TalkingRain earns national beverage honor

December 26, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 26, 2012

Preston-based TalkingRain earned a national beverage honor for Sparkling ICE, a zero-calorie beverage.

Sparkling ICE recently earned the title of Best Enhanced Water at the 10th Annual BevNET Live Winter Conference in Santa Monica, Calif.

BevNET is the leading beverage-oriented media company and a respected authority on the beverage industry. The awards serve as a benchmark for the developing beverage landscape.

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King County retailers busted for selling tobacco to minors

December 26, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 26, 2012

Throughout 2012, authorities busted King County retailers for selling tobacco to teenagers 92 times.

The illegal sales rate topped 8 percent, a drop from the 12 percent rate last year, but up from the 6 percent average between 2006-10. Statewide, tobacco sales to minors reached a 10-year high at 16 percent.

“Underage access to tobacco fuels addiction and early death for King County’s children,” Dr. David Fleming, director and health officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County, said in a statement.

In Washington, selling tobacco to a minor is prohibited by law, with a $100 fine and tobacco education for the retailer and a $50 fine for the clerk making the sale. Repeat offenders within two years receive fines up to $1,500 and may have tobacco sales licenses revoked.

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State planners offer tools to ease holiday travel headaches

December 26, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 26, 2012

The state Department of Transportation delivered gifts to holiday travelers — tips to avoid travel-related headaches.

The agency offers numerous travel information tools for motorists headed out between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Travelers planning to hit state highways can find information on the Department of Transportation website about the times and places drivers can expect to experience holiday weekend delays, including U.S. 2, Interstate 90, and Interstate 5 at the Canadian border, and between Olympia and Tacoma.

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Poll: Northwesterners divided on belief in Sasquatch

December 26, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 26, 2012

Many Northwesterners believe Sasquatch is more than a myth, according to the latest PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll.

Seattle-based PEMCO Insurance surveyed Northwest residents about the hairy hominid and found 33 percent believe Sasquatch possibly exists, and about 1 in 10 respondents claimed to actually see Sasquatch or know somebody who did.

Oregon residents seemed less convinced, though, than Washington counterparts. Overall, more than half of Portlanders — 55 percent — doubt the creature exists. Still, more than a quarter of respondents polled in Portland — 28 percent — embrace the possibility of Sasquatch,

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Issaquah police trade blue for red to brighten Christmas for families

December 25, 2012

Officer swaps blue uniform for red suit to play Santa

Santa Claus delivers gifts to 7-year-old Blanca Gomez and 6-year-old Sergio Gomez Jr. as the Issaquah Police Department delivers Christmas gifts to local families Dec. 19. By Jacqueline Kerness/Issaquah Police Department

Santa Claus traded the sleigh for a police SUV not long before Christmas.

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Issaquah milestones from 2012 reflect challenges, changes

December 25, 2012

Backhoes from Santana Trucking & Excavating dig June 26 at the southeast corner of the intersection of Northeast High Street and Highlands Drive Northeast, as construction starts on the Issaquah Highlands retail center. By Greg Farrar

Challenges — whether economic, political or social — defined the year.

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Issaquah High School forms Global Problem-Solving Club

December 25, 2012

Issaquah High School has a new club: Global Problem-Solving Club, or GAP, led by sophomore President Amy Lee.

Sophie Mittelstaedt Issaquah High School

Last year in Lisa Sibbett’s world studies class, students kept up with current events and learned how to be global citizens. Toward the end of the eye-opening, motivational year, several students applied for a program called Global Youth Leadership Initiative, run through the World Affairs Council.

After an intense summer studying foreign policy and humanitarian aid, the students decided to share their passion with their peers.

“We thought creating a club was the best method to raise awareness in our community,” sophomore Natalie Fetsch said.

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City OKs buildings up to 125 feet tall in business district

December 25, 2012

Redevelopment plan calls for more than 7,000 residences

City leaders raised the building height limit to 125 feet in the business district and raised the stakes for redevelopment in the decades ahead.

The roadmap to redevelopment — a document called the Central Issaquah Plan — also creates a framework to add more than 7,000 residences on about 1,000 acres stretched along Interstate 90.

In a series of decisions reached Dec. 17 after years spent re-envisioning the business district, a relieved City Council adopted the Central Issaquah Plan, but delayed action on a key piece until at least April.

“It’s the right plan at the right time,” Councilman Fred Butler said. “It will not happen overnight, but when the time is right, we will be ready.”

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Liberty High School club celebrates ‘Doctor Who’

December 25, 2012

Liberty High School seems to have something for everyone searching for an extracurricular club. One of the quirkier new editions, created this year by club president and senior Hannah Park, is the Doctor Who Club.

Veronica Austin
Liberty High School

“Doctor Who Club was started not only to celebrate the longest-running sci-fi series on television, but also to introduce others to British culture and the fandom surrounding the Doctor” the show’s time-traveling hero, Park said.

Club members participate in various Doctor Who-themed games, and occasionally watch episodes of the show. One of the more interesting activities is the writing of “Trock,” or Timelord rock, a genre of music well known among the show’s fans that celebrates the show and its characters.

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Skyline’s SHOCK Club acts as difference maker

December 25, 2012

Following the spirit of giving back this holiday season, SHOCK Club at Skyline High School continues to engage in service for its community.

Sampurna Basu
Skyline High School

Started in April by co-presidents Jon Yee and Prabha Dublish, SHOCK stands for Skyline High Outreach Community of Kids. The club’s mission is simply to make the world a better place.

During its weekly meetings, the club organizes drives and other functions that raise money for other youths in the community on a local as well as international level. So far, the club ran a successful change drive for Echo Glen Children’s Center that raised more than $300.

The club is currently planning a supply drive for March that will contribute to the organization GenJoy, which aids children in South Africa. SHOCK is also planning another change drive in May.

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