Issaquah Post Office to offer class for small business owners

May 7, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. May 7, 2011

Entrepreneurs can learn tips to boost business as the U.S. Postal Service hosts a Grow Your Business Day workshop in Issaquah.

The workshop is meant to help proprietors promote small businesses using direct mail, sans the cost of mailing lists or permits. Entrepreneurs can attend at workshop 2 p.m. Monday at the Issaquah Post Office, 400 N.W. Gilman Blvd. Seating is limited, so people interested in attending should register beforehand.

The just-launched Every Door Direct Mail service is the first in a series of postal service initiatives to make using the mail to expand business more efficient and affordable.

In the hourlong presentation, postal experts show how easy selecting a campaign message, choosing a target audience and prepare Every Door Direct Mail mailings can be.

State shores up funding for King County Flood Control District

May 6, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. May 6, 2011

King County leaders praised state legislators and Gov. Chris Gregoire for supporting a measure to shore up funding for the King County Flood Control District, the agency responsible for flood-protection policies, programs and projects.

Gregoire signed a measure Thursday to protect funding for the district. The bill exempts the district from the statewide property rate tax cap by protecting up to 25 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. The exemption is in effect from next year until 2017.

Until the governor signed the measure, the district faced a steep drop-off in funding due to the decline in housing values and a state cap on property tax rates.

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Shelter offers cats to rural residents as organic pest control

May 6, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. May 6, 2011

King County’s animal services agency is offering a back-to-nature solution to rural residents’ rodent problems: cats.

Regional Animal Services of King County is touting barn cats as a poison- and trap-free alternative to other methods to control mice and rats. Qualified residents can adopt barn cats at no charge.

The outdoor felines usually just need shelter, such as a barn, a cozy place to sleep, fresh water and food. Most barn cats tend to be feral or semitame, so people looking for a pet should look elsewhere.

“Barn cats are nearly invisible,” Glynis Frederiksen, operations manager for the agency’s Kent shelter, said in a release. “Except for the occasional dead mouse or rat they leave behind, they hide in the shadows and you’ll rarely see any evidence of them.”

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King County Elections to host candidate workshops

May 6, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. May 6, 2011

The race for City Council seats launched in February, but people interested in running for seat on the council or the Issaquah School Board do not need to file for the race until June.

In the meantime, potential candidates can attend workshops to learn the basics of running for office. King County Elections is hosting complimentary workshops May 12 and 14.

Participants can discuss important information related to filing for office in King County. The session is open to candidates, campaign managers and community members.

Organizers plan to discuss the filing process, submitting information for the countywide voters’ pamphlet, voter lists and data management, campaign sign regulations and basic public-disclosure information.

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Leaders steer dollars to economic development projects

May 6, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. May 6, 2011

King County leaders scrapped the outdated Economic Enterprise Corporation and directed funds from the program to economic development programs throughout the region.

The legislation approved Monday by the County Council directs almost all of the $95,000 remaining in the corporation to be disbursed to smaller projects.

“Standing on the cusp of economic recovery from the greatest recession of our lifetimes, we need to invest in solutions that will help us build prosperity and get people back to work,” County Executive Dow Constantine said in a release. “These one-time funds can help lay the foundation for job creation now and in the future.”

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Committee shifts from paper to PDFs to cut costs

May 6, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. May 6, 2011

Paper is scarce as a King County Council committee takes steps to streamline government in order to ease the burden on the environment and taxpayers’ pocketbooks.

The council Accountability and Oversight Committee conducted a nearly paperless meeting Tuesday.

“This new way of doing public business will save scarce tax dollars on paper and printing while making information about committee work more accessible to the public,” Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, the committee chairwoman and Issaquah representative, said in a release. “This is a big step toward improving the efficiency of county operations by moving toward electronic solutions. In 2010, the county spent $1,169,988 on buying paper, which indicates great potential for savings.”

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Issaquah School District students excel on National Merit test

May 5, 2011

NEW — 12:15 p.m. May 5, 2011

In the Issaquah School District, 73 students met the requirements to enter the prestigious National Merit Scholarship Program, school administrators recently announced.

Nationwide, 1.5 million high school juniors took the PSAT in October, and 50,000 top performers made the National Merit cut.

Issaquah High School had 26 juniors, Liberty High School had 12 juniors and Skyline High School had 35 juniors who met the requirements for the 2012 program.

Of the 50,000 students nationwide who qualified, about 34,000 will be commended for their performance, and about 16,000 will be named National Merit Program Semifinalists in September.

The semifinalists will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for about 8,200 National Merit Scholarships to be offered next year.

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Police plan extra DUI patrols for Cinco de Mayo

May 5, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. May 5, 2011

Police plan to fan out across King County roads Thursday to search for intoxicated Cinco de Mayo motorists.

Holidays, such as Cinco de Mayo or St. Patrick’s Day, tend to be particularly high-risk times for crashes to occur due to the amount of alcohol consumption.

Target Zero teams from the Washington State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies throughout the county plan to watch for impaired drivers Thursday night and early Friday morning.

“Impaired drivers kill and seriously injure hundreds of people across King County each year,” Bellevue Police Department Lt. Marcia Harnden said in a release. “We are serious about removing these dangerous drivers from the road. Please designate a sober driver, take a taxi or bus.”

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DownTown Issaquah Association needs ArtWalk volunteers

May 5, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. May 5, 2011

ArtWalk returns to downtown Issaquah Friday, and organizers need some help to set up, coordinate and clean up.

The spring and summer event, presented by the DownTown Issaquah Association, starts at 5 p.m. The planning for event starts Friday morning, and the DownTown Issaquah Association needs volunteers starting at 11 a.m.

ArtWalk wraps at 8 p.m., and volunteers can help pack up the event until early June.

Email Community Relations Manager Tanya Alter at to sign up for a time slot. The open slots include:

  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Set up art venues with balloons
  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Set up downtown Issaquah banners on light posts
  • 2 p.m. — Pass out maps to businesses
  • 3 p.m. — Help artists carry items into businesses in Gilman Village and downtown
  • 5-6:30 p.m. — Information booth at the Hailstone Feed Store
  • 5-6:30 p.m. — Information booth at Gilman Village
  • 6:30-8 p.m. — Information booth at the Hailstone Feed Store
  • 6:30-8 p.m. — Information booth at Gilman Village
  • 8 p.m. — Cleanup

ArtWalk participants include galleries, restaurants and shops along the downtown corridor and in Gilman Village.


Issaquah High School soccer nips Garfield

May 4, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. May 4, 2011

Michael Roberts scored two goals Tuesday as he led the Issaquah High School boys soccer team to a 2-1 4A KingCo Conference victory against visiting Garfield in Gary Moore Stadium.

Issaquah and Garfield finished with 7-2-1 records and in a tie for third place in the league standings. Both teams will host a first-round tournament game May 7. The winners of the Saturday games meet May 10 to determine KingCo’s No. 3 berth. KingCo No. 3 will host Wesco No. 3 in a sub-district game to determine a state playoff tournament berth.

Garfield scored in the seventh minute but Roberts, assisted by Nick Smith and Drew Tacher, scored just seconds before the end of the first half to tie the game. Roberts, assisted by Zach Lawless, scored the game-winning goal at the 70th minute.

The Eagles went into the game with a chance at possibly tying for first place pending the outcomes of games for Eastlake and Skyline. However, both Eastlake and Skyline won to finish the regular-season tied for first place. Eastlake and Skyline will play May 10 in the KingCo tournament championship game.

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