December Dash 5K benefits Issaquah food pantry Saturday

December 9, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Dec. 9, 2010

Issaquah High School students have found a way to combine burning calories and fundraising for people in need.

The school’s Associated Student Body invites community members to register for the 5K December Dash. Proceeds benefit the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank.

The race is scheduled for Saturday at Lake Sammamish State Park. Registration start at 8:15 a.m. and the run starts at 9 a.m.

ASB Health Awareness Liaison Margaret Rauch and Cheer Liaison Sam Mele, both seniors, encouraged runners to bring their dogs with them to the Snow Much Fun Run.

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Jolly Frog celebrates the season at Issaquah Brewhouse

December 9, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 9, 2010

’Tis the season at the Issaquah Brewhouse.

Jolly Frog — a beer described as sweet potato pie in a glass — is on tap for the holiday season.

The list of ingredients includes brown sugar, sweet potato and, of course, hops.

The brewery crafts a family of beers in a 15-barrel brew system at the downtown brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way. The brewery has earned more than 30 honors for taste and quality.

The brewhouse opened in 1994. Rogue Ales snapped up the pub a decade ago. The pub is a frequent gathering place for community groups.

Issaquah boys basketball wins league opener

December 8, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Dec. 8, 2010

The Issaquah High School boys basketball team shot to a 20-12 first quarter lead and stayed in front for good as the Eagles defeated visiting Woodinville 57-52 Tuesday in the 4A KingCo Conference opener for both teams.

Issaquah, 2-0 on the season, had a comfortable 35-20 lead at halftime. Woodinville made a late charge but couldn’t catch the Eagles.

Nick Price led Issaquah with a game-high 23 points. Nik Landdeck contributed 12 points and Cole Westover 10 points.

Joseph Reavley topped Woodinville with 13 points.

In other league games, it was Newport 62, Inglemoor 56 and Redmond 68, Bothell 50.

2011 municipal budget clears City Council hurdle

December 8, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Dec. 8, 2010

The trim 2011 city budget inched closer from plan to reality Monday night.

City Council members offered another round of comments about the spending plan, and then — in a unanimous decision — directed city staffers to prepare the formal budget ordinance for adoption. The council is scheduled to adopt the budget Dec. 20.

Discussion centered on the general fund — the $30.4 million budget piece used to fund police and fire services, community development and planning, parks and recreation, and municipal government.

“It’s a $30 million budget for the city of Issaquah, and I think people assume there’s a lot of money flying around,” Councilman Mark Mullet said. “When you’re actually in the meetings, it’s very impressive how everything does get analyzed down to that last decimal point.”

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December 8, 2010

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Issaquah teens can apply to serve as Senate pages in Olympia

December 8, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 8, 2010

Teenagers can apply to serve as pages for state senators at the Capitol in Olympia.

State Sens. Cheryl Pflug and Steve Litzow reminded students ages 14 to 16 in Issaquah and other 5th and 41st legislative district communities to apply for the upcoming legislative session from mid-January through late April. Pflug urged interested students to apply for the page program as soon as possible, because the number of pages is limited.

“Senate pages get a week-long, hands-on crash course in how government works,” Pflug said. “In addition to lots of new friends, they get a one-of-a-kind civics lesson that is not only a great education — it can be a life-changing experience. Many of the people who now work in state government got their first taste of the Legislature as a page.”

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Crews complete ‘missing link’ trail connector

December 7, 2010

$4.7 million piece means no more detours for hikers

The hike from High Point to Preston is easier, or at least safer, nowadays.

Gone is the need for hikers to use tight road shoulders or turn for a nail-biting detour onto Interstate 90.

The state Department of Transportation and the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust completed a 1.25-mile trail connector last month. The piece connects the Issaquah to High Point Trail almost to the trailhead for the Preston-Snoqualmie Trail and completes a missing link in the greenway.

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2011 city budget brings end to free bus rides

December 7, 2010

City highlights transportation upgrades in spending plan

The free ride could end for Route 200 bus riders next year.

City Council members plan to recommend for regular King County Metro Transit fares to be collected on the route.

Every dollar of property tax money is used by numerous local, regional and state agencies to fund services. Issaquah uses the dollars to fund police and fire services, parks and recreation, roads and municipal government. By Dona Mokin

Leaders intend for Route 200 fares to be used to help expand transit routes throughout the city and perhaps to Squak Mountain.

The recommendation and more than a dozen others outline a series of goals and initiatives in the 2011 municipal budget. Transportation — including the Metro Transit proposal and dollars for road upgrades — forms the basis of the plan.

The council is scheduled to adopt the spending plan Dec. 20.

The recession forced city leaders to slash spending and lay off employees late last year. The budget for the year ahead is not as austere as the most recent spending plan.

“The buzzword now is talking about resetting budgets, and I would say that this is a reset budget,” Mayor Ava Frisinger said. “It continues the resetting that was started in 2010.”

The council called for funds to be transferred from long-term road projects to pay for $530,000 in short-term street upgrades — dollars to fill potholes and apply fresh asphalt on trouble spots.

The fund for such street projects had been diminished to about $150,000 as leaders assembled the 2011 budget.

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Delve into long-term plan for business district at open house

December 7, 2010

Rowley Properties proposal encompasses almost 90 acres

Rowley Properties and city planners embarked on a bold effort in April to shape growth in the decades ahead near Interstate 90 and state Route 900.

Now, the city and the longtime Issaquah developer seek opinions from residents about the potential impacts redevelopment could cause to traffic, mountain views and the environment. Planners scheduled a Dec. 15 open house to gather input from residents.

Participants can listen to presentations from the Community Advisory Group, the citizen panel appointed to shape the process. Organizers also plan to present information about possible environmental impact studies for redevelopment on the site.

Beyond the open house, residents can also provide input later, as the project progresses through policy discussions and environmental studies.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah fund brings emergency aid to local families

December 7, 2010

The Merry Christmas Issaquah 2010 fund drive is open, just as the bank account for emergency aid to local families is nearly depleted.

It’s often this way. It’s the way it’s supposed to be.

Issaquah Community Services, the all-volunteer nonprofit organization that dispenses the donated funds, gives all it can each year to a growing number of requests from Issaquah-area residents.

The organization counts on new donations to cover the next year’s requests. Those requests are up 65 percent in the last two years, so it is rare for anyone to get more than $200 in assistance with rent, utilities, a car repair or another dire need.

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