Julius Boehm Pool upgrade is City Council priority

May 14, 2011

NEW — 5 p.m. May 14, 2011

The long-discussed plan to redo outdated Julius Boehm Pool inched ahead Saturday, as City Council members listed priorities for 2012 — a key step in determining how leaders decide to spend next year.

In addition to confronting increased maintenance costs as Boehm Pool ages, a 2009 city-commissioned study declared the facility as inadequate for the community.

“We’ve gone to tactical mode,” Council President John Traeger said. “We’ve got to fix the pool.”

The pool emerged as a major focus early in the session, as council members and department chiefs gathered in a map-lined Public Works Operations Building conference room. Other priorities included downtown parking, economic development and Lake Sammamish State Park.

The price tag to expand and upgrade downtown Boehm Pool in a major renovation is estimated at $21 million.

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Habitat for Humanity hosts AmeriCorps volunteers to build community

May 14, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. May 14, 2011

Habitat for Humanity of East King County is joining another Habitat affiliate to host more than 60 AmeriCorps members to build homes near Issaquah and elsewhere.

During the weeklong event, 42 Habitat for Humanity International AmeriCorps members participate in construction and community surveying at the La Fortuna construction site. In addition, 25 AmeriCorps members plan to assist at a Habitat site in Seattle. The effort runs from May 16-20.

The event marks the first time Habitat for Humanity International has chosen the Northwest for the annual AmeriCorps Build-a-Thon.

“We are excited to be a 2011 Habitat for Humanity Build-a-Thon host,” Tom Granger, Habitat for Humanity of East King County executive director, said in a release.  “The national service members make a difference every day in the communities they serve, and their work is going to have a lasting impact for affordable homeownership in King County.”

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Catch Bing Crosby film at Issaquah depot Saturday

May 13, 2011

NEW — 6 p.m. May 13, 2011

Washingtonian Bing Crosby is the focus as the popular Films @ the Train Depot series returns Saturday.

“Going My Way” kicks off the latest series at the historic Issaquah Train Depot.

Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald star in the classic musical drama about singing Father O’Malley (Crosby), sent to take over aging and cantankerous Father Fitzgibbon’s (Fitzgerald) parish.

The film earned the Academy Award for Best Picture and a half dozen other Oscars. “Going My Way” — released in 1944 — also features the song “Swinging on a Star.”

“High Society” plays at the depot June 11. “The Country Girl” completes the Crosby series July 9.

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Issaquah softball team tops Roosevelt

May 13, 2011

NEW — 5 p.m. May 13, 2011

Issaquah High School pitcher Brielle Bray struck out 16 batters Thursday as she hurled the Eagles to a 3-1 4A KingCo Conference girls softball victory against visiting Roosevelt.

Bray allowed just two hits.

In other action, the Liberty High School girls softball team fell to Bellevue 7-1 Thursday in the 3A KingCo Conference tournament. Bellevue scored all its runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to wipe out a 1-0 deficit.

Liberty’s run cam on a home run by Denise Blohowiak in the fourth inning.

Student expelled from Maywood Middle School for marijuana

May 13, 2011

NEW — 3 p.m. May 13, 2011

Police arrested a 14-year-old Maywood Middle School student May 6 for bringing marijuana to school. Administrators also expelled the student, according to a King County Sheriff’s Office report.

Maywood Principal Jason Morse reported the student had been on campus with a student from Tiger Mountain Community High School. When administrators confronted them, the high school student became loud.

Morse took the Maywood student to his office and asked to search his backpack, because the student had brought marijuana to school in the past, according to the report.

Police arrived and searched the backpack, finding a glass jar of marijuana and rolling paper.

Extra seat belt patrols hit local roadways soon

May 13, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. May 13, 2011

Issaquah police officers remind drivers and passengers to buckle up — or face a $124 ticket.

Motorists can expect to see law enforcement officers patrolling city and King County roadways to search for unbuckled and improperly buckled drivers and passengers from May 23 to June 5.

