King County property taxes due Nov. 2

October 24, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 24, 2009

King County property owners must pay 2009 second-half property taxes by Nov. 2.

Payments would have been due Oct. 31, but because the last day of October falls on a Saturday, the deadline was extended to the following Monday. Taxpayers must pay bills by then to avoid penalties and interest charges.

If a property owner misses the Nov. 2 deadline, penalties and interest charges will be added to the tax bill.

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Liberty loses heartbreaker to Bellevue, 27-21

October 23, 2009

NEW — 11:28 p.m. Oct. 23, 2009

The battle of KingCo 3A heavyweights Bellevue and Liberty kept the crowd screaming at Liberty High School Friday until the closing seconds. Liberty trailed 24-7 with less than five minutes to go in the third quarter, but quickly struck back with two quick touchdown passes from junior quarterback Trey Wheeler.

Bellevue added a field goal with 3:06 remaining in the game, bringing the score to 27-21. With a chance to take the lead, Liberty began its final drive from its own 20-yard line.

The Patriots marched down the field, heading to Wolverine territory, until one of Wheeler’s passes was intercepted on a 3rd down, securing the win for Bellevue.

Hear from school board candidates Marnie Maraldo and Wright Noel

October 23, 2009

NEW — 2:07 p.m. Oct. 23, 2009

Candidates Marnie Maraldo and Wright Noel, vying for the school board Director District No. 2 spot, answered questions about education issues for The Issaquah Press during a question-and-answer session Oct. 21.

Maraldo and Wright participated in a candidate forum held Oct. 8, but technical problems left the school board portion of the forum unintelligible. A video of the latest question-and-answer session will be posted to the city Web site.

Watch the rebroadcast of The Issaquah Press candidate forum, and the newly recorded school board portion, on Issaquah Channel 21 every Friday, Sunday and Tuesday at 7 a.m., noon and 9 p.m. until Election Day, Nov. 3.

Second Avenue will be closed for homecoming walk Friday

October 22, 2009

NEW — 4:45 p.m. Oct. 22, 2009

Plan ahead for street closures Friday, when Issaquah High School students and faculty members celebrate homecoming.

Second Avenue Southeast from Southeast Bush Street to Front Street South will be closed from 9:15-9:30 a.m., as well as from 10:20-10:35 a.m.

The closure will take place in order for students and staff can walk to the Issaquah Community Center for a school assembly. The event would usually be held in the school gymnasium, but construction at the IHS campus has made it impossible to hold the event on campus.

Deputies rescue man from Tiger Mountain, case sent to fish and wildlife authorities for investigation

October 22, 2009

NEW — 9:45 a.m. Oct. 22, 2009

Deputies rescued a hunter from Tiger Mountain State Forest after he twisted his knee atop the mountain Saturday, authorities said.

Sgt. John Urquhart, King County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said a 37-year-old Tacoma man shot a buck, but then twisted his knee and called 911 for help at about 1:30 p.m.

Emergency responders were able to use the coordinates of the man’s mobile phone. Rescuers located him at about 3:45 p.m. near the Artifacts Trail and used a rescue litter to extract him from the forest.

Urquhart said he could not provide the man’s identity. He said the case was forwarded to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife for further investigation. Authorities will determine whether the man was hunting in a designated area and whether he was following regulations.

Darren Friedel, a spokesman for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, said the agency requested additional information from the King County Sheriff’s Office.

Friedel said the case reached Department of Fish and Wildlife enforcement officers Tuesday.

Liberty, Bellevue offensive lines boast odd training regimens

October 21, 2009

Seattle Times staff reporter

NEW — 2:28 p.m. Oct. 21, 2009

Bellevue’s linemen decided to try something new this summer.

They met on the field at midnight, set up a blocking sled and started pushing. Up and down the field they trudged. They hit 1,600 yards — a school record — but realized they weren’t ready to quit.

They kept going until they reached 2,010 yards, a mark that satisfied the seniors.

“It kind of showed that we would do anything,” senior tackle Hank Thayer said.

Liberty offensive linemen, from left, Dan Eck, Jalen Robinson, Alex Kaser, Coleton Langdon and Troy Solly, spent some of their summer flipping a 300-pound tractor tire up and down the field and around the school track to prepare for the football season. The Patriots are 7-0 and ranked third in the state in Class 3A. By Cliff Despeaux/The Seattle Times

Liberty offensive linemen, from left, Dan Eck, Jalen Robinson, Alex Kaser, Coleton Langdon and Troy Solly, spent some of their summer flipping a 300-pound tractor tire up and down the field and around the school track to prepare for the football season. The Patriots are 7-0 and ranked third in the state in Class 3A. By Cliff Despeaux/The Seattle Times

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UPDATE — Sports Wednesday

October 21, 2009

NEW — 2:22 p.m. Oct. 21, 2009

Skyline, Issaquah post soccer wins

The Skyline and Issaquah high school girls soccer teams both posted 4A KingCo Conference victories Oct. 20 to remain tied for the league lead.

Skyline defeated visiting Lake Washington 3-1, and Issaquah downed visiting Roosevelt 4-1.

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Give to the hungry before food drive ends Saturday

October 21, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 21, 2009

Donate to the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank before a monthlong food drive wraps Saturday.

The effort coincides with the start of the fall giving season, when food bank workers and volunteers fill pantry shelves ahead of the holidays.

The food drive, known as the Share What You Can campaign, brought together several Issaquah churches to feed the hungry. Churches kicked off the food drive in late September.

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A hero’s welcome

October 20, 2009

Soldiers receive warm greeting after returning from Afghanistan

Brandon Lynch steals a kiss from his girlfriend Christina Douglas as soon as he exits the car. Behind them, partygoers greet the other pilots.

Brandon Lynch steals a kiss from his girlfriend Christina Douglas as soon as he exits the car. Behind them, partygoers greet the other pilots.

After spending the past year in Afghanistan as a medical evacuation helicopter pilot, Brandon Lynch, 32, returned to the United States last week. With Lynch were five of his fellow pilots from Charlie Company 1-168 General Support Aviation Battalion, based out of Mather, Calif. Read more

Copenhaver, Knox

October 20, 2009

Ashley Copenhaver and Barrett Knox

Ashley Copenhaver and Barrett Knox

Ashley Copenhaver, of Sammamish, and Barrett Knox, of Carnation, were married July 18, 2009, at the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Issaquah. Read more

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