Sound Transit changes schedule on Issaquah route

June 11, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. June 11, 2011

Sound Transit has changed service on numerous ST Express routes, including Route 554 from Issaquah to Seattle. The agency reduced midday weekday service from every 15 minutes to every 20 minutes, and discontinued some weekend trips.

The agency said the change is meant to match ridership on the route.

The systemwide changes aim to improve service on high-demand routes, as well as overcrowding on some routes. The changes also eliminate routes experiencing reduced ridership and duplicating services by other agencies.

In addition, Sound Transit is extending call center hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, starting June 13. Call 1-800-889-6368.

King County animal-services agency helps owner find lost pets

June 11, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. June 11, 2011

Regional Animal Services of King County is joining the nonprofit Missing Pet Partnership to help pet owners search for lost animals.

Through the program, Shelter Pet Detective, Regional Animal Services volunteers can receive training from the Missing Pet Partnership to offer hands-on assistance to people searching for a lost cat or dog. Plans call for volunteers to be trained to find the owners of lost pets already at the shelter.

“Pets are family, and when they go missing, it can be traumatic,” Sarah Luthens, Regional Animal Services manager of volunteer programs, said in a news release. “With the Shelter Pet Detective program, we’re hoping to get more eyes and ears on the streets looking for strays. The volunteers will also help us locate owners whose lost pet is in the shelter.”

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Consider a feline friend during Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month

June 11, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. June 11, 2011

Cats rank as the No. 1 companion animal in the United States.

Though more than 80 million felines live in households across the country, many more remain still in shelters, waiting for a permanent home.

In June, Regional Animal Services of King County is joining the American Humane Association, Petfinder.com, and other animal organizations in the Puget Sound region and throughout the United States to promote Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month.

“Cats make great companions, and this is a perfect time to come find a new furry friend,” Regional Animal Services Manager Ken Nakatsu said in a news release. “We’re in the middle of kitten season, when shelters like ours are teeming with wonderful, lovable, adoptable felines. Through Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month, we hope to get more of these great pets into great homes.”

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Councilman, school board members face challengers

June 10, 2011

NEW — 6 p.m. June 10, 2011

Issaquah residents face a choice in a single City Council race, and a trio of council members appears likely to cruise to election unchallenged.

Challenger TJ Filley entered the race against incumbent Councilman Joshua Schaer on Friday, as the candidate filing period closed.

Incumbent Councilman Fred Butler, appointed Councilwoman Stacy Goodman and candidate Paul Winterstein did not attract opponents for the other council seats up for election in November.

In the races for the Issaquah School Board, incumbents Brian Deagle and Suzanne Weaver face challengers in the nonpartisan races.

Deagle, a Sammamish resident, has served on the board since October 2006. Challenger Patrick Sansing, a Sammamish resident, is running against Deagle for the Director District No. 3 seat.

Weaver faces Maple Valley resident Joseph Arnaud and Issaquah resident Brian Neville to retain the Director District No. 5 seat. Weaver, a Sammamish resident, has served on the board since January 2007.

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No license is required during Free Fishing Weekend

June 10, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. June 10, 2011

Anglers can reel in catches from Beaver and Pine lakes, and other state Department of Fish and Wildlife-managed waters, without a license Saturday and Sunday during Free Fishing Weekend.

For the event, no license is required to fish or gather shellfish in any waters open to fishing in Washington. In addition, no vehicle use permit is required during Free Fishing Weekend to park at any of the 600 water-access sites maintained by the fish and wildlife agency.

“Free Fishing Weekend is a great time to revive an old hobby or to introduce friends and family to fishing,” agency Fish Division Manager Craig Burley said in a news release. “Adults can introduce kids to fishing on a wide variety of waters around the state.”

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Sports Illustrated features Skyline’s Kasen Williams

June 10, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. June 10, 2011

Skyline High School standout Kasen Williams has picked up another honor.

Williams, who will play football for the University of Washington next fall, is in the June 13 Sports Illustrated issue in the Faces in the Crowd section.

Williams is recognized for his accomplishments in track and field and football.

Last month he swept the high jump (6-feet, 10 inches), long jump (24-5¼) and triple jump (50-9¼ for a state record) at the 4A state meet. A wide receiver, he holds school records in receptions (236), receiving yards (4,161) and touchdowns (56) and was named the Parade All-America player of the year.

Bartell Drugs holds food drive to benefit needy children

June 9, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. June 9, 2011

“Bartell Drugs’ Stock the Pantry” food drive continues through Sunday to help out-of-school children and families in need.

The food drive is occurring at all Bartell stores in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. Residents can donate nonperishable food items at the Issaquah location, 5700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E.

In association with Northwest Harvest, the drive by Bartell Drugs focuses on replenishing local food bank, meal program and school food stocks during summer months — when families depending on free or reduced-price school meals may struggle to provide healthy meals at home.

Some child-friendly donation suggestions include canned tuna, instant oatmeal, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, cheese crackers, applesauce and canned fruit in individual serving sizes.

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Saddle up for Issaquah bike safety fair Saturday

June 8, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. June 8, 2011

Learn the importance of safe riding Saturday and Sunday as The Optimist Club of Issaquah & the Eastside hosts free bike safety fairs in Issaquah and Bellevue.

In Issaquah, the fair is noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Issaquah Valley Elementary School, 555 N.W. Holly St. in Issaquah. In Bellevue, the event is noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at Newport Heights Elementary School, 5225 119th Ave. S.E. Call 829-7864 to learn more.

The attractions — geared for children in kindergarten to fifth-grade — include obstacle courses and free bike helmets. For the obstacle course, children who bring bikes can participate and receive free bike tune-ups. Other attractions include bike registrations and face painting, plus adult resources on health, safety, education and recreation.

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Homebuilder starts construction on highlands residences

June 8, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. June 8, 2011

Homebuilder Pulte Homes has started construction on the $20 million Sunset Walk project in the Issaquah Highlands, developers announced Wednesday.

Plans call for Sunset Walk to feature 70 two- and three-story townhouses ranging from 1,460 to 2,055 square feet. Sunset Park is located near the neighborhood.

Groundwork on the 5.86-acre project started in early June. The developer estimates model homes could be ready for tours as early as January 2012.

“Issaquah Highlands is one of the most sought-after places to live in the area, one of the last true master planned communities, and Pulte Homes is thrilled to become part of it,” Frank Anderson, Pulte Homes vice president of land acquisition, said in a news release. “Adjacent to a beautiful park, in a diverse and thriving community, with great schools, and close to high quality employment — this neighborhood is a terrific fit for people looking for a great new home community in the Northwest.”

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Florida Marlins draft Skyline High graduate

June 8, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. June 8, 2011

Bellevue College pitcher Adrian Sampson, a former Skyline High School standout, was drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 16th round Tuesday in the Major League amateur baseball draft.

Sampson, a freshman, was the 493rd player selected in the draft. He compiled a 5-2 record with 68 strikeouts in 54 innings and a 2.19 earned run average this spring. Opponents hit just .193 against him.

The right-hander helped the Bulldogs capture the NWAACC Title. In the NWAACC Tournament, Sampson tossed a three-hitter and struck out 15 in beating Lower Columbia 3-0. He was selected to the all-tournament team.

Sampson is the second member of his family to be drafted by a Major League team. The Philadelphia Phillies selected older brother Julian, also a Skyline graduate, in the 2007 draft. He pitched in the Phillies’ organization for four seasons. Julian is pitching for the Brockton Rox in the independent Can-Am League.

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