Andy Nystrom

Closing out 2013 with Redmond Reporter’s most-read stories | Editor’s Notebook

From the return of Theno’s Dairy ice cream to the Redmond Ridge wildlife crossing, tons of readers scoured our website and perused our stories over the past year.

Redmond City Council meets with legislators to discuss transportation and more

Redmond Mayor John Marchione and City Council members discussed their top three priorities — transportation, Washington Tech Cities Coalition (WTC2) and state-shared revenues — with a trio of legislators on Tuesday night in their annual meeting at Redmond City Hall.

Christmas signs: It’s OK to say what you feel | Editor’s Notebook

The holiday season certainly kicked into high gear in several ways last week. When December hits, the weather turns cold on us, the shopping “mauls” get crowded — and someone in Redmond brought the city regional and national attention by posting “It’s OK to say, Merry Christmas” signs around town for the second year in a row.

Redmond Ridge residents worried about their safety after burglary

Following a recent burglary on Redmond Ridge, during which two men broke through a glass door and tied up a female homeowner, the area’s Residential Owners Association President Jen Boon doesn’t think people in her community feel safe.

Bear Creek’s South headed to Goodwill Series

Dean South knew that his son, Grant, would be a baseball player when he just 2 years old. With father and son both sporting wide grins, Dean told the tale of Grant’s foray into baseball: “When he was just able to sit up, I would roll him a basketball and a football and a baseball on the carpet, and he would bat the other ones away and roll back the baseball.”

Gov. Inslee, Microsoft’s Smith address science, technology, engineering and math at summit

Brad Smith eyed the crowd, stretched his arms out, opened his hands and smiled. He acknowledged the members of the Washington STEM board in front of him and likened them to an army, fighting on the front lines to bring science, technology, engineering and math education to the forefront for all students.

Redmond mayor, residents speak out about Christmas signs

City of Redmond Mayor John Marchione said someone started posting the green signs with white lettering around the city late Saturday.

Bear Creek boys score state soccer championship

First, Jesse Leuenberger cracked home a 25-yard shot into the lower left corner of the goal in the 56th minute. Then, Nathan Sim volleyed the ball into the net off an assist from Sajan Nauriyal at the 61-minute mark. Those Bear Creek goals gave the Grizzly boys a 2-0 victory over Grace Academy and a 1B/2B state title on Saturday at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner. It is Bear Creek’s first boys state championship since 2006.

Lend a hand on Small Business Saturday | Editor’s Notebook

I’ve always enjoyed frequenting small businesses: record stores, clothing shops, convenience stores and more. Sure, there are times when I visit the big-name shopping outlets when I need to buy in bulk or can’t find items in the smaller stores, but it isn’t as appealing to me. The employees at the “mom-and-pop” shops either know your name or give you a wave and nod of the head as you walk through the doors.

Crosspoint defeats Bear Creek, 1-0, in girls state soccer final

Gunning for their third straight 1B/2B state title, Bear Creek’s girls lost the crown to Crosspoint Academy, 1-0, on Saturday at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner. Crosspoint’s Dotty Deseree’ scored in the fourth minute on a 25-yard chip shot over Grizzly goalkeeper Maya Shipway’s outstretched hands.

In snowy weather, drivers should know their cars’ capabilities and which roads are plowed | WINTER PREPAREDNESS

People’s vehicles are like their second homes. They become well acquainted with their cars, trucks and motorcycles throughout the day, especially during the morning and evening hours to and from work.

Bear Creek boys score first state title since 2006; Grizzly girls lose in final | 1B/2B Soccer

First, Jesse Leuenberger cracked home a 25-yard shot into the lower left corner of the goal in the 56th minute. Then, Nathan Sim volleyed the ball into the net off an assist from Sajan Nauriyal at the 61-minute mark. Those Bear Creek goals gave the Grizzly boys a 2-0 victory over Grace Academy and a 1B/2B state title tonight at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner.

Bear Creek girls, boys are set for today’s state title matches | 1B/2B Soccer

It's Bear Creek times two in today's 1B/2B state soccer finals. In yesterday's semifinal matches, the Grizzly girls romped over Liberty Bell, 7-0, and the boys inched past St. George's, 2-1, at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner.

When nasty weather hits the area, LWSD officials are prepared to make school-closure decisions | WINTER PREPAREDNESS

School officials don’t wake up on a snowy morning, look out the window and make a decision on whether to close or delay schools for the day, said Kathryn Reith, communications director for the Lake Washington School District (LWSD).

Redmond’s Premium Wine & Spirits to close tomorrow

Tomorrow will be the final day in business for Premium Wine & Spirits on Redmond Way. From 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., customers can fill up on liquor at discount prices, said manager Peggy Binckley.

Redmond High’s Harper is set to make a splash at 4A state meet | Swimming

As Julie Barashkoff watched her star swimmer Bethany Harper cruise through her workout in the Redmond Pool on Tuesday, the coach burst out laughing when thinking about whether the Redmond High sophomore go-to girl would be a good diver.

Redmond area voters speak out on election issues

The Redmond Senior Center’s parking lot got tons of action on Tuesday. It was election day and voters had their last chance to slide their ballots in the drop-off box near the center’s entrance. Some drove up, popped out of their cars and walked briskly toward the box. Others strolled across the City Hall campus lawn toward their destination.

Tent City 4 has its highs and lows in Redmond

From July 13 to Oct. 19, about 85 residents called Tent City 4 their home at Redwood Family Church at 11500 Redmond Woodinville Road N.E.

Checking in with Gov. Inslee at roundtable discussion | Editor’s Notebook

Gov. Jay Inslee appreciates our newspaper and the rest of the products in our Sound Publishing family. While sitting in the Bellevue Reporter conference room last Friday, surrounded by a group of our editors and reporters, Inslee remarked: “It’s great to see the success of this industry in local communities.”

Bear Creek boys are rolling through their soccer season

Bear Creek’s boys soccer squad has been tearing through the Sea-Tac 2B/1B League this season. The Grizzlies notched a 9-0 regular-season record and amassed 54 goals during that run. Now, the league tourney is upon them and the boys are continuing their winning ways. Bear Creek opened the league tourney yesterday with a 3-0 victory over Mt. Rainier Lutheran and is scheduled to play another match tomorrow.