Northwest NEWS

November 23, 1998

Local News


Bleikamp appointed to fire board

   WOODINVILLE--Roy Bleikamp, a 16-year Woodinville resident, was appointed to the board of the Woodinville Fire & Life Safety District last week.

   Bleikamp, 72, replaces Ed Anderson, who resigned from the five-member board last month. Bleikamp had also been in the running for former commissioner Ben May's position earlier this year. Bleikamp said his goal was to help maintain the district's top notch service and reputation in a cost-effective way.

   Retired from the Monsanto Company in 1985, Bleikamp has extensive experience as a project manager. He was involved in building the largest dam east of the Mississippi River, as well as an office building in Boston. Before that, he worked for McDonnell Douglas as a staff specialist. He holds numerous patents in the area of ordinance and explosive devices, as well as being the author of a technical book on escape systems for space vehicles.

   Bleikamp is originally from St. Louis. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University and a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.

Lost ring found

   WOODINVILLE--There's good news for a woman who lost an engagement ring at the Woodinville 7-Eleven; a gentleman has found it. Now, 7-Eleven owners Otto and Mary Ellen Beach are trying to hook the two up.

   According to Otto Beach, the woman lost the ring several weeks ago and later left her name and number at the store. But the number was lost. Then, about a week and a half ago, a man found the ring and left his name and number at the store which is on the southwest corner of NE 175th St. and 140th Ave. NE.

   If you're the woman who lost the engagement ring, you can call Mary Ellen Beach at (425) 483-8448. She will put you in touch with the man who found the ring.

Electric blanket blamed for trailer fire

   MALTBY--An electric blanket left on was the cause of an early morning fire that destroyed a 14-foot travel trailer south of Maltby, according to the fire officials. The trailer was a total loss with damage estimated at $1,800 and a $5,000 loss in contents, Snohomish County Fire District 7 Battalion Chief Eric Andrews said.

   A man had been living inside the trailer but was gone when the fire was discovered at about 8:30 a.m. Nov. 17. The trailer was parked behind a home in the 8100 block of 224th St. SE. District 7 units and an engine from the Woodinville Fire and Life Safety District responded. There were no injuries.

Finkbeiner picked for GOP leadership position

   OLYMPIA--Sen. Bill Finkbeiner (R-Kirkland) was elected to a leadership position within the Senate Republican Caucus recently.

   Finkbeiner, who represents the 45th District of northeast King County, was elected Republican Assistant Floor Leader. He will serve in the absence of the floor leader, Sen. Stephen Johnson of Kent, and as a member of the Senate leadership committee. The floor leader is responsible for tactical and strategical decisions when moving legislation through the Senate.

   "I hope to use this position, and my position as a member of leadership, to continue to push the issues I and my constituents care about," Finkbeiner said, adding the issues were education, protecting the environment, and reducing the size and scope of government.

   Finkbeiner defeated Bill Grace earlier this month to win a second term in the Senate.