LETTER | Kirkland Police Lowering Standards

Editor:

Like many other police agencies across the country, the Kirkland Police Department is having a hard time filling the ranks.  On a national scale, we (police) are hard-pressed to find men and women who want to serve their communities.  I often sit on hiring boards and am impressed with the people who want to make law enforcement a career.  With police being targeted for assassination, there are still those with the courage to stand on the thin blue line.  We have hired some of these brave men and women in the last few months.  However, the reality is that even if they have no trouble in their training, I will not see them working solo as police officers for almost a full year…

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Tree-Pruning Along Holmes Point Drive Begins This Week

Trimming will reduce risk of falling trees and power outages

Kirkland’s Public Works Department will be closing the south entrance of Holmes Point Drive in the Finn Hill neighborhood on Friday, August 26, so that work can begin to reduce the height of leaning trees—mostly alder and fir—along 76th Place Northeast also known as Holmes Point Drive. Crews will trim leaning trees near the south entrance to the Holmes Point community off Holmes Point Drive. Residents will be able to enter the Holmes Point community via the Holmes Point Dr. north entrance…

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Reminder: Farm to Table Dinner Aug 27

The Kirkland Wednesday Market is excited to bring the Kirkland community and local farmers together during this exciting & delicious event. The inaugural Kirkland Farm to Table Dinner is guaranteed to be one of the most memorable nights of the season. Come toast the end of summer with all the Friends of the Market!

Kicking off at 6pm on August 27th, guests will dine outside at beautiful Carillon Point round-about. This five-course meal event will feature the freshest ingredients from our Kirkland Wednesday Market vendors, and the menu will be crafted by an elite pair of chefs: James Beard Award-winning Chef Jason Wilson and Woodmark Hotel Executive Chef Matthew Steffen. With event planner Kevin Bradford designing the experience, this promises to be an unforgettable evening to celebrate farm fresh food in Kirkland…

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Help Remove Invasive Plants on the Cross Kirkland Corridor; Tuesday, Aug 23

Volunteers will be working on the section of the CKC between 6th St S and Kirkland Way Aug 23 from 9am – 11am. You are invited to join in and help!

Parking available on 5th Pl. S, 9th St, and Railroad Ave.

  • Bring small pruning saws, big loppers, and water (we’ll have a few extra tools)
  • Wear long pants, long sleeves, sturdy shoes, and gloves
  • We will be clearing around holly trees to prepare for stem injection by city staff in the fall. We will also pick up litter, and remove other invasive plants we find, such as scotch broom, butterfly bush, and Canada thistle.

Tuesday, August 23 from 9am to 11am

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LETTER | Finn Hill Needs More Say Over Land Use

Editor:

The question is: What are they tearing up along Juanita Drive? 

The ravine of Denny Park is across Juanita Drive from a development project and we have seen a tremendous loss of topsoil in Denny Park into Denny Creek through erosion and poor surface water management practices. Retention ponds are not a winning answer in this war to keep top soil. Ponds are hazards for children and with their pooled water are Mosquito breeding grounds. When Mother Nature does cut loose showers having extreme rainfall… Retention Ponds do not contain gully washing events. Trees and shrubs root systems do the Job.
That said… who the heck let these people screw up Juanita Drive AGAIN!…

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Heard On The Street: Historic House Potential Routes Include Lake Ave. W., Marina Park

Nickel Bros. Seeks Local Buyer, otherwise historic Trueblood house will be barged out of town

According to Jeff McCord of the Nickel Brothers, the historic Kirkland home they purchased is for sale with three potential buyers. One of the three is local. The other two prospects are a nonprofit in the San Juan Islands and Historic Seattle. Nickel Brothers is still seeking a local option, ideally a plot of land within 3-4 blocks.

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Sound Transit: Too much Money, Not Enough Riders says Former Issaquah Mayor

Hinds writes, “Our current total public transportation spending is split: 60 percent on transit and 40 percent on roads. The biggest chunk of transit is light rail. As seen above, that 60 percent share serves only 4 percent of the ridership and is forecasted to reach maybe 5 percent with ST3. Spending 60 percent of the dollars on 5 percent of the population is not an effective use of funds regardless of the politics or our wishes.”

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Kirkland Police Host Citizens Academy

The Kirkland Police Department is inviting Kirkland residents to participate in the Citizens Academy. The academy will run every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., from September 14, through November 2, 2016. The deadline to apply is September 9, 2016.

The Citizens Academy is an eight-week program designed to give Kirkland residents a working knowledge of the Kirkland Police Department. The comprehensive instruction focuses on a specific topic each week, such as: patrol officer training, investigations, K9, Special Response Team, use of force issues and firearms.

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