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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.

09/21/2005
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Dean Wong

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

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.

09/21/2005

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

On Sept. 6, just in time for rush-hour, the Alaskan Way Viaduct was closed south-bound. Commutes that should have been 20 minutes stretched past two hours as downtown became gridlocked.

Following the earthquake, when the Viaduct was closed in both directions, it was even worse, with commutes out of West Seattle sometimes spanning three hours. Now imagine this happening every day!

(Mayor Greg) Nickels says the Viaduct may not be replaced?

09/14/2005

On SW Holden, two women involved in a neighborly dispute live across the street from each other. They have resorted to posting derogatory signs about one another in their streetside windows. Officers have advised the two to get anti-harassment orders and to refrain from posting the signs.

On 7th SW, two pitbulls got loose, entered a nearby garage, and killed the neighbor's $2,000 Pomeranian. This is the second time the dogs have attacked. The owner said he would call Animal Control and have the two put to sleep.

A burglar made it easy for officers to track him down.

09/14/2005

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.

Last week, a hired consultant presented financial recommendations to the monorail board that also could 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 to the public hadn't been approve

09/14/2005

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
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