Issaquah teenagers request a place to ‘hang out’

July 5, 2011

The future is close at hand, and Issaquah’s youth want to have a hand in it.

The Action Forum for Youth brought young voices to the forefront as teenagers met with community leaders to discuss ways to help youth connect and succeed in their community.

One of the first tasks was dispelling negative stereotypes, Issaquah High School junior Allie Lustig said.

“Adults just really don’t get it,” she said. “They think all teens are into prescription drugs, and I’m like, ‘No, no.’”

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Cougar Mountain, Duthie Hill park projects proceed

July 5, 2011

Improvements to King County and state recreation lands near Issaquah inched ahead last week, as conservation officials outlined plans to spend $42 million for projects statewide.

The plan from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office includes funding for projects on Cougar and Tiger mountains, in Duthie Hill Park and along the East Lake Sammamish Trail.

State legislators approved funding for the projects in a last-minute push as a special session ended in late May. The agencies proposing the projects promised matching funds to complete construction.

The state Recreation and Conservation Office presented a complete list of projects at a hearing in Olympia on June 22.

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Junior golfers square off at summer tourneys

July 5, 2011

Mersadie Tallman used to follow her older sister Brittany around the golf courses during Washington Junior Golf Association District 2 tournament play.

Taylor Swingle chips a shot to the pin on the par-5, 539-yard 18th hole June 28 at the Plateau Club. Swingle qualified for the WJGA District 2 Championship Tournament July 18-19 at the Mount Si Golf Course. By Greg Farrar

Brittany, who now plays for the University of Washington, was one of the top junior players, as well as a two-time state champion at Issaquah High School.

Now, the younger sister is out to make a name for herself.

Mersadie, who will be a freshman at Issaquah in the fall, is one of the top players in the girls 14-15 division this summer. She shot an 87 to take first place at the The Plateau Club on June 28 in the second sub-district tournament of the season. Tallman beat Eastlake sophomore Jamie Midkiff by three strokes.

“It was OK,” Mersadie Tallman said of her score. “I just tried to keep my head in the game and stay focused.”

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School board renews superintendent’s contract

July 5, 2011

Superintendent Steve Rasmussen is slated to stay in the district for at least another three years.

The Issaquah School Board renewed his contract from July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2014, at the June 22 board meeting.

Rasmussen’s salary and benefits will stay the same next year, meaning he will not get a raise, school board member Brian Deagle said.

The superintendent’s base salary is $212,000, and he has the same benefit package as the rest of the employee groups, including health insurance, dental and vision.

Highlands Chiropractic hosts ribbon cutting

July 5, 2011

The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce marked the opening of Highlands Chiropractic June 28 with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Highlands Chiropractic is at 1936 25th Ave. N.E. in the Issaquah Highlands.

Master Builders honors Care Foundation, John Day Homes

The Master Builders Care Foundation and John Day Homes were honored by the building industry for their service to the community at the annual Pacific Coast Builders Conference in San Francisco.

A Gold Nugget for Community Spirit was presented to the Care Foundation, a philanthropic arm of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, and John Day Homes Inc. during an awards luncheon June 23.

The two groups partnered with Compassion House, an Issaquah nonprofit provider of housing for homeless families, to build the Julia L. Pritt House. John Day, his staff and more than 40 trades from the homebuilding industry combined to contribute more than $244,000 to build a duplex near downtown Issaquah, which now provides housing for two families.

Downtown home is to be converted into office

July 5, 2011

City planners approved a proposal June 16 to convert a downtown home into a professional office building.

Plans call for the two-story house at 250 E. Sunset Way to become offices. The house encompasses 1,480 square feet.

The application was filed by Issaquah-based B&T Design & Engineering.

Residents can direct questions about the project to city Senior Planner Jerry Lind at 837-3091 or

Blaze destroys Grand Ridge home

July 5, 2011

Fire destroyed a home on Grand Ridge near High Point on June 29, but neighbors managed to rescue dogs from the empty house as the blaze spread.

Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighters, plus aid units from the Bellevue and Fall City fire departments, responded just before noon after a neighbor reported flames and smoke shooting from the home. Motorists along Interstate 90 also called 911 to report the blaze.

Crews navigated steep, narrow roads to reach the empty house in the 6600 block of 282nd Avenue Southeast. The area lacks fire hydrants, prompting EFR to call a water tender, or tanker truck, to the scene. The tight conditions posed a challenge for firefighters.

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King County eyes garbage rate increase

July 5, 2011

Issaquah and King County residents could pay more — less than $1 per month in most cases — for garbage collection soon.

The proposed one-year rate increase is meant to raise funds to modernize the aging solid waste system. The proposal calls for county Solid Waste Division disposal rates to rise from $95 to $108 per ton, or about 76 cents per month for the average residential customer putting out a single can for collection for all customers outside of Seattle and Milton.

Under the proposal, the fee applies to companies picking up and hauling trash to county transfer stations. The additional cost to the companies is likely to be passed on to customers.

“Our solid waste facilities were largely built in the 1960s, and they were never designed to handle the nearly 1 million tons of garbage we now process,” Solid Waste Division Director Kevin Kiernan said in a statement. “This one-year rate proposal keeps fees as low as reasonable, while covering the cost of providing the service and the capital improvements that our customers need and expect.”

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Fitness Together expands to Sammamish

July 5, 2011

Juliana Jade, the owner of Fitness Together Issaquah, a personal training studio on Northwest Gilman Boulevard, has purchased Fitness Together Sammamish.

Fitness Together is a national franchise that offers personal training in a private studio, helping clients improve their quality of life. Interested clients are offered a free session to experience Fitness Together first hand.

“At Fitness Together, we raise the bar in personal training through qualified staff, individualized attention, privacy, pampering touches and maximizing our clients’ efforts and time,” Jade said. “FT Sammamish already had a great foundation of professional staff to build on, and now we can offer our Eastside residents a choice of locations.”

Jade and her team will add many successful programs from the Issaquah location to FT Sammamish, including internal weight loss and cardio challenges with prizes and incentives, a running club and improved training systems.

Go to or call 835-3171.

Issaquah firm offers fee-only financial planning

July 5, 2011

Sound Passages Financial Advisors has opened in Issaquah to provide fee-only financial planning services to middle-income individuals, couples and families.

Founded by Tim Williams, the firm offers comprehensive financial planning, which includes retirement, tax, college and estate planning; investment advice and commission-free investing; insurance review; and help with special issues, such as combining resources after a second marriage, saving for a house and IRA/qualified plan rollovers. For the self-employed, he offers tax and business planning as well as retirement planning advice.

Williams, who received his Master of Arts in economics with distinction from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, is a Registered Investment Advisor with the state of Washington, and is a Certified Financial Planner candidate. He is a member of the National Association of Business Economists and the Seattle Economics Council.

Williams is also a member of the Alliance of Cambridge Advisors, a national alliance of fee-only financial advisors. Williams and his wife, Joan Campbell, have lived in Issaquah since 1987.

Learn more or arrange a complementary initial consultation by calling 557-5926.

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