Learning about kites & cakes

May 12, 2009

 

sponge-kite-cake2-20090500Ayden Richmond and   Eli Wamsley blow on pinwheels while learning about the wind in Mandarin at the Kites & Cakes event at Sponge. Local families got together April 26 to celebrate spring with cultural traditions. Youngsters also learned about kites, and got to decorate scrumptious cupcakes to eat.

Press Editorial

May 12, 2009

Land protection seems unneeded

King County does not need a charter amendment to add an extra layer of protection to some of its lands. The proposal seems a classic example of a solution in search of a problem, and a waste of valuable staff time. Read more

To The Editor

May 12, 2009

Veteran crosses

Veterans already have a holiday; crosses shouldn’t be placed on their graves Read more

New Highlands home is nothing to sneeze in

May 12, 2009

Ceiling fans use natural air movement in lieu of the fumes of air conditioning systems to provide heating and cooling, while a window in the wall touts a healthy insulation system. By Greg Farrar

Ceiling fans use natural air movement in lieu of the fumes of air conditioning systems to provide heating and cooling, while a window in the wall touts a healthy insulation system. By Greg Farrar

If the fine folks behind “Extreme Home Makeover” were to build a house for a needy family addressing their hypersensitivity to allergies, they may produce a home like one in the Issaquah Highlands.

Bennett Homes has built a showcase Healthhouse “5 Star Built Green” home with every possible allergen-free material, using strict standards set by the American Lung Association. It’s known as the ALA home for short.

During a tour of the new home, construction manager Wes Colin said all of the ALA home’s features are available for the average homeowner.

“But I highly recommend you get these features built right into the design from the get-go,” he said, adding it would be too difficult to retrofit a normal home with some of the features.

The ALA concept starts with its very foundation. Colin pointed to the crawl space with a view of the Icynene spray foam insulation system. It seals the home by expanding to completely fill gaps that contribute to air leakage.

“This makes for a healthier, quieter and more energy-efficient home,” he said.

The first obvious feature is hardwood floors throughout the home, made from prefinished bamboo, an environmentally friendly wood product finished with a toxin- and allergen-free topcoat. Read more

Expect big, bold flavors for lunch at Jak’s

May 12, 2009

With three locations in the greater Puget Sound region, Jak’s Grill is already renowned for big, bold flavors and some of the best steak in the known universe.

But the Issaquah community is reacquainting itself with Jak’s thanks to expanded hours to include lunch during the week and brunch on the weekend.

A group of us descended upon the hot lunch spot last week. Do not go if you’re in a hurry — Jak’s is always busy and I’ll chalk the long wait to the chefs taking the time to prepare the meal right.

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Public hearing on Beaver Lake cell tower set for May 19

May 12, 2009

Bring questions about a proposed cell phone tower on Beaver Lake Middle School property to a public meeting next week. Read more

Liberty High School will get solar power technology from PSE

May 12, 2009

 

Solar panels, similar to these at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, will be installed this summer near the entrance to Liberty High School, thanks to a grant from Puget Sound Energy. By Jim Feehan

Solar panels, similar to these at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, will be installed this summer near the entrance to Liberty High School, thanks to a grant from Puget Sound Energy. By Jim Feehan

Next fall, Liberty High School students will gain hands-on knowledge about solar technology thanks to a grant from Puget Sound Energy. Liberty and five other schools received $26,700 last month from the energy provider.  

The money will pay for installation of a 1.5-kilowatt solar array at each school, and the purchase of monitoring software and classroom curriculum, to allow the students to track how much energy they are making from the sun. In addition, the Issaquah Schools Foundation contributed $9,600 for a mounting pole, a tracking device and inverters.

The solar panels won’t be hard to find. They’ll be installed on a 12-foot pole in front of the main entrance, said Mark Buchli, a science teacher at Liberty. 

“We wanted to choose a site to make it as visible as possible,” he said. 

At 1.5 kilowatts, each solar array will generate enough power, on average, to operate 15 notebook computers for 1,000 hours. In addition to the solar panels, the grant supports the purchase of inverters to connect renewable energy generators to each school’s electrical system, monitoring software, and teaching, training and lesson plans developed by the Bonneville Environmental Foundation as part of its Solar 4R Schools program. Read more

Lady Spartans tear up the track in city tri-meet

May 12, 2009

Issaquah boys defeat Liberty, Skyline May 7

Ryan Tiernan, of Issaquah, races to win the 110-meter hurdles race against athletes from Skyline and Liberty. By Greg Farrar

Ryan Tiernan, of Issaquah, races to win the 110-meter hurdles race against athletes from Skyline and Liberty. By Greg Farrar

Issaquah High School hurdler Ryan Tiernan nearly walked an entire lap around the infield to catch his breath after winning the boys 300-meter intermediate hurdles event May 7. 

He already knew he was headed to the KingCo 4A meet, but his first-place 40.2 seconds was his lifetime best. 

It was a good 1.2 seconds faster than Liberty’s Troy Solly, but still, it took a while to calm down after a run like that.

“I could have run it better, but overall, I’m pretty happy with what I did,” Tiernan said, still breathing hard. “I wasn’t too worried going into the race.”

Tiernan also won the 110-meter hurdles (15.5 seconds) and was on the winning 4×100-meter relay team. He helped the Issaquah boys earn 73.5 points in a victory over Liberty (63) and Skyline (43.5) in the Issaquah School District meet at Skyline. Read more

Two late Issaquah hits are enough to beat Eastlake

May 12, 2009

Issaquah's Kenna Olsen puts the ball in play in the third inning May 8 against Eastlake. She later hit a double, which turned into the game's only run. By Christopher Huber

Issaquah's Kenna Olsen puts the ball in play in the third inning May 8 against Eastlake. She later hit a double, which turned into the game's only run. By Christopher Huber

It came down to two late-game hits.

In the bottom of the sixth, Issaquah High School senior Kenna Olsen drove a double to deep right field to break a dry spell for both Eastlake and the Eagles. Both pitchers had battled all game, throwing heat and forcing easy outs.

But with one out and a pinch runner in for Olsen, senior Tanika Ladd nailed a double in the gap and drove in the game’s only run.

“When you get to that point, it’s more of a mental game,” said Issaquah pitcher Mikenzie Voves.

Issaquah beat Eastlake 1-0 May 8 to hold its spot atop the KingCo 4A Crest Division standings. It was the second time since April 21 the Eagles beat the Wolves in a 1-0 shutout. The Eagles improved to 13-2 KingCo Crest and 14-3 overall.

Eastlake (7-6 KingCo Crest, 8-8 overall) had a couple of good scoring opportunities it wasn’t able to capitalize on, coach Al Leaverenz said. 

“That’s the difference,” he said. Read more

Public Meetings

May 12, 2009

May 13

Lodging Tax Advisory Committee Read more

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