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The northbound Interstate 405 onramp from Totem Lake Boulevard in Kirkland will be closed so crews can realign and connect it to the rebuilt Northeast 124th Street onramp.

Crews will close the ramp from Totem Lake Boulevard from 9 p.m. today to 5 a.m. tomorrow, then again from 9 p.m. tomorrow until 5 a.m. Monday. The northbound I-405 onramp from Northeast 124th Street will remain open.


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Council keeps forest wild

The Metropolitan King County Council has approved a measure providing $30 million in short-term financing for several open-space projects, including the purchase of development rights to the Snoqualmie Forest.

The $22.5 million purchase ensures the 108,000 acres of forest will remain protected from residential, commercial or industrial development.

The parcel, east of Carnation between Interstate 90 and Highway 2, is owned by the Hancock Timber Resources Group. Hancock continues to own and log the land, but the county chose to buy the development rights to ensure that if Hancock or a future landowner decides to stop logging, the land cannot be used for housing, retail or other development.


Volunteer sought for design board

Redmond is looking for a volunteer for its seven-member Design Review Board, which reviews and advises the City Council on site plans; landscape and architectural design; and colors and materials for commercial, industrial and multifamily projects.

The board is made up of five professionals from the fields of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design, and two residents representing the community at large.

The current vacancy is for a design professional. Candidates do not have to be Redmond residents. Mandatory meetings are held the first and third Thursday evenings of each month.

Interested professionals should complete an application available at www.redmond.gov or by calling 425-556-2101. Applications are due at the mayor’s office by 5 p.m. tomorrow.


Meetings invite transit ideas

King County Metro is inviting anyone with ideas on how to improve future transit service for parts of East King County to attend a series of meetings with transit planners around the Eastside.

Dates, times and locations are: Monday, 6-8:30 p.m., Kirkland Heritage Hall, 203 Market Street; Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Redmond Public Library, 15990 N.E. 85th Street; Oct. 28, noon-12:30 p.m., Bellevue Congregational Church, 752 108th Ave. N.E.; Oct. 29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., an information table at Crossroads Mall, 15600 N.E. Eighth Street, Bellevue.

For more information, contact Barbara deMichele at 206-263-3792 or TTY relay 711.

Metro will accept comments through Oct. 31 at http://transit.metrokc.gov, or detailed voice mail can be left at 206-684-1146.


Lawmaker hosts sex-offender forum

Rep. Jay Rodne, R-Snoqualmie, will host a community forum on sex offenders from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday in the Eagle Room of the Issaquah Police Station, 130 East Sunset Way.

State legislators will talk about sex-offender sentencing, registration, monitoring and treatment. The forum also will provide a chance to discuss other proposals that may be introduced in the 2006 legislative session, Rodne said.

For more information, contact Rodne at 360-786-7852 or rodne.jay@leg.wa.gov.

Seattle Times Eastside bureau