Class teaches social, sexual skills to parents

September 6, 2011

Life Enrichment Options presents an evening with Dr. Jean Edwards from 7-9 pm Sept. 14 at the King County Library Service Center, 960 Newport Way.

Edwards is a professor emeritus in the Department of Counseling and Special Education at Portland State University, where she taught for 30 years. In addition, Edwards is a private consultant who works with treatment agencies around issues of social/sexual development and child abuse for those with developmental disabilities.

The presentation is suitable for parents of children of all ages and will cover what to teach your child now to avoid dire consequences in the future.

Admission is free. Refreshments and a social are at 6:30 p.m.

Life Enrichment Options is a local nonprofit organization that advocates for and works to support individuals with developmental disabilities to achieve their lifestyle goals through supportive housing, recreation and employment opportunities, and community education.

Call 274-4003, email, go to or visit Life Enrichment Options (LEO) on Facebook.

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The Sammamish yearbook named one of nation’s best

September 6, 2011

Jessica Dillon (left) and Shawn Terasaki, Issaquah High School yearbook editors, show off the 2011 book that has won national notice. By Tom Corrigan

According to teacher and yearbook staff adviser Ellen Jarvinen, one key to success may have been the cover of the 2011 edition of The Sammamish, Issaquah High School’s yearbook. Read more

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Regional Traffic Buster project proceeds

September 6, 2011

In the latest phase of a regional Traffic Buster project, the state established a link between Issaquah and the state Department of Transportation’s regional office.

The project connects 22 agencies to share transportation data and video from the regional traffic camera network. In the long term, the project is meant to lay the foundation for regional traffic congestion solutions.

In Issaquah, city engineers can view — but not control — video from the Department of Transportation and other agencies’ cameras, as well as the operation of state traffic signals in real time.

Though not all state cameras in the Issaquah area operate on the system yet, officials said the network should expand soon.

In the future, officials said the system should allow city traffic engineers to view the state’s electronic message boards and repost messages about possible impacts, such as accidents or lane closures on Interstate 90, on similar boards installed throughout Issaquah.

The state is responsible for providing, installing, setting up and configuring all of the necessary equipment for the city’s connection.

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King County certifies August primary election results

September 6, 2011

Turnout in the Aug. 16 primary election reached 32 percent, less than officials estimated in the days before the ballot deadline.

King County Elections released the information after officials certified the results Aug. 31.

Overall, voters returned 349,566 ballots of the 1,103,522 packets the elections office mailed in late July.

The electorate resoundingly approved a measure to renew the Veterans and Human Services Levy until 2017 — 69 percent to 31 percent. Organizations operating in Issaquah and the surrounding area, such as Friends of Youth and YWCA of Seattle-King-Snohomish, receive support from the levy.

The elections office tabulated 338,255 ballots and did not record any discrepancies.

Voters cast 192 ballots on Accessible Voting Units and returned 32,146 ballots to drop boxes stationed throughout the county, including at Issaquah City Hall.

Officials challenged signatures on 11,285 ballots and resolved challenges on 5,457 ballots.

No Issaquah City Council or school board races appeared on the August ballot.

The general election is Nov. 8, and the elections office plans to mail ballots to voters in October.

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Peet, Patterson

September 6, 2011

Kyle Patterson and Sharon Peet

Sharon Peet, of Issaquah, and Kyle Patterson, of Duvall, were married Aug. 5, 2011, at Willows Lodge in Woodinville.

Martin Redman officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Shirley Fritts and Warren Peet, of Issaquah. Her maid of honor was Cassie Irwin; her bridal attendants were Brittney Thurlow and Courtney Rutherford.

Sharon is a 2007 graduate of Skyline High School. She works as a pre-school teacher at Bright Horizons in Issaquah.

The groom is the son of Debbi and Gordy Patterson, of Duvall. His best man was Cory Patterson; his groomsmen were Evan Brumfield and Mike Peet. The ring bearer was Matthew Fritts.

Kyle was home schooled. He works for the city of Issaquah Public Works Operations department. He is also a volunteer firefighter with the Duvall Fire Department.

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State updates commercial driver’s license tests

September 6, 2011

The state Department of Licensing updated the driving tests taken by people seeking a commercial driver’s license Sept. 1.

The major change to the test requires drivers to complete a third backing-up exercise. In addition, the test’s scoring system has been updated to expand a tester’s ability to evaluate the driver’s performance during the road test.

The state also plans to adopt updated testing procedures next year to better measure a commercial driver’s ability to perform a commercial vehicle inspection.

Officials said the changes reflect national commercial driver’s license knowledge and skills-testing standards. Experts at the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators developed the standards. The changes also received the endorsement of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the regulator for the trucking industry.

Learn more about the changes at the Department of Licensing’s website,

Washington has about 200,000 commercial drivers or commercial permit holders, and gives about 10,000 commercial driver’s license skills tests each year.

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Rapid Response

September 6, 2011

Where were you on Sept. 11, 2001?

Sitting by my TV, watching those terrorists attack America. Too bad that some in America do not see the danger today.

Ken Sessler, Issaquah

Almost run over by a man running out of Tully’s unable to contain either his shock or excitement — not sure which.

Mark Bowers, Issaquah

Listening to my alarm clock and hearing impossible news, then seeing the unbelievable on TV.

Bryan Weinstein, Issaquah

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Navy JROTC gets reprieve, if district picks up entire tab

September 6, 2011

A Navy spokesman said local officials potentially could save the Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps at Issaquah High School.

But only if the district was willing to take on the entire cost of running the program, said Mike Miller, of the Naval Training Service Command.

In an e-mail to Issaquah High JROTC students and their families, district schools Superintendent Steve Rasmussen said a district takeover of the program is not practical.

In July, the Navy announced plans to disestablish the Issaquah JROTC program, along with 28 other units nationally, because of low enrollment combined with budget restraints. Under the Navy’s plan, the unit will stay active through the coming school year, but would be formally disbanded as of June 30, 2012.

The move will not affect the JROTC program at Liberty High School, and Rasmussen said Issaquah High JROTC members would be able to transfer into the Liberty program.

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To the Editor

September 6, 2011

Community center

City responded quickly to overheated space that caused patron to faint

Even when we did not have much of a warm spring or summer, the temperature inside the Issaquah Community Center arena at 7 a.m. was running very high.

That made it very uncomfortable for those exercising. One person, bathed in sweat while riding a stationary bicycle, fainted and Eastside Fire & Rescue was called. Thankfully, the person was back to the community center the next day.

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September 6, 2011

The Mary, Queen of Peace Mothers of Preschoolers group in Sammamish is looking for childcare volunteers. MOPS is an international program that allows mothers to meet for some child-free time to make friends, share stories and grow spiritually. The group meets twice a month on Thursday mornings at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 1121 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish. Learn more about MOPS International at

The Issaquah Valley Senior Center needs donations for its craft/book/white elephant sale (no clothing, shoes or electronics) and baked goods for the annual bake sale. Volunteers are also needed to help staff the combined event during Salmon Days, Oct. 1-2. Call 392-2381 if you can help.

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