County plans major upgrade at destination for Issaquah trash

August 9, 2011

Before garbage from Issaquah reaches the landfill, but after trash departs from the curb, haulers transport the refuse to a transfer station.

The midpoint destination for local garbage is planned to receive a major makeover in the years ahead. In the meantime, the King County Solid Waste Division is reaching out to customers and residents to explain how the project could impact garbage collection.

Residents can attend a meeting at a Bellevue church Aug. 17 to learn more about the $77 million project. The meeting comes as the Solid Waste Division is preparing to submit permit applications to Bellevue.

Trash from Issaquah is hauled to the Factoria Transfer Station before crews prep the garbage for shipment to the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill. The transfer station is outdated and does not meet the same standards as a modern facility designed to handle recycling.

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Teachers challenge supermajority rule

August 9, 2011

As part of the Washington Education Association, unionized Issaquah school teachers are parties to the suit filed late last month challenging the requirement that a positive vote by a supermajority of state legislators is needed to approve future tax increases.

Imposed by voters in November as part of Initiative 1053, the rule resulted from one of the latest initiatives launched by well-known political activist Tim Eyman. The supermajority requirement applies to both houses of the state legislature.

“The state of Washington is not following through on their paramount duty to fully fund education,” said Phyllis Runyon, president of the Issaquah Education Association, the local teachers union. “The state has not fully funded education for years, but with the current economic situation, the funding situation has worsened.”

The state already has some of the largest class sizes in the nation along with some of the lowest per-pupil funding, Runyon added.

“Eyman’s initiative that calls for a two-thirds majority to pass legislation to raise taxes makes the situation far worse,” Runyon continued. “Without new revenue, the state will undoubtedly continue to cut education.”

Opponents specifically argue the rule violates the state constitution, unlawfully impairing the ability of lawmakers to fund public schools.

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Group fishes for revival of Salmon in the Classroom program

August 9, 2011

Liza Rickey (left), Clark Elementary School teacher, with fifth-graders including Aria Soeprono and Rebecca Ellis, watch as their coho fry swim away. By Greg Farrar

Like the miniscule fish reared in the program, Salmon in the Classroom could return.

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Ichijo’s zHome project manager shares insights

August 9, 2011

This month’s interview is with Nick Nied, of Ichijo USA Co. Ltd., who is project manager for development and construction.

Tell us a little about your background and interests.

My first experience in construction was building a fishing lodge in a remote area of Southeast Alaska. Completely off of the grid, we cleared the land, milled lumber from the trees that we had cut and built the lodge from the ground up using no electricity. The lodge had many green features, including passive lighting design and a rain catchment system used for drinking water.

I graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in construction engineering management and have been in the Seattle residential building industry for the past six years. I am an avid outdoorsman and if not found on the construction site will most likely be on some outdoor adventure with my wife and/or dog.

What does zHome mean to you?

ZHome is the opportunity, unlike any I have ever seen, to bring together key people and organizations within the building industry to challenge conventional building standards and create a project unmatched by any other. As a leader within the industry, this opportunity will forever change the way we build homes in the future.

Growing up I dreamt of homes that produced the same amount of electricity as they consumed, captured rain water that was used for all water needs, green roofs for growing food that the homeowner would consume, with passive heating and cooling, a little zHome Utopia if you will! Building zHome I feel that my dream is becoming realized and I feel extremely fortunate to accomplish this dream so early in my career.

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There’s still hope to plant for 2011 harvest

August 9, 2011

Sure, the bees weren’t around to pollinate anything this spring. And to be sure, it rained steadily day after day, producing record cool temperatures. And yes, on top of that, we have very little to harvest this year from vegetable gardens and fruit trees in our region. Still, there is hope.

You can still plant in Western Washington for harvest this fall and winter. Unfortunately, nurseries don’t carry rooted starts at this time of year, so you have to plant seeds. You can plant broccoli, some types of cabbage, cornsalad (lamb’s lettuce), leaf lettuce, mustard greens, spinach and turnips now; and garlic, shallots and chives in late October. You need to be careful about varieties and choose the most winter hardy. If you had started your seeds in July you would have many more choices.

Here’s the best part: row covers. In days gone by, gardeners used glass cloches, bell jars and any cover they could think of to extend the growing season. My dad used old, glass windows. With the development of new technology and materials we have something better. We have row covers, a white man-made fabric for both supported tunnels and floating applications. The material comes in long rolls in varied widths and is readily available at garden centers.

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Birth: Isabella Carmel Edwins

August 9, 2011

Tyler and Angelina Edwins welcomed daughter Isabella Carmel to their Snoqualmie home June 22, 2011.

Isabella Edwins

She was born at Overlake Hospital Medical Center, in Bellevue, weighing 9 pounds, 1 ounce and measuring 21 inches.

