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Suspect in Kirkland father’s murder pleads not guilty He faces charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder. By Ashley Hiruko

The suspect in the murder of a Kirkland

father of three pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder charges on June 19 in King County Superior Court, according to court documents. Saif Raad Al-Obaidi faces one count of murder in the first degree

and attempted murder in the first degree. He is accused of stabbing Darwin Garcia Franco, a Kirkland contractor, 30 times after breaking into his home in the dark morning hours of May 31. Garcia Franco died at the scene, in the 12900

block of 131st Avenue Northeast, after emergency responders attempted to save his life. Al-Obaidi is also accused of stabbing a 50-year-old mother of three, 18 times, after she tried to intervene

in the suspect’s attack on Garcia Franco. The woman had been living with Garcia Franco, staying in the basement level of the shared home. Bail was reserved for Al-Obaidi and a case setting date of July 3 planned.

Sustainability forum addresses strategy improvements for city By Madeline Coats

The city of Kirkland continued its efforts to address climate change and environmental management with a sustainability forum on June 22 at City Hall. The city has a variety of programs, initiatives and master plans that focus on differing environmental preservation aspects, such as its Surface Water Master Plan, the Transportation Master Plan, the Urban Forestry Strategic Plan and the Cross Kirkland Corridor Master Plan. The city has successfully accomplished many sustainability-focused projects over the last several years. Until now, there has not existed an overarching plan to coordinate each of the efforts to improve sustainability. In 2015, the city noted in its Comprehensive Plan the benefit of having a procedure to identify best practices for sustainability strategies to be implemented. Council included the creation of this Sustainability Master Plan in the 2019-20 work program. City manager Kurt Triplett has been consulting with key stakeholders within the community to identify priorities and specific actions for the city to undertake. Throughout this summer, the city will

be conducting various civic engagement activities in order to collect feedback from the community. “It was a great kickoff to this project,” said Kirkland communications program manager Kellie Stickney. “This is the first time we’ve had a conversation to develop a Sustainability Master Plan.” The forum served as an open brainstorming session during which 67 residents discussed potential actions for Kirkland to improve environmental, economic and social sustainability. “It was very inter-generational. We saw kids as young as 10 or 11, to senior citizens,” said senior project manager David Barnes. The interactive event was structured around the eight draft focus areas in the city’s Sustainability Master Plan. The sections range from energy supply and emissions to healthy community building. “We had people sitting in eight different tables based on the focus areas,” said Barnes. “They discussed ideas about the elements of the plan and possible actions the city can take to influence the elements of the plan.” Every 15 minutes, people moved to another table with a new environmental subject, he explained. As lead on the plan, Barnes noticed that the

Kirkland residents engage in the interactive Sustainability Forum on Saturday, June 22. Photo courtesy of city of Kirkland

importance of trees in Kirkland was highlighted by residents several times. A special council meeting addressed the master plan on March 1. The memorandum served as a framework for discussion on the development of a plan to implement sustainable strategies. The project

aims to focus on the three key areas of sustainability: ecological, economic and social. Prior to the forum, feedback from the public indicated that the master plan should be inclusive of diversity within the city and encompass both government and community

ideals. Other responses recommended access to a useful handbook for all people to actively implement sustainability strategies. “We want to make sure that people can still be involved,” said Stickney. “This is just the beginning of a conversation.”

Council reviews bike, scooter shares By Madeline Coats

It is still undecided whether or not Kirkland will be establishing a bike share pilot program this year. The plan was approved by the City Council for a one-year trial on March 4. By April 17, not a single bike share company had submitted a proposal to Kirkland. According to a memorandum by the Department of Public Works, many companies had previously expressed interest in coming to Kirkland, however, responses from the organizations varied when contacted by the city. Lime suggested a shorter pilot duration or a possible scooter-only system, arguing that Kirkland’s market would not be profitable without scooters. Uber’s company, Jump, and Lyft’s company, Motivate, were both interested in launching on the Eastside, yet this would not happen until much later in the year. Other scooter-only companies, such as Spin and Bird, do not have programs in this region presently. “I think this micro-mobility is potentially a solution for us, and regardless of what we do with a pilot program, we should continue to craft policies around these vehicles,” said councilmember Tom Neir at the June 4. council meeting. “Whether or not we have a pilot, they are going to come to Kirkland.” Gotcha is another rental app that offers electric bikes, electric scooters and ride sharing. The company reached out to the city and expressed interest in coming to Kirkland, however, it required more time to launch its business model. The memorandum expressed that Gotcha See BIKE, Page 3


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CALENDAR What’s going on in Kirkland and beyond FRI., JUNE 28 Family Movie Night: Learning to See the world of Insects. A film by Jake Oelman. Free popcorn included. Ages 5 and up. RSVP: 425-452-2565 or 5 - 6 pm. Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, 1625 118th Ave SE, Bellevue. STEM Universe-Kids Discovery Lab: Explore hands-on activities in an open environment with slime, UV rays, building with straws and other activities that are out-of-this-world. Ages 5 and older with adult. 3 p.m. Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave SE, Sammamish. Mooning the Earth Storytelling: Presented by Charlie Williams, the Noiseguy. Ages 5 to 11. Noiseguy shares photos of his vacation through the solar system with noisy sound effects and silly props. 2 p.m. Kingsgate Library, 12315 NE 143rd St, Kirkland. Trilogy Redmond Ridge Art Exhibit and Sale: A beautiful display of artwork by 23 artists including paintings, ceramics, photography, fiber arts and more. 2 - 8 p.m. Trilogy at Redmond Ridge, 23225 NE Greens Crossing RD. Redmond. Convergence Zone Cellars at Snoqualmie Finally Friday Art and Wine Walk: Come enjoy the Finally Friday Art & Wine Walk with great wine tasting and entertainment in Historic Downtown Snoqualmie. $25. 6 - 9 p.m. Downtown Snoqualmie.

SAT., JUNE 29 The 36th Biennial Convention of the African Methodist Episcopal Church: Over 2000 delegates and observers from 20 countries will gather for worship services, business sessions, and workshops. For more information about the agenda and the CLO visit June 29 - July 4. 7p.m. Hyatt Regency Bellevue, 900 Bellevue Way NE Bellevue. Canoe Mercer Slough: Explore the beautiful Mercer Slough Nature Park by water. Bellevue Park Rangers will lead the 3-hour canoe trip from Enatai Beach Park. Register online at or call 245-452-2565. Must arrive in time for the safety talk to participate. Adults, $20; kids, $10; seniors, $15 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Enatai Beach Park, 3519 108th Ave SE, Bellevue. BARVINOK 15th Anniversary Gala Concert: Join an evening of vibrant Ukrainian dance, traditional music by local artists, and delicious ethnic food as they celebrate 15 wonderful years of dance. 6-8 p.m. Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave, Kirkland. Head for the Cure 5K: Register for the 6th annual Head for the Cure 5K - Seattle, which benefits University of Washington Medicine -Department of Neurology and the Brain Tumor Trials Collaborative. 8 a.m. Marymoor Park, 6046 W Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE, Redmond.

