Turnout in primary election fails to meet expectations

August 28, 2012

King County turnout in the Aug. 7 primary hit 40 percent, but statewide turnout failed to meet a pre-election forecast.

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Neighbors protest proposed firearms home business

August 28, 2012

Concerns about safety and traffic led downtown Issaquah residents to join forces to stop the city from approving a permit for a home-based firearms business.

The municipal Development Services Department is considering a proposal from Michael Marinos, a longtime Issaquah resident, to open the business in the Olde Town neighborhood south of East Sunset Way.

Marinos created Bigg Dogg Firearms to offer federally licensed firearms transfers to customers purchasing weapons online. Customers could then stop at Marinos’ home-based business to pick up the firearms.

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Issaquah School Board tackles long to-do list

August 28, 2012

Over the course of two days the Issaquah School Board and several of the district’s administrative members met Aug. 21-22 for the Board Cabinet Retreat.

Marnie Maraldo

With participants shuffling between the library at Issaquah Valley Elementary School and a meeting space in the administration building, it wasn’t as glamorous as the name would suggest. Nor was it held in the resort town of Leavenworth, as is the choice of other school districts.

What it was, though, was 14 hours of discussion regarding everything from the new teacher/principal evaluation pilot program to scheduling to the importance of science and math, and the consumption of a whole lot of M&Ms.

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Volunteers needed to report spawning kokanee salmon

August 28, 2012

The Kokanee Work Group needs volunteers to report spawning kokanee salmon this fall in creeks feeding Lake Sammamish.

Volunteers will be asked to survey creek sections once a week during the 2012-13 spawning season from October through January. Trout Unlimited of Bellevue-Issaquah is registering volunteers wishing to participate.

Fish biologist Hans Berge will make a presentation at a public meeting of Trout Unlimited at the Issaquah Brewhouse at 7 p.m. Sept. 12. He will discuss plans and actions to restore the threatened kokanee population in Lake Sammamish.

He will also be available to answer questions about counting spawners and the training to be offered in late September.

Sammamish Library hosts creative writing workshop

August 28, 2012

Participate in the creative writing workshop “Writes of Passage,” with writer Vicky Edmonds, featured in “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” at 10 a.m. Sept. 8 at the Sammamish Library, 801 221st Ave. S.E., Sammamish.

Learn to take risks, look within and express feelings and emotions through poetry and other written forms of expression. Open to all ages, but best experienced by fourth-graders to senior citizens.

Bring a pad and pen. Although the event is free, space is limited, so RSVP by emailing lpshome@comcast.net. Learn more by calling 427-5478.

Nightmare at Beaver Lake replaces stolen trailer with community help

August 28, 2012

Nightmare at Beaver Lake can continue the scares, thanks to community donations to buy a trailer.

Organizers’ previous trailer and several props disappeared from a Kent warehouse. Scare Productions, a nonprofit theater group and partner in the annual Halloween-themed event at Beaver Lake Park, discovered the 18-foot Wells Cargo-brand cargo trailer had been stolen June 19.

Organizers purchased a replacement trailer last week, using thousands of dollars in community donations.

Kelcey Hendricks, Scare Productions promotions director, said the group raised $1,700 by creating zombie makeup during the Red, White & Dead Zombie Walk in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, plus $400 at a garage sale.

Organizers used the fundraiser dollars and community donations to meet a $3,000 goal.

Nightmare at Beaver Lake is the largest Halloween haunt in the Puget Sound region and, perhaps, in the West. The annual event runs from Oct. 19-31.

The annual event is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sammamish and over the years has raised tens of thousands of dollars for area charities.

Brian Deagle is new Issaquah School Board president

August 28, 2012

Chad Magendanz has stepped down as president of the Issaquah School Board. Brian Deagle has been named Magendanz’s predecessor, effective immediately.

Brian Deagle

The announcement came at the end of the Aug. 22 school board meeting. Magendanz is running as a Republican for the 5th Legislative District seat in the state House of Representatives and cited the upcoming political debate season as his reason for passing the gavel.

“The only person who can really speak for the board is the board president,” he said. “And there was concern that there would be confusion when I talk in a debate as to who I’m speaking for — the board or myself.”

He added that the beginning of the school year seemed like the most logical point to step down.

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Contractor sought for downtown Issaquah parks project

August 28, 2012

The city is on the hunt for a contractor to start construction at the downtown parks along Issaquah Creek — a 15.5-acre expanse often referred to as the crown jewel in the municipal parks system.

The information for potential bidders outlines the site preparation and grading, picnic shelter construction, and sewer and water utility work planned for Phase 1. The contractor must also place a pre-manufactured restroom facility at the site, and add lighting, walkways, stone seating and walls, and plantings to the parks.

Officials allocated about $1 million for the initial phase. The amount is not enough to complete the ambitious plan for the site, but is enough to start the process.

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Donations sought for Taylor Bridge Fire victims

August 28, 2012

Highlands Dentistry is accepting donations in support of Kittitas County-area residents affected by the ongoing Taylor Bridge Fire near Cle Elum.

Items needed include toiletries, nonperishable food items, baby items, and cat and dog food.

Bring donations from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to Highlands Dentistry, 2520 N.E. Park Drive, Suite C, through Sept. 1.

Anybody who stops by with a donation will have their name entered into a contest for a prize.

Learn more by calling 996-0457.

Quarterback Jake Heaps glad to be at Kansas, out of spotlight

August 28, 2012

Jake Heaps will sit out this year at Kansas after transferring from BYU. The Seattle Times

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Jake Heaps once commanded rooms the way only star quarterbacks can. Since his days at Skyline High School, his existence centered on the number one, a ranking given to him by recruiting sites.

He wasn’t just Jake Heaps; he was Jake Heaps, the former top-ranked quarterback prospect.

Now, at the University of Kansas, Heaps has no number attached to his name. In fact, this season will be lived mostly in the shadows.

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