Northwest NEWS

May 17, 1999

Local News

Briefs

Falcons send personal messages to Columbine High School students

Columbine sign

   Woodinville High School students sent their condolences to the students of Columbine High School in Colorado by writing personal messages on a large sign, which was donated by Sign Up Sign Company in Bothell. (Left to right) Chelsea Hanson, ASB secretary; Sean Skillingstad, ASB activities promoter; and David Chang, ASB vice-president, display the sign.

Hot coffee scalds baby at Duvall Days

   A one-year-old was listed in satisfactory condition with burns from her chin to her abdomen, after she pulled over a cup of hot coffee from the table where she was sitting on her grandfather's lap last Saturday. She was airlifted to Harborview Hospital's burn center from Cherry Valley Elementary school, after transport by paramedics from Alyce's restaurant, at about 11 a.m. The accident happened as a waitress was serving breakfast to the girl's grandfather. Witnesses said the incident was purely accidental.

Eddie Bauer coming to Woodinville

   WOODINVILLE--A new 8,500-square-foot Eddie Bauer outlet store is scheduled to open in the Target shopping area next fall, according to TRF Pacific. TRF is the developer of the downtown Woodinville retail project, which comprises 42 acres, 25 percent of the existing downtown core.

Y2K fraud predators target life savings of elderly

   The Washington Bankers' Association (WBA) and the Washington Independent Community Bankers Association (WICBA) warn customers against phone scams offering "protection" from Y2K problems, come Jan. 1, 2000. The unidentified callers frighten victims by saying their bank will not be able to solve the Y2K computer problem, and that customers will lose all their money and records of their accounts. The fraud perpetrators then advise victims to immediately transfer their money out of banks into secured bonds.

   Others give victims a phony name, with a P.O. box, asking them to send a check that the criminals will "invest" for the victims. Both banking organizations assure the public that banking institutions have been lauded by federal authorities, including Alan Greenspan, for their successful Y2K preparations. For more information, citizens are asked to call 206-447-1700 or 425-688-0495.

Legislature boosts child health care for uninsured families

   An eleventh-hour legislative vote on April 25 enabled a federal 2:1 match of state funds to ensure 10,000 Washington children will receive routine, preventative medical care. Democrats supported the plan, Republicans opposed it, said Rep. Jeanne Edwards, D-Bothell, a former hospital administrator. "After a year and a half of partisan bickering, thousands of working parents can now breathe easier, knowing they can now obtain affordable health insurance," said Edwards. "For a small state investment now, Washington can access $46.7 million in federal funds." The Children's Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) insures families that earn between 200-250 percent of the federal poverty level. That's $34,700 annually for families of three or $41,750 for families of four.
   "These are children of parents who work, but whose employers don't provide health insurance, or if they do, it's at rates parents simply can't afford," said Edwards. They make too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but can't afford private health insurance." The state's money will come from the first tobacco settlement payment, and the federal money comes from a tobacco tax.

Alex Sidie/Random Acts of Kindness Day

   Bothell Parks & Rec. Dept. will celebrate kindness on May 25 at 5:30 p.m. on Main Street (in front of Towne Bank) in memory of Alex Sidie, who was renowned for his many kindnesses. Refreshments will be served and awards given to individuals who have passed on Sidie's legacy. Call 425-486-7430.

Correction

   Debra MacDonald's name was omitted from the list of coaches for the Timbercrest Science Club.