Issaquah grad takes wing for flyover

January 11, 2011

Navy Lt. John Nelson, a 1997 Issaquah High School graduate, pilots a Boeing EA-18G Growler in the dash-2 position (left) in a two-plane flyover of Qwest Field on Jan. 8 for the Seattle Seahawks playoff game against the New Orleans Saints. By Greg Farrar

Sure, the Seattle Seahawks received a boost from the 12th Man in the improbable playoff triumph against the New Orleans Saints last week, but the home team had some air support before the match-up, too.

Issaquah High School graduate Lt. John Nelson, a Navy pilot, participated in the Qwest Field flyover just before kickoff Jan. 8. Read more

City Council calls for candidates to fill seat

January 11, 2011

City Council members turned to a time-tested plan last week to appoint a resident to the seat left vacant after Maureen McCarry resigned late last month.

The resignation left the council shorthanded until at least March. The schedule adopted Jan. 3 sets applicant interviews for late February and includes more than a month for potential candidates to mull a decision.

The process is similar to the steps used to fill a vacant council seat in 2006 and another in 1998. Read more

Issaquah teachers earn national certification

January 11, 2011

After hundreds of hours of self-reflection, videotaping their classes and studying for subject tests, 31 teachers in the Issaquah School District have earned their National Board Certification.

This brings the total number of district board certified teachers to 81. Read more

City seeks civic-minded citizens for volunteer posts

January 11, 2011

City leaders seek civic-minded citizens to serve on municipal boards and shape environmental and land-use decisions, guide the future of municipal parks, and foster relationships between Issaquah and the international community.

The city has openings on 11 boards and commissions. Not all applicants must be Issaquah residents. Read more

City unveils real-time traffic cameras

January 11, 2011

Motorists curious about congestion along Northwest Gilman Boulevard or morning traffic along Front Street South near Issaquah High School can receive real-time information from a system of traffic cameras throughout Issaquah.

The city launched a traffic camera website Dec. 28. The site includes information from cameras at 26 intersections citywide. Read more

Report: suicides increase as murders, traffic deaths decline

January 11, 2011

Deaths due to murder and traffic accidents has dipped to the lowest point in a decade in 2009, but the number of suicides has increased to the highest number since 2000.

The annual report from the King County Medical Examiner’s Office offers detailed analyses of suspicious, sudden, unexpected and violent deaths, plus trends in drug overdose deaths, homicides and traffic fatalities. The agency released the initial data from the 2009 report Dec. 28. Read more

Off the Press

January 11, 2011

David Hayes Press Reporter

Bigger could be better for Issaquah

Last week on this editorial page, we ran our suggested goals for Issaquah in 2011, things that, with a little effort, could be easily accomplished.

In my 11 years working at The Issaquah Press, I’ve seen nearly all there’s to see and do in this great, little town. But I couldn’t help but notice, in that time, some things that are missing.

Here, then, is my wish list of things that could also make the city better, albeit if money and logistics were not a factor. Read more

Students offer ‘reflections’ on creating a better society

January 11, 2011

Contributed Samantha Stendal’s painting ‘Together We Can Unite Our World One Step at a Time’ qualified for state competition.

For years, Samantha Stendal, a Skyline High School senior, wanted to participate in the annual Reflections art contest, but she kept missing the deadline. This time, she managed to enter and her persistence paid off. Read more

Landowners should receive fire benefit charge notices soon

January 11, 2011

Fire Protection District 10 commissioners mailed 2011 fire benefit charge notices to landowners in the district in late December.

The notice includes a letter of explanation and the actual per-parcel benefit charge information. The notice is not a bill. Read more

Sound Transit plans parking crackdown soon

January 11, 2011

Sound Transit plans to beef up parking enforcement soon at train stations and commuter lots, including the Issaquah Transit Center.

The move comes after concerns from ST Express bus riders and Sounder commuter rail commuters about overcrowded parking lots, vehicles left overnight in lots and other infractions. Read more

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