$219 million school bond could pick up tab for carpet, construction

March 6, 2012

Voting by mail in the weeks leading up to April 17, roughly 58,000 registered voters in the Issaquah School District will have the chance to decide whether the schools can sell $219 million in bonds to pay for major renovation and maintenance projects throughout the district.

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Issaquah School District property tax rates should fall

March 6, 2012

“How much will it raise taxes?”

That’s the first question that comes to mind when a money issue of any kind is put before voters. So, how will the $219 million bond package being floated by the Issaquah School District affect local property taxes?

Bond supporters are quick to point out that local property tax bills will fall even if the bond issue passes. That’s because a bond package voters approved in 2006 is about to be retired.

According to the district, the retirement of the earlier bond will drop the local tax rate from $4.85 per $1,000 of assessed property value to $4.05. Passage of the new bond would put the rate at $4.42.

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King County plan for creek, lake is under review

March 6, 2012

The state Department of Ecology requested input from residents as officials evaluate the King County-developed plan for shorelines, including Issaquah Creek and Lake Sammamish.

The updated plan is designed to guide construction and development on almost 2,000 miles of marine, stream and lake shorelines countywide. The proposal combines local plans for future development and preservation, plus recent development ordinances and related permitting requirements.

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Congressman completes district office move to Issaquah

March 6, 2012

U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert opened a district office in Issaquah on March 1, after redistricting prompted the Auburn Republican to relocate from the former office on Mercer Island.

“I’m excited to be moving to Issaquah,” he said in a statement. “My priority as a congressman is serving my district and my constituents.”

Constituents can visit the office in the Sammamish View Office Building, 22605 S.E. 56th St., Suite 130. Call the office at 677-7414.

The district office site in Issaquah needed to meet congressional security criteria.

Reichert chose Issaquah due to easy access from communities throughout the redrawn 8th Congressional District. The reshaped district stretches from Auburn to Wenatchee. The former district encompassed only communities in King and Pierce counties.

Time change is reminder to change clocks, batteries

March 6, 2012

Prepare to spring forward as daylight saving time starts at 2 a.m. March 11.

Set clocks one hour ahead before bedtime and plan accordingly. Many computers, mobile phones and other electronic devices make the adjustment automatically.

The time change also serves as a reminder to change smoke alarm batteries. Public safety experts recommend changing batteries at least once a year and testing smoke detectors monthly. Most battery-powered smoke detectors chirp as the battery weakens.

During daylight saving time, the sun appears to rise later in the morning and set later in the evening, seemingly stretching the day.

The winter-to-fall daylight saving time period lasts until Nov. 1.

Pumped for Kamloops trout

March 6, 2012

Getting away to Lake HiHium in British Columbia to fly-fish for Kamloops trout the last week in June was an annual event.

Dallas Cross

As many as a dozen guys would plan the trip. Some were fly-fishing scientists from Georgia and as far away as Australia.

We would rendezvous at a home in the Seattle area to consolidate transportation and load food and gear. From there, we carpooled using the vehicles that could haul the most. One time, we needed a heavy hauler so I volunteered to drive my father’s travel-worn International Travelall. He agreed I could borrow it and assured me that his trusted mechanic had just given an OK to the Travelall’s mechanical health, after installing a new water pump.

Two, four-wheeled trucks transported us from the host Circle W Ranch in B.C. up the foothills to the lake’s boat ramp. From there, we boated to the isolated cabin-bunkhouse in prams having rug-covered, flat bottoms to accommodate fly casters.

There are three schools of thought and corresponding methodologies for catching the high jumping Kamloops trout in Lake HiHium. Most popular is drifting with the wind while trailing a long fly line. The fly should be fished deep enough to just skim over the top of moss beds. Different color variations of an old standard fly, the Carey Special, works well. Wind drifting suits novice fly-fishermen because it does not require accomplished casting. It is a bountiful method to use in the winds that accompany mountain rain squalls.

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Public Meetings

March 6, 2012

March 8

Planning Policy Commission-Council Land & Shore Committee joint meeting

Agenda: Central Issaquah Plan

6:30 p.m.

Council Chambers, City Hall South

135 E. Sunset Way

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County leaders propose property tax increase for juvenile detention center

March 6, 2012

King County leaders proposed a $200 million property tax levy March 1 to fund a replacement for the aging Youth Services Center, a juvenile detention facility in Seattle.

Kathy Lambert

Led by Councilman Bob Ferguson, County Council members proposed to put a measure on the August ballot for a nine-year levy. If the levy is placed on the ballot and passed, homeowners should pay about 7 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, or about $20 per year for a home assessed at $350,000.

Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, the Issaquah representative on the board, joined Ferguson and councilmen Larry Gossett and Joe McDermott to introduce the legislation. County Executive Dow Constantine and King County Superior Court judges also support the proposed levy.

“We have done extensive work on several proposals for a replacement juvenile justice facility, and this appears to be the best option for kids, for families and for the neighborhood,” Constantine said in a statement.

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Water conservation is priority at zHome, WaterSense honoree

March 6, 2012

The carbon-neutral zHome townhouses in the Issaquah Highlands receive most attention for steps to reduce energy use.

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Three men of three faiths promote shared respect, understanding

March 6, 2012

Imam Jamal Rahman, Pastor Don Mackenzie and Rabbi Ted Falcon (from left) make up the Seattle-based Interfaith Amigos. Contributed

The three men give a lot of spiritual advice to the members of their various congregations.

Imam Jamal Rahman said he and his partners, Pastor Don Mackenzie and Rabbi Ted Falcon, who make up the Seattle-based Interfaith Amigos, travel the area and the country trying to spread interfaith tolerance and understanding.

They have even taken their message overseas to the Middle East and Japan. They make regular appearances on TV and radio, and are the joint authors of two books.

The three will appear March 17 at the Community Church of Issaquah.

Besides giving advice to their congregations, the three also give advice to each other, Rahman said. According to the Quran, he said, diversity among humanity exists so people might get to better know one another and themselves. Getting to know each other and themselves better is exactly what the three Interfaith Amigos have done, Rahman concluded.

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