Issaquah couple hopes Facebook contest cures financial headaches

July 28, 2011

NEW — 3:15 p.m. July 28, 2011

Issaquah resident Gus Campanaro said he often jokes that his wife’s shopping habits give him a headache.

He admitted he never thought those habits might lead to a $50,000 payday.

Out of some 300 entries in the still picture category, Campanaro’s depiction of his “Shop-aholic Headache” is one of 10 finalists in the Excedrin “What’s your headache?” contest. Visitors to Excedrin’s Facebook page can vote for their favorite headache shot or video, with the top vote getter in each category earning the already mentioned $50,000 grand prize.

Campanaro’s shot shows him sitting at a table, his eyes wide, his hands thrown up in frustration. Wife Kelly stands next to him smiling and happily showing off two apparently new pairs of shoes. An oversized price tag dangles from each.

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State honors bank employees for protecting Issaquah senior from fraud

July 28, 2011

NEW — 12:15 p.m. July 28, 2011

State Attorney General Rob McKenna honored Bellevue bank employees Thursday for protecting a then-78-year-old Issaquah man suffering from dementia.

In 2008, a massage therapist at a local assisted-living facility and another woman tried to bilk the man out of his savings. Authorities said the women took the man from the Issaquah facility to a courthouse wedding. Then, the massage therapist bride and the other woman took him to a Bank of America branch in Bellevue to cash out his bank account.

Employees called the police, and officers arrested the women.

For the effort, the employees received AGO Community Heroes plaques from McKenna at the bank. The attorney general also announced training materials to encourage more tellers to come to the aid of vulnerable customers.

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Lakeside, Cannons baseball teams head to state

July 28, 2011

 NEW — 11:30 a.m. July 28, 2011

The Lakeside Recovery U-17 baseball team and the Renton Cannons are headed for the AA state American Legion baseball tournament Aug. 2-6 in Spokane.

Both teams were victorious Wednesday in second-round district tournament games at Bannerwood Park.

Lakeside, composed mostly of Issaquah and Newport high schools’ players, and the Cannons, composed of Liberty High players, meet at 4 p.m. Thursday in the district championship round.

Lakeside defeated Bellevue Legion 15-5 on Tuesday and edged Woodinville 4-3 on Wednesday.

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Monthlong Hike-a-Thon to launch at High Point Trailhead

July 28, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. July 28, 2011

Hikers plan to rise and shine not long after dawn Monday — and then hike all month long — to help the Washington Trails Association preserve and maintain trails across the Evergreen State.

The nonprofit organization’s annual Hike-a-Thon is scheduled to launch at 6 a.m. Monday at the High Point Trailhead near Issaquah. Hikers can register at the organization’s website or call 206-625-1367. Registration is $15 and includes a T-shirt.

“This 6 a.m. guided hike is our way of helping these awesome folks get their Hike-a-Thon campaigns started with a bang,” Lace Thornberg, hike leader and Washington Trails magazine editor, said in a news release. “Before 9 a.m., when they head off to work on Monday, these hikers will already have five miles under their boots for their Hike-a-Thon campaigns. That’s pretty cool.”

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Washington State Patrol is No. 1 on continent for DUI enforcement

July 28, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. July 28, 2011

The numbers show the Washington State Patrol is tough on drunken drivers: Troopers arrested almost 20,000 last year.

For the effort, the International Association of Chiefs of Police named the Washington State Patrol as the top DUI enforcement agency in North America.

The honor recognizes agencies for “year-round efforts to detect and apprehend impaired drivers and to address impaired driving through policies, officer training, and public information and education.” The state patrol is due to receive the award in October at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Chicago.

Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste has told front-line troopers they have no higher priority than removing drunken drivers from the road.

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Lawmakers back measure to restore endangered listings, keep kokanee proposal afloat

July 27, 2011

NEW — 8 p.m. July 27, 2011

In a rare bipartisan effort, the U.S. House of Representatives backed a proposal Wednesday to allow officials to add animals and plants to the Endangered Species Act — a measure important to a coming protection decision for Lake Sammamish kokanee salmon.

