Councilman enlisted to envision future of mass transit

February 27, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 27, 2010

King County Executive Dow Constantine appointed Issaquah City Councilman Fred Butler to the new Regional Transit Task Force meant to advise county leaders on the future of Metro Transit services.

The executive announced the appointment and 27 others Monday. The panel includes elected officials and representatives from business, labor, education and human service agencies, as well as Metro riders.

Constantine also appointed AtWork! Chief Development Officer Jane Kuechle to the group. The nonprofit organization operates a recycling facility in Issaquah. AtWork! helps people with disabilities learn marketable skills and find and maintain jobs.

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Skyline boys win KingCo basketball title

February 26, 2010

NEW — 10:55 p.m. Feb. 26, 2010

The Skyline boys basketball team is the KingCo champ for the first time in school history.

The Spartans beat Lake Washington 52-42 in front of a packed house at Juanita High School Feb. 26. Skyline led the entire game after the first five minutes.

“Since we were all in the sixth grade, we dreamed of hanging a banner on the wall,” said senior forward Cory Hutsen as the team and fans celebrated on the court.

Three-sport standout Kasen Williams dominated in the paint, snatching rebounds from the reach of the Kangaroos’ looming 6-foot-10 center, Darien Nelson-Henry.

“We knew if we didn’t come out as hard as we could, they would jump all over it,” Williams said.

Williams finished with a game-high 13 points and Hutsen had 12. Skyline’s Connor Gacek scored 12 as well.

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Gloria Teresa Scholl Seiler

February 26, 2010

NEW — 12:21 p.m. Feb. 26, 2010

Gloria Teresa Scholl Seiler died Monday, Feb. 1, 2010, in Issaquah. She was 85.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Feb. 27 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Issaquah. Private interment will be in New Orleans.

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Eagles face playoff for state berth

February 26, 2010

NEW — 10:20 a.m. Feb. 26, 2010

The Issaquah High School girls basketball team cleared a big hurdle Feb. 25, but the Eagles still have one more obstacle to overcome to qualify for next week’s 4A state tournament.

Issaquah, 20-4, captured the 4A KingCo Conference’ s No. 3 berth with 52-48 victory against Eastlake in a loser-out game at Juanita High School. The Eagles play at Evergreen, of Vancouver, at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 in a loser-out, winner to state contest.

Maddey Pflaumer scored 17 points to lead a balanced Issaquah offense against Eastlake. Domi Mendezona and Mackenzie Schiltz each contributed 13 points as the Eagles beat Eastlake for the third time in four meetings this season. All of the games were close. Eastlake defeated Issaquah last week in the first round of the KingCo tournament.

Issaquah led 20-18 after the first quarter and stretched its lead to six points by halftime.

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Issaquah officials want Klahanie Park decision to hinge on growth

February 26, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 26, 2010

City officials called Thursday for decisions about adding Klahanie Park to the municipal parks system to be made alongside long-term growth agreements.

Members of the Council Services & Safety Committee discussed the park Thursday night. The committee followed a recommendation from the city administration to weigh decisions about the park in conjunction with potential Klahanie annexations in mind.

Although Klahanie and nearby neighborhoods border Issaquah and Sammamish, the area is included only in long-term growth plans for Issaquah. Officials from both cities will discuss the issue and others at a March 9 joint meeting.

City officials also encouraged King County to forge a maintenance agreement with a volunteer group or government agencies to keep the park open.

The full council will discuss the issue at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Members meet in the Council Chambers at City Hall South, 135 E. Sunset Way.

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King County Council appoints new judge to Issaquah division

February 25, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 25, 2010

King County Council members have appointed Michael Finkle to serve as a judge in the Northeast Division of King County District Court. The division includes Issaquah, Sammamish, Bellevue, Redmond, Woodinville and parts of unincorporated King County.

The council appointed Finkle to the bench Monday. The judge will fill a new position authorized by the council last year to address increasing District Court caseloads.

The court — the largest court of limited jurisdiction in the state — has responsibility for traffic infractions, certain civil matters and misdemeanor criminal offenses in unincorporated King County, contract cities and for the adjudication of state offenses — or violations of state statute in the county or when the arresting agency is the Washington State Patrol or another state law enforcement agency.

“We had so many wonderful candidates that made this a most difficult decision,” Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, who represents Issaquah and Sammamish, said in a news release. “I am pleased that we were able to select a new judge who already is familiar with our Eastside communities and will be able to provide seamless expansion of our Northeast Division of District Court.

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Issaquah School District levy vote attracted 40 percent turnout

February 24, 2010

NEW — 5:20 p.m. Feb. 24, 2010

The election to determine the financial future of the Issaquah School District attracted more than 22,000 voters, final King County Elections results released Wednesday show.

Turnout reached 40 percent — or 22,629 ballots cast — as voters approved three levies meant to supplement district coffers with more than $214 million by 2014. The levy package included $172.5 million for maintenance and operations, $1.7 million for transportation and $38.4 million for technology and critical repairs.

Taxpayers will pay $4.81 for every $1,000 of assessed property for the levies and the remainder of the 2006 bond.

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Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics opening week / February 2010

February 24, 2010

Eagles are still alive in tournament

February 24, 2010

NEW — 12:45 p.m. Feb. 24, 2010

The Issaquah High School girls basketball team still has a pulse. In fact, the Eagles’ heart beat sounds a lot better these days.

Issaquah kept alive its hopes of earning a state tournament berth Feb. 23 with a 45-38 victory against Woodinville in a loser-out game in the 4A KingCo Conference tournament at Juanita High School.

The Eagles, 19-4, meet Eastlake,14-9, Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in another loser-out contest. However, the winner of this game advances to a playoff contest Feb. 27 against the Greater St. Helens League’s No. 1 team. The winner of the playoff earns a berth to the state tournament, which is.March 3-6 in the Tacoma Dome.

Issaquah’s chances of qualifying for the state tournament took a hit Feb. 17 when the Eagles lost to Eastlake 60-57 in the first round of the KingCo tournament.

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Winter 2010 Issaquah Living

February 23, 2010

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