Council puts aside reservations, accepts $400,000 trails grant

December 26, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 26, 2009

A planned bridge across Interstate 90 carries flaws, but the project will improve safety for bicyclists and pedestrians, City Council members said Monday night.

The council accepted a $400,000 Sound Transit grant to complete a $6 million link from the state Route 900 boardwalk at the eastbound I-90 off-ramp south of the interstate to the Sammamish Trail at the north end. Issaquah would contribute $341,000 toward the project; grant money will pick up most of the tab.

“We claim ourselves to be a walkable city, and this will help in that effort,” Councilwoman Eileen Barber said.

Although council members raised safety questions about the connector, the council accepted the grant in a 6-1 vote. Councilman David Kappler, a longtime trails advocate, voted against the proposal.

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Remember: no garbage pickup on Christmas

December 25, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 25, 2009

Hold onto the leftover figgy pudding, Issaquah. There will be no garbage, recycling or compost collection from Waste Management and Allied Waste on Dec. 25 due to the holiday.

Service will be delayed by a day, with Friday customers collected on Saturday, Dec. 26.

City officials encourage residents to compost Christmas dinner detritus, like vegetable trimmings, turkey bones, food-related paper items and food scraps. The items can be composted in the green compost and yard waste container. Learn more about “green” holiday tricks here.

Remember: Garbage and recycling is collected as usual from both residential and commercial customers on all weekday holidays except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. If your collection day falls on a weekday holiday, service will be delayed by a day. If your regular collection day comes after collection has been delayed because of a holiday, your service will also be a day late that week.

Issaquah police plans increased DUI patrols during holiday

December 24, 2009

NEW — 6 p.m. Dec. 24, 2009

Issaquah police and officers from 25 other law enforcement agencies will increase DUI patrols through Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

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 Christmas Day, Dec. 26 and New Year’s Eve.

X-52 patrols started a week before the holiday, when the Issaquah Police Department and other agencies stepped up DUI enforcement.

Traffic crashes claimed the lives of 94 people in King County last year, and seriously injured another 699 people.

Officers who participated in the King County patrols through 2008-09 made 5,061 contacts with dangerous drivers, wrote 3,619 traffic citations or infractions, and arrested 105 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Officers also made 14 arrests for felonies.

Public Health – Seattle & King County and the King County Traffic Safety Coalition organize the X-52 patrols in north King County; the South King County Target Zero Task Force organizes patrols in the southern part of the county.

Money for the X-52 patrols comes from the state Traffic Safety Commission. Target Zero is a plan to eliminate traffic deaths and traffic-related serious injuries in the state by 2030. Learn more about the plan here.

Jake Heaps named All-America

December 24, 2009

NEW — 12:09 p.m. Dec. 24, 2009

Skyline High School quarterback Jake Heaps continues to roll in the honors. This week, Heaps was selected to the USA Today All-USA high school football first team.

Heaps directed the Spartans to a third straight state championship earlier this month. Skyline, with Heaps at quarterback, went 40-2 for the past three seasons.

In addition to the All-America honor, The Associated Press selected Heaps as Class 4A player of the year this week. Joining Heaps on the AP first team were Skyline teammates Kasen Williams, Anthony DeMatteo and Evan Zeger. Williams was selected as a wide receiver, DeMatteo as a linebacker and Zeger as a defensive back.

Liberty High School’s Jake Bainton was selected as a wide receiver on the 3A all-state first team. Patriot quarterback Trey Wheeler earned honorable mention.

Footballers eye success on the hardwood

December 22, 2009

Joe Evans (5), Issaquah senior guard, drives around Eastlake senior guard Ryan Sikma as Issaquah’s Nick Price follows the play Dec. 18 during the second quarter. Eastlake won, 54-38. By Greg Farrar

Joe Evans (5), Issaquah senior guard, drives around Eastlake senior guard Ryan Sikma as Issaquah’s Nick Price follows the play Dec. 18 during the second quarter. Eastlake won, 54-38. By Greg Farrar

The Skyline, Liberty and Issaquah high school boys’ basketball teams each have a corps of football players who are coming off successful seasons.

