Election results certify Malchow, Hornish as winners

December 1, 2015

NEW — 5:25 p.m. Dec. 1, 2015

There were no surprises locally as King County Elections continued to count ballots following the Nov. 3 election.

Candidates who took early leads only padded their numbers throughout the tallying of mail-in ballots. Results were certified Nov. 24.

For Sammamish City Council Position 2, newcomer Christie Malchow handily defeated former Councilman Mark Cross’ comeback bid. Malchow defeated Cross with 5,527 votes, or 58 percent, to Cross’s 3,911 ballots, or 41 percent.

Come January, Malchow will take the seat of retiring Councilwoman Nancy Whitten. Read more

As storms slam area, flood control district adopts new budget

December 1, 2015

NEW — 5:24 p.m. Dec. 1, 2015

A 2016 budget, described by officials as continuing to protect lives while working to prevent future floods was unanimously approved Nov. 16 by the King County Flood Control District board of supervisors.

“In the last three weeks, we’ve had two major storm systems come through the region. It’s a reminder of the value of the Flood Control District in protecting lives and property,” said Reagan Dunn, Flood Control District chair. “We work hard to protect residents of King County from flooding and I look forward to working to accomplish even more in 2016.”

Three areas are the primary focus of the $55 million budget — addressing deficiencies on levee corridors along the Green and Cedar rivers, continuing with projects designed to prevent floods and working to minimize the impact of flooding when it occurs. Read more

Eastside Baby Corner hosts two winter open houses

November 30, 2015

NEW — 9:12 a.m. Nov. 30, 2015

Community members can tour the Eastside Baby Corner facility at two upcoming open houses.

The open houses are designed to show EBC supporters a behind-the-scenes look at the work their donations of time, goods and money make possible.

“Our mission of helping local kids have what they need to thrive, is only made possible because of the generosity of the local community,” Renee Zimmerman, EBC executive director, said in a news release.

Eastside Baby Corner is an Issaquah-based nonprofit that collects community donations of children’s and maternity items and distributes them free of charge, through social service agencies, to families in need Read more

Through silence, Renaissance students lift up homeless voices

November 24, 2015

NEW — 2:54 p.m. Nov. 24, 2015

Most middle-school teachers can relate to the verbal overload that comes from working with groups of preteens for several hours each day.

At Renaissance School of Art and Reasoning, however, there’s one day per year where the students make silence their goal, and they do it for a good cause.

By Neil Pierson Students Nicole Kabat (left) and Sophie Snyder, with tape covering their mouths as part of “We Are Silent” day, ake peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for homeless residents at Camp Unity Eastside on Nov. 17 at Renaissance School of Art and Reasoning in Sammamish.

By Neil Pierson
Students Nicole Kabat (left) and Sophie Snyder, with tape covering their mouths as part of “We Are Silent” day, ake peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for homeless residents at Camp Unity Eastside on Nov. 17 at Renaissance School of Art and Reasoning in Sammamish.

The choice middle school in Sammamish held its annual “We Are Silent” day on Nov. 18. Students pledged to go the entire day without talking, many going so far as to cover their mouths with tape. Read more

Approval of Sahalee Way project likely on hold until 2016

November 24, 2015

NEW — 2:43 p.m. Nov. 24, 2015

Sammamish residents seem to have proven beyond any doubt that they have a keen interest in the planned $15.6 million rehabilitation of Sahalee Way.

They jammed a Nov. 4 open house on the topic and flooded the city with comments.

Due to the number of those comments, city officials have postponed a report on the open house, likely until early next year.

“The main reason is we got an awful lot of data from the … open house,” said John Cunningham, the city’s interim public works director. Read more

Sammamish Girl Scouts lead holiday toy drive

November 24, 2015

NEW — 2:39 p.m. Nov. 24, 2015

Girl Scout Junior Troop 44170, a group of fourth-graders at Blackwell Elementary School, is leading a Toys for Tots collection effort from 3-7 p.m. Dec. 5.

The public is invited to drop off new, unwrapped toys for kids of all ages at the entrance to the Timberline neighborhood off Sahalee Way. Seventeen Scouts will be participating, with donations going to the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots Foundation.

The toy drive is entering its 25th year, and last year collected about 2,500 toys and more than $1,000 in donations. Toys for children 10 and older are particularly needed.

Local Rotary makes major donation to new YMCA

November 24, 2015

NEW — 2:04 p.m. Nov. 24, 2015

The Sammamish YMCA announced a $100,000 donation from the Rotary Club of Sammamish to support the Y’s capital campaign supporting the new Sammamish Community and Aquatic Center rising up behind Sammamish City Hall.

The city will retain ownership of the new building, but the YMCA will operate the center when it opens in 2016.

When the Y does open its doors, officials said one of three community meeting rooms will be named after the Rotary Club of Sammamish.

“What a great demonstration of the Sammamish Rotarians’ commitment to making our community a better place to live,” said Clint Scott, board member of the Sammamish Family YMCA. “We are proud and grateful for their recognition of the Y’s mission of developing youth, encouraging healthy living and sharing our social responsibility outreach to the Sammamish Plateau.” Read more

Police blotter

November 24, 2015

NEW — 1:57 p.m. Nov. 24, 2015

Stroll and grab

An unidentified female walked into the Bel Viso Day Spa, located at 2830 228th Ave. S.E. and walked off with an unknown number of skin care products. The theft was reported just after 2 p.m. Nov. 4.

Coal in his stocking?

A mother called police Nov. 7 to say her son, 16, had forged her signature to sell a family truck in trade for what was described as a junker car. The mother told police she didn’t want to press charges; she just wants the truck back. There was no word on whether or not that happened. The incident took place on Southeast 45th Place. Read more

EFR’s Fill the Truck campaign returns Nov. 27-29

November 23, 2015

NEW — 1:23 p.m. Nov. 23, 2015

First Due Movers and the Eastside Firefighters Benevolent Fund are teaming again for the fifth annual Fill the Truck Clothing Drive Nov. 27-29.

A 24-foot moving truck will be taking donations at the Issaquah Fred Meyer, 6100 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E. All donations will go to the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank and the Mt. Si Food Bank.

The following items are needed most: Read more

Sammamish Turkey Trot supports Eastlake athletes

November 22, 2015

NEW — 5:58 p.m. Nov. 22, 2015

When Marty O’Connor died suddenly of heart disease three years ago on Nov. 9, well over 600 people showed up at Mary Queen of Peace Church for his memorial service.

“His memorial just blew me away,” said Marty’s wife, Deanne O’Connor. “It was standing room only … I knew people liked him and he was well known, I guess I just never knew how much.”

An avid cyclist and skier, Marty O’Connor also was a regular on the sidelines at Eastlake High School whenever one of his four children was on the field. He was known as a dependable parent volunteer and chaperone for team trips.

“We both were always at all their events,” said Deanne O’Connor. Read more

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