Parking changes near Cascade Ridge Elementary School

September 15, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 15, 2014

Cascade Ridge Elementary School parents may be affected by parking changes along Trossachs Boulevard.

The city of Sammamish recently classified the west side of Trossachs bordering the school as a no-parking zone. The narrow lane on that side of the road is now labeled as a bike lane and is designed for that purpose.

School officials urge parents to plan ahead if they use the area as a drop-off or pick-up point for their children. Parents may walk to school with their children, park in the school’s lot or park along Trossachs in the lanes south of the school.

Charity run benefits lake trout

September 14, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 14, 2014

Help benefit Lake Sammamish kokanee salmon restoration efforts at the city’s Run With the Kokanee 5K and 10K charity race Oct. 18 at Lake Sammamish State Park.

Proceeds benefit the Bellevue-Issaquah Chapter of Trout Unlimited and its efforts to save Lake Sammamish kokanee.

Get a discount if you register before Sept. 17. Learn more here.

Life is fair in Puyallup

September 13, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 13, 2014

Fried food, animal smells, concert music and carnival rides — yep, the Washington State Fair has returned.

By Peter Clark Beautiful late summer weather brought large crowds out to the 2014 Washington State Fair Sept. 7 in Puyallup, and the array of activities, food and attractions kept them there.

By Peter Clark
Beautiful late summer weather brought large crowds out to the 2014 Washington State Fair Sept. 7 in Puyallup, and the array of activities, food and attractions kept them there.

Until Sept. 21, you can find the best livestock, agriculture, horticulture and crafts the state has to offer in Puyallup. This year’s fair packs a whopping punch with a slew of high-profile music acts and the usual, if no less impressive, bunch of Washingtonian achievements.

Walking in the gate, you might feel overwhelmed at the sheer number of things to do in the fairgrounds. Should you immediately head over and dive into a basket of fried butter? Head over to the livestock barn and hear which rooster crows the loudest? Visit one of the many crafts buildings and spot all the nuance and detail in the dollhouses? These are big decisions that a hardy fairgoer will have to make. Rest assured that if you get your fill of one type of entertainment, plenty more is right around the corner for the whole family.

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King County hosts local salmon-spotting events

September 12, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 12, 2014

Spot the Spawners in the Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish Watershed this fall.

Salmon are returning to streams and rivers around Puget Sound. Watch for these natural beauties at the viewing sites around the watersheds as they make their seasonal journey. Local viewpoints include:

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New firefighters join EFR

September 11, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 11, 2014

Five firefighters have been hired by Eastside Fire & Rescue to fill vacancies that exist or will happen by year’s end.

“This bunch is quite diverse, very talented and certainly motivated, so we could not be happier,” Fire Chief Lee Soptich said in a news release.

The five include a couple of military veterans, an experienced firefighter from a neighboring district, a former EFR volunteer and an owner of her own white-water rafting company.

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Local teens wear T-shirts Sept. 10 to support suicide prevention

September 9, 2014

Teenagers in Issaquah and Sammamish will wear special T-shirts to their schools Sept. 10 as part of National Suicide Prevention Day efforts.

Students from youth groups at five area churches will wear white-and-yellow shirts with the phrase “You Matter” emblazoned on the front. The participating groups are Faith United Methodist Church in Issaquah, and four Sammamish churches — Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Pine Lake Covenant Church, Sammamish Hills Lutheran Church and Sammamish Presbyterian Church.

Amy Wisegarver, a sophomore at Eastlake High School, produced a video about the “You Matter” campaign. The 16-year-old attends a youth group at Pine Lake Covenant Church in Sammamish, and said she began doing a weekly Bible study session last year that touches on current issues such as suicide.

“It was very eye-opening to get to discuss those types of issues with the other people in my confirmation group, and compare our views,” Wisegarver said in an email.

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Police blotter

September 9, 2014

Suspicious driver proves elusive

An officer observed a white BMW 300 with black markings driving slowly in a suspicious manner along Northeast 18th Street near 211th Way Northeast at about 8:45 a.m. Aug. 20. Two white males were in the vehicle; the officer ran a computer check of the vehicle and its registered owner. The owner reportedly has a criminal history of theft and other violations. When the officer attempted to catch the vehicle, he lost sight of it, and noted that he felt the driver purposely drove in an evasive manner, although he didn’t commit any traffic violations.

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Public invited to Common Core town hall Sept. 15

September 9, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 9, 2014

Parents, teachers, activists and anyone interested in discussing or learning more about the growing controversy surrounding Common Core are invited to a public forum about the standards.

The forum is at 6 p.m. Sept. 15 at Pacific Cascade Middle School, 24635 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road.

Hear from legislators, educators, activists and policy experts on both sides of the issue of Common Core Standards. Questions from the media and the audience will be answered.

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Sign up now for 9-1-1 Citizen’s Academy

September 8, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 8, 2014

Learn about the internal workings of the 9-1-1 emergency dispatch center at the 9-1-1 Citizen’s Academy.

The one-day class will be held at the Regional Communications Center, 3511 N.E. Second St. in Renton, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 27. Space is limited; turn in applications by Sept. 24.

Learn about the role 9-1-1 communications specialists play in the public safety system and prepare in case you ever need to call 9-1-1.

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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September 7, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 7, 2014

Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among U.S. children under age 15. Every year, 15,000 get cancer, with one out of every five losing the battle.

On Sept. 2, the King County Council recognized those King County families fighting the disease and the professionals helping them by declaring September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in King County.

The American Cancer Fund for Children Inc. and Kids Cancer Connection Inc. were created 20 years ago with the focus of helping children with cancer and their families.

Locally, those agencies work with Seattle Children’s and Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma, providing a variety of vital patient psychosocial services to children undergoing cancer treatment.

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