Sports Calendar

June 5, 2012

Adult sports 

Issaquah Alps Trail Club

June 6, Wednesday 10 a.m. Issaquah Alps/I-90 Corridor Hike Leader’s choice. Seven to nine miles, 1,800- to 2,500-foot elevation gain. Contact Hazel Weissman at 724-816-0534

June 9 Saturday Mount Teneriffe Hike Teneriffe Falls Loop. Follow a combination of well-built trails, little known paths and gated road segments to a spectacular seasonal waterfall on the lower slopes of Mount Teneriffe. Return route will include a viewpoint on the lower slopes of Mt. Si.

Discover Pass is required. Eight miles, 2,200-foot elevation gain.

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Press Editorial

June 5, 2012

Award winners build enduring community

Achievement, prosperity, longevity, connection, safety, learning … these do not come easy. They are fleeting if not cared for. They must be sought, earned, protected, cherished. 

The work of community matters. It is defining and it defines us. From one to another. It is work that connects us. 

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Former legislator receives Democrats’ endorsement for secretary of state

June 5, 2012

Kathleen Drew, a onetime Issaquah state senator and former aide to Gov. Chris Gregoire, received state Democrats’ endorsement in the race to succeed retiring Secretary of State Sam Reed.

Drew received the nod at the state party convention June 2 after outpolling former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels and Puyallup state Sen. Jim Kastama among party activists.

Though the candidates all appear on the August primary ballot, only Drew earned the party’s nod.

In the secretary of state race, Republicans closed ranks behind Thurston County Auditor Kim Wyman.

Voters pick the top two candidates, regardless of party affiliation, Aug. 7 in the all-mail primary election. The top vote recipients then advance to an all-mail general election Nov. 6.

The secretary of state serves as the top elections official in Washington. The office also handles registrations for corporations and charities.

Drew served as a representative for Issaquah and other Eastside communities in the mid-1990s.

In the Legislature, she crafted a tough ethics law for public employees and led the effort to protect the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery from budget cuts.

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Washington is No. 1 state for bicyclists — again

June 5, 2012

Washington is the Most Bicycle Friendly State again.

The ranking from the League of American Bicyclists honors a strong commitment to bicycling through policies and programs. The honor marks the fifth consecutive year the Evergreen State has clinched the No. 1 spot.

The league rates states based on bike-friendly legislation, policies and programs, education, places to ride and planning. Washington scored consistently high in all ranking evaluation categories.

“With support from the highest levels of government, (Washington) leads the nation in creating new bicycle infrastructure and using federal funds for bicycle and pedestrian projects,” the league noted in the announcement.

Statewide, the number of people bicycling has increased 116 percent in the past decade, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures.

The announcement came as Washington celebrated National Bike Month in May. The annual observance is meant to encourage citizens to bicycle to work, on errands and for recreation.

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State officials address high gasoline prices

June 5, 2012

Gov. Chris Gregoire ordered the state Department of Commerce to look into high gasoline prices in Washington and study possible actions to lower prices as the summer driving season kicks into gear.

The governor directed the agency to monitor Washington and West Coast supplies and prices for gasoline, diesel and other petroleum products, and regularly report to the governor’s office. The department is also required to provide assistance to other state agencies in work related to high gasoline and diesel prices, including reporting any market concerns to the state Attorney General’s Office.

Washington has the fourth-highest gas prices in the nation, behind Hawaii, Alaska and California, according to data compiled by AAA. The average price for regular gas in Washington is $4.24 per gallon, compared to the $3.66 national average.

Officials said the West Coast is facing the lowest supplies of fuel since 1992.

Gregoire also sent letters to every refinery in Washington, asking authorities to “take all prudent measures to increase production and supplies sufficiently to reduce the costs for consumers on the West Coast.”

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State Supreme Court upholds liquor privatization initiative

June 5, 2012

The state Supreme Court upheld a liquor privatization initiative May 31, less than 24 hours before the measure enabled liquor sales to expand statewide.

In a 5-4 ruling, justices upheld Initiative 1183, a Costco-backed measure to end the state-run liquor system. Voters approved the measure in November. In April, the state auctioned the rights to private entrepreneurs to sell liquor at former state-run stores.