SUN. JUNE 30 Japan Fair 2019: Enjoy a free two day event showcasing traditional and modern Japanese arts & culture, music, and technology. Families with kids can enjoy activities in the Kids’ Corner including calligraphy and Japanese carnival games. Free admission. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE 6th Street Bellevue.

Water you Know: Join a Park Ranger for this new summer preteen program to investigate the water of the Mercer Slough and to learn more about what factors influence the quality. Best for children 10-1 3 years old. Free event. RSVP at 425-452-2565 or 2 - 3 p.m. Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, 1625 118th Ave SE, Bellevue. Master Chorus Eastside’s Celebrate America: Master Chorus Eastside’s ever-popular Celebrate America Concert returns once again to ring in Independence Day. For tickets, call the Master Chorus Eastside office at 425-392-8446. 3 p.m. Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. NW, Issaquah. Skandia Midsommarfest: This day-long, family-friendly traditional Scandinavian celebration features music and dance performances, kids’ activities, participatory dancing, the traditional pole raising ceremony, and more. Info:, www., or (425) 9545262. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saint Edward State Park, 4445 Juanita Drive NE, Kenmore.

MON., JULY 1 Out of this World Magic Show: Have interstellar fun as you learn more about space. Presented by Jeff Evans, Edumazement. Ages 5 and older with adult. 7 p.m. Kenmore Library, 6531 NE 181st St., Kenmore. Up, Up and Away! A Singing Celebration: Family program, all ages welcome with adult. From a tribute to Sally Ride to weird inventions and an exploration of the solar system. Presented by Nancy Stewart. 7 p.m. Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, Issaquah. Summer Study Zone: Drop in during scheduled Summer Study Zone hours for free homework help and study skills from volunteer tu-

tors. Grades K-12. 6 p.m. Redmond Library, 15990 NE 85th Street, Redmond. Lego Robotics: Explore Lego Mindstorms! Set up a course for your robot, build battle bots or just program and play. Entering grades 5-8. 12 p.m. Fall City Library, 33415 SE 42nd Pl, Fall City.

TUE., JULY 2 Kids in the Garden Preschool Classes: 3-5 year old explorers will be taught by experienced preschool teachers. The curriculum is based on Growing Wild and is part of Project Learning Tree. Designed especially for preschoolers for a 4 week program. 10 - 11:30 a.m. Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St, Bellevue. Bellevue Community Band - Free Patriotic Concert: As part of the Summer Concert Series, Bellevue Community Band will present a free concert of patriotic fare. Join the fun at 7 p.m., at the Crossroads Mall Stage, 15600 NE 8th St, Bellevue. Build a Robot Puppet Craft Workshop: Make a rod puppet robot with movable parts using a variety of materials and then develop a voice and personality for your creation. Presented by Cheryl Hadley. Ages 8 and older, ages 6 to 7 with adult. Space is limited to 25. First come, first served. 3 p.m. Kirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Avenue Kirkland. Social Services Drop In: Meet with the City of Redmond’s Homeless Outreach Specialist Kent Hay during his office hours at the Redmond Library. 10 a.m. Redmond Library, 15990 NE 85th Street, Redmond. Fraud Protection for Seniors: Find out why seniors are targeted, the toll it can take on your health, and how to protect yourself. Free resentation from WeSpeakMedicare. 1 - 2 p.m. Sno-Valley Senior Center, 4610 Stephens Ave, Carnation.


POLICE BLOTTER MAY 30 Public enemy: At 2:57 p.m. in the 600 block of Waverly Way, a subject was at the park listening to his rap music. One of the park goers got upset. She told him to turn down his music. Instead, the music enthusiast allegedly turned the music up and then “cussed at her.” But the man told police that the lady actually told him to “turn his f——— music down.” American rights: At 2:35 p.m. in the 6100 block of 116th Avenue Northeast, a woman used to know the family at the residence. She decided to take it upon herself to collect buckets of water at the house and charge her phone. She continued talking about American rights. Knife guy strikes again: At 4:27 p.m. in the 100 block of Central Way, the owner of Epicurean Edge reported that someone stole numerous knives. Among the knives taken were three one-of-a-kind Damascus blades. Each was worth about $4,200 and the total value of the knives stolen was about $13,580. No suspect information. Store cameras do not work. Good aim: At 6:03 p.m. in the 12300 block of Northeast 90th Street, a subject attempted to make a left hand turn onto 124th Avenue Northeast, but slammed on his brakes. A Jeep sped through the intersection from the opposite direction. As the Jeep drove through the intersection it slowed down. The Jeep driver spit on the subject through the window. The saliva hit him in the face. Broken alarm: At 5:28 p.m. in the 12400 block of 109th Court Northeast, an “incessant” car alarm had been going on and off for the past two days. It was a gold Honda Odyssey. The car alarm could be heard going off in the background

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during the entire call. Nature’s course: At 7:57 p.m. in the 10000 block of 130th Avenue Northeast, there was an injured racoon in the driveway. It wasn’t moving but was still breathing. It sounded like shallow breathing and was not looking good. The caller had a dog and a child onsite and didn’t know what to do. They were advised to “let nature be nature.”

MAY 31 Unexpected car theft: At 1:17 a.m. in the 9400 block of 110th Place Northeast, a 2019 Dodge Ram truck was stolen from a home. The owner left the car unlocked. The keys were on the center console. No leftovers: At 5:59 p.m. in the 10100 block of Northeast 137th Place, a daughter was angry at her mother over no leftover food in the house from last night’s dinner. The mother told police her daughter was bugging her about the food, so she yelled at her. She also said that her daughter, 32, was the one who called the police.

JUNE 1 Who’s that?: At 3:31 p.m. in the 800 block of 9th Avenue South, a caller saw someone at his back slider on his Ring camera. The homeowner was in Redmond when he saw the unknown person. No one should have been at his home. There was a blonde female in the bedroom. It was his house cleaners.

JUNE 3 No parking: At 8:45 p.m. in the 12400 block of Northeast 145th Place, a subject keyed both side door panels of a new Audi. They were upset over the car parked in a no-parking area.



