Help pull invasive plants in the highlands Sunday

May 15, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. May 15, 2010

Issaquah Environmental Council teams will clear invasive Scotch broom in the Issaquah Highlands on Sunday, and the group needs volunteers.

Teams will gather near Central Park from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. to clear the non-native plant near the reservoir near Northeast Park Drive.

The group will need volunteers to tackle other invasive plants, such as Himalayan blackberry and ivy, in the weeks ahead. E-mail Connie Marsh, Issaquah Environmental Council president, at for more information.

Besides invasive plant removal, the Issaquah Environmental Council works to protect the Lower Issaquah Valley Aquifer — a source of city drinking water — the Issaquah Creek watershed and other ecological assets. Learn more about the group here.

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Issaquah Schools Foundation luncheon raises more than $400,000

May 14, 2010

UPDATED — 2:30 p.m. May 14, 2010

The Issaquah Community Center was busting at the seams with education supporters Thursday afternoon as the Issaquah Schools Foundation hosted its annual luncheon.

More than 770 residents, teachers, educators and legislators attended the foundation’s Nourish Every Mind Luncheon. Donations of more than $5,000 each poured in during the event. The estimated final total reached $406,000 — a new record, foundation Executive Director Robin Callahan said.

“This luncheon is an event the entire community can take pride in because it is a culmination of the combined efforts of hundreds of volunteers,” Callahan said. “We owe a special thanks to our Golden Apple Sponsors, Swedish Medical Center and Microsoft for underwriting the event which allows most of the donations from yesterday to go directly to the students we serve.”

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Kids, try hockey for free Saturday

May 14, 2010

NEW — 1:50 p.m. May 14, 2010

USA Hockey and The SnoKing Hockey Association based out of Castle Ice Arena in Renton — and Kingsgate in Kirkland — will host three Try Hockey Free sessions Saturday.

Children of all ages are invited to come down to Castle Ice, 2620 164th Ave. S.E. Try on a pair of skates, gloves and helmet, and take to the ice for an hour or two.

Assisting the new players on the ice will be several former National Hockey League players, including Jamie Huscroft, a retired Canadian defenseman who spent 10 years in the NHL and now instructs amateur players in Renton.

Learn more about the events here.

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Go wet and wild — and stay safe — on the water this weekend

May 14, 2010

NEW — 11:50 a.m. May 14, 2010

Springtime sunshine will lure residents in Issaquah and across King County to lakes, streams and rivers in the days ahead.

King County Sheriff’s Office leaders reminded people to practice water safety. Most King County drownings — 56 percent — occur in April, May and July.

“While the weather will be great, the rivers and lakes of King County are still very cold,” Sheriff Sue Rahr said in a news release. “And the rivers are fast-moving, and extremely dangerous.”

Furthermore, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers started releasing water from the Howard Hanson Dam on Wednesday. The added water means flows on the Green River will be high through at least Saturday night.

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Redmond takes baseball title, but Skyline keeps hope alive

May 14, 2010

NEW — 11:30 a.m. May 14, 2010

Redmond High School slammed three home runs Thursday as the Mustangs defeated Skyline High School 6-2 in the 4A KingCo Conference championship game at Woodinville High School.

The Mustangs advance to the 4A regionals as the KingCo No. 1 team. Skyline still has a chance at the regionals, too. The Spartans host Evergreen, of Vancouver, Saturday in a bi-district game. The winner of the contest advances to the regionals.

Redmond entered the tournament as the title favorite while Skyline was one of the lower seeded teams. The Spartans took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Redmond scored a run in the bottom of the second and went head in the third by scoring three runs. Michael Conforto smashed a two-run home run in the third for Redmond.

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Work will wrap soon on roundabout

May 14, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. May 14, 2010

Crews expect to complete the last pieces of the Southeast 43rd Way and East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast roundabout soon.

The remaining work includes the installation of the last section of extruded curb, permanent pavement markings and landscaping. Officials said lane closures will be required for the work, but crews will avoid work during peak commute times.

Inclement weather delayed final paving the roundabout from late March until mid-April. Workers completed initial paving for the project Nov. 17 and the roundabout opened the next day.

Crews planned to construct the roundabout in mid- to late-summer, but unforeseen utility work and weather conditions extended the construction schedule.

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Local seventh-grader wins national award

May 13, 2010

NEW — 3:47 p.m. May 13, 2010

Madison Bristol, an Issaquah Middle School seventh-grader is the recipient of a National Award of Merit from the Parents, Teachers and Students Association.

Madison won the award by participating in the organization’s nationwide Reflections competition.

It is an annual competition that asks students to submit art entries in six categories — visual arts, photography, literature, music composition, film/video and dance choreography — based on a theme. This year’s theme was “Beauty is…”

She entered her performance, called “Imagine,” in the dance/choreography category.

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Investigators smell something foul in portable toilet fires

May 13, 2010

UPDATED — 2:05 p.m. May 13, 2010

Something stinks in the Issaquah Highlands.

Fires set within about 24 hours of each other destroyed three portable toilets Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Officials suspect foul play in the Grand Ridge Elementary School and Central Park blazes.

Firefighters responded to the first fire at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. Crews contained the fire to a toilet set up near a portable classroom.

Firefighters responded to another fire in nearby Central Park at about 11 p.m. Wednesday. Responders discovered a pair of portable toilets ablaze.

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Skyline High School’s Kasen Williams wins two titles

May 13, 2010

NEW — 11:17 a.m. May 13, 2010

Skyline High School junior Kasen Williams, one of the best all-around athletes in the state, captured two titles Wednesday in the first day of the 4A KIngCo Conference track and field championships at Eastlake.

Williams won the boys high jump by clearing 6 feet, 10 inches. He also captured the long jump by leaping 23-10.50.

Sparked by Williams’ efforts and those of his teammates, Skyline was in first place after the first day with 48 points. Bothell was second with 37.5 points.

Skyline took the top three places in the high jump with Blake Digiovanni finishing second and Jordon Coutts third.

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Become a founding member of Young Professionals Club

May 13, 2010

NEW — 7 a.m. May 13, 2010

Join other young professionals Thursday at the Issaquah Brewhouse, and help start a community service club from scratch.

The fledging Young Professionals Club — a spin-off of the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah — will meet to discuss service opportunities. Members will also set up future meeting dates and venues.

Members will gather from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the downtown Issaquah pub, 35 W. Sunset Way.

Despite the name, membership extends beyond the usual 20- and 30somethings. The club accepts “anyone who feels young at heart who wants to meaningfully connect with peers while sharing their talents to better the Issaquah community,” a release from the group states.

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