Eastlake Wolves beat Skyline Spartans for first time

October 22, 2011

Skyline receiver Andrew Giese fumbles the ball after Eastlake defensive back Brian Quick, right, delivers a jarring hit with 31.2 seconds left in the fourth quarter Oct. 21. Eastlake won 28-21. By Christopher Huber

NEW — 12:30 a.m. Oct. 22, 2011

It was the perfect exclamation point to a jubilant and historic moment for Eastlake football.

The lights literally went out at Eastlake High School as Eastlake players celebrated Sean Macdonald’s fumble recovery with 31.2 seconds left that sealed the victory for the Wolves.

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Nightmare at Beaver Lake / October 2011

October 21, 2011

Liberty High School girls soccer team nets conference title

October 21, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. Oct. 21, 2011 

The Liberty High School girls soccer team, already bound for the Class 3A state playoffs, wrapped up the KingCo Conference 3A/2A title Thursday with a 5-3 victory against host Juanita.

The KingCo title is the second straight for the Patriots, who captured the league’s state 3A berth earlier this week. This is the first time Liberty has won back-to-back titles since 2001, when the Patriots won their third straight KingCo title.

Kaliana Johnson had a hat trick to lead Liberty in its victory against Juanita.

Liberty got a battle from Juanita, which has just one league victory this season. Juanita took the lead three times in the game but Liberty always answered with a tying goal.

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Tent City 4 relocates to Community Church of Issaquah

October 21, 2011

Amalie Easter helps move pallets as another Tent City 4 resident carries a plywood sheet during the move from Bellevue to Community Church of Issaquah. By Greg Farrar

NEW — 12:20 p.m. Oct. 21, 2011

Tent City 4 returned to Issaquah on Friday, as teams started the long process to transform a church parking lot into a camp for up to 100 homeless adults.

The move to Issaquah is special for Tent City 4 resident Amalie Easter. The camp relocated on the same day as the last Issaquah High School regular season football game.

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King County’s Food Day mission focuses on affordability, sustainability

October 21, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. Oct. 21, 2011

In King County, Food Day is about bringing together parents, teachers, students, health professionals, chefs, school lunch providers and others to advocate for affordable and sustainable foods.

Food Day is Oct. 24, and King County health officials plan a series of events to highlight local foods, access to healthy foods and childhood-obesity prevention.

“Local organizations, schools, leaders and residents are mobilizing for Food Day to expand access to healthy food and curb access to junk food,” Dr. David Fleming, Public Health – Seattle & King County director and health officer, and a Food Day national advisory board member, said in a statement. “We are aiming for long-term improvements so all of our residents have access to healthy options and ultimately good health.”

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Complete survey to help Issaquah History Museums earn grant

October 21, 2011

NEW — 10:15 a.m. Oct. 21, 2011

Help the Issaquah History Museums earn a grant by completing a survey before Sunday.

The survey — a Countywide Community Forums outreach project — can help the museums receive a grant valued at $250 or more.

The more survey respondents selecting the museums improve the organization’s chances of receiving a grant, as well as the size of the grant.

The survey topics focus on how residents in unincorporated areas can engage King County government, as well as the upcoming county budget and King County Metro Transit’s budget shortfall.

Organizations can receive grants of up to $5,000. The amount is based on the number of survey responses each applicant can acquire during Countywide Community Forums’ online surveys.

The grant program is open to any nonprofit organization operating in King County.

Officials tout Metro Transit savings amid King County budget talks

October 21, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. Oct. 21, 2011

Officials said King County Metro Transit is on track after declines in sales tax revenues battered the regional transit agency.

The agency’s budget is part of the King County Council’s ongoing deliberations about the 2012 county budget. The council is scheduled to adopt the spending plan in late November.

For Metro Transit, earlier savings related to cuts and efficiencies resulted in about $400 million in savings — including $143 million in ongoing annual savings. The proposed 2012-13 budget for Metro Transit adds $18.2 million in additional efficiencies through staff reductions, space consolidation, pension reductions and health care savings.

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Fred Meyer, QFC join Taylor Farms salad recall

October 20, 2011

NEW — 12:45 p.m. Oct. 20, 2011

Fred Meyer Stores and QFC are participating in a voluntary recall initiated by salad maker Taylor Farms.

Taylor Farms announced the recall of several Fresh Selection bagged salads after a sample tested positive for salmonella.

Customers should check for specific Fresh Selection items with a sell-by date of Oct. 18.

The affected items all have the Fresh Selection label and include: Field Greens Salads, 8 ounce package; Leaf Romaine, 10 ounce; Romaine Salad Blend, 10 ounce; and, Hearts of Romaine, 10 ounce.

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Eastside transportation leaders oppose tolling initiative

October 20, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. Oct. 20, 2011

Local elected officials on the Eastside Transportation Partnership agreed to oppose Initiative 1125, Tim Eyman’s tolling initiative, days before ballots started to reach voters.

I-1125 calls for the Legislature to approve tolls rather than the appointed state Transportation Commission. The initiative also aims to prohibit different toll rates for peak commute times and to require toll revenues to be put toward projects on the road being tolled.

On Oct. 14, Eastside Transportation Partnership members heard from Bellevue developer and 1-1125 supporter Kemper Freeman and I-1125 opponents, former state Secretary of Transportation Doug MacDonald and Deputy King County Executive Fred Jarrett.

Then, members discussed the presentations and voted to oppose the initiative.

In a recent guest column for The Issaquah Press, Eyman said, “I-1125 ensures accountability and transparency.”

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Alaskan Way Viaduct closure could impact Eastside traffic

October 19, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. Oct. 19, 2011

The impending Alaskan Way Viaduct shutdown could cause traffic congestion to ripple far from the Seattle waterfront, transportation officials said days before the aging structure closes.

The state Department of Transportation plans to close the viaduct from 7:30 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Oct. 31 as crews demolish viaduct sections, build a bypass at the southern end and construct a southbound off ramp.

The planned closure is the longest ever for a Seattle-area highway. The viaduct serves almost 110,000 motorists each day — and roads throughout the region could clog as commuters seek alternate routes.

Major congestion is all but certain on Interstate 5 during the shutdown. The gridlock could spill over onto Interstate 405 and along Interstate 90 toward Issaquah during peak commutes.

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