Woodinville Bandits — tutus and shaved heads

  • Written by Karin Hopper

Courtesy photo Coach Russ had his head shaved in recognition of the girls’ hard work and dedication.
The Woodinville West Little League Minors Bandits enjoyed a fun run to end the season. After a successful regular season, they entered the season-ending District 8 north end double elimination tournament with high hopes.

They lost their opening game Friday, June 3, but then the fun began. They won five straight games to advance past several very good teams to the title round, beating the Northshore Cougars at Bothell High on June 11. But they had to beat them twice to take the tourney and ultimately lost a tough one on Sunday, going down against arguably the ace pitcher of the league.

It was an amazing run for the local Woodinville girls who ended the season on a high note.

Their parents and families really got behind the run to make it fun, too. Had the Bandits won, the coaches agreed to run the bases in pink tutus, and coach Russ agreed to shave his head. Although they didn’t win first place, Coach Russ had his head shaved in recognition of the girls’ hard work and dedication.

The Bandits were coached by Troy Lundquist, Craig Lemke, Russ Waughman, Curt Whitton, Victor Shif.

The players were Bailey Burger-Moore, Samantha Dammrose, Alexa Dietz, Gracie Gibbs, Keyle Guerrero, Jacqueline Lemke, Madison Lundquist, Morgan Lundquist, Perrie Postforoosh, Katie Sinfield, Lina Waughman and Annie Whitton.

Wastemobile comes to Kirkland

  • Written by Karin Hopper

All King County residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint and other household hazardous waste at no charge June 24-26 when the Wastemobile will be in the parking lot of Fred Meyer, 12221 120th Ave. NE, Kirkland, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

For more information, including acceptable materials and quantity limits, call (206) 296-4692. Recorded information is available after hours.

Information is also available on the Wastemobile website at

Woodinville woman charged with animal cruelty

  • Written by Don Mann
Longtime Woodinville resident Christy Diemond has been charged with two counts of Animal Cruelty in the First Degree, a class C felony.

The charges allege Diemond starved and dehydrated two horses she’s owned for about 16 years. The horses, named Brandy and Bud, are over 30 years old.

Diemond will be arraigned in King County Superior Court on June 23, King County Prosecutors spokesman Dan Donahoe said.


Motorcycle fatality on local road

  • Written by Don Mann
Bothell resident Aaron Lyle Odegard, 26, was killed when his motorcycle collided with a van at the 17000 block of of Woodinville- Redmond Road on Wednesday (June 15) in unincorporated King County.

Odegard was pronounced dead at the scene at about 3:30 p.m.

According to King County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. John Urquhart, a 2005 Chevrolet Express van was southbound on Woodinville- Redmond Road (SR 202) when it made a left turn into a private driveway. The motorcycle, a 2006 Suzuki 750, was northbound and had just passed another vehicle. The motorcycle hit the right rear corner of the van.

"Bystanders began CPR on the patient prior to us arriving on the scene," Woodinville Fire & Rescue Community Services Officer David Weed said. "We had units on the scene almost immediately and our medics tried to revive him but it was obvious he was deceased. It appeared he died instantly."

The driver of the van was a 56-year-old Woodinville man.

The accident is still under investigation and there have been no arrests or citations.

Gypsy moth summer trapping begins

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

OLYMPIA – State trappers are currently hanging brightly colored gypsy moth traps in trees, shrubs and other areas in an effort to protect Washington’s forests, production agriculture and cityscapes from a destructive plant-eating pest.The traps will be checked every two to three weeks during the summer before being taken down in September.

The gypsy moth is the worst forest pest ever brought into the U.S. In its caterpillar form, the pest attacks more than 500 species of trees and plants. The caterpillar quickly strips trees and plants of leaves, destroying some and weakening others so they are susceptible to plant diseases. For more information, call (800) 443-6684 or visit the agency’s Web site at