State adopts changes for emissions testing program

August 20, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 20, 2011

The owners of some vehicles may no longer need to undergo emission testing after July 2012, as the state Department of Ecology prepares to enact changes rules to the testing program.

The state requires certain vehicles in King County and other densely populated areas to undergo emission tests to reduce air pollution.

Under the rule change required by the Legislature and due to go into effect next summer, all 2009 and newer model year vehicles do not require testing. In addition, additional businesses may be authorized to conduct tests. The rule change also eliminates some emission tests.

The measure calls for the same standards to be used for all 1995 model year and older gasoline vehicles. The rule change exempts light-duty diesel vehicles from testing and tightens test standards for heavy-duty diesel vehicles. The measure nixes the gas cap test and dynamometer testing.

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Founder reinvents soccer club as model for sports education

August 19, 2011

NEW — 5:15 p.m. Aug. 19, 2011

During July, the Highlands Soccer Club reincorporated its nonprofit organization as the Community Sports Education Program, making the change from recreational club to an educational organization.

The goal is that, by using the success of the Highlands Soccer Club as a model, to one day have a program any neighborhood could use to create its own community-based sports program.

“Schools are just too cash strapped, they’re just not teaching the sports like they used to,” said Umit Gokce, founder, director and coaching coordinator for the Community Sports Education Program. “The idea is to get communities involved.”

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Issaquah soccer standout is candidate for national honor

August 19, 2011

NEW — 3 p.m. Aug. 19, 2011

University of Washington senior Kate Deines, a former Issaquah High School soccer standout, has been named a candidate for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS national award.

The Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award is given out each year to an outstanding senior student and one Division I senior is given the award in 10 different sports. The acronym CLASS stands for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School. The award honors those seniors that excel in four different aspects: community, classroom, character and competition.

Deines has produced on the field from the start of her career at Washington. As a freshman she finished second on the team with seven goals, and was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman First-Team. In her last two seasons, she played and started in every game the Huskies played.

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City plans water shutdowns in Squak Mountain neighborhood

August 19, 2011

NEW — 10:30 a.m. Aug. 19, 2011

Some Squak Mountain residents should prepare for water shutdowns soon as crews continue work on water mains.

The project affects about 15 residences along Greenwood Boulevard Southwest and Idylwood Drive Southwest, and another 20 homes along Ridgewood Place Southwest and Ridgewood Circle Southwest.

The shutdown is scheduled to occur between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday along Ridgewood Place Southwest and Ridgewood Circle Southwest, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday along Idylwood Drive Southwest, and between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Aug. 29 along Greenwood Boulevard Southwest.

City planners also released a map and outlined shutdowns for the affected neighborhood.

Call the municipal Public Works Engineering Department at 837-3400 to learn more about the shutdowns and the water main project.

Cougar cub recovering after surgery to correct birth defect

August 18, 2011

NEW – 4:15 p.m. Aug. 18, 2011

After undergoing special surgery at a clinic in Kirkland, Tasha, a 3-month old cougar cub is scheduled to be back home soon at the Cougar Mountain Zoo and is reportedly doing fine.

Tasha underwent the surgery to repair a congenital defect that was preventing her from eating solid foods.

“There were no complications during surgery,” said Michael Mison, who led the surgery team at Seattle Veterinary Specialists. “I’m happy to report that Tasha is recovering nicely. We expect her to have a long and healthy life.”

SVS veterinarians diagnosed Tasha with what’s termed a vascular ring anomaly or defect on Aug. 10.

According to information released by the clinic, vascular ring anomalies form before an animal is born when embryonic blood vessels develop abnormally.

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See ‘Pit Bulls on Parade’ in Issaquah on Saturday

August 18, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 18, 2011

BullsEye Dog Rescue, a Pacific Northwest pit bull rescue and education group, is hosting “Pit Bulls on Parade” on Saturday in Issaquah.

The event is free and open to the public. The parade features adoptable pit bulls from throughout the Puget Sound region, and raises money and awareness for the rescue and promotion of responsible ownership of pit bull-type dogs.

The event is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Riverdog Canine Coaching, 1400 19th Ave. N.W.

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Minor earthquake rattles Mirrormont early Thursday

August 18, 2011

NEW — 6:30 a.m. Aug. 18, 2011

Seismologists recorded a magnitude-2.3 earthquake early Thursday in the Mirrormont neighborhood on Tiger Mountain.

University of Washington seismologists said the micro-earthquake occurred at 12:49 a.m., about five miles south of downtown Issaquah.

Seismologists at the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, based at the University of Washington, said the temblor occurred 3.9 miles beneath the surface.

The seismic activity came a year after seismologists recorded other micro-earthquakes in and near Issaquah.

Such small earthquakes occur often, and do not indicate another, larger quake is imminent.

Seismologists recorded a magnitude 1.6 earthquake about three miles northeast of downtown Issaquah in July 2010. The micro-earthquake followed a magnitude 1.1 micro-earthquake centered about four miles east of the city last June. UW seismologists said another micro-earthquake, magnitude 2.6, occurred at 9:52 p.m. Sept. 3 in Mirrormont.

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City renames forestland for former Councilwoman Maureen McCarry

August 18, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 18, 2011

City Council members recognized Maureen McCarry on Monday by renaming a forested tract on Squak Mountain for the former councilwoman.

The change renamed the 40-acre Issaquah 69 parcel as McCarry Woods. The designation recognizes McCarry’s efforts as a councilwoman to acquire and preserve a key wildlife habitat and trail access to Squak Mountain State Park.

The city acquired the land in August 2007 as part of the Cougar-Squak Mountains Wildlife Corridor project. The forested land is just east of Squak Mountain Loop Southwest in the Forest Rim neighborhood high on Squak Mountain. McCarry is a Forest Rim resident.

In addition to preserving wildlife habitat, the acquisition protected a piece of the Bullitt Fireplace Trail — a link to the state park from Mountainside Drive Southwest.

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Splash Day at Issaquah Community Center / Aug. 3, 2011

August 17, 2011

Kasen Williams shows his skills in scrimmage

August 17, 2011

NEW — 3 p.m. Aug. 17, 2011

It was a play that officially didn’t count that might have spoke the loudest Tuesday as the Washington Huskies held their first significant scrimmage of fall camp.

Late into the 93-play affair, quarterback Nick Montana scrambled away from a rush and threw high into the back of the end zone — yes, a play that somewhat resembled one made famous three decades ago by his father, Joe.

And in reprising the role of Dwight Clark, UW freshman receiver Kasen Williams leapt high into the air to steal the ball away from 6-foot-4 safety Travis Feeney for an apparent touchdown.

Alas, UW coaches had called Montana down when he was touched by a defender.

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