Correction

May 13, 2015

The story “Eastside Fire & Rescue may seek status as a nonprofit,” in the May 6 edition of Sammamish Review, incorrectly stated with whom EFR is negotiating its collective bargaining agreement. EFR’s union is negotiating with EFR leadership.

Explore, interact and discover at Sammamish’s Rig-A-Palooza

May 12, 2015

NEW — 1:15 p.m. May 12, 2015

Residents are invited to explore the vehicles that keep the city of Sammamish moving at a special festival this Saturday.

Rig-A-Palooza will allow attendees to get up close and personal with vehicles such as police cars, fire trucks and garbage trucks, while interacting with the community helpers that keep the city safe, clean and functioning.

City partners schedule to attend with their vehicles include Republic Service, Sammamish Plateau Water & Sewer District, Eastside Fire & Rescue, Sammamish Police, King County Sheriff’s Department, United States Postal Service, city of Sammamish, YMCA and Ruby’s Towing.

Food will be available for purchase from 314 Pie and Movin’ 92.5 will provide entertainment.

Rig-A-Palooza goes from noon to 3 p.m. May 16 on the Commons Plaza, 801 228th Ave. S.E.

Eastside Fire & Rescue may seek status as a nonprofit

May 5, 2015

Though it may not happen soon, Eastside Fire & Rescue is looking to become the first official nonprofit emergency service entity in Washington.

“Essentially, we’re a large umbrella group,” Deputy Chief Bud Backer said.

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Gas leak under control, East Lake Sammamish Parkway partially reopened

April 28, 2015

NEW — 1:43 p.m. April, 28, 2015

One lane of East Lake Sammamish Parkway is open after the roadway was closed for several hours this morning following a natural gas leak in the area of Northeast 49th Place and the parkway.

Puget Sound Energy crews had sealed the leak by about noon, Tim Larson, Sammamish communications coordinator, said in a press release.

The parkway had been completely closed north of Inglewood Hill Road. By noon, traffic was getting through in both directions as north and southbound drivers took turns using the one open lane with the help of flaggers.

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Homes evacuated, part of East Lake Sammamish Parkway closed due to gas leak

April 28, 2015

NEW — 10:34 a.m. April 28, 2015

A natural gas leak in the area of Northeast 49th Place and East Lake Sammamish Parkway has caused the evacuation of an unknown number of homes and the closure of East Lake Sammamish Parkway north of Inglewood Hill Road.

A private contractor working on a new home accidently punctured a gas main, according to the city of Sammamish.

Sammamish Police tweeted at about 10:20 a.m. that the street would reopen in about an hour.

The first emergency unit was sent to the area at 9:03 a.m., Eastside Fire & Rescue headquarters administration assistant Jay Hart said.

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Opposition doesn’t surface on Klahanie-area annexation

March 31, 2015

While Klahanie-area residents said, “No thanks,” to annexation to Issaquah, annexation to Sammamish seems to be a more popular idea.

By all accounts, there is no organized opposition to the annexation question on the April 28 ballot. When Sammamish went hunting for persons to write the “con” side for the King County Voters’ Pamphlet, they got no takers. Michael Foss is one of three Klahanie-area residents chosen by the city to write the “pro” side for the pamphlet.

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Eastside Fire & Rescue promotes several employees

March 10, 2015

Amid an inspiring Eastside Pipes and Drums opening, followed by a prayer offered by EFR Chaplain Mike Ryan, and the taking of the Oath of Office led by Deputy Chief Greg Tryon, well-wishers honored several new supervisors.

By Jon Bromberg Jordan Simmonds, Justin Kiske and Jamee Mahoney are all smiles after being called ‘a new generation of leaders’ at a celebration for their recent promotions in Eastside Fire & Rescue.

By Jon Bromberg
Jordan Simmonds, Justin Kiske and Jamee Mahoney are all smiles after being called ‘a new generation of leaders’ at a celebration for their recent promotions in Eastside Fire & Rescue.

In what Fire Chief Lee Soptich cited as “a new generation of leaders” three EFR employees were recognized for recent appointments in the agency.

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State audit finds fault with EFR books

February 17, 2015

State auditors made a finding of significant deficiency after completing a study of the record-keeping of Eastside Fire & Rescue.

Released by the state Feb. 2, the audit covered the timeframe between Jan. 1, 2012, and Dec. 31, 2013.

Fire Chief Lee Soptich said auditors took exception to how the fire district kept track of major purchases, such as emergency fire vehicles.

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Lee Soptich to step down as Eastside Fire & Rescue chief

February 10, 2015

Although offered a two-year extension of his contract, Eastside Fire & Rescue Chief Lee Soptich has announced his plans to step down from the leadership of the local fire and rescue squad in January 2016.

Soptich, 58, said he made his announcement to the EFR regional board of directors in December and again last month.

Soptich has been EFR chief since 1995.

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Blackwell Elementary students show off their scientific gifts

January 20, 2015

By Neil Pierson Blackwell Elementary School held its first science fair Jan. 15, with 55 students participating. Here, second grader Sophia Huang used a magnet and a battery to create an electric motor

By Neil Pierson
Blackwell Elementary School held its first science fair Jan. 15, with 55 students participating. Here, second grader Sophia Huang used a magnet and a battery to create an electric motor

Science is generally a small part of the curriculum at most elementary schools, so Blackwell Elementary School students took an outside-the-box approach to keep science in their lives. Read more

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