3-day charity ride lets cyclists show ‘courage

August 13, 2008

 

Ron Ouelette, who completed the Courage Classic Bicycle Tour, rides along 228th Avenue Southeast to stay in shape. Ouelette paused for a photo at Stevens Pass. Photo contributed

Ron Ouelette, who completed the Courage Classic Bicycle Tour, rides along 228th Avenue Southeast to stay in shape. Ouelette paused for a photo at Stevens Pass. Photo contributed

“Everybody wants to beat the guy on the TV,” said John Curley, host of KING 5′s Evening Magazine.

Curley and Ouelette were part of a field of about 500 cyclists who raised money for Mary Bridge’s endowment for the Intervention and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. The endowment comes from Rotary International.

Ouelette said the event is meant to be fun and non-competitive.

“They don’t even like to call it a race,” he said. “I saw people out there who I’m not sure ride a whole lot.”

Ouelette, who works for Johnson Controls, describes himself as a “semi-competitive-recreational cyclist,” explaining, “I ride as much as I can, but I don’t race.”To increase participants’ enjoyment Read more

League reshuffle means new challenges and old rivalries

August 13, 2008

After winning its first state championship with a furious May run, the Eastlake softball team assumed opponents might get a little tougher in 2009.

The Wolves, though, didn’t exactly count on this.

Thanks to new conference alignments Read more

Area runners compete in Redmond 5K

August 13, 2008

10 Sammamish residents finish

Several Plateau athletes tested their mettle at the Footzone 5K in Redmond Aug. 3.

“We get a lot of locals,” said Tony D’Alessio, Read more

Night Out starts in the afternoon

August 13, 2008

 

Liam Watson, 3, tries out some fingerprinting. Photo by  Ari Cetron

Liam Watson, 3, tries out some fingerprinting. Photo by Ari Cetron

For Emily Watson, bringing her sons to the National Night Out event at Sammamish’s City Hall was just the beginning. The boys enjoyed seeing the police equipment on display, Watson said, and looked forward to the musical performance.

But later that day, in Watson’s Tammy Glen neighborhood, the real festivities took place with a neighborhood party that has become the hallmark of the national event.

“We know most of our neighbors, but it’s good just to touch base,” Watson said.

National Night Out has been going on for 25 years. It is designed as a way Read more

Sammamish man’s photo wins contest

August 13, 2008

Inge Johnsson snaps shot of the Grand Canyon

Johnsson’s winning entry featured the Grand Canyon. Photo by Inge Johnsson

Johnsson’s winning entry featured the Grand Canyon. Photo by Inge Johnsson

Out of roughly 9,000 submissions, a Sammamish man’s photograph has won the National Park Foundation’s annual photography competition.

Inge Johnsson, 48, is the first-place winner of the foundation’s “Share the Experience Photo Contest,” which invites submissions from all over the country. Participants could submit up to three photos, taken at any federal recreation land.

Inge’s photograph shows ancient ruins with hollow windows leading the eye to the curling riverbed and expansive inner-walls of the Grand Canyon.

“I had my tripod on Read more

Review editorial

August 13, 2008

Voting needs to be easy

King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert is right. The County Council decision to reduce the number of polling places next year is a big mistake.

In 2009, King County is scheduled to go to an all-mail ballot. There is merit to an all-mail system, hopefully helping increase participation by making it easer to cast a vote.

In the days of 80-page voter guides and countless ballot initiatives, it helps to be able to make decisions with the information sitting at the kitchen table, away from traffic and cold winter days.

But there are certainly voters who would prefer to cast a ballot the old fashioned way, in person. The reasons are plentiful, as Lambert, a Republican, says. There are those who have concerns about the reliability of the mail, and it just seems like the opportunity for shenanigans is greater.

Moreover, there is a certain magic to stepping into a voting booth to take that important step in democracy, a patriotic pride akin to singing the national anthem. That magic will be lost when filling out the ballot becomes more like homework mixed with standardized testing.

Realizing this, the County Council decided to leave open a handful of centers (in addition to the one mandated by law) where people can still go and actually cast their ballot, in Renton, Bellevue and Seattle. Conspicuously absent are any places east of Interstate 405.

They may be located in areas of the highest population density, but it forces thousands of people, like those on the plateau, to drive dozens of miles to vote. Once again, it seems like those who live further from Seattle lose out.

