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Around Halloween, my thoughts wander down to Des Moines.

Des Moines used to be the home of the Scare House, which brought autumn thrill seekers into the Waterland City.

Invoking Des Moines' nickname reminds me of the Waterland Festival, which attracted the summer crowds.

Things are scary now in Des Moines, but it doesn't have much to do with the departure of the Halloween house or the giant summer festival.

In fact, bygone Waterland Festivals with the grand parade and marina carnival might have contributed to today's scary times

10/19/2005

Times/News Correspondent

The Des Moines City Council approved on Oct.

10/19/2005

The campaign for King County Proposition 1 - the Veterans and Healthy Communities Levy - was officially launched last week.

Proposition 1 would increase funding for health and human services - an estimated $13.3 million a year for six years - by raising the county's property tax by 5 cents per $1,000 of assessed value.The average homeowner would pay about $15 more in property tax on a $300,000 home.

Backers of the Veterans and Healthy Communities Levy said it is supported by community leaders, Democratic and Republican elected officials, businesses, hu

10/19/2005

ACME Bowling, Billiards and Events in Tukwila, one of the largest bowling and event venues on the West Coast, is scheduled to open in mid-November.

An $8 million entertainment center, ACME blends state-of-the-art technology with completely smoke-free bowling, billiards, dining and event space areas.

"This is definitely not your father's bowling alley," Gary Larson, founder and general manager of ACME Bowling, Billiards and Events, says of the 51,000 square feet facility.

"With ACME Bowl, we've created an entirely new entertainment experience for the region

10/19/2005

The campaign for King County Proposition 1 - the Veterans and Healthy Communities Levy - was officially launched last week.

Proposition 1 would increase funding for health and human services - an estimated $13.3 million a year for six years - by raising the county's property tax by 5 cents per $1,000 of assessed value.The average homeowner would pay about $15 more in property tax on a $300,000 home.

Backers of the Veterans and Healthy Communities Levy said it is supported by community leaders, Democratic and Republican elected officials, businesses, hu

10/19/2005

SPECIAL TO THE TIMES/NEWS

Governor Christine Gregoire will preside over the public dedication of the new Higher Education Center at Highline Community College in Des Moines on Tuesday, Oct.

10/19/2005

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Des Moines Proposition 1, which appears on November's general election ballot, would lift the city's property tax levy lid to raise additional funds for police services.

Backers of Proposition 1 state that, unlike other levy lift measures, the new funds will go directly to the police department, and may not be used by other city departments and will be audited by the state Auditor's Office.

The levy lid lift is endorsed by the community's Enhanced Public Safety Committee, a group of citizen volunteers that grew out of last summer's Des Moines Mayor's Leadership Summit.

10/19/2005

Next month marks a turning point in the history of the Junction, when Seattle voters will decide whether to kill or continue the monorail project.

The business district could return to its roots as a transportation site. After all, it's been called the Junction since 1907 because the California Avenue streetcar line met the Fauntleroy streetcar, at Alaska Street and California Avenue.

If voters give the monorail their blessing, the Junction will become the southern terminus of a 10.6-mile monorail line.

10/19/2005

The campaign for King County Proposition 1 - the Veterans and Healthy Communities Levy - was officially launched last week.

Proposition 1 would increase funding for health and human services - an estimated $13.3 million a year for six years - by raising the county's property tax by 5 cents per $1,000 of assessed value.The average homeowner would pay about $15 more in property tax on a $300,000 home.

Backers of the Veterans and Healthy Communities Levy said it is supported by community leaders, Democratic and Republican elected officials, businesses, hu

10/19/2005

the BNT trots out that old bogeyman of Ballard Oil, Warren Aakervik,

the Burke-Gilman bicyclist. (Note to new editor: Welcome to

Ballard, where the only controversy older than the Burke-Gilman Trail

is whether lutefisk is food or a divine joke.)

Sadly, the article in this past edition, Trail troubles,

contained nothing new. It simply rehashed the same arguments that were

10/18/2005
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