Students extend olive branch to sister city

March 23, 2009

Clark Elementary School fifth-grader Kahlie Bomgardner works on a page for a journal that will be sent to students in Chefchaouen, Morocco. Tina Eggers

Clark Elementary School fifth-grader Kahlie Bomgardner works on a page for a journal that will be sent to students in Chefchaouen, Morocco. Tina Eggers

Clark Elementary School fifth-graders recently embarked on a diplomatic mission with cedar planks, copper strips and a message of friendship. Students used the materials to craft journals that will be sent to children in Chefchaouen, Morocco.

Teacher Julia Landa, whose 24 students undertook the project, said the assignment kindled an interest in the African nation. Read more

Top relay team plans ice skating show fundraiser

March 23, 2009

The official Issaquah Relay for Life event is still over two months away. But that’s not stopping one group of enterprising teens from getting a head start on fundraising to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s annual event in June.

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Tainted soil at retail site raises concerns

March 23, 2009

City and state Department of Ecology inspectors intervened in early March after workers unearthed old tires and a leaky metal drum at a retail center construction site. Workers also took steps to prevent groundwater contamination.

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Court: no more special education money

March 23, 2009

The state Court of Appeals upheld the state’s funding system for special education March 10.

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City parks to get more prominent names

March 23, 2009

Goodbye, Guano Acres.

City officials will soon consider a proposal to name the site of a former chicken ranch and two other municipal parks. If the City Council approves the measure, Guano Acres would be known as Ingi Johnson Park. The area known as Squak Valley Park-South* would become, simply, Squak Valley Park*, and Talus Park would be called Harvey Manning Park at Talus.

Because the city-owned sites are known only by nicknames, action by the City Council is required to give official names to the parks.

City Council members will consider the parks bill at their April 6 meeting. If the measure passes, not much would change at the parks. Budget constraints could delay the installation of signs bearing the new names.

Mayor Ava Frisinger formed a committee last fall to suggest official names for the parks. The committee included representatives from the Issaquah Alps Trails Club, Issaquah History Museums, city Park Board and residents. Members submitted nine name possibilities — three per park — to the mayor. Frisinger whittled those suggestions to three.

City Parks & Recreation Director Anne McGill said the committee weighed several factors when selecting new park names. Members considered each park’s cultural and historical significance, natural features and the surrounding neighborhood. The committee also decided whether to name parks for significant figures in local history.

Ingi Johnson Park would take its name from a late, longtime city employee. Harvey Manning Park at Talus would recognize the late conservationist who helped establish Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. Manning, who helped to establish the Issaquah Alps Trails Club, coined the term “Issaquah Alps” to describe Cougar, Tiger and Squak mountains.

“Harvey Manning is an icon for the state of Washington,” city Parks Planner Margaret Macleod said.

Members of the City Council Services & Operations Committee endorsed the parks proposal March 19.

Councilman Joshua Schaer suggested adding the Talus descriptor to Harvey Manning Park as a way to remind residents about the location of the property.

“It’s a nod to the community in that neighborhood,” Schaer said.

Councilwoman Eileen Barber said it might be difficult for her to remember the new park names.

“It’s always going to be Guano Acres to me,” she joked.

Reach Reporter Warren Kagarise at 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com.

* This report contains corrected information.

Parks leaders survey community desires

March 23, 2009

Residents will soon have an opportunity to tell officials what changes they want to see in city parks. Officials have planned two open houses to seek input. City Parks Planner Margaret Macleod said residents would also receive a survey as part of the effort to determine what residents want from the city Parks & Recreation Department.

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Issaquah will go dark for Earth Hour

March 23, 2009

City buildings throughout Issaquah will switch off nonessential lights March 28 to raise awareness about the effects of climate change. Read more

A sellout sip

March 23, 2009

 

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Sara Kimmitt (right), Encompass board member from Issaquah, watches as Josh Weltmer, of Snoqualmie Casino, pours wine during the inaugural Sip of Snoqualmie wine-tasting event March 14. It was at the casino and benefitted Encompass. Contributed

Challenger Elementary School gets new principal

March 23, 2009

Challenger Elementary School has a new principal. Issaquah School District Superintendent Steve Rasmussen announced in a letter to the district that Clark Elementary School Principal Sue McPeak will replace outgoing Principal Robin Earl.

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Low-income families offered help with paying utility bills

March 23, 2009

Time is running out for families hoping for a little help paying their monthly bills for power and gas.

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