Reducing the centers in the name of cost cutting is understandable, but each polling center will cost a mere $50,000 to run for the day, a pittance in the county’s multi-billion dollar budget. If there is one thing that should not be subject to a cost-benefit analysis, it is the fundamental right of voting – and the right to choose how to vote.

More disturbing is the nature of the vote – 5-4, along party lines. Now there’s another good reason to pass Initiative 26, the first of two steps toward making the council non-partisan.

Sammamish Forum

August 13, 2008

Oppose assisted suicide

The Sammamish Review editorial of July 30, 2008 titled “Death with Dignity initiative promotes humane choice” could not be further from the ideal. The Encarta Read more

Runoff rumble

August 13, 2008

<h2><em>Neighbors disagree about causes of flooding</em></h2>
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There is one thing that neighbors on 209th Avenue Northeast can agree on: storm water<!–more–> is not properly draining from their street, leaving a large puddle up to 10 inches high in the way of traffic for parts of the winter. However, when it comes to the cause and solution to the problem, opinions vary.

The avenue, a privately owned street in the Tamarac neighborhood, is in an area that is vulnerable to landslides and erosion hazards because of its hills, city officials said. An increase in real estate development in the past four years has also reduced the number of trees around to soak up water, increasing flooding.

Some developers have violated construction codes, which has complicated the problem. Joan Burlingame, the city”s code enforcement officer, said there are more than a dozen violations in the area of 209th Avenue Northeast, 211th Avenue Northeast and 214th Avenue Northeast for grading work, tree removal, paving and filling in ditches.

One of those violations is a $2,500 stop work order issued in November 2007 against developer Willie Simpson of Renton for work done without a permit, including the removal a large portion of dirt from the hillside, which later had to be brought back in. One of Simpson”s contractors also removed a large number of trees from the site and eliminated a drainage ditch.

“The first guy dug too much. He dug 20 feet down when he should have done eight. I was on vacation.

When I came back the trees were taken down. There was maybe one or two trees left on the property,” said Simpson, a first-time developer who got involved in real estate when the housing market was booming and now expects not to make any profits on his venture.

“Sammamish was always a good place to buy and build a home. That”s what led me to go into construction,” he said. “If the home had been built in nine months, I would have still been in the hot market.” Instead the home is 90 percent finished and vacant.

Neighbors Fran Hogan and Wade Martin blame Simpson”s project for the flooding and say the problem escalated

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after his work began about four years ago.

Hogan is also worried that the empty home is a security threat. “We”ve got this big vacant nuisance that is going to attract problems sooner or later,” he said. “It”s just stuck and we can”t get any resolution.”

Simpson said the drainage problem predates his project and that he is doing his best to rectify the situation after having problems with several contractors. Burlingame agrees.

“I don”t think there”s been any malfeasance or any purposeful doing things bad. I think it”s just a very difficult situation,” she said. “There will always be a drainage issue on the Tamarac plats.”

The stop work order will be lifted when Simpson establishes a drainage plan for his lot, but after spending more than $50,000 on engineering work and being unable to establish a plan that is acceptable to neighbors and the city, Simpson is at an impasse.

After a downhill homeowner across the street turned down his request for an easement that offered one potential solution, Simpson said he became hesitant to spend any more money on the project.

“I spent myself broke trying to correct the drainage. It”s very costly. I just quit paying. I need to take care of my family,” he said.

Some residents have called on the city to help solve their problem but city officials say residents need to form a homeowners association to come up with their own solution since the street is private.

“If the city is asking us to come up with a solution, we don”t have the resources nor should we. It”s not really of our making,” said Martin.

Simpson also wants the city to step in.

“We get no support from the city – they say you come up with something, we approve, disapprove,” said Simpson. “The city”s not very helpful on solving the problem.”

In the meantime, Hogan has installed a

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$500 pump to carry water out during

the rainy season. Residents have also used hay bales and sandbags to prevent flooding.

Burlingame said the city does not have any power to establish a drainage system on the avenue. “The city does not have the authority or the right to intervene in the drainage of the road,” she said.

However, John Cunningham, the city”s director of public works, said city officials are looking into ways to help facilitate a solution.

