King County Sheriff’s Office ends burglar’s chase near Issaquah

April 27, 2011

NEW — 1:45 p.m. April 27, 2011

King County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a suspected burglar late Wednesday morning after a pursuit near Issaquah.

Police arrested the suspect in the 15600 block of Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast near the Mirrormont neighborhood, about five miles south of downtown Issaquah. The suspect’s vehicle exceeded posted speed limits during the chase.

Sgt. John Urquhart said the pursuit originated in the 19700 block of 244th Avenue Southeast in rural Maple Valley, about four miles from the 15600 block of Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast.

Urquhart said the investigation is ongoing.

Liberty High School track team excels at meet

April 27, 2011

NEW — 11:45 a.m. April 26, 2011

After spending much of the spring practicing and competing in inclement weather, the Liberty High School track team got a treat April 23, when the Patriots competed in the Viking Relays at Tacoma’s Curtis High School.

There was no rain. After being a no-show for most of the track season, El Sol finally appeared.

The Liberty boys made the most of the pleasant spring day as they finished first in the team standings. Liberty totaled 57.95 points to top second-place King’s, which had 55.9 points. The Patriots’ girls team also fared well, placing third.

“It proved to be a wonderful meet. It wasn’t windy. It was just a gorgeous day. We actually had some sunburns,” Liberty coach Michael Smith said.

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Skyline High School baseball stuns Redmond

April 27, 2011

NEW — 11:45 a.m. April 27, 2011

The Skyline High School baseball team posted one of the biggest upsets of the season in the 4A KingCo Conference on Tuesday when the Spartans stunned Redmond 4-3.

Redmond entered the contest as the first place team in the Crest Division.

With the game tied 3-3, Skyline scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Winning pitcher Travis Snider went the distance and held Redmond, a strong hitting team, to just four hits. Snider also struck out four batters.

Jimmy Sinatro and Snider each had two hits to lead the Spartans. Brandon Fisher, Jimmy Sinatro and Matt Sinatro each drove in runs for Skyline, which went to 6-5 in league play.

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Issaquah girls, 11 and 12, charged in Facebook cyberbullying case

April 26, 2011

NEW — 2:15 p.m. April 26, 2011

Prosecutors charged two preteen Issaquah girls, 11 and 12, with cyberstalking and first-degree computer trespassing Tuesday, after investigators said the girls posted sexually explicit messages and photos on another girl’s Facebook page.

Prosecutors said the girls accessed the Facebook account of a 12-year-old girl, and then posted the explicit material and sent out solicitations for sex, court documents state.

The suspects used the girl’s Facebook password to access the profile, and post the lewd photos and messages.

The 11-year-old told investigators she and the girl targeted in the incident used to be friends, but recently had a “falling out,” court documents state.

The Issaquah Press usually does not name defendants age 12 or younger.

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Students receive hands-on restoration lesson

April 26, 2011

Bring comments about parks to May 4 meeting

Sarah Walker (right), of Issaquah, leads fellow Vista Academy seventh-graders Isaac Uselman, of Sammamish, and Elliott Moss, of Bellevue, with shovels along Issaquah Creek. project. Photos by Greg Farrar

The parkland stretching beside Issaquah Creek along Rainier Boulevard North is often referred to as the crown jewel in the municipal parks system.

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State Rep. Glenn Anderson is always on duty

April 26, 2011

Glenn Anderson is a Republican representative serving his constituents in the Washington State Legislature.

Oh, you already knew that?

How about this: Anderson wakes up at 4:30 a.m. every day, takes care of his two German shepherds, Frisco and Ramses — “I like my dogs, they’re very understanding,” he said — conducts business on his phone and via the Internet with the East Coast and then, finally, makes the commute from his home in Fall City to Olympia.

Rep. Glenn Anderson listens to testimony at a committee hearing, Jan. 25. Photo courtesy of the House Republican Caucus

On the hour-and-20-minute drive he gets in the mood for his legislative work by listening to Bonnie Tyler and ZZ Top.

