Washington State Patrol needs your help in locating hit-and-run suspect vehicle

January 17, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 17, 2008

On Jan. 1, at 3:20 a.m., a pedestrian was struck and killed on northbound Interstate 5 in the area of mid-Boeing Field. One of the vehicles the state patrol is looking for is a 2005-2008 white Toyota, possibly a RAV4.

The damage to the vehicle would be on the left front, headlight, hood and windshield area, and the left side of the vehicle, to include the driver’s side mirror and fender area.

The state patrol is asking for anyone who may have witnessed the collision or anyone at auto body shops or junkyards that may have worked on or seen a white Toyota with this type of damage to call 649-1530.

Explosion at Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus damages toilet

January 16, 2009

UPDATE — 7:25 p.m. Jan. 16, 2008

An explosion at Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus triggered fire alarms, dispatched emergency crews and damaged a toilet in a second-story bathroom at the school Friday.

The explosion happened in the 2100 wing of the building, 24635 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road, at about 11:15 a.m., near the end of the school’s first lunch.

The incident is still under investigation by police, said Sara Niegowski, the district communications director.

The school was evacuated in accordance with the school’s emergency plans, Principal Dana Bailey wrote in an e-mail to the school community.

Students were outside briefly before being allowed to wait in the gym while emergency officials surveyed the campus and made sure the school was safe.

In her message, Bailey said staff members and students displayed order and patience while following the school’s evacuation plans.

Free clinics teach you how to clean up after recent floods

January 16, 2009

NEW — 11:52 a.m. Jan. 16, 2008

In the wake of recent flooding, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and The Home Depot are teaming up to teach residents how to safely re-enter their homes after a flood, take steps to salvage belongings and clean the entire home.

These tips will include mold mitigation and how to regain a healthy home. The clinics at the Issaquah Home Depot are from noon – 1 p.m. and from 2-3 p.m. Jan. 17, 24 and 31, at 6200 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway.

Call 391-8467.

Drop off your flood-damaged materials free at Tibbetts Valley Park

January 15, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 15, 2008

Issaquah and King County residents can drop off flood-damaged materials, at no charge, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday at Tibbetts Valley Park, 965 12th Ave. N.W. Read more

First all-electric car arrives

January 12, 2009

Issaquah owner says Tesla Roadster could change the world

Mark Mullet takes his all-electric Tesla Roadster, signature series No. 68, for a spin in the Issaquah Highlands. Mullet is the first in the state to own a Tesla. By Greg Farrar

Mark Mullet takes his all-electric Tesla Roadster, signature series No. 68, for a spin in the Issaquah Highlands. Mullet is the first in the state to own a Tesla. By Greg Farrar

If in the days ahead, a cloud of dust is spotted, preceded by a blur of radiant red, there’s a good chance it was just Mark Mullet living his boyhood dream behind the wheel of his new Tesla Roadster.

While many youngsters dream someday of burning rubber in the latest sports car, few imagine doing so in a fully electric hot rod. The Tesla is the perfect car for the Issaquah Highlands resident.

Mullet said he remembers when he was a starry-eyed lad living in the Seattle neighborhood of Greenlake, watching the solar car races. He especially recalled one Volkswagen Bug with its entire back seat filled with batteries. Read more

Flood waters recede, now cleanup time

January 12, 2009

Sisters Jennifer Davies, Julianne Long and Mindy Heintz (from left) retrieve belongings Jan. 8 from the toppled guesthouse at the home of their parents, Jack and Karen Brooks, beside Issaquah Creek in the 23300 block of Southeast May Valley Road. By Greg Farrar

Sisters Jennifer Davies, Julianne Long and Mindy Heintz (from left) retrieve belongings Jan. 8 from the toppled guesthouse at the home of their parents, Jack and Karen Brooks, beside Issaquah Creek in the 23300 block of Southeast May Valley Road. By Greg Farrar

Issaquah and Tibbetts creeks overflowed their banks Jan. 8, leaving residents and business owners to clean up the mud and the muck, but also left some Gilman Boulevard businesses with an uncertain future.

