School is out for spring break

March 27, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. March 27, 2010

There is no school for students in the Issaquah School District March 29 – April 2 due to the spring break holiday.

Parents should check with their child’s school for a limited schedule of after-school and extracurricular activities.

School board approves controversial math curriculum

March 26, 2010

NEW — 4:54 p.m. March 26, 2010

After a nearly two-year process, Issaquah School Board members voted 4-1 Wednesday to adopt Key Curriculum Press’ Discovering Mathematics algebra and geometry books for high schoolers.

The only dissenting vote was board member Chad Magendanz, who said he felt the process used to select the materials by the district’s teacher-driven Math Adoption Committee could have been more thorough.

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Roundabout will remain open after weather delays paving again

March 26, 2010

NEW — 1:28 p.m. March 26, 2010

The roundabout at East Lake Sammamish Parkway and Southeast 43rd Way will remain open through the weekend, after weather delayed paving for the second consecutive weekend.

City officials had planned to close the roundabout Sunday for paving. The initial plan called for the roundabout to be paved March 21.

The new schedule calls for the roundabout to be paved April 4-5. The entire roundabout will be shut down for the duration of paving.

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Wine and dine with us at Taste Washington

March 26, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. March 26, 2010

Reporters Warren Kagarise and Chantelle Lusebrink will wine and dine through Taste Washington, a weekend-long celebration of Evergreen State food and wine.

Follow them on Twitter @wkagarise and @clusebrink for updates from tastings, seminars and — the main event — the Grand Tasting, a March 28 bacchanal featuring pours from more than 200 Washington wineries and noshables from about 75 local restaurants.

The reporters — both food and wine lovers — will also check out a local vintner at the three-day event, Rock Meadow Cellars, a Sammamish winery.

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Sports update — Thursday

March 25, 2010

NEW — 11:26 a.m. March 25, 2010

Liberty belts Bellevue

Troy Colyer had three hits and drove in three runs, and John McLeod belted a home run as the Liberty High School baseball team pounded Bellevue 11-5 March 24 in a 3A/2A KingCo Conference game at Liberty.

The Patriots, who scored seven times in the second inning, held a commanding 10-0 lead after three innings.

Liberty raised its league-leading record to 4-0.

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Keep state roads clean by “adopting” a highway

March 25, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. March 25, 2010

State Department of Transportation officials encourage residents to keep highways litter free through the Adopt-a-Highway program.

The department seeks businesses, club, organizations, schools, religious groups and families to “adopt” and clean up sections of roadway.

Areas assigned to volunteers usually consist of two miles of roadside. Officials assign the sections on a first-come, first-served basis, and the department maintains a waiting list for popular areas.

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Chick Day at The Grange / March 20, 2010

March 24, 2010

Issaquah man dies in motorcycle accident on Tiger Mountain Road

March 24, 2010

NEW — 1:45 p.m. March 24, 2010

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

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

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

Bellevue firefighters and the King County Sheriff’s Office said the driver, Issaquah resident Kenneth Earl Solders, 57, died at the scene. He wore a full-face helmet.

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Sports update — Wednesday

March 24, 2010

NEW — 11:06 a.m. March 24, 2010

Issaquah, Skyline win baseball openers

The Issaquah and Skyline high school baseball teams brought out the heavy artillery March 23 as they pounded out victories in their 4A KingCo Conference openers.

Issaquah walloped Garfield 16-2 at Bobby Morris Field in Seattle. Winning pitcher Shane Yarnell had two hits, one a home run, and drove in five runs. He also struck out eight batters in picking up his second victory of the season.

Ben Rosellini had three hits, one a home run, and drove in two runs for the Eagles. Grant Gellatly contributed three hits, Devin O’Donnell had two hits and Jake Bakamus hit two RBIs for Issaquah, 3-0 overall for the season.

Issaquah scored seven times in the top of the fourth inning. The contest was called after the fifth inning because of the mercy rule.

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Newport Way to get redo of improvements

March 23, 2010

Council’s split vote is rare

Westbound motorists on Newport Way Northwest at Northwest Oak Crest Drive pass a row of flexible 'candlestick' guideposts separating the traffic lane from the shoulder. By Greg Farrar

The city will spend $120,000 on a controversial overhaul for a section of Newport Way Northwest, City Council members decided last week.

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