Former Issaquah insurance agent sentenced to 75 months in prison

March 10, 2012

NEW — 11 a.m. March 10, 2012

The former Issaquah insurance agent convicted of swindling more than $1 million from elderly clients is headed to prison for up to 75 months.

Jasmine Jamrus-Kassim pleaded guilty in October 2011 to 10 counts of first-degree theft in King County Superior Court. Prosecutors reduced the number of charges from 21 as part of a plea deal.

The sentencing March 9 in King County Superior Court came after months of delays and after Jamrus-Kassim requested a different attorney.

Prosecutors said she stole at least $1,052,088 between late 2007 and late 2009. The seniors made out checks to Jamrus-Kassim. The clients thought she intended to reinvest the money for them.

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Deb Eddy, Issaquah representative in Olympia, announces retirement

March 9, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. March 9, 2012

State Rep. Deb Eddy, a Kirkland Democrat representing Issaquah neighborhoods along Lake Sammamish, announced plans to retire from the House of Representatives.

Deb Eddy

In a statement issued Wednesday, the former Kirkland mayor said she does not intend to run for re-election to the 48th Legislative District seat. The district is poised to lose Issaquah due to redistricting.

“When recruited, I promised to serve for six years, and I’ve fulfilled that commitment,” Eddy said in a statement. “It’s time to move on and find out what the next chapter of my life will look like.”

Washington State Redistricting Commission members shifted the 48th District elsewhere in the recent reshuffling. (Remaining Issaquah neighborhoods fall inside the 5th and 41st legislative districts.)

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King County crews launch roadside weed control program

March 9, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. March 9, 2012

King County road crews plan to roll out a roadside weed control program in unincorporated areas April 9.

Through the annual program, certified technicians conduct controlled herbicide spraying along road shoulders during the spring and summer. The program is meant to reduce safety hazards for bicyclists, motorists and pedestrians.

The spraying also controls noxious weeds — a potential threat to animals and native vegetation.

If residents do not want county crews to spray the county right of way near their property, they should post “owner will maintain” signs. The owners must also agree to maintain the right of way themselves. Maintenance agreements must be completed and returned to the county Road Services Division before the signs can be issued.

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Share outdoors photos in Department of Fish and Wildlife gallery

March 9, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. March 9, 2012

Outdoors enthusiasts in Issaquah and elsewhere can share photos of outdoors adventures through the state Department of Fish and Wildlife’s online gallery.

The agency created the gallery to allow Washingtonians to share photos of fishing, hunting and enjoying the great outdoors.

“This is a great way for outdoor enthusiasts to share their fishing, hunting and wildlife-watching experiences with others,” Wildlife Program Director Nate Pamplin said in a statement. “We know Washingtonians have some great outdoor photos to share.”

Key subjects for the online gallery include fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing, plus scenic photo of Department of Fish and Wildlife-managed wildlife areas. Photos selected for display in the gallery may also be used in other electronic and print publications produced by the department.

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Nominate outstanding citizens for state’s highest honors

March 9, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. March 9, 2012

Secretary of State Sam Reed is accepting nominations for the Medal of Valor and Medal of Merit, the highest honors presented by the people of Washington.

Last awarded in 2007, the Medal of Valor recognizes individuals for risking personal safety to save, or attempt to save, another person’s life. (The medal cannot be awarded to police officers, firefighters or other first responders for on-duty actions.)

Last awarded in 2009, the Medal of Merit is given for exceptional conduct in providing outstanding services to citizens. Past recipients include former Gov. Dan Evans, former U.S. House Speaker Tom Foley and glass artist Dale Chihuly.

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Department of Natural Resources needs summer firefighters

March 9, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. March 9, 2012

Citizens can join the fight against forest fires, as the state Department of Natural Resources seeks firefighters for summer positions.

The state agency responsible for conservation lands and open space needs to fill engine leader and squad boss positions. Department of Natural Resources officials said serving as a member of a handcrew or wildland fire engine crew offers a chance for motivated people interested in a career in natural resource management to gain fundamental experience.

Candidates must be 18 or older.

Individuals must be willing and capable of performing strenuous outdoor work safely and productively. Candidates must also accept direction and act responsibly. The agency provides safety clothing and training needed for the job.

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Stop toilet leaks — and conserve water — during Fix a Leak Week

March 8, 2012

NEW — 6 p.m. March 8, 2012

National Fix A Leak Week starts Monday and to mark the occasion, Cascade Water Alliance and Issaquah municipal government mailed toilet leak detection kits to homes in Issaquah and elsewhere.

The average home can waste more than 10,000 gallons of water each year due to running toilets, dripping faucets and other household leaks. The results: wasted water and pricier water bills.

“According to the U.S. EPA, household leaks from toilets, faucets and showerheads waste 1 trillion gallons of water each year nationwide,” said Issaquah Councilman Fred Butler, a Cascade Water Alliance Board member. “This drives up utility operating costs and places unnecessary strain on water and wastewater infrastructure. Finding and fixing leaking toilets is a great way to conserve our valuable water resources.”

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Impact Studio Pro rolls innovation into video production

March 6, 2012

 Impact Studio Pro staff includes (from left) software developer and CASTUS Vice President Jon Campbell, ISP Director and Editor Nathan Bosseler, Project Manager Elaine Bosseler, Bellevue College Web developer intern Alex Elsayed and 3-D artist Jahn Flaatrud. By Greg Farrar

Inside the video marketing agency Impact Studio Pro, a Mountain Dew-fueled operation creates TV commercials, promotional spots, public service announcements and music videos for more than 100 clients.

The tiny company operates from a converted Issaquah Highlands apartment, a space referred to as the “think tank” by founder Nathan Bosseler. The office overlooks rooftops and the Issaquah Alps. Bosseler uses a space designed for a bedroom as the executive suite.

Major clients include the Issaquah Schools Foundation, Gene Juarez Academy, Hyundai of Kirkland, and municipal governments in Sammamish and SeaTac.

Issaquah Chamber of Commerce leaders spotlighted Impact Studio Pro as a business innovator in the Innovation in Issaquah contest late last month.

The chamber also honored Marketing Masters and Lakeside Center for Autism as innovators. The carbon-neutral community zHome also received a nod as the most innovative public-private partnership.

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Republicans gather for grassroots caucuses

March 6, 2012

Mitt Romney emerges as top choice among local participants

Republicans clustered at community halls and elementary schools in Issaquah and nearby communities March 3, as a long presidential nominating contest offered local caucusgoers a chance to shape the national contest.

Issaquah caucusgoers headed to Discovery and Issaquah Valley elementary schools, and Colin Hall at Providence Point, to support the GOP candidates vying to face President Barack Obama in November.

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From caucuses to convention, a path to nomination

March 6, 2012

Caucusgoers throughout Washington gathered March 3 in the initial step to select delegates to the Republican National Convention.

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