Diane Symms, owner of Lombardi’s restaurant, said it’s unclear whether she will reopen in the Gilman Square shopping complex. Symms said she had fully intended to reopen the flood-damaged restaurant by Jan. 24, and in the past few days, had hired a crew to rip out carpeting, tear out drywall and clear the parking lot of mud and debris.

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Calendar revised for missed school days

January 12, 2009

While the snow made for an early start to students’ winter break, it doesn’t mean students don’t have to make them up.

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Workshops will review new tree-removal rules

January 12, 2009

Now that the city has new tree preservation codes, its Planning Department will host three open house workshops for professionals who do business within city limits that involves the maintenance and removal of trees.  

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City worker, neighbor rescue dog from mud

January 12, 2009

Jordan, 13, a golden retriever-collie mix owned by Sycamore resident Julie Averill, recuperates after her rescue from deep, quicksand-like mud from Issaquah Creek near her home.ContributedJordan, 13, a golden retriever-collie mix owned by Sycamore resident Julie Averill, recuperates after her rescue from deep, quicksand-like mud from Issaquah Creek near her home.ContributedIt was only 13-year-old Jordan’s golden hair and a nearby city worker that saved her life Jan. 9 after she was stuck in 10-14 inches of mud, a leftover from the day-before flooding.

“She wasn’t whimpering. She wasn’t moving,” said Ed McCormack, who along with a city worker helped dig the a golden retriever/collie mix out. “If that had been a darker dog, then that would have been a dead dog, because nobody would have seen her.”

Nobody was more thankful for the act of heroism than Jordan’s owner Julie Averill and her family, who now get to spend a little more time with their beloved pet. Jordan has a tumor growing on her nose, and Averill said she likely only has a couple of months before she dies of cancer.

“She has two kids who love her,” Averill said referring to her 4- and 6-year-old children. “And the neighbors love her.”

Jordan was let out of the house to play with McCormack’s dog, but she landed in the thick mud and sunk in until she couldn’t move.

“She doesn’t have any muscle or anything. She’s an old dog, just skin and bones,” said McCormack, who lives next door to Averill. “It was like quicksand — liquid mud.”

Three city workers were in the area clearing mud from the streets when one of them saw Jordan’s golden head sticking out of the mud. When he saw that she was stuck, he told the family.

The mud had risen up Jordan’s chest and to her muzzle, which lay on the surface.

McCormack and the city worker spent several minutes setting Jordan free from the mud, struggling not to fall in as well. McCormack said he never found out the name of that city worker.

McCormack washed Jordan, and the old dog is now starting to fully recover from the experience.

“Her muscles are tired from all that work to get out of the mud,” Averill said. “We’re just really grateful, and we’d love to say thank you to the city workers who helped her.”

Reach intern Jeff Richards at 392-6434, ext. 236, or isspress@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com.

Localized landslide raising concerns

January 12, 2009

Patches of hillside above Southeast Black Nugget Road show pronounced signs of slippage Jan. 9 above the Fred Meyer store. To the right are the Hamptons Pointe Townhomes in the Issaquah Ridge neighborhood.By Greg FarrarPatches of hillside above Southeast Black Nugget Road show pronounced signs of slippage Jan. 9 above the Fred Meyer store. To the right are the Hamptons Pointe Townhomes in the Issaquah Ridge neighborhood. By Greg Farrar

Residents have expressed their concern about a section of hill that seems to be sliding down toward Black Nugget Road above the Fred Meyer department store.

Sheldon Lynne, deputy director of the city’s Public Works Engineering Department, said city officials have had their eye on the land for more than a year.

“It is basically a localized, small-scale landslide,” he said. “It started in January of 2008 and has been doing what we’ve anticipated — moving here and there based on the weather.

“We don’t expect an event where it all comes crashing down,” he added.

The land is private property owned by the nonprofit group Way Back Inn, which provides housing for homeless families with children. Read more

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