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    The Daily Troll: WA's top schools. 'Seattle nice' meets bicycles. The next Mt. St. Helens.

    Hispanic youth have harder time recovering from traumatic brain injuries.
    The fire lookout on Green Mountain in the Glacier Peak Wilderness.

    The fire lookout on Green Mountain in the Glacier Peak Wilderness. U.S. Forest Service

    WA's top schools

    Three Eastside schools are Washington state's only selections in the Newsweek/Daily Beast list of the top public high schools in the country for preparing students for college. Kirkland's International Community School ranked 29th and the International School of Bellevue was 31st. Bellevue's Newport High School ranked 80th on the list, released this morning.

    By the way, Bellevue's International School ranked ninth in the nation in a U.S. News & World Report evaluation last week. As the Bellevue Reporter noted at the time, Newport ranked 91st.

    Traumatic brain injury

    Hispanic children and teens are much more likely than non-Hispanic white children to develop long-term disabilities after suffering from serious head injuries, according to a new study led by a University of Washington professor. Dr. Nathalia Jimenez, UW assistant professor in anesthesiology and pain medicine, said the study shows a need for intervention programs to help the young people and their families.

    The study, published today in the journal Pediatrics, found differences in the long-term outcomes even when comparing for income, education and other factors. The researchers suspect that family limits in English proficiency and knowledge of the U.S. health system could be factors in families' ability to understand and secure correct treatment for these head injuries.

    Marysville fires cop whose 7-year-old died

    Marysville said today that it has fired Derek Carlile, the police officer whose 7-year-old daughter died last year in an accident invovling his loaded handgun. The Herald reports the decision came after a lengthy city investigation into the incident, which occurred at a service station. While Carlile was standing outside the family's van, his 3-year-old son found the gun in a cup holder. It discharged, killing Jenna Carlile. A prosecutor dropped manslaughter charges against the officer after a jury deadlock. 

    Historic fire lookout

    Members of Congress Suzan DelBene and Rick Larsen are urging the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee to act quickly to save a historic fire lookout outside Darrington, according to Joel Connelly of seattlepi.com. Residents of Darrington in northern Snohomish County have been fighting for years to protect the Green Mountain Lookout, as a Crosscut story last year reported.

    The problem is that the U.S. Forest Service rebuilt the lookout in a wilderness area using helicopters, and a highly respected U.S. District Court judge, John Coughenour, has ruled it must be torn down. He suggested it could be preserved if the Forest Service moved it. The lookout is a popular hiking destination, which provides 360-degree views of the North Cascades. Connelly archly suggests that, in line with the judge's order, it could go to the Forest Service's Mount Baker-Snoqualmie offices in Mountlake Terrace — to provide visitors a view of ... Lynnwood. 

    Will Congress come to the rescue? Congress?

    Seattle nice ... to bicycles? 

    Washington ranks as the nation's most bike-friendly state — for the sixth straight year, Seattle Bike Blog notes. The ranking, by the League of American Bicyclists, has a lot to do with policies to include bikes and pedestrians in transportation planning and laws promoting safety and education.

    The Puget Sound Business Journal's Michele Matassa Flores reports on a ranking of bike-friendly local companies by the Cascade Bicycle Club. Number 1: Seattle Children's Hospital. As she notes, it even provides a commuter bike to any worker pledging to ride two or more days a week. Also in the top category among organizations that have paid to be reviewed and certified as bike-friendly are the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Novo Nordisk, Paladino and Co., Adobe, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Herrera Environmental Consultants. (Disclosure: Crosscut is a recipient of Gates Foundation support.)

    Volcano awareness month

    It's May, volcano awareness month: Do you know where your state's active volcanoes are? The U.S. Geological Survey and the state's Emergency Management Division put out a reminder about volcano dangers today. As we approach the 33rd anniversary of Mount St. Helens' deadly 1980 eruption, USGS has put out a richly illustrated six-page paper on what's known about the catastrophic event and the mountain's recent activity. Bottom line: St. Helens will probably be rumbling for decades or centuries. And there are four other active volcanoes: (north to south) Mount Baker, Glacier Peak, Mount Rainier and Mount Adams.

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    Posted Mon, May 6, 10 p.m. Inappropriate

    Save Green Mountain Lookout
    I hope readers will contact the House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee and request the committee save the restoration of Green Mountain Lookout on the Darrington Ranger District.

    I had the good fortune to serve as a fire lookout on Green Mountain in 1961 and 1970. This mountain roost offers one of the world’s most spectacular alpine views. The lookout was built in the 1930’s and preceded the adoption of the 1964 Wilderness act.

    The winter snows and winds were brutal to the lookout structure. Both times I served as lookout, the lookout catwalk needed rebuilding. After many years of structural degradation, the Forest Service sought to preserve the structure by removing it from the top of Green Mountain so that it could be rebuilt and restored.

    I believe strongly in wilderness but I also believe that this important structure should remain on its Green Mountain perch for future hiker and campers to use and lease even if helicopters were used in it reconstruction.


    Posted Tue, May 7, 11:35 a.m. Inappropriate

    Glad to hear Congresswoman DelBene found DC AND Snohomish County. Perhaps she will soon discover there are two counties north of Snohomish and that one doesn't get nosebleeds traveling north of Arlington.


    Posted Tue, May 7, 4:12 p.m. Inappropriate

    Does anyone know when this film was made? It looks pretty early after the eruption, before the National Monument was declared.

    Steve E.

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