Offer input on projects to relieve Issaquah traffic woes

September 11, 2012

The city could join other landowners to address traffic congestion and upgrade roads near bustling businesses in North Issaquah.

Before city leaders act, citizens can offer input as planners host a Sept. 18 open house to discuss the proposed transportation changes.

The proposal under consideration calls for the city and other landowners — including Issaquah-based Costco, the largest employer in the city — to form a local improvement district. Landowners in the affected area then shoulder the costs for road improvements, supplemented by state and federal grants.

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Local Democrats rally, volunteer as party gathers in Charlotte

September 11, 2012

First lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama gesture to the crowd at the Democratic National Convention on Sept. 6. By Emiliana Chavez

The television audience for the 2012 Democratic National Convention remembers the event for speeches from former President Bill Clinton, first lady Michelle Obama and more, but local delegates to the convention said projects far from the convention floor defined the days in Charlotte, N.C.

The agenda for the event included the usual party business — a blur of speeches and celebrations — and Southern hospitality aplenty.

Washington Democrats sent 121 delegates and eight alternates to the convention. The delegate ranks included Issaquah resident Jennifer Sutton and Sammamish resident Dorothy Willard.

Sutton joined a volunteer effort from Craftsman and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” host Ty Pennington called House United. The project enlisted volunteers at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., to start construction on a home.

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City Council approves controversial Cougar Mountain subdivision

September 11, 2012

City leaders OK’d a Cougar Mountain subdivision after months of negotiations among the city, neighbors and the developer — and despite objections from neighbors about impacts to street parking and concerns about landslide risk.

Stacy Goodman

In a unanimous decision, City Council members approved the subdivision, called Forest Heights — a proposal to add 24 single-family homes to about six acres on a 13.9-acre site. The agreement also set aside land for storm water detention and to preserve open space.

The proposed project site is northeast of Talus, south of Northwest James Bush Road and uphill from state Route 900, across from Tibbetts Creek Manor.

Officials approved the Forest Heights development agreement Aug. 6, after the Council Land & Shore Committee spent months sifting through details related to the plan.

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Traffic congestion ensnares Issaquah commuters

September 11, 2012

Commuters experienced a mixed bag last year, as traffic congestion snagged motorists along Interstate 90.

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Liberty Patriots edge rival Hazen Highlanders, 25-22

September 11, 2012

Tynan Gilmore, Liberty High School senior receiver, powers through a group of Hazen defenders during Liberty’s 25-22 win over Hazen on Sept. 7. Gilmore had three touchdowns, one rushing and two receiving, in the victory. By Scott Coburn

A week after the Liberty High School football team struggled with turnovers in a loss to Eastside Catholic, the Patriots turned out a positive turnover ratio in a 25-22 win over Hazen.

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Mount Si Wildcats shut out Issaquah Eagles, 21-0

September 11, 2012

Issaquah High School’s football team was shutout in its second nonconference game of the year by the Mount Si Wildcats by a score of 21-0 Sept. 7.

Mount Si’s stout defense only allowed the Eagles to cross the 50-yard line three times.

One bright spot for Issaquah was running back Jack Gellatly who rushed for 107 yards on 17 carries. Gellatly was instrumental in the Eagles’ victory in week one over Interlake with three rushing touchdowns.

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Skyline Spartans put on a show in 57-25 blowout win

September 11, 2012

SALT LAKE CITY — Even when they didn’t need to be great, the Skyline High School Spartans looked the part.

Late in the third quarter, the game well in hand, quarterback Max Browne lofted a fourth-down pass that found the waiting hands of Matt Sinatro for a 41-yard touchdown.

The Spartans cut through the defense of host Cottonwood and rolled up 543 yards in a 57-25 blowout Sept. 7 in a game televised nationally by ESPNU.

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Church members rise to challenge of building homes in Mexico

September 11, 2012

Volunteers from Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, in Issaquah, staple tar paper and chicken wire to the exterior wall of a new home before applying stucco during their mission to Tecate, Mexico, in July. Contributed

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church members recently returned from a weeklong mission in Tecate, Mexico, where 14 volunteers began building a house.

This is the 12th year of the mission and Karen Stillwell has been involved since the beginning. In those years, the Issaquah church has helped with more than 15 homes in the community. Stillwell said the town has gone from all-dirt roads to almost all of them being paved and has expanded tremendously.

“We detect a huge community spirit there now,” church member Jeff Matson said.

The mission started as a youth group opportunity for high school-aged students but this year only five young people participated.

“The adults get such a kick out of it. They really enjoy it,” Matson said.

For families to qualify for a house, they must be living in the community and wanting to stay there. One parent must have a job and the tenants must have bought the property. The family this year wasn’t sure who exactly would be moving into the new house.

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Lake Sammamish State Park tour offers beginning birding

September 11, 2012

The red-breasted sapsucker is one of the birds seen in September on the monthly bird walk at Lake Sammamish State Park. By Mick Thompson

A free, guided walk at Lake Sammamish State Park on Sept. 19 will help visitors discover dozens of different kinds of birds in the diverse ecosystem found at the south end of the lake.

A typical walk in the park in September encounters about 50 different bird species, from various grebes on the lake to spotted sandpipers at creekside, from red-breasted sapsuckers and orange-crowned warblers in the woods to Savannah sparrows in the meadows.

Eastside Audubon guides Sharon Aagaard and Stan Wood lead a walk each month at Lake Sammamish State Park, always midweek during the quiet morning hours when birding is best. The Sept. 19 walk is from 8 a.m. to noon.

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Encompass offers ‘Parenting Counts’ workshop

September 11, 2012

Kerry Beymer, parenting support and education manager at Encompass, teaches the ‘Parenting Counts’ course at Swedish/Issaquah campus. Contributed

Parenting does count. Starting Oct. 1 for four Monday nights at the Swedish/Issaquah campus, Encompass will present Parenting Counts, a workshop series about child development.

Lead instructor Kerry Beymer, parenting support and education manager at Encompass, is trained to teach the curriculum from the Talaris Institute in Seattle.

“It makes you look at the situation as a parent in a different light,” Beymer said.

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