The Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD) has received a $220,729 grant from the Bonneville Power Administration...

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The Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD) has received a $220,729 grant from the Bonneville Power Administration to fund studies of seven tidal-energy sites in Puget Sound.

The utility soon will begin conducting the studies to evaluate the environmental and economic viability of the sites.

The PUD received permits from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) earlier this year that will allow it to determine whether tidal-power projects might be suitable at Spieden Channel, San Juan Channel, Guemes Channel, Agate Pass, Rich Passage, Admiralty Inlet and Deception Pass. Studies could take up to three years to complete.

Part of the studies will include measuring the velocity and direction of tidal currents, considering what equipment to use and assessing environmental hazards. In addition to the studies, the PUD will be collecting comments from interested stakeholders.


Free Cinco de Mayo celebration Saturday

Familias Unidas will host a free Cinco de Mayo celebration from 1-5 p.m. Saturday at the Parks Student Union Building at Everett Community College, 2000 Tower St.

The celebration will include Aztec dancers, music, food, arts and crafts, games for children and community-resource tables.

In the Northlight Gallery, Hugo Ludeña will have a photo show through May 14 titled “Latinos in the Northwest: A Cultural Journey. “

For more information, call 425-355-6005 or 425-388-9282 or go to


Stevens Hospital tops forecast

Stevens Hospital in Edmonds reported earnings of $1.6 million for 2006, beating its earnings forecast by about $400,000.

The hospital’s net revenues for the year totaled about $133.7 million.

The hospital has been undergoing a series of changes to bring it back to profitability. One of those steps included hiring a new chief executive officer, Mike Carter.

From 2005 to 2006, Stevens achieved more than a $2.5 million swing in earnings — from a loss of $889,000 in 2005 to a profit of $1.6 million during 2006. This is the first profit for the hospital since a $1 million profit in 2002.

Preliminary data for the first quarter of 2007 show that Stevens’ financial position is continuing its upward ascent.

Snohomish County

Public comment sought on river

The state Department of Ecology is seeking public comment on a plan to restore water quality in the Stillaguamish River.

Ecology has identified a number of pollutants and issues in the river, including high concentrations of fecal coliform, low levels of dissolved oxygen due to sources such as manure and fertilizers and high summer-water temperatures.

The plan under review lists several proposed actions, including identifying failing septic systems, educating owners about proper pet-waste disposal, fencing to keep livestock out of the river and restoring shady habitat along the river.

Ecology will host a presentation on the river plan beginning at 1:30 p.m. May 9 at Peace Lutheran Church, 1717 Larson Road, Silvana.

Comments will be collected through May 25. They can be e-mailed to Ralph Svrjcek at or in writing at Department of Ecology, 3190 160th Ave. S.E., Bellevue, WA 98008-5452.

For more information, go to


$10,000 donated to save documents

The Snohomish County Council has made $10,000 available to the Snohomish County Museum and Historical Association to salvage, restore and preserve documents and items from the museum collection, dating back to the county’s incorporation in 1861.

The collection was damaged by water after a fire at the Dwelly Building in Everett, where the collection was stored.

The money comes from a fund approved by the state Legislature for historical preservation.


State funding boosts downtown project

Bothell’s plans for redeveloping its downtown took a step forward when the Legislature adjourned recently with word that the city will receive $7 million to help pay for moving Highway 522.

The money is part of funding that will be used for the Bothell Crossroads Highway 522 realignment project, which is expected to cost about $42 million.

The new funding will come from the state’s capital budget. The project is intended to reduce congestion at Highways 527 and 522 by realigning Highway 522 to the south.

The city already has allocated $10 million from its capital-facilities plan and is seeking other funding from federal, county and state sources. The state capital budget is expected to be signed by the governor by May 15.

Construction on the Bothell Crossroads project is expected to start about 2010.


New principal at Cascade High

The Everett School District has named Cathy Woods principal of Cascade High School to replace Jim Dean, who will be principal of the new high school in the Snohomish School District.

Woods, 43, currently principal of Gateway Middle School, has 11 years of administrative experience, including stints as a principal in Puyallup and an assistant principal in Kent. Woods has been principal of Gateway Middle School since 2002.

Janet Gillingham 55, will take over as principal of Heatherwood Middle School in the district. Gillingham, currently the principal of Garfield Elementary School, will replace Greg Gelderman, who plans to retire after 23 years as a school principal.

Gillingham moved to Everett from the Vancouver, Wash., School District in 2006, where she had been a middle-school principal and a high-school assistant principal. She previously taught high-school English in the Vancouver School District.


Mayor honors 10 local teens

Ten teens were honored recently at Everett’s annual Mayor’s Youth Achievement Awards.

The awards, which recognize positive achievements and perseverance, were handed out by Mayor Ray Stephanson out at Wednesday’s City Council meeting to:

Cole Anderson, 18, an Everett High senior; Lauren Bennett, 17, a Jackson High senior; Maggie Burton, 16, an Everett High junior; Ian Dawe, 16, an Everett High junior; Charlie Dire, 18, an Archbishop Murphy High senior; Jaspreet Gill, 18, Jackson High senior; Erika Hornyak, 18, an Everett High senior; Cody Schroeder, 17, a Mariner High junior; Stacey Thompson, 17, part of the Everett Community College U-3 program; and Maria Thompson, 17, an Everett High senior.


