Late Rachel Beckwith’s campaign for clean water lives on

July 31, 2012

The deluge of donations inspired by a local girl means clean water is available to 60,000 people in remote parts of Africa.

Rachel Beckwith

In July 2011, 9-year-old Rachel Beckwith died after a rush-hour pileup along Interstate 90. In the aftermath, a cause she championed in life — clean water projects in developing nations — garnered international attention and more than $1 million in donations.

Donations to the New York-based nonprofit organization charity: water reached $1.2 million in the months after Rachel died. Donations came in increments large and small from about 30,000 people around the globe.

Rachel’s mother, Samantha Paul, pledged to travel to Africa to see the results and, on July 23, Paul joined Rachel’s grandparents and representatives from charity: water in Ethiopia. The journey commemorated a year since Rachel’s campaign.

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Celebrate National Night Out with local police officers, and a hot dog

July 31, 2012

Local residents can meet officers from the Issaquah Police Department, obtain valuable safety information and munch on free hot dogs at the city’s National Night Out event Aug. 7.

The nationwide event heightens neighborhood crime awareness, generates support for local anticrime efforts, and strengthens neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. Some 15,000 communities and 36 million people around the country are expected to participate in their local neighborhoods.

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State gives Issaquah School District campuses ‘green’ thumbs up

July 31, 2012

Creekside Elementary School Principal Robin Earl discusses the then-new school building prior to its opening in 2010. Visible behind her are the high windows that help cut back on the use of electric lighting. File

Local schools are no stranger to environmental awards, but the Issaquah School District was pleasantly surprised July 23 when two of its schools were honored by the state for their “green” leadership.

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Site is eyed for Issaquah human services campus

July 31, 2012

The long-gestating plan to build a human services campus in Issaquah is a step closer to reality, as organizers inch closer to selecting a site for the facility.

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Countywide fingerprinting service aids Issaquah Police Department

July 31, 2012

Voters to decide funding for crime-solving tool in November

City corrections officers at the Issaquah City Jail use a King County-backed fingerprinting tool to identify every inmate behind bars.

The tool is a useful component in the Automated Fingerprint Identification System, or AFIS, a regional police fingerprint identification service. Issaquah officers used information from AFIS 2,100 times last year to determine if a jail inmate is evading a warrant, concealing a criminal record or using a false identity.

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Voter education emphasized as deadline approaches

July 31, 2012

Elections administrators used the last days before the Aug. 7 primary to remind voters to follow proper ballot instructions.

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Refinancing bonds saves Issaquah School District $3.9 million

July 31, 2012

Steve Rasmussen

With the lowest interest rates in 40 years, the Issaquah School District saved nearly $4 million July 24 when it refinanced $41.73 million of bonds originally sold in 2006.

The district also sold $55 million worth of new bonds that day.

“The sale went as good as we could have expected it,” said Jake Kuper, the district’s chief of Finance and Operations. “Not only is it a good time to build but it’s a good time to borrow, so it’s a double bonus.”

Kuper, Superintendent Steve Rasmussen and school board members Marnie Maraldo, Anne Moore and Suzanne Weaver attended the 6:45 a.m. sale of the bonds at Seattle-Northwest Securities, which assisted in the sale. Refinancing the nearly $42 million of old bonds meant the interest rate when down from 5 percent to 1.89 percent, meaning that $3.9 million will be saved over the next 10 years.

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Strike does not affect Issaquah garbage service

July 31, 2012

Issaquah garbage service remained unaffected as Waste Management recycling and yard waste truck drivers went on strike July 25.

Waste Management used to provide garbage and recycling service for most Issaquah customers, but the city switched to CleanScapes on July 1.

Allied Waste — a local name for national company Republic Services — hauls garbage in South Cove and Greenwood Point neighborhoods along Lake Sammamish. Allied Waste also handles garbage service in unincorporated King County communities, such as Klahanie, Mirrormont and Preston.

Services for customers in King and Snohomish counties stopped after Teamsters went on strike over wage and benefits issues.

In October, City Council members selected Seattle-based CleanScapes to haul Issaquah garbage from July 2012 until June 2019 — a $3.8-million-per-year contract.

Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank board needs members

July 31, 2012

Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank leaders seek community members to serve on the nonprofit organization’s board.

The food bank board needs volunteer members experienced in donor relations, operations, board development and facility expansion. Interested citizens should contact Executive Director Cori Kauk at cori@issaquahfoodbank.org or call 392-4123.

The food bank serves clients from throughout the Issaquah School District. In the summer, the organization operates a popular Summer Lunch Program to provide children with free snacks and food to ensure adequate nutrition while school is out.

Local woman battles contestants in ‘Jeopardy!’ journey

July 31, 2012

Liz Frost, of Issaquah, got the chance to mingle with Alex Trebek when she was a contestant on ‘Jeopardy!’ July 23. Courtesy of Jeopardy Productions Inc.

When Liz Frost gathered with friends July 23 to watch “Jeopardy!” it was an evening seven years in the making.

Frost, an Issaquah accountant, first tried out for the quiz show in 2005 and after two more auditions, got the call in February that her persistence had paid off.

“I don’t know why I believed it was really them,” Frost said about the phone call she received at work from a “Jeopardy!” representative. She was finally going to get the chance to print her name neatly across the contestants’ monitor. “You have to keep trying.”

To prepare for her 15 minutes of fame, Frost poured over general knowledge books and recorded the show every night so she could play along. Exactly a month after her phone call, she was in Los Angeles, taping the show that aired July 23.

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