State seeks outstanding employees for service honor

January 22, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. Jan. 22, 2011

Evergreen State leaders need help from residents to honor outstanding state employees.

The state Productivity Board has asked the public and state workers to nominate public employees for going the extra mile.

Toby Black at the Department of Fish and Wildlife helped rescue a drowning woman. Frank Curry and Tony Ybarra at the Department of Transportation led the effort to evaluate the causes and find solutions to a catastrophic landslide between Chinook Pass and Yakima. Mike Tupper and Chris Idso at the Department of Corrections spearheaded cost-saving initiatives to save the agency and taxpayers thousands of dollars.

The state employees all received the Extra Mile Award.

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Nominate Issaquah environmentalists for top ‘green’ honor

January 21, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. Jan. 21, 2011

Nominate environmentalists for the top city eco-honor — the Ruth Kees Environmental Award for a Sustainable Community.

The annual award recognizes people for a record of outstanding commitment to natural resource preservation. Kees, a teacher, mentor and role model, advocated open space preservation and environmental protection.

The city put out a call for applications Friday. Submit nominations until 5 p.m. Feb. 25.

Then, a committee reviews nominees and recommends a group of finalists to Mayor Ava Frisinger and City Council President John Traeger for selection.

The award is usually presented at a spring or summer council meeting.

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Skyline Spartans earn all-state soccer honors

January 21, 2011

NEW — 3 p.m. Jan. 21, 2011

Three members of the Skyline High School girls soccer team were voted to the Washington State Coaches all-state Class 4A first team.

Forward Michelle Bretl, midfielder Maddie Christ and goalkeeper Tina Vargas were on the first team. Three other Spartans were honored, too. Midfielder Madi Barney was voted to the second team. Defenders Jackie Wilson and Dom Randle earned honorable mention.

Forward Jaclyn Softli, of Eastlake, also received first-team honors.

Forward Kimi Fry, of Liberty, was named to the Class 3A first team. Cassidy Nangle, of Liberty, made the second team.

The all-state teams were based on voting by state high school soccer coaches.

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Issaquah City Hall drop box opens for February election

January 21, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. Jan. 21, 2011

King County Elections plans to roll out a half dozen ballot drop boxes before the February special election, including a drop box at Issaquah City Hall.

The box at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way, opened Thursday and is due to remain open 24 hours a day until 8 p.m. Feb. 8, Election Day.

The election does not include Issaquah or Issaquah School District voters, but residents in nearby North Bend and the Snoqualmie Valley School District face ballot measures.

The boxes — set up at locations across King County — allow voters to return ballots in person rather than by mail.

The elections office relied on historical use, population densities, planned future growth, proximity to transit services, access and safety data to determine the locations.

The elections office said voters used the drop boxes during the August primary and November general elections last year.

Film crew shoots scene at downtown Issaquah landmark

January 20, 2011

A film crew shoots a scene for the independent film "Fetch" at the Hailstone Feed Store in downtown Issaquah. By Tim Pfarr

NEW — 11:30 a.m. Jan. 20, 2011

Commuters driving along Front Street North were treated to an uncommon site as they passed the Hailstone Feed Store on Thursday morning: a film crew.

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Fourth-quarter rally carries Liberty girls past Bellevue

January 20, 2011

NEW — 11:30 a.m. Jan. 20, 2011

The Liberty High School girls basketball team outscored host Bellevue 15-8 in the final quarter Wednesday to post a key 3A/2A KingCo Conference victory.

Aspen Winegar led the Patriots with 14 points. Halie Ericksen and Danni Sjolander each added 10 points, and Sierra Carlson had eight points.

Liberty trailed by one point entering the final quarter before overcoming the Wolverines.

The Patriots went to 7-2 in league play and remained in a tie with Mount Si for second place in the standings. Liberty, which has a four-game winning streak, takes on first-place Juanita, 9-0, at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at Juanita. The Patriots lost to Juanita 58-56 in December.

In other league action, Mount Si rallied in the fourth quarter to beat visiting Interlake 48-44, Juanita downed Lake Washington 49-42 and Mercer Island cruised by Sammamish 64-35.

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Students can attend camp for mid-winter break

January 20, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 20, 2011

Middle school students can register for !mpact’s mid-winter break camp, Feb. 21-25.

Students will go to Pattison’s Roller Skating Rink, Hard Rock Café, Pike Place Market, and an improv comedy show at Unexpected Productions. Campers can also take DJ classes and be a contestant on a game based on the TV show “Minute to Win it.”

Find the registration form at the Issaquah School District website. The camp costs $40 per day. Contact Colleen Carroll with questions at 837-5080 or

Registration is due by noon Jan. 21.

City Council sets candidate interviews for March 1

January 20, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 20, 2011

City Council members updated the schedule Tuesday to appoint a successor to former Councilwoman Maureen McCarry.

The council plans to interview applicants in 10-minute segments March 1. Candidates must apply for the post by Feb. 4.

The process is similar to the steps used to fill a vacant council seat in 2006 and another in 1998.

The council selected March 1 because the original date scheduled for interviews, Feb. 22, has a packed schedule.

The vote to appoint a member to the council is scheduled for March 7.

In the meantime, the council faces potential 3-3 ties on decisions until the open seat is filled. Mayor Ava Frisinger casts the tie-breaking vote in such cases.

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Issaquah boys basketball team snaps losing streak

January 19, 2011

NEW — 3 p.m. Jan. 19, 2011

Steven Rael scored a season-high 20 points Tuesday as he led the Issaquah High School boys basketball team to a 69-64 victory in overtime against visiting Roosevelt. The victory for the Eagles snapped a five-game losing streak.

Issaquah, 2-6 in 4A KingCo Conference play and 5-9 overall, made a tremendous fourth-quarter rally to send the game into overtime. The Eagles trailed by nine points after three quarters. However, Issaquah outscored Roosevelt 17-8 in the final period to send the game into overtime. The Eagles outscored Roosevelt 16-11 in overtime to win the game.

Counting Rael, five players in all scored in double figures for Issaquah. Nik Landdeck contributed 14 points. Fletcher Martin, Evan Peterson and Nick Price each had 11 points. Joe Knight had 15 points to lead Roosevelt, which is 2-7 in league play and 3-10 on the season.

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Village Theatre First Stage sign restoration / January 2011

January 19, 2011

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