Brian Yorkey answers questions Monday about ‘Next to Normal’

January 8, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. Jan. 8, 2011

Brian Yorkey takes to the stage Monday to discuss the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical “Next to Normal” — weeks before the national tour reaches Seattle.

Yorkey, a former Village Theatre associate artistic director and Issaquah High School alumnus, is scheduled to participate in Spotlight Night at The 5th Avenue Theatre.

David Armstrong, 5th Avenue Theatre executive producer and artistic director, hosts the Q&A session.

Yorkey appears at the Seattle theater to discuss the rock musical “Next to Normal” — a dysfunctional-family-drama about a bipolar-disorder-afflicted housewife.

The piece earned Yorkey and composer Tom Kitt the Pulitzer Prize for Drama — a rarity reserved for only a handful of musicals — early last year.

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Forecast calls for snow — and more snow — in days ahead

January 8, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. Jan. 8, 2011

Some snowflakes could fall in Issaquah on Saturday night and Sunday, but the region could be digging out from under heavy snowfall by the middle of next week.

National Weather Service forecasters in Seattle said daytime rain could turn to snow throughout the day and overnight Saturday, as the mercury falls to the low 30s and the snow level drops to 500 feet in Issaquah. Snow accumulation of about 1 inch is possible. The chance of precipitation is 70 percent.

Meteorologists said Sunday brings a 50 percent chance of snow showers in Issaquah. Accumulation of about 1 inch is possible.

The weather service has issued a winter weather advisory for East King County through 4 a.m. Sunday.

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Honor eco-savvy students, teachers as Earth Heroes

January 8, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. Jan. 8, 2011

Nominate eco-conscious students, teachers, staffers, volunteers and programs — or even entire schools — for the King County Earth Heroes at Schools awards program.

The award aims to honor people and entities for contributions to environmental protection and student environmental education. Honorees in past years included programs related to recycling, restoring habitat, composting lunchroom waste and growing pesticide-free gardens.

The program is offered through the county Department of Natural Resources and Parks’ Solid Waste Division.

“King County wants to recognize the schools and individuals at those institutions that play a vital role in teaching our youth about the importance of environmental stewardship,” County Executive Dow Constantine said in a statement.

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Sound Transit plans parking crackdown soon

January 8, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 8, 2011

Sound Transit plans to beef up parking enforcement soon at train stations and commuter lots, including the Issaquah Transit Center.

The move comes after concerns from ST Express bus riders and Sounder commuter rail commuters about overcrowded parking lots, vehicles left overnight in lots and other infractions.

The enforcement emphasis starts Jan. 15. Sound Transit plans to seek out vehicles parked in transit center lots for more than 24 hours, parked in handicap spaces illegally, parked in more than a single space, and parked to block other vehicles and pedestrian pathways.

Sound Transit provides a weeklong grace period for transit lot users from Jan. 15 to Jan. 22. Owners will receive warning notices for breaking the guidelines during the grace period. Vehicles found to be in violation of the rules could be immediately towed after Jan. 23.

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FISH holds steady in 2010, but challenges remain

January 7, 2011

NEW — 6 p.m. Jan. 7, 2011

Memberships buoyed Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and helped the nonprofit organization finish in the black for 2010, but challenges exist in the year ahead.

The organization experienced a 27 percent increase in funds due to more memberships last year. Employees reined in expenses and FISH finished about 5 percent less than budget estimates for the year. The steps helped to offset a drop in legacy donations last year.

FISH also relies on grant dollars from Issaquah and Sammamish.

Issaquah provides grant dollars to the organization each year, but FISH has lacked a key source of funding since cash-strapped King County dropped funding for the organization last year. FISH used a $23,750 grant from Issaquah to fund operations last year.

“We really count 2010 as a successful year considering the number of local nonprofits that either had to close or make cuts because of the dire state of the economy,” FISH Executive Director Gestin Suttle said in a monthly update to members released Friday.

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Liberty High School swimmers sprint past Sammamish

January 7, 2011

NEW — 1 p.m. Jan. 7, 2011

The Liberty High School boys swimming team swept the three relays Thursday and cruised by visiting Sammamish 118-64 in a 3A/2A KingCo Conference meet at Julius Boehm Pool.

Logan Briggs, who won the 100 butterfly, anchored the winning 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relays. He also swam on the Patriots’ winning 200 medley relay.

Kevin Hays, Raymond Ha and Luke Duschl also swam with Briggs on the three winning relays.

Other Liberty first places came from Connor Biehl in the 200 individual medley, Matt Shepardson in the 50 freestyle, Jesse Herrild in diving and Thomas Hughes in the 500 freestyle.

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Recycle compact fluorescent light bulbs for free

January 7, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. Jan. 7, 2011

Most folks know not to toss compact fluorescent light bulbs into the trashcan, but recycling the curlicue-shaped bulbs can be a problem.

Now, residents can recycle the bulbs at the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District, 1510 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish. The district has set up a collection box in the lobby.

The recycling effort — held in conjunction with Puget Sound Energy — aims to collect 50,000 bulbs. The campaign has netted 12,000 bulbs so far. The drive does not accept linear fluorescent bulbs.

The drive comes as compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs, gain popularity due to low energy use and eco-friendliness, but the bulbs contain small amounts of mercury and should not be tossed into the garbage.

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Kiwanis Young Professionals offer free PC help Sunday

January 7, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 7, 2011

Bring ailing PCs to Gibson Hall in downtown Issaquah for some TLC.

Issaquah Kiwanis Young Professionals host a free computer help desk Sunday. The session runs from 1-4 p.m. at Gibson Hall, 105 Newport Way S.W.

Members plan to run hardware diagnostics, scrub machines of viruses and spyware, and conduct some performance tuning. The team can also offer advice on buying a computer.

The computer help is free, but club members accept donations.

Issaquah Kiwanis Young Professionals formed a year ago as a spin-off of the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah. The club’s founding members range in age from early 20s to a decade beyond, and work in various professions, including communications, financial advising and real estate development.

City seeks civic-minded citizens for volunteer posts

January 6, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. Jan. 6, 2011

City leaders seek civic-minded citizens to serve on municipal boards and shape environmental and land-use decisions, guide the future of municipal parks, and foster relationships between Issaquah and the international community.

The city has openings on 11 boards and commissions. Not all applicants must be Issaquah residents.

Candidates can pick up the application at the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way, during regular business hours.

Applicants must submit signed and completed applications and city forms by noon Jan. 31.

In the weeks ahead, city staffers contact applicants and schedule interviews for February.

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Issaquah girls basketball team wins home opener

January 6, 2011

NEW — 12:45 p.m. Jan. 6, 2011

The Issaquah High School girls basketball team had to feel good Wednesday when the Eagles finally got the opportunity to play on their home court. The Eagles were feeling even better after the 4A KingCo Conference game as they defeated Garfield 64-57.

Prior to Wednesday night, Issaquah had played all its games this season on the road. In fact, with reconstruction going on the campus last year, this was the first home game at Issaquah for the girls’ team in almost two years.

Senior point guard Blaire Brady led Issaquah with 20 points. Senior forward Maddey Pflaumer contributed 19 points and junior forward Sabrina Norton added 14 points.

With the victory, Issaquah went to 3-0 in league play and took over first place in the Crest Division. The Eagles, 5-3 overall, play at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Skyline, and then host Eastlake at 7 p.m. Saturday.

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