City Council candidates offer varied skills for post

February 15, 2011

Interviews start March 1 for nine council contenders

Candidates offer assorted skills for the open City Council seat created after Maureen McCarry resigned in late December.

The candidates bring backgrounds in community, military and municipal service to the interview process.

The midterm opening for the Position 5 seat attracted nine candidates.

Candidates face the council in public interviews scheduled for March 1. Then, after the 10-minute interviews, council members could recess into a closed-door executive session to discuss candidates’ qualifications.

Under state law, the council can discuss candidates’ qualifications in a closed-door session, but interviews and the decision must occur in public meetings.

The vote to appoint a member to the council is scheduled for March 7, though the appointee might not join the council until later in the month. The salary for council members is $700 per month.

McCarry created the vacancy late last year after she resigned to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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Mayor predicts ‘momentous year’ in State of the City speech

February 15, 2011

City is poised to complete long-term projects in coming months

Mayor Ava Frisinger offered a bold prediction for the year in the State of the City address last week.

“2011 will undoubtedly be a momentous year for Issaquah — one that will not only reinforce the importance of our day-to-day business, but will also celebrate our larger accomplishments,” she said during the Feb. 7 address.

The can-do speech highlighted projects scheduled for completion in the months ahead, including the city-coordinated zHome townhouses and a landmark effort to outline redevelopment in the 915-acre business district.

“2010 sets high expectations for this year, and I am confident that we can meet them,” Frisinger said. “Our list of goals for 2011 is extremely impressive and yet very feasible.”

The annual address — like the spring City Council goal-setting session and the autumn budget announcement — helps city leaders outline priorities for the public.

Frisinger used the speech to shine a spotlight on long-term efforts on track to mark milestones.

The city is poised to complete the long-running effort to preserve forested Park Pointe on Tiger Mountain soon.

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King Conservation District rolls out online voting for board election

February 15, 2011

Supervisors handle conservation projects, programs in Issaquah

The little-noticed election for a King Conservation District board seat kicked off Feb. 15 and, for the first time, district voters in Issaquah and elsewhere can cast ballots online.

The monthlong election is for a supervisor seat on the board of the conservation district — the agency responsible for promoting sustainable use of natural resources, and providing information and technical assistance to landowners.

The electorate must choose among Kent farmer Bruce Elliott, Redmond real estate agent Teri Herrera, Duvall farmer Eric Nelson and Sammamish retiree Preston Prudente for the open seat.

“We are pleased to have a full slate of candidates for our inaugural online election,” board Chairman Bill Knutsen said in a statement.

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Issaquah legislators host telephone ‘town hall’ soon

February 15, 2011

State Reps. Glenn Anderson and Jay Rodne invite 5th Legislative District constituents to a telephone “town hall meeting” Feb. 16.

The discussion is scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m. and last for 60 minutes. The legislators plan to take questions, share views about the ongoing legislative session and offer constituents a chance to take part in poll questions.

Call the toll-free number at 1-877-229-8493 and enter the code 15549 at the prompt. Then, participants can select *3 on the telephone keypad to ask a question.

“This technology allows us to have a large community conversation without anyone having to leave their homes,” Rodne said in a release. “We look forward to hearing what folks have to say and sharing our views on the issue facing our communities.”

Residents can also contact Anderson 360-786-7876 or and Rodne at 360-786-7852 or

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Spartans upset Eagles in OT, 58-55

February 15, 2011

Issaquah must now win three straight to reach state playoffs

Maddey Pflaumer, Issaquah senior forward, walks off the court as Skyline players celebrate in the background at the KingCo 4A basketball tournament with their 58-55 overtime win and a trip to state. By Christopher Huber

Morgan Farrar’s two shots could not have come at better times for the Skyline High School Spartans girls basketball team.

The junior guard’s only field goals — she went 5 for 5 from the free-throw line — and one of those free throws accounted for tying the game at 50 apiece against the favored Issaquah Eagles, and then putting the game away for good.

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State seeks outstanding employees for service honor

February 15, 2011

Evergreen State leaders need help from residents to honor outstanding state employees.

The state Productivity Board has asked the public and state workers to nominate public employees for the Extra Mile Award.

The honor is awarded to individuals or groups of public employees each year for surpassing expectations and providing exemplary public service. In order to receive the honor, recipients must demonstrate at least one of the following attributes: executing an innovative solution, improving efficiency, exhibiting visionary thinking, overcoming great odds or disadvantages, or demonstrating personal valor or bravery.

The application is available at Secretary of State Sam Reed’s website, Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Feb. 18.

Submit nomination forms by mail to The Productivity Board, P.O. Box 40244, Olympia, WA 98504-0244. Forms can also be submitted via fax to 360-704-7830 or via e-mail to Call 360-704-5203 to learn more.

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Issaquah police host women’s handgun safety course

February 15, 2011

Learn the safest way to pack heat at a women’s handgun safety class hosted by the Issaquah Police Department next month.

The class is from 6-9 p.m. March 14-15. It includes a day of instruction and a day of shooting.

The course is intended for women interested in building ability and confidence in handling a weapon.

The class size is limited. The cost is $60. Participants must be 18 years or older. They must provide their own weapon and ammunition.

Call Administrative Assistant Theresa Schaap at 837-3250 to learn more.

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Sidewalk installation starts throughout city

February 15, 2011

Crews started work last week on a street project along Alder Place from First Avenue Northwest to First Place Northeast in downtown Issaquah.

Plans call for crews to install a curb, gutter and sidewalk, and to restore nearby property. The project is scheduled for completion before the end of the month.

Then, work is scheduled to start on another Complete Streets project. Plans call for sidewalks to be installed along West Sunset Way between Mount Olympus Drive and Capella Drive Northwest on Squak Mountain.

Complete Streets refers to transportation corridors built to accommodate bicyclists, motorists, pedestrians, and transit riders of all ages and abilities.

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Most liquor stores remain open for Presidents Day

February 15, 2011

Evergreen State residents can raise a glass to George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, because all state-run liquor stores remain open Feb. 21, the federal holiday to observe Presidents Day.

The stores open at 10 or 11 a.m. and remain open until 7 p.m. Some contract liquor stores could be open Monday as well. Contact the stores for holiday operating schedules.

Find a complete list of state-run liquor stores at the Washington State Liquor Control Board website,

The state operates a store in Issaquah in the Town & Country Square shopping center, 1175 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite B18.

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50 years and counting, couple celebrates milestone

February 15, 2011

Finnegans celebrate golden anniversary, share a lifetime of tales

Leo and Rose Finnegan spoil their black Lab, Murphy, as they retell stories about their 50-year marriage and how they raised five children. Contributed

After spending 50 years together, raising five children and helping Issaquah’s handicapped adult community, Leo and Rose Finnegan have a lifetime of stories to share.

The two grew up in Montana and attended grade school together, but it was not until they crossed paths at a funeral that romantic sparks flew.

The two had already moved into early adulthood, with Rose earning her nursing degree and Leo studying engineering at Gonzaga University and the University of Notre Dame.

Leo’s grandmother passed away in summer 1960, and Rose’s mother, who knew the family, took Rose with her to the wake.

“For some reason, we just clicked,” Rose said. “We had an awful lot in common. We felt like we knew each other very well.”

By that summer, Leo proposed and they married Jan. 28, 1961.

“It was probably my grandmother’s doing,” Leo said.

The young couple moved frequently in their early years, from Colorado to Idaho to Michigan to Montana, and finally to Issaquah.

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