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would be a reasonable fit for the city because of the company’s hub-based system. Councilmembers and the general public have expressed concern regarding bike parking due to small sidewalk space, therefore bike “hubs” would be helpful to minimize random parking around the city. Another standout quality

of Gotcha is the temporary hold feature, which allows customers to briefly hold their reservation and park the bike in a “free floating” mode while completing a task or eating lunch. The bike hubs are only required when permanently ending the trip, as referenced in the memorandum. Gotcha has invested in technologically advanced gadgets for each of its products. It is currently developing an attached screen on which users can see parking

hub locations. Additionally, the company is working to create signal blinkers for scooters to improve safety for riders. There is a potential for GPS technology to be added to the equipment as well. The memorandum states that scooter-share programs are presently being used in more than 60 U.S. cities. According to a report from the National Association of City Transportation Officials, people took 84 million trips on shared mobility

devices nationally in 2018 and 45 percent of those trips were on scooters. Neil highlighted the importance of scooters to provide additional options for people to get around the city. He thinks scooters are primarily desired by the public. “I view scooters as a way to work away from single-occupancy vehicles, but it is also a way to expand our ten-minute neighborhoods,” said Neir. “These scooters can get you

a further distance.” At present, council does not recommend the implementation of a scooter pilot program. They will be continuing conversations with Gotcha to evaluate the probability of incorporating hub-based parking. “It’s hard for me to get past some of the safety aspects,” said councilmember Jon Pascal at the meeting. He expressed concern about the safety of citizens if forced to ride scooters

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in the streets, especially when roads may be in poor condition. Councilmember had previously used the ride sharing products in Spokane, where scooters are currently present. He explained the difficulty and danger of signaling while keeping both hands on the handles. Next steps include continued research and waiting to see how the industry alters and changes before revisiting the issue.

Kirkland faces a $10 million deficit next biennium The city is already looking for ways to address it, but details will be scarce until this fall. By Aaron Kunkler

The city of Kirkland is facing a large deficit in upcoming budgets as city staff searches for ways to patch a $10 million projected shortfall beginning in 2021. A recent budget forecast presented at the Kirkland City Council retreat projected a $10.3 million

deficit beginning in the next biennium, which stems from state law barring significant increases in property taxes as well as a state annexation sales tax credit expiring halfway through 2021. The city was awarded the credit, allowing it to keep about $4 million annually, after it annexed the Finn Hill, Kingsgate and North Juanita neighborhoods in 2011, nearly doubling the city’s population from 48,000 to 81,000. While the budget gap is significant, as is the loss of the $4 million annually that the city essentially keeps in sales tax within its borders instead of sending it to the



state. Assistant city manager Tracey Dunlap said staff has already accounted for $2 million of that deficit and has been thinking of ways to bridge the remaining $2 million and fill in the rest of the deficit. “We’ve know from the beginning that it was 10 years or so, what we did at the beginning when annexation took place was we took some steps to address half of it right off the bat,” she said. Following the Recession, the city dipped into its reserves too, which has been built back up. Dunlap said the city is on track to have a full reserve budget of

around $21 million by 2021. It currently has around $20 million. The reserve budget is used as a rainy day fund to see the city through economic downturns or emergencies and Dunlap said she has a goal of not using reserves to bridge the projected deficit. The city is also betting on future sales tax stemming from redevelopments at Totem Lake and the downtown Kirkland Urban project to increase sales tax revenue to boost the city’s budget. Additionally, Dunlap said the city has started its budgeting process for the 2021-22 biennium early. Normally

the planning process would start next summer, but city staff are already developing proposals to send to council this fall. Council has also set aside $1.5 million to help ease the transition when the $4 million in annexation funding runs out in the summer of 2021. “We’re talking to the departments about ideas they have about either efficiency gains or programs, which may have outlived their usefulness,” she said. Dunlap said it was too early to know if or whether there would be cuts or reductions in service, and that those discussions

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Proud to be themselves


very year in June, rainbows take over the world in recognition of Pride Month. From rainbow flags in home windows to rainbow merchandise sold at major retailers, the number of people out there supporting the LGBTQ+ community is ever growing. But it hasn’t always been that way. For those who may not know, Pride Month was created to commemorate the Stonewall Inn riots of 1969 in New York City. At the time, police routinely harassed and arrested LGBTQ+ people, but gay and lesbian bars provided them some sanctuary. However, after an early morning raid by police on the Stonewall Inn, riots broke out and police were pelted by bottles and other debris. The riots ultimately lasted for days and was spearheaded by transgender people and people of color. It would become a rallying cry and source of resistance and solidarity in the LGBTQ+ community. And while strides have been made in how society views and accepts people who are different, there is still a long way to go as there are still places in the world (even in this country) where it is not always safe for people to be who they really are. Pride is more than just

being “out “I don’t and proud.” It hate this. also serves as What does a reminder of that mean?” the sacrifices Fitting LGBTQ+ said about people in her initial the past thoughts at have made the time. in order After for people that, Fitting in their SAMANTHA PAK — who WINDOWS AND MIRRORS had been community now to be assigned able to just exist as their true male at birth — stopped selves. giving herself a gender label. She said the moment you give someone a label, they ‘What does that try to conform to that label. mean?’ But for the sake of others, For Josie Fitting, finding she said she was gender her true self began at the fluid (because people love age of 21. That was when labels). things clicked in her head There were days when she that something was not right would dress more masculine and days when she when it came to her gender. would dress more feminine. She was at her girlfriend’s She said at the time, the house while her girlfriend former was easier but that was going through some was because she wouldn’t clothes in her bedroom. be treated differently. Fitting’s girlfriend stepped “It was not at all [easier] out of the room for a for me,” she said. “It was for moment and while she was everyone else.” out, Fitting grabbed a bra It wasn’t until she was that was out and put it on about 27 that Fitting, who under her shirt, initially as was born in Duvall and now a joke. lives in Snohomish, had a But when her girlfriend self admission: came back into the room, “Six years is long enough,” Fitting said the other woman she said. “I’m female. I’m just smiled and found not fluid at all.” some toilet paper and tiny Once she came out as socks to stuff into the bra. transgender and began Then after pulling down her transition, Fitting her shirt, Fitting’s girlfriend attended a support meetpositioned her in front of a ing at the Ingersoll Gender mirror.

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Center in Seattle. She also attended a support meeting at PFLAG Bellevue Eastside, the local chapter of the national LGBTQ advocacy organization. Fitting, now 29, stuck with PFLAG and attends meetings with the organization regularly. She also attends meetings at the chapter’s satellite location in Bothell regularly as well as up in Everett. The meetings are the third Thursdays (Bellevue), third Mondays (Bothell) and third Saturdays (Everett) of the month. Fitting jokingly calls it “gay week” as the meetings all fall within a week of each other. For Fitting, PFLAG has

helped her develop confidence in who she is. But it hasn’t always been that way. She told me there was a period of time when her mental health declined and she had a plan to end her life — because anything seemed easier than being transgender in a world where people want to kill others for being transgender. Fortunately, her mother and stepfather reached out to her during this time, asking her to move back in with them, which helped Fitting become more stable. “When you’re coming out and you’re first questioning yourself, typically, you don’t have links to the

community,” she said. A lot of people do not have people in their lives who understand what they are going through and that can lead them to online searches and Fitting said the Internet is not always reliable. This is why representation is so important. Fitting said when someone feels there is something different about them, they want to know there are others out there who are like them. And this is not just LGBTQ+ folks. It applies to anyone who is part of a minority or marginalized group. See PRIDE, Page 7

From Eastside to East Coast

Reporter Kailan Manandic bids farewell to the Eastside for new adventures in Boston.


