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Kirkland Mayor James Lauinger speaks to Ruth Anderson's Spanish class about the importance of being bilingual in a diverse community at Kirkland Junior High March 4.

Mayor spends day with Spanish students to speak about diversity

Kirkland Mayor James Lauinger says he would love to be able to speak with someone beyond “coma estas” or “muchas gracias.”

Kirkland Mayor James Lauinger speaks to Ruth Anderson's Spanish class about the importance of being bilingual in a diverse community at Kirkland Junior High March 4.
Public parking changes are now in effect in downtown Kirkland.

New public parking rates in downtown Kirkland

Additional parking stalls and increased hours for free public parking are now available at the Lake Street/Central Avenue and Marina Park/Lakeshore lots in downtown Kirkland, effective as of March 16.

  • Mar 18, 2009
Public parking changes are now in effect in downtown Kirkland.

Kirkland Police Blotter Mar. 4-10 | Blotter now on GoogleMaps

The Kirkland Reporter is experimenting with GoogleMaps, an online interactive mapping resource supported by Google, to display the weekly police blotter.

  • Mar 18, 2009
Heathman Hotel General Manager Les Utley is the new Kirkland Downtown Association president.

Re-engergized KDA selects new board leadership

Kirkland Downtown Association (KDA) board members voted in a new Executive Board at their March 4 annual membership meeting, re-energizing a key community voice in one of Kirkland’s most visible and popular neighborhoods.

  • Mar 18, 2009
Heathman Hotel General Manager Les Utley is the new Kirkland Downtown Association president.
Juanita High School's Swimming Pool could be closed as the Lake Washington School District weighs nearly $3 million in cuts to state funding.

Juanita High swimming pool faces shut-down

state's multi-billion dollar deficit. Staring down at least $5 million in cuts forecast since last December, Lake Washington School District officials unveiled budget plans that may close the Juanita High Swimming Pool.

  • Mar 18, 2009
Juanita High School's Swimming Pool could be closed as the Lake Washington School District weighs nearly $3 million in cuts to state funding.
Bellevue Police Chief Linda Pillo congratulates Kirkland resident and ex-marine Kristopher Beal on his courageous act of bringing down a bank robber during a heist.

Heroes among us: Ex-Marine honored for tackling bank robber

A 41-year-old Kirkland man who tackled a bank robber during a heist at a downtown Bellevue bank was honored Wednesday, March 11 for his heroism by the Bellevue Police and the FBI today at Bellevue City Hall.

Bellevue Police Chief Linda Pillo congratulates Kirkland resident and ex-marine Kristopher Beal on his courageous act of bringing down a bank robber during a heist.
A pooch named Louie listens to Alexander Graham Bell kindergartner Emory Herbert read 'Carl's Afternoon in the Park.'

A.G. Bell students read to rover

About 50 Alexander Graham Bell Elementary students read to several dogs recently as part of the "Reading with Rover" program.

A pooch named Louie listens to Alexander Graham Bell kindergartner Emory Herbert read 'Carl's Afternoon in the Park.'
Greg Cox and Kathy Skinner-Cox at a recent fundraiser event for muscular dystrophy.

Organization reaches million dollar mark

The Fifth Annual Fishing for a Cure auction cleared more than $200,000 and enabled this grass roots organization to claim a million dollars raised for FSH Muscular Dystrophy research.

  • Mar 11, 2009
Greg Cox and Kathy Skinner-Cox at a recent fundraiser event for muscular dystrophy.

Man charged in Jag carjacking

King County prosecutors charged a West Virginia man with robbery after he carjacked a man at knife point in Kirkland and led police on a chase in the Jaguar he stole that ended in a crash on Interstate 5.

  • Mar 11, 2009

This week’s … Police Blotter

Between Feb. 25 - March 3, the Kirkland Police Department reported 406 traffic violations, 24 car accidents, 24 vehicle prowls, 21 alarm calls, 19 assaults, 16 noise complaints and 12 acts of fraud; 36 people were arrested.

  • Mar 11, 2009
Kirkland resident Bob Ely took this photo of the Wawona while eating breakfast at George's Place in 1973 when the schooner was docked in the city.

Wawona’s seven-year stay left legacy

By the time the leaky three-masted schooner arrived at the old Kirkland dock in 1973, the town's role as a seaport had all but disappeared.

  • Mar 11, 2009
Kirkland resident Bob Ely took this photo of the Wawona while eating breakfast at George's Place in 1973 when the schooner was docked in the city.

LWSD seeks public opinion

Due to anticipated cuts in the state budget, Lake Washington School District anticipates that the district will receive nearly $5 million less in state funds next year.

  • Mar 11, 2009

LWSD seeks Spanish-speaking volunteers

The Lake Washington School District is seeing a growing need for Spanish-speaking volunteers to help with all levels of education.

  • Mar 11, 2009
Kingsgate Library will display a collection of Girl Scouts memorabilia through March.

Girl Scouts display at Kingsgate

To commemorate Girl Scouts 97th anniversary March 12, Kingsgate Library is displaying a collection of Girl Scout memorabilia through the month of March.

  • Mar 11, 2009
Kingsgate Library will display a collection of Girl Scouts memorabilia through March.
Jeffrey Moore of Kirkland Eclectics Toastmasters Club took the title for two speech contests.

Moore takes two Toastmasters titles

Moore takes two Toastmasters titlesJeffrey Moore of Kirkland Eclectics Toastmasters Club took the title of both the inspirational speech contest and the evaluation contest for Kirkland Eclectics toastmasters club recently.

  • Mar 11, 2009
Jeffrey Moore of Kirkland Eclectics Toastmasters Club took the title for two speech contests.
Kirkland resident Barbara McKay speaks during a media conference about her battle with terminal ovarian cancer.

Kirkland woman celebrates right to choose own death

When doctors told Barbara McKay she would probably not live much longer, she began to think about how she would end her life.

Kirkland resident Barbara McKay speaks during a media conference about her battle with terminal ovarian cancer.

Council revamps downtown zoning

Some things are just too important to be left to chance. That was the majority position City Council took as they revamped downtown zoning codes at its March 3 meeting.

  • Mar 10, 2009
The owner of Totem Lake Malls

Totem Lake Malls quietly seeking a new owner

Kirkland City officials confirm the shopping center, long an underperforming dead-weight on the city's tax-base, is being privately shopped around by owners Coventry/DDR.

  • Mar 9, 2009
The owner of Totem Lake Malls
Daylight Saving begins Sunday

It’s time: Daylight Saving this Sunday

Kirklanders, get ready to increase your natural Vitamin D high.

  • Mar 6, 2009
Daylight Saving begins Sunday
A Kirkland Police sketch of one of the accused men

Hispanic store robbers plead not guilty

Kingsgate resident Luis Fernando Koyoc-ek, 33, and Woodinville resident Oscar Chavarria-Sotelo, 24, pleaded not guilty to eight counts of first-degree robbery at a March 3 arraignment.

  • Mar 6, 2009
A Kirkland Police sketch of one of the accused men