Who’s New

August 18, 2009

City employees honored Read more

State cuts free immunizations

August 18, 2009

Lauren Anderson (right) inoculates her daughter Anna Zornes in 2006 with the vaccine at Virginia Mason's Issaquah Pediatrics and Adolescent Clinic as a protection against HPV, which infects about 6.2 million sexually active Americans sometime during their lifetime. File

Lauren Anderson (right) inoculates her daughter Anna Zornes in 2006 with the vaccine at Virginia Mason's Issaquah Pediatrics and Adolescent Clinic as a protection against HPV, which infects about 6.2 million sexually active Americans sometime during their lifetime. File

Parents, get your wallets and insurance cards out: Washington state is scaling back on free vaccinations for minors.

In July, Washington stopped using state funds to provide free vaccines for the human papillomavirus. Come May 2010, the state will stop subsidizing all childhood vaccinations, including measles, mumps and rubella, chickenpox, polio, hepatitis B and the diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine.

By cutting its Universal Vaccine Program, the state will save $48.5 million over the next two years.

The program began in 1990, when the state began providing free vaccinations for children under 19. In 1994, the federal government provided additional funds through the Vaccines for Children program. Read more

College News

August 18, 2009

Sammamish student graduates from WSU

Sarah Ducharme, of Sammamish, graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in communication, with an emphasis in public relations and a second major in sociology. Read more

Press Editorial

August 18, 2009

By Kathy Lambert and Christie True
Most people are busy and need to fit their housework into crowded schedules. It’s no surprise that cleaning products are increasingly marketed to consumers eager to get the job done as quickly as possible. A new product has become wildly popular in the past few years — disposable cleaning wipes.
According to a recent report, North American consumers bought nearly 83,000 tons of disposable wipes in 2004, enough to fill about 9,000 semi trailers. MarketResearch.com reports that 60 percent of adults have used household cleaning wipes, and sales are expected to reach the $2 billion mark by 2010.
However, convenience has its price.
While some products boast the added convenience of being flushable and safe for sewers and septic systems, the people who maintain and operate our local and regional wastewater utilities disagree.
King County operates a regional sewer utility that provides wastewater treatment services for 34 local sewer agencies. The local agencies collect wastewater from homes and businesses, and send it to the county’s regional system for treatment.
Sewer utility crews for the local and regional agencies are increasingly being called out to do battle with great balls of “flushable” cleaning wipes, pads, facial tissues, baby wipes and feminine hygiene products that have become tangled in pumping equipment.
In a worst-case scenario, jammed up pumps can lead to raw sewage overflows into homes, businesses and waterways, which threatens public health and the environment. At best, these problems are making the treatment process more expensive for ratepayers. In 2008, King County spent well over $100,000 just to haul and dispose of sewer system trash in a landfill.
It’s important to clarify that King County has not conducted tests on any particular brand or type of disposable or flushable product. Neither does the county discourage people from buying and using cleaning wipes.
King County does urge consumers who choose these products to dispose of them in the trash instead of flushing them down the toilet. In fact, like most sewer utilities, King County and its customer agencies recommend flushing only bodily waste and toilet paper — that’s it.
So, in the quest to reduce costs and keep things tidy — from bathroom to baby — please don’t flush items that may cause trouble. Please help protect public health, the environment and water quality and put used cleaning wipes, pads, swabs and anything else besides human waste and toilet paper in the trash, not in the toilet.
King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert represents District 3, which includes Issaquah, and is a member of the Regional Water Quality Committee and the King County Board of Health. Christie True is the division director of King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division.

This is a great place  to spend your summer

Don’t let last week’s rain and cooler weather — or the Back to School section in today’s paper —take your thoughts to fall. There is still plenty of fun to come this summer! Read more

TOPS shares tips on how to stick with your weight-loss plan

August 18, 2009

Take Off Pounds Sensibly, a weight-loss support group, shares these tips to help lose weight: Read more

School district fails to meet federal progress standards

August 18, 2009

Despite high testing scores on the Washington Assessment of Student Learning exam, the Issaquah School District did not meet federal Adequate Yearly Progress standards this year. Read more

Duo enjoys losing weight together

August 18, 2009

‘Today Show’ appearance marks a new beginning for local couple

At left, Darren Norman, 33, and Melissa Norman, 31, were at their heaviest just after getting married in 2006. The two posed on the beach for a photo during a vacation when Melissa weighed 238 pounds and Darren weighed 378. At right, today, Darren and Melissa Norman, stand with their son, Liam, having lost 212 pounds together. Photos contributed

Above Darren Norman, 33, and Melissa Norman, 31, were at their heaviest just after getting married in 2006. The two posed on the beach for a photo during a vacation when Melissa weighed 238 pounds and Darren weighed 378. Bellow today, Darren and Melissa Norman, stand with their son, Liam, having lost 212 pounds together. Photos contributed

M aywood Middle School teacher Melissa Norman, 31, never thought she could finish a half-marathon.

