Issaquah officers honored for anti-drunken driving patrols

June 5, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. June 5, 2010

Four Issaquah police officers received special recognition Tuesday for efforts to make local and county roads safer.

King County leaders honored Issaquah officers Andy Rohrbach, Ryan Raulerson, Brian Horn and Tom Griffith, as well as other officers, deputies and troopers for efforts to reduce fatal traffic accidents.

The officers from the Issaquah Police Department and 27 other local law enforcement agencies received plaudits for efforts to reduce drunken driving through X-52 patrols — enhanced DUI enforcement. Rohrbach coordinates the DUI patrol emphasis for the Issaquah Police Department.

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City outlines ideal candidate for next administrator

June 4, 2010

NEW — 5 p.m. June 4, 2010

The next city administrator should be organized and innovative, someone with experience in mid-sized city and, oh yeah, a sense of humor.

Prothman Co. — the Bellevue consultant conducting the search — has posted the profile online. The document details the salary — $124,500 to $158,916, plus benefits — and the projects the next administrator will oversee. Potential candidates must apply by July 11. Mayor Ava Frisinger hopes to hire the next administrator by October.

The profile describes the ideal candidate as someone with “an appropriate sense of humor as well as a flexible ‘can-do’ attitude.”

In other words, the city seeks someone a lot like the former city administrator, the affable Leon Kos. The longtime administrator retired April 30 after 33 years in the role. Deputy City Administrator Joe Meneghini has served as acting city administrator since then. Meneghini has said he does not want the permanent post.

The consultant interviewed Frisinger, City Council members, city department chiefs and community leaders in order to shape the profile.

Relay for Life returns Saturday

June 4, 2010

UPDATED — 3 p.m. June 4, 2010

The Issaquah Relay for Life is Saturday and Sunday with teams walking around the track for an 18-hour period.

“The 18 hours represents the typical period of cancer treatment where patients frequently have sleepless nights,” co-chair Stacy Strickland explained.

Last year, 80 teams participated, with about 60 percent of those high school and middle school students. They raked in $220,000.

“So many have been touched by cancer, but the bad economic times don’t care about cancer,” she said. “So, it’s so refreshing to see how many still provide donations.”

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ArtWalk returns Friday evening

June 3, 2010

NEW — 6 p.m. June 3, 2010

Head to ArtWalk Issaquah from 5-9 p.m. Friday in Gilman Village and downtown Issaquah.

Downtown’s live music includes Background Noise at the Hailstone Feed Store, and Fridrich and the Something at the library. Gilman Village features Nick Drummond, formerly of The Senate, and the original world music of Hejira.

In addition, artEAST presents two art exhibits:

  • “Linear Progression: An Unconventional Approach to Line,” featuring local artists Etsuko Ichikawa, Margie Livingston, Carol Milne, Milenko Matanovic and June Sekiguchi, at Up Front [art], 48 Front St. N.
  • The artEAST Art Center at Lewis Hardware, 95 Front St. N., with hopes of the old vacated store becoming a future exhibit showcase space for local artists.

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Wet weather hinders undercrossing construction

June 3, 2010

NEW — 3 p.m. June 3, 2010

Rain has slowed construction on the Interstate 90 Undercrossing and, because soil at the site is sensitive to moisture, crews must take care to manage storm water runoff and prevent soil erosion.

During Memorial Day weekend, the city monitored storm water runoff from the site. The results showed low levels of turbidity, or murkiness from soil and other particles — well below the threshold required for corrective action by city code. Runoff turbidity levels remained low this week.

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Harley Canaday

June 3, 2010

NEW — 2:19 p.m. June 3, 2010

Harley Canaday, of Sammamish, died at his home May 24, 2010. He was 61.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. June 5 at Flintoft’s Issaquah Funeral Home, 540 E. Sunset Way. A reception will follow at Harley and Donela’s home, 19915 S.E. 25th Place, Sammamish.

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Teachers, educational assistants reach tentative contract agreement with school district

June 3, 2010

NEW — 12:10 p.m. June 3, 2010

Issaquah School District and union officials have reached a tentative contract for teachers and educational assistants.

The tentative agreements were reached May 27 for educational assistants and Tuesday for teachers.

Few details are known about the agreements, because they have yet to be ratified by union members and the school board.

However, both unions’ members will meet before the end of the school year to review the contracts, a district press release stated. If the contracts are approved, they will go to Issaquah School Board members for approval.

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Volunteers needed for Issaquah Triathlon

June 3, 2010

NEW — 7 a.m. June 3, 2010

Issaquah Triathlon organizers need volunteers to hand out packets to participants, man water stations, set up courses and handle other tasks before, during and after the Saturday event.

The triathlon kicks off Saturday morning at Lake Sammamish State Park.

Organizers need about 250 volunteers to help put on the event. The biggest need: volunteers to marshal the race and keep athletes safe and on track. Find a complete list of volunteer opportunities here.

Organizers expect more than 1,000 athletes are expected to compete in the 10th annual event.

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Bring heirlooms and oddities to ‘treasure’ roadshow

June 3, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. June 3, 2010

Clean out the attic and dig in the jewelry box as modern-day treasure hunters descend on Issaquah.

Treasure Hunters Roadshow rolled into town Tuesday, and antique and collectible experts will be available through Saturday to talk about heirlooms and, perhaps, some hidden gems.

Find the roadshow at Hilton Garden Inn, 1800 N.W. Gilman Blvd. The event runs from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. through Thursday and 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday. Call 217-726-7590 for more information. Learn more about the event here.

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Village Theatre musical ‘Stunt Girl’ readies for Big Apple debut

June 2, 2010

NEW — 1:35 p.m. June 2, 2010

“Stunt Girl” — a musical account of groundbreaking journalist Nellie Bly — will become the latest Village Theatre production to make the journey from Issaquah to New York City.

The musical will receive a reading at the Manhattan Theatre Club on Monday. “Stunt Girl” premiered at Village Theatre last March.

Issaquah native Brian Yorkey — the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and lyricist behind another Village Theatre original musical, “Next to Normal” — will direct the “Stunt Girl” reading.

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