Undercrossing opens to link north and south Issaquah

December 16, 2010

NEW — 3 p.m. Dec. 16, 2010

The link between north and south Issaquah opened to traffic Thursday, after years of planning and months of construction.

Interstate 90 Undercrossing

The long-planned Interstate 90 Undercrossing — or Fourth Avenue Northwest — runs from a traffic signal at the post office along Northwest Gilman Boulevard, connects into the rail corridor behind Gilman Station, forms a T-shaped intersection at Southeast 62nd Street, continues along 221st Place Southeast and then terminates at Southeast 56th Street.

Read more

Cascade Water Alliance seals deal for future Issaquah water supply

December 16, 2010

NEW — 1 p.m. Dec. 16, 2010

The state Department of Ecology and Cascade Water Alliance sealed a deal Wednesday for a water-rights package to secure a future drinking water source for Issaquah residents.

The rights grant the alliance the authority to use Lake Tapps in Pierce County as a long-term drinking water source.

The rights allow the alliance to store water in the Lake Tapps Reservoir, divert water from the White River into the lake to supply water for the Water Supply Project and withdraw water from Lake Tapps for municipal water supply purposes. The project as proposed could take 50 years to develop.

Under the agreement, Cascade has the authority to use up to 48 million gallons of lake water per day for public use.

Read more

Skyline High School girls win second straight game

December 16, 2010

NEW — 11:15 a.m. Dec. 16, 2010

Megan Weideman and Haley Smith combined for 25 points Wednesday as they led the Skyline High School girls basketball team to a 56-36 4A KingCo Conference victory against visiting Redmond.

Skyline shot to a 14-8 first quarter lead and never looked back. The Spartans held a commanding 34-17 advantage at halftime.

Weideman led the Spartans with 13 points and Smith had 12 points.

The victory was the second straight for Skyline, which is 2-1 in league play and 3-2 overall. Skyline entertains Bishop Blanchet at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 in a nonleague contest.

Read more

Habitat for Humanity asks residents to donate holiday wish list items

December 16, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 16, 2010

Habitat for Humanity of East King County needs professional services and in-kind donations to make the holiday session merrier.

The nonprofit organization needs the donations to continue home construction in the Issaquah Highlands.

The holiday wish list for professional services includes: framers in December, roof truss installation in December and January, and a repair for a mobile work trailer. The donation wish list requests a mobile work trailer, including heat and lights, and a digital camera.

Contact Construction Manager Lee Brannam at lbrannam@habitatekc.org to discuss service and supply donations.

Read more

Liberty swimmers sprint past Lake Washington team

December 15, 2010

NEW — 3 p.m. Dec. 15, 2010

Logan Briggs and Kevin Hays each won two individual races and swam on two winning relays as the Liberty High School boys swimming team cruised by Lake Washington 130-49 Tuesday in a 3A/2A KingCo Conference meet at Julius Boehm Pool.

Briggs captured the 100-yard butterfly in 56.68 seconds and took the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.83. He swam on the Patriots’ winning 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay.

Hays won the 200 freestyle in 2:03.51 and the 500 freestyle in 5:38.30. He also swam on the Patriots’ winning 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay.

Connor Biehl, of Liberty, won the 200 individual medley. He also swam on all three winning relays.

Raymond Ha and Luke Duschl won individual events and swam on winning relays, too.

Read more

Preston trail connector, a missing link in greenway, opens Thursday

December 15, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Dec. 15, 2010

Join state Department of Transportation and the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust on Thursday to open a trail connector between High Point and Preston.

The ceremony is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday along the north side of Interstate 90 at Exit 20.

The organizations 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.

The connector also means hikers and other trail users no longer need to detour onto High Point Way or the interstate. The link is part of the county regional trails system.

Read more

Governor proposes changes to state parks, recreation agencies

December 15, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 15, 2010

Gov. Chris Gregoire has called for the agency responsible for Lake Sammamish and Squak Mountain state parks, plus the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, to be merged into a single agency in order to cut costs.

The governor unveiled a plan Tuesday to reduce the number of state agencies from 21 to nine. The consolidation could mean almost $30 million in savings and a reduction in state positions by 125 between next year and 2013. The state faces a $4.6 billion shortfall in the upcoming budget.

Gregoire intends to consolidate the state natural resource agencies to help address the revenue gap.

Read more

Issaquah Creek menaces homes, floods streets

December 14, 2010

City emergency responders turn attention to mudslides in aftermath

The rain-swollen East Fork of Issaquah Creek spills into a parking lot at Northeast Crescent Drive and Front Street North on Dec. 12. By Megan Ching

Rainfall gorged Issaquah Creek and menaced homes, businesses and roads Dec. 12, as a late-fall storm reminded emergency officials and residents to plan for a rain-soaked winter.

The deluge turned the creek into a roiling broth the color of chocolate milk and led to flooding on roads and in Issaquah neighborhoods. Read more

Christmas tree hunt offers old-time cheer

December 14, 2010

Families search for ‘Cadillac of trees’ at local sellers

Bill Johnson, of Renton, carries the Christmas tree he cut Dec. 9 after making the selection with wife Cathy at Trinity Tree Farm. by Greg Farrar

People come to the Issaquah area from across the Puget Sound region to hunt for Christmas trees greener than Dr. Seuss’ Grinch.

OK, so artificial Christmas trees no longer resemble green pipe cleaners, but holiday revelers at tree farms and lots throughout the area said the search for a fresh tree does not compare to unpacking plastic and metal pieces from a box in the crawlspace.

Washington — the Evergreen State, after all — is the No. 6 Christmas tree-producing state in the nation.

Linda Mills — alongside husband Ken and young daughters Marilynn and Erika — trekked to Trinity Tree Farm near Issaquah in early December.

The idea to cut down a fresh tree came to the Renton resident after the family joined Mills’ parents to scope possible Christmas trees on the Olympic Peninsula on Thanksgiving. Read more

Supreme Court rules against local school challenge

December 14, 2010

Washington’s school districts won’t be seeing any extra funding for special education programs anytime soon.

The state Supreme Court ruled on the School Districts’ Alliance for Adequate Funding of Special Education v. State on Dec. 9, deciding in an 8-1 vote that the alliance did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the state under funds special education.

The Issaquah School District helped spearhead the lawsuit in 2004, joining 11 other districts that also called into question how the state pays for special education. Combined, the alliance and amicus school districts serve about two-thirds of students in the state receiving special education services.

The districts alleged that the state does not adequately fund special education, forcing districts to instead rely heavily on local taxpayer dollars. They asked the state to implement the constitutional mandate “to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders, without distinction or preference on account of race, color, caste or sex.” Read more

« Previous PageNext Page »