In other items: Highway 18 plans up for discussion; Northeast 20th gets new traffic signal; dog owners to talk about off-leash area; and medical, counseling volunteers sought.

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Fire officials said yesterday they don’t know what started a fire that tore through part of a Kirkland church an hour after Sunday services had ended.

Firefighters were called to the blaze in the 8000 block of 132nd Avenue Northeast around 1:45 p.m. and found the nursery of the single-story church in flames, said Robin Paster, a Kirkland Fire Department spokeswoman.

No one was hurt.

The church was used by a Brethren group, Christians Gathered Unto the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Paster said. It has a congregation of about 100 members, she said.

Damage was estimated at $500,000 to $700,000.


Highway 18 plans up for discussion

Highway officials are seeking public comments on plans to widen Highway 18 to four lanes between Issaquah Hobart Road and Interstate 90 and to expand the interchange at Highway 18 and Interstate 90.

The state Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration have scheduled open houses from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at the North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St., and from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Maple Valley Library, 21844 S.E. 248th St.

For more information, call 206-440-4470.


Northeast 20th gets new traffic signal

Bellevue has installed a new traffic signal on Northeast 20th Street at the main entrance to Ross Plaza, the latest of a series of improvements along the street between 140th Avenue Northeast and 148th Avenue Northeast.

Over the past few months, the city also added a U-turn lane on the south side of Northeast 20th Street, as well as traffic islands and street curbs to restrict left turns. The city is trying to reduce the number of car accidents along the street, and the new traffic signal is expected to improve safety.

For more information, call 425-452-7953.

Mercer Island

Dog owners to talk about off-leash area

The Mercer Island Parks and Recreation Department is hoping dog owners who use Luther Burbank Park’s off-leash area will come to a public meeting from 3 to 4 p.m. tomorrow to discuss improvements to the area.

The meeting will be in the off-leash area, at 2040 84th Ave. S.E.

For more information, call parks maintenance manager Keith Kerner at 206-236-3279 or visit online.


Medical, counseling volunteers sought

Northwest Medical Teams needs physicians, trauma counselors and nurses to help with tsunami relief in Indonesia.

The humanitarian-aid group is looking for volunteer nurses and doctors to work in temporary clinics and shelters and with mobile health-care teams, and to train hospital and clinic staff members. Counselors are needed to train community leaders and nurses in grief support.

Volunteer requirements include current medical licenses, work or living experience in developing countries and a commitment of four weeks. Trip expenses are fully covered.

For more information, go to or call 425-454-8326.

Seattle Times Eastside bureau