Local leaders, citizens prepare for 9/11 commemoration

September 10, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. Sept. 10, 2011

Issaquah residents prepared to mark 10 years since the 9/11 attacks Saturday, as local leaders utilized the anniversary to remind citizens to prepare for disasters and remain vigilant against threats.

The city, Eastside Fire & Rescue and community organizations plan to host a ceremony to commemorate the anniversary at 1 p.m. Sunday. The remembrance is scheduled to occur on the lawn at the Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S.

Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger is scheduled to speak at the event. The keynote speaker is Bill Lokey, a firefighter sent to New York City after 9/11 as part a special emergency services task force.

The anniversary also offered a chance for local leaders to cast a spotlight on emergency preparedness efforts.

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Issaquah Eagles beat Liberty Patriots 23-13 at home

September 9, 2011

Jake Bakamus, Issaquah senior wide receiver, scores on a 32-yard pass from quarterback Ethan Kalin in the second quarter to put the Eagles ahead 10-7 against the Liberty Patriots, on the way to a 23-13 win. By Greg Farrar

NEW — 10:30 p.m. Sept. 9, 2011

Issaquah High School has opened the season with a 2-0 start, defeating the Liberty Patriots 23-13 in a nonleague game Friday night at Issaquah in Gary Moore Stadium.

Starting wide receiver Jake Bakamus sealed the win for the Eagles with an interception from Liberty quarterback Jordan West with 5:54 left in the fourth quarter.

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Issaquah pledges to join regional effort to address climate change

September 9, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. Sept. 9, 2011

Issaquah is poised to join a regional effort to address climate change.

Mayor Ava Frisinger is due to sign the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration pledge Tuesday. The pledge binds local governments to address climate and sustainability efforts.

Frisinger — plus Kirkland Mayor Joan McBride and Shoreline Mayor Keith McGlashan — plan to sign the pledge to open the Green Tools Government Confluence at Pickering Barn.

King County Executive Dow Constantine launched the partnership in June to enhance the effectiveness of local governments’ climate change and sustainability projects and programs.

The collaboration is focused in outreach, coordination, solutions, and funding and resources.

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Event highlights ‘green’ Issaquah architecture firm

September 9, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. Sept. 9, 2011

Issaquah-based architecture firm Living Shelter Design is among 10 firms selected to be highlighted at a “green” building conference Saturday.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, the event highlights projects by top women “green” building professionals.

Living Shelter Design’s founder and lead architect is Theresa “Terry” Phelan. The firm promotes innovative design solutions using local and natural materials to create sustainable homes and communities. Living Shelter Design started in 1992, and has been based in Issaquah since moving from Seattle in 1994.

The event,  10x10x10 Annual Green Building Slam is organized by the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild. The organization’s Seattle chapter includes more than 250 members committed to designing and building for resource efficiency and healthy, comfortable living.

The event at the Bastyr University Auditorium in Kenmore includes tours of Bastyr’s student housing — Outstanding Multifamily Project of the Year in 2010 by the U.S. Green Building Council. The event in the auditorium, 14500 Juanita Drive N.E., starts at 6 p.m. Housing tours start at 4 p.m.


King County reminds locals to prepare after Vancouver Island earthquake

September 9, 2011

NEW — 2:10 p.m. Sept. 9, 2011

Many King County and West Coast residents felt the earth tremble Friday afternoon as a magnitude-6.4 earthquake occurred off Vancouver Island.

The tremor struck at 12:41 p.m. at about 14 miles beneath the surface. The earthquake occurred about 170 miles west of Vancouver. Residents as far south as Seattle reported feeling the tremor.

King County Executive Dow Constantine used the earthquake as a reminder for local residents to prepare.

“Over the past 10 years, in concert with our regional partners, we have worked to build a whole-community approach to disaster planning, response and recovery,” he said in a statement. “Strong communities begin with each of us making a personal commitment to prepare, and then reaching out to our neighbors to build the networks that will be crucial when disaster strikes.”

