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.

A crowd of curious Burien residents turned out for a Sept.



This three-dimensional model view from the southeast of the proposed Burien Town Square shows the library/city hall in the lower right hand corner and the planned residential / retail buildings.

Street lights could go out in Burien next week.

Seattle City Light has told Water District 49 that on Wednesday, Sept. 28, it will pull the plug on street lights within the district unless delinquent payments from the past three years are made by then.

Earlier this summer, City Light notified the water district that unless $100,000 in delinquent charges is paid by Sept. 1, the street lights could go dark.

Water District 49 used to charge its customers for the street lights, then paid City Light.


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.


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.<



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.

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.


Compiled by Ralph Nichols


The Times/News recently submitted questions to Highline-area candidates on the ballot in the Sept. 20 primary election.

These races include King County Sheriff, the Burien and Des Moines city councils, and tWater District 49 and the Highline Water District.

The candidates' responses appear below . An * by a name denoted an incumbent.

King County Sheriff


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.


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?


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.


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.