Liberty falls to Seattle Prep, takes second at state

November 19, 2011

NEW — 5:45 p.m. Nov. 19, 2011

Battling into the last seconds of the game, the Liberty High School Patriots were defeated by the Seattle Prep Panthers 3-2 in the 3A state soccer championship game Saturday at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.

After Liberty junior Kiana Hafferty found the back of the net with an assisted goal from senior Cassidy Nangle only two minutes into the game, sophomore Kali Youngdahl slipped a goal by Panthers goal keeper Abby Rockwell. Kimi Fry assisted the goal six minutes into the game.

Liberty coach Jamie Giger said being up 2-0 is often the one of the most difficult places to be in a competitive game.

“You feel comfortable,” she said. “You feel that you have the game…that’s just the way it goes. They came back. Give it to them, they played really hard when they were down.”

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Eastridge Church to serve up 1,000 Thanksgiving turkeys

November 19, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 19, 2011

In a Thanksgiving tradition for local families in need, Eastridge Church plans to serve up 1,000 turkeys and 1,000 bags of groceries Saturday morning.

The event starts at 9 a.m. at the church’s Issaquah and West Seattle campuses, and then continues as supplies last. The local campus is at 24205 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road, and the West Seattle campus is at 4500 39th Ave. S.W.

In addition to the traditional turkey and trimmings, Eastridge Church is also offering free haircuts, coats for children and adults, and Bibles to attendees.

The church distributes dinner packages on a first-come, first-served basis, and no demonstration of need is required for assistance.

The event started nine years ago, and in the years since, has grown into one of the largest holiday charity events in the Issaquah area.

Snowfall dusts Issaquah Alps as cold temperatures linger

November 18, 2011

Light snowfall dusted the Forest Rim neighborhood on Squak Mountain early Friday morning. By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 10:45 a.m. Nov. 18, 2011

Snowfall dusted the Issaquah Alps overnight and into early Friday morning, as meteorologists predicted more light snow for the area in the coming days.

Snow coated trees on Cougar, Squak and Tiger mountains, but roads remained clear. Residents in Forest Rim awoke to a dusting similar to powdered sugar. Snow clung to cars, rooftops and shrubbery in the highest-elevation neighborhood on Squak Mountain.

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Developer requests city funding to complete Issaquah Highlands retail center

November 17, 2011

NEW — 9 p.m. Nov. 17, 2011

In order to build more stores in the Issaquah Highlands — and transform 14 acres into a cinema, shops, restaurants and more than 1,700 parking stalls — the developer behind the project said about $3 million in city funds is needed.

The developer, Regency Centers, said the highlands project needs the dollars to complete roadwork and other infrastructure.

Florida-based Regency Centers and highlands developer Port Blakely Communities announced a deal in July to sell the land for a retail center, but before Regency Centers completes the deal, company planners asked city leaders to commit public dollars to the project.

Port Blakely is also expected to contribute about $1 million to the project after shifting dollars from other commitments, such as a planned bus route expansion to the highlands.

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Snow is forecast for Issaquah, but accumulation is not

November 17, 2011

NEW — 7 p.m. Nov. 17, 2011

Temperatures in the low 30s and a drop in the snow level mean snow is possible overnight Thursday in the Issaquah area.

National Weather Service meteorologists in Seattle said rain should continue overnight and then possibly turn to snow in the early morning hours. The snow level is also expected to dip to 900 feet overnight.

(The summit of Tiger Mountain is 3,004 feet above sea level and the Issaquah Highlands start at about 500 feet above sea level.)

Forecasters expect little or no snow accumulation Thursday and Friday.

Expect snow and rain Friday morning, although the precipitation is expected to turn rain only after 10 a.m. Forecasters said the snow level should dip to 400 feet Friday night.

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Issaquah Highlands to launch fastest residential Internet service in nation

November 17, 2011

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Nov. 17, 2011

The fiber optic system in the Issaquah Highlands, the Highlands Fiber Network, is due to offer faster residential service — billed as the fastest Internet service available to any neighborhood in the United States.

The system plans to launch the speedier service Dec. 1. Organizers said users should expect download connections of 1 gigabit per second.

Seattle-based ISOMEDIA Inc., the Internet services provider and network operator for the Highlands Fiber Network, developed faster service plans in response to residents’ feedback and increasing demands for network and Internet bandwidth.

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Redistricting panel OKs reshaped King County Council districts

November 17, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 17, 2011

King County’s reshaped political map keeps Issaquah in the same County Council district, even as the citizen panel responsible for the updated map made significant changes elsewhere.

In a unanimous decision Tuesday, the council-appointed  King County Districting Committee approved the updated boundaries. The reshaped map is effective immediately, although the impact of the changes might not be evident until after the 2012 elections.

Issaquah remains in Councilwoman Kathy Lambert’s District 3. The committee kept the rural communities south of city limits in Councilman Reagan Dunn’s District 9.

The committee’s decision followed a 10-month process, after members collected ideas and input from the public in a meetings throughout the county.

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Skyline High School grad Jake Heaps leads BYU to victory

November 16, 2011

NEW — 12:05 p.m. Nov. 16, 2011

Former Skyline High School star Jake Heaps, who lost the starting quarterback job at Brigham Young University a few weeks ago, came off the bench Nov. 12 and led the Cougars to a 42-7 victory against Idaho.

Heaps, replacing injured Riley Nelson in the first quarter, completed 15 of 20 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns. Nelson was forced to the sidelines because of a chest injury.

In the first quarter Heaps directed a nine-play, 78-yard scoring drive by hitting three of three passes.

Heaps will start Saturday in a home game against New Mexico State. This will be his first start since Sept. 30 against Utah State. He started the first five games before Nelson was given the No. 1 job.

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Search for missing toddler Sky Metalwala comes to Issaquah

November 16, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. Nov. 16, 2011

Searchers for missing 2-year-old boy Sky Metalwala plan to meet in Issaquah on Wednesday afternoon to hand out fliers as investigators and volunteers continue to search for the missing toddler.

Sky’s father, Solomon Metalwala, and volunteers organized the event. Searchers plan to meet at Costco at noon.

Meanwhile, investigators continue to search for the missing toddler.

Sky’s mother, Julia Biryukova, reported the boy missing Nov. 6, after she said she left him in her car as she and a 4-year-old daughter walked to a gas station. She said Sky had disappeared by the time they returned.

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Expect cold temperatures and, maybe, snowfall

November 16, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. Nov. 16, 2011

Expect blustery, soggy conditions throughout Wednesday and, perhaps, snow in the days ahead.

National Weather Service meteorologists in Seattle predict winds between 16 and 24 mph in the Issaquah area during the day and into the night.

Meanwhile, expect a soaking as a low-pressure system moves from the Gulf of Alaska into the Pacific Northwest.

Come Friday night, as the snow level dips from 1,000 feet to 300 feet and low temperatures fall into the upper 20s, lowland residents in the Issaquah area could see snowflakes. (The summit of Tiger Mountain is 3,004 feet above sea level and the Issaquah Highlands start at about 500 feet above sea level.)

Meteorologists said little or no accumulation is expected.

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