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In the past, serious issues with profound impact on our city have gone all but unnoticed by our local press. As a result, local government was deciding important issues without the input from most citizens who simply do not have the time to attend city meetings. In April of 2008, Kirkland Views opened its doors so to speak, as a disseminator of information and as a forum for public discourse.

Kirkland Views is proud to have become a “must read” for all things happening in town. We invite you to join our online community and to speak your mind.

Our goal is to always be an asset to the community. We are here to help make Kirkland a better place in which to live, work and play. We aim to inform, promote and even provoke thought about the issues facing us all.

Kirkland Views welcomes all contributions from our readers. We encourage new ideas and new perspectives on the issues. We welcome your contributions to the site (send your words, photographs, video, audio, drawings and PowerPoint presentations by email). You don’t have to be a professional to contribute to advancing the public discourse.

Like most communities, we sometimes struggle when faced with the challenges of population growth, development, infrastructure and transportation. We are best served when we know the facts and we can respectfully discuss our differences to find common ground as a community.

That is why we started Kirkland Views.

Rob Butcher, Editor and Scribbler
@RobButcher

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We are dedicated to promoting the City of Kirkland and to providing the news and events often overlooked by our local newspapers.

Kirkland Views is a hyper-local news source dedicated to fostering community involvement in the issues facing Kirkland today.

Kirkland is a very special place. We are fortunate to live in such a beautiful part of the world with spectacular parks, excellent schools and a passionate community. The sense of community we share is truly unique. Out of town guests often remind us that we in Kirkland truly do share a high quality of life.

You are the voice of our community. 

We welcome your comments, letters and editorials. You are what makes our community so special. From time to time we make mistakes and when we do, we’ll admit it. At the end of the day, we love what we do and we feel a real sense of responsibility to our community. Thanks for your support and please let us know how we’re doing.

Thank you for reading Kirkland Views and for your participation in our community.

If you have any suggestions or concerns about this site, please don’t hesitate to contact Rob at editor@kirklandviews.com. We are always trying to improve.

Kirkland Summerfest 2013 organizers celebrating a successful festival 

Kirkland Summerfest 2013 organizers celebrating a successful festival 

Polar Bear Plunge 2013


Rob Butcher, Editor and Scribbler of Kirkland Views

Rob Butcher, Editor and Scribbler of Kirkland Views

Rob Butcher, editor of Kirkland Views and life-long resident of the Eastside lives with his wife Kate and Molly the dog in the Norkirk neighborhood. Rob enjoys being involved in the community. He was the co-founder of Kudos Kirkland, co-chair of Kirkland Summerfest for its first two years and was a founder of SaveOurTrail.org. His passions include Kirkland Oktoberfest, a three-day festival he founded with other community leaders to benefit for Kirkland-based nonprofits. Rob is currently serving on the board of the Kirkland Performance Center and has previously served on the Board of the Norkirk Neighborhood Association and the Downtown Advisory Committee. His perspectives on the issues are shared in his editorials and in his own comments posted on these pages.

Michelle Sailor, Rob and Kate Butcher at Kirkland Oktoberfest 2014

Michelle Sailor, Rob and Kate Butcher at Kirkland Oktoberfest 2014

The ceremonial tapping of the first keg at Kirkland Oktoberfest 2014

The ceremonial tapping of the first keg at Kirkland Oktoberfest 2014

To learn more about Rob's interests around town, please visit:

Kirkland Performance Center
KPC enriches, educates, and entertains through performances that ignite the imagination and connect audiences and artists.
kpcenter.org

Kirkland Oktoberfest
September 22-25, 2017
oktoberfestkirkland.com

Polar Bear Plunge
New Year's Day, 1pm