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22, 2000 NO. 15 75 ARLINGTON & SNOHOMISH REGION means early deadlines for ISsue of The ads for the must be in by 1., Nov. 22. turned in by Nov. 22. Line accepted until 24. season has all sorts of in Arling- tall at Oso Pub- Page C1 b~( Scott Morris The Arlington Times WASHINGTON NEWSPAPER PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION --20bbGF.NF.P, AL -kXCELLENcE AWARD w}NN ER %, oO LARSEN/KOSTER ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN Larsen, hammered the Republican, Koster, about the latter's position on abortion. ARLINGTON--Political com- Ads favoring Koster called mentator George Howland of the Larsen a "pickpocket," for voting Seattle Weekly called the Rick to raise taxes, and a "lobbyist," Larsen vs. John Koster ad cam- referring to his previous job with a paign for the U.S. Congress' 2nd dental association. District "nasty." Merely reciting the subject mat- "It got butt-ugly, frankly," ter and namecalling being bandied Koster said. back and forth fails to fully convey Ads supporting the Democrat, the tone of the ads. These guys I by Kay Brooks The Arlington Times C1 B6 A7 C4-C10 B4 B5 B5 A7 B1 A2 B6 A5 A3 on pageA3 ;ISSUE: DARRINGTON --- A proposal for a $6-mil- lion waste water treatment plant received mixed reactions from Darrington residents at a public meeting with town officials last Thursday. "I just don't think the people can afford this sewer system," said one man at the meet- ing. "Heck, it does sound nice, but it is like a car. A new car would be nice, too, if you can afford it." The current proposal would have a maxi- mum of 860 hook ups and cost more than $6 million to construct. The monthly fee to resi- dents would be $55.79 per month, according to information presented at the meeting. Concerns about the cost were echoed by other residents at the meeting as Darrington Mayor Leila Dempsey and Town Councilmem- bers listened. The subject of a sewer has been on the council's agenda since the late 1980s as one way to improve commercial development in the area. Some town officials also have said it is possible the town could be required to build a sewer plant in the future because of environmental regulations. Others disputed the statement. "If [the sewer is not built], there could be very little [development of] commercial land because of the lack of room for septic sys- tems," said Engineer and System Designer Ted Trepanier. "If nothing is done now, the town may be forced to build [a waste water treat- ment facility] in the future." SEWER page A4 seemed to be going after each Candidates to"We have to Larsen, the apparent winner, other, replace Rick d i f f e r e n t i a t e agreed. That might have surprised local Larsen on thebetween what "In the end, 1 will have raised voters, given that both candidates Snohomish the two candi- about $1.5 million, in large part grew up here in Arlington. Then County Coun- dates did and because this campaign knew that again, if familiarity breeds con- cil have beenwhat the outsidewe would have to be competing tempt, perhaps the negative cam- announced, groups did," said with a lot of the messages outside paigning could have been expect- Gregg Richard, of John's campaign, those raised ed. , Page ~ Koster's cam- by soft money," Larsen said, refer- But after the fact, both cam- paign manager, ring to supportive ads that are nei- paigns blamed any excesses on "There's just so much neither cam- outside influences, paign has the ability to influence.' ................................. I~ODpage~ .#dlN~ The Arlingtc~ Times The Division Street improvements, including the cut out for the traffic circle at West Avenue and the center traffic island, as seen here Friday morning, are scheduled to be completed by the end of the month, according to city officials. The project is designed to slow down traffic and create a gateway to the city. by Nevonne McDanlels ished by the end of November. Work on the That new look includes a center median trail will follow, with landscaping, traffic circles at West Wilson Enterprises of Stanwood started Avenue and Broadway, bulb outs at inter- reworking Division Street, from old SR9 to sections for pedestrians and new side- the Fountain Restaurant, in late August. walks. The project also included the Motorists traveling through what had been replacement of a water line along Division. part of SR530 until the new Hailer Bridge The design is meant to slow traffic along was completed and the route realigned last what had been a four-lane road that direct- year, have watched the street's new look ed motorists through town. take shape as they maneuvered through Work on the Centennial Trail, which is ever-changing lanes outlined by orange construction cones. STREET page A3 The Arlington Times ARLINGTON -- A narrower, friendlier Division Street is expected to emerge from beneath the orange construction cones in the next few weeks. Arlington City Engineer Paul Richart said the Division Street portion of the $881,000 construction project that also includes completing parts of the Centennial Trail through downtown, is scheduled to be fin- / N0w plan would quarters only for the postal carri- movr to the Safeway building. ers. would be a good use for the build carrier annex ,,it,s not really a post office," building. It would be a long-term Stahfest said. "We went that route lease and the post office could by Nevonne McDanlels and couldn't find a site. The build- grow into it. There is adequate The Arlington Times ing that was suggested to us was parking and it has a delivery dock the old Safeway building, but it for their trucks. They have every- ARLINGTON -- The three-year was barely large enough for what thing there. What is the problem? search for Post Office space in we needed. And the parking area Why are they making everything so Arlington is taking a new turn. was inadequate. There was no way difficult?" U.S. Postal Service officials have we could have parking for the car- Kraski received a letter from scrapped the idea of building or riers, customers and the mailpostal officials dated Nov. 15 moving to a new, larger post office trucks." which outlined the plans and invit- in the city and now are looking for Now plans have been scaled ed comments. space that would serve as work- back. Kraski said the proposed N. space for the city's postal carriers, "We're looking for an existing Olympic Rehabilitation project, the behind-the-scenes operations space on a piece of property that which is now being considered by of mail delivery, will serve as a carrier annex," he downtown property owners and The downtown post office said. city officials, would reduce the would remain open for business at Rather than 8,000 square feetnumber of parking spaces in front its current location at 524 N. of building space that was needed of the current post office. Because Olympic Ave. before, the carrier annex needs of that, he said, he believes moving That's a change from plans dis- 6,500 square feet of space, the entire operation to the Safeway cussed two years ago to close the Stahfest said the Safeway build- site makes more sense. cramped 4,000-square-foot N. ing might work this time, if it's "We still want them to move the Olympic Avenue post office and offered, whole thing. It makes the most relocate to a larger space. The building was purchased bysense, to have everything under At the time, city officials were its neighboring Copeland Lumber one roof." lobbying to move the post office to in 1998 and both properties were Advertisements seeking offers the old Safeway building, said Neff purchased later by Cenex Coopon a site f6r the post office carrier Stahfest, manager of administra- Supply. Cenex moved its business annex are being published this tive support at the U.S. Postal Ser- into the Cope_land Lumber building week. The post office wants to get vice in Seattle. That move would in January 2000. The Safeway store a 20"year lease on about 70,000 have kept the facility downtown, remains vacant at this time. square feet of land, which includes which was one of the clear results Arlington Mayor Bob Kraski an existing building of about 6,500 of the post office customer survey, said he believes it would still be The new plan is to find larger best for the entire post office to POST page A3 .....