Build trails on Tiger Mountain for National Public Lands Day

September 17, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. Sept. 17, 2011

The state Department of Natural Resources and Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance plan to build trails on Tiger Mountain for National Public Lands Day.

Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark and the Department of Natural Resources invite the public to join volunteers and partner organizations to celebrate public lands Sept. 24.

Participants at each of the Department of Natural Resources-sponsored events can receive a voucher for a complimentary Discover Pass, a parking pass for state parks and lands. The volunteers attending the National Public Lands Day events receive a complimentary one-day Discover Pass.

The local event for National Public Lands Day is a bike trails work party on East Tiger Mountain.

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Construction changes vehicle access to Central Park

September 17, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 17, 2011

Motorists headed to Central Park in the Issaquah Highlands should prepare for a route change from Monday through Friday.

The road to access the park from Northeast Park Drive is closed to accommodate construction at the park.

Motorists can instead access the park via the east entrance from 24th Avenue Northeast.

Liberty Patriots defeat Sammamish Totems 54-7

September 16, 2011

Tynan Gilmore, Liberty High School junior wide receiver, rolls over senior safety/quarterback Austin Lee of Sammamish with a 59-yard pass reception in the end zone, for a 40-0 lead with 52 seconds left in the first half. By Greg Farrar

NEW — 10:40 p.m., Sept. 16, 2011

The Liberty High School Patriots rallied from a sluggish 0-2 start to the season in a big way Friday night, winning their first home game 54-7 against the Sammamish Totems.

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Issaquah nursing home receives help on Day of Caring

September 16, 2011

Day of Caring volunteers, employees from Aerojet, plant in a rejuvenated courtyard at Providence Marianwood during a countywide service project Friday. By Arlene Carter

NEW — 10 p.m. Sept. 16, 2011

Providence Marianwood, a nonprofit nursing home in Issaquah, received a helping hand from volunteer gardeners and painters Friday as the United Way of King County celebrated the Day of Caring in a series of service projects.

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Meet Seattle Seahawks’ Sea Gals in Issaquah

September 16, 2011

NEW — 8 p.m. Sept. 16, 2011

Meet the Sea Gals — cheerleaders for the Seattle Seahawks — in Issaquah on Saturday.

Members of the squad plan to meet fans at Gold’s Gym, 1025 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite E-8, from 11 am. to 2 p.m.

The event is part of Member Appreciation Day. Gold’s Gym members can bring family and friends to the event for lunch, giveaways and more. The raffle prize is a pair of tickets to a Seahawks game.

Skyline High School volleyball team is still unbeaten

September 16, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. Sept. 16, 2011

The Skyline High School volleyball team defeated visiting Mercer Island 3-0 Thursday in a nonleague match in a battle of unbeatens.

Skyline won the games 25-23, 25-22, 25-18. Madison Stoa had six kills, 30 assists and three aces and Maddie Magee contributed 17 kills and three aces for the Spartans.

Halle Erdahl also had eight kills and 11 digs, and Kennedy Stoa 15 digs for Skyline.

The Spartans are 4-0 on the season. Mercer Island’s record went to 4-1.

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Officials encourage flu shots as vaccine becomes available statewide

September 16, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. Sept. 16, 2011

The flu vaccine is available statewide, state health officials announced Thursday, as flu season approaches.

The state Department of Health also encouraged people to get a flu shot before flu season hits. The illness is a serious disease and can be unpredictable. People can spread flu before they even know they have it, and up to a week after getting sick.

“Flu vaccine is the best way to protect all of us,” state Secretary of Health Mary Selecky said in a statement. “We should get a flu shot every year.”

The agency provides flu vaccine to all people younger than 19 at no cost, although health care providers may charge a fees for the office visit and to administer the vaccine. People unable to afford the fees can ask health care providers to waive the cost.

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Issaquah High School girls nip Skyline team in cross country

September 15, 2011

NEW — 12:15 p.m. Sept. 15, 2011

The Issaquah High School girls cross country team, sparked by freshmen Ellie Clawson and Ellie Hendrickson, beat Skyline for the first time in six years Wednesday in a 4A KingCo Conference meet at Issaquah.

Issaquah edged Skyline 27-28 in the three-team meet. Bothell was a distance third with 83 points.

Clawson finished first in the 3-mile race in 19 minutes, 22 seconds. Hendrickson was third in 19:56. Three other Eagles cracked the top 10. Senior Rachel Osgood was sixth, and freshmen Abby Wilson and Emily Winterstein were eighth and ninth respectively.

Sam Krahling was Skyline’s top finisher, placing third.

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CleanScapes is leading candidate to haul Issaquah trash

September 15, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. Sept. 15, 2011

The leading candidate to haul Issaquah garbage, recyclables and compostables from the curb next summer is Seattle-based CleanScapes.

The city formed a review panel to study proposals from CleanScapes and other haulers. The panel then selected CleanScapes to proceed to the next step, contract negotiations.

Council Utilities, Technology & Environment Committee members heard a briefing about the process Tuesday. The final contract is expected to go before to the complete City Council for consideration in October.

CleanScapes serves customers in Seattle, Shoreline, San Francisco and Portland, Ore. The company started operations in Seattle’s Pioneer Square 14 years ago.

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King County Parks unveils ‘green’ campsite design in Issaquah

September 14, 2011

NEW — 7 p.m. Sept. 14, 2011

Campers in a King County park might notice a sustainable place to spend the night soon.

The parks agency challenged entrants to design a “green” camping space to create a comfortable and durable sleeping area from a cargo container.

County officials announced the top design in the “Little Footprint, Big Forest” contest at the Built Green Conference in Issaquah on Wednesday.

The top design — selected from a panel including County Executive Dow Constantine and other judges — came from a Seattle firm, HyBrid Architecture.

The design features a flexible floor plan, queen-sized bunk beds, and a multipurpose cabinet fashioned from recycled and reclaimed materials.

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