Leprechaun Leap A Success

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
The inaugural Woodinville Leprechaun Leap 5k held at Wilmot Gateway Park was a huge success.  With over 350 registered runners, including 50 kids chasing our Leprechaun, it was a festive morning.  The morning began with our own St. Patty's Day parade, led out by Aiden on the bagpipe and the Shorecrest Highland dancers,  runners and spectators brought the kids through the start/finish arch to begin their event.  Under beautifully clear skies, the flat, fast 5K brought out competitive runners and walkers alike with

King County Exec. Dow Constantine Talks Transit, Homelessness and Wine Industry

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
King County Executive Dow Constantine joined the Rotary Club of Woodinville March 19 meeting to share more on county-wide priorities and to hear top community concerns. This was part of a local listening tour he embarked on in February. 
“My overarching goal for our county is to create a welcoming community where every person has the opportunity to thrive,” Constantine said. 
King County is larger than 15 U.S. states, with 2.25 million people, including those living in the 39 cities and unincorporated areas.  King County government provides regional services – metro transit, sewage treatment, public health, King County owns Harborview Medical Center and King County International Airport (a.k.a. Boeing Field). The county also provides contracted services to smaller cities – like the police department, court services and animal welfare.
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Woodinville City Council and NSD Hold Joint Meeting

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
The City Council and Northshore School District (NSD) Board of Directors held a joint meeting on March 19.  The meeting was an opportunity for the two entities to discuss mutual interest items.  Topics ranged from an aquatic center to projected population growth in the region and the possibility of boundary changes within the Woodinville area.
There currently isn’t a pool within NSD and with the addition of a fourth high school there has been a lot of discussion regarding pools in the area.  Given the capital and on-going maintenance costs, both the Council and NSD have discussed that a regional approach may be the best way to financially support an aquatic center.
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Proposed Winery/ Brewery/Distillery Ordinance moves out of committee

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

The Local Services, Regional Roads and Bridges Committee voted to move Ordinance 2018-0241.2 out of committee without a recommendation to the full King County Council.  Ordinance 2018-0241.2 is trying to update regulations in regards to wineries, breweries, distilleries and remote tasting rooms in King County. 

The changes in the proposed ordinance would require a business license for adult beverage businesses.  It also includes new definitions for remote tasting rooms with three facility definitions of Facility I as being “very small”, Facility II as “small” and Facility III with not having a size qualifier. 

The size of the facility, along with what zoning district it is in (agricultural, rural areas, urban reserve, commercial and industrial zones), will impact the development conditions.  The conditions include minimum lot sizes, maximum building sizes, allowances for tasting and hours of operation, water use, product content, production requirements, facility locations for agricultural lands, parking maximums and setbacks from Rural Area and Residential zones.

Complete information regarding the proposed changes can be found at https://bitly/2uptHjf. The public will have 30 days to share comments regarding the proposed ordinance with the Council. 

World Kidney Month

  • Written by Cynthia Flash
On March 14, the world focused on kidney patients and kidney disease during World Kidney Day. It’s a time to recognize that kidney disease, which now affects 850 million people worldwide, is the 11th leading cause of global mortality. About 10 percent of the adult population has some form of chronic kidney disease.
The fact that people focused on kidney disease during World Kidney Day – and during National Kidney Month in March – is due in large part to retired Woodinville nephrologist Dr. William G. Couser. When Couser was president of the International Society of Nephrology in 2005, he led the organization’s effort to fund the campaign to create and promote the first World Kidney Day.
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