Redmond News Briefs

New communications director for Cascade Water...Redmond High teacher wins award...Wildlife photographer coming to Redmond...more.

Kraft joins Cascade Water Alliance team

Elaine Kraft has joined Cascade Water Alliance as Intergovernmental and Communications Director.

“We are delighted to make this announcement,” says Ed Oberg, Chief Executive Officer, “and can’t imagine a better fit for our organization.”

Kraft has more than 20 years of experience in public policy, media, government and community relations, development and crisis communications. She has a track record of successful strategic planning and implementation and is a proven leader who brings people together to find solutions to complex problems.

Kraft served as communications director for King County Executive Ron Sims for eight years and as public relations and communications director for University of Washington Bothell.

She received her Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Public Administration from the University of Puget Sound, and her BA from the University of Washington. Kraft is an Eastside native.

Cascade Water Alliance is an association of eight cities and water districts in King County including the cities of Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, Redmond and Tukwila, the Covington Water District, Sammamish Plateau Water & Sewer District, and Skyway Water & Sewer District. Cascade is developing Lake Tapps as the region’s first new municipal water supply source and will construct the Tacoma-Cascade Pipeline, connecting the Tacoma Water Supply to the Cascade system.

RHS teacher Michaelis wins award

Cathy Michaelis, a mathematics teacher at Redmond High School (RHS), has been selected as a winner of the Edyth May Sliffe Award for Distinguished high School Mathematics Teaching by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).

Michaelis is one of 23 teachers selected from all of the high schools in the United States and Canada for this international recognition.

She was nominated by Sam Keller, Jonathan Shi and Meir Lakhovsky, students at RHS. Nominations for this award were solicited from students who were on the teams that achieved the 60 highest scores on the American Mathematics Contest 12 (AMC 12) in the United States, Canada, APO/FPO and U.S. Embassy schools.

As a winner, Michaelis receives a cash award, a letter of recognition, a Sliffe Award Winner pin and a certificate from the MAA, a one-year institutional membership in the MAA, 20 subscriptions to Math Horizons for distribution to students; and a one-year membership in the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), a professional organization dedicated to mathematics education pre-K through 12.

Photographer to visit Redmond June 5

Wildlife photographer Steven Kazlowski will appear at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 5 at the Redmond Regional Library, 15990 NE 85th St., to discuss his recently published book “The Last Polar Bear: Facing the Truth of a Warming World.”

Kazlowski has dedicated more than eight years to chronicling an environmental crisis, the devastation of the Arctic ecosystem that is threatening the existence of the polar bears. His work has been featured in Audubon, Backpacking, Canadian National Geographic, National Wildlife and Time magazines.

An exhibit related to “The Last Polar Bear” will be featured at The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture on the University of Washington campus, June 28-Dec. 31, 2008.

Books will be available for purchase and signing following the library’s Kazlowski program. For more information, call (425) 885-1861.

Redmond Rotary Club meetings for June

The Redmond Rotary Club invites the public to attend three of its June lunch meetings featuring speakers on a variety of topics. Meetings are held on Thursdays from 12:15-1:30 p.m. at the Redmond Marriott Town Center, 7401 164th Ave. NE. Dates and speakers are:

June 5 — Paul W. Birkeland, president of Integrated Renewable Energy, speaking about An American Response to Global Warming

June 12 — Stan Dickison of The Rotary Foundation

June 19 — Jim Hebert of Hebert Research

June 26 — Meeting to conduct Rotary business; not open to the public.

Cost to attend the lunch is $20. Advance registration is not necessary. For more information, contact Mike Nichols, (425) 885-2283 or, or leave a message at (206) 298-9288.

Women’s safety class slated for June 25

The Redmond Police Department will be presenting a Women’s Personal Safety class on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. It will be held at the Public Safety/Police Department Training Room (8701 160th Avenue NE). Topics to be covered include:

• How to prevent becoming the victim of assault or robbery.

• How to handle “road rage” and prevent accidents.

• How to handle armed encounters including car jackings.

• How to make your home a “hard target.”

• Use of force and your rights within the law.

• The pros and cons of weapons for personal security

• How to decrease your odds of becoming a victim while at home.

The class is appropriate for women 15 years of age and older. Seats are limited, so please only RSVP if you can definitely make it. You can RSVP by e-mail ( or by calling 425-556-2545.