Eagles’ boys basketball team wins tournament opener

December 29, 2011

NEW — 11:30 a.m. Dec. 29, 2011 

Nick Price scored 17 points and Fletcher Martin added 14 points as the Issaquah High School boys basketball team defeated GP Vanier, of British Columbia, 77-33 Wednesday in the opening round of the Oregon Les Schwab Holiday Tournament in Bend, Ore.

Issaquah shot to a 15-6 first-quarter lead and held a commanding 47-17 advantage at halftime.

Jake Henke contributed eight points and Drew Danner seven points for Issaquah, which is 7-1 on the season.

In other holiday action, Skyline ran into Lincoln, of New York, one of the nation’s traditional powers, and lost 48-39 at the prestigious MaxPreps Holiday Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. Skyline almost caught Lincoln in the fourth quarter.

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New Year’s holiday means reduced Metro Transit, Sound Transit service

December 29, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. Dec. 29, 2011

King County Metro Transit and Sound Transit bus riders should prepare for reduced service for the New Year’s holiday.

Metro Transit usually serves 20 percent to 40 percent fewer weekday riders between Christmas and the New Year’s holiday, so the agency is in the midst of a weeklong service reduction.

The reduced weekday schedule and regular fares take effect for Metro Transit through Friday and again on Monday, Jan. 16, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Expect Sunday schedules and fares on Jan. 1, New Year’s Day, and Jan. 2, New Year’s Day, observed.

For reduced weekday schedules, some commuter and school-oriented routes do not operate, and Metro Transit cancels some trips on other routes.

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Washington State Patrol urges revelers to plan for safe New Year’s travel

December 29, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. Dec. 29, 2011

State troopers asked motorists to plan ahead for safe travels during the New Year’s weekend.

Before revelers bid farewell to 2011 and ring in 2012, the Washington State Patrol asked the public to make the weekend as safe as possible on local roadways. For revelers planning on drinking to celebrate the holiday, troopers recommended a plan to get home safely and not to drink and drive.

Troopers plan to continue a holiday season drunken driving enforcement through the holiday weekend. The DUI crackdown also includes the Issaquah Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies.

Troopers asked motorists call 911 if they encounter a dangerous driver. Callers should be prepared to provide the location and direction of travel, description and license of the vehicle and the driving behavior that brought attention to the vehicle.

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Troopers arrest 161 motorists for DUI during holiday weekend

December 28, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. Dec. 28, 2011

State troopers arrested 161 motorists suspecting of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs during Christmas weekend.

The figure is down from the 194 arrests troopers made during the period last year. The tally does not include arrested made by local law enforcement agencies, although the Issaquah Police Department is participating in holiday season drunken driving patrols.

“We’re going in the right direction, but these numbers are still too high,” Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste said in a statement. “There’s just no excuse for putting yourself and others at risk by driving while impaired.”

The state patrol noted three fatal collisions during the holiday weekend. Troopers believe alcohol or drugs contributed to the death of a 47-year old Chehalis man on State Highway 2 near the Hewitt Avenue trestle in Snohomish County.

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Issaquah remains in Dave Reichert’s district under proposed congressional map

December 28, 2011

NEW — 12:05 p.m. Dec. 28, 2011

Issaquah remains in U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert’s district and some Issaquah School District communities shift to another district as the state panel responsible for a redrawn political map shifts boundaries to create a congressional district centered in Olympia.

In a plan unveiled Wednesday, Washington State Redistricting Commission members Tim Ceis and Slade Gorton proposed a 10th Congressional District based in the capital city and a 9th Congressional District stretching from Tacoma to Bellevue.

The proposed 9th District encompasses Newcastle in the Issaquah School District. Tacoma Democrat Adam Smith represents the 9th District in Congress.

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Rep. Glenn Anderson announces retirement from state House

December 28, 2011

NEW — 9:55 a.m. Dec. 28, 2011

Issaquah’s most senior representative in Olympia — state Rep. Glenn Anderson — said Wednesday he does not intend to seek re-election next year and plans to retire after serving the 5th Legislative District for a dozen years.

Glenn Anderson

Local voters elected the Fall City Republican in 2000 and subsequently in even-numbered years since. Anderson cruised to re-election last year against David Spring, the same candidate Anderson faced in a tight race in 2008. Anderson intends to serve through the remainder until the term expires next year.

“It’s been an extraordinary gift and a privilege to be allowed to serve the citizens of our community,” he said in a statement. “I’ve been extremely lucky that so many constituents, regardless of party affiliation, felt as though it was important to be engaged and have helped in many ways with all the issues I’ve been called on to deal with over the years.”

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Smaller trees to replace some evergreens along Front Street North

December 28, 2011

NEW — 9:45 a.m. Dec. 28, 2011

Crews plan to replace ailing Douglas firs at a downtown Issaquah intersection and add smaller trees.

The city recently approved a plan to replace nine Douglas firs near Front Street North and Northwest Dogwood Street. The plan does not affect the towering Douglas firs on the nearby Village Theatre property.

The replacement for the removed Douglas firs is evergreen and deciduous trees, plus ground cover.

City officials said declining health is affecting seven trees included in the removal plan.

The removal is also meant to allow more sunlight to reach solar panels planned for installation nearby. Plans call for some of the solar panels to power a pair of electric vehicle charging stations.

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Overnight blaze destroys Preston home before Christmas

December 27, 2011

Family escapes unharmed as firefighters battle flames, elements

Brian Jarvis, a firefighter with Eastside Fire & Rescue Engine 72, sprays water into a window of a burning Preston family home Dec. 22. By Eastside Fire & Rescue

Firefighters lost a battle against the elements early Dec. 22, and a predawn blaze left a Preston family homeless only days before Christmas.

The rural location along a tight, steep road less than a mile from Interstate 90 left firefighters little room to maneuver to combat the flames. The lack of fire hydrants in the neighborhood also limited firefighters’ options.

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Milestones from the year 2011 reflect changes

December 27, 2011

Renewal defined the year, as the community paused after a population boom and economic bust — and positioned Issaquah for the decades ahead.

Milestones from the last 12 months offer contrasts.

Leaders opened showcases for “green” design and concluded a milestone effort to preserve Tiger Mountain forestland. Tragedy left indelible impressions, too, as a gunman menaced downtown pedestrians on a September morning and turned a school campus into a crime scene.

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Girl is struck by car in Issaquah Highlands crosswalk

December 27, 2011

Issaquah police and medics responded to the Issaquah Highlands early the evening of Dec. 23 after a car struck a 14-year-old girl in a crosswalk.

Medics transported the girl to Harborview Medical Center, but she did not sustain life-threatening injuries.

The incident occurred at about 6 p.m. in the crosswalk at Northeast Park Drive and 24th Avenue Northeast near Zeeks Pizza as the vehicle headed west.

Police said the motorist involved in the incident remained at the scene until officers arrived.

The accident is under investigation.

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