LETTER | Advocates for mental health - please vote for McBride, Kuderer, Valderrama, and Bryant.


A few of you may know, I'm advocating for the mentally ill. It's generational in my family. 


Last Thursday, I went to the NAMI Eastside Mental Health Legislative Candidate Forum(Roger Goodman didn't show).  Candidate Ramiro Valderrama was upset that 1 in 5 Americans (20%) have a mental condition, yet the State spends only 3% of their budget on mental health. In addition, Washington State ranks 48th in access to community hospital psychiatric beds. Mr. Valderrama called for systemic change. Please vote for Ramiro!...

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Cross Kirkland Corridor Clean Up Event, Oct. 24

Join the volunteers who will be working on the CKC at NE 112th St, digging up weeds and blackberry roots, and preparing the area for planting and mulching. 

Park behind Gold's Gym (11133 120th Ave NE), next to the wood fence along the CKC.  

  • Bring a shovel or rake, heavy duty clippers, and water (we'll have a few extra tools)
  • Wear long pants, long sleeves, sturdy shoes, and gloves
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Second Ballot Drop Box to be Installed at Kingsgate Library

County and local officials to welcome a new ballot box with ribbon cutting event



Deputy Mayor Jay Arnold will join King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci and King County Elections Director Julie Wise to welcome the installation of a new ballot box at Kingsgate Library (12315 NE 143rd Street, Kirkland, WA 98034) on Oct. 21 at noon with an official ribbon cutting ceremony...

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Kirkland Police Investigate Fatal Motorcycle Collision

Just after 10:00 pm Wednesday evening, the Kirkland Police responded to a report of a motorcycle vs. car collision in the 12400 blk of NE 70th St.  Responding officers arrived on scene and found the adult-male rider of the motorcycle already deceased. The driver of the vehicle was not seriously injured and was taken to Overlake Hospital as a precaution.  The preliminary investigation shows the motorcycle rear-ended the car as they both traveled westbound on NE 70th St.  The motorcycle rider was a Kirkland resident with additional information being withheld until family notifications have been made.    Expect NE 70th St to be closed between the 12400 blk and 12800 blk for the next several hours while the Kirkland Police Traffic Unit conducts a full investigation of the incident...

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South Rose Hill/Bridle Trails Neighborhood Association Meeting Moved to Nov. 1

The South Rose Hill Bridle Trails neighborhood association.  Typically, we have our meetings on the second Tuesday of the month.  However, with November 8 being election night, they are pushing the meeting to November 1st. 

At this meeting, attendees will be voting on the Neighborhood Safety Grant Proposals and they would love to get more neighbors to the meeting...

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Vandalism Against "Vote No on ST3" Signs Inspires Politcal Donation

Dear Sign Vandal in Norkirk,

I give up. You win. You have taught me my lesson.

Now that you have clipped the stakes off of my "Vote No on ST3" sign that was in my yard, it can no longer be used. The three times prior when you merely knocked the sign over, I was sure to put it back up quickly. This time however, the sign cannot be used because of your handiwork. Smart thinking!

Obviously, your right to express your political views trumps mine.

I hereby dedicate my $500 donation to the No on ST3 campaign in your honor.

You're welcome.


VIP Backstage A Huge Success for Kirkland Performance Center

The Kirkland Performance Center (KPC) annual auction and gala, VIP Backstage, was quite the hit on Saturday, October 15th at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. With many local political figures including Representative Joan McBride, Representative Larry Springer, and Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen in attendance along with Kirkland socialites, local business leaders, and support from EvergreenHealth, Boeing, and Kibble & Prentice, KPC raised over $214,000 to continue to present world class performing arts on the Eastside...

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Lakeshore Clinic Announces Plan to Join EvergreenHealth

Addition of Two Locations Will Expand Health System’s Primary Care Reach to 12 Practices across the Puget Sound


Lakeshore Clinic and EvergreenHealth announced today that Lakeshore Clinic will join the health system’s employed medical group. The acquisition plan includes employment of Lakeshore’s 18 primary care physicians and one podiatrist, as well as the transition of their clinical and office staff to employment by EvergreenHealth. Lakeshore Clinic’s providers will continue their current relationship with their patients at the existing locations in Kirkland and Bothell...

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Tree-pruning along Holmes Point Drive Oct. 24-28


Trimming will reduce risk of falling trees and power outages


Kirkland’s Public Works Department, supporting Puget Sound Energy, will be closing the north entrance of Holmes Point Drive in the Finn Hill neighborhood from Oct 24 through October 28thth to perform vegetation removal work to protect power lines from winter storms. City crews will trim low hanging branches at the same time to reduce the likelihood of branches dropping onto the roadway during storms or snowy conditions. Residents will be able to enter the Holmes Point community via the Holmes Point Dr. south entrance off of 76th Place NE.  


Trimming work will improve safety during inclement weather, protect the roadside guardrails, and improve roadside deadwood habitat (called ecology snags).


The stumps and root systems will remain intact to maintain hillside stability.


City of Kirkland staff has notified the surrounding community via message boards at the north and south entrance to the Holmes Point community.


Contact Bobbi Wallace (425) 587-3909 Streets and Grounds Manager with the Public Works Department.

Are We Safe In Our Community? A Dialogue on Public Safety


A Dialogue on Public Safety with

  • State Representative Roger Goodman, Chair, House Public Safety Committee
  •  Kirkland Councilmember Penny Sweet, Chair, Kirkland City Council Public Safety Committee
  •  Eric Olsen, Former Chief, Kirkland Police


7:00 P.M.