In a spending bill, House Republicans called for only allowing the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to remove species from the endangered list, rather than add others. U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, a powerful Belfair Democrat, led the effort to strip the so-called “extinction rider” from the spending bill.

U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, Issaquah’s representative in Congress and a Republican, joined 36 other GOP representatives and 187 Democrats to support Dicks’ amendment.

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July 27, 2011

Washington State Patrol seeks witnesses to Bellevue pileup

July 27, 2011

NEW — 6 p.m. July 27, 2011

Washington State Patrol investigators have put out a call for witnesses to the deadly July 20 pileup along Interstate 90 in Bellevue.

The crash left a 9-year-old Issaquah girl dead and injured numerous other motorists, including a handful of Issaquah residents. Investigators asked for witnesses to call Detective Greg Wilcoxson at 360-805-1195 or Detective Jeff Maijala at 401-7742.

Just before 8 a.m. July 20, as traffic slowed due to congestion near the Interstate 405 interchange at 133rd Avenue Southeast, authorities said a tractor-trailer jackknifed into a logging truck in the adjacent lane. The impact dislodged the rear axle of the logging truck and sent the piece hurtling into traffic.

Rachel Beckwith, 9, sustained severe head and spinal injuries in the crash and died July 23.

In the days after she died, thousands of donors sought to honor her generous spirit.

Last month, Rachel had been inspired by a church fundraiser for Charity:Water, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing clean drinking water to people in developing nations.

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Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is fishing for volunteers

July 27, 2011

NEW — 6 p.m. July 27, 2011

Jane Kuechle

Onlookers teem to the bridge across Issaquah Creek and Issaquah Salmon Hatchery grounds each fall as coho and chinook salmon complete a long journey from the Pacific Ocean.

In order to share information and tales about the salmon species’ life cycle, Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery needs volunteers to serve as guides. The spawning season stretches from September through November.

FISH, a nonprofit organization, conducts educational tours for school groups and other hatchery visitors on weekdays each autumn, as traffic transforms the quiet hatchery grounds into a bona fide tourist destination.

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Mountains to Sound Greenway comes of age

July 26, 2011

Leaders nurture Interstate 90 greenbelt, acre by acre, year by year

Ken Konigsmark (left), a longtime Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust board member, and founding president Jim Ellis stand near North Bend on Rattlesnake Mountain in 2000 . By Greg Farrar

Like the matter-of-fact name suggests, the Mountains to Sound Greenway starts amid the souvenir shops and seafood restaurants at the Seattle waterfront, unfurls along Interstate 90, encompassing cities and forests, and continues on, across the Cascades.

Issaquah, situated on the route, is not quite at the center, but the city is central in the long effort to create a greenbelt along the major roadway.

The idea for a conservation corridor along the interstate germinated in Issaquah more than 20 years ago. Issaquah Alps Trails Club members spearheaded a 1990 march from Snoqualmie Pass to Puget Sound to attract attention to the proposed greenbelt — a sort of Central Park for Western Washington.

The disparate citizen, conservation, corporate and government interests behind the proposal coalesced to form the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust in 1991. Supporters marched from Ellensburg to Seattle in early July to celebrate the 20-year milestone.

“The original vision was, what can we agree on to preserve what’s important to everyone along this corridor?” retired Issaquah City Administrator Leon Kos said.

The corridor stretches for 100 miles, connects 1.4 million acres — or a landmass about 15 times larger than Seattle — and includes more than 800,000 acres in public ownership.

The conservation is enmeshed in cooperation.

The organization is built to foster dialogue among divergent groups. Seattle civic leader Jim Ellis, founding president of the greenway trust, called on rivals to sit down at the same table to create the conservation corridor. So, representatives on the 58-member board include the Sierra Club and Weyerhaeuser Co.

Kos, a longtime greenway supporter and board member, said the Issaquah Alps Trail Club assumed a fundamental role early on.

“The community group that was really very instrumental was the Issaquah Alps Trails Club,” he said.

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