Northwest NEWS

August 16, 1999

Local News

Briefs

Local girl recognized for collecting stuffed animals

Victoria Zinsley

   Victoria Zinsley received a City of Woodinville Certificate of Recognition from Mayor Don Brocha which read, "In recognition of your generous heart and heroic effort to collect stuffed animals to comfort young children during frightening times."

Woodinville warned of proposed Duvall gravel pit impact

   John Cameron, Duval resident representing citizen action group "Friends of Cherry Valley," told the Woodinville City Council that the proposed gravel pit north of Duvall would threaten severe impact on Woodinville-Duvall Road, at the Council's Aug. 9 meeting.

   "Their plan calls for 200 vehicle trips per 10-hour day by the year 2003, with 60 percent travelling down Woodinville-Duvall," said Cameron. "That will increase to 250 per day by year 2008, and 600 by 2010. The Dept. of Transportation has said one gravel truck equals the impact to roads of 2,700 cars."

   "At 200 a day, that's one gravel truck down Woodinville-Duvall every five minutes," said Councilmember Marsha Engel. "That's not acceptable." Mayor Brocha and the Council agreed.

   City Manager Pete Rose asked Public Works Director Mick Monken to keep close tabs with the State and County to monitor the gravel pit application process.

On the prowl

   USS Carl Vinson

Staff photo by Lisa Allen.

   About 2,000 visitors had the opportunity to ride on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson as the ship made its way from Everett to Seattle for Seafair activities. Those on board watched as several jet aircraft, including this EA-6B Prowler from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, took part in flight operations carried out from the carrier deck.

King Co. Sheriff's Office releases improved Internet-based sex offender database

   The new Sheriff's Office database allows users to search specifically for Level-3 sex offenders by last name or zip code, and includes the crime for which they were convicted. The website also includes safety tips. All convicted sex offenders are required to register with the Sheriff's Office in the county of their current residence.

   King County lists over 4000 registered offenders, with 140 of those classified Level-3. Level-1 offenders are rated "unlikely to re-offend," Level-2 offenders are "likely to re-offend," and Level-3 offenders are "highly likely to re-offend." Over 95 percent of King County's registered offenders are rated Level-1 offenders.

   The website includes all offenders' name, date of birth, and physical description. The website's refinement allows the public to check by classification level, specifically Level-3 offenders.

   "This is a service we want to provide the public, with the understanding they will use the information apporpriately," said King County Sheriff Dave Reichert. "The people listed on the sites have served their sentences and are not wanted by police. Any threats, harassment, or intimidation of offenders would be violations of the law, and we will deal with that as needed."

Salmon homecoming seeks nominations

   Through August 26, the Salmon Homecoming steering committee is accepting nominations for the 1999 seventh generation legacy award. This award acknowledges the great importance of team spirit between tribal and non-tribal communities, particularly in the pursuit of environmental protection and natural resource management.

   This is the third year someone who has done outstanding work to develop positive relations between indian and non-indian communities will receive the award. Former recipients include the Seattle Times and King County Executive Ron Sims.

   Nomination forms, specific criteria, and information are available at http://www.watermark.sh/7thaward.html, or by calling Susanne Hindle at (360) 000-1950. Nominations are due by August 26.

Application deadline extended

   The City of Bothell has further extended the application deadline to Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. for citizens interested in serving on four open positions on three different volunteer advisory boards. Interviews will be conducted Monday, Oct. 11. For information, call (425) 486-3256.

Advocacy program needs volunteers

   The Snohomish County Long Term Care Ombudsman Program (LTCOP) is looking for volunteers to visit area nursing homes, boarding homes, and adult family homes and assist residents in resolving problems concerning their care and treatment and work for their residents rights. Fall training is scheduled for September 8, 9, 15, and 16 in Everett, call (425) 388-7393 for information.

Free seminar for home buyers

   "Why Rent When You Can Own" (for "No to Low" down payments), a free seminar by the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, will show renters how they can afford to buy a home. The free seminar will lead participants through the process of assessing their ability to secure financing and determine exactly how much they can afford to spend on a home. Information will include improving your credit rating, the settlement process, traditional and non-traditional financing, and qualifying for a loan. The seminar will be held Aug. 25, 1999 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the main conference room of the Urban League office at 105 14th Ave., Seattle (14th & Yesler). To register for the limited seating, call the Urban League at 206-461-3792, ext. 3010.

Correction

   The name of Bob Milton was omitted from the list of candidates running for Position 1 on the Woodinville Water District.