fter nearly two years working in the Kirkland, Bothell and Kenmore communities, I have resigned from my reporting position at the Sound Publishing Eastside Group to pursue opportunities in Boston. It’s difficult to not write this in the style that’s so intrinsic to news-writing — clear, concise and formal. I’ve been writing news for

three editors reportthe past six years of ing, writing and my life and now that producing seven I have the chance, weekly newspapers. I’m excited to break From the northaway from that to ern tip of Bothell in write for myself as a Snohomish County, change. to the southern edge The Kirkland of Bellevue, across and Bothell/ KAILAN Lake Washington Kenmore ReportMANANDIC to Mercer Island ers were my first gig out of college and down I-90 to and it’s strange looking Snoqualmie, we cover it all back on how much that — business, transportation, has changed since 2017. city government, development, county government, Initially, it was just myself crime, community events, and senior editor Samantha Pak writing for two environment, social issues, publications on any given real estate, local sports, week. Now we’re the Sound school news, human interest, the arts and now we’re Publishing Eastside Group breaking into long-form with eight reporters and

solutions journalism. I write all of this to illustrate how much we do with, what I would call, a skeleton crew and while I don’t say this to excuse any mistakes we’ve made or shortcomings in our coverage, I hope it provides some context. This big shift came in March 2018, throwing me for a loop as I was hardly settled into my original position reporting for Kirkland, Bothell and Kenmore. More than a year later, I’m immensely thankful for each of our readers. Without the community See MANANDIC, Page 7

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District 8 players are a hit at Challenger Division Jamboree Twelve-team event took place June 15 in Woodinville. By Andy Nystrom

Texas, Connecticut and few other states, Bev and Gary Newsome brought the Challenger program to Washington state a year later. According to the Little League website, the adaptive baseball program is designed for individuals — ages 4 to 18 (or up to 22 if the player is still enrolled in school) — with physical and intellectual challenges. During the course of the jamboree on the different fields, some participants played in wheelchairs, some of them hit off the pitcher or the tee and there were parents, coaches and other volunteers along with FCA Baseball players on the fields to lend a hand. Sarah Hudkins, whose son Trenton plays for the Blue Jays and got on board with Challenger when

District 8 Blue Jays player Asher Gabarra rounds second base. Andy Nystrom/staff photos

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As Asher Gabarra jubilantly ran the bases, nearly everyone on the field wanted to give the youngster a hearty high five. Playing for the local District 8 Blue Jays, Gabarra was one of many athletes shining at bat and in the field on June 15 at the Little League Challenger Division Jamboree at Northshore Athletic Fields in Woodinville. The 29th annual event took place on six fields and featured 12 squads from throughout the region, two rounds of games and a barbecue. The Mariner Moose even put in an appearance to the delight of everyone in attendance. Founded in 1989 in








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friends in the Challenger realm. It’s a magical time for them, she said. “I think that no matter what your ability, there is always a place for kids on the field,” Sarah added. “It might take somebody one swing to hit the ball and it might take them 30 swings to hit the ball. Everybody’s patient and I think when you also bring families together with children of all different abilities, you’re just always supporting each other. You have this huge network, not only on the field, but off the field.” Trenton, who had his fan club of family members watching his game, likes playing first base and connecting with the ball at bat. After notching hits, he ran the bases while giving high

fives to the other players. Bev, the assistant district administrator for the Challenger Division from District 8, said the best part of being involved is “just coming out here and seeing the smiles on these kids’ faces that they are so appreciative of this program. And this program is the best — the best in sports, believe me.” Gary, who passed away in 2009, was the district administrator for 26 years and Bev added that her husband made her promise to continue with the Challenger program since they started it in Washington. It’s a special program for Bev and she has bonded with the kids over the years. “They absolutely just love it and it just makes a difference in their lives,

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Supporting the community Many times, it is not just the person who is coming out who needs support. The people in their lives — be it family or friends — might need help in knowing how to be there for their loved ones. And that is one way PFLAG can help. Bellevue resident Laurie (whose last name has been withheld to protect her family’s privacy) , first learned about PFLAG when her son, who was assigned female at birth, came out as a lesbian in the seventh grade. Her son later came out as a transgender man. “I was feeling a little overwhelmed,” Laurie said about that time. She didn’t know what to do, but then she learned about PFLAG. Laurie attended her first meeting in Bellevue in about 2002 and since has served on the chapter’s board for eight years and is a former board chair. And while her family may not need as much support as they did in those early days, Laurie said the local PFLAG community is a warm source of love and caring, and they helped her embrace her child, saying she has her biological family as well as her PFLAG family. For Sandra McMurdo of Kirkland, PFLAG has also helped her and her son find community. “After the 2016 election, I knew my gay, transgender teen and I needed more support and community,” she said. She said PFLAG has given both of them the strength to be patient with some family members who eventually came around to being supportive. “Now, my son will be starting college in the fall, and a new chapter in his life, and I will continue to be a part of our PFLAG family and help talk to the newbie parents who are where I was four years ago,” McMurdo said.

Humble beginnings PFLAG Bellevue Eastside was founded by Jack and Frankie Bookey of Clyde Hill in 1996 as an outgrowth of the Seattle chapter, where the couple initially attended meetings after their daughter came out to them in 1980. Prior to that first Eastside meeting, Jack said they put out notices and spread

word throughout the local communities. Dozens attended that first meeting. “It was a happy occasion,” he said. In addition to starting the PFLAG Bellevue Eastside, the Bookeys helped organize the national organization’s conference in Seattle in 1994. “Somehow, we got chosen to be the head of the conference,” Jack said. He said they put out the call to all of the different local LGBTQ+ organizations and everyone answered and helped them with the event. “It was a very galvanizing event for [the Seattle LGBTQ+ community],” Jack said. Since its humble beginnings as an offshoot of the Seattle chapter, Frankie said their chapter has “grown a lot.” She also noted how much more accepting people are of LGBTQ+ people, specifically mentioning Gay Straight Alliance clubs in schools. “That helped a lot of kids,” she said. Jack added that when people are more tolerant of members of the LGBTQ+ community, they tend to be more tolerant of others who are “different,” whether they are people of color or people who practice a different religion or have different politics than them. But PFLAG and other organizations like it are still needed because a lot of people are uninformed. The Bookeys said these organizations give people more information to be more accepting and understanding of LGBTQ+ people.

