Only minor injuries reported after SUV crashes into Starbucks

July 17, 2012

Starbucks customers experienced a jolt July 9 after a sport-utility vehicle crashed into a Sammamish Plateau store.

In the accident, a 49-year-old Sammamish man, an 18-year-old Sammamish woman and a 26-year-old Kent woman inside Starbucks suffered lacerations and other minor injuries after the Nissan Pathfinder crashed into the storefront at Pine Lake Village, 2902 228th Ave. S.E., at about 5 p.m.

The driver, a 52-year-old Issaquah woman, sustained a minor burn from the airbag deployment.

Medics transported the people inside the store to Swedish/Issaquah as a precaution.

Police did not cite the driver in the crash, because a mishap with a protective medical boot led to the crash.

Sammamish Police Administrative Sgt. Jessica Sullivan said the accident occurred as the driver attempted to park in a handicap spot outside the store. The protective boot slipped off the brake pedal and hit the accelerator.

“This was an accident in the truest sense of the word and we are relieved the injuries to those inside the store were not more serious,” Sullivan said in a statement.

Lakeside Recovery pitcher Brandon Mahovlich gasses competition

July 17, 2012

Brandon Mahovlich smokes in a pitch for Lakeside Recovery to a batter from Pacific Tech Construction in the fourth inning July 14 during the Brandy Pugh Memorial Tournament at Bannerwood Park. By Greg Farrar

Lakeside Recovery catcher Jim Sinatro squatted down behind the plate July 14 at Bannerwood Field. As pitcher Brandon Mahovlich peered in for the sign, Sinatro extended only his index finger.

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Fish project prompts Interstate 90 lane closures

July 17, 2012

Motorists should expect lane closures on eastbound Interstate 90 near Issaquah as crews remove a narrow culvert — a barrier to fish.

To complete the $2.8 million project, crews must work double shifts in order to wrap up construction before Aug. 31. The deadline is tied to the return of chinook and coho salmon, and steelhead, to the East Fork of Issaquah Creek.

The state Department of Transportation alerted motorists to prepare for closures through 3 p.m. July 20. Crews plan to reopen the lane for afternoon travelers and then close the lane again from July 21-27.

The project location is east of Highlands Drive Northeast and the Sunset Interchange between Issaquah and Preston.

Officials do not expect the closures to cause traffic backups. In the westbound direction, around-the-clock closures started several weeks ago.

Transportation planners envision a wider replacement to better accommodate the 25-foot-wide streambed in the area near the culvert.

The existing culvert impedes salmon and trout headed to historic rearing and spawning grounds.

Funding infusion could keep local 4-H programs afloat

July 17, 2012

Local 4-H youth programs could receive a $100,000 infusion to continue, if King County Council members approve a request from County Executive Dow Constantine.

The proposal is meant to continue 4-H programs — horseback riding, county fair exhibitions and other agrarian pursuits — through the year.

Constantine sent a budget request for the funds to the council June 27. The proposal earned early praise from council members, including the Issaquah-area representatives, but requires approval before the 4-H organization receives the dollars.

The proposal also aims to re-appropriate $16,000 in funding from last year to King County’s partner in 4-H programs, Washington State University.

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Landowners can receive tax incentives for creating public trail links

July 17, 2012

Landowners could receive tax incentives for allowing public access to trails to link to points of interest and existing public trails.

In a decision June 11, King County Council members approved implementation strategies to expand trail linkages through a program created in October 2010. The program expands the Public Benefit Rating System — a program for private landowners to receive incentives to conserve and protect land resources and open space.

“With more people throughout King County using trails for recreation and transportation, finding low-cost options for increasing access and connections to our trail system makes sense, especially for taxpayers,” Councilman Larry Phillips, trail legislation sponsor, said in a statement.

The system program provides incentives to encourage landowners to conserve land. In return for preserving and managing resources, the land is assessed at a value consistent with “current use” rather than the “highest and best use.”

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Issaquah Salmon Hatchery history is focus of 75th anniversary program

July 17, 2012

Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery
The historic Issaquah Salmon Hatchery started raising salmon along Issaquah Creek in 1937.

The iconic Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is celebrating 75 years, and to mark the occasion, the Issaquah History Museums is educating residents about the downtown facility — a lifesaver for countless salmon since the 1930s.

Conservationists and longtime Issaquah residents credit the hatchery for restoring the historic Issaquah Creek salmon runs after decades of logging and mining damaged the creek and surrounding watershed.

The program is among a series of events to commemorate the 1937 hatchery opening.

Jane Kuechle, Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery executive director, plans to offer attendees a glimpse at the hatchery from throughout the decades.

“It’ll be a past, present, future kind of presentation,” said Laile Di Silvestro, Issaquah History Museums program coordinator.

In 1936, Works Progress Administration crews started to build the hatchery complex on a former city park and bandstand.

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Issaquah Community Services needs donations to meet summer demand

July 17, 2012

The nonprofit organization Issaquah Community Services is facing increased demand for aid — so great the organization shut down for more than a week in June after exhausting funds for the month.

The organization since reopened to clients, but demand remains high, and leaders asked the public to consider donations in order for Issaquah Community Services to continue providing aid.

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King County child injury deaths drop by 62 percent

July 17, 2012

King County public health officials attributed a drop in injury deaths of children and teenagers in recent years to better education, policies, research and law enforcement.

The rate of death from injuries for children and teenagers 19 and younger declined by 62 percent from 2000 to 2009, Public Health – Seattle & King County announced June 18.

Countywide, 22 children died from injuries in 2009, down from 55 in 2000. The improvements in King County surpassed a national trend of fewer child injury deaths. Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said child deaths from injuries declined 29 percent from 2000 to 2009.

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State seeks input on forest recreation from Tiger Mountain to Mount Si

July 17, 2012

The state Department of Natural Resources is asking outdoors enthusiasts from Issaquah to Snoqualmie and beyond to offer input on recreation planning for the forests stretched between Tiger Mountain and Mount Si.

The agency launched a survey July 9 to collect input about future recreation opportunities on 53,000 acres in natural areas along the so-called Snoqualmie corridor in East King County.

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Issaquah School District administrators tackle homework, grading practices

July 17, 2012

School may be out, but homework is on a lot of people’s minds.

Superintendent Steve Rasmussen announced his plans, at the Issaquah School Board meeting June 20 to make homework and grading practices a hot topic of conversation during the 2012-13 school year.

“This is a topic that has piqued the interest of parents, and we agree,” he said. “I am confident that at the end of the year we will have a different appreciation for what homework is and how it connects to its purposes.”

Rasmussen laid out a plan for the homework conversation that is set to begin with the board’s retreat Aug. 21-22 and continue through next June. The first step in his plan is to review the district’s homework policy, look at Issaquah’s common homework practices, discuss the goal of homework and begin to make policy recommendations. Also on the list is gathering research on the topic and discussing the connection between homework and grading.

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