Miss Issaquah Alexis Cavagnaro vies for Miss Washington Teen USA crown

October 16, 2012

Alexis Cavagnaro is competing as Miss Issaquah at the Miss Washington Teen USA pageant Oct. 20-21. By Anthony Brown

This Saturday is Alexis Cavagnaro’s 17th birthday. Normally, the junior at Skyline High School would celebrate with a costume party at home with friends and family.

But instead, this year she’ll celebrate her red-letter day competing in the Miss Washington Teen USA Pageant on Oct. 20- 21.

“It’s funny because I always made a huge deal out of my birthday. I count down from like five months,” said Alexis, who is competing as Miss Issaquah. “This year I haven’t been, ‘Oh, it’s five months till my birthday.’ I’ve been, ‘It’s five months to the pageant.’ I’ve been so focused.”

Alexis has been representing the community as Miss Issaquah since August, and so far that duty has included taking part in a Bellevue Fashion Show with last year’s Miss Washington Teen and greeting people at the Taste of Edmonds. She has also given up the past several Saturdays for eight hours of pageant rehearsals. There, Alexis and the other contestants have been running through choreography, and practicing stage walks and formations.

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Liberty football team loses defensive battle to Mercer Island

October 16, 2012

There wasn’t much offense between the Liberty High School football team and Mercer Island when the two battled Oct. 12.

Both teams were able to move the ball, but getting it into the end zone wasn’t so easy, Liberty coach Steve Valach said.

“It wasn’t like there was no offense at all,” he said. “There was some movement of the ball, but then both sides kept getting shutdown and having to punt it or turning it over.”

Ultimately, Mercer Island was the only one to reach the end zone as Liberty fell to the Islanders, 7-3.

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Customers could pay more for garbage pickup

October 16, 2012

The cost for garbage pickup in Issaquah and elsewhere in King County is expected to rise next year, after the King County Council approved a rate increase Sept. 24.

Under