Nominate someone for the SAMMI Awards

October 20, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 20, 2014

The SAMMI Awards Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is celebrating and promoting involvement in the Sammamish community, announces that nominations are now being accepted for recognition in 2015.

Nominate individuals who have had a positive impact on the Sammamish community in the following categories:

Circle of Service — Recognizing years of service and a longstanding commitment to volunteerism, inspiring others to give back, completing the Circle of Service.

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Dinner, auction benefits Eastlake High School girls basketball

October 19, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 19, 2014

The Eastlake High School girls basketball program is hosting its ninth annual Howlfest Nov. 1, a dinner and auction to raise money for the program’s operations costs.

The event will be at the Pine Lake Community Center, 21333 S.E. 20th St., Sammamish. Reserve a seat here.

Those who can’t attend the fundraiser can still support the basketball program by purchasing raffle tickets, making tax-deductible donations or by donating an auction item.

Learn more by calling Julia Anderson at 836-2538, or email lisa.c.mccabe@comcast.net.

Volunteer for a Sammamish city commission, board

October 18, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 18, 2014

The Sammamish City Council is looking for residents to fill vacancies on the city’s Arts Commission, Beaver Lake Management District Board, Parks & Recreation Commission and Planning Commission.

All terms begin in February 2015 and are for four years. The exception is the Beaver Lake Management Board; those terms end in December 2017.

Apply on the city’s website. Click the “Commissions/Board” tab on the upper left of the homepage and then click on the appropriate commission/board.

There you will find information about the role of the commission/board. Email your application, along with a letter of interest and your résumé showing applicable experience, to manderson@sammamish.us.

UPDATE: Police find burglar near Fall City

October 17, 2014

NEW — 8:50 p.m. Oct. 17, 2014

Shayne C. Kennedy

Shayne C. Kennedy

Almost six hours after the King County Sheriff’s Office asked the public to help them track down a prowler near an unincorporated area of Sammamish, police report that the suspect was arrested near Fall City Oct. 17.

There was probable cause to arrest Shayne C. Kennedy for possession of stolen property, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. Kennedy is described as a white male, 41 years old, 6 feet tall and approximately 190 pounds. He has long reddish blond hair, often pulled back in a ponytail.

Police specifically mentioned the Duthie Hill Park area and the 30000 block of Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road as areas he had roamed.

A neighbor called 911 after seeing the male that fit the description and deputies and a K-9 unit responded and found Kennedy in the woods. He was taken into custody at 5:40 p.m.

Help police find burglar near Sammamish

October 17, 2014

NEW — 12:22 p.m. Oct. 17, 2014

The King County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to be on the lookout for a prowler in an unincorporated area near Sammamish.

Shayne C. Kennedy

Shayne C. Kennedy

There is probable cause to arrest Shayne C. Kennedy for possession of stolen property, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. Kennedy is described as a white male, 41 years old, 6 feet tall and approximately 190 pounds. He has long reddish blond hair, often pulled back in a ponytail.

Police specifically mentioned the Duthie Hill Park area and the 30000 block of Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road as areas he has roamed.

Police said he is a transient and has committed most of his crimes and other suspected crimes between the hours of 8:30 and 11:30 p.m. He was last seen wearing a bulky water-resistant outfit and a backpack. His M.O. is to take items from unlocked garages or outbuildings.

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Sunset Beach parking area closes for winter

October 16, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 16, 2014

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission recently released its 2014-15 winter schedule, with more than 60 parks remaining open seven days a week for camping and day-use activities.

Locally, the Lake Sammamish Sunset Beach parking area will be closed to vehicles through April.

The complete winter schedule is available here. More than 60 parks will remain open seven days a week.

Eastlake volleyball supports breast cancer with ‘Dig Pink’ event Thursday

October 15, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 15, 2014

The Eastlake High School volleyball program will raise money for breast cancer research during its annual “Dig Pink” event.

The event takes place during Eastlake’s match with Woodinville at 7 p.m. Oct. 16. The public is invited to purchase baked goods and learn more about the disease through an awareness campaign.

The game is at the school, 400 228th Ave. N.E., Sammamish.

All proceeds from the event go to the Side Out Foundation, which awards grants toward medical research, as well as organizations that support breast cancer patients and their families.

City of Sammamish edges closer to vote on Klahanie annexation plan

October 14, 2014

If everything goes according to plan, the city of Sammamish could set a date for a special election on the Klahanie-area annexation by the end of the year.

Plans to add the roughly 2-square-mile area onto Sammamish’s southeast corner have progressed since February, when Klahanie-area residents voted not to join the city of Issaquah. In April, the two cities announced a deal to transfer the unincorporated area, which includes about 11,000 residents, to Sammamish’s potential annexation area.

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Sweets from the Spartans

October 14, 2014

By Greg Farrar Skyline High School freshman class royalty Mariah Alexander (from left), Danielle Bae and Claire Wate throw candy to youngsters greeting them along the route of the school’s annual Homecoming parade Oct. 10.

By Greg Farrar
Skyline High School freshman class royalty Mariah Alexander (from left), Danielle Bae and Claire Wate throw candy to youngsters greeting them along the route of the school’s annual Homecoming parade Oct. 10.

Sammamish City Council passes resolution to support gun-safety initiative

October 14, 2014

Washington voters will decide next month whether to expand background checks for private sales of firearms, and the Sammamish City Council has publicly stated its support for the idea.

Initiative 594 was the subject of a public hearing at the council’s Oct. 7 meeting, prompting people on both sides of the debate to speak. After the hearing, the council voted 5-2 to support the initiative.

Councilmen Don Gerend and Ramiro Valderrama opposed the resolution, saying they were unclear on the proposed law’s intentions and couldn’t form a strong opinion.

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