King County auctions used vehicles, equipment Saturday

September 22, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 22, 2010

Pick up a former King County Sheriff’s Office patrol car Saturday as the county auctions surplus vehicles.

Bidding at the semiannual auction of surplus vehicles and equipment is scheduled to start at 9 a.m.

The auction features pickups, vans, cars and several former sheriff patrol cars, plus used buses, street sweepers, landscape material and other equipment. The event will be held at 3005 N.E. Fourth St., Renton, near Renton Technical College.

Previews start Thursday and Friday at the auction site from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., and Saturday starting at 8 a.m. Learn more at the auction website.

The county Fleet Administration Division manages the auction.

Mayor hires Ohio official as Issaquah city administrator

September 21, 2010

Robert Harrison

The next Issaquah city administrator is a plainspoken Midwesterner and longtime city manager of a Cincinnati suburb.

Robert “Bob” Harrison — the city manager in Wyoming, Ohio, for the past 12 years — has accepted the No. 2 position at Issaquah City Hall and is due to start Oct. 11.

Harrison, 42, emerged as the leading candidate last week during closed-door interviews with community leaders and city department chiefs. Mayor Ava Frisinger announced the appointment Sept. 16.

The mayor offered Harrison the job Sept. 8, the same day as the interviews. Frisinger hailed the hiring as the “perfect match” for the community.

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Ohio lawsuit did not impact decision to hire city administrator

September 21, 2010

Robert “Bob” Harrison, the choice for Issaquah city administrator, is part of a lawsuit filed by former city employees in Ohio. The suit did not dissuade Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger from selecting Harrison, and Frisinger said she had been made aware of the lawsuit during the monthslong search.

“We asked people if there was anything that we needed to be aware of, specifically anything that involved terminations, although predominantly of the employees themselves,” Frisinger said. Read more

FBI: Crime rate dropped in 2009

September 21, 2010

Crime in Issaquah dropped last year due to a dramatic decline in thefts from 2008 levels, even as violent crime inched upward.

FBI crime figures released Sept. 13 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.

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.

Police recorded a murder, a rape, six robberies and nine aggravated assaults in 2008.

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County proposes tax hike to stave off cuts

September 21, 2010

Proposed increase to generate $500,000 for Issaquah

Deep cuts to the King County Sheriff’s Office budget could force the agency to shut down police storefronts — a popular crime-prevention tool in rural King County outside of Issaquah.

But the best bet to limit cuts to the sheriff’s office — a proposed sales tax increase dedicated to public safety — rankles Tom Carpenter, a resident and community leader in the Four Creeks Unincorporated Area between Issaquah and Renton.

“Why would you ever trade preventative for reactive?” he said.

The county has asked voters to raise the sales tax rate two-tenths of 1 percent, or 2 cents per $10. The measure on the Nov. 2 ballot aims to raise the sales tax from 9.5 percent to 9.7 percent in order to preserve sheriff’s deputies, county prosecutors, public defenders and court employees.

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Volunteer on National Public Lands Day

September 21, 2010

Help Mountains to Sound Greenway volunteers yank invasive plants at Lake Sammamish State Park or upgrade Tiger Mountain Trail on National Public Lands Day Sept. 25.

The day celebrates service and recreation on public lands.

Crews plan to remove invasive plants at the state park and conduct trail work from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Volunteers can sign up for half- or full-day stints at the park. The trail work is limited to full-day volunteers. Sign up at the greenway website.

Volunteers at Tiger Mountain will repair overused trails by resurfacing, brushing and fixing drainage issues.

Early settlers used Tiger Mountain — a 13,500-acre foothill of the Cascades — for mining and timber. Nowadays, the land is owned and managed by Issaquah and the state Department of Natural Resources. More than 4,500 acres have been set aside for recreation and wildlife habitat.

“Tiger Mountain remains one of the most popular places to recreate in the greenway,” greenway Executive Director Cynthia Welti said. “There is something for everyone.”

Bring the kids to festival’s Field of Fun

September 21, 2010

If you have children, plan to visit the Field of Fun this year at Salmon Days.

The playground of free and exciting activities is located on Veterans’ Memorial Field, behind the Issaquah Police Department and next to the Foods of the World. Catered toward the youngest festivalgoers, the Field of Fun has safe, fun, free and fishy activities for all ages.

For children who love to leap and tumble, try the Incredible Inflatables. Jump, climb and bounce around in these brightly colored, inflatable play toys. For more roly-poly fun, check out the giant hamster balls. Climb inside these giant inflatable balls and see what if feels like to be a hamster.

Who says there has to be snow for skis and snowboards? See extreme winter athletes demonstrate thrilling tricks on a 40-foot ramp. After the hair-raising exhibits, they’ll join the audience on spring-free trampolines to show how to have fun safely.

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Salmon Days receives international honor

September 21, 2010

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

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 picked up 12 other awards at the ceremony, held in St. Louis.

Salmon Days received Gold awards for Best Sponsor Solicitation Program, Best Program, Best Pin or Button, and Best Hat.

The Issaquah Press produces the Ohfishal Festival Program for Salmon Days.

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Man dies in backhoe accident near Issaquah

September 21, 2010

Police said a 55-year-old Seattle man died Sept. 14 after he was struck by a runaway backhoe in unincorporated King County between Issaquah and Renton.

King County Sheriff’s Office investigators said 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. Read more

State senator joins Vietnam trade mission

September 21, 2010

Gov. Chris Gregoire’s trade mission to Asia picked up a local representative: state Sen. Cheryl Pflug.

Pflug, the Issaquah-area representative in the Senate and a Republican, joined Gregoire and about 80 other delegates to hawk Washington products in Vietnam from Sept. 18-24. Read more

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