New signs educate residents about drinking water

April 6, 2010

City workers posted signs throughout the city in mid-March to remind residents about the importance of ground water.

Workers installed five ground water protection signs in the Critical Aquifer Recharge Area — places where rainwater filters into the underground municipal water supply. Ground water pumped from the Lower Issaquah Valley Aquifer serves as a major source of city drinking water.

Officials said the signs will be used alongside other tools, like the city Web site, to educate residents about the source of city water, as well as manmade impacts on the ground water supply.

Learn more about drinking water, the Critical Aquifer Recharge Area and the signs here.

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Performance will benefit Tent City 4

April 6, 2010

Learn about living without permanent shelter in the Seattle area at a performance of “View from the Tent: Thoughts from a Homeless Man” to benefit Tent City 4.

Actor Dan Niven created the dramatic monologue, and he will perform the piece at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 1121 228th Ave. S.E., at 7 p.m. April 17. The performance will be followed by audience feedback, as well as conversation with the actor and a panel of Tent City 4 residents.

Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors through Brown Paper Tickets. Light refreshments will be served at the event. Learn more about the performance at the Tent City 4 Web site.

Tent City 4 arrived in the Community Church of Issaquah parking lot in late January. About 80 homeless people live in the encampment on a given day.

The encampment moves between Eastside churches, and remains at a site for about 90 days. Tent City 4 will leave Issaquah on April 24 for Lake Washington United Methodist Church in Kirkland.

Tent City 4 shelters up to 100 adults at a fenced site with 24-hour security. Organizers do not allow children to live at the encampment. Most Tent City 4 residents leave the camp during the day for work.

Residents undergo warrant and convicted sex offender checks before they are allowed to enter the camp, and strict rules ban offenders.

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Governor signs health bill sponsored by Issaquah rep

April 6, 2010

State Sen. Cheryl Pflug, a registered nurse who represents Issaquah in Olympia, sponsored a bill to establish a pair of pilot projects intended to make healthcare more affordable. Gov. Chris Gregoire signed the legislation March 25.

The measure sponsored by Pflug, a Maple Valley Republican, promotes a team approach to healthcare. The law encourages public and private healthcare systems to coordinate patient care and pay for results rather than treatments.

The measure establishes at least two accountable-care organization pilot projects — collaborations between physicians and hospitals designed to allow a team approach to coordinating patient care. The legislation requires the projects to be established by Jan. 1, 2012.

“Accountable-care organizations change today’s patient care model,” Pflug said in a news release. “Instead of paying doctors a set amount per patient visit or treatment, primary physicians in accountable-care organizations receive additional compensation when they help improve a patient’s health such that it saves money by preventing hospital visits and preventable complications of chronic illness.”

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College News

April 6, 2010

Issaquah grad named Texas Christian scholar  

Texas Christian University has designated Matthew Fisser as a TCU scholar for the fall 2009 semester.

To qualify, students must achieve a 4.0 grade point average for a minimum of 12 class hours.

Fisser, a 2006 graduate of Skyline High School, has also been named to the dean’s honor list of the M.J. Neeley School of Business.

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Find a free Evergreen State tourism planner online

April 6, 2010

State tourism officials showcased Issaquah Alps trails and the Salmon Days Festival in the official state travel planner released in early March.

Washington State Tourism and the state Department of Commerce released a 152-page, full color print travel planner, and also made the guide available online at

Organizers said the online offering represented a way to decrease the environmental impact of the guide. Besides English, find versions of the online guide in Spanish, French, German and Japanese translations.

Order a printed copy of the planner for free through the state tourism Web site or by calling 800-544-1800 toll free.

The guide includes information about attractions and events across the Evergreen State.

“As the economy continues to recover, Pacific Northwest residents are looking for affordable vacation ideas in their own backyards, and we hope this travel planner will be a valuable tool, as well as a source of travel inspiration,” Marsha Massey, executive director for Washington State Tourism, said in a news release. “Our great state has so many experiences to offer visitors, from its breathtaking beaches and national parks to refreshingly vibrant urban centers and cut

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County marks National 911 Education Month

April 6, 2010

King County has recognized April as National 911 Education Month, and encourages residents to learn how to communicate effectively and efficiently during emergencies.

