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Construction starts on just-named new high school

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

The new high school in the north end of the Northshore School District will be known as North Creek High School, the school board decided last Tuesday. The next day, a groundbreaking ceremony officially started construction on the high school.

“It’ll be nice to not call it ‘the fourth comprehensive high school’ and actually call it by a name,” Janet Quinn, the school board president, said at the meeting.

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Candidates for State Legislature discuss education funding and transportation

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

At last week’s candidate forum, hosted by the Woodinville Chamber of Commerce, candidates from the 45th legislative district came to Woodinville to share their opinions on education, transportation and economic development.
The McCleary decision, in which the state Supreme Court ruled that Washington state is violating its constitution for failing to fund education, was a hot topic. So were tax loopholes and the Legislature’s failure to pass a transportation package. The candidates for the State Legislature had a chance to introduce themselves, then they each answered three questions that were chosen randomly, before they gave closing statements.

Matt Isenhower, the Democratic candidate for State Senate, and Democratic Representative Larry Springer said that to educate students well, the state needs to ensure they’re not living in poverty.

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Bill the Butcher closes suddenly after five years

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

All six Seattle-area branches of Bill the Butcher, including the Woodinville store, closed without warning two weeks ago. Now, the Woodinville store’s landlord is ready to evict Bill the Butcher this week if the company doesn’t pay the rent it owes or vacate the store.

The blog Seattle Eater reported on Oct. 7 that Bill the Butcher closed all its Seattle-area locations, at least temporarily, after years of financial trouble. The Seattle Times reported that Bill the Butcher spent hundreds of thousands of dollars over two years toward a $2 million-plus, five-bedroom home for CEO J’Amy Owens.

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Substitute teacher arrested for possession of child pornography

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

A Woodinville man who worked as a substitute teacher for the Northshore School District was arrested last week for possession of child pornography, according to the Kirkland Police Department.

Kurtis L. Kasner, 72, was arrested on Oct. 15 and booked into the King County Jail. His bail was set at $500,000 at his arraignment, Lt. Mike Murray with the Kirkland Police Department said.

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Don’t lose yourself to identity theft

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

If your identity is stolen, what will you do? Do you know your rights? Knowing what to do is important because an identity thief can hijack your tax refund, alter your medical records, prevent you from getting credit or a job and even borrow money in your child’s name.

Charles Hitz, an identity theft and computer security specialist, will be presenting a seminar on how to protect your identity on Oct. 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Kingsgate Library located at 12315 NE 143rd St in Kirkland. This seminar will encourage people to make identity protection part of their regular routine and reduce their risk of identity theft happening to themselves, to their families and to businesses.

“Knowing how to protect your personal information can reduce the risk of identity theft,” Hitz said.

Contact Hitz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or leave a message at (425) 412-6508 for any questions or comments concerning this upcoming seminar.