Watch mailboxes for ballots next week

January 16, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 16, 2010

Almost 1.1 million King County ballots will be delivered by the U.S. Postal Service on Jan. 20 for delivery.

King County voters will decide a King County Library System levy, and Issaquah School District voters will decide school levies on the Feb. 9 ballot.

The school measures would raise property tax rates to help pay for school district equipment, like new school buses, and the library measure, Proposition 1, would maintain library services.

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King County, local residents reach settlement to allow Passage Point to move forward

January 15, 2010

UPDATED — 9:25 a.m. Jan. 18, 2010

King County and Cedar Hills Rural Preservation Alliance officials have reached an agreement that will allow YWCA’s Passage Point project to move forward.

The agreement was reached outside the court system and brokered Dec. 29. Details were not released until Wednesday.

The agreement allows for the remodel of the former Cedar Hills Alcohol Treatment Facility, 15900 227th Ave. S.E., into 46 one- and two-bedroom apartments, which will be occupied by men and women recently released from incarceration or hospitalization.

The facility will feature housing, employment and counseling services for men and women who wish to reunite with and act as caregivers to their children.

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The Issaquah Press seeks people, agencies helping Haitian quake victims

January 15, 2010

UPDATED — 12:23 p.m. Jan. 15, 2010

The Issaquah Press wants to connect with Issaquah and Eastside residents with links to Haiti, as well as relief groups, nonprofits and churches and other faith-based organizations involved in disaster response.

Readers with family and friends in Haiti, and organizations working to alleviate suffering in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake, can contact Kathleen R. Merrill, editor of The Press, at, leave a comment below or contact us via Twitter, with information about the quake and the humanitarian response. The temblor struck Tuesday in the impoverished Caribbean nation.

Want to help quake victims? Donate $10 to the American Red Cross by texting “Haiti” to 90999. The amount will be added to your next phone bill.

Find Northwest and national relief organizations here.

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Officials seek architect, vision for Issaquah Creek parks

January 15, 2010

NEW — 12:15 p.m. Jan. 15, 2010

The vision for Cybil-Madeline, Tollë Anderson and Issaquah Creek parks started to take shape in early January as city officials sent out a request for landscape architects to tackle the project.

City officials spent years talking up the wooded, 15.5-acre area where Issaquah Creek meets the East Fork as the “crown jewel” of the municipal parks system. Issaquah voters approved $6.25 million for parks improvements and open space acquisition in November 2006, with money funneled to the confluence area parks. The parks maintenance facility is located near the site, and the city included the facility in the request to architects.

City Parks & Recreation Director Anne McGill and her team seek a landscape architect to turn the vision into reality. The architect will navigate a thicket filled with development and environmental limits on the land, and match the plan with residents’ wish lists, during the planning process.

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Students, driver are OK after downed power lines block bus

January 15, 2010

NEW — 9:25 a.m. Jan. 15, 2010

Downed power lines blocked an Issaquah School District bus carrying students to Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus earlier this morning.

Puget Sound Energy officials assessed the situation and allowed the bus to leave the area, in the 19000 block of Southeast 24th Street near Pine Lake Middle School, at 8:25 a.m. The students and the driver remained inside the bus for safety.

While driving to Pacific Cascade, the bus driver encountered windy conditions and a fallen tree. The tree had caused several power lines to come down on the roadway, Sara Niegowski, district communications director, wrote in an e-mail.

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City attracts environmental grants

January 15, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 15, 2010

City Council members accepted environmental grants Jan. 4 to improve recycling and continue a popular film series.

Officials pocketed a grant to show eco-friendly films. Issaquah will use the $11,024 grant to continue the Sustainability Film Series launched in 2009. City staffers connected with more than 400 residents through the program last year.

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Local agencies seek support to help Haiti

January 14, 2010

NEW — 10:53 a.m. Jan. 14, 2010

Issaquah residents can support aid efforts following the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti by sending monetary donations to local agencies. Helping the victims is only a text message away.

People can donate $10 to the American Red Cross by texting “Haiti” to 90999. The amount will be added to the sender’s next phone bill.

Northwest agencies that are helping with the disaster include:

American Red Cross Serving King and Kitsap Counties, 206-323-2345

Mercy Corps, Portland, 800-852-2100 or click here

Northwest Medical Teams, Portland, 800-959-4325 or click here

World Concern, Seattle, 800-755-5022 or click here

World Vision, Federal Way, 888-511-6548 or click here

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UPDATE — Sports Thursday

January 14, 2010

NEW — 10:38 a.m. Jan. 14, 2010

Issaquah girls buzz by Ballard

The Issaquah High School girls basketball team got off to a slow start Jan. 13 against host Ballard, but the Eagles got hot in the second quarter and pulled away to a 45-23 victory.

The win left the Eagles on top of the 4A KingCo Conference Crest Division with a 7-0 record.

Issaquah held just a 7-6 lead after the first quarter, but blew out Ballard 14-5 in the second quarter. The Eagles outscored Ballard 15-0 in the third period to build up a commanding lead.

Mackenzie Schiltz, of Issaquah, led all players with 15 points. Aimee Brakken and Brooke Miller each added eight points for the Eagles, who play Skyline at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at Bellevue College.

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Washington State Patrol reports no holiday traffic deaths

January 14, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 14, 2010

Local and state law enforcement agencies — including the Issaquah Police Department — arrested 713 people for driving under the influence between Thanksgiving and last weekend, the Washington State Patrol announced Tuesday. The state patrol also reported no fatal collisions on King County highways during the 2009 holiday season.

Issaquah and other municipal police departments participated in stepped-up DUI patrols, known as X-52 patrols, during the holiday season. The holiday season push, conducted by the King County Holiday Enforcement Team, resulted in 256 arrests.

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UPDATE — Sports Wednesday

January 13, 2010

NEW — 2:02 p.m. Jan. 13, 2010

Spartans top Roosevelt

The Skyline High School boys basketball team shot to a 14-point first-quarter lead and held on to defeat host Roosevelt 48-43 Jan. 12 in a 4A KingCo Conference contest.

Cory Hutsen topped Skyline with 19 points and Connor Gacek added 13, as the Spartans remained tied with Garfield for first place in the Crest Division.

Skyline led 21-7 at the end of the first quarter and held a 32-19 advantage at halftime. Roosevelt made a run at the Spartans in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t catch Skyline.

In other 4A KingCo action, Issaquah fell to Ballard 65-53. The Eagles held a 28-23 lead at halftime, but Ballard roared back in the second half.

The host Beavers outscored Issaquah 20-9 in the third quarter. Joe Evans led Issaquah with 21 points.

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