New tool helps taxpayers track effectiveness of county government

November 14, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 14, 2009

King County Superior Court resolved 91 percent of criminal cases within the state-recommended guideline of nine months, Metro buses were on time 76 percent last year — better than in 2007, but below the 80 percent target — and 85 percent of county roads have pavement in satisfactory condition.

County leaders learned the stats from new tools now available to residents. The programs enable taxpayers to track county proposals and see whether the efforts meet performance targets.

The county unveiled a pair of Web-based tools: the County Growth Report and King County Benchmark Program. The reports examine housing, economic, demographic, land use and transportation trends to help the public and decision-makers better understand growth management efforts in the region.

Find the tools here.

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Saturday poker tournament will help family pay medical bills

November 13, 2009

NEW — 1:55 p.m. Nov. 13, 2009

Go all in for a good cause at a charity poker tournament Saturday.

The wife of a city Public Works Operations Department employee was recently diagnosed with cancer. The tournament will help raise money for the chemotherapy treatment she needs soon. But the medical co-payment is high and the family needs help.

Enter the poker tournament at the Lake Sammamish Elks Lodge, 765 Rainier Blvd. N. The event begins 6 p.m. Saturday.

“We want to do anything we can,” said another Public Works Operations employee, Greg Keith, city water operations manager.

The tournament has no buy-in, but a $100 donation will be requested. A potluck and silent auction will also be part of the event. The winner will take home a trophy and a sense of satisfaction after helping a family in need. The family has two young children.

Keith praised municipal workers for efforts to organize the event.

“The generosity of city employees has been just fantastic,” he said.

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NEW — Friday sports update

November 13, 2009

NEW — 12:11 p.m. Nov. 13, 2009

Eagles aim for fifth at state

The Issaquah High School volleyball team, after suffering a tough first-round loss, kept battling through the consolation round Nov. 12 and as a result has a shot at fifth place in the 4A state tournament in Kennewick’s Toyota Center.

Issaquah plays Jackson today at 5 p.m. for fifth and eighth place.

The Eagles, who lost to Kentwood 3-2 in the opening round, fought back to oust Richland 3-2 and Woodinville 3-1 to earn their shot at fifth place

In the match with Kentwood, Issaquah won the first two games 25-13, 25-15, but Kentwood rallied to win the remaining games 26-24, 25-23 to tie the match and force an overtime game. The Conquerors won the deciding game 16-14.

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Help pack Christmas gifts for troops Saturday

November 13, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 13, 2009

Operation Support Our Troops will assemble and pack boxes to send to the troops overseas and needs volunteers to help with Christmas packing at 10 a.m. Nov. 14 and 21 at Anderson Barn, 20245 S.E. 192nd St., Renton.

Volunteers are also needed to drive packages to the Issaquah post office.

The packing session is also a potluck lunch, so bring your favorite dish to share.

OSOT has goodies to put into Christmas stockings, but if you would like to donate, the following items would be appreciated:

Puzzle and game books

Handheld electronic games

Board games


Learn more here.

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Phone solicitor is posing as police officer

November 12, 2009

NEW — 1:28 p.m. Nov. 12, 2009

Issaquah Police are warning residents not to give money to people soliciting funds over the phone after someone posing as a police officer called a city resident Wednesday asking for a cash donation for “a child licensing event.”

The Issaquah Police Department doesn’t solicit contributions over the phone for any reason.

Citizens should never make contributions or provide financial information to phone solicitations. They instead should try to get as much information as possible from the caller and report the incident to the police department, as the local caller did Wednesday.

Police don’t have any investigative leads in the case.

Reach the department at 837-3200.

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NEW — Thursday sports update

November 12, 2009

NEW — 1:15 p.m. Nov. 12, 2009

Spartans win shootout

The Skyline High School girls soccer team won its 4A state tournament first-round contest Nov. 11 1-0 by beating host Tahoma in a shootout.

