Keep children, pets safe on Halloween

October 31, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 31, 2009

During a night of such spooktacular events, know your limits and give children guidance, if they’re going out on their own.

Issaquah Police recommends these tips:

Have an adult go with you.

Plan a route and discuss it with family members and friends.

Carry a cellular phone if an adult isn’t going with you.

Accept treats at the door and never go into a stranger’s house.

If a stranger approaches you, run to the nearest house or tell an adult.

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Help name new elementary school

October 30, 2009

NEW — 8 p.m. Oct. 30, 2009

Issaquah School District officials are asking you to help them find a fitting name for the new elementary school under construction near Pine Lake on the Sammamish Plateau.

The last time families had the opportunity to name a school was in February 2006, when district officials were looking for a name for what is now known as Grand Ridge Elementary School.

Names should be derived from the area, geographic landmarks, housing developments, voting precincts, directional names or from names of people who have contributed greatly to education in the district.

All name suggestions must:

Be known and significant to people in the district.

Not conflict with names of other schools inside the district or in neighboring districts.

Not be those of living people, unless the circumstances are so great that the person should be honored.

For your name suggestion to be considered, you must fully explain why you believe it is a good name for the school.

There is not limit to the number of names you can suggest, but your suggested names must be submitted by 4 p.m. Monday.

The selection committee will give Issaquah School Board members a list of three to five of the best names for consideration. The final name will be announced at the Dec. 9 school board meeting.

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Former Medina police officer, a highlands resident, charged with official misconduct

October 30, 2009

UPDATED — 11:09 a.m. Nov. 13, 2009

A former Medina police officer and Issaquah resident was charged with official misconduct after authorities said he forced a woman he had ticketed to have sex with him.

Ismael Ramirez, 30, was charged with official misconduct* Wednesday. Ramirez will be arraigned Nov. 12 in King County Superior Court.

The charges stem from a November 2008 incident, in which authorities said Ramirez asked a woman on a date and took her to his Issaquah Highlands residence several days after he cited her during a state Route 520 traffic stop.

Medina Police Chief Jeff Chen said Ramirez resigned from the force Oct. 17. Ramirez could not be reached for comment.

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Spooky treats, safety message on tap at EFR party

October 30, 2009

NEW — 3 p.m. Oct. 30, 2009

Children and grown-ups alike can pick up goodies Saturday at a Halloween party hosted by Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 79 volunteers.

The free festivities run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the station, 20505 S.E. 152nd St., Renton.

Volunteers will offer free blood pressure and blood sugar checks for adults. Children can load up on safety tips in time for All Hallows Eve. Halloween bags, badges, coloring books and stickers will be available.

A haunted maze and pumpkin-carving event are on the lineup, too, and Sparky the Fire Dog will pass out candy.

Volunteers will also sponsor a food drive. Bring a nonperishable item to drop off in the food box at the fire station.

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NEW — Friday sports update

October 30, 2009

NEW — 11:42 a.m. Oct. 30, 2009

Liberty runners qualify for state

Three Liberty High School runners qualified for the upcoming 3A state cross country championships at the 3A Sea-King District Meet Oct. 29 at Lake Sammamish State Park.

Josiah Sherwood finished 11th and Tyler Westenbroek took 17th in the boys race for Liberty to qualify as individual runners for the state meet. As a team, Liberty barely missed qualifying for state. The Patriots ended up fifth in the team standings with 138 points. The top four teams all qualified for state.

In the girls meet, Liberty’s Megan Chucka finished 15th and qualified for state.

Bishop Blanchet won the boys team title and Drew O’Donoghue-McDonald, of Seattle Prep, was the individual champion. Lakeside captured the girls title and Tansey Lystad, of Juanita, was the individual champion. Read more

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EFR encourages people to turn back clock, change smoke detector batteries

October 30, 2009

NEW — 9:42 a.m. Oct. 30, 2009

Eastside Fire & Rescue is part of the national Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery campaign. The effort encourages people to change smoke detector batteries when they turn back clocks Sunday at the end of Daylight Saving Time.

