What a Run Around!!!

Get a cup of “Joe” or your favorite beverage while I give you an earful of a super run around that has FINALLY pretty much completed its cycle.

Last year on 4/28/13 I purchased a USB keyboard from Staples in Monroe.  Of course they offer to sell you insurance but I declined (it’s a keyboard).  The Manager was quite kind as the keyboard sells for $49.95 but I saw it in Everett for $39.95 on sale and he sold it to me for the sale price.  I was pleased.

Somewhere around the first week of March 2014 the keyboard died.  Hmmmmmm, that’s odd.  So I already know the hoops to jump through to test my USB ports and the keyboard but alas, it died a very peaceful death.  Did I mention that the keyboard had a 3 year warranty on it?

Not overly concerned, I called Staples.  “Did you purchase the extended warranty through us?”  Of course not.  Not for a $39.95 keyboard.  “Well, then you need to contact Microsoft.”  No problem (or so I thought)!

Somewhere on the Microsoft website I finally found a phone number (well hidden) to call for sales of this sort.

I called and spoke with “Ishamel” (that should have been my first warning)!

Ishamel advised me that I would need to drive to the MS Store in Bellevue to get a refund as they do not exchange items.  HUH????  Ok, so I’m naive or dumb.  Hey Ishamel, the keyboard is less than a year old.  Oh, in that case, bring it back to Staples.  Well, I guess I am dumb.

I make another call to Staples and after much hemming and hawing and being put on hold for 5 minutes or so, I was told it was Microsoft’s problem.

One thing I detest is being pushed around by some lackey who is probably not paid enough and does not want to deal with this.  Mind you, I kept my cool throughout this whole ordeal until Staples pushed me back to Microsoft.

Heck, I know how to get this handled.  I went to the Attorney General’s site and filed a complaint against both companies.

Boy, things started happening REAL QUICK after that.  Within 4 business days Staples responded that they cannot help me.  Within the same period Microsoft set things in motion.

I had to ship the keyboard to Microsoft in Ohio at my expense ($14+ bucks).

My new keyboard shipped this morning 04/24/14.

I am currently using my old Dell keyboard from about 20 years ago (it’s a Microsoft keyboard with Dell’s name and Logo).

One more thing, Microsoft has been calling almost DAILY to check on things.  It’s driving me nuts.

How can something so dang simple become such a project.

Customer service has turned into NO SERVICE unless you push buttons.

Another Flood Watch Warning and Winter Storm Warning

Not sure if we will get hit in our town however:

U.S. National Weather Service Alerts for Index, WA

AREAL FLOOD WATCH

AREAL FLOOD WATCH
Now – Sunday, Jan 12, 4:00am

…FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH LATE SATURDAY NIGHT…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SEATTLE HAS ISSUED A

* FLOOD WATCH FOR A PORTION OF WESTERN WASHINGTON…INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES…KING…MASON…PIERCE…SNOHOMISH.

* FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH LATE SATURDAY NIGHT

* A PERIOD OF HEAVY RAINFALL TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING WILL AFFECT THE AREA CAUSING RAPID RISES ON MORE FLOOD PRONE RIVERS IN THE WATCH AREA LATE TONIGHT AND SATURDAY. SOME RIVERS THAT ARE MOST LIKELY TO SEE MINOR FLOODING INCLUDE THE SKOKOMISH RIVER IN MASON COUNTY…THE STILLIGUAMISH RIVER IN SNOHOMISH COUNTY…THE TOLT RIVER IN KING COUNTY…AND THE PUYALLUP RIVER IN PIERCE COUNTY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FLOOD WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR FLOODING BUT FLOODING IS NOT IMMINENT OR OCCURRING. MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND BE READY TO ACT QUICKLY IF FLOODING IS OBSERVED OR A WARNING IS ISSUED.

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U.S. National Weather Service Alerts for Index, WA

WINTER STORM WATCH

WINTER STORM WATCH
Now – Sunday, Jan 12, 4:00am

…WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH LATE SATURDAY NIGHT… …WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS CANCELLED…

* HAZARD TYPE…WINTER WEATHER WITH PERIODS OF SNOW AND WINDY CONDITIONS.

* SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS…MOUNT BAKER…STEVENS PASS…SNOQUALMIE PASS…PARADISE RANGER STATION…AND WHITE PASS.

* TIMING AND SNOWFALL…IT WILL SNOW TONIGHT WITH 5 TO 10 INCHES OF SNOW TONIGHT WITH INCREASING WINDS. ANOTHER 5 TO 10 INCHES OF SNOW IS LIKELY ON SATURDAY WITH UP TO A FOOT OF ADDITIONAL SNOW SATURDAY NIGHT. THE SNOW LEVEL WILL RISE TO 4500 FEET NORTH AND 6500 FEET SOUTH LATE TONIGHT INTO SATURDAY MORNING BEFORE DROPPING TO 3000 FEET SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND 2000 FEET SATURDAY NIGHT.

* IMPACTS…EXCEPT SNOW ON THE MOUNTAIN HIGHWAYS WITH POOR VISIBILITY AT TIMES. IT WILL BE ESPECIALLY WINDY ON THE RIDGE- TOPS AND PEOPLE EXPECTING TO BE IN THE BACK-COUNTRY IN THE CASCADES THROUGH THIS WEEKEND SHOULD EXPECT HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG WINDS AT TIMES.

Scholarship Opportunity!

The Association of Washington Cities Center for Quality Communities has recently announced the recruitment of outstanding young leaders for the 2014 Quality Communities Scholarship program.

The Center for Quality Communities promotes municipal leadership development and civic engagement.  There are four $1250 scholarships available and the town of Index is looking for a student actively engaged in the community or local government to nominate.

The funds were raised during AWC’s 2013 Annual Conference when city officials pledged to invest in young leaders – the future of our communities.

To be eligible, a student must be graduating from high school, home school, or receiving a GED in spring/summer 2014, live in the Index School District #63, plan to continue their education at an accredited post-secondary institution in the 2014-15 academic year and  have been involved with a community/school leadership activity.

Information and application materials can be obtained at www.cfqc.org or at the Index Town Hall.

Completed applications are due no later than February 20, 2014.  Please submit completed materials to  Karen Sample, Councilperson, Town of Index,  P.O. Box 88, Index, WA  98256.  Our nominee(s) will be selected at the March town council meeting.  We are looking forward to choosing someone special from our community.

Possible Flooding

EAST PUGET SOUND LOWLANDS:

…A STRONG FRONTAL SYSTEM AND DEEP LOW WILL PRODUCE A VARIETY OF WEATHER HAZARDS ACROSS WESTERN WASHINGTON FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT…

A DEEPENING LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM IN THE CENTRAL PACIFIC WILL RACE EASTWARD AND MOVE ACROSS WESTERN WASHINGTON ON SATURDAY. THIS STORM WILL BRING A VARIETY OF HAZARDOUS WEATHER CONDITIONS TO WESTERN WASHINGTON FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH LATE SATURDAY OR SATURDAY NIGHT.

1. HEAVY PRECIPITATION WILL DEVELOP IN THE MOUNTAINS AHEAD OF A WARM FRONT FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND FRIDAY EVENING. WHILE SNOW LEVELS IN THE CENTRAL CASCADES AND OLYMPICS WILL QUICKLY RISE TO OVER 6000 FEET FRIDAY EVENING. SNOW LEVELS MAY STAY LOWER IN THE NORTH CASCADES LATE FRIDAY NIGHT. IF THAT OCCURS…THERE IS A THREAT OF HEAVY SNOWFALL AMOUNTS AT MOUNT BAKER AND IN THE NORTH CASCADES.

