No 2012 presidential primary

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Washington state has suspended its 2012 presidential primary in order to save taxpayers over $10 million. The state’s regular Top 2 primary in August is unaffected.

The state will use the precinct caucus and convention system to choose national convention delegates. Caucuses are neighborhood gatherings sponsored by the Democratic and Republican parties. The caucuses gauge the support for each presidential candidate, and those proportions are used to allocate delegates to county, legislative, congressional and state conventions, where national convention delegates are eventually chosen. The gatherings also deal with party platforms and other internal matters.

Reed said cancelling – he prefers the phrase "suspending" – the presidential primary was something he had never envisioned supporting ...

"But $10 million IS a lot of money when the budget gap is $5 billion and there are so many needs out there, and the voters have compelled Olympia to solve the crisis without new taxes."

Research focusing on bees

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

BeeTransition Woodinville and Crown Bees are launching a Summer Bee Alert research project to support native bee pollination in the Sammamish Valley and plateau.

Honey bees and bumble bees are "social" bees that live in hives. These non-native bees are in decline nationwide. Solitary, native bees are much gentler with many using holes to nest in. The spring mason bee is a great example. This summer, residents of the Sammamish Valley and plateau are invited to set out nesting bee tubes and be on the lookout for "cavity nesting" bees that use holes or the inside of old blackberry canes (pith bees).

To learn about native bees and the Summer Bee Alert visit Here you can purchase summer nesting bee tubes, $10 for 40. (Directions are included.) Put tubes in a stable container and set them horizontally in your field or garden. When a bee uses one of the tubes see what it uses for its "mud" and see if you can find which flower it uses.

Take a picture if you can and send us an email with information. They’ll help identify this bee and update our website with any information on the bee to help others be successful as well.

As a community, we can be proactive and begin to raise gentle native bees for our future food production.

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12 Northshore juniors named Washington Aerospace Scholars

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Students to attend residency space program at Museum of Flight

Washington Aerospace Scholars (WAS) announced that 12 Northshore School District juniors were accepted into a six-day summer residency aerospace experience hosted by the Museum of Flight in Seattle.

Over 160 Washington juniors were selected to attend one of four summer residency space program sessions.

The WAS program emphasizes science, technology, engineering and math and encourages students to consider a career in those fields.

Inglemoor High School students attending the summer residency program are Jacky Chan, Tamar Feldman, Rachael Grudt, Sean Halbert, Christopher Hansen, Wenhao Lu, Kira Thurman, Sarah Wang, Lucas Wimmer and Bryant Wong.

Woodinville High School students attending the summer residency program are Shawn Doty and Sei Unno.

Professional engineers, scientists, university students and certificated educators will guide summer residents in designing a human mission to Mars.

Daily exercises include briefings from aerospace professionals, tours of engineering facilities and hands-on engineering challenges involving model rocketry, robotics, landing devices and payload lofting.

Thanks to the Washington Aerospace Scholars Foundation, all expenses, including room and board, are provided at no cost to the participants.

Chateau Ste. Michelle dinner auction raises $400,000+ for college students

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

More than $400,000 was raised during a dinner auction at Chateau Ste. Michelle, Washington state’s founding winery, on June 23 to support its fund that gives four-year scholarships to under-served, low-income students, with an emphasis on children of agricultural workers.The fund is administered by Chateau Ste. Michelle’s partner, the College Success Foundation.Since its inception in 1992, the Chateau Ste. Michelle Scholarship Fund has raised more than $2.5 million for students pursuing a degree from one of the 30 universities in Washington state. Ted Baseler, president and CEO of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, developed the scholarship fund in order to support the higher education goals of high achieving students. "The Scholarship Fund was created to focus attention and resources on the importance of higher education," Baseler said. "Given the economic pressures that continue to constrain the state government’s budget, we are pleased to be working with the College Success Foundation to assist students who will become tomorrow’s community leaders."

The future of higher education and university programming to support Washington’s wine industry are important initiatives for Baseler.

Fires hit Northshore homes

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

At 9:43 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, the Northshore Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 8400 block of NE Bothell Way. Firefighters discovered large amounts of dark smoke coming from an open door of a two-story, single-family residence. A small fire in the garage was located and quickly extinguished.

The occupant discovered the fire, safely evacuated and called 911. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries. Fire damage was limited to the garage with smoke damage throughout the structure.

A King County fire investigator determined the cause as accidental due to the improper disposal of oily refinishing rags. The rags burst into flames as a result of spontaneous combustion, a slow process that can take several hours of decomposition/oxidation with heat building up to a point of ignition.

At 9:55 p.m. on Monday, June 20, the Northshore Fire Department was dispatched to reports of two houses on fire in the 18600 block of 22nd Place NE.

A second alarm was requested as firefighters were in route. Upon arrival, firefighters reported that the garage of a two-story home, and a car parked in front of the garage were fully involved. Explosions were coming from the car parked outside, and from the car inside the garage. The fire broke through a side garage window, and the radiant heat from the fire ignited the house next door, sending flames up the side of the house and into the roof eaves; firefighters quickly extinguished the flames. The fully involved garage and car fire was knocked down in approximately 20 minutes. Firefighters were on scene for 4½ hours.The home’s smoke alarm had activated. The occupants of both homes safely evacuated, and all occupants and pets were uninjured. There were no reported firefighter injuries.

The fire severely damaged the garage, extended into the attic and caused smoke damage throughout the house. The neighboring home sustained exterior fire damage.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the King County Fire Investigation Unit.