State shuts down Beaver Lake access soon to stock rainbow trout

November 5, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 5, 2011

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to release about 2,300 Issaquah Salmon Hatchery-raised rainbow trout into Beaver Lake soon.

The access site at the lake is due to close at sunset Nov. 7 to prepare for the Nov. 8 release. The lake reopens at sunrise Nov. 9, but the lake is open to fishing even as the access site is shut down.

State Fishery Biologist Aaron Bosworth said Beaver Lake is best fished by small boat, although anglers also can find some success in fishing from shore.

Beaver Lake is among a group of Western Washington lowland lakes open to fishing year round. The state prohibits internal combustion boat engines on the lake. The state requires all anglers 15 and older to carry a valid fishing license to fish at Beaver Lake.

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Swedish/Issaquah hosts string quartet’s community concert

November 5, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 5, 2011

See the Sammamish Symphony String Quartet inside the airy atrium at Swedish/Issaquah during a community concert Nov. 9.

The family-friendly concert runs from 6-8 p.m. in the main lobby at the hospital, 751 N.E. Blakely Drive. The event is free and open to the public.

Listeners can browse the boutiques at The Shops at Swedish — the retail offerings in the lobby — and grab a snack at Café 1910, the health-conscious eatery on the premises. The concert attendees can stop in and meet the chefs.

Parents can receive childcare services during the concert from Adventure Kids Playcare. Call 313-7093 for reservations.

Call the Swedish/Issaquah concierge desk at 313-7913 to learn more about the concert.

Skyline Spartans trounce Monroe Bearcats, 59-21

November 4, 2011

Skyline junior receiver Nic Sblendorio catches a pass in the end zone from Max Browne as Monroe's Jake Dinaggio tries to defend during the third quarter Nov. 4. The touchdown put Skyline up 45-21. By Christopher Huber

NEW — 11:55 p.m. Nov. 4, 2011

The Skyline Spartans took just 14 seconds to score against the Monroe Bearcats in the preliminary round of the playoffs Friday night on the plateau.

And it didn’t take much more time for the Spartans to make it a one-sided game.

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City could OK quarry redevelopment near Issaquah Highlands

November 4, 2011

NEW — 3:45 p.m. Nov. 4, 2011

The hillside quarry below the Issaquah Highlands, plus land adjacent to the highlands, could someday transform into businesses and homes, if the city and landowner approve a long-term agreement to redevelop the site.

The landowner and quarry operator, Lakeside Industries, Inc., proposed a development agreement for the 80-acre site. The proposal heads to the City Council for consideration Monday. The council is expected to refer the proposal to the committee for further discussion.

The site — a quarry, a hillside and land on the plateau adjacent to the highlands — is zoned for mineral resources. The agreement under consideration could change the zoning to urban village — the same zoning for the highlands and Talus.

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Skyline volleyball team earns KingCo No. 3 berth

November 4, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. Nov. 4, 2011

The Skyline High School volleyball team kept its hopes of earning a state tournament berth alive Thursday when the Spartans won two matches at the KingCo Conference 4A Tournament at Bothell. The two victories enabled Skyline, 15-4 overall, to win the KingCo No. 3 berth.

By winning the league’s No. 3 berth, Skyline meets the Western Conference No. 3 team Saturday in a match to determine a berth into next week’s Class 4A state tournament at St. Martin’s College.

Skyline twice fought back to win its matches after dropping the first set. In Skyline’s first match of the day, the Spartans stunned 10th-ranked Roosevelt 3-1.

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FBI agents arrest suspect in Issaquah bank robbery

November 3, 2011

NEW — 12:40 p.m. Nov. 3, 2011

FBI agents arrested the suspect in the Oct. 28 robbery of a local KeyBank branch, Issaquah police announced Thursday.

Investigators developed information about the suspect after a Snoqualmie police officer recognized the man from surveillance images captured at the bank. Police then turned the information to the FBI.

Federal agents obtained a warrant and arrested the man Wednesday.

Issaquah police responded to a robbery at a KeyBank branch along Northwest Gilman Boulevard just after 2 p.m. Oct. 28.

Investigators said a man approached a bank employee and handed the employee a demand note. The employee handed the man cash, and the suspect then fled the bank, carrying the loot. Police did not reveal the amount of money stolen, per standard procedure.

Officers searched the area near the bank, 405 N.W. Gilman Blvd., but did not locate the man.

In Issaquah stop, Rob McKenna highlights fight against human trafficking

November 3, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 3, 2011

In a speech to Issaquah business and nonprofit leaders Wednesday, gubernatorial candidate and state Attorney General Rob McKenna highlighted efforts to combat human trafficking — a global pipeline into forced labor and the sex trade.

McKenna, as the top legal officer in Washington and president of the National Association of Attorneys General, launched a nationwide initiative in June to combat human trafficking.

“Human trafficking is now a $32 billion global criminal enterprise in our world,” he said at a Nonprofit Leadership & Civic Service Summit organized by the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce.

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Issaquah School District students join statewide mock election

November 3, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 3, 2011

Though most students in primary and secondary schools do not meet the minimum voting age, the under-18 crowd can still participate in the November election — sort of.

Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed invited students in kindergarten to 12th grade to participate in the 2011 State Mock Election, a state-sponsored educational effort designed to establish voter participation later in life.

In the Issaquah School District, classes at Sunset and Sunny Hills elementary schools, Pine Lake Middle School and Issaquah High School joined the mock election. The librarian at Sunset Elementary even has a roll of “I Voted” stickers to hand out to students.

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See King County ballot processing in action

November 3, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 3, 2011

King County Elections offers voters a behind-the-scenes look at ballot processing activities.

See live streaming video from cameras set up to capture the action at the elections office in Renton.

“Local voters and people from all over the world used our first web cam, which was put in place during last year’s general election, to watch our ballot opening process,” Elections Director Sherril Huff said in a statement. “I’m very happy to announce our decision to expand this system to include some additional views of our ballot processing area.”

The cameras display activities in the sorting, opening, and scanning areas of elections headquarters.

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Prepare for national Emergency Alert System test

November 3, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 3, 2011

City leaders reminded Issaquah residents to prepare for a national Emergency Alert System test.

The test, scheduled for 11 a.m. Nov. 9, is a chance for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to try out the Emergency Alert System, a national alert and warning system for the president to address the American public during emergencies.

The test is meant to help federal agencies and local participants, such as Issaquah and King County, determine the reliability of the system and how well such messages notify the public during local disasters, such as earthquakes.

During the test, a message indicating “This is a test” is broadcast on radio and television. The test could last up to three-and-a-half minutes, and could include a typed message on the TV screen.

The practice run includes local radio and television stations, cable television, satellite radio and television services, and wireline video service providers.

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