National Merit honors Issaquah School District students

October 7, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 7, 2010

Last fall, students in the Issaquah School District and about 1.5 million students across the United States took the Preliminary SAT. Of those test takers, about 34,000 scored well enough to receive Letters of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

The school district has 36 commended students amongst its three high schools. Commended students can compete for scholarships offered by corporations and businesses that partner with the corporation.

The 2011 commended students include:

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For National Fire Prevention Week, Red Cross offers tips to survive blazes

October 6, 2010

NEW — 2:30 p.m. Oct. 6, 2010

American Red Cross leaders urged King County residents to take steps to prevent residential fires during National Fire Prevention Week.

The annual observance runs through Saturday.

“The American Red Cross has already responded to over 200 fires in Western Washington since the start of the year assisting over 1,000 people,” David Shannon, a community disaster educator, said in a news release. “It is important to include children in your disaster planning. In the last year, over 30 percent of Red Cross fire clients were under the age of 18.”

The nonprofit Red Cross offers tips to prevent and survive residential fires.

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No. 1 Liberty High School booters stop Saints

October 6, 2010

NEW — 1:30 p.m. Oct. 6, 2010

The Liberty High School girls soccer team punched in two first half goals Tuesday en route to a 2-0 victory against the visiting Interlake Saints in a 3A/2A KingCo Conference game.

Liberty boosted its league-leading record to 7-0.

Nicole Marlow and Mollie Cooke scored Liberty’s goals.

Goalkeepers Macaire Ament and Jennifer Rucker recorded the shutout.

In other action, it was Juanita 1, Lake Washington 0; Mercer Island 2, Mount Si 0; and Bellevue 1, Sammamish 0.

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Before ballots arrive, read up on issues in county voters’ guide

October 6, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 6, 2010

King County Elections has debuted the primer to the November election, the Local Voters’ Pamphlet.

Find the guide here. The elections office plans to mail ballots to King County residents next week.

Issaquah voters will decide legislative, judicial and congressional races in the Nov. 2 election, plus a measure to raise the county sales tax rate.

The pamphlet includes statements from the candidates in the running to represent the legislative districts in and near Issaquah — the 5th, 41st and 48th — plus information about judicial contests, the sales tax measure and proposed King County Charter amendments.

The elections office has also added a ballot drop box at Issaquah City Hall.

Salmon Days leaves memories

October 5, 2010

Stephanie McCarty, Beverly Gertley and Tina Kaiser (from left), fulfill the ‘Something Up Our Leaves’ theme for the 2010 Salmon Days Festival, as they carry the Issaquah Girl Scout troop 41087 banner and wave at spectators Oct. 2 during the Grande Parade. By Greg Farrar

Like the fish at the center of the Salmon Days Festival, Issaquah residents and out-of-towners returned Oct. 2-3 to pack the cordoned-off downtown to browse booths loaded with artwork and snacks.

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Candidates descend on Salmon Days Festival

October 5, 2010

Republican Congressman Dave Reichert reacts to friendly faces in the Salmon Days crowd. By Greg Farrar

Most festivalgoers head to Salmon Days for the parade, some music and, maybe, some grilled coho.

The annual occasion occurs a month before Election Day, and the festival is also a popular spot for political candidates to rally support and pass out campaign signs.

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Battleground for Legislature runs through Issaquah

October 5, 2010

The battleground for control of the Legislature is on the shores of Lake Sammamish.

Republicans, re-energized after a decade of defeats and defections on the Eastside, hope to shift a handful of lakeside districts back into the GOP column. Incumbent Democrats promise difficult fights to hold the suburban territory in and near Issaquah.

Democrats hold sizeable majorities in Olympia. The party outnumbers Republicans 61-37 in the House of Representatives and 31-18 in the Senate. Gov. Chris Gregoire is also a Democrat.

The effort to change the political calculus is focused on House and Senate races in the 41st, 45th and 48th legislative districts — the upper-middle class communities arranged around Lake Sammamish.

“I think it’s probably a pretty safe bet that the Republicans will pick up some seats, but I don’t know how many,” Washington State University political science professor David Nice said. “My guess is that, no matter who ends up in majority status in either house of the Legislature that the majority is not going to be a very big one.”

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Fairness issue defines income tax debate

October 5, 2010

The state-sponsored spread in the Sept. 6 issue of Fortune magazine touted Washington as a land of natural beauty, educated residents and, oh yeah, no state income tax.

No state income tax for now, at least.

Initiative 1098, a measure on the November ballot, calls for instituting a state income tax on the richest 1.2 percent of earners. The measure could be a $2 billion boon for education and health care.

Initiative backers said the measure aims to correct a structural imbalance and lessen the reliance on sales tax — a revenue source subject to the roller-coaster fluctuations of the economy.

“This doesn’t solve everything that’s wrong with a tax system that’s ranked the worst in the nation, but it’s a step toward making it more fair,” Yes on Initiative 1098 spokesman Sandeep Kaushik said.

Opponents said levying a state income tax on high earners could erase a competitive edge and eliminate a draw for prospective business investment — and jobs — in a sour economy. Only a handful of states do not collect income tax.

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Candidates to face off in Eastside forums

October 5, 2010

Hear the candidates in legislative and congressional races discuss the economy, education and other issues at forums in Issaquah and Newcastle.

The candidates in the contests to represent Issaquah in the state House of Representatives plan to attend a forum hosted by the Issaquah Valley Elementary Parent Teacher Association. The discussion is focused on 5th Legislative District education. The district includes most of Issaquah and Sammamish, plus North Bend and Snoqualmie.

The education forum is Oct. 12 at Issaquah Valley Elementary School.

The incumbent Republicans, Glenn Anderson and Jay Rodne, and Democrats David Spring and Gregory Hoover plan to attend.

Though the forum is open to the public, state PTA bylaws prohibit the display of candidate signs, buttons or materials during the discussion.

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Liberty High School to remain open despite threat

October 5, 2010

Liberty High School administrators plan to have a normal day at school Oct. 27, in spite of a threat found in a boys’ restroom in June.

A Liberty High School custodian found a threat written in pencil June 23, after summer break had started. The custodian showed the message to school administrators, who described it as a non-specific threat against the school for Oct. 27.

Administrators worked with the King County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation, watching surveillance footage from the time of the incident and asking school staffers to match the handwriting.

There are no suspects for the felony, district spokeswoman Sara Niegowski said.

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