Shutdown threat nixes extra passport services

April 9, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. April 9, 2011

Officials canceled the Passport Day in the USA event scheduled for Saturday, as the threat of a federal government shutdown loomed.

For Passport Day in the USA, the county planned to open some community service centers for additional hours to accommodate people unable to apply for a passport in person during a typical workweek.

“We’re disappointed that we won’t be able to provide passport services on Saturday,” Lorraine Patterson, county records and licensing services director, said in a statement. “However, we hope that Congress will resolve the issues soon so that we can get back to helping King County residents with their passport applications.”

President Barack Obama and congressional leaders reached a last-minute budget deal late Friday to avert a shutdown.

Passport Day in the USA a yearly event intended to serve residents  otherwise unable to reach a passport office during the workweek. In previous years, King County accepted about 70 applications for passports during the Saturday event.

Issaquah City Hall also offers passport services on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during regular business hours.

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Stacy Goodman, City Council appointee, launches campaign

April 8, 2011

NEW — 5 p.m. April 8, 2011

Stacy Goodman, a former journalist and attorney appointed to the City Council last month, announced plans Friday to run for the seat in the November election.

“In just a short time, I see so many issues important to Issaquah and the region where I can represent people and make a difference,” she said in a statement.

Goodman, a past reporter and editor for The Issaquah Press, joined the council after a monthslong search to select a successor to former Councilwoman Maureen McCarry.

Because Goodman joined the council a little more than a year into the unfilled term, she is running to serve until December 2013, rather than a regular, four-year term.

The novice candidate settled in the Issaquah area in 1989, and moved to Issaquah Highlands in 2006. Before attending law school and joining Issaquah firm Carson & Noel, Goodman covered Issaquah City Hall as a reporter, and later editor, for nine years.

“I know this community well, and I know it from many viewpoints,” she said in the statement. “I’ve experienced life in Issaquah as a resident, a parent raising children, a volunteer, a journalist and now as a business owner. Of course I’ve seen it change over the past 22 years, but change can present us with some exciting opportunities as we shape the future of Issaquah.”

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Starbucks chief Howard Schultz greets fans, heckler in Issaquah

April 8, 2011

Howard Schultz (left), Starbucks CEO, meets a young reader of 'Onward,' Matthew Snodgrass, 7, and his mother Mary, of Renton, as Schultz signs books Friday at Costco. By Greg Farrar

NEW — 1:45 p.m. April 8, 2011

Starbucks chief Howard Schultz and a disgruntled Seattle Sonics fan came face to face in Issaquah on Friday afternoon, as the coffee company president and CEO — and former team owner — inscribed books at Costco.

The heckler cursed at Schultz and shouted, “You betrayed the whole city of Seattle!” before Costco employees and a police officer whisked the man out of the store during the otherwise-quiet event. Schultz smiled and signed “Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life Without Losing Its Soul” — a bestselling account of Starbucks’ turnaround — for other patrons.

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Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz to appear at Costco

April 8, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. April 8, 2011

Starbucks chief Howard Schultz is due at Costco at noon to sign copies of a book about navigating the coffee titan through a successful turnaround.

Shultz, Starbucks’ president and CEO, had been previously scheduled to appear at the Issaquah warehouse at 1 p.m.

The book is “Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life Without Losing Its Soul” — a frank account of how the Seattle-based company reached out to customers and battened down to weather the recession.

Schultz joined Starbucks as director of marketing in 1982. In 2000, Schultz stepped down from daily oversight of the company, but returned as CEO eight years later as the company foundered.

The experience is the basis for Schultz’s account. Publishers Weekly praised “Onward” as “a must-read for anyone interested in leadership, management or the quest to connect a brand with the consumer.”

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Issaquah baseball team overcomes Garfield

April 8, 2011

NEW — 10:30 a.m. April 8, 2011

The Issaquah High School baseball team rallied for four runs in the top of the seventh inning Thursday to beat host Garfield 10-8 in a 4A KingCo Conference game.

