Apply to serve city as a board member or commissioner

January 9, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 9, 2010

Help shape the way Issaquah develops, advise officials about growth and even increase public art throughout the city.

City leaders seek members for 12 city boards and commissions. Not all applicants must be Issaquah residents. Officials need regular and alternate members. Alternate members serve in the absence of regular members.

Pick up application forms at the City Clerk’s Office on the second floor at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way. Find the form here.

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Public Health – Seattle & King County will offer free H1N1 vaccine Saturday

January 8, 2010

NEW — 6:35 p.m. Jan. 8, 2010

Jan. 10-16 is National Influenza Vaccination Week. King County public health officials will mark the event by offering the H1N1, or swine flu, vaccine to people unable to pay.

Public Health – Seattle & King County officials said more than 600,000 people countywide received the vaccination. But many people do not yet have immunity to the virus and remain at risk. With more vaccine available, officials said now would be a good time for anyone 6 months or older to receive the vaccine.

About 757,000 doses of the vaccine had been received in King County by this week. H1N1 vaccine is available through many healthcare providers and local pharmacies. Learn more about vaccine availability here.

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Port Blakely Communities President Alan Boeker will resign next week

January 8, 2010

NEW — 2:14 p.m. Jan. 8, 2010

Port Blakely Communities President Alan Boeker will step down Jan. 15, the Issaquah Highlands developer announced Thursday.

René Ancinas, the president and chief operating officer of parent company Port Blakely Companies, will assume responsibilities for the real estate division. Ancinas will work alongside Judd Kirk — a senior adviser and a key player in establishing the vision for the highlands — and other managers after the transition.

A statement from the company said Boeker would “pursue other development opportunities in the real estate industry.”

Boeker joined Port Blakely in 2007. The tenure included milestones as the highlands boomed and grew to include more than 7,000 residents.

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Sports update — Friday

January 8, 2010

NEW — 1:25 p.m. Jan. 8, 2010

Liberty wrestlers top Interlake

The Liberty High School wrestling team dominated most of the upper weights Jan. 7 as the Patriots defeated Interlake 40-28 in a KingCo Conference match.

Hamilton Noel (152), Jay Chakravarty (160), Brandon Studer (171), Nick Bezanson (189) and Chris Harlin (215) all won matches. Chakravarty, Studer and Harlin all won with pins.  Other victories came from Michael Shaw (112), Chris Weik (135) and Danny Dapper (140).

In other KingCo action, Issaquah defeated Skyline 44-33. Ty Morton (112), Andrew Ramirez (130), Jordan Tanner (135), David White (140), Taylor Evans (152) and Tyler Volk (171) had pins for Issaquah.

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City, developer eye nearly 90 acres for redevelopment

January 8, 2010

NEW — 12:50 p.m. Jan. 8, 2010

City officials and Rowley Properties executives announced plans Friday to redevelop almost 90 acres in Central Issaquah — the commercial heart of the city spread across 915 acres along Interstate 90.

Officials said the plan would be developed in concert with a sweeping plan to redevelop the commercial district near state Route 900 and I-90. Hyla Crossing — a 61.7-acre commercial complex — and Rowley Center  — a 25.6-acre property — fall within areas identified by redevelopment consultants for the best potential for redevelopment.

Through the proposed development agreement, Rowley Properties would partner with the city to redevelop the sites. The developer plans to create a mixed-use destination through redevelopment. Plans call for work to be phased over several decades.

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Kiss Christmas goodbye with Boy Scouts’ tree drive Saturday

January 8, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 8, 2010

Local Boy Scout troops will collect old Christmas trees Saturday in the Issaquah Highlands and Sammamish.

Scouts will pick up trees curbside at residences in the communities. Organizers suggest a $15 to $25 donation per tree pickup.

Place a check payable to Boy Scouts of America in an envelope, attach the envelope to the bottom of the tree with a rubber band and make sure the tree is ready at the curb by 9 a.m. In case of inclement weather, put the envelope in a plastic zipper bag and attach it to the tree.

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Commissioners approve plans for 240 Issaquah Highlands residences

January 7, 2010

NEW — 6:30 a.m. Jan. 7, 2009

City development commissioners approved a plan Tuesday to build 240 residences in the Issaquah Highlands.

Commissioners set aside concerns about commercial development in the highlands and approved a site development permit for the residential project on land once set aside for a proposed Microsoft campus.

A Bellevue company, Devco, plans to build the residential units on 9.5 acres bordered by Northeast Discovery Drive to the north and Highlands Drive Northeast on the west. The proposal includes apartments, townhouses and stacked flats.

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Challenger launches campaign to represent Issaquah neighborhoods in state Senate

January 7, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 7, 2010

Bellevue Republican Gregg Bennett launched a campaign Tuesday for the District 48 state Senate seat. The district includes the South Cove neighborhoods in western Issaquah.

Bennett described himself as a moderate Republican who said his No. 1 priority as a state lawmaker would be education. He touted his involvement with community, education and sports groups.

“I’m ready to roll up my sleeves to get administrators, principals, teachers, parents, kids…and even our legislative leaders all working together towards the same goal — to make sure our kids are our first priority and their futures are bright,” Bennett said in a news release.

Besides South Cove in Issaquah, the district includes parts of Bellevue, Kirkland and Redmond.

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Local boys basketball teams all win

January 6, 2010

NEW — 2:24 p.m. Jan. 6, 2010

The Skyline, Issaquah and Liberty high school boys basketball teams all posted victories Jan. 5, the first time this season that all three Issaquah School District teams won on the same night.

Skyline remained tied for first place in the 4A KingCo Conference Crest Division with a 54-53 victory against visiting Lake Washington. Cory Hutsen led Skyline with 16 points. Kasen Williams tossed in 14 points and Connor Gacek added 12 as the Spartans went to 3-1 in league play and 7-1 on the season.

Skyline is tied with Garfield for the division lead.

Issaquah won its first league game of the season, defeating visiting Roosevelt 57-39. The Eagles trailed by eight points at halftime but exploded in the second half, outscoring Roosevelt 38-13. Nick Price paced Issaquah with 21 points. Joe Evans and Nik Landdeck each had 12 points for the Eagles, 1-4 in league and 4-5 on the season.

The victory was the second straight for Issaquah, which snapped a five-game losing streak last Saturday with a nonleague victory against Olympic.

Liberty won on the road, beating Washington 55-52 in a nonleague contest. Chandler Jenkins topped the Patriots with 16 points.

The victory was the second of the season for Liberty.

New members join City Council; John Traeger elected council president

January 6, 2010

NEW — 11:35 a.m. Jan. 6, 2010

As family members watched and cameras flashed, Tola Marts and Mark Mullet joined the City Council on Monday.

The new councilmen took the oath of office before a packed council chamber, where the audience included families, political supporters, former Councilman David Kappler and County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, whose district includes Issaquah.

Deputy City Clerk Randy Reed administered oaths to the new councilmen, as well as incumbents Mayor Ava Frisinger and councilwomen Eileen Barber and Maureen McCarry. The terms end Dec. 31, 2013.

“This is a wonderful start to 2010,” Frisinger said.

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