Educating others In addition to offering group and one-on-one

support, PFLAG Bellevue Eastside also has educational programming during its monthly meetings. Laurie said the first hour of the meeting is for support circles, while the second hour is for speakers who talk about a specific topic. She said their meetings are always structured this way so people can come for the portion (or both) that meets their needs and interest, adding that not all PFLAG chapters’ meetings are structured this way. Fitting has also made it her mission to educate others on the transgender experience — this ranges from other transgender people going through transition to medical providers. “We tend to be educators for our doctors,” she said about transgender people. A big part of this is Fitting’s blog (marshlabs., in which she chronicles her transition journey. “I couldn’t find that,” she said about learning about what it really is like being transgender. She also works with a counselor who has transgender clients and is “basically there as a resource for the clients.” This looks like anything from discussing the side effects a person might experience while on hormone therapy, to figuring out how to find swimwear. When Fitting mentioned the latter, I realized how much I, as a cisgender woman, took for granted fairly commonplace and everyday activities. I mean, shopping for a bathing suit is not a particularly fun activity, but at least I don’t have that extra layer of being transgender. In addition to educating

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others, Fitting said since she began her transition, she has been given a new lens on how she sees the world. While she is a white person, she said she has friends of color and transgender friends of color who have told her the discrimination transgender people face is similar to what people of color face as they are discriminated for their appearance and their community. Fitting has also experienced discrimination and prejudices from others because she is a woman. As someone working in the predominantly male IT world, she said she never had her tech knowledge questioned until she started passing as a woman. She

recounted a story in which it took one of her male colleagues about five times of questioning her expertise to finally accept that Fitting actually knew how to do her job. “It was pretty frustrating,” she said. I wasn’t sure how to respond to her story except to shrug and say, “Welcome to the club.” For more information about PFLAG Bellevue Eastside, visit Windows and Mirrors is a bimonthly column focused on telling the stories of people whose voices are not often heard. If you have something you want to say, contact editor Samantha Pak at

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Flexibility of college classes designed for working adults By Leslie Shattuck Lake Washington Institute of Technology

When people think of traditional college-aged students, they think of students being anywhere between 18-21. That’s no longer the case. In fact, more working adults are attending college than ever before. In 2018, the National Center for Education Statistics reported that of the more than 19 million undergraduate students enrolled in college, many of them were over the age of 25. The same is true at Kirkland’s Lake Washington Institute

of Technology (LWTech) where the average student age is 31. Making the decision to go to college to start a degree, get a certificate or complete a degree can be daunting for working adults who are juggling their career and family obligations. At LWTech, one-third of students work while attending college. With that in mind, many college classes are offered during the day, in the evening, in-class and through a hybrid model, which combines in-class and online coursework to allow students more flexibility tobalance school, work


Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland prides itself in its flexible class schedules.

and family. “The flexibility at LWTech has been awesome for me because they have offered the courses that I need in multiple areas exactly when I need them. I have taken

day classes. I have taken night classes. All of them are available and viable options,” said LWTech engineering transfer student Taylour Mills. Going to college doesn’t

have to break the bank. According to the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges website, Washington state community and technical colleges “are the most affordable not-for-profit higher education solution in the state.” On top of it being more cost effective to go to a community or technical college, LWTech offers small class sizes, hands-on instruction, a variety of support services like tutoring and customized advising, and scholarships through the LWTech Foundation. With the flexibility of class

schedules to support eight applied bachelor’s degrees, 57 associate degrees, and more than 90 professional certificates in 48 areas of study, LWTech has degree and certificate programs that support working adults. “If there’s another parent out there that is nervous because they think it’s going be too hard to complete that goal with a child, I tell them that they just need to start. It is so worth it, and it will be worth it for their families,” Mills added. Learn more about the programs offered at LWTech online at www.LWTech. edu/YourFuture.

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Lake Washington School District (LWSD) continues to work toward accomplishing our vision of “Every Student Future Ready.” The district’s graduation and college entrance rates are among the highest in the state. Our highly-qualified and committed teams of administrators, teachers and staff are dedicated to the success of all our students. Ongoing community support helps the district provide high-quality educational experiences for all students. With the successful passage of a bond measure in 2016, Timberline Middle School, a new middle school in Redmond Ridge, will open this fall. LWSD will also open a new and enlarged Peter Kirk Elementary in Kirkland, Wash., and Margaret Mead Elementary in Sammamish, Wash. this fall. The Old Redmond School House will open in fall 2020 as an early learning center. District enrollment continues to grow, and these schools help to reduce overcrowding. A

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recently-passed capital projects levy will provide additions at five schools, adding space for more than 1,000 students. Future funding measures are needed to continue to provide quality learning environments. The district’s focus on community engagement and fiscal responsibility earned national recognition from the Association of School Business Officials International. The 2018-19 budget earned the Meritorious Budget Award, a national recognition for the development of a transparent, effective budget that aligns with high standards for budget presentation and commitment to the community. This was the second year in a row that LWSD has earned this distinction. A community


engagement process during the 2018-19 school year has led to the creation of a new strategic plan with a theme of Elevate Learning. Elevate Learning focuses on strategic initiatives that keep us climbing upward, helping us elevate the quality of everything we do as we provide the best education in the world for our students. As superintendent of Lake Washington School District, I am proud of the district’s success. Great communities make great schools. It is only through the support of parents, community members and city and business leaders that we can experience such success as a district and accomplish our mission and vision for students.

The Mercer Island School District has built a national reputation for excellence, combining academics, cultural expression and athletic achievement. We emphasize social-emotional learning that is responsive to educating the whole child. The district is consistently ranked among the best in the state and maintains a graduation rate of nearly 95 percent. Our graduates move on to the finest colleges and universities in the world. This year our Board of Directors has been working to update our core values, vision and mission. The intent of this work is to center our “why” around students as the priority and our goal of supporting the whole child. The District’s current “Vision 2020” was originally adopted into board policy 10 years ago and needs updating to better reflect the district’s goals and aspirations today. After a series of study

sessions, the board has drafted revised mission, vision and values statements for the district. They have been presented to a series of focus group meetings throughout the district, including to families, staff, students and community members. We will share with the School Board soon all the thoughts and reactions, and the board is expected to consider adopting the new core values, vision and mission for the 201920 school year. Our enrollment continues to grow in both population and diversity as new families move to Mercer Island. If you are a new family to the Island, please visit our web site at newfamilies to enroll your students. Island voters have consistently approved ballot measures, including the four-year enrichment levy that provides vital funding for many programs, including special education, elementary school Spanish language, art, music, PE, a seven-period day at the high school and

advanced courses. We are proud of our continuing partnerships with the city of Mercer Island and Mercer Island Youth and Family Services, providing mental health counselors in our schools and a school resource officer serving the high school and other buildings as needed. Community support of our schools is unparalleled in the region. Mercer Island Schools Foundation, our PTAs and community boosters contributed over $2 million to our schools last year. We encourage our families to be involved and volunteer in our schools, and if anyone is interested in joining our team, please visit for a current listing of employment opportunities. For more information about the district and its programs, please visit our website at, find us on Facebook at @mercerislandschooldistrict, on Twitter @mercerislandsd and on Instagram @ mercer_island_school_ district.

