City starts overnight roadwork on several streets Sunday

August 21, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Aug. 21, 2010

The city has scheduled overnight roadwork from Sunday to Thursday in order to repair cracks in several streets.

The project is not expected to cause significant traffic delays. Crews plan to work from 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.

Expect to see road crews at the following locations: Front Street North from Sunset Way to Interstate 90, Northwest Sammamish Road from 17th Avenue Northwest to two blocks west, West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast from Lakemont Boulevard Southeast to two blocks east, and Southeast 56th Street from East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast to 220th Avenue Southeast.

Coke offers cash to refresh a state park

August 21, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 21, 2010

Help a Washington state park earn nab $100,000 for upgrades from Coca-Cola.

The soda giant launched the contest as part of a campaign to encourage families to enjoy state and national parks throughout the United States.

Participants can vote as many times as they like for their favorite park by Aug. 31.

The most popular park stands to receive the $100,000 prize. America’s State Parks and the National Park Foundation shared contest information with state parks systems around the country.

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Family escapes RV fire; Interstate 90 closed for more than 30 minutes

August 20, 2010

A Washington State Patrol trooper detours traffic away from a recreational vehicle that caught fire Friday afternoon along westbound Interstate 90 near Preston. By Sebastian Moraga

NEW — 3:55 p.m. Aug. 20, 2010

Westbound Interstate 90 near Preston closed for more than 30 minutes Friday, after recreational vehicle caught fire at about 1:15 p.m.

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Local ‘Judge Judy’ rebuked in Time magazine piece

August 20, 2010

NEW — 12:05 p.m. Aug. 20, 2010

Judge Judith Eiler — the tough-talking King County District Court judge — has been reproached in a blistering piece in Time magazine.

Adam Cohen — a lawyer, former Time scribe and a past editorial board member at The New York Times — took Eiler to task for her brusque behavior on the bench.

The state Supreme Court rebuked Eiler in early August. Justices ordered Eiler to be suspended from the bench for five days without pay.

Eiler used to preside at the Issaquah Courthouse, but has since been reassigned to a district courthouse in Seattle. The court handles traffic infractions, small claims and some civil matters.

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Hearing delayed for Lake Sammamish State Park shootings suspect

August 20, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Aug. 20, 2010

The case-setting hearing for the Renton man charged in connection to the deadly Lake Sammamish State Park shootout has been delayed until Sept. 1.

David Keowongphet, 29, has pleaded not guilty to a first-degree unlawful weapons possession charge. He remains in custody at the King County Jail on $500,000 bail.

The suspect had been scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, but a judge postponed the hearing.

Keowongphet told a King County Sheriff’s Office detective he had been at the Issaquah park July 17, but left before the shootings occurred.

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Artist installs crochet exhibit in trees near Pickering Barn

August 20, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Aug. 20, 2010

Look up, into the tree branches, along Issaquah Creek near Pickering Barn. Yarn crocheted into intricate patterns stretches from trunk to trunk — a visual representation of the nearby creek.

Seattle fiber artist Mandy Greer started to install the piece — called “Mater Matrix Mother and Medium,” or “MMMM” — earlier this week. The recycled fabric and yarn stretches for 300 feet.

The city Arts Commission and the King County cultural affairs agency, 4Culture, cosponsored the installation. The work remains on display through late September.

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Metro seeks opinions on changes to Eastside service

August 20, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 20, 2010

Help King County Metro Transit plan future routes.

The transit agency needs sounding board members for the Bellevue-Redmond Transit Connections project. The effort includes Eastside routes serving Issaquah riders.

Metro could change bus routes near the corridor scheduled to be served by the RapidRide B Line, part of the new bus rapid transit service. Plans call for the B Line to run between the Bellevue and Redmond transit centers via Crossroads and Overlake starting in fall 2011. Learn more about the project here.

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Department of Natural Resources reminds campers to extinguish fires

August 19, 2010

NEW — 1 p.m. Aug. 19, 2010

The state Department of Natural Resources has been inundated by callers reporting abandoned campfires throughout King and Pierce counties — despite a statewide burn ban.

Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark reminded campers to put out fires in order to reduce the risk of wildfires. Moreover, abandoning a campfire is illegal.

“We want to thank the public for reporting costly, abandoned fires,” he said in a statement released Thursday. “These fires need to be properly put out before they turn into large fires that could place innocent families and property at risk.”

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Julius Boehm Pool to close for a week starting Sunday

August 19, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Aug. 19, 2010

The city plans to close Julius Boehm Pool from Sunday to Aug. 29 for cleaning and maintenance.

The pool is due to reopen Aug. 30.

King County built the pool in 1972 under the Forward Thrust program — a series of bonds passed in 1968 and 1970 to fund parks, recreation facilities, roads and other infrastructure.

The pool had a 25-year life expectancy. Julius Boehm Pool opened when Issaquah had about 3,000 residents. The city has about 27,000 residents nowadays.

The county transferred the pool to city ownership in 1994.

Jamba Juice offers smoothies for a buck Thursday

August 19, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 19, 2010

Jamba Juice offers a chance for customers to put some zing into their daily routines Thursday.

The chain has coffee and tea smoothies for $1. The offer is limited to one per customer.

Jamba Juice has stores in Issaquah at 6160 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E. and inside Safeway at 735 N.W. Gilman Blvd.

Jamba Juice has ramped up special offers since McDonald’s started offering fruit smoothies last month.

The smoothie chain responded in a tongue-in-cheek promotion for a fictional Cheeseburger Chill smoothie — the unappetizing result of blending a burger and ice.

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