Faculty plant sale set for Saturday

The eighth annual Lynnwood High School faculty plant sale begins at 10 a.m. Saturday and runs until the plants are sold out at 310 ½ Sunset Ave. N. in Edmonds.

Hundreds of perennials will be available. All proceeds will benefit the faculty scholarship fund.

For more information, call Joyce Johnson at 425-431-5252 or Andrea Coglon at 425-431-5287.

Snohomish County

Children’s Affairs hosts seminar

The Snohomish County Office of Children’s Affairs will conduct a training seminar on how to access the county courts and mental-health divisions as well as the Division of Child and Family Services systems.

Beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday, at New Life Foursquare Church, 6830 Highland Drive in Everett, the training is open to families and social-service professionals.

The sessions will include a choice of workshops hosted by co-sponsoring community-based agencies, and more than 15 participating agencies will operate tables and provide resources.

Advanced registration is required. For more information, call 425-388-7227.


Cascadia fundraiser sets keynote speaker

Cheryl Scott, chief operating officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will be the keynote speaker at the Cascadia Community College Foundation’s second annual fundraising breakfast.

The breakfast will be from 7:30-9 a.m. May 9 in the North Creek Events Center on the college campus, 18345 Campus Way N.E., Bothell.

Scott joined the Gates foundation in June and previously was president and chief operating officer for Group Health Cooperative.

The college foundation has a goal of raising $37,000 for scholarships, staff development and innovative educational programs.

For reservations, call 425-352-8840 or e-mail . Tickets are $35.


Controlling weeds through recycling

Gardeners can learn an environmentally friendly way to control weeds using recycled material, like cardboard, at a mulching clinic with Edmonds recycling coordinator Steve Fisher.

The hands-on demonstration will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday at Faith Community Church, 10220 238th St. S.W., Edmonds.


Churches give to those in need

Four Monroe churches have joined to assist people in need in the Skykomish Valley area.

Morning Star Lutheran Church, Church of Our Saviour Episcopal, Monroe United Methodist and Monroe Congregational United Church of Christ have begun a feeding program for the poor and homeless in the valley, delivering lunches to several locations in Monroe and Sultan. The churches also are planning joint services, having begun with Easter week services.

The group is being funded in part by a $25,000 matching grant from the Northwest Washington Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.


Workshop set on tourism grants

Bothell will hold a workshop on how to apply for 2008 tourism grants from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday at the City Hall Executive Conference Room, 18305 101st Ave. N.E.

Bothell Economic Development Division staff members will provide information about the application process, grant-award parameters and availability of funding.

Registration may be made by e-mail at or by calling 425-486-3256 and asking for the “Visit Bothell Desk.” Applications for the grants will be accepted through Sept. 16.

The tourism grants originated in 1999 when the city established the Lodging Tax Tourism Grant Program to support economic development through increased tourism.


Volunteer sought for arts board

The board that owns and operates the Edmonds Center for the Arts is looking for a volunteer member.

The volunteer will serve on the Edmonds Public Facilities Board, which oversees conventions, conferences and special events at the center.

Applications and résumés are due by 4:30 p.m. Friday. For an application, call 425-771-0247 or stop by Edmonds City Hall at 121 Fifth Ave.


Plan would limit truck routes

Large vehicles will be required to use about a dozen designated truck routes when traveling in Woodinville if the City Council approves a proposed ordinance at its meeting Monday.

The proposal will prohibit large trucks, tractors and semitrailers from using neighborhood streets except to make deliveries or pickups.

The ordinance will prohibit vehicles of more than 26,000 pounds gross-vehicle weight or more than 26 feet long from using local neighborhood streets as cut-throughs, said Mick Monken, public-works director. Violators will be subject to a $177 fine.

The council meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 17301 133rd Ave. N.E., and there will be time for public comment.

A complete list of the designated routes is available on the city Web site,, but the roadways mainly are arterial routes through the city, including 140th Avenue Northeast, Northeast 195th Street and Highway 202.


Festival to fund scholarships

The Edmonds Sons of Norway Lodge will hold a benefit breakfast and festival Saturday. Proceeds will create scholarships for local students.

Norwegian pancakes, ham, strawberries and coffee will be served for $6 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Masonic Center, 515 Dayton St., Edmonds.

The associated ScanFest festival, which will celebrate the music of composer Edvard Grieg, will include an arts and crafts fair, music and dance performances and a genealogy display from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. A concert of Grieg’s piano music will be held at 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th St. S.W., Lynnwood. Edmonds

Foundation wins national award

A foundation started by an Edmonds resident has won a national award for teaching African girls and women skills to escape begging and poverty.

Carol Schillios of Edmonds founded the Here je Center in Mali, West Africa. The foundation teaches girls ages 10 to 25 how to weave, dye and create native clothing and jewelry. They then learn skills to become micro-entrepreneurs and sell their goods.

The National Credit Union Foundation honored Schillios, who is a Credit Union development educator, with their Wegner Award for Individual Achievement. The Foundation also donated $5,000 to the Here je Center.


Port earns marina award

The Port of Everett has earned a Clean Marina Leadership Designation from the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance.

The alliance manages a program called Clean Marina Washington, created in 2005, as an incentive program for marinas to assess their operations and implement improvements to better protect the environment.

The Port of Everett received the distinction for its work in reducing and properly managing hazardous waste, educating boaters on clean boating practices, demonstrating innovative and environmental leadership, protecting salmon and improving safety and working conditions.