Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Opinion: Campaign Kick-off event for Steve Fields, Candidate for Mayor of Redmond

by Paige Norman 

My husband and I had the pleasure of attending the Campaign Kick-off event for Steve Fields running for the position of Redmond Mayor.  The event was held at 6 PM, on Thursday, June 25th, at the Downpour Coffee Bar in Redmond (Bridle Trails).
Approximately 50 people attended the event, including former Mayor Rosemarie Ives, and representatives of business, youth and community enterprises from Redmond and Kirkland.  Steve was actively meeting and talking to the attendees, as was his wife Ronni and son Jackson.
Several Redmond residents spoke at the event; Mitchell Heunish and Anthony Casanas, who know Steve from Basketball and scouting; also David DeYoung of RBS, Julie Wheadon, and Tom Hinman.
DavidWP_20150625_005 DeYoung, Redmond Business Showcase spoke about the need for the City of Redmond to embrace small businesses; something the current administration has shunned.  Mr. DeYoung stated that small businesses make up nearly 80% of business activity in Redmond, yet the focus of the City remains mainly on large corporations and multi-state companies and businesses.  Steve Fields is a small business owner and is conscious of the needs and opportunities that small businesses in Redmond provide to residents and community.
Tom Hinman, currently affiliated with Imagine Overlake, Eastside Sustainable Business Alliance and Sustainable Redmond spoke regarding reliable and honest communication between the City administration and residents / community.  He cited both the Overlake Corridor expansion/Group Health site and the recent Nokomis Building dispute as examples of the City’s longstanding disregard for resident and community input for growth in Redmond.
Julie Wheadon is the Club Manager at Central Park Tennis Club in Kirkland and a long-time resident of Redmond.  She met Steve through family tennis lessons at Central Park; and during his term on the board at the club where he was instrumental in a building campaign that financed the construction of a larger building for the club.
Art Olson, CPA and Solution Architect at PC Bennett Consulting also spoke.
Steve is a very personable man who has coached and been involved in youth basketball and baseball teams as well as Boy Scouts and other community organizations in Redmond.  Steve’s LinkedIn profile lists a variety of accomplishments and business experiences, including Regional finance manager at both Nextel and Western Wireless, Supervisor at King County Office of Policy Strategy and Department of Executive Services, Co-Owner of Down Pour Coffee Bar LLC and other small and large companies.
Candidate Field’s campaign focuses on the idea that what happens in Redmond affects all of us.  Our city currently has numerous looming developments and no real vision.  There is little balance between government goals and taxpayer priorities; these objectives should align.    Health and quality of life provides healthy environments for community and residents.  Small businesses are important to the structure and cohesiveness of any community, including Redmond.
Steve was joined by his campaign manager, Matt Yoo and is represented by Kathy Allen for public relations.
Steve is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ElectSteveFields.
For more details on issues and campaign priorities, please check out  https://electstevefields.com/ under “Issues and Priorities”.
Join me in voting for a positive change in the way that Redmond is governed.  Vote for Steve Field as Mayor of Redmond on August 4th (Primary) and November 3rd (General Election).

Monday, June 29, 2015

Fireworks ban in City of Redmond

Fire Department Urges Voluntary Fireworks Ban in Fire District 34 for the July 4th Weekend

Redmond, WA - The continued high temperatures and dry conditions are increasing the danger of wildfires in the region. As the holiday weekend approaches, fire department officials are urging citizens celebrations to voluntarily exclude the use of fireworks in areas of unincorporated King County and Fire District 34.  Fireworks are banned within the City of Redmond.

According to Fire Chief Tommy Smith of the City of Redmond Fire Department, Fireworks are not banned in Fire District 34 (unincorporated King County) but all of the King County fire agencies are urging citizens to attend one of the many professional public fireworks displays during the Fourth of July weekend.  Smith added, Please help us support community safety during this unusual and dangerous wildfire season by excluding fireworks from private celebrations and participating in a voluntary ban of fireworks in Fire District 34.


Friday, June 26, 2015

Redmond Celebrates 75th Birthday of Derby Days

Redmond, WA – This summer Redmond will celebrate the 75th Annual Redmond Derby Days Summer Festival. The festival begins on Friday, July 10 from 4 pm-10 pm and continues Saturday, July 11 from 10am-10pm at Redmond City Hall Campus, 15670 NE 85th St.

