Community Emergency Response Team training starts soon

February 12, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. Feb. 12, 2011

Issaquah residents can prepare for disasters at Community Emergency Response Team training in March.

CERT training is designed to prepare you to help residents during and after a catastrophe.

In the aftermath of a major earthquake or another disaster, emergency responders cannot help everyone immediately, so citizens rely on CERT training to protect and save neighbors.

The program typically includes eight weeks of classes from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Cost is $35. The session starts March 23. Participants can register through the Issaquah Citizen Corps Council.

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Washington Stealth lacrosse team honors Issaquah teenager

February 11, 2011

NEW — 7 p.m. Feb. 11, 2011

On Saturday, the Washington lacrosse community will honor Tyler Lucas, an Issaquah teenager who died in a car accident on Interstate 405 on Feb. 1.

Lucas, an all-star defenseman respected by athletes and coaches alike, continued to play lacrosse even after doctors diagnosed him with diabetes.

Lacrosse players in the Washington Stealth game against the Edmonton Rush at the Comcast Arena in Everett can remember Lucus by purchasing decals featuring his initials and jersey number.

The 1-inch yellow and purple decals cost $50 for 25. Proceeds benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. By Wednesday, more than 35 teams had ordered decals, raising more than $5,000 for the foundation.

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Liberty girls basketball team finishes second in tournament

February 11, 2011

NEW — 1 p.m. Feb. 11, 2011

The Liberty High School girls basketball team fell behind early and could never overcome the deficit Thursday as the Patriots fell to Mount Si 39-32 in the title game of the 3A KingCo Tournament at Bellevue College.

Danni Sjolander topped Liberty with 15 points. Mount Si’s Jori Braun scored a game-high 18 points.

Both teams advance to the 3A Sea-King District Tournament that starts Saturday. Liberty hosts Bishop Blanchet at 7 p.m. in a first-round game. Mount Si, by winning the tournament, earned a first-round bye. The Wildcats play Nathan Hale or Seattle Prep at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at Bellevue College.

Juanita took third in the KingCo tournament by beating Mercer Island 69-60. Juanita entertains Franklin at 1 p.m. Saturday in the district tournament while Mercer Island plays at noon at Bainbridge.

Skyline High School grad reaches 600

Maddie Maloney, a former Skyline High School standout, scored 10 points Thursday to help the Seattle Pacific University women’s basketball team defeat Northwest Nazarene 65-62 in a Northwest Athletic Conference game at Brougham Pavilion.

Maloney scored six of the last eight points for the Falcons. She now has 600 career points.

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King Conservation District rolls out online voting for board election

February 11, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 11, 2011

The little-noticed election for a King Conservation District board seat kicks off Tuesday and, for the first time, district voters in Issaquah and elsewhere can cast ballots online.

The monthlong election is for a supervisor seat on the board of the conservation district — the agency responsible for promoting sustainable use of natural resources, and providing information and technical assistance to landowners.

The electorate must choose among Kent farmer Bruce Elliott, Redmond real estate agent Teri Herrera, Duvall farmer Eric Nelson and Sammamish retiree Preston Prudente for the open seat.

“We are pleased to have a full slate of candidates for our inaugural online election,” board Chairman Bill Knutsen said in a statement.

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King County mails property tax notices to homeowners soon

February 10, 2011

UPDATED — 9 a.m. Feb. 14, 2011

Most Issaquah homeowners should pay about 29 cents more per $1,000 in assessed value on the property tax bills starting to arrive in mailboxes across King County.

Issaquah and county residents started to receive property tax bills in the mail Monday. The county Assessor’s Office released a property tax breakdown late last week.

Issaquah homeowners pay, on average, $11.13 in property taxes per $1,000 in assessed value. The total amounted to $10.84 last year.

Dollars collected through property taxes help fund the Issaquah School District, King County, and numerous state and regional districts.

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Issaquah girls basketball team takes tourney opener

February 10, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. Feb. 10, 2011

The Issaquah High School girls basketball team grabbed an early lead and pulled away to defeat visiting Roosevelt 58-50 Wednesday in the opening round of the 4A KingCo Conference tournament.

Sabrina Norton led Issaquah with 15 points. Brooke Miller contributed 11 points and Dayna Talley had 10 points. Roosevelt’s Catherine Killian led all players with 16 points.

Issaquah plays Skyline at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Juanita High in the semifinals.

Skyline won its tournament opener 53-46 against host Inglemoor. Megan Wiedeman topped Skyline with 18 points. Michelle Bretl and Haley Smith each tossed in 11 points. Skyline broke open the game by outscoring Inglemoor 19-9 in the third quarter. Taylor Peacocke, of Inglemoor, scored a game-high 20 points.

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AT&T cell tower in Issaquah Highlands enters operation

February 10, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. Feb. 10, 2011

The long-planned AT&T cell tower in the Issaquah Highlands has entered operation.

The structure is near a 45-foot T-Mobile tower close to the Park Drive Northeast entrance to Central Park and a reservoir. Landscaping at the AT&T site is almost complete.

Council Utilities, Technology & Environment Committee members unanimously approved the agreement last May after a long process. The measure did not require a vote by the full City Council.

Legislation for the AT&T tower reached the City Council in 2008. Officials asked AT&T to add the ability to co-locate — or lease space to — other carriers on the tower. The measure returned to the council in 2009 and included stronger co-location language. Officials finally approved the pact last year.

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Issaquah legislators host telephone ‘town hall’ soon

February 10, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. Feb. 10, 2011

State Reps. Glenn Anderson and Jay Rodne invite 5th Legislative District constituents to a telephone “town hall meeting” Wednesday.

The discussion is scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m. and last for 60 minutes. The legislators plan to take questions, share views about the ongoing legislative session and offer constituents a chance to take part in poll questions.

“We hope this is a convenient way for those we represent to talk to and hear from us directly,” Anderson said in a release. “We encourage people to call in and participate at any level they feel comfortable.”

Call the toll-free number at 1-877-229-8493 and enter the code 15549 at the prompt. Then, participants can select *3 on the telephone keypad to ask a question.

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KeyBank invites customers for coffee at renovated branches Friday

February 10, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 10, 2011

KeyBank invites customers to drop in for some refreshments Friday morning to celebrate upgrades at 10 branches in King and Snohomish counties, including Issaquah and Sammamish branches.

The company announced the completion of a yearlong modernization plan Wednesday.

KeyBank has scheduled customer appreciation events at 10 branches in the Puget Sound region from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. Visitors can partake in coffee and refreshments, and register to win $250 Key Possibilities gift card.

The celebration is scheduled for the branches at 6220 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., Suite E, in Issaquah and 719 228th Ave S.E. in Sammamish.

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Survey: Customers offer high marks for state-run liquor stores

February 9, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. Feb. 9, 2011

Customers offered a thumbs-up for state-run liquor stores, but suggested liquor store gift cards and online ordering as possible additions to the system.

The information comes from a Washington State Liquor Control Board survey commissioned after voters rejected ballot measures last fall to privatize the state-run liquor system.

Customers offered high marks for customer service, liquor store employee courtesy, product selection and store locations. The state released the survey results Tuesday.

“We are pleased that our performance ranked high with customers,” board Chairwoman Sharon Foster said in a statement. “The results help validate the board’s work to modernize stores, improve the customer shopping experience and increase convenience with simple changes like opening stores on Sundays and holidays.”

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