Guest Column

April 21, 2009

State Budget: Deficits, Priorities and Taxes

By Sen. Cheryl Pflug

No matter what else you hear about the proposed 2009-2011 state budget, remember this: The state still forecasts revenues will exceed those of the 2007-2009 biennium, not including the nearly $3 billion in federal stimulus money coming our way. Read more

Emily Baldwin leads Spartans to links win over Patriots

April 21, 2009

Students from various high schools follow instructions from Tim McTee, of Marysville, during the Washington Vocational Sports Medicine Association Competition and Symposium on April 17. By Christopher Huber

Emily Baldwin, Skyline junior, hits onto the green at the par-4, 330-yard third hole at Maplewood Golf Course April 15 in a match against Liberty. Baldwin was medalist for the match with a four-over-par 40. By Greg Farrar

Skyline High School golfer Emily Baldwin shot a four over par 40 to lead the Spartans in a dual meet April 15 against Liberty High School at Maplewood Golf Course in Renton.

Skyline defeated Liberty by 40 strokes in the meet. The Spartans shot a 243 over the first nine holes at Maplewood. The Patriots shot a 283.

Baldwin, a junior, shot two birdies and three pars on the front nine at Maplewood. She birdied the second and ninth holes, for her best outing of the year by 12 strokes, said Betsy Gaines, Skyline golf coach.

“She played outstanding golf and that just shows how much potential she has,” Gaines said. Read more

Press Editorial

April 21, 2009

Teacher layoffs will hurt,  but parents can help

Issaquah School District administrators will announce the number of teachers it will give layoff notices to at the school board meeting Wednesday night. While they say the number is a moving target up, they make no bones about the fact that the number will be large — and it will hurt. Read more

Tip-A-Cop fundraiser nets $4,500

April 21, 2009

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Paul Ayers, Issaquah chief of police, receives compliments and an after-meal tip from Karen Price and daughter Sara, April 18 at the Issaquah Red Robin Tip-A-Cop fundraiser for Special Olympics Washington. More than a dozen police department officers and support staff worked to raise $4,500 in donations during the event.  By Greg Farrar

Shiny Clean

April 21, 2009

 

cleanup-downtown-20090418Issaquah Middle School students Kaylee Alvarado, Alissa Parker, Veronica Webb and Sequoia Lonneker (from left)   admire their reflection in the Eagles Club window on Front Street North, on a break April 18 from their industrious efforts with other volunteers during the DownTown Issaquah Association Spring Clean Up. By Greg Farrar

City wants your comments on Federal Drive plan

April 21, 2009

City planning officials want comments from residents about a proposal to remove an Issaquah Highlands road and replace the street with two new connectors. Read more

Commuters warned to prepare for bridge closures

April 21, 2009

Washington State Department of Transportation guides and news media members walk on the Interstate 90 floating bridge express lanes to see the worn expansion joints that will be replaced during bridge closures in May. By Greg Farrar

Washington State Department of Transportation guides and news media members walk on the Interstate 90 floating bridge express lanes to see the worn expansion joints that will be replaced during bridge closures in May. By Greg Farrar

Express lanes on the Interstate 90 floating bridge will be closed for 19 days next month while crews replace a pair of deteriorating joints. State transportation officials want Eastside commuters to plan ahead for the shutdown.

The bridge will be closed from May 4-23. A pair of new joints weighing 40 tons each — among the largest in the world — will be installed.

Blame tiny cracks for the shutdown. Steel joints that allow the bridge to bend with traffic, weather and the water level in Lake Washington began to deteriorate soon after the bridge opened in 1989.

Ralph Dornsife, a DOT bridge engineer, said broken joints could open a gap in the roadway. Existing joints are riddled with dozens of cracks.

State Department of Transportation officials said the cracks are not yet a hazard. But the joints need to be replaced before they weaken and break.

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Local anglers ready for opening day April 25

April 21, 2009

The alarm clock rings at 4 a.m., the coffee pot percolates a half-hour later and then most local anglers, after a gulp of coffee and a bite of toast, will trek to Pine Lake in Sammamish or to their favorite lake for the April 25 Opening Day of lowland lake fishing. Read more

Here’s my first-year impression of Issaquah High School

April 21, 2009

Hall Monitor Alex Tucker Issaquah High School

Hall Monitor Alex Tucker Issaquah High School

Going to a new school can be overwhelming. You wonder if you will make new friends, get good grades and overall enjoy the school.

I moved to Issaquah last summer from Colorado, and I attend Issaquah High School as a sophomore. I have found out a lot about the way Issaquah High works, and so far I have had a great experience here.

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From green to gold: City, school district net awards

April 21, 2009

On Earth Day, city and Issaquah School District officials will accept awards made from recycled glass at the King County Green Globe Awards. Read more

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