Turn off the lights for Earth Hour

March 28, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. March 28, 2009

City buildings throughout Issaquah will switch off nonessential lights Saturday raise awareness about the effects of climate change.

Mayor Ava Frisinger proclaimed from 8:30-9:30 p.m. as Earth Hour. Earth Hour is an international event organized by the World Wildlife Fund to raise awareness about climate change. Organizers hope to encourage businesses, individuals and government to take steps to reduce their carbon emissions and impact on the environment.

Frisinger urged Issaquah residents to turn off all nonessential lighting at homes and businesses to conserve energy and raise awareness about climate change. Effects on the change of seasons – such as the early arrival of spring – could have a profound impact on certain species, she said. She cited increased occurrences of extreme weather as another example of climate change.

During Earth Hour 2008, more than 50 million people in more than 1,000 cities worldwide turned off their lights. Landmarks around the world went dark, including the Space Needle, the Sydney Opera House and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Register for disaster aid by Tuesday

March 27, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. March 27, 2009

Residents affected by severe January weather – which caused Issaquah and Tibbetts creeks to flood – must register by Tuesday to be eligible for federal and state disaster assistance.

Call 800-621-3362 toll-free to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA operates a line for hearing-impaired disaster victims at 800-462-7585 toll-free. Phone lines are open every day from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Go here to register online. Applicants can then track the status of their cases by calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-FEMA toll-free or on the Web site.

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Issaquah man charged in $47 million fraud case

March 26, 2009

NEW — 6:30 p.m. March 26, 2009

An Issaquah man and six other people were arrested today in a bank, wire and mail fraud scheme that authorities said defrauded banks and mortgage lenders of more than $47 million.

Issaquah real estate agent David Sobol, 40, was charged in a 40-count federal indictment with several counts of bank, mail and wire fraud. Authorities said Sobol and others falsified tax records and employed “straw buyers” — unqualified buyers with falsified loan applications — to purchase homes in Seattle and on the Eastside.

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Carnation man wins conservation district seat

March 26, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. March 26, 2009

Preston Drew won the March 19 election for a King Conservation District Board of Supervisors seat, according to unofficial election results released by the district.

Drew, a Carnation resident endorsed by the King County Republican Party, clinched the seat with 1,357 votes. He outpaced Seattle write-in candidate Mark Sollitto by 158 votes. A third candidate, Carnation resident David Mauk, garnered 175 votes.

Drew will serve a three-year term on the five-member volunteer board. Members oversee district operations, staff and financial administration. The district budgets about $2.5 million to fund operations and its staff of about 17 full-time employees.

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Issaquah Youth Lacrosse teams head into fourth week of play

March 25, 2009

NEW — 2:20 p.m. March 25, 2009

Week three of Issaquah Youth Lacrosse competition is already through.

League photographers captured the action from three games over the weekend — Issaquah Senior Blue, Issaquah Senior Silver and the Issaquah Senior Girls.

Silver lost 18-8 to Mercer Island Senior Black, Navy beat Mercer Island Senior White 6-4 and the girls beat Bainbridge Senior Blue 15-12.

See photos from each game on the photo gallery page.

Issaquah Youth Lacrosse — Week 3 / March 25, 2009

March 25, 2009

Issaquah man beaten in Oregon ‘hate crime’

March 24, 2009

NEW — 2:30 p.m. March 24, 2009

An Issaquah man and his boyfriend were badly beaten during an incident Oregon authorities are investigating as a hate crime.

The men were on a spring-break trip over the weekend when they were beaten unconscious on a beach in Seaside, Ore.

Seaside Police Chief Bob Gross said today his department is treating the March 22 incident as a hate crime. The men told police their attackers used anti-gay slurs during the attack.

“Based on comments made during the assault, we would classify this as a hate crime,” Gross said.

The other man beaten during the attack is a Bothell resident.

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Artists in Action / March 20, 2009

March 24, 2009

Spring break

March 23, 2009




By Cathy Loftus

This herd of deer has a fun frolic March 21 in the shallow water of the Lake Sammamish boat launch ramp, during the rosy glow of sunrise in the fog. Cathy Loftus and others were watching herons flying over the lake when she said the deer began venturing out one by one. This image is her favorite. By Cathy Loftus

Red hot art

March 23, 2009



Charlene Baugher, David Drain and Chuck Jensen (from left) blow a glass vase at artbyfire during free artist demonstrations March 20 at the Artists In Action event sponsored by artEast in downtown Issaquah. To view a video presentation of the event, go to www.issaquahpress.com. By Greg Farrar

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