Budget, projects top concerns as unincorporated councils meet

November 4, 2008

Representatives from King County’s six unincorporated area councils, including the local Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council, met with county officials Oct. 28 in Woodinville to discuss issues facing the areas in the year ahead.

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School district unions file unfair labor charges

November 4, 2008

The two unions representing Issaquah School District custodial and grounds maintenance workers and bus mechanics have filed unfair labor practice charges with the state’s Public Employment Relations Commission.
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City, school leaders discuss traffic, ball fields

November 4, 2008

Mix together the Issaquah School Board, the City Council, Mayor Ava Frisinger, school district administrators and heaping platters of Chinese food, and the result is the annual meeting of the city and school district, held Oct. 30 this year at the Mandarin Garden Restaurant. Read more

Public meeting for First Stage overhaul

November 4, 2008

The Development Commission will hold a public meeting Nov. 5 regarding the Village Theatre’s proposal to reconstruct the existing First Stage Theatre.

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City opens two new parks

November 4, 2008

In Issaquah’s green crown of parks, two new jewels are sparkling in the autumn sun.

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City Council eyes 5 percent cuts

November 4, 2008

Holiday lights are first to go

The gathering storm clouds of the economy have put a chill into the City Council, who on Oct. 29 decided to cut 5 percent from the city’s 2009 budget — just in case. Read more

Local mom battles to give a voice to the Wounded Warriors

November 4, 2008

Cynthia Lefever continues to make noise. And she said she won’t stop trying to get national officials to improve medical care for returning Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans with traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress.

Cynthia Lefever

She’s intimately aware of the devastating effects of blast injuries. Her son, Rory Dunn, a 2000 graduate of Liberty High School, was nearly killed four years ago by a roadside bomb in Fallujah, Iraq. The bomb exploded above his Humvee, killing two of his friends. His forehead was crushed from ear to ear, leaving his brain exposed. Shrapnel destroyed his right eye and his hearing was severely damaged.

He was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Baghdad, where doctors worked to save him. Five days later, he was flown to a hospital at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, where family had gone on “imminent death orders” to say their goodbyes.

“Doctors gave him a 2 percent chance of survival,” Lefever said.

Despite the grim prognosis, Dunn did survive. One day after he arrived in Germany, he was transferred to Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C., still in a coma.

“When he arrived at Walter Reed, neurosurgeons said Rory’s injuries were the worst they had ever seen,” Lefever said.

The journey for mother and son the past four years has been a study of perseverance — Dunn defying the odds each step of his recovery and Lefever battling the Army to ensure he continued to receive critical care from Reed’s top-notch surgeons. Almost six weeks later, Dunn emerged from his coma.

“Within days of coming out of a coma, Army leadership was at his bedside putting a pen in his hand to start the discharge process with the ultimate goal of getting Rory off the books,” Lefever said.

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State adds Preston’s Community Clubhouse to Heritage Register

November 4, 2008

One of the last local Depression-era public works projects has been named to the state Heritage Register.

The Preston Community Clubhouse, completed in 1939, was recently added to the state Heritage Register. King County Parks photo by Eli Brownell.

The Preston Community Clubhouse, completed in 1939, was recently added to the state Heritage Register. King County Parks photo by Eli Brownell.

The Preston Community Clubhouse, a popular wedding location and community hall, was recently named to the list. Read more

Skyline rallies to beat Bothell for KingCo title

November 4, 2008

Seventh-nationally ranked Spartans finish regular season undefeated

Spartans' senior running back Joey Evans goes airborne after being hit by Bothell defenders during the first half. Photo by Christopher Huber

Spartans' senior running back Joey Evans goes airborne after being hit by Bothell defenders during the first half. Photo BY CHRISTOPHER HUBER

With less than five minutes remaining in the game, the Skyline High School Spartans trailed the Cougars of Bothell 12-9 Read more

Eagles get No. 4 seed in KingCo playoffs

November 4, 2008

The Issaquah High School Eagles’ offensive efforts had anything but the desired effect Oct. 31 against Woodinville. Read more

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