Samantha Pak

City of Redmond park operations supervisor Teresa Kluver speaks at the Redmond Senior Center's First Friday Coffee Chat. Kluver has always loved plants and has a background in horticulture and urban forestry. She has been with the Parks & Recreation department for 19 years.

Redmond’s ‘Plant Lady:’ Kluver manages city’s many parks and trails

Overseeing 23 developed parks consisting of more than 1,000 acres and 17 miles of developed trails is not an easy job. Throw in eight undeveloped parks covering almost 300 acres and another nine underdeveloped trails and the task is more than a little daunting. For Teresa Kluver, however, it's just another day at the office as parks operations supervisor for the City of Redmond's Parks & Recreation department.

City of Redmond park operations supervisor Teresa Kluver speaks at the Redmond Senior Center's First Friday Coffee Chat. Kluver has always loved plants and has a background in horticulture and urban forestry. She has been with the Parks & Recreation department for 19 years.
Congressman Dave Reichert

Congressman Reichert honored by National Association of Manufacturers

Congressman Dave Reichert, who represents the Eighth District, was honored on Monday by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) with the Manufacturing Legislative Excellence Award. The award, which was presented to Reichert at Terex Corporation/Genie Industries, in Redmond, recognizes members of Congress whose voting records are 70 percent or more on key legislation that will help manufacturers create jobs and compete in the ever-growing global economy.

Congressman Dave Reichert
Former Redmond Fire Chief Tim Fuller speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony of the new Station 17. Fuller retired Jan. 31 a 40-year career as a firefighter. He was fire chief for Redmond for six years.

Former Redmond fire chief retires after 40-year career as firefighter

After 40 years as a firefighter, Tim Fuller is bidding farewell to a career he never intended to pursue. On Monday, he retired from the Redmond Fire Department, where he had been fire chief since 2005.

Former Redmond Fire Chief Tim Fuller speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony of the new Station 17. Fuller retired Jan. 31 a 40-year career as a firefighter. He was fire chief for Redmond for six years.
Redmond High School ASB students wave signs at the intersection of Avondale Road and Union Hill Road

LWSD levy garners support and opposition

Students feel cramped and they need more space. That is the message many Redmond High School (RHS) students are echoing throughout the community as the voting deadline for the Lake Washington School District (LWSD) levy approaches.

Redmond High School ASB students wave signs at the intersection of Avondale Road and Union Hill Road
Vivek Prakriya concentrates on his task during a class at Reach Learning Community. Reach gives students the opportunity to pursue their passions while still learning the necessary skills to prepare them for school.

Preschool uses children’s passion to reach full potential

Finding the right early education program to meet a child's specific needs is not easy. Mary Oemig's son was particularly passionate and advanced in certain areas and not so much in others, so she spent a year looking at private schools, specialty schools and everything in between, but nothing seemed to work for her son, who is now 5 years old.

Vivek Prakriya concentrates on his task during a class at Reach Learning Community. Reach gives students the opportunity to pursue their passions while still learning the necessary skills to prepare them for school.
King County Metro Transit planner Jack Whisner addresses citizens' questions and concerns about the upcoming changes to Metro's Eastside service. The changes will occur in the fall along with the RapidRide B line

Metro Transit bus service changes, cancellations for Redmond begin in October

Beryl Standley, who moved to Redmond in 1972, has lived here long enough to see the local bus system grow from almost nothing to having a number of lines serving the community. Before coming to Redmond she lived in Seattle and Spokane — cities with sizable public transportation systems. So Standley is no stranger to riding the bus. She admits she doesn't ride the bus as much as she used to, but she is still concerned about the upcoming changes to several King County Metro Transit routes serving the Eastside, including Redmond.

King County Metro Transit planner Jack Whisner addresses citizens' questions and concerns about the upcoming changes to Metro's Eastside service. The changes will occur in the fall along with the RapidRide B line
SecondStory Repertory executive director Mark Chenovick has been involved in theater since he was 9 but also learned what it takes to run a successful business while working for a residential remodeling firm. He has been on the job since September and is already using his background to bring positive changes to the theater.

New executive director for SecondStory Rep bringing theater back to life

Mark Chenovick's first time on a theatre stage was at age 9 — and he's been hooked ever since.

SecondStory Repertory executive director Mark Chenovick has been involved in theater since he was 9 but also learned what it takes to run a successful business while working for a residential remodeling firm. He has been on the job since September and is already using his background to bring positive changes to the theater.
Lily Lei

Watercress to offer Chinese New Year banquet Feb. 3-5

Since she was a little girl, Lily Lei has always looked forward to Chinese New Year. The holiday, which is about 4-6 weeks after the western new year, holds great significance to her. Born in Taiwan, the president of Watercress Asian Bistro and Wine Bar didn't celebrate Christmas and never received gifts for her birthday. Chinese New Year, however, was the time of year she could count on new clothes, shoes, towels and other gifts.

Lily Lei
Marbella Day Spa and Boutique owner Debra Cobain (left) says a few words at the Greater Redmond Chamber of Commerce's annual awards luncheon after receiving the Champion of the Year award for 2010. Glugla has been part of the Chamber for about two and a half years.

Marbella owner named Chamber Champion of 2010

Debra Glugla began her career in the beauty industry more than 20 years ago.

Marbella Day Spa and Boutique owner Debra Cobain (left) says a few words at the Greater Redmond Chamber of Commerce's annual awards luncheon after receiving the Champion of the Year award for 2010. Glugla has been part of the Chamber for about two and a half years.
Steve Ruetschle walks on the Lokomat machine at Pushing Boundaries. There are only 55 Lokomat machines in the country. This machine came to Pushing Boundaries in 2008.

