Seattle City Light reduces number of trees to be cut in Bridle Trails park

A potential controversy over Bridle Trails State Park was avoided last week when Seattle City Light agreed to drastically reduce the number of trees it would cut down to protect power lines running through the park’s center.

Kirkland honors Northwest University’s ‘green’ students

Kirkland Mayor Jim Lauinger presented a group of Northwest University students with a public service award at the City Council’s June 3 meeting in recognition of the many hours the students spent designing and editing public service advertisement videos for Kirkland’s Green Building Program. Groups of students worked on the one-minute videos as an assignment for a mass communications course.

  • Jun 11, 2008

Kirkland’s Turner and Hooch: Young K-9 unit patrolling city

Kirkland Police officer Eric Trombley said he called out to the suspect once, twice, even four times to stop running. But the man kept moving, fighting through a steep ravine of blackberry brambles -- and toward a residential neighborhood.

  • Jun 11, 2008

Another midnight meeting as Kirkland delays development projects again

The Kirkland City Council again put off a definitive decision on downtown development at its June 3 meeting, both delaying judgement on an appeal of the Bank of America redevelopment project for a third month and suspending another downtown redevelopment appeal until later in June.

  • Jun 10, 2008

Show features work by senior artists

More than 100 pieces of artwork by 50 local artists ages 65 and over will be on display at Kirkland’s Madison House Retirement Community for the third annual “Every Picture Tells a Story” art show July 1 through July 20.

  • Jun 9, 2008

Juanita man enters human-powered submarine contest

Juanita resident Wesley Petersen is one of five members of a Western Washington University human-powered submarine team that will travel to San Diego, Calif., July 23-27 to compete in the Human-Powered Submarine Contest, sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

  • Jun 9, 2008

Kirkland boys achieve Eagle Scout status

The Sammamish Trails District of Boy Scouts of America -- which covers Kirkland -- last week announced two Kirkland boys as its newest Eagle Scouts. 

  • Jun 9, 2008

High bacteria levels close Juanita beach

The Juanita Beach swim area closed last Friday after water samples taken by the King County Department of Natural Resources showed high levels of bacteria.

  • Jun 9, 2008

City Council again delays decision on downtown redevelopment

City Council again put off a definitive decision on downtown development at its June 3 meeting, both delaying judgement on an appeal of the Bank of America redevelopment project for a third month and continuing a hearing for another downtown development proposal.

  • Jun 5, 2008

Lake Washington Tech to offer degree in Harley motorcycle maintenance

Sean Kebely didn’t know what he wanted to do for a career after graduating from Inglemoor High School. But he knew he loved his custom-built Harley-Davidson motorcycle. For four years after graduation Kebely, 23, looked for a career and tooled around with motorcycles. Then a recommendation directed him to check out the motorcycle, marine and power equipment program at Lake Washington Technical College. Now he is one of 20 students who will specialize in Harley motorcycles starting this fall.

  • Jun 5, 2008

Kirkland Police Blotter

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  • Jun 4, 2008

Kirkland schedules open house for bike lane, sidewalk ideas

The Kirkland Transportation Commission plans to create a walking network that connects sidewalks to key locations such as shopping areas, parks and bus routes, as well as a network of bicycle facilities that connect Kirkland to regional destinations.

  • Jun 4, 2008

Few changes expected to Lake Wash. School District calendars

Local teachers voted overwhelmingly to approve a new contract with the Lake Washington School District at a meeting last month. One focus of the contract negotiations — which began in February — was maintaining the current school-year calendar, said Kathryn Reith, the District’s director of communications.

  • Jun 4, 2008

Kirkland preparing update to shoreline plan

The City of Kirkland is hosting a community Open House next Monday in preparation for an update to its Shoreline Master Program.

  • Jun 4, 2008

Privacy concerns stall plans for new Lake Washington High School

Plans to build a new Lake Washington High School by 2011 are on hold after neighbors noted the taller buildings could give students a room with a view -- into their bedrooms.

  • Jun 4, 2008

Kirkland residents likely to face higher taxes as result of ‘record’ deficit

City Council voices advocating for a tax hike rose to a chorus at a special study session to examine the budget May 29. Presenting at the second of three study sessions on planning the 2009-2010 biennial budget, city finance director Tracey Dunlap told the Council it faces some tough choices ahead. Now approaching the mid-point for planning the upcoming budget, she said the city’s sales-tax revenue is shrinking, operating costs are rising and structural imbalances in the budget are beginning to show. The gloomy outlook could force a different approach by the Council compared to years past — raising taxes.

  • Jun 4, 2008

Kirkland ‘Steppers’ program back for another lap

The Kirkland Parks Department kicked off its popular “Kirkland Steppers” free walk program for adults age 50-plus yesterday with the first event of the year.

  • Jun 4, 2008

‘7 Hills’ ride in Kirkland raises $72K for low-income families

About 1,300 riders from across the country took part in the “7 Hills of Kirkland” benefit bike ride Memorial Day, May 26, race organizers said last week.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Kirkland School Briefs

Updates of school happenings in the Kirkland area.

  • Jun 2, 2008