Transportation

Editor's Note: With Highline schools set to resume classes on Wednesday, Sept. 7, Times/News reporter Eric Mathison recently talked with new Superintendent John Welch. Welch, previously deputy superintendent, replaced the retiring Dr. Joe McGeehan on July 1. Mathison has covered Highline schools for five years. This is part two of that interview; part one appeared Aug. 24.

In the elementaries, you launched a reading initiative. Are you going more toward a math initiative now?

Welch: Our performance in math is not where it needs to be.

08/31/2005

When Al Runte is asked a question his demeanor is one of calm assurance that he knows the subject and exactly what he wants to say.

He appears exactly what he once was, a professor of history and environment at the University of Washington for much of the 1980s. Since then he has been an environmental consultant, historian and author of books.

Al Runte has never before been a politician nor has he been an executive, yet he wants to be both by unseating strongly entrenched, if not universally popular Mayor Greg Nickels this fall.

08/31/2005
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Dean Wong

SEATTLE NEEDS A PROFESSOR. Former UW professor Al Runte says he has the leadership skills to replace one-term Mayor Greg Nickels.

The monorail to West Seattle can be built if the public and the Seattle City Council support it, acting monorail board chairman Kristina Hill said last week.

Since the project originated with the people, the project is not getting a fair share of attention from the state or the city, Hill told the West Seattle Herald.

"I think they see us as different kind of project than Sound Transit, which had two years to do a turnaround," said Hill.

08/24/2005

Darlene Madenwald said her top priorities in her first run for a Seattle City Council seat would largely focus on the growing healthcare concerns and quality of life.

"I would like a chance to make this city healthier," she said.

Madenwald, a 61-year-old nurse from Kansas, said she grew up with humble beginnings so she knows what it takes to persevere over rough odds and doubtful people.

She came to Seattle in 1966 to work at the University of Washington Hospital after finishing her bachelor's degree in nursing at the University of Wichita and then went on to t

08/24/2005
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monorail

We, the people of Seattle, voted to get the monorail four times for many reasons.

08/24/2005

While the tax cutters chop away at the public purse, Seattle and many other juristictions are dithering while the infrastructure crumbles and collapses.

08/24/2005

An average of 26 pedestrians die in King County each year as a result of crashes involving motor vehicles, according to a report by Public Health - Seattle & King County.

The report calls for increased pedestrian safety education and enforcement activities, in addition to convening partners to further explore and address pedestrian safety issues.

"Walking is one of the healthiest forms of transportation for people and the environment," said Dorothy Teeter, interim director and health officer.

08/24/2005

Acting chair for the Seattle Monorail Project, Kristina Hill, said she believes that with the support of the Seattle City Council and the community, the Monorail Project still has a chance to emerge as a successful mass transit system for the city.

Hill said since the project originated with the people, the project is not getting a fair share of attention from the state or the city.

"I think they see us as a different kind of project than Sound Transit who had two years to do a turnaround," said Hill.

08/24/2005

While the tax cutters chop away at the public purse, Seattle and many other juristictions are dithering while the infrastructure crumbles and collapses.

08/24/2005

Times/News Correspondent

The Port of Seattle will soon begin its acquisition of 17 North Burien homes, Burien City Council members were told Aug.

08/23/2005
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