Take steps to keep seniors cool as temperatures climb

July 10, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. July 10, 2010

Seniors can be especially vulnerable to high temperatures, so public health officials urge King County residents to check up on elderly neighbors and relatives as the mercury climbs.

Older adults, young children and people with mental illness and chronic diseases face the highest risk of heat-related illness. Find tips to beat the heat from Public Health – Seattle & King County here.

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Meet author of historic food chronicle Wednesday

July 10, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. July 10, 2010

Meet Andrew Beahrs, author of “Twain’s Feast: Searching for America’s Lost Foods in the Footsteps of Samuel Clemens,” at the Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

“Twain’s Feast” takes a trek across America to rediscover eight forgotten local specialties from Mark Twain’s fantasy menu of American dishes he composed on a tour of Europe in 1879. Talk to the author about how the book instills excitement about both old and new American food, and shines a light on the history of a nation Twain thought was young, full-hearted and generous.

Beahrs received his Master of Arts in anthropology-archaeology from the University of Virginia and his Master of Fine Arts in fiction from Spalding University. He has written two novels, and his work has appeared in The New York Times and many other newspapers, magazines and chronicles.

Congressman talks trade during Issaquah stop

July 9, 2010

NEW — 6:25 p.m. July 9, 2010

Congressman Dave Reichert emphasized trade as a prescription to revive the stalled economy during a meeting with Issaquah business leaders Friday afternoon.

Reichert, a Republican and a former King County sheriff, stopped at Blakely Hall in the Issaquah Highlands for a 90-minute discussion about how recent federal legislation affects businesses.

The congressman called on the federal government to make ports in trade-dependent Washington more attractive to businesses, because, he added after the Issaquah meeting, the state cannot afford to lose trade to ports in neighboring British Columbia.

“If our ports start to lose business, the businesses here that are supported by importing and exporting goods will begin to falter,” he said.

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County expands Mental Health Court to Issaquah

July 9, 2010

NEW — 12:30 p.m. July 9, 2010

King County plans to expand Mental Health Court — a groundbreaking program launched in the aftermath of a tragedy — to Issaquah by late July.

Launched as a pilot program in February 1999, the court uses a team approach to place defendants in treatment for mental illness. Supporters said the program bridges the gap between the mental health treatment and criminal justice systems.

The court accepts mentally ill misdemeanor offenders, and then monitors them during court-ordered treatment. Participants waive a trial and agree to participate in treatment.

The court assigns a team — including a judge, prosecutor, public defender, treatment court liaison and probation officers — to monitor defendants throughout the process. Participants can be jailed for straying from the program.

District Court and elected officials announced the expansion Friday at the Issaquah Courthouse.

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Lakeside baseball tops Titans

July 9, 2010

NEW — 11:10 a.m. July 9, 2010

Shane Yarnell and Spencer Rogers, who were standouts for Issaquah High School’s baseball team this spring, came through for Lakeside Recovery on Thursday, when they led the Senior American Legion squad to a 7-5 victory against the Twin City Titans in the Brandy Pugh Memorial Tournament at Bellevue’s Bannerwood Park.

Yarnell recovered from a tough first inning when he surrendered four runs to pitch a complete game. He struck out four batters.

Rogers drove in two runs for Lakeside Recovery. Kyle Goemmer, of Newport, also had two hits for Lakeside Recovery.

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Liberty High School threat investigation continues

July 9, 2010

NEW — 11 a.m. July 9, 2010

After a death threat appeared on a restroom wall at Liberty High School on June 23, the Issaquah School District and King County Sheriff’s Office continue their investigation into who may be responsible.

The writer threatened to bring a gun to school Oct. 27 “and shoot everybody,” police said in describing the pencil-written message.

Liberty Principal Mike Deletis e-mailed members of the school community Thursday, following a newspaper article about the incident.

“Because we always take such messages seriously, we immediately contacted the King County Sheriff’s Office,” he wrote. “Police officials launched an investigation, and we are working closely with them as they determine the credibility of the threat and try to identify the person who left the message.”

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Overnight blaze damages Chinese restaurant

July 9, 2010

UPDATED — 4:45 p.m. July 9, 2010

Flames damaged a Chinese restaurant along Northwest Gilman Boulevard early Friday morning.

Eastside Fire & Rescue crews responded to a small fire at Cascade Garden, 1580 N.W. Gilman Blvd., at about 1:15 a.m.

Owner Andy Liu was cleaning up the restaurant the afternoon after the fire. He said he had closed the restaurant at about 10 the previous night.

“I made sure everything was cleaned before I left last night. I didn’t smell anything,” he said. “I got a call at 1:45 in the morning. I showed up and saw the fire trucks.”

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Sculpture exhibition atop Cougar Mountain opens Saturday

July 9, 2010

Shirley Wiebe, of Vancouver, British Columbia, builds her ‘Broken Arrow’ sculpture Thursday at Radar Park on Cougar Mountain, as Center on Contemporary Art Curator David Francis stops by to see her progress. By Greg Farrar

NEW — 6 a.m. July 9, 2010

Sculptures sprouted in the Issaquah Alps on Thursday, as artists assembled a temporary exhibition at a trailhead and a defunct missile base atop Cougar Mountain.

King County Parks and Recreation collaborated with Seattle’s Center on Contemporary Art to install more than a dozen sculptures at Anti-Aircraft Peak and the Sky Country Trailhead in Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.

The temporary exhibition — called “Overgrowth & Understory” — runs from Saturday until Oct. 2. The parks department and CoCA plan a public reception at Anti-Aircraft Peak from 3-5 p.m. Saturday.

Though park goers can take up to four hours to see the entire exhibition, a shorter walking tour can be accomplished in as few as 15 minutes.

Before the county turned the land into a park, the U.S. Army maintained a Nike Ajax missile site on the mountain to protect the Puget Sound region from possible Soviet attack — hence the name Anti-Aircraft Peak.

Curtain falls for 97-year-old First Stage Theatre

July 8, 2010

Demolition crews take down the last piece of the frontier-era First Stage Theatre on Thursday afternoon. By Kirsten Johnson

NEW — 4:15 p.m. July 8, 2010

Crews brought down the outdated, frontier-era First Stage Theatre on Thursday afternoon, as Village Theatre readies to build a modern facility on the same downtown Issaquah site.

Foushée & Associates, a Bellevue builder, started to disassemble the building in late June, and completed the task Thursday. Before the teardown, workers salvaged material from the old theater to be used in the planned building.

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Baltimore Orioles sign Skyline High School grad

July 8, 2010

NEW — 12:50 p.m. July 8, 2010

The Baltimore Orioles recently signed former Skyline High School baseball standout Brad Decater. He was the Orioles’ 36th round pick in this year’s amateur baseball draft.

Decater is playing for the Bluefield Orioles in Bluefield, W.Va. The team is part of the Rookie Appalachian League. He has appeared in 11 games and is hitting .263.

Last spring, Decater played at California State University, Northridge.

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