Apollo Elementary School students transform classroom into city

April 17, 2012

Lauren Molnar (left), Apollo Elementary School third-grade teacher, collects Merlinville money from Allyson Magnus during a Classroom City session that includes businesses, city officials and public works. By Greg Farrar

Amid Lauren Molnar’s third-grade Apollo Elementary School classroom, student Emily Robinson squares her shoulders and raises her hand.

All around her, the room has evolved into the city of Merlinville, which boasts streets of elaborate buildings made of cardboard representing shops and offices for the goings on of the town.

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Issaquah Cooperative Preschool turns 50

April 17, 2012

Issaquah mother Dana Macario admits she was initially concerned when Tent City 4 took up residency in the parking lot of the community church where her children attend preschool.

Instead of chasing transients out of the facility, however, the parents of the Issaquah Cooperative Preschool combined their efforts to provide a dinner for the Tent City 4 occupants in January.

Many parents brought their children with them on that cold, winter evening to help deliver the food. Macario said it turned out to be a great experience.

“Seeing both parents and children working together to help those in need was such a great example for the kids,” she said. “It felt good knowing that our little group, in our own small way, was doing something to help others.”

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Issaquah couple take a year off to blog motorcycle diaries

April 17, 2012

Tad Haas and Gaila Gutierrez have done what many probably dream of doing. They quit their jobs and hopped on these two BMW motorcycles for a year-long road trip that started April 15. By Tom Corrigan

Sitting in their nearly empty living room, the couple says they know plenty of people who would love to do what they are about to do.

Gaila Gutierrez said she has heard a lot of people offer reasons they could never take off for the year of wandering that the pair has deliberately only semi-planned out.

“If you want to do it, do it,” she said. “You can make it happen. There’s ways around everything.”

Early the morning of April 15, Gutierrez and Tad Haas set out from their Tiger Mountain home on two BMW motorcycles. Packed carefully aboard those bikes was clothing, camping gear, cameras, notebook computers and other items the two thought they might need for their yearlong trip across the United States, around the Great Lakes and up into eastern Canada, and then back cross-country into Mexico and Central America.

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Issaquah Farmers Market returns for 22nd season April 21

April 17, 2012

The Issaquah Farmers Market at Pickering Farm attracts large crowds of visitors and patrons on a warm August Saturday in 2011. By Greg Farrar

The historic Pickering Farm emerges from a seasonal slumber soon as the popular Issaquah Farmers Market returns.

The market debuts for the season April 21. The return is a sign springtime is inching closer to summertime.

The farmers market runs every Saturday, rain or shine, from April to October. The market features seasonal produce, crafts, food vendors, and demonstrations or entertainment each week.

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FISH invites public to catch Issaquah Salmon Hatchery’s 75th anniversary

April 17, 2012

The iconic Issaquah Salmon Hatchery opened along Issaquah Creek 75 years ago and, in the decades since, developed into a symbol for the community and a lifeline for fish species.

The anniversary celebration is due to start April 22, Earth Day, as the nonprofit organization Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery hosts a public open house. The daylong celebration launches a series of events to mark the milestone.

“The hatchery brought back the salmon to Issaquah,” FISH Executive Director Jane Kuechle said.

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King County could outlaw smoking in public park areas

April 17, 2012

King County could join almost 600 local governments across the United States in creating no-smoking zones in county parks.

Legislation before the County Council aims to prohibit tobacco use in parks’ busiest areas, such as athletics fields, picnic shelters, playgrounds and trailheads.

The proposal calls for voluntary compliance, so, just like littering, failing to keep a dog on a leash or using alcohol in a park, enforcement occurs only if a problem is reported. Officials plan to use a federal grant to pay for signs denoting tobacco-free areas.

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King County Sheriff’s Office needs help to solve attempted child luring

April 17, 2012

A man described as being 60 to 70 years old accosted a student walking on Klahanie Boulevard at about 2:30 p.m. April 9, according to Issaquah School District officials.

The student was on Klahanie Boulevard near 256th Avenue Southeast when the suspect approached in an SUV, according to information released by the district.

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Citizens can comment on long-term plans for business district

April 17, 2012

Citizens can comment soon on a historic proposal to transform more than 900 acres near Interstate 90 and state Route 900 in the decades ahead.

The draft Central Issaquah Plan is meant to guide redevelopment from shopping centers and low-rise office buildings to a taller neighborhood meant for businesses and residences.

The city is in the midst of a key environmental study for the 915-acre business district, or Central Issaquah. The council is poised to decide on the proposal as early as July. In the meantime, the municipal Planning Policy Commission plans a public open house and public hearing on the draft environmental study April 19.

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City Council schedules plastic bag hearing for April 30

April 17, 2012

In a push to collect more input on a proposal to outlaw plastic bags at Issaquah businesses, the City Council scheduled another opportunity for the public to comment on the proposed ban.

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Bellevue College to host forum about proposed Issaquah campus

April 17, 2012

Bellevue College plans to gather public input as proposals coalesce for a planned satellite campus in the Issaquah Highlands — a long-term goal for city and college leaders.

The college scheduled a May 1 forum to learn what citizens want for potential course offerings, campus planning, building design and more.

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