2. HEAVY RAINFALL WILL MOVE INTO THE LOWLANDS LATE FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE THROUGH MIDDAY SATURDAY. 36-HOUR RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 5 OR 6 INCHES CAN BE EXPECTED BY SATURDAY AFTERNOON ALONG THE WEST AND SOUTHWEST FACING OLYMPIC MOUNTAINS WHILE THE CASCADES WILL LIKELY SEE RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 5 INCHES. THE HEAVIEST RAINFALL WILL FALL LATE FRIDAY NIGHT INTO SATURDAY MORNING. LOWER ELEVATIONS IN THE INTERIOR VALLEYS LIKE AROUND SEATTLE MAY SEE UP TO 2 INCHES OF RAIN. THESE RAINFALL WILL RESULT IN WATER PONDING ON ROADWAYS AND MAY CAUSE MINOR FLOODING ON STREAMS AND MORE FLOOD PRONE RIVERS.

3. IT WILL GET QUITE WINDY FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY WITH A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM MOVING INTO VANCOUVER ISLAND. BUT THE STRONGEST WINDS WILL LIKELY BE SATURDAY AFTERNOON AS THE LOW MOVES BY TO THE NORTH OF THE AREA. MOST LOCATIONS ACROSS WESTERN WASHINGTON WILL SEE 20 TO 35 MPH WINDS WITH GUSTS TO 45 OR 50 MPH. THERE IS SOME THREAT OF DAMAGING WINDS ALONG THE COAST AND IN PORTIONS OF THE NORTH INTERIOR.

4. VERY STRONG WINDS WELL OFFSHORE WILL DEVELOP A HUGE WAVE TRAIN THAT WILL DECAY ONTO THE COAST MIDDAY SATURDAY INTO SATURDAY NIGHT. WAVE FORECAST MODELS INDICATE THAT ENERGETIC WAVES WELL OVER 30 FEET MAY BE SEEN ON THE COAST MIDDAY SATURDAY AROUND HIGH TIDE. ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURES WILL BE RATHER LOW…SO THERE IS SOME THREAT OF COASTAL FLOODING IN LOW LYING COASTAL COMMUNITIES…ESPECIALLY AROUND OCEAN SHORES AND WESTPORT…AND POSSIBLY AROUND LA PUSH.

WHILE IT LOOKS LIKE IT WILL GET QUITE WET AND WINDY THIS WEEKEND…THERE IS STILL QUITE A BIT OF UNCERTAINTY ON HOW STRONG THE LOW WILL BE AND EXACTLY WHERE IT WILL TRACK. IF THE THREAT OF HAZARDOUS WEATHER INCREASES…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MAY NEED TO ISSUE A VARIETY OF HAZARDOUS WEATHER WATCHES FOR PORTIONS OF THE AREA.

PLEASE MONITOR LATEST BROADCASTS FOR WEATHER INFORMATION…OR VISIT OUR WEB SITE AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/SEATTLE.

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WEST SLOPES NORTHERN CASCADES AND PASSES:

…A STRONG FRONTAL SYSTEM AND DEEP LOW WILL PRODUCE A VARIETY OF WEATHER HAZARDS ACROSS WESTERN WASHINGTON FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT…

A DEEPENING LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM IN THE CENTRAL PACIFIC WILL RACE EASTWARD AND MOVE ACROSS WESTERN WASHINGTON ON SATURDAY. THIS STORM WILL BRING A VARIETY OF HAZARDOUS WEATHER CONDITIONS TO WESTERN WASHINGTON FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH LATE SATURDAY OR SATURDAY NIGHT.

1. HEAVY PRECIPITATION WILL DEVELOP IN THE MOUNTAINS AHEAD OF A WARM FRONT FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND FRIDAY EVENING. WHILE SNOW LEVELS IN THE CENTRAL CASCADES AND OLYMPICS WILL QUICKLY RISE TO OVER 6000 FEET FRIDAY EVENING. SNOW LEVELS MAY STAY LOWER IN THE NORTH CASCADES LATE FRIDAY NIGHT. IF THAT OCCURS…THERE IS A THREAT OF HEAVY SNOWFALL AMOUNTS AT MOUNT BAKER AND IN THE NORTH CASCADES.

