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Archive for June, 2013

Sewer District swindled, suspect ex-worker had prior felonies

by Matt Rosenberg June 12th, 2013

A new state auditor’s fraud investigation report says a former employee of the Valley View Sewer District serving Burien, Seatac and Tukwila actually embezzled more than double what the district, police and prosecutors had thought. But what the new report doesn’t say is that hidden away from public view, the employee, Andrea Ceceil Drane, is already being prosecuted for felony theft in the case – and that before she was hired by the district in early 2011 she’d already been sentenced to three years in a “work ethic camp” for nine counts of felony theft in a 2002 embezzlement of an estimated $125,000 belonging to another, private sector South End employer of hers. Valley View serves 8,000 sewage treatment customers in the three cities and unincorporated South King County.

Cab car cost bump to grow Sound Transit’s queasy debt load

by Matt Rosenberg June 10th, 2013

The taxpayer-funded regional transit agency serving the three-county Greater Seattle region, Sound Transit, says its looming purchase of nine new cab cars for expanded service on its South Sounder commuter rail line between Seattle and Tacoma-Lakewood will cost $21 million more than expected, and its Pierce County regional subdivision or “sub-area” will have to issue debt to pay for the difference. According to a staff memo distributed to members of the ST Operations Committee last Thursday, that would pose at least three troublesome effects.

This Is Your Land: Larrabee State Park, The Video

by Matt Rosenberg June 6th, 2013

On wondrous Chuckanut Drive betwixt Bow, Washington and Bellingham on the eastern shores of the Salish Sea lies Larrabee State Park. From the main parking lot, a small underpass conveys pedestrians beneath the train tracks on a short winding path to a lovely beach. On a business trip from Seattle to points north yesterday I had a chance to stop by. Also present were local school groups including one from Concrete, Wash. Larrabee is a scenic and family-friendly state park worth an extended visit on a weekend or a leisurely summer weekday.

The Salish Sea concept invokes native histories across the U.S. -Canadian border between Puget Sound the Straits of Georgia in British Columbia. Supporters accent science-based efforts to protect water quality, marine life and Native cultures tied to the bi-national region’s aquatic byways and resources. Here’s a map of the Salish Sea and information on a 2014 Salish Sea conference being organized by Western Washington University.

Our video shot at Larrabee will tell the rest of the story, for now.

More here on Larrabee.

Also see our previous original Public Data Ferret outdoor videos or photo features accenting public lands to explore.

This Is Your Land: Kubota Garden, Seattle

This Is Your Land: On Lummi Mountain – The Video

This Is Your Land – Melakwa Lake – The Video

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