Skyline outscored Tahoma 3-1 in the extra period after the two teams fought to a scoreless draw in regulation play. Maddie Christ, Michelle Bretl and Madi Barney connected on penalty kicks in the shootout for Skyline.

Goalkeepers Jill Stika and Christina Vargas recorded the shutout.

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Tell city officials how to improve Newport Way Northwest

November 12, 2009

NEW — 9:55 a.m. Nov. 12, 2009

City officials want to know how nearly a mile of Newport Way Northwest near Issaquah Valley Elementary School should be improved. Bring ideas to a city open house at 7 p.m. today in the multipurpose room at the school, 555 N.W. Holly St. Officials hope to improve Newport Way from West Sunset Way to Maple Street. The city wants better safety, traffic flow and storm water management on the street. Officials will discuss enhanced facilities for cyclists and walkers, and landscaped medians and planters.

Newport Way Northwest includes a single lane of traffic in each direction, bordered by narrow shoulders and asphalt walking paths. Most vehicles use the street as a major roadway.

Officials are reviewing a three-lane configuration with intersections outfitted with traffic signals, or a two-lane option with roundabout intersections.

During the open house, officials will present both options. Design work could begin next year. Construction would depend on funding and grants.

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Learn how to live with wildlife at workshops

November 11, 2009

NEW — 1:45 p.m. Nov. 11, 2009

Learn how to create habitat while reducing conflicts with wildlife. Register for a free, two-part Enhancing and Managing for Wildlife Habitat Workshop.

The workshops will be held 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday in Issaquah and Carnation. The first workshop will be at Carnation Elementary, 4950 Tolt Ave., Carnation, and the second part will be held on private property in Issaquah.

Learn from experts on a number of topics, including how to create a wildlife plan for your property, create snags, bat ecology and install bat boxes, and enhance nesting habitat. Visit a local property to see wildlife features in place and in progress.

Register and learn more from Ginny Ballard, at or 206-205-3171. Pre-registration is required for both workshops.

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NEW — Wednesday sports update

November 11, 2009

NEW — 9:50 a.m. Nov. 11, 2009

Eagles blank Bellarmine Prep

Senior Kristin Maris’ hat trick sparked the Issaquah High School girls soccer team to a 3-0 victory against visiting Bellarmine Prep Nov. 11 in the first round of the Class 4A state tournament.

Maris was assisted on two of the goals by Margaret Rauch. The other goal came on a penalty kick.

Goal keeper Brooke Miller recorded the shutout.

Issaquah, 15-2, will advance to the quarterfinals and will host Monroe, 12-5-2, probably Nov. 14.

Monroe shocked previously undefeated Emerald Ridge,of Puyallup, 5-1. The winner of Issaquah-Monroe quarterfinal will meet Lewis & Clark or Kamiakin at 6 p.m. in the semifinals Nov. 20 in Lakewood’s Harry Lang Stadium.

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Free carwashes, doughnuts available for veterans, service members today

November 10, 2009

NEW — 10:15 a.m. Nov. 11, 2009

Freebies will be available for veterans and active-duty military personnel as the nation marks Veterans Day.

Brown Bear Car Wash will thank military veterans and men and women serving in the armed services Nov. 11 with a free carwash.

The free carwashes are also offered to spouses who have a military spouse who is deployed. The local Brown Bear is located at 22121 S.E. 56th St.

The offer will operate on an honor system and no verification or documentation will be required. Drivers should identify themselves to the wash attendant as a current or former member of the military.

“Our organization is proud to honor veterans and service personnel,” Brown Bear president, founder and Marine Corps veteran Vic Odermat said in a news release. “While the washes are free, we know that freedom is not. This is a way for us to show our support and gives us a unique opportunity to say thank you to people who sacrifice so incredibly for our freedom.”

Krispy Kreme will honor service men and women by giving away doughnuts to all veterans and active-duty military personnel. Veterans and active military personnel are invited to visit any Krispy Kreme store in Washington to enjoy a free doughnut of any variety.

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