Tweets to accompany state patrol’s DUI emphasis

November 23, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 23, 2011

The state patrol is offering regular Joes and Janes a chance to join a trooper on a ride-a-long — sorta.

Twitter users can hop inside a Washington State Patrol cruiser during a “virtual ride-a-along” Saturday as troopers conduct drunken driving emphasis patrols.

Jessica James, a civil service employee at the agency, plans to join Trooper Guy Gill during the patrol and tweet from the patrol cruiser. Followers can receive information from real-life traffic stops as the events unfold between 6 p.m. Saturday and 3 a.m. Sunday.

The agency said the “virtual ride-a-along” is a valuable opportunity for citizens to learn about traffic violations, field sobriety tests, traffic collisions and more.

Use the hashtag #WSPtweetalong to join in the conversation or ask questions. Follow @wspd1pio to join the social media event.

Developer requests $3 million from city for Issaquah Highlands retail center

November 22, 2011

In order to complete a long-planned business district in the Issaquah Highlands — and transform 14 acres into a cinema, shops, restaurants and more than 1,700 parking stalls — the developer behind the project said about $3 million in city funds is needed.

The developer, Florida-based Regency Centers, said the highlands project needs the dollars to complete roadwork and other infrastructure.

Regency and highlands developer Port Blakely Communities announced a deal in July to sell the land for a retail center, but before Regency completes the deal, company planners asked city leaders to commit public dollars to the project.

City officials said the retail complex could generate about $1 million in sales tax revenue each year.

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Leaders consider layoffs at Issaquah City Hall

November 22, 2011

Leaders could trim the workforce at City Hall and merge some services as municipal government retools in response to recommendations from a consultant.

The recommendations, in a report released Nov. 18, call for Mayor Ava Frisinger and other leaders to restructure how city government handles development and planning.

The report is meant to offer a roadmap to streamline city services and improve communication across municipal departments. Changes stemming from the study could occur early next year. Some require City Council approval; Frisinger can enact others.

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Liberty graduate Chrissy Hughes inspires girls through GoGirlGo! program

November 22, 2011

Chrissy Hughes, Liberty High School graduate and Seattle Pacific University senior, visits a GoGirlGo! session in Redmond last week, where she interned over the summer as part of her exercise science major. By Greg Farrar

The Women’s Sports Foundation’s GoGirlGo! program has supported more than 3,000 girls in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties in becoming active, healthy and confident since January 2010, according to Seattle Director Sherri Gazzit.

The Seattle office is one of four branches in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago and New York City.

Nationally, the program has set its sights on getting 1 million girls healthy, active and confident. The 2-year-old Seattle office is already contributing significantly to the effort.

GoGirlGo! encourages girls to get active by providing volunteers with a free curriculum that enables them to lead groups of girls in activities and discussions about physical, mental and emotional health.

“It’s a free curriculum that gets girls talking abut issues that are a barrier to getting involved in activity or that come up as they get older in our society,” said Issaquah resident Chrissy Hughes, a student at Seattle Pacific University and GoGirlGo! intern.

The program is designed so each session begins with a famous female athlete’s story regarding the session’s theme. Topics include body image, movement, physical activity, drugs and alcohol, nutrition and bullying.

Stories are followed by discussions, and then relevant activities. Sessions conclude with some sort of physical activity that allows the group to try a new form of exercise every week.

Hughes, who graduated from Liberty High School three years ago, talked about the ways girls in Issaquah may benefit from GoGirlGo!

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King County Council fears public health cuts as Legislature meets

November 22, 2011

King County leaders managed to preserve dollars for public health and other human services in the $5.2 billion budget for 2012.

Now, as state legislators prepare to gather for a special session Nov. 28, King County Council members said cuts from Olympia could force the county to cut services. Lawmakers need to slash spending to close a $2 billion budget gap.

“When they make those decisions, it rolls downhill to us,” Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, a budget team member and the Issaquah representative, said a day after the council adopted the 2012 budget.

Councilwoman Julia Patterson, a South King County representative and the budget team leader, said a difficult economy could magnify service cuts.

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King County steps to the plate on baseball project

November 22, 2011

Issaquah Little League players could step onto synthetic turf infields next spring after King County committed $75,000 to a renovation project at Dodd Fields in downtown Issaquah.

In September 2010, the Issaquah Little League embarked on a $310,000 project to add the synthetic turf to the infields at a pair of baseball diamonds at Dodd Fields. Construction is expected to start in January and conclude in March, in time for opening day.

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Search for missing toddler Sky Metalwala comes to Issaquah

November 22, 2011

The search for missing Redmond toddler Sky Metalwala — a much-scrutinized effort to find the 2-year-old boy — expanded to Issaquah and Sammamish on Nov. 16, as searchers distributed fliers at local businesses.

Searchers and Sky’s father, Solomon Metalwala, met at the entrance to Costco in Issaquah and then canvassed businesses on the Sammamish Plateau.

Shoppers at the warehouse’s bustling outdoor food court received fliers featuring a photo of the missing toddler.

Investigators and searchers continue to scour the Eastside for Sky or clues.

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Issaquah Schools Foundation drive ends, but donations can continue

November 22, 2011

The latest Issaquah Schools Foundation campaign has wound down, ending with the last day of a phoneathon on Nov. 19.

However, those still wishing to support the foundation and the Issaquah School District continue to have several ways to do so.

Lynn Juniel, ISF development manager, said the foundation can and does accept donations after the end of the formal campaign.

There are a couple of different ways for shoppers to help support the foundation. If you are going to shop at Amazon.com for holiday gifts, make a stop first at the foundation website, said ISF Executive Director Robin Callahan.

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Local medical marijuana operations unaffected by DEA raids

November 22, 2011

Drug Enforcement Administration agents and local law enforcement officers raided more than a dozen medical marijuana operations in Western Washington on Nov. 15, but the sweep did not affect collectives in Issaquah and Preston.

The operation targeted at least 14 medical marijuana operations in King, Pierce and Thurston counties. Overall, authorities arrested more than a dozen people.

Officials said the operations targeted in the raids failed to meet state guidelines or used the state medical marijuana law as cover to make illegal sales.

“Our job is to enforce federal criminal laws. In doing so, we always prioritize and focus our resources,” U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said in a statement. “As we have previously stated, we will not prosecute truly ill people or their doctors who determine that marijuana is an appropriate medical treatment.”

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‘It feels so good’ as Skyline soccer team clinches state title

November 22, 2011

Spartans win third girls 4A state soccer championship in four years behind goal of sub Lianna Simms

Tina Vargas, Skyline High School senior goalkeeper (left), can't contain her joy as she celebrates with teammate Nicole Candioglos after the Spartans won their third state title in four years. By Christopher Huber

One went down, another stepped up.

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