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BSD – Inspiring Bellevue’s creators of the future By Ivan Duran Superintendent, Bellevue School District

As superintendent of the Bellevue School District, I have many opportunities to meet and speak directly with our learning community of students, parents and educators. This education section is an excellent opportunity for me to share information about the powerful work our school district is doing with the larger Bellevue community. The first year of our five-year strategic plan is now complete. Put simply, this plan is the district’s road map through 2023 to ensure that every student attending a Bellevue public school achieves excellence at a high level. To deliver effectively the plan’s model for national excellence to our students, we focus on three key words — affirm, inspire and thrive. The following is how we put each of these words into action: Affirm: Our commitment is that all Bellevue students — no matter their race, ability, language background, religion, national origin, immigration status or sexual orientation — will receive an exemplary education and achieve success in a way that honors their identity and affirms their individuality. Inspire: Inspiration has the power to propel potential and transform the way students perceive their own capabilities. In addition to cultivating talents and abilities, we strive to provide experiences that inspire students to seek new knowledge and embrace new opportunities.

Thrive: It takes all of us — staff, families and the community — working together to exceed expectations and earn our place as a national model of educational excellence that meets the needs of every student. Delivering on our vision of students becoming creators of their future world requires a learning community with a set of shared values and priorities. Two years ago, when the district started its journey to create an effective road map, we reached out to the community to learn more about what those shared values and priorities should be. More than 35 focus groups and 150 interviews were conducted with students, parents, teachers, school staff, building leaders, central office staff, district leaders and board directors. In addition, more than 4,600 community members responded to a survey soliciting community input. The information we received captured our strengths, challenges and opportunities for greater success. As a values-driven organization, the Bellevue School District strives to live its values every day. To that end, we identified six shared values that inform every interaction between and among our students, families, staff, and community: compassion, collaboration, excellence, integrity, respect and service. Once we identified our shared values, the Bellevue School District identified priority areas to focus our energy and effort, decision-making and service. For our district, the following six priorities are important for each and every student to achieve success each and every day:

High-quality instruction: We will provide engaging and culturally responsive instruction that addresses the academic, social, and emotional needs of individual students. Our commitment is that each student experiences continuous growth in all subject areas. Student well-being: We will affirm each student’s sense of identity so that each student feels physically, socially and emotionally safe in all our learning environments. Exceptional staff: We will recruit, support, and retain exceptional staff throughout our organization, and believe that a diverse and highly skilled staff is critical to the success and well-being of our students. Family and community: We will continue to cultivate partnerships with families, members of the community, and community organizations to support our students. Culture and climate: We will support and foster positive relationships between and among students and staff. Organizational alignment: We will all move in the same direction, aligned and equipped with the skills and tools needed to improve outcomes for each student. As the superintendent of your community’s schools, I invite you to join me in fulfilling our district’s mission to serve each and every student academically, socially, and emotionally. You can also explore our road map to the future and join us on our journey at In closing, I welcome your partnership and input. I am always available at

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Issaquah Schools responding to community By Ron Thiele Superintendent of Issaquah School District

The 2018-2019 school year was an important and exciting one in the Issaquah School District. Changes to the state funding model, along with the passage of our Educational Programs and Operations Levy in February 2018, allowed the district to implement programs our community has been requesting. These include: ■ A new modified seven-period high school schedule ■ A new elementary Spanish dual language immersion program at Clark and Issaquah Valley elementary schools ■ More academic guidance counselors ■ More mental health counselors ■ A new director of safety and security position ■ New safety measures in schools ■ New professional learning coaches to support new hires to the district ■ New family partnership liaisons As our community evolves and changes demographically, we are reshaping our practices to best meet the needs of the students and families we serve. In spring of 2018 the Issaquah School Board of Directors adopted the district’s first equity policy, which sets a clear

expectation throughout the school system to provide all students the opportunities and support to reach their highest capability in a safe and welcoming environment. This policy requires us to identify and correct inequities, and we are committed to doing so. We have increased our efforts to recruit and support diverse staff members to serve our diverse student body. We are providing ongoing training to help all staff understand and meet the needs of students from all cultures. We are updating our curriculum to better explore and represent groups that have been traditionally overlooked or marginalized. We are also committed to narrowing the achievement/opportunity gap between our highest and lowest performing students. We pledge to question, grow and evolve in our understanding of diversity and what it means to be culturally competent. This past school year we completed several significant remodel and expansion projects, including Pine Lake Middle School, and Cougar Ridge and Sunset Elementary Schools. We have made significant progress on Endeavour and Discovery Elementary Schools and are in the planning phase for Maple Hills Elementary. We are excited

to be near completion of the property acquisition for a new high school and elementary school, planned on the former site of Providence Heights College. We also acquired land at the entrance to the Talus community for a sixth middle school, and property in Sammamish for a 16th elementary school, as planned in our 2016 school bond. We are looking forward to breaking ground on these new schools in the 2019-2020 school year. In the coming year we will continue implementing our new programs. The levy supporting these programs is set to expire in 2020, so we will need to ask voters to renew that levy to allow these programs to continue. Equity work will expand as we work to deliver more professional development for staff and work with community partners to address issues such as racism to create a more inclusive school system. All of this progress would not be possible without the support of our community. We work alongside the Volunteers for Issaquah Schools Committee, the Parent Teacher Student Association, the Issaquah Schools Foundation, and every resident, family, student and staff member to deliver a world-class education.

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Snoqualmie Valley School District offers high-quality public education Submitted by the Snoqualmie Valley School District Located in the scenic Cascade Mountain foothills, the Snoqualmie Valley School District encompasses more than 400 square miles and serves families in Snoqualmie, North Bend, Fall City and surrounding areas of unincorporated King County. The district offers high-quality public education to approximately 7,100 students in 11 schools. The district’s mission is to prepare all students for college, career and citizenship. Snoqualmie Valley schools offer rigorous academic curriculum, career education training, extensive technology resources and project-based learning to help students be prepared for any path they may choose to pursue after high school. Our district

works with many community partners to expose students to a variety of career experiences, to help them realize their potential, consider options for the future and learn about relevant training or continuing education required for different careers. SVSD also values and supports a broad range of extracurricular experiences for students, so they can explore their interests and discover their passions for life-long learning. Staff work to create a positive and safe learning environment, ensuring that all students feel respected, valued, capable, loved and that they belong to a caring and nurturing organization. In recent years, student achievement and the number of students choosing rigorous academic courses have trended upward. The Class of 2017

graduation rate was 93 percent district-wide (95 percent at Mount Si High School). Snoqualmie Valley has been recognized for AP honor roll distinctions by the College Board, and Mount Si High School has been named on national best high school lists by U.S. News & World Report and Newsweek. Mount Si’s jazz band has been selected among top high school bands in the nation, performing at the Essentially Ellington Festivals in New York five times, most recently in 2019. The district has an unwavering commitment to school improvement and views great teaching and collaboration as the key to educational excellence. Educators receive progressive professional development, instructional coaching support from peer mentors, and in-depth technology training. We work together




to engage and empower all learners – students and staff – to maximize their potential. Thanks to the community’s generous support of school bonds and levies, the district is expanding school facilities and improving programs to serve a growing student population. In recent years, the district opened a new elementary school (Timber Ridge Elementary) in 2016, and installed state-of-the-art security systems throughout Snoqualmie Valley schools. In the fall of 2019, more exciting changes are planned. The district will open a new, modernized and expanded Mount Si High School to serve Snoqualmie Valley students in grades 9-12. At the same time, Snoqualmie Middle School will be re-instated as the district’s third middle school, since a separate

freshman campus will no longer be needed. Also, starting the 2019-20 school year, Two Rivers School will become a Big Picture high school, adopting a new educational program that centers around studentdriven, real-world learning with competency-based instruction. Additionally, the district will begin implementing a One-to-one


