Puget Sound Energy project means lane closures

July 3, 2012

Motorists should prepare for lane closures near Lake Sammamish throughout the summer as Puget Sound Energy relocates power poles and lines.

Crews started work July 2. Plans call for relocation of power poles and underground and overhead power lines on West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast between the Interstate 90 roundabout near Sunset Elementary and Southeast 34th Street in Bellevue.

The work makes way for a transportation project along West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast. Crews should start working on the transportation upgrade in the fall.

The effort is meant to enhance safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists by providing a 10-foot-wide multiuse trail along the west side of West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast and a 4-foot-wide shoulder on the east side. Crews plan to restore the existing pavement.

The proposed construction plan breaks the roadway into five segments, each about a mile long.

Contact Kelly Purnell at 462-3488 or kelly.purnell@pse.com to learn more about the pole relocation work.

Future parks funding is mission for King County task force

July 3, 2012

King County Executive Dow Constantine appointed 20 business and community leaders June 26 to devise future funding plans for King County Parks before the levies supporting the parks system expire next year.

In 2007, voters overwhelmingly approved a pair of six-year levies to support county-run parks and trails. The measures expire Dec. 31, 2013.

Constantine asked the King County Parks Levy Task Force to recommend a funding plan for 2014 and beyond. The group is expected to submit a plan by late September.

Members include representatives from the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, Washington Trails Association and other outdoor groups.

“Parks, trails and open space are part of what make King County a great place to live,” Constantine said in a statement. “I have asked the task force to map a course that keeps our parks open and continues to build the system for future generations.”

The county park system includes the 3,115-acre Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, Grand Ridge Park and Duthie Hill Park in the Issaquah area.

Countywide, the system includes 200 parks, 175 miles of trails and 26,000 acres of open space.

More drivers needed to take local seniors to medical appointments

July 3, 2012

Issaquah resident Catherine Swadley, 88, had open-heart surgery in November. As part of her recovery, she was advised to undergo physical therapy three times a week for three months, in Kirkland.

The problem: She wasn’t allowed to drive, let alone open heavy car doors.

“So I called Senior Services and they said they could provide drivers for me,” Swadley said.

These are not ordinary drivers, but rather volunteers who spend their time and gas contributing to the common good. Senior Services asks for small compensation (Swadley said she paid $6 each time), which goes to the nonprofit organization.

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College News

July 3, 2012

Local students graduate from University of Washington

The following Issaquah students graduated from the University of Washington in June (last names Tra through Z):

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In ‘Assassins,’ teenage performers take aim at political correctness

July 3, 2012

Jake Nicholson portrays the Balladeer (left) and Patrick Ostrander portrays assassin John Wilkes Booth in KIDSTAGE’s ‘Assassins.’ By Jean Johnson/Village Theatre

Some names live on in eternal infamy. John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald come to mind.

Others ended up relegated in history textbooks. Charles Guiteau and Leon Czolgosz faded into the footnotes.

Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme and Sara Jane Moore turned into comedians’ punch lines after botched assassination attempts.

The assassins — and wannabe assassins — of presidents occupy a strange place in U.S. history. The cadre is reviled and, in some cases, forgotten.

Not in “Assassins” — a Stephen Sondheim musical about the strange group. The show opens at Village Theatre’s First Stage Theatre on July 13.

The dark musical is the latest offering from KIDSTAGE, the long-running youth education program at Village Theatre.

The show is designed, directed and performed by high school and college-age students. Though professional mentors offer guidance, “Assassins” is managed from opening number to curtain call by student-actors in the program.

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College News

July 3, 2012

Local students graduate from college

Jillian Abendroth and Lindsay McCallister, of Issaquah, and Katherine Eastham, of Renton, all recently graduated with Bachelor of Arts degrees from Whitworth University, in Spokane.

Wesley Carter, of Renton, graduated May 20 from Clark University, in Worcester, Mass., with a Master of Arts in international development and social change.

The following students graduated June 12 from Lehigh University, in Bethlehem, Pa.:

  • Renton: Matthew Goodrich, Master of Business Administration
  • Sammamish: Jillian Neary, Bachelor of Arts with high honors

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State expands hours for vehicle emissions test stations

July 3, 2012

State emissions test stations plan to offer expanded hours starting July 5.

The increase in hours is meant to increase the ease for motorists in need of emissions tests. The expanded hours are:

  • 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays
  • 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays
  • 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays

Owners in King, Pierce, Snohomish, Clark and Spokane counties must undergo the tests to limit air pollution in densely populated areas.

In order to make sure testing is done in a timely manner, vehicle owners should not wait until too close to their license tabs’ expiration deadline.

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Press Editorial

July 3, 2012

Fun facts for the Fourth

The Fourth of July can be much more than just a day of celebrating your patriotism, flipping burgers and watching fireworks. It can also be a day of impressing your friends and family with Independence Day trivia knowledge.

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ArtWalk returns to downtown Issaquah on July 6

July 3, 2012

The Downtown Issaquah Association’s next ArtWalk is from 5-8 p.m. July 6.

Stroll the various businesses that host local and regional artists, including Artists in Action at the artEAST Artist Alley, and a wood carver at the historic Shell Station. ArtWalk venues include artbyfire, Centennial Park, Confetti Cupcake, Christian Science Reading Room, Eastside Audiology, Experience Tea, Fischer Meats, Hailstone Feed Store, Illuminate, Issaquah Valley Senior Center, Issaquah Library, Mills Music, Museo Art Academy, Opus Bank and Thrive.

Scattered along the walking route are musical acts, including Acoustic Couti, Sold Only As Curio and the Kaleidoscope School of Music.

Event maps will be available in front of the library, 10 W. Sunset Way, and the historic Shell station, 232 Front St. N.

To accommodate the ArtWalk, Northwest Alder Place will be closed from First Place Northwest to Front Street from noon to 10 p.m.

Learn more at www.downtownissaquah.com.

Cloverdayle to perform at first Concerts on the Green

July 3, 2012

Get out your dancing boots when the modern country duo Cloverdayle hits the stage for the second week of the Concerts on the Green series July 10 at the Issaquah Community Center.

Bring a blanket to the community center lawn and enjoy a picnic meal starting at 6 p.m. before the live music kicks off at 7 and goes until 8:30 p.m. Coming early is usually a good idea to stake out your spot, as the concerts usually attract up to 500 revelers.

Cloverdayle, featuring the married duo of Chad and Rachel Hamar, out of Bend, Ore., will perform songs from their just completed first album, “9 Miles Down a 10 Miles Road.” Hear their first single, “Like We Were Kids Again,” at http://cloverdayle.com.

The concert series, now in its 15th year, is at 301 Rainier Blvd. and presented by Issaquah’s Parks & Recreation Department and the Issaquah Arts Commission, in collaboration with the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah. Kiwanis will also sell refreshments during the show, including hot dogs and hamburgers.

Be sure not to miss the next psychedelic show July 17, featuring Echoe’s, a Pink Floyd tribute band.

As always, the concerts are free, but donations will be accepted.

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