Seasonal flu shots offered at Rite Aid

December 19, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 19, 2009

The Rite Aid at the Pine Lake Village Shopping Center, in Sammamish, is still offering regular, seasonal flu vaccines.

Walk-in patients wishing to be immunized are advised to call the pharmacy first to ensure a certified immunizing pharmacist will be available at the desired time.

Eastgate shutdown begins at 9 tonight

December 18, 2009

NEW — 4:43 p.m. Dec. 18, 2009

If your plans include a trip with a friend to the Eastgate area this weekend be prepared for possible delays.

Crews will shut down two of the 142nd Place Southeast ramps to and from Interstate 90 all weekend, starting at 9 p.m. today until 4:30 a.m. Monday, to repair a storm drain.

Drivers who typically use the 142nd Place Southeast HOV ramps to access eastbound I-90 or exit westbound I-90 will need to take detours. This work is part of the Smarter Highways project on I-90.

NEW — Friday sports update

December 18, 2009

NEW — 11:04 a.m. Dec. 18, 2009

Eagles stroke by Eastlake

Skyler Kersten won two events and swam on a victorious relay Dec. 17 to spark the Issaquah High School boys swimming team to a 111-74 KingCo Conference victory against Eastlake.

Kersten won the 100 freestyle in 52.74 seconds, and captured the 100 backstroke in 1;01.31. He also swam on the Eagles’ winning 400 freestyle relay that had a time of 3:36.28. Willy Matsuda, Jack Taylor and Brian Ruggles were other members of the relay team.

The Eagles also won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:38.97. Ben Halter, Spencer McCulloh, Austin Melody and Ruggles composed the relay team.

Other Issaquah first places came from McCulloh in the 200 freestyle, Taylor in the 50 freestyle, Brandon Pomeroy in diving and Matuda in the 500 freestyle.

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Stolen Issaquah mail recovered after high-speed police chase

December 17, 2009

NEW — 7:15 p.m. Dec. 17, 2009

The day after a high-speed police chase led to the recovery of a carload of missing mail, Sammamish Police Sgt. Robert Baxter had already fielded about 50 phone calls from people hoping theirs had been found.

Most got bad news.

“If we haven’t contacted you, we don’t have your mail,” Baxter said.

Sammamish police officers were part of a high-speed chase Tuesday that began in Sammamish, wove through Issaquah and ended off the Interstate 90 High Point exit in Preston.

The arrest of two Snoqualmie Valley-area women and the ensuing investigation turned up a “large amount” of what police said is stolen mail from Issaquah, Sammamish, Snoqualmie and Redmond in the car.

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Jake Heaps signs to play for BYU

December 17, 2009

NEW — 7:04 p.m. Dec. 17, 2009

Skyline High School senior quarterback Jake Heaps made it official, on paper, Wednesday: He’s playing football next year for Brigham Young University.

Heaps formally set his college football career in motion at Skyline on the official signing day for early enrollees and junior-college transfers. He verbally committed to BYU in June.

“This is a dream come true,” he said at a small gathering of media, family, teammates and coaches. “It’s a pretty weird feeling right now.”

He finished his high school credits Dec. 18, allowing him to start workouts with the Cougars in mid-January in Provo, Utah.


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Highlands residential complex halted, officials want answers about commercial development

December 17, 2009

UPDATED — 8:45 p.m. Dec. 17, 2009

Officials halted plans to build a proposed Issaquah Highlands residential complex Tuesday, after city development commissioners complained about the pace of retail development in the highlands.

A proposal to add 240 units — including apartments, townhouses and stacked flats — on 9.5 acres in the highlands prompted questions about the balance between residential and commercial property in the hillside community. Though Urban Village Development Commission members praised the design, the commission halted the project to deliver a message to highlands developer Port Blakely Communities.

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NEW — Thursday sports update

December 17, 2009

NEW — 12:40 p.m. Dec. 17, 2009

Eagles hop by Kangs

The Issaquah High girls basketball team shot to a seven-point lead in the first quarter and stayed ahead for good as the Eagles defeated the host Lake Washington Kangaroos 54-40 Dec. 16 in a 4A KingCo Conference contest.

Maddey Pflaumer, of Issaquah, scored a game-high 18 points. Blaire Brady added 10 points for the unbeaten Eagles,

In other 4A action, Skyline downed host Bothell 54-41. Kassia Fortier, of Skyline, scored a game-high 16 points. Morgan Farrar contributed eight points and Rachel Shim had seven points for the Spartans.

In the 3A/2A KingCo, Liberty walloped Sammamish 72-31. Aspen Winegar led the Patriots with 12 points, Breanne Faehnrich tossed in 11 points and Karlie Ludwig had nine points. All 12 Liberty players scored in the game.

Providers will offer free swine flu vaccinations Saturday

December 17, 2009

NEW — 12:30 p.m. Dec. 17, 2009

King County public health officials expect H1N1 flu, or swine flu, to spread. Public Health – Seattle & King County officials encourage people to get vaccinated. Starting Saturday, providers will offer another round of free vaccines for people unable to pay.

The vaccine is now available to everyone in King County older than 6 months. Officials recommend the vaccine most for pregnant women, people who live with or care for children younger than 6, people between the ages of 6 months and 24 years, people between 25 through 64 with chronic health conditions or weakened immune systems, and healthcare and emergency workers.

H1N1 vaccine is distributed to many health care providers and local pharmacies. Find pharmacy locations here, or call the Flu Hotline, 877-903-5464.

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John Louis Whitaker III

December 17, 2009

John Louis Whitaker III, of Snoqualmie, died Monday, Dec. 14, 2009. He was 68. Whitaker_Obit-20091200

A funeral Mass will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Snoqualmie. A reception will follow. A committal service will follow at Fall City Cemetery. Read more

Issaquah police, other agencies plan increased DUI patrols

December 17, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 17, 2009

Issaquah police and officers from 25 other law enforcement agencies will increase DUI patrols through the weekend until Dec. 31.

During the stepped-up patrols, known as X-52 patrols, officers will look for people who drive after drinking or using drugs, and arrest them.

King County law enforcement agencies and the Washington State Patrol will work together to conduct DUI patrols on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as Christmas, Dec. 26 and New Year’s Eve.

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