Don't be fooled into thinking it's election time again when brightly colored signs and posters begin showing up around Ballard this spring and summer. It's actually King County Metro's campaign to encourage the use of alternative modes of transportation.

"The idea is to create a buzz around doing something different," said Carol Cooper, the project's coordinator for Metro.

The grant-funded program In Motion has been promoted in four King County neighborhoods since 2004.


Pipers Creek Fish Passage at Mary Ave NW Sewer

SEPA Determination of Nonsignificance (DNS)

Description of Proposal:

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) will add logs and boulders to lower Pipers Creek and to a tributary, Venema Creek. The work will take place in Carkeek Park. The purposes of the work in Pipers Creek are to: stabilize an existing sewer line that is at risk of failure, provide permanent boulder weirs to allow fish to swim over the sewer line, and add additional logs and boulders to provide instream habitat for fish.


Another Highline schools bond election is coming up in less than a month.

On March 14, Highline voters will be asked to approve a $148 million bond to build schools in Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park and SeaTac as well as finance other district upgrades

Beyond the five schools (two in Des Moines), this measure is loaded with other goodies that should appeal to varied voting segments.

There’s money in the bond to rehabilitate Camp Waskowitz, add camera surveillance systems and fencing to secondary schools, upgrade technology, repair school roofs and


Highline-area residents can take unwanted bleach, bulbs, batteries and more to the King County Wastemobile in Des Moines Friday, Feb. 24-Sunday, Feb. 26.

The Wastemobile will be located in the north parking lot of Des Moines Marina from 10 a.m.


Bird lovers are mourning the death of Kevin Dean Li, a Ballard man who played a key role in the return of the Purple Martin to the Northwest.

Li passed away on January 30 after a scuba diving accident in the waters around Whidbey Island. Hundreds of people attended a memorial service at the Center for Urban Horticulture on February 3 in his honor.

The Ballard resident was 50 years old and was a fixture in the local and national birding community.

The Purple Martin is a songbird and the largest swallow on the continent.


A Seattle Parks Department study of beach fires at Golden Gardens and Alki Beach recommends continuing to allow such fires, at least through 2006.

Just two years ago, parks department staff had recommended closing both locations to recreational fires because of safety and air quality issues.

According to Adam Cole, an environmental stewardship coordinator for the Seattle Parks Department, the recommendation was made because of a significant drop in illegal burning in both parks.


The Seattle City Council last week unanimously chose Sally J. Clark to fill the council position vacated by Jim Compton.

Clark comes to the Council from Lifelong AIDS Alliance as director of community resources, said a council news release. She has served as legislative aid for the King County Council and has been a marketing and logistics assistant for the Cascade Center for Leadership and Public Services.


The Washington Legislature went back into session this week and West Seattle's Sen. Erik Poulsen, focuses frequently on environmental issues, an arena where he has clout as chairman of the Senate Water, Energy and Environment Committee.

Poulsen wants to push alternative fuels such as biodiesel and ethanol. Biodiesel could be made from canola seed oil or mustard seed, two crops that grow well in Washington and need little irrigation. Ethanol is made from fermented wheat and other plants.


Months after the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation decided to implement the Loyal Heights Playfield Improvement project, which will add synthetic turf in place of natural grass and additional lighting, some Ballard residents have formerly appealed the process through Seattle’s Office of Hearing Examiner.

The parks department asserts that synthetic turf and other changes to the playfield will increase the usability of the field as well as pose “insignificant adverse impacts upon the environment,” according to the parks department’s Determination of No


I was viewing a recent meeting of the Burien City Council when everyone was discussing the viability of the environmental studies structure planned for Seahurst Park and realized that I had some concerns.

First of all, I have to say that I have known Georgette Valle practically my whole life and consider her a friend and have great respect for her contributions to local politics as a former city council member and a legislator in Olympia.

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