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Feds give approval for spraying for gypsy moth

The state Department of Agriculture will begin spraying 11 acres in the heart of Bellevue in late April or early May to eradicate a gypsy moth infestation. The federal government on April 9 found the spraying of biological insecticide would cause ``no significant'' environmental impact, said John Lundberg, spokesman for the state's Pest Programs.

The exact date of the first of three ground treatments depends on the development of gypsy moth larva and plant leaves, as well as on the weather, Lundberg said. The three treatments will occur three to 14 days apart.

Spraying will occur in an 11-acre rectangle, from just west of 119th Avenue Northeast on the west, to just east of 120th Avenue Northeast on the east, in a swath 625 feet wide on either side of Northeast Eighth Street.

For information, visit www.agr.wa.gov.


Firefighter recognized for Spanish language CPR class

Ron Tuininga, the lead fire prevention officer with the Bellevue Fire Department was recognized Tuesday for his contribution in creating a Spanish language CPR program.

Fire Chief Peter Lucarelli gave Tuininga a letter of commendation for his work over the past year in forging a partnership between Overlake Medical Center, Crossroads Community Center and the Bellevue Fire Department EMS Division. So far, 65 people have been provided free training on life-saving CPR skills.



Want to sit on the council? Then apply by Tuesday

Local residents interested in serving on the City Council have until next Tuesday to submit a letter of interest. The new council member will replace Wayne Snoey, who resigned in March because of health reasons and his work schedule.

City officials also are accepting applications for an open seat on the Covington Economic Development Council, a citizens advisory panel to the City Council on development and economic issues.

Applicants for the City Council seat must be registered voters who have lived in the city for at least one year. Applicants will be interviewed by council members and will attend an April 27 meeting to field questions from local residents. The City Council meets most Tuesday nights for meetings or study sessions. The Economic Development Council meets the fourth Thursday of each month.

Letters of interest for both positions must be submitted by April 20 at City Hall, 16720 S.E. 271st St.

For information, e-mail City Clerk Jackie Cronk at jcronk@ci.covington.wa.us or call 253-638-1110, Ext. 2234.


Firefighters honored for bravery at murder scene

Four Kent firefighters received the department's Distinguished Service Awards at the recent annual awards and recognition banquet.

Lt. Sam Grubbs and firefighters Ray Shjervern and Geoff Simpson were honored for their actions Oct. 3 on a dispatch to a home near Lake Meridian where a woman checking on the residents found the body of a murder victim and a 7-year-old girl bleeding from severe injuries.

The man who killed the parents and attacked the girl was gone. But police hadn't yet arrived and the firefighters didn't know whether the killer still might be inside.

They opted to risk their own safety and entered the home to help the girl and look for any other victims in need of aid.

They found a second murder victim. The girl was treated, hospitalized for several days and survived. The man accused of attacking the family during a home invasion robbery was arrested the next day and is in custody awaiting trial on murder charges.

The award also was presented to Battalion Chief Larry Webb, who was recognized for his 33 years of service to the department and his participation in community programs, including Toys for Joy, the James Lutz Memorial Golf Tournament, Kent Food Bank Breakfast and other programs.



Statewide candidates slated for PTA forum

Washington State PTA will host a candidate forum at its annual convention at 4:30 p.m. April 30. Cynthia Zehnder, president of TVW, will moderate a panel of candidates for both governor and the state superintendent of public instruction.

Candidates for governor participating at the forum include Christine Gregoire, Dino Rossi and Phil Talmadge.

Candidates for superintendent of public instruction participating at the forum include Dr. Terry Bergeson and Juanita Doyon.

The forum will be at the Double Tree Hotel in SeaTac, 18740 Pacific Highway S. Issues to be discussed include education, health care and graduation requirements.

Sheriff's office to honor dispatchers, 911 operators

The King County Sheriff's Office is honoring its dispatchers and 911 operators during National Public Telecommunications Week this week.

The week will include a barbecue for employees this afternoon at the county's new communications center in Renton. Sheriff Dave Reichert will attend.

About 80 people are employed at the communications center, named for deceased King County Council member Kent Pullen.


Fingerprint your children, meet Monte the dog

Redmond police volunteers will be offering free Fingerprint ID Kits for children Saturday. Kids who get fingerprinted will get a chance to meet Monte, the Redmond Police dog, and a free trading card signed by the K-9 Unit. Volunteers will also be on hand to custom-fit bicycle helmets.

The Fingerprint ID Kits are for the parents, not for police record-keeping, Officer Stacey Holland said.

They contain vital statistics and information that can be easily accessed when parents need police help in cases involved their children.

The event takes place at the Redmond Town Center Police and Fire Substation, at 16321 N.E. 74th Street next to Tully's, from noon to 3 p.m.


* Joan Johnson is the mother of a teenager who witnessed a fatal accident on Mount Peak southeast of Auburn Sunday. Her first name was reported incorrectly in Tuesday's King County Journal.

* The headline on a story about gasoline prices on Tuesday's Business page should have read ``Gasoline futures prices hit record high.''

PHOTO: BY Gary Kissel/Journal: Firefighters climb out of a 200-foot ravine after fighting a grass and brush fire that burned about a half acre in the Lakeland Hills area of south Auburn near the Pierce County line. Firefighters from Auburn, Mountain View Fire and Rescue and East Pierce County Fire and Rescue kept the blaze away from homes on a hillside and brought the fire under control within an hour Tuesday afternoon. Firefighters from Kent and Federal Way helped staff Auburn fire stations during the firefight.

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