Issaquah representatives oppose state budget cuts

December 11, 2010

NEW — 6 p.m. Dec. 11, 2010

State Rep. Glenn Anderson and state Sen. Steve Litzow opposed the deep spending cuts state legislators passed Saturday during a one-day special session to address a $1.1 billion budget shortfall.

The cuts — and additional reductions ordered by Gov. Chris Gregoire — should reduce the $1.1 billion shortfall by about $700 million. Anderson described the cuts as inadequate to address long-term budget deficits.

The reductions trim funding for K-12 and higher education, the state Department of Corrections and social service programs.

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Ellen DeGeneres features Issaquah company in holiday giveaway

December 11, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Dec. 11, 2010

The holiday season is a little bit merrier for the team at Springfree Trampoline.

Comedienne Ellen DeGeneres featured the Issaquah-based company Friday on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” during a lavish holiday giveaway. (Watch for the Springfree Trampoline at about the five-minute mark.)

“This will have you jumping for joy — literally,” DeGeneres said as she announced the gift to a screaming studio audience.

Guests also received a gift card to download the entire Beatles catalog on iTunes, a Nintendo Wii and more. But the trampoline caught the host’s attention.

“I am so excited,” DeGeneres continued. “That is the coolest thing. That is such good exercise and it is so much fun. I haven’t done that since I was a kid.”

Department of Transportation rolls out mini-sanders

December 11, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Dec. 11, 2010

The state Department of Transportation has rolled out another tool to combat ice and snow: eight mini-sanders.

Crews installed hopper sanders into two pickups, so the trucks can each carry a half-ton of sand. The agency has plans to install a third hopper on another pickup.

Plans call for five other trucks to be equipped with tailgate-mounted sanders that can carry nine cubic yards of sand

Transportation planners hope the smaller trucks can travel to difficult-to-reach spots.

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Band hosts holiday benefit concert Saturday

December 10, 2010

NEW — 2 p.m. Dec. 10, 2010

The pop-rock band Radumus hosts a benefit concert Saturday for the King County branch of the Toys for Tots Foundation.

The benefit — called Radumubash — is scheduled for 7-10 p.m. Saturday at The Last Supper Club, 124 S. Washington St., Seattle. Donate unwrapped toys and cash to the Toys for Tots Foundation at the show. The cost is $10 at the door or $5 with a toy to donate.

Radumus has local connections. Some band members reside in the Issaquah area. The band also played a schoolwide anti-bullying event at Liberty High School last year.

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Issaquah, Liberty gymnasts come up short in openers

December 10, 2010

NEW — 11 a.m. Dec. 10, 2010

The Issaquah High School and Liberty gymnastics teams took on some perennial powers Thursday as they opened their KingCo Conference seasons.

Issaquah placed third in a 4A KingCo meet with heavyweights Newport and Woodinville, both who usually rank among the state’s top teams. Newport, which won 3A state titles 2008,2007 and 2006 before moving to the 4A level, finished first in the meet with 168.65 points. The Knights just edged out Woodinville, which has won the last four 4A state titles.The Falcons were second with 165.2 points. Issaquah, the 3A state champion from 2002-04, was third with 161.6 points.

“We did better than we expected. We opened the season with our toughest meet of the season. I was really pleased with the way our team performed,” Issaquah coach Ryan Fleisher said.

Olivia Goree, of Issaquah, took third all-around with a 34.8. She also placed first on the balance beam with a 9.5. Teammate AJ Bowers took first on the vault with a 9.0.

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Issaquah flooding is possible during rain-soaked weekend

December 10, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Dec. 10, 2010

National Weather Service forecasters in Seattle issued a flood watch from Saturday afternoon to Monday afternoon for all Western Washington counties.

Forecasters expect a Pineapple Express system to dump 1 to 3 inches of rainfall in the lowlands and 3 to 8 inches in the mountains. (The phenomenon is so named because the moisture-laden system originates above the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii.)

In addition, the snow level is predicted to climb to 8,000 feet during the same period. Snowmelt could accompany the rainfall and further swell creeks and rivers.

Forecasters said even small streams could overflow if the rain is heavy enough. Localized flooding is also a possibility.

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Catch a free noir flick Saturday at the Issaquah Train Depot

December 10, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 10, 2010

The popular film series at the Issaquah Train Depot returns Saturday.

Films @ the Train Depot! — sponsored by the city Arts Commission and the King County cultural agency, 4Culture — plans a free screening at 7 p.m. Saturday at the historic depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N.

Filmgoers should batten down the hatches for “The Lady from Shanghai” — the Orson Welles-directed tale about Mike O’Hara (Welles), a crewmember on a yacht. Sparks fly between O’Hara and a married woman, Rosalie (Rita Hayworth). The hall-of-mirrors sequence at the end of the film is classic Welles.

Since the Films @ the Train Depot! program launched in October 2009, it has featured a series of train-themed films, films set in Washington and noir classics.

State Supreme Court rules against increased funding for special education

December 9, 2010

NEW — 4 p.m. Dec. 9, 2010

Washington’s school districts won’t be seeing any extra funding for special education programs anytime soon.

The state Supreme Court ruled on the School Districts’ Alliance for Adequate Funding of Special Education v. State on Thursday, deciding in an 8-1 vote that the alliance did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the state under funds special education.

The Issaquah School District helped spearhead the lawsuit in 2004, joining 11 other districts that also called into question how the state pays for special education.

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‘Anne of Green Gables’ is in line to exceed Village Theatre sales record

December 9, 2010

NEW — 3:15 p.m. Dec. 9, 2010

The musical “Anne of Green Gables” is on track to beat the Village Theatre sales record for original musicals, the Issaquah theater announced Thursday.

The stage adaptation of the classic novel could beat the sales record “Million Dollar Quartet” set at the theater in 2007. “Million Dollar Quartet” debuted in September 2007, and then opened in Chicago a year later and on Broadway in April 2010.

“Anne of Green Gables” had sold more than 24,800 tickets — including season tickets — by Monday, less than a month after the production premiered. The show runs in Issaquah through Jan. 2 and then in Everett from Jan. 7-30.

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Issaquah girls overcome Woodinville in league opener

December 9, 2010

NEW — 2:45 p.m. Dec. 9, 2010

The veteran Issaquah High School girls basketball team, which has seven seniors on it, seemed to have some uncharacteristic jitters in the Eagles’ Wednesday 4A KingCo Conference opener at Woodinville. Issaquah had 10 turnovers in the first quarter and fell behind by as many as 14 points in the first half.

But the Eagles regained their composure in the second half and rallied for 70-56 victory.

Leading the way for Issaquah was newcomer Sabrina Norton, a 5-foot-10 junior. Norton, a transfer from Santa Monica, Calif., scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds in her Issaquah debut.

Issaquah trailed 21-7 early in the second quarter but cut its deficit to five points by halftime after Taryn Holmes connected on a pair of 3-pointers.

Issaquah went on a 8-2 run early in the third quarter to surge ahead. The Eagles led by 11 at the end of the third period and never looked back.

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