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Pacific Science Center, Seattle
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Seattle Collects Norwest Coast ExhibitSeattle Art Museum, Seattle
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Eloquent Objects: Georgia O'Keeffe and Still-Life Art in New Mexico
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Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume
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Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
April 22, 7 p.m.
Girl Scout Informational Meeting
April 22-25, 7 p.m.
Into the Woods
Kentlake High School
April 23-May 3
Apple Blossom Festival
Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival
Tour de Lopez Bicycle Rally
Baroque Masterworks Concert
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Seattle
Dirty Dan Seafood Festival
Fairhaven Village, Bellingham
April 29-May 2
Bring It On, The Musical
Kentridge High School
(Additional 2 p.m. Matinee on Saturday)
Paperweight Collectors Association Convention
Hotel Murano, Tacoma
April 30, 7 p.m.
Girl Scout Informational Meeting
May 5, 7-9 p.m.
Town Meeting with King County Council Member Reagan Dunn,
Chief of Operations Rhonda Berry, and Sheriff Urquhart
May 6-9, 7 p.m.
Bring It On, The Musical
Kentridge High School
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KC Responds to McGarvey Park Harvest Concerns
Fairwood area residents recently expressed strong concerns about a number of items related to the upcoming plans to harvest a significant number of alder and maple trees in the McGarvey Park area. Fairwood Community News also wanted a better understanding of potential impacts, so we asked King County to respond to questions covering five areas about this program.
Below are responses by Kelly Heintz, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks spokesperson. Of note, community concerns were heard, and out of those discussions, King County has made a number of changes to the plan, including a harvest reduction of over half the number of acres.
To review a larger image of the harvest area, click the thumbnail image. King County's answers to our questions follow.
King County (KCDNRP): Thank you so much for your email explaining concerns of the Fairwood Community and for publishing my responses to help distribute information about the planned forest harvest at McGarvey Park Open Space. King County is planning the forest harvest at McGarvey Park to increase biodiversity and improve forest health. The harvest will accelerate development of a conifer forest and will improve wildlife habitat.
Fairwood Community News (FCN): We have heard that King County will be selling logging rights to all alder and maple trees bordered by Woodside Drive and 174th Ave. NE. How many trees does this involve in each of the impacted areas? What is the anticipated revenue for the sale of these trees? What is the anticipated cost for this reforestation work? Your stewardship plan identifies the mix of alder and maple trees as an inferior mix. What are the density goals for trees per acre, and how will you ensure this goal will be maintained? Please provide the mix of trees you will add to support the health of this area.
KCDNRP: The King County Parks Division forest harvest plan refers to the area bordered by Woodside Drive and 174th as Unit 3. The original size of this area was 27 acres. Based on public input we have reduced it to 13 acres and that will be at least 100 feet north of the trail that connects the Woodside community to 174th Ave SE. The attached map shows the new area. The plan includes removal of approximately 800 trees in Unit 1, 280 trees in Unit 2 and 450 in Unit 3. Our preliminary estimate of revenue based on current log prices is $55,000. All costs have been accounted for in the estimate of revenue.
There are currently approximately 100 trees per acre. The plan is to cut approximately 30 trees per acre which will result in a residual of 70 trees per acre. The contract will include cutting guidelines to ensure this goal is met. The King County forester will have a meeting with the contractor prior to the harvest to ensure they understand the density goal. The King County forester will also establish plots within the units that allow him to accurately track numbers of trees that are taken and retained. The forester spends a lot of time with the contractor to ensure all instructions are followed. Once the project is underway the forester visits the site frequently to ensure the contract is being followed correctly. After the harvest King County will plant a mixture of Douglas-fir, western red cedar, white pine, and grand fir at an average density of 250 trees per acre.
FCN: If logging will occur, please describe how this removal impacts the aesthetic and safety concerns of the community as logging typically tends to be extremely unsightly. Additionally, tall trees serve as a wind buffer when grouped. What you are doing to ensure the quality of life will remain the same?
