Issaquah receives $100,000 grant to study potential land swap

September 16, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Sept. 16, 2010

Issaquah has received $100,000 to study how to protect land in the Issaquah Creek watershed and, at the same time, add density in the urban core.

The city plans to use the grant to conduct environmental and market analyses to create a transfer-of-development-rights receiving site in part of a 915-acre commercial core along Interstate 90.

Under such a transfer, a landowner sells development rights from properties in low-density areas to parties interested in building denser development in another area.

The state Department of Commerce and the Puget Sound Regional Council announced Wednesday more than $1 million in grants to 10 cities for transfer of development rights projects.

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Issaquah School District has 13 National Merit semifinalists

September 16, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 16, 2010

Thirteen students from Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high schools have placed as National Merit semifinalists.

Of the 1.5 million high school juniors who took the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, only 16,000 were named as semifinalists in the 56th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The pool of semifinalists represents less than 1 percent of the country’s high school seniors.

About 15,000 semifinalists will become finalists, and about half of the finalists can earn the title of National Merit Scholar.

Businesses and higher education institutions help pay for the 8,400 scholarships, worth more than $36 million.

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Salmon Days Festival receives international honor

September 15, 2010

NEW — 3:40 p.m. Sept. 15, 2010

Judges ranked the Salmon Days Festival as the No. 2 in the world for 2009, the Salmon Days Festivals Office announced Wednesday.

Salmon Days received the Silver Pinnacle Award for Best Overall Festival Presentation from the International Festivals & Events Association, after taking the top prize in the category last year. The fish-centric festival also picked up 12 other awards at the ceremony, in St. Louis.

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FBI: Violent crime increased, property crime declined in Issaquah

September 15, 2010

NEW — 1 p.m. Sept. 15, 2010

Violent crimes in Issaquah inched upward last year, but property crimes made a sharp drop from 2008 levels.

FBI crime figures released Monday show 19 violent crimes and 633 property crimes reported in Issaquah last year. People reported 17 violent crimes and 814 property crimes to the Issaquah Police Department in 2008. The slight rise in violent crime marks a five-year high.

Violent crime is identified as murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault. The breakdown for last year shows no murders, four forcible rapes, nine robberies and six aggravated assaults.

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Liberty Patriots open league play with win

September 15, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Sept. 15, 2010

The Liberty High School girls soccer team scored two first half goals and that was enough for the Patriots to defeat visiting Mount Si 2-1 on Tuesday in the 3A/2A KingCo Conference opener for both teams.

Kimi Fry, assisted by Whitney Cain, put Liberty ahead 1-0 in the 10th minute. Shannon Daly scored an unassisted goal at the 33rd minute to give Liberty a 2-0 halftime lead.

The victory was the first of the season for Liberty after two nonleague defeats. The loss for Mount Si was its first of the season after two nonleague victories.

In other league action, it was Juanita 4, Sammamish 1; Lake Washington 2, Mercer Island 0; and Interlake 1, Bellevue 0.

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Man dies after backhoe accident near Issaquah

September 15, 2010

NEW — 9:40 a.m. Sept. 15, 2010

Police said a 55-year-old Seattle man died Tuesday night after he was struck by a runaway backhoe in unincorporated King County between Issaquah and Renton.

The incident occurred at about 5:30 p.m. in the 11900 block of 171st Place Southeast, just south of the intersection of state Route 900.

The man had been clearing property when the backhoe became damaged and a tie rod broke. The victim managed to get the equipment out onto 171st Place Southeast, but the tie rod ended up stuck in the ground like a kickstand, the King County Sheriff’s Office reported Wednesday morning.

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Issaquah High School golfers top Inglemoor

September 15, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Sept. 15, 2010

Cameron Simpson shot a par 36 Monday to lead the unbeaten Issaquah High School boys golf team to a 187-198 victory against visiting Inglemoor in a 4A KingCo Conference match at the Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course.

Bryan Jung and Alex Ciszewski each shots 37s for Issaquah, which raised its record to 4-0. The Eagles meet Eastlake on Thursday in a key 4A KingCo Conference match at the Sahalee Country Club.

In 3A/2A KingCo action, Mount Si defeated Liberty 204-212 at the Maplewood Golf Course in Renton. Jack Kelley, of Mount Si, was medalist with a par 36. Jordan Thompson and Harrison Diemert each had 40s to lead Liberty.

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King County executive completes sojourn to 39 cities

September 15, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 15, 2010

King County Executive Dow Constantine completed a tour of the 39 cities and towns in King County on Tuesday — nine months and 21 days after he took office.

Skykomish in northeastern King County marked the last stop on the tour. Constantine stopped in Issaquah in mid-February, and met rural King County residents at a Hobart forum in July.

“There’s simply no substitute for being there when it comes to getting a feel for a community, its people, and its issues,” Constantine said in a news release. “I met every mayor in King County on their own turf and let them set the agenda for our discussion.”

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Dino Rossi strives to be comeback kid in Senate race

September 14, 2010

Former Issaquah legislator returns after dual losses

The story is classic Dino Rossi: a daunting policy issue framed as a kitchen table discussion.

Dino Rossi

Not long before the Sammamish resident and GOP standard-bearer decided to run for the U.S. Senate, son Jake had a question about the national debt.

“My 16-year-old asked me, ‘How much do I owe?’ Sixteen-year-olds shouldn’t be asking questions like that,” Dino Rossi recalled. “They should be asking, ‘Can I have the car keys? And get out the money while you’re giving me the car keys.’”

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City asks for input about truck routes

September 14, 2010

City planners could redraw the routes large trucks use to travel through Issaquah.

Before the city takes action, officials encourage residents to offer feedback on proposals. The city has received feedback from residents concerned about truck noise, air pollution and the number of trucks along East Sunset Way. The soon-to-be-completed East Sunset Way approach to Interstate 90 has also raised concerns about increased truck traffic, after crews finish the upgraded roadway.

The truck route for the street starts at the I-90 interchange, and then progresses along Newport Way Southwest to Front Street South and the southern city line.

The route and state Route 900 remain the only approved north-south routes in Issaquah.

In late spring, state Department of Transportation crews completed the yearslong effort to widen state Route 900. The road can better accommodate larger trucks.

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