Opponents said I-1183 violated the single subject rule for statewide ballot initiatives.

In addition to liquor privatization language, the initiative included a requirement for a portion of revenue from liquor license fees to be used to increase funding for local public safety programs, such as police and emergency services.

Plaintiffs argued the “fees” should have been called “taxes” in the ballot language. Such a change could have swayed voters on the initiative, plaintiffs argued.

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King County Council adds opportunity for public comment

June 5, 2012

Citizens received another opportunity to offer public input to the King County Council, as council members created a monthly 15-minute comment period.

The adopted ordinance amends the council rules to add a 15-minute public comment period at the fourth council meeting each month. During the time period, each speaker has up to two minutes to address council members on matters relating to county government.

Speakers cannot use the time to address issues already on the agenda for a public hearing, assist a political campaign, or promote or oppose a ballot measure.

Under previous rules, the public only had the opportunity to address the full council as members conducted a public hearing before acting on legislation. During such public hearings, speakers can only testify about the specific legislation.

Members adopted the rule change in a unanimous decision May 29.

The council usually meets on Mondays in the 10th floor Council Chambers at the King County Courthouse, 516 Third Ave., Seattle.

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King County lays groundwork for veterans internship program

June 5, 2012

King County Council members started the process to create a county internship program for veterans April 23.

In March, Councilwoman Kathy Lambert and Councilman Reagan Dunn — Issaquah-area representatives on the council — joined Councilman Bob Ferguson to craft the legislation. The measure calls on county government to explore a possible veteran internship program and present the results to the council by Aug. 23.

The council agreed to proceed on the proposal in a unanimous decision.

Officials called on county staffers to evaluate existing county employment policies and practices for veterans, explore potential costs to operate the internship program and identify possible funding sources.

The transition from military to civilian life is often difficult for veterans. Many veterans gain technical and leadership skills in the military — skills useful in the civilian realm, too — but receive little help to put the skills to use after the transition.

“With many military bases located in Washington state, we have a concentration of veterans returning here from overseas and in need of meaningful work and job opportunities,” Lambert said in a statement.

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Off the Press

June 5, 2012

Subject matter expert turns up unexpectedly

David Hayes Press reporter

In my decade-plus of working here at The Issaquah Press, we’ve had many readers who’ve offered unsolicited advice after reading something. We especially enjoy receiving the hand-written notes of grammar corrections that one old-timer saves up and periodically mails in.

So, a couple months ago, after writing in this space about the perils of being the go-to guy at family barbecues, a new voice emerged offering sage advice.

Thinking this was an old codger with too much time on his hands, I took my time getting back to him. Shame on me for not remembering it’s usually the codgers who have the most character. Do you know anyone who’s co-authored a book with someone as renowned as the Baron of Barbecue? But I get ahead of myself.

A retired English teacher, Bob Lyon, 86, lives at Timber Ridge at Talus with his wife, Sandra, also a retired English teacher.

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Pharmacies offer inexpensive whooping cough vaccine

June 5, 2012

Local pharmacies joined a Public Health – Seattle & King County effort to combat the whooping cough epidemic in Washington by offering inexpensive vaccines to people without health insurance.

Local QFC and Bartell Drugs pharmacies offer inexpensive adult whooping cough booster shots, known as the Tdap vaccine. The vaccination program is made available with assistance from the AmeriCares patient assistance program, a nonprofit humanitarian aid program.

Bartell Drugs, 5700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., offers the low-cost vaccine to patients 14 and older. QFC, 1540 N.W. Gilman Blvd. and 4570 Klahanie Drive S.E., offers the low-cost vaccine to patients 11 and older.

Pharmacies and health care providers may charge a fee up to $15.60 to administer the whooping cough, or pertussis, vaccine. In comparison, the normal cost of Tdap without insurance ranges from $60 to $100. People unable to afford the administration fee can ask to have the fee waived.

Pertussis is highly contagious and spreads easily from person to person through coughing and sneezing. The disease is most serious for infants, especially children too young to receive the vaccination. Pertussis causes cold-like systems followed by a long, severe cough.

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