May 16, 2009
The business leader instrumental in spearheading the Issaquah Highlands and the project leader of the Issaquah Valley Trolley Project were both inducted into the Issaquah Hall of Fame May 19. In addition, Mayor Ava Frisinger was named Citizen of the Year.
The honors were bestowed during the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce 30th annual Community Awards Banquet held at the Holiday Inn.
Judd Kirk, Port Blakely Communities executive, and Barb Justice, of the trolley project, were named to the 2009 Hall of Fame. Nominees were evaluated on several criteria, including the type of service, leadership and length of service to the community.
Kirk was lauded for creating his vision of an urban village — the Issaquah Highlands. The housing development stressed the importance of building green, said Bob Ittes, chairman of the chamber board.
“The Issaquah Highlands has the highest number of homes built green by a developer in Washington,” Ittes said.
Kirk was in New Zealand on a business trip; his daughter Lisa Hysom accepted the award. She said her father considered it an honor to receive the award. Read more
May 16, 2009
NEW — 3:27 p.m. May 16, 2009
City Council members recently approved a plan that outlines dozens of transportation projects — from construction of the Interstate 90 Undercrossing to improving sidewalks and streets.
On May 4, the council unanimously approved the Transportation Improvement Program, which outlines how transportation money will be spent in the next six years.
Listed in the TIP are projects ranging from an $8.39 million project to improve Newport Way from Maple Street to West Sunset Way to safety improvements, such as the construction of a traffic roundabout at the corner of East Lake Sammamish Parkway and Southeast 43rd Way, north of Lake Sammamish State Park and near Providence Point.
City Transportation Manager Gary Costa presented the TIP to council members. He explained the role of the TIP in securing dollars for transportation projects.
“In order for a project to receive any state, federal or half-cent gas tax funding, the project must be listed in the TIP,” Costa said. “And the TIP is required to be adopted by the City Council.”
May 15, 2009
NEW — 4:47 p.m. May 15, 2009
Liberty High School students were looking forward to lunch today — and it wasn’t for the chicken nuggets on the menu.
Gloriana, an up-and-coming country band touring with Taylor Swift, performed during lunch in the school’s commons and later signed autographs.
“We love getting out to play for the kids that might not be able to get tickets to the Taylor Swift tour,” band member Tom Gossin said. “We figure, we’ll bring the show to them or a little piece of it anyway. So it’s really cool to brighten their school day.”
The Taylor Swift concert at Key Arena was sold out tonight. Tickets ranged from $20 to $49.50. In 2006, Swift released her self-titled debut album, which produced five hit singles and sold 4 million copies.
May 15, 2009
NEW — 11:55 a.m. May 15, 2009
The Issaquah School District girls lacrosse team plays Mercer Island in the Washington State League Division II state championship game Saturday at 11 a.m. at Eastside Catholic High School.
Issaquah defeated Lakeside 13-7 Thursday in a semifinal. Mercer Island defeated Snohomish 12-8 in the other semifinals. Brittany Hogan scored four goals and had two assists to lead Issaquah past Lakeside. Katie Mincin and Sidney Lee each had three goals. Goalkeeper Teagan Cameron had 12 saves.
Eagles on the road
The Issaquah High School baseball team plays at Kelso Saturday in a playoff for a berth in the 4A state regionals. Issaquah ended up as the KingCo Conference’s No. 4 seed when the Eagles lost to Inglemoor 12-9 Thursday in the league tournament at Woodinville.
Brennan Miller and Devin O’Donnell each had three hits for Issaquah. Michael Dixon and O’Donnell each drove in two runs.
Patriots lose to Sammamish
The Liberty High School softball team was stunned Thursday when the Patriots lost to Sammamish 16-10 in the opening round of the 3A KingCo Conference tournament.
Marissa Jeffers and Liz Roby each had two hits for Liberty, which plays today in a loser-out, winner to district contest.
May 14, 2009
UPDATED — 2:34 p.m. May 15, 2009
Seattle Police arrested a 33-year-old man who caused a lockdown at Issaquah school buildings yesterday after police said the man brandished a handgun during a confrontation with an acquaintance.
Officers arrested the man in Seattle’s International District on a warrant related to another incident, Issaquah Police Cmdr. Stan Conrad said today. Officers arrested the suspect about three hours after the Issaquah incident. His name will not be released until he is charged.
Issaquah Valley Elementary School and the Issaquah School District administration building were locked down for about two hours in the late morning and early afternoon yesterday while police searched nearby for the man.
Police had identified the man by late afternoon.
The suspect and another man were involved in a confrontation at a medical building at 450 N.W. Gilman Blvd. The second man told police the suspect threatened him with a handgun. The suspect then fled on foot. No shots were fired.
May 14, 2009
UPDATED — 1:49 p.m. May 14, 2009
Issaquah Valley Elementary School and the Issaquah School District administration building were locked down late this morning after two men, one of them armed with a handgun, got into a confrontation nearby.
The lockdown was ended at 1:15 p.m., when police determined that students and faculty were no longer in danger.
Police are focusing their search along West Sunset Way, city spokeswoman Autumn Monahan said. Officers and a police dog were also searching Gilman Village and the downtown area at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.
The confrontation between the two men, who knew each other, occurred this morning at a medical building at 450 N.W. Gilman Blvd. One of the men said he was threatened by the other man, who had a handgun.
Police described the suspect as a white male in his 30s, 5 feet, 7 inches, 130 pounds, with dark hair. He was last seen wearing a dark blue puffy jacket, jeans and tennis shoes.
If residents see the man, they should call 911 immediately.
Issaquah Police received a call at about 11 a.m. from the man who said he was threatened. He said the armed man fled on foot. No shots were fired during the incident.
Police told school officials that a suspicious person was in the area of the buildings, 555 N.W. Holly St., at about 11:20 a.m. Both buildings were then put into lockdown.
Lockdown is an emergency procedure school officials use to protect students and faculty from anything suspicious in the area that could possibly injure them, which could include a dangerous individual or a wild animal on or near school grounds.
May 14, 2009
NEW — 10 a.m. May 14, 2009
Thanks to good weather and swift construction crews, the Interstate 90 floating bridge express lanes will reopen Saturday – a week sooner than previously scheduled.
That means Monday morning’s commute will be closer to normal with buses and carpools again able to use the I-90 floating bridge express lanes.
Construction on the I-90 express lanes forced cars and buses into mainline traffic and caused some commute delays until Eastside drivers shifted their schedules. On Friday, drivers who want to avoid westbound backups from Issaquah to Seattle still need to travel well before the 7-9 a.m. peak commute.
May 13, 2009
May 12, 2009
If there was ever a rock opera to rock the house, Skyline High School’s “Jesus Christ Superstar: The Last Seven Days in the Life of Jesus of Nazareth” is it.
With colorful costumes created by student Jaymi Matsudaira and a student-created score for the crucifixion scene by Scott Sherman, the production promises to bring down the house this spring.
“Jesus Christ Superstar” was the first full-length rock opera created by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber and recounts the last week of Jesus’ life.
“It’s exciting,” said Steve Shuken, a junior who plays Judas. “It is something no other high school has done here. And it’s a rock opera, so it’s fun, but it is also thought provoking and emotionally provoking.” Read more
May 12, 2009
ArtEAST presents the 2009 Student Art Show through May 29 at Up Front gallery, 48 Front St. Call 503-8917. Read more