Mexican restaurant Acapulco Fresh closes

August 7, 2009

NEW — 7:55 p.m. Aug. 7, 2009

Acapulco Fresh Mexican Grill, 1480 N.W. Gilman Blvd., unexpectedly closed earlier this week.

According to Acapulco Fresh employees at the Redmond and Sammamish locations, the Issaquah restaurant closed Wednesday.

By Friday afternoon, plastic sheets and a for-sale sign from JSH Properties, Inc. covered the windows and made it difficult to tell if remnants of the restaurant’s décor remained in the space.

A sign listing the hours of operations hung on the entrance, but no other messages were left for would-be customers.

A would-be patron checks a sign on the door at Acapulco Fresh Mexican Grill, which closed this week. By Chantelle Lusebrink

A would-be patron checks a sign on the door at Acapulco Fresh Mexican Grill, which closed this week. By Chantelle Lusebrink

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Head downtown to ArtWalk tonight

August 7, 2009

NEW — 3:05 p.m. Aug. 7, 2009

Stroll to ArtWalk Issaquah today. Hurry, the event is the second-to-last ArtWalk of the season.

The event runs from 5-9 p.m. Check out artists and musicians in downtown Issaquah and Gilman Village. Enjoy music and refreshments throughout downtown and Gilman Village, too.

Revolution Gallery in Gilman Village will feature artists Karen Fabiano — a multimedia artist who specializes in greeting cards, tiles, trivets, glass and bottle cap belts and jewelry — nature and travel photographer Sonja Morgan, jewelry designer Mary Freiberger and Rabecca Larsen, who specializes in fabric arts.

The Matt Hopper Quartet will play at Revolution Gallery during ArtWalk.

The final ArtWalk of the season will be held Sept. 4. Learn more about Issaquah’s growing ArtWalk here.

Return enrollment postcards to Issaquah School District

August 6, 2009

NEW — 12:01 p.m. Aug. 6, 2009

Do you have an elementary school child who will attend an Issaquah School District school this year? If you do, district officials would like you to return the lime green enrollment postcard they sent to your home about a week ago.

The postcards help give district officials an idea of how many students they can expect the first day of school to ensure they have enough teachers and seats at every grade level.

Classes start Sept. 2.

In addition to verifying your child’s enrollment, district officials also ask you to correct any invalid information on the card, such as an address or your child’s grade.

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Man arrested in Snohomish County likely connected to Issaquah heists

August 5, 2009

UPDATED — 3:35 p.m. Aug. 5, 2009

A man believed to be connected to July robberies at Emerald City Sun Tanning Center and Lovers’ was arrested in Snohomish County Sunday. Issaquah Deputy Police Chief Steve Cozart said today the man was likely involved in the Issaquah heists.

“We believe he is responsible for both the Lovers’ and Emerald City Tanning Center robberies,” Cozart said.

Everett Police arrested the 24-year-old Lake Stevens man Sunday. Cozart said Snohomish County authorities would likely file charges against the man today. Cozart said the suspect’s name would be released after charges are filed.

Cozart said Issaquah investigators would wrap up their cases and file charges with the King County Prosecutor’s Office.

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Issaquah’s Modest Mouse releases video directed by Heath Ledger

August 5, 2009

NEW — 10:15 a.m. Aug. 5, 2009

“King Rat” — the new video from Modest Mouse and directed by late actor Heath Ledger — dropped Tuesday alongside a new EP from the band. The video from the Issaquah band was released Tuesday at the same time as the EP, “No One’s First, And You’re Next.”

Read more about the project left unfinished by Ledger when he died in January 2008 here. Watch the “King Rat” video here.

Keeping cool in record heat

August 4, 2009

Melise Woodward gets set to catch her son Brady as he jumps into Pine Lake to get relief from the record temperatures July 29. By Adam Eschbach

Melise Woodward gets set to catch her son Brady as he jumps into Pine Lake to get relief from the record temperatures July 29. By Adam Eschbach

Scoopers at Cold Stone Creamery ratcheted production of chilly creations during a record-breaking heat wave last week. Then, the air conditioning unit broke.

Customers continued to stream to the East Lake Sammamish Parkway store, eager for relief from triple-digit temperatures.

At XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, dozens of customers lined up in 100-degree heat for signature root beer floats.

“Some are even going from the small to the large,” employee Jose Enciso Jr. said.

At ice cream shops, movie theaters, pools and beaches around Issaquah, residents sought refuge as the mercury climbed beyond 100 and residents slogged through days of high temperatures — including record temperatures.

Temperatures at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport — where the official readings for Seattle are taken — reached 103 degrees July 29.

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Reagan Dunn faces two challengers in Aug. 18 primary

August 4, 2009

Reagan Dunn

Reagan Dunn

Candidates in the race for the District 9 County Council seat are touting their credentials as reformers ahead of the Aug. 18 primary election.

Incumbent Councilman Reagan Dunn, elected to the post in November 2005, will face challengers Beverly Harison Tonda, a Maple Valley corporate trainer, and Newcastle playwright Mark Greene as he seeks a second full term.

Dunn was first appointed to the post in February 2005 to serve the remainder of outgoing Councilman Rob McKenna’s term. McKenna was elected state attorney general the previous November. Read more

Roving Rabbis spread the Torah’s message of unity

August 4, 2009

By Greg Farrar Rabbis Gedalya Lieberman (left) and Shimon Rivkin use this Hyundai automobile in their Roving Rabbi ministry to connect with the Jewish community and spread the faith in the Issaquah area.

By Greg Farrar Rabbis Gedalya Lieberman (left) and Shimon Rivkin use this Hyundai automobile in their Roving Rabbi ministry to connect with the Jewish community and spread the faith in the Issaquah area.

Since 1943, the Roving Rabbis program has been impacting the lives of Jews around the world.

This summer, two Roving Rabbis — Rabbi Shimon Rivkin and Rabbi Gedalya Lieberman — are here in the Issaquah and Sammamish area, striving to connect with the Jewish community.

Roving Rabbis are Jewish students who are eager to spread Judaism as they travel around the globe to bring “Torah, joy and warmth to Jews in thousands of cities in over 150 countries,” according to the Web site, www.chabad.org.

“We stress the great idea of unity,” Rivkin said. “People are so nice here in Issaquah. We are happy to share with them the idea of unity.”

Although the main focus of the Roving Rabbis in Issaquah is to exemplify unity, another goal is to spread Jewish awareness, Lieberman said. Read more

Annual Green Elephant Sale at Providence Point is here

August 4, 2009

This year’s Providence Point Green Elephant Sale is Aug. 7-9.

Pat Gile, director of the sale and chairman of the Providence Point Residents Events Committee, said the sale started about 10 years ago. She said she believed this year’s sale will be special as the committee received the most donations this year. Read more

Hiking society honors Squak

August 4, 2009

Squak Mountain has been recognized as a Washington State hiking destination by the American Hiking Society. Read more

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