Northwest NEWS

September 14, 1998

Local News

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Cat returned home

   WOODINVILLE--A serval captured east of Woodinville Sept. 4 was returned to its owner the same day, according to King County Animal Control Chief Dan Graves.
   The declawed and neutered female was discovered near Cottage Lake. Resident James Andrick said he was eating lunch in his rec room when he looked up and saw the African cat through a window.
   Graves classified the animal as an exotic species and said it needed to be licensed. He said exotic animals include non-domesticated felines like ocelots, bobcats, cougars and tigers, as well as bears, monkeys, the order of crocodilia, wolves, and hybrid wolves, just to name a few.
   He said few people were licensed to have exotic animals. "In the interest of public safety, we're disallowing them to be held as pets ... Imagine a tiger living in a residential area," Graves said.
   The serval weighed about 30 pounds, Graves said.

Garbage rates to rise

   SEATTLE--King County notified its solid waste customers that the second half of a two-step rate increase will be implemented Jan. 1, 1999.
   The Solid Waste Division of King County Department of Natural Resources sent letters to garbage haulers and cities to remind them of the planned increase.
   The basic fee to dispose of garbage at the county's facilities will be $82.50 compared to the current $74.25 per ton. The minimum entry fee will rise to $15.25 from $13.00.
   The one-can rate for residential customers will increase about $.60 per month.
   The King County Council unanimously approved a four-year rate package in January 1997.
   "We've cut costs and improved efficiency while still providing the same high quality service our customers have requested and have come to expect," said Rod Hansen, Solid Waste Division manager.

Kenmore hires first staffers

   KENMORE--Carter Hawley, former Woodinville assistant city manager, was hired to the post of the same name in Kenmore recently.
   Hawley, 34, and two others were among the first people the City of Kenmore hired on as municipal employees Aug. 31, the day of official incorporation. The others are Director of Development Gregg Dohrn and Senior Planner Debbie Bent.
   "I'm very glad to be in Kenmore," Hawley said. "It's a good crowd of people to work with and for."
   Before being hired full time, Hawley was a contract employee with Waldron Resources.
   Earlier this summer, she took a four-month leave of absence and vacation from Woodinville after a shakeup in that city's executive's office. She was among the first to be hired in Woodinville, as well.