King County E-911 Program Office staffers distributed education materials to all public libraries in King County: a coloring book to teach children about 911 and a brochure for adults. Schools and community groups can also request the free materials. Learn more about the education program here.

“For the past 25 years, 911 has served as a vital link between the people of King County and emergency services,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said in a news release. “Educating the public on the appropriate use of 911 has contributed to the incredible success of our emergency communications system. Increased awareness is important as we continue to upgrade the 911 system to work effectively with new communications technologies and devices.”

Congress and the National Emergency Number Association also acknowledged April as National 911 Education Month.

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College News

April 6, 2010

Local students make Oregon State honor roll  

Ryan O’Donnel, of Preston, and Scott Manis, Eryn McGowanthe and Matthew R. McIntosh, of Sammamish, were recently named to the winter term scholastic honor roll at Oregon State University.

To qualify, students must carry at least 12 graded hours of course work.

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To market, to market

April 6, 2010

Issaquah Farmers Market returns for 20th season

A cornucopia of produce, flowers and arts and crafts will return when the Issaquah Farmers Market opens for a 20th season April 10.

The market will welcome visitors at Pickering Barn for a 12th year. The opening day will feature the usual reunions between longtime vendors and customers, as well as entertainment.

Mayor Ava Frisinger will greet customers and vendors at the market in a 10 a.m. speech. Firehouse Fiddlers, a group based in the Issaquah Highlands, will perform from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The local market predates other Eastside farmers markets by several years. Dorothy Knitter and John Whitaker opened the market two decades ago at Gibson Hall. Organizers set up the earliest markets at a handful of sites in downtown Issaquah.

The market relocated throughout downtown in the early years, and settled at Pickering Barn a dozen years ago. The city upgraded the frontier-era barn after the market settled there.

But this year, the market will reopen without a familiar face. Market Manager Dave Sao departed last year when, as a cost-cutting measure, the city offered severance packages to longtime employees. Read more

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DOT will open East Sunset Way construction bids

April 6, 2010

State Department of Transportation officials will open construction bids for the East Sunset Way interchange April 7.

Workers will widen the narrow, curved roadway from a single lane in each direction bracketed by concrete barriers to wider lanes bracketed by road shoulders, curbs and a sidewalk. Crews will also replace a temporary support wall with a permanent support for the widened roadway. The project will also require workers to reconfigure storm water retention ponds adjacent to the site.

Officials plan to start construction on the estimated $3.5 million project next month. Work should last about six months. Although most work will take place off the roadway, the project will require up to 60 nighttime closures, when a single lane will remain open and flag crews will direct traffic.

The state started advertising the project to contractors March 8.

Crews completed most of the interchange in 2003. Workers left the East Sunset Way piece unfinished in order to link the junction to the planned Southeast Bypass.

City Council members canceled the proposed 1.1-mile roadway across Tiger Mountain in 2008, after 12 years of planning and $4 million.

The interchange work completed in 2003 — billed by the DOT as a $117 million congestion-relief project — created additional access to Issaquah and the Sammamish Plateau.

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Scottrade opens branch office in Issaquah

April 6, 2010

Scottrade, a leading branch-supported online investing firm, has opened a branch office in Issaquah. The office, 5724 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway, is managed by Travis Turner.

“Investors can stop by our Issaquah branch office to open an account or learn about Scottrade’s online trading platforms, as well as other tools and resources that can help them make their own investment decisions,” Turner said.

Scottrade is an online investing firm with the largest branch network in the country and expects to open its 500th branch office later this year. The firm offers a full line of investment products and market research tools to help self-directed investors make their own investing decisions.

Though Scottrade does not provide advice, stockbrokers are available at branch offices to answer account-related questions, provide customer service and give tutorials on Scottrade’s online trading services.

Scottrade’s Issaquah office is open from 6 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and can be reached at 369-1980. After-hours support is available from 4-8 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturdays.

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