Journals to Chefchaouen

April 6, 2009

chefchaouen-clark-copyaClark Elementary School teacher Julia Landa (right) and a group of her fifth-graders show off the journals they made for students in Chefchaouen,   Morocco, one of Issaquah’s sister cities. By Warren Kagarise

Sheriff’s office revives investigation of 1968 disappearance

April 6, 2009

David Adams

David Adams

New cold case squad sets sights on missing Tiger Mountain child

The detective who arrested the Green River killer will work to solve nearly 200 cold cases, including the disappearance of an 8-year-old Issaquah boy who vanished four decades ago.

Retired King County Sheriff’s Office Detective Tom Jensen — who arrested serial killer Gary Ridgway in November 2001 — is part of a new, three-member Cold Case Squad formed by the sheriff’s office and backed by a federal grant. Jensen serves as a civilian analyst.

Investigators will examine 193 homicides and missing-persons cases dating back to 1942. The squad will review the unsolved disappearance of 8-year-old David Adams, who went missing May 3, 1968, while hiking on Tiger Mountain with his brothers and sisters. More than 1,000 searchers combed the mountainside in the days following his disappearance, but David was never found. Read more

Gun sales rise, stay steady following election

April 6, 2009

Steve Roberts, manager of West Coast Armory, stands in front of a wall of rifles. By Greg Farrar

Steve Roberts, manager of West Coast Armory, stands in front of a wall of rifles. By Greg Farrar

Customers pack West Coast Armory every day for new handguns and rifles, and to stock up on ammunition. Forget the down economy and sluggish consumer spending: Gun sales nationwide are booming.

Sales at the Northwest Gilman Boulevard store are three and four times higher than they were in the months before the presidential election.

“Ever since the election, my store is like this every time you walk in,” store manager Steve Roberts said. Read more

Plant trees to mark Arbor Day

April 6, 2009

A majestic Burr oak will be added to the Gibson Park landscape April 8, when city officials and volunteers gather to mark Arbor Day. Though the national holiday will be observed April 24, locals and Washingtonians will get a jumpstart on Arbor Day because early April is more conducive to planting in the Evergreen State. Read more

Salmon Days celebrates 40th anniversary

April 6, 2009

Robin Kelley (left), Salmon Days festival director, and Pauline Middlehurst, festival promotions manager, unveil the 2009 40th anniversary logo. Contributed

Robin Kelley (left), Salmon Days festival director, and Pauline Middlehurst, festival promotions manager, unveil the 2009 40th anniversary logo. Contributed

The Salmon Days Festivals Office recently announced its theme for the 40th anniversary of the Issaquah festival — “Celebrating 40 Years of Great Returns – Still fresh. Still fun. Still free.” 

This year’s theme is once again designed by Robin Spicer.

The Issaquah Salmon Days Festival, sponsored by the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, is from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Oct. 3-4 in historic Downtown Issaquah. Read more

Crews to survey Cybil-Madeline Park

April 6, 2009

Crews will begin the process to transform a stretch of downtown parkland and former homesteads into a full-fledged city park.

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ESL classes cut at Issaquah church

April 6, 2009

Elizabeth Maupin

Elizabeth Maupin

Renton Technical College administrators ended English as a second language classes taught at the Community Church of Issaquah as the college trims costs. The classes ended March 26 with the last day of the winter quarter.

Administrators cut $884,000 to close a widening budget gap. They laid off 13 part-time ESL instructors, closed the college’s swimming pool and pared operating expenses.

Elizabeth Falconer, an ESL instructor who taught a class in Issaquah, lost her job at the end of the winter quarter. Falconer and a co-instructor taught 22 students in a morning class offered at the church. Read more

Hoopsters: sink shots to prevent AIDS

April 6, 2009

Shooting hoops to save the world? It may sound too good to be true, but Hoops of Hope is coming to the Issaquah Community Center from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. April 18 and you can make difference. Read more

State concussion bill would help protect young athletes

April 6, 2009

In the third quarter of a middle school football game, Zackery Lystedt made a tackle that changed his life. It was October 2006, and Zackery was 13. Minutes after the tackle, he collapsed on the field. Read more

YWCA officials answer questions about housing project

April 6, 2009

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A proposed affordable housing complex in the Issaquah Highlands. SMR Architects

YWCA and city officials continued their rollout last week of a proposal for an affordable housing complex that would bring 400 residents to the Issaquah Highlands.

YWCA Family Village at Issaquah would include 146 rental apartments for tenants earning 50 percent or less of King County’s median income. Officials answered questions about the project at a March 30 open house.

Plans call for the YWCA complex to be built on about two acres at the corner of Highlands Drive Northeast and Northeast High Street. YWCA officials hope to begin construction in April 2010 and open the complex the following year. Read more

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