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Tuesday, October 8, 2002 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Eastside Digest

New stream course attracting salmon

REDMOND — Salmon have been returning to a new stream north of Redmond since the waterway was connected to the Sammamish River two weeks ago.

Biologists hoped the new 2,200-foot meandering course would attract salmon, who hadn't frequented the area for 40 years. The stream was built by King County road workers as part of a project to widen Northeast 124th Street. It replaced a muddy, 77-foot-long ditch that didn't directly connect to the river, where salmon do swim.

Since water was diverted to the new streambed on Sept. 25, dozens of adult sockeye have been spotted making their way upstream for hundreds of feet. County biologists say they hope the salmon will continue to explore the tributary and may one day choose to spawn there.

City Council approves ordinance requiring bicyclists to wear helmets

BELLEVUE — Bellevue police can soon give out $30 tickets to bicyclists riding on streets and paths without helmets.

The Bellevue City Council unanimously approved the new ordinance yesterday, at the request of police. It takes effect a month after council approval.

Previously, police issued warnings to cyclists without helmets, citing a county regulation. But they had been reluctant to issue tickets because of uncertainty about sending citations for county violations to municipal court, Lt. Mike Johnson said.

Gold-medalist bobsledder to speak at Youth Eastside Services lunch

BELLEVUE — Olympic gold-medalist bobsledder Jill Bakken will be keynote speaker at the annual luncheon to raise money for Youth Eastside Services.

The Invest in Youth Luncheon was created in 1992 to educate the community about services offered by YES and generate financial support for its work. YES offers counseling, intervention and prevention programs to 27,000 at-risk Eastside residents each year.

This year's luncheon is especially important because the agency is feeling financial pressure due to government cuts to human-service programs.

Bakken grew up and attended high school on the Eastside, graduating from Lake Washington High School in Kirkland in 1995. She led the U.S. women's bobsledding team to a gold medal in the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.

The lunch will be at the Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St. in Bellevue, on Oct. 16 from noon to 1:30 p.m. A donation of $150 is requested to attend.

For more information, call 425-586-2340.

Information is from the Eastside bureau of The Seattle Times.

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