City speed cameras cut number of violations

March 31, 2010

NEW — 1:30 p.m. March 31, 2010

Cameras installed along Southeast Second Avenue to deter speeders cut the number of violations during their first year of operation, city data shows.

The city recorded about 110 violations per day in May 2009 — about a month after speeders started to receive $124 fines for exceeding the 20 mph limit. By January 2010, the number of violations had fallen to about 40 per day — a drop of about 64 percent. The city released the data Wednesday.

Workers installed the cameras last March in the school zone near Clark Elementary School, Issaquah Middle School, Issaquah High School and Tiger Mountain Community High School. For several weeks after the installation, speeders received warnings. In mid April of last year, the city started penalizing violators.

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County executive eases access to public records

March 31, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. March 31, 2010

King County Executive Dow Constantine has taken a step to aid people seeking public records from county government.

The measure directs each department in the executive branch of county government to designate a person responsible for compliance by public records officers who respond to requests under the state Public Records Act. The policy documents steps to be taken by employees when they receive a records request.

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Eagles win track opener over Mount Si

March 30, 2010

Isaac Robinson (left), Dennis Leigh, Jon Wallis and Turner Wiley race together throughout much of the 1600-meter race March 25 during Issaquah’s track and field meet against Mount Si. They finished 1-4 in that order. — By Greg Farrar

The Issaquah High School boys cross country team was a power last fall, when it won league and district titles en route to a third-place finish at the state meet.

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Kenneth Earl Solders

March 30, 2010

Kenneth Solders

Kenneth Earl Solders, known by friends as Ken and Kenny by those he worked with, died March 20, 2010, in Issaquah. He was 56. Read more

Issaquah set sights on challenging for KingCo softball title

March 30, 2010

Spartans, Patriots improve in off season

Mikenzie Voves (center) comes off the field in 2009 with happy teammates after striking out 12 in a marathon 10-inning winning performance against Woodinville. — By Greg Farrar

Jim Magnuson resigned as Issaquah High School’s fastpitch coach following the 2009 season. However, Magnuson is back this season.

School officials talked him into returning for what will be his eighth year with the Eagles, who were 4A KingCo Conference Crest Division co-champs a year ago.

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Local man dies in Tiger Mountain Road crash

March 30, 2010

Kenneth Solders

A motorcycle driver died March 20 after he struck a pickup just south of Issaquah.

Authorities said a Toyota Tundra was headed eastbound on a stretch of Tiger Mountain Road at about 1:15 p.m. When the 18 year-old driver of the truck made a left-hand turn from Tiger Mountain Road onto 241st Place Southeast, the motorcycle struck the truck. Authorities said the driver apparently did not the see the westbound motorcycle.

The motorcycle struck the right rear of the truck. The impact threw the motorcycle driver more than 50 feet. Read more

Faith to succeed

March 30, 2010

Former Tent City 4 residents credit church for success

Dave Hansen (left) and his wife Stephanie recount how their 2007 stay in Tent City 4 and help from Community Church of Issaquah led to full-time jobs, housing and being able to regain custody of her son Joshua Byle, 14 (right), from foster care. — By Greg Farrar

The last time Tent City 4 settled in the Community Church of Issaquah parking lot, Stephanie and Dave Hansen lived in a nylon tent and shared camp duties with other residents, hauling blankets and serving on the leadership team. Like other residents of the homeless encampment, the Hansens traveled from the grounds of church to church as the encampment wended across the Eastside.

For the Hansens, however, the trip to Issaquah proved different. Interactions with church members helped the Hansens lay the groundwork for a transition back to full-time employment and housing. By the time Tent City 4 left Issaquah in November 2007, Stephanie Hansen had joined Community Church and befriended fellow parishioners. Meanwhile, the church hired Dave to work as a custodian.

“I, personally, had probably been to over 20 churches and never found a church that I liked that accepted me for who I was and didn’t try to change me,” Stephanie Hansen said. “These guys did that. They knew I was homeless from the beginning, because they saw me over at Tent City. Dave, too. And they didn’t judge us. We are who we are and they accept us.”

The encampment returned to the church grounds in January. The arrival brought back memories for the Hansens, who spent three months living in the same spot. The family credits Community Church for the turnaround. Read more

Students solve the world’s problems, one science fair project at a time

March 30, 2010

Maren Larsen, a first-grader, asks Ben Hanson, an Issaquah High School Robotics Team member, questions about this year’s robot at the Sunset Elementary School science fair. — By Chantelle Lusebrink

Electrifying currents, tornados in two-liter bottles and homemade glue — these and other projects dazzled parents and teachers alike as the Sunset Elementary School science fair unleashed itself with the fury of several baking soda volcanoes March 18 and 19.

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Robert Henry Fulton

March 30, 2010

Robert Henry Fulton

Robert Fulton

Robert Henry Fulton died peacefully March 24, 2010, after battling 16 months of various health challenges. His mind was set on returning to the “urban woods” and his beloved home in Sammamish — a goal he nearly accomplished. He was 75. Read more

Merciless Skyline 10-runs Eastlake

March 30, 2010

Jim Carnes, Skyline senior pitcher, throws to the plate March 23 against Eastlake, striking out three in three innings and earning the win in a 12-2 victory. — By Christopher Huber

With solid accompaniment from a few teammates, Skyline High School’s Sean Penberthy helped answer a lot of questions about the team’s 2010 season outlook March 23.

Penberthy, the Spartans’ lone returning senior starter, went 4-for-4 and ended the game early on a two-out, two-RBI double in the fifth inning. He also launched a solo homerun over the left-field fence in the third.

Skyline beat the visiting Eastlake Wolves 12-2 in the 4A KingCo Conference opener.

“I was just trying to get a hit, trying to stay alive,” Penberthy said of the double that ended the game due to the 10-run rule.

Penberthy wasn’t the only Spartan to have a good day offensively. Nate Litka, a junior outfielder, drove in five runners on three hits, including a triple in the second. And senior Anthony DeMatteo finished the day 3-for-4, with one RBI and three runs scored. DeMatteo drove in the run that set Penberthy up for the game-ending hit.

Offense was Skyline’s strong point against Eastlake, but the team still needs to relax and focus in the field, coach Chris Tamminen said after the game. Skyline committed three errors.

“I liked the way we swung it. The offense did pretty good,” he said. “On defense, they’ve got to play catch. They need to just play.” Read more

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