Hearing offers customers a chance to respond to utilities’ January storm efforts

March 15, 2012

NEW — 11:15 a.m. March 15, 2012

Utility customers from Issaquah and other areas impacted during the January storms can offer input on energy and telephone companies’ responses at a public hearing in Olympia.

People affected by the snowstorm and subsequent ice storm can speak at the state Utilities and Transportation Commission’s public hearing Monday. The commission meets at 9:30 a.m. Monday at 1300 S. Evergreen Park Drive S.W., Olympia.

Starting at 9:30 a.m., Puget Sound Energy representatives plan to discuss electricity-related problems encountered during the storms. Then, at 10:30 a.m., regional cable and telephone companies plan to discuss performance during the storms. The public comment portion starts at 11:15 a.m.

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King County Sheriff Sue Rahr to resign March 31

March 14, 2012

NEW — 3:35 p.m. March 14, 2012

Sheriff Sue Rahr plans to step down as the top law enforcement officer in King County on March 31 to join the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.

Sue Rahr

The outgoing sheriff designated the No. 2 official at the King County Sheriff’s Office, Chief Deputy Steve Strachan, to serve as interim sheriff after she resigns.

“I made the decision to leave the sheriff’s office before the end of my term for a number of reasons,” she said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon. “First, and foremost, I have complete confidence in Chief Deputy Steve Strachan and the rest of the command staff to effectively lead the sheriff’s office and continue to protect and serve the citizens of King County. I would not and could not leave this post without that confidence.”

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Designer Lizzie Parker, Issaquah store owner, is NBC ‘Fashion Star’

March 14, 2012

'Fashion Star' contestant and designer Lizzie Parker reviews clothing at her eponymous Gilman Village store. By Lillian Tucker

NEW — 2 p.m. March 14, 2012

Lizzie Parker’s clothing shop is tucked away in Issaquah’s Gilman Village surrounded by wooden sidewalks and flowers sprouting out of weathered barrels. Inside, Angus, an English bulldog, lies on the wood floor looking up at the racks of clothes his owner designed and made herself.

Used to make herself, that is. Demand is far too great for the designer to handle on her own now that Parker’s line of modern knitwear is set to gain national attention since NBC’s reality show “Fashion Star” premiered Tuesday.

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Leaders invite civic-minded citizens to serve on King County Board of Ethics

March 14, 2012

NEW — 1:55 p.m. March 14, 2012

Issaquah residents interested in ethics and law can apply for a seat on the King County Board of Ethics, a watchdog group.

The position, for a three-year term on the five-member citizen advisory board, is open to all King County residents.

The board provides guidance on allowable actions and interests defined by the King County Code of Ethics. The board also supports the county policy for the private conduct and financial dealings of public officials and employees to present no actual or apparent conflict of interest between the public trust and private interests.

In addition, the board oversees the administration of transparency programs requiring financial disclosure by elected officials, designated employees, and board and commission members, as well as disclosure by consultants doing business with the county.

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Pitching, defense will be key to local baseball teams’ success

March 13, 2012

Ethan Kalin, an Issaquah High School senior this year, advanced two baserunners with an at-bat in April 2011 during his team’s game against Skyline. By Greg Farrar

As the clocks spring forward and the calendar flips to March, the Issaquah, Skyline and Liberty high school baseball programs will all have a common approach to this season: pitching and defense.

With the new bat regulations for the upcoming season, first-year Liberty Coach John Martin thinks the game is in for a change.

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Skyline to host powerhouse football team from Florida

March 13, 2012

When Skyline High School got an opportunity to bring a nationally prominent football program to Sammamish next season, coach Mat Taylor didn’t hesitate.

The Spartans, defending Class 4A state champions, will play Manatee, of Bradenton, Fla., on Sept. 15 at Skyline. Game time has not been determined.

“We jumped on it and we’re really excited, not only for the motivation in the off-season for our kids, but just our community and, hopefully, showcasing Washington football and being able to represent our league and our state and our school,” Taylor said.

Skyline opens the season against Bothell, and then will travel out of state in Week 2 for another showcase game. The school is still working on that matchup.

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Historic Issaquah trolley car departs for restoration in Iowa

March 13, 2012

Don McWhirter, with the Issaquah Valley Trolley Project, lops overgrown brambles at the railroad track beside the Darigold plant so the trolley could be moved March 12 onto a tractor-trailer for the trip to Iowa for restoration. By Greg Farrar

The historic trolley car on display at the Issaquah Train Depot departed the station March 12, as the long-planned effort to restore and run the car in downtown Issaquah inched ahead.

The 87-year-old Lisbon No. 519 trolley car left for Ida Grove, Iowa, and the Gomaco Trolley Co. — a trolley car manufacturer and restorer. If the restoration plan unfolds as scheduled, the trolley should return to Issaquah in September.

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Former Issaquah insurance agent gets 75 months in prison

March 13, 2012

A 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 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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Sports Calendar

March 13, 2012

Adult sports

Issaquah Alps Trail Club

March 17 9 a.m., Little Si and Boulder Garden Trails, 5.8 miles, 1,580-foot elevation gain. Call 557-6554…March 18, noon, Tiger Mountain’s Tradition Loop, 5 miles, 600-foot elevation gain. Call 392-2571… March 19, 11:30 a.m., Leader’s Choice Dogs Welcome, 3-5 miles, 500- to 900-foot elevation gain. Call 322-0990.

Cascade Bicycle Club

March 18, 10 a.m., Renton to Issaquah Coffee Run, 32 miles from Old Renton City Hall. Call 206-399-3221.

Tennis

Tennis and friends — Issaquah Parks program for people 50 and older at Tibbetts Valley Tennis Courts. Daily sessions from 9 a.m. to noon. Call 369-8332.

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Liberty Rugby Football Club offers camaraderie, international competition opportunities

March 13, 2012

Jason Piutau, a Liberty High School junior, receives a pass during a practice drill with the Liberty Rugby Football Club, one of six Division 1 programs in the state. By Greg Farrar

As one of only 16 high school rugby clubs in the state, the Liberty Rugby Football Club has grown accustomed to traveling long distances to find adequate competition.

In fact, the team welcomes it.

“We pride ourselves on being nationally recognized, nationally ranked,” coach Jeff Candler said. “The big reason we are is the traveling we do helps us prove ourselves.”

Regular season play starts this month for the team, which was originally established by Mark Bullock in 1986.

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