Downtown church plans expansion

September 21, 2010

Eager to update a half-century-old building, church leaders and parishioners at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church plan to break ground next week on a wing to house Sunday school classes and a burgeoning music program.

The groundbreaking marks the latest step in a long process to accommodate a congregation with members ranging from infants to nonagenarians. Read more

Dump unused, expired meds at Issaquah Police Department

September 21, 2010

The federal Drug Enforcement Association has launched a national effort to collected unused prescription painkillers.

Issaquah-area residents can drop off unused medication at the Issaquah Police Department, 130 E. Sunset Way, on Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The event is part of the National Take-Back Initiative to collect unused medications. People can return unused or expired medications anonymously for disposal — no questions asked.

Prescription painkillers — often stolen and abused — help fuel a statewide overdose epidemic, state Attorney General Rob McKenna said. Drug overdoses kill more Washington residents than car accidents, the Attorney General’s Office reported last week.

McKenna plans to appear in the home plate parking lot at Safeco Field in Seattle at 10:45 a.m. Sept. 25 to promote the event.

In addition, Issaquah residents can drop off unused or expired medications anytime from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, at the police department.

Police probe link between Seattle, state park shootings

September 21, 2010

Police said the July shootout at Lake Sammamish State Park could be connected to a deadly Seattle shooting.

Though no firm evidence links the incidents, a Seattle Police Department spokesman said both shootings had possible gang ties.

Seattle police responded to a report of shots fired at 2:53 a.m. Sept. 17 at a South Seattle apartment building. Officers located a teenager with a gunshot wound to the face. Read more

A new parent’s nightmare

September 21, 2010

Mother remains in the hospital while father cares for the baby

Nate Bower looks down at his daughter, Sage, in their home near May Valley, as they wait for wife and mother Sarah Bower to return home from the hospital. By Greg Farrar

By the time Sage Bower was born in the early hours of Aug. 24, her mother, Sarah Bower, was already in a coma after experiencing a hemorrhagic stroke.

“It was the scariest thing I had ever been through,” said Sarah’s husband, Nate Bower. “I thought I was losing her right there. I was yelling at her to try to get her to talk. Words can’t explain it.”

Sarah and Nate Bower were ecstatic about being new parents. The two had met through friends at church and married in 2001, living in Issaquah before they moved to Maple Valley and then next to May Valley. Read more

Conservation corps plays important role in maintaining trails, streams

September 21, 2010

Members turn corps stint into eco-centric jobs

Jenn Woodham (foreground) and James Evangelisti, Washington Conservation Corps members, add fencing along Taylor Creek south of Issaquah. By Warren Kagarise

The teams maintaining the trails on state and King County lands near Issaquah often include members of the Washington Conservation Corps — a fresh-out-of-college bunch eager to earn experience in the environmental field.

Like the New Deal-era Civilian Conservation Corps, the 21st-century equivalent enlists young adults to tackle habitat and infrastructure projects.

“There are a lot of good public works projects that they’re doing out there,” state Department of Ecology spokesman Curt Hart said.

Members from far-flung corners of the United States populate the program. Some recruits, unable to land a job in a sour economy, turned to the program to burnish their résumés and earn a steady paycheck. Other members brought a background in environmental studies to the role. Many expressed a desire to learn about life in the Pacific Northwest.

In addition to trail projects, crews yank invasive plants from public lands, plant native flora and restore creek habitat.

Washington Conservation Corps teams conducted trail maintenance on Tiger Mountain in the past year. Earlier projects included habitat restoration along Issaquah Creek.

Members also race to disaster-stricken areas to render assistance.

“Come rain, floods, shine, fires, they’re there,” Hart said.

In April, the state Department of Ecology dispatched 30 Washington Conservation Corps members and supervisors to clean up debris and set up shelters after a tornado tore through Yazoo City, Miss.

For residents in the aftermath of a natural disaster, “our WCC crews may be the first government people these people see,” Hart said.

