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


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.


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


With a smile that lights up the air around her, Grace Mason O'Neill takes up her sewing every Thursday morning at the American Cancer Society's Discovery Shop on California Avenue.

She is called "Amazing Grace" not only because of her magical smile or the bright brown eyes that concentrate so intently on her mending, nor is it her nimble fingers that guide fine steel instruments so surely along their restorative path.


GRACE IN 1927. The year Grace Mason O'Neill became Miss West Seattle.

A few minutes after a corps of Seattle city department heads outlined the fact taxes would not soar nor would services be severely curtailed in the unincorporated North Highline area of it annexed to the city, a report on four focus groups showed residents of the area are not really hot about anything except keeping the status quo.

One of the four groups couldn't come to any decision on whether the area should remain in King County, become their own city, join Burien or annex to Seattle.

"To conclude, age, taxes and lack of information made for an often inflexible discuss



The man once convicted of murder for killing 20-year-old Kristopher Kime in 2001 now faces a lesser charge of manslaughter in connection with the crime.

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Times/News Correspondent

Revenue created by a property tax levy lid lift could help reduce Des Moines' crime rate to 1999 levels, Police Chief Roger Baker told city council members on Aug. 18.

Baker emphasized that no new police officers would be added to the department with revenue generated by the levy increase.

Instead, he said it would allow the department to restore positions that were cut after passage of Initiative 695 in 1999.

If council members agree on Sept.



Monorail planners should figure out how many miles of guideway and how many stations can be built for $1.5 billion and, if necessary, get ready to put an altered version of the Green Line before the voters this fall, said Cleve Stockmeyer, one of two elected representatives on the Seattle Monorail Project board of directors.

Stockmeyer also recommended building a dual-beam guideway on the West Seattle Bridge instead of a single-beam guideway as had previously been planned.

Mayor Greg Nickels weighed into the fray last week with a letter


Plastic grass has far-reaching implications


This week Seattle Parks Superintendent Ken Bounds will make a decision regarding installing plastic turf on Loyal Heights Playfield. Although Loyal Heights is just a drop in the overall Seattle Parks Department's bucket of proposals, the implications are far more reaching.

I, and most other citizens of our city, celebrate the Mayor's work to curb global warming. I am proud to live in a city guided by the mayor's leadership in efforts like this.


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A hotel, long-sought by supporters of downtown business development, may be coming to Burien.

City lawmakers were expected to consider on Aug.

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