EFR firefighters will remind people to check the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors today. Crews will be stationed at local grocery stores, handing out safety information, stickers for children and free smoke detector batteries donated to the program by The Home Depot in Issaquah.

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday.

EFR, Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs sponsor the Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery campaign.

About 600 people under the age of 20 die each year die in residential fires nationwide, according to EFR. Many of the tragedies could be avoided with working smoke alarms. Officials estimate 80 percent of the deaths occur in homes without working smoke detectors.

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Skyline football falls to Bothell in KingCo 4A championship

October 29, 2009

NEW — 11:20 p.m. Oct. 29, 2009

Skyline linebacker Anthony DeMatteo, 51, and defensive lineman Jace Butorac, right, tackle Bothell's Luke Proulx in the second quarter Oct. 29.

Skyline linebacker Anthony DeMatteo, 51, and defensive lineman Jase Butorac, right, tackle Bothell's Luke Proulx in the second quarter Oct. 29.

Skyline had its second chance in as many seasons to prevail in the KingCo 4A championship match against the Bothell Cougars. But the Spartans couldn’t pull off a repeat.
Bothell beat Skyline 25-20 in a hard-fought league title rematch in front of a packed crowd at Pop Keeney Stadium.
The Cougars came out hard against the typically swift and debilitating Skyline defense. Running back Luke Proulx scored on a 70-yard pass from quarterback Mitchell Muller less than four minutes into the game.

The Bothell touchdown came on its second possession, after Skyline’s Evan Zeger intercepted a Muller pass on the second play from scrimmage.
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Official: Green River flooding would impact Issaquah, region

October 29, 2009

NEW — 3:27 p.m. Oct. 29, 2009

If the Green River swells from fall and winter rains, flooding could snarl traffic for Issaquah commuters, disrupt deliveries of food and fuel, and — a more remote possibility — cause local sewers to back up as floodwaters overwhelm the regional system.

Though the river winds through Auburn, Kent and Tukwila, the human and economic toll from flooding could reach Issaquah, emergency planners told City Council members Tuesday night. A Tukwila emergency planner offered a frank assessment of the potential impact of Green River floods.

Authorities expect the Green will flood because the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will allow water to flow through the Howard Hanson Dam. The earthen abutment adjacent to the dam was weakened by severe weather last winter, and engineers worry the structure could fail if rain swelled the reservoir behind the dam. Read more

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NEW — Sports update, Thursday

October 29, 2009

NEW — 3:21 p.m. Oct. 29, 2009

Eagles seek state volleyball berth

The Issaquah High School volleyball team finished the regular season as one of the hottest teams in the 4A KingCo Conference. Now, the Eagles hope the momentum continues a little longer as they pursue a berth for the state tournament.

Issaquah hopes to lock up that berth by taking first place in the 4A KingCo Conference tournament, which begins Oct. 31 at Woodinville and Bothell high schools.

Issaquah, which finished third during the regular season with a 9-2 record, plays Ballard at 1 p.m. at Bothell. Skyline, which ended up fourth at 7-4, meets Newport at 1 p.m. at Woodinville.

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Issaquah Blockbuster store set to close

October 28, 2009

NEW — 3:45 p.m. Oct. 28, 2009

Make it a Blockbuster night — but hurry: the Issaquah outpost of the movie-rental giant will close by early January.

A sign at the Northwest Gilman Boulevard store announced the impending closure. A store employee said the store would close Jan. 3.

Blockbuster executives announced a plan in September under which the chain could close as many as 960 stores by the end of 2010. But it remained unclear whether the Issaquah store would be closed as part of the plan.

Blockbuster has struggled as services, such as Netflix and Redbox, sprouted and siphoned business. Customers also became accustomed to competing services, such as DVDs delivered through the mail and movies streamed over broadband connections.

A spokeswoman at Blockbuster corporate headquarters in Dallas could not be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon.

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