Help clean up Timberlake Park Saturday

May 29, 2009

NEW — 10:40 p.m. May 29, 2009

Volunteers from Save Lake Sammamish will remove English ivy and other invasive plant species at Timberlake Park Saturday.

The cleanup comes on the heels of a successful May 2 cleanup hosted by the organization, the city and Mountains to Sound Greenway.

The event is from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Volunteers can choose to stay for the entire event or sign up to work a half-day. Register for the event here.

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Mining industry transitions Issaquah away from farming

May 29, 2009

Coal mining led to Issaquah’s transformation from farming community to bustling town. The coal industry brought hundreds of workers to Issaquah, and the growth continued as businessmen established banks, shops and other services for the growing population.

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Ciscoe Morris to appear at The Grange on Sunday

May 29, 2009

NEW — 11:42 a.m. May 29, 2009

Master Gardener Ciscoe Morris, host of the television show “Gardening with Ciscoe Morris,” comes to Issaquah at 1 p.m. Sunday at The Grange Supply, 145 N.E. Gilman Blvd.

He’ll discuss his favorite annuals, perennials and veggies, and field any gardening questions you may have.

Call 392-6469 for more information.


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NEW — Sports update

May 28, 2009

NEW — 1 p.m. May 28, 2009

Issaquah lacrosse wins semifinal

The Issaquah High School lacrosse club is headed for the Washington State League Division I state championship game again.

Issaquah, defending state champions, defeated visiting Bainbridge 5-4 in overtime Wednesday in the semifinals. Issaquah meets rival Mercer Island, the regular-season champion, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Seattle’s Memorial Stadium for the title.

Kevin Powers scored the winning goal for Issaquah. Todd Jones scored two goals for the Eagles.

Issaquah trailed 2-1 after the first quarter and 3-2 at halftime.

In the third period, Connor McClain tied the score for Issaquah and Jones put the Eagles ahead. Bainbridge tied the score late in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime.

Issaquah Triathlon is Saturday

The annual Issaquah Triathlon is Saturday at Lake Sammamish State Park.

The event begins with the sprint triathlon at 7 a.m., followed by the duathlon, 5K and 10K races, and the kids’ triathlon.

The 5K and 10K races are scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m.

State track meet begins today

Athletes from Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high schools begin competition today at the 2A, 3A, 4A state track and field championships at Tacoma’s Mount Tahoma High School.

Competition starts at 4:30 p.m. Most of the action today will be in preliminary events, although there are some final events.

The championship meet runs through Saturday.

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City, REI will welcome bike commuters at free barbecue

May 28, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. May 28, 2009

Bicycle commuters are invited to a barbecue Friday as the city marks the end of national Bike to Work Month. REI will host the first-ever Cycle Commuter Appreciation Barbeque at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W., from 3-6 p.m. Enjoy free food, meet fellow bicycle commuters and enter to win prizes.

During Bike to Work Month, city officials promoted bicycle commuting as a form of exercise and a way to reduce traffic congestion and reduce carbon emissions. Officials also put forth a City-to-City Bike Challenge to all cities in King County.

The purpose of the challenge is to reduce the region’s carbon footprint, support a healthy workforce, reduce traffic congestion and demonstrate the capacity of non-motorized transportation, according to a city news release.

Officials hope to increase Bike to Work Month participation as much as possible, as measured by total employee bicycle commute trips for each participating city. In addition to Issaquah, cities such as Snoqualmie, Kent and Bellevue are participating.

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Honor Ruth Kees during creek cleanup Sunday

May 27, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. May 27, 2009

Save Lake Sammamish will honor late Issaquah environmentalist Ruth Kees with a workday along the creek that bears her name. Volunteers will gather May 31 to clear invasive plant species from the banks of Kees Creek in south Issaquah.

Join Save Lake Sammamish volunteers at Southeast 98th Place on 238th Way Southeast between 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tools, gloves and refreshments will be available. Organizers said they would appreciate for volunteers to RSVP, but it’s not required. RSVP by e-mailing

Kees died May 6 after suffering a broken hip several days earlier. She was 84.

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Snoqualmie Springs goes ‘Under the Sea’

May 26, 2009

Stephanie Young and Emily Tang both 8, play ‘Under the Sea’ as Ariel on their recorders during a dress rehearsal. By Chantelle Lusebrink

Stephanie Young and Emily Tang both 8, play ‘Under the Sea’ as Ariel on their recorders during a dress rehearsal. By Chantelle Lusebrink

Snoqualmie Springs School students are growing gills, fins and tails to bring you Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.”

This is the 11th year the students have put on SongFest — last spring, they preformed Disney’s “The Lion King.” 

“It’s the show in its entirety that’s so amazing, because the children are so young. I think everyone will find it extremely entertaining,” said Connie Policar, the school’s music teacher. “But you have to remember how young they are, because we do have children that are 4 who are performing, and that is amazing in and of itself.” 

Snoqualmie Springs is a primary grade school for children ages 4-8; each grade, from preschool to second grade, has an integral role to play.

Policar said she has a talented bunch of students, including some first- and second-graders who are playing Beethoven and Mozart duets and solos on their recorders in front of classmates and public audiences. 

“Their musical abilities far exceed their chronological age,” she said. Read more

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Off The Press

May 26, 2009

Jim Feehan Press Reporter

Jim Feehan Press Reporter

The news hit me like a fastball to the ribs.

In February, Alex Rodriguez admitted to using banned substances from 2001-2003, citing “an enormous amount of pressure to perform.” The baseball star tested positive for two anabolic steroids and testosterone during his 2003 season while he was playing for the Texas Rangers.

My first thought was, why?

Why would someone imbued with so much God-given talent want to cheat? Players of marginal talent looking to increase bulk to hit more homeruns, I can fathom that. But not an athlete who arguably is the best player of this generation. Read more

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Press Editorial

May 26, 2009

Good news for teachers is good news for all

Whew! There are many parents breathing a sigh of relief that the schools their children attend will not be gutted of so many teachers next year. And we can only imagine the relief of the teachers themselves, the 158 who received layoff notices and now have learned that the school district expects to rehire most or all of them next fall. Read more

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Community garden nears completion

May 26, 2009

50 volunteers turn out to help

Volunteers on May 8 begin work on the community garden situated at AtWork!’s front yard. Photos By Greg Farrar

Volunteers on May 8 begin work on the community garden situated at AtWork!’s front yard.P Hotos By Greg Farrar

Sustainable Issaquah had the idea. AtWork! had the land. At an April 22 work party, all interested constituents came together to map out plans to develop a new community garden.

Sustainable Issaquah, a new community group that champions ecofriendly projects, had decided a community garden would be one of its projects.

AtWork!, a center that provides people with disabilities training to be productive, integrated and contributing members of the community, had the space, on land it leases from the city. AtWork! CEO Chris Brandt thought it would be a good use of the 3,000 square feet of landscape.

“We thought it would be better to use it than just mow it,” Brandt said.

Highlands resident Tariq Panni, who helped build a garden for his community, was asked to help.

“It all came together very quickly with less cost and twice the enthusiasm as the garden I did before,” Panni said. Read more

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