Northwest NEWS

August 17, 1998

Local News

News Briefs

compiled by Woodinville Weekly staff

Council adopts SOB moratorium

   WOODINVILLE--Following their attorney's advice, the Woodinville City Council adopted a moratorium on sexually-oriented businesses last week.
   Dawn Findlay, city attorney, told the council there were two reasons to consider a moratorium: to incorporate changes in case law that have occurred in the past four years into city code, and evaluate the "secondary" effects of sexually-oriented businesses.
   Councilwoman Marsha Engel likened the move to "checking the batteries in the fire alarm at home; it's a safety issue and a moral issue."
   After suspending procedural rules, the council had first and second reading of an ordinance adopting the moratorium that night. Usually, first and second reading are held on separate dates.
   The city will hold a public hearing Oct. 9.

'Total' burn ban in King Co., 'modified' in Sno. Co.

   EVERETT--With rainfall over the past weekend, a "total' burn ban in Snohomish County was lowered to 'modified' for unincorporated areas of the county.
   King County has had 'total' burn ban for the past two weeks.
   While barbecues and cooking fires are still allowed, campfires are not in King County. To the north, all outdoor burning requires a permit, except for cooking fires.
   Last week, Snohomish County Fire Marshal Larry Blanchard said hotter temps and lower humidity had warranted the 'total' ban. According to the National Weather Service, there were only .12 inches of rain recorded at Sea-Tac between July 15 and Aug.12.
   Also, state Department of Natural Resources firefighters and equipment were transferred to Eastern Washington to battle fires there. Meanwhile, fire crews used hand tools to extinguish a 10-foot by 20-foot brush fire southeast of Carnation on Weyerhaueser land last Thursday, according to company officials. A quarter-acre fire burned along the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River near North Bend as well.
   Blanchard said it would take at least three days of "good" rain to lift the ban.

Accident at Woodinville auto yard sends man to hospital

   WOODINVILLE--A 39-year-old employee of a Woodinville salvage yard was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center last Wednesday morning after a car fell off of a flatbed, pinning him underneath.
   The man, who is from Seattle, was in satisfactory condition with head injuries and fractured ribs that afternoon, according to hospital spokesman Larry Zalin.
   The accident occurred around 7:50 a.m. at COPART, located in the 24100 block of Woodinville-Snohomish Road.
   Details are sketchy as to what happened.
   According to Snohomish County Fire District 7 Deputy Chief Gary Meek, co-workers were able to lift the car off of the man with a forklift as aid crews arrived on scene.
   The man was transported to Woodinville Fire and Life Safety District Station 31 where he was airlifted to the hospital.