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Off the Press

September 21, 2010

Tim Pfarr Press reporter

It’s lovely weather for a hayride with you

Zip up your coat. Turn on the windshield wipers. Put the cover back on the barbecue. The wind and rain are back.

If this makes you sad, you should really cheer up; Oprah’s favorite things come during the holiday season, but mine come during fall, and the season officially starts Sept. 23.

Of course, I should tell you that nobody reading this article will receive a free car or a trip to Australia. Sorry, but Oprah is loaded, and I’m not.

The first great thing about fall is the color, and with all the deciduous trees we have in town, there is no shortage of red and orange leaves gusting through the air on a blustery day. Also, glue some dead leaves together and you’ve even got yourself a new coat. Read more

Learn about Northwest noir at the library

September 21, 2010

Susan Olds

The wild Pacific Northwest can pull at any artist’s imagination, whether that artist is a painter, writer, photographer or unsuspecting hiker.

The region’s gloomy winters, dense forests, rugged mountains and deep Puget Sound act as an ideal backdrop for mysteries, thrillers, UFO sightings and legends. Ask any “Twin Peaks” fan who has visited the Snoqualmie Valley, or any “Twilight” reader who has journeyed to Forks to see the setting of the novels detailing the lives of vampires and werewolves.

North Bend art historian Susan Olds will present “Northwest Noir: Mysteries, Legends and Landscapes” at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way. Read more

To the Editor

September 21, 2010

Park Pointe

Editorial’s math doesn’t add up

I scarcely know where to start in addressing the errors (both historical and mathematical) in the condescending babble that was your editorial in the Aug. 24 edition. While I don’t claim to represent every opinion expressed at the meeting, I’m pretty sure we’re all subject to the same rules of math.

Density is defined as mass divided by volume. I’m all for increasing density by adding mass (number of housing units), but opposed to decreasing density by adding volume (clearing more trees). By all means, fund the Park Pointe rescue plan through the addition of housing units on the already cleared areas of the highlands. But the number of additional homes that can be built is over 900, not the 550 you claimed.

I’m glad you were encouraged to see highlands residents turning up to a meeting, and even happier to let you know you can keep your chin up as you reflect on the highlands residents who have served on the Park Board, Planning Policy Commission, Sister Cities Commission and the Urban Village Development Commission.

If the intent of the deal was to build things “near roads and utilities needed to serve them,” the new things being built would be built on the already-cleared space where the roads and utilities exist, rather than where trees grow and no roads or utilities exist today.

Let’s not forget that the enrollment predictions you express such faith in were the basis for opposing the Grand Ridge school in the first place, and then subsequently resulted in more than 900 students attending a school built for fewer than 600. Oh, and not that I personally have an issue with portables per se, rather than possibly be needed someday, there will be four classes in the nine portables this year.

Tony Cowan

Issaquah

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Congregation marks 9/11 anniversary with service project

September 21, 2010

Andrew Larsen (standing, right) works with other members of Boy Scout Troop 697 and members of his Issaquah LDS church Sept. 11 on the Tradition Lake Reclamation Project toward his Eagle Scout award. By Matt Molen

On the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, members of a local church were hard at work in the community to help give the somber day a new image.

More than 80 volunteers from the Issaquah congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ventured up to Tradition Plateau on a sunny morning to take part in the Tradition Lake Reclamation Project.

Andrew Larsen, a local teen working toward his Eagle Scout award, created the event for his Eagle Scout service project. As a member of the Issaquah LDS congregation, Larsen received many willing hands from his Scout Troop 697 and church. Read more

Press Editorial

September 21, 2010

Football enhances community spirit

There are few things that make a community gel like neighborhood schools — especially a high school. While there are theater and concerts and an assortment of other showcase sports and activities for high school students to mix with the community at large, it’s still Friday night football games that create the most fun and excitement. Read more

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