is the fifth planting Water Tenders has organized on this property. The first was in 1996 shortly after the property became public. Those threes are now over 30 feet tall and thriving. Plantings like this provide a home for wildlife and shade and protect Bear Creek.  

Saturday, Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. – 2p.m. Paradise Lake Natural Area (190th and Paradise Lake Road). Parking is limited; carpool if you can. Bring work gloves, a shovel, clippers and your lunch. There will be snacks, water and tools if you don’t have them. Rain or shine. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information.

Recruiting underway for sixth annual Hopelink Can Madness

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Five-week tournament helps stock local food banks

Local businesses are invited to sign up for Hopelink’s sixth annual Can Madness competitive food drive between now and Feb. 26. The fun and friendly tournament is aimed at replenishing the Redmond-based nonprofit’s five food banks during the challenging late-winter months.

Last year, 32 businesses in Redmond, Kirkland, Bellevue and Shoreline collected nearly 30,000 pounds of food and almost $3,000 in cash during the five-week, single-elimination tournament. Redmond Physical Therapy took home the trophy, defeating JJ Mahoney’s Irish Pub in the final round.

To ensure that groups of all sizes are able to compete on a level playing field, the competition uses a unique scoring system that divides the number of pounds of food collected each Friday by a denominator that reflects the size of the business.

The tournament will run from March 1 through April 3.

Hopelink Can Madness is a bracketed competition similar to the national spring college basketball tournament, matching businesses in weekly contests to see which one can bring in the most food. The annual food drive was created six years ago as a way to help offset the traditional decline in donations after the holidays, while enabling local businesses to compete for the title. Since 2010, the competition has brought in 91,035 pounds of food and $8,044 in cash.
For more information or to register: or contact Jenny Dreyfuss Ibrahim at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 425-897-3710.

Learn the fate of a couple who went missing in 1929

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Title of Presentation: “The Search for the Warrens”
Presenter: Mike Chapman, oceanographer
Date: Monday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Place: Duvall Visitor’s Center, 15619 Main Street, Duvall
Sponsor: Duvall Historical Society
Admission: free and open to the public
Contact: Mary Lampson at 425-788-2984

In 1929, a couple from Forks, Washington, went missing their on way home from a trip to Port Angeles. Their fate was unknown until 2002. Hear the history of the incident and the people involved. Witness the search for clues and the ultimate success at solving this 73-year-old mystery!