Northwest NEWS

August 9, 1999

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1999 Bothell Arts & Crafts Fair successful with large crowds

Arts & Crafts Fair

   A young visitor enjoys the toys in a booth at the 1999 Bothell Arts and Crafts Fair. The fair attracted large crowds from last Friday through Sunday as visitors enjoyed art, booths, music, and food on the grounds of Anderson School in Bothell.

Skatepark planning to begin

   WOODINVILLE--Community members are invited to the first planning meeting for a Woodinville skatepark to be held Sept. 14 at City Hall. The City Council recently adopted a Capitol Improvement Plan which includes $118,000 to be used for a skatepark. To jumpstart the project, the Council has asked the Parks & Recreation Commission to work with skaters in the community to determine what sort of park is needed. Based on community ideas, the Comission will recommend a site and construction type to the Council. Commission chair Cathy Wiederhold expressed delight in working on the project. "Our goal is to work with the Woodinville kids to make our park something really special," Wiederhold said. For more information, call (425) 489-2700. E-mail comments may be sent to laney@woodinville-city.com.

State sues Ultima Travel and Vacation Marketing Systems

   BOTHELL--Attorney General Christine Gregoire sued Ultima Travel Agency, Inc. of Bothell, claiming the company failed to uphold its 1997 agreement to change its sales practices. The suit asks for a court order to halt Ultima's business practices and to reimpose $200,000 in suspended penalties against the company. Ultima is charged with selling memberships in a travel club that falsely promised discounts of up to 70 percent and offering prizes without revealing conditions attached to their award. A second suit by the state alleges that Vacation Marketing Systems, of Lynnwood, has common ownership with Ultima and is also violating the state's Consumer Protection Act and Promotional Advertising of Prizes Act. Nearly 600 customers have filed complaints against Ultima since June 1997, the Attorney General's office revealed.

City Council to break ground for new police station

   BOTHELL--Construction on Bothell's new $11.7 million police station finally got the go-ahead from the City Council, after delays due to investigation of high construction estimates. The official groundbreaking will take place on Thursday, Aug. 12, at 4 p.m. at the property, located across from City Hall on the northeast corner of 101st NE and NE 183rd.

SR-522 getting facelift

   WOODINVILLE, SNOHOMISH COUNTY--The state is improving a three and one-half mile stretch of State Route 522, between SR-9 and Paradise Lake Rd. in south Snohomish County. The project will add turn lanes for traffic turning east onto Paradise Lake Rd., to handle heavy traffic expected for the new grade school to be built just east of that intersection. The one-year project will include grading, drainage, construction of a detention pond, retaining walls, surfacing, installing lights and guardrails, signing, striping, fencing, and surveillance, control, and driver information connections. Motorists are reminded to exercise caution when traveling through the construction area and watch for temporary traffic revisions. Scarsella Bros., Inc. of Seattle was hired on their low bid of $7,199,535. Federal funds will pay 54 percent of the project costs, with the state covering the rest.

Metro bus driver dies

   WOODINVILLE--A Metro bus driver, finishing his shift, died of an apparent heart attack while driving southbound on Highway 9 near NE 195th on Aug. 6 at about 1:30 a.m. Police said the bus came to a stop after running into a guard rail.

Evergreen seeks volunteers

   Evergreen Community Healthcare is recruiting volunteers for its Community Advisor Program. Thirty community advisors offer input on healthcare issues to Evergreen's publicly elected board of commissioners. Advisors attend four to six education sessions a year, where they learn about Evergreen's plans and the healthcare issues facing the community. They also serve on special task forces. Community advisors serve three-year terms, beginning in January. Qualifications include community involvement; professional and/or volunteer experience; strong interpersonal oral and written skills; and an interest in healthcare delivery. Advisors must live within the Evergreen district. For more information, or to receive an application, call (425) 899-2022.

Correction

   Other local artists whose works are on display at the Colored Pencil Society of America's international exhibition include: Pamela Belcher of Kenmore and Sharon Tietjen-Pratt of Mill Creek. The exhibit runs through Sept. 24.