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Development has encroached on the East Lake Sammamish Trail (at right). Joe Livarchik/file photo

King County files lawsuit to finish East Lake Sammamish Trail

Homeowners have until September to remove buildings and other property from the right of way.

 

From left, Debra Entenman, Tana Senn, Lisa Callan, Brandi Kruse, Manka Dhingra, Patty Kurderer, Roger Goodman and My-Linh Thai at the event. Blake Peterson/staff photo

I-976, affordable housing, other issues discussed at legislative breakfast event

The gathering included a keynote speech from attorney general Bob Ferguson.

 

Bellevue residents Marko and Karla Ilicic play a hockey game in the Topgolf Swing Suite inside Forum Social House. Natalie DeFord/staff photo

Forum Social House opens in Bellevue

Eastside gets new nightclub, mini golf, swing suites.

 

In November 2019, Washington voters approved Initiative 976, which calls for $30 car tabs. Sound Publishing file photo

Republicans try to guarantee $30 car tabs amid court hangup

Lawmakers sponsor companion bills in the House and Senate.

  • Jan 15, 2020
In November 2019, Washington voters approved Initiative 976, which calls for $30 car tabs. Sound Publishing file photo
King County Metro’s battery-electric bus. Photo courtesy of kingcounty.gov

King County could bump up Metro electrification deadlines

Transportation generates nearly half of all greenhouse gas emissions in the state.

King County Metro’s battery-electric bus. Photo courtesy of kingcounty.gov
Gov. Jay Inslee delivered his 2020 State of the State Address on Tuesday, Jan. 14. (Photo courtesy of Washington State Office of the Governor)

Gov. Inslee delivers State of the State Address

By Leona Vaughn, WNPA News Service OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee stood before the Washington Legislature to deliver his 2020 State of the State Address… Continue reading

  • Jan 14, 2020
Gov. Jay Inslee delivered his 2020 State of the State Address on Tuesday, Jan. 14. (Photo courtesy of Washington State Office of the Governor)
A 50-minute film called “Spawning Grounds,” which documents the effort to save a freshwater variety of kokanee salmon from Lake Sammamish, is finally ready for its debut in North Bend on Jan. 18. (Screenshot from film)

Spawning Grounds: Lake Sammamish kokanee documentary premieres Jan. 18

The film tracks the ‘all hands on deck’ effort to save the little red fish from extinction.

A 50-minute film called “Spawning Grounds,” which documents the effort to save a freshwater variety of kokanee salmon from Lake Sammamish, is finally ready for its debut in North Bend on Jan. 18. (Screenshot from film)

Meet the group trying to electrify America’s railroads

The Backbone Campaign hopes it will reduce emissions and jump-start depressed communities.

A 37-year-old driver lost control of his vehicle, slid down a street and over an embankment, his car rolling down a hill before coming to a stop against a house after the Eastside was blanketed with snow on Monday, Jan. 13. Photo courtesy of Bellevue Police Department

Snow makes for dangerous conditions; few emergencies reported

Bellevue saw 1 to 3 inches on Monday morning.

  • Jan 13, 2020
A 37-year-old driver lost control of his vehicle, slid down a street and over an embankment, his car rolling down a hill before coming to a stop against a house after the Eastside was blanketed with snow on Monday, Jan. 13. Photo courtesy of Bellevue Police Department
Melanie Gaeth and her daughter Natalie enjoy music therapy with music teacher Amy Dacaug at Bellevue College’s Parent Education parent-infant class. From left: Melanie Gaeth, Lucy Goddard, Natalie Gaeth and Amy Dacaug. Madison Miller/staff photo

Bellevue College serve Eastside families through parent-infant classes

A new BC infant class launched Jan. 8.

Melanie Gaeth and her daughter Natalie enjoy music therapy with music teacher Amy Dacaug at Bellevue College’s Parent Education parent-infant class. From left: Melanie Gaeth, Lucy Goddard, Natalie Gaeth and Amy Dacaug. Madison Miller/staff photo
Shot of the city during the pilot period. Photo courtesy Bellevue Downtown Facebook page.

City receives report on Grand Connection pilot placemaking program

The next placemaking proposal will come later in the year.

Shot of the city during the pilot period. Photo courtesy Bellevue Downtown Facebook page.
A man works on a balcony at the Cedar Pointe Apartments, a 255 apartment complex for seniors 55+, on Jan. 6, 2020, in Arlington, Washington. (Andy Bronson/The Herald)

Washington state has been under-producing housing units for decades

A new report said there should have been an additional 225,000 units created between 2010 and 2015.

A man works on a balcony at the Cedar Pointe Apartments, a 255 apartment complex for seniors 55+, on Jan. 6, 2020, in Arlington, Washington. (Andy Bronson/The Herald)
Photo courtesy city of Bellevue
                                From left, newly appointed Deputy Mayor Jared Nieuwenhuis and Mayor Lynne Robinson.

New city leaders take the helm

Robinson and Nieuwenhuis secured the roles during the Jan. 6 council meeting.

Photo courtesy city of Bellevue
                                From left, newly appointed Deputy Mayor Jared Nieuwenhuis and Mayor Lynne Robinson.
Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo

Homelessness, guns among 2020 legislative priorities

WA lawmakers examine issues heading into 60-day session.

Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo
Sound Transit station. File photo.

Construction on Eastside-related light rail project begins

Travelers should expect delays until March.

Sound Transit station. File photo.
Girmay Zahilay (District 2) is the newest member of the King County Council. Courtesy photo

New King County Council members sworn in

The King County Council was sworn in on Jan. 8, with three familiar faces and one new face. Councilmembers Jeanne Kohl-Welles (District 4), Claudia Balducci… Continue reading

Girmay Zahilay (District 2) is the newest member of the King County Council. Courtesy photo

King County faces $2 million lawsuit from 2016 K-9 bite

A man’s right arm was left “permanently disfigured and disabled” after a Sheriff’s Office K-9 was used.

  • Jan 6, 2020

Washington doesn’t know true vaccination data

New auditor’s report shows schools have not reported accurate vaccination data.

Exterior of Bellevue City Hall. Photo courtesy city of Bellevue

City’s arts commission secures 2020 grant allocations

For 2020, the arts commission be allocating $145,000 between three programs.

Exterior of Bellevue City Hall. Photo courtesy city of Bellevue
Bellevue resident Reily Finnelly is a pilot in the Air Force Reserve. Finnelly was born into a family of pilots. Photo Courtesy of the Department of Defense.

Bellevue Reporter’s top 10 most-viewed web stories of 2019

1. Amazon confirms move to Bellevue Amazon confirmed rumors and numerous reports that the industry giant is planning a big move to Bellevue. GeekWire broke… Continue reading

  • Jan 1, 2020
Bellevue resident Reily Finnelly is a pilot in the Air Force Reserve. Finnelly was born into a family of pilots. Photo Courtesy of the Department of Defense.