Former Ugandan child soldiers share story Saturday

October 28, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Oct. 28, 2010

The tale of Ugandan child soldiers is coming to Eastridge Church.

“Watoto’s Restore Tour: Child Soldier No More” chronicles child soldiers from northern Uganda — a war-torn place beset by some terrible atrocities. The free stage production starts at 5 p.m. Saturday at the church, 24205 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road.

The production offers audiences the opportunity to meet the children, hear stories from Uganda and share in the freedom and hope of the children, and offer financial support. The tour features children abducted and forced to serve in the rebel army.

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Liberty threat prompts about half of student body to miss school

October 28, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Oct. 28, 2010

About half of Liberty High School students opted to stay home Wednesday — the day a threat had been made against the school.

About 550 students of the 1,166-member student body were absent Wednesday. On a regular school day, between 5 and 10 percent of students are absent.

The unease stemmed from a written threat a school custodian found in a boys’ restroom June 23, after school had let out for the summer.

The writer threatened to bring a gun to school Oct. 27 “and shoot everybody,” police said in describing the pencil-written message.

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State, city encourage residents to weatherize homes for winter

October 28, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 28, 2010

Gov. Chris Gregoire proclaimed Saturday as Weatherization Day — just as the Issaquah Resource Conservation Office continues to encourage residents to make homes more energy efficient.

The city and many organizations use similar programs to raise awareness about energy efficiency in homes — including the benefits of increased energy savings, lower energy costs and job creation in the construction industry.

Issaquah residents can receive free home energy audits through the Resource Conservation Office. Sustainable Issaquah, a community group, also plans a discussion about home energy use. Many Issaquah families have already received free audits.

October is also National Energy Awareness Month. The federal Department of Energy uses the approach of winter to promote energy conservation and renewable energy use. Issaquah made the free home energy audits available through a Department of Energy grant.

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Liberty High School Patriots blank Islanders

October 27, 2010

NEW — 2:45 p.m. Oct. 27, 2010

The Liberty High School girls soccer team won its home finale Tuesday by defeating Mercer Island 1-0 in a 3A/2A KingCo Conference contest. Cassidy Nangle, assisted by Kialiana Johnson, scored the game’s goal at the 48th minute.

Goalkeepers Jennifer Rucker and Macaire Ament recorded the shutout.

Liberty, 11-0-2 in league, concludes its regular season Oct. 28 at Interlake.

The Patriots, who have already clinched the league title, will host a first-round state tournament game Nov. 9 or Nov. 10.

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Former President Jimmy Carter brings book tour to Issaquah

October 27, 2010

Former President Jimmy Carter takes a break from signing copies of 'White House Diary' at the Issaquah Costco Wednesday. By Greg Farrar

NEW — 2:25 p.m. Oct. 27, 2010

In Issaquah, more than 30 years after President Jimmy Carter delivered the so-called malaise speech, the former president finally uttered the word.

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Residents needed for King Conservation District board

October 27, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Oct. 27, 2010

Issaquah-area residents can apply to be a supervisor for the King Conservation District, the group responsible for promoting sustainable use of natural resources, and providing information and technical assistance to landowners.

The volunteer board of supervisors — including three elected members and two supervisors appointed by the state Conservation Commission — oversees the district. The board handles the district’s budget and programs, and provides guidance to staff members.

The three-year position is open to registered voters inside the conservation district. In addition to Issaquah, the district includes all of King County except for Enumclaw, Federal Way, Milton, Pacific and Skykomish.

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Habitat for Humanity seeks volunteers for Issaquah build

October 27, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Oct. 27, 2010

Habitat for Humanity of East King County needs volunteers to help build houses in the Issaquah Highlands. The nonprofit organization seeks helpers for Nov. 17 and 18.

Register for the November date, or others, here. Learn more about the volunteering for Habitat here, or call the Redmond office at 869-6007.

Habitat representatives and families joined city officials in June 2009 to break ground for the highlands development at 2500 N.E. Magnolia St. The completed duplexes should house up to 10 families.

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Secretary of State’s Office offers election results app

October 27, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 27, 2010

If you want to check up-to-the-minute election results, there’s an app for that.

Really.

Less than a week before the Nov. 2 election, the Secretary of State’s Office has unveiled an iPhone app to provide statewide results. Download the free app here or from the App Store. Search for “WA State Election Results.”

Unofficial results should start to be published after 8 p.m. Election Day and refreshed as county elections offices update tabulations.

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Issaquah-area senator aims to showcase Washington agriculture

October 27, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 27, 2010

State Sen. Cheryl Pflug, other legislators and Lt. Gov. Brad Owen met in Yakima early last month to start planning for a new “Agricultural Fair of the Americas” to promote Washington agriculture.

Issaquah-area legislator Pflug serves on the Legislative Committee on Economic Development and International Relations, a group led by Owen. The committee met Sept. 2. Watch the meeting at TVW, the statewide public affairs network.

The proposal calls for the Central Washington Fairgrounds in Yakima to be used as a showcase for Evergreen State agriculture and efforts to food supplies for the hungry.

“Agriculture is a vital sector of Washington state’s economy and we are anxious to hear first hand about some of the incredible, world-class advancements going on right within our borders that hold promise for the entire nation and world,” Owen said in a statement.

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