Off The Press

July 14, 2009

Kathleen R. Merrill Press Editor

Kathleen R. Merrill Press Editor

Question: What do you wear when you go to officially count naked people who are trying to set a world record?

Answer: It really doesn’t matter what you wear when everyone else is naked.

That’s one thing I discovered last weekend when organizer Dawnzella Gearhart invited me to Fraternity Snoqualmie to be an official witness to the group trying to set a Guinness Book of Records record for the number of people skinny-dipping. (There were 186 there and many of them were thrilled to bare all for the certificate they got at the end of the dip.) Read more

Arts calendar

July 14, 2009

JULY

15th

The Issaquah Train Depot museum, 50 Rainier Blvd. N., is now open for summer hours from 4-8 p.m. nightly. Thursday nights feature live music from 6:30 p.m. until closing. Call 392-3500. Read more

Boy arrested for trying to kill turtle

July 14, 2009

A 15-year-old Issaquah boy was arrested for suspicion of animal cruelty after police said he stabbed a turtle and tried to crush the reptile with a rock. Read more

Goats arrive to landscape the highlands

July 14, 2009

Herds of rented goats began arriving in the Issaquah Highlands last week to landscape hard-to-reach areas. At right, a map shows the locations where the goats will graze. By Warren Kagarise

Herds of rented goats began arriving in the Issaquah Highlands last week to landscape hard-to-reach areas. At right, a map shows the locations where the goats will graze. By Warren Kagarise

Issaquah Highlands’ backyards will resemble barnyards for the next few weeks as goats landscape vacant land.

About 120 rented goats set to work July 6 on about a half-acre along 24th Avenue Northeast. Goats are nibbling high grass and invasive species, such as Himalayan blackberry and Scotch broom.

The first herd — from Rent-a-Ruminant, of Vashon Island — chomped across TV screens and YouTube in a lighthearted spot about goat landscapers for PEMCO Insurance.

Watch the four-legged landscapers work from three locations: South Pond, where goats will work on the hillside between the pond and homes on 24th Avenue Northeast; 1499 24th Ave. N.E., where a trailhead meets homes located above South Pond; and two trails that cross a large tract where goats began working July 11. Access points for the trails are at 30th Avenue Northeast at the west end of Harrison Street, or from 28th Avenue Northeast at Julep Street. Read more

KIDSTAGE goes big time with ‘West Side Story’

July 14, 2009

Elise Myette (Maria) and Kyle Anderson (Tony) sing to one another on a fire escape staircase, scene from Village Theatre KIDSTAGE Summer Independent’s ‘West Side Story.’by Jean Johnson/Property of Village Theatre

Elise Myette (Maria) and Kyle Anderson (Tony) sing to one another on a fire escape staircase, scene from Village Theatre KIDSTAGE Summer Independent’s ‘West Side Story.’by Jean Johnson/Property of Village Theatre

Joey Bennett was looking for a challenging project to direct his first full-length production with Village Theatre KIDSTAGE’s Summer Independent program. His team chose “West Side Story.”

“I was looking for a show everybody loved and admired,” said Bennett, 20, a Liberty High School graduate. “Especially after the successful runs of ‘Sweeney Todd’ and ‘Pippin’ in the past.”

A veteran of the KIDSTAGE program since the eighth grade, Bennett’s experience was mostly in light production and some directing in one-act plays.

He couldn’t have picked a better time to go big. Due to renovations on Village Theatre’s First Stage, the production will run July 18–25 at the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre. It’s proving to be quite the leap in production values for Bennett and his crew and cast.

“It’s a little intimidating, to be honest,” he admitted. “It makes it more challenging.”

For example, the First Stage is 29-by-40 feet, compared to the main stage’s 36-by-40 feet dimensions. The main stage also seats nearly 300 more patrons within its confines. In addition, Bennett’s lighting plans have expanded from “40 or so to a couple 100.” Read more

City Council could clear way July 20 for I-90 Undercrossing

July 14, 2009

City Council members will consider an agreement July 20 to lay the groundwork for construction of the long-planned Interstate 90 Undercrossing. The agreement concerns a key piece of land along the planned undercrossing corridor. Read more

To The Editor

July 14, 2009

Food bank lunch

Join us in feeding the hungry — a fulfilling, joyful experience Read more

All T’d up

July 14, 2009

Model-T-cars-20090711dA line of Model Ts is displayed at the Train Depot. Issaquah was a stop July 10-11. The 54 cars left New York on June 14. Photos by Adam Eschbach

Two new tigers call Issaquah home

July 14, 2009

A standard orange-and-black Bengal tiger cub was one of two recently acquired by the Cougar Mountain Zoo. By Adam Eschbach

A standard orange-and-black Bengal tiger cub was one of two recently acquired by the Cougar Mountain Zoo. By Adam Eschbach

Issaquah’s Cougar Mountain Zoological Park is the recipient of two new Bengal tiger cubs.

“We are very happy. We want people to come out and be a part of these two boys’ lives,” said Robyn Barfoot, general curator for Cougar Mountain Zoo. “If it weren’t for our guests, we wouldn’t be able to do this.” Read more

Big crowd, good weather help kick off new season of Concerts on the Green in style

July 14, 2009

Concertsgreen20090707f

The BeanBarry Delights perform in front of a growing crowd outside the community center at the Concerts on the Green. PHoto by Adam Eschbach

« Previous PageNext Page »