June 19, 2013
Sammamish annexing Klahanie makes sense, and the City Council did the right thing by voting to say so.
The Klahanie master planned community, and a few other adjacent neighborhoods, is home to more than 10,000 people. The roughly 2 square miles is perched on the Sammamish Plateau, a triangular landmass that touches Sammamish on two sides so it almost looks like a bite taken out of a cookie. Read more
June 12, 2013
Graduation Day at our local high schools brings a whole range of emotions — pride, relief, amazement … and trepidation.
Certainly, the anxiety comes from the unknown future as students prepare to move away from families and begin new life, job and educational challenges. Read more
June 12, 2013
Review was wrong
As a Sammamish citizen of 30 years, now called a “land speculator,” I am moved to respond to your editorial about the pilot study. After a year of work with the Sammamish Planning Commission and months with the City Council, your editorial has taken a very complicated issue and reduced it to nothing but knee-jerk emotional rhetoric and even name-calling.
There is another side to the issue, and it affects many Sammamish citizen property owners. Personally, our retirement is at stake. Read more
June 5, 2013
For more than a year now, a group of property owners have been pushing for a “pilot program” to allow them to develop land that is currently off limits.
They cast it in terms of their property rights being restricted versus environmental favor.
But it is not property rights at stake, and the pilot is a bad idea. The City Council should leave the existing regulations in place. Read more
May 28, 2013
Boy Scouts have played a big role in Sammamish’s history, as well as shaped numerous boys and young men to be better citizens.
Local Scouts provide numerous community service hours of good deeds, from food drives to litter clean up, from construction of trails in parks around the city to the many other Eagle Scout projects that provide new amenities around town today. Read more
May 23, 2013
If you are planning to avoid the traffic, save the gas expense and enjoy Memorial Day close to home this weekend, there are some simple ways to honor the men and women from the United States military who died in military service to their country. Read more
May 15, 2013
Sammamish’s budget update contained a lot of good news, including an increase in sales tax revenue. People in the city are starting to loosen the grip on their wallets and spend a bit more, but that doesn’t mean local businesses don’t still need support.
Sales taxes can come from lots of places, including some revenue from Internet sales and some from sales on construction trades. So the city bringing in more money doesn’t always directly mean that the small shops around Sammamish are doing likewise. Read more
May 7, 2013
A few years ago, the news about the kokanee salmon was pretty uniformly discouraging. Now, thanks largely to the efforts of the Kokanee Work Group, the fish species seems like it might be taking a step back from the brink.
Old-timers will tell you about the days when the streams running into Lake Sammamish were so thick with fish returning to spawn, you could practically walk across the water on their backs. Read more
May 1, 2013
There is still time left to consider filing for a local elected office — the ultimate volunteer job.
This election season, Sammamish has four open City Council seats, which include positions currently held by John James, Tom Odell and Don Gerend. John Curley has said he will not stand for re-election.
In the Lake Washington School District, Doug Eglington’s seat, which covers Sammamish, will be up for election, as will one other seat. Read more
April 25, 2013
Prescription drugs left in medicine cabinets and bedside stands are both a national problem and a local problem — one you can help eliminate by turning in expired medicines. National Take Back Initiative is April 27, scheduled by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Read more