See KIDSTAGE original ‘The Last Shot’ on Monday only

April 10, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. April 10, 2010

Village Theatre’s KIDSTAGE Company Originals has written and produced its seventh musical in Issaquah.

This new work, “The Last Shot,” will have only one reading at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N.

Set in present-day Western Washington, “The Last Shot” explores how the healing power of art can help people overcome fears and find strength and peace, while telling the story of a high school senior/aspiring filmmaker who takes a cast of fellow students to shoot a movie over Memorial Day weekend.

Kidstage Company Originals cast members take part in a rehearsal reading of ‘The Last Shot.’ — Photo by Jean Johnson/Village Theatre

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City plans to close roundabout Sunday

April 9, 2010

NEW — 12:10 p.m. April 9, 2010

The roundabout at East Lake Sammamish Parkway and Southeast 43rd Way will close from 3 p.m. Sunday until 5 a.m. Monday for paving. The entire roundabout will be shut down for the duration of the project.

Inclement weather could still delay the project. Check the city Web site or the 1700-AM city radio station for updates.

The latest information — as well as detour routes — will also be located on electronic message boards near the roundabout.

The city planned to close the roundabout for paving March 21, March 28 or April 4, but weather delayed the project.

Issaquah blanks Roosevelt in baseball

April 8, 2010

NEW — 1:28 p.m. April 8, 2010

Pitcher Shane Yarnell tossed a one-hitter as he sparked the Issaquah High School baseball team to a 5-0 victory April 6 against visiting Roosevelt.

Yarnell also had two hits, both doubles, to help his cause. Ben Rosellini had two hits for the Eagles, who boosted their 4A KingCo Conference record to 4-2.

In other action, it was Lake Washington 9, Skyline 1; Inglemoor 10, Eastlake 0; Redmond 4, Woodinville 3; Ballard 8, Newport 6; and Garfield 6, Bothell 2.

In the 3A/2A KingCo, Liberty blanked Sammamish 5-0 as pitcher Connor Sjolander tossed a two-hitter. In other games, it was Mount Si 7, Interlake 5; and Mercer Island 8, Juanita 3. Liberty and Mercer Island remained tied for first place.

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Statewide speeding crackdown starts Friday

April 8, 2010

NEW — 11:50 a.m. April 8, 2010

More than 150 law enforcement agencies statewide will crack down on speeders during weekends from Friday through May 1.

Police will conduct extra speed patrols on roads throughout the state on Fridays from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 8 p.m. The extra patrols will monitor local roads, state highways and interstates.

The campaign — called Slow Down or Pay Up — will be the first statewide anti-speeding campaign rolled out here. Washington Traffic Safety Commission officials said the effort ties into a plan — known as Target Zero — to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries on Washington roads by 2030.

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Metro asks riders to create apps

April 8, 2010

NEW— 6 a.m. April 8, 2010

Information about the next bus to the Issaquah Highlands could someday be available from the Apple App Store — and developed by a Metro Transit rider.

Metro has offered behind-the-scenes data to tech-savvy riders to develop Web or mobile phone apps to make riding buses easier and more convenient.

Metro opened up the data about bus schedules and routes to independent programmers April 1. Metro offers the data free of charge to anyone who agrees to the terms of use. Learn more about the program here.

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Cascade Ridge Elementary School principal resigns

April 7, 2010

NEW — 4:15 p.m. April 7, 2010

Colleen Shields, principal at Cascade Ridge Elementary School, announced her resignation Monday after two years at the school.

“It is with extremely mixed emotions that I am announcing my decision to accept a new leadership position in the State of California beginning July 1,” she wrote in a letter to the community. “This new position allows me to be closer to members of my family and to support my husband’s current employment situation.”

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Construction starts on zero-energy homes

April 6, 2010

Workers have started construction in the Issaquah Highlands on zHome, a townhouse development designed to produce as much energy as the units consume. Contributed

Construction has started on zHome — the long-planned, eco-friendly townhouse development launched with fanfare in late 2008 and then hindered by the recession.

Plans call for 10 townhouses designed to produce as much electricity as the units consume. Despite the attention the pioneering project received at the outset, progress lagged until a Japanese homebuilder indicated interest in zHome. Read more

Tea Party brews Issaquah event

April 6, 2010

Join other opponents of big government and unbridled federal spending at a Tax Day Tea Party.

Participants will gather at the corner of Front Street and Sunset Way at noon April 15, the deadline for filing federal income tax returns.

Turnout could be bolstered at the rally due to opposition to the healthcare law signed into law by President Obama in late March. Organizers also plan events in Seattle, on the steps of the state Capitol in Olympia and at Bellevue City Hall.

Demonstrators in Issaquah and across the nation used the deadline for filing income tax returns last year for a grassroots event modeled on the Boston Tea Party. The event attracted more than 200 people to the steps of Issaquah City Hall. Throughout the state, protests in Bellevue, Olympia and Seattle drew thousands of activists. Read more

Cameras cut speeding, but raise drivers’ ire

April 6, 2010

Cameras installed along Southeast Second Avenue to deter speeders have cut the number of violations since the Issaquah Police Department started issuing citations last April.

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 March 31.

Police issued 4,920 citations for violations caught by the cameras. The devices generated about $360,000 for the city.

Officials said the numbers showed the need for the cameras in a school zone packed with everyone from kindergartners to high-school seniors. Detractors said the cameras catch unknowing motorists and overcharge violators.

The city did not complete a formal cost analysis for the photo-enforcement program, although officials said the effort incurs significant expenses related to Issaquah Municipal Court, and the city finance and police departments. Police officers must review and then approve or reject each violation.

The city did not hire additional workers to handle the increased number of infractions. Read more

Cause of Front Street fire remains unknown

April 6, 2010

Work continues on the downtown Issaquah businesses damaged in a January fire, even as investigators remain puzzled about the cause of the blaze.

Authorities said a small fire scorched the inside of El Abuelo — a Mexican grocery at 147 Front St. N. — in the early morning hours Jan. 11. The adjacent Troy Salon sustained smoke and water damage.

Eastside Fire & Rescue Fire Marshal Bud Backer said authorities believe the fire started behind the counter in the grocery. The investigation will remain open as building insurers continue to search for the cause of the fire. Backer said the agency did not consider the fire to be suspicious.

“This is kind of a perplexing case,” he said.

Troy Kline, the proprietor of Troy Salon, said he and other stylists are set up at Innervisions along Northwest Gilman Boulevard after the fire. The salon could reopen in May, he said last week.

Meanwhile, plywood covers the damaged storefronts and a tarp remains draped across the roof of the building. Read more

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