Practice fire safety this weekend

May 23, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. May 23, 2009

Memorial Day weekend is a time when families typically enjoy camping and the outdoors. The Office of the State Fire Marshal would like to remind everyone to be responsible with the use of fire while taking advantage of the weather. 

“It doesn’t take much for a small fire to turn into a large blaze,” said State Fire Marshal Mike Matlick. “Be aware and careful about any activity that could trigger a wildfire.”

Knowing a few fire safety tips will help everyone have a fire safe holiday weekend:

Campfire safety

It is important to follow a park’s rules for use of and extinguishing campfires.

Build campfires where they will not spread. A 5-foot to 10-foot circle around the fire should be cleared of all flammable materials, and your tent should be at least 15 feet away.

Keep campfires to a reasonable and manageable size – do not let them get out of hand.

Thoroughly drown the fire, stir it and douse it again with water – do not leave a fire until it is out cold.

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Southeast Bypass decision will appear in Federal Register

May 22, 2009

NEW — 4:23 p.m. May 22, 2009

Federal officials agreed to publish a key Southeast Bypass document in the Federal Register, ending months of debate about where to publish the text and whether the city was responsible for doing so.

But only a slice of the 83-page record of decision will appear in the register. Instead, officials will include a portion of the document and link to read the unedited text on the city’s Web site. The document details the city’s efforts to plan the bypass. The text should be published in the register by early June.

Council members directed city staffers to push the Federal Highway Administration to include the record of decision in the register.

City Public Works Engineering Director Bob Brock said no further action by city officials is required. Publication in the register will be free for the city.

“This is really, at least in my view, the end of the road for what we need to do at a staff level,” Brock said.

Plans to build the bypass took more than a decade of study and $4 million of city money before the City Council nixed the proposed 1.1-mile, four-lane roadway in February 2008. Officials worried about the environmental ramifications of the roadway, and said the bypass would do little to alleviate traffic congestion.

Maureen McCarry launches City Council re-election bid

May 22, 2009

NEW — 1:30 p.m. May 22, 2009

City Council President Maureen McCarry announced today she would seek re-election. McCarry became the second incumbent council member in as many days to announce her plans.

By entering the race, McCarry has set up a challenge against South Cove resident Joan Probala for the Position 5 seat.

Councilwoman Eileen Barber entered the race for her Position 3 seat yesterday.

“It has been an honor to serve the citizens of Issaquah, helping our community keep the balance of new jobs and respect for the environment,” McCarry said in a news release distributed this afternoon.

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Officials eye Issaquah-Fall City Road section for landmark status

May 22, 2009

NEW — Noon May 22, 2009

A section of Issaquah-Fall City Road has been identified by King County for unique historic and scenic qualities, transportation officials announced last week.

After more than a year of on-the-road and in-the-archives research, Issaquah-Fall City Road and eight other road corridors in unincorporated King County were recognized.

King County Roads Services Division officials are nominating eight of those corridors to become community landmark Heritage Corridors.

“We want to document the history of our King County roads to preserve important pieces of our transportation heritage,” Linda Dougherty, director of the division, said in a news release. “This grant-funded project has allowed the Road Services Division to document the story of more than 100 years of transportation system development in our region and identify the most significant remaining corridors in unincorporated King County.”

The section of Issaquah-Fall City Road that would receive the designation is between Duthie Hill on the Sammamish Plateau and Fall City.

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NEW — Sports update

May 22, 2009

NEW — Noon May 22, 2009

Eagle throws shutouts

The Issaquah High School softball team got two shutouts from pitcher Mikenzie Voves Thursday as the Eagles stayed alive in the 4A KingCo Conference Tournament at Redmond’s Hartman Park.

Issaquah plays again today at 3 p.m. against the loser of Thursday’s game between Lake Washington and Bothell. If the Eagles win the 3 p.m. contest, they would advance to a playoff contest against a Greater St. Helens League team and a berth in next week’s state tournament.

Voves struck out 12 batters, allowed two hits and walked one as the Eagles blanked Eastlake 4-0 in their first game Thursday. Kelly Richards had two hits for Issaquah.

In the second game, Voves tossed another two-hitter and struck out six as Issaquah blanked Inglemoor 2-0. Kenna Olsen had two hits for Issaquah.

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Eileen Barber will seek re-election to City Council

May 21, 2009

NEW — Noon, May 21, 2009

Councilwoman Eileen Barber announced today she is seeking re-election to the City Council.

“I ran on a platform of preserving our quality of life while planning for our future,” Barber said in a news release. “In these difficult and uncertain economic times, it is more important than ever that we accomplish both for our citizens and our city.”

Barber became the first incumbent to announce her intentions as the campaign filing period for four council seats draws closer. Seats held by Barber, Council President Maureen McCarry, Councilman David Kappler and Councilman John Rittenhouse are open. Mayor Ava Frisinger is also seeking re-election.

Barber joins three declared council candidates: South Cove resident Joan Probala, Issaquah Highlands resident Mark Mullet and Squak Mountain resident Tola Marts. The filing period for municipal candidates is from June 1-5.

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NEW — Sports update Thursday

May 21, 2009

NEW — 11:30 a.m. May 21, 2009

Liberty baseball heads to regionals

Liberty High School’s Troy Colyer smashed a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning Wednesday to lead the Patriots to a 3-2 victory against West Seattle and clinch a spot in the 3A state baseball regionals.

Liberty, 20-4, travels to Centralia Saturday and plays top-ranked Timberline, 21-2, at 1 p.m. in the regional tournament.

Colyer, a junior, went 2-for-3 in the playoff contest, which was called in the fourth inning Tuesday night because of a thunderstorm. The teams were scoreless at the time.

West Seattle scored twice in the top of the fifth, but Liberty answered in the bottom half of the inning.

John McLeod pitched four shutout innings Tuesday and Dan Eck pitched all three Wednesday. Eck picked up the victory.

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Issaquah School District will recall most teachers who received layoff notices

May 20, 2009

NEW — 2 p.m. May 20, 2009

Issaquah School District Superintendent Steve Rasmussen said today some — and possibly all — of the 158 teachers marked for layoffs may be able to keep their jobs.

In a letter posted on the district Web site, Rasmussen said a worst-case scenario projected by the district would not likely come to pass. Instead of $10.5 million in cuts, the district stands to lose $7.3 million in state funding.

Rasmussen said the district expects to recall most teachers who received reduction in force notifications last month. The district will likely lose between 40 and 45 positions as a result of attrition, retirements and contracts that will not be continued.

Class sizes will also be increased by one student per classroom next year to help cut costs. The superintendent said principals would also be given more latitude to determine the best class size ratios and how to effectively use staff time.

“While significant, the reductions in state revenue — and our resulting reconciled district budget — will be considerably better than our worst-case scenario,” Rasmussen wrote.

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Girls lacrosse state championship / May 20, 2009

May 20, 2009

Police: Man arrested in connection with confrontation no longer a suspect

May 20, 2009

NEW — 11 a.m. May 20, 2009

A 33-year-old Issaquah man arrested in connection with a May 14 confrontation was not involved in the incident, Issaquah Police said this morning. The man, arrested by Seattle Police several hours after the confrontation, was in Seattle when the incident occurred.

Issaquah Police Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum said the man was eliminated as a suspect in the case yesterday. No charges were filed against the man in relation to the incident.

“We were able to investigate and confirm that he was indeed not in the city of Issaquah,” Behrbaum said today.

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