Issaquah man injured in wrong-way Everett crash

June 25, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. June 25, 2011

Police said an 18-year-old Issaquah man sustained serious injuries in a wrong-way crash along Interstate 5 in Everett during the Thursday evening commute.

The crash left a 54-year-old Everett man dead. State troopers identified the deceased driver as Eric M. Lans.

Police said Lans’ Mitsubishi sport utility vehicle left the northbound lanes south of 128th Street Southwest, drifted across the median and into the southbound lanes. Then, the vehicle sideswiped a Dodge SUV driven by the Issaquah man and crashed into another SUV.

Medics transported the Issaquah driver, Austin Abendroth, to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle to treat leg and pelvis injuries. Abendroth remained in serious condition in the intensive care unit Friday.

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Kasen Williams is named Gatorade’s top track athlete

June 24, 2011

NEW — 11:45 a.m. June 24, 2011

Hopefully recent Skyline High School graduate Kasen Williams will have enough room on his trophy case for yet another award. Williams earned another honor Thursday when he was selected as the Gatorade Washington Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

In its 26th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Co., in collaboration with ESPN RISE, said in a release that Williams is the first Gatorade Washington Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year to be chosen from Skyline.

The award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the track. Williams is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

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Landscaping goats return to munch across Issaquah Highlands

June 24, 2011

NEW — 9 a.m. June 24, 2011

The ruminants return Friday afternoon.

In a summertime tradition for Issaquah Highlands residents, a goat herd is due to start chomping across open space in the Wisteria Park neighborhood. Onlookers can also catch a glimpse of the goats from Davis Loop.

Then, a few days later, the action is due to shift west, to open space tracts near South Pond, just east of Central Park. Plans call for another herd of landscaping goats to arrive July 6.

The goats, a cheaper and more eco-conscious option than traditional clearing, eat tall grasses and invasive plant species, such as Himalayan blackberry and Scotch broom.

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Issaquah’s Cougar Mountain Zoo unveils cougar cubs

June 23, 2011

Cougar Mountain Zoo's collection includes a trio of cougar cubs. Contributed

NEW — 8:30 p.m. June 23, 2011

Months after Cougar Mountain Zoo’s iconic cougar died, keepers unveiled a trio of month-old cougar cubs Thursday.

The cubs — one male and two females — should go on display July 16. In the meantime, zoogoers might see the cubs during unscheduled public appearances after July 1.

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Lakeside Recovery baseball loses tournament opener

June 23, 2011

NEW — 11:30 a.m. June 23, 2011

The Lakeside Recovery Senior American Legion baseball team got solid pitching again Wednesday, but the club lost to the Puget Sound Roxx 3-2 in the opening round of the Palouse Summer Series in Pullman.

Lakeside Recovery, 13-7 on the season, took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. However, the Roxx scored three unearned runs in the fourth inning to take the lead for good. Lake Recovery’s second run came in the bottom of the sixth.

Pitcher Connor Lawhead, a Skyline High School graduate, worked the first six innings and had four strikeouts.

Lakeside Recovery had two games June 23, playing the Ripps Brewers in the morning and the Seattle Sars Gold in the afternoon.

Donate to Issaquah organizations during fundraising drive

June 23, 2011

NEW — 11:30 a.m. June 23, 2011

The Seattle Foundation is staging the biggest day of charitable giving in King County history Thursday — and people can donate to numerous Issaquah-based organizations and groups serving local residents.

The foundation’s GiveBIG fundraising effort continues until 11:59 p.m.

GiveBIG invites people to make donations to almost 1,000 nonprofit organizations, including the Issaquah Schools Foundation, Village TheatreFriends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, Habitat for Humanity of East King CountyThe Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust and the Together Center.

The donations can then be stretched further using funds from a $500,000 “stretch pool” provided by The Seattle Foundation and GiveBIG supporters.

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Cougar Mountain, Duthie Hill parks projects proceed

June 23, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. June 23, 2011

Improvements to King County and state recreation lands near Issaquah inched ahead Wednesday, as conservation officials outlined plans to spend $42 million for projects statewide.

The plan from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office includes funding for projects on Cougar and Tiger mountains, in Duthie Hill Park and along the East Lake Sammamish Trail.

State legislators approved funding for the projects in a last-minute push as a special session ended in late May. The agencies proposing the projects promised matching funds to complete construction.

The state Recreation and Conservation Office presented a complete list of projects at a hearing in Olympia on Wednesday.

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Cougar Mountain is ‘gnarliest’ for trail running novices

June 22, 2011

NEW — 5 p.m. June 22, 2011

Outdoors NW magazine named the popular Cougar Mountain Trail Running Series as No. 1 for novice runners in the inaugural Gnarliest Trail Running Event Awards.

The magazine announced the awards Wednesday. Magazine staffers combed through information about dozens of trail races in the Pacific Northwest to determine the nastiest, gnarliest, toughest and best races.

The magazine ranked the Orcas Island 25K/50K, due to the event’s stunning views of the San Juan Islands, Olympic and Cascade mountains; a heart-pounding single-track course up and down Mount Constitution and the all-weekend race party on the island, including a post-race keg and live music.

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City raises Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road speed limit

June 22, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. June 22, 2011

Motorists no longer need to clamp down so hard on the brake on a steep section of Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road.

On Monday, City Council members raised the speed limit from 35 mph to 40 mph on a section from East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast to the eastern city limits near the 238th Avenue Southeast intersection. The faster speed limit goes into effect Saturday.

City crews plan to post signs featuring the 40 mph limit along the affected roadway. The sign replacement should cost about $350.

Before the decision, planners commissioned a traffic engineering study for Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road between East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast and Southeast Black Nugget Road, and between Southeast Black Nugget Road and Southeast Issaquah-Pine Lake Road to determine whether a 35 mph speed limit remained appropriate.

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Harlem Globetrotters draft Beaver Lake basketball phenom

June 22, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. June 22, 2011

Jordan McCabe, the basketball-handling phenom from Beaver Lake Middle School, was drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters on Tuesday, according to his family and a press release from the team.

He was among six players selected as part of the team’s 2011 draft class. Other players included 2011 College Slam Dunk Champion Jacob Tucker, and 2011 College 3-point Champion Andrew Goudelock, the press release said.

Jordan’s selection was unique because the Globetrotters exercised its special “future discovery clause.” That means the team obtains the rights to sign McCabe once he graduates from college.

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