Back after popular demand, Friday Night Live starts off the fun at 4 pm. First Tech sponsors the evening as, The Polyrhythmics, a dynamic world-beat orchestra with a horn-driven funk, and modern afro beat opens the night.  Friday Night Live’s headliner is Cambulache, the area’s premier Salsa band that lays down infectious Latin rhythms. Grab a snack or dinner from Derby Days food vendors and enjoy the music from the beer and wine garden, sponsored by all five Redmond Craft Breweries and Vortex Winery.
On Saturday, start the day off with the beloved Derby Days Kids Parade, the longest-running kid’s parade in the nation. Since the first parade in 1940, Redmond’s children have decorated their wheels, a family tradition, don’t miss it!  Parade sign-in begins at 9 am in the Opportunity Building parking lot, 8383 158th Ave. The parade kicks off at 10 am. We encourage birthday themed decorations this year!
The Grand Parade immediately follows the Kids Parade.  Grab a spot on the parade route and enjoy the 75th birthday celebration. New this year FREE fun community races for all ages will follow the Grand Parade. Seventy-five yards of tricycle riding, costume races and much more!  Read More >>

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

NAMI-Eastside Educational Forum -- Parenting Children with Bipolar Disorder

Free Educational Forum Entitled:

Guest: George T. Lynn, MA, LMHC
Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 7 PM - 9 PM
Location: Evergreen Health Medical Center, Suite Tan 100,
12303 NE 130th Lane, 
Kirkland, WA 98034
This presentation will describe the behavior and feeling states of children and adolescents with early onset Bipolar Disorder as well as how the illness is now described in the DSMV. It will also present key parenting strategies for helping children and teens on the bipolar spectrum at home and at school. Follow the link for more details

Friday, June 19, 2015

Participate in King County's Transit Future

Agencies offer one-stop opportunity to help shape both King County Metro’s Long-Range Plan and Sound Transit 3 system plan’

Why develop a long-range plan? Consider this: By 2040, another 360,000 people will be living in King County – more than half of Seattle’s current population. Between 2010 and 2014 congestion delays on 1-5 nearly doubled, and the region’s population is growing. Within 25 years, 74% more people are expected to call Everett home. Tacoma’s population is expected to grow by 60%, Bellevue’s by 33%, and Seattle’s by 28%. How will we get around our region with nearly a million new neighbors?
Public transportation in our region is preparing for the future. King County Metro Transit and Sound Transit are looking ahead to make sure they can provide the right mix of services and connections to get people where they need to go as our communities grow. At the same time, Sound Transit will be engaging with residents as it develops a system plan for a proposed ballot measure.
That’s why the two agencies are teaming up for a series of joint open houses to give King County residents a convenient one-stop opportunity to help shape both of these important long-range plans.
“Our ongoing integration of planning and operations at Metro and Sound Transit creates opportunities like this, to share public meetings and make it easier for people to help steer our shared transit future,” said King County Executive and Sound Transit Board Chair Dow Constantine. “It’s a pivotal time for both agencies, and we invite our riders to be a part of it.”

Open Houses will be held:
Tuesday, June 235:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. Redmond Marriot
7401 164th Ave. NE., Redmond

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

City of Redmond restores Mackey Creek and wetlands within Farrel McWhirter Park

The Natural Resources Division of Public Works is conducting restoration and

enhancement of Mackey Creek and wetlands within the park boundary of Farrel-

McWhirter Park (FM Park). Mackey Creek is a priority basin that has good water quality,

but degraded stream and wetland habitat in FM Park. Tetra Tech will prepare

construction plans for stream restoration and channel stabilization, replacement of a

culvert to remove a fish passage barrier and wetland and riparian enhancements.  City Council approved $271,000 for the restoration and enhancement work.  Elementary school kids release salmon fry in Macky Creek every year.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Register your neighborhood for National Night Out

On Tuesday August 4th, the Redmond Police Department is asking neighborhoods to participate in the 32nd Annual National Night Out Against Crime. The police department, fire department, city council, mayor, and others will attend parties between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. If you've never participated it's a great event for fun, friends, and community!  If you don't know your neighbors--this is a great opportunity to meet them.

