State fair hosts ‘Oh Say Can You Sing’ anthem contest

February 28, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 28, 2015

The Washington State Fair presents the “Oh Say Can You Sing” contest where the winner gets to sing the national anthem as an opening for such acts as Keith Urban or “Weird Al” Yankovic.

Video entries are due by March 2.

Vocal and instrumental entries will be accepted. Video entries can be uploaded on YouTube or submitted by mail. See outline of the contest rules and procedures, plus complete lyrics of the first verse of “The Star Spangled Banner” at www.thefair.com/contests/details/o-say-can-you-sing. No entry fee is required.

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Free teen dating workshop is Feb. 28

February 27, 2015

In honor of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month there is “Hanging Out Without Getting Hung Up: Getting The Relationships We Want,” a free workshop for teens and parents, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Sammamish Teen Center, 825 228th Ave. S.E.

Expert facilitators from Lifewire, CrossPath Counseling and Athletes for Kids will cover:

  • When does caring become controlling?
  • I’m really into my partner, but do I have to share everything with them?
  • Sometimes I feel like I just can’t do anything right with my partner.

Snacks will be served.

Learn more by calling 562-8840.

Seattle International Film Festival comes to Issaquah this weekend

February 26, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 26, 2015

Billed as the largest film festival in the United States, the Seattle International Film Festival is joining forces with the Issaquah Arts Commission to present the second Issaquah International Film Festival.

The festival returns Feb. 28 and March 1 at Cinebarre Issaquah 8, 1490 11th Ave., NW. Admission is free. Seats are available at the venue.

The festival features six international movies:

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Klahanie annexation: What’s in it for Sammamish?

February 24, 2015

In the end, the residents of the Klahanie area will decide for themselves whether they want to annex their area to Sammamish and become part of the city.

The Sammamish City Council voted unanimously Feb. 3 to put the annexation question before Klahanie-area residents on a special ballot April 28.

By Greg Farrar A map of the Klahanie area shows the 15 different subdivisions that could be incorporated into the city of Sammamish.

By Greg Farrar
A map of the Klahanie area shows the 15 different subdivisions that could be incorporated into the city of Sammamish.

 

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Council cries ‘foul’ over county trail plans

February 24, 2015

While much of the Sammamish City Council has sounded a figurative call to arms against King County over the construction of the East Lake Sammamish Trail, Mayor Tom Vance said there might be reason for those angry with the county to stand down.

The county recently released design work for Southern Sammamish Segment A of the trail. Officials described that design as 90 percent complete. Local legislators and apparently numerous residents immediately called “foul.”

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Council wants city staff to study controversial 42nd Street barricade

February 24, 2015

Before what was by all accounts a packed house, the Sammamish City Council voted 5-1 on Feb. 17 to leave intact the long-standing barricade on Northeast 42nd Street.

By Tom Corrigan City staff will study whether removing this barricade on Northeast 42nd Street would be a good idea.

By Tom Corrigan
City staff will study whether removing this barricade on Northeast 42nd Street would be a good idea.

Essentially an oversized gate that stretches across the roadway, the barricade is opened only for emergency vehicles.

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Police blotter — week of Feb. 25, 2015

February 24, 2015

Car break-ins

  • A leather jacket was swiped from a car parked Feb. 4 in the 2100 block of 222 Place Northeast. The incident was reported at 3:45 p.m.
  • On Feb. 5, $2,000 in cash was taken from an unlocked car parked in a residential driveway in the 3100 block of 199th Avenue Southeast. The theft was reported just after 1 p.m.
  • At about 4:42 a.m. Feb. 8 an unknown suspect removed two computer tablets from a car parked in a garage in the 22900 block of Northeast 24th Place. The suspect then attempted to open the garage with a remote found in the car.

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Metro Transit seeks input for long-range plans

February 23, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 23, 2015

King County Metro wants public input as it launches an intensive long-range planning effort that will help determine what regional transit service will look like in 25 years.

With the region’s population expected to increase by 30 percent over the next two decades, this will be Metro’s most comprehensive planning effort yet.

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Washington releases new chickenpox vaccine requirement

February 22, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 22, 2015

Students in grades seven through 12 now have the same requirement as those in kindergarten through sixth grade.

They now are all required to have two doses of the chickenpox vaccine.

The requirement implementation starts this fall for seventh and eighth grade and fall 2016 for ninth through 12th grade.

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Puget Sound Blood Center is now Bloodworks Northwest

February 21, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 21, 2015

The Puget Sound Blood Center recently changed its name to Bloodworks Northwest.

The decision to change the name results from growth to serve hospitals far beyond the Puget Sound area and the expansion of laboratory services.

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