At 8 a.m., Anderson arrives at his office in the Capitol and almost immediately heads out again, grabbing a few chocolate Easter eggs.

“People think it’s about bipartisan politics,” he said. “It’s not. It’s about sugar.”

He smiles.

His first morning duties usually lure him to a meeting at any of the three committees on which he serves: Education; Education Appropriations and Oversight; and Technology, Energy and Communications. During each two-hour committee meeting, Anderson is actively engaged.

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College Drive construction starts soon in highlands

April 26, 2011

Construction should start in early May on a road to access the Bellevue College satellite campus planned for the Issaquah Highlands.

Crews plan to start staging equipment and clearing land for Northeast College Drive soon. City permits for the project need to be issued before roadwork can start.

Plans call for the road to snake for about a half-mile behind Grand Ridge Elementary School and link to the existing street grid at Central Park. In addition, the road through The Highlands at Wynhaven apartment complex is due to be improved and turned into 15th Avenue Northeast. College Drive is planned to form a T-shaped intersection at 15th Avenue.

The road should be completed at about the same time as the start of the 2011-12 school year.

Though the project is not far from the Grand Ridge Elementary campus, the road is not designed to alleviate congestion during busy mornings and afternoons at the school.

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DownTown Issaquah Association charts new course

April 26, 2011

The decision to oust the longtime DownTown Issaquah Association executive director has not impeded the organization in the run-up to ArtWalk, a spring and summer staple for downtown merchants.

Organizers credited former Executive Director Greg Spranger and former Cultural Events Manager Michael Johnson with building solid support for the event.

The upcoming ArtWalk has focused renewed attention on a February staff shakeup at the downtown business organization. ArtWalk returns for a 10th season May 6 and runs one Friday each month until September.

DownTown Issaquah Association leaders decided to scrap the executive director position and hired another candidate as community relations manager rather than longtime executive director Spranger. Johnson then resigned in protest.

The decision prompted angry letters to the editor and hard feelings among some downtown merchants and supporters.

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City plants trees for Arbor Day, honors top environmentalists

April 26, 2011

Issaquah leaders gathered on a less-than-springlike day April 16 to observe Arbor Day and plant a grove to honor Ruth Kees and the community’s other top environmentalists.

Like the top environmental honor in the city, the grove is named for the late Kees. The bespectacled environmentalist fought for decades to protect Issaquah Creek, Tiger Mountain and the Lower Issaquah Valley Aquifer from development-related threats.

The grove is set amid hundreds of other saplings in city parkland along Issaquah Creek.

Former Councilman David Kappler plants a tree at the Ruth Kees Grove on April 16. By Margaret Macleod

Former Councilman David Kappler, plus environmentalists, Joanna Buehler, Ken Konigsmark and Janet Wall — all past Ruth Kees Environmental Award for a Sustainable Community recipients — participated in the planting. Overall, about 20 people joined Mayor Ava Frisinger and the honorees for the ceremony.

Together, city leaders and residents planted conifers to symbolize the 10 Ruth Kees award recipients on a gray morning at Squak Valley Park North south of downtown Issaquah.

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Legislators approve $30 fee for state recreation lands, open spaces

April 26, 2011

Outdoors enthusiasts could start paying $30 to park at state trailheads and use state parks starting in July.

In a party-line vote April 21, the state House of Representatives passed legislation to create a Discover Pass for state parks and open spaces, including Lake Sammamish State Park and Tiger Mountain State Forest near Issaquah. The state Senate passed the measure in a bipartisan vote the previous day.

The legislation now heads to the governor. Gov. Chris Gregoire also proposed a user fee for state parks in a proposed budget released in December.

Once the legislation reaches the governor’s desk, she has 20 days to sign the measure into law.

Users could use the annual Discover Pass to park at trailheads and other state-managed lands. For users uninterested in the annual parking pass, the legislation proposes a $10 day-use fee for using the lands. Otherwise, violators could face a ticket.

The proposal attracted broad support from outdoor recreation groups, including the Washington Trails Association.

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