Remember winter weather heating

  • Written by Catherine Breault
Catherine Breault

January’s winter weather hit Woodinville hard and the season isn’t over. The Pacific Northwest tends to experience snowy and chilly weather well into March. The colder temperatures mean increased use of home heating equipment. Woodinville Fire & Rescue has some simple safety tips and precautions to help you heat your home safely this winter.

December, January and February are the peak months for heating fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) space heaters are responsible for 40% of winter weather fires. Remember to keep anything that can burn at least three feet from heating equipment, such as furnaces, wood stoves, or portable heaters. Always turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed. Heating equipment fires accounted for 15% of all reported home fires in the United States from 2012-2016 (second behind cooking) and 19% of home fire deaths.

According to a 2018 NFPA report, the leading factor contributing to home heating fires was the failure to clean solid-fueled heating equipment, primarily chimneys. The best way to prevent a chimney fire is to have an annual inspection by a certified chimney sweep. In addition to an inspection, make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container; keep the container a safe distance from your home.

Lastly, it’s important to install and maintain carbon monoxide, also known as CO, alarms in your home. CO alarms should be in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than 150 people in the United States die every year from accidental non-fire-related CO poisoning associated with items like generators, water heaters, stoves, and fireplaces. 

As the season continues, make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove, and fireplace are clear of snow and other winter debris. Always use portable generators outdoors in well-ventilated areas away from doors and windows. Never heat your home with an oven or cooking equipment.

Together we can have a safe and warm winter season!

—Catherine Breault

PIO Woodinville 

Fire & Rescue

Salute Woodinville: A key community fundraiser

  • Written by Kimberly Ellerston
Kimberly Ellertson


Hopefully, by now, the community knows that our Woodinville Chamber puts on quite a show each year with our Celebrate Woodinville summer concerts & festival, as well as the annual Winterfest Holiday Fair & Tree Lighting! 

But, we aren’t sure that everyone is aware of one of our events that helps to fund all of the great community activities… That is our Salute Woodinville dinner & auction, presented by Securité; this year taking place at Columbia Winery on March 14. 

We look forward to hosting this signature event for our Chamber members each year! In addition, we hope to continuously grow the event and welcome residents and others in the business community to join us. This event is the perfect opportunity to dress up, enjoy what Woodinville has to offer and interact with your friends, neighbors and leaders in this community. And we all get a chance to do some major good in this community. 

By raising your paddle, not only will you help to fund events like Celebrate Woodinville, but you’ll also be committing to assist a local student in their future through our Woodinville Chamber Business Scholarship.

This year’s theme is sure to be one to remember: Shaken, Not Stirred! Last year, guests dressed to Get Their Irish On and we look forward to seeing how everyone will get in the James Bond spirit this year. The dress-up element adds excitement and imagination to the event.

The Woodinville Chamber invites you to participate in Salute Woodinville by purchasing tickets at Details on donating, volunteering, or sponsoring the event, can also be found on the website.

Join us, won’t you? Our Chamber certainly knows how to have fun in the community, all while supporting local businesses, 

Proud of the work being done

  • Written by Elaine Cook

As we start and plan for a new year, we briefly look back at what it was we just started or accomplished, and move forward with confidence. The very best of Woodinville is its people. The citizens who live here, the people who work here, the people who come to Woodinville to shop or the people who visit and stay for just a moment. They make up what we know to be a thriving and desirable place to be. 

We are proud of the work that is being done in this great city. There is much to look forward to in the upcoming year. Groundbreaking, new businesses, a new mural in the heart of town, new forested trails, more wine, festivals, more family-oriented events, new Teatro Zinzanni shows, and much more. 

We are grateful for the businesses and people who decide to make Woodinville their home. We care about the needs of the people, we are aware of many of the concerns and worries of the people, we understand the need for more affordable housing, and are committed to responding to all of this. 

In short, we want the community to know that we care about the PEOPLE who make up Woodinville. We are committed to representing the needs of the people and we are planning for the very best future for Woodinville. 

Council meetings are open to the public. We encourage you to come and hear what we are discussing and you are always welcome to make a statement during the public comments section of the meeting. 

Mayor Elaine Cook

Deputy Mayor Gary Harris

Support House Bills 5811 and 1110

  • Written by Grace Ferrell

Our planet is breaking. Human burning of fossil fuels has caused global temperatures to spike at unprecedented rates. This is leading to more and more extreme climate events, like the wildfires in Australia, many more hurricanes, and widespread droughts.

This is terrible for many reasons, like the increased human and animal loss of life and innumerable species going extinct. But there are also more concrete reasons, like the money spent on disaster relief, scarce resources, and quality of life on an increasingly inhospitable planet. In order to remove these moral and monetary costs, we need to sharply cut carbon emissions.

One of the most effective ways to do so is carbon taxes, where producers pay a fee for the carbon they emit.  This changes the social cost of carbon emission into a financial cost, which is very effective. It adds in the hidden costs of carbon emission to production expenses, incentivizing companies to find more efficient methods of production.

A cap-and-trade system, which uses permits that companies can trade among themselves, is also very effective. Carbon taxes make big polluters cut their emissions the most, which can be more efficient than regulations that frequently contain loopholes. The market can adjust far more than through a regulatory approach.

I strongly support carbon taxes as a method to decrease carbon emissions. Everyone should research this effective solution, as well as supporting any measures or bills to implement a carbon tax.  

Unfortunately, there are currently no bills for a carbon tax in the 2020 legislative session. However, there are two bills aimed to curb greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, ZEV Standard (HB 5811) and Clean Fuels Standard (HB 1110).

Both bills are well-thought-out and will curb emissions through both market-based and standard approaches. Support them as they go through the legislative process and let everyone know about them.

Most importantly, if they end up on the ballot, vote!  Your voice matters and can change the future. Support the adoption of carbon taxes to curb carbon emissions and protect our planet. It’s the only one we’ve got.


Grace Ferrell


Off-campus meetings

  • Written by Randall Scott

I find it appalling how frequently all the administrators in Northshore high schools are off-campus for the entire day for meetings with the Superintendent.

At one school that means a principal and three vice-principals leave over 1600 students to be monitored by one campus supervisor and the school resource officer.

This happens three to five times per month! Can these meetings not take place after the school day is over? 

Another issue is they have a 90-minute yoga session so they can “bond” with Dr. Reid. What a great steward of taxpayer dollars.

Randall Scott