Duplicating the success of the football teams might be a major challenge for the basketball teams. However, it’s definitely something for the local teams to shoot for this season.

Skyline’s basketball team has some players who were starters on the 4A state championship football team. Liberty’s basketball team has players off its football team that finished second in the 3A state tournament. Issaquah also has some players off the football team that reached the 4A state quarterfinals.

Thus far, none of the basketball teams are off to a hot start. However, it’s a long season and each has a shot at making postseason tournaments. Read more

Journey to new territory

December 22, 2009

sci-fi-book-author-20091200One could say Laurence Moroney is quite the prolific writer, having authored 14 books since 2000. However, unless you’re as much of a computer gearhead as he, you’ve probably missed most of his technology guides.

“With technology guides, you get started at the bottom of the food chain, writing about topics publishers are having a hard time filling,” said Moroney, a freelancer with Microsoft since 2005. “Then, once they start selling, you can pick and choose the topics you want.”

For his latest project, Moroney has chosen to switch genres from technology guide to science fiction. His first book in a planned trilogy of teen novels, “The Fourth World,” came out in October.

With two children, 9 and 12, Moroney decided he wanted to write the kind of book they’d like to read.

“My daughter, Claudia, is a ’tween, and she’s read the whole Harry Potter and Twilight sagas,” Moroney said. “So, ‘The Fourth World’ should appeal to that audience.”

The idea of a Harry Potter in space has been percolating in his head since 2004.

“It came down to five years of procrastinating and two months of furious writing,” he admitted. Read more

Searchers scoured fields, forests for missing boy

December 22, 2009

Ava and Bill Frisinger revisit forested fields near their old home on 231st Avenue Southeast at Southeast May Valley Road, where they joined in searches for 8-year-old David Adams in 1968. — By Greg Farrar

Ava and Bill Frisinger revisit forested fields near their old home on 231st Avenue Southeast at Southeast May Valley Road, where they joined in searches for 8-year-old David Adams in 1968. By Greg Farrar

Innocence Lost, a three-part series about the 1968 disappearance of David Adams.

Part 2: Search

Only memories and frayed newspaper clippings remain from the fruitless search for David Adams.

Ask any longtime Issaquah resident about the mystery, and talk turns to the May 1968 search for the missing 8-year-old boy. Many old-timers scoured fields and forests in the frenzied days after David vanished.

The search drew people in the hundreds — perhaps even 1,000 searchers — to Issaquah, just a flyspeck on maps back then. Volunteers swarmed Tiger Mountain in the days after David disappeared, but the first searchers were bound together by faith, community and the desire to find the lost boy.

The first teams included members of the local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where the Adamses worshipped. The call for help rippled through the congregation hours after David failed to return home. Searchers combed the mountain through the night. By the next morning, the King County Sheriff’s Office arrived, and the case caught the attention of Seattle news organizations.

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Police recover stolen mail after chase

December 22, 2009

About a 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. Read more

Developer: Park Pointe could break ground in 2011

December 22, 2009

The developer behind Park Pointe said ground could be broken for the embattled Tiger Mountain residential project as early as a year after it emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy hearings. But city officials, accustomed to long delays related to Park Pointe, described the timeline as ambitious. Read more

Jake Heaps signs to play for BYU

December 22, 2009

Jake Heaps, Skyline High School senior, inks the deal Dec. 16 and will begin practicing with Brigham Young University next month. by Christopher Huber

Jake Heaps, Skyline High School senior, inks the deal Dec. 16 and will begin practicing with Brigham Young University next month. By Christopher Huber

Skyline High School senior quarterback Jake Heaps made it official, on paper, Dec. 16: 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.”

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