PSAT scores available after Jan. 4

December 29, 2009

By Staff

Scores for students who participated in the districtwide Pre Scholastic Assessment Tests this fall will be available Jan. 4.

Parents interested in learning what the scores mean for students and additional opportunities available for them having taken the tests can attend a meeting with district officials at 6 p.m. Jan. 6 in the administration building, 565 N.W. Holly St.

Parents can review their child’s answers and find out how to improve their skills in areas like math, reading and writing, and learn about the National Merit Scholarship Program.

District officials can also help parents and students create an educational plan to help students reach their goals.

City Council endorses school levy measures

The Issaquah City Council unanimously voted Dec. 21 to endorse three Issaquah School District levy measures, which will go before voters Feb. 9.

If approved, the measures — a $172.5 million maintenance and operations levy, a $1.7 transportation levy and a $40.4 million technology and critical repairs levy — would sustain school funding in those areas through 2013.

Issaquah woman injured in crash

An Issaquah woman was among two injured in a Dec. 27 crash on state Highway 153 about 5 miles north of Pateros.

Margaret M. Marshall, 77, of Issaquah, was northbound when her SUV skidded across the icy road and hit the southbound guardrail. It rolled over several times, coming to rest on its right side in the southbound lane, the Washington State Patrol said.

She was taken to Okanogan-Douglas District Hospital, Brewster, for treatment of a head laceration and bruises. A passenger, Elizabeth W. Beuthel, 73, of Mercer Island, received minor cuts and bruises.

Both wore seatbelts. The vehicle was destroyed.

Source: The Omak-Okanogan Chronicle

Judge sentences Issaquah couple in mortgage-fraud case

Issaquah real estate agent David Sobol, 40, and his wife, Alla Sobol, 28, were sentenced to two years in prison for involvement in the largest mortgage-fraud case in state history, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced last week.

Agents arrested the Sobols and five others in late March after a wide-ranging investigation into a $47 million mortgage fraud scheme.

The leader in the mortgage scheme, Bellevue resident Vladislav Baydovskiy, was sentenced last week in U.S. District Court in Seattle to five years in prison and three years of supervised release for conspiring to commit bank fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud and filing a false tax return.

The case included several other people involved with three Bellevue companies: Emerald City Escrow, Nationwide Home Lending and Kobay Financial Corp.

Authorities said Nationwide and Kobay employees prepared and submitted falsified loan applications and verification documents to lenders. Employees concealed information about buyers who were unqualified for loans. Lenders extended loans based on the falsified documents. Authorities said the loans exceeded the value of the property and the ability of borrowers to repay.

Emerald City employees then disbursed excess loan proceeds from the escrow accounts to themselves and their associates.

The court will hold a restitution hearing Jan. 29 to determine how much money the defendants will be required to pay victims in the scheme.

Volunteers clear invasive species, plant native trees

Mountains to Sound Greenway volunteers and the city open space steward and volunteer crews have removed invasive plants from a 13.3-acre upland parcel owned by the city.

The team removed close to a half-acre of blackberry, and prepared the site for planting.

About 70 native plants — including western red cedar, Douglas fir, western hemlock, western hazelnut, big leaf maple, vine maple, cottonwood, alder, cascara, Sitka spruce and red twig dogwood — were planted in the cleared land. A King County grant paid for the project.

Klahanie residents plan meeting about park’s future

Concerned Citizens of Klahanie, a neighborhood group, and the Klahanie Association will host a meeting Jan. 9 at Challenger Elementary School. Participants will discuss the proposed Klahanie Park transfer from King County to Sammamish.

Organizers will begin the 3 p.m. meeting with a walk through the 64-acre park and then continue the meeting at the school, 25200 S.E. Klahanie Blvd.

The transfer agreement would carve the park and adjacent school district property from the potential annexation area. Before the transfer, the deal between Sammamish and the county will prompt Sammamish, Issaquah and county officials to redraw planning maps to remove Klahanie Park and the school district land from the Klahanie Potential Annexation Area — about 1,200 acres spread across several subdivisions and home to about 11,000 residents.

The park discussion also reopened a dialogue between Issaquah and Sammamish officials about future annexations, and whether Sammamish leaders would be interested in all or some of the potential annexation area — land bordered by both cities but included in long-term growth plans for Issaquah. King County wants neighboring cities to annex unincorporated urban areas, like Klahanie.

City Council adopts 2010 municipal budget

City Council members OK’d the 2010 city budget in a swift Dec. 21 vote.

After several adjustments and weeks-long deliberations, the City Council adopted the $99 million budget. The budget did not include property tax or rate increases.

Mayor Ava Frisinger proposed a leaner budget for next year for a city with fewer employees and capital projects planned. Frisinger unveiled a tight 2010 budget in early October, and council members tweaked the document between then and Dec. 7, when the council readied the final budget for adoption.

The council delayed several big-ticket items — everything from expanded bus service to roadwork — to save money.

The budget delays a planned Route 200 Metro Transit service extension to Talus and the Issaquah Highlands, although the council will revisit the issue in early 2010. The route was scheduled to begin service to Talus and the highlands next September.

The city will save $135,000 because the budget cuts money for improvements to the Intelligent Transportation System, a series of traffic signals interconnected to smooth traffic flow.

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