Then the city would have to decide how to collect dues for its work so as not to pass the costs on to taxpayers who live in other neighborhoods in the city.

“At this point it”s one neighbor dumping their water onto another neighbor”s private property,” Cunningham said. “I would be a bit surprised if anything gets solved before this coming winter. It”s probably going to take a concerted effort to get those people together.”

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Neighbors disagree about causes of flooding




Fran Hogan installed this $500 pump to reduce flooding. Photo by Emily Keller

Fran Hogan installed this $500 pump to reduce flooding. Photo by Emily Keller

There is one thing that neighbors on 209th Avenue Northeast can agree on: storm water is not properly draining from their street, leaving a large puddle up to 10 inches high in the way of traffic for parts of the winter. However, when it comes to the cause and solution to the problem, opinions vary.


The avenue, a privately owned street in the Tamarac neighborhood, is in an area that is vulnerable to landslides and erosion hazards because of its hills, city officials said. An increase in real estate development in the past four years has also reduced the number of trees around to soak up water, increasing flooding.


Some developers have violated construction codes, which has complicated the problem. Joan Burlingame, the city”s code enforcement officer, said there are more than a dozen violations in the area of 209th Avenue Northeast, 211th Avenue Northeast

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and 214th Avenue Northeast for grading work, tree removal, paving and filling in ditches.


One of those violations is a $2,500 stop work order issued in November 2007 against developer Willie Simpson of Renton for work done without a permit, including the removal a large portion of dirt from the hillside, which later had to be brought back in. One of Simpson”s contractors also removed a large number of trees from the site and eliminated a drainage ditch.


“The first guy dug too much. He

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When I came back the trees were taken down. There was maybe one or two trees left on the property,” said Simpson, a first-time developer who got involved in real estate when the housing market was booming and now expects not to make any profits on his venture.


“Sammamish was always a good place to buy and build a home. That”s what led me to go into construction,” he said. “If the home had been built in nine months, I would have still been in the hot market.” Instead the home is 90 percent finished and vacant.


Neighbors Fran Hogan and Wade Martin blame Simpson”s project for the flooding and say the problem escalated after his work began about four years ago.


Hogan is also worried that the empty home is a security threat. “We”ve got this big vacant nuisance that is going to attract problems sooner or later,” he said. “It”s just stuck and we can”t get any resolution.”


Simpson said the drainage problem predates his project and that he is doing his best to rectify the situation after having problems with several contractors. Burlingame agrees.


“I don”t think there”s been any malfeasance or any purposeful doing things bad. I think it”s just a very difficult situation,” she said. “There will always be a drainage issue on the Tamarac plats.”


The stop work order will be lifted when Simpson establishes a drainage plan for his lot, but after spending more than $50,000 on engineering work and being unable to establish a plan that is acceptable to neighbors and the city, Simpson is at an impasse.


After a downhill homeowner across the street turned down his request for an easement that offered one potential solution, Simpson said he became hesitant to spend any more money on the project.


“I spent myself broke trying to correct the drainage. It”s very costly. I just quit paying. I need to take care of my family,” he said.


Some residents have called on the city to help solve their problem but city officials say residents need to form a homeowners association to come up with their own solution since the street is private.


“If the city is asking us to come up with a solution, we don”t have the resources nor should we. It”s not really of our making,” said Martin.


Simpson also wants the city to step in.


“We get no support from the city – they say you come up with something, we approve, disapprove,” said Simpson. “The city”s not very helpful on solving the problem.”


In the meantime, Hogan has installed a $500 pump to carry water out during the rainy season. Residents have also used hay bales and sandbags to prevent flooding.


Burlingame said the city does not have any power to establish a drainage system on the avenue. “The city does not have the authority or the right to intervene in the drainage of the road,” she said.


However, John Cunningham, the city”s director of public works, said city officials are looking into ways to help facilitate a solution.


Then the city would have to decide how to

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collect dues for its work so as not to pass the costs on to taxpayers who live in other neighborhoods in the city.


“At this point it”s one neighbor dumping their water onto another neighbor”s private property,” Cunningham said. “I would be a bit surprised if anything gets

solved before this coming winter. It”s probably going to take a concerted effort to get those people together.”


Reporter Emily Keller can be reached at 392-6434, ext. 242, or ekeller@isspress.com.




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