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Articles from the August 23, 2011 edition

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 By Washington State Department Of Transportation    News    August 23, 2011

Larger rock blast scheduled for tonight on I-90 east of Snoqualmie Pass

HYAK – Crews are blasting larger amounts of rock closer to Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass tonight. Depending on the amount of material that comes down from the blast, it may take crews longer to clear debris, which could result in a...

 
 By Lisa Finley    Columns    August 23, 2011

The bad news and the good news

My friend received a speeding ticket and went to court in hopes to have the fine reduced. She was seated in the waiting room, scoping out the others waiting with her. She immediately categorized most of them as shady characters due to their somewhat...

 
 By Rev. James L. Snyder    Columns    August 23, 2011

On joining the Over-the-Hill gang

A friend of mine said to me recently, “Old boy, how’s it feel to be a member of the Over-the-Hill gang?” I mumbled something as politely as I could, but on the inside, I was a little furious. I may be getting older, but I...

 
 By Colquitt Nash    Columns    August 23, 2011

Keep on Going

One day a painter sold a Picasso painting to a friend. The friend, who knew Picasso, took it to him to verify it. Picasso took one look and said, “It’s a fake.” The next day the seller was accused of fraud but he protested to his...

 
 By Journal Staff    News    August 23, 2011

Resident and four legged friend enter to win dream dog park

Local resident Brienne Frazee and her four-legged friend Bailie are finalists in the Beneful® Dream Dog Park Contest. Frazee and Bailie are one of 15 finalists entered to win a $500,000 makeover for a Lake Stevens area dog park. The grand prize...

 
 By Pam Stevens    News    August 23, 2011

Reardon, Hope in for a tough race for Snohomish County Executive

It has been evident since the primary race began that incumbent Aaron Readon and Rep. Mike Hope were both going to have a tough campaign in the race for Snohomish County Executive. Now that the...

 
 By Journal Staff    News    August 23, 2011

Pertussis claims a small life in Snohomish County

Snohomish Health District reports the death on August 16, 2011, of a newborn child from pertussis, or “whooping cough.” The Snohomish County infant’s illness brings to the number of confirmed cases to 52 reported in Snohomish...

 
 By Pam Stevens    News    August 23, 2011

Missing L.S. man’s body found in Snohomish

Lake Stevens resident Edward Joseph Kirgan, 48, left Bert’s Tavern in Bothell on Sunday, August 14 on his 1997 Honda VTX motorcycle and was not seen or heard from after that. Kirgan’s fami...

 
 By Journal Staff    News    August 23, 2011

Middle level students prepare to lead

Students from local middle and mid high schools. Local students from North Lake Middle School, Lake Stevens Middle School, and Cavelero Mid High boarded a bus on August 5 to head to Chinook...

 
 By Journal Staff    News    August 23, 2011

Liquor Control Board selects stores in spirits tasting pilot

Beginning September 1, the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) will implement a year-long spirits tasting pilot in 30 state, contract and tribal liquor stores statewide. The Lake Stevens store in Frontier Village was chosen as one of those...

 
 By Journal Staff    News    August 23, 2011

Dry weather prompts burn ban in unincorporated county

Due to high fire danger and expected hot and dry weather conditions, a modified outdoor burning ban for unincorporated areas of Snohomish County is now in effect. This restriction bans outdoor burning except for recreational fires. All outdoor burn...

 
 By Journal Staff    News    August 23, 2011

Community invited to meet new GFSD employees

Linda Hall, the new GFSD Superintendent. Michele Wadeikis, the new GFHS Principle. The Granite Falls community is invited to attend a community reception to meet two new Granite Falls School District...

 
 By Journal Staff    Lights & Sirens    August 23, 2011

August 24 Lights and Sirens

Collision, 08/07/2011, 12200 block 17th Pl. NE A vehicle rolled off the end of the boat launch and was completely submerged when the driver accidently stepped on the gas instead of the brake while attemping to put his trailer in the water. Snohomish...

 
 Opinions    August 23, 2011

Letters to the Editor August 24, 2011

Thank you from the Kiwanis Club for Aquafest volunteers Dear Editor, The Lake Stevens Kiwanis Club would like to thank the volunteers who gave their time to make this Aquafest event a great success. We couldn’t do this without you. Thank you...

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinions    August 23, 2011

Americans should get their heads out of the clouds

Americans live in an idealistic world where, no matter what happens, we’ll still be able to go home at night and switch on the lights or pull into a filling station and gas up the family SUV. Most folks — including many elected officials...

 
 By Washington State Department Of Transportation - News    News    August 23, 2011

Federal Highway Administration approves SR 99 tunnel to replace Alaskan Way Viaduct

SEATTLE – After 10 years of environmental review and analysis, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today signed a record of decision allowing the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to begin final design and...