Northwest NEWS

August 2, 1999

Local News

Briefs

Pam Coney honored

   WOODINVILLE--The Woodinville City Council awarded an official certificate of City Council Recognition to Pam Coney on July 26, signifying the City's appreciation for her voluntary community service as a Tree Board member from Feb. 13, 1995 through May 31, 1999.

   "I want you to know how much we appreciate your service, Pam," said Mayor Don Brocha, who walked to the microphone to hand Coney the award. "The City of Woodinville depends on volunteers to make this a better place to live. I want you to know how much we appreciate the many hours and years of hard work you have contributed."

   The award read, "By this action, the City of Woodinville officially recognizes Pam Coney's vital service as a member of the City's first Tree Board. Pam Coney contributed her skills, knowledge, and experience in the interest of 'preserving our Northwest woodland character' according to the City's Vision Statement."

Pyramid scheme alert

   A pyramid scam, touted as an "investment program," has circulated around the Puget Sound area since early July. Many people have reported being approached by friends or relatives pressuring them to invest $2,000 to 5,000. The typical pyramid scheme contains two warning signs: you are pressured to make an investment to get the "right" to recruit others; you are promised some form of payment once you do recruit others. People are warned that such money exchanges can't possibly continue for long, since, mathematically, there are not enough people on earth to keep the pyramid operating long enough for many people to receive the promised payoff. Inquiries about pyramids may be made to the Sheriff's Office Fraud Unit at 206-296-4280 or the State Attorney General's Office.