Schools getting creative to bolster kindness ideals

August 30, 2014

New: August 30, 2014, 12:15 p.m.

Kym Clayton has a child who struggles with social skills and speech delays, and in her quest to find help, she stumbled across an idea from a suburban school in Pennsylvania.
Christian Bucks, a student at Roundtown Elementary School in York, Pa., invented a simple but effective way of helping children who were feeling sad or lonely. His Buddy Bench concept – a bench where kids can sit when they’re in need of a friend – has spread like wildlife in less than a year, reaching schools around the world. Read more

Washington State Parks offers free days to visitors

August 29, 2014

New: Aug. 29, 12:14 p.m.

Washington State Parks is offering “free days” when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass to visit a state park. The next free day is Sept. 27, in honor of National Parks Lands Day.
The “free days” are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on state-managed recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources.
The free days apply only at state parks.

Klahanie, community center figure big into city manager’s year

August 28, 2014

New: Aug. 28, 1:16 p.m.

Sammamish City Manager Ben Yazici received a glowing review from the City Council for his work in the past year.
The review, dated July 1, gives a look at not only what the council thinks of Yazici’s job performance in the past year, but what it expects the city to accomplish in the year ahead. Read more

Issaquah’s potential state park annexation is given more time for discussion

August 27, 2014

New: Aug. 27, 12:24 p.m.

Zoning questions held off an Issaquah City Council move toward annexing Lake Sammamish State Park.
At the Issaquah council’s Aug. 4 meeting, they deferred action on the next step in the process of annexing the park to their Sept. 8 meeting, citing a desire to study the issue further.
The park would still be owned and operated by the state, but would be considered to be in Issaquah instead of King County for purposes of permitting.
The proposal came up in April after the state parks department presented the idea to city officials. Read more

Eastlake student, 16, killed in collision Aug. 24

August 26, 2014

Taylor Griffith, a 16-year-old student at Eastlake High School, was killed Aug. 24 when his truck collided head-on with another vehicle on state Route 202. Read more

LocoMotive makes tracks in the local music scene

August 24, 2014

New: August 24, 11:14 a.m.

Like a lot of rock bands, LocoMotive members have a favorite hangout after they’ve performed at Snoqualmie Valley gigs. Even thought they frequently play at a local pub and restaurant, their hangout of choice isn’t a bar. It’s the local frozen yogurt shop.
The five-member band, all middle and elementary school students, range in age from 10 to 14 and include Tom Guilbert-Newell of Sammamish.
In recent months they’ve appeared at the Radio Duvall event, the Tanner Jeans Bike Rodeo and the Finapalooza at Finaghty’s in Snoqualmie and at a fundraiser for the Mount Si High School Jazz Band. Read more

Five schools starting fresh with new principals

August 22, 2014

New: August 22, 10:17 a.m.

The Issaquah and Lake Washington school districts have hired 16 new principals for the coming school year, including five in the Sammamish area.
Both public high schools in the city will have new leadership, as Donna Hood takes over at Skyline, and interim principal Chris Bede moves into the permanent role at Eastlake.
Hood is a former assistant principal at Liberty High School, and said the support she’s received from other district leaders has helped her prepare to be a first-time principal. Read more

Eastlake alum flying high with Civil Air Patrol

August 21, 2014

New: Aug. 21, 12:42 p.m.

Like many teenagers, John Hughes got into an activity because his friends were doing it, and more than a decade later, Hughes is the one who has become a leader and positive influence.
During his sophomore year at Eastlake High School, Hughes got involved with the Civil Air Patrol, a nationwide body of civilian aviators who have served as the official auxiliary branch of the U.S. Air Force since 1948. Read more

Shallow sockeye numbers may hint at light salmon return

August 20, 2014

New: Aug. 20, 10:53 a.m.

Let the salmon run begin.
While the tenacious fish have yet to crest the Ballard Locks on the way to their spawning ground – and the hatchery — the 2014 salmon run is underway. Many species have already made their way through the Ballard Locks this summer. Sadly, at least for sockeye salmon, the number through the fish ladder has dipped very low.
“Unfortunately, we aren’t getting the number we had hoped for in this sockeye run,” said Dani Kendall, program assistant to the Cedar River Salmon Journey at the Ballard Locks. Read more

Police Blotter Aug. 20

August 20, 2014

It’s closed now
At 10:50 a.m. Aug. 3, a police officer on a traffic stop noticed a man jogging on a closed section of the East Lake Sammamish Trail. The officer informed the man of the closure and said if he did it again, he could be charged with trespassing. Read more

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