Wolves use lights-out performance for first win over Spartans

October 25, 2011

Andrew Giese, Skyline junior wide receiver, fumbles the ball with 31 seconds left to play, on a jarring hit by Eastlake defensive back Brian Quick. By Christopher Huber

It was the perfect exclamation point to a jubilant and historic moment for the Eastlake High School football team.

The lights literally went out at Eastlake as players celebrated defensive back Sean McDonald’s fumble recovery with 31.2 seconds left Oct. 21 that sealed the victory for the Wolves.

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Issaquah Chamber of Commerce backs liquor initiative

October 25, 2011

Costco-backed Initiative 1183, a November ballot measure to loosen state liquor rules, has received support from the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce.

Matthew Bott

If passed, I-1183 calls for state-run liquor stores to close by June 2012. The measure also aims to require the state to license private enterprises to sell and distribute hard liquor, set license fees based on sales and regulate licensees.

Still, opponents said safety concerns remain about efforts to privatize the system and sell booze at more locations.

Local business leaders announced the endorsement Oct. 14. Election Day is Nov. 8, and King County Elections is mailing ballots to voters.

“The Issaquah chamber stands with our peers across the state in endorsing I-1183 as part of our collective goal to help support the Washington economy, encourage government reform and introduce competition into the marketplace within this industry,” chamber CEO Matthew Bott said in a statement.

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Issaquah’s Kayak Academy hosts Greenland Week Festival

October 25, 2011

The second annual Greenland Week Festival and Competition, sponsored by Issaquah’s Kayak Academy, is Oct. 26-30 at Lake Sammamish State Park.

The event features demonstrations, competitions, booths and food. Featured kayaking personalities will include Maligiaq Padilla from Greenland, Helen Wilson and well-known Greenland kayaker Dubside.

Clinics and training run Oct. 26-29, with competitions taking place Oct. 28-30. Competitions are to include racing, rolling, ropes and harpoon throwing. One race will pit Greenland-style paddles against modern rowing paddles.

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King County property tax bill deadline nears

October 25, 2011

Oct. 31 is the deadline for King County homeowners to pay property tax bills.

Taxpayers can send bills by mail. The payment must be postmarked by Oct. 31. Taxpayers should include the tax statement and write the property tax account number on a check or money order. Cash should not be sent through the mail.

Homeowners can pay property taxes online or by check, cash or credit card in person at King County Treasury Operations, Room 600, 500 Fourth Ave., Seattle. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. The office is scheduled to remain open until 5 p.m. Oct. 28 and 31.

Or use the secure payment system at www.kingcounty.gov/propertytax to pay bills.

Taxpayers can make payments by check at a Community Service Center. Sammamish City Hall, 801 228th Ave. S.E., hosts a center.

The statement is sent to the lender if a property owner relies on a mortgage company to pay the bill. However, the taxpayer is responsible for the bill to be paid in a timely manner.

The county also offers property tax-relief programs, including breaks for seniors. Call the King County Assessor’s Office at 206-296-3920.

Liberty Patriots clinch KingCo girls soccer title

October 25, 2011

Liberty eyes strong finish to No. 1 seed

Kailiana Johnson, Liberty junior forward, fires her hat trick into the Juanita goal in the 74th minute Oct. 20, for the 5-3 margin of victory over the Rebels. v

They’ve already wrapped up the KingCo Conference 3A/2A title Oct. 20 with a 5-3 victory against host Juanita.

They’ve already clinched the automatic No. 1 seed in the Class 3A state playoffs.

But make no mistake — the Liberty High School girls soccer team is still focused on the here and now.

“We’re not thinking about state yet,” Liberty junior Kailiana Johnson said. “We’ve been focusing on games coming up next week and then we’re going to focus on post-season during our off week and get prepared.”

The KingCo title is the second straight for the Patriots, who captured the league’s state 3A berth earlier in the week with a 3-0 win against Lake Washington.

