Northwest NEWS

December 25, 2000


County Council adopts 2001 budget

*After nine weeks of analysis, public testimony, discussion and debate, and negotiation with the County Executive, the Metropolitan King County Council unanimously adopted the County's 2001 budget on Friday, Dec. 15.

Account set up for victims of fire in south Everett

*A special account has been set up for two of the families that were burned out of their homes at the Park Place Condominiums in Everett Monday evening, Dec.18.

Civil Air Patrol comes to Snohomish

*The Sky Valley Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, a non-profit public service organization, is now headquartered in the Washington State National Guard Armory in Snohomish.

Forest Service holds Interpretive snowshoe walks

*The Forest Service Visitors Information Center on Snoquamie Pass will be offering ranger-led interpretive snowshoe walks again this winter.

Residents fear cell tower would threaten Bear Creek ecosystem

*When Tom Slade, Sprint Project manager opened the public meeting concerning a proposed cell tower on 208th NE, it was clear that he expected a battle from the 15 people in the audience.

Early detection is key to stabalizing diabetic eye disease

*Because diabetic retinopathy often shows no early warning signs, members of the King County Optometric Society urge those with diabetes not to overlook the importance of a yearly dilated eye exam.

Locke and Western governors move to reduce electricity prices

*DENVER - Gov. Gary Locke and other Western governors recently called upon President-elect George W. Bush to take immediate action to help reduce energy prices in their states as federal regulators take a hard look at the consequences of imposing regional price caps.

New Year's is a time to 'celebrate not medicate'

*Party time during the holidays can be enjoyable, but a Stanford psychiatrist cautions that when it comes to alcohol, it's important to "celebrate, not medicate.".