City Council OKs long-term road projects

May 8, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. May 8, 2010

City Council members approved the bible to all city transportation projects through 2016 — a roadmap to planned street and trails improvements known as the Transportation Improvement Program.

The list includes the Interstate 90 Undercrossing, a pedestrian connector to link trails across the interstate and along state Route 900, improvements to Newport Way Northwest and dozens of other projects.

The council held a hearing on the plan Monday, and then OK’d the list in a unanimous decision. Transportation projects must be listed in the plan in order to eligible for federal and state dollars, including money generated through the state gasoline tax and distributed to local governments.

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City Council confirms board and commission appointments

May 7, 2010

NEW — 11:30 a.m. May 7, 2010

Former City Council candidates Nathan Perea and Vincent Ippolito will serve the city in a different capacity in the years ahead: as volunteer members of a city commission.

City Council members confirmed 35 appointees to city boards and commissions Monday. The appointees — selected by board officers and Mayor Ava Frisinger — advise officials about everything from development to the environment to the arts.

The mayor reappointed 18 members and chose 20 people for other positions. Some appointees, like former Councilman Joe Forkner, serve on multiple boards.

“Congratulations and welcome to the many volunteers who will be helping the city with a wide array of issues and important work,” Frisinger said after the council OK’d the appointments.

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Patriots, Spartans track teams finish first

May 7, 2010

NEW — 11:07 a.m. May 7, 2010

The Liberty High School boys and the Skyline High School girls track teams each placed first Thursday in the annual Issaquah School District track and field meet at Liberty.

The Liberty boys won a close meet with rivals Skyline and Issaquah. The Patriots had 65 points with Skyline second with 61 and Issaquah third with 55. Liberty finished the KingCo Conference regular season unbeaten.

In the girls meet, Skyline won easily, compiling 91 points. Issaquah was second with 49 points and Liberty third with 39.

Peter Stacy, of Liberty, won the shot put, discus and javelin in the boys meet. He won the shot and discus easily. The javelin was a battle between Stacy and Issaquah’s Michael Baba. Stacy was first with a throw of 175 feet, 1 inch. Baba was second at 174-6.

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District hires new Cascade Ridge Elementary School principal

May 6, 2010

NEW — 2:45 p.m. May 6, 2010

Issaquah School District officials announced Thursday that they had hired a new principal for Cascade Ridge Elementary School.

Natalie Fowler, a program assistant for Cougar Ridge and Newcastle elementary schools, will begin in July. She is also a gifted teacher at Apollo Elementary School.

Cascade Ridge Principal Colleen Shields announced her resignation earlier this spring after her husband was relocated to California.

Fowler has worked in the district for six years at the three schools. She came to the district after relocating from the Austin, Texas, area, where she worked as a teacher for two years.

She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in textiles and apparel from the University of Texas at Austin, and holds a post-baccalaureate degree in education from UT as well.

In her six years with the district, Fowler went back to school to earn her master’s degree in education and educational leadership certification from City University in 2009.

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Issaquah edges Skyline in softball thriller

May 6, 2010

NEW — 10:55 a.m. May 6, 2010

The Issaquah High School girls softball team scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday to defeat host Skyline 5-4 in a 4A KingCo Conference extra-inning thriller.

Winning pitcher Mikenzie Voves went the distance, allowing just one earned run while striking out 16 batters. Skyline pitcher Lauren Richard also worked all nine innings and had 10 strikeouts.

Brielle Bray had three hits and drove in two runs for Issaquah. Teammate Amanda Marques also had two hits.

Mickey Dunn-Blad and Anya Kanyer each had two hits for Skyline.

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Chamber of Commerce suggests business-friendly ideas to city leaders

May 6, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. May 6, 2010

Issaquah Chamber of Commerce leaders recommended business-friendly policies to City Council members last week, as the elected officials set goals for 2011.

Chamber members urged the council to add information about the economic impact of ordinances to proposed legislation, determine the barriers to opening a business in Issaquah, conduct annual regulatory reviews to keep city codes up to date and implement the Economic Vitality Plan — a set of proposals meant to make Issaquah friendlier to businesses.

The chamber asked the city to examine the municipal Sign Code for changes to make the rules more palatable to business owners.

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Construction starts on I-90 Undercrossing

May 5, 2010

NEW — 3:10 p.m. May 5, 2010

Construction started Monday on the long-planned Interstate 90 Undercrossing, a road link meant to alleviate traffic congestion on Front Street North and state Route 900.

Expect lane restrictions along Northwest Gilman Boulevard from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. May 10-14 as crews conduct utility work.

The undercrossing will link Northwest Gilman Boulevard to Southeast 56th Street via a two-lane roadway built from the traffic signal at the post office.

In March, the City Council awarded a $1.46 million contract to a Kirkland company, MidMountain Contractors, to build the connector and a 12-inch water line. The project includes curb and gutter work, installation of sidewalks and traffic signals, and landscaping.

The city counts on the undercrossing to remove about 2,000 to 4,000 vehicles from Northwest Gilman Boulevard and 3,000 to 6,000 from Front Street North each day. Gilman Boulevard handles 29,000 vehicles per day; Front Street handles 49,000.

Issaquah Eagles baseball team finishes second

May 5, 2010

NEW — 11:01 a.m. May 5, 2010

Redmond scored twice in the top of the seventh inning Tuesday to defeat the Issaquah HIgh School baseball team 3-1 in a 4A KingCo Conference contest.

The two teams finished the regular season in a tie for first place in the Crest Division with 12-4 records. However, because Redmond swept the season series between the two teams, the Mustangs will enter the KingCo tournament as the Crest Division’s top seed. Issaquah will enter the tournament as Crest Division No. 2. The tournament starts Saturday at Woodinville High School.

Redmond took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning but Issaquah tied the score in the bottom of the sixth.

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Seattle Storm kicks off Women Build event in the highlands

May 5, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. May 5, 2010

Seattle Storm players will kick off National Women Build Week on Wednesday at the Habitat for Humanity of East King County worksite in the Issaquah Highlands.

Storm players will volunteer, meet workers and greet Habitat homeowners and then, from 3:30-4 p.m., the WBNA players will offer a basketball clinic near the worksite.

Team CEO Karen Bryant, a Storm player and Habitat homeowner Lola Reyes will speak during the event. The event starts at 2 p.m.

Meanwhile, workers will gather at the highlands site, 2500 N.E. Magnolia St., Wednesday. Registration opens at 8:45 a.m. Teams will break for lunch at noon, and cleanup starts at 4 p.m.

Nationwide, Women Build projects helped construct more than 1,650 houses. Register before the events here.

Habitat representatives and families joined city officials last June to break ground for the new highlands development. The project should be completed within the next several months. The initial phase includes five duplexes will be available to house 10 families. Workers will complete another phase of the development by 2012.

City Council sets parks, transportation among 2011 goals

May 4, 2010

City Council members outlined goals for parks, technology, economic development and transportation to be accomplished next year. The council eschewed broad policy goals and recommended specific projects.

Members culled 62 suggestions into a handful of rough goals. Municipal staffers will then hone the list into a final stack of goals for the council to approve next month.

The council gathered in a Public Works Operations Building conference room May 1 for the daylong discussion to set goals for 2011.

Council President John Traeger encouraged members to offer multiple suggestions.

“There are no bad ideas, and no goal is too big or too small,” he said.

The retreat included initial discussion about the upcoming budget. City department chiefs use the goals set by the council to formulate budgets for the upcoming year.

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