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Friday, April 17, 2015 -- 2:52 pm
Tesla STEM High School student heads to We Day to encourage girls to code | GUEST COLUMN
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Friday, April 17, 2015 -- 2:52 pm
Redmond High girls tennis notches 4A Kingco wins
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Friday, April 17, 2015 -- 1:03 pm
Volunteer champions needed for Redmond's forested parks | GUEST COLUMN
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Friday, April 17, 2015 -- 11:05 am
Have you been following this year's Legislative se
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Friday, April 17, 2015 -- 11:05 am
Redmond Middle School parents work toward improving math for the future
Redmond Reporter - A group of parents at Redmond Middle School (RMS) are sharing some concerns they have about the school's algebra one program and are hoping to improve things for future generations. Read more...
Friday, April 17, 2015 -- 9:02 am
City uses lean logic to improve customer service
Redmond Reporter - The City of Redmond is currently in the process of streamlining the way it does business in order to offer a better level of service to its customers. Read more...
Thursday, April 16, 2015 -- 4:53 pm
Prop. 1 could benefit Redmond first responders, others
Redmond Reporter - On April 28, residents in King County -- including Redmond -- will have the opportunity to vote whether or not to update the area's emergency response radio network. Read more...
Thursday, April 16, 2015 -- 4:00 pm
OPINION: Blog reader spots a Mercedes city Public Works vehicle
Redmond Neighborhood Blog - A Redmond Neighborhood Blog reader, Sue Peak Hogeboom reported that she noticed a City Public Works vehicle that was a Mercedes.  She was concerned our tax dollars were being spent extravagantly and wrote the Mayor about it.  Below is the City's response:"Thank you for your inquiry. You are correct the City is proposing a levy in order to meet critical city service needs. We work diligently to use the taxpayers' money in the most efficient way and an example of that is the purchase of City Fleet vehicles. Whereas it may look like the purchase of a Mercedes vehicle is not cost effective, in actuality we purchased this vehicle through the Washington State contract which yields the lowest costs to public agencies. We did explore purchasing a similar U.S. made vehicle but found that it would have cost more. Thank you for expressing your interest in ensuring the City is being fiscally responsible."JohnMayor, City of RedmondWhat do you think?  Does this satisfy you? Follow Redmond Blog on Facebook: www.facebook.com/redmondblogger Read more...
Thursday, April 16, 2015 -- 3:44 pm
BECU Celebrating 80th Anniversary by "Closing for Good"
Redmond Neighborhood Blog - BECU locations to open late on October 20th as 1300 employees lead financial literacy workshopsTukwila, April 16, 2015 - BECU announced today that it is closing its doors for part of the day on Tuesday, October 20, sending its 1,300 employees to lead Financial Reality Fairs in high schools across Washington State. "Closing for Good" will reach at least 2,500 students. The initiative is part of BECU's 80th anniversary celebration as a not-for-profit credit union dedicated to community involvement. The event is also part of an internal BECU initiative giving employees paid volunteer time off. BECU's financial centers will reopen at 1 p.m."As a credit union, our primary motivation is making a difference for our members and our community," said BECU CEO Benson Porter. "Through 'Closing for Good,' we want to make sure the teens in our community have a high level of financial literacy as they embark on their adult lives."During the workshops, students will participate in a hands-on financial role play simulation. Students are assigned a career and starting salary, then must make decisions about housing, utilities, food, transportation and other expenses."'Closing for Good' is all about experiencing the real-life budgeting decisions people face every day," added Porter. "We want to give teens a chance to think about their financial choices analytically, so that when the time comes, they can make educated decisions."  Read More>>Recent studies indicate that American teens lag behind in financial literacy. A 2014 survey of 40,000 college students by EverFi showed  31 percent of students surveyed believe it's better to have something now and pay for it later and 50 percent think it's okay to incur a bank overdraft fee if they plan to have funds to make up for it.BECU call centers, ATMs and other supporting services will remain online during the event, but all of BECU's 42 locations will open at 1 p.m."It is BECU's mission to make investments that help our community thrive," said BECU vice president of co-op affairs Sara Moorehead. "BECU's motto is more than just money - whes.e're confident our members will see Closing for Good as a representation of that commitment, not as an inconvenience."  Schools interested in participating in Closed for Good can visit www.becu.org/ClosingForGood for more details. BECU will provide additional information to members as the event approaches. Follow Redmond Blog on Facebook: www.facebook.com/redmondblogger Read more...
Thursday, April 16, 2015 -- 10:50 am
Redmond High athletes shine in track and field events
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015 -- 6:53 pm
Birthday girl Settle leads Redmond to golf victory over Issaquah
Redmond Reporter - Redmond High's girls golfers didn't let Tuesday's driving rainstorm disrupt their drive toward success during the second half of a 4A Kingco match against Issaquah High. Read more...
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 -- 6:53 pm
Employment Securities Department: Washington's jobs outlook continues positive trend
Redmond Reporter - After several months of increasing or steady unemployment rates, Washington's unemployment rate for the month of March dropped to 5.9 percent, on a preliminary, seasonally adjusted basis, according to estimates by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Read more...
