Fourth of July on the Northshore

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Happy Fourth of July!!!!

Please have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend!

Enjoy the Fourth of July parade in Bothell on Main Street.  The Children's parade starts at 11:15 a.m. and the Grand Parade follows at noon.
There is no public fireworks display in Bothell.
Within the city limits of Bothell, fireworks are allowed to be discharged on July 4th only, from 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.

The Kenmore Fireworks Show presented by Frank Lumber blasts off at 10:00 p.m. from the Log Boom Park pier (17415 61st Ave NE). Prior to the fireworks show, join in the festivities with fun activities and food vendors from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The event is free and all you need to bring is a blanket or chair!
As a reminder, personal fireworks are prohibited in Kenmore city limits.

Remember that fireworks are illegal within the city limits of Woodinville.

Photo courtesy City of Kenmore.

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Photo courtesy City of Kenmore.



Construction delayed on roundabout, a tight-squeeze for tractor-trailers

  • Written by Bill Lewis

Construction is expected to resume in two-to-three weeks on a traffic roundabout at NE 171st Street and 135th Avenue NE, near the Woodin Creek Village apartments.

Construction on the roundabout, which is part of the NE 171st street urban  parkway  project  that began in August 2016, was halted this spring when city staffers determined that its design might not accommodate very large tractor-trailers.

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Council approves office building, land-purchase option

  • Written by Bill Lewis

The Woodinville City Council cleared the way for a new headquarters building for Sierra Construction, when it voted June 20 to give up a right-of-way on the headquarters property and accepted an option to buy land near the property.

Roger Collins, owner of the Woodinville-based construction company, needed the city to vacate the right of way, in order to build the proposed 13,000-square-foot one-story structure and parking lot near the intersection of NE  Woodinville Duvall Road and NE North Woodinville Way.

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School spending rises to accommodate enrollment increases

  • Written by Bill Lewis

Spending in the Northshore School District could be up to $2 million higher than anticipated for the 2016-2017 schoolyear, due in large part to a larger than expected increase in school enrollment.

At its June 13 meeting, the Northshore School Board increased the appropriation from the district’s general fund by that amount, to $246.4 million for the district’s fiscal year that ends Aug. 31.

Chris Brenengen, the district’s finance director, said enrollment in the district increased by approximately 450 students in the current schoolyear from 2015-2016, or about 175 more new students than the district anticipated when the current budget was approved. Total enrollment in the district is about 22,000 students.

In addition to costs associated with higher enrollment, Brenengen said other expenses, including the need to pay some 2015-2016 costs from the current year’s budget also contributed to the need for the increased appropriation. The $2 million figure to cover costs of the last three months of the fiscal year is an estimate, he said, and the district may not need to spend all of those funds.

Because state financial support for the district increases as student enrollment rises, the district has the necessary funds to pay the additional expenses, but the school board’s action was necessary to allow the district to spend the money, according to School Superintendent Michelle Reid.

“With increased enrollment, came increased revenue,” Reid said, “but without the authority to spend  that increased revenue we were stuck.”

In its budgeting process, the district attempts not to over-estimate enrollment increases, Reid said.
Enrollment estimates “are conservative, so we do not inadvertently overstaff schools if kids don’t come,” she said.

SAR Responds to Fifth Rescue on Mt. Pilchuck in Two Weeks

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – The Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Unit and volunteers from Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue responded to yet another rescue at Mt. Pilchuck.  An 18 year-old woman from Sedro Woolley was on a day hike when she fell through the snow and lacerated her lower leg.  Search and Rescue were deployed just before 5 p.m., located the victim about 2 miles up the trail (above the snowline), and assisted her down from the mountain to the trailhead around 9 p.m.  She made her way to seek medical treatment via personal car.

Neither her or the adult male she was with were carrying the 10 essentials, nor were they equipped to traverse snow or stay overnight.  This is the fifth SAR rescue on Mt. Pilchuck since June 8.