The Port of Seattle is offering $300,000 in grants to local governments or interested groups for projects that will enhance streams near Sea-Tac International Airport.

These grants will provide $150,000 for projects in the Des Moines Creek watershed, and an equal amount for work in the watershed comprised by Miller and Walker Creeks.

The Port committed to offering these grants as part of its mitigation plan for the environmental impacts of construction at Sea-Tac.

In addition, the Port is doing $155 million worth of mitigation on property it owns


Beginning Oct. 1, King County residents and businesses will be prohibited from disposing of computers, laptops, monitors, television sets and cell phones in the garbage or at transfer stations.

The county's ban on electronics disposal aims to encourage recycling of the valuable materials contained in these products, and to reduce the amount of heavy metals and other hazardous materials in our environment.

Each day in Washington, approximately 1,600 computers become obsolete.


Evaluate intangibles too

Tests of one kind or another have always been with us. Many tests are necessary, worthwhile, and are the only or best way to measure something.

Lately however, with more and more weight put behind standardized testing it seems tests have become a be-all, end-all - something they should not be.

As a teacher I see the effects of the drive to conquer the WASL, Washington's assessment of student learning.


We are sending $100 to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts in the Gulf States. We know they will get contributions from across the land, and they should. The damage in human terms is ineffably sad.

As I wandered around last week, acquaintances in the community had different responses to the tragedy caused by Hurricane Katrina, a killer storm with a diminutive name. Some said "Watch the price of consumer goods go way up!



There's more than one way to live.

I was reminded of that again in August when Marge's family stayed with us during part of our vacation.

The three of them live in a tiny apartment on the lower east side of New York City.

I love our home in the leafy suburbs. I like to putter in my small garden on the back 40 (feet not acres).

But my brother-in-law feels stranded in the suburbs. He loves his daily walk to the local grocery store to pick up that morning's New York Times and the day's supply of fresh vegetables and fruit.


Fall lawn care tips require use of the elements

Lawns (a.k.a. turf) have gotten a bad rap of late. A lush lawn used to mean intensive water and fertilizer use. Today, however, the home gardener has a much greater understanding of the environment and local ecologies. We have many more organic products from which to choose, and the grass seed blends available at local garden centers are formulated specifically for our soil conditions and climate.


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.


The city of Seattle could take Harbor Island off its list of potential sites for a garbage-handling facility because the Port of Seattle might need the property for its growing shipping business.

Seattle Public Utilities has been looking for a site to build a "solid waste intermodal transfer facility," a place where the city's garbage would be compacted, packed into shipping containers, and then loaded onto railroad cars for shipment to a landfill in Eastern Oregon.

King County has plans to build a similar facility and has already purchased the old Fisher flour mill on Ha


Matthew E. Durham

PORT MAY KEEP PROPERTY. The city considered one of two sites for a garbage transfer terminal on Harbor Island, on either side of the Fisher Flour mill, the large structure to the right. That facility is owned by the county for a future garbage facility, but the city needs a facility sooner. It may have to look at Georgetown because the Port of Seattle says it may need the Harbor Island Sites for container storage.

Burien's non-profit Environmental Science Center will host its annual fundraiser at Seahurst Park Sunday, Aug. 7.

Speakers at the 4 p.m. event will include former Gov.


The comings and goings of garbage trucks at the city's proposed intermodal solid-waste transfer facility being considered for Harbor Island wouldn't much affect other traffic, according to a transportation consultant.

Garbage trucks from throughout the city would haul their loads to the planned facility, where the refuse would be compacted and placed inside sealed containers for shipment by train to a landfill in eastern Oregon.

Planners from Seattle Public Utilities and their private consultants presented the results of their draft supplemental environmental impact statement to the public at West Seattle High School last week. In addition to transportation impacts, planners also studied how much odor and noise such a facility would create. Its effects on water quality, plants and animals were studied too.

Engineering consultants Heffron Transportation studied traffic patterns around all four sites being considered by Seattle Public Utilities for the future garbage-handling facility. Two sites being studied are in the area around the former Fisher flour mill.


Eric BellNEW VIEW OF NEW PARK. The recently rebuilt Luna Park in the 1100 block of Alki Ave Southwest as seen from a kayaker's point of view on one of our recent "spring" days. Note the resting rollerblader on the new dock-like park. .

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