The Issaquah Press is best in state; Warren Kagarise is top reporter

October 8, 2011

NEW — 12:05 a.m. Oct. 8, 2011

The Issaquah Press earned top honors as the best community newspaper in Washington, plus more than 30 other awards for reporting, photography, social media, design and advertising at a statewide journalism conference Friday.

Overall, the newspaper and staff members received 33 awards in the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

Judges named reporter Warren Kagarise as News Writer of the Year, a top honor for a community newspaper reporter in Washington.

The association honored The Press in the General Excellence category for the largest-circulation community newspapers in the Evergreen State. Sammamish Review, a sister publication, clinched the No. 3 spot in the category.

The award in the General Excellence category followed a similar honor from the regional Society of Professional Journalists chapter. In May, judges selected The Press as the best nondaily newspaper in the Northwest for a second consecutive year.

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Investigators seize 100 dogs in Issaquah, Burien ‘animal hoarding’ case

October 7, 2011

NEW — 1:20 p.m., Oct. 7, 2011

King County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating an “animal hoarding” case where  the Regional Animal Services of King County have removed 100 dogs from two Burien and Issaquah homes.

No arrests in the incident have been made, but felony and/or misdemeanor charges could be forthcoming in the case.

Detectives and animal control officers raided a Burien house at about 6:15 p.m. Thursday in the 1300 block of Southwest 120th Street where 38 Chihuahua, Pomeranian and Japanese Chin dogs were found in the residence.

All of the animals were in relatively poor health and kept in extremely dirty dog crates, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

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City OKs permit before Tent City 4 returns to Issaquah church

October 7, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 7, 2011

Tent City 4, a camp for up to 100 homeless people, is poised to return to a local church Oct. 21, after the city issued a permit for the encampment Tuesday.

The encampment is due to remain in the Community Church of Issaquah parking lot from late October until Jan. 21. Tent City 4 remains in a place for 90 days, and then residents pack up and relocate to another Eastside church.

Organizers need donations and volunteers to help relocate the encampment from a Bellevue synagogue to Issaquah.

Community Church of Issaquah is along Mountain Park Boulevard Southwest, about a half-mile up the Squak Mountain slope from the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

Tent City 4 operates under a strict set of rules outlining residents’ conduct.

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Salmon Days Festival nets international honors

October 6, 2011

NEW — 3 p.m. Oct. 6, 2011

The day after the Salmon Days Festival concluded for a 42nd year, the iconic Issaquah event received 11 international honors.

The awards from the International Festivals & Events Association honored the 2010 festival and the theme “Something up our leaves.” Salmon Days received numerous honors for advertising, print, promotional and retail merchandise, including a prestigious Bronze Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Award — a top honor for festivals.

Salmon Days competes against other festivals in the $250,000 to $749,999 budget category.

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Liberty girls run past Bellevue, Lake Washington

October 6, 2011

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Oct. 6, 2011

The Liberty High School girls cross country team ran as a pack Wednesday and raced by Bellevue and Lake Washington in a KingCo Conference 3A/2A meet at Liberty.

Liberty finished with 21 points. Bellevue was second with 47 and Lake Washington took third with 64.

Although Liberty did not have the first-place runner, the Patriots took the next four places, and had six runners in all in the top 10. Sophomore Amy Broska was Liberty’s top runner, finishing second in 21 minutes, 10 seconds on the 3-mile course.

Megan Chucka, Sarah Bliesner and Allie Wood were third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Rachel Shaw took seventh and Megan Larson was 10th.

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State redistricting panel calls for comments on proposed maps

October 6, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. Oct. 6, 2011

Washington’s political map is due to undergo a monumental shift next year, and citizens can comment on the proposed plans to reshape Evergreen State congressional and legislative districts.

The state panel responsible for redrawing the political map is hosting a public hearing on the proposals at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Olympia. Members meet on the Capitol campus in Senate Hearing Room 4, Cherberg Building, 304 15th Ave.

“Since the plans were made public, we’ve received lots of comment through our website,” Lura Powell, Washington State Redistricting Commission chairwoman, said in a statement. “But not everyone is comfortable with giving us input in that way, so we’re offering this public meeting to provide other ways for people to participate.”

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Issaquah Train Depot film series returns for autumn

October 6, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. Oct. 6, 2011

The popular Films @ the Train Depot! series includes Hollywood classics and mega-stars from a bygone era.

The latest series starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at the historic Issaquah Train Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N. The program is free, due to support from the city Arts Commission and the King County cultural agency, 4Culture.

The opening film in the series is “A Place in the Sun,” a 1951 classic starring Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor and Shelley Winters. Clift portrays dirt-poor George Eastman. Winters is the spurned lover he leaves for Taylor, a stunning socialite.

“Yankee Doodle Dandy” from 1942 continues the series Nov. 12.

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Issaquah-based Costco increases membership fees

October 6, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. Oct. 6, 2011

Issaquah-based Costco increased membership fees 10 percent as the largest warehouse-club chain in the United States offsets rising costs.

The increase, effective Nov. 1, ups annual individual, or Gold Star, and business memberships from $50 to $55. Costco also plans to increase Executive Membership fees from $100 to $110 next month.

Costco said the fee increases impact more than 22 million members, about half of them in the Executive Membership program.

Members in the executive program also receive up to a 2 percent annual reward on purchases. The company increased the maximum reward from $500 to $750 as part of the fee hike.

The company last raised individual and business membership fees in 2006. Company executives announced the latest hike Wednesday.

Costco’s profit margins narrowed in the most recent fiscal quarter as the company faced higher costs for cotton, gasoline, meat and other goods offered at the chain’s 592 warehouses around the globe.

Costco is the largest employer in Issaquah. The company employs about 2,700 people in Issaquah corporate offices and at the flagship warehouse in Pickering Place.

Issaquah Farmers Market closes for season Saturday

October 6, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. Oct. 6, 2011

Fall settled in last month, and the Issaquah Farmers Market is poised to pack up for the season Saturday.

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

For the last market Saturday of the year, the farmers market is hosting Tacoma Glassblowing Studio. Glassblowers plan to transform Pickering Barn into a pumpkin patch of blown-glass gourds. The patch is expected to feature more than 2,000 glass pumpkins, ranging from small to jumbo.

The patch is set up to resemble a natural pumpkin patch, and includes hay bales, scarecrows and other autumnal decorations.

In addition to the glass pumpkin patch, the market features a cooking demonstration from Lisa Dupar Catering from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Gardeners can stop by the Seattle Tilth Hotline Booth for answers to gardening questions. Seattle Tilth also has a garden work party planned in the community garden behind the barn.

Ceremony to honor state’s Vietnam War service members

October 6, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. Oct. 6, 2011

State leaders plan to gather Friday to honor fallen Vietnam War service members from Washington.

The event is the statewide kickoff of a national Call for Photos campaign to collect the photographs of all of the service members memorialized on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Officials need photos of 571 photos of Washington service members. Once collected, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund plans to display all of the photos in The Education Center at The Wall, a multimillion dollar learning facility planned for the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

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