Redmond nonprofit gives individuals with paralysis hope

Steve Ruetschle does not remember much of the day that turned his life upside down. However, he is well aware of how a Redmond-based organization is getting him back on track.

Steve Ruetschle walks on the Lokomat machine at Pushing Boundaries. There are only 55 Lokomat machines in the country. This machine came to Pushing Boundaries in 2008.
Redmond Police Chief Ron Gibson (right) spoke at the Redmond Senior Center's First Friday Coffee Chat on Jan. 7. Gibson was hired in June

Redmond police chief settles into new job, creates two new positions for the community

Ron Gibson has only been on the job for seven months, but he is already proving to be a very hands-on chief of police. Since moving from Colorado Springs, Colo. to Redmond, Gibson has been working closely with other city departments as well as other police departments and agencies outside of Redmond. Coming from an agency with nearly 700 officers to Redmond, which has 83 commissioned officers, he said he definitely realizes the importance of partnering with others in the area to ensure his department is doing a comprehensive job.

Redmond Police Chief Ron Gibson (right) spoke at the Redmond Senior Center's First Friday Coffee Chat on Jan. 7. Gibson was hired in June
Vice president and branch manager of Columbia Bank in Redmond Greg Todd (left) says a few words to the crowd at the branch's ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday evening. The event celebrated the opening of Columbia's new location at 16200 Redmond Way. The new location will have all of the same employees from the previous location

Columbia Bank relocates to downtown, shows permanent commitment to Redmond

Columbia Bank in Redmond has moved to a new, more visible location.

Vice president and branch manager of Columbia Bank in Redmond Greg Todd (left) says a few words to the crowd at the branch's ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday evening. The event celebrated the opening of Columbia's new location at 16200 Redmond Way. The new location will have all of the same employees from the previous location
Lake Washington School District Superintendent Dr. Chip Kimball spoke at the Redmond Senior Center on Monday. Kimball discussed  the district's capital projects levy

School levy on February ballot will help ease overcrowding crunch: LWSD superintendent says district has ‘run out of space’

With 600 new students entering classrooms this fall, the Lake Washington School District (LWSD) student population is on the rise. District officials expect growth to continue at a rate of roughly 450 students per year, which will include more than 800 additional high school students by fall of 2012.

Lake Washington School District Superintendent Dr. Chip Kimball spoke at the Redmond Senior Center on Monday. Kimball discussed  the district's capital projects levy
“Croc” played by Alaina Kettering tries to bite “Captain Hook” played by Valerie Kettering during a rehearsal for the upcoming musical play production by students of Rose Hill Elementary School.

Rose Hill Elementary does ‘Peter Pan’ with a twist

For its 12th annual stage production, Rose Hill Elementary School is taking the classic story about the boy who wouldn't grow up and giving it a comedic and musical twist.

“Croc” played by Alaina Kettering tries to bite “Captain Hook” played by Valerie Kettering during a rehearsal for the upcoming musical play production by students of Rose Hill Elementary School.
This electric charging station is one of two located in front of City Hall at will be open for public use starting Jan. 13. Two more stations are located at Redmond's Maintenance and Operations Center. All stations will be marked with signs. Vehicles that are parked in the slots but not charging will be towed.

Electric vehicle charging stations coming to Redmond, Jan. 13

The first Level II electric automobile charging stations are coming to Redmond thanks to a grant from the from the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA).

This electric charging station is one of two located in front of City Hall at will be open for public use starting Jan. 13. Two more stations are located at Redmond's Maintenance and Operations Center. All stations will be marked with signs. Vehicles that are parked in the slots but not charging will be towed.
This deer is just one of several wild animals Michael and Cynthia Ashley find in their backyard. The Ashleys

Wild animals also call Redmond home

As the home of big technology names such as Microsoft, Nintendo and DigiPen it's easy to forget that Redmond is also home to a number of wild animals.

This deer is just one of several wild animals Michael and Cynthia Ashley find in their backyard. The Ashleys
Mimi (left) and Chanel Cogan

Chanel makes it home for the holidays

It was a very merry Christmas for the Cogan family as 18-year-old daughter Chanel returned home after spending five months in three different medical facilities after she fell 100 off a cliff in Kittitas County, back in July.

Mimi (left) and Chanel Cogan
Cars line up at the intersection of Northeast Union Hill Road and Avondale Road Northeast

City safety camera program starts in February: Pilot program pushed back a month, tickets will be isssued in March

The City of Redmond's Safety Camera Pilot Program is being delayed by one month and is now scheduled to go live Feb. 1, 2011.

Cars line up at the intersection of Northeast Union Hill Road and Avondale Road Northeast
Leslee Goetz

New Swedish emergency center to open in Redmond on Tuesday; public open house set for Saturday

The Swedish/Redmond Emergency Department and Ambulatory Care Center is set to open Tuesday Dec. 21 with a public open house on Saturday Dec. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Leslee Goetz
Six-year-old Diego Andaluz practices the cello at a recent music class with Suzuki Strings of Redmond.

Suzuki music method comes to Redmond

When 6-year-old Diego Andaluz first took an interest in music, it was because he wanted to play the guitar. But his mother, Yadira Martinez, said after bringing him to children's music classes, Diego's interests turned in a different direction.

Six-year-old Diego Andaluz practices the cello at a recent music class with Suzuki Strings of Redmond.