Bill Christianson

City Council members and Park and Trails Commissioners held a joint meeting Tuesday night

City officials considering bond measure to fund parks and transportation projects

The City of Redmond may be looking for taxpayer help in 2012 to help fund parks and transportation projects. But the big question is: Will residents be in the giving mood? City officials are considering a funding option to put a capital improvement bond for parks and transportation projects on the November 2012 ballot.

City Council members and Park and Trails Commissioners held a joint meeting Tuesday night
Leona Coakley-Spring paints images of her memories growing up in the Bahamas. She is also a singer and she will be holding a benefit concert for an AIDs shelter in the Bahamas Dec. 3 at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Bellevue. Her paintings will also be on sale and the proceeds will be donated to the shelter.

Redmond’s Bahama Mama: Many talents, one mission

Redmond resident and Bahamas native Leona Coakley-Spring is a woman of many talents with a sole mission: To help people living with AIDS in her homeland. She’s a gospel singer, actor, painter and cosmetologist and her passion is giving back to people who cannot help themselves.

Leona Coakley-Spring paints images of her memories growing up in the Bahamas. She is also a singer and she will be holding a benefit concert for an AIDs shelter in the Bahamas Dec. 3 at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Bellevue. Her paintings will also be on sale and the proceeds will be donated to the shelter.
A King County snow plow clears snow off the road during a recent snow storm. Both the city and county have plows and sanders ready in the event of a snow storm.

City, county preparing to respond to possible winter storms

For the second straight winter, La Niña is expected to bring inclement weather to the region, including Redmond. Weather forecasters warn of another colder and wetter winter than usual, with the possibility of snow and ice as early as this weekend.

A King County snow plow clears snow off the road during a recent snow storm. Both the city and county have plows and sanders ready in the event of a snow storm.
Julia Biryukova along with her Sky Metalwala.

Marymoor Park search comes up empty as investigators plan their next move in case of missing 2-year-old Redmond boy

Saturday’s search for a missing 2-year-old Redmond boy at Marymoor Park produced no leads as the strategic decisions by investigators continue to revolve around the boy’s mother.

Julia Biryukova along with her Sky Metalwala.
Authorities set up a search command post at Marymoor Park Saturday as searchers fanned the park in an effort to find missing 2-year-old Sky Metalwala.

Authorities search Marymoor Park for missing 2-year-old Redmond boy

Authorities from nine different agencies are searching Marymoor Park in Redmond today, looking for a missing 2-year-old boy.

Authorities set up a search command post at Marymoor Park Saturday as searchers fanned the park in an effort to find missing 2-year-old Sky Metalwala.
Bellevue Police Maj. Mike Johnson said investigators still don't have a suspect or person of interest in the case of the missing 2-year-old Redmond boy

Police find toddler shoe, but it doesn’t belong to missing Redmond boy: Mother still not talking to investigators

A toddler shoe found Thursday evening in Bellevue near where a 2-year-old Redmond boy was reported missing is not the shoe of Sky Metalwala, according to Bellevue police.

Bellevue Police Maj. Mike Johnson said investigators still don't have a suspect or person of interest in the case of the missing 2-year-old Redmond boy

Eyman appeals traffic-enforcement camera petition lawsuit: Mayor says appeal is a ‘moot issue’

Tim Eyman is not taking no for an answer as he continues his quest to put the issue of traffic-enforcement cameras on an upcoming ballot. The initiative advocate is taking a two-pronged approach to appealing a judge’s decision last month that blocked Redmond’s traffic-enforcement camera initiative efforts.

The Greater Redmond Chamber of Commerce has formally joined the alliance of One Redmond. Changes are coming to the structure of the chamber

Redmond Chamber votes unanimously to participate in the creation of One Redmond: Structural changes coming, but services will remain

Expect some future changes to the Greater Redmond Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) as it plans to take part in the creation of One Redmond, a new developing public-private initiative that focuses on economic vitality and community building. Members of the GRCC’s board of trustees voted unanimously to move forward with the partnership at its annual retreat, according to a Monday press release from the chamber.

The Greater Redmond Chamber of Commerce has formally joined the alliance of One Redmond. Changes are coming to the structure of the chamber
City Council voted 7-0 to terminate the city's contract with its traffic-camera vendor.

Council votes 7-0 to terminate contract with traffic-camera vendor

Starting Feb. 1 of next year, Redmond will no longer be a photo-enforcment city — at least at intersections. The Redmond City Council voted unanimously at Tuesday's business meeting to terminate the city's traffic-enforcement camera contract with the vendor, American Traffic Solutions (ATS,) effective Jan. 31, 2012.

