Council approves contract for next city administrator

September 28, 2010

Bob Harrison

City Council members praised Mayor Ava Frisinger’s choice for city administrator and approved the Wyoming, Ohio, city manager for the post last week.

The unanimous council decision Sept. 20 marked the final step to hire Bob Harrison, 42, as Issaquah city administrator, the No. 2 official at City Hall.

Harrison is due to start Oct. 11. He stands to earn a $150,000 base salary, plus benefits. The city also offered him $15,000 if he relocates to the Issaquah School District.

The council signed off on the contract after about three minutes of discussion and a three-month search to hire a replacement for former City Administrator Leon Kos, who retired in April.

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Trout Unlimited casts for kokanee at Salmon Days

September 28, 2010

The Trout Unlimited Bellevue-Issaquah Chapter will have a booth at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery during Salmon Days.

The booth will display educational information about the chapter’s long-standing goal to conserve and restore runs of Issaquah’s heritage freshwater salmon, the kokanee.

Young kokanee will be displayed in an aquarium. Volunteers will be there to discuss the life history of kokanee, fry trapping for census information, habitat restoration, youth conservation education and sonic fish tagging with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Salmon Days kokanee T-shirts will be given for donations or new membership registrations in local organizations involved in saving Lake Sammamish kokanee.

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Parents of gifted children seek support

September 28, 2010

When Camber Charlot learned her 1-year-old daughter, Astor Tellman, loved language, she and her husband taught her to read and provided a supportive environment for their daughter filled with literature and math.

Tellman learned she qualified for MERLIN in elementary school, and now, at age 11, she is enrolled in classes available to high-achieving middle school students, including humanities-plus and higher-level math classes.

So, Charlot was alarmed last year when she learned the state Legislature might cut funding for highly capable programs, which would have cost Issaquah School District $147,000 for the 2010-11 school year, Chief of Finance and Operations Jake Kuper said.

The district spends about four to five times on its gifted programming than the state provides, Associate Superintendent Ron Thiele said.

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Off The Press

September 28, 2010

Earning a pizza Ph.D from the master

Laura Geggel Press reporter

The lights in Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria glowed dimly as cooks bustled through the restaurant, asking the small group of reporters if we wanted espressos, cappuccinos or perhaps a Danish?

I enjoy eating at Tutta Bella, and since it opened in Issaquah in June 2009, my pizza intake has steadily increased. I could barely stop grinning after receiving an invitation to learn about the inner workings of the restaurant Sept. 14 at its Stone Way location in Seattle. Read more

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Jets spotted in Issaquah participated in stadium flyover

September 28, 2010

The fighter jets residents reported in the skies above Issaquah and Sammamish on Sept. 18 conducted a flyover at Husky Stadium before the Washington-Nebraska football game.

Residents spotted the aircraft, a pair of Boeing EA-18G Growlers based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, above the Eastside at about the same time as the 12:30 p.m. kickoff.

Kim Martin, a Navy spokeswoman at the air station, said the aircraft serve as part of VAQ-129, a training squadron based at Whidbey Island.

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Police & Fire

September 28, 2010

Ford filched

A Ford parked in the 4700 block of 229th Place Southeast was stolen prior to Sept. 11. The estimated loss is unknown.

Home beat home

A doorframe and carbon dioxide sensors were damaged at a house in the 2200 block of 271st Court Southeast prior to Sept. 13. The residents had offered to pay a 21-year-old acquaintance to watch the house and feed their dog while they were gone for a weekend. Upon returning, they discovered the mess. They also found empty prescription bottles with the labels peeled off in a garbage can, and feared the house-sitter had been abusing drugs at the home. Read more

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Issaquah Boy Scout honors Bill Gates

September 28, 2010

Issaquah’s Nick Co presents Microsoft founder with Silver Buffalo Award

By Judy Co Nick Co smiles with Bill Gates, to whom he just awarded the Boy Scouts’ Silver Buffalo Award, a high honor for scouts.

Issaquah’s Nick Co recently gave Seattle’s most famous technology entrepreneur — Bill Gates — a top-notch Boy Scouts of America award.

“I was the master of ceremonies,” Co said. “I led the ceremony, broke in the crowd and told some jokes.”

Gates received the Silver Buffalo Award at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle on Sept. 14. The award, started by the Boy Scouts in 1925, is presented to people who have provided noteworthy service to youths nationwide. Other Silver Buffalo Award recipients include William Howard Taft, Theodore Roosevelt, Walt Disney and Colin Powell. Read more

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To The Editor

September 28, 2010

Park Pointe

City Council had its mind made up at the pre-hearing; all other input was wasted

Barbara Extract not only missed the point of my letter, but also helped prove my point. She disagreed with my claim that the Aug. 16 public hearing on the Park Pointe land swap was a sham. According to Ms. Extract, the hearing wasn’t a sham, because the unanimous vote (which took place a few minutes after the hearing) reflected pro-swap feedback that occurred “from the very beginning” of the process, long before the hearing.

Yes, that’s exactly my point. The council vote reflected pre-hearing input. Which means that they ignored what they heard at the hearing. Couldn’t have said it better myself. Read more

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Press Editorial

September 28, 2010

Sustainability takes leadership, balance

Issaquah is about to make history. The city, a longtime leader on sustainability issues, has followed Seattle and other large cities to change how restaurants and all other food sellers — from school lunchrooms to corporate cafeterias — serve food.

In many restaurants, diners noticed the change months ago, as innovative containers made from corn and paper replaced landfill-clogging options made from foam and plastic.

The alternative, the expanded polystyrene foam called Styrofoam, sits in landfills for years. The substance does not biodegrade and instead breaks into smaller and smaller pieces. Read more

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Triplet volunteers prove three heads are better than one

September 28, 2010

Triplets Areesa, Selina and Khalil Somani (from left) divvy out who will take which dietary trays to patients at Evergreen Hospital Medical Center this summer. By Elizabeth DeVos

Many teenagers take the summer months to hang out with friends, do nothing or find a job to earn some extra money. For some teens, volunteering is a way to fill the summer months with something to do, while feeling good about themselves.

Sixteen-year-old Issaquah triplets — Areesa, Selina and Khalil Somani — volunteered at Evergreen Hospital Medical Center in Kirkland for four hours once a week throughout the summer.

“It’s really nice to feel like you’re needed somewhere,” Areesa said. Read more

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