Bill Christianson

Chris Bellow

Caspar Babypants brings fun and joy to families

Burnt out as a songwriter for the Grammy-nominated pop-rock band, The Presidents of the United States of America, Chris Bellow found a new spark a few years ago, firing up a new set of musical taste buds. The Kirkland native began writing children's songs and created the band "Caspar Babypants" — a nickname he earned when he was broke living back in Boston in the early 1990s. "I'm writing so many (kids') songs," he said. "It's like a crazy volcano — songs just keep pouring out." Hundreds of toddlers, youngsters and adults converged at Redmond City Hall to see Bellow's newest talents and hear his catchy, kiddie songs.

Chris Bellow
Hank Myers

Redmond City Council member Myers earns Certificate of Municipal Leadership

Redmond city councilmember Hank Myers recently received a Certificate of Municipal Leadership (CML) from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC).

Hank Myers
From left: Lindsay Graves

Taking a stand against crime: Record number of Redmond residents participate in national crime prevention event

Redmond police K-9 Vader was a busy dog Tuesday evening — and it had nothing to do with crime fighting, but rather community building. Redmond residents got a chance to meet and pet the six-year-old German shepherd as part of the 28th Annual National Night Out Against Crime, a national crime prevention event.

From left: Lindsay Graves
A monthly breakdown of the money generated by city's traffic-enforcement camera program. Eighty percent of the money goes to the King County District Court.

Traffic camera pilot program: $500,000-plus and counting

The city’s traffic-enforcement camera pilot program has generated more than a half of a million dollars in revenue. But most of that money is going to the county, not the city. Michael Bailey, the city’s finance director, released financial data for the controversial program at Tuesday’s city council public safety committee. The program began Feb. 1 with a one-month warning period and from March 16 to July 14, the fines have amounted to $567,859 -- eighty percent of which goes to the King County District Court because the city contracts with the county for its court services. That equates to $454,282 paid to the county as a retainer for court administration costs. Bailey said if there is money left in the retainer it will be paid back to the city; if court costs exceed the retainer balance, the city must pay that amount.

A monthly breakdown of the money generated by city's traffic-enforcement camera program. Eighty percent of the money goes to the King County District Court.
Longtime Redmond resident Kathy Dennis had three chicken hens last summer before she was told her new pets were illegal. She has spearheaded an effort to change the city ordinance. 'I love to garden and I thought having backyard chickens would be one more way of providing food in your own backyard

Chickens in the city? Meeting to discuss the ordinance concerning small animal ownership in Redmond

A backyard chicken crusade is brewing in Redmond and city officials are taking notice. Led by longtime Redmond resident, Kathy Dennis, a group of chicken supporters are hoping the city will change it's current domestic small-animal ordinance and allow critters, such as chickens, ducks and rabbits — not roosters — on smaller residential lots. The City of Redmond will hold a community meeting discussing small-animal husbandry, including backyard chickens, Aug. 3 from 6-8:15 p.m. at City Hall, 15670 N.E. 85th St.

Longtime Redmond resident Kathy Dennis had three chicken hens last summer before she was told her new pets were illegal. She has spearheaded an effort to change the city ordinance. 'I love to garden and I thought having backyard chickens would be one more way of providing food in your own backyard
Crews dig up soil from the bioswale — a drainage ditch that helps filter polluted stormwater before entering a drain that feeds into a nearby creek — near the Sammamish substation. Crews will test the soil for any mineral oil or foam contamination caused by last week's transformer fire.

PSE works to clean and restore Sammamish substation after last week’s fire

Cleanup and restoration efforts continue in the aftermath of a large fire that broke out last week at a Puget Sound Energy (PSE) substation in Redmond off of Willows Road.

Crews dig up soil from the bioswale — a drainage ditch that helps filter polluted stormwater before entering a drain that feeds into a nearby creek — near the Sammamish substation. Crews will test the soil for any mineral oil or foam contamination caused by last week's transformer fire.

Residents appeal proposed Redmond Bike Park

Nearby residents to the proposed Redmond Bike Park on Education Hill officially filed appeals with the City of Redmond Wednesday afternoon, right before the 5 p.m. deadline, according to city officials.

Nikolas Clarke

Redmond Bike Park plans put on hold: Nearby residents voice concerns

The City of Redmond is planning to build a dirt-jump trail park for bikes, known as the Redmond Bike Park near Hartman Park. However, nearby residents, are planning to appeal the site entitlement plan.

Nikolas Clarke
This is a conceptional drawing of a potential landing — or gathering space — to be built in the downtown sector of the Redmond Central Connector by 2016.

Redmond Central Connector master plan complete; construction to begin next spring

By spring of next year, the City of Redmond's divisive, dilapidated downtown rail corridor will begin to be transformed into an elaborate, artistic urban trai.

This is a conceptional drawing of a potential landing — or gathering space — to be built in the downtown sector of the Redmond Central Connector by 2016.

State budget cuts back funding to Lake Washington School District

The bipartisan budget approved late Wednesday night by state lawmakers will slash millions of dollars from Lake Washington School District (LWSD) instructional programs over the next two years, according to district officials.

