Find fresh Christmas trees at King County farms

December 4, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Dec. 4, 2010

Pick the perfect Christmas tree — and help support a King County farmer at the same time.

Puget Sound Fresh has encouraged revelers to buy trees from local farms. Purchasing Christmas trees and holiday greens from local farms helps agriculture to remain a part of the local economy and landscape into the future.

Find the Enchanted Winds Tree Farm and Noel Trees Limited near Issaquah. Find a list of tree farms in the Evergreen State here.

Each farm offers something to make the experience special, like hot cider or cocoa, baked goods, pony rides, gifts or a visit from the all-important North Pole guest.

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Cascade Water Alliance offers conservation message — and freebies

December 4, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 4, 2010

Learn how to conserve water — and pick up free high-efficiency shower heads and aerators — as the Cascade WaterSense Road Show comes to Issaquah.

The award-winning conservation program arrives at PCC Natural Market, 1810 12th Ave. N.W., from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

In October, the federal Environmental Protection Agency named the alliance as the WaterSense Promotional Partner of the Year for the program.

The alliance joined retailers and plumbers to promote water efficiency and rebated more than 3,000 WaterSense-labeled toilets for households and businesses. WaterSense is a labeling system used to denote water-efficient products.

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Teen sets world record — for crab walking / Dec. 3, 2010

December 3, 2010

Skyline boys basketball team nips Renton

December 3, 2010

NEW — 11:25 a.m. Dec. 3, 2010

Bryan Cikatz scored a game-high 23 points Thursday to lead the Skyline High School boys basketball team to a 48-47 come-from-behind victory against Renton in the opening round of the Les Schwab Tipoff Classic at Kentwood High School.

Skyline, which was missing some key players who are on the football team, trailed 31-23 at halftime. The Spartans outscored Renton 25-16 in the second half to pull out their season-opening victory.

Will Parker added 13 points for Skyline.

Darren Briggs topped Renton with 18 points.

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Simone brothers take pride in each other’s success

December 3, 2010

NEW — 11:15 a.m. Dec. 3, 2010

As the clock expired, Jordan Simone looked into the stands.

Skyline High School’s football team had just finished off a 35-34 come-from-behind victory over Curtis in the Class 4A semifinals and the senior wanted to find his brother. Gino was about 10 rows back on the 45-yard line.

They made eye contact and pointed at each other. It was a simple signal between state champions, former teammates but, more important that anything else, siblings.

“That was a really powerful moment for me,” said Gino, a receiver for Washington State who won state titles with Skyline in 2007 and 2008.

Later, down near the field, Gino hugged his younger brother.

“I’m so proud of you,” he said.

Jordan finished the game with eight catches for 165 yards and made several key defensive plays, leading the Spartans (12-1) back to the state-title game for the fourth consecutive season. Skyline faces Spokane’s Ferris (13-0) at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.

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Discover ‘Weird Washington’ at Costco book signing Sunday

December 3, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 3, 2010

Sasquatch and strange folklore abound Sunday as “Weird Washington” author Al Eufrasio autographs books at Costco.

Eufrasio is scheduled to inscribe books from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sunday at the Issaquah warehouse, 1801 10th Ave. N.W. “Weird Washington” is the 25th book in a series chronicling quirks from coast to coast.

The guidebook to oddball Evergreen State lore encompasses haunted houses and roadside attractions, including the iconic Hat ‘n’ Boots — a former gas station in Seattle. The whopping Western wear has since been relocated to a Seattle park.

“Weird Washington” also chronicles chilling and curious moments in Issaquah history.

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Issaquah middle school students scheduled for half-day Friday

December 2, 2010

NEW — 3 p.m. Dec. 2, 2010

The recent snowstorm prompted Issaquah School District administrators to make a few adjustments to the school calendar.

All middle school students in the district have a half-day on Friday. The half-day was originally scheduled for Nov. 23, but district administrators rescheduled it after school was canceled Nov. 23 and 24.

Teachers will use the half-day for administering end-of-trimester grades.

The snow days have also changed the school calendar for this spring. Students will now attend school on Friday, May 27, and the final day of school will be Thursday, June 16.

If more school days are canceled due to inclement weather, the district will hold school on June 17, 20 or 21.

Liberty girls basketball team tops Newport

December 2, 2010

NEW — 2 p.m. Dec. 2, 2010

The Liberty High School girls basketball team recorded its first victory of the season Wednesday, when the Patriots defeated host Newport 50-46 in a nonleague contest.

Liberty led 23-20 at halftime, but fell behind in the third quarter. The Patriots outscored the Knights 19-13 in the final quarter to pull out the victory.

Danni Sjolander led the Patriots with 20 points. Megan Tsutakawa added nine points for Liberty, which is 1-1.

Chanel Cambronero, of Newport, led all players with 25 points.

Liberty begins 3A/2A KingCo Conference action at 6:30 p.m. Friday by hosting Sammamish.

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DOT updates snow response priorities, plans to add mini-sanders

December 2, 2010

NEW — 1:15 p.m. Dec. 2, 2010

The state Department of Transportation and Washington State Patrol announced a plan Thursday to join forces the next time ice and snow cover roads.

The agencies announced the creation of two Joint Response Teams — a DOT snowplow and a state patrol cruiser — to be deployed to collisions involving buses, tractor-trailers and other large vehicles. The teams plan to work in the King County area.

Transportation officials also announced a plan to convert pickup trucks into mini-sanders. The smaller vehicles should be able to maneuver more easily between stopped vehicles than full-size sanders or snowplows.

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King County Metro Transit fares to rise in January

December 2, 2010

NEW — 1 p.m. Dec. 2, 2010

The fare for a King County Metro Transit bus ride rises in January.

The standard fare for adult Metro riders is scheduled for a 25-cent fare increase. Fares for other Metro products, such as passes and ticket books, also increase.

Fares also change for Access customers. The fare increases by 25 cents. The cost for a monthly pass remains at $45. Youth fares remain unchanged.

The fare changes do not impact the 75-cent fares for seniors and other people qualified for reduced fares. The cost for a monthly pass is scheduled to increase.

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