Archive | February, 2012

Everett High Blood Drive Making a Difference

February 29, 2012


Another good news story we’re happy to share…

Leadership students at Everett High School (EHS) hosted Puget Sound Blood Center in February and received the following thank you from Gayle Richards, Donor Resources Representative. Student-initiated blood drives are a major source of blood for the Center, and Richards’ note indicates more than 100 patients will benefit from EHS student initiative and generosity.

Thank you Everett High School and blood donors – together saving lives!

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, there were 66 volunteer blood donors registered, 45 pints of blood collected, and 41 first time donors! This was another great turnout! A huge thank you to all the donors for sharing your good health.

Because one pint of blood can save up to three lives, approximately 123 patients will benefit from the donations at this blood drive. Thank you to all the donors for taking time out of your day to help those in need. Your efforts will help so many patients. We appreciate you!

Thank you Advisor Rachelle Whitfield and the Leadership students for your tremendous support with the blood drives here. Your dedication is greatly appreciated. Your efforts and support to recruit donors will help so many patients throughout Western Washington in need. Thank you for allowing the Puget Sound Blood Center to come out to use your facilities and for providing a convenient place for donors to give the gift of life. We couldn’t do it without you!

The Puget Sound Blood Center relies solely on volunteer donations to meet the needs of patients in Western Washington. Over 900 donors each weekday are needed to meet the demand. Approximately 50 percent of this supply is due to donations made at mobile campaigns throughout the community. The support from all of you makes this happen!

We look forward to the next blood drive here on Wednesday, May 23, 2012!
Thank you,
Gayle Richards
Donor Resources Representative
Puget Sound Blood Center
2703 Oakes Ave. Everett, WA 98201
P (425) 740-2911 • Toll Free (888) 475-4022 •

“Hosting the event was the students’ idea. They not only have helped patients they will never know about, but they have helped 41 first-time donors begin

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Boeing Delivers Huge Everett Built Business Jet to Mystery Customer

February 28, 2012


747-8 Intercontinental VIP leaves Paine Field. Photo courtesy of Boeing

They’re still not saying to whom, but at mid-day, Boeing delivered its first 747-8 Intercontinental passenger plane to a mystery buyer.

EVERETT, Wash., Feb. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) celebrated a major achievement in the effort to create a Queen of the Skies for the 21st Century, delivering the first 747-8 Intercontinental VIP airplane to an undisclosed customer. The airplane, which was delivered with a minimal interior, will enter service in 2014 after its VIP interior is installed.

“This is a great day for Boeing,” said Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The 747 is the most iconic airplane in the world, and I know customers are going to love what we’ve done to enhance its performance. The Intercontinental is fast, efficient and quiet, offering real savings and a great flying experience. And I believe it’s one of the most beautiful airplanes in the sky.”

The VIP version of the 747-8 Intercontinental provides a cabin with 4,786 square feet (444.6 square meters). This 747-8 VIP will include Greenpoint Technologies’ Aeroloft, located above the main cabin between the upper deck and tail of the 747-8 VIP, giving the airplane 393 square feet (36.5 square meters) of additional cabin space. The Aeroloft will be installed by Boeing Global Transport & Executive Systems (GTES) in Wichita, Kan.

With Aeroloft, the VIP-configured 747-8 offers a total of 5,179 square feet (481.1 square meters) of cabin space, can carry 100 passengers and has a range of about 8,840 nautical miles (16,372 km). It provides double-digit improvements in fuel burn and emissions over the 747-400, and is 30 percent more quiet. With a normal cruise speed of Mach 0.86, it is the fastest large commercial jet.

The 747-8 VIP jet is the only large airplane in its class that fits today’s airport infrastructure, giving its owners the flexibility to fly to more destinations. Building on the current 747’s capability to fly into most airports worldwide, the 747-8 VIP uses the same pilot type ratings, services and most ground support equipment.

To date, undisclosed customers have ordered nine 747-8 VIP airplanes.

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Should the Snohomish County Executive Get a Raise? Other Electeds? Citizen Input Sought

February 27, 2012

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The Snohomish County Salary Review Commission has announced a number of meetings as they work to set salaries for all elected Snohomish County officials except judges. In addition to the County Executive, members of the Snohomish County Council, the Sheriff, Auditor, Treasurer, Clerk, Assessor and Prosecutor all have their salaries reviewed every two years by an appointed citizen’s panel.

All meetings of the salary commission are open to the public and begin at 6 p.m. They will be held in the 6th Floor Executive Board Room, 3000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett. Scheduled meeting dates are March 14, March 28, April 11 and April 25. A public hearing on recommendations is scheduled for the April 11 meeting.