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NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No.: 2018-00276-WA APN No.: 183991-0360-09 Grantor(s): RONALD M ROGERS Current Beneficiary of the Deed of Trust: U.S. Bank National Association, as Trustee for Residential Asset Securities Corporation, Home Equity Mortgage AssetBacked Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2005-KS11 Current Trustee of the Deed of Trust: Western Progressive - Washington, Inc. Current Mortgage Servicer of the Deed of Trust: Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC Reference Number(s) of the Deed of Trust: 20051024000860 Assessor’s Property Tax Parcel Number(s): 183991-0360-09 I NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned Trustee, Western Progressive - Washington, Inc., will on 07/26/2019, at the hour of 10:00 AM, at Outside King County Administration Building 4th Avenue Entrance located one block east of the Courthouse, 500 4th Ave, Seattle WA 98104, State of Washington, sell at public auction to the highest and best bidder, payable at the time of sale, the following described real property, situated in the County(ies) of King, State of Washington towit: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT 36, CRESTVIEW COURT NO. 2, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN VOLUME 91 OF PLATS, PAGE 40 AND 41, IN KING COUNTY, WASHINGTON. Commonly known as: 13449 123rd Avenue Northeast, Kirkland, WA 98034 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the above street address or other common designation. Which is subject to that certain Deed of Trust dated 10/06/2005, recorded 10/24/2005, under Auditor’s File N o. 2 0 0 5 1 0 2 4 0 0 0 8 6 0 ,

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Book --Page ---, records of King County, Washington, from Ronald M. Rogers, A Single Person as Grantor, to FIDELITY NATIONAL TITLE INS. COMP., A CALIFORNIA CORP. as Trustee, to secure an obligation in favor of HOMECOMINGS FINANCIAL NETWORK, INC as Lender and beneficiary, Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as the designated nominee for HOMECOMINGS FINANCIAL NETWORK, INC, the beneficial interest in which was assigned to U.S. Bank National Association, as Trustee for Residential Asset Securities Corporation, Home Equity Mortgage Asset-Backed Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2005-KS11 under an assignment recorded on September 22, 2009, under Auditor’s File No. as Instrument No. 20090922001478, Bk. in Book ---, Pg. at Page --, records of King County, Washington. II. No action commenced by the Beneficiary of the Deed of Trust is now pending to seek satisfaction of the obligation in any Court by rea-

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son of the Borrower’s or Grantor’s default on the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust. III. The default(s) for which this foreclosure is made is/are as follows: Failure to pay when due the following amounts which are now in arrears: $15,694.97; (together with any subsequent payments, late charges, advances, costs and fees thereafter due) IV. The sum owing on the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust is: Principal Balance of $235,441.62, together with interest as provided in the note or other instrument secured from 06/01/2018, and such other costs and fees as are due under the Note or other instrument secured, and as are provided by statute. V. The above-described real property will be sold to satisfy the expense of sale and the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust as provided by statute. The sale will be made without warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances on 07/26/2019. The default(s) referred to in paragraph III, must be cured by 07/15/2019 (11 days before the sale date), to cause a discon-

tinuance of the sale. The sale will be discontinued and terminated if at any time on or before 07/15/2019 (11 days before the sale date), the default(s) as set forth in paragraph III is/are cured and the Trustee’s fees and costs are paid. The sale may be terminated any time after 07/15/2019 (11 days before the sale date), and before the sale by the Borrower, Grantor, any Guarantor or the holder of any recorded junior lien or encumbrance paying the entire principal and interest secured by the Deed of Trust, plus costs, fees, and advances, if any, made pursuant to the terms of the obligation and/or Deed of Trust and curing all other defaults. VI. A written notice of default was transmitted by the Beneficiary or Trustee to the Borrower and Grantor at the following addresses: See Exhibit “A” attached by both first class and certified mail on 12/11/2018 proof of which is in the possession of the Trustee; and the Borrower and Grantor were personally served on 12/11/2018, with said written notice of default or the written notice of default was posted in a conspicuous

place on the real property described in the paragraph I above, and the Trustee has possession of proof of such service or posting. VII. The Trustee whose name and address are set forth below will provide in writing to anyone requesting it, a statement of all costs and fees due at any time prior to the sale. VIII. The effect of the sale will be to deprive the Grantor and all those who hold by, through or under the Grantor of all their interest in the above-described property. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the bid amount paid. The purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Trustor, the Trustee, the Beneficiary or the Beneficiary’s attorney. IX. Anyone having any objections to the sale on any grounds whatsoever will be afforded an opportunity to be heard as to those objections if they bring a lawsuit to restrain the sale pursuant to RCW 61.24.130. Failure to bring such a lawsuit may result in a waiver of any proper grounds for invalidating

