King County could require life vests on rivers

June 4, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. June 4, 2011

King County Executive Dow Constantine, backed by public and health officials and organizations, has called for a summerlong requirement for life vests on major rivers in unincorporated areas.

The tumultuous winter flood season changed river channels and reoriented logs, creating a challenge for boaters and swimmers. The snowpack in some Cascade river basins is about 200 percent of normal. The substantial snowpack could mean higher-than-normal river flows well into the summer recreational season.

“This proposal will help save lives,” Constantine said in a statement. “River flows are unusually swift and cold this year due to a heavy mountain snowpack that is melting into King County rivers. Rivers are inherently dangerous places to play, but this year is bringing additional risks. The wearing of life jackets is as essential for swimmers and boaters as helmets for cyclists and seat belts for drivers.”

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Troopers arrest motorcyclist for driving more than 100 mph

June 3, 2011

UPDATED — 3:30 p.m. June 3, 2011

Washington State Patrol troopers arrested a man in the Issaquah Highlands on Friday afternoon after he drove more than 100 mph on Interstate 90.

The police activity in the highlands prompted Grand Ridge Elementary School administrators to require all children to be accompanied by adults as school ended for the day. In addition, parents might need to park and walk to the school to pick up children due to road closures related to the activity.

If a parent is unable to reach the school, please call another adult or emergency contact to pick up children. If a parent arrives by car, he or she should go to his or her child’s classroom for pickup.

The school is taking precautions, but is not under lock down.

The activity started after the crew in a state patrol Cessna 206 aircraft monitoring King County traffic noticed the motorcycle on the interstate near Preston. Then, after receiving notification from the aircraft crew, a trooper on the ground in a patrol cruiser pulled behind the motorcycle to attempt to stop the vehicle, but the driver continued on undeterred.

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Starbucks to offer beer and wine at Issaquah location

June 3, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. June 3, 2011

Starbucks plans to offer a different kind of jolt to Issaquah customers soon.

The bustling Starbucks at the Meadows complex along Northwest Gilman Boulevard is in line to become the only store beyond Seattle and Portland, Ore., so far to offer beer and wine.

The coffee colossus filed for a liquor license last month as Starbucks prepares to renovate the Issaquah location in late summer. The project is due to start in early August and should be completed in late September.

Plans call for the location to remain open during construction, although some seating might be unavailable for stretches during the remodel.

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Mark National Trails Day in Issaquah Alps

June 3, 2011

NEW — 3 p.m. June 3, 2011

Saturday is National Trails Day — a perfect opportunity to join King County Parks and Washington Trails Association volunteers on Cougar Mountain.

In addition the Issaquah Alps site, people can participate in National Trails Day at several sites throughout King County. The daylong effort is designed to keep the county’s 175 miles of regional trails and 180 miles of backcountry trails safe, clean and open.

“Participating in a work party is a great way to help maintain trails that provide access to the 26,000 acres of parks and open space that we manage on behalf of the citizens of King County,” King County Parks Director Kevin Brown said in a statement.

Sponsored by the American Hiking Society, National Trails Day is meant to inspire people to visit a favorite trail or try something different.

The event at Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park is organized by the Washington Trails Association. People can sign up at the trails association’s website or call 206-625-1367.

King County Parks hosts more than 100 volunteer trail work events on projects to complement work done by the agency’s full-time backcountry trails crew. The full-time crew works on various trail construction projects across the county, backed by funding from the voter-approved 2007 King County Parks levy.

Issaquah to receive increased Metro Transit service

June 2, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. June 2, 2011

Commuting from the Issaquah Highlands to “Pill Hill” in Seattle could become more convenient soon.

Route 211 is to be extended to the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride. The route serves First Hill — nicknamed “Pill Hill” due to the hospitals in the neighborhood.

King County Council members approved the route change and more than 20 other revisions Tuesday. County Executive Dow Constantine proposed the overhaul in April to accommodate the launch of RapidRide buses between Bellevue and Redmond.

The route changes should start in October as RapidRide buses roll out on the Eastside.

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Chef to sign sustainable-fish cookbook at PCC

June 1, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. June 1, 2011

Chef Becky Selengut is signing copies of “Good Fish” — a cookbook dedicated to sustainable fish — at PCC Natural Market in Issaquah.

Selengut, a private chef based in Seattle and founder of local food database Seasonal Cornucopia, is due to appear from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the store, 1810 12th Ave N.W.

“Good Fish” focuses on sustainable Pacific Coast fish and includes 75 recipes for home cooks. The cookbook is accompanied by a website featuring a how-to guide for preparing sea creatures.

Trooper uncovers drug cache during Preston traffic stop

June 1, 2011

NEW — 3 p.m. June 1, 2011

Police arrested a Seattle man toting marijuana, hallucinogenic mushrooms and more than 200 Ecstasy tablets during a Preston traffic stop Tuesday morning.

The arrest occurred after a state trooper stopped a Honda Accord for illegally dark window tinting near milepost 22 along westbound Interstate 90 just before 11 a.m. The trooper smelled marijuana inside the Honda during the stop, and the driver allowed the trooper to search inside the vehicle.

The trooper uncovered 216 Ecstasy tablets, 4.7 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, 5 grams of marijuana, methamphetamine residue and drug paraphernalia, plus a .45 caliber handgun and $1,816 in American and Canadian currency.

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Photographer’s work gains Issaquah exposure / June 2011

June 1, 2011

Lakeside Senior American Legion baseball wins opener

June 1, 2011

NEW — 10:30 a.m. June 1, 2011

Catcher Jimmy Sinatro drove in six runs Tuesday as he led the Lakeside Senior American Legion baseball team to a season-opening 9-3 victory against host Bellevue Legion at Interlake High School.

Sinatro, who attends Skyline, had three hits for the game. Connor Gilchrist, also from Skyline, had three hits.

Christopher Weik, who attends Liberty, had three hits for Bellevue. Teammate Jason Hubbard, another Liberty player, had two hits.

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ArtWalk returns Friday to downtown and Gilman Village

June 1, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. June 1, 2011

ArtWalk returns to downtown Issaquah on Friday.

The event is 5-8 p.m. along downtown streets and in Gilman Village.

In rain or shine, regional artists set up temporary shows in downtown businesses and on street corners for the evening.

On Friday, Museo Art Academy opens a new studio, 111 Front St. N. The location offers more exposure for the organization.

“Now we are on the corner at street level in this amazing 100-year-old building that is a historic icon. We have wide sidewalks for demonstrations, we are in the middle of all the action,” Marci Knutsen, owner and director, said in a news release.

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