Fans can vote for favorite local high school in online contest

August 31, 2011

NEW — 12:30 p.m. Aug. 31 2011

With the winning school taking home $500, Seattle’s Prep Sportswear is asking high school sports fans to weigh in on their favorite school during the high school football season.

Dubbed “Turf Wars,” the first battle takes place around the Skyline vs. Liberty game set for Friday.

Voting began online Monday. Go to to vote for your favorite team.

The Turf Wars series will select one high school game from Washington for the rest of the high school football season.

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Crews extinguish fire at downtown Chopaka Apartments

August 31, 2011

NEW — 11:30 a.m. Aug. 31, 2011

Eastside Fire & Rescue crews snuffed out a blaze at the Chopaka Apartments clubhouse in downtown Issaquah early Tuesday morning.

Firefighters responded to a report of a natural gas leak in the clubhouse at 145 Newport Way N.W. at 7:28 a.m.

The maintenance employee at the apartments said a gas leak occurred in the clubhouse, but firefighters investigated and determined the odor actually emanated from a fire still burning in some furniture. No gas leak existed.

Firefighters said smoke and heat damage had spread throughout the structure, but heat did not build to cause the flames to spread. The fire, starved for oxygen, had almost burned out.

Heat did build to the point of melting plastic items inside the building and vent coverings on the roof.

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Skyline quarterback Max Browne uses last season’s title-game loss as motivation

August 31, 2011

NEW — 9 a.m. Aug. 31, 2011

For all the things Max Browne accomplished as a sophomore, it is the one thing he didn’t that pushes Skyline’s quarterback.

When the 2010 Class 4A state title game ended with Ferris claiming a 24-16 victory over the Spartans, Browne didn’t drop his head, at least not right away. Instead, he turned to the Saxons’ sideline. He watched them celebrate.

“Some people may think it’s crazy,” he said. “But it definitely fueled me.”

From that moment on, through every workout, camp and practice, one thing has continued to carry him: Get it back.

“His dedication to this team is unbelievable,” Skyline coach Mat Taylor said.

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Leaders announce $1.4 million effort to combat gang violence

August 31, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. Aug. 31, 2011

King County leaders bolstered efforts to combat street gangs Monday and directed $1.4 million from a law-enforcement emergency fund to confront a rise in gang violence.

Kathy Lambert

Kathy Lambert

The funds aid prosecutors, sheriff’s deputies and community organizations in anti-gang efforts. The county intends to add three deputy prosecutors and a paralegal focused solely on gang-related cases. Plans call for the King County Sheriff’s Office to receive additional equipment and training.

County Council members created the law-enforcement emergency fund last year to address unforeseen criminal justice needs.

Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, Issaquah’s representative, joined County Executive Dow Constantine, Prosecutor Dan Satterberg and other leaders Monday to announce the initiative.

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King County Council honors former Issaquah mayor

August 31, 2011

A.J. Culver (center), former Issaquah mayor, holds certificate from the King County Council after members recognized him for a long public-service career Monday. Contributed

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 31, 2011

King County Council members honored former Issaquah Mayor A.J. Culver on Monday for important contributions in public service.

The council recognized Culver for service as mayor, on the Municipal League of King County and Harborview Medical Center boards, and as a representative to the county Citizens’ Elections Oversight Committee.

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Sounders assist at Lake Sammamish State Park

August 30, 2011

Players join Mountains to Sound Greenway restoration project

Servando Carrasco (left), Seattle Sounders FC midfielder, and Tor Bell, restoration program manager, use loppers to remove blackberry bushes Aug. 29 while joining other volunteers during a Mountains to Sound Greenway habitat restoration project beside Issaquah Creek at Lake Sammamish State Park. By Greg Farrar

Seattle Sounders FC fans often hold blue-and-green scarves aloft to show support for the team at CenturyLink Field.

Fans offered the same ardent support Aug. 29 for the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust at Lake Sammamish State Park. The restoration team greeted Sounders forward David Estrada and midfielder Servando Carrasco as volunteers pulled invasive plants.

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SanMar plans to relocate 400 jobs from Preston to Issaquah

August 30, 2011

The apparel company SanMar plans to relocate about 400 jobs to Issaquah from Preston in the months ahead.

SanMar purchased a hillside office building behind The Home Depot last month. The company intends to complete some minor upgrades to the space and then occupy the building by December.

The relocation encompasses the front-office departments housed at the Preston headquarters, such as accounting, distribution, marketing, product design and more. The company plans to maintain the existing distribution facility in Preston.

SanMar supplies apparel and accessories to companies for embroidery and other embellishment. Clients include household names such as Columbia Sportswear and Nike.

“This is a great opportunity for us to have more space, a big block,” SanMar Vice President Jordan Lott said. “It creates really no additional commute time for the vast majority of our employees. It really is an opportunity to have nicer office space and not disrupt the commutes of the vast majority of our employees. It was kind of a win-win all around.”

SanMar purchased the Eastpointe Corporate Center for $32 million last month. The glass-sheathed office building encompasses 156,323 square feet — more room for the burgeoning company.

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Find local, regional DUI patrol locations online

August 30, 2011

State traffic officials revealed the locations of planned driving under the influence patrols on a website for motorists.

Before hitting the road, head to to find police patrols in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. The interactive map includes dates, times and locations for planned DUI patrols, such as the emphasis on Issaquah roads during Labor Day weekend.

Though sharing information to help motorists potentially avoid tickets and arrests might seem counterintuitive, officials said the website is another method to promote safe and sober driving on a community level.

The website also features a mobile version, so users can view the information on smart phones, and sharing options to post information to Twitter or Facebook.

Local traffic safety task forces participating in Target Zero teams post information on the website.

Washington Traffic Safety Commission officials announced the site’s launch Aug. 23.

Salmon Days Festival volunteer sign-up event is Sept. 7

August 30, 2011

Issaquah Salmon Days Festival organizers are having their annual volunteer sign-up party from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

During the event, those willing to help with Issaquah’s yearly Salmon Days festival can sign up to take on any one or more of several tasks, including helping with a Salmon Days booth, being a “refuse ranger” or manning a shuttle bus.

This year’s Salmon Days is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 1 and 2.

Potential volunteers should note that the volunteer party has been moved from its traditional date, said Pauline Middlehurst, sponsorship and promotions manager for the festival.

“This year, the sign-up party is a week early and on a different day, so we are really trying to let folks know in a timely manner,” Middlehurst said.

Following the pattern of previous years, the volunteer party would have been held the second Tuesday of September. The date was changed because Pickering Barn already was booked, Middlehurst said.

Besides the information booth and cleanup, folks are needed to man the festival bike corral, sell festival T-shirts and souvenirs, or assist with the Grande Parade on Oct. 1. All in all, organizers need help in about 15 different areas. Families or groups are invited to volunteer together.

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FISH volunteers to open gift shop at Issaquah Salmon Hatchery

August 30, 2011

Future visitors to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery will be able to take a piece, or at least a souvenir, of the hatchery home with them.

“A gift shop has been a dream of a lot of people for a long time,” said Jane Kuechle, executive director of the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

As many know, FISH operates various programs at the state-owned hatchery. It also will operate what will be the facility’s first gift shop and the nonprofit group has set a tentative opening day of Sept. 10, Kuechle said.

Right now, she added, organizers are in the midst of ordering merchandise for the shop. That merchandise includes T-shirts, posters, pins and various books. The last will be for adults and children, Kuechle said.

At least initially, the gift shop will only be open on weekends. Staff will consist of FISH volunteers.

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