Celeste Gracey

A think space for student scientists | StudentRND offers workshop for science, tech and engineering

When Jack Kim learned Google made $9 billion last year, he began to wonder what would happen if some of that money went to nonprofits. That's when he discovered StudentRND, a creative think space and workshop for science, tech and engineering students in Bellevue.


Chalk art tradition continues at the Bellevue arts festivals

The artist’s face is pensive as she studies a Picasso on a print out. Her fingers, caked in color, slide across the concrete. With each stroke of chalk, she transfers his brilliant colors to the sidewalk outside the Bellevue Arts Museum.


Bellevue festivals fill downtown with artists, color | Photos

Thousands clogged the streets of Downtown Bellevue this weekend to celebrate the arts in three simultaneous festivals. The main show, put on by the Bellevue Arts Museum, had hundreds of artists showing their craftsmanship at the Bellevue Square parking garage.


Eastside mayors talk growth, cooperation

Economic growth and new development were at the center of discussion for five Eastside mayors June 27 as they took questions at the Bellevue Downtown Association's annual mayor's forum.

Sheep shearing event connects Bellevue to agriculture | Photos

Spinning the black sheep from its feet to its rear, the shepherdess takes its chin in one hand and the clippers in another. Sometimes they put up with their 8-month shave, says Amy Wolf. "Sometimes they can just be monsters." The sheep is stiff and gives an occasional kick, but she still twists and turns the 125 lb. fluff ball like a wrestling champion. Each new position reveals a new place to shave.

Ice means beauty for Mercer Slough Park | Photo Gallery

While drivers and power crews are battling icy roads and freezing rain, Mercer Slough Park was iced with beautiful crystals after freezing rain Thursday.

Bake’s Place, popular Issaquah jazz club, moving to Bellevue

A popular jazz bar is leaving a small gated community in Issaquah and heading for Bellevue's night scene.

Feds sign off on light-rail route

The federal government gave its stamp of approval on the final light-rail route today, just two days after Bellevue signed off on it.

Mountain Biking Part 2: Can bikers and hikers coexist?

Pink streamers and sparkly paint aren’t too girly for the 17 young ladies, some only 9-years-old, who line up atop a mountain bike trail.

Alleged dealer charged with homicide after former football player’s overdose; dad finds body at Bellevue home

A Seattle man accused of selling heroin to a former Issaquah football player who overdosed was charged with homicide. Prosecutors say that Adam Pepka, age 20, sold Zachary Lyter the drugs that killed him. His father found the 19-year-old's body at their Bellevue home May 4.

Bellevue hosts Eastside mayors forum to discuss light rail, business

Eastside mayors weighed in on Bellevue's light-rail drama and plans for downtown development at a forum June 16.

Two-hour Bellevue police standoff ends without serious injury | UPDATE

Bellevue Police surrounded a home Thursday afternoon, in search of a man who allegedly threatened to shoot someone earlier this morning.

Can Lake Sammamish State Park find a future, support in the community? | Part 2

BY CELESTE GRACEY FOR THE BELLEVUE REPORTER With declining facilities and a beach filled with weeds, Lake Sammamish State Park is now struggling to attract the picnickers and swimmers it once did. The solution isn’t just more money, he said. It’s in finding people willing to champion Lake Sammamish over the long haul.

A Park Out of Place: The long-time struggles of Lake Sammamish State Park | Part 1

BY CELESTE GRACEY Reporter Newspapers This is the first of a two-part series looking at Lake Sammamish State Park and examining its problems. This week’s story focuses on the park’s biggest struggles. Next week will focus on possible solutions.

Bad economy becomes good plan for new winery

When a Sammamish couple’s 11-acre home wouldn’t sell in the down economy, it seemed close to crushing their dreams of opening a winery in Walla Walla.

When help means life -or death: Eastside winter shelter crucial to saving lives

As the Eastside passes through another week of frigid temperatures, Vincent Flint counts down the days left until the Bellevue Severe Weather Shelter packs up and moves to Redmond. For four Eastside cities, including Bellevue, the move is the chance to provide a shelter for homeless all winter. It’s about saving lives. It’s humane. For Flint, it’s a disaster.

Coal Creek YMCA open with a Northwest feel

Cozy chairs, free Wi-Fi and a river-rock fireplace welcomed parents to the newly opened Coal Creek Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) branch.The lounge, which overlooks… Continue reading