2. HEAVY RAINFALL WILL MOVE INTO THE LOWLANDS LATE FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE THROUGH MIDDAY SATURDAY. 36-HOUR RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 5 OR 6 INCHES CAN BE EXPECTED BY SATURDAY AFTERNOON ALONG THE WEST AND SOUTHWEST FACING OLYMPIC MOUNTAINS WHILE THE CASCADES WILL LIKELY SEE RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 5 INCHES. THE HEAVIEST RAINFALL WILL FALL LATE FRIDAY NIGHT INTO SATURDAY MORNING. LOWER ELEVATIONS IN THE INTERIOR VALLEYS LIKE AROUND SEATTLE MAY SEE UP TO 2 INCHES OF RAIN. THESE RAINFALL WILL RESULT IN WATER PONDING ON ROADWAYS AND MAY CAUSE MINOR FLOODING ON STREAMS AND MORE FLOOD PRONE RIVERS.

3. IT WILL GET QUITE WINDY FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY WITH A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM MOVING INTO VANCOUVER ISLAND. BUT THE STRONGEST WINDS WILL LIKELY BE SATURDAY AFTERNOON AS THE LOW MOVES BY TO THE NORTH OF THE AREA. MOST LOCATIONS ACROSS WESTERN WASHINGTON WILL SEE 20 TO 35 MPH WINDS WITH GUSTS TO 45 OR 50 MPH. THERE IS SOME THREAT OF DAMAGING WINDS ALONG THE COAST AND IN PORTIONS OF THE NORTH INTERIOR.

4. VERY STRONG WINDS WELL OFFSHORE WILL DEVELOP A HUGE WAVE TRAIN THAT WILL DECAY ONTO THE COAST MIDDAY SATURDAY INTO SATURDAY NIGHT. WAVE FORECAST MODELS INDICATE THAT ENERGETIC WAVES WELL OVER 30 FEET MAY BE SEEN ON THE COAST MIDDAY SATURDAY AROUND HIGH TIDE. ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURES WILL BE RATHER LOW…SO THERE IS SOME THREAT OF COASTAL FLOODING IN LOW LYING COASTAL COMMUNITIES…ESPECIALLY AROUND OCEAN SHORES AND WESTPORT…AND POSSIBLY AROUND LA PUSH.

WHILE IT LOOKS LIKE IT WILL GET QUITE WET AND WINDY THIS WEEKEND…THERE IS STILL QUITE A BIT OF UNCERTAINTY ON HOW STRONG THE LOW WILL BE AND EXACTLY WHERE IT WILL TRACK. IF THE THREAT OF HAZARDOUS WEATHER INCREASES…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MAY NEED TO ISSUE A VARIETY OF HAZARDOUS WEATHER WATCHES FOR PORTIONS OF THE AREA.

PLEASE MONITOR LATEST BROADCASTS FOR WEATHER INFORMATION…OR VISIT OUR WEB SITE AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/SEATTLE.

Tree Lighting In the Park

Sunday the 8th of December, 6pm sharp the annual tree lighting will take place at Doolittle Park in Index.

Rumor has it that Santa will be there too!!

Etta will be making hard, I mean HOT cider and will be donating her famous oatmeal cookies to munch on during the festivity.  Dottie will be baking up some cookies too.

On a final note, many thanks to Etta and Kem Hunter for their donation to IndexWa.org.  It’s been a slow year on donations but we’ll make it some how as we always do.

We really hope to see you there.

Merry Christmas to all.

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IMC (Index Municipal Code)

The Town of Index Municipal Code (IMC) is now available online at http://www.codepublishing.com/wa/index/.

We were hosting it (Self Published) on IndexWa.org for a long time but using http://www.codepublishing.com/wa/index/ will ensure current information at all times.

Many thanks for using IndexWa.org in the past for the IMC. We will post the link on our site also.

Fund Raising Event For the Index Historical Society

NORTHWEST HERITAGE RESOURCES
3505 NE 187th St.
Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

NEWS Media contact:
Jill Linzee: (206) 306-1181
info@northwestheritageresources.org

World Renowned West African Kora Player To Perform in Index

LAKE FOREST PARK – October 21, 2013 – Northwest Heritage Resources is pleased to present a concert performance by world famous West African kora musician Foday Musa Suso in Index, WA. The concert is presented in partnership with the Index Historical Society and the Ethnic Heritage Council, and is scheduled for 7:00pm on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at the River House, 444 Avenue A. in Index.

