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Prepaid Postage Ballots Approved by Council

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
No Stamp? No Problem! The Metropolitan King County Council approved legislation allowing the Department of Elections to send voters postage paid envelopes to return their ballots in this year’s primary and general elections on May 7th.
 
Washington became a vote-by-mail state in 2011. While the Council and King County Elections worked to increase the number of ballot drop boxes available to voters throughout the county, approximately half of the ballots received are still sent by mail. Prior to today’s action all voters were personally required to place postage on their ballot.
 
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Prescription Pill Take-Back

  • Written by David B. Clark
 
The rattle of a partially filled prescription bottle clangs familiar in your mind because of how common these little jangling containers really are. Over 33% of prescriptions pills go unused. The National Institute on Drug Abuse recently reported that five million American adults are misusing prescription stimulants such as Adderall, a prescription drug typically prescribed to a patient with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Of these five million adults over half stated that they had misused stimulants due to the supposed boost of alertness or mental focus. While research has shown that this increase is inconsistent and only minimal, the prescriptions continue. While these statistics are shocking, those belonging to the opioid crisis are horrifying. Every day over 115 people die from overdosing on opioids like prescription pain killers.
 
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Woodinville Water will have a New District GM Soon

  • Written by David B. Clark
The Woodinville Water District held a special meeting on Tuesday, May 1, to discuss the recruitment of a new District General Manager following Ken Howe’s retirement earlier this year. This discussion was largely to evaluate the qualifications of applicants.
 
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Jury duty arrest warrant scam is back

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
Multiple victims are reporting more scam phone calls about missing Jury Duty and an arrest warrant being issued for their arrest.  Remember, the Police will NEVER call you and request money over the phone.  The Police will NEVER tell you to go to the store and buy gift cards and provide those numbers over the phone, this is a scam!  The criminal caller is often very professional sounding and they use high pressure tactics to make you believe that you will be arrested for even hanging up the phone.
 
If you ever receive a phone call like this, hang up.  If you have questions about a call being legitimate you can always call 911.

Zoo elimates single-use plastic bottles on grounds

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

In partnership with food concessionaire Lancer Hospitality and gift shop operator Event Network, Woodland Park Zoo has eliminated the sale of single-use plastics for beverages including water, juice and soda.

BYOB: Guests can lend a helping hand to wildlife by bringing their own reusable bottle or purchasing a stainless steel bottle at the ZooStores. Fountain drinks sold at the zoo’s restaurants and snack stations are now served in compostable cups instead of plastic bottles. All of the zoo’s vending machines have been replaced with all-can beverages.

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