City of Arlington receives Well City Award

YAKIMA The city of Arlington has been honored once again by the Association of Washington Cities as a Well City. Arlington was one of 28 Washington cities and towns that received recognition for its workplace wellness program at the association's annual conference recently. This is Arlington's ninth Well City award one of only two cities in the state to receive this distinction annually since the award's inception in 2000.

The AWC Well City Award recognizes cities and towns that achieve a standard of excellence in employee health promotion. An AWC Well City must meet a wide range of required criteria to receive the award.

"The growing gap between city revenues and increasing costs has placed many cities in a financial vise," said AWC Executive Director Stan Finkelstein.

Arlington Christian School receives award

WASHINGTON D.C. Arlington Christian School has been selected for the 2008 Best of Arlington Award in the Religious Schools category by the U.S. Local Business Association.

The USLBA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USLBA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USLBA and data provided by third parties.

Arlington Christian School is a preschool-through-12th grade, interdenominational Christian school in its 36th year of service in the Arlington community. While Arlington Christian School is state approved, its emphasis is on the Christian world view. Teachers are held to a rigorous standard of both academic preparation and moral conduct.

Community Transit seeks input on fare increase

SNOHOMISH COUNTY Lower than expected sales tax revenue combined with record fuel costs has led Community Transit to propose a fare increase for local and commuter buses, vanpools and DART paratransit service. The proposal would add 25 cents to DART and local bus trips, 50 cents to short commuter trips into King County and 75 cents to long commuter trips to

King County. Senior fares on the commuter routes would be kept to half the regular adult fares. Public comment on the fare proposal is being gathered through July 31. Comments may be sent by email to For information call CT at 425-353-RIDE or 800-562-1375.

Tom Lane named

president of state Auto Dealers Association

EVERETT Tom Lane has been named 2008/2009 president of the Washington State Auto Dealers Association during the organization's annual convention recently.

Lane is President of Dwayne Lane's Family of Auto Centers, which has two locations in Everett and a Chevrolet store in Arlington.

He grew up around the dealership his father Dwayne Lane founded and is passionate about the family business system and the automobile industry.

As president, he will lead the association's efforts to foster a fair, ethical and healthy retail environment that supports the interests of franchised new car and truck dealers and best serves their customers, as well as promoting the countless contributions dealers make to a wide array of charitable causes.

A family man with five children ranging in age from 10 years to 6 months, Lane is also an active volunteer as a board member and chair of the Snohomish County Boys & Girls Clubs. Together with his wife, Kjersti, is actively involved with their children's school.

One of the goals Lane and the WSADA Board of Directors have set for the coming year is reducing the state's Business and Occupation tax.

"B&O tax unfairly punishes Washington's small and local businesses." Lane said. "A tax on gross receipts does not care whether you turned a profit or work on slim margins, and it not only makes Washington dealers less competitive with their Idaho and Oregon counterparts, it will be enough to force dealerships to close and put people out of jobs at a time Washington can least afford to lose either."

Land-clearing burning no longer allowed

PUGET SOUND ?As directed by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, all land-clearing burning is prohibited in unincorporated Snohomish County as of July 1, although Snohomish County will continue to issue Residential Burn Permits.

Burn permits are required and issued by the Snohomish County Fire Marshal's Office as well as participating local fire districts. Residential Burn Permits cost $30 and are issued for parcels outside the Urban Growth Areas and established No Burn Zones. The permit must be on site at all times. Permission to burn under a permit may be suspended or cancelled without notice by any of the following agencies: Snohomish County Fire Marshal's Office, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, Washington State Department of Ecology, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, any other federal, state or county agency having jurisdiction. Burning shall be conducted from dawn to dusk only.

The applicant is required to call the Outdoor Burning Information Line at 425-388-3508 to verify there are no burn bans or burning limitations that may have been ordered due to high fire danger or poor air-quality conditions.

The fire must not include garbage, dead animals, asphalt, petroleum products, paints, rubber products, plastics or cardboard or paper, other than what is necessary to start a fire. No treated wood, construction/demolition debris, metal or any substance that releases toxic emissions, dense smoke or obnoxious odors when burned. Recreational and cooking fires, as defined by PSCAA, are allowed under current rules and conditions.

For more information on types of burning allowed and requirements for burning, go to and use the keyword "burn info" or call the Fire Marshal's Office at 425-388-3557.

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