Northwest NEWS

February 8, 1999

Local News



   In Woodinville, traffic lights on parts of 140th Ave. NE are already interconnected, though the light at NE 171st St. isn't.
   A school boundary review committee is made up of community members, some of whom have children in school.

New county bid 'back in business'

   OLYMPIA--A bill introduced in the state House of Representatives could breathe life into bids to form new counties. Legislation sponsored by Rep. Kathy Lambert (R-Redmond) and co-written by the Secretary of State's Office would force either the legislature to create a new county, or send it to a vote of the people living within the new county area after a majority of all registered voters signed a petition for the new county's formation.
   Simply stated, if HB-1676 is passed, the legislature wouldn't be able to arbitrarily say "no" to creation of new counties. Last year, the state Supreme Court said it could.
   "We're back in business," crowed Rhys Sterling, an Issaquah attorney who has represented residents who want to form Cedar County out of eastern King County. He said the process would be burdensome, but it could be done.

Fewer tobacco fines for Woodinville retailers

   WOODINVILLE--Undercover minors attempting to buy tobacco products were largely rebuffed by Woodinville retailers earlier this year, the Seattle-King County Department of Health reported last week. Of 29 attempts, only two were successful, pushing Woodinville to a 93 percent compliance rate, up 10 percent from 1998, according to health officials.
   The two Woodinville stores that sold tobacco to youths were the Cottage Lake Safeway and Unocal gas station at 13002 NE 177th Pl. Penalties for selling to minors range from a $50 fine for the clerk and $100 for the owner and up to a six-month suspension of the store's license to sell cigarettes. The cities of Bothell, Carnation, Duvall, and Kenmore weren't included in 1999 data. But of 11 cities checked, there was an 87 percent compliance rate overall.

Program will help coordinate rides in Bothell

   BOTHELL--A rideshare coordinator will be available for businesses and employees in Bothell's I-405 high-tech corridor as part of a 12-month project the city is implementing to provide direct, one-on-one transportation assistance for commuters. The project examines whether a hands-on approach will enhance the likelihood of successful ridesharing matches and decrease the drive-alone rates to the city's business parks. According to the city, 82 percent, or 10,660 of the 13,000 commuters there drive alone to work.
   "Many of the larger employers in the Bothell corridor have already demonstrated their support for this project," said Gayle Delanty. "I hope to convince other businesses that we really can improve transportation options for their employees, and at the same time, decrease the drive alone rate in the corridor."
   Call Delanty at (425) 487-8175 for more information.

Woman's death still a mystery

   TOTEM LAKE--Police are still investigating the death of a 59-year-old Bothell woman who died of a gunshot wound to the head.
   "We know how she died, but in this case, it doesn't tell us if it was a suicide," said King County Sheriff's spokesman John Urquhart.
   Clara Frost's body was found inside a burning office of the company she owned in Totem Lake January 28. According to the King County Medical Examiner, the gun had been in contact with Frost's head. There was no suicide note at the scene, Urquhart said. Police are looking at the physical aspects of the scene, as well as checking into Frost's background.
   "Everyone's looking for a quick answer, and there isn't one in this case," Urquhart said.

Lane closure extension

   The Snohomish County Department of Public Works advises motorists in the Bothell area of the extended closure to through traffic on 35th Avenue SE between Seattle Hill Road and 180th Street SE. This closure will continue through April 2, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Any questions regarding this project may be directed to Snohomish County Public Works at 425-388-6453. Emergency vehicles will have access at all times.

Publication correction

   State Sen. Bill Finkbeiner, R-Kirkland, recently mailed a Washington State government guide to active registered voters in the 45th District.
   Corrections include: Rep. Laura Ruderman, 341 John L. O'Brien Building, P.O. Box 40600, Olympia, WA 98504-0600. Phone: 360-786-7822. E-mail:
   State Supreme Court Justice Faith Ireland, Temple of Justice, P.O. Box 40929, Olympia, WA 98504-0929. Phone: 360-357-2077.
   Sno-Valley Senior Center, 4610 Stephens Avenue, P.O. Box 96, Carnation, WA 98014. Phone: 425-333-4125.