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