Business

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.

09/21/2005

For the past three weeks, Diane Sewell of Burien has wondered about the victims of Hurricane Katrina, whose graphic images on television display their pain and loss.

"People recovering from a disaster, even though they need the stress relief, don't have taking care of themselves at the top of their list," Sewell noted recently.

As a licensed counselor, she has many concerns about the recovery of these victims - who include members of her own family.

Sewell's daughter, Jan Horn, son-in-law Mike, and three-year-old grandson Steel, have been foremost in her mind.<

09/21/2005
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COURTESY OF DIANE SEWELL

Mike, Jan and three-year-old Steel Horn felt the effects of Hurricane Katrina in Mobile, Alabama. Mike and Jan, fitness shop owners and bodybuilding competitors, helped with the relief effort in their hometown.

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.

09/21/2005

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 (

09/21/2005

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.

09/21/2005

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?

09/14/2005

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 financial fuel - will grow in the future, not shrink as forecasted in a previous economic study. Phelps is credited with straightening out the financial woes of Sound Transit's light rail project.

09/14/2005

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 only financial source - will grow in the future, not shrink as forecasted in a previous economic study. Phelps is credited with straightening out the financial woes of Sound Transit's light rail project.

09/14/2005

and Jackie Valencia-Mendoza

Times/News

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

09/14/2005
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AMBER TRILLO

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

King County Transit is looking beyond asphalt for transportation options in the coming years.

Harkening back to the days of the Mosquito Fleet, when hundreds of boats carried people as well as mail, merchandise and supplies around Puget Sound, King County Transit recently completed a study of the future potential for water taxis, passenger-only ferries and other vessels to help move people around.

Planners are quick to point out that waterborne transit could never replace cars, trucks, buses or van pools.

09/14/2005
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Matthew E. Durham

SO, THAT'S WHERE IT GOES. The Argosy ship Sightseer is the West Seattle water taxi. When it leaves Seacrest Park in West Seattle, it crosses Elliott Bay to Pier 55 near restaurants, the aquarium and many other waterfront attractions.

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