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King County will remain the only entity negotiating with BNSF Railway for the purchase of its 47-mile-long Eastside rail corridor, which extends from Renton to the city of Snohomish.

The county requested and received an extension from BNSF through Dec. 31 after the previous exclusive negotiating period expired last month. The county will use the extra months to finish appraising the corridor’s value, said Rod Brandon, the county director of environmental sustainability.

County leaders would like to transform the 100-foot-wide rail corridor into a major trail, a route for public transit or some combination of the two. The council recently voiced its support for keeping the Spirit of Washington Dinner Train as part of the corridor as well.


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I-90 crash victim’s name released

The victim of a fatal collision on Interstate 90 early Wednesday near Issaquah has been identified by family members as Brandon L. Jason, 26.

Jason died about 1:13 a.m. when his car collided with a semi-trailer truck and a pickup truck, with an intense fire then initially keeping the Washington State Patrol from realizing a fatality had occurred.

Further confusion resulted when a license plate found on a bumper ripped from Jason’s Acura by the collision showed the car was registered to a Snohomish County man; that was Jason’s father, who had co-signed on the car, said a family member.

Jason was a graduate of Lake Washington High School. He had been working as a cook at the Salish Lodge resort in Snoqualmie for about a year, said a manager there, and was a valued member of the staff. Remembrances are suggested to the Brandon L. Jason Memorial Scholarship Fund at FareStart, a nonprofit culinary food-training organization, 1902 Second Ave., Seattle, WA 98101.


Paving for gas lines to close traffic lanes

Expect lane closures from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday along 164th Place Southeast and Southeast 38th Street near West Lake Sammamish Parkway in Bellevue as crews begin paving work that will continue north through the Spiritridge neighborhood.

The paving will complete recent gas-line upgrades in the area. One lane of traffic will remain open during the work, but the city recommends drivers take alternate routes when possible. For more details, contact Puget Sound Energy at 425-462-3867.


New Westin hotel has 150 jobs to fill

The new Westin hotel in downtown Bellevue plans to fill 150 jobs at a job fair in Bellevue Square next week.

The 337-room hotel at Lincoln Square is expected to open Nov. 1. It needs to fill openings in food service, cooking, housekeeping, facilities, accounting and guest services.

The job fair runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the former site of Border’s bookstore in Bellevue Square at the corner of Bellevue Way Northeast and Northeast Sixth Street.