KCDNRP: The King County Parks Division has revised Unit 3 as described above to address community concerns about aesthetics and safety. Most of the logging will occur on the north end of the property near the power lines that already have a significant aesthetic impact. Signs will be posted at critical points along the roads and trails approximately 2 weeks before the harvest begins. In addition, we will post signs indicating that trails leading to and within the harvest area are closed during the harvest. The harvest plan is to retain 2/3 of the existing trees and we do not anticipate significant impacts from wind. I have attached a map that shows the location of the harvest units and a smaller Unit 3 which excludes the trail.
FCN: Has King County established a schedule for tree removal that is sensitive to the quality of life of the neighborhoods [number of days, start/completion dates, hours of operation (noise & traffic), etc.]? Please provide those details.
KCDNRP: King County understands the impacts of forestry on neighborhoods and will do everything we can to reduce those impacts. We want to limit the hours of operation to reduce impacts but also keep the project duration short. Our plan is to limit hours of operation to week days from 7am to 5pm.
4. Lessons Learned
FCN: Concerns exist because of previous Peat Bog removal work by King County, with runoff adversely impacting Lake Desire. Second, this work deforestation work has been completed in several other areas owned by King County. What lessons were learned that will be applied to this effort? Please provide information on how you will mitigate risks to ensure impacts will be negligible.
KCDNRP: The currently planned harvest is different from the previous one in that is contains a lower percentage of dying alder and poor quality maple. This will result in a higher percentage of the trees being retained compared to the harvest that was done in 2012. Also, we will change the way the contractor handles the material left over from the logging. We will ensure the contractor scatters any remaining logs and debris over the area rather than leaving it in a pile.
5. Sensitve Areas
FCN: Your stewardship plan identifies this parcel contains “King County Sensitive Areas,” including coal mine hazards, erosion hazards, landslide hazards, and wetlands. Please explain the mitigation measures you will implement to protect this area.
KCDNRP: The proposed forest practice is regulated by Washington Department of Natural Resources (WA-DNR). WA-DNR forest practice rules cover all of the critical areas you mentioned except for coal mine hazards. Unit 3 and a portion of the haul road leading to it is the only unit mapped as coal mine hazard. In our field work to date we have not noticed any evidence of coal mines. If we find any we will mark it as an area to be avoided by the contractor. In the 2012 harvest we did find one area that could have been a coal mine which we marked and avoided.
The unit boundaries will be flagged with pink and black surveyors tape. We have configured the units to avoid impacting erosion hazards, landslide hazards, streams, and wetlands based on the WA-DNR forest practice rules. A King County archeologist is assessing the cultural resources of the harvest area in accordance with federal, state and county regulations.
Thank you again for your thoughtful questions.
Phone Activity While Driving Results in Senseless Death, Serious Injuries Near Lake Youngs
King County Sheriff’s Office investigators suspect distracted driving is responsible for a fatal collision last night in unincorporated Kent. It is believed the driver looked down at his phone
as his vehicle drifted in to oncoming traffic.
King County Sheriff’s Office urges drivers to minimize distractions while driving, as this sad incident reminds us of the potential cost. No text message, phone call, or social media
update is worth the damage done by taking your eyes off the road.
The head on collision occurred just before 8 pm on the 20200 block of 148 Ave SE, the road that borders the west side of Lake Youngs. A Ford sedan crossed the center line and collided with a Honda Civic approaching from the opposite direction.
The three occupants of the Honda were all seriously injured. The adult female driver died on scene, and two passengers were transported to Harborview Medical Center. The 25 year old male driver of the Ford, who investigators believe took his eyes off the road to look down at his phone, had no reported injury.
King County Sheriff’s Office Major Accident Response and Reconstruction Detectives are investigating. No arrest has been made at this time.
Renton Fire District April Notes
Note: Renton Fire District holds the contract for Fire District 40, serving the greater Fairwood area.
Barbeque Safety/Outdoor Burning Regulations
Spring is finally here and hopefully with warmer weather. People will be thinking about getting outside to clean up their yards and begin preparations for those enjoyable backyard barbeques. The list below includes tips to assist in keeping all safe this season.
Charcoal Grill Safety
Gas Grill Safety
Outdoor Burning Regulations
Burn Ban Info
Detectives find fugitive hiding under house
Last Saturday, King County Sheriff’s Office detectives found a wanted man hiding in a crawlspace under a house in unincorporated Kent. The 50 year old Auburn man, wanted for trafficking in stolen property, spent seven hours in the fetal position hoping the police wouldn’t find him.