Officials recorded 2,866 deaths and 13,749 serious injuries in motor vehicle collisions statewide between 2005-09. The medical costs from vehicle collisions amount to more than $276 million per year in Washington.

Experts said wearing a seat belt decreases the chance of dying or sustaining serious injures in a collision by about 70 percent.

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State troopers confront slowpoke ‘left-lane campers’

May 13, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. May 13, 2011

State troopers cracked down last month on “left lane campers” — people clogging traffic by traveling too slowly in the left lane.

Troopers stopped 223 motorists and issued 199 warnings during King County patrols. Washington State Patrol leaders conducted the exercise to educate drivers about the importance of the left-lane travel law.

Under state law, slower traffic should travel in the right lane in order to keep traffic flowing in a safe and orderly fashion. Motorists violate the law if they remain continuously in the left lane and impede the flow of other traffic. (The left lane does not include high-occupancy vehicle lanes.)

Slowpokes face a $124 fine if caught.

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Surprised Issaquah resident discovers bear in garage

May 12, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. May 12, 2011

State Department of Fish and Wildlife agents responded to a bear in a home Tuesday morning, after a surprised Issaquah woman discovered the animal pawing around inside a locked garage.

Issaquah police officers received a call at 11:43 a.m. about a bear inside a garage in the 5000 block of 228th Avenue Southeast, a tree-lined neighborhood near the Sammamish Family YMCA.

State wildlife agents reached the home at about noon and, as the team used Krispy Kreme doughnuts to bait a bear trap in the backyard, the animal escaped from the garage.

Department of Fish and Wildlife Sgt. Kim Chandler said the bear broke a window to enter the garage, possibly late Monday or earlier Tuesday, and then remained inside until residents heard thumping in the garage. The bear escaped from the same broken window.

The garbage container inside the garage likely attracted the animal.

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Liberty High School Patriots win track titles

May 12, 2011

NEW — 3 p.m. May 12, 2011

Two members of the Liberty High School track and field team captured individual titles Wednesday in the first day of the 3A/2A KingCo Conference Championship meet at Juanita High School.

Joshua Gordon won the boys long jump by leaping 22 feet. He was also the top qualifier in the preliminary 200-meter race with a time of 22.47 seconds.

Devin Bennett, of Liberty, was third in the long jump by going 20-8 1/2. He was also the top qualifier in the preliminary 400 race with a time of 52.06.

Liberty’s Tyler Westendorf was fourth in the 1,600 in 4:29.52. Teammate Nick Knoblich took sixth in 4:35.20.

Kevin Ahrens, of Liberty, finished eighth in the shot put with a throw of 39-3.

In the girls competition, Liberty’s Amy Broska won the 1,600 in 5:24.17. Teammate Megan Chucka was second in 5:28.91. Rachel Shaw, of Liberty, also placed seventh in the race with a time of 5:34.81.

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Governor approves $30 user fee for state parks, lands

May 12, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. May 12, 2011

Flanked by recreation enthusiasts, Gov. Chris Gregoire signed legislation Thursday to create a $30 vehicle pass for Lake Sammamish State Park and other state recreation lands.

The measure, called the Discover Pass, goes into effect July 1 for vehicle access to recreation lands and water-access sites managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, and state Department of Natural Resources. The pass goes on sale in mid-June.

“It is essential that we keep our recreation areas open to the public,” Gregoire said in a statement. “I applaud the Legislature for coming together with a solution that allows us to help keep our state recreation lands open and accessible during the worst budget crisis in the state’s history.”

Users can pay $30 per year per vehicle or purchase a $10 day-use pass. State recreation lands include state parks, boat launches, campgrounds, heritage sites, wildlife and natural areas, trails and trailheads. In addition to the Lake Sammamish park, local sites include Squak Mountain State Park and Tiger Mountain State Forest.

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