County seeks comments on plan to preserve open space

April 17, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. April 17, 2010

King County leaders want input on the future of open space.

The county continues to work on updates to the Open Space Plan, the document behind county acquisition, development, funding, management and stewardship of undeveloped land across King County. The document helps the county to be eligible for federal and state grants, like those from the state Recreation and Conservation Office.

Under rules established in the State Environmental Policy Act, the plan must be reviewed. The state OK’d the draft April 8. The county will accept comments on the environmental review until 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

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Issaquah Tea Party rally and response / April 15, 2010

April 16, 2010

Liberty, Issaquah track teams run to victory

April 16, 2010

NEW — 12:05 p.m. April 16, 2010

The boys and girls track teams for Liberty and Issaquah high schools won their KingCo Conference meets Thursday.

Joshua Gordon had three first places as he led the Liberty boys past Interlake 91-55. Gordon won the 200 meters in 23.7 seconds, went 6-feet to win the high jump, and leaped 20 feet, 6 1/4 inches to take the long jump.

Peter Stacy, Devin Bennett and Troy Solly each won two events for Liberty. Stacy captured the javelin and the discus. Bennett won the 400 and the triple jump. Solly won the 110 hurdles and the 300 hurdles.

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Raccoon behavior, including complaint from Issaquah, raises concerns about canine distemper

April 16, 2010

UPDATED — 12:18 p.m. April 16, 2010

King County and state wildlife officials encouraged residents to avoid feeding wildlife, keep domestic pets away from wild animals and ensure pets have updated vaccinations, in response to a suspected outbreak of canine distemper.

King County Animal Care and Control responded to a report of a raccoon believed to have distemper in Gilman Village just after noon April 9. Officers took the animal into custody.

Officials also received reports of sick raccoons in Bellevue, Redmond and Renton. Officers also picked up three raccoon carcasses on the Eastside in recent days.

The county submitted samples from a raccoon collected in Bellevue to Washington State University for disease testing. Results from the university lab confirmed the animal had canine distemper, King County spokeswoman Christine Lange said Friday afternoon.

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City seeks Issaquah Hall of Fame nominees

April 16, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. April 16, 2010

Nominate outstanding citizens for the Issaquah Hall of Fame, the annual honor bestowed by city leaders on someone who has made a lasting contribution to the community.

Every spring, the mayor and City Council president select the honoree. Mayor Ava Frisinger and Council President John Traeger will evaluate nominees on several criteria, such as civic-mindedness, leadership and service.

Frisinger and Traeger will also evaluate the role a person plays in drawing positive attention to Issaquah and fundraising for the public good. Length of service will be a factor in the decision as well.

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Tea Party activists and opponents rally in downtown Issaquah

April 15, 2010

Shirley Jahnke (left) and Dave Weiseth, of Sammamish, share a cordial disagreement Tuesday during the Tax Day Tea Party. The event drew about 120 protesters and counter-protesters at Sunset Way and Front Street. — Photo by Greg Farrar

NEW — 2:40 p.m. April 15, 2010

Tea Party activists came to downtown Issaquah on Thursday afternoon to brew discontent with the policies of Congress and the Obama administration.

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Skyline Spartans baseball blanks Ballard

April 15, 2010

NEW — 11:41 a.m. April 15, 2010

Jayce Nelson allowed just three hits Wednesday as he pitched the Skyline High School baseball team to an 8-0 victory against host Ballard.

Nate Litka had two hits and drove in two runs for Skyline.

In other 4A KingCo Conference action, Inglemoor scored a run with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning to nip Issaquah 8-7 and Roosevelt edged Eastlake 2-1.

Issaquah held a 5-3 lead against Inglemoor, the Crown Division leaders, going into the bottom of the fifth inning. However, Inglemoor scored three times to take the lead. Issaquah scored in the top of the seventh to send the game into extra innings.

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Tip-A-Cop fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics returns Saturday

April 15, 2010

NEW — 11 a.m. April 15, 2010

Issaquah Police officers will serve burgers, fries and other fare at the annual Tip-A-Cop fundraiser Saturday.

The event, held at Red Robin, 1085 Lake Drive, runs from noon to 8 p.m. Donations benefit Special Olympics Washington.

Officers will serve patrons, and all of the tips earned by the cops-turned-servers will benefit Special Olympics. The nonprofit provides year-round activities, such as basketball and swimming, to children and adults with disabilities.

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District officials breathe sigh of relief as Legislature approves budget

April 15, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. April 15, 2010

Issaquah School District officials announced that with the state’s supplemental budget they will be able to maintain programs and class sizes at existing levels and will not have to lay off teachers this year.

State legislators approved the state’s supplemental budget late Monday night and adjourned for the year.

The compromise took nearly the full 30-day special session to orchestrate, but will raise just less than $800 million in funding over the next year.

The funding will come from additional taxes on cigarettes, beer and soda. Lawmakers also extended a sales tax to bottled water, candy and gum. Other tax initiatives include ensuring that out-of-state companies pay Washington taxes.

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City ordinance cuts false-alarm calls

April 14, 2010

NEW — 3:40 p.m. April 14, 2010

A city ordinance designed to cut the volume of false-alarm calls to the Issaquah Police Department reduced the number of calls by 63 percent between January 2008 — 18 months before officials approved the ordinance — and January 2010.

The department said the measure saved the department 20 hours in officer time during January. The city released the data Wednesday.

Officers received 71 false alarm calls in January 2009, compared to 36 in January 2010. The number for February dropped from 40 to 28, and the calls fell from 84 to 47 in March during the same timeframe.

Police said a false alarm occurs when officers respond to a call triggered by a security alarm, and after investigating the scene, find no evidence of a criminal offense or attempted criminal activity.

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