Raindrops splashed onto the surface of the water on the Sammamish Slough. The sound of paddles hitting the water and the paddlers counting in time cut through the rain and the dark. Paddlers make each stroke in time with each other, propelling the dragon boat forward. From the front of the boat, coach Lee Bjorklund yells “stop,” and then there’s no sound but the breath of the paddlers and the rain hitting the water.
The sound of the engines drowns out all other noise. Each time a brightly painted car races past the grandstands, the roar rumbles the seats. The announcer frantically explains each change as the cars jockey for position, even though his amplified voice is inaudible over the din. Cool night air settles over the fairgrounds. It’s a race night at Evergreen Speedway.
Mike Holden grew up watching his dad race stock cars in Monroe. On Sept. 13, the Woodinville local raced against the kids of the same people his dad raced 30 years ago and walked away with the track championship in the NASCAR Whelen All-American series.
An Indiegogo project to start a line of Caribbean spice blends is the latest project for Linda Aaron, owner of The Steel Pan restaurant in Bothell’s Country Village.
At 28, Aaron’s life is already full of success in varied fields. She moved to Brooklyn alone at age 16, served in the National Guard and most recently, quit a managerial job at Boeing to open The Steel Pan — while taking care of her 11-year-old brother.
A 2007 Eastside Catholic High School and 2011 United States Naval Academy graduate and Woodinville native is serving aboard one of the Navy’s newest and most advanced ships, the destroyer Zumwalt (DDG 1000), which is currently under construction at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine.
Lt. j.g. John Hampson is an information warfare officer aboard the Zumwalt, which is scheduled to be commissioned in 2016. The ship has advanced technologies in every area – engines, power systems, weapons systems, shipboard electronics and sensors – making it one of the world’s most capable ships. When at sea, Zumwalt will perform a variety of missions including attacking targets on land with gunfire and cruise missiles, hunting and tracking submarines, airspace surveillance and support to special operations forces.
Picture this: the year is 1909, Bothell has just become an official city, residents complain about automobiles ruining the roads for normal traffic, and the City Council is arguing the pros and cons of allowing an electric light company to bring Bothell residents power.
Now people at the bus shelter on SR522 at 180th Street NE can contemplate their town’s history while waiting for the bus to come. The Bothell Historical Museum has “adopted” the bus shelter and put historical photos from the museum’s collection on the bus shelter’s panels.