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Wednesday, August 3, 2005 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Donations to benefit kids of 2 killed in cycle wreck

A fund has been established for the children of two people killed in a motorcycle accident July 25 near Lake Stevens.

Michael Tunney, 48, of the Lake Stevens area and Erin Appel-Rianda, 41, of Bellingham died in the collision along Highway 204 just east of the Highway 2 trestle leading to Everett.

Between them, they had seven children, ranging in age from 5 to 27, said Tim Machak, Tunney's partner in an automobile business.

Contributions may be made at any Washington Mutual branch under the name of the account, Children of Mike Tunney, though Appel-Rianda's four children will share equally, Machak said.

The accident took place when a motorcycle driven by Tunney collided with a pickup in an area under construction along Highway 204.

Snohomish County

Board to continue study of coal plant

Energy Northwest, which provides electricity to the Snohomish County Public Utility District and other power agencies, will pursue permitting and possible construction of a clean coal power plant.

The Richland organization's board of directors adopted a resolution last Wednesday to continue studying the project, which calls for a 600-megawatt power plant that would gasify coal. The result is emissions cleaner than those of traditional coal-fired plants.

Board members, who are representatives from the organization's member utilities, voted 13-5, with one abstention, to pursue the plant. The Snohomish County PUD board was divided on the project and split the two votes it was allowed.

Seattle City Light was among the "no" votes.

Edmonds

School director fills judicial post

Edmonds School Board member Doug Fair, a pro tem judge and former Snohomish County deputy prosecutor, has been appointed an Edmonds municipal judge.

Fair will serve through the year's end to complete the term of Jim White, who pleaded guilty to a money-laundering charge July 22 in U.S. District Court.

Fair said he will quit his School Board seat.

Mayor Gary Haakenson nominated Fair, and the City Council approved the appointment July 26.

Fair, 46, graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law and is a former president of the Snohomish County Bar Association. He has served as a pro tem judge in South District Court and in Edmonds and Lynnwood municipal courts.

His wife, Ellen Fair, is a Snohomish County Superior Court judge.

Federal prosecutors said White had accepted a backpack containing $100,000 from a suspected international drug kingpin. White allegedly passed two cash payments of $10,000 each to attorney A. Mark Vanderveen as a legal retainer to defend the arrested man.

Snohomish County

2 drowning victims, crash victim are ID'd

The victims of two drownings and an off-road vehicle accident have been identified by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office.

Robert Kraus, 47, of Arlington was identified as the victim of a drowning Friday at Haller Park in Arlington.

A man who died Friday when his all-terrain vehicle went off a road near Granite Falls was identified as Alan Uriu, 41, of Mount Vernon. His vehicle went about 15 feet down an embankment. He was found lying against a rock wall with the all-terrain vehicle in a creek below him.

A drowning victim at the Brackett's Landing underwater park near the Edmonds ferry terminal Saturday was identified as Kristin Spolar, 44, of Yakima. Spolar had been scuba diving when the accident occurred.

Snohomish County

Sheriff's recruits will be hoofing it

Three recruits will join the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office next week, but they probably won't have much to say in taking the oath of office, other than a few neighs.

The three are horses that will be commissioned as members of the sheriff's mounted unit. The horses will be "sworn in" as part of an official ceremony and gain commissioned status with the Sheriff's Office.

The ceremony is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Aug. 9 in the plaza area of the Snohomish County Courthouse, 3000 Rockefeller Ave. Parking is available in the county parking garage, and the public is invited.

Woodinville area

Bids sought on part of sewage tunnel

King County is pursuing bids for digging one section of a 13-mile tunnel from the future Brightwater sewage plant to Puget Sound.

The contract would include a 14,000-foot tunnel from the North Creek Business Park in Bothell to the plant site at Highways 9 and 522 north of Woodinville.

In addition, a 2,400-foot tunnel would be built from the North Creek tunnel portal to the existing North Creek pump station.