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Issaquah High School tennis team nets home opener

September 9, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. Sept. 9, 2011

The Issaquah High School boys tennis team finally got a chance to play a match on the school grounds Thursday and the Eagles flew by visiting Garfield 6-1. Because of construction last year, the Eagles played all their home matches and Tibbetts Valley Park.

Issaquah won three of four singles and swept the doubles en route to its victory. Evan Cheung, of Issaquah, won the No. 1 singles match with a 6-1, 6-0 victory against Jared Storz. John Brendel and Matt Gorn, of Issaquah, teamed to take the No. 1 doubles match with a 6-1, 6-0 victory against Andrew Schwartz and Jacob Wall.

In other 4A KingCo Conference action, Skyline fell to Roosevelt 4-3. Roosevelt won all the singles. Brayden Hansen and Alex Wu, of Skyline, took the No. 1 doubles with a 6-3, 6-0 victory against Mitchell Overton and Daniel Yang.

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City offers 2012 arts grants to local organizations

September 9, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. Sept. 9, 2011

The city Arts Commission seeks cultural organizations and programs for the latest round of arts grants.

The city offers grants each year for organizations to present performances and programs in public spaces and local schools.

Only projects inside Issaquah city limits or at Issaquah School District campuses qualify for funding. The deadline to apply for the grants is Nov. 4.

Commissioners awarded about $120,000 to 21 projects. The lineup included ArtWalk, Issaquah Farmers Market entertainment, Concerts on the Green, Shakespeare on the Green, performances at local schools and programs to help troubled youths.

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Washington State Patrol needs recruits for basic training

September 8, 2011

NEW — 4:30 p.m. Sept. 8, 2011

Washington State Patrol leaders started recruiting recently for the agency’s 100th Trooper Basic Training Class.

The combined hiring and training processes takes about 12 months to complete. The physical fitness test — pushups, sit-ups and a mile-and-a-half run  — proves to be a significant hurdle for applicants. Officials said about a third of all applicants fail the physical fitness test.

The state patrol is conducting tests Oct. 4 and 8, Nov. 5 and 8, and Dec. 3 and 6.

Candidates interested in testing for the Washington State Patrol should submit applications prior to desired testing date to the Human Resource Division at P.O. Box 42620, Olympia WA 98504-4904.

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Learn to spot shorebirds at Eastside Audubon’s Issaquah class

September 8, 2011

NEW — 4:30 p.m. Sept. 8, 2011

Learn more about the fall and winter shorebirds reaching Washington’s coast at a class from Eastside Audubon.

Tim Boyer, a shorebird expert and accomplished bird photographer, is leading a class about shorebirds at REI, 735 N.W. Gilman Blvd., at 5 p.m. Sept. 14. The class includes a field trip to the coast along Grays Harbor on Sept. 17.

Fall is the prime time to see flocks of sandpipers and many other species along the Evergreen State’s coast. Participants in the Eastside Audubon class can also learn how to tell bird species apart and how to spot rarities.

Call the Eastside Audubon at 576-8805 to register and pay by credit card over the phone. Or, email office@eastsideaudubon.org to sign up.

Skyline High volleyball wins second straight match

September 8, 2011

NEW — 11:30 a.m. Sept. 8, 2011

The Skyline High School girls volleyball team won its second straight match of the season Wednesday when the Spartans blanked visiting Lake Washington 3-0 in nonleague play.

Skyline won the matches 25-17, 25-17, 25-18. Madison Stoa had 13 assists and three aces to lead Skyline. Molly Mounsey contributed three blocks.

Skyline also defeated host Liberty 3-1 in a nonleague match.

Skyline won 25-14, 25-15, 16-25, 25-15. Stoa had six kills and 24 assists. Halle Erdhal had 15 kills, 12 digs and four aces for the Spartans. Taylor Weik had a big match for Liberty with 10 kills, three blocks and eight digs.

Megan Tsutakawa contributed five kills, 27 assists and three aces for the Patriots. In addition, Lindsey Linden had eight kills, nine digs and six aces and Delane Agnew eight kills and six blocks for Liberty.

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