Christmas fund is still 30 percent under goal

December 29, 2009

o DATE: $33,822
2009 Goal: $50,000

To DATE: $33,822

2009 Goal: $50,000

It is very likely the Merry Christmas Issaquah emergency aid fund will set a new record for the number of donors this year. But the fund is still more than $16,000 away from its goal of $50,000. Read more

PSAT scores available after Jan. 4

December 29, 2009

Scores for students who participated in the districtwide Pre Scholastic Assessment Tests this fall will be available Jan. 4.

Parents interested in learning what the scores mean for students and additional opportunities available for them having taken the tests can attend a meeting with district officials at 6 p.m. Jan. 6 in the administration building, 565 N.W. Holly St.

Parents can review their child’s answers and find out how to improve their skills in areas like math, reading and writing, and learn about the National Merit Scholarship Program.

District officials can also help parents and students create an educational plan to help students reach their goals.

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Suicide awareness curriculum examined

December 29, 2009

Issaquah School District middle and high school teachers will meet with district officials next month to discuss adopting a state-produced suicide curriculum — Look, Listen, Link. Read more

To The Editor

December 29, 2009

Klahanie Park

Attempted annexation by city of Sammamish was only a land grab

The attempt by the city of Sammamish to annex Klahanie Park is very much a land-grabbing effort on their part at the expense of the residents of the community that immediately surrounds the park. Some items of concern are:

– Klahanie Park is a neighborhood park, conceived and built as an “open space” and bordered by homes and living space. A sports complex park as the one Sammamish intends to develop should never be placed in such a location because it is extremely disruptive to the local community —noise, light pollution, traffic, etc.

– “Upgrading” the current park to one with artificial turf, night lighting, locked fences, bleachers, controlled access, fees, a through road, etc., is no upgrade at all. It is a disservice to the local community.

– The 64-acre park (mostly pristine wetland containing the 10,000-year-old Queens Bog) is not located within Sammamish. It is unprecedented within King County for a park area to be plucked out and annexed in this way.

-Klahanie Park was built by Klahanie’s developer (including grass field, restrooms, parking and trails) and given to King County in good faith.

– Sammamish planned to build a similar “sports” facility at Beaver Lake Park, but residents rejected it. They are now attempting to “export” the problem to Klahanie.

– Sammamish’s suggestion that a Parks Commission position be made available to a nonresident has a hollow sound. This would provide no assurance that we would be heard or fairly represented.

– It would be appropriate for the park to be annexed together with the community that surrounds it, to the city we ultimately become a part of (hopefully Issaquah), where we would have meaningful representation.

– There are clearly other means to finance Klahanie Park operations until such time. King County is shuttering no parks in 2010 and Sammamish is not coming to the rescue!

We are pleased to continue sharing this open space with all who come to the park, but the 10,000 King County residents of Klahanie will be ill-served by Sammamish’s plans to build and control a one-dimensional sports complex within our community.

David Crowther

Issaquah Read more

School district officials offer severe winter weather tips

December 29, 2009

Jack Frost seems to be getting closer and with snow predictions in some of the area’s higher elevations, Issaquah School District officials have sent out information to families regarding school closure plans. Read more

Dollar-for-dollar water rate cut, tax hike OK’d

December 29, 2009

City Council members cut the municipal water rate and added a utility tax last week — a move meant to be cost-neutral to customers. Read more

School levy campaign work begins

December 29, 2009

Volunteers needed for phone banks, sign waving Read more

Draft of early-learning plan delivered to governor

December 29, 2009

Education and policy leaders submitted a draft plan to get early learning education on track in the state Dec. 1. Read more

County traffic deaths, suicides decline; homicides increase

December 29, 2009

Fewer people died as a result of traffic crashes last year than in the previous decade and suicides dropped to the lowest number since 2002. But the figures — from the 2008 King County Medical Examiner’s report released last month — showed a rising number of homicides. Read more

Linus and Newton Wise

December 29, 2009

Linus and Newton Wise

Linus and Newton Wise

Robert and Heather Wise welcomed sons Linus James Thunder and Newton Ronald Lightning to their Issaquah home Oct. 12, 2009. Read more

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