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There won’t be enough money in the King County budget for 2009 and likely well beyond, so officials expect “deep, searing” cutbacks will be required, particularly of the county’s criminal justice systems.
With the school year about to end and cycling season in the offing, two events this weekend provide an opportunity for kids to learn a little bike safety while they have a lot of family fun. An Optimist Club Bike Safety Fair will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Issaquah Valley Elementary School, 555 N.W. Holly St. in Issaquah. A second fair takes place from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Lake Hills Elementary School, 14310 SE 12th St. in Bellevue.
The community gathered at Samena Swim and Recreation Club Friday to celebrate the grand opening of its new facility and commemorate the club’s 50th anniversary. “This is the fifth and final phase of major construction that we’ve done here since the ‘90s, which is great because it allows us to kick off our 50th year,” said Tonya Swick, general manager of Samena, a non-profit, member-owned recreation club in the Lake Hills neighborhood that serves about 6,000 members.
Even with the approach of summer, financial assistance from Puget Sound Energy remains available through PSE’s HELP (Home Energy Lifeline Program) program to eligible customers in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties who need assistance paying their PSE electric and natural gas bills. Depending on income and household size, a qualified PSE customer can receive up to $750 in PSE utility-bill credits.
The ninth biennial Bellevue Sculpture Exhibition will feature more than 35 sculptures sited both indoors and out, and the artists who created them. The event kicks off on Saturday, June 14 with hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment from 6-8 p.m. at Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Ave. N.E. The event is free and open to the public. People can start at City Hall and end at the Downtown Park to launch into a summer of sculpture.
A celebration for a new kind of playground featuring frogs, orcas, sinking ships and even the Loch Ness Monster spouting and squirting water is set for Saturday, June 7, at Crossroads Community Park.
A King County Sheriff’s deputy sits just beyond the turnstiles, which are beeping because someone didn’t have a key card. Behind the deputy is a chain-link cage, guarded by a fingerprint scanner. Fifty-nine security cameras are recording in the building’s eight security zones. All visitors are wearing badges. Most doors automatically shut in 30 seconds.
King County Executive Ron Sims has vowed the county will do all it can to prioritize programs, innovate, find efficiencies and reduce costs as he laid out the steps he is taking to deal with the projected $68 million 2009 budget deficit. Sims called on the region’s leaders to join him in finding permanent solutions to the growing budget crisis in King County and counties statewide.
Students from the Bellevue area have been named to the dean’s list at the University of Washington for Winter Quarter.
The rockets were flying at St. Louise School on Tuesday, May 27. A total of 51 students worked in small groups to design, build and launch 12 water bottle rockets.
Climate change will potentially have far-reaching impacts in the Puget Sound region, members of the Bellevue City Council were told this week. The changes could include those to water quality and supply, increased flood risks, more variability in weather patterns and changes to the state’s forest and timber economies.
A recent computer recycling event at Bellevue Community College collected 221 computers, 172 monitors, 97 printers, 29 laptops and 16 scanners.
With summer approaching, Medina Police are reminding dog owners of some important details.
Bellevue firefighters collected $10,751 during their Fill the Boot campaign to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
The Bellevue Police Department on Saturday will offer car owners a valuable tool against theft, free etching of vehicle identification numbers into windshields.
When it comes to Bellevue’s pavement management program, the guiding philosophy is that it’s better to repave now than rebuild later.
The Bellevue Planning Commission today will consider whether to support new regulations designed to limit the impacts of large new homes in existing neighborhoods. City staff will host an open house at City Hall about the regulations before the meeting.
Sound Transit is asking residents throughout the region to take part in the most intensive public involvement effort the agency ever has undertaken. In addition to open houses around the region, community members can sound off on their views about mass transit through an online questionnaire and, for the first time, using touch-tone phones.