In other items: Woman hospitalized after fire at Federal Way home; Spokane City Council approves parking-garage deal; and students get to learn custodial engineering at Oregon school.
A man was shot and killed and another was wounded Saturday during an apparent domestic-violence incident in Enumclaw.
Enumclaw police were called to a house about 10:30 p.m. and found one man dead and another who had been shot three times. Police said the shootings occurred after one of the men showed up at his ex-wife’s house.
That man allegedly shot and killed his estranged wife’s boyfriend, according to police. Police did not say how the ex-husband sustained his injuries.
The injured man was in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center. The men’s names were not released.
Woman hospitalized after fire at home
A woman was hospitalized yesterday after a fire tore through her home in the 3000 block of Second Place Southwest.
Fire crews were dispatched to the house at 3:04 p.m. after a fire started in an attached workshop. When firefighters arrived, flames were spreading into the house and attic, said Federal Way Deputy Fire Chief Jerry Thorson.
The Red Cross is helping residents of the house find temporary housing, spokeswoman Janet Lawless said.
City Council approves parking-garage deal
The Spokane City Council on Saturday approved an agreement to end the long-running parking-garage dispute between the city and developers of downtown River Park Square.
The deal would get the city out of the parking-garage business, repay U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) block-grant funds, and drop most legal claims. The mall developer would get title to the garage.
The agreement, approved 5-2, must be submitted for the approval of the federal judge handling a lawsuit alleging fraud and misrepresentation in construction bonds for the project.
Portions of the pact also must be cleared by HUD.
The dispute stemmed from the city’s participation in the $110 million redevelopment of the mall, which is linked to City Hall with a sky bridge.
River Park Square is owned by affiliates of Cowles Publishing, which publishes The Spokesman-Review newspaper.
Under the settlement, the city and the developer would drop legal claims against each other. The mall parking garage was built with public and private money and was to be backed by city parking-meter revenues. When garage revenues fell short, the council refused to spend the meter money, prompting the lawsuits.
Students get to learn custodial engineering
Students at Three Rivers School do more than the basic reading, writing and arithmetic. They also sweep, mop and take out the garbage.
The students are learning those skills because Oregon’s fast-growing Bend-La Pine School District reduced its custodial staff in a budget-saving move. At the same time, the district added two new schools and built several additions.
With fewer adult hands to clean the buildings, several elementary schools have asked kids to help after their schoolwork is done.
Not all schools involve kids in cleaning. And those that do say many of the kids love contributing and take pride in their work.
A blurb in the Nov. 4 school newsletter let parents know they could contact teachers if they objected to having their child help clean. No parents have complained, one principal said.