Issaquah legislator asks residents to rank budget priorities

March 19, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. March 19, 2011

Glenn Anderson

State Rep. Glenn Anderson is asking residents in Issaquah and elsewhere in the 5th Legislative District to rank budget priorities in a brief survey to gauge how the cash-strapped state should spend.

The legislator launched the survey after the chief state economist said the state is projected to collect almost $700 million less in taxes through 2013, increasing the budget gap to about $5.1 billion.

“It’s time to get real about our state spending and the taxing structure that supports it,” Anderson wrote in a message to constituents Friday. “Budget writers need to set priorities, the first of which should be our constitutional mandate to educate our children.”

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Troopers nab impaired St. Patrick’s Day drivers

March 18, 2011

NEW — 12:30 p.m. March 18, 2011

Post-St. Patrick’s Day hangovers started early for some drivers Thursday night and Friday morning, as state troopers arrested 29 motorists for driving under the influence.

Troopers made the arrests in a 12-hour period — including at least one arrest along Interstate 90 near Issaquah — and reported no fatality collisions.

The state patrol added four troopers to the regular patrol to crack down on impaired drivers. In addition, state patrol King County Target Zero team members usually work Thursday evenings, including St. Patrick’s Day.

DUI arrests made in the 12-hour period starting at 5 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day totaled more than double what the agency has arrested on any Thursday night so far in 2011.

Issaquah police officers did not make any alcohol-related arrests on the holiday.

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Issaquah High School netters nab opening win

March 18, 2011

NEW — 11:45 a.m. March 18, 2011

The Issaquah High School girls tennis team opened its season Thursday with a 7-0 victory against host Liberty.

Dayna Bennett, of Issaquah, won the No. 1 singles match with a 6-4, 6-1 win against Emmie Kellog-Smith. Issaquah’s Sam Garrard and Sabrina Norton captured the No. 1 doubles match with a 6-0, 6-0 victory against Julie Do and Audry LaFraugh.

In other action, Skyline lost to Mercer Island 6-1. No. 4 singles player Kianna Bertonlino accounted for Skyline’s win by defeating Kajal Tiwany 7-6, 7-5.

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County announces changes to address landfill neighbors

March 18, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. March 18, 2011

King County is considering changes to how officials communicate to residents about the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill near Issaquah.

Officials started meeting with landfill neighbors in the mid-1980s to offer updates about landfill activities, and to allow citizens a chance to provide feedback and ideas for improving operations.

The county Solid Waste Division is hosting a community meeting in Issaquah from 7-9 p.m. April 6 at the King County Library Service Center, 960 Newport Way N.W.

Participants can hear updates about proposed changes to community meetings, updates about operational activities — including construction and environmental management activities at the landfill — and the Bio Energy Washington landfill gas-to-energy plant at the site.

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Duvall farmer elected to King Conservation District board

March 17, 2011

NEW — 6 p.m. March 17, 2011

King Conservation District voters elected Duvall farmer Eric Nelson to the board of supervisors in a pioneering online election, although turnout dropped sharply from the last district election in 2010.

The contest concluded Tuesday night, and conservation district officials announced the results Thursday afternoon.

Nelson bested Kent farmer Bruce Elliott, Redmond real estate agent Teri Herrera and Sammamish retiree Preston Prudente to secure the open seat for a three-year term. Nelson is scheduled to assume office at the Washington State Conservation Commission meeting in May.

The election attracted 2,299 voters — a decline from 4,232 people in the last district election in March 2010. Officials had hoped the option for voters to cast electronic ballots online, instead of traveling to polling locations scattered throughout the county, might boost turnout.

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Issaquah artbyfire creates glowing hearts to benefit Japanese children

March 17, 2011

Glassblower Lenoard Whitfield holds one of the glass hearts up to a display spotlight to show the color swirls and bubbles. By Greg Farrar

NEW — 4:30 p.m. March 17, 2011

Many people have reached out to Japan following its devastating earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear crisis.

“Our hearts go out to them because it’s horrible,” artbyfire owner Renee Pound said.

In light of the tragedies, two artbyfire glassblowers donated eight hours of their time to create 75 clear glass hearts infused with color.

Each heart will sell for $28, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting Save the Children, a nonprofit organization that provides food, medical care and education for children through long-term recovery programs.

Save the Children uses 90 percent of its expenditures to pay for program services, a number that impressed Pound, who found that other nonprofits spend more of their money on overhead costs.

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Issaquah’s Irish history is focus on St. Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2011

NEW — 1 p.m. March 17, 2011

Issaquah is Irish — or, more accurately, the city has important Irish roots.

Experts at the Issaquah History Museums used Thursday — St. Patrick’s Day — as a chance to reflect on the city’s connection to Ireland.

In the late 19th and early 20th century, as the city — named Gilman and then Olney and, finally, at the turn of the century, Issaquah — boomed as a farming and mining community, many Irish settled in the area.

Historians highlighted Irishmen John McQuade, Issaquah’s town marshal from 1892-99 and mayor from 1900-01; Archie Adair III, a town councilman, town treasurer and saloon keeper; and Peter McCloskey, the donor responsible for providing land for Issaquah’s first Catholic church, in addition to other Irish settlers to the area.

Issaquah High School soccer team posts second shutout

March 17, 2011

NEW — 10:30 a.m. March 17, 2011

The Issaquah High School boys soccer team posted its second shutout of the week Wednesday when the Eagles defeated visiting Auburn Mountainview 3-0 in a nonleague game in Gary Moore Stadium.

Michael Roberts scored two goals and assisted on one as the Eagles improved their season record to 2-0-1. Roberts, assisted by Nick Smith, scored the Eagles’ first goal at the 25th minute. Smith, assisted by Roberts, put the Eagles up 2-0 at the 70th minute. Roberts, assisted by Alex Shane, wrapped up scoring at the 72nd minute. Goalkeeper Nathan King recorded the shutout.

Issaquah walloped visiting Chief Sealth 7-0 March 14. Shane scored four goals to highlight the Issaquah offense. Smith, Drew Tacher and Cooper Fry scored the other Issaquah goals. Evan King and David Degginger share the goalkeeping duties.

The Eagles play another nonleague game at Eastside Catholic at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

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King County Council lists smart spending as top priority

March 17, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. March 17, 2011

The priorities for King County leaders for the five years include fiscal sustainability, a more responsive and transparent county government, and a focus on improving the quality of life for residents.

County Council offered unanimous approval Monday for the priorities, a list known as the Operational Strategic Plan. The goals build upon a framework established in countywide strategic plan adopted last year.

The adopted plan  lays out the council’s top priorities for the next five years: establishing policies to protect and enhance the economy, environment, health and safety county residents; maintaining and enhancing financial strength for the county; and maintaining and increasing public trust in the council and county institutions.

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Leaders highlight achievements for Women’s History Month

March 17, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. March 17, 2011

King County Council members declared March as Women’s History Month and encouraged residents to participate in events and learn more about the significant role women played throughout history.

The theme for the ongoing celebration — “Our History is Our Strength” — recognizes the challenges women have overcome, honors historic achievement  and encourages the celebration of women as role models for everyone.

“Since women earned the right to vote in Washington 100 years ago, this state’s voters have consistently recognized the strengths that women bring to government and elected them to public office,” Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, the Issaquah representative, said in a release.

Lambert, a former state lawmaker, reflected on the role of women in public service in Washington.

“I had the honor of serving in the state House of Representatives when women made up more than 40 percent of the Legislature, which was then the highest percentage in the nation,” she said. “I honor women who dedicate their lives to public service and serve as an inspiration to the next generation of women leaders.”

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