Use caution in construction zones

July 18, 2009

NEW — 3 p.m. July 18, 2009

With the summer months comes road construction. Whether it is on the highway or right here in Issaquah, on any given day or night, road crews can be found working.

It is important for your safety and the safety of others to follow these simple rules:

  • Slow down — speeding is a major problem in construction zones.
  • Give space between vehicles — maintain proper distance to avoid rear-end collisions.
  • Be patient — impatient, frustrated drivers tend to take chances they might not otherwise take.
  • Be observant for alternative traffic signs, devices and detours.
  • If possible, find an alternative route.
  • Move over for emergency vehicles.

The key is to always be safe and be patient!

Come to the Rotary Challenge Gravity Car Race tomorrow

July 17, 2009

NEW — 10:28 a.m. July 17, 2009

Everyone wins at the annual Issaquah Rotary Challenge Gravity Car Race, where disabled children get the feel of soap box derby action.

The annual event is from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday on Second Avenue Southeast between Southeast Andrews Street and Southeast Darst Street in Issaquah.

Youngsters race in gravity cars that are 7 feet long and 29 inches wide. Two children ride in each car. The driver is a regular child, from 11-13 years of age. The co-driver is a disabled child.

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Lakeside will play in Super Regional

July 17, 2009

NEW — 10:27 a.m. July 17, 2009

Lakeside Recovery, shooting for a berth in next week’s Senior American Legion state tournament in Tacoma, plays Bremerton Legion at 2 p.m. July 18 in a Super Regional tournament at Newport High School.

The Lakeside-Bremerton game is the second on the schedule. In the opener at 11 a.m., the Twin City Titans play Red Lion, of Longview.

The winners of the first two games meet at 11:30 a.m. July 19. The losers meet in a loser-out game at 5 p.m. July 18.

Two teams will advance to the state tournament, at Heidelberg Park.

Lakeside tuned up for the Super Regional by playing Chaffey to a 9-9 tie July 16. Spencer Rogers had two hits and drove in two runs for Lakeside.

Westbound I-90 bridge will reopen Saturday, two days early

July 16, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. July 16, 2009

The westbound Interstate 90 floating bridge will open earlier than expected, transportation officials announced Tuesday. The bridge across Lake Washington will reopen to vehicles Saturday — two days ahead of the timeline announced by state Department of Transportation officials.

Crews finished pouring seven truckloads of concrete Tuesday to seal new expansion joints into place, according to a DOT update. Workers will spend about a day restriping lanes back to their normal configuration starting at 9 p.m. Friday. The express lanes will be closed most of Saturday for the restriping. Crews also began removing equipment Tuesday, according to the update.

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Highlands gas station plan sputters forward

July 15, 2009

UPDATED — 1 p.m. July 16, 2009

Issaquah Highlands residents could someday fill up vehicles with gasoline or alternative fuels without leaving the hillside community — just not anytime soon.

Council Land Use Committee members approved plans for a highlands gas station Tuesday night, but voiced reservations about the plan during the process. Officials cited concerns about the environmental impact of a gas station and the construction of a fueling facility in the highlands while other promised retail options have lagged.

“It’s the pinnacle of my disappointment of how we haven’t gotten what we were hoping to get in the highlands,” Councilman John Traeger said. “I’m very frustrated about that.”

Officials will likely review the proposed agreement to allow a gas station in the highlands when the full City Council meets Aug. 17.

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New Bengal tiger cubs at zoo / July 11, 2009

July 14, 2009

Rescuers pluck paraglider pilot from trees after Tiger Mountain crash

July 14, 2009

UPDATED — 11:45 a.m. July 16, 2009

A paraglider pilot crashed into trees on Tiger Mountain Tuesday afternoon, ending his otherwise uneventful flight with broken ribs. Crews freed the trapped pilot from trees during a dramatic rescue as afternoon turned to evening.

Authorities identified the pilot as 47-year-old Spanaway resident Gene Beaver.*

A Navy Blackhawk helicopter based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island plucked the pilot from the woods while local crews worked on the ground.

Eastside Fire & Rescue Firefighter Ryan Hendricks said the Navy helicopter crew loaded the injured paraglider pilot into a basket to lift him from Tiger Mountain. EFR crews and King County Search and Rescue, a volunteer group, coordinated the rescue on the ground as the Navy chopper and news helicopters whirred overhead.

A Navy helicopter from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station retrieves a Navy corpsman from Tiger Mountain after they had airlifted out a paraglider that landed in the treetops June 14 and suffered broken ribs. — Photo by Greg Farrar

A Navy helicopter from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island retrieves a Navy corpsman from Tiger Mountain after the crew airlifted a paraglider that crashed into treetops July 14 and suffered broken ribs. — Photo by Greg Farrar

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City faces more than $3 million in cuts to meet budget shortfall

July 14, 2009

‘We’ve gotten to the point where it’s jobs,’ mayor says

Officials need to trim $750,000 to $1 million from city expenses before the end of the year and make at least another $2 million in budget cuts for 2010. Key sources of dollars for the city — building permits and sales tax revenue — have dropped due to the economy. Read more

Sammamish, Newcastle make top towns list

July 14, 2009

Money magazine has named Sammamish and Newcastle as some of the best small towns in the United States. Editors ranked Sammamish No. 12 and Newcastle No. 17 in the Best Places to Live 2009 issue. Read more

Public meetings

July 14, 2009

July 16

Council Services & Operations Committee Read more

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