DOT report shows improvement in regional traffic congestion

March 2, 2010

Traffic congestion across the region eased in the second half of last year, data released by the state Department of Transportation shows. Read more

Arts calendar

March 2, 2010

MARCH

5th

March Collective Works’ exhibition “Bits and Pieces: The Ephemera of Life” opening reception, featuring works from local artists, 6-8 p.m. March 5, 48 Front St. N., Exhibit through March 27, 392-3191 or www.arteast.org

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

Half Pack Live, 8-11:30 p.m., Vino Bella, 99 Front St. N., 391-1424

6th

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

Kelly Harland: One Girl, Two Worlds, 7:45-10 p.m. Bake’s Place, $15

A.Soul.Band, 8-11:30 p.m., Vino Bella

7th

Kaleidoscope School of Music’s preview concert of their 2010 material, 4-5:30 p.m., Hammond Ashley Violins, 320 Third Ave. N.E.

Mark DuFresne: Sunday Blues, BBQ & Beer, 7 p.m. Bake’s Place, $10

8th

“Threads of Conversation,” juried by Sharon Rowley, Patti Shaw and Mary Lewis, of the Contemporary QuiltArt Association, through July 11, University House Issaquah retirement community, 22975 S.E. Black Nugget Road. An opening reception is from 2-4 p.m. March 13. Call 557-4200.

9th

Art show, “Array de Peinture,” by artist Jennifer Bloom, through April 24, Pogacha, 120 N.W. Gilman Blvd.

College news

March 2, 2010

Local students make UW dean’s list

The following students from the Issaquah area have been named to the dean’s list at the University of Washington for the autumn quarter.

To qualify for the dean’s list, a student must have completed at least 12 graded credits and have a grade point average of at least 3.5 (out of 4). Read more

Sports calendar

March 2, 2010

Adult Sports

Issaquah Alps Trail Club

March 6, 9:30 a.m., Cougar Mountain loop, 6 miles, 600 gain. Call 823-0747 … March 7, 9:30 a.m., Snoqualmie Ridge loop, 5.5 miles, 850 gain. Call 882-3435 … March 11, 9 a.m., Northern RR trail on West Tiger I, 11.5 miles, 2,200 gain. Call 785-8469 … March 14, 10 a.m., Dogs Welcome Hike, 4.5 miles,600-1,000 gain. Call 206-322-0990.

Cascade Bicycle Club

March 4, 6:45 p.m., Eastside Tours, 20-30 miles, from Marymoor Park’s east parking lot. Call 392-1347 … March 6, 10 a.m., Lake Sammamish loop, 36 miles from Woodinville’s Redhook Brewery. Call 206-356-8134 … March 16, 10 a.m., Mercer Island to Issaquah’s XXX Drive-In. Ride starts at Mercer Island lid parking lot. Call 822-8546.

Volleyball

Issaquah Parks has open gym for volleyball on Mondays from 6-9 p.m. at the community center.

Tennis

Tennis and friends – Issaquah Parks program for people 50 years and up at Tibbetts Valley Tennis Courts. Daily sessions from 9 a.m.-noon. Call 369-8332.

Rowing

Classes – March 13, 9 a.m. – noon, at Sammamish Rowing Association boathouse at 5022 West Lake Sammamish Parkway. This introductory class is open to ages 13 and up. To register, go to www.sammamishrowing.org. For further information, e-mail director@srarowing.com. Read more

Eagles win four straight loser-out games to make state

March 2, 2010

Mackenzie Schiltz, Issaquah junior guard, scores two points in the third quarter. By Greg Farrar.

Some teams took the path less traveled to reach this week’s 4A state girls basketball tournament in the Tacoma Dome.

But the Issaquah High School Eagles weren’t one of those teams. The Eagles’ traveled over a difficult path to qualify for the 4A tournament a second straight year.

Issaquah had to win four loser-out games, three last week, to earn its tournament berth.

“I wouldn’t recommend that kind of road for anyone,” Issaquah coach Kathy Gibson said.

