Issaquah junior varsity lacrosse / April 11, 2009

April 11, 2009

Native plant society seeks stewards

April 11, 2009

NEW — 6 p.m. April 11, 2009

The Washington Native Plant Society is seeking applications for the Native Plant Stewardship Program in East King County. Participating cities in King County include Issaquah, Sammamish, Bellevue and Kirkland.

The 10-week training is Fridays from April 24 through June 26 in Bellevue. This training is taught by top professionals regarding various topics, such as native plants, habitat restoration and Northwest ecology.

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Issaquah library open on Easter

April 11, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. April 11, 2009

Done searching for eggs for the day, and looking for a good read? All King County Library System libraries will be open normal hours on Easter, April 12, including the Issaquah branch, 10 W. Sunset Way, from 1-5 p.m.

However, the Crossroads, The Commons at Federal Way and Southcenter libraries will be closed for the holiday.

Call 392-5430.

King County offices are closed today for furlough

April 10, 2009

NEW — 4 a.m. April 10, 2009

Most King County staff members will be off and most county buildings will be closed today as the county takes the third of 10 furlough days in 2009 to cut operational costs countywide.

All department employees, with limited exceptions, such as those in public safety functions, are included in the furlough plan.

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Press Editorial

April 9, 2009

Neither budget is acceptable

Both houses of the Legislature have presented budgets with steep cuts in education funding. The Senate would slash $887 million and the House $365 million from K-12 funding. Higher education would lose $683 million in the House and $513 in the Senate. Read more

East Lake Sammamish Parkway Project has begun

April 9, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. April 9, 2009

The city of Sammamish’s East Lake Sammamish Parkway Project is now under way. Drivers are advised to expect increased traffic delays throughout the spring and summer. Learn more about the project here

Although work will be allowed from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m., both lanes of the parkway will be kept open before 9 a.m., and between 5 and 6 p.m. Substantial completion of the project is expected by late September. Since the length of traffic delays is difficult to predict, drivers are advised to consider alternate routes.

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Issaquah police investigate Medina police officer for rape

April 8, 2009

UPDATED — 8:35 p.m. April 8, 2009

Authorities are investigating a Medina police officer who reportedly raped a woman he had cited for a traffic violation and marijuana possession. The alleged assault occurred at the officer’s home in the Issaquah Highlands, according to court documents.

The incident came to the attention of police after the woman reported that her boyfriend had sexually assaulted her. During that investigation, a King County Sheriff’s Office detective overheard the boyfriend tell someone on the phone that the woman “didn’t report the cop for raping her.” When the detective asked the woman about that, she recounted the alleged earlier incident.

The sheriff’s detective handed the case off to Issaquah police, because the woman said the incident happened in the highlands.

Neither the officer nor the woman could be reached for comment today.

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Issaquah Arbor Day / April 8, 2009

April 8, 2009

Chamber of commerce seeks members’ input

April 8, 2009

NEW — 2 p.m. April 8, 2009

Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce executives want input from business leaders about how to improve the organization. Chamber executives will send a short survey to members via e-mail this month.

Recommendations gathered from the survey will be presented to the City Council as members set goals for 2010. Chamber executives will also draft recommendations on behalf of local businesses.

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Baskets for the bunny

April 6, 2009

easter-foodbank-20090406Thao VoBa (left), a parishioner at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church, and Issaquah Community Services food bank volunteer Don Stenberg roll a cart full of Easter egg baskets into the facility April 6. Church members brought 250 filled baskets to Palm Sunday services, for an annual donation going back ‘many, many years,’ according to this year’s organizer, Caryn Matusiefsky. By Greg Farrar

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