Utility worker dies after accident on Tiger Mountain

August 5, 2011

NEW — 6:30 p.m. Aug. 5, 2011

The utility company worker injured in a Friday morning accident in the Mirrormont neighborhood has died.

The lineman, a 40-year-old Buckley man, sustained critical injuries after a coworker in a work truck ran over him in the early morning hours.

The crew for Sumner-based Potelco had had been working on a downed pole in the Tiger Mountain neighborhood.

Investigators said the Buckley man had been at work on the downed pole. Then, as he removed a wire that was under tension, the taut wire snapped back and knocked him backwards and under the rear tires the truck. The truck happened to be driving past a slow speed, and he was caught under the right rear tires and run over.

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Lakeside 17U baseball team rolls by Kennewick

August 5, 2011

NEW — 4:45 p.m. Aug. 5, 2011

David McIlvaine, of Issaquah High, drilled a three-run triple in the sixth inning to highlight a four-run rally to help the Lakeside Recovery 17U baseball team defeat Kennewick 14-9 Friday in a loser-out game at the state AA American Legion tournament in Spokane.

Lakeside Recovery, 42-19 on the season, plays either Burlington or Gonzaga Prep in another crucial game Saturday at Gonzaga Prep in the 16-team tournament.

McIlvaine had two hits, four runs batted in and scored three runs for Lakeside Recovery, which bounced back from a 5-4 defeat to Burlington on Thursday.

Daniel Rawlings, also of Issaquah High, had a single, scored two runs and stole two bases for Lakeside Recovery.

Lakeside Recovery led 10-2 going into the top of the sixth inning when Kennewick scored four times to make the contest closer. However, Lakeside Recovery put the contest away by answering with four runs in the bottom half of the inning.

Registration deadline for Aug. 16 election approaches

August 5, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. Aug. 5, 2011

Monday is the deadline to register to vote for the Aug. 16 primary election.

Voters can register in person at King County Elections from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at 919 S.W. Grady Way, Renton.

In order to register as a Washington voter, a person must be a U.S. citizen, a Washington resident, at least 18 by Election Day and not under the authority of the state Department of Corrections.

Voters do not have to register by political party or declare political party membership to vote in primary or general elections.

“Voting is underway right now and there’s still time for new voters to get registered and get involved,” Elections Director Sherril Huff said in a statement. “I’d like to remind all voters to get their ballots in early and don’t forget to sign the back of the return envelope. Your signature is needed for your ballot to be opened.”

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Man injured in accident on Tiger Mountain early Friday

August 5, 2011

NEW — 12:40 p.m. Aug. 5, 2011

Police said a utility company lineman sustained critical injuries early Friday in a Tiger Mountain neighborhood.

The man, a lineman for Sumner-based Potelco, had been working on a downed pole when a coworker in a work truck ran over him. Medics transported the 40-year-old Buckley man to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The accident occurred at about 3:30 a.m. in the 14500 block of Southeast Tiger Mountain Road in the Mirrormont neighborhood, about five miles from downtown Issaquah.

The workers had been replacing a power pole knocked down earlier in the night.

Investigators said the Buckley man had been at work on the downed pole. Then, as he removed a wire that was under tension, the taut wire snapped back and knocked him backwards and under the rear tires the truck. The truck happened to be driving past a slow speed, and he was caught under the right rear tires and run over.

Detectives from the King County Sheriff’s Office continue to investigate the incident.

Lakeside Recovery baseball team is edged by Burlington

August 5, 2011

NEW — 11:30 a.m. Aug. 5, 2011

The Lakeside Recovery 17U baseball team suffered its first loss in the state AA American Legion tournament Thursday, losing to Burlington 5-4 in the winners’ bracket game at Gonzaga Prep in Spokane.

Lakeside Recovery plays Kennewick at 1 p.m. Friday in a loser-out contest.

Daniel Rawlings, of Issaquah High School, had two hits, drove in a run and scored a run for Lakeside Recovery.

Lakeside Recovery led 4-0 going into the bottom of the fourth inning when Burlington scored four times to tie the game. Burlington tallied the winning run in the fifth inning.

Truck rollover snarls Interstate 90 traffic through Issaquah

August 5, 2011

A tractor-trailer rollover closed three lanes along Interstate 90 through Issaquah between Front Street and state Route 900 early Friday. By Department of Transportation

UPDATED — 9:20 a.m. Aug. 5, 2011

Emergency crews converged on westbound Interstate 90 between Front Street and state Route 900 just after 8 a.m. Friday after a tractor-trailer rolled over, snarling the morning commute.

State troopers closed three lanes to traffic due to the crash. Traffic backed up for more than two miles.

Crews managed to right the toppled rig after 8:30 a.m. and reopened lanes to traffic at about 9:15 a.m.

The tractor-trailer had been heading westbound in the center lane when the driver attempted to make a lane change to the right, Washington State Patrol Trooper Julie Startup said. In the process, the truck made contact with a car in the adjacent lane.

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Celebrate Farmers Market Week early at Issaquah market

August 5, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 5, 2011

Start Farmers Market Week early at the Issaquah Farmers Market on Saturday.

Gov. Chris Gregoire, the state Department of Agriculture and the Washington State Farmers Market Association announced Aug. 7-13 as Farmers Market Week.

“Farmers markets support local farms and small businesses, promote healthy eating and bring communities together,” Gregoire said in a statement. “Farmers markets positively impact and shape the social and economic fabric of Washington’s communities, large and small.”

The local market runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the historic Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

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Dog adoption event planned for Saturday

August 4, 2011

NEW — 4:30 p.m. Aug. 4, 2011

An official 501(c)(3) charity, PUP Dog Rescue will hold an adoption event Saturday at the Issaquah Petco, 975 N.W. Gilman Blvd.

PUP Rescue specializes in finding homes for dogs with uncertain futures, many of whom may have found themselves on the “put to sleep” list at local animal shelters.

The group just completed a “sweep” of those local shelters, with pictures of available animals on its website at http://pupdogrescue.wordpress.com.

Call 392-9664 for more information.

No. 3 official at Issaquah City Hall to retire Aug. 19

August 4, 2011

NEW — 1 p.m. Aug. 4, 2011

Joe Meneghini, the No. 3 official at City Hall and a behind-the-scenes force in municipal projects for the last 11 years, intends to retire Aug. 19.

Mayor Ava Frisinger announced the retirement Thursday.

“Joe was involved with almost all projects — at some level — for more than a decade here at City Hall,” she said in a statement. “We deeply appreciate his leadership, commitment to this community and focus on long-term sustainability, which will no doubt benefit Issaquah for decades to come.”

Meneghini is the deputy to City Administrator Bob Harrison. The administrators and Frisinger oversee all municipal departments, cross-departmental projects, communications and economic development.

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Consider donating blood at highlands fire station Saturday

August 4, 2011

NEW — 3:50 p.m. Aug. 4, 2011

The regional blood supply dipped to critically low levels for types O negative, O positive, A negative and B negative.

In order to replenish the supply, the Issaquah Highlands is hosting a blood drive Saturday at Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 73, 1280 N.E. Park Drive, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Email Kirsten Wisdom at kwiz@ihmail.com to schedule a donation appointment.

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