The pipeline of Major League Baseball talent that is the Sammamish Plateau pumped out another prospect last Friday.
Mike Lee, a 2005 graduate of Skyline High School, was selected by the Boston Red Sox as the 262nd pick in the eighth round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.
Proposed cutbacks to King County’s budget to make up for a nearly $70 million shortfall in 2009 will likely cause a ripple effect throughout the county as court services, sheriff’s deputies and prosecuting attorneys will likely be cut.
In its final meeting of the school year, before adjourning until next fall, the Issaquah School District’s Boundary Review Committee reviewed public input made at three public preview sessions and made a few changes to their boundary plan.
On April 10, Scott and Charlene DePuy’s lives were shattered.
That was the day that their 17-year-old son Ryan was found dead of a presumed accidental overdose from prescription drugs.
The DePuys aren’t sure exactly what happened that day. The death certificate won’t be final until the tox screen comes back, but Ryan’s death is believed to be an accidental overdose.
Shame on the City of Sammamish. The Albrechts have lived in their home since 1976. They are in their 70s. They will be forced to leave their home because their property is in the planning area of the Town Center. At most, they can hope to remain in their home while the Town Center project moves forward.
Sammamish police on May 29 arrested a 43-year-old Seattle man for investigation of fourth degree assault, a police report said. The man had been dating a Sammamish woman who lives in the 23500 block of Northeast 21st Street and the two broke up in April. On May 29, he showed up at the woman’s house, intoxicated and with his 5-year-old son in the car, the woman told police. She offered to drive them home for their safety, and was trying to buckle the boy into a safety seat when the man drove off, hitting her in the thigh with the car door. The man left, then returned and yelled obscenities at her and pushed her, the report said. State Patrol troopers told police that the man’s car rear-ended another vehicle a short time later on westbound Interstate 90 and did not stop, a report said.
I moved with my family to the Sammamish Plateau just one year ago, from an area of Minnesota known originally for its expansive prairies. I am accustomed to looking straight ahead and seeing the horizon — where an open, blue sky meets vast, level earth. Here in Sammamish, to see any patch of sky, I must look straight up, away from the mountains and through the tops of the tall trees. And when I gaze upward, with my neck crooked as far back as it will go, it is quite likely that I will see a bald eagle, a great blue heron, or — in the evening — a swooping bat.
I read the letter entitled “Not all trees provide value.” (May 23 Reporter) I believe that many of the author’s points are covered in Issaquah’s current tree ordinance, which I hope will still contain these clauses when it is revised. Diseased trees can be cut, and I would think so would inappropriate trees, as long as they are replaced with more appropriate trees. Where the author and I really part company is in her statement that one of the “considerations for keeping or planting trees … (is) not obscuring views.”
The Town Center’s few supporters have narrow interests and little connection to existing residents’ concerns. Sammamish’s priority should be mitigating 60 years of “planned growth” absorbed within 25 years.
The election season is approaching, and the state’s two major political parties are in a twitter.
The reason? We have a new primary system this year and there’s no longer a guarantee that both a Democrat and a Republican will make it to the November General Election ballot.
This weekend, two vintage unlimited hydroplanes will run on Lake Sammamish for the first time, as part of the Tastin’ n Racin’ festival.
“In the ‘60s, the hydroplanes and their drivers were the sports heroes of the kids in Seattle. There weren’t any Mariners, Seahawks or Sonics, so we idolized (the hydroplane drivers),” said John O’Brien, one of five organizers of the festival.
Ben Griner of PerSyst Consulting and Brandon Schwendtke of R&R recently led a group in constructing a free wheelchair access ramp for Issaquah homeowner, Cinda Ainsworth. The project was one of two ramps constructed in Issaquah this year as part of the 15th annual Master Builders Care Foundation’s “Rampathon” event.
The May 17 bike drive led by the ARAS Foundation collected and prepared 925 bikes for shipment to Ghana, organizer Mary Trask said. The week before, several Bellingham residents collected and prepared 620 bikes as an offshoot of the Sammamish drive.
The Rotary Club of Issaquah announced that it will sponsor a foreign exchange student from France for the next school year. The student will be Jean Bourdonnais, 16, of Nantes, France.
Jean will attend Skyline High School, so the Rotary Club is seeking host families in that attendance area.