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Wednesday, July 5, 2006 - Page updated at 12:00 AM


County report

Henry Cogswell College in Everett to close Sept. 1

The president of Henry Cogswell College in Everett, William Pickens, announced Thursday that the college will close for good Sept. 1.

Due to a "substantial deficit and a significant decline in enrollment," the board that governs the college voted to close the school, Pickens said.

Cogswell College is a private, four-year college, established in Everett in 1979, offering degrees in digital arts, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and professional management.

The board cited the deficit as threatening the survival of the foundation that oversees the college. The school has been in the red three consecutive years, Pickens said. Last year, the school had a $700,000 deficit and was unable to hire recruiters to market the school, causing enrollment to plummet, Pickens said.

This year, the college expected 156 students, Pickens said.

School officials have begun talks with other schools, including Columbia College in Marysville, to find a place for Cogswell students to continue their studies, said Pickens. "We will be doing our best to place students in other programs," he said.

Snohomish County

"Chip-seal" work

on roads starts soon

Snohomish County Public Works crews will refurbish more than 70 miles of county roads this summer with a new layer of gravel and asphalt.

This "chip sealing" process occurs annually on different roads throughout the county and extends the life of each road by seven to 10 years, and at a fraction of the cost of a standard overlay.

This year's work will be at 36 locations in north county and 46 locations in south county. Work is scheduled to begin in north county July 10 and will move to south county the week of Aug. 7. Roadways will be reduced to one lane of traffic while the work occurs, but will be open to all traffic at the end of each workday.

All work is expected to be completed by mid-September.

For more information about the chip-seal program or specific roads, contact Snohomish County Public Works Road Maintenance, 425-388-3488, ext. 7500.

Mountlake Terrace

Council puts hold

on wireless facilities

The Mountlake Terrace City Council last week adopted a moratorium on new wireless communications facilities in its downtown business zone.

The council is developing a Town Center plan, and it also has imposed moratoriums on additional churches or mini-casinos in the business district, pending a final decision on long-term policies. The plan is to be adopted by year's end.

The study area lies along 56th Avenue West from 244th Street Southwest almost to 228th Street Southwest. At many points, it is only one block deep.

The public is invited to a series of roundtable workshops on Town Center, with the first three scheduled in various locations from 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 24, 26 and 31.

For information, call 425-744-6266 or go to


Legal win will keep

Tent City 4 at church

A state Court of Appeals commissioner has denied a request to order sponsors of a Tent City 4 encampment to post a $250,000 bond. The result means the group will remain at Northshore United Church of Christ property in Woodinville.

Commissioner Mary Neel instead ordered the encampment sponsors to post $6,250 by July 14, which camp sponsors said they intend to do. The city had asked for the higher bond as a condition of the encampment remaining at the church.

The encampment, with about 65 residents, has moved to several locations on the Eastside and most recently settled at the Woodinville church, which led to a series of court disputes and an earlier Appeals Court ruling that the group would be allowed to remain at the church site. The tent city residents plan to move to a Bothell location in August.


Road project

to begin Monday

Road work at Pacific Avenue and Broadway in Everett is scheduled to begin Monday. Construction crews will work from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The project is expected to be completed by the end of September.

The work will include installation of a new traffic signal, widening of two turn lanes, and new curbs and sidewalks. The right-turn lanes on eastbound Pacific to Broadway and northbound Broadway to Pacific will be widened slightly. According to the city, that will make wider turns safer and easier for vehicles.

Temporary sidewalks will be used during the demolition and replacement of the old sidewalks and curbs. Corners under construction will be patched and will remain open to pedestrian traffic during nonwork hours.

For more information on the project, contact Tom Fuchs, Public Works project manager, at 425-257-8895 or


$59,000 grant backs

anti-meth efforts

The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office has been awarded about $59,000 from the 2006 Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs Methamphetamine Initiative Grant program.

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, Pierce County Alliance and the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs distribute grants to Washington agencies as part of the 2004 Methamphetamine Initiative.

The funds will help cover costs associated with meth-lab cleanup supplies, the youth meth summit and Snohomish Health District services.


Bothell woman

dies after crash

A Bothell woman died last Wednesday from injuries suffered in a head-on collision near Snoqualmie.

She was identified as Kathryn M. Krause, 40, who was driving a pickup towing a horse trailer, the State Patrol said. The Ford collided with a Freightliner tractor-truck driven by a Carnation man just west of Snoqualmie Falls State Park on Highway 202 about 10:02 a.m. The eastbound pickup crossed the centerline, striking the Freightliner head-on, according to the patrol.

Krause was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where she later died. Highway 202 was closed for several hours as wreckage was removed and the accident was investigated.

Northshore School District

Board OKs criteria

for enrollment shifts

The Northshore School Board this week approved guidelines to help it determine how to balance enrollment at schools throughout the district.

The criteria will provide a framework to evaluate staff recommendations that are due to the School Board in September. There are a number of criteria the board will consider, including a school's capacity to manage future growth, disruption to families, natural geographic boundaries and neighborhood groupings, efficient bus routes, maximum use of existing schools and minimal use of portable classrooms.

The board hopes to make changes that will take effect in fall 2007. Recommendations are expected to include boundary adjustments that would change which elementary schools some students attend and change the junior-high schools that some elementary schools feed into. Public meetings about the recommendation will be held in the fall to gather feedback.

Information about the process is posted online at Click on "Trends and Balance."


2 named to lead

museum campaign

The Marysville Historical Society has named John Garner and Ian Millikan as the co-chairs of its $2 million campaign to built a museum for the community.

Garner is a retired school principal and a former city administrator and County Council member, while Millikan is an attorney and member of the Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce.

If successful, the fundraising would allow the historical society to build the museum, purchase additional land, pay for a part-time curator and start an endowment to continue operating the museum.

Named to the campaign's honorary advisory committee were Dianna Biringer, James Mulligan and Steve Saunders.

For more information, call 360-659-3090 or e-mail

Compiled by the Seattle Times Snohomish County bureau

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