Andy Nystrom

Bothell’s Asence earns Miss Seafair crown

Veronica Asence began taking ballet classes at the age of 5, and later performed in the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s “Nutcracker.” Last Saturday, the Bothell native and certified dance teacher through the American Ballet Theatre added 2012 Miss Seafair to her accomplishment list.

LPGA Legends Swing for the Cure at Inglewood Golf Club | Slideshow

When JoAnne Carner started shaping her golf game back in the 1950s, Inglewood Golf Club and the old Juanita Golf Course were her stomping grounds. Carner, now 73, didn’t possess a bag of golf clubs at first, but a pair of deft hands used for ball hunting at Juanita with her brother, Bill Gunderson. “We would clean them up and sell them on the weekend,” she said with a laugh about 90 minutes before teeing off last Sunday at the LPGA Legends Swing for the Cure Golf Tournament at Inglewood in Kenmore.

Bothell’s Penna chops, kicks his way to two gold medals

Christopher Penna has been kicking and punching for nearly nine years. At age 4, the Bothell resident began taking karate lessons for fun, but over time he became serious about his craft. He added to his total of 101 medals by earning two golds and one bronze at the recent national championships and United States team trials at the Broward County Convention and Trade Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Kenmore man believes he was stabbed in the back by best friend during robbery

A Kenmore man claims he was stabbed in the back by his best friend during an apartment robbery on July 25, according to Sgt. Cindi West, King County Sheriff's public information officer.

Kenmore Village takes center stage at community meeting; next gathering on Tuesday

It was a bumpy economic road a few years ago — a survival of the fittest for business owners — said Maria Royer of Real Retail, noting that the monetary landscape has since improved.

Locals are on the ballot for primary election

For six Bothell residents and one Kenmore resident, the start is now for either being elected or re-elected into office. Primary election ballots were mailed out earlier this week and the vote tallying will begin on Aug. 7. July 30 is the deadline for in-person voter registration at the county elections office for people not already registered in Washington state.

‘Family friendly’ espresso stand still gets some complaints

Best Friend Espresso owner Wayne Hembree says that since he labeled his Kenmore stand “family friendly” in December of 2010, he still receives complaints about his baristas’ outfits. Hembree said his employees usually wear skirts and dresses that show off their legs.

Backpacks for Kids heads into 13th year

The boxes are out in the community and the school buses are parked where people will notice them: The 13th annual Backpacks for Kids campaign has begun.

I can’t go back, but I can certainly help out now | Editor’s Notebook

Looking back on my childhood, I always had what I needed on the first day of school and every day throughout the year. Not having a backpack full of school supplies was never an issue for me. There were times when I noticed some of my classmates that didn’t always have everything that I did in the classroom. I would share a pencil here and a piece of paper there, but never really thought much about it.

Latest ‘Mt. Bothell’ sign takes a dig at dirt pile near Crossroads Project

During the winter, someone placed a "Ski Mt. Bothell" sign on the fence near the covered dirt pile at the corner of Bothell Way Northeast and Northeast 180th Street.

Semi crashes, 10-15 gallons of its fuel reaches Sammamish River

A semi tractor trailer failed to maneuver a curve on the 17500 block of Northeast Woodinville-Duvall Road yesterday afternoon and slammed on its side, spilling between 30-35 gallons of diesel fuel out of its cap.

Keller shows goalies how it’s done at Northwest Soccer Camp

An unshakable self-belief. That's what former professional English league goalkeeper Paul Barron feels drove Kasey Keller to succeed in a world full of stellar netminders.

All smiles at Wayne Curve Project grand opening in Bothell

Wayne Curve may be located in Bothell, but with Kenmore just up the road on the shared State Route 522, the two cities are sometimes mentioned in the same sentence when people discuss local happenings.

Skyview Junior High snags Green Flag award for sustainability and environmental education

Skyview Junior High's Green Team students proudly raised a Green Flag at last week's end-of-school assembly as the crowd's applause filled the gym.

Bothell City Council delays decision on proposed business-license fee increases

Bothell City Council didn't take action at last night's meeting regarding raising business-license fees. According to Deputy City Manager Steve Anderson, Mayor Mark Lamb told council that over the last few weeks he met with several business owners who suggested a more "public process" take place before fees are raised. Anderson added that Lamb agreed with that viewpoint, and business owners may be involved in a public session at council's next meeting on July 10.

Police chiefs, community members say the Seattle shootings affect everyone | Update

The tragic, fatal shootings that took place at a quaint coffee shop and parking lot in Seattle on May 30 can happen anywhere — big cities and smaller ones — says Kenmore Police Chief Cliff Sether. Recently, Kenmore officers arrested a man who became angry and unveiled a handgun when he confronted the driver who allegedly cut him off in the Safeway parking lot.

City of Bothell is considering business-license fee increase | Update

For the last few weeks, Bothell Mayor Mark Lamb, Deputy City Manager Steve Anderson and Greater Bothell Chamber of Commerce officials have been visiting with some of the city’s 2,800 businesses to inform owners that a big change may be in store for them.

Violence is never the answer | Editor’s Notebook

I’m a cool, calm and level-headed person. I’m also a trusting guy and I always look for good qualities in others and remain positive in any situation I’m faced with. However, I’m steamed nowadays — and worried about what’s going on around me ... and all of us.

Kenmore’s Norwegian knight: King Harald honors Kim Nesselquist

When the calendar reads May 17, Kim Nesselquist and his family head down to Ballard to celebrate Norwegian Constitution Day. This year’s event was more important than ever for the Kenmore resident, who has lived in the area since 1990. At Leif Erikson Sons of Norway Hall in Ballard, Seattle’s Norwegian Consul Nesselquist was named knight, first class to the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit.

Hekker’s ready for the Rams: Bothell High, Oregon State University standout punts his way into the pros

Johnny Hekker tweeted the following news on April 28: "Your boy is going to be a St. Louis Ram! Free agency deal." The former Bothell High player, at 6-foot-5, 221 pounds these days, was a standout four-year starting punter at Oregon State University. During his senior season, he punted 50 times for a 44.0 yard average.