All-American Bowl names Max Browne among nation’s top players

November 28, 2012

NEW — 1:45 p.m. Nov. 28, 2012

Skyline High School quarterback Max Browne is one of six finalists for the 2013 U.S. Army Player of the Year Award, which is given to the nation’s most outstanding senior in high school football participating in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

The selection process began this fall, as players were evaluated by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee and by coaches from across the country.

“These players possess leadership, dedication and strengths similar to Army Strong soldiers; being named a finalist for this award only underscores their talents,” John Myers, director of marketing for the Army, said in a statement. “These players are outstanding athletes. We congratulate them on their nomination and are proud to have them wear the Army colors.”

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Police raid marijuana operation in downtown Issaquah home

November 28, 2012

NEW — 11:55 a.m. Nov. 28, 2012

Police discovered more than 150 marijuana plants during a raid on a downtown Issaquah home, and later arrested a 52-year-old man involved in the grow operation.

Officers surrounded a home in the 100 block of Northwest Dogwood Street at about 11:30 a.m. Nov. 20 to serve a search warrant. Police called for occupants to come outside and, after officers realized the home was empty, entered the building and discovered the plants.

Issaquah Police Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum said charges have not been filed against the man arrested in the incident. The investigation is ongoing.

Behrbaum said the grow operation was connected to a medical marijuana operation based in Seattle.

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King County turnout reached 84 percent in November election

November 28, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Nov. 28, 2012

King County matched the record for voter turnout in a presidential election, and achieved other milestones in the Nov. 6 contest, officials announced late Tuesday after certifying the results.

Countywide, voters returned 993,908 ballots for about 84 percent turnout, a similar figure to the record turnout set during the 2008 presidential election, although the elections office received more ballots in 2012.

The county set records for registered voters — 1,170,638 — and for the number of ballots tallied on election night — about 556,000.

“Voters responded to our messaging this year and returned their ballots early,” Elections Director Sherril Huff said in a statement. “We counted a record high of 556,000 ballots on election night and the number of ballots received too late to process was down 76 percent.”

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Let’s Go! for Nov. 29 to Dec. 5

November 28, 2012

City Council committee supports countywide drug take-back program

November 28, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. Nov. 28, 2012

City Council members signaled support Monday for a burgeoning effort to create a King County prescription drug take-back program.

Council Safety & Services Committee members unanimously recommended for the council to approve a resolution supporting the program to committee for further discussion.

In a unanimous decision Nov. 19, council members sent the proposed resolution to committee. The council is expected to consider the resolution again next month.

The council sent the legislation to committee less than a week after Mayor Ava Frisinger, a King County Board of Health member, joined a local forum to discuss the proposed county drug take-back program.

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State offers grants to restore fish, wildlife habitat

November 28, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. Nov. 28, 2012

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is offering grants for residents and organizations interested in fish and wildlife conservation.

The agency expects to have about $1 million from the Aquatic Land Enhancement Account available for the grants.

The program is open to residents and organizations — including nonprofit organizations, schools and universities, American Indian tribes and local conservation districts — for volunteer projects related to conservation or to help the public enjoy and understand animal species.

Through the grants, officials fund projects related to habitat, research, education and outreach, facility development and artificial production — although the agency intends to consider other projects. Grants cannot go toward salaries, wages or stipends.

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Christmas tree sellers unwrap holiday rush

November 27, 2012

Jason Hollaway, of Issaquah, a worker at Trinity Tree Farm on Squak Mountain, pulls a Christmas tree through a netting machine Nov. 24 for a family to transport home for the holidays. By Greg Farrar

The holiday rush is not limited to retailers. Once the calendar inches past Black Friday, another group of merchants girds for a deluge of customers — Christmas tree sellers.

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Cut Christmas trees in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

November 27, 2012

Revelers determined to cut a Christmas tree in the forest can head to the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and other U.S. Forest Service lands in Washington.

Rangers started selling permits to cut Christmas trees in the 1.7 million-acre national forest Nov. 13 and plan to do so until Christmas Eve, Dec. 24. The forest is accessible from numerous sites throughout Western Washington, including from Interstate 90 in and near North Bend.

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Tiger Mountain State Forest is closed to Christmas tree cutting

November 27, 2012

Forget about cutting a fresh Christmas tree or pine boughs in Tiger Mountain State Forest or on other state lands.

The state Department of Natural Resources does not sell holiday greenery from state trust lands; agency officials limit timber harvests and foraging. The agency manages the public lands, and under state law, timber harvests must benefit public schools, universities and other state institutions.

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Crews gird for snow removal before flakes start to fall

November 27, 2012

The mercury dips a little lower as November turns to December, winter starts in mere weeks, and the agencies responsible for ensuring roads remain passable in ice and snow readied removal plans for the months ahead.

Issaquah, King County and the state prepare detailed ice and snow response plans long before the flakes start to fall. The agencies face challenges in Issaquah and the surrounding area due to steep terrain, narrow roads and limited funding.

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