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Woodinville rolling out new fire trucks

new fire truck

   The Woodinville Fire District put the lettering on its two new $266,000 fire engines last week. After another $15,000 in hoses and equipment is added, one engine will be posted at Station 34 at Kingsgate, the other at Station 33 in the Bear Creek area. The engines are quieter, foregoing "jake-brakes" for transmission retarders, four-wheel anti-lock disk brakes, and a new pressure control system for the hoses. Battalion Chief Whipple was commended for taking initiative and putting the district's mission statement on the vehicles.
Photo by Jeff Switzer/Woodinville Weekly.

Amtrak notes schedule change

   Amtrak's Pacific Northwest Seattle-Portland train, Mount Adams, has changed its morning departure times. The southbound Mount Adams train (#753) will depart Seattle daily at 8 a.m. and arrive Portland at 11:55 a.m. The northbound train (#752) will depart Portland daily at 5:30 p.m. and arrive Seattle at 9:20 p.m. Northbound Cascadia from Eugene and Portland arrive in Seattle at 12:45 p.m. For more information, call 1-800-USA-RAIL.

FEMA applications accepted

   Applications are now being accepted for 1997 King County emergency and shelter program funding. FEMA will provide nearly $655,000 to support local emergency and shelter needs. Call 461-4599.

Ecology calendar on Internet

   Beginning January 1, 1997, the Public Involvement Calendar for the Washington State Department of Ecology will be available only on the Internet at