This is the first time Liberty has won back-to-back titles since 2001, when the Patriots won their third straight KingCo title.

“Winning KingCo was No. 1 on our list,” Liberty coach Jaime Giger said. “Obviously we’re still looking at the next two games. I told the girls we’re not looking at state yet. I want to take care of this league. I want to win all of the games before us.”

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Hikers should avoid Tiger Mountain trail due to exposed electrical cables

October 25, 2011

The state Department of Natural Resources warned hikers to avoid the Cable Line Trail on West Tiger Mountain due to exposed electrical cables at ground level.

Hikers access the trail through the lower parking area at the High Point exit along Interstate 90. The trail then heads up the mountain to communication towers.

Though the Department of Natural Resources does not manage the trail, the agency said the hazard is serious and encouraged hikers to use other trails.

The affected trail could reopen in 30 days or sooner.

Interstate 90 crash injures Issaquah motorist

October 25, 2011

The state patrol is asking motorists for information about a deadly Oct. 17 accident on Interstate 90 near Snoqualmie pass.

The crash injured a 47-year-old Issaquah woman, Lilian H. Skelton. Idaho motorists Jess A. Bass, 68, and Jean E. Bass, 73, died in the accident.

Washington State Patrol troopers said the accident occurred just before 11 a.m. on the eastbound interstate just east of Snoqualmie Pass.

Investigators said a tractor-trailer collided with the Bass’ Jeep Cherokee, starting a chain-reaction crash. Troopers said another truck slammed into the rear of a Buick LeSabre.

The state patrol is seeking witnesses to the collision and the events preceding the incident. Call Sgt. Jerry Cooper at 360-805-1192 or Detective Curt Ladines at 360-805-1160.

Medics transported Skelton and other injured motorists to Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue.

Eagles eye Inglemoor win for football playoffs push

October 25, 2011

When Issaquah High School football coach Chris Bennett says the Eagles face a “big challenge” Oct. 28 he is not joking.

The Eagles, 6-2 this season, face the Inglemoor Vikings at 7 p.m. in Pop Keeney Stadium in a KingCo Conference 4A cross-over loser-out contest. The winner advances to the preliminary round of the Class 4A state playoffs.

Inglemoor, 5-3 this season, averages 250 pounds on its offensive and defensive lines. One of the standouts up front is Titus Makasini, 6-foot-5, 265 pounds, and he is not the biggest guy on the team. The Vikings have three other players on their roster who are 276 pounds or bigger.

“They are pretty big up front. They will be the biggest team we have played this season,” Bennett said. “They are pretty physical, too.”

Inglemoor prefers to run the ball behind its big bulldozers. Jake Jones is the Vikings’ leading rusher with 416 yards and six touchdowns. Junior Vi is the other main runner.

“They share the load. When you put their statistics together, it shows Inglemoor has a pretty good running game,” Bennett said.

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Dump unused medication at Issaquah Police Department

October 25, 2011

Saving unused or expired medication can lead to improper and illegal use.

Issaquah-area residents can prevent abuse, and drop off unused medication at the Issaquah Police Department inside Issaquah City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 29.

People can return unused or expired medications anonymously for disposal — no questions asked.

Prescription painkillers — often stolen and abused — help fuel a statewide overdose epidemic. Drug overdoses kill more Washington residents than car accidents.

In addition, Issaquah-area residents can drop off unused or expired medications anytime from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, at the police department.

Salmon Days Festival reels in international honors

October 25, 2011

The day after the Salmon Days Festival concluded for a 42nd year, the iconic Issaquah event received 11 international honors.

The awards from the International Festivals & Events Association honored the 2010 festival and the theme “Something Up Our Leaves.” Salmon Days received honors for advertising, print, promotional and retail merchandise, including a prestigious Bronze Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Award — a top honor for festivals.

The festival competes against other events in the $250,000 to $749,999 budget category.

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