Special Olympics regional tournament is Sunday at community center

February 6, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 6, 2010

Special Olympics Washington hosts the King County Regional Basketball Tournament Feb. 7 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Issaquah Community Center.

The tournament will feature more than 800 Special Olympic athletes from the county. Teams will compete for an opportunity to advance to the Winter Games, March 5-7 in Wenatchee.

Klahanie residents ask Issaquah City Council to keep community in long-term plans

February 6, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 6, 2010

Klahanie residents asked the City Council to reconsider a still-nascent proposal to redraw a key growth map, as Issaquah officials consider annual changes to the city growth plan.

The council heard Monday from 13 Klahanie residents, who encouraged Issaquah officials not to cede the community to potential annexation by Sammamish. The residents also protested a proposal by Sammamish to take over Klahanie Park.

Proposed amendments to the city growth blueprint to evaluate the Klahanie Potential Annexation Area — about 1,200 acres spread across several subdivisions and home to about 11,000 residents — prompted residents to address the council.

But the council did not discuss the proposed amendments, and instead sent the items to the Council Land & Shore Committee for review. The committee meets 6 p.m. Monday in the Pickering Room at City Hall Northwest, 1775 12th Ave. N.W.

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Local chef to appear on TV fundraiser

February 5, 2010

NEW — 4 p.m. Feb. 5, 2010

Chris Brown, who was recently promoted to executive chef at the Issaquah Sip restaurant, has been selected to appear on KCTS 9 Chefs 2010 — a fundraising special hosted by the television station.

The program airs Feb. 6, and Brown will join a select group of local chefs who will share their favorite recipes. Brown will appear live presenting an Issaquah favorite — jidori chicken.

Sports update — Friday

February 5, 2010

NEW — 3 p.m. Feb. 5, 2010

Local athletes sign letters of intent

It was big day Feb. 3 for several local high school senior athletes as they signed national letters of intent.

Four members of Skyline High School’s Class 4A state championship football team signed letters of intent — linemen Evan Day and Jase Butorac with Eastern Washington, linebacker Anthony DeMatteo with Central Washington University, and linebacker Cooper Pelluer with the University of Washington.

Day and Butorac will join Skyline grads Jason Harris and Tyler Washburn at Eastern.

Pelluer, who had earlier verbally committed to Hawaii, changed his mind and decided to become a Husky. His father Scott was a star linebacker for Washington State University and his uncle Steve was a standout quarterback for WSU.

The list of Spartans bound for the college ranks also includes quarterback Jake Heaps, who signed his letter of intent in the fall with Brigham Young University.

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Countywide task force will envision future of mass transit

February 5, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 5, 2010

Transit riders, elected officials and representatives from business, labor, education, human services and other organizations will envision future mass transit options in King County.

King County Council members sent County Executive Dow Constantine a set of guidelines Monday to form a regional task force with 27 members from across the county.

The legislation calls on the task force to explore the county transit system and weigh factors, like efficiency, environmental impact, economic development, financial sustainability and geography. The measure sent to Constantine calls on the task force to make recommendations by September.

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Police, FBI respond to Northwest Mall Street bank robbery

February 4, 2010

NEW — 3:55 p.m. Feb. 3, 2010

A man robbed The Bank of Washington branch along Northwest Mall Street at about 2:15 p.m., authorities said.

Issaquah Police Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum said a man dressed in dark clothing robbed the bank and then fled. No employees were injured during the incident. Behrbaum did not know if any customers were in the bank, at 1250 N.W. Mall St., when the robbery occurred.

Officers responded to the scene and launched the initial investigation. Issaquah Police then contacted the FBI to handle the case, because bank robbery is a federal crime. Federal agents had not reached the bank by 3:45 p.m.

A spokesman from the bureau’s Seattle office could not be reached by 4 p.m.

Sign up to be a census taker during once-in-a-decade count

February 4, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Feb. 4, 2010

U.S. Census Bureau officials need temporary employees to help count King County residents during the decennial tally.

The temporary jobs pay $17.50 per hour, including paid training. Applicants must be 18 or older and have a valid Social Security number. Most applicants will need a valid driver’s license.

Call 866-861-2010 toll free to sign up for a 30-minute, multiple-choice basic-skills test, or take a practice test here.

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Port Blakely executives promise better communication with highlands residents

February 3, 2010

About 120 Issaquah Highlands residents attend a town hall meeting Feb. 3 at Blakely Hall to listen and discuss the state of retail development plans for the 10-year-old neighborhood. — Photo by Greg Farrar

NEW — 10:55 p.m. Feb. 3, 2010

Port Blakely Communities pledged to communicate better and more often with Issaquah Highlands residents, after company executives acknowledged a slump in contact between the highlands developer and the community.

The company hosted a meeting Thursday, where neighborhood residents quizzed executives about still-unrealized plans to bring more retail options to the hillside community.

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Spartans overcome Falcons

February 3, 2010

NEW — 11:27 a.m. Feb. 3, 2010

The Skyline High School boys basketball pulled away in the fourth quarter Feb. 2 to defeat the visiting Woodinville Falcons 52-44 in a 4A KingCo Conference contest.

Skyline’s Cory Hutsen led all players with 25 points. Teammate Kasen Williams contributed 12 points.

Woodinville led by four points in the first quarter, but Skyline came back to lead 26-23 at halftime. The Falcons reclaimed the lead in the third quarter, but the Spsrtans outscored the visitors 17-8 in the final period to win the game.

With their third straight victory, the Spartans improved their league record to 10-3. Skyline remained tied with Garfield for first place in the Crest Division. The leaders have a one-game edge on Eastlake, which whipped Inglemoor 64-58. Garfield topped Roosevelt 47-45.

In other KingCo action, Issaquah fell to visiting Bothell 57-47.

Bothell led by nine points af halftime. However, Issaquah fought back in the third quarter to pull within six points of the Cougars. Bothell was led by MIke Hartvigson, an all-league tight end in football. Hartvigson scored 19 points. Joe Evans also had 19 points for Issaquah, and Nick Price added 13 points.

A night of ‘houselessness’

February 2, 2010

When campers return, Tent City 4 comes to life after dark

The tents making up the Tent City 4 homeless community sit under street and parking lot lights in the rain Jan. 29 at Community Church of Issaquah at the beginning of a three-month layover. By Greg Farrar

5 p.m.

The gear on your back has gotten heavy on the walk up the hill to the Tent City 4 encampment. The American flag marks its entrance, as does a man working security at the front who directs you to the intake area where they check identifications and criminal backgrounds before allowing admittance. It’s reassuring, but also bothering, even though you have nothing to hide.

5:30 p.m.

You’re taken on a tour of the facility — a sea of tents for men, women and couples radiating out in circles from the common areas, like the television tent, kitchen and eating area. You can sign up for a shower and computers. Take up to six clean blankets, but change those out every two weeks to avoid bed bugs. Don’t take food to your tent if you want to keep rodents away. It’s hard reality and far from a real home, but there’s comfort in knowing others are with you.

6 p.m.

Checked in. “You’re part of the family.” Just don’t disobey any rules: Unless you’re part of a couple, men and women can’t be in the same tents; you live here, so you help out with security and community service; don’t disrespect others; and clean up your personal belongings.

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