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Articles published Tue, Aug 23, 2011

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

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 construction of the State Route 99 tunnel beneath downtown Seattle.

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

Drivers should plan for more than an hour of added travel time


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.


Letters to the Editor August 24, 2011



August 24 Lights and Sirens

The police department responded to 651 incidents in the week of August 7 through August 13, 2011. The following is a brief summary of some of the more notable contacts:


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

L.S. starts races for Mayor, council seats

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.

Liquor Control Board selects stores in spirits tasting pilot

Lake Stevens store one of the chosen

Community invited to meet new GFSD employees

The Granite Falls community is invited to attend a community reception to meet two new Granite Falls School District employees.

Middle level students prepare to lead

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 Leadership Camp in Randle, Washington.

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.

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.

Pertussis claims a small life in Snohomish County

Number of cases of confirmed whooping cough double from 2010


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.

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 definitely am not old! In fact, I plan to get older every day.

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.”