Local

Multiple closures required for Seafair Air Show practice, shows

NEW — 6 a.m. July 30, 2015

As the U.S. Navy Blue Angels zoom above Lake Washington this week, drivers on Interstate 90 should prepare for traffic to slow to a crawl several times between Thursday and Sunday, and consider alternate routes.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is required by the Federal Aviation Administration to close the Interstate 90 floating bridge five times to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians while the Blue Angels practice for and perform at the Seafair Air Show. The closures are to keep the public and pilots safe, and to minimize distractions.

The closures will extend from Interstate 5 in Seattle to Island Crest Way on Mercer Island. Certain I-90 and I-5 ramps will also close 30 minutes to one hour before flight times. Drivers who need to cross Lake Washington should plan to do so at least one hour before the closures or use an alternate route, such as Interstate 405, state Route 520 or state Route 522. Read more »

Sports

Local girls part of title-winning Seattle lacrosse team

NEW — 12:30 p.m. July 29, 2015

In West Chester, Pennsylvania, there is an annual lacrosse tournament known as The Grind. On July 10, the Seattle Starz under-15 girls lacrosse team, which includes several players from the Snoqualmie Valley, won The Grind championship.

The team beat out the Philly Blast, 9-3, in the championship round to earn first place.

“Its huge,” said Lyndsey Gillis, the organization’s director for girls lacrosse. “To be compared to, and to be competing with some of the top teams on the East Coast really puts Seattle on the map. It says a lot about how far these girls have come.”

Several members of the U15 group will enter high school this fall. Several will attend Mount Si High School, but the team as a whole may not be together again. The Starz have an internal policy of withholding their players’ names from the public, Gillis said. Read more »

Schools

Students earn $900 for school by recycling drink pouches

NEW — 3 p.m. July 29, 2015

North Bend Elementary School has just reached the second level of TerraCycle and Capri Sun’s Drink Pouch Brigade milestone contest by collecting more than 18,000 drink pouches.

The students have earned more than $900 for their school.

The Drink Pouch Brigade is a free recycling program that rewards people for collecting and sending their waste to TerraCycle to be recycled or upcycled. Since 2007, Drink Pouch Brigade participants have kept almost 235 million drink pouches out of landfills and raised more than $4.5 million for charity.

“The milestone program is meant to inspire individuals and organizations to collect more waste while receiving prizes for their achievements,” Tom Szaky, CEO of TerraCycle, said in a news release. “It is rewarding to see the students and administration get so involved in making this work. It’s an incredible achievement to have kept so many pouches out of the waste stream.” Read more »

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