Bring questions about landfill gas-to-energy plant to Issaquah meeting

November 11, 2010

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Nov. 11, 2010

Residents can ask questions about the landfill gas-to-energy facility near Issaquah at a public meeting Tuesday.

The facility is part of the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill located just south of Issaquah in rural King County. Representatives from the King County Solid Waste Division and Bio Energy Washington, the landfill gas-to-energy facility’s owner and operator, plan to discuss the operation of the facility and answer questions.

The meeting is scheduled for 7-9 p.m. in the parish hall at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 220 Mountain Park Blvd. S.W.

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Dave Niehaus, voice of Seattle Mariners for 34 years, dies

November 11, 2010

NEW — 11:10 a.m. Nov. 11, 2010

Hall of Famer Dave Niehaus, the voice of Seattle Mariners’ baseball for 34 years, died Nov. 10 of a heart attack in his home in Bellevue. He was 75.

Issaquah resident Rick Rizzs, a longtime partner in the broadcast booth with Niehaus, was stunned with the news of Niehaus’ passing.

“What a loss,” Rizzs said. “Holy cow. I feel numb. He meant everything to Mariner baseball. Everything. He was not only the voice of the Mariners, he was the Mariners. He was the face of the franchise. When you turned on the radio, everything was right with the world when you heard Dave’s voice.”

“This is truly devastating news,” Howard Lincoln, the Mariners chairman and CEO, and team President Chuck Armstrong said in a joint statement released by the team. “… Dave has truly been the heart and soul of this franchise since its inception in 1977.”

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Liberty High School tackle back in line

November 11, 2010

NEW — 11 a.m. Nov. 11, 2010

Anthony Olobia is all smiles after returning for Liberty this season from a torn anterior cruciate ligament that ended his season early in his first game last year.

Anthony Olobia called it one of the most devastating things he could have endured.

About 12 plays into Liberty’s 2009 season, the 6-foot-5, 220-pound lineman tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

“Football was a huge part of my life,” the two-way starter said. “When I finally realized that I’m not invincible and I can be injured, it just made me realize, you know what, I need to work hard. It just made me a bigger man when it happened.”

As he watched his teammates upset their way to the Class 3A state title game, Olobia told himself he would do whatever was necessary to return for his junior season.

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Local graduates earn academic honors

November 11, 2010

NEW — 11 a.m. Nov. 11, 2010

Lauren Maris and Nick Rocco, two former standout athletes from the Issaquah School District, have received academic honors this fall.

Maris, an Issaquah High School soccer star who plays for the University of San Francisco, was selected to the COSIDA Academic All-America District III women’s soccer team. A senior, Maris has a 3.83 grade point average and is majoring in exercise and sports science.

San Francisco coach Mark Carr said Maris is a “great leader on the pitch and in the classroom.”

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Union grocery workers at local stores authorize strike

November 11, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 11, 2010

Union workers at major grocery chains in Issaquah and the Puget Sound region voted Wednesday to authorize a strike, but no walkout is imminent as stores prepare for the start of the holiday shopping season.

The union, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21, represents workers about 25,000 workers at Albertsons, Fred Meyer, QFC and Safeway across the region. The vote also affects grocery and meat workers in Mason County and meat workers in Pierce and Thurston counties.

Fred Meyer, QFC and Safeway operate stores in Issaquah.

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Weekend sale benefits downtown Issaquah trolley

November 11, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 11, 2010

Help put the Issaquah Valley Trolley back on track.

The family of Al Risdon, a late city employee and trolley supporter, plans to donate the proceeds from a weekend estate sale to the trolley effort. The sale is scheduled for 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Risdon’s former home, 9613 Front St. S.

Items for sale include furniture, housewares, clothing, tools, a pickup and camper, plus many other offerings. Contact Denny Croston at 392-0247 for more information.

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Top-ranked Spartans cruise to first-round win

November 10, 2010

NEW — 2 p.m. Nov. 10, 2010

The Skyline High School girls soccer team moved into the top spot of this week’s National Soccer Coaches Association of America rankings. Then Tuesday, the Spartans validated their status with a 5-0 victory against visiting Mount Rainier in the first round of the Class 4A state tournament.

Skyline, vying for a third straight 4A state title, hosts KingCo Conference rival Woodinville on Saturday in the quarterfinals.

The Spartans, 17-0-0, blasted Mount Rainier for three first-half goals.

Junior forward Michelle Bretl scored her first high-school hat track. She has four goals in the postseason and leads the Spartans with 15 goals for the season.

Madi Barney headed a Maddie Christ cornerkick into the net to put the Spartans ahead 1-0 at 10:30. Bretl, assisted by Makenzie Malsam, scored her first goal 30 seconds later. Bretl knocked in a penalty kick at the 30th minute to give Skyline a 3-0 halftime lead.

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Most liquor stores to remain open for Veterans Day

November 10, 2010

NEW — 1 p.m. Nov. 10, 2010

On Veterans Day, raise a glass to service members past and present: state-run liquor stores remain open on the holiday, Thursday.

The state stores open at normal times at 10 or 11 a.m., and close at 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. Customers should check with the local stores for hours. Find the complete list of stores here.

Contract liquor stores might also remain open on the holiday. Contact the stores directly for holiday operating schedules.

Find more store schedules, phone numbers and information from the Washington State Liquor Control Board.

State bans Four Loko and other alcoholic energy drinks

November 10, 2010

NEW — 12:55 p.m. Nov. 10, 2010

The state has banned “blackout in a can” caffeinated alcohol drinks.

Washington State Liquor Control Board members OK’d the emergency ban Wednesday, after nine underage Central Washington University students had to be hospitalized after consuming the alcoholic energy drink Four Loko.

The statewide ban takes effect Nov. 17 and remains in effect for 120 days as the state formulates a permanent ban.

State Attorney General Rob McKenna commended the Liquor Control Board for the decision.

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Metro Transit prepares routes and riders for snowy winter

November 10, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Nov. 10, 2010

Forecasters expect a cold and precipitation-soaked winter, and King County Metro Transit is ready to roll out a revised snow operations and customer communications plan.

The agency has asked bus riders to make preparations for winter travel, too.

“We had most of our improved plans in place last year, but we didn’t get the opportunity to test them because the weather was so mild,” Metro General Manager Kevin Desmond said in a news release. “Based on what we’re hearing about this coming winter, it appears we’ll have to put these plans into play and we want our customers to be ready, too.”

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