City continues overnight roadwork on several streets

August 24, 2010

The city has scheduled overnight roadwork through Aug. 26 in order to repair cracks in several streets.

The project is not expected to cause significant traffic delays. Crews plan to work from 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.

Expect to see road crews at the following locations: Front Street North from Sunset Way to Interstate 90; Northwest Sammamish Road from 17th Avenue Northwest to two blocks west; West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast from Lakemont Boulevard Southeast to two blocks east; and Southeast 56th Street from East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast to 220th Avenue Southeast.

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To The Editor

August 24, 2010

Gravity car races

Issaquah, Sammamish Rotary clubs helped make event successful

The Life Enrichment Options organization would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation to both the Issaquah and Sammamish Rotary clubs for their superb efforts in partnering with us to provide two highly successful gravity car races this past month.

We received a number of e-mails from parents whose child either overcame a fear to get in a car, or were bubbling over with excitement in racing down a hill to the finish line. Every rider with special needs was a winner, getting his or her trophy and certificate with a picture in a car.

None of this could happen without the wonderful volunteers of the Rotary clubs, Athletes for Kids, Issaquah High School wrestlers, Skyline High School cheerleaders, and football and basketball athletes.

Leo Finnegan and LEO board of directors Read more

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Press Editorial

August 24, 2010

Highlands residents add to discussion

City Council members should be applauded for their decision last week to forge ahead with the plan to preserve Park Pointe. The council did so despite misguided opposition from Issaquah Highlands residents. Homeowners there have concerns about adding density in their community as a way to offset the preservation at Park Pointe on Tiger Mountain. In exchange for the open space, 550 homes could be built in the highlands.

The decision must have been particularly tough for Councilman Mark Mullet, the first and only highlands resident on the council. His support took grit in the face on unified opposition from his friends and neighbors. Read more

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Clark Elementary School celebrates 60 years

August 24, 2010

Walk back in time with the Clark Elementary School community at Clark’s 60th Anniversary Walkathon and Celebration, from 3:38-6:30 p.m. Oct. 1.

Join the community walk to raise funds for expanding educational opportunities for Clark students, while current and former Clark families celebrate memories of Issaquah’s oldest elementary school. Enjoy food, drinks and entertainment, and dress in 1950s attire for a night of fun.

Clark alumni and staff are invited to share thoughts, memorabilia or talents at the event. E-mail

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Liberty grad honored for muscular dystrophy camp

August 24, 2010

Hayley Grandine and her boyfriend, Morgan, are all smiles on the first day of Camp Promise-West 2009. Contributed

Liberty High School graduate Hayley Grandine was recently awarded a $2,500 scholarship from the BECU Foundation for her community service as a muscular dystrophy camp counselor.

The camp is more than a community service project to Grandine, however. Some of her closest friends and her boyfriend have muscular dystrophy.

“It makes a lot of things a lot harder, but you’re all kids and just want to hang out and have fun,” she said.

Grandine became involved in Camp Promise-West at age 16, when a friend from school invited her to be a counselor. She has gone back every summer since, and is continuing this summer before leaving for college. Read more

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Council seeks to fine-tune food-packaging ordinance

August 24, 2010

Less than eight weeks before a landmark food-packaging ordinance goes into effect, city leaders plan to fine-tune the legislation to compensate for fast-melting compostable straws, foil-backed sandwich wrappers and other potential pitfalls.

In a milestone decision late last year, Issaquah became the first Eastside city to ban polystyrene food containers and instead require containers and utensils fashioned from compostable materials. The ban goes into effect Oct. 1 — but businesses can ask to be exempt until early next year.

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Jeffrey Kempe is named fellow for Transforming Life After 50

August 24, 2010

Jeffrey Kempe

The California initiative Transforming Life After 50 Fellowship has expanded into Washington, and one of 19 people to be named fellows is Jeffrey Kempe, adult services coordinator for the King County Library System in Issaquah.

The initiative is a fellowship designed to help libraries better serve and engage adults 50 and older. Research has shown that current library services for adults 50 and older do not match the characteristics or interests of the age group, according to the TLA50 website. Read more

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EFR considering new charges for ambulance rides, crash responses

August 24, 2010

Call it the fire department equivalent of tolling.

Faced with the steadily rising costs of health care and personnel, and repeated calls from partners to limit their annual increases in contributions, Eastside Fire & Rescue is considering charging citizens for various fire services, from ambulance rides to car crash responses.

Sammamish officials have pushed the department to see what it would take to draft a budget with a zero-percent increase next year. EFR Deputy Chief of Operations Jeff Griffin said the administration is dedicated to trying for that, but said it may be a choice between staff or program cuts, or new revenue from fees. Read more

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Issaquah artist featured in Bellevue show

August 24, 2010

Anita Feng, an Issaquah-based artist, is taking part in the first Art in the Garden held at the Bellevue Botanical Garden.

The event is Aug. 28-29. Twenty Northwest artists, including Feng, will showcase their work. As a fun twist, visitors will be issued “passports” as they hunt for artists’ pieces hidden around the gardens.

As well as being on display, plenty of art will be available to purchase.

Feng specializes in Raku Buddha art. In her artwork, she combines her love of pottery and ceramics with Zen meditation, an interest that she has practiced extensively for 30 years. Read more

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Seahawks’ Leroy Hill agrees to domestic-violence treatment

August 24, 2010

The assault charge against Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill could be dropped in 18 months if he completes a yearlong domestic-violence treatment program and stays out of trouble.

Hill appeared in Issaquah Municipal Court last week and entered into a stipulated order of continuance. The agreement allows Hill to avoid a trial if he and the city prosecutor agree to conditions in the case.

Hill, 27, had pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge; a trial could have started as early as this week. Issaquah police arrested Hill in April after his girlfriend said he attacked her at his Talus home. Read more

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