Bruce Gutschmidt, 57, his long-time girl friend, Christine Messer, 56, and their Yorkshire terrier Kiki enjoy the relaxed, private setting at Gutschmidt’s home in Bothell on nearly two acres that he has lived on since the 1970s. Gutschmidt and other homeowners being bought out by Everett School District as the district seeks to build a fourth high school. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Bruce Gutschmidt, 57, his long-time girl friend, Christine Messer, 56, and their Yorkshire terrier Kiki enjoy the relaxed, private setting at Gutschmidt’s home in Bothell on nearly two acres that he has lived on since the 1970s. Gutschmidt and other homeowners being bought out by Everett School District as the district seeks to build a fourth high school. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

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