On Saturday afternoon, detectives applied for a warrant to search the house. These detectives were also investigating possible stolen property at the vacant house near the raceway areas south of Covington. While the warrant application was being written and reviewed, police remained at the house. After about seven hours, the warrant was granted and detectives began searching.
When detectives checked the crawlspace under the house, they located the wanted subject curled up underneath the far side of the house. He had been under the house since police first arrived in the afternoon. He was brought out of the crawlspace and arrested for a $20,000 King County Superior Court warrant.
The male was the same that had previously eluded arrest from members of the KCSO TAC 30 Unit (SWAT) on Wednesday at a house in the same neighborhood. He was booked in to King County Jail late Saturday night.
Fairwood Neighborhoods Receive King County Grants
Three Fairwood area communities were recently awarded grants to fund community projects focused on connecting communities throughout unincorporated King County. The following neighborhoods received 2015 grants from the Community Service Area Program:
Fairwood Greens HOA - Neighborhood Day Event ($1,500)
Lake Desire Community Club - Chairs for Community Events ($500)
Woodside HOA - National Night Out Event ($1,000)
King County awarded a total of 36 grants to support activities in unincorporated areas. Grants sizes can be as large as $5,000, for a total of $60,000 awarded each year. A total of 55 applications were received by the county.
Both Fairwood Greens HOA and Woodside HOA received grants the previous year for their neighborhoods, totaling $4,500. A total of 27 grants were awarded in 2014.
The grants offer residents in the county’s seven Community Service Areas a chance to participate and be more connected in their unincorporated area communities. Activities must be accessible to all residents regardless of race, income, or language spoken.
King County typically solicits for applications during the final quarter of each calendar year, and applications are due early December for the next year's awards.
Car Prowlers Target Trovitsky Park
A Fairwood neighbor recently reported car prowling activity in the Trovitsky Park neighborhood early March 14.
Two male prowlers were described as mid-to-late 20s, caucasian, height around 5'10 to six feet, slim, and both carried shoulder bags.
Another neighbor noted they parked in the neighborhood early, around 4 a.m., and methodically walked the complete block, checking each vehicle. This activity took about 30 minutes.
Apparently, two years ago, very similar activity occurred during similar conditions in the same neighborhood. At that time, a vehicle was stolen. A neighbor noted that the weather was also the same, rainy, and that person speculated the noise from rain could have been used to diffuse noise and remove scent trails associated with prowling activities.
To better protect our neighborhoods, all Fairwood neighbors are encouraged to remove all valuables from sight in vehicles, lock all doors, turn on and leave on porch lights, notice all unusual neighborhood activities, and call 9-1-1 for assistance.
McCarvey Park Public Meeting set for March 16
This summer, King County will harvest 71 acres of forest in McGarvey Park Natural Area as part of the 2011 McGarvey Park Forest Stewardship Plan.
The goals of this harvest include:
Restore 71 acres of forest - See map
Harvest dying and poor quality hardwoods
Retain all existing conifers
Plant conifers following harvest
Retain wildlife habitat snags
Protect streams and wetlands
King County Forestry and Parks employees are hosting a public meeting at Northwood Middle School at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 16 to discuss the proposed forest restoration activities, and to answer any questions.
The map below shows areas where the harvest is planned. Those identified areas are highlighted in yellow.
The McGarvey Park Open Space Forest Stewardship Plan and answers to frequently asked questions are available by CLICKING HERE.
For information contacct Kelly Heintz at 206-477-6478, firstname.lastname@example.org.
This past Saturday morning, Northwest running group, Northwest Trail Runs, sponsored both five and 10-mile trail runs in Fairwood's back yard at the Cedar Mountain Trail.
The group organizes trail run events for the runner in mind, often within 50 miles of Seattle, notes their website.
Participants pay an entry fee for each event to cover costs.
For the Cedar Mountain Trail run, participants enjoyed a clearly marked trail and etiquette tips for respecting others using the trail during the event.
Brian Abrams was the overall winner for the five mile run, and Michael Smith was the
overall winner for the 10 mile race.
