Issaquah police reactivate speed cameras near schools as students return

August 28, 2012

Issaquah police plan to reactivate speed-enforcement cameras near Issaquah High School and other campuses Sept. 4, as students return to schools along Second Avenue Southeast.

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Man with children in vehicle arrested under revised DUI law

August 28, 2012

The state patrol arrested a 32-year-old Issaquah man under the state’s revised driving under the influence law Aug. 19 — 18 days after the beefed-up law took effect.

The arrest marked the initial known use of revised rules for mandatory blood draws on felony DUI arrests in King County. The driver, Wiyual Rut, also faces enhanced penalties for having three children younger than 3 in the vehicle during the traffic stop.

Prosecutors later charged Rut with felony DUI, with notice of three child enhancements. The enhancement adds 12 months to the felony DUI sentence for each child.

Investigators said a Washington State Patrol trooper stopped a black Nissan Pathfinder on eastbound Interstate 90 for lane travel violations just before midnight.

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Wall collapse injures Issaquah Highlands construction crew

August 28, 2012

Medics transported four construction workers to area hospitals the early afternoon of Aug. 24 after a wall at a residential construction site in the Issaquah Highlands fell and injured the men.

Eastside Fire & Rescue and Bellevue Fire Department crews responded to the 900 block of Third Court Northeast, a highlands neighborhood west of Highlands Drive Northeast, at about 1:15 p.m., after a wooden wall measuring about 16 feet by 20 feet collapsed onto the construction workers. The workers were attempting to lift the prefabricated wall into place.

EFR Battalion Chief Glenn Huffman said one man sustained “significant injuries” and had to be transported to Harborview Medical Center.

Medics transported the other men to nearby Swedish/Issaquah and Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue for treatment of less-serious injuries.

Huffman did not have additional information about the workers’ conditions Aug. 24.

EFR sent aid cars and a fire truck to the scene, and the Bellevue Fire Department dispatched a medic unit.

The state Department of Labor & Industries is investigating the accident, per standard procedure.

Spawn is on as first salmon reach Issaquah hatchery

August 28, 2012

Salmon spawning season at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery started early Aug. 25 as a hatchery docent-in-training spotted the first fish, a small chinook in Issaquah Creek.

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Trolley returns, and supporters prepare for rides to start in October

August 28, 2012

The next stop for the Issaquah Valley Trolley is downtown Issaquah.

Traffic is stopped at Front Street North and Northwest Dogwood Street as the restored Issaquah Valley Trolley Project car makes its way to the Issaquah Train Depot barn. By Greg Farrar

On Aug. 23, a vintage streetcar completed a 1,659-mile trip from Ida Grove, Iowa, to Issaquah aboard a specialized flatbed trailer. The arrival marked a milestone in the $744,700 effort to refurbish the vehicle, restore downtown railroad track and prepare the streetscape for streetcar traffic.

Organizers plan to start offering rides to the public starting Oct. 14, a day after a celebration for the Issaquah History Museums’ 40th anniversary. The planned route stretches about a half-mile from the Issaquah Train Depot to the East Fork of Issaquah Creek at Darigold.

“It looked every bit as good as we expected it to — and probably better,” Issaquah Valley Trolley Project Chairwoman Jean Cerar said. “If you gave it just a cursory glance, actually, it kind of looked like the car that left, only brighter.”

Crews repainted the streetcar in the same cream-and-red color scheme, but beneath the surface, workers installed modern systems and revamped the battered interior. The result “has that new trolley smell to it,” Cerar said.

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Issaquah History Museums unveils oral history treasure trove

August 28, 2012

For decades, old cassette tapes sat squirreled away in the Issaquah History Museums’ expansive collection.

The cassettes, long relegated to gathering dust, contained oral histories from early residents and intimate details about a bygone era — Issaquah in the early 20th century, as a coal- and timber-fueled boom started to wane and decades before explosive growth transformed the area into subdivisions and shopping centers.

The cassettes in the oral history collection ranged in date from 1958 to 1993, but little information accompanied the tapes, so museum staffers and volunteers could only speculate about the contents.

Until now.

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Decades after debilitating crash, local sailor overcomes paralyzing disability

August 28, 2012

Bob Jones sails with a teammate during a busy summer of 2010 at one of several regattas in the Atlantic Ocean off Newport, R.I. Contributed

Bob Jones, of Issaquah, has long loved competitive sailing and when he was paralyzed in a car crash in 1981 that didn’t change.

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Lakeside Recovery Baseball Club earns third in American Legion World Series

August 28, 2012

Brandon Mahovlich, Lakeside Recovery pitcher, throws against Pacific Tech Construction July 14 at Bannerwood Park during the regular season Brandy Pugh Memorial Tournament. By Greg Farrar

The Lakeside Recovery Baseball Club only lost two games in the American Legion World Series in Shelby, N.C., both to the same pitcher. Genetically, that is.

Brooklawn’s twin phenoms Casey and Cody Brown held Lakeside in check in the two games, limiting the Bellevue team to two runs in their first meeting Aug. 19, and only three runs in the Aug. 21 semifinal game. Both games were one-run affairs.

“We ran into a tough left-hander, and they got the big hit when they needed it with two outs,” Lakeside head coach Rob Reese said. “We got our chances in the eighth inning and we only got one out of it. There’s not much room for error when you get to that level. You have to take advantage of your opportunities and we had a couple shots, but we just didn’t get it that day.”

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End of Ramadan draws thousands for Eid prayers

August 28, 2012

After fasting for the month of Ramadan, several local families joined thousands for a morning of prayer and celebration Aug. 19 at the Muslim Association of Puget Sound’s Mosque in Redmond.

Area Muslims, celebrating the end of Ramadan, pray during the Eid prayer Aug. 19. By Lillian O’Rorke

“This is the day that should be the most happy day of the year,” speaker Abdurrahman Hejazi told the crowd of more than 2,000 that gathered for the first of two Eid Al-Fitr prayers. “When you feel this happiness, make sure you want others to be happy.”

As the 9 o’clock hour rolled in, police officers directed traffic and a steady stream of people flowed into the mosque’s doors. Women used the occasion as a chance to catch up and socialize. By the time everyone knelt to pray there were so many people gathered that the doors were opened and a tarp was spread on the ground for men to stand barefoot while the celebration overflowed into the open air.

“It’s a culmination of a monthlong activity that has us focusing on generosity, spirituality, patience and community,” said Salah Dandan, of Sammamish. “It’s important to celebrate and feel happy with friends and family.”

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King Tut exhibit dazzles at Pacific Science Center

August 28, 2012

The only such figure found in the tomb’s antechamber, Tutankhamun’s shabti is one of the largest of the servant statuettes. Photo © Sandro Vannini

All that glitters is gold … and lapis and stone

If you pay attention to the marketing or were looking forward to a repeat of the 1978 King Tut exhibit, you’ll find it a great disappointment that you won’t see the famous and much beloved death mask at “Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs” at the Pacific Science Center.

But if you set that aside, you will see some just-as-incredible and in some ways more amazing artifacts at the exhibit that continues until Jan. 6. Besides, organizers said this will be the last chance for people to see treasures of King Tut anywhere in the United States.

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