Council votes to oppose I-1033

October 10, 2009

NEW — 3 p.m. Oct. 10, 2009

City Council members voted Monday night to oppose a statewide property tax measure on the Nov. 3 ballot. Officials cited the potential impact the measure, Initiative 1033, could have on city services.

I-1033 would limit the growth of city, county and state revenue to inflation and population growth, not including voter-approved revenue. Any revenue above the I-1033-mandated cap would be used to lower property taxes.

“This is a bad idea at the wrong time,” Councilman Fred Butler said before the 7-0 vote.

Learn more about I-1033, and the other King County and state ballot measures, in the Oct. 14 edition of The Issaquah Press.

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Welcome fall with final farmers market Saturday

October 9, 2009

NEW — Noon, Oct. 9, 2009

Usher in fall at the final Issaquah Farmers Market of the season Saturday.

Vendors will peddle produce, flowers, and arts and crafts at Pickering Farm, 1730 10th Ave. N.W., from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The farmers market launched in 1990 and grew to more than 100 vendors who arrive at Pickering Barn each Saturday morning during market season.

Live entertainment is part of the market. The market also features special events, such as cooking demonstrations and giveaways.

The farmers market will return in April.

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NEW — Sports update — Friday

October 9, 2009

NEW — 11:47 a.m. Oct. 9, 2009

Spartans win soccer showdown

It’s always a big game when the Skyline and Issaquah high school girls soccer teams meet. How big? In each of the past three years, the winner of the Skyline-Issaquah regular season game has gone on to win the state championship.

Skyline might have taken a big step in the direction of defending its 4A state title Oct. 8 when the host Spartans defeated Issaquah 2-0 in a battle for first place in the KingCo Conference standings.

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Meet EFR firefighters, pick up fire-prevention freebies Saturday

October 9, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 9, 2009

Eastside Fire & Rescue has planned a series of activities to mark Fire Prevention Week, which runs through Sunday.

Stop by EFR stations on Saturday from 1-3 p.m., when firefighters will open the bay doors to give the public a glimpse of firefighting equipment. Drop by to visit firefighters, tour stations, sit in a truck and pick up fire and health safety information, fire hats, stickers and badges.

Check out the following stations Saturday:

  • Station 71            190 E. Sunset Way
  • Station 81            2030 212th S.E.
  • Station 82            1852 228th Ave. S.E.
  • Station 83            3425 Issaquah-Pine Lake Road
  • Station 85            3600 Tolt Ave. N.E., Carnation
  • Station 87            122 W. Second St., North Bend

The theme of Fire Prevention Week is “Stay Fire Smart! Don’t Get Burned.” Fire departments have observed the weeklong fire prevention message for 87 years, making it the longest-running public health and safety observance on record.

EFR crews also displayed engines and distributed fire and health safety information at local grocery stores Monday.

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Help restore Issaquah Creek with Mountains to Sound Greenway

October 8, 2009

NEW — 10 p.m. Oct. 8, 2009

Join Mountains to Sound Greenway volunteers in the next few weeks as they plant more than 25,000 native trees, shrubs and plants to enhance local parks.

The planting will take place Saturday at Lake Sammamish State Park. Volunteers will plant aquatic vegetation in Issaquah Creek. Volunteers should wear hip waders and rubber boots.

Sign up for any of the events here. Volunteers may participate in full- or half-day shifts.

Volunteers will kick off tree-planting season Oct. 17 at Lake Sammamish State Park. The state park events continue Oct. 24-25, 31 and Nov. 7.

Volunteers will also plant trees Nov. 7 at Timberlake Park and along Issaquah Creek.

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R.S.V.P. for chamber candidate luncheon by Friday morning

October 8, 2009

NEW — 5:30 p.m. Oct. 8, 2009

Issaquah Chamber of Commerce leaders will host a luncheon and candidate forum Tuesday.

The event will feature City Council candidates Maureen McCarry and Joan Probala, and Tola Marts and Nathan Perea, and school board candidates Marnie Maraldo and Wright Noel.

Register for the event by 9 a.m. Friday. Call the chamber at 392-7024 or e-mail Adrianne Pavlik at to make a reservation.

The event will be held at Hilton Garden Inn, 1800 N.W. Gilman Blvd. A meet and greet with the candidates begins at 11 a.m. Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m., and the program begins then. The cost is $25 for members with advance reservations and $35 for all walk-in attendees.

“It is important that candidates for City Council and school board know that the 467 members of the chamber are interested in their stance on issues affecting Issaquah business,” chamber CEO Matt Bott said.

Befitting the host, the questions will be focused on business. The chamber does not endorse candidates.

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Eagles win fourth straight volleyball match

October 8, 2009

NEW — 3:54 p.m. Oct. 8, 2009

The Issaquah High School volleyball team won its fourth straight 4A KingCo Conference match Oct.7 when the Eagles swept host Roosevelt.

Issaquah won the games 25-15, 25-13, 25-14.

Rachel Roeder had nine kills and five aces, Alyssa Schultz scored six kills and three blocks, Stephanie Stoll had 10 kills, Sarah Hanna had 11 kills, Alexa Batquin added 13 digs and Riley Sorenson lent 41 assists for Issaquah.

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Check out 2010 city budget proposal online

October 8, 2009

NEW — 3:30 p.m. Oct. 8, 2009

Mayor Ava Frisinger presented her 2010 budget to City Council members Monday night. Review the proposed spending plan on the Web, at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way, and at the Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way.

City department leaders will review proposed 2010 budgets with council members Oct. 29. The council will then hold a public hearing Nov. 2 to discuss possible property tax increases. Frisinger did not recommend any property tax hikes, or fee and rate increases, in her budget.

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Issaquah real estate agent, wife face prison in mortgage fraud case

October 8, 2009

NEW — 11:15 p.m. Oct. 8, 2009

The last of seven people charged in a $47 million mortgage fraud scheme pleaded guilty Oct. 2. Federal authorities said the scheme included Issaquah real estate agent David Sobol, 40, and his wife, Alla Sobol, 28.

Agents arrested the Sobols and five others in late March after a wide-ranging investigation into the largest mortgage-fraud case in state history.

Federal Way resident Viktor Kobzar, 32, was the last defendant to plead guilty in the case. Kobzar pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Seattle to conspiracy to commit bank fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud and filing a false tax return. Kobzar faces up to eight years in prison and up to $350,000 in fines when sentenced by U.S. District Judge Marsha J. Pechman. Kobzar will be sentenced Jan. 8.

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Ammonia spill causes fish kill in East Fork of Issaquah Creek

October 7, 2009

NEW — 7:03 p.m. Oct. 7, 2009

An accidental release of ammonia from the Darigold processing plant caused a fish kill today in the East Fork of Issaquah Creek in Issaquah.

The Department of Ecology responded to the incident after receiving a report of dead fish from a state Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist surveying spawning salmon in the stream.

Most of the 40-50 dead fish observed were sculpin, a small freshwater fish. But a small number of salmon and trout were also affected.

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