The first tunnel project, scheduled to begin early next year, has an estimated cost of $170 million. Two more tunnel contracts are expected to go to bid in 2006. Total construction cost for the wastewater conveyance system is estimated at $705 million.

Once completed, the Brightwater plant will provide wastewater treatment for residents of South Snohomish County and North King County.

Everett

Port says it'll decide on project next week

Port of Everett commissioners are promising a decision next week on one of the biggest developments ever proposed in the city.

"We will definitely be making a decision," Jim Shaffer, the commission president, said yesterday.

The choice Tuesday will be which alternative to use in proceeding with a $300 million north-marina redevelopment. The decision centers on whether to adopt a building-height limit of 55 or of 65 feet. The Port staff has recommended the latter.

The project would include more than 600 condos, a mix of stores and offices and a new marina.

Everett

Dance class, sailing among city offerings

The Everett Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring a number of events in August, including:

• A ballroom-dance class from 7 to 8 p.m. tomorrow at Floral Hall, 802 E. Mukilteo Blvd. The cost is $48 for a series of lessons.

• A Friday open sailing, from 4 to 8 p.m., beginning this week at Thornton A. Sullivan Park, 11405 Silver Lake Road.

• Cinema Under the Stars, from dusk to midnight Friday and Aug. 12 at Thornton A. Sullivan Park. This week: "Are We There Yet?" A $1 donation is requested.

• Survivor Island, from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday on Jetty Island, where free tips are offered to help people be prepared to survive a day, a week or longer in adverse conditions. A ferry to the island departs every half-hour from the 10th Street boat launch on the Everett waterfront.

Information: 425-257-8300.

Lake Stevens

Family-center plans include food, classes

The Lake Stevens Family Center is sponsoring several events this month, including a free community supper from 5 to 7 p.m. tomorrow at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 2100 117th Ave. N.E.

Also scheduled are:

• A Spanish class for youths from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 15-18 at 1803 123rd Ave. N.E. Cost: $54.

• A first-aid and CPR class from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Lake Stevens Assembly of God, 9805 31st Place N.E. Cost: $35.

• Two free picnics, Aug. 18 and 25, from 11 a.m. to noon at North Cove Park, 1800 Main St.

• A free job-preparedness class for youths from 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 9-11 at the family center, 1803 123rd Ave. N.E.

• A distribution of free school supplies from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the week of Aug. 28.

• Free basic back-to-school haircuts from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 29, with scheduling available beginning Aug. 15 by calling Kim Edwards at the family center, 425-397-7433, where information about all of the programs is available.

Paine Field

Aviation center gets $17 million engine

The Future of Flight Aviation Center at Paine Field has taken delivery of a focal point for its planned displays: a full-size Pratt & Whitney jet engine built for a Boeing 777.

The engine is one of the largest jet turbines in the world and weighs 14,700 pounds. It produces 99,000 pounds of thrust and can sell for as much as $17 million. It was donated by Pratt & Whitney in Hartford, Conn.

The engine is to be a key part of the propulsion displays at the center, which is under construction at the northwest corner of Paine Field and expected to open this year.

Everett

Nominations open for city arts award

Nominations are being taken for the Richard Wendt Award of Excellence, the city of Everett's highest award in the arts.

The award is given each year to a person or group for contributions to the city's cultural life.

Past recipients have ranged from Clyde Revord Motors, a longtime business supporter of the arts, to Everett Symphony conductor Paul-Elliott Cobbs.

The award was begun by the Everett Cultural Commission in 1991 and was endowed by Wendt, an Everett orthodontist, and his family.

Nominees should be Everett residents or have had significant, long-term impact on the arts in Everett. Supporting information such as résumés, news clippings and recommendation letters are encouraged.

Nominations are due by Aug. 12, and forms are available at the Monte Cristo Hotel, 1507 Wall St., or by calling Wendy Becker, the cultural-arts coordinator, at 425-257-6309, or by e-mailing her at wbecker@ci.everett.wa.us.

Compiled by the Seattle Times Snohomish County bureau

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