Skyline High School swimmers top Issaquah

September 8, 2010

NEW — 1 p.m. Sept. 8, 2010

Maria Volodkevich won two events and swam on two relays that posted state-qualifying times to help lead the Skyline High School girls swimming team to a season-opening 95-72 victory Tuesday against Issaquah at Julius Boehm Pool.

Skyline, the defending 4A state champions, won the 200-yard medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay with state-qualifying times. The 200 medley relay posted a time of 1:53.33 and the 400 freestyle relay won in 3:47.36. Volodkevich, Katie Kinnear, Meghan O’Keefe and Nina Zook composed both relays. O’Keefe, Zook and Volodkevich were members of last year’s Skyline state championship 400 freestyle relay.

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Issaquah residents, leaders meet city administrator finalists

September 8, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Sept. 8, 2010

The candidates for Issaquah city administrator headed into daylong interviews Wednesday after meeting elected leaders, municipal department chiefs and community members Tuesday night.

The finalists include Lake Forest Park City Administrator David Cline, Thurston County Manager Donald Krupp, San Juan County Administrator Pete Rose, Yakima Assistant City Manager David Zabell and Robert Harrison, the city manager in Wyoming, Ohio.

“Any one of these folks have the skills, talents and abilities to do the job,” Bellevue headhunter Greg Prothman said.

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Apply by Thursday to be part of Salmon Days parade

September 8, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 8, 2010

Salmon Days Festival organizers seek floats both fishy and otherwise for the festival’s Grande Parade.

Groups must apply to be part of the parade by Thursday. The application does not guarantee acceptance into the parade; organizers review each application for entertainment value.

Find the application form here.

The parade kicks off the festival at 10 a.m. Oct. 2. Salmon Days returns for a 41st season Oct. 2-3.

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2010 Fall Free Time

September 8, 2010

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Issaquah traffic snarled after truck overturns at Highlands Drive exit

September 7, 2010

UPDATED — 7:25 p.m. Sept. 7, 2010

Traffic remained snarled in Issaquah hours after a flatbed tractor-trailer carrying a load of I-beams overturned on Highlands Drive Northeast at Interstate 90’s Exit 18.

The accident occurred at 5:09 p.m. Tuesday in the middle of the afternoon commute.

Police and fire agencies closed the interstate at Exit 18, causing traffic heading east to back up for about seven miles, to near Exit 11.

Initially, police did not allow drivers onto eastbound I-90 at Front Street North, causing traffic to back up throughout Issaquah. Police later opened the interstate, but traffic was still crawled more than two hours after the accident.

Each I-beam weighs between 800 pounds and 1,500 pounds, depending on its length, Washington State Patrol spokesman Jason Greer said.

A truck that overturned on the Highlands Drive exit of Interstate 90 lies on its side as firefighters and police work the scene. By Laura Geggel

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Comcast to hike prices in Issaquah

September 7, 2010

Comcast plans to raise cable prices for Issaquah customers and set uniform prices for the entire city.

The cable giant intends to raise the price for most Issaquah customers from $12.08 for the limited cable starter package to $13.22. The digital starter package increases from $37.52 to $39.99.

Customers in South Cove and nearby neighborhoods stand to receive a break in cable prices: The limited cable starter package is due to dip from $14.40 to $13.22. For South Cove customers, the price for the digital starter package decreases from $57.45 to $39.99.

The change is due to go into effect Oct. 1. Comcast is the predominate cable provider for Issaquah residents.

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City unveils finalists in administrator search

September 7, 2010

The field to be the next Issaquah city administrator includes officials from Lake Forest Park, Yakima, Thurston County, San Juan County and Wyoming, Ohio.

The search to fill the No. 2 position at City Hall entered the final phase Sept. 6, as Mayor Ava Frisinger released the names of the finalists.

The process had been kept confidential to shield the finalists from questions from their current employers about their job searches.

The list includes Lake Forest Park City Administrator David Cline, Yakima Assistant City Manager David Zabell, Thurston County Manager Donald Krupp, San Juan County Administrator Pete Rose and Robert Harrison, the city manager in Wyoming, Ohio, a Cincinnati suburb.

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City activates speed cameras as students return to school

September 7, 2010

The city has reactivated cameras to enforce the speed limit along Second Avenue Southeast, as students returned to Issaquah School District campuses Aug. 31.

Police turned off the cameras for the summer. The cameras operate only from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. on school days to enforce the 20 mph speed limit.

The photo-enforcement system — installed across from Clark Elementary School near the intersection of Second Avenue Southeast and Southeast Evans Street — uses roadway sensors to alert the cameras to speeding vehicles.

The system includes a pair of cameras to record video of the violation and snap a photo of a speeding vehicle’s rear license plate. Drivers receive the violation in the mail about 14 days after the incident.

The infraction is a noncriminal offense, similar to a parking ticket, and does not become part of a driver’s record.

What to know
Speeders can view photos and video of incidents at Learn more about the cameras at the city website,, or call 837-3170 for more information.

Salmon Days Rotary Run to benefit schools

September 7, 2010

More than 2,000 participants from around the region are expected to participate in the 34th annual Issaquah Run at Salmon Days Oct. 3.

Issaquah Run, produced by the Issaquah Rotary Club, is partnering with the Issaquah Schools Foundation to promote healthy minds and bodies among youths. The foundation is a community-based, nonprofit organization that raises money to help bridge the gap between state dollars and additional funding the district needs.

Since its inception in 1987, the foundation has contributed more than $4 million to programs and initiatives that benefit Issaquah district schools and students. This year, proceeds from the Issaquah Run will go to the scholarship fund with a portion of each entry fee to benefit the foundation.

If you go

Registration is $5 for the 1K kids dash and $30 for adults entering the 5K and 10K run/walk or $20 for ages 15 and younger.

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Salmon Days kicks off with volunteer party

September 7, 2010

When an invading army descends upon a region to conquer, it takes a battalion of support personnel to keep the invaders well-fed and supplied.

In this case, the Salmon Days Festivals Office is seeking a battalion-sized corps of volunteers to manage the needs and demands of more than 200,000 visitors to Issaquah’s annual ode to the salmon in October.

To properly welcome and arm volunteers, the festivals office invites everyone in the community to its Ohfishal Volunteer Sign Up Party from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

Pauline Middlehurst, spawnsorship and promotions manager, said between 350 and 400 volunteers are needed to keep the festival running smoothly Oct. 2 and 3. She said there is no age requirement.

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