Northwest NEWS

December 3, 2001

Local News

PSE requests electricity, natural gas rate increase

*Last week Puget Sound Energy (PSE) filed a rate-increase request with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC). Pending a final order in the 11-month rate case process, the company said it would seek prompt interim electric-rate relief to deal with what the company calls an "under-recovery" of electric power costs averaging $625,000 per day.

Downtown Master Plan in the works

*WOODINVILLE - It was a hit song in the 60s and blared over the airwaves on every radio station. British singer Petula Clark belted out, "Don't hang around and let your problems surround you, there are movie shows ... downtown. Maybe you know some little places to go where they never close ... down-nnn, town-nnn...." Since then, other singers may have attempted to sing about the comfort and joys of downtown, but none have ever sung it quite like Petula.

Woodinville horse wins national award

*Murphy, a horse at the Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center, in Woodinville has been awarded the National Therapy Horse of the Year Award by the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA). Representatives from Little Bit accepted the top honor on behalf of Murphy at a special banquet on Nov. 3 in Seattle, at NARHA's 2001 national conference.

Christmas tree cutting permits on sale

*Permits for selecting and removing a tree from the National Forest will be available for $10 each, the same price as in the past. Maps and information about cutting areas will be provided at the same time permits are sold.