There are three red-light cameras and one school-zone speeding camera as part of the city's pilot program.

Traffic camera citations slightly decrease; ATS suspends vice president for unethical practices

The number of traffic-enforcement camera citations has declined in a three-month period between February and April, Redmond police commander Shari Shovlin said at Tuesday's city council public safety meeting. But that is not stopping camera opponent Scott Harlan from racketing up his efforts to put the issue on the November ballot — and let the voters decide the fate of these hotly debated cameras. Meanwhile, American Traffic Solutions (ATS), the Arizona-based company that has a traffic camera contract with Redmond and a number of other cities around the nation, has suspended one of its top employees for unethical behavior.

There are three red-light cameras and one school-zone speeding camera as part of the city's pilot program.
Hank Myers

Myers announces re-election bid for Redmond City Council, joins two other council members seeking a second term

Redmond City Council member Hank Myers announced his re-election bid Tuesday afternoon, becoming the third rookie incumbent on council with plans for a second term.

Hank Myers
Joel Wright

Wright, Flynn to battle for Redmond City Council Pos. 5

Joel Wright, a longtime Microsoft Corp. acountant, is an active Mormon who supports the City of Redmond’s financial strategy and opposes traffic-enforcement cameras. Tom Flynn, a compliance manager for Puget Sound Energy, has been active in city planning for the last five-plus years and said traffic-enforcement cameras are an effective public safety tool. Both have declared they will run for the upcoming empty seat of the Redmond City Council Pos. 5 — the first contested city race for the fall ballot.

Joel Wright
Danielle Lynch

Danielle Lynch appointed as interim executive director for Greater Redmond Chamber of Commerce

Danielle Lynch, the new interim executive director for the Greater Redmond Chamber of Commerce is hoping to "create a new energy within the chamber," she said Tuesday.

Danielle Lynch
The Eastside Hazardous Materials Response Unit found nothing suspicious or hazardous after the B building at the Together Center was evacuated due to a gas-like odor coming from the Healthpoint clinic. Bill Christianson

Redmond HealthPoint clinic slated to reopen Friday after Hazmat scare

The Redmond HealthPoint community clinic is slated to reopen Friday morning (May 6) after an industrial hygienist deemed the downtown office safe for staff members and patients, according to the clinic's marketing and community relation manager Diana Olsen.

The Eastside Hazardous Materials Response Unit found nothing suspicious or hazardous after the B building at the Together Center was evacuated due to a gas-like odor coming from the Healthpoint clinic. Bill Christianson
Redmond firefighter David Watson works to douse and destroy smoldering spots from a fire that destroyed a garage

Oily-stained rags in a bucket causes house fire; smoke detectors allow four people, two dogs to escape without injury

Last Friday's early morning raging house fire just outside the Redmond city limits — where four people and two dogs escaped without injury — was caused by the spontaneous combustion of stain rags left in a bucket, according to King County fire investigators.

Redmond firefighter David Watson works to douse and destroy smoldering spots from a fire that destroyed a garage

Redmond police arrest armed robbery suspect: Another suspect still on the loose as investigation continues

Redmond police arrested a 28-year-old Woodinville man who they believe was part of an armed robbery of a Grasslawn neighborhood home early Friday morning.

Celina

Partners in crime fighting: Redmond, Kirkland police departments co-host K-9 training seminar

K-9 units from around the state sharpened their crime-fighting skills at a three-day seminar by the Washington State Police Canine Association (WSPCA). The seminar, hosted by the Redmond and Kirkland Police Departments, featured teaching sessions at Overlake Christian Church in Redmond and the La Quinta Inn in Kirkland.

Celina
Longtime Redmond resident Greyling Gentry

School district’s plan to build new Rose Hill/Stella Schola Middle School near pipelines causes concern

Longtime Redmond resident Greyling Gentry questions why the Lake Washington School District (LWSD) wants to build a new school near what she calls 'ticking time bombs.' Gentry is the most vocal opponent against the district’s plans to build a new Rose Hill Junior High/Stella Schola Middle School on the existing school grounds a few hundred feet away from where a pair of nearly 50-year-old gas pipelines are buried. LWSD is proposing to build a new two-story, 125,000 square-foot school in the southwest corner of the property, south of the existing school. If approved by the City of Redmond, construction is slated to begin in 2012 and the new school will be open by September 2013, according to the plans.

Longtime Redmond resident Greyling Gentry
Mustang junior Katie Lord clears a high-jump during a recent practice at Redmond High School. Lord cleared a personal-best 5 feet

Lord, Hille lead the pack for talented Redmond track

One is a lanky leaper with high hopes and the other is a distance runner who wants to make his own mark on the oval. Junior Katie Lord and senior Miles Hille are the top two returners for the Redmond High girls and boys track and field teams and both are shooting for state glory.

Mustang junior Katie Lord clears a high-jump during a recent practice at Redmond High School. Lord cleared a personal-best 5 feet