Evergreen Ford lands mobile breast cancer unit for Issaquah

February 29, 2012

NEW — 4 p.m. Feb. 29, 2012

Women can receive complimentary tests for breast cancer Friday as a state-of-the-art detection service rolls into Issaquah.

The effort, the Ford Women’s Health Initiative Mobile Breast Imaging Tour, offers the latest in 3-D breast cancer detection technology inside a bus outfitted as a mobile testing unit. The service is open to all women.

The bus stops at Walgreens, 6300 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E. Women interested in the service must make appointments, because space is limited. Call 855-380-TEST toll free or go to www.fordwomenshealth.com.

The local Ford dealership, Evergreen Ford, joined a national effort to bring the mobile testing unit to Issaquah. Ford Motor Co. Fund — a charitable arm of automaker Ford Motor Co. — Hope Now International and mobile medical-testing provider HealthFair partnered to offer the service.

The mobile detection unit last stopped at the local Walgreens in November 2011.

Dennis L. Morstad

February 29, 2012

Dennis L. Morstad, of North Bend, died Feb. 23, 2012. He was 70 years old.

Denny was born and raised in Park River, N.D. He attended Pharmacy College in Fargo, N.D., and served with the United States Coast Guard as a search and rescue swimmer.

He is survived by his wife Peggy, and his blended family Scott (Meeling), Amy (Josh), Greg (Holly), and Gordon, and his loyal dog Connor. He also has two sisters, two brothers, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 2, at Flintoft’s Funeral Home in Issaquah.

Puget Sound salmon forecast predicts drop in coho return

February 29, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Feb. 29, 2012

State salmon fishery officials expect a smaller coho return to Puget Sound in the months ahead.

Overall, the forecast calls for about 732,000 coho to return to Puget Sound streams — or 249,000 fewer coho than the 2011 forecast.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the initial 2012 forecast Tuesday. The annual forecast announcement is the initial indicator of salmon returns to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery along Issaquah Creek.

Officials expect summer and autumn chinook salmon returns to Puget Sound to total about 224,000 fish — less than the 243,000 chinook projected for 2011. Officials said the chinook return is comprised mostly of hatchery fish.

The downtown Issaquah hatchery raises coho and chinook.

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Turnout reached 28 percent in February fire district election

February 29, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Feb. 29, 2012

Turnout in the Feb. 14 election to decide a $5.5 million bond for fire station construction reached 28 percent, King County Elections announced Tuesday, as officials certified the election results.

State law required the Fire District 10 bond measure to receive a 60 percent yes vote from a turnout of at least 4,418 voters. The measure received a 64.7 percent yes vote from a turnout of 5,863 voters. (The district includes 20,791 registered voters.)

Fire District 10 is the Eastside Fire & Rescue partner serving residents in Klahanie, May Valley, Mirrormont, Preston and Tiger Mountain in the Issaquah area, plus Carnation in rural King County.

The district encompasses about 130 square miles and about 28,000 people.

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Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra to perform at Starbucks

February 29, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Feb. 29, 2012

Customers can listen to the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra — and sip some java — Wednesday at a Starbucks in Issaquah.

The orchestra is scheduled to play at the Starbucks in the Meadows complex, 1460 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite K1, from 6-8 p.m. The coffee shop often features live music.

See the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra’s String Ensemble led by alumna and coach Angie McConkey, and the Woodwind Quartet led by coach Yuh-Pey Lin.

In 2008, the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra started the group Debut East to better serve students in the Issaquah community.

The orchestra, a nonprofit organization, is the largest and longest-running youth music performance organization on the Eastside.

The venue debuted late last year as the only Starbucks to serve beer and wine in a suburban setting.

Issaquah chef prepares pizza for president to eat aboard Air Force One

February 28, 2012

Michael Cisneros (clockwise from left), Dan Piecora Jr., Brian Gojdics, Joe Fugere and Emily Resling stand on the steps of Air Force One. By Tom Schabarum

The unusual delivery order originated far from the Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria restaurants in Issaquah and Seattle — 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington, D.C.

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U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert relocates district office to Issaquah

February 28, 2012

U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert plans to open a district office in Issaquah after redistricting shifted the former office on Mercer Island into another district.

Dave Reichert

The GOP congressman plans to open a district office in a Southeast 56th Street office building uphill from East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast.

The relocation reflects a monumental change in the district Reichert represents. The redrawn 8th Congressional District stretches from Auburn in South King County to Wenatchee in Chelan County. The former district encompassed only communities in King and Pierce counties.

(The reshaped district goes into effect for the House of Representatives election in November.)

“We felt like Issaquah was probably the most accessible and easy to get to for both sides of the Cascades,” Reichert said in a Feb. 24 interview.

The district office employs seven staffers responsible for handling constituents’ questions related to Social Security entitlements, veterans benefits, immigration issues and more.

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City, Issaquah Chamber of Commerce honor innovators

February 28, 2012

The most innovative businesses in Issaquah manufacture fasteners for airliners, use technology to treat autism, and rely on a tiny-but-talented staff to create slick productions.

Issaquah Chamber of Commerce announced the Innovation in Issaquah honorees — Marketing Masters, Lakeside Center for Autism and Impact Studio Pro — at a Feb. 22 ceremony and luncheon.

The carbon-neutral community zHome also received a nod as the most innovative public-private partnership. The city spearheaded the 10-unit townhouse development from concept to completion.

Leaders from the chamber and City Hall recognized the entrepreneurs’ accomplishments through the Innovation in Issaquah contest, a showcase for local businesses offering unique services. Honorees demonstrate innovation in product development, services, systems or strategies.

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Innovation in Issaquah honor is latest milestone for zHome

February 28, 2012

The accolades started to accumulate for the carbon-neutral community zHome before construction concluded.

The latest honor — recognition in the Innovation in Issaquah contest as the top public-private partnership — highlights the collaboration among academic, business and government interests to complete the 10-unit townhouse project.

The community in the Issaquah Highlands uses zero net energy and 70 percent less water than a traditional home. The community opened in September 2011 as the inaugural carbon-neutral and zero-energy multifamily community in the United States.

“We live in a really exceptional city,” zHome Project Manager Brad Liljequist said. “Projects like this cannot happen without a mayor and a City Council that also have vision. I’ve worked in a lot of different cities around the Northwest, and Issaquah is truly exceptional when it comes to our city’s leadership.”

Eastside Fire & Rescue honors late volunteer firefighter

February 28, 2012

Colleagues remember longtime Eastside Fire & Rescue Volunteer Battalion Chief John Waltosz as a firefighter committed to the agency and public service, even as the landscape and the fire department changed.

John Waltosz

Waltosz, 83, died Feb. 19 after a long career in EFR and, earlier, in a rural fire district and future EFR partner.

“He had tremendous respect for the fire service, and he wanted to make sure that everyone else who joined the fire service had that same sort of respect for the job, service to the public, service to the customers,” EFR Battalion Chief Dave McDaniel said.

Waltosz imparted a respect for the agency on fledgling members as the United States Army veteran recruited and trained residents to respond to fires and other emergencies.

“When new volunteers came into the agency, he always took them under his wing,” McDaniel said. “He really set them in the direction of what the fire service is as a volunteer, this is how it’s going to run. He was just a stickler for that.”

Waltosz lived near Station 78 — in the Coalfield area near Renton city limits — and responded to calls in the Coalfield, Lake Kathleen, Maple Hills and May Valley areas before retiring in November 1998. Waltosz started as a Fire District 10 volunteer firefighter 33 years earlier in January 1965. (Fire District 10 later joined EFR as a partner organization.)

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