Nationally there will be thousands of neighborhood parties, cookouts, ice cream socials, dessert parties, and parades. Other neighborhoods will host flashlight walks, safety fairs, poster and essay contests, and neighborhood meetings. This event is fun for all and gives criminals a "Going Away" party by showing a stand our community takes against crime.
National Night Out is designed to:
  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships
  • Send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. 
Please register your event no later than Monday, July 27th by using the online form once you have all pertinent details. If you have questions contact Officer Tom Goepfert (crimeprevention@redmond.gov; 425-556-2541).
Registration is now open! CLICK HERE to register your party.
Click here to learn more about National Night Out

Monday, June 15, 2015

Missing Person Jamaal Stroschein LOCATED near Seattle by University of Washington Police


Redmond, WA
Tonight, missing person Jamaal Stroschein is being reunited with his family, after going missing on June 3, 2015. Earlier this evening, University of Washington Police responded to a reported sighting of Jamaal near the University of Washington Campus in Seattle, WA. A short time later, Jamaal was located by UW Police. Jamaal appeared uninjured and was checked by medical personnel.

Jamaal Stroschein was reported as missing and endangered on June 7, after he walked away from his Redmond, WA residence. Jamaal is a 32-year old autistic man who also has several medical conditions.

The Redmond Police Department would like to thank all of our partners in the community, in neighboring law enforcement agencies, and in the media for helping us search.

At this time the family has asked for privacy while they reunite with Jamaal. Additional information will be made available later this week, after Detectives conclude any necessary follow-up.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Opinion: Coffee-time with Redmond Mayoral Candidate Steve Fields

Updated Opinion:  My wife and I had a cup of coffee this weekend with Mayoral Candidate Steve Fields at his Down Pour Coffee Bar in west Redmond.  Steve is a very engaging leader who has immense pride in our community.  He has fire in his belly for including Redmond residents in the growth process of Redmond...a process we have been left out of under the Mayor Marchione's Administration.  He has been attending various government meetings to get up to speed on Redmond government with particular interest in the Council Parks Committee when they were discussing the need for a new Redmond Aquatics Center.  He is not so sure Redmondites really need an elaborate aquatics center and thinks rebuilding Hartman pool is a better solution than shoe-horning massive recreational centers into expensive property.  He didn't understand why 166th AVE had to be reconfigured with islands in the middle of the road and considers it actually less safe. Steve thinks the city should re-visit the Comprehensive Plan and find ways to mitigate the traffic in Redmond.  He doesn't see why the Propositions are needed to raise taxes this August -- that the government should be able to live within it's means.  Steve appears to be a very refreshing leader for our city and it's residents--with vision--a dedicated small businessman with executive level government work experience, active in community recreation, and family man.  I left Steve inspired with a new hope for our fair city.

You can get in touch with Steve at his campaign website HERE and learn more about him.  Steve is already 1/3 of his way to his goal for campaign contributions and is holding a campaign kick-off event on June 25 at his coffee shop.


By Bob Yoder 

Friday, June 12, 2015

Enjoy King County Parks entertainment and recreation events this summer

From trail runs, live music and more, King County Parks is revving up for a full summer of great entertainment and recreation possibilities.

Here are just a few upcoming options for summertime fun – and be sure to visit the King County Parks website for even more ideas for getting out and exploring parks, trails and other features of your big backyard.
Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park
SCOTT Cougar Mountain Trail Run Seriesrsz_cougar_trail_run
June 13 – Five kilometers, Eight miles or 13 miles
The 13th-annual trail run series resumes June 13 with a choice of races spanning five kilometers, 8.2 miles or 14.5 miles along Cougar Mountain’s beautiful backcountry trail network. Join with family and friends on a run through cool forests and past historic artifacts that make Cougar Mountain such a treasured part of King County Parks’ 26,000-acre network of parks and open space. Race details, including registration, are available online.
Marymoor Park
June 14-15 – 8 p.m.
Marymoor Park Concerts presented by Swedish Redmond
A.R. Rahman
The Marymoor Park Concerts presented by Swedish Medical Center Redmond kicks off the 2015 summer concert series with two performances by the multiple Grammy and Academy Award-winning superstar, A.R. Rahman – the man who is credited with redefining modern Indian music. With album sales exceeding the 150 million mark and credits for critically acclaimed film scores for “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Hundred-Foot Journey” and “Million Dollar Arm,” Rahman’s musical catalogue is both deep and diverse.
June 19-21
2015 Washington Brewers Festival
What better way to celebrate Father’s Day weekend than spending a little time with Dad at the 2015 Washington Brewer’s Festival at Marymoor Park? Featuring more than 400 unique beers from more than 100 Washington state breweries, this year’s festival is bigger than ever, and includes great food, live music, a root beer garden and kids’ area, craft booths, activities and more. The event is 21 and over on Friday, June 19, and the whole family is welcome on Saturday and Sunday, June 20-21.
June 24 – 6:30 p.m.
Marymoor Park Concerts presented by Swedish Redmond
The Seattle Symphony Performing the Music of John Williams
Seen a movie in the past five decades? Then you’ve heard the music of John Williams. Probably several times. From the lurking terror of a predatory great white in “Jaws,” to the swashbuckling anti-hero antics of “Indiana Jones;” from the menacing power of Darth Vader in “Star Wars” to the whimsical fantasy of the “Harry Potter” series, John Williams is simply one of the greatest creators of movie scores since the creation of the genre.
June 27 – 7 p.m.
Marymoor Park Concerts presented by Swedish Redmond
Willie Nelson and Family, with Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas
After nearly 60 years in the business, Willie Nelson continues to perform his genre-defying blend of country/folk/Americana to adoring crowds. He’s credited with more than five dozen albums, appeared in nearly three dozen movies, and has been a mainstay in advocating for several grassroots causes (including the famous Farm Aid concerts). From quiet crossover crooning (“Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” “Stardust,” “Always on My Mind”) to rousing sing-alongs (“Mommas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,” “On The Road Again”), Nelson has one of the most distinct and recognizable voices in all of popular music.
Bluegrass legend Alison Krauss and Union Station are joining the Nelson tour for a second year in a row. With 27 Grammys to her credit, Krauss is currently tied with music icon Quincy Jones as the most-awarded living artist.
Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center