“As I was running, I found I had tears in my eyes a couple times when I would think about it,” she said. “I never believed I could do something like that.”

At 238 pounds, Melissa embarked on a weight loss program with her husband, engineer Darren Norman, 33, shortly after they were married in 2006. Read more

Sports calendar

August 18, 2009

Adult Sports
Issaquah Alps Trail Club
4Aug. 23, 9:30 a.m., South Squak Mountain, 6 miles, 1,400 gain. Call 453-8977 … Aug. 28, 10 a.m., Dogs Welcome Hike, 3-5 miles, 800-100 gain. Call 206-322-0990 … Aug. 29, 9:30 a.m., Rattlesnake ledges, 4.5 miles, 1,000 gain. Call 392-6660 … Aug. 30, 1 p.m., Tiger Mountain to Tradition Plateau, 5-6 miles, 600 gain. Call 392-3571.
Cascade Bicycle Club
4Aug. 20, 6:30 p.m., Eastside Tour, 20-30 miles, from Marymoor Tennis Courts. Call 392-1347 … Sept. 2, 9 a.m., A Little Bit Country, 54 miles from Coulon Park in Renton. Course over Cedar River Trail to Hobart, then to Issaquah, then to Mercer Island, Seward Park and back to Coulon Park. Call 572-1218.
Running
4Aug. 22, Snoqualmie Railroad Days Run. Races of 5K, 10K, and kids 1K. Call 922-5840 … August 29, 9 a.m., Newcastle 5K, starts at Lake Boren Park. Register at FootZone stores in Issaquah and Redmond, or go to www.active.com. For further information, go to www.newcastle5k.com.
Adventure racing
4Aug.  26, 7 p.m., Beast (Barebones Evening Adventure Sprint Tournament) Race at Newcastle. Course consists of mountain biking and orienteering. For information, go to www.beastrace.com or call 206-292-8250.
Basketball
4Issaquah Parks has a variety of basketball programs for adults including the noontime hoops from noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Issaquah Community Center. The 40-and-over noon hoops are noon-2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at Issaquah Community Center. There is an open gym Tuesday, 8-9 p.m.
Triathlon
4Aug.  29, 7 a.m., Lake Sammamish Triathlon. The course consists of 400-meter swim, 14 mile bike ride, 3.4-mile run. For further information, go to info@BuDuRacing.com or call 206-920-3983.
Youth Sports
Baseball
4Team tryouts — Aug. 22, Cannons hold tryouts for 2009 16U and 15U Mickey Mantle teams at Liberty High School. The 15U tryouts are from 10 a.m. to noon, the 16U tryouts from noon to 2 p.m. Call 206-227-2920 … The Issaquah Dragons are making preparations for its 13U 2010 team. For further information, contact Mark Gibson at Gibsonmk@aol.com or Mike Kerr at mkerr120@comcast.net … Aug. 22, and Aug. 29, 2-5 p.m., at Marymoor Park Field No. 2, the Black Sox Baseball Club holds tryouts for 2010 teams. Call 401-0372, e-mail blacksoxbbc@aol.com, or go to www.issaquahblacksox.org … Aug. 22, 9 a.m., Boys of Summer Stampede 16U team holds tryout at Lower Woodland Park in Seattle, and Aug. 23, 9 a.m., a tryout at Sammamish High School in Bellevue. Dates on-line. Call 890-2496, 228-8491, or go to www.stampedebaseball16.org/16uhome.html.
Girls basketball
4Team tryouts – Sept. 13-15, Skyline Girls select basketball program holds tryouts for its fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade teams for the 2009-10 season. Tryouts are open to all girls residing in the Skyline High School attendance area. The program holds tryout clinics Aug. 19-Sept. 10. Go to www.SkylineSelectHoops.com.
Prep Sports
Volleyball
4Sept. 4, Emerald City Invitational at Eastlake High School; 4 p.m., Eastlake vs. Archbishop Murphy, Issaquah vs. Capital; 5 p.m., Eastlake vs. Issaquah; 6 p.m., Issaquah vs. Archbishop Murphy, Eastlake vs. Capital.
Football
4Sept 4, 7 p.m., Ballard at Liberty.
4Sept. 5, Emerald City Kickoff at Qwest Field; 5:30 p.m., Skyline vs. Jesuit, of Portland, Ore.; 8 p.m., Issaquah vs. Bothell.

Adult Sports

Issaquah Alps Trail Club Read more

Parking could be issue for proposed Marriott hotel

August 18, 2009

Questions about where hotel guests and office workers should park will likely be raised when city development commissioners discuss a proposed hotel. Read more

To The Editor

August 18, 2009

Highlands gas station

Other letters in favor of proposal are full of falsehoods, misrepresentations Read more

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