Baby No. 1 is born at Swedish/Issaquah to local family

November 2, 2011

Zulma Gutierrez-Tiznado holds daughter Liliana Yozelin, the first baby born at Swedish/Issaquah. Contributed

NEW — 5 p.m. Nov. 2, 2011

It’s a girl.

Less than 25 hours after Swedish/Issaquah opened a childbirth center and 80 patient beds, the hospital greeted the inaugural baby born at the facility, Liliana Yozelin.

The 8-pound, 20-inch-long newborn is the second child born to Issaquah residents Zulma Gutierrez-Tiznado and Francisco Javier Rodriguez.

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Local World War II veterans receive Congressional Gold Medal

November 2, 2011

NEW — 2:55 p.m. Nov. 2, 2011

Japanese-American World War II veterans from Issaquah and more then 30 others from Washington received the Congressional Gold Medal — highest civilian honor in the nation — at a U.S. Capitol ceremony Wednesday.

The ceremony at the Capitol honored Issaquah recipients Roy H. Inui and Frank T. Matsuda, plus 31 other veterans from the Evergreen State. The occasion brought together hundreds of Japanese-American, or Nisei, veterans from across the United States.

Congress bestows the Congressional Gold Medal for outstanding service to the nation. The ceremony at the Capitol honored members of the U.S. Army’s 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team and Military Intelligence Services.

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Skyline volleyball team ousts Issaquah in KingCo tournament

November 2, 2011

NEW — 10:15 a.m. Nov. 2, 2011

The Skyline High School volleyball team stayed alive in the KingCo Conference 4A Tournament on Tuesday when the Spartans eliminated rival Issaquah 3-1 at Newport High School.

Skyline won the first set 25-22 but Issaquah bounced back to win the second game 25-21. The Spartans took the next two games 25-15 and 25-15 to win the match.

The Spartans were led by Maddie Magee, who had 11 kills and 10 digs, and Madison Stoa, who had six kills and 39 assists. Kennedy Stoa and Emily Harris each had 13 digs for the Spartans.

Sam Rogers led Issaquah with 11 kills, three blocks, 10 digs and three aces. Mckenzie Bostic contributed 35 assists and five aces, and Lindsey Ferguson added 10 digs and three aces.

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Skyline outlasts Issaquah in KingCo title game

November 2, 2011

NEW — 9:45 a.m. Nov. 2, 2011

Yielding a goal with less than 30 seconds left in regulation stunned the second-ranked Skyline High School girls soccer team.

But it didn’t stop them.

Senior midfielder Sydne Tingey corralled a sweet cross from Jordan Branch to score in the 83rd minute as the Spartans turned back Issaquah 2-1 in overtime Nov. 1 in the KingCo 4A Conference championship match at Skyline.

The dramatic win gave defending champ Skyline (14-0-2) its fourth KingCo 4A title overall and third in four years. Both teams had already clinched state-playoff berths.

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Cascade Land Conservancy changes name to Forterra

November 2, 2011

NEW — 9 a.m. Nov. 2, 2011

Cascade Land Conservancy, a nonprofit environmental group involved in numerous conservation projects in Issaquah and elsewhere, is now Forterra.

The organization announced the name change early Wednesday. Leaders said the shift reflects the Seattle-based organization’s expanding mission.

In 2005, the then-Cascade Land Conservancy established the Cascade Agenda — a long-range planning effort for the region. Issaquah is a Leadership City for Cascade Agenda — meaning long-range planning is meant to envision the local community, environment and economy for the century ahead.

Longtime Forterra President Gene Duvernoy also offered early support for the city-led effort to preserve Park Pointe, a forested site near Issaquah High School, from development into a subdivision.

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State warns customers about bogus driver’s license forms

November 2, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 2, 2011

State licensing officials urged residents to beware of a bogus website claiming to be the “official provider of Washington driver license forms.”

The website came to the state Department of Licensing’s attentions after customers came across the language and called the agency.

