Skyline High School student injured in crosswalk accident

October 21, 2010

NEW — 9:20 a.m. Oct. 21, 2010

A Skyline High School student received minor injuries after a driver struck the 17-year-old girl in a campus crosswalk Thursday morning.

Sammamish police and the school resource officer responded to the incident at about 7:10 a.m. Eastside Fire & Rescue medics transported the girl, a junior, to Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue for a follow-up examination.

Counseling support is available for students shaken by the incident.

Issaquah School District spokeswoman Sara Niegowski said the girl was struck at a crosswalk near the football stadium and staff parking lot.

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Watch forum recap to hear House hopefuls discuss schools

October 21, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 21, 2010

Issaquah residents can hear legislative candidates discuss education in a recap of a schools-focused election forum.

State House of Representatives hopefuls attended a forum hosted by the Issaquah Valley Elementary Parent Teacher Association at the school Oct. 12.

The municipal access channel, Channel 21, taped the discussion and posted a recap online. Watch the forum here.

The incumbent 5th Legislative District Republicans, Glenn Anderson and Jay Rodne, and Democrats David Spring and Gregory Hoover attended.

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Kasen Williams selected for All-American Bowl

October 20, 2010

Kasen Williams

NEW — 2:20 p.m., Oct. 20, 2010

Skyline High School students, football players and coaches packed the school’s theater to recognize Kasen Williams on Tuesday.

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King County rolls out ballot-counting equipment

October 20, 2010

NEW — 2 p.m. Oct. 20, 2010

King County Elections plans to test ballot counting and processing equipment as the November election nears.

Staffers scheduled logic and accuracy tests on all ballot counting and processing equipment for 1 p.m. Thursday at the elections office, 9010 E. Marginal Way S., Tukwila.

The office performs the standard pre-election procedure to make sure tabulation hardware and software function properly. Then, after the test, the equipment will be locked and sealed until the Nov. 2 election.

People can register in-person at the elections office by Monday. Learn more about the registration process here.

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Issaquah Eagles’ swimmers sink Woodinville

October 20, 2010

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Oct. 20, 2010

Although it was senior night Tuesday, a pair of sophomores stole the show for the host Issaquah High School girls swimming team. Kayla Flaten and Stacy Maier each won two events and swam on two victorious relays as the Eagles cruised past Woodinville 120-66 in a 4A KingCo Conference meet.

Flaten won the 200-yard freestyle in a state-qualifying time of 1:59.35 and captured the 100 butterfly in a district-qualifying time of 1:02.22. She just missed a state-qualifying time in the event.

Maier had district-qualifying times in winning the 50 freestyle in 25.24 and the 500 freestyle in 5:26.79.

Flaten and Maier swam on Issaquah’s winning 200 freestyle relay, which had a state-qualifying time of 1:43.88. They also swam on the Eagles’ winning 400 freestyle, which finished first in 3:48.39.

Kellie Langan, another sophomore, finished first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:17.32.

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Issaquah ‘green’ remodel attracts limelight

October 20, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Oct. 20, 2010

Thanks to a “green” home remodel, a local family is in the limelight.

King County featured Issaquah residents David and Leigh Bangs, plus daughters Kayleigh and Laurel, in the premiere episode of “EcoCribz” — a Web series created to highlight residents for using “green” practices and products in home improvements.

Watch the episode and check out the Eco-Cool Remodel Tool here.

“We know remodeling choices can be overwhelming, and ‘EcoCribz’ is about helping people make smart decisions and showing them the best resources to get the job done,” Patti Southard, project manager for the GreenTools Program and “EcoCribz” host, said in a news release.

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County opens detailed budget info to residents

October 20, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 20, 2010

Dig deep into the King County budget.

Residents can uses the same charts and spreadsheets used by the county executive and County Council to study the $5 billion budget. Find the information here.

“I’ve heard over and over from residents that they want a better understanding of how we make county budget decisions, so we put the department-level figures front and center on the budget Web page,” Executive Dow Constantine said in a news release. “We also created an open data site that puts all of the information we work from at residents’ fingertips, so that they can search and work with it in a way that’s more accessible than it’s ever been.”

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City restores Issaquah Creek salmon habitat

October 19, 2010

Greenway volunteers plant native trees, shrubs

Environmental restoration crew workers add tree trunks to Issaquah Creek last month at Squak Valley Park North to provide habitat for salmon and other fish to spawn and hide from predators. By Greg Farrar

Squak Valley Park North — a slice of former farmland sidled against Issaquah Creek — started to resemble a bygone era by the time more than 250 planters left the site on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

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State considers Squak Mountain State Park shutdown

October 19, 2010

Squak Mountain State Park could be shut down from July until 2013 as the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission struggles to address a state budget shortfall.

The agency has proposed mothballing Squak Mountain — a 1,545-acre preserve south of Issaquah city limits — and a handful of other state parks in order to cut $1.6 million from the budget between 2011 and 2013.

“We’ve done this so many times and so many different ways,” commission spokeswoman Virginia Painter said. “There’s no good way to do it, because no matter how you slice it, it’s somebody’s favorite park that’s up on that list.”

The commission picked the option to close Squak Mountain, Federation Forest, Flaming Geyser, Fort Ward, Peshastin Pinnacles and Tolmie parks instead of a proposal to mothball 13 state parks. In addition to the parks cuts, the agency has proposed some service cuts, increased camping fees, staff reductions and employee layoffs at the Olympia headquarters. Combined, the measures should save the state parks system about $8 million.

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Plan for Issaquah’s future to be unveiled

October 19, 2010

Glimpse the future — or at least how Central Issaquah might redevelop — at a city-sponsored open house next week.

Central Issaquah Plan Advisory Task Force members plan to unveil recommendations for future redevelopment Oct. 27.

The open house includes 10-minute overview presentations every 30 minutes on the half-hour, and displays to show recommendations. In addition, task force members plan to attend and answer participants’ questions.

The task force spent almost 1,000 hours during the past year to establish a vision for redevelopment in the area — a 915-acre swath along Interstate 90.

Planners envision the area — now a string of strip malls, self-storage facilities and parking lots laid out along busy thoroughfares — as a town center connected by pedestrian walkways and mass transit.

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