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Social marketing consultant Nancy Lee (second from right) shares results of Kirkland’s pedestrian flag study with Seattle City Councilwomen Sally Clark and Jan Drago (from far left) as David Godfrey of Kirkland Public Works (middle) and Kirkland Deputy Mayor Joan McBride (far right) look on outside the Epicurean Edge on Central Way. McBride was giving Drago and Clark a tour of Kirkland’s sidewalks last Friday to demonstrate the city’s pedestrian safety initiatives. The Seattle Council is now working on a number of activities related to pedestrian safety.
Social marketing consultant Nancy Lee (second from right) shares results of Kirkland’s pedestrian flag study with Seattle City Councilwomen Sally Clark and Jan Drago (from far left) as David Godfrey of Kirkland Public Works (middle) and Kirkland Deputy Mayor Joan McBride (far right) look on outside the Epicurean Edge on Central Way. McBride was giving Drago and Clark a tour of Kirkland’s sidewalks last Friday to demonstrate the city’s pedestrian safety initiatives. The Seattle Council is now working on a number of activities related to pedestrian safety.

Eastside railway tracks to stay

Reversing an earlier position, King County Executive Ron Sims last week announced his support for preserving the tracks along a 42-mile BNSF Railway corridor running through Kirkland from Snohomish to Renton.

  • May 30, 2008

Council tables annexation indefinitely

Despite pressure and incentives from county and state officials, Kirkland’s Potential Annexation Area (PAA), which includes Kingsgate, Juanita and Finn Hill, will stay part of King County for now.

  • May 30, 2008

Trend in housing market is dropping prices

Like tulips and daffodils heralding spring, rising prices typically mark the end of the real estate winter slumber -- until this year.

  • May 30, 2008

Nokia moving into Parkplace offices

Nokia has become the latest high-tech giant to call downtown Kirkland home, last week announcing it will move into a 25,000-square-foot space at Parkplace sometime this summer.

  • May 30, 2008

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Kirkland Police Department

  • May 30, 2008

City pondering new downtown parking plan

Aggressive enforcement of two downtown parking lots may have worked to keep spaces free and visitors moving along in the past, but no longer.

  • May 30, 2008

Sheriff’s Department could thin deputy ranks by 100

Slashes in the King County budget may force Sheriff Sue Rahr to cut as many as 100 deputies from the county roster, she told members of the Sammamish Chamber of Commerce last week.

  • May 30, 2008
(Above) Greg Rock

Gas prices starting to affect local dealerships

Rising gas prices and fears of a recession are beginning to impact local car sales, Kirkland dealerships say.

  • May 30, 2008
(Above) Greg Rock

Police Blotter

Kirkland Police Department

  • May 30, 2008

Kirkland drug-ring leader sentenced to 13 years

A former Cascadia Community College student who was found with more than 57 pounds of heroin and cocaine at his Kirkland home at the time of his arrest was last week sentenced to more than 13 years in prison.

  • May 30, 2008

Alcohol cited in fatal crash

Alcohol and speed caused a crash on Avondale Road Northeast in Redmond that killed a 30-year-old Kirkland resident early last Friday, police said.

  • May 30, 2008

Stretch of 80th closing for 30 days starting May 13

A four-block stretch of N.E. 80th Street will close for 30 days beginning May 13 as the city begins work on its Street Sewer and Water Main Replacement Project. The project area is from approximately 122nd Avenue N.E. to 126th Avenue N.E.

  • May 30, 2008

News Briefs

The city is encouraging Kirkland residents and business owners to participate in an online survey to assess the sustainability of the local economy.

  • May 30, 2008
Police arrested two juveniles in connection with an arson fire April 27 in this vacant home in the Rose Hill neighborhood.

Two juveniles arrested for arson fire April 27

Two Kirkland male juveniles, ages 15 and 16, were arrested last week in connection with an arson that damaged a vacant home on the 8200 block of 124th Avenue N.E. The home, owned by the city, was among three abandoned single-family structures scheduled to be demolished in the coming weeks to make way for development of the Rose Hill Meadows park.

  • May 30, 2008
Police arrested two juveniles in connection with an arson fire April 27 in this vacant home in the Rose Hill neighborhood.

Families wait-listed at Peter Kirk

Red tape, little-understood tax rules and a growing number of families in the Norkirk neighborhood are gumming up full-day kindergarten enrollments at Peter Kirk Elementary, school officials are saying.

  • May 30, 2008

Measles cases traced to this area

Already focused on Kirkland as the possible source of eight cases of measles in Grant County, local public health officials said last weekend that another Grant County resident who visited the area at the end of April has contracted the disease.

Council decision could land city in court

The futures of both a planned downtown redevelopment and a key city board were put in doubt last week when the City Council voted to support an appeal of the project.

  • May 30, 2008
Katherine Ganter/Reporter Newspapers On her 16th birthday
Katherine Ganter/Reporter Newspapers On her 16th birthday

District unveils new teaching strategy

Lake Washington School District officials ran their own version of the popular TV show “Extreme Makeover” at a special April 29 meeting for future Kangs and their parents.

  • May 30, 2008