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ARLINGTON — Arlington and Marysville’s city attorneys have both been named “Washington Super Lawyers” for 2008.
ARLINGTON — Bruce Bruch’s battle with lung cancer came to an end on the morning of May 28, when the owner of Brooster’s Cafe on Olympic Avenue passed away at 56 years old.
n Major corporations involved in forestry, mining and fisheries bank on the public’s belief in the idea of the balance of nature. But Mike Fellows, a science teacher at Lakewood High School, says “balance of nature is a fallacy.” At least it is if chaos theory is correct and chaos theory is gaining credibility within the scientific community. Fellows’ involvement with the scientific community at the university level helps fuel his passion for science, thinking the questions and searching for answers. Through his passion for exploring and learning, Fellows is bringing high-level physics and biology to Lakewood students. His classes encourage students to think critically, pose questions and organize experiments to determine answers. Through direct involvement in experiments, Fellows is illustrating to students that changes in environment can produce extreme consequences. So even in a sterile setting where the environment is controlled, there are always tiny variations that can be imperceptible, but can change the outcome of an experiment. With that premise, if an environment is changed through activities like logging, excavating or drag-net fishing, it is wrong to assume balance can be restored when the global and/or long-term effects of these changes is not known. Through hands-on experiments, Lakewood students are testing for the how and why of chaos theory and its practical application. Some of this advance biology research is because of their teacher’s involvement in the Partnership in Science program. The program has helped pay for some special pieces of equipment. Partnership in Science is a mentorship program that gives high school teachers an opportunity to do vanguard research and work with colleagues at the university level. Fellows said he was fortunate he was picked to participate in the program for the last two years. As part of his involvement, Fellows won an exit grant of $3,000 as long as there was a community match of $2,000. Fellows said the local branch of Washington Mutual Bank put in most of the matching $2,000 with the balance coming from other community donations to the school. With the grant and the matching money, Fellows bought some nifty equipment allowing students to do advanced lab experiments. To test chaos theory and its premise that slight variations can cause major changes, students created small environmental “landscapes,” miniature replicas of an ecological system found in nature. They will then test the effect of poison (in this case copper sulfate) on the environmental landscape. In an eight-week experiment, students created the landscapes (as well as a controlled landscape they used for comparison) in jars by putting together measured amounts of lake water, sand, sterilized straw and three types of algae.
SMOKEY POINT Kathy Tri found out how many friends she had April 30, when members of the Smokey Point Community Church presented her with a completely remade house.
SMOKEY POINT — Food, music, valuables up for bid and inspiring stories of overcoming obstacles were all available at the Smokey Point Community Church May 2, when Village Community Services kicked off its sixth annual Taste of Decadence fundraiser.
n Location, location, location. That seems to be the issue facing Arlington School District voters next Tuesday. Do we keep the high school in town or build a new school out of town? The Arlington School Board believes the best solution is to take the school out of town. the board is asking voters on May 19 to approve a plan to sell $37.9 million in bonds to pay for the construction of a new 1,600-student high school 1.5 miles northeast of town on SR 530. This is the third time in the last two years a similar proposal has been placed on the ballot. It differs from previous proposals because only the high school project is addressed. Two previous bond proposals — in February and September of last year — included a high school out of town as well as remodeling and renovating Presidents Elementary and the current high school site for use as another school facility. Although the high school stands alone this time, the board stresses this proposal is the first step, construction-wise, to solving a population boom at all grade levels. Another bond proposal to pay for remodeling, renovating and/or building new facilities for the lower grade levels is expected in the next year, once board members agree on grade configuration at the other schools.
ARLINGTON — Patrons of the McDonald’s on 204th Street NE got to meet and support members of the Arlington High School Air Force JROTC April 29.
n Marysville Schools stand to benefit from more money in their budget after the Marysville Planning Commission agreed to increase the amount developers pay for school mitigation by as much as 400 percent. The issue is money to pay for the price of educating students who move into new homes. Currently, builders pay the school district $925 for each single-family home built. Under estimates of the new formula that figure could be almost $4,000. School District officials have often said that education suffers with the explosive growth in the Marysville area. As families move into new homes, school facilities are not able to keep up with the growth. The district uses the impact money almost exclusively to buy portable classrooms, according to Finance Director Larry Clement — a portion paid for the new buildings at the high school. Few people argue that the current amount is enough, so at last week’s planning commission meeting City Planner Gloria Hirashima proposed a new fee ordinance modeled on one passed by the Snohomish County Council last November. School mitigation fees charged in the city of Marysville are among the lowest in the county, according to Marysville Planning Commissioner George Wilcox. The proposed ordinance includes a complicated formula designed to approximate the cost of teaching a new student. That formula wasn’t reviewed, although Wilcox said the district used conservative numbers. “If anything they were probably underestimating their costs.” What was reviewed was a provision in the county law that cuts results from that formula in half and then sets a maximum fee at $2,000, both the maximum and cutting in half are a compromise from a committee of builders and superintendents, according to Hirashima. Marysville School Superintendent Richard Eisenhauer told the planning commission at last week’s meeting that the compromise — cutting the fee in half and capping it at $2,000 — was purely political and had nothing to do with the price of educating new students. The commission agreed. They voted unanimously to approve an ordinance that removed the cap and took out the provision halving the fee. Commissioner Bill Roberts, a developer, was not at the meeting and doesn’t agree with the action, he said later. The commissioners also removed a provision that would have exempted developers from paying the fee for low income homes. The proposed ordinance faces several tests before it is on the city’s books. The planning commission will hold a public hearing later this spring, then the proposal needs a majority vote by the Marysville City Council.
MARYSVILLE — On this day, which just happens to be a few days shy of his first birthday, Dax Gilbertson toddles across the carpeted floor of his family’s living room and, as infants sometimes do, abruptly falls down.
Grace Academy students recently performed “Arsenic and Old Lace,” which was directed by Phyllis Rice. Some of the students who performed included, left to right, Kaitlyn Schuler as Elaine; Nathaniel Lugg as Mortimer; Megan Timmerman as Aunt Martha; and Andi McAuliffe as Aunt Abby.
MARYSVILLE — No one seemed positive, but the best guess from those on hand was that this weekend’s Kiwanis Fishing Derby constituted the 19th annual event.
ARLINGTON — The work of technical crews on stage plays often goes unnoticed, yet they are essential to the success of a show. Not only does stagecraft require special technical skills, it also requires an artistic mind.
ARLINGTON — Most people don’t look forward to going to jail, but many of Arlington’s more upstanding citizens were eager to be handcuffed and confined by law enforcement April 9.
ARLINGTON — City and school district officials met at the Byrnes Performing Arts Center for their bimonthly joint meeting Monday, April 14, and the BPAC was at the top of the agenda.
EVERETT — “The apparent quiet and calm on the waterfront is misleading when you consider what our sailors are doing around the world,” said Capt. Thomas Mascolo, at the State of the Station luncheon for Naval Station Everett, April 18. “When we don’t appear busy, your Everett-based sailors are very busy, in inverse proportion to the occupancy of the port.”
SMOKEY POINT — Many patrons of the Smokey Point Red Robin restaurant were surprised to see their waiters wearing a slightly different uniform, and police officers from Arlington, Marysville and Lake Stevens got a chance to walk in somebody else’s shoes, all on behalf of charity.