Get in shape for the summer by becoming a regular at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, where you’ll find a full slate of open and family swims. Can’t swim? No problem! Lessons with certified teachers are available for all ages and skill levels. The Aquatic Center is a legacy venue from the 1990 Goodwill Games, and has hosted numerous club, state, collegiate, national and international competitions for nearly a quarter century.
Tolt-MacDonald Park
July 16-18
Timber! Outdoor Music Festival
Back for a third-consecutive summer, the wildly popular Timber! Outdoor Music Festival comes to beautiful Tolt-MacDonald Park in mid-July, and features another eclectic lineup of artists curated by the good people at Artist Home – the same group that puts on the critically acclaimed Doe Bay Festival. This year’s featured acts include headliners The Dead Milkmen (“Punk Rock Girl”), plus Beat Connection, LaLuz, and nearly two dozen other artists. Special performances and activities are on tap for the kids, too, making Timber! the perfect weekend music outing for the whole family

Gunman robs computer store at Redmond Town Center

Komo News, 6/11
REDMOND, Wash. -- A gunman robbed a computer store in the Redmond Town Center Thursday evening, then ran off to a nearby hotel, prompting a massive police search.

Officers were called to the Redmond Town Center Mac Store near 16500 NE 74th Street at 8:15 p.m. after a report of three store employees who were robbed at gunpoint, according to Tim Gately with Redmond Police. The gunman then stuffed cash and some Apple computer products (including laptops, iPods and electronics) into large plastic bags and ran off into the Marriott Hotel nearby.

Witnesses there said they saw the man enter the hotel with the bags and a backpack. As he moved through the hotel, he dropped the bags of stolen items and then exited the hotel, leaving a backpack in a nearby parking lot, Gately said.

Police dogs captured the suspect's scent off the backpack, leading officers west of the town center area toward the downtown core, but the trail has gone cold and the suspect remains on the loose.

Back at the scene, officers recovered what appeared to be a small handgun from the backpack, but it may be an airsoft pistol, Gately said.

The employees described the gunman as a white or Hispanic man, about 5 feet 8-to-5 feet 11 inches tall weighing about 180 pounds wearing a long-sleeve blue vertical stripped shirt, dark blue jeans, and a blue baseball hat with bandages on his face. If you see him or know where he is, you're asked to call 911.

Gately said no one was hurt.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

NAMI News on mental health

NAMI WALK Thank you to everyone who participated, donated, and volunteered at the NAMI walk on Saturday. NAMI Washington and affiliates target goal of $250,000 was met and we could not have done it without your support!

