In other items: Teens being tricked in bad-check scams; land conservancy buys river property; applicants sought for Quest program; and hearing tomorrow on Marymoor plans.

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The Kelsey Lane Homeowners Association has lost another round in its fight with developer Kelsey Lane Co. over defects in its 40-unit condominium project.

A state Appeals Court has rejected the association’s appeal of a King County Superior Court ruling that held the developer is not liable for the serious structural problems.

The three-judge panel, in a decision released yesterday, said Kelsey Lane, its general contractor and independent project manager did not know about the condos’ water damage, so they couldn’t be held responsible.

In July 2002, after inspectors found rot under the buildings’ siding, the homeowners association sued the developer for allegedly concealing building defects. The Superior Court dismissed the group’s suit in August 2003, saying there was no evidence the builder knew of the defects.


Teens being tricked in bad-check scams

Police are warning about a scam in which thieves talk teenagers into depositing forged checks at local banks, then steal their money.

Several teens and young adults have been approached since September at Bellevue Square and other shopping centers in the area, police said. The thieves tell the teens that they lost their ID and need help cashing a check.

The thieves give the teens rides to their banks, where the teens deposit the bad checks, then withdraw their own money to give to the thieves. By the time the banks learn the checks are bad, the thieves are long gone and the teens have lost their money.

So far, the thieves have gotten away with more than $8,000, police said.

Police advise that if someone asks you to cash a check, get a good look at the person, then contact mall security and call 911.

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Land conservancy buys river property

The Cascade Land Conservancy has bought 120 acres of land in the Middle Fork Valley near North Bend, conserving important fish and wildlife habitat and recreational land along the Snoqualmie River, the group announced yesterday.

The land, known as the Moore Oxbow Property, is about 30 miles northeast of North Bend, near the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area. It was the last piece of unprotected land in the upper valley and its easy access to Middle Fork Road had made it a prime target for development, conservancy officials said.

The conservancy already owns about 1,200 acres of land in the Middle Fork Valley.


Applicants sought for Quest program

The Lake Washington School District is accepting applications for its program for highly capable junior-high-school students.

The Quest program offers acceleration and enrichment in language arts, social studies and science. Students explore topics in depth, use a variety of learning styles and meet high academic standards.

The application deadline is 4 p.m. Feb. 4. Applicants must be residents of the school district and go through testing in February and March.

An information packet is available at all Lake Washington elementary schools; at the Quest Office on the third floor of the Resource Center; online at; by calling 425-702-3238; or by e-mailing


Hearing tomorrow on Marymoor plans

A King County Landmarks Commission hearing on plans to alter the historic meadow at Marymoor Park is set for 7 p.m. tomorrow at Redmond City Hall.

The county Division of Parks & Recreation has requested changes to the Clise Mansion / Willowmoor Farm Historic District so that it can accommodate an outdoor concert venue for 2005-2007.

Redmond City Hall is at 15670 N.E. 85th St.

Seattle Times Eastside bureau