New recycling program begins for fluorescent lights

January 30, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 30, 2015

Washington residents can now recycle fluorescent lights and other mercury-containing lights for free at 130 sites throughout the state, with more being added in the months ahead.

LightRecycle Washington collection sites will take traditional fluorescent tubes (including straight, curved and circular), the twisty compact fluorescent lights and high-intensity-discharge lights, commonly used in outdoor lighting fixtures. The program does not accept lighting fixtures or ballasts.

Individuals and businesses can drop off lights for recycling, although there is a limit of 10 lights per day.

Local drop-off locations include: Read more

Blood donors needed to prevent critical shortage

January 29, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 29, 2015

The Puget Sound Blood Center has extended its urgent appeal for people to donate blood after a significant decline in the blood supply following the holiday season.

While donations normally dip during holiday periods, the PSBC is facing critical shortages for some blood types.

There is an acute shortage of platelets and O-negative red cells — the blood type that can be given to patients with any other blood type. Although supplies of these components are especially low, PSBC welcomes donors of all blood types to maintain a strong supply for patients in need.

The blood center supports nearly 90 hospitals in the Northwest, and the demand for blood components is continuous: patients in hospitals are still undergoing surgeries, ERs are treating traumatic injuries, people are receiving treatments for cancer, and surgeons are performing organ transplants — all depending on the blood supply to be there. Read more

Drainage issues fuel residents’ lawsuit against city

January 27, 2015

From his home on 214th Avenue Southeast, Robert Morrison claims he has seen about 200 homes go up on the Sammamish plateau in the last five years or so.

And while he doesn’t say he wants to stop progress, Morrison does say there are problems being created by all those still-new homes, not to mention the additional residences on their way.

According to Morrison and the other 25 or so members of a group calling themselves Plateau Residents for Responsible Development, the problems are bad enough that they have banded together and filed a lawsuit against the city and Bellevue developers Murray Franklyn, LLC, mostly over what residents argue is poor and allegedly even illegal placement of proposed drainage pipes for the two developments.

EKS Law of Seattle filed suit on behalf of the resident group Dec. 24, 2014, in King County Superior Court, naming the city of Sammamish, Murray Franklyn and Barrington Homes, LLC, as defendants. The latter group is a subsidiary of Murray Franklyn, and is building the Sammamish homes. Read more

Issaquah schools use visiting mentor to improve reading, writing skills

January 27, 2015

There are a lot of statistics for Issaquah School District educators to ponder as they work to improve reading and writing skills in their classrooms.

National research shows children are increasingly less interested in reading – particularly after age 13 – and that aversions to deep, sustained reading sessions are impacting their ability to succeed in college.

Penny Kittle has been studying literacy trends for many years. A high-school English teacher in North Conway, New Hampshire, she also mentors other teachers and travels the country as a literacy coach.

While much of Kittle’s knowledge is accessible online, Issaquah officials chose to bring it to their doorstep last week by having her visit several classrooms, and by speaking to parents Jan. 21 at Pacific Cascade Middle School. Read more

Comp plan review moves from Planning Commission to council

January 27, 2015

Including a general recommendation on tree preservation, the Sammamish Planning Commission is nearly at the end of the long process of studying the city’s comprehensive plan.

Commissioners and other city officials held an open house and a public hearing on their planning efforts last week. About 30 people showed up for the Jan. 20 open house in City Hall, a number that seemed fine with Emily Arteche, a senior city planner, who dubbed the event a great success.

At a Jan. 22 public hearing held before the Planning Commission meeting, only one person signed up to speak.

The City Council has the last word on changes to the comprehensive plan. However, the planning commission gets first crack at the document and their recommendations should be in front of the council next month, according to Jeffrey Thomas, the city’s director of community development. Other officials confirmed that general timeline. Read more

Police & Fire

January 27, 2015

Not hunting season

Police said they are investigating whether or not a resident in the 1500 block of 238th Avenue Southeast hired a bowman to destroy several deer on the resident’s property. The suspect could face unspecified charges, possibly including animal cruelty. Police reported the incident on Jan. 8.

Trail dispute

Police said an angry homeowner may have threatened county workers or contractors who are doing construction on the East Lake Sammamish Trail. According to police reports, the unidentified resident told workers “something bad was going to happen.” The incident was reported at about 1 p.m. Jan. 14. Police reports did not say what sparked the alleged confrontation. Read more

Readers: Do not give information to solicitors

January 27, 2015

The Sammamish Review would like to inform its readers that we do not sell subscriptions door to door or by telephone.

Should somebody contact you by these means we urge you to not give out any personal information or payments as this is fraudulent.

Renewal or new subscription payments should only be mailed to P.O. Box 1328 Issaquah 98027,  or paid on our website at or called in to us at 425-392-6434 ext. 245.

Water and Sewer District picks 2015 leadership

January 27, 2015

At its regular meeting Jan. 5, the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District commission elected their new leadership for the coming year.

Board member Lloyd Warren was chosen as president of the board, while the 2014 president Karen Moran moves to vice president. Mary Shustov will repeat as secretary, while Tom Harman and Mahbubal Islam will both serve as commissioners.

Friday deadline to apply for city’s student scholarship

January 25, 2015

NEW — 12:15 p.m. Jan. 25, 2015

The city of Sammamish is now accepting applications for the Association of Washington Cities Center for Quality Communities Scholarship fund.

The scholarship is available through a statewide competitive process for students who are actively engaged in their city government and/or community and plan to attend post-secondary school in fall 2015.

To be eligible, a student must be graduating from high school, home school or receiving a GED in spring/summer 2015; live or go to school in Sammamish; plan to continue his or her education at an accredited post-secondary institution in the 2015-2016 academic year on a half-time or more basis; and have been involved with a city government or with a community/school leadership activity.

The city is nominating one local candidate to compete for the AWC Center of Quality Community’s Scholarship. The $1,250 scholarship will be awarded to six Washington state students. Read more

Parking lot, trail access for Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park open

January 22, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 22, 2015

The popular Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park now has more parking and better access, according to a King County Parks partnership project news release.

Work has been completed on the new 74-space parking lot at the corner of Southeast Duthie Hill Road and Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road that will serve as the main access point for the mountain bike park. The lot opened Jan. 17, and will be open daily from dawn to dusk, unless otherwise posted.

The lot includes spaces for two truck-and-trailer combinations, a drop-off zone and restrooms. A new, quarter-mile connector trail has also been built that links the new lot to park’s southern entrance on Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road. The trail provides park users with a safe, dedicated path.

The project was completed for about $900,000, with funding from the 2014-19 King County Parks, Trails and Open Space Replacement Levy, as well as a grant for $317,000 from the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program. Read more

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