Free Educational Forum Entitled:
“Psychiatric Illness and Sleep” 
Tuesday June 16 2015 from 7 to 9 pmGuest Speaker Dr. David AveryDr. David Avery has world-renowned clinical expertise in the treatment of mood disorders. This presentation will describe the connection between sleep and psychiatric illness.
Follow the link for more details:

NAMI Eastside’s Second Annual Fundraising Breakfast Gala
“Building Solutions Together”
Keynote Speaker: Sue Rahr
 Member of President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing
Tuesday September 15th 2015 7:30 to 9:00 am

Maggiano’s Little Italy, Bellevue

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Black Bear sighting on Redmond Ridge

A reader reported on Redmond Neighborhood Blog's Facebook page that a black bear was sighted on Redmond Ridge at 8:05AM today. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

LWSD Facilities Planning Task Force seeks input on strategies and resource levels

Online survey and in-person meeting to gather community views
Redmond, Wash. – Lake Washington School District’s Long-Term Facilities Planning Task Force is asking the community for input on specific strategies and resource levels the district should use in its facilities planning. It has been working since December to find ways to address the district’s aging school facilities and its need for classroom space to serve a rapidly growing population.
Input is being gathered through an online open house June 9 to June 21. A survey on the open house site will be open through midnight on June 21.
A community open house will kick off this effort to gather input on Tuesday, June 9. That meeting will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the L.E. Scarr Resource Center, 16250 NE 74th St., Redmond. The Task Force will provide more information and answer questions. Community members will be able to take the survey as well as provide immediate feedback to task force members.
“The Task Force is looking at a variety of potential strategies,” noted Deputy Superintendent Janene Fogard. “It’s important for them to understand what the community is comfortable with given the varying resources implications, impacts, and tradeoffs of different strategies.”
The online open house is an ongoing opportunity to be part of the conversation about the district’s facilities challenges. It will continue to be updated at key milestones. The open house will stay online until the Task Force makes its final recommendation. That recommendation is expected in September 2015.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Forterra agreement to Purchase back 9 of Wayne Golf Course

OneBothell Celebrates Forterra Agreement To Purchase Wayne Golf Course Back 9 And Begins Work To Support Purchase

Reprinted from "Kirkland Views", by Rob Butcher

OneBothell, run entirely by Washington residents and volunteers, is pleased that its partnership with Forterra has resulted in an agreement giving the community a chance to preserve the Back 9 of the Wayne Golf Course.
“This is huge progress,” said James McNeal, President of OneBothell. “The Back 9 has always been the biggest prize for the community―both for recreation, as an extension of Blyth Park, and its conservational value for the recovery of endangered species in the state of Washington.”  Read More>>

Friday, June 5, 2015

OPINION: Vote "NO" on the City of Redmond's Proposition One and Two levies

Have you looked at your property tax bill lately?  The city has put forward Prop 1 (safety) and Prop 2 (parks), which will add a total of $174.50/year or $14.50/month to the median homeowner’s tax bill. The levy focuses on new sidewalks, fixing potholes, fighting the "recent increase" in property crime and renovating four neighborhood parks.  Currently the city tax on a $474,000 assessed home is $705.55 or 15% of the total tax bill of $4736.00.  If the Propositions were approved the city property tax would increase by approximately 25%.  Personally, I don't see a significant rise in property crime in my neighborhood or deteriorating parks and roads that would justify such a large increase in my tax bill. 

Keep in mind, property values have increased significantly this last year so local governments have a revenue cushion.   The assessed value of an 1800 square foot home on Education Hill increased by 12% between 2013 and 2014 ($418K to $474K).  Assessed values will likely increase again in 2015. The incremental tax dollars brought into the city by rising property values should be cushion enough to pay for the Administration's needs.  Keep in mind voters may also have to budget for a LWSD bond that could be forthcoming in 2016.  We have to draw the line somewhere on where our tax dollars will be spent.  Redmond is becoming a very expensive place to live for the average working family and those on fixed incomes.   I will be voting "NO" on the City's Proposition 1 and 2.  The city appears to be humming along just fine.  What do you think?

By Bob Yoder

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Nokomis Club vs. City of Redmond, One Redmond, and NBE


Nokomis Club of Redmond needs to raise approximately $25-$50,000 in order to pay for legal fees and representation as they appeal the decision to deny the historic significance of the Nokomis building in Redmond. The hearing appealing the City of Redmond’s “Decision of Non-Significance” is scheduled for July 9th and 10th.
A separate appeal has been filed regarding the EPA’s classification of the building.
If you are interested in helping with their fight, please consider donating funds via PayPal on the Nokomis Club website or through their Crowdrise site (both listed below).

