Northwest NEWS

November 16, 1998

Local News

News Briefs

Patrol has "strong leads" in Kenmore fatality case

   KENMORE--Police say they have "strong leads" on a suspect in last month's Kenmore hit and run fatality collision, but released few details as their investigation is still ongoing.
   Lt. Steve McCulley, Washington State Patrol, said that a suspect was identified from fingerprints lifted in the Ford pickup that ran a stoplight along Bothell Way Oct. 26 and struck a car driven by Sandra Melendrez, killing her.
   The truck was recovered in a Salvation Army lot in north Seattle after a tow-truck driver who was called to haul it away recognized it. Police then impounded the vehicle and dusted for fingerprints.
   McCulley said that charges and an all-points-bulletin could be issued for a suspect this week.

Three vie for vacant fire seat

   WOODINVILLE--The board of the Woodinville Fire and Life Safety District will once again use their new, more open public process to appoint another commissioner.
   With the resignation of Ed Anderson, the board has narrowed a field of eight applicants to Leslie Hartman, Roy Bleikamp and Barry O'Brien. They will pick a successor Nov. 17.
   Anderson, who was appointed to the five-member board at about this time last year, gave no reason for his resignation in a letter to the board last month, according to district officials.
   Bleikamp was considered as a finalist for former Commissioner Ben May's seat last July before policeman Clint Olson was picked unanimously by the board. Then, as with this go-around, the board advertised for candidates, reviewed resumes, narrowed the list to three, then gave the finalists follow-up questions for review.
   Hartman is Canyon Park Junior High vice principal.

State: be careful, less daylight translates to more ped-car accidents

   OLYMPIA--The state Department of Transportation is advising both pedestrians and motorists to be careful as fewer daylight hours and bad weather combine to increase the number of collisions between the two.
   According to WashDOT, there were 4,032 collisions involving pedestrians between October and January during the years between 1990 and 1995. The majority of those occured in November and December, among the darkest, stormiest months.
   "Walking is great exercise, and a good alternative to driving, but we need to take extra precautions now," said Julie Mercer-Matlick, WashDOT pedestrian planning specialist.
   The state offers these tips: Pedestrians need to make sure they are seen by either wearing reflective tape or wearing bright clothing as well as walking in lighted areas. They should also use sidewalks, but where there are none, walkers should face towards traffic.
   Motorists need to be extra alert, especially in areas such as schools, bus stops, shops and parks, and at all corners. Both walkers and drivers should give each other more room on icy streets.

State to hold meeting on SR 522 access to UW/CCC

   BOTHELL--The state Department of General Administration and Department of Transportation will hold an open house this week to take comments on proposed southern access to the University of Washington/Cascadia Community College being constructed now in Bothell.
   Access from the south would require WashDOT to revise State Route 522 west of Interstate 405.
   The open house will be held Nov. 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Ricketts Auditorium, 18315 Bothell Way N.E. in Bothell.

$60K in watershed grants available

   SEATTLE--Have an idea how to enhance a local watershed and educate people on the long-term care of water resources?
   If so, you may be eligible to apply for a $5,000 King County watershed action grant in 1999. Sixty-thousand dollars will be made available to citizens and groups that plan to involve a broad community group of people in the long-term care of waterways, including streams, wetlands, lakes, rivers, marine waters and near-shore habitat.
   Any group within King County may apply for the grant including community, non-profit, employee, youth or senior citizen organizations, neighborhood groups, service clubs, homeowner associations, schools and student groups, businesses and others.
   Special consideration will be given to projects repairing or restoring habitat and/or educating the public about salmon. Grant recipients are expected to begin work next spring and will have until the following June to complete them.
   For a grant application and tips on how to write a grant, call (206) 296-8494. Completed applications must be postmarked by Dec. 15.