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A10 o:. The Arlington Times Wednesday, DeCC hosts annual Specia! toThe Arlington Times EVERETT -- The Snohomish County DUl/Traffic Safety Task Force is accepting nom- inations for the annual awards to be announced at the ceremony from 1:30 to 3 p.m. March 17 at the Everett PUD Auditorium. Nominations can be made for achievements in education, treatment, media, transportation, medicine, corrections, politics, art and commu- nity organization. Programs in your community that have raised awareness about traffic safety also quali- fy. Last year, individual who were recognized included police officers, school crossing guards, a witness who rendered aid at a fatal traffic crash and senior citizen groups who assisted law enforcement. To request a nomination form, call (425) 388-7200. For information call Tracy McMillan at 425.388.7229. Other nominations Victims of drunk drivers are being remem- bered through two DUI task force programs. The task force, in cooperation with law enforcement agencies involved in Snohomish County Pro-Active Criminal Enforcement, are accepting nominations for victim dedications during DUI emphasis patrols. Each month an individual or individuals will have an emphasis patrol dedicated in their name. Family and friends will be invited to a kick-off meeting, a family spokesperson will be asked to address the media, if needed, and a flyer will be distributed to everyone who is stopped by a PACE member what evening. "As the new year has just begun, and aware- ness has been raised even higher, it is impor- tant that real people are acknowledged as vic- tims as such a senseless tragedy. These are people in our community, not .just statistics," said Tracy McMitlan, DUI Task Force Coordina- tor. If you have had someone in your family killed or severely injured as a result of a DUI crash, and would like more information regard- ing this DUI/PACE Victim Dedication Program, call Tracy McMillan at 425.388.7229. Nominations for the "Don't Drink and Drive" Memorial Sign Program also are being sought. If you have had a family member killed in a Driving Under the Influence collision on an unincorporated Snohomish County roadway and would like to honor their memory by dedi- cating a "Don't Drink and Drive" Memorial Sign, at no cost to your family, contact Tracy McMil- lan at 425.388.7229. One pair of signs will be dedicated and presented to your family at the Snohomish County DUI Annual Awards Cere- mony on March 17. The program is operated by the Snohomish County DUI Task Force and Snohomish County Public Works. resource fair on EVERETT -- The third annual Snohomish Resource Fair will be held March 23 at Everett from 4-8 p.m. More than 50 agencies will provide options, employment, recreation, transportation, tional rehabilitation, assistive technology, cation, social security, advocacy and This resource fair is directed at individuals with 14 and older, their families, teachers and members. The resource ~air is sponsored by Council and Everett Community College--Center vices. Everett Community College is located at 801 Everett. The facility is completely handicapped accommodations are needed contact Rose Kratz before Feb. 29. For information on the resource fair contact 425.388.7320. V - URF realize how important Microsoft athletic office. Surrounded by an word, both of" which prevent unan- tO be meeting one of the school mati -- tracking -- 1~ ~, ,-- certification is for people pursuing electronic boneyard littered with thorized users from viewing some- district s original goals to improve dance -- the Continued from page A1 passed basic applied computer sci- ence and networking essentials classes. For the past three years, Bassett has been teaching a one- year class to help advanced stu- dents pass a "really nasty" certifi- cation exam for Windows NT, an operating software for businesses. This year, Microsoft released an upgraded version named Windows 2000, and Bassett's students are already immersing themselves in the new version. The grant money will allow the school to purchase new computers and videoconferencing equipment. In addition to the grant money, Microsoft will kick in about $73,000-worth of software. Bassett said. "Our lab is now two or three years old. It can't run Windows 2000," Bassett said. "[The grant] is going to help tremendously." Bassett said Arlington secured the grant in part because many people in the state are starting to certain computer-related careers. The videoconferencing equip- ment will allow his class to talk directly to the Windows 2000 designers at Microsoft. "We can get answers right from the horse's mouth," Bassett said. It might also allow students from other school districts with similar equipment to sit in on his classes, he added. Arlington High School Principal Warren Hopkins said the NT class is a great deal for Arlington stu- dents. "If you were to go out into the business world and seek to get this kind of training, the going rate is $2,500/' Hopkins said. "Here, we just offer it as a class course as part of our basic education." Other Bassett claims to fame are the "Basmati" and "Bolero" software he developed to track grades and sign up for classes via the Internet. When he's not teaching class, students can usually find Bassett in his alcove tucked behind the computer skeletons and innards watched over by a stuffed gorilla, Bassett explained how he chose the name for his grade-tracking software. One clue: partly buried in a pile of software manuals is a burlap sack of Basmati rice. "I needed to come up with a name," Bassett said, looking at the burlap sack. "I love to eat Indian food, and [the Basmati rice] is the best part of it. It actually stands for Bassett's Mystical Academic Tracking Instrument." Basmati allows Arlington teach- ers to post grades confidentially on the lnternet so that students and their parents can track their academic progress. Slidin2 back and forth between two desktop terminals and a color laptop at his L-shaped desk, Bas- sett walked through the process from the teacher's end. First he connected to the Bas- mati web site. 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