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Kirkland ‘Pajama Bowl’ nets a comfortable $75K for foster kids

The Kirkland “pajama bowl” event at the Kirkland Tech City Bowl on June 1 was called a “huge success” by event organizers, raising more than $75,000 in cash for foster kids and drawing more than 500 participants.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Kirkland-area charities offer kids glimpse into ‘World of Art’

After years of charity fundraising, Margaret Schwender saw an opportunity to show Kirkland what good works can look like. Thanks to the efforts of Schwender and others, children ages 6-10 took part in a free art class and had a chance to hang their masterpieces in the foyer of the Kirkland Public Library last week under the theme, “World of Art.”

  • Jun 2, 2008

Kirkland river company hopes rafting trip will have donations flowing in to non-profit

A Kirkland-based river rafting company is sponsoring a white water trip down the Wenatchee River next month to benefit Hopelink, an Eastside nonprofit that services low income families and seniors.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Kirkland teacher recognized by Lands End clothing company

Brian Daly, a second grade teacher at Rose Hill Elementary, was recently recognized as an exceptional teacher who had “made a difference in the life of a student, a school or a community” through the Lands’ End “Teachers Light the Way Contest.” Lands’ End, a national retail brand, selected Daly and 45 other teachers from across the country based on nominations (5,000 received in total) of coworkers and parents.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Kamiakin freshmen present volunteer projects

On May 21 Kamiakin Junior High held its annual CAPstone night. All of Kamiakin’s ninth grade students are responsible for researching a need in the community, then volunteering a minimum of 15 hours with an organization that addresses this need.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Kirkland School Briefs

Quick updates of school happenings and events in Kirkland.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Kirkland Police Blotter

Between Wednesday, May 14, and Tuesday, May 20, the Kirkland Police Department reported 268 traffic violations, 23 noise complaints, 22 thefts, 21 car accidents, 22 assaults (13 domestic violence), 19 alarm calls and nine vehicle prowls. At least 57 people were arrested.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Kirkland looks to fill spots on design review board

Following the resignation of four members in the last two months, the City of Kirkland is seeking applicants for four positions on the Design Review Board (DRB). Three of the four resigned last month after the City Council supported an appeal of a project approved by the DRB. An alternate for the position also turned down a request to fill a vacancy, citing the Council’s decision.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Kirkland company fined $2,500 for pollution

A Kirkland roof cleaning company was last week named on a quarterly Washington State Department of Ecology list of companies fined more than $1,000 for breaking pollution laws.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Kirkland citizens group calls on city to redo portions of Parkplace study

A citizens group opposed to the “preferred” Parkplace redevelopment option has asked the city to redo sections of a state-mandated study that must be completed before the project can gain approval. In a letter sent to the Kirkland Planning Commission on May 16, Kirkland Citizens for Responsible Development (Kirkland CRD) cited serious flaws in the traffic and parking studies, along with a failure to account for all funding sources, in its request for a revised Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).

Lurking logs could pose hidden danger to boaters on Washington lakes

Boaters should be aware that area lakes -- in particular Lake Washington -- could be “extremely hazardous for the near future,” the King County Sheriff’s Department said last week. High rivers have washed an unusual number of logs, deadheads, stumps and other debris into area lakes this spring, the department said through a news release.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Kirkland City Council blinks on annexation, reopens Bank of America appeal at latest meeting

Another midnight session at Kirkland City Council brought more drama to long battles over downtown redevelopment and annexation. The City Council both delayed making a final decision on annexation and reopened the Bank of America/Merrill Gardens (BofA) project appeal at its May 20 meeting.

  • Jun 2, 2008

In Brief

Touchstone Corporation, the Seattle-based development firm owned by Douglas Howe, recently submitted a plan for Parkplace redevelopment that meets with current city zoning codes, city staff told the Kirkland City Council at its meeting last week.

  • May 30, 2008

Local trash men trained to spot crime

Local trash collection agency Waste Management announced last week a new partnership with Eastside law enforcement agencies to help drivers report crime -- if they see it.

  • May 30, 2008

Council wrap: Kirkland deserves more buses

Fresh from its retreat in La Conner, the City Council met for its April 1 meeting facing a full agenda of development and environmental issues.

  • May 30, 2008

Police Blotter

Kirkland Police Department

  • May 30, 2008

Annexation group makes PAA pitch

Annexation proponents “Citizens for One Kirkland” talked up reasons for the incorporation of their neighborhoods into the city at a community forum at Heritage Hall last Saturday.

  • May 30, 2008

Local man trying to take sting out of bee shortage

A disease that has killed off honeybees and devastated crop production along the West Coast has some Northwest farmers growing uneasy.

  • May 30, 2008

The new blotter: a primer

The Police Log is available to the public, free of charge, during Kirkland Police Department business hours Monday through Friday. A small number of the calls to police on a weekly basis are excerpted in the Kirkland Courier-Reporter. These summaries are prefaced by a brief synopsis describing significant numbers or important types of calls received.

  • May 30, 2008

In Brief

The Seattle Seahawks aren’t leaving Kirkland for Renton just yet. Team president Tim Ruskell said the Seahawks will hold training camp at Northwest University for one more year because of uncertainty over the timetable with the team’s new facility in Renton.

  • May 30, 2008