Past run locations include the Redmond Watershed, Whidbey Island's Fort Ebey Kettles Trail Run, and Kirkland's Bridle Trails. Future runs include a trip to Eastern Washington for the Rock Creek Ramble near Sprague Lake, the Spring Eagle Trail Run in Sammamish, and the Tenaway Trail Run near Cle Elum.
For more information, see www.nwtrailruns.com.
On Tuesday, King County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested a 35-year-old Seattle man for allegedly kidnapping a 12-year-old girl from her Kent school after luring her through communication on Facebook.
The student was located in Bremerton by police the same day she was taken from school. Detectives from the KCSO Special Assault Unit began investigating, eventually identifying the suspect and communicating with him through a false Facebook account.
On January 30, the suspect drove his van to Meeker Middle School in Renton and messaged the student, who came out and got in the van with the suspect. Shortly after school was over, the student’s mother reported her missing.
The student was located about five hours later in Bremerton at a friend’s house. She was treated at a local hospital for possible sexual assault.
Detectives using Facebook to contact the suspect, posed as a 14-year-old girl and got him to agree to give the supposed girl a phone and computer. The suspect agreed to meet at a library in Renton, where detectives arrested him.
The suspect was booked at King County Jail for second-degree kidnapping and commercial sex abuse of a minor.
February 14, Renton Fire Department
February is Renton Heart Month
February is Renton Heart Month and an important time for everyone to learn more about their own cardiovascular health and the benefits of prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment of heart disease. Renton Heart Month provides people with the tools and knowledge they need to take the next step toward better health and a longer life. Renton Heart month is important because heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.
During the month firefighters will be out in the community at many locations providing free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings.
Good news - the chance of developing coronary heart disease can be reduced. Steps to take include developing good eating habits, being physically active - a minimum of 30 to 60 minutes of exercise each day, taking advantage of preventive screenings, and working with health care professionals about other ways to reduce risks.
Warning signs of a heart attack include discomfort in the chest and other areas of the upper body, shortness of breath, breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness
Warning signs of a stroke include numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body; confusion, trouble speaking or understanding; trouble seeing in one or both eyes; and severe headache with no known cause.
Learn how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use an automatic external defibrillator (AED)
On January 28 at 11:52 pm, Renton Fire was dispatched to a three-story structure fire on 140th Ave SE. Upon arrival, a fully involved fire was already happening. Firefighters found that the house was abandoned, and the fire was caused by a mattress being ignited on the second floor of the house. Because of this cause, the incident is being treated as an arson fire. Two nearby, abandoned houses have also had arson fires. The fire was contained and extinguished without further damage to other properties.
Shown above, more than 1,000 pieces of stolen mail were recovered during the month of December.
January 11, 2015
The King County Sheriff's office reported an increase in mail thefts, with 68 reports in a recent 14 week period. Reasons for this uptick are unclear.
Detectives have arrested several suspects, but mail boxes continue to be an easy target of for thieves.
"Suspects are looking for mail that contains items they can turn around quickly, such as gift cards and/or cash. If they find checks, they’re washing them, making them out to themselves and changing the amounts," said KC Sheriff's Sergeant DB Gates.
While the thefts happen at all hours of the day, most occur during two different time periods: noon to 2 PM, and midnight to 2 AM.
Gates noted suspects readily target traditional mailboxes, but locking mailboxes are also accessed. Thieves pry open locked boxes and have even used a torch on the hinges banks of mailboxes found in many housing developments.
"To protect yourself from these thefts, make it a habit to collect your mail every day. Don’t ever leave your mail in the box overnight. Also, consider buying a locking mailbox.
"If you’re going on vacation, either arrange for a neighbor to collect your mail or ask the post office to hold your mail until you return. When sending mail, don’t place it out for your mail carrier; drop it off at the post office. Remember, that red flag is a notice to everyone that there is mail in the box," said Gates.
Most importantly, Gates said local neighbors are the experts for knowing neighborhood suspicious activity.
When suspect activity occurs, all are urged to call police if someone is spending time at or near mailboxes or following mail delivery.
"Several arrests of mail thieves have happened because citizens called about something they saw that just didn’t seem right," said Gates.
From the Community
"The Lake Desire Community Club is appreciative of having a place on the website to post our community updates. It is great to have our local Fairwood community information one click away. Thanks for all of your hard work on this website!"
- Heather Smith
Lake Desire Community Club