Harry Franklin ‘Dutch’ Aron Jr.

September 22, 2011

Harry Franklin “Dutch” Aron Jr., longtime resident of Issaquah, passed away Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, at the age of 75.

Dutch was born April 17, 1936, in Philadelphia. He was one of seven children born to his parents, Harry Sr. and Dorothy Aron, who predecease him.

He married his wife Betty on Nov. 24, 1967, after going on a blind date four months prior. Betty survives Dutch.

He is also survived by his three children: Andrew, of Renton, Jim, of Renton, and Sarah, of Redmond.

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Opportunities abound to see migrating salmon

September 21, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. Sept. 21, 2011

Summer is on the wane and autumn starts Friday, so the time is right for salmon to complete a final journey from the Pacific Ocean to Issaquah Creek and other King County streams.

Though the salmon return so far is generally smaller than the pre-spawning season forecast, opportunities abound to see migrating salmon in the Lake Washington, Cedar River and Lake Sammamish watershed as chinook, sockeye, coho and chum complete a long sojourn.

King County calls the event Salmon SEEson.

Salmon can soon be spotted at parks, along trails and at events sponsored throughout the Puget Sound region. In many cases, naturalists can help visitors spot the fish and learn about the salmon life cycle.

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Issaquah, Skyline win soccer league openers

September 21, 2011

 NEW — 1 p.m. Sept. 21, 2011

The Skyline and Issaquah high-school girls soccer teams each won their KingCo Conference 4A openers Tuesday with shutouts.

Skyline, 5-0-1 overall, nipped host Newport 1-0. Sydne Tingey, assisted by Brooke Bofto, scored Skyline’s goal at the 43rd minute.

Audrey Thomas and Lyrik Fryer each had a goal and an assist as they led Issaquah to a 4-0 victory against visiting Inglemoor. Jocelyn Eng and Annie Hoffman also scored goals for the Eagles, 3-3 overall. Goalkeeper Ashley Batistich recorded the shutout.

In other league action, it was Eastlake 2, Ballard 1; Redmond 2, Bothell 0; and Woodinville 2, Roosevelt 0. Garfield defeated Lakeside 2-0 in a nonleague contest.

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Geoteaming launches Salmon Days festivities Sept. 24

September 21, 2011

NEW — 11:15 a.m. Sept. 21, 2011

The annual and “ohfishal” Salmon Days geoteaming event is set for two sessions at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sept. 24.

“Geoteaming” is essentially a high-tech scavenger hunt using handheld GPS units to find your way to hidden “treasures” in and around Issaquah. Every time you and your team find an item, you earn points toward your final score.

All equipment is provided to participants, along with a lunch catered by Rogue’s Issaquah Brewhouse.

Geoteaming will start and finish at the brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way. The first session runs from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sign-in is at 9:30 a.m.

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Issaquah remains in same County Council district under proposal

September 21, 2011

NEW — 9:30 a.m. Sept. 21, 2011

Issaquah remains in the same King County Council district under a plan released Tuesday from the citizen panel responsible for redrawing the local political map.

The plan keeps Issaquah proper inside District 3 and rural areas south of city limits in District 9. The proposal mirrors the existing arrangement.

(The county is carved into nine districts, each represented by a single council member.)

In a unanimous decision Monday, King County Districting Committee members agreed to release a final proposal for public comment and review. The plan must be approved by Jan. 15 for the 2012 elections.

Under law, districts must be drawn as contiguous areas and to be as nearly equal in population as possible. The population data cannot be used to favor or disadvantage any racial group or political party.

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Bumps lie ahead for King County’s rural roads

September 20, 2011

Leaders propose reduced maintenance, less storm response

A vehicle drives on Southeast Tiger Mountain Road at 238th Avenue Southeast. By Greg Farrar

Some streets in rural and unincorporated areas near Issaquah could receive reduced maintenance and a lower priority for snow removal under a proposal King County leaders unveiled last week — a plan County Executive Dow Constantine called “triage” for a cash-strapped and deteriorating roads system.

Constantine proposed a plan to prioritize road maintenance, snow removal and storm response on a tiered system.

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Issaquah earns spot on Outside magazine’s Best Towns list

September 20, 2011

Issaquah, long lauded in the Puget Sound region for trailheads and salmon, earned a spot on Outside magazine’s Best Towns 2011 list for abundant outdoor recreation opportunities.

“Adventure amenities make a lot of towns seem dreamy,” notes the article. “What sets these 19 burgs apart is their nod to reality: affordable homes, solid job prospects and vibrant nightlife. Start packing.”

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Redrawn maps could shift Issaquah congressional, legislative districts

September 20, 2011

Issaquah could shift into a redrawn congressional district under plans from the panel responsible for redrawing Washington’s political map.

The bipartisan Washington State Redistricting Commission unveiled four proposals — one from each commissioner — Sept. 13 to reshape the state’s congressional districts. The task for commissioners is made more complicated by the addition of a 10th district to account for population growth since 2000.

The maps serve as a starting point as commissioners negotiate the boundaries for the 2012 elections. If the commission fails to create a final map by Jan. 1, then the state Supreme Court is responsible for redrawing the districts.

Issaquah, long inside 8th Congressional District boundaries, could shift into the 1st Congressional District as commissioners assemble districts using data from the 2010 Census.

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Issaquah School District’s bond deadline approaches

September 20, 2011

The Issaquah School Board is moving closer to placing a possible $227 million capital improvement bond issue on the ballot in February.

At a special session Sept. 13 and at their regular meeting Sept. 14, school board members spent several hours reviewing the district administration’s recommendations for the bond issue.

The line-by-line study led to discussions about everything from replacing carpeting to installation of aluminum window frames to new roofs.

The board has a Sept. 28 deadline to act on the bond recommendations presented by Superintendent Steve Rasmussen. As discussions moved forward, a proposal to install artificial turf at five schools continued to attract plenty of discussion.

Rasmussen’s plan has the district installing the new turf at a cost of about $1.3 million per school. Board President Jan Woldseth Colbrese said officials need to do a good job of explaining the reasoning behind the field improvements.

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City, King County leaders flip switch on zHome

September 20, 2011

Issaquah and King County leaders gathered Sept. 14 to flip the switch on zHome, the first zero-energy, carbon-neutral multifamily community in the United States.

Built to use zero net energy and 70 percent less water than a traditional home, Issaquah, King County and other partners collaborated to open the 10-townhouse complex in the Issaquah Highlands. The project is meant to serve as a model for incorporating “green” elements into mainstream homebuilding.

King County Executive Dow Constantine (right, at lectern) prepares to address the crowd at the opening of zHome in the Issaquah Highlands on Sept. 14. Contributed

County Executive Dow Constantine joined Mayor Ava Frisinger to open the facility at a ceremony in the zHome courtyard.

“This pioneering project sets a new standard for how homes can — and should — be built in our region and country,” Frisinger said in a statement. “Our vision is that zHome’s innovative approach will catalyze the market for much ‘greener’ building materials and technologies, as well as inspire the next generation of homebuilders through examples that are replicable and market rate.”

The project included aggressive benchmarks to set a different standard in “green” homebuilding. Units in zHome range from the low $400,000s to the $600,000s.

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