Northwest NEWS

October 12, 1998

Local News

News Briefs

Compiled by Woodinville Weekly Staff

County approves $4.2 million for salmon

SEATTLE--The King County Council funded nine salmon habitat restoration projects as well as land acquisitions last week with a $4.2 million appropriation.
   Officials hope to send a signal to the federal government that the county is serious about saving the Puget Sound Chinook salmon. The National Marine Fisheries Service is proposing to list the fish as threatened, a move that County Council Chair Louise Miller calls a "daunting economic and environmental challenge."
   The Sammamish River would benefit from $650,000 spent to remove non-native vegetation between Bothell and Redmond, replace a hanging culvert and excavate an old oxbow at Marymoor Park. About $100,000 would be spent to complete Waterways 2000 acquisitions on the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River northeast of North Bend.
   Several projects will also go towards saving the coastal-Puget Sound bull trout, also listed as a threatened species.
   The appropriation brings the county's total contribution to saving the salmon to more than $7 million this year.

Northshore moves quickly to continue pool use

BOTHELL--A girls' swim meet between rivals Inglemoor and Bothell was back on at the Northshore pool a day after the King County Council closed all county pools because of a jury's verdict.
   Eric Barnum, Northshore School District director of student and athlete services, said he met with county officials for three hours and hammered out an agreement on liability last Tuesday morning (Oct. 6) that allowed the district to continue using the pool in Bothell for meets and practices. "Swimming will go forward," he said.
   The County Council had voted 9-1 to immediately close county-run pools to schools Oct. 5 following a jury's multi-million dollar award to a student swimmer injured at a county pool in 1995. Their action forced eight districts to sign liability agreements before they were allowed to use county pools again.
   The jury reportedly ordered King County to pay a reported $10.8 million to Bryce Hendrickson of Auburn who was paralyzed after hitting his head on a pool floor after diving in.

City holds recycling event

WOODINVILLE--Bring your tired tires, your poor old lawn chairs and your huddled ...well, bring select household goods that you no longer have a use for to Woodinville's annual recycling event.
   Held at the Woodinville Park and Ride (N.E. 178th St. and 140th Ave. N.E.) Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the city will be collecting everything from clean clothes to stoves, cardboard, antifreeze, petroleum products, lead batteries, scrap wood and large branches or logs.
   For a fee, residents can drop off refrigerators, freezers, porcelain toilets and sinks and hot water heaters.
   Last year's collection was a success. Over 210 carloads of junk was dropped off, keeping 40 tons of material out of the waste stream, according to Keri Morin, Woodinville recycling coordinator.
   The city is also collecting old bicycles which will be redistributed to the needy or recycled. For each bicycle turned in, the city is offering a coupon for a new bike helmet at a subsidized cost of $9.95.
   For more information call Morin at 489-2754 ext. 286.
   Not acceptable is garbage, window glass, concrete, plastic pools, paint and other chemicals.

Tanker "non-accident" closes Wood-Sno for an hour

GRACE--The Woodinville-Snohomish Road was closed for about an hour the morning of Oct. 7 as crews worked to right a tanker truck whose back wheels had gone into a ditch, tipping the vehicle at a precarious angle, according to Fire District 7 Battalion Chief Bob Bigger.
   He termed it a "non-accident," though he said there was a chance the tanker, which was making a delivery of 20,000 gallons of liquid oxygen to Spectrum Glass,could roll over.
   Straps were placed around the tanker and connected to tow trucks to keep the liquid from sloshing around while it was righted.
   Bigger said no product was released and no evacuation was ordered. As long as liquid oxygen is contained, he said it was safe, but once the tanker is breached there's a potential for an explosion. The incident occurred at around 7:30 a.m. though fire crews weren't called in until 8:30 a.m. The scene was cleared by 11:07, Bigger said.

Teen in custody

KINGSGATE--A teenage girl who allegedly made death threats towards three Northshore Junior High students was arrested on an outstanding auto theft warrant and placed in the King County Youth Center, according to police. Details were sketchy, but county sheriff's spokeman John Urquhart said the arrest of the 13 or 14-year-old came the weekend after she made the threats.
   According to a school district official, the school found out about the threats Oct. 2. Urquhart said another person saw the suspect with a gun.
   Urquhart said death threats aren't rare, "but when we get a teen with a gun in this day and age we pay close attention."
   The school was locked down, P.E. classes moved inside and after-school activities cancelled. Students were sent home with a note to their parentsabout what had happened.
   Urquhart said police are investigating the threats, adding that the suspect faces possible felony harassment charges.

Tour historic site near Duvall

DUVALL--Join archeologists on a tour of an ancient Indian site eight miles east of Duvall Oct. 24.
   Seattle Public Utilities is sponsoring a free tour of the site believed to be Stuwe'yuq', known in Snoqualmie tradition as a permanent, year-round settlement. It was used as a fishing and trade station, manufacturing center, as well as protected access to a copper quarry.
   The tour will run from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Two METRO buses will transport participants to the site from a meeting place along Kelly Road east of Duvall.
   A field crew will be excavating and recovering artifacts that day, providing the unique opportunity to see a working dig.
   The tour will go rain or shine; dress for damp, forest conditions. Tour is suitable for the family, but children must be under control.
   Call (206) 233-1515 for reservations.