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March 27, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Darrington commuters brace for lengthy journey

ARLINGTON– Families commuting between Arlington and Darrington for work and school are struggling to come to terms with the roadblock on state Highway 530 created by last Saturday’s mudslide. Jeff Voter, a fence repairman who lives in Darrington, says that his family is beginning to grasp the emotional and financial toll of a long and circuitous detour between…

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0 Comments | More in General news | Topics: Arlington, commute, Darrington

March 27, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Dirty, exhausted crews search a landscape ‘put in a blender’

Of all the descriptions offered of the debris field confronting rescuers at the site of the Oso-area mudslide, Washington National Guard Capt. Brad Sanders’ was perhaps the most apt: “So if you could imagine houses, trees and a bunch of mud put in a blender and run through a bit and dumped back on the…

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0 Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: fatalities, mudslide, Oso mudslide

March 25, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Chaplain: Families of missing ‘are in limbo’

ARLINGTON – In his nine years as a volunteer chaplain, Steve Schertzinger has learned well how to tell someone their loved one isn’t coming home. But nothing prepared him for the devastation of the mudslide on Saturday that has left so many families in doubt and desperate for news. “In a death notification, I know what to do,”…

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0 Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Arlington, Oso mudslide

March 24, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Prayer service for slide victims: ‘We are confused’

ARLINGTON — About 50 people gathered at Arlington United Church Monday evening for a half-hour prayer service led by Jessica Ronhaar, the family ministry director. “We confess that we are confused,” Ronhaar said. “Our emotions are high and our answers are few.” They prayed for the missing and the dead, for the tired searchers, for the displaced…

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0 Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Oso mudslide

March 19, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Seattle school board starts the clock on later start times for teens

The Seattle school board took the first official step Wednesday on a long journey toward later school start times for teens. But the changes won’t happen until the fall of 2016, if they happen at all. The board directed district staff to analyze the costs, logistics and potential disruptions around starting school later for middle and high school students,…

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0 Comments | More in Education, General news | Topics: Seattle Public Schools, Seattle School Board

March 5, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Northwest Center preschool parents rally to ‘stop the clock’

Parents from the Northwest Center Kids preschool, who are upset over having to find a new home, plan to rally today at a Seattle School Board meeting. They want the district to “stop the clock” on its plans to take back the former North Queen Anne Elementary building on First Avenue West, which the Northwest Center has leased since…

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February 12, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Lake Washington bond issue still falling short; others unchanged

The Lake Washington School District picked up some votes for its $755 million bond issue on the second day of counting ballots in the Feb. 11 special election. The percentage of yes votes crept up from just under 57 percent to just over 57 percent, but it was still short of the 60 percent it needs…

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0 Comments | More in Education, General news | Topics: Lake Washington School District, special election

February 11, 2014 at 8:31 PM

Bellevue school construction bond passing in early returns

Voters in Bellevue were showing their support Tuesday night for a $450 million school construction bond that was passing with almost 72 percent of the vote in first-day returns. In the Lake Washington school district, however, a $755 million bond issue was falling short of the required 60 percent, reaching about 57 percent in the initial count of  More

0 Comments | More in Education, General news | Topics: Bellevue School District, King County elections, Lake Washington School District

February 5, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Seattle School Board approves plan to save $3M in busing costs

The Seattle School Board Wednesday night streamlined the bus schedule for next year so that buses will arrive at schools at one of three times in the morning. The board approved the changes as part of a one-year plan that will trim about $3 million in transportation costs. Buses will arrive at most high schools and middle…

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0 Comments | More in Education | Topics: Seattle Public Schools, Seattle School Board

February 4, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Seattle schools: Principals may OK absences for Seahawks parade

Seattle Public Schools superintendent Jose Banda notified the district’s principals Tuesday afternoon that it will be up to them to decide whether to grant excused absences for students who attend the Seahawks victory parade on Wednesday.

Banda wrote in an email:

 I want you to have the flexibility to do what you feel is best for your school community. Under state regulation, you do have the discretion to decide if students who miss school tomorrow for the parade will be considered unexcused or excused. I will support your decision.

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