The Issaquah Press is the best in the Northwest

May 21, 2011

NEW — 10:15 p.m. May 21, 2011

The Issaquah Press is the best nondaily newspaper in the Pacific Northwest — again.

The regional Society of Professional Journalists chapter announced the paper’s general excellence award at a Safeco Field ceremony Saturday night. The newspaper competed against publications in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

The 111-year-old publication earned the top award in the general excellence category last year, too.

The annual contest honored more than 200 journalists Saturday for accomplishments in print, online, radio and television media.

The Press and sister publications Sammamish Review and SnoValley Star claimed awards in numerous other categories in the Society of Professional Journalists’ annual contest, including a sweep in the environmental reporting category.

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Family Village construction prompts street closure

May 21, 2011

Prepare for a nighttime street closure as crews install a pedestrian bridge from the YWCA Family Village at Issaquah to the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride.

The project is scheduled to take place at 12:30 a.m. June 8. The installation is not expected to last more than two hours.

Due to the detour of Highlands Drive Northeast onto Ninth Avenue Northeast between Northeast High Street and the north end of Ninth Avenue, work must take place at night. In addition, crews and King County Metro Transit had to coordinate around bus schedules.

The contractor plans to notify residents within 500 feet of the project site.


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Issaquah senator backs bill to tackle Medicaid fraud

May 21, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. May 21, 2011

Cheryl Pflug

The state is a step closer to cracking down harder on Medicaid fraud, after lawmakers passed a measure to more aggressively prosecute fraud in the program and recover state funds.

State Sen. Cheryl Pflug, a registered nurse and a 5th Legislative District Republican, signed on as a cosponsor and, in a bipartisan effort, pushed the bill to colleagues. (The district includes Issaquah and East King County.)

Modeled on federal legislation, the state measure outlines incentives and whistleblower protections to employees who witness fraud in the workplace. The legislation allows the state to receive a greater share of recovered funds.

In addition, the measure empowers the state attorney general to contract out cases if the office is unable to pursue them.

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Nominate small businesses for King County honor

May 21, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. May 21, 2011

King County Executive Dow Constantine, alongside corporate and nonprofit partners, launched a program to honor small businesses.

The partners include the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, as well as chambers of commerce and cities throughout the county.

“I am proud of the entrepreneurial spirit in our region, and these awards are our way of recognizing worthy small businesses that are doing great things,” Constantine said in a release. “I thank our event sponsors and partners for working collaboratively to make the upcoming inaugural awards a success.”

The partners in the inaugural Executive’s Small Business Awards include Microsoft Corporation, KeyBank, enterpriseSeattle, the Workforce Development Council of Seattle – King County, and the Small Business Partners for Prosperity.

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State seeks residents for hatchery advisory group

May 21, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. May 21, 2011

Nominate Issaquah residents as the state Department of Fish and Wildlife seeks members for the Puget Sound Hatchery Action advisory group.

The agency is accepting applications through June 3 for membership in the new board. Officials plan to appoint up to 12 people through the group.

The advisory group is responsible for developing recommendations for potential modifications to the state’s hatchery programs. The state operates the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery downtown.

“We are at a critical stage in efforts to implement improved hatchery practices to restore salmon and steelhead and provide sustainable fishing opportunities in Puget Sound,” Heather Bartlett, Hatcheries Division manager, said in a release. “We want to draw on the expertise of others to help identify innovative solutions in each watershed.”

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Issaquah School District athletes earn titles

May 20, 2011

NEW — 7 p.m. May 20, 2011

Kasen Williams, of Skyline High School, and Devin Bennett, of Liberty High School, each won individual titles Wednesday at their respective post-season track and field meets.

Williams, competing in the 4A Northwest Regional meet at Marysville-Pilchuck, won the boys high jump by going 6-feet, 4 inches. He also took second in the long jump by going 22-1 1/4. Williams was just edged by Alec Fellows, of Edmonds-Woodway, who won at 22-6 1/2. Issaquah’s Jorrell Dorsey was third at 21-1 1/4.

In other first-day action at the 4A Regional, Issaquah’s Jason Hollaway finished in a tie for second place in the pole vault by going 14-6. Skyline’s Kyle Branch was third in the 1,600 in 4:21.08.

In the girls competition, Skyline’s Lindsay Coutts was second in the long jump by going 16-10. Issaquah’s Mckenna Hogan was fifth at 16-7 1/4.

The second day of the meet took place Friday.

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King County auctions used vehicles, including buses, Saturday

May 20, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. May 20, 2011

Pick up a used bus Saturday as King County auctions surplus vehicles and equipment.

Bidding at the semiannual auction of surplus vehicles and equipment is scheduled to start at 9 a.m.

In addition to buses, the auction features pickups, vans, cars and dump trucks. Or, find bridge timbers and other miscellaneous equipment.

The county Department of Transportation manages the auction at 3005 N.E. Fourth St., Renton, near Renton Technical College. The bidding starts at 9 a.m.

Previews continue through 3 p.m. Friday and start again at 8 a.m. Saturday.

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Students needed for Issaquah Youth Advisory Board

May 20, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. May 20, 2011

City leaders seek tweens and teens from fifth to 12th grade to serve on the Issaquah Youth Advisory Board during the 2011-12 school year.

The panel aims to foster advocacy, community service and youth representation on local boards and committees.

Students must live within the Issaquah School District boundaries in order to apply for the board. The school district stretches from Preston to Newcastle and from Sammamish to Renton.

The board also welcomes home-schooled and private school students living within district boundaries.

Find the application at the city website. The application deadline is May 25.

Contact city Recreation Coordinator Cathy Jones at 837-3300 or to learn more.

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Microsoft employees to restore Issaquah Creek habitat

May 19, 2011

NEW — 6 p.m. May 19, 2011

Microsoft plans to help Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust reboot Issaquah Creek habitat Friday.

More than 60 employees from the software giant’s Sammamish campus along East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast will gather at Lake Sammamish State Park.

“Microsoft is excited to be a part of this very important effort. Our offices look out onto this park and the employees wanted to give back to the place we all spend so much time in during breaks in our work day. It’s an incredible resource for us all,” Microsoft employee Robert Cole said in a release.

The restoration effort should almost complete restoration along the northern side of the creek, stretching about a mile from the creek mouth to the Microsoft campus. The work is meant to prepare the site for fall plantings.

The trust and the state parks agency partnered to restore more than 50 acres of streamside, lakeshore and wetland habitat in the park since 2005.

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José Enciso, drive-in proprietor, receives top community honor

May 19, 2011

José Enciso, owner of the Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, smiles as audience members applaud as he is inducted into the Issaquah Hall of Fame during the annual Issaquah Community Awards. By Greg Farrar

NEW — 12:30 p.m. May 19, 2011

José Enciso Sr., longtime Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in proprietor, received dual awards Tuesday, including the community’s highest honor.

The city inducted Enciso into the Issaquah Hall of Fame during the 32nd annual Community Awards Luncheon. The man serving behemoth burgers and enormous root beer floats along Northeast Gilman Boulevard also received the Business Person of the Year honor.

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