Sammamish River Trail mural defaced

  • Written by Weekly Staff

What took more than a month to create, only took minutes to mar as vandals painted vulgarity across the mural Stacey Almgren and Nicole Monahan created alongside the Sammamish River Trail.

The defacing was discovered Friday and was reported on the Woodinville Neighbors Facebook page.

Woodinville City Council unanimously selected Almgren and Monahan from among a half-dozen applicants because they felt that their experience in the medium, personal connections to Woodinville and the creativity of their design and approach best qualified them to execute the project.

Plans are in the works to restore the mural. Dozens of followers on Woodinville Neighbors have offered to volunteer time in helping to do so.

Anyone with information on the defacing is asked to contact the Woodinville Police Department’s non-emergency number.

Local firefighters help battle California blaze

  • Written by Bob Kirkpatrick
John Deaver, Hugh Moag and Cody Barwell take a much-needed break. BFD photo.


SONOMA, Calif. — After a week of hard work, Bothell firefighters John Deaver, Cody Barwell, and Hugh Moag are on their way home.

The guys were among 16 other members of the Wildland Engine Strike Team, which included personnel from Eastside Fire and Rescue and the Duvall Fire Department that were deployed Monday morning Oct. 28 to Sonoma, Calif. to help battle the Kincade fire.

The blaze ignited on Oct. 24 and rapidly spread across 75,415 acres and as of Oct. 29 was just 15 percent contained.

Niki Strachila, PIO with the Bothell Fire Department said all of the firefighters deployed were “red card” certified, meaning they have been trained specifically in wildland firefighting, which is very different from traditional structural firefighting. She added crews most likely worked 12- to 24-hour shifts.

A total of seven task forces from 31 departments from Washington state were deployed to help fight the blaze.

Winds gusting up to 70 mph made it difficult to contain the fire and kept firefighters on high alert.

“Winds are extremely dangerous and unpredictable. When there are high winds, advanced safety measures are put into place,” Strachila said. "Firefighters will work to get in front of the fire.

“A common tactic used with high winds is the indirect attack method. A direct attack is too dangerous. Firefighters will use very large natural barriers such as eight-lane highways, lakes, even oceans or create very large barriers to help contain the fire.”

The goal behind barriers Strachila said is to ultimately take away the fire’s fuel source.

“A fire needs three things to ignite—heat, fuel, and oxygen. Local firefighters help battle California blaze Take away any of these three elements and it will extinguish.”

As of Monday, November 4, containment had reached 80 percent. The fire consumed over 78,000 acres, and 374 structures including 174 homes. No fatalities have been reported. Fire officials don’t expect to fully contain the blaze until November 7.

A statement from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office said California has received a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant to recover 75 percent of the eligible costs of fighting the Kincade Fire.

The grant will ensure the availability of resources and enable local, state and tribal agencies to receive reimbursement for fire suppression costs.

List naming new school narrowed to 11

  • Written by Bob Kirkpatrick


Elementary School #21 is scheduled to open in the fall of 2020. Bob Kirkpatrick/The Weekly


BOTHELL — For the past several months the Northshore School District has solicited input from community members, students, and staff and after careful review, the Elementary #21 Naming Committee has whittled the number of selections to fewer than a dozen.

“We received more than 700 submissions,” said Northshore School District PIO Lisa Youngblood Hall. “The committee has narrowed the selection down to 11 names and we are asking for public input to help in further narrow the choices.”

The name selection by the Committee was guided by Northshore School District Policy 9250, which was approved by the School Board in 2017 and sets clear criteria and guidelines for school names.

The name should be known and significant to the Northshore community, or identify the geographic area of the community served by the school, or honor a prominent individual, known locally or nationally, who has made a long-term contribution to the education of children.

“If a person’s name is selected for Elementary #21, then, in keeping with the Board’s desire for inclusion and equitable recognition, it will be named after an individual who is a part of a minoritized community,” said Youngblood Hall.

Based on those guidelines, the Committee selected the following 11 school names: 

• Ruby Bridges Elem.: First African American student to integrate an elementary school in the South.