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the Trustee’s sale. Seattle, Washington X. NOTICE TO OCCU- 98119 PANTS OR TENANTS Trustee telephone num1-206The purchaser at the ber: trustee’s sale is entitled 876-9986 Signature/By Claire Buxto possession of the property on the 20th day ton Sale Assistant following the sale, as Trustee Published in the Kirkland against the grantor un- Reporter June 28 & July der the deed of trust (the 12, 2019 #859798 owner) and anyone having an interest junior to the deed of trust, including occupants who are not tenants. After the 20th day following the sale the purchaser has the right to evict occupants who are not tenants by summary proceedings under Chapter 59.12 RCW. For tenant-occupied property, the purchaser shall provide a tenant Employment with written notice in acAdministrative cordance with RCW FIELD INTERVIEWER 61.24.060; XI. NOTICE TO GUAR- Westat seeks motivated, ANTORS organized, detail-orient(a) If you are a guarantor ed individuals to work of the obligations se- part time on an imporcured by the deed of tant study for the Bureau trust, you may be liable of Justice Statistics. for a deficiency judg- To learn more about this ment to the extent the position and apply, go to sale price obtained at the trustee’s sale is less and enter than the debt secured by Job ID 15016BR. the deed of trust. WESTAT (b) You have the same EOE rights to reinstate the Minorities/Females/ debt, cure the default or Protected Veterans/ repay the debt as is givDisabled en to the grantor in order Employment to avoid the trustee’s General sale. (c) You will have no right to redeem the property CARRIER after the trustee’s sale. ROUTES (d) Subject to such longAVAILABLE er periods as are provided in the Washington deed of trust act, chapter IN YOUR 61.24 RCW, any action brought to enforce a AREA guaranty must be commenced within one year after the trustee’s sale, Call Today or the last trustee’s sale 1-253-872-6610 under any other deed of trust granted to secure Employment the same debt. THIS NOTICE IS THE Transportation/Drivers FINAL STEP BEFORE NOW HIRING THE FORECLOSURE SCHOOL SALE OF YOUR HOME. BUS DRIVERS. You have only 20 DAYS from the recording date Bellevue School Dison this notice to pursue trict is now hiring school bus drivers. mediation. DO NOT DELAY. CON- Starting pay is $24.24 TACT A HOUSING with a $1000 hiring boCOUNSELOR OR AN nus. Benefits include: ATTORNEY LICENSED Medical, Vision, and IN WASHINGTON NOW Dental. Please go online to to assess your situation and refer you to mediaand complete the tion if you are eligible online application. and it may help you save Training is provided. your home. See below for safe sources of help. SEEKING ASSISTANCE Housing counselors and legal assistance may be available at little or no cost to you. If you would like assistance in determining your rights and opportunities to keep your house, you may contact the following: The statewide foreclosure hotline for assistance and referral to housing counselors recThe classifieds ommended by the Housare sprouting ing Finance Commission: Telephone: with (877) 894-4663. Webopportunities site: http://www.hoFind one The United States Detoday! partment of Housing and Urban Development: SOUNDCLASSIFIEDS.COM Telephone: (800 ) 569-4287. W e b s i t e : Looking a jobcivilwith Thefor statewide legal aid hotline for assistance growth potential? and referrals to other The classifieds are sprouting with opportunities. housing counselors and Find one today. attorneys: Telephone: (800) 606-4819. Website: DATE: March 21, 2019 Trustee: Western Progressive - Washington, Inc. Trustee address: 3600 15th Avenue West, Suite


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ROCKIN’ ON THE RIVER RETURNS TO REDMOND The annual summer concert series will feature Heart By Heart. By Madison Miller

Rockin’ on the River will return to Redmond next month. For the past six years, residents have enjoyed the free summertime evening concert series at the Redmond Senior Center (8703 160th Ave. NE in Redmond). The concerts bring big-name tribute bands to the area including Neil Diamond tribute, and Cherry Cherry which has performed at the concert series twice before. Marty Boggs, senior program administrator, has been a part of organizing the concert series since nearly the beginning when it was first called Blues on the Slough. “[These concerts] really bring the community together,” he said. “I’m lucky to emcee these shows… Everyone always leaves with big smiles on their faces.” Boggs said each concert typically brings in 700-800 people. “It’s such a great intimate setting,” he said. “People bring their kids and friends. You can bring your own chairs, or many just sit on a picnic blanket and enjoy the show.” A number of chairs are provided by the Redmond Senior Center. Emerald Heights has been sponsoring Rockin’ on the River summer concerts for the past five years. The Redmond Senior Center is able to secure quality bands through the support of Emerald Heights. Emerald Heights provides cold water bottles during the shows. Redmond Kiwanis Club has been selling concessions during the concerts for the past three years. The Redmond Kiwanis Club also provided financial support for an outdoor stage in order to accommodate larger bands. “We have built this expectation of always having high-quality bands,” Boggs said. “We want


Heart By Heart will be headlining Rockin’ on the River this summer. Band members include two original members of Heart. From left: Chad Quist, Lizzy Daymont, Michael Derosier, Somar Macek and Steve Fossem.

everyone to come and enjoy the shows.” Rockin’ on the River hosts four to five concerts each summer. This year’s concert lineup includes Heart by Heart — made up of two of Heart’s originally members — The Beatniks (a Beatles cover band), Cherry Cherry and High Tide (a Beach Boys cover band). The Beatnicks play with a passion aimed to encompass the band’s philosophy that music is more than just a background to life, according to the band website. Performing the music of the ‘60s and ‘70s, the shows feature classic sound, energy and stage presence. Cherry Cherry, a Neil Diamond tribute band, plays with respect to Diamond’s music. Led by Steve Kelly, it will be Cherry Cherry’s third year performing at Rockin’ on the River. High Tide is one of the few bands to capture the classic Southern California Beach Boy’s

1960s sound. High Tide provides a tribute to one of America’s most iconic bands. Heart By Heart is this year’s headlining act, performing July 18. Formed by original Heart bassist Steve Fossen and his wife, Somar Macek, Heart By Heart presents a show that includes all the favorite Heart hits such as “Barracuda,” “Straight On,” “Crazy On You” and “Magic Man,” as well as deep album cuts that Heart fans enjoy. Heart By Heart began in 2008 with Fossem and Macek together as a duo, but after receiving more and more small gigs around the Seattle area, Fossem asked original Heart drummer Michael Derosier to join. By 2009, Heart By Heart grew to include Lizzy Daymont on guitar, keyboards and vocals, and guitarist Chad Quist. Fossem said the band takes the music seriously and strives to play the music as close to the


Steve Kelly leads Cherry Cherry, a Neil Diamond tribute band.

original album version. “We thought, ‘Why can’t we benefit from the songs that we helped create?’” Fossem said. Heart By Heart has gained traction since 2008, especially within the last five years while touring throughout the US. “Every year we get more popular,” Fossem said. “We have so much fun playing these songs the same way everyone heard them and get people to relive the

nostalgia… We’ve had people come up to us after a show with tears in their eyes and thanking us for bringing the memories back.” Heart By Heart will be playing 6-8 p.m. on July 18 at Rockin’ on the River. For more information about this year’s Rockin’ on the River, go online to https:// Rockin-on-the-River.


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The Bellevue Arts Museum ARTSfair will run from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., July 28-29 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 30 at the Bellevue Square and the museum, 510 Bellevue Way NE.

BAM ARTSFAIR TO CELEBRATE 73 YEARS IN JULY Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM) is celebrating the 73rd BAM ARTSfair next month. The fair will be July 26-28 at Bellevue Arts Museum (510 Bellevue Way NE in Bellevue) and Bellevue Square. BAM ARTSfair features thousands of original artworks, a mix of community programs, free admission to BAM and live music. BAM ARTSfair aims to bring some of the nation’s most talented artists to the Pacific Northwest. This year’s line-up includes more than 300 independent artists selected by a jury of museum and art professionals. The competitive selection process is designed to ensure diversity and superior quality. The fair features a variety of artists working in different media — from wood, glass and ceramics to paint. Free programs include community art-making, live performance art and KIDSfair.

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BAM ARTSFair is returning to Bellevue July 26-28. The Bellevue Arts Museum ARTSfair will run from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., July 28-29 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 30 at the Bellevue Square and the museum, 510 Bellevue Way NE. Bellevue Festival of the Arts, a longtime sister event to BAM ARTSfair, was canceled earlier this year. For more information about the BAM ARTSfair, go online to BAM’s website (https://bit. ly/2X1XiAD).


The 72nd BAM ARTSfair is set for July 27-29 at Bellevue Arts Museum and Bellevue Square.


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