Northwest University

Argue Health Sciences Building

Room 104

5600 111th Way NE

Kirkland, WA 98033


Are we safe in public places? Are we safe in our homes? 

Are our children safe in school?  Do police use excessive force?   


Please join us for an important dialogue on public safety, led by leaders in our community on public safety issues.

• Our own Representative Roger Goodman from Kirkland currently chairs the Joint Legislative Task Force on the Use of Deadly Force in Community Policing, addressing one of the most serious public safety and civil rights issues of our time.

• Kirkland City Councilmember Penny Sweetis chair of Kirkland’s Public Safety Committee which has led the cityon local public safety issues for many years.

• Former Chief Eric Olsen, whose children are NU graduates, will offer his valuable perspective as a leader in the state's law enforcement community.


Don't miss this signature event, endorsed by Dr. Castleberry.  See you at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday the 26th!

All City Parks to Close at 2 p.m. Saturday

The City of Kirkland is officially closing all City parksfrom 2 p.m. today, Saturday, October 15, until 12 Noon on Sunday, October 16, because of expected high winds and storm damage. This is a precautionary measure to ensure falling limbs or uprooted trees do not put people in danger. Not all City parks have gates, so if a City park does not appear to be closed, please stay out of the area for your own safety.


“This closure applies to Kirkland’s many waterfront parks as well,” said City Manager Kurt Triplett. “High winds and waves, while tempting to view, can be deadly. Please stay away from the shoreline. These precautions are being taken to keep our residents safe.”


City departments have been preparing for the predicted storms all week. The Public Works department is working extra shifts, tools have been sharpened, generators fueled and the entire team is ready to deal with nature’s force. The Parks department staff is on-call to assist as necessary. Police, Fire, Public Works and Parks have all been coordinating with the City’s Emergency Management team which is monitoring the events closely.


Information will be released on the City website,www.Kirklandwa.gov as it is available. Follow the City’s Facebook account atwww.facebook.com/kirklandwa.gov and Twitter@Kirklandgov for immediate updates. Report downed trees and flooding to Pubic Works by calling 425 587-3900. For emergencies dial 911.

Heard On The Street: Just Poké Opening Soon On Kirkland Ave

Attention Kirkland Diners: If you like poké, you're in luck because Just Poké is opening soon on Kirkland Ave. in the spot that Plume once occupied.

If poké is your thing, then you are in luck. According to their Facebook page, Just Poké serves "Poké, Poké, and more Poké."

If you are asking yourself, what is poké?, well, it is a raw fish salad served in the Hawaiian islands.

The information available about this place is sparse but we look forward to its arrival, "coming soon!"


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Series of Powerful Storms Headed for Washington

The National Weather Service has advised Western Washington, including Kirkland, to prepare for a series of storms expected to hit the region by Wednesday evening and last through the weekend. The storm system is expected to cause powerful winds and heavy rains. Widespread tree damage and power outages are anticipated.

The first of the storms will arrive late Wednesday night and into Thursday. Heavy rains will hit the Washington coast and then be pushed inland. Strong winds are expected along the coast and through the Northwest interior.

The second of the three storms is expected to impact Western Washington late Thursday and into Friday. Heavy rains and wind gusts of up to 40-50 mph are expected. The Southwest Washington coast may experience gusts of wind up to 65-75 mph.

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Pint Size Halloween Fun at Kirkland’s Pee Wee Monster Bash, Oct. 28


Carnival fun in costumes for October 28 event


The annual tradition that draws toddlers and preschoolers in costumes from far and wide is almost here - Kirkland’s annual Pee Wee Monster Bash carnival.  This year’s event will be held on Friday, October 28 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the North Kirkland Community Center, 12421 103rd Ave NE. Preschoolers age 5 and under will revel in the safe and spirited activities such as swamp fishing, mini monster craft, bowling for monsters, cookie walk, a movement maze, and other carnival activities. Prizes will be awarded for everyone. 


Tickets are $12 per child (residents), $14 per child (non-residents), and there are a limited number available. Registration is encouraged as this is a sell-out event.


For registration and information go to www.kirklandparks.net, call 425-587-3336, or visit the North Kirkland Community Center. 


Lake Washington vs. Juanita Football Tonight

Bruce Bennett is a 1960 Lake Washington graduate who has passion for stats and sports.  Each week during football season he prepares a briefing e-mail for LW Kangaroo fans.

Tonight, Lake Washington (2-3, 0-1 KingCo Conference) travels to Juanita (1-3, 0-1) for a 7 o'clock kickoff.  Some of Bennett's pregame information:

Juanita has won the past seven games against the Kangs and leads the series 23-19 after last year's 38-28 victory. The longest LW winning streak against Juanita was five games from 1975-79.

LW has shut out Juanita three times and the Rebels have shut out the Kangaroos nine times.

LW has scored 648 points against Juanita (15.4 average) and the Rebels have scored 840 (20.0 average)...

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Kirkland Arbor Day Celebration, Oct. 15

Kirkland’s annual Arbor Day Celebration and forest restoration event will take place at OO Denny Park on Saturday, October 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers are invited to support Green Kirkland Partnership stewardship efforts to plant native trees, shrubs and ground covers, and remove aggressive invasive plants. Free pizza will be provided for all volunteers during the lunch break courtesy of Otak Inc., an award-winning engineering, urban design, architecture and planning firm...

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