See’s Candies readies store in Issaquah Commons

January 6, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. Jan. 6, 2011

Lovers can pick up some Scotchmallows in time for Valentine’s Day at the See’s Candies under construction in the Issaquah Commons.

The store is expected to open by Feb. 1 near REI in the shopping center along Northwest Gilman Boulevard. The candy shop replaces a teriyaki restaurant in the space.

See’s Candies is known for numerous treats, including the Scotchmallow — marshmallow and caramel enrobed in dark chocolate.

Operators applied for a city building permit at the end of September. Construction started on the store in late November, and city inspectors issued a temporary certificate of occupancy Wednesday.

The chain also has outposts in Bellevue, Redmond and Seattle. See’s Candies — based in South San Francisco — operates more than 200 stores throughout the West and the Midwest.

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Nominate outstanding historic preservation projects for honor

January 6, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 6, 2011

The people responsible for preserving the past could receive some recognition in the near future.

The state Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation seeks notable people, organizations and projects for the 21st Annual Awards for Outstanding Achievements in Historic Preservation.

The agency recognizes recipients during a ceremony in May — National Historic Preservation Month.

Participants can nominate people, organizations and projects in one of the following categories: historic preservation planning, historic property rehabilitation projects, career achievement, public education, stewardship, special achievement and media.

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City lifts dog ban at lakefront Timberlake Park

January 5, 2011

NEW — 6 p.m. Jan. 5, 2011

The city has lifted the dog ban at popular Timberlake Park along Lake Sammamish after 17 months.

City Parks & Recreation Director Anne McGill said the city decided to rescind the ban, because the regional animal services agency has promised to be more responsive to dog incidents at the 24-acre park.

City crews removed the “No Dogs Allowed” signs at Timberlake just before Christmas. The city has added signs listing a contact number for Regional Animal Services of King County in order to report issues.

Though the city allows dogs in the park again, canines must be leashed and cannot be on the beach or go into the water.

McGill said the real test should come in the summer, as crowds thicken at the park and parkgoers start to use the tree-shaded beach.

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Join Issaquah resident for farewell sermon before Brazil mission

January 5, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. Jan. 5, 2011

Before Issaquah’s Christian Paul McOmber leaves for a two-year mission in South America, he will say goodbye to his friends and the community at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

McOmber plans to spend the next two years in Maceio, a seaside town in eastern Brazil.

“To all the people who have stood by me, or guided me in my path of life, I want them to know that I am leaving on my mission, because I want the people of Brazil to feel the love of my mentors, friends and family through me,” he said in a statement.

McOmber will deliver his farewell sermon from 12:45-2 p.m. Sunday at the church, 922 216th Ave. N.E., Sammamish.

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Leaders laud King County Council for 2010 milestones

January 5, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. Jan. 5, 2011

King County Council members said the board made strides on a series of goals last year.

The council had not set specific goals for years, but under Chairman Bob Ferguson and Vice Chairwoman Jane Hague, the council adopted 45 broad goals — and checked off 43 by year’s end.

The council adopted priorities in early 2010. The list included goals to foster trust in government, local and regional cooperation, and to improve economic development, sustainability and transportation.

The council then created a scorecard to allow residents to monitor progress.

The accomplishments included adopting a countywide strategic plan, creating a regional task force to tackle transit issues, approving a series of partnerships to update animal-control services and overhauling county shoreline rules.

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Skyline boys basketball team tops Ballard in OT

January 5, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. Jan. 5, 2011

The Skyline High School boys basketball team outscored host Ballard 14-6 in overtime Tuesday en route to a 68-60 4A KingCo Conference victory.

Skyline, 3-1 in KingCo play and 6-3 overall, trailed by eight points entering the third period but outscored the Beavers 18-10 to sent the game into overtime.

Bryan Cikatz and Will Parker each scored 21 points for Skyline, which hosts Issaquah at 8 p.m. Friday.

Salim Gloyd, of Ballard (3-2, 6-4), led all players with 29 points.

In other 4A KingCo action, Issaquah fell to host Garfield 89-55. Garfield, 5-0 in KingCo and 8-1 overall, shot to a 17-9 first-quarter lead and steadily pulled away.

Nick Price topped Issaquah (1-4, 4-7) with 22 points. Steven Rael added eight points. Garfield’s Tony Wroten led all players with 29 points.

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Issaquah lawmakers offer support for attorney general’s proposals

January 5, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. Jan. 4, 2011

Issaquah legislators offered bipartisan support Monday to state Attorney General Rob McKenna’s priorities to change public records and eminent domain laws.

Legislation aims to create a state Office of Public Records to rule on complaints related to the Public Records Act and the Open Public Meetings Act.

“It’s our hope that this pilot program will expand in the years to come, broadening access to government information,” McKenna said in a statement. “It will also prevent expensive lawsuits over the denial of records.”

The attorney general also proposed bills meant to save money by preventing lawsuits concerning open government matters — including a bill to require records requesters seeking court penalties to notify a government agency of the intent to file a lawsuit due to denied records.

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King County urges legislators to protect funds for social safety net

January 5, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. Jan. 5, 2011

King County Council members called on state lawmakers to maintain a basic social safety net and to secure a stable funding source for public transportation in the upcoming legislative session. County leaders also seek relief from a state tax ceiling, because the threshold could impact dollars for flood control.

The issues top the legislative agenda adopted by the council Monday.

“This is an ambitious agenda that acknowledges the budget realities facing both King County and the state,” council Chairman Larry Gossett said in a statement. “We realize that because of the state deficit, all state funding is on the chopping block. Our goal with this agenda is to work with the Legislature on revenue ideas that don’t depend on additional resources from Olympia.”

State legislators convene at the Capitol on Jan. 10 for the 105-day session. The state faces a $4.6 billion hole in the 2011-13 budget.

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Innovative zHome construction site opens for tour Thursday

January 5, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 5, 2011

Step behind the fencing at the zHome construction site in the Issaquah Highlands on Thursday.

The tour focuses on electrical and plumbing components, plus measures to reduce lumber use in framing. The tour is free and runs from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

The construction site is near the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride, 1755 Highlands Drive N.E.

The last construction site tour attracted about 40 participants.

Plans call for zHome to include 10 eco-friendly townhouses designed to produce as much electricity as the units consume. The homes will harness solar power and use recycled building materials. Officials expect zHome to be completed in the spring.

Dignitaries broke ground on the project in September 2008, but the recession delayed construction until April 2010.

The city spearheaded the development of zHome. Howland Development Issaquah — a joint venture of Shoreline developer Howland Homes and Ichijo USA, a subsidiary of Japanese homebuilder Ichijo Co. — handles the construction. Ichijo USA financed the project.

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Bellevue College president sketches bold vision for Issaquah campus

January 4, 2011

Hurdles remain before construction can start in Issaquah Highlands

Jean Floten

The formula for the Issaquah Highlands remains, for the most part, unchanged since residents settled in the community a dozen years ago: homes built almost eave-to-eave on tree-lined streets, even as plans for offices and retail offerings sputtered.

Bellevue College could juice up the long-established formula, or so community leaders hope.

The college campus proposed for the highlands could someday serve as a learning center for groups as assorted as school-aged children and retirees, a gathering spot for cultural festivals and fuel for the economy — if Bellevue College opts to transform a forested parcel near Central Park into a satellite campus.

College President Jean Floten started to consider the possibility more than a decade ago, as the population boomed on the Eastside.

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