Issaquah Chamber of Commerce endorses Costco-backed liquor initiative

October 15, 2011

NEW — 6 p.m. Oct. 15, 2011

Costco-backed Initiative 1183, a ballot measure to loosen state liquor rules, received support from the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, business leaders announced Oct. 14.

If passed, I-1183 calls for state-run liquor stores to close by June 2012. The measure also aims to require the state to license private enterprises to sell and distribute hard liquor, set license fees based on sales and regulate licensees.

Still, opponents said safety concerns remain about efforts to privatize the system and sell booze at more locations.

“The Issaquah chamber stands with our peers across the state in endorsing I-1183 as part of our collective goal to help support the Washington economy, encourage government reform and introduce competition into the marketplace within this industry,” chamber CEO Matthew Bott said in a statement.

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Issaquah Eagles fall 44-17 to Eastlake Wolves

October 14, 2011

Reed Peterson (right), Issaquah junior wide receiver, spins away from Eastlake senior defensive back Colton Teglovic into the end zone for a late second-quarter touchdown on a 23-yard pass play. By Greg Farrar

NEW — 11 p.m., Oct. 14, 2011

Plagued by interception trouble and a tough Eastlake Wolves defense, the Issaquah High School Eagles fell 44-17 in KingCo 4A Conference play Friday.

It was only the team’s second loss of the season. Eastlake (7-0) is the No. 2 ranked school in the state.

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Issaquah High School volleyball team wins again

October 14, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. Oct. 14, 2011

It took a while for the Issaquah High School volleyball team to get the knack of winning but the Eagles captured their second straight match Thursday by defeating host Eastlake 3-1.

Issaquah dropped the first set 25-19 but bounced back to win 25-18, 25-10, 25-18.

Sam Rogers led the Eagles with 21 kills and 10 digs. Lindsey Ferguson contributed 21 digs and Mckenzie Bostic had 42 assists. Kirsten Fischer gave the Eagles a strong game up front with 14 kills and Leanne Scott had 10 digs.

The victory was the second of the week and of the season for Issaquah, which is 2-5 in KingCo Conference 4A competition and 2-7 for the season. Eastlake dropped to 3-4 in league play and 4-6 overall.

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Issaquah, Port of Seattle candidates answer questions

October 13, 2011

Councilman Fred Butler (right) answers a question as council candidates (from left) TJ Filley, Joshua Schaer, Stacy Goodman and Paul Winterstein listen during a candidate forum Thursday. By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 11:30 p.m. Oct. 13, 2011

Candidates for local and regional offices offered prescriptions for counteracting the ailing economy and educating a 21st-century workforce at a forum Thursday.

Organized by The Issaquah Press and moderated by Publisher Debbie Berto, the forum attracted candidates for City Council, Issaquah School Board and Port of Seattle Commission.

The candidates, gathered at the King County Library System headquarters in Issaquah, answered questions in 40-minute sections organized by race.

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Liberty High School boys capture cross country finale

October 13, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. Oct. 13, 2011

Nick Knoblich and Aaron Bowe, finished first and second Wednesday, as they led the Liberty High School boys cross country team to victories against Mount Si and Liberty at Mount Si High School.

Liberty finished with 37 points to top Mount Si, which was second with 40 points. Mercer Island was third with 47 points.

Knoblich finished first in 17 minutes, 28 seconds. Bowe was second in 17:30. Mason Goodman, of Liberty, also cracked the top 10 by placing ninth in 18:06. Hiron Redman was 11th and Jason Murray 14th for the Patriots, who ended the regular season with a 6-3 record.

In the girls meet, Liberty finished second to Mercer Island. The Islanders had 27 points and Liberty had 39 points. Mount Si was third with 70. Allie Wood was Liberty’s top placer, taking third in 20:15. Amy Broska and Sarah Bliesner were sixth and seventh respectively for Liberty. Megan Larson placed 11th and Aimee Christensen 12th to round out Liberty’s top five runners.

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Citizens offer input about Eastgate plans at open house

October 13, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 13, 2011

Motorists, landowners, employers and others using a high-traffic corridor along Interstate 90 can review ideas for the area Tuesday.

Bellevue planners host a public open house about proposed land-use and transportation changes in the Eastgate area from 4-6 p.m. The open house is at the Robinswood House Cabana, 2430 148th Ave. S.E., Bellevue. The presentation starts at 4:30 p.m.

The open house is a chance to learn more about emerging land-use and transportation plan intended to guide growth in Bellevue’s interstate corridor during the next 20 years.

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Issaquah High School volleyball team notches first win

October 12, 2011

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Oct. 12, 2011

The Issaquah High School girls volleyball notched its first victory of the season Tuesday when the Eagles swept visiting Redmond 3-0 in a KingCo Conference 4A match.

Issaquah won the games 25-14, 25-14, 26-24.

This has been a rebuilding year for Issaquah, which graduated almost its entire team from last year’s squad that finished second in the 4A state tournament.

The Eagles got several solid performances in its match with Redmond. Sam Rogers had a team-high 17 kills and three aces for the Eagles. Lindsey Ferguson contributed 26 assists and three aces. Cassie Elenes led the Eagles with seven aces. Kirsten Fischer had a team-high eight kills. Misty Siochi had seven kills and 10 digs,and McKenzie Bostic had a team-high 34 assists.

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King County serves up business honor to Triple XXX

October 12, 2011

NEW — 11:20 a.m. Oct. 12, 2011

Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, Issaquah’s iconic destination for burgers and root beer floats, earned the Minority Small Business of the Year title in countywide competition Wednesday.

The drive-in bested other businesses in the inaugural King County Executive’s Small Business Awards.

The honor is the latest for longtime Triple XXX proprietor José Enciso Sr.

Enciso received dual accolades in May, including Business Person of the Year, at the Issaquah Community Awards Luncheon. The city also inducted Enciso into the Issaquah Hall of Fame, the community’s highest honor.

Honorees received the King County awards during a Meydenbauer Center ceremony attended by almost 250 people from local chambers of commerce, cities and small business organizations.

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Issaquah could dump Waste Management for CleanScapes, despite questions

October 12, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 12, 2011

The discussion about the next contract to collect Issaquah garbage turned messy Tuesday, as a rival company interested in the deal criticized the process and urged elected officials to scrutinize the top contender.

The city is seeking a garbage hauler to serve most Issaquah neighborhoods. Waste Management is the predominant hauler in the city, but the current contract between Issaquah and the Houston-based company expires in June.

Seattle-based CleanScapes emerged as the No. 1 contender after city officials evaluated offers from both companies and another collector, Allied Waste — a local name for national company Republic Services.

City officials said a $3.8-million-per-year CleanScapes contract could mean lower rates for Issaquah customers, plus increased customer service and recycling options. City Council members should decide on the contract before the end of the month.

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Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 72 mixes red and ‘green’

October 11, 2011

Solar panels line the rooftop of Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 72. Contributed

Station 72 is designed to lessen impact on environment

The red accents on Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 72 offer a traditional package for the “green” features embedded throughout the building.

Station 72 is the most energy efficient fire station on the planet. The city and EFR spearheaded a project to create a next-generation facility as a showcase for “green” innovations in Issaquah and a model for other fire departments.

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