Discover Pass is available to vehicle owners renewing registration

September 8, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. Sept. 8, 2011

The annual Discover Pass for state parks and recreation lands is now available through the state Department of Licensing.

The agency started mailing notices in early September to owners of vehicle license tabs set to expire on or after Oct. 1.

Motorists can also purchase the Discover Pass at vehicle licensing offices or online as part of the registration renewal process. Purchasing the pass through the Department of Licensing does not have dealer or transaction fees attached.

People buying the pass through the Department of Licensing should receive the Discover Pass in the mail from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife within 10 days of renewal and purchase.

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Skyline Spartans nip Liberty Patriots in girls soccer

September 7, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. Sept. 7, 2011

Nicole Candioglos scored a goal at the 72nd minute Tuesday as Skyline High School nipped visiting Liberty 1-0 in a nonleague girls soccer game.

Jordan Branch assisted on Candioglos’ goal. The shutout was shared by Tina Vargas and Sydney Martinez, who were Skyline’s goaltenders.

The contest was the season-opener for both teams, who each qualified for the state tournament last year. Skyline finished third at the 4A state tournament while Liberty made it to the first round of the 3A tournament.

In other action, Eastlake and Lake Washington fought to a 2-2 draw.

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Issaquah resident fled 9/11 destruction in Manhattan

September 6, 2011

Dana Macario, now a wife, mother and Issaquah resident, resettled in Washington after escaping Lower Manhattan on Sept. 11, 2001. By Greg Farrar

The unbridgeable gulf separating days before 9/11 from days after runs along a Manhattan street named — as if by chance — Liberty.

The street slices across Lower Manhattan and presses close to the World Trade Center site.

Issaquah resident Dana Macario, 33, endured the initial confused, chaotic moments after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks along Liberty Street.

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Terrorist attacks inspired fallen soldier to enlist

September 6, 2011

Staff Sgt. Robert J. Wilson, a daredevil teenager from the Sunshine State, matured into a determined soldier in sun-scorched Iraq.

Robert J. Wilson

The boy in Florida sometimes jumped into a swimming pool from perilous heights or needed stitches to repair damage from a mistimed stunt.

The terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, led Wilson to abandon a rambunctious youth and focus on a military career.

The infantryman in Iraq often served on point, as the lead soldier in a formation, during foot patrols. Other soldiers in his unit had spouses and children at home. Wilson, unmarried and childless, chose the most-exposed position to shield other soldiers from harm.

“Even though he was my younger brother, he was usually more mature than me — for the most part,” said Darlene Weigle, Wilson’s older sister and a Mirrormont resident. “Sometimes, he was still my annoying little brother.”

The attacks on 9/11 led to a decadelong odyssey in Afghanistan and Iraq. The wars have claimed more than 6,000 U.S. service members — a grim milestone in a decade defined by catastrophe and conflict.

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Issaquah ceremony offers chance to reflect on 9/11

September 6, 2011

“To me, it was one of the worst days in our nation’s history,” Eastside Fire & Rescue Deputy Chief Bud Backer said of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

But the way the country came together in the aftermath of those attacks can be pointed to as a source of pride, Backer added.

To mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the city of Issaquah, EFR, city police and other civic groups are joining in a public ceremony 1 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Issaquah Community Center.

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Sept. 11 attacks spur interfaith group to help Habitat for Humanity

September 6, 2011

“What I’ve learned is that we all believe in one almighty God, that we are all to serve humanity and that’s how we serve God,” said Jawad Khaki, president of IMAN, a Northwest group for Muslims.

Khaki spoke during last year’s Together We Build project in Issaquah for the benefit of Habitat for Humanity of East King County.

Consisting of Muslims, Christians and Jews, Together We Build will hold its 10th annual construction project Sept. 8-10 and the following weekend of Sept. 15-17 at Habitat’s Issaquah Highlands development on Magnolia Street.

The days were specifically planned to bookend the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Together We Build grew in the aftermath of those attacks. Over the past 10 years, the organization has contributed more than $430,000 to Habitat for Humanity.

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Jim Sinegal to retire as Costco CEO

September 6, 2011

Issaquah-based warehouse club selects longtime manager as successor

Costco members, breathe a sigh of relief.

Incoming CEO Craig Jelinek does not intend to change anything about the $1.50 hot-dog-and-soda combo.

“That price will never increase — I can’t say never, because you never know — but I’ve got to tell you, I don’t want to be the one that does it,” Craig Jelinek joked Sept. 1, a day after Costco CEO and cofounder Jim Sinegal announced plans to retire.

Sinegal, a legendary fan of the company’s hot dog deal, plans to step down as CEO on Jan. 1 after transforming Issaquah-based Costco from a lone South Seattle warehouse almost 30 years ago to 592 outposts around the globe nowadays. The frugal Sinegal built the empire by offering generous benefits to employees and deep discounts to customers.

Jim Sinegal

Jelinek, president and chief operating officer at the No. 3 retailer in the United States and the largest employer in Issaquah, started at Costco as a warehouse manager in 1984.

“Costco has a very strong culture and a deep bench of management talent,” Sinegal said in a statement. “I have total confidence in Craig’s ability to handle his new responsibilities and feel we are fortunate as a company to have an executive of his caliber to succeed me as chief executive of Costco.”

Though Sinegal, 75, is stepping down as CEO, he intends to remain at Costco through January 2013 to advise and assist Jelinek, 59, through the transition. The outgoing CEO also plans to remain on the Costco board.

Both executives learned about retail from warehouse club pioneer Sol Price, the late FedMart and Price Club founder. (Price Club and Costco merged in 1993.)

Costco board members selected Jelinek as president and chief operating officer in February 2010 — a sign the company intended for the longtime employee to succeed Sinegal.

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King County commits $70,000 to repair city’s retaining wall

September 6, 2011

King County recently agreed to fund repairs to a decade-old retaining wall along Southeast Black Nugget Road as city planners seek to shore up the structure against landslides.

The city closed the sidewalk along the wall in March after soggy conditions caused a small landslide on the slope behind Fred Meyer and The Home Depot. The shifting earth did not pose a risk to motorists or residences atop the hill, but the incident refocused attention on plans to strengthen the wall.

County officials committed $70,000 for upgrades. The project could cost up to $640,000 for substantial renovations. The city is setting aside funds to complete the project in the years ahead.

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Skyline Spartans rout Liberty Patriots, 62-27

September 6, 2011

Skyline scores 48 unanswered points to turn close match into no doubter

Hamilton Noel, Liberty senior running back, hits the open field during the first quarter Sept. 2 against Skyline. By Christopher Huber

Before the 2011 season opener against visiting Liberty High School, Skyline High School football coach Mat Taylor had only called a reverse one other time in a game. Read more

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Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank emphasizes fresh fare

September 6, 2011

The emphasis at the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank is on fresh fare, as clients call for more healthy options on pantry shelves and administrators add more space for nutritious foods.

The nascent effort to offer more fresh fare to clients comes as Cori Kauk settles in as executive director and pantry staffers put information from a client survey into use.

The municipal Resource Conservation Office and AmeriCorps members conducted a survey in July to gather input from food bank clients. The respondents asked for more fresh and healthy foods, plus more fruits and vegetables, at the downtown pantry. The survey also indicated clients’ interest in gluten-free and reduced-sodium foods.

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