• Bridges Elem.: Represents Ruby Bridges, as well as the importance of building bridges within the school and community. 

• Ruth Bader Ginsburg Elem.: Second woman to serve as United States Supreme Court Justice.

• Cecile Hansen Elem.: Elected chairwoman of the Duwamish Tribe since 1975 who has committed herself to gain tribal recognition by the government.

• Vi taqʷšəblu Hilbert Elem.: Member of the Upper Skagit Tribe and preservationist of Lushootseed culture and language.

•Dorothy Johnson Elem.: Helped implement the C.P. Johnson Humanitarian Award in the Northshore School District.

• Katherine Johnson Elem.: Instrumental at NASA with her expertise in mathematics and physics, which led to John Glenn’s successful flight.

• Audre Lorde Elem.: Former K-12 librarian, a founding member of an organization that raised concerns about women under apartheid.

• Michelle Obama Elem.: Former First Lady of the United States and advocate for education, poverty awareness, nutrition, physical activity, and healthy eating.

• Cecilia Payne Elementary: Astronomer who discovered what the sun was made of, but was never given credit.

• Sonia Sotomayor Elem.: First Latina to serve on the United States Supreme Court.

Another round of the survey Youngblood Hall said will ask individuals to choose from the list of 11.

“We encourage students, staff, families and community members to once again submit their feedback from the 11 names listed. At the same time, we also will collect feedback from focus groups made up of students who will attend the new elementary. Survey responses may be submitted through Friday, November 15.

“Once the feedback window closes, the Committee will meet to review the feedback and finalize three to five recommended names for the School Board. At their December 9 meeting, the School Board will select, approve and announce the name of our newest elementary school.”

Elementary #21 is under construction and is on schedule to open in the Fall of 2020.

Weekly hosting reader focus group

  • Written by Weekly Staff

The Woodinville Weekly wants to hear from you, and as such is hosting a reader focus group event at 5 p.m. on Nov. 14 at Chateau Lil, 14208 Redmond-Woodinville Rd NE Suite 100.

“The purpose of the focus group is to connect with readers so we better understand their news consumption habits and preferences,” said Woodinville Weekly Publisher and Owner Eric LaFontaine. “We’re looking for complete audience participation —wanting audience interaction and feedback—and want to help readers better understand our membership model.”

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King County voters approve lifesaving Medic One Levy

  • Written by Daniel DeMay|KCC Media


Medic One provides emergency services to 2.2 million people countywide. Seattle Times photo.


Voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a Medic One levy that will fund countywide emergency medical services (EMS) for 2020-2025. Unofficial results showed 79.1 percent of voters approved the measure. This levy replaces an expiring Medic One levy that has provided critical funding to the EMS system for the past six years.

“When voters overwhelmingly approved Prop. 1, they voted to ensure that King County residents have access to life-saving help in an emergency medical situation,” said King County Council Vice Chair Reagan Dunn. “I’m proud that our EMS system is widely recognized as one the best in the world and am gratified that the voters decided to maintain this high standard of service.”

Councilmember Dunn was the primary sponsor of the County legislation that placed the Medic One/EMS levy on the Nov. 5 general election ballot. The legislation received unanimous support when it was approved by the King County Council in June 2019.

Dunn also sponsored previous EMS levy reauthorizations in 2006 and 2012. He currently serves on the EMS Advisory Task Force.

“Reagan continues to work to ensure that EMS services are fully funded and ready to respond to medical emergencies,” said Greg Markely, a firefighter with the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority. “We value Councilmember Dunn’s support for the firefighters, paramedics, and EMS professionals of King County.”

The 2020-2025 Medic One/EMS levy is a property tax levy of 26.5 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, which will cost the owner of a $500,000 home approximately $133 a year. This is 7 cents lower than the rate of the previous levy at passage.

King County’s Medic One System handles all 911 emergency calls within the County and 

It has been supported by a property tax levy since its founding in 1979. Survival rates for patients treated by Medic One are among the highest in the world.