Leaders adopt King County growth blueprint

December 7, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Dec. 7, 2012

The growth blueprint approved by King County Council members Monday is meant to strengthen protections for open space and farmland, officials said after the council adopted the latest update to the King County Comprehensive Plan.

The document guides growth in unincorporated communities, including Preston, Four Creeks and other areas just outside Issaquah city limits.

The plan sets policy on such major issues as annexations, transportation and the environment. Under the State Growth Management Act, passed in 1990, state law directs the most-populous and fastest-growing counties to prepare comprehensive land use plans for a 20-year span.

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Liquor sales rebound in months after privatization

December 6, 2012

NEW — 6 p.m. Dec. 6, 2012

Consumers stockpiled spirits in May, leading to a Junes sales slump, but in the months since private liquor sales started, spirit sales rebounded, state revenue officials reported Tuesday.

The state Department of Revenue said spirit sales by volume increased 2.9 percent between June and September from the same period a year earlier.

Retailers sold almost 13.6 million liters of spirits from June through September, compared to the 13.2 million liters sold at state-run liquor stores during the same period a year earlier.

Sales spiked in May as consumers prepared for the transition from state stores to private retailers, and then declined in June, presumably due to the inventories built up in May.

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King County issues marriage licenses to more than 300 same-sex couples

December 6, 2012

NEW — 9:05 a.m. Dec. 6, 2012

In a milestone just after midnight Thursday, King County started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a month after Washington voters legalized same-sex marriage.

King County Executive Dow Constantine issued the initial marriage license at 12:01 a.m. in a ceremony at the King County Recorder’s Office. The county issued 345 marriage licenses by 9 a.m. — a record for the number of licenses issued in a single day.

“Tonight you are making history,” Constantine said to the initial group of 11 couples. “Not only our legislators but the people of this state have said every person is entitled to equal treatment. This advances our law in the state of Washington, and brings us one step closer to that first ‘self-evident’ truth announced by our nation’s founders: That all are created equal.”

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Let’s Go! for Dec. 6-12

December 5, 2012

Linda Warne

December 4, 2012

Linda Warne

Linda Warne, age 69, of Enumclaw, was ushered into the presence of her Savior, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012.

Linda was born Oct. 26, 1943 in Seattle, to Ralph and Gladys Schenke. She graduated from Ingraham High School in 1961. On Sept. 1, 1962, Linda married Gary Warne in Seattle.

Gary and Linda built a home in Issaquah in 1967 after living in both Seattle and St. Paul, Minn. During this time, they were actively involved in Trinity Evangelical Church near Issaquah, where Linda came to know and put her trust in Jesus.

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Cathleen (Cathy) Anson

December 4, 2012

Cathleen Anson

Cathleen (Cathy) Anson was born July 23, 1951, in Renton, the second of three daughters born to Jack Day and Mayme Lou Evans.

She passed away peacefully at her Montana home of brain/lung cancer on Nov. 22, 2012, with her husband Tim and son Brian by her side.

Cathy grew up in Sammamish (Pine Lake) until she married Robert Nickell in 1969.

She attended schools in Ferndale and Issaquah. She graduated from Issaquah High School in 1969.

She then attended business college and upon graduation was hired at the state park in Issaquah. From there, she went on to work for the Southcenter Bon Marche. She worked in the warehouse for 24 years with people who became lifelong friends.

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Skyline High School takes to Twitter to beat cyberbullying

December 4, 2012

Macey Knecht asked fellow students at Skyline to make a pledge to not be a cyberbully. By Lillian O’Rorke

Walking into Skyline High School last week, the message “Pause Before You Post” was painted in giant letters across the school’s front windows. Inside, streamers and posters hung above the commons. Signs like “Just Be Nice” were hard to miss.

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More kokanee return as community works to restore species

December 4, 2012

Homeowner funds $175,000 culvert project

Lake Sammamish kokanee salmon swim Nov. 27 in the restored stretch of Ebright Creek at Wally Pereyra’s property in the 100 block of East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast. By Greg Farrar

Lake Sammamish kokanee salmon — a landlocked cousin of sockeye and a species noted for distinctive red coloration — dwindled in recent decades, since before Wally Pereyra moved into a house along Ebright Creek in 1973.

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Superintendent recommends six-period schedule for Liberty High School

December 4, 2012

Superintendent Steve Rasmussen recommends Liberty High School switch to a six-period schedule.

During the 1990s, many schools across the nation began using an eight-period block schedule where students take four 90-minute classes each day. And in the fall of 1995, Liberty became one of those schools.

Seventeen years later, that could change. In order to establish a common, districtwide high school schedule, and to give Liberty students more time to study core subjects, the Issaquah School District is considering changing Liberty’s timetable.

Rasmussen made his recommendation to the Issaquah School Board during a work study session Nov. 28. The main reason, he said, is because the current block schedule gives Liberty students 127 hours per class each year, where Issaquah High School has 161 hours and Skyline High School has 165.

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Offer ideas for future of Lake Sammamish State Park

December 4, 2012

Lake Sammamish State Park, a 512-acre urban oasis surrounded by Issaquah and a destination long overdue for a makeover, is in the spotlight again as city and state officials seek residents’ ideas for the park’s future.

Issaquah and the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission leaders scheduled a Dec. 10 open house about the state park. The event is meant to restart the conversation about options for the park, including a stalled plan approved in 2007 and meant to guide upgrades to aging facilities and the expansion of recreation opportunities.

Options to revive the plan could include a partnership between the state parks agency, city and a nonprofit organization to help the park. The state parks agency is also open to commercial ventures on parkland as a potential way to generate funds for the facility.

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