Authorities release name of Issaquah man killed in rollover accident

June 6, 2009

UPDATED — 4:03 p.m. June 8, 2009

A 27-year-old Issaquah man was killed late Friday night when his sport-utility vehicle went off the road and rolled several times near the 10100 block of Issaquah Hobart Road.

The driver, Christopher M. Leslie, died at the scene from head injuries, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Alcohol and speed appeared to be factors in the accident, Issaquah Police Cmdr. Stan Conrad said today.  The posted speed limit along that stretch of Issaquah Hobart Road is 35 mph.

Witnesses saw the crash unfold and contacted police. Officers arrived at the scene at about 11:25 p.m. There were no passengers in the vehicle, a maroon 1999 Subaru Forester.

Issaquah Police are working with the Washington State Patrol to further investigate the crash.

Issaquah, agencies and developers share award

June 6, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. June 6, 2009

Issaquah officials and several partner organizations received a Governor’s Smart Communities Award, officials announced Thursday.

Officials were honored for efforts to encourage transit-oriented development near the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride.

The Smart Partnerships Award recognizes the development and assignment agreements for the YWCA’s 146-unit affordable housing project, as well as the proposed zHome development of 10 zero net-energy townhouses.

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Candidates file for city, school posts

June 5, 2009

NEW — 7:45 p.m. June 5, 2009

Mayor Ava Frisinger will run unopposed for a fourth term and seven City Council candidates will battle for four seats, according to unofficial King County Elections filings released today.

The deadline for candidate filing was 4:30 p.m. today. During the five-day filing period, Frisinger, seven council candidates and three Issaquah School Board hopefuls declared their candidacies for the nonpartisan seats. The county elections office posted the list on its Web site this afternoon.

Council incumbents Eileen Barber, David Kappler and Maureen McCarry entered the race. Newcomers Mark Mullet, Joan Probala, Tola Marts and Nathan Perea will seek council seats as well.

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Power restored after wind causes outage for 1,200 customers

June 5, 2009

NEW — 5:20 p.m. June 5, 2009

Strong winds knocked out power for 1,200 customers in Issaquah and Preston last night. Issaquah residents and city crews cleaned up fallen tree limbs today.

Puget Sound Energy spokeswoman MacKenzie McDowell said 1,200 local customers were affected by the outage. She said falling tree limbs pulled down power lines and caused the outage. Most of the customers had their power restored within two to three hours, McDowell said.

PSE crews also received a report of a downed power line on 290th Avenue east of 61st Street, McDowell said.

Autumn Monahan, city public information officer, said crews from the city Public Works Operations Department spent today cleaning up debris. She said residents of a neighborhood where a tree went down were working with officials to ensure they abided by city tree codes.

The strong gusts followed days of record-high temperatures.

Help improve trails on Squak and Tiger mountains tomorrow

June 5, 2009

NEW — 5 p.m. June 5, 2009

Pitch in with trail maintenance tomorrow on Squak and Tiger mountains as part of the National Trails Day Celebration.

Mountains to Sound Greenway needs volunteers for trail maintenance on the mountains from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The trail maintenance at Tiger Mountain will be for volunteers aged 14-18. Sign up here.

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Jake Heaps commits to Brigham Young University

June 5, 2009

NEW — 1:06 p.m. June 5, 2009

It’s official: Skyline quarterback Jake Heaps will play for Brigham Young University.

Heaps, a junior, made the verbal commitment during a press conference June 4 at a sports bar in Salt Lake City.

Heaps has been one of the most heavily recruited juniors in the nation – scout.com rates him the No. 1 high school quarterback in the country – and is considered the top overall prospect in Washington.

Heaps made the announcement alongside two other top prospects: wide receiver Ross Apo, of The Oakridge School (Arlington, Texas), and Zac Stout, a linebacker from Oaks Christian in Wesalekt Village, Calif.

 

Jake Heaps, of Skyline (right), is joined by Zac Stout, of Westlake Village, Calif. (left), and Ross Apo, of Arlington, Texas, as they announce at a press conference their decision June 4 at Iggy's Sports Grill in Salt Lake City, to play football for Brigham Young University. Heaps, Stout and Apo totaled more than 60 offers from 40 schools, and the 2010 high school graduates will presumably play in the 2010-2011 season. — By Mario Ruiz/Courtesy [Provo] Daily Herald

Jake Heaps, of Skyline (right), is joined by Zac Stout, of Westlake Village, Calif. (left), and Ross Apo, of Arlington, Texas, as they announce at a press conference their decision June 4 at Iggy's Sports Grill in Salt Lake City, to play football for Brigham Young University. Heaps, Stout and Apo totaled more than 60 offers from 40 schools, and the 2010 high school graduates will presumably play in the 2010-2011 season. — By Mario Ruiz/Courtesy (Provo) Daily Herald

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Issaquah dancer makes top 20 on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’

June 5, 2009

UPDATED — 12:50 p.m. June 5, 2009

Issaquah’s Paris Torres has placed in the top 20 on the television show “So You Think You Can Dance.”

The 19-year-old, whose specialty is contemporary dance, is a graduate of Skyline High School. She began dancing when she was 6 years old, and now teaches at a studio near her home.

She was also a Miss Washington Teen pageant winner, and was a Seattle Storm and Seattle SuperSonics Junior dancer from 2000-2003.

See her audition here.

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Find job resources at Career Connection lunch

June 4, 2009

NEW — 6 p.m. June 4, 2009

Career Connection Issaquah, a free program for Issaquah job seekers, kicks off its first event tomorrow at noon at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church on Second Avenue, across from the Issaquah Community Center.

Following a light lunch, local career transition consultant Teresa Dahl will speak about “Foundations for Job Searching.”

The series continues every other Friday throughout summer with talks by area professionals regarding working the Web, recognizing your strengths, tuning up your résumé, networking, interviewing and even low cost/no cost recreation available in the area.

The series is being cosponsored by the church and The Issaquah Press; it is free and open to the public, with no reservations required.

Hot weather advisory for pets and their owners

June 4, 2009

NEW — 1:20 p.m. June 4, 2009

King County residents are encouraged to prepare their pets for hot weather the next few days as temperatures are predicted to reach at least 90 degrees in some areas.

In the past several days, King County Animal Control officers have responded to multiple calls from concerned residents who have seen dogs left alone in hot cars by their owners.

“Our weather is normally pretty comfortable year-round and people often forget that animals are wearing a fur coat 24 hours a day,” said King County Animal Care and Control Interim Manager Nancy McKenney. “They have a hard time handling sudden increases or decreases in temperature, so humans need to help them stay cool and not overexert them when it is hot outside.”

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