Four make history as they graduate from BCC

Four graduates of the nation’s first degree program for students with developmental disabilities made history June 13 during the Bellevue Community College commencement ceremony.

Meeting set on 520 bridge progress

The Washington State Department of Transportation will share the latest plans for the SR 520 bridge replacement with the public at an open house next week in Bellevue.

  • Jun 19, 2008

What King County’s budget crisis means to us

Last week, the King County Executive, along with the Sheriff, Prosecuting Attorney, and judges from around the county, revealed that King County is facing a budget crisis of great magnitude. This year alone, we may have to cut $20 million from the $660 million general fund. An additional deficit between $40 million and $70 million is predicted in 2009.

  • Jun 18, 2008

Governor honors Bellevue-based manager for outstanding leadership

A Washington state employee in Bellevue is among 26 state government managers honored for their leadership skills this year by Gov. Chris Gregoire.

  • Jun 17, 2008

Seattle suicide prevention walk set for June 21-22

Jasmine Hentz’ aunt never talked about it. Yet she had been sick for a long time and nobody knew - until Hentz’ family found her aunt’s journals after she died. After pouring through her writings, Hentz discovered that her aunt had been depressed and needed help. “She slowly committed suicide with alcohol,” Hentz said, adding that her aunt died of liver failure. “Life was just very hard for her and my family didn’t know.” The Bellevue resident, who struggles with depression herself, hopes her participation in the national “Out of the Darkness” overnight walk this weekend will help others ask for help without shame when they need it.

  • Jun 17, 2008


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  • Jun 16, 2008

Teen relay will be community party Saturday

Bellevue’s 24-Hour Relay Challenge, a popular event where teens take big steps toward being productive citizens while they walk around Downtown Park, will be a community celebration Saturday. The public is invited to enjoy food, games and live entertainment.

  • Jun 16, 2008

Pet of the Week

Buddy is a three-year-old affectionate, outgoing boy who loves to play with other cats. He’s very tolerant of grooming and nail trimming, too. A video of Buddy is available at

  • Jun 16, 2008

Bennett Elementary students let the games begin

Bennett Elementary students cheered louder than the Olympic Game anthem that roared on two speakers as each class walked past holding up their country’s respective flag.

  • Jun 16, 2008

Symphony of Gardens to show 5 homes

Phyllis Warman’s handiwork in the garden is more than just a casual hobby. The local mother of three’s green thumb is literally rooted to her profession as a landscape designer.

  • Jun 16, 2008

Luncheon raises $554,000 for schools

The Bellevue School Foundation hosted its 20th annual Spring for Schools Benefit Luncheon, raising a record-breaking $554,000 for the Bellevue School District. The proceeds provide funding for the foundation’s educational programs that are made available to Bellevue students.

Seminar tonight to discuss cyber abuse

A seminar tonight at Interlake High School will help parents protect their children from cyber abuse.

  • Jun 16, 2008

PSE urges calling before digging

With Memorial Day marking the start of summertime outdoor projects, such as building a new fence or deck, planting trees and shrubs, or even pulling out a tree stump, Puget Sound Energy is asking homeowners and excavators to contact the 811 “call before you dig” hotline.

  • Jun 16, 2008

Work nears on demolition of Wilburton Tunnel

The I-405, South Bellevue Widening Project continues to pave the way for reduced congestion in and out of Bellevue. In order to make room for additional southbound I-405 lanes in south Bellevue, the contractors for the state Department of Transportation next will bring out the wrecking ball.

Commission offers 12 amendments to county charter

The King County Charter Review Commission has proposed 12 amendments to the King County charter. The amendments now will be considered by the King County Council for possible inclusion on the November general election ballot.

  • Jun 16, 2008

More Metro hybrid buses hit the streets

An influx of 22 new articulated hybrid buses is about to make the ride a little easier for many Metro customers.

  • Jun 16, 2008

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  • Jun 16, 2008

Foundation forms to help children

CFO Selections, a financial services consultancy has established the CFOS Foundation that will focus on providing help to needy Washington children.

  • Jun 16, 2008

Bellevue businessman takes Rotary abroad

South Asia has held a special place in Rob Rose’s heart since he was 16; he lived in Calcutta, India, for eight months through an exchange program his junior year of high school. He still calls his Indian host parents “Ma” and “Pa” and visits them often, usually taking along his wife, Gina, and/or one of his sons.

  • Jun 16, 2008

Small earthquake hits Yarrow Point on Monday

A small earthquake shook the Yarrow Point area shortly after midnight on Monday, June 16.