Spartans get key win over dangerous Mustangs, 60-37

January 12, 2010

Skyline’s Austin Weige (1) defends against a Redmond player Jan. 8. By Christopher Huber

Skyline’s Austin Weige (1) defends against a Redmond player Jan. 8. By Christopher Huber

The Skyline High School boys basketball team came into its matchup with Redmond confident it would win, but knowing the Mustangs could surprise them.

Redmond is better than its 2-3 league and 3-6 overall record showed going into the Jan. 8 game at Skyline, said Spartans’ senior Cory Hutsen and coach J. Jay Davis.

Skyline came off a successful winter break, having won the Sam Barlow Trail Classic in Gresham, Ore., in December. But that didn’t mean the 7-1 Spartans could take Redmond lightly.

Skyline stuck to its guns, sealing its defensive game and limiting the Mustangs’ leading scorer, sophomore forward Jason Harrington, to just nine points. The Spartans beat Redmond 60-37 to go 4-1 in 4A KingCo Conference play and remain tied with Garfield for the Crest Division lead. Skyline is 8-1 overall.

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Port Blakely president will step down Jan. 15

January 12, 2010

Alan Boeker

Alan Boeker

Port Blakely Communities President Alan Boeker will step down Jan. 15, the company announced last week. The executive will leave as the Issaquah Highlands developer works to bring additional commercial options to the decade-old community.

René Ancinas, president and chief operating officer of parent company Port Blakely Companies, will assume responsibilities for the real estate division. Ancinas will work alongside Judd Kirk — a senior vice president, the chief real estate strategist and a key player in establishing the vision for the highlands — and other managers after the transition.

A statement from the company said Boeker would “pursue other development opportunities in the real estate industry.” Read more

Come to ‘Twilight’ convention with The Issaquah Press this weekend

January 12, 2010

Join us — and fellow Twihards — when the ‘Twilight’ convention comes to Seattle. Read more

Sunset Way interchange completion to begin construction in late spring

January 12, 2010

The narrow, temporary East Sunset Way approach to Interstate 90 will be completed this year with wider lanes, road shoulders, curbs and a sidewalk. By Greg Farrar

The narrow, temporary East Sunset Way approach to Interstate 90 will be completed this year with wider lanes, road shoulders, curbs and a sidewalk. By Greg Farrar

Expect construction noise and lane closures when state crews begin work to widen the East Sunset Way approach to Interstate 90 in late spring.

State Department of Transportation plans call for construction on the $3.5 million project to start in May and 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.

Workers will widen the narrow, curved roadway from a single lane in each direction hemmed by concrete barriers to wider lanes bracketed by road shoulders, curbs and a sidewalk.

“When you have two buses or two trucks try to go through here at the same time, it’s impossible. One of them has to wait,” Project Engineer Hung Huynh said.

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.

Huynh said the DOT plans to advertise the project to contractors next month. Officials tapped into state gas tax revenue to pay for the project. Read more

Apply to serve city as a board member or commissioner

January 12, 2010

Help shape the way Issaquah develops, advise officials about growth and even increase public art throughout the city. Read more

Merry Christmas fund closes above goal

January 12, 2010

The Merry Christmas Issaquah emergency aid fund has closed its annual fund drive with $52,977 in donations. The goal was $50,000. Read more

Council will decide whether to tweak tree rules

January 12, 2010

Bring comments about a proposed amendment to a key development agreement to the next City Council meeting, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19. Read more

Resident asks City Council to remove Pledge of Allegiance

January 12, 2010

A city resident asked the City Council to drop the Pledge of Allegiance from meetings last week — less than a month after he asked the Issaquah School Board to remove the pledge from its meetings. Read more

Sports calendar

January 12, 2010

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Community calendar

January 12, 2010

File Hike through history The Issaquah History Museums hosts a hike of the Issaquah and Superior mines, led by Steve Grate, Jan. 16. Meet at the Issaquah Train Depot at 10 a.m. for a brief presentation and slideshow about the history of the Issaquah and Superior mining operations. The hike will last about two and a half hours and cover about two miles over easy terrain. Hikes require advance registration and the completion of a release form. There is a fee of $6 per person for the hike, or $3 per person for members of the Issaquah History Museums. Call 392-3500 or e-mail info@issaquahhistory.org for a registration form, or go to www.issaquahhistory.org.

Hike through history The Issaquah History Museums hosts a hike of the Issaquah and Superior mines, led by Steve Grate, Jan. 16. Meet at the Issaquah Train Depot at 10 a.m. for a brief presentation and slideshow about the history of the Issaquah and Superior mining operations. The hike will last about two and a half hours and cover about two miles over easy terrain. Hikes require advance registration and the completion of a release form. There is a fee of $6 per person for the hike, or $3 per person for members of the Issaquah History Museums. Call 392-3500 or e-mail info@issaquahhistory.org for a registration form, or go to www.issaquahhistory.org. File

Events

The Issaquah Christian Church hosts the Seattle Union Gospel Mission Men’s Winter Clothes Collection four-week event, beginning Jan. 16. Drop off donations of gently used or new men’s clothing — shoes, boots, hats, caps, gloves, pants, sweaters, underwear, ponchos and coats — from 10 a.m. – noon Saturdays, Jan. 16, 23 and 30 and Feb. 6. The church is at 10328 Issaquah-Hobart Road S.E. Call 392-5848.

The Issaquah branch of the American Association of University Women is meeting at 10 a.m. Jan. 16 at Gibson Hall, 105 Newport Way S.W. Connie Fletcher, former Issaquah School Board member and current member of the state Board of Education, will talk about Core 24 graduation requirements and the new state science and math standards. The public is welcome.

The LearningRX Center invites anyone with a child or knows of a child who struggles to read to an open house and skill seminar from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Jan. 16 at its Issaquah location, 195 N.E. Gilman Blvd., Suite 100. Learn more or register by calling 657-0908 or going to www.learningrx.com/issaquah.

The Issaquah Alps Trails Club presents its winter 2010 hike schedule. Meet at the Trails Center, 110 S.E. Bush St. Learn more at www.issaquahalps.org or call the individual hike coordinator.

Taylor Mountain — 10 a.m. Jan. 17, Harry Morgan, 432-3249 Read more

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