DOT will open East Sunset Way bids

April 3, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. April 3, 2010

State Department of Transportation officials will open construction bids for the East Sunset Way interchange April 7.

Workers will widen the narrow, curved roadway from a single lane in each direction lined by concrete barriers to wider lanes bracketed by road shoulders, curbs and a sidewalk. Crews will also replace a temporary support wall with a permanent support for the widened roadway.

The project will also require workers to reconfigure storm water retention ponds adjacent to the site.

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Roundabout will remain open Sunday after weather delays paving again

April 2, 2010

NEW — 9:20 a.m. April 2, 2010

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

City officials had planned to close the roundabout Sunday for paving. The new schedule calls for the roundabout to be paved from 3 p.m. April 11 to 5 a.m. April 12. The entire roundabout will be shut down for the duration of paving.

Check the city Web site or 1700-AM radio station for updates. The latest information — as well as detour routes — will also be located on electronic message boards near the roundabout.

National Weather Service issues high-wind watch

April 1, 2010

UPDATED — 10:20 a.m. April 2, 2010

National Weather Service forecasters in Seattle issued a high-wind advisory for Issaquah and the Puget Sound region through 6 p.m. Friday.

Forecasters said strong, possibly damaging winds could develop in Western Washington. Forecasters said residents should expect sustained winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 55 mph.

The gusts could result in power outages across Western Washington on Friday afternoon, if falling tree limbs damage power lines. The potential for wind damage could be intensified because some trees have begun sprout leaves.

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With garbage strike delayed, Waste Management asks residents to put out trash as usual

April 1, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. April 1, 2010

Garbage should be picked up as usual Thursday, after trash haulers and Waste Management agreed to continue labor negotiations.

The haulers’ contract expired at midnight Wednesday. Although Waste Management and Teamsters Local 174 continue to negotiate a final agreement, union officials said drivers should report to work Thursday. The parties agreed to continue negotiating early Thursday morning.

“We are happy that talks are continuing and look forward to participating in a full day of bargaining focused on a deal,” Waste Management spokeswoman Jackie Lang said in a statement posted on the company Web site.

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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

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