Two men dead, four injured after Lake Sammamish State Park shootings

July 17, 2010

Officers from four law enforcement agencies blocked the entrance to Lake Sammamish State Park after the Saturday shootings. By Warren Kagarise

Park will be closed Sunday as detectives gather evidence

UPDATED — 1:05 a.m. July 18, 2010

A shooting at a party in Lake Sammamish State Park left at least two men dead and another four men injured after gunshots shattered a summer Saturday evening.

The shootings occurred at about 9 p.m. — as dusk settled over the popular Issaquah park. Sgt. John Urquhart, King County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said investigators did not yet know if the victims had been bystanders or other shooters. Though early reports tied the shootings to gang activity, Urquhart refused to confirm details about the incident.

Urquhart said at least three of the injured men had been transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He did not know the hospital where the fourth wounded man had been taken.

By 12:30 a.m. Sunday, two of the men were in satisfactory condition at Harborview, UW Medicine spokesman Brian Donohue said. Another man was listed in serious condition.
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First salmon of the year reaches Issaquah Creek

July 17, 2010

NEW — 11:45 a.m. July 17, 2010

Issaquah Salmon Hatchery volunteers and workers have spotted the first salmon of the year in Issaquah Creek — more than a month before the fish usually arrive.

Teams confirmed a fish in the creek to be a female chinook. But the species of another fish spotted in the waterway could not be determined, though hatchery volunteers believed the fish could be a chinook.

Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery Executive Director Gestin Suttle attributed the early arrival to unseasonable rainfall and higher-than-usual flow in the creek.

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Workers start replacing Sycamore water lines

July 17, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. July 17, 2010

Crews started to replace deteriorated water mains in the Sycamore neighborhood this week.

Plans call for the Mosbrucker Excavating crews to replace about 3,500 feet of eight- and 12-inch pipe, as well as valves, water meters and fire hydrants.

Construction hours vary between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. The work requires some temporary lane closures, but access for residents will be provided during construction. Residents and landowners will be notified 48 hours in advance of anticipated water shutdowns.

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Issaquah’s population inches upward — barely

July 16, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. July 16, 2010

The number of people who moved to Issaquah last year could fit inside Pickering Barn and still have plenty of room to spare.

The annual tally from the state Office of Financial Management shows the city’s population nudged upward by 270 people last year, bringing the population to 27,160 residents. (Historic Pickering Barn holds 400 people.)

The latest population figures indicate a slowdown after a decade marked by large annexations and a housing construction boom in the Issaquah Highlands and Talus. The city ballooned by 139 percent between April 2000 and April 2009.

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Downtown street closes Saturday for soapbox derby

July 16, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. July 16, 2010

Plan ahead for a street closure in downtown Issaquah on Saturday.

Police plan to close Second Avenue Southeast from Southeast Andrews Street to Southeast Darst Street, as Issaquah Rotary Club members host the 13th annual Issaquah Rotary Challenge Gravity Car Race from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Southeast Donnelly Lane, a residential street stemming from Second Avenue Southeast, will be accessible during the closure.

The annual race allows disabled children get the feel of soapbox derby action.

Issaquah School District high schoolers get new chemistry curriculum

July 15, 2010

NEW — 1 p.m. July 15, 2010

Issaquah School District high schoolers will be greeted in their science laboratories this fall by a new chemistry book.

Issaquah School Board members unanimously voted to adopt the textbook Chemistry 2008, by Prentice Hall, at their meeting Wednesday night.

The new curriculum costs about $120,000, and was paid for with money donated to the school district from the Issaquah Schools Foundation.

The curriculum replaces one the district has been using for more than14 years. While the science of chemistry hasn’t changed in that time, the best methods for teaching it have, district spokeswoman Sara Niegowski said.

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Echo Glen Children’s Center receives solar energy grant

July 15, 2010

NEW — 10:30 a.m. July 15, 2010

Echo Glen Children’s Center — a state juvenile detention facility in Snoqualmie with education administered by the Issaquah School District — has received a grant from Puget Sound Energy for a renewable energy program.

Echo Glen has been awarded funding for a 1.5-kilowatt portable household power system, charged by an 85-watt solar module. The grant also includes funds for educational materials and teacher training. The total award comes to about $6,000.

Sunrise Elementary School in Redmond also received a grant for the system.

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Countywide speeding crackdown starts Friday

July 15, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. July 15, 2010

Issaquah police and law enforcement agencies throughout King County plan to blanket area roads with extra patrols in order to crack down on speeding.

The beefed-up enforcement starts Friday and continues through Aug. 1 as part of the Slow Down or Pay Up campaign. Safety officials said the effort ties into a statewide plan — called Target Zero — to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries on Evergreen State roads by 2030. The state Traffic Safety Commission funds the extra patrols.

“Speeding may seem like a quick and effective shortcut, but in fact it is a leading cause of traffic deaths and injuries in King County and Washington state,” Dr. David Fleming, director and health officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County, said in a news release. “Speed-related crashes harm individuals, families and communities, and many people hurt in these crashes suffer life-altering trauma and never recover fully.”

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State and King County impose summer burn bans

July 15, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. July 15, 2010

King County and the state Department of Natural Resources enacted burn bans for the entire county and all state forestlands, including Tiger Mountain State Forest.

The bans go into effect Thursday and runs until Sept. 30. The state ban supersedes all other burn bans in effect on forestlands, except federal lands.

The dual directives apply to all outdoor burning, including previously permitted burns. Residents cannot burn forest or yard waste during the ban.

Monitor the status of the ban here.

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Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill returns to Issaquah courtroom

July 14, 2010

NEW — 2:45 p.m. July 14, 2010

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill appeared in Issaquah Municipal Court on Wednesday afternoon, and the Issaquah resident will return to court next week.

Hill, facing a misdemeanor domestic violence charge, is due back in Judge N. Scott Stewart’s courtroom July 21. Attorneys handled procedural matters during the Wednesday appearance.

The charge stems from a late-night incident April 10, when Issaquah police arrested Hill, 27, 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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