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Local News : Saturday, March 10, 2001

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Medina Store remodel sought

MEDINA - In a city where residents who don't like their homes simply knock them down and start over, the cozy, 93-year-old Medina Store is the closest thing to a historic landmark.

Now its owner wants to knock down most of the store, too - and rebuild it with a small coffee bar, deli and dry cleaner.

Residents are divided.

Some welcome the plans of owner Hae Lee of Medina. Others worry about potential traffic and noise. Still others don't want to sacrifice much of the green building with white trim at 800 Evergreen Point Road, which in bygone days was home to a post office, penny candy and the latest gossip.

The renovated 3,100-square-foot building would be slightly larger.

A hearing examiner will accept public comment on the plan at 7 p.m. March 20 at Medina City Hall, 501 Evergreen Point Road. A decision is likely next month.

Seattle U. business school rated high for entrepreneurs

SEATTLE - Seattle University's Albers School of Business and Economics was named among the top 50 colleges for entrepreneurs in the current issue of Success magazine, the only Washington state university to make the list.

The schools were ranked based on faculty members, innovation of programs, reputation among other schools and outreach to the community, among other factors.

The Albers School serves about 1,300 students, half in graduate programs.

Albers squeezed in at No. 50. At the top was Babson College's F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business in Babson Park, Mass.

Rev. Moon visits area in tour to promote family

SEATAC - A group of prominent religious leaders, including the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, made a stop in the Seattle area yesterday as part of a 51-day, interdenominational tour rallying local clergies to the cause of promoting family and community.

The "We Will Stand!" tour, which includes stops in all 50 states, is riding the waves of President Bush's proposed faith-based initiative to fund such organizations.

"This is a call to families to join the church of their choice," said the Rev. Michael Jenkins, president of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification. "The time has come for the end of racism and denomination separation."

The event at the SeaTac Hilton Conference Center was the tour's 14th stop. While Unification Church founder Moon is often a controversial figure, accused of brainwashing and jailed for tax evasion, leaders said they were united behind the tour's message.

New state personnel chief is appointed by governor

OLYMPIA - Gov. Gary Locke has hired Eugene Matt as the new director of the Department of Personnel.

Matt, 59, founded a management-consulting firm 13 years ago, concentrating on human resources and labor relations. His company did consulting for the transit industry, local government, nonprofits, and colleges and universities.

He replaces Dennis Karras, who resigned after seven years to work in the private sector.

Matt's combination of leadership and labor experience made him the top choice, Locke said.

The Personnel Department oversees hiring, human-resource issues and training for state workers. Matt will begin the job April 1, with an annual salary of $97,000.

Gonzaga names non-Jesuit as dean of arts, sciences

SPOKANE - Gonzaga University has selected its first non-Jesuit dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the school's largest department. Longtime Gonzaga biology professor Robert Prusch will fill the post immediately, the university said yesterday.

Gonzaga's Board of Members recently amended the university's bylaws, allowing the post to be filled by a non-Jesuit for the first time in the school's 114-year history.

Prusch has been at Gonzaga since 1981 and was former chairman of the biology department. He fills the position vacated by Father Michael McFarland, who left in July to become president of the College of Holy Cross.

Search for two missing canoeists to resume today

GIG HARBOR - Two canoeists who vanished in a sudden thunderstorm on Henderson Bay probably have died, and a search for them was suspended until today.

More than 50 volunteers, seven dog teams, Pierce County sheriff's deputies, and helicopters from the Coast Guard and King County participated in the unsuccessful search Thursday for James E. Larson of University Place and Allen E. Shaw of Gig Harbor, both 19.

They are presumed drowned, and the search will be resumed today with dogs trained to sniff for human remains in the 47-degree water, sheriff's Detective Ed Troyer said.

Larson and Shaw went out about 10 p.m. Wednesday in a 12-foot aluminum canoe to investigate what looked like a neon light on the other side of the bay northwest of Gig Harbor, sheriff's Deputy Dan Hudson said.

A 4-foot aluminum paddle with a ribbed plastic head was found on a beach Thursday, he said.

Information is from Seattle Times staff and news services.



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