But the Eagles made it to the state tournament just the same.

Issaquah, 21-4, meets perennial power Lewis & Clark, of Spokane, at 10:30 a.m. March 3 in the opening round. Lewis & Clark, 16-9, captured 4A state titles in 2006, 2007 and 2008. The Tigers finished fifth in last year’s tournament. Read more

Fire protection budget practices are under review

March 2, 2010

Finance Chief Dave Gray has given himself a deadline for reforming Eastside Fire & Rescue’s budget process: 2011. Read more

Student bands rock out for a good cause

March 2, 2010

Issaquah High School’s leadership class is getting ready to rock for a good cause and its members want you to join them.

The class is hosting its annual Battle of the Bands competition for high school students March 11.

The battle is one of the most anticipated events each year, said student Maria Tilden.

While rocking out, though, your admission and donations will go to a good cause, the American Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund.

About 10 bands from the school will play three songs each throughout the night.

Leadership students are still finalizing the lineup, but they said it’s guaranteed to be a good time for the community.

“I’m looking forward to seeing all the different bands and help expose them to the public, because I just think it’s great that we have so many talented high school bands and I think that is awesome,” said student Lindsay Baringer.

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Scared straight

March 2, 2010

On display at Beaver Lake Middle School’s Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Awareness week is the Acura Integra after a July crash that killed Chase Tinsley, 18, and Zackary Oliver, 21, of Algona, after they were drinking at a party. By Chantelle Lusebrink

Twisted metal and stained car seats are all that remain of a car crash that claimed the lives of two best friends.

Chase Tinsley, 18, and Zackary Oliver, 21, were only going to drive about a mile to sleep at a friend’s house after a party on Lake Tapps that morning. They never made it.

Instead, something went very wrong. Their car hit a tree and fell 25 feet down an embankment; Chase was killed instantly. Zach was pinned inside the car, which landed upside down in a pond below. Emergency crews were unable to get him out in time, Chase’s mother Margaret Tinsley said Feb. 8.

“When I saw the car, it sent shivers up my spine and I don’t think anyone deserves that to happen to them,” seventh-grader Sadie Wilbur said.

“It is a strong deterrent from drinking,” seventh-grader Erik Crouch added. “It’s amazing that in two seconds, two lives were taken away. I don’t think anyone who sees that car will ever drink and drive.”

So why was a car belonging to a couple of Algona friends in Sammamish? It’s all part of Beaver Lake Middle School’s annual Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco and Addiction awareness week.

The school has hosted the weeklong awareness program for several years. Read more

Basketball Roundup

March 2, 2010

The Skyline High School Spartans are one of the hottest teams entering the 4A State Tournament, which begins March 3 in the Tacoma Dome. Read more

To The Editor

March 2, 2010

Trash collection

Cutting the service in half will probably create twice the problems

In reading last weeks article, “Trash changes could extend landfill’s life,” regarding the proposed new every-other-week-collection schedule; my initial reaction was I could live with twice-a-month collections if they would still provide weekly yard waste pickups.

Maybe some of the newer neighborhoods that don’t have yards or established trees could get by with twice-a-month yard waste collections, but my neighborhood can’t. Most weeks, my yard waste is full, because it takes regular work to keep nature in check.

However, after thinking about it, I wondered why if we have all done such a great job recycling that the garbage man can come half as often, shouldn’t my bill go down by half as well? They say the potential change is about saving the landfill, but actually the same amount will be going to the landfill every month, just in two loads rather than four.

We are not stupid. What they want is to reduce our service by half, but charge us as close to the same amount as now if they can.

Of course, if pushed, they will say they are doing this for “us,” and rattle off all of the threatened price increases they have planned. Costs are probably going up, but I, for one, would like to know what they really are.

Let the public hear the true plans they have for our garbage money, and involve us in this process. Maybe the problem is too much duplication in city and county staff endlessly noodling over garbage, and it is that redundancy that should be cut in half. Maybe solid waste in government is the problem. Can we please schedule a pick up?

C.A. Christensen

Issaquah Read more

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