In other items: Griffin Creek to get interpretive signs; Inglemoor's school newspaper honored; and Women in Need raises record amount.

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The City Attorney’s Office has decided not to appeal a recent decision by a hearing examiner that requires Bellevue to grant a business permit to a man wishing to sell guns out of his home.

The city had denied Albert Kwan the permit last year after neighbors on his cul-de-sac in the 1300 block of Northeast 10th Street complained of possible traffic and safety issues. Kwan, 50, appealed the city’s denial to a hearing officer and won earlier this month.

Kwan will be required to follow certain restrictions regarding the number of hours his shop is open, the number of rounds of ammunition he stocks, and procedures for showing and testing the equipment.

However, Kwan cannot open the business without a federal firearms license needed to sell or manufacture guns or ammunition. He had one, but the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives did not renew it in 2003, saying he did not have a required commercial site from which to operate. He is appealing that denial in a case set for trial in October in U.S. District Court in Tacoma.


Griffin Creek to get interpretive signs

King County and the Washington Fly Fishing Club will dedicate new educational signs at noon today at the Griffin Creek Natural Area south of Carnation. The signs, which include the phrase, “Do salmon grow on trees?,” will describe Griffin Creek’s ecosystem.

Twice a year, members of the 61-year-old club plant trees and remove invasive plants along Griffin Creek. The stream is considered one of the healthiest in the Snoqualmie watershed area and sustains one of the largest stocks of wild coho salmon in the county.

These signs are part of an interpretive-sign series being erected along the Snoqualmie Valley Trail to boost awareness of salmon, forests and watershed conservation.

The Griffin Creek Natural Area is located about 1.5 miles south of Carnation on Highway 203. Turn east on Northeast 11th Street and drive a quarter-mile to the Snoqualmie Valley Trail.


Inglemoor’s school newspaper honored

The Nordic News, Inglemoor High School’s student newspaper, won a first-place award in the American Scholastic Press Association’s annual competition. A staff of 29 students publishes the 1,800-circulation newspaper every five weeks.

The 2004 yearbooks from Bellevue High School, Eastlake High School in Sammamish, Redmond High School and Islander Middle School on Mercer Island also won first-place awards. The Bear Creek School near Redmond won a second for its yearbook.


Women in Need raises record amount

Washington Women in Need raised $253,000 at Wednesday’s 12th annual spring luncheon at the Meydenbauer Center. Women in Need provides education and health-care assistance to low-income women.

The record proceeds were donated by the 800 people who attended the event.

Founder Julia Pritt pays the nonprofit agency’s operating expenses, so all of the money donated will assist clients.