Kirkland Kids Triathlon: Swim, Bike, Run

The Kirkland Kids Triathlon at Juanita Beach Park gives youth, ages three through twelve, a chance to participate in a triathlon on Saturday, September 10th at 11:00 a.m. atJuanita Beach Park, 9703 NE Juanita Drive. The Kids Triathlon includes a 50-yard swim/splash, a half mile bicycle ride and a 400 yard run. Pre-registration is available on line at, course code 48081. Day of event registration opens at 10:00 a.m. and is subject to availability. Registration fee is $32 per participant and includes a swim cap, t-shirt, and participation ribbon. The race is non-timed, non-competitive and an excellent opportunity for youth to experience the sport of triathlon.

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LETTER | Valderrama is an exceptional candidate

Ramiro Valderrama is an exceptionally strong advocate for the people and I urge you to support him in his run against Roger Goodman for the 45th Legislative District.  Valderrama’s powerful advocacy for the mentally ill, environment, education and property rights are probably key reasons the non-partisan Municipal League rated him  “Outstanding!” 

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Norkirk & Highlands All Neighborhood Picnic, Saturday Noon to 4pm


                   12:00 – 4:00pm at Crestwoods Park,  1818 6th St.


Join your Norkirk and Highlands neighbors for some good old-fashioned family fun!

Classic picnic fare, including hot dogs (beef, turke,y and veggie), chips, watermelon, and drinks.

Arts and crafts, inflatable obstacle course, face painting, and more.

Relax and enjoy the sounds of the ever-popular Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band

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Police Chief Cherie Harris Responds to Criticism

The following is in response to a letter from Nathan Rich, Kirkland Police Guild President, criticizing the Kirkland Police Department:

Kirkland is considering changes to expand the pool of officers it can hire by accepting years of service as a police officer or a military veteran, as an alternative to education requirements only.

Kirkland Police officers are crime fighters, service providers, homeland security agents, peacekeepers, mental health workers, and community problems solvers.  It’s becoming more difficult to find an adequate pool of candidates who are willing to do this difficult job.  Recruiting and staffing shortfalls continue to plague law enforcement agencies across the United States. New challenges, including military call-ups, retirements, and increased competition for a much smaller applicant pool, have combined to make the problem more acute. This is a struggle for most every agency but some are moving forward with innovative approaches including pay incentives and a re-examination of some traditional application qualifications…

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Sound Transit Violates Law Sharing Emails With Mass Transit Political Campaign

Sound Transit illegally gave the email addresses of nearly 173,000 customers to a mass transit political campaign

As if foreign nationals hacking into our Federal government’s computer systems was not enough bad news, locally, we find that Sound Transit just gave away the email addresses of 173,000 ORCA customers to the pro-transit campaign, Mass Transit NOW!

Kirkland Views has been a vocal critic of Sound Transit for many reasons but this time, we would hope everyone would condemn Sound Transit, the sacred cow of pork barrel spending…

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LETTER | Kirkland Police Lowering Standards


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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