Enter trail photography contest for chance to win prizes

September 18, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Sept. 18, 2010

The Washington Trails Association is holding its eighth annual Northwest Exposure photo contest. Photographers who capture award-winning photos from Washington’s trails have a chance to win a tour of Mount Rainier with a naturalist guide, a Snoqualmie snowshoe trek or a Woodinville wine tour with EverGreen Escapes.

Photographers can also win Lowepro camera bags and photography books.

The contest has five main entries: wild landscapes, flora and fauna, hikers in action, families on trail and offbeat photos. Photographers can submit one photo per entry.

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Police probe link between Seattle and state park shootings

September 18, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 18, 2010

The shooting of a man in Seattle early Friday morning has prompted police to search for a possible link between the incident and the deadly shootout at Lake Sammamish State Park in July.

Seattle police responded to a report of shots fired at 2:53 a.m. Friday at a South Seattle apartment building. Officers located a man in his late teens or early 20s with a gunshot wound to the face.

Police discovered the man inside his ground-floor apartment; he appears to have been shot through an open window by someone outside.

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September 17, 2010

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Patriots win second straight soccer match

September 17, 2010

NEW —12:20 p.m. Sept. 17, 2010

The Liberty High School girls soccer team is off to a great start in 3A/2A KingCo Conference action. The Patriots won their second game of the week Thursday by blanking visiting Bellevue 2-0.

Cassidy Nangle scored both goals for Liberty in the first half.

Goalkeepers Macaire Ament and Jennifer Rucker recorded the shutout.

Liberty is 2-0 in KingCo and 2-2 on the season.

In other action, it was Mercer Island 2, Juanita 1; Interlake 4, Lake Washington 3; and Mount Si 2, Sammamish 1.

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Issaquah-area senator joins governor’s Vietnam trade mission

September 17, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Sept. 17, 2010

Gov. Chris Gregoire’s trade mission to Asia has picked up a local representative: state Sen. Cheryl Pflug.

Pflug, the Issaquah-area representative in the Senate and a Republican, plans to join Gregoire and about 80 other delegates to hawk Washington products in Vietnam from Saturday to Sept. 24.

Like the other business delegates, Pflug paid for the trip herself.

The trade delegation is scheduled to visit Hanoi, the capital, and Ho Chi Minh City. Pflug plans to join the governor and Boeing executives in Hue, a city in central Vietnam, to drop off the keys to a new elementary school funded by the aircraft manufacturer.

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Cascade Water Alliance secures drinking water supply

September 17, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Sept. 17, 2010

The state Department of Ecology has OK’d a water-rights package for a future drinking water source for Issaquah residents.

The approval grants Cascade Water Alliance the authority to use a portion of the water in Lake Tapps for drinking water and, at the same time, guarantees water levels to maintain summer recreation at the popular Pierce County lake.

Department of Ecology Director Ted Sturdevant announced the agreement Thursday.

Formed in 1999 and headquartered in Bellevue, Cascade Water Alliance supplies water to more than 370,000 county residents and 22,000 businesses — or nearly 50 percent of retail water sales in King County outside of Seattle. The regional group includes the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District, Issaquah, Bellevue and other Eastside and South King County cities and water districts.

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Join Habitat in the highlands Friday to launch buildathon

September 16, 2010

NEW — 6 p.m. Sept. 16, 2010

Help local Habitat for Humanity affiliates kick off a King County buildathon Friday morning in the Issaquah Highlands.

The weeklong buildathon opens at 10:30 a.m. Friday at a Habitat for Humanity construction site in the highlands.

Tom Granger, Habitat for Humanity of East King County executive director, and Diane Gallegos, chief operating officer at the Habitat affiliate in Seattle and South King County, will join about 50 volunteers and Habitat homeowners at the launch.

Issaquah Habitat homeowner Lola Reyes will speak about her experience.

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Liberty boys cruise to cross country win

September 16, 2010

NEW — 4 p.m. Sept. 16, 2010

The Liberty High School boys cross country placed five runners in the top 10 and cruised to a 3A/2A KingCo Conference victory Wednesday at home against Interlake and Lake Washington.

Tyler Westenbroek, of Liberty, finished first in the 5,000-meter race in 18 minutes, 34 seconds. Teammate Alex Velasquez was second in 18:36. Nick Knobich and Scott Turner were fourth and fifth respectively for the Patriots and Hiron Redmond was eighth.

Liberty won the meet with a low of 20 points. Interlake was second with 35 and Lake Washington took third with 83.

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Issaquah High School to dedicate stadium to late coach Friday

September 16, 2010

NEW — 2 p.m. Sept. 16, 2010

Issaquah High School football players and school leaders will dedicate Gary Moore Stadium during halftime of the Eagles’ home opener on Friday.

The game against Ballard High School starts at 7 p.m.

Moore served a coach and teacher at the then-Issaquah Junior High School and Issaquah High School for 39 years, including 28 years as football coach.

Moore — named Coach of the Year by the National High School Coaches Association in 1984 — led the team to three King County championships. The former coach died at 68 of a stroke in September 2008.

Issaquah School Board members OK’d the stadium name change last year.

Mayor hires Ohio official as Issaquah city administrator

September 16, 2010

NEW — 9:55 a.m. Sept. 16, 2010

Robert Harrison

The next Issaquah city administrator is a plainspoken Midwesterner and the longtime city manager of a Cincinnati suburb.

Robert “Bob” Harrison — the city manager in Wyoming, Ohio, for the last 12 years — has accepted the No. 2 position at Issaquah City Hall.

Harrison, 42, emerged as a leading candidate last week during closed-door interviews with community leaders and city department chiefs. Mayor Ava Frisinger announced the appointment Thursday morning, and the appointment heads to the City Council for confirmation Monday.

Harrison is due to start in Issaquah on Oct. 11.

“I am thrilled to appoint Bob as our next administrator,” Frisinger said in a statement. “His dedication to environmental excellence, fiscal stewardship and community involvement — demonstrated by his impressive career in city administration — are a great match for our community.”

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