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Forum to look at opening Paine Field to airlines

The possibility of commercial-airline service at Paine Field will be discussed at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Olympic View Middle School, 2602 Mukilteo Drive, Mukilteo.

County Executive Aaron Reardon will speak and answer questions. The session is sponsored by Save Our Communities, a citizens group that was formed in 1992 to fight airport expansion.

Greg Hauth, the group's president, will make a brief presentation about the organization's opposition to commercial service at the South Everett airport.

Mukilteo Mayor Don Doran will moderate the event.

Paine Field dates to the 1930s and once was an Air Force base. Since 1969, Boeing airliners have been built there, and a 1979 government agreement concluded the airport should be used primarily for general aviation and industrial use. Discussions about commercial-airline service have risen periodically, however, with communities near Paine Field opposing such use.


Rare airplanes to soar over area

A series of flying days for some of the world's rarest aircraft will take place at Arlington Airport over the next several months.

The planes are in the Flying Heritage Collection, an assortment of aircraft kept at the airport by Paul Allen, a Microsoft co-founder. Most of the planes date to World War II or earlier.

The flights are tentatively scheduled to take place at 12:15 and 4:15 p.m. on flying days. The flights are to last about 15 minutes and are intended to help keep the planes in flying condition.

Planned flying days and planes:

• Saturday, American P-51D Mustang and P-40C "Flying Tiger."

• June 11, British Spitfire and P-40C.

• July 2, P-51D and Curtiss Jenny.

• July 16, German Fiesler Fi-156-C2 Storch and Russian Polikarpov U-2/Po-2.

• Aug. 13, Jenny and Storch.

• Sept. 3, German Messerschmitt Bf-109E and Spitfire.

• Sept. 24, Bf-109E and Russian I-16.

• Oct. 15, P-51D and Bf-109E.

• Oct. 29, Japanese Zero, P-40C and Spitfire.

There is no charge for watching the flights. Tours of the collection are $20 per person, or $16 for seniors and veterans, and must be prepaid with a credit or debit card. Tour reservations may be made by calling 360-435-2172.



Neighborhood tours to begin Saturday

The first of five seasonal neighborhood tours in Everett will start at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Riverside area.

The session will be a walking tour led by David Dilgard, a local historian and Everett Public Library employee, with some historic homes in the district open to the public.

The tour will begin at Buck's Cafe, 2901 Hewitt Ave. Tickets are $12 for the general public and $10 for members of Historic Everett, which sponsors the events. Tickets are sold the morning of each event.

Other outings are a city bus tour and lunch at the Monte Cristo Hotel on June 4, a Bayside and northwest-section tour July 9, a tour of the Lowell neighborhood Aug. 6 and a trip through the Port Gardner and Rucker Hill areas Sept. 10.



Dozens honored for community service

The Everett Police Department has honored more than two dozen officers and citizens — and a dog — in an annual ceremony recognizing service to the community.

The honorees Thursday included Officer Pat Sebald, a 29-year department veteran, who was named Officer of the Year for his work with an auto-theft task force. Sgt. Wayne Meyer was honored as Supervisor of the Year, administrative secretary Janelle Lyman as Civilian Employee of the Year and Vi Shannon as Volunteer of the Year. Officer Jarrod Seth was given the Brian DiBucci Award, named after an officer who died in the line of duty, for his dedication in removing illegal drugs from the community.

A police dog, Jagger, was honored for helping catch an armed-robbery suspect.


Ex-councilwoman will seek Port seat

Former Everett City Councilwoman Connie Niva has announced she is a candidate for Position 2 on the Everett Port Commission, which will be on the November election ballot.

Niva, who was born in Everett, served on the City Council from 1986 to 1990. She also has been a member of the state Transportation Commission and is a co-chairwoman of the Snohomish County executive's economic-development Cabinet.

Niva attended the University of Washington and Washington State University, where she earned a degree in microbiology, and she has a master's degree in public administration from Seattle University.

She is a member of the WSU Board of Regents.


Salary board gives raises to officials

Everett's salary commission has set new pay scales for the city's elected officials, granting City Council members and the mayor raises approximately equal to increases in the cost of living.

The new salaries will go into effect Jan. 1.

The schedules, decided last week, call for the mayor to be paid his present salary of $10,524 a month, plus an increase based on changes in the consumer price index, about 2 to 3 percent.

City Council members will be paid their present salaries of $1,722 a month, plus an increase based on the price index.

The new schedules irritated some council members, who had wanted larger raises to reflect increased workloads.

"I asked the commission to do a true salary analysis, and they did not do that," Councilman Arlan Hatloe said. "They didn't even take the time to learn what we did."

Hatloe said that under the pay rates he and some other council members had sought, they would have been paid about $31,000 a year, an increase of about $10,000.


Jurors find city negligent; no damages

A jury deciding on a 2001 lawsuit brought by an Edmonds police officer has found the city partly negligent but declined to award damages.

The lawsuit was brought by Ronda Rohde, who argued she had been harassed and humiliated.

Rohde said the department "negligently performed and/or did an incomplete internal investigation." The lawsuit originated from disputes arising from relations between Rohde and Eric Falk, another Edmonds police officer, with whom Rohde had lived.

On April 14, the Snohomish County Superior Court jury answered yes when asked whether the city had been negligent in supervising its work force and whether the negligence was a cause of harm to Rohde.

The jury answered no when asked whether Edmonds was negligent in the supervision of Falk and whether the city was negligent in its retention of Falk.

In a fifth question, asked the amount of damages to be awarded, the jury answered zero. Rohde's attorney is appealing.


Gatherings to look at city redevelopment

Everett's redevelopment will be the subject of one official event this month sponsored by the Everett Area Chamber of Commerce and another that's just for fun.

The first session, at noon May 12 at Club Broadway, 1611 Everett Ave., will provide an update on the city's major projects.

Registration is at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $25 for chamber members registered by Friday, $35 for members registered after Friday and for nonmembers. Registration: 425-257-3222 or

The second event, on May 20, is Chamber Night at the Theater: "Nunsense II, The Second Coming." It will begin with a reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and a presentation at 8 p.m. at the Snohomish County Public Utility District auditorium, 2320 California St.

Reserved tickets are available before May 12 from the chamber. The event will include refreshments, music and comedy.

Snohomish County

Probation unit wins 2 statewide awards

Snohomish County District Court's probation section has received two awards at the Misdemeanant Corrections Association's annual state conference, which ends today in Chelan.

Lynn McCormick, a probation officer for the court's Cascade Division, has been named the Probation Officer of the Year.

The second award was the Probation Program of the Year, which was presented to the Law Day program at the court's South Division. Fifth-grade students from the Edmonds School District are invited to come to court to experience the legal system.

Compiled by the Seattle Times Snohomish County bureau.

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