WHS grad creates public art exhibit at WWU

  • Written by Don Mann
Former Woodinville High School student Joe Rudko (Class of 2008) is getting some serious public exposure for his photography.

An art exhibition titled “Not Nature: New Photographic Works by Joe Rudko” will be on display through Monday, Nov. 7, in the lobby of the Science, Mathematics and Technology Education (SMATE) building on the campus of Western Washington University, where he is a senior fine arts student.

Rudko completed the work last summer as the first Marine Sciences and the Arts intern at Western’s Shannon Point Marine Center (SPMC) in Anacortes.

In “Not Nature,” Rudko uses photography to study everyday juxtapositions that give clues about human interactions with our physical environment. The work highlights “disruption in the landscape through human presence and intervention,” Rudko said.

He developed the work during his internship at Shannon Point alongside undergraduate Marine Sciences interns from around the country.

“The SPMC internship exposed me to the day-to-day workings of marine scientists and a field of study outside of my fine art experience,” he said.

The internship was initiated by SPMC Director and Professor Steve Sulkin as an experiment funded by SPMC in a collaboration across disciplines.

“Scientists need to communicate and see their research in a larger context,” said Sulkin, adding that by bringing a budding artist together with young scientists, the internship challenges students with different backgrounds to have a broader understanding of their work.

‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ at Hollywood Hill Elementary

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

HHills Cast
Photograph by Angela Dubois Cast (3rd through 6th grade) of “The Emperor’s New Clothes”
Musical Intensive Cast presents “The Emperor’s New Clothes” November 4 at 4:30 and 7 p.m. in the Hollywood Hill Elementary School gym.

Don’t miss this magical tale featuring the Farabutto sisters as they scheme to sell the king their imaginary fashions.

Everyone will enjoy this night of music and energy as we follow the antics of the Average Fairy Tale Kingdom.

No one in the kingdom wants to admit they can’t see the invisible fabric — but the prince tells the truth!

Tickets for this fun-for-the-whole family event are $3 for kids and $5 for adults. For ticket reservations, call (425) 408-4700.

Hollywood Hills Elementary  School is located at 17110 148th Ave NE, Woodiniville.

Video Voters Guide on King County TV

  • Written by King County Council Communications

Will run through November 8 postmark date for mail-in ballots

King County voters working on their November general election ballots now have an additional resource for information about races and local measures.King County TV has made the Video Voters Guide for the November 8 election available both on TV and online.  King County TV will carry the Video Voters Guide at various times on Comcast and Broadstripe Cable 22. You can find specific viewing times at

The programs are also carried on the Seattle Channel and many local government access channels on Cable 21.

The programs are also available online at:

Viewers can receive information on candidates for:

• Metropolitan King County Council,

• King County Assessor

• King County Director of Elections

Each of the statements is up to two-minutes long and unedited.

The candidates and issues appear onscreen in the same order as they do on the ballot.

The Video Voters is a collaboration of King County TV, the Seattle Channel and the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission.

Reed predicts 47 percent will vote in general election

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Secretary of State Sam Reed is forecasting a 47 percent “turnout” for the General Election in Washington.

Reed, the state’s chief elections official, said that would be a little lower than the past two off-year elections, reflecting a lack of major races or hotly contested and controversial ballot measures that would spur heavy interest.

The turnout in 2009 was 50.9 percent and in 2007, it was a shade over 50 percent.  This year’s August primary also was down a bit from 2009, 29.54 percent versus 30.04 percent.

The largest county, King, is forecasting a 52 percent turnout, 53 percent in Seattle and 51 percent in the rest of the county.

As of today, there are 3,658,012 voters registered in Washington.

Ballots went out late last week, and “Election Day” on Tuesday, Nov. 8, is the deadline for postmarks or for ballots to be dropped off at an official dropbox or county elections department.  Military and overseas ballots were mailed by Oct. 9.

For the first time, the General Election is being conducted entirely by mail. At the insistence of the Legislature, Pierce County, the last holdout for some poll sites, made the switch to mail voting this summer.

“We certainly wish that half of more of our voters were casting ballots, since so many important local government offices and local issues before the voters and we have significant statewide ballot measures to deal with,” Reed said Wednesday.

“But at the same time, we know that election turnout is largely driven by good races across the state and hot ballot propositions that really galvanize people to vote. W

“We are not sensing that degree of voter interest, and, indeed, many people are more engaged in the 2012 presidential race, the governor’s race and other open offices, and the fight for the Legislature and congressional districts that soon will have new boundaries.”

There are no statewide elective offices on the ballot this year.

There are two special legislative elections to fill unexpired terms in Spokane Valley and the Vancouver area.

Voters face three statewide citizen initiatives – I-1125, sponsored by Tim Eyman, dealing with transportation tolling and light rail; I-1183, sponsored by Costco and others, to take the state out of the liquor retail business; and I-1163, sponsored by the Service Employees International Union, dealing with training and certification of homecare workers. The liquor measure has drawn record campaign contributions and a blizzard of television ads.  The other two measures have been lower profile.

The Legislature also placed two non-controversial constitutional amendments on the ballot. SJR8205 deals with residency requirement for presidential voting, bringing the state constitution into compliance with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling and affirming the state’s 30-day requirement.  SJR8206 would amend the “rainy day” state reserve fund to require contribution of a portion of extraordinary revenue growth in the future.

Voters may find information at and individualized information is available at

UW Bothell earns AACSB Business Accreditation

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

University of Washington Bothell has earned initial accreditation of its business degree programs by recent action of the Board of Directors of AACSB International —The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees in business and accounting.

UW Bothell joins an elite group of institutions that have achieved business accreditation from AACSB International.

Only 633 schools of business, or less than 5 percent worldwide, have earned this distinguished hallmark of excellence in management education.

To achieve accreditation, an institution’s business program must undergo a meticulous internal review and evaluation process.

During this period, the school must develop and implement a mission-driven plan to satisfy 21 quality standards relating to faculty qualification, strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students, as well as a commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in degree programs.

During the accreditation process, the University of Washington Bothell Business program was visited and evaluated by business school experts with detailed knowledge of management education, applying accreditation standards that are widely-accepted in the educational community.