City Council picks builder for state Route 900 trail link

June 12, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. June 12, 2010

The planned trail connector across Interstate 90 at state Route 900 inched closer to reality Monday, after the City Council awarded a nearly $5.3 million contract to build the link.

The council selected the lowest bidder, Issaquah contractor C. A. Carey Corp. Grants — including $400,000 from Sound Transit — offset most of the project cost. The city contributed about $341,000 toward the link. Construction should start in July. Construction should last about eight months.

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Lewis Hardware store could become downtown arts center

June 11, 2010

NEW — 7:58 p.m. June 11, 2010

ArtEAST members have signed a letter of intent to lease Lewis Hardware for a future arts center.

Lease negotiations will proceed with the building’s owners in the next week, artEAST Executive Director Karen Abel said.

The group started a grassroots fundraising operation prior to the June 4 Issaquah ArtWalk to raise $20,000 needed to proceed with signing the lease. The group raised that well in advance of their June 11 deadline, thanks to generous donations from the community, Abel said.

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Help wrangle goats in the highlands Saturday

June 11, 2010

NEW — 2:05 p.m. June 11, 2010

Herders will unload goats in the Issaquah Highlands on Saturday morning, and the homeowners association needs volunteer wranglers to guide the rented ruminants from the trailer to the forage area.

The goats will be unloaded at about 11 a.m. Saturday near 28th Avenue Northeast and Northeast Julep Street, and then start munching invasive plants and unruly grasses. Temporary fences will separate wranglers and ruminants during the brief jaunt. No, the goats don’t bite.

Contact Russ Ayers, Issaquah Highlands Community Association landscape manager, at, to learn more.

On the heels — or hooves, rather — of a successful goat landscaping effort last summer, the association rented ruminant landscapers again. Herds from Vashon Island and Eastern Washington chomped across highlands hillsides last summer.

Seattle Seahawks linebacker could face July trial

June 11, 2010

UPDATED — 2:35 p.m. June 11, 2010

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill could stand trial in Issaquah Municipal Court next month for a domestic violence charge.

Hill faces a misdemeanor assault charge related to the April 10 incident. During a brief appearance Friday morning Hill stood alongside his attorney as the court set the date for another procedural hearing. Hill will appear again before Judge N. Scott Stewart on July 14. The court also set a readiness date of July 23, essentially a meeting for the parties to determine if a trial should proceed. If a trial proceeds, it would likely be held in the last week of July.

Issaquah police arrested Hill after a late-night domestic incident at his Talus home. Officers said a dispute occurred between Hill and his then-girlfriend. Police said the woman had marks and injuries consistent with assault; she told police Hill caused the injuries.

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Enter to win a classic Mustang at Lake Sammamish State Park on Saturday

June 11, 2010

NEW — 7 a.m. June 11, 2010

The Jockey Classic Road Trip, celebrating all things classic, stops in Issaquah on its cross-country journey during Tastin’ n Racin’.

The tour vehicle, a 1965 Ford Mustang convertible, pulling a small Airstream Caravel trailer, will be on display from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday at Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road.

Visitors can win the Mustang convertible and take home free Jockey Classic products and coupons.

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Win free burritos during the World Cup

June 11, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. June 11, 2010

Chipotle plans to give away burritos by the box to mark the start of the World Cup on Friday.

The restaurant in Issaquah and 10 others in the Evergreen State will participate in the soccer-themed giveaway: 11 stores multiplied by six giveaways equals 66 winners. Find the complete list of restaurants here.

The winners will take home 10 burritos, bags of chips, sides of sour cream, fresh guacamole and medium green salsa to share — a tasty treat for celebrating soccer in South Africa.

Customers can enter starting Friday. Drawings will be conducted July 1-2, 5-6 and 9-10.

State Rep. Glenn Anderson announces re-election bid as deadline nears

June 10, 2010

UPDATED — 7:40 a.m. June 11, 2010

Candidates to represent Issaquah in Olympia readied campaign plans as the Friday deadline to file for election approached.

State Rep. Glenn Anderson announced his campaign late Thursday, a week after Democrat Dean Willard kicked off his bid for the seat. Anderson, a Fall City Republican, has held the 5th Legislative District post for a decade.

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Man beaten in Issaquah incident faces rape charge

June 10, 2010

NEW — 3:55 p.m. June 10, 2010

The man beaten into a coma after a reported rape at a downtown Issaquah house last month has been charged with rape.

Steven McCanless, a 31-year-old Kirkland resident, faces a second-degree rape charge in King County Superior Court. Prosecutors said he touched a 22-year-old woman inappropriately and, after she recounted the incident to a friend, her husband and another man beat McCanless with a brick and a rubber mallet.

Issaquah officers responded to a reported rape at a residence in the 400 block of Northeast Birch Street at about 2 a.m. May 23. Officers discovered McCanless, beaten and bloody, on the floor. Police later recovered the broken, bloodstained mallet.

McCanless suffered a broken jaw and left eye socket, sinus injuries and blood on the brain. He spent at least part of the week after the attack in a coma at Harborview Medical Center.

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Micro-earthquake occurs near Issaquah

June 10, 2010

NEW — 9:25 a.m. June 10, 2010

The ground beneath Issaquah shook Wednesday, though most residents did not feel the tiny temblor.

University of Washington seismologists said the magnitude 1.1 micro-earthquake occurred at 2:29 p.m. Wednesday, about four miles east of Issaquah. The quake struck at a depth of five miles. Such small quakes rarely cause structural damage.

Find more information about the temblor at the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, based at the UW.

East Sunset Way construction starts

June 10, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. June 10, 2010

Construction has started to widen the East Sunset Way approach to Interstate 90.

State Department of Transportation crews will widen the street from Sixth Avenue Northeast to the interstate — about 1,000 feet of road.

Plans call for a wider roadway and a sidewalk to be added. Crews will also remove concrete barriers alongside the narrow lanes. The temporary support wall for the roadway will be replaced with a permanent support.

The project could cause dozens of lane closures. Though the DOT has permission to work after hours, crews must provide notice to the city and take steps to reduce noise. Lane closures should be limited to single lanes during off-peak hours. Pedestrian access near the interchange will remain available during construction.

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