Liberty High School teen among region’s top rowers

June 9, 2009

Alanah Bell, of Newcastle, a sophomore at Liberty High School, and Ellie Place, a student at Issaquah’s Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus, compete at last month’s Cascade Springs Regatta on Lake Stevens.Contributed

Alanah Bell, of Newcastle, a sophomore at Liberty High School, and Ellie Place, a student at Issaquah’s Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus, compete at last month’s Cascade Springs Regatta on Lake Stevens. Contributed

A solid work ethic is paying dividends for Alanah Bell. The sophomore, who lives in Newcastle and attends Liberty High School, can be found practicing rowing three hours a day, every weekday on Lake Sammamish. For the past 11 months, she’s been competing for the Sammamish Rowing Association.  

Last month, she won the Cascade Springs Regatta on Lake Stevens women’s junior novice double event with Ellie Place, a student at the Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus in Issaquah. In March, Bell was a member of the winning women’s junior varsity eight race at the Green Lake Spring Regatta.

Last summer, she had planned to turn out for volleyball until a friend suggested she give rowing a try. 

“I like pushing myself to the extent of my physical limits,” she said. “It also makes you feel good about yourself afterward.” Read more

Public meetings

June 9, 2009

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Owners of flooring business eye new site for development

June 9, 2009

An artist’s drawing shows Long’s Floors plans for a new commercial plaza (above) located at 22141 Southeast 56th St. Below, an aerial photo shows the proposed location of the new store.Contributed

An artist’s drawing shows Long’s Floors plans for a new commercial plaza (above) located at 22141 Southeast 56th St. Below, an aerial photo shows the proposed location of the new store.Contributed

Long’s Floors owners submitted a proposal to city planners to build a new showroom as part of a new commercial plaza on Southeast 56th Street.

Business owners proposed building a 2,976-square-foot showroom and a 1,230-square-foot addition to a 2,400-square-foot warehouse on the site during the first phase of construction. The first phase would also include a 1,440-square-foot temporary structure. A second phase calls for removal of the temporary structure and construction of a 3,850-square-foot building for restaurant and retail space, according to plans submitted to city officials.

Owners proposed the construction for a parcel at 22141 S.E. 56th St.. The property is next to Brown Bear Car Wash and the adjacent Chevron, and across Southeast 56th Street from FedEx. The site is slightly less than an acre.

City development commissioners reviewed the proposal last week during a two-hour community conference. The conference, set up for citizens to weigh in on proposed development, did not attract any members of the public. Read more

Vista Park opens in Issaquah Highlands

June 9, 2009

Vista Park, in the Issaquah Highlands, includes playground equipment, a grass strip with walking paths and benches affording a view toward Seattle.  By Greg Farrar

Vista Park, in the Issaquah Highlands, includes playground equipment, a grass strip with walking paths and benches affording a view toward Seattle. By Greg Farrar

Residents in the Vista Park subdivision of the Issaquah Highlands now have a park to call their own.

The narrow, 1-acre park is shoehorned between houses in the 1800 block of 10th Avenue Northeast. The park features a grass volleyball court, a children’s playground area and a panoramic view of the Olympic Mountains.

“It’s great to have an area with some grass,” said Michael Hanley, who lives a few blocks away. “The playground area will come in handy when my 3-year-old niece comes to visit.”

Port Blakely Communities, developer of the Issaquah Highlands, built Vista Park at a cost of $200,000. Read more

Donna M. Carson

June 9, 2009

 

Donna M. Carson

Donna M. Carson

Donna M. Carson, of Issaquah, died May 31, 2009, at Evergreen Hospice in Kirkland. She was 79. Read more

Bike safety fair returns for fourth year in Issaquah

June 9, 2009

On your mark. Get tuned. Stay safe.

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Fenders on Front Street Car Show highlights Greenway Days Festival

June 9, 2009

For two days in June, more than Interstate 90 will connect Seattle and Eastside residents.

The open trunk of a classic 1950 Ford features original roadside emergency accessories on Front Street with other cars during the Fenders on Front Street Car Show and Cruise.By Greg Farrar

The open trunk of a classic 1950 Ford features original roadside emergency accessories on Front Street with other cars during the Fenders on Front Street Car Show and Cruise.By Greg Farrar

The 1.4 million acres of natural land that make up the Mountains to Sound Greenway and stretch along I-90 will be part of the sixth annual Greenway Days.

Hosted by the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, the festival will have more than 25 events June 20-21 in 10 communities over 100 miles along I-90. Participants will get a chance to learn more about the culture and history of the area, as well as the outdoor recreation available. The various activities include hikes, relays, bike rides, a car show and guided tours of local historical hot spots. Read more

Junipers has a big menu for casual dining

June 9, 2009

If you’re looking for a casual meal north of Interstate 90, stop by Junipers at the Holiday Inn. The restaurant, off the main lobby of the hotel, offers a wide selection of salads, soups and sandwiches. House specialties for lunch included salisbury steak ($10.95), northern Pacific cod and chips ($9.95), chicken fettuccini gorgonzola $10.95) and grilled chicken teriyaki ($10.95).

I selected the daily special of grilled salmon with rice pilaf and steamed vegetables ($10.95). The salmon was tender and flavorful, and the steamed vegetables were cooked to perfection. The rice pilaf was uninspired, but passable. The prices were quite reasonable given the ample portions.

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Robert R. ‘Sandy’ Brown Jr.

June 9, 2009

Robert R. ‘Sandy’ Brown Jr., of Sammamish, died June 5, 2009. He was 72. Read more

Local athletes shine in state feeder games

June 9, 2009

The high-school baseball careers for some local players ended on a high note last week in senior feeder games. Read more

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