BPA proposes three percent rate decrease

Snohomish County PUD’s largest electricity provider has proposed reducing its rates by 3 percent, but it’s unclear whether that will mean lower power bills for PUD customers.

The Bonneville Power Administration announced Monday that it hopes to lower rates for the 2007-2009 rate period. If approved after the public has a chance to review the proposal, the rate reduction would start in October.

“It’s always encouraging to have lower rates from Bonneville,” said Neil Neroutsos, a PUD spokesman. “At this point we need to crunch the numbers and look at our overall budget.”

The PUD buys more than 80 percent of its electricity from BPA.

Snohomish: Police search river for woman

Authorities late Monday were searching for a 22-year-old Snohomish County woman who eluded police by jumping in the Snohomish River.

The incident started with a traffic stop by Snohomish police at 8:30 p.m. in the 9500 block of Airport Way.

The woman was driving on a suspended license and was seen stuffing what was believed to be narcotics down her pants, said Linda Hardy, a spokeswoman for the police department.

She was last seen in the water, along the southern shoreline just north of the Avenue D bridge.

As darkness fell, authorities were searching the shoreline from a boat with thermal imaging equipment, spotlights and search dogs.

Monroe police and fire departments, Snohomish County Search and Rescue and Snohomish police and fire departments responded.

Everett: Grants will reduce diesel emissions

Snohomish County and the city of Everett are among seven area governments that will share $424,500 in state grants to clean up emissions from diesel-powered vehicles.

The grants were announced at a ceremony in Everett on Monday. The money will be used to modify and lower the emissions of 187 diesel vehicles, according to a state Department of Ecology statement. The awards include:

* Snohomish County: $127,500 to modify 85 work vehicles.

* Everett: $64,500 for 43 vehicles, including 23 buses.

* The Port of Everett: $5,000 grant is for two vehicles.

* Island Transit: $141,000 for 10 buses.

* Oak Harbor: $34,500 for 23 city vehicles.

* Friday Harbor: $12,000 for eight work vehicles.

* Port of Seattle: $35,000 for six vehicles.

From Herald staff reports

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