Roll call

February 2, 2010

Y = Yes, N = No,

E = Excused, X = Not Voting

House Bill 1180 — passed the House 95-1 — prohibits the use bisphenol A, a chemical used to harden plastics, in any product containing food or beverages intended for use by a child 3 and under. The bill restricts the use of bisphenol A in sports bottles. The Senate passed SSB 6248 to also ban the use of bisphenol 36-9. The Senate bill does not regulate bisphenol A in sports bottles. HB 1180 is now before the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee for further consideration and the House will consider SSB 6248. Read more

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Getting out the voters

February 2, 2010

Aoife Buckley (left), a first-grader, and her dad Martin Buckley, arrive at a rally for evening rush-hour motorists Jan. 22 at the corner of Front Street and Sunset Way to encourage passage of the three Issaquah School District levies. By Greg Farrar

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An eye for directing

February 2, 2010

Local filmmaker looks to ride low-budget horror movie trend to success with ‘Eyes in the Dark’

Reading the script and discussing a scene for ‘Eyes in the Dark’ are (from left) actress Melinda Ausserer, assistant director Robyn Scaringi, actor Jason Robison, director Bjorn Anderson, actor Wayne Bastrup and actor John Symonds. Contributed

On his 26th birthday, Issaquah resident Bjorn Anderson walked into work at the Home Depot and gave his two weeks’ notice. He wanted to pursue his dream of making movies. He started his first script the same day.

“I figured I was young enough that if I was ever going to do it, it would have to be now,” Anderson said.

He never had any formalized film training, but said he watched movies with a critical eye for years.

“I could pay money for film school or pay money for actual film and learn as I go,” Anderson said.

He chose the latter. Read more

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Dig into the duck and dumplings at Macky’s Dim Sum

February 2, 2010

Put down the chopsticks, or maybe a fork, and ignore the stares from other diners, because the menu at Macky’s Dim Sum presents a hand-eye coordination challenge. Order the roasted duck — lacquered skin and moist meat presented in oh-so-neat rows — and utensils will be rendered useless. Read more

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To The Editor

February 2, 2010


Volunteers, voters have helped make school proposals successful in the past

The Issaquah School District has been blessed by the support of volunteers and voters in the past many years. Their actions have translated into creating a school district that has been recognized for excellence in student achievement, and I know that as a community, we want to continue to demonstrate that excellence. Read more

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Arts Calendar

February 2, 2010



Stephanie Reilly’s exhibit, “Thoughts from the Divine,” Pogacha, 120 N.W. Gilman Blvd., through March 13, 392-5550

Opening night reception, 6-8 p.m., for a celebration of fresh and favorite works from local photographers, through Feb. 27, Collective Works gallery, UpFront [art], 48 Front St.

Fridays in the Living Room with Greta with special guest Gary Scott, 7:45-10 p.m. Bake’s Place, 4135 Providence Point Dr. S.E., $15, 391-3335


Jovino Santos Neto Quarteto, 7:45-10 p.m. Bake’s Place, $15

Trainwreck, 8-11 p.m. Pogacha, 120 N.W. Gilman Blvd., 392-5550

Dan Connolly, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Zeeks Pizza, 2525 N.E. Park Drive, Issaquah Highlands Read more

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Press Editorial

February 2, 2010

Library levy request misleads voters

Seattle Public Libraries are cutting costs by cutting hours at most of its libraries, while adding hours at other key library locations. The King County Library System should do the same. Instead, it is asking voters for more taxes, to return its maintenance and operations levy to the highest allowed levy rate of 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation. Read more

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Public Meetings

February 2, 2010

Feb. 3

Development Commission Read more

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Teens need more sleep; school hours need to change

February 2, 2010

Hall Monitor Hayley Swanson Issaquah High School

Not everyone likes waking up before the sun, and most teenagers have to do that to get to school on time.

It is against teens’ natural biological clock to fall asleep at 9:30 p.m., the time at which they need to fall asleep if they want to get a solid eight or more hours of sleep. School for high schoolers and middle schoolers in the Issaquah School District starts between 7 and 8 a.m., and a good handful of them sleep in class throughout the day because they barely slept the night before. The lucky ones get more than six hours of sleep. Read more

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Wanted: Locals headed to the Winter Olympics

February 2, 2010

Issaquah councilman reappointed to transit board

King County Executive Dow Constantine reappointed Issaquah Councilman Fred Butler to the Sound Transit board of directors.

The regional board establishes policy and guides a system with almost 14 million riders per year on buses, commuter rail and light rail in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties.

“Councilmember Butler has been one of the most dedicated Sound Transit board members with whom I have had the pleasure to serve,” Constantine said in a statement. “He has ably chaired the Finance Committee for several years and was recently chosen as a vice chair of the Sound Transit Board for the coming year.”

Butler, elected to the City Council in 1999 and re-elected since, joined the Sound Transit board in 2003, after a recommendation from then-Executive Ron Sims. The former executive reappointed Butler to subsequent terms.

Butler serves alongside 16 other elected officials from King, Snohomish and Pierce counties. Constantine also serves on the board. State Department of Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond is the 18th board member.

The new board is scheduled to meet Jan. 14.

Constantine appointed three other local politicians to the board: Bellevue Councilwoman Claudia Balducci, new Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and new King County Councilwoman Jan Drago.

Besides Butler, the executive also reappointed King County Councilwoman Julia Patterson and King County Councilman Pete von Reichbauer.

“I believe that these appointees will continue the strong leadership needed as we plan and build more light rail in the coming years,” Constantine said.

After voters elected Constantine as executive in November, the executive-elect appointed Butler to his 30-person transition team. Butler had served alongside Constantine on the Sound Transit board in the past.

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