Springtime is time to explore King County parks

April 16, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. April 16, 2011

Springtime — plus the promise of better weather and numerous events, activities and amenities — is the time to explore King County parks.

The county parks department is encouraging residents to engage in and and support King County parks.

Spring is a busy time of year, and King County Parks is seeking volunteers to help spiffy up King County’s 26,000 acres of parks and 175 miles of trails.

The agency needs volunteers for weeding, watering and preparing native vegetation for the fall planting season.

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Join leaders to release threatened kokanee salmon

April 16, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. April 16, 2011

Darin Combs, Issaquah Salmon Hatchery manager, lifts a screen to reveal a tray of 3,100 fertilized Lake Sammamish kokanee salmon eggs. File

King County and Eastside leaders plan to gather along Lake Sammamish on Monday to release kokanee salmon fry into the wild.

King County Executive Dow Constantine, Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger, Sammamish Mayor Don Gerend and Bellevue Mayor Don Davidson, plus representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and local organizations plan to participate and mar the conclusion of another season of Lake Sammamish kokanee salmon restoration work.

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Museum celebrates space shuttle trainer decision

April 16, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. April 16, 2011

The Museum of Flight is offering free admission Saturday as a thank you to community members for supporting the museum’s long effort to acquire a retired space shuttle.

Instead of a shuttle, the Seattle museum is due to receive a full-fuselage space shuttle trainer for the 15,500-square-foot Space Gallery under construction.

(Bonnie Dunbar, a retired astronaut and Issaquah resident, led the effort to secure a shuttle for the museum.)

The Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., features more than 150 historic air- and spacecraft, including a Concorde.

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Skyline High School girls beat Eastlake, Garfield

April 15, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. April 15, 2011

Elena Frerker and Jordan Branch each won two events Thursday as they led the Skyline High School girls track team to 4A KingCo Conference victories against Eastlake and Garfield.

Skyline won the three-way meet with 73 points. Eastlake was second with 68 points and Garfield was third with 35.

Frerker won the discus and the javelin.

Branch captured the 1,600 and the 3,200. She also ran of the Spartans’ winning 4×400 relay. Erin Bryar, Caitlin McIlwain and Maddi Hutson were other members of the relay.

The Skyline boys finished second to Garfield, which totaled 81 points. Skyline had 69 points and Eastlake had 31.

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YWCA seeks goodie baskets for needy children

April 15, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. April 15, 2011

Spring is in the air, and the local YWCA organization is asking people to help provide 1,000 spring baskets for homeless and low-income children living in YWCA shelter and housing programs.

YWCA shelters provide a safe haven to families working hard to move forward and build a better future.

People can donate personally created or store-bought baskets filled with fun items, such as toys, games, learning supplies or candy. The organization is also accepting cash donations to purchase baskets. Donate baskets at various locations by Monday.

Contact Brenda McCallon at mccallon@ywcaworks.org or 556-1354 to participate or to learn more. Find sign-up forms and drop off locations at the YWCA website.

The organization is in the midst of construction on YWCA Family Village in the Issaquah Highlands. Families should start settling in the residences during the summer.

Join county executive for chat to launch Earth Week

April 15, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. April 15, 2011

Dow Constantine

Join King County Executive Dow Constantine online to kick off Earth Week.

The executive and a panel of experts plan a live online chat to discuss possible local impacts of climate change and steps businesses, governments and people can take to address the issue.

Join Constantine and the panel for the chat at 11 a.m. Monday.The county maintains a website to highlight climate change efforts. Participants can also sign up for the chat on Facebook.

Tweet questions in advance using the hashtag #askdow, or email questions to climatechange@kingcounty.gov.

Scientists said climate change in the region could mean warmer and drier summers, and more flooding in the valleys and less snow in the mountains during fall and winter.

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State Senate recommends leaner budget for Issaquah trails

April 14, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. April 14, 2011

The state Senate proposed a less-generous budget for Issaquah-area outdoor recreation projects than the state House of Representatives.

Senators released a budget proposal Tuesday night, a week after legislators from the other chamber recommended $2.18 million to upgrade trails and recreation areas.

Senators proposed reductions of more than $600,000 for local projects, trimming a Cougar Mountain trail project to $127,000 from the $500,000 recommended by the House and reducing Duthie Hill Park trailhead development to $55,000 from the $317,000 recommended by the House.

Lawmakers from both chambers agreed on Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program funding for the other Issaquah-area projects.

Senators also recommended $247,870 to build bridges on Tiger Mountain State Forest trails, plus $500,000 to pave East Lake Sammamish Trail from Redmond to Issaquah.

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Families organize Issaquah run to help boy battling rare disease

April 14, 2011

NEW — 1 p.m. April 14, 2011

Calvin Bertsch

Families in the neighborhoods along the southern shore of Lake Sammamish plan to gather Sunday for the Calvin Bertsch Rainbow Fun Run, to honor the life of a 3-year-old boy bravely battling mitochondrial disease.

The 1.67-mile family run starts at 3 p.m. at Meerwood Park, 4703 192nd Ave. S.E., rain or shine. Organizers recommend donations of $10 per person or $25 per family in order to offset the family’s mounting medical bills.

Participants can preregister, donate at the run or mail tax-deductible donations to IMPACT, c/o Matt Wimmer, 4708 193rd Place S.E., Issaquah, WA 98027. IMPACT is a nonprofit organization.

Calvin arrived Nov. 19, 2007 — almost seven weeks earlier than the expected due date.

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Skyline High School blanks Garfield in baseball

April 14, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. April 14, 2011

There was some sparkling pitching in the 4A KingCo Conference on Wednesday, and one of the better efforts came from Skyline High School’s Matt Lunde.

Lunde hurled six scoreless innings, struck out nine and allowed two hits as Skyline defeated host Garfield 7-0.

Skyline broke open a tight game in the fifth inning by scoring five runs.

Nate Litka led Skyline with two hits and two runs batted in.

In other games, it was Bothell 1, Issaquah 0; Woodinville 4, Eastlake 0; Redmond 16, Roosevelt 0; and Ballard 4, Newport 3.

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Fire destroys barn in Four Lakes community near Issaquah

April 14, 2011

Firefighters battle a barn blaze in the Four Lakes community near Issaquah early Thursday. By Debbie Berto

NEW — 9:10 a.m. April 14, 2011

Flames destroyed a barn in the Four Lakes community south of Issaquah early Thursday morning, but a pair of chickens roosting inside at the time escaped unharmed.

Firefighters extinguished the flames, although the structure collapsed in the blaze. The incident occurred at about 5:30 a.m. in the 24000 block of Southeast 167th Street.

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