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August 15, 2012

Issaquah donation site established for residents impacted by Taylor Bridge Fire

August 15, 2012

NEW — 10:15 a.m. Aug. 15, 2012

The public can donate items to help Cle Elum residents displayed by the Taylor Bridge Fire at a drop-off site in Issaquah.

Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce leaders established a drop-off site at Hilton Garden Inn Issaquah, 1800 N.W. Gilman Blvd. Organizers requested non-perishable food and water, clothing and blankets, toiletries and items for infants, such as diapers and formula, and pet supplies.

Citizens can also donate cash to the relief effort.

The chamber also established drop-off sites in Ellensburg and Yakima.

The wildfire stretches for 17 miles and, so far, burned more than 28,000 acres. The fire is 10 percent contained, and more than 800 firefighters continue to battle the blaze.
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Issaquah Valley Trolley is back on track, poised to return

August 14, 2012

The historic Issaquah Valley Trolley Car No. 519 undergoes renovation at the Gomaco Trolley Co. facility in Ida Grove, Iowa. Contributed by Gomaco Trolley Co.

Quietly, after a decadeslong coal and timber boom fueled expansion, passenger rail service to Issaquah ceased 90 years ago.

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Issaquah trolley project experiences milestones, setbacks

August 14, 2012

Issaquah Valley Trolley Project organizers have experienced milestones and setbacks since spearheading the project to bring a historic trolley to Issaquah a dozen years ago.

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Woman drowns in Sammamish Plateau lake

August 14, 2012

Police said a 66-year-old woman drowned in a Sammamish Plateau pond in the Klahanie area Aug. 8.

Sgt. Cindi West, King County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, said the woman drowned in Rainbow Lake at Issaquah-Pine Lake Road Southeast and Southeast 44th Street before 7:45 p.m. The woman’s family called police after she failed to return from a walk and missed a medical appointment.

Police do not suspect foul play in the incident.

Officials at the King County Medical Examiner’s Office did not release the woman’s name by Aug. 13, pending notification of additional family members.

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Voters endorse property tax measure, incumbent candidates

August 14, 2012

King County voters endorsed a $200 million property tax measure to build a juvenile justice facility to replace the aging Youth Services Center, a juvenile detention facility in Seattle.

The property tax measure, Proposition 1, appeared on a crowded primary ballot alongside federal, judicial, legislative and statewide contests.

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Local legislators earn opposite results in statewide races

August 14, 2012

Kathleen Drew and Glenn Anderson, past and present state legislators, respectively, experienced opposite political fortunes as county officials counted ballots statewide.

Drew is poised to face Thurston County Auditor Kim Wyman in the race for secretary of state. Anderson fell short in the race for lieutenant governor against Republican Bill Finkbeiner, a former state senator, and incumbent Lt. Gov. Brad Owen, a Democrat.

Drew, a former Issaquah resident and onetime state senator for the 5th Legislative District, secured state Democrats’ endorsement for secretary of state and outpolled other Democrats — Puyallup state Sen. Jim Kastama and former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels — in the Aug. 7 primary election.

Incumbent Secretary of State Sam Reed, a Republican, is retiring at the end of his term.

Anderson, a longtime legislator and a Fall City Republican, plans to step down from the state House of Representatives once his term ends at the end of the year.

King County councilmen vie to serve as attorney general

August 14, 2012

Voters chose between a pair of King County councilmen in the race for state attorney general, Republican Reagan Dunn and Democrat Bob Ferguson.

Voters chose Dunn and Ferguson, and eliminated conservative Republican Stephen Pidgeon in the primary.

Dunn represents Newcastle and rural areas south of Issaquah on the King County Council. Ferguson represents North King County from Shoreline to Woodinville.

The incumbent attorney general, Republican Rob McKenna, is running for governor against former U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee, a Democrat.

Local mountain biker to represent U.S. at international orienteering championship

August 14, 2012

Rebecca Jensen trains for the World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships by riding through trails at Issaquah’s Grand Ridge Park. For this photo, she set a camera in the trees and put it on a timer to get the shot. Contributed by Rebecca Jensen

Rebecca Jensen loves mountain biking.

The only reason she moved to Issaquah in 2010 was to take advantage of the trails around the area.

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Contest is set for Issaquah’s congressional district

August 14, 2012

Incumbent Republican Dave Reichert is poised to face Issaquah Democrat Karen Porterfield to represent Issaquah in Congress.

The candidates expressed gratitude to voters after the electorate trimmed the crowded primary field.

“Tonight’s results make crystal clear that residents of the new 8th want someone who will continue the fight to reduce spending, get people back to work and jumpstart our economy,” Reichert said in a statement.

Porterfield, a Seattle University adjunct faculty member, faces Reichert, a former King County sheriff and Auburn Republican, in a redrawn 8th Congressional District.

“I am excited that I have the amazing honor to go forward, talking to voters in all our communities across the district,” Porterfield said in a statement. “People are hungry for a change in D.C., and we can make that happen.”

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