Public Invited to Comment on New WSDOT Multimodal 4-year Program of Transportation Projects

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
Comments are now being accepted on a proposed four-year program of multimodal improvement projects to the state and local transportation system.
The Washington State Department of Transportation is asking for public review and comment on the draft 2019-2022 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). More than 1,500 statewide transportation improvement projects using $3.9 billion in federal funds are included in the 2019-22 STIP. Comments will be accepted through Thursday, Deccember 20.
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Northshore School District Needs-Based Budget Process Introduced

  • Written by Kara Roth
The Northshore School District (NSD) will be adopting a new needs-based budgeting process this school year.  The School Board received introductory information at the November 27th, 2018 study session.  Tracy Patterson, NSD Chief Financial Officer, explained that the district will be working with the Alliance for Excellence in School Budgeting Initiative (Alliance), created by The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). 
The Alliance is comprised of 90 school districts from 28 states currently and includes 8 districts from Washington State.  GFOA’s program is based on 15 “best practices” and Patterson summarized them into five chronological steps within the budgeting process:
1) Plan and prepare, 2) Set instructional priorities, 3) Pay for priorities, 4) Implement the plan and 5) Ensure sustainability.
The goal of the new needs-based budgeting process is designed to support the district’s 2017-2022 Strategic Plan.  The plan has four building blocks with the fourth block calling for data informed, needs-based resource allocation.  This Strategic Plan element calls for a budget process to allocate school funds to ensure all aspects of the school system are aligned, that decisions are based on fact, resources are allocated equitably, in line with the needs  of  students  and   schools, and the priorities established by the community.
NSD is hoping the new budget process will be transparent and include everyone in the district. The goal is for it to be accessible and understandable for the public and to provide clear accountability for all involved and impacted. The use of the data will show if the budget has been successful in student achievement and will provide clarity on the goals and how success is measured.  It will also cover all of the district resources. 
The community will have several opportunities to participate in the budgeting process through public hearings in February and June 2019. 
All of the materials shared with the School Board can be accessed at 

Answers to Your Holiday Recycling Conundrums

  • Written by Hannah Scholes, Waste Management
There’s no time like the holidays for pushing our homes to the limits. Big meals, big family gatherings, big decorating projects…and maybe the need for pants with a larger waistband.
In this special holiday column, we tackle two common reader questions for a greener holiday season!
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Joy of Farming with Spreadsheets

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Regardless of what vegetable crop(s) you’re growing or on what acreage, it takes vision and a plan to move from seed to start to planting, harvest, and sales. It takes recordkeeping and analysis to determine if a crop is worth your time to grow, or how you might make it worthwhile.

Join us for an evening with Becky Zaneski as she brings The Joy of Farming with Spreadsheets to life. From season planning and field mapping to tracking labor costs and sales data, Becky’s common-sense approach helps you make sense of the data to guide you towards farming smarter in upcoming seasons.

This second in the Grow Your Farm! workshop series is sponsored by WSU Snohomish County Extension and the Snohomish Conservation District. The Joy of Farming with Spreadsheets takes place Wed. December 12, 6:00pm-8:00pm at WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th St SE Everett, WA inside McCollum Park.

Co-founder of City Grown Seattle, an urban market gardening business, Becky Zaneski is a farmer with a strong software background and a passion for growing vegetables. She currently farms at Full Tilth Farm in Poulsbo, a 5-acre farm producing vegetables, berries, and eggs using organic practices.

Becky does software work part-time while farming three to four days a week during the season.  A former Tilth Alliance board member, she also volunteers with the Washington Young Farmers Coalition.  Becky is a strong believer in resilient local food systems and spreading the love and knowledge of good food throughout our communities.

Space is limited, the cost is $15 per person. To ensure your spot, visit to register. For more information on this and the other Grow Your Farm! workshops, visit or contact Kate Ryan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (425) 357-6024.