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 -- 5:02 pm
City advises how to safely share Redmond roads and trails
Redmond Reporter - Spring is here and with the warmer weather comes a greater inclination to spend time outdoors. Read more...
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 -- 3:33 pm
Council Study Session on Human Resources, City Growth, and Tree Canopy
Redmond Neighborhood Blog - The March 14 Redmond City Council study session included some interesting topics on 1) human resources, 2) city communication regarding rapid growth, and 3) the city's tree canopy.HUMAN RESOURCES:  Melody Mathes, Director of Human Resources stated their employee turnover rate was lower than the state and region.  Though this bodes well, she was concerned that it is becoming a little more difficult to retain workers (owing to salaries).  In fact, she said she would be evaluating salaries for possible increases!CITY GROWTH:  There was a reported dip down in whether the community thought the city was heading in the right direction...from 2013.  There was also a dip down in whether the community thought the city was communicating well with the public.  Jane Christianson, Deputy City Administrator suggested the city needed to communicate better about the rapid growth downtown.  Councilmember Stilin said there are two audiences:  One group that favors the change to Cleveland Street and all the high rises going up and another group that opposes these changes.  President Hank Margeson looked at the complainers as "toddlers" that haven't grown up yet.  Councilmember Kim Allen said a brochure that explained why Redmond is undergoing all this growth would be helpful.TREE CANOPY:  It has been scientifically determined that the tree canopy in the city is 39%...about equal to Kirkland.  This includes the watershed preserve.  63 acres of tree canopy were lost to development since 2009 (2.5%).  This figure does not include the loss of tree canopy to development at Overlake's Group Health property.  37 acres of canopy was lost in North Redmond between 2009-2013.  10  acres was lost on Education Hill.  Of course continued development in 2014 and 2015 will further destroy canopy.  From three years of data 376 landmark trees have been removed.  President Hank Margeson roughly calculated that Group Health's Capstone development so far has planted 1500 of the 3000 trees that they are obligated to plant and he asked Planner Cathy Beam to stay on top of this.  Councilmember Kim Allen says the city should strive for "no net loss of trees and even increase their numbers."  Developers are supposed to pay $250/tree into a tree replacement fund for every tree they can't replace.  So far the city has planted 12,000 trees (not counting Capstone) from this fund and used it to pay for tree maintenance to ensure survivability.  Reported by Bob Yoder Follow Redmond Blog on Facebook: www.facebook.com/redmondblogger Read more...
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 -- 12:56 pm
Nine Redmond runners are set for Boston Marathon on Monday
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015 -- 12:56 pm
Officers investigate mail and ID thefts | Police blotter for April 14
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015 -- 12:56 pm
LWSD Facilities Planning Task Force seeks input online and at April 29 meeting
Redmond Reporter - Lake Washington School District's Long-Term Facilities Planning Task Force seeks community input on how to address the district's classroom capacity needs and aging facilities. Feedback will be gathered through an online open house April 20-28 and at the Task Force's April 29 meeting. Read more...
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 -- 5:13 pm
LWSD Facilities Planning Task Force seeks input online and at April 29 meeting
Redmond Neighborhood Blog -  Redmond, Wash. - Lake Washington School District's Long-Term Facilities Planning Task Force seeks community input on how to address the district's classroom capacity needs and aging facilities. Feedback will be gathered through an online open house April 20-28 and at the Task Force's April 29 meeting.The Task Force's Working Subcommittee (WSC) will use a framework of resource levels to help develop recommendations. This framework builds on what they have learned and discussed about the district's capacity, enrollment, building conditions and other topics. The framework provides an organizing structure for potential levels of investment. It also compares and contrasts trade-offs for different strategies. The district invites the community to review the framework and provide feedback. The Task Force will use this input in its work. Visit and provide input via the online open house beginning April 20The framework will be added to the online open house. Provide input by reviewing the framework and answering questions on the online open house between April 20 and April 28.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 June 2015.Attend the Task Force's April 29 meetingThe Task Force will meet on April 29 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Rose Hill Middle School Commons. The meeting will include a workshop session. In that session, community members are invited to join the Task Force in small group conversations about the framework, resource levels and strategies. Following the workshop session, the Task Force will meet and provide guidance to the WSC on the framework based on community input.The WSC will use the Task Force's guidance and the framework to evaluate costs considering different conditions. For example, the currently projected needs and class size reductions being considered in the legislature have different facility implications.  This input and further feedback opportunities this spring will help the WSC and Task Force develop final recommendations. Follow Redmond Blog on Facebook: www.facebook.com/redmondblogger Read more...
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 -- 12:58 pm
The Decemberists are set for Marymoor concert
Redmond Reporter - The Decemberists (pictured) with Calexico will play the Marymoor Park Concert Series, presented by Swedish Redmond, at 6:30 p.m. on July 16. On Aug. 29-30, Sublime with Rome, plus Rebelution, Pepper and Mickey Avalon will play at 5:30 p.m. For ticket information, visit www.marymoorconcerts.com. Read more...
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 -- 12:58 pm
Officers investigate burglaries, ID thefts | Police blotter for April 8-13
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Emerson String Quartet
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