Liberty, Skyline wrestlers take second at state

February 23, 2010

Liberty’s Hamilton Noel faces off against Olympic’s Brandon Yeik in the 3A 145-pound finals. Noel lost the match 13-7 and took second place in the weight class. By Tim Pfarr

Wrestlers Hamilton Noel, of Liberty High School, and Alexis Willcher, of Skyline High School, took second place in their divisions at the Mat Classic XXII state tournament Feb. 20 in the Tacoma Dome.

Noel, a sophomore, and Willcher, a senior, both wrestled in the 145-pound weight class; Noel competed in the 3A tournament while Willcher competed in the girls tournament.

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Potential downtown tenants get break on fees

February 23, 2010

City Council members last week extended a break on city fees to merchants who open businesses in downtown Issaquah. Read more

Workers enter ‘home stretch’ in SR 900 construction

February 23, 2010


Afternoon traffic lines up on state Route 900 at Northwest Talus Drive on Feb. 17 as work on the road-widening project nears completion. By Greg Farrar

Frequent closures along a stretch of state Route 900 near Talus could be a memory by late spring, as workers complete the final piece in the yearslong widening project.

State Department of Transportation crews widened the road from Newport Way Northwest to the vicinity of Northwest Talus Drive and Southeast 82nd Street. Narrow shoulders bracketed the old, single-lane roadway.

Workers added a lane in each direction and a left-turn lane in the center of the roadway, as well as a bike lane and a raised sidewalk on the west side of the road.

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Sometimes, the best things are free

February 23, 2010

Riders take advantage of Metro Transit’s bus route 200

King County Metro Transit’s 200 line isn’t perfect, as rider Kelly Boehlke is quick to point out.

“It’s either early or late. It’s rarely on time. Rarely,” she said.

As if to punctuate her point, the bus scheduled to arrive sometime after 12:47 p.m. idled up to Front Street by The Issaquah Press building at 12:44 p.m.

“See,” she said.

But most riders, Boehlke included, love the 200.

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Jerry Akira Miyao

February 23, 2010

Jerry Miyao

Jerry Akira Miyao, of Issaquah, died at his home Feb. 19, 2010. He was 63. Read more

A bell’s history is discovered

February 23, 2010

Tour through time

A regular look at Issaquah’s past

Above the concrete floor of the Auto Freight Building, where the American Indian trade knife profiled earlier was found, is where the Issaquah History Museums have stored large artifacts for the past 20 years.

Among these are the Peltola Sleigh, the original Issaquah Volunteer Fire Department Hose Cart, and a variety of large logging and railroad artifacts. Most of the items’ rich histories have been documented, and can be matched up to the artifacts through our artifact numbering system.

But during the years when the historical society was low on volunteers and without staff, pieces of history were stored in the building without being numbered, labeled or documented. The history of a number of these artifacts are still being researched. Read more

Off the Press

February 23, 2010

Help to ensure that The Beat goes on

Kathleen R. Merrill Press editor

Darn teenagers nowadays. You never know what they’re up to. That’s the sentiment of a lot of people. You’ll hear them say things like that if you bring up the topic of teens.

Well, I can tell you what some of them are up to. Some of them are doing their best to improve our world, in their own ways, and with their own goals and projects.

In this newspaper on a regular basis, and in our Living magazine this week, you can read about young philanthropists who are gathering books for children who have none; helping fund relief efforts for earthquake victims in Haiti; and walking, jogging and running for any number of causes. They do these things because they care about someone besides themselves, contrary to popular belief. They really want to make the world a better place.

And it isn’t only teens doing such things. Back when I was in grade school, I was playing and doing any number of little kid things. Elementary school kids today are collecting items and funds for people and organizations that need assistance.

But back to those pesky teens. One came to me last year, telling me she had an idea for a teen section in The Issaquah Press. And she had even written a proposal and gotten a grant to help start it.

Tiffany Xu, a Skyline High School junior, said she felt teens weren’t being adequately represented or viewed fairly, and she wanted to do something about it. I agreed with her, but it had taken me more than a year to get a student column started once a week on the Schools page, and I knew that someone had to have a well-above-average commitment to come through with more than that. I took a kind of wait-and-see approach to her idea, while doing some of my own research and watching to see if she could follow through on some starting tasks I gave her. Read more

Issaquah Police officer selected for FBI training

February 23, 2010

Issaquah Police Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum will attend prestigious FBI National Academy training, the department announced last week.

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State Legislature works on school levy lid changes

February 23, 2010

The Legislature is working on two bills that could either raise or lower local levy lids, changing the amount a school district could tax voters. Read more

Learn about disaster risks and ways to prepare March 4

February 23, 2010

King County Flood Control District officials will outline ways to reduce risks for people who live in or near floodplains during a March 4 meeting in Issaquah. Read more

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