The website asks customers to pay $24.95, although the message is not clear about what the payment is for — but the payment does not renew a driver’s license.

“The only ‘official provider’ of Department of Licensing forms is the Department of Licensing, and they are free,” agency Director Alan Haight said in a statement. “I can also ensure our customers that our agency website is safe, secure and offers a lot of time-saving services.”

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Zombies overrun Issaquah, menace unsuspecting residents

November 1, 2011

Zombies lift a fallen comrade from the pavement on Front Street North as traffic stops for the horde of undead in downtown Issaquah on Oct. 29. By Warren Kagarise

The undead creaked and rasped to life in Issaquah hours before sunset Oct. 29, as zombie hordes menaced motorists on a downtown street and overran a festival in the Issaquah Highlands.

The zombies, groaning and ashen-faced, clad in blood-spattered and torn clothes, started to creep south along Front Street North just after 3 p.m.

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Homecoming party bus incident leads to charges, suspensions

November 1, 2011

Teenagers drinking beer and liquor on a party bus headed for the Issaquah High School homecoming dance led to student suspensions and charges against the bus driver after the Oct. 22 event.

Issaquah High School administrators suspended nine students for alcohol infractions in connection to the party bus incident. Police and school administrators started investigating the incident after intoxicated students arrived at the homecoming dance.

The bus driver, a 49-year-old Auburn woman, faces charges in Issaquah Municipal Court for furnishing liquor to minors and reckless endangerment — both gross misdemeanors punishable by up to one year imprisonment and a fine of up to $5,000.

Police said students aboard the bus — rented from Seattle Party Bus, a bus and limousine service — convinced the driver to purchase alcohol for them and collected money for the purchases.

Investigators said the driver then headed to the state-run liquor store in Issaquah, along Northwest Gilman Boulevard, and purchased beer and liquor for the underage riders just before 6 p.m. Oct. 22.

Police said about 20 students rode the bus to homecoming at the school’s downtown Issaquah campus. The driver did not consume alcohol, Issaquah Police Patrol Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum said.

Later, at the dance, officers and school administrators encountered intoxicated students from the party bus.

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Bill for Interstate 90 bridge reaches $6.7 million

November 1, 2011

The bill for the pedestrian and bicyclist connector across Interstate 90 is costing Issaquah $450,000 more than city leaders budgeted for the project.

City Administrator Bob Harrison (right) and Mayor Ava Frisinger lead Issaquah and regional officials across the Interstate 90 pedestrian bridge Oct. 26. By Greg Farrar

The total budget for the project is about $6.7 million, up from the $6.2 million set aside to complete the bridge across the interstate at state Route 900. The budget increase accommodates engineering expenses, construction cost and construction management cost increases, and legal and permitting fees related to the connector.

The change increases the amount of city dollars used in a project approved in part because the federal government and Sound Transit offered to cover substantial costs.

Construction delays and other issues — such as using off-duty police officers for traffic control near the construction site — caused costs to mount. The city set aside about $314,000 as contingency funds for the project, but the overruns caused the project to exhaust the backup dollars.

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King County Elections projects 52 percent turnout Nov. 8

November 1, 2011

Despite inescapable advertisements for the forces behind and against a liquor initiative, and important local races on ballots throughout the state, Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed predicts less than 50 percent turnout for the November election.

Reed forecast 47 percent statewide for the election. In King County, turnout is expected to crest 50 percent, although the low expectations reflect the lack of major races on the ballot. County Elections Director Sherril Huff predicts 52 percent turnout countywide — 53 percent in Seattle and 51 percent elsewhere.

The liquor measure, Initiative 1183, and Tim Eyman’s tolling measure, Initiative 1125, dominate most discussions about the Nov. 8 election.

Issaquah-based Costco is the major supporter behind I-1183, a push to remove the state from the liquor business. I-1125 aims to change rules to allow state lawmakers, rather than the appointed state Transportation Commission, to set tolls.

No statewide offices appear on the ballot in November.

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