Property taxes due April 30

April 25, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. April 25, 2009

The deadline is approaching for King County property tax payments.

Property owners face an April 30 deadline to pay first-half property taxes. If owners miss the deadline, state-mandated interest charges and penalties will be added to their tax bills.

County officials are touting ways for property owners to pay the bills more quickly and conveniently.

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Spartans wallop Wolves

April 24, 2009

NEW — 11:45 a.m. April 24, 2009

William Chandler had three hits and drove in a run as he led Skyline High School’s baseball team to a 11-3 victory against rival Eastlake Thursday.

Ryan Gilchrist had two hits and drove in two runs for the Spartans, who boosted their 4A KingCo Conference record to 10-2. Winning pitcher Blake Fulghum had seven strikeouts.

Skyline remained tied with Redmond for first place in the Crest Division.

Issaquah downed Garfield 8-2 as Devin O’Donnell and Spencer Rogers each drove in two runs. Gavin Shumaker added two hits for the Eagles, 6-6 in league play.

Track and field

Ryan Tiernan, of Issaquah, won the 110 hurdles and the 300 hurdles Thursday as the Eagles sprinted past Ballard 97-47 in a KingCo Conference boys track and field meet.

Join Pet Walk for Autism tomorrow

April 24, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. April 24, 2009

The Pet Walk for Autism, a fundraising event for the national organization Today’s Hope, is from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. April 25 in the Snoqualmie Historic District.

Several people and their pets from Issaquah have already signed up.

Register and download your sponsorship form here.

Issaquah routs Roosevelt 11-1

April 23, 2009

NEW — 11 a.m. April 23, 2009

Issaquah High School’s Bray sisters, Brianna and Brielle, combined on a three-hitter Wednesday as the Eagles’ fastpitch softball team routed Roosevelt 11-1 in a 4A KingCo Conference game at Seattle’s Lower Woodland Park.

Brianna, the starting pitcher, worked five innings and struck out nine. Brielle pitched the final two innings and had four strikeouts.

Mikenzie Voves and Kenna Olsen each had three hits and drove in two runs for Issaquah, which leads the KingCo Crest Division with a 5-1 record. 

Issaquah, which topped Eastlake 1-0 April 21, hosts Woodinville at 4 p.m. Friday. Woodinville is tied with Bothell for first place in the Crown Division.

In 3A/2A KingCo action, Liberty edged host Bellevue 3-2 Wednesday. Aris Califano had two hits and Alexis Court drove in two  runs for Liberty, 3-3 in league play.

Baseball

Juanita shocked Liberty, the 3A/2A KingCo leader, 7-5 Wednesday at Liberty.

Eric Peterson and John McLeod each had two hits and drove in a run for the Patriots. Juanita scored four times in the top of the seventh inning to overcome the Patriots.

District to give layoff notices to 158 teachers

April 23, 2009

UPDATED – 10:30 a.m. April 23, 2009

Issaquah School Board members voted unanimously to lay off 158 of its 1,097 teachers Wednesday night, after district officials presented their reduction in force plan.

Teachers can expect to receive layoff notices by May 1.

Their contract stipulates that layoffs are based on seniority. Teachers who fall from No.1 to No. 902 on the seniority list are guaranteed positions next year. Teachers who are at or below No. 903 will receive layoff notices.

The positions of up to 195 – 17.8 percent – of the district’s teachers are likely to be eliminated. Thirty-seven teachers have already resigned or weren’t provided continuing contracts for next year.

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Highlands, Issaquah real estate agent on HGTV tonight

April 23, 2009

NEW — 9 a.m. April 23, 2009

On the heels of Earth Day, a local real estate agent will be featured on HGTV’s “House Hunters” tonight, helping a couple search for a $1 million eco-friendly home in the Issaquah Highlands.

Broker Scott Gibbons, of Plateau Real Estate, will appear in an episode of the HGTV series set to air 9 p.m. The show will be rebroadcast at 1 a.m. Friday.

The episode features Bill Pedersen and Patricia Hovda, a couple planning to move in together. They have a $1 million budget, and three criteria for their dream home: it must be “green,” it must have a view and it must be about 4,000 square feet, according to the HGTV episode synopsis.

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Music: the best medicine

April 22, 2009

The monthly handbell class in the Alzheimer’s Unit at Providence Marianwood performs the Stephen Foster song, ‘Oh! Susanna,’ under the direction of music therapist Rebecca Wu. By Greg Farrar

The monthly handbell class in the Alzheimer’s Unit at Providence Marianwood performs the Stephen Foster song, ‘Oh! Susanna,’ under the direction of music therapist Rebecca Wu. By Greg Farrar

As “Oh! Susanna” floated its way through the speakers and into the room, Marie Dalessandro’s expression softened.

 “I like this song,” she said, smiling and waiting for her cue.

Sitting in a half-circle, the women in Providence Marianwood’s Alzheimer’s Unit waited their turn, each ringing in as music therapist Rebecca Wu pointed to them. 

Together, their sounds created a harmonious melody. 

“Their attention is amazing,” said Diane Bixler, therapeutic recreation and volunteer coordinator at Marianwood. “Their recall is amazing, even though their reflexes may not be that fast.” Read more

Issaquah High School’s gym comes down tomorrow

April 22, 2009

NEW — Noon, April 22, 2009

Contractors will tear down Issaquah High School’s gymnasium in the morning to make way for a new one as part of the school’s extensive remodel.

Demolition crews from Cornerstone General Contractors Inc. began work in other areas April 15.

Exterior demolition to remove the gym begins tomorrow at 7 a.m.. Students and employees will attend a ceremony marking the occasion.

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Protestors brew anti-tax sentiment

April 21, 2009

More than 200 demonstrators gathered on the steps of City Hall during an April 15 Tax Day Tea Party to protest against taxes and federal spending. By Warren Kagarise

More than 200 demonstrators gathered on the steps of City Hall during an April 15 Tax Day Tea Party to protest against taxes and federal spending. By Warren Kagarise

When local Tax Day Tea Party organizer Tom Price arrived at the corner of Sunset Way and Front Street just after noon April 15, he was alone. Then, he looked down Sunset — less than 500 feet away, hundreds of protestors were gathered on the steps of City Hall.

Price and more than 200 others were part of a groundswell of frustration with government bailouts, federal spending and the policies of Congress and the Obama administration. Demonstrators in Issaquah and across the nation used the government deadline for filing income tax returns for an event modeled on the Boston Tea Party.

Instead of dumping tea into Issaquah Creek, however, demonstrators dangled tea bags from placards, clothing and sunglasses. The “tea” to which the protestors referred stood for “taxed enough already.” Read more

Veteran crosses not all welcome

April 21, 2009

Graves in Hillside Cemetery are decorated for Memorial Day. File

Graves in Hillside Cemetery are decorated for Memorial Day. File

The local chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars plans to continue its two-decadelong tradition of placing flags and crosses at this year’s Memorial Day service at Hillside Cemetery. But members need input from the families of veterans buried there to get the job done.

Last year, an Issaquah resident complained about the placement of crosses at the gravesites, said David Waggoner, senior vice commander of the VFW Albert Larson Post No. 3436.

Because of the complaint, the VFW and Flintoft’s Funeral Home are asking families of veterans buried at the cemetery to sign a form authorizing the placement of various symbols and what they want them to be. Those include a flag, a cross, a Star of David or other symbol that a family recommends at the gravesite. Read more

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