Puget Sound Energy offers rebates to customers who upgrade

February 12, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 12, 2010

Western Washington homeowners who install energy-efficient water and heating equipment now qualify for rebates from Puget Sound Energy.

The energy provider extends rebates to both electricity and natural gas customers. The utility offers rebates and incentives for home improvements and equipment to reduce energy use and lower bills.

Many of the measures could also qualify for as much as $1,500 in federal tax credits and $100 from the state appliance rebate program for energy-efficient clothes washers.

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Issaquah woman wins $170,000 lottery jackpot

February 11, 2010

NEW — 3:42 p.m. Feb. 11, 2010

Issaquah resident Teresita Clark hit it big — $170,000 big — in the state lottery Jan. 30.

Clark, a transplant to Issaquah from the Philippines, said she plans to use the windfall to help relatives pay for college educations. Before the lotto win, Clark, a bookkeeper, helped pay for three relatives’ educations and helped support relatives in her native land for years.

“The way I see it, is if you’ve got something, you give something in return,” she said in a lottery press release.

Washington’s Lottery announced the win Thursday.

Teresita Clark poses with her oversized check for $170,000.

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Issaquah school levies, King County library measure lead in latest election results

February 10, 2010

UPDATED — 3:17 p.m. Feb. 12, 2010

Celebration was in the air as Issaquah School District officials gathered to welcome election results Tuesday.

The celebration continued Thursday with the results released at 4:30 p.m. showing district ballot measures leading with 65 percent for a maintenance and operations levy, 63 percent for a transportation levy and 65 percent for a technology and repairs levy.

If the measures pass as expected, taxpayers would pay $4.81 for every $1,000 of assessed property for the levies and the remainder of the 2006 bond.

Levy supporters gathered Tuesday night to await early results. As the numbers appeared on the King County Elections Web site just after 8 p.m., sighs of relief, high fives and victory cries erupted from partygoers.

Superintendent Steve Rasmussen thanked voters for their support.

“This campaign was a community effort and took an army of volunteers stepping up because they know it is the right thing to do for our community,” he said. “Schools are the cornerstones for thriving and wonderful communities to live in. I think this bodes well for our community because they know the value and importance of education.”

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Sports Authority gears up for spring opening; Best Buy plans to open by next winter

February 10, 2010

UPDATED — 12:08 p.m. Feb. 10, 2010

Sports Authority will open a store in the Northwest Gilman Boulevard space last occupied by Joe’s — the defunct sporting goods chain — by late spring.

Meanwhile, Best Buy has expressed interest in the former Pacific Fabrics space along East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast. City Senior Planner Jerry Lind said city officials continue to work alongside Best Buy to resolve signage issues before the electronics retailer opens a store there.

Best Buy — headquartered in Richfield, Minn. — plans to open the Issaquah store in the fall or early next year, spokeswoman Jill Nezworski said Wednesday.

Sports Authority operates several stores in the Puget Sound region, with the Crossroads Mall store in Bellevue as the closest outpost to Issaquah. The chain is based in Englewood, Colo.

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Wednesday sports update

February 10, 2010

NEW — 11:50 a.m. Feb. 10, 2010

Eagles tip Knights in OT

Very little has gone right for the Issaquah High School boys basketball team this season. There have been some tough losses, some games where the Eagles just didn’t get the breaks. However, Feb. 9, the Eagles pulled off a dramatic victory when they outlasted the host Newport Knights 61-60 in overtime.

Nick Price paced the Eagles with 25 points and Joe Evans had 14 points. Derek Wilson also contributed 12 points for the Eagles, who are 3-12 in 4A KingCo Conference play. Issaquah trailed 42-35 after three quarters but fought back in the final period to tie the game at 54-all.

The Eagles conclude their season Friday at Skyline.

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Voters favor Issaquah school levies, library measure in early election results

February 9, 2010

UPDATED — 8:25 p.m. Feb. 9, 2010

A levy package to supplement the Issaquah School District budget led overwhelmingly in results released by King County Elections on Tuesday night.

District voters appear headed to approve three levy replacement measures to supplement the district budget with more than $214 million by 2014. The package includes $172.5 million for maintenance and operations, $1.7 million for transportation and $38.4 million for technology and critical repairs.

The measures led with: 64 percent for the maintenance and operations levy, 63 percent for the transportation item and 64 percent for the technology and repairs levy.

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Issaquah Highlands developer lowers expectations for retail

February 9, 2010

About 120 Issaquah Highlands residents attend a town hall meeting Feb. 3 at Blakely Hall to hear and discuss the state of continuing retail development plans by Port Blakely Communities for the planned neighborhood. Photo by Greg Farrar

Port Blakely outlines plan for stores, holds back on timeline

The sales pitch sounded almost too good to be true.

People migrated to the Issaquah Highlands in droves, many enticed by plans for restaurants, a grocery store, a cinema, a health club — enough amenities and stores to allow them to forgo trips to Bellevue and Seattle.

The leasing brochure for The High Streets — a chic retail center planned for the highlands — promised “a highly desirable mix of internationally recognized retailers as well as distinct local favorites and neighborhood retail services.”

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Geneva Ina Campbell

February 9, 2010

Geneva Campbell

Geneva Ina Campbell died Feb. 2, 2010, surrounded by her loved ones, in her home in Renton. She was 91. Read more

Catholic schools week celebrates pride, tradition of service

February 9, 2010

Rachael Goodwin, Celeste Veitch and Gabby Recchi (from left), St. Joseph third-graders, sell cookies for 50 cents to classmates, including first-grader Megan Olson (right). The funds raised will go to relief for Haiti's earthquake victims. Below, a student shows off her sugar cookie, with one bite already eaten, for a good cause. Photos by Greg Farrar

Throngs of students filled the doorway to St. Joseph School’s cafeteria.

It’s the lunch rush and the third-grade girls manning the table hollered out the names of delectable treats for purchase like the best of auctioneers.

“What do you want?” third-grader Celeste Veitch shouted over a sea of younger students. “We have cookies, brownies, cupcakes. Let me know when you’re ready.”

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Athletes sign letters to play college ball

February 9, 2010

Liberty offensive lineman Coleton Langdon (center) poses with his parents Teri and Rich after accepting a football scholarship with Portland State University. By Tim Pfarr

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

Following Jake Heaps’ early signing with Brigham Young in December, four more Skyline High School football players committed to various colleges.

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