Chopping the cost of the Green Line from a ridiculed $11 billion to $7 billion puts the monorail project back into the "realm of reasonableness," said Cleve Stockmeyer, a member of the Seattle Monorail Project board of directors.

Two weeks ago, a hired consultant presented financial recommendations to the monorail board that could also reduce the time it would take to pay off the project, from 50 to 39 years.

The announcement in late June of the $11 billion financing proposal was a surprise to the monorail board and its release hadn't been approved, Stockme


Thirty-nine years ago, Katie Dolan had trouble finding a school that would accept her son. He required special care because of his autism, a mental disorder that makes it difficult to interact socially.

Dolan, frustrated that her son and others like him couldn't get the care they needed, became one of the founding members of the Northwest Center in 1965, joining forces with four groups of parents to advocate for children with disabilities to ensure their rights to an education.


Dean Wong

Katie Dolan, one of the founders of the Northwest Center, was the keynote speaker at the 40th Anniversary celebration on Sept. 9.

Members of the Greater Des Moines Chamber of Commerce learned last week that the local business organization may merge soon with the Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce.

Business communities in Burien, SeaTac and Tukwila already are represented by the Southwest King County Chamber.

But, Des Moines Chamber president Jane Ipsen stated, "It's all discussion" at this time.


Special to the Times/News

For 58 years, since 1947, our Chamber of Commerce has worked together with local businesses and residents for the community's good.

But by year's end, the Greater Des Moines Chamber of Commerce as we have known it may close their office doors for the last time.

We're positioning ourselves to access more resources for future business growth and economic development here," Chamber President Jane Ipsen declared last week.

The Chamber's board of directors has begun discussions with the Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce (


I wish to extend a sincere thanks to the folks who have been working so hard to get things ready to go to Texas to help the victims of Katrina.

Thank you to Mayor Gibb and his wife, Councilman Steven Lamphear, Councilman Jack Block Jr.


and Jackie Valencia-Mendoza


The old Gottschalk's (still Lamonts to some) opened its doors again last week.

The woman's department was stocked, shoes came in all sizes and styles, and the toy section was large enough to make one wonder if FAO Schwartz had reemerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Women, men, and children circled the store, squeaky wheeled shopping carts in tow, filled to the top with everything from baby blankets to toaster ovens.

Yet this was not a grand opening sale but a grand gesture by volunteers wanting to do s



Inside the old Gottschalk's building, Diana Anderson, left, and Jennifer Sullivan sort through a mountain of donated shoes.

Fly the flag Sept. 17-24

September 17, 1787, is the day the Constitution of the United States was signed. This Constitution together with the Bill of Rights have given us the finest form of government desired by man!

It's the duty and responsibility of each citizen to help preserve this form of government, by obeying the laws, respecting the rights and property of others, by displaying our flag and by showing that we are a Nation of United and Responsible people.

In 1956, Congress passed a resolution designating the week beginning Sept.


hurricane relief

By Rebekah Schilperoort

Many Ballard residents, business and organizations are rolling up their sleeves in an effort to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. The Category 5 hurricane pounded the Gulf Coast and led to the destruction and evacuation of New Orleans, LA and other cities almost two weeks ago.

Now hundreds of thousands of American people are left to wonder where their next meal will come from and where they and their families will sleep. How will they start over?


A financial adviser hired to recommend new ways to pay for the monorail presented a plan to cut costs from $11 billion paid over 50 years to $7 billion that could be paid off in 39 years.

Kevin Phelps predicts revenue from Seattle's motor vehicle excise tax - the monorail's fin