Three Lakes

A blog for members and friends of Three Lakes Neighbors for Responsible Growth, dedicated to monitoring and maintaining the rural environment of central Snohomish County, Washington

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Further hearing ordered on Reconsideration for PLR

I guess I've gotten behind on posting news about the Three Lakes Neighbors continuing fight against the Rural Cluster Subdivision proposed for "Panther Lake Ridge".  After Mr. Backstein issued his opinion in October approving the development, we filed for Reconsideration.  Since Mr. Backstein had conveniently retired immediately after issuing his decision, the Deputy Hearing Examiner, Mr. Ed Good, had to do the reconsideration.  Since he was apparently unfamiliar with the case, he has ordered another hearing.

In an order issued December 6, he ordered another Hearing on Friday, February 2, 2007.

You'll be hearing more about this after the holidays.  If you aren't familiar with the case, we've posted a lot of documents, information, and links elsewhere on the site.

Snohomish Responds

The city of Snohomish and the Snohomish School District have responded to the accusations of the Seattle PI article mentioned in the previous post by preparing an OP-Ed to be submitted to the PI, (which has been posted on their web site [PDF], and e-mailed to their distribution list.) It's also posted on the City of Snohomish web site here.

In other news, a petition has been put up and linked to Digg and other sites. As of this writing it has 5689 signatures (I just signed it), most bashing the citizens of Snohomish, with a few actively supporting the injured student, but most comments of dubious character.

This story has grown throughout the MSM and the Blogosphere.  I found a lik to the Wall Street Journal and a Blog in Ontario has given it good coverage or both sides of the issue (actually they are more sympathetic to us poor Snohomians).

It remains to be seen whether the PI will publish the OpEd.

Stay tuned.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Trashing the town of Snohomish

The city/town of Snohomish is in the news again, and not in a positive way. This morning the Seattle PI published an article about the aftermath of the Snohomish High School cannon explosion in October. The article poked into the underbelly of small town life, emphasizing the small-town response of some Snohomians to their fears of losing the Cannon-firing tradition at the annual Homecoming football game by attacking a victim--the student who was seriously injured when a Cannon blew up when fired at this year's game.

The article that pointed out how cruel some people can be garnered 167 comments on the PI site--mostly being upset with the entire town of Snohomish, not just the few (maybe even many) idiots who tried to threaten and intimidate the injured student to lie low so they would be able to keep their Cannon.

Perhaps that wouldn't have been so bad in itself but the article went out on the UPI wire and got picked up by Internet sites such as and The Digg site has 423 comments and almost 3,000 Diggs. A Google Blog Search as of this writing has 87 Blog References, with probably more coming. (And no, I haven't read them all in researching this post.)

A common theme running through the comments is that Snohomians are bad people and I will never visit your town again (or ever)! There is universal condemnation of the cruel idiots. . . but the commenters seem to forget that it is only the actions of a few that they need to condemn. But they are tarring the rest of us, innocents all with the same brush.

The fact is that we have a small business in Snohomish, and I'd really like to see people continue to visit the community, and patronize our business and the other businesses there.

I have a large amount of empathy for the injured student and his family who are getting the threats (I've been there) and those who are are making them should be strongly condemned, and perhaps even subjected to the same treatment they were threatening to dish out to the injured student.

 But it appears that the people of Snohomish don't recognize the calibre of the disaster that has befallen them. The commenters at the Digg site (the 78th most popular site on the Internet per Alexa) have turned into tormenters, posting the email addresses of the entire staff of the High School (who are unlikely to have been the people making the threats), freeping a poll on the school football team website, and sending emails to everyone they can think of who might be associated with this thing.

The com/tormenters have turned the very thing they abhor (small-town peer pressure) against the entire town and not just the peers.

A cloud of Internet Activity now hangs over Snohomish.

It's probably hard to tell exactly who has read this stuff and now associates Snohomish with a bad place, but it's potentially millions of internet readers. Definitely not what Snohomish needs.

I guess we will have to fall back on the old adage:

I don't care what you say about me, as long as you say something about me, and as long as you spell my name right. --- George Cohan

Saturday, December 16, 2006

We have power but others don't

We drove to Monroe today from Three Lakes, and came back via Chain Lake Road.  There is still one major tree down across Chain Lake Road right where it turns west to join Trombley.  Many people have driven under it, although there is a wire lying across the road.

My son-inlaw drove to the Storm Lake Store and there were several trees down across the road; I think he went the sourthern route. No power yet at the store and the owner apparently doesn't have power at home in Mill Creek.  Crews are working in the area.

We apparently averted a major power failure at home by buying a generator on Thursday night.  After the second power outage of the evening we decided to get it running; five minutes after the generator was running (after much searching for tools in the dark) the power came back on.  Even though it went off a bit later it was bedtime.  By Friday morning it was back on and has stayed on since. Knock on some of the wood lying across our fence where one tree came down.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

New Hearing on Reconsideration for PLR

The Snohomish County Hearing Examiner has called for a new hearing on our request for reconsideration on Panther Lake Ridge.  It will be held Friday, February 2, 2007 at the Office of the Hearing Examiner in Everett. I'll post the notice on the main Web site under 2005-06. (This link is to the page and the notice isn't there yet).