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Proudly displaying the five saddles they have won this year in Patterned Horse Racing are Will Jack, 11, and Kate Jack, 14, with their horses, Joey and Sugar. Patterned Horse Racing, also known as Gaming, is a family-friendly type of equestrian competition which includes timed events which range from the traditional barrel race to pole bending, and the quick flag race. Some of the lesser known games include western jumping, and barrel & stake, a race that tests the stamina of both horse and rider. Riders are disqualified for knocking over a barrel or pole, running the pattern incorrectly or going off course.

There are a number of saddle clubs in the state that hold game shows during the year, but there are only two championship shows, called o-mok-sees, in which saddles are awarded to first place winners in each age division. Both Kate and Will won their age groups at the Pacific Northwest Patterned Horse Racing Championship. The two also won year-end high-point saddles for a local series of shows, and Kate won the Championship saddle for the WWGA (Whidbey Western Games Assn.) O-Mok-See. Will and Joey were also awarded the “Fast and Clean” trophy blanket for having the fastest combined times with no disqualifications in all 10 events at the PNW Championship. Will is a sixth grader at Hollywood Hill Elementary and Kate is in the eighth grade at Leota Junior High. Their parents are Kimball and Becky Jack of Hollywood Hill.


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Edition Date: October 22, 2007
Growth Board dismisses challenge of Wdvl. zoning reg
by Jeanette Knutson
Staff Writer

Phoenix Development LLC and Peter Rothschild went to the Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board to challenge an interim zoning regulation put in place when Woodinville’s building moratorium expired in early 2007. The interim regulation allowed development of one dwelling unit per acre, changed from four dwelling units per acre.

The two parties, whose challenges were heard as a single case, maintained the new regulation caused the city to be noncompliant with Growth Management Act requirements.

On Oct. 12, the Hearings Board issued its decision on the challenge. It dismissed the Phoenix-Rothschild case, stating that the originally challenged ordinance expired and was no longer in effect and that the “renewal” ordinance failed to renew the interim regulation. Hence, the authorization of one house per acre had expired.


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Don’t forget to vote in Nov. 6 General Election
by Jeanette Knutson
Staff Writer

Woodinville council races

Candidates for the three open Woodinville City Council seats have gone all out this year. No doubt readers have seen the colorful campaign signs of all shapes and sizes dotting the roadways. The candidates have professional Web sites and slick campaign literature, the likes of which have never been seen in this city’s short existence.

And, of course, all of this takes money. For those interested in where the candidates’ campaign money comes from, check out the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission Web site at Click the “View Actual Reports” button in the upper right-hand corner. Fill in the candidate’s full name on the first line, for example, Doe Jonathan (last name space full first name). Click on the next line. Then press the “Send Query” button at the bottom of the page. C3 forms will show campaign contributors and amounts given. Peter Tountas has no 2007 entries in the database because he did not accept any campaign contributions.


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Cherry Valley Elementary named ‘School of Distinction’
by Leanne Christensen
Riverview School District

Photo courtesy of Riverview School District
Front Row: Terry Bergeson, Tiffany Ingham, Jamie Latta, James Nakagami, Belinda Feller, Cherry Valley Elementary Principal Darcy Becker, Sue Schneider, Lisa Powers-Hwang and Anna Armstrong. Back Row: Conrad Robertson, Patricia Koster, Greg Bawden, Dr. Anthony Smith, Cathy Mulligan and Sabrina Parnell.

Cherry Valley Elementary School has been named one of 86 “Schools of Distinction” by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for dramatic improvements in student reading and mathematics over the past several years.

On Wednesday, October 10th, Riverview Superintendent Conrad Robertson and Cherry Valley Principal Darcy Becker joined the State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Terry Bergeson, along with representatives of Cherry Valley Elementary staff, to accept the award at a statewide press event held at Mt. Rainier High School in Des Moines.


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Changing the State Constitution: EHJR 4204 supporters speak out
by Irvina Russell
Contributing Writer

It’s simple, really. Should 40 percent of Washington voters be able to legislate the levies supporting our schools?

“People for Our Public Schools” don’t think so. They believe the time has come for Washington voters to make a change in our state Constitution, with EHJR 4204, and save tax dollars at the same time.

The history is that after the Great Depression and World War II, voters were concerned about “stealth elections” being passed, without their knowledge.

“Often times people weren’t really sure which district they lived in,” said Conrad Robertson, superintendent of Riverview School District. Many voters didn’t know which levy they were voting on, he said.


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