Issaquah took a 2-0 lead in the first inning but Garfield rallied with four runs in the bottom of the second to take a brief lead. The Eagles regained the lead in the third inning with three runs and went ahead 6-4 in the top of the fourth inning. Garfield then fought back with single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to go ahead 7-6.

Ben Rosellini and Jack Gellatly each had three hits for Issaquah. Ethan Kalin and Rosellini each drove in two runs. Jake Bakamus and Brandon Mahovlich each had two hits as the Eagles captured their third victory of the season.

In other action, Skyline lost to host Woodinville 6-0. Woodinville pitcher Marty Luckenbach tossed a four-hitter and struck out 10. Brandon Fischer had two hits for Skyline. Bothell, behind Brian McAfee, blanked Eastlake 10-0. McAfee, Bothell’s starting pitcher, had nine strikeouts. He also hit a home run for the Cougars.

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Match wits at Trivia Night to foster sister-city ties

April 8, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. April 8, 2011

The popular Trivia Night launched by the municipal Sister Cities Commission and the American Moroccan International Exchange to promote ties to Morocco returns April 20.

Proceeds from the event fund programs to further strengthen the relationship between Issaquah and sister city Chefchaouen, Morocco. Sister Cities Commission and AMIE members work promote to international goodwill and understanding through people-to-people diplomacy, education and cultural exchanges.

Trivia Night is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Issaquah Brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way.

Trivia Night teams match wits for fun and prizes. The entry fee is $20 for each team of up to four people.

The event has no pre-registration for the event, and the brewhouse remains open during Trivia Night.

Issaquah and Chefchaouen inked a sister-city agreement in 2007.

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Skyline belts Issaquah in KingCo baseball

April 7, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. April 7, 2011

Clayton Huber gave the Skyline High School baseball team strong hitting and pitching Wednesday as he led the Spartans to a 10-0 rout of visiting Issaquah in a 4A KingCo Conference game.

Huber had three hits and drove in two runs. On the mound, he worked the first five innings and struck out five batters.

Jimmy Sinatro and Matt Sinatro each had two hits and drove in two runs for Skyline.

The Spartans were also helped by seven Issaquah errors.

Brandon Mahovlich had two hits for Issaquah.

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State proposal outlines upgrades for Issaquah trails

April 7, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. April 7, 2011

Outdoor recreation and wildlife-protection projects in the Issaquah area received a boost in the proposed budget from the state House of Representatives.

The proposed budget includes a $500,000 Cougar Mountain Park-Precipice Trail grant, for King County to expand Cougar Mountain Park and to create a buffer to prevent pending development and create a gateway from Issaquah to the park.

(King County acquired additional land for the park late last year.)

Funds from the $500,000 East Lake Sammamish Trail grant could help King County expand and pave the trail along the lake from Redmond to Issaquah.

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Downed tree near Issaquah snarls morning commute

April 7, 2011

NEW — 9:05 a.m. April 7, 2011

Crews cleared a fallen tree from Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast near Issaquah at about 8 a.m. Thursday, after the large maple clogged traffic and forced motorists to detour.

King County Sheriff’s Office deputies directed traffic. Crews cleared enough of the tree to reopen the road just after 9 a.m.

In the meantime, traffic backed up just south of Issaquah city limits. Motorists headed for Issaquah and Interstate 90 used May Valley Road Southeast and state Route 900 to reach the city.

The tree came down after springtime snowfall blanketed the Issaquah area late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. Crews continue to clean up the tree.

“With the ground so saturated, it’s not uncommon for the roots to give way, and the tree just kind of falls over,” King County Department of Transportation spokeswoman Rochelle Ogershok said.

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Surprising spring snowfall dusts Issaquah in white

April 7, 2011

Snowfall blanketed the Overdale Park neighborhood in Issaquah late Wednesday night. By Larry Lohrman

NEW — 8 a.m. April 7, 2011

Sure, spring started last month, but Old Man Winter is back.

Snowfall blanketed Issaquah and surrounding areas — especially neighborhoods in the Issaquah Highlands and on Cougar, Squak and Tiger mountains — late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. Residents reported about 1 inch of snow accumulation in some places.

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