Foday Musa Suso comes from a traditional Mandinka griot family from Gambia in West Africa. His main instrument is the kora, a traditional West African twenty one string harp-lute. In the Mandinka tradition, the kora player is also a skilled singer, oral historian, geneologist and storyteller. In addition to performing the music of his West African homeland, Suso emigrated to Chicago in 1977 and has collaborated with many famous American jazz and classical musicians such as Bill Laswell, Philip Glass, Pharoah Sanders, Jack DeJohnette, Ginger Baker, Paul Simon and Kronos Quartet. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear a master West African musician!

Suggested admission to the concert is a donation of $5.00, collected at the event. There will be no advance ticket sales. The November 9th concert is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, ArtsWA (formerly the Washington State Arts Commission) and Northwest Heritage Resources. Most of admission donations will go to support the Index Historical Society. For more information call 206-306-1181 or 360-793-1534, or email: info@northwestheritageresources.org.

 

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Flood Training Yesterday

Boy, was I in for a surprise.  While in the Army, we had learned about flooding and sandbagging.

Yesterday was an eye opener.  Many thanks to Bruce (Mayor), Sean (Town Maintenance Super) and David Cameron for their expertise.

They ran a few of us through emergency flood readiness and what to do.

I’d like to express my appreciation to all involved as most of the “trainers” are quite busy as working folks and they take their free time (what little they have) to train folks like me.

Again, many thanks for teaching me the priorities and what needs to be done to make sure nobody gets hurt or dies during this routine operation.

Critical Dam Forum 10/12/2013

Dear friends/Snohomish County clean environment supporters,

A very important forum about protecting Snohomish County’s sustainability will be held this
Saturday, Oct 12th. 

It is a very public arena to discuss upcoming issues that could adversely affect Snohomish County and Puget Sound. 

The organizer, Kristin Kelly from FutureWise, does not have all of the information about the dams and will likely applaud SnoPUD’s green policies.

PLEASE make an effort to attend.  SnoCounty Council members will be interviewed on their positions about certain topics.  This is where our voices will be heard.

Please forward this info to EVERYONE who stands to lose from SnoPUD’s projects to dam Washington’s Rivers to sell the minimal power to California.

Thank you

Dear Larry,

What does it take to build livable, sustainable communities?  How can we be a part of planning our neighborhoods? What do you want your community to look like in 20 years?

Snohomish County is making decisions now – about how and where it will put new homes and jobs – that will shape our future through 2035. Every step of the County’s process there will be opportunities for you to weigh in and make sure the council adopts policies to make that growth create more livable, sustainable communities. 

This is why you should join WEC on Saturday, October 12th at the 4th Annual Livable Snohomish County Summit and County Council Candidate Forum.Please RSVP before October 8th to kristin@futurewise.org. 
When: Saturday, October 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: PUD Building, 2320 California Street, Everett

This event is FREE to everyone and will include a free lunch (with gluten and lactose free options). Because we are preparing lunch, we do need an RSVP so we can plan for food.   RSVP to kristin@futurewise.org.

Keynote speakers will be Dr. Andrew J. Dannenberg, MD, MPH, Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences in the UW School of Public Health and in the Department of Urban Design and Planning in the UW College of Built Environments; and Sara Schott Nikolic, Principal Planner with Puget Sound Regional Council.

The summit will include 12 breakout sessions covering a wide variety of ways we can build livable communities, films, informational tables and exhibits. There will also be a County Council Candidate Forum for the three council seats up for election in November.  This is a fabulous networking opportunity as well!

The event is hosted by Pilchuck Audubon Society and Growing Transit Communities and co-sponsored by Futurewise, League of Women Voters of Snohomish County, Snohomish Group of Sierra Club, and Transition Port Gardner.

Please RSVP before October 8th to kristin@futurewise.org.

See you on October 12th.
Cheers,

Rein Attemann
Puget Sound Advocacy Manager