School honors — deans’ lists

September 24, 2015

NEW — 5:55 p.m. Sept. 24, 2015

Jiseon Lee and Madison Rose, both of Sammamish, spring semester, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York

Emily Johnson, of Sammamish, spring semester, University of Northern Colorado

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Shooting club awards two scholarships

September 24, 2015

NEW — 5:35 p.m. Sept. 24, 2015

The RF&GC Crushers has awarded annual scholarships to Jordan Lim, a graduating senior from Eastlake High School, and Annette Edlund, a graduating senior from Newport High School.

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Skyline football smashes Mount Si, 44-7

September 21, 2015

NEW — 12:15 p.m., Sept. 21, 2015

Skyline High School senior Danny Sinatro couldn’t have wished for a better birthday present than the one he got Sept. 18. Read more

Skyline football hosting cancer research fundraiser

September 8, 2015

NEW — 4:10 p.m., Sept. 8, 2015

The Strong4Sam Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports innovative research for pediatric cancer treatment, will be holding a fundraiser at Skyline High School’s Sept. 18 football game. Read more

Skyline moves another home game due to construction

September 5, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 5, 2015

The Skyline High School football team will have to move another home game due to construction on its new stadium stands.

The school announced Aug. 29 that the Spartans will play their Sept. 18 game against Mount Si at Eastlake High School.

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‘You Matter’ is message of local teens supporting National Suicide Prevention Day

September 2, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 2, 2015

According to the Washington State Department of Health, between two and three youths ages 15-24 commit suicide every week in Washington state.

“The last three years have been some of the hardest years of my ministry when we saw several young people take their lives,” Nick Pringle, pastor of student ministries at Pine Lake Covenant Church for nearly 10 years, says in a Facebook video. “Each year in America, there are over 1 million attempts of suicide, and that’s too many.”

For the second year, teens from Issaquah and Sammamish will join the national movement for National Suicide Prevention Day on Sept. 10 and wear “You Matter” T-shirts to school that day.

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Improved security tops list of changes in Lake Washington schools

August 25, 2015

NEW — 5:15 p.m. Aug. 25, 2015

Possibly the biggest change in the Lake Washington School District for the coming school year is not one that will be immediately apparent. But it could make a big difference in school buildings across the district, which serves portions of Sammamish, under certain circumstances.

Previously, classroom doors in the district had to be locked from the outside, said Kathryn Reith, district director of communications.

“That was not such a great thing if you were in a lock-down situation,” Reith added.

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Sammamish Symphony announces 2015/2016 concert season

August 21, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 21, 2015

The Sammamish Symphony Orchestra will kick off its 24th concert season with a musical romp across the world.

“Expanding Horizons,” the first in the group’s nine-concert lineup, features music crafted in celebration of countries other than the writers’ own homelands.

The program includes George Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” and Malcolm Arnold’s “Four Scottish Dances,” which the orchestra describes as “musical picture-postcards of their composers’ travels.”

Audiences have two chances to catch “Expanding Horizons,” which is also set to feature a guest appearance by regionally renowned violinist Jae-In Shin. Read more

Wastemobile comes to Sammamish Aug. 14-16

August 10, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 10, 2015

All King County residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile makes a stop in Sammamish, Aug. 14-16.

The Wastemobile will be in the parking lot of Eastlake High School, 400 228th Ave. N.E., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Residents can drop off household hazardous waste items including pesticides, oil-based paints, automotive products (oil, antifreeze, lamps, etc.), fluorescent bulbs/tubes and other items without a charge. The service is pre-paid through garbage and sewer utility fees.

For more information about disposal, including acceptable materials and quantity limits, call the Hazards Line at 206-296-4692, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., except holidays. Recorded information is available after hours, or online at

Indian classical music is Sammamish girl’s gift, passion

August 5, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 5, 2015

Seated at the piano in the living room of her Sammamish home, Ananya Goparaju’s fingers fly across the keys, creating chords and melodies that evoke feelings of a walk through the Himalayan countryside or the busy streets of Bombay.

Contributed Ananya Goparaju, a Pine Lake Middle School student, spends time in the studio last year recording her first album, 'Indian Classical Ragas on Piano.'

Ananya Goparaju, a Pine Lake Middle School student, spends time in the studio last year recording her first album, ‘Indian Classical Ragas on Piano.’

Goparaju, 12, has taken piano lessons for nearly seven years. She’s not only proficient but is also an emerging prodigy in the world of Indian classical music. She recorded her first album last year and next week, she’ll be the opening act for one of the genre’s most recognized artists at his concert in Bellevue.

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