The challenge of declaring the Nokomis Building of Redmond as a historically significant building is raising its head as another “us vs. them” struggle between the citizens of Redmond and the City.  Read More >>

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Council approves $1,258,000 to update Perrigo Park

Perrigo Park continues to draw many users and the parking lot regularly overflows on to

196th Ave. The Phase II-A project will add a lighted parking lot with over 50 additional

parking spaces. The project will also include a new two and half acre open, irrigated lawn

area, landscaping and will re-establish water, power, and septic services to the site. A

new loop trail that surrounds the great lawn will connect Phase II to Perrigo Phase I.  City Council approved over $1,258,000 for these improvements, apparently having no shortage of money.

Reported by Bob Yoder

Saturday, May 30, 2015

National Trails Day 2015 for King County Parks

National Trails Day 2015

On Saturday, June 6 King County Parks is teaming up with the American Hiking Society to celebrate the diverse trails that crisscross our world. King County Parks is home to some of the most magnificent flora and fauna ranging from giant Douglas-firs to delicate Rhododendrons. Help us keep our parks vibrant and healthy by participating in volunteer/celebratory events at the following locations:
  • Soaring Eagle Park (Sammamish) – Parks & Trails Ambassador table.
  • Tanner Landing Park / Snoqualmie Valley Trail (east of North Bend) – Parks & Trails Ambassador table.
  • Snoqualmie Valley Trail (4th & Baccarat in North Bend) – Parks & Trails Ambassador table.
  • Snoqualmie Valley Trail (Carnation) Volunteer event.
  • Taylor Mountain Forest (Hobart) – Tahoma Backcountry Horsemen table & volunteer event.
  • Squak Mountain Park Open House (Issaquah) – KC Parks table & 3 volunteer events.
  • Cougar Mountain Regional Wildlife Park (Issaquah) – Parks & Trails Ambassador table.
  • Duthie Hill Park (east of Issaquah) Evergreen annual Bike Fest.
  • Marymoor Park Bird Loop Trail – Eastside Audubon Society table & volunteer event.
  • Island Center Forest (Vashon) – Parks & Trails Ambassador table.
  • Maury Island Marine Park look out -Friends of Maury Island Marine park member table.
With more than 350 miles of regional and backcountry trails there’s a lot to celebrate!
Contact Laurie Clinton, Volunteer Program Manager, at laurie.clinton@kingcounty.gov to sign up or for more information

Friday, May 29, 2015

Sierra Club sponsors free screening of DamNation and talk by river expert on June 4 at the Redmond library

Half a century ago, America's love affair with dams bloomed, with many folks in awe of these modern feats of engineering.
However, as more Americans recognize the importance of our rivers and water supplies, we're witnessing a major shift in how people think about dams, rivers, fish and hydroelectric power. Altogether, there is a clear desire to reexamine our network of dams and find a new balance that values the connection between our own future and the health of our rivers.
In Washington State, this topic couldn't hit closer to home, as we face new proposed dams on the South fork of the Skykomish River at Sunset Falls. We also can't help but think about the successful efforts to remove the Elwha Dams and restore the river for salmon and river recreation, a victory highlighted in the new documentary, DamNation.
We're hosting a free screening of DamNation next Thursday, June 4, in Redmond -- join us to examine our dams and the impact they have on the rivers that connect us! RSVP now!
Here are the details:
WHO:      The Sierra Club, partners from Wild Washington Rivers, Save the Sky, and American Whitewater, and you!
WHAT:    DamNation movie screening and talk with river expert Dr. Thomas O'Keefe
WHEN:    Thursday, June 4, at 7:00 p.m.WHERE:  Redmond Public Library, 15990 NE 85th St, Redmond, WA 98052 (map)
RSVP: http://action.sierraclub.org/DamnationRedmond 

Annual NAMI Walk is June 6

Saturday, June 6th 2015 at Marina Park in Kirkland
The 11th annual NAMI WALK of Washington will take place on June 6, 2015 at Marina Park in Kirkland. The WALK is the primary fundraising event for NAMI Washington and the state’s 22 National Alliance on Mental Illness affiliates. The event also serves to promote mental health awareness and remind people that NAMI exists across Washington to help individuals with mental illness and their families. We are planning our LARGEST and most FUN Walk ever! You can learn more about NAMI WALKS and register online at http://www.namiwalks.org/washington. Your participation in this year’s Walk will make a huge difference in our community! Register today or contact Tom Lane at tlane@namiwa.org or
206-783-4288 to learn more about this year’s Walk. Be sure to designate NAMI Eastside as the recipient of your donation.