Community dedicates Squak Mountain forest to Maureen McCarry

November 12, 2011

Former Councilwoman Maureen McCarry (right) greets a well-wisher at the dedication ceremony for Squak Mountain's McCarry Woods on Saturday. By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 1 p.m. Nov. 12, 2011

The thicket — all gold and green beneath a November sky the same color as chalk — adjacent to the Forest Rim neighborhood on Squak Mountain shares the name of a person instrumental in protecting the land for future generations.

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Issaquah Veterans of Foreign Wars leads annual Veterans Day celebration

November 11, 2011

Issaquah High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps members present a 21-gun salute to close the Veterans Day celebration at the Issaquah Valley Senior Center on Friday. By Tom Corrigan

NEW — 1:19 p.m. Nov. 11, 2011

A World War II Navy veteran, Paul Miller has been through his share of Veterans Day celebrations.

Not surprisingly, he still thinks those remembrances are important and worthwhile.

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King County Council extends benefits, income for active-duty employees

November 11, 2011

NEW — 12:15 p.m. Nov. 11, 2011

Just before Veterans Day, King County Council members extended salary and benefits for county employees serving as National Guard and reserve service members.

The council approved legislation to cover all county employees called to active duty. For some county employees, being called to active duty means taking a pay cut, because their military salary is less than their county compensation — a particular challenge if the service member is the only wage earner in his or her household.

Under the legislation, county employees called to active duty become eligible for military leave differential pay if their military pay is less than their county income. The employees can continue to receive full health and other benefits through the county as well.

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Youth Eastside Services to host Elizabeth Smart

November 10, 2011

NEW — 6 p.m. Nov. 10, 2011

Elizabeth Smart is due to deliver the keynote address at a benefit for Youth Eastside Services, a nonprofit organization serving children in Issaquah and other communities.

Elizabeth Smart

Smart — abducted at knifepoint from home in Utah in June 2002 — plans to share the story of overcoming imprisonment and succeeding despite adversity.

Youth Eastside Services selected Smart, 24, to headline the Invest in Youth Breakfast in March.

“We’re extremely honored to present Ms. Smart in her first major speech in the Northwest,” Patti Skelton-McGougan, Youth Eastside Services executive director, said in a statement. “The spirit with which she publicly acknowledges the private nightmare she suffered at 14 is admirable, and her message of not allowing one’s past to dictate the future is inspirational.”

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U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert honors Issaquah veterans

November 10, 2011

U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert (left) thanks University House Issaquah resident Harry Tanaka for his service in the Army 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II in Italy and France. By Greg Farrar

NEW — 3:30 p.m. Nov. 10, 2011

The day before the United States pauses to honor veterans, attention focused on the greatest generation and the sacrifices members made to fight and win World War II.

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Beamer blanks Issaquah girls soccer team, 4-0

November 10, 2011

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Nov. 10, 2011

FEDERAL WAY — Jenny Hoefel and the third-ranked Todd Beamer High School girls soccer team were in high gear from the start and never let off the throttle.

Hoefel, a junior forward, supplied two goals as the Titans handed Issaquah a 4-0 defeat Wednesday at Federal Way Stadium in a first-round Class 4A girls soccer state tournament game.

The Titans looked unstoppable while applying pressure and attacking on offense.

“We like to go the whole game. Especially me, I try to push myself the whole game and never stop,” said Hoefel, who has 18 goals this season. “We’ve brought all our talents together and play as a team and that makes us that much stronger.

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Liberty girls soccer advances to state quaterfinals

November 9, 2011

NEW — 8:40 p.m. Nov. 9, 2011

With a 2-1 win over the Columbia River High School Chieftains on Wednesday, the Liberty Patriots advance to the quarterfinal match up in the state soccer tournament.

Liberty junior Kiana Hafferty gave the Patriots a quick 1-0 spark with an early goal in the first half.  Despite an aggressive pace set by the Chieftains throughout the first half, Liberty was able to maintain the 1-0 lead into halftime.

After Easton Kawawaki, a Chieftain sophomore, kicked a goal passed Patriot keeper Macaire Ament four minutes into the second half, Liberty senior and team co-captain Cassidy Nangle answered back with a game-winning goal for the Patriots.

“They’re a good team, I wouldn’t take that way from them at all,” Nagle said, “but with the heart on this team, we got it done.”

The Patriots will face their next opponents, Everett, in the quarterfinals at 6 p.m. Saturday at Liberty.

Autumn leaves in Issaquah / Nov. 8, 2011

November 9, 2011

King County Council adopts ‘stable and balanced’ 2012 budget

November 9, 2011

NEW — 12:05 p.m. Nov. 9, 2011

In a unanimous decision Wednesday, King County Council members adopted a $5.2 billion budget for 2012 focused on basic human needs, such as food and shelter, and maintenance for aging roads in rural and unincorporated areas.

The total includes a $650 million general fund budget — dollars for elections, law enforcement and other basic government functions. Leaders did not tap reserves for the 2012 spending plan.

“This stable and balanced budget is a product of a decade-long effort to respond to shrinking revenues by cutting costs while maintaining our high bond ratings through sound fiscal management,” Councilman Larry Phillips said.

The budget outlines a plan for some streets in rural and unincorporated areas near Issaquah to receive reduced maintenance and a lower priority for snow removal.

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No. 1 Skyline soccer team slips past Kentridge, 1-0

November 9, 2011

NEW — 10:15 a.m. Nov. 9, 2011

With the pressure mounting in a scoreless match, Skyline High School goalkeeper Tina Vargas occupied her mind with only good thoughts.

Vargas made a match-saving save in the 67th minute to preserve a scoreless tie, and top-ranked Skyline went on to beat No. 8 Kentridge 1-0 Tuesday in a first-round Class 4A girls soccer state tournament game at Skyline.

Substitute junior forward Rachel Shim scored in the 75th minute for the only goal

In the quarterfinals this weekend, the Spartans (15-0-2) will host the winner of of the Wednesday Kentwood-Jackson matchup.

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