She joins brother Brody, 3.

Grandparents are Steve and Melinda Sanelli, of Issaquah; Debbie Edwins, of Sammamish; and Tom Edwins, of Redmond.

Great-grand parents are Floyd and Carmel Sanelli, of Bellevue; George Miller, of Kirkland; and Richard Smith, of Snoqualmie Pass.

Angelina is a 2000 graduate of Issaquah High school. She is a substitute teacher for the Issaquah School District.

Tyler is a 1999 graduate of Skyline High School. He is a drafter for Collons & Smith Structural Engineers, in Issaquah.

Press Editorial

August 9, 2011

Vote yes — again — for Proposition 1

Feeling charitable to those who have no job, are living on the streets or need parenting education? King County has made it easy to help, but first you need to get out your ballot and agree to continue Proposition 1, the veterans-and-human-services levy. The owner of a $400,000 home will be donating $20 per year, via their property taxes, if the ballot measure passes.

The levy was first approved in 2005. To the County Council’s credit, voters are asked only to approve the same amount, at 5 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation, although the case could certainly have been made for more, knowing that the need is greater than ever.

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Village Theatre festival audiences to uncover ‘Cloaked’

August 9, 2011

The Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals holds a reading of ‘Cloaked’ in August 2010. By Sam Freeman/Village Theatre

Original musical is a psychological thriller about online interaction

The rough-and-tumble environs of the Internet prompt too many comparisons to count.

In the electronic wilderness, the setting is similar to the Wild West, uncontrolled and uncontrollable, or a forest, dim and foreboding.

The original musical “Cloaked” re-imagines “Little Red Riding Hood” in such a boundless electronic wilderness. The result is a psychological thriller, a genre not often explored in a theater scene dominated by feel-good musicals.

“We wanted to write something that we felt we would like to see on a Broadway stage, but that wasn’t a story that you already knew the ending to — and that also made you think, that made you really ponder the world and the way that you see things and question our preconceived notions of things,” composer and co-lyricist Danny Larsen said. “We also wanted to put characters on stage who were not the usual leading roles that you would normally see.”

The bold piece is part of the Festival of New Musicals at Village Theatre. Organizers plan to open “Cloaked” to the public at First Stage Theatre — a departure from the festival format in the past.

Issaquah audiences last experienced “Cloaked” as a reading at the 2010 festival. The strong reaction the show received prompted organizers to invite the creators to stage the show for a developmental production.

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County life vest requirement ‘is working’ on local rivers

August 9, 2011

Early this summer, the King County Council moved to require life vests be worn by anyone swimming, floating or boating on major rivers in unincorporated areas of the county.

First-time violators are to receive a warning. A second violation could earn you an $86 fine.

“It’s like, don’t they have something better to worry about?” asked Trisha Catwell, 22, as she and her friends went about packing up their canoes and various other gear after having spent what they said was about four hours on the Raging River.

The group was loading up in the parking area above the river on Redmond-Fall City Road near 338th Place Southeast, a popular spot for reaching the river.

As Catwell’s group talked about which ice chest belonged to who and who had brought the yellow bottle of sunscreen, there was not a life vest or floatation device in sight.

Catwell said she had heard of the new rule, but added others among her group of five or six friends didn’t believe her and weren’t concerned in any case.

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Hundreds attend local National Night Out events

August 9, 2011

Local residents got the opportunity last week to meet face-to-face with their local law enforcement officers during National Night Out Against Crime events.

There were two local National Night Out celebrations Aug. 2 — one held by the Issaquah Police Department on the steps of Issaquah City Hall and the other held by the King County Sheriff’s Office at Maple Hills Community Park.

A King County sheriff’s deputy at Issaquah’s National Night Out explains to a girl and her mother how an inflatable water rescue craft is used. By Quinn Eddy

“To give you an idea of how many people are here, we bought 700 hotdogs and we’re going to use all of them,” said Sgt. Scott Trial, with the Issaquah Police Department.

Issaquah’s Night Out celebration featured roughly 35 information booths, some by private vendors and regarding topics ranging from home alarm systems to emergency preparedness. To aid residents in the fight against identity theft, free document shredding was offered to destroy sensitive documents.

On the lawn behind Issaquah’s City Hall, eventgoers got the opportunity to meet Savute, the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Karelian bear dog. Savute deals primarily with bears and cougars. (His job is to chase the animals into trees making for an easier shot with a tranquilizer gun.)

“Last week, he treed a bear in North Bend trying to get someone’s French doors open,” said Jason Capelli, game warden for the department of fish and wildlife.

The Issaquah event featured prizes, raffles and a live DJ. The Maple Hills event had informational safety demonstrations. At both events, grilled hotdogs were offered free to those in attendance.

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