City Council voted 7-0 to terminate the city's contract with its traffic-camera vendor.
Owners Tim Short

Childhood buddies open Redmond’s Bar and Grill in historic downtown

Redmond’s Bar and Grill, a new upscale watering hole with first-class food, opened recently and the owners are hoping to turn it into the new downtown hotspot.

Owners Tim Short
Redmond City Council members and Police Chief Ron Gibson

City Council plans to end contract with traffic-camera vendor

City leaders plan to pull the plug on red-light cameras. The Redmond City Council directed Mayor John Marchione to sever the contract with city's traffic-enforcement camera vendor and develop a school-zone camera program with a new vendor at Tuesday's study session at City Hall.

Redmond City Council members and Police Chief Ron Gibson
King County Council member Kathy Lambert

Lambert aims to raise funds for African relief organization

Kathy Lambert’s heart broke, but her motivation bubbled as she walked through the African slums. The King County Council member and Redmond resident saw firsthand the poverty and challenges facing children and families in the poor and primitive communities. Now she is leading a fundraising effort to help the cause after an eye-opening trip to Kenya in June with WorldComp Kenya Relief International, a religious organization focused on helping improve the lives of people in the slums.

King County Council member Kathy Lambert
Redmond Police Chief Ron Gibson talks about the latest traffic-enforcement camera data

Violations decrease, collisions increase, according to latest traffic-enforcement camera data

Citations are down, but collisions are up, according to the Redmond Police Department's latest data on the city's pilot traffic-enforcement camera program.

Redmond Police Chief Ron Gibson talks about the latest traffic-enforcement camera data
Tim Eyman

Eyman files suit against city concerning traffic-enforcement cameras

State initiative advocate Tim Eyman wants a judge to decide the next step of Redmond's first-ever, citizen-driven initiative concerning the city's controversial traffic-enforcement program.

Tim Eyman
King County Council member Kathy Lambert was one of several elected officials who made remarks at the launch event of Metro Transit's new RapidRide B Line

Metro Transit to roll out new Redmond-Bellevue route this weekend

Redmond residents can now make a “beeline” to Bellevue and back, starting this weekend. King County Metro will roll out it’s latest fleet of fast, high-tech buses on the RapidRide B Line, a Bellevue-Redmond connection, featuring free rides Saturday and Sunday.

King County Council member Kathy Lambert was one of several elected officials who made remarks at the launch event of Metro Transit's new RapidRide B Line
Scott Harlan speaks in favor of an initiative to restrict the city's use of traffic-enforcement cameras at Tuesday's City Council meeting.

City puts a halt to traffic-enforcement camera petition: Harlan calls decision ‘insulting’

Redmond elected officials are not giving the green light to a citizen-driven petition calling for a vote on Redmond’s traffic-enforcement camera program.

Scott Harlan speaks in favor of an initiative to restrict the city's use of traffic-enforcement cameras at Tuesday's City Council meeting.
Tim Eyman

Anti-camera activists collect more than 6,000 signatures for first-ever Redmond initiative

Scott Harlan and his supporters took a historic step closer to putting the controversial issue of traffic-enforcement cameras to a vote of Redmond residents Wednesday afternoon. Harlan, joined by Washington initiative activist Tim Eyman and a handful of supporters, delivered nearly twice the number of needed signatures to the Redmond city clerk in an effort to get the city's first-ever citizen-driven initiative on the ballot of next February's special election. Now it's up to King County to validate the signatures.

Tim Eyman
Frankie Curtiss

New cookbook provides a look inside Frankie’s kitchen

Frankie Curtiss’ cookbook dream is finally a reality. The owner of Frankie’s Pizza and Pasta in downtown Redmond recently released his first cookbook, “Frankie: At Home in the Kitchen,” with recipes featuring colorful photos, wine pairings and “Frankie’s Tips.”

Frankie Curtiss

City, Eastside faith communities to unite for 9/11 remembrance

Growing up in a military family, Mike Howerton developed an emotional bond with people who threaten their own lives to help others. "Every assignment could potentially be their last," the Overlake Christian Church lead pastor said Wednesday morning. That bond is stronger than ever for Howerton, who will lead a special remembrance service, "9/11/11: Honor, Hope, Healing" on Sunday — the 10th anniversary of 9/11 — honoring those who lost their lives in the tragic terrorist attacks.

Traffic camera initiative will not make November ballot: Harlan aims to get issue on ballot of February special election

Scott Harlan is determined to put the use of the city's controversial traffic-enforcement cameras to a vote of Redmond residents — but it won't happen this year.