2012 Fall Home Tour

October 4, 2012

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Issaquah Highlands retail options to include RAM Restaurant & Brewery

October 3, 2012

NEW — 6 p.m. Oct. 3, 2012

Tenants for the long-awaited retail complex in the Issaquah Highlands include local restaurants and a beauty supply store, city officials announced Tuesday.

The latest announcement for the $70 million highlands project, called Grand Ridge Plaza, adds RAM Restaurant & Brewery, Big Fish Grill and ULTA Beauty to the list alongside a Regal Cinemas multiplex, and a Safeway and associated gas station.

Lucy Sloman, city land development manager, and Keith Niven, city economic development director, announced the latest additions to the Urban Village Development Commission. The project developer, Regency Centers, and highlands developer Port Blakely Communities plan to unveil more tenants at a community meeting Oct. 10.

In another major development for the highlands, Microsoft plans to sell long-vacant land once envisioned for a campus, Niven said.

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Facebook clues led police to suspect in Skyline shooting threat

October 3, 2012

NEW — 4 p.m. Oct. 3, 2012

Police said a trail of comments on Facebook led investigators to the suspect in the Sept. 20 shooting threat against Skyline High School.

Parker Mace, shown as a freshman in the 2011 Skyline High School yearbook.

Facebook taunts directed at Skyline High School students concerned about a school shooting threat linked the incident to a 16-year-old Edmonds boy and former Skyline student.

Police said Parker N. Mace posted the Skyline threat on the online bulletin board 4chan just before midnight Sept. 19. Then, after frightened Skyline students created a Facebook group to discuss the threat, police said Mace posted mocking comments.

Information from friends of Mace also aided investigators.

Police arrested Mace for harassment and cyberstalking — both felonies punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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Eastridge Church to welcome pastor at community celebration

October 3, 2012

NEW — 2:30 p.m. Oct. 3, 2012

The community is invited to welcome Steven Welch, Eastridge Church’s new worship pastor, at a celebration Oct. 7.

Welch and his family come to Eastridge Church after stints at two of the country’s largest churches, including The Chapel in Chicago.

The day begins with Welch’s first services as the new worship pastor at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Issaquah church, 24205 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road.

At 5 p.m., Eastridge Church will host a CD release party for Welch, who will perform songs from his new album “Color of Love.”

Then, at 6:30 p.m., locals can meet with Welch and his wife, Danina, at a welcome reception.

Macky’s Dim Sum in Issaquah is closed for health violations

October 3, 2012

NEW — 11:30 a.m. Oct. 3, 2012

Public Health – Seattle & King County closed Issaquah restaurant Macky’s Dim Sum on Tuesday for a series of health violations.

Health officials cited the restaurant for handwashing facilities, foods not protected from cross contamination, improper cooling of potentially hazardous food, potentially hazardous foods at unsafe temperatures and failure to adhere to the approved risk control plan.

The agency closed the restaurant, 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd., No. 43, at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The reasons for closing a food establishment can vary, and include such issues as failure to follow the permit process and unsafe food handling.

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Issaquah residents recall Seattle World’s Fair as 50th anniversary of closing approaches

October 2, 2012

Ron Blyth and Beverly Blyth Huntington show off the pop-up souvenir their family produced for the 1962 World’s Fair. By Greg Farrar

In the heady months from April to October 1962, more celebrities visited the Century 21 Exposition than “The Tonight Show” couch.

The boldface names — Walt Disney, George Burns, John Glenn and dozens more — trekked to Seattle to gape at the Space Needle, ride the Bubbleator and snack on a Belgian waffle. Even Lassie came to the fair.

In the hubbub, longtime Issaquah resident Kaaren Mathiesen sold souvenirs at the fair from a booth near the Food Circus, a global food court and a nucleus of activity.

Funnywoman Carol Channing stopped at the booth to purchase a postcard and on another day Mathiesen sold Liberace a giant postcard to send to his brother.

“I kept very calm, cool and collected, but I sure smiled a lot,” she said in a recent interview.

The fair ran 50 years ago, from April 21 to Oct. 21, and by the end, Mathiesen and other local residents involved in the once-in-a-lifetime event said the Century 21 Exposition reshaped the region.

“It brought people to the realization that Seattle was no longer a little fishing village,” she said. “It put us on the map.”

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Roosevelt trims Issaquah, 21-17, before record crowd

October 2, 2012

The defensive line for Issaquah High School stops Roosevelt junior running back Lianteo Culpepper for no gain on fourth-and-two at the Eagles’ 33 yard line and takes the ball over on downs during the third quarter. By Greg Farrar

The theme of the night was music Sept. 28 when Roosevelt visited the Eagles’ Nest as a record throng of 2,100 fans packed Issaquah High School’s Gary Moore Stadium and was not only treated to a rare appearance by the University of Washington marching band, but also witnessed a nailbiting KingCo 4A encounter in which the Roughriders eventually prevailed, 21-17.

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Salmon Days Festival returns to downtown Issaquah

October 2, 2012

A chinook tries to surmount the weir Sept. 28 at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. By Greg Farrar

The ode to salmon migration, Issaquah’s iconic Salmon Days Festival, returns to downtown Issaquah on Oct. 6-7.

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Skyline runs away with home opener against Garfield

October 2, 2012

Skyline High School’s Andrew Giese receives a pass from Max Browne in the first quarter against Garfield on Sept. 28.

Twelve minutes into Skyline’s first home football game Sept. 28, it was clear who would be the victor.

The first quarter was awash in touchdowns and none of them belonged to Garfield. The Skyline High School Spartans went to work right away with Sam Mix, on the punt return, running the ball to Garfield’s 35-yard line. Four plays later, the Spartans had their first touchdown, thanks to Cedric Cooper, who made a successful run for the end zone. Skyline finished it up with a 2-point conversion by kicker Sean McDonald.

Giving up zero turnovers, Skyline continued to score. Peyton Pelluer recovered Garfield’s fumble and ran it over the line; McDonald secured the extra point.

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Group recommends dollars for Issaquah-area road projects

October 2, 2012

Planners recommended more than $2 million Sept. 13 to help fund road projects in the Issaquah area, including upgrades to West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast, Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast and Southeast May Valley Road.

The projects could garner a small slice of more than $440 million in federal funds proposed by the Puget Sound Regional Council — the planning authority for King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

The planning agency is considering transportation improvements throughout the region. Citizens can comment on the proposals through Oct. 25, the day the agency’s executive board votes on a regional transportation plan.

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