By law, salary recommendations must be made by May 1 for the next two-year period. A 2006 amendment to the county charter eliminated the need for council and executive approval of the salary changes.

The commission is made up of 10 members, nominated by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council. Six members of the commission are selected by lot by the County Auditor from among all registered voters in Snohomish County. The remaining four members are required to have experience in the field of personnel management and come from four sectors: business, professional personnel management, legal profession and organized labor. Commissioners serve two-year terms.

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Final Appeal For Fired Everett Police Officer Set for March 14th – 16th

February 26, 2012

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A date has finally been set for the arbitration hearing for Troy Meade, the Everett Police officer fired for violating Everett Police Department policy in the shooting of Niles Meservey on June 10th, 2009 behind the Chuckwagon restaurant.

On July 1st, 2011 Meade was fired by Everett Police Chief Jim Scharf. That action was upheld by the Mayor of Everett as well as new police chief Kathy Atwood.

On September 8th, 2011 The Everett Police Officer’s Association voted to appeal the firing to binding arbitration.

So why did it take so long to finally agree on date?

First the City of Everett’s attorney and the Everett Police Officer’s Association attorney had to agree on an arbitrator. Then the arbitrator and the attorneys have to compare available dates. After a fair amount of back and forth, a decision is made.

So, from March 14th – 16th, the city and the EPOA will each present their side to the arbitrator. A binding decision will be made. When will that decision be announced? That we don’t know, but when it comes, we’ll bring it to you.

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Everett’s New Indoor Football Team Plays First Game Today

February 25, 2012


The Everett Raptors kick off their season today. They’re on the road facing off against the Tri-Cities Fever. The Raptors home opener is next Thursday (March 1st) against the Allen Wranglers. In all the Raptors will play seven home games at Comcast Arena Everett. Tonight’s game starts at 7:05pm and will air live on Classic Country 1520 KXA radio or you can buy a webcast of the game online thru the Everett Raptors website. Here’s a copy of their new TV commercial…

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Everett Planning Commission Votes for Evergreen Way to be Revitalized, Redeveloped Around Swift Bus Rapid Transit

February 25, 2012


Meet Everett's new economic engine

Stretching from Everett’s “gateway” at 41st street and flowing south past the city limits toward Lynnwood, Evergreen Way is gearing for a major transformation as an economic engine and growth corridor for Everett’s future. At their recent meeting, the city’s planning commission voted unanimously to send the Evergreen Way Revitalization Plan including new zoning standards and development incentives, to the Everett City Council for approval. The plan’s focus is on growth, both residential and commercial, surrounding the Swift Bus Rapid Transit stations that dot Evergreen Way between 37th street to the north and Gibson road to the south.

The plan calls for at least seven “nodes” around the Swift stops that will have higher intensity commercial and residential development than other areas of Evergreen Way.

With light rail and other Sound Transit projects in Everett decades away or on the back burner, Everett planning director Allan Giffen tells My Everett News they’re putting the development focus on the Swift Bus Rapid Transit stops. “We’re making Evergreen Way into a growth corridor”, said Giffen. The plan’s vision is for a “linear community” where residents could travel north or south using transit and easily connect to major employment and commercial centers while also enjoying easy pedestrian and bicycle access.

The plan involves a full-scale zoning change creating new zoning classifications of E-1 and MUO (mixed use overlay), replacing the current zoning of B-2 or C-1. The city would also extend the Multiple Family Property Tax Exemption Program into the mixed use overlays to encourage development of affordable housing in those areas. Mini-casinos, nightclubs and methadone treatment clinics would not be allowed in the mixed use overlays near the Swift stations but would be allowed in the E-1 areas. Existing businesses would be grandfathered in.

It will take about two months for the city’s planning department to write-up the ordinances and submit them to the Everett City Council for approval of the plan.

You can click here to see the final 49 page report that will be sent to the city council. It provides a lor more detail then I could ever try to bring into context here.

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Country Star Dierks Bentley Coming Back to Everett

February 24, 2012


Dierks is coming back to Comcast Arena at Everett on April 21st

Comcast Arena at Everett announced today that Dierks Bentley will be bringing his Country and Cold Cans Tour to town on Saturday April 21st. Bentley has been in Everett before, performing with Miranda Lambert back in December of 2006. Nearly 6000 fans saw that show and given the number of hits Bentley has had since, tickets for this show will go fast. Tickets will go on sale Friday March 2nd and are priced at $25 and $35. To get in on the advance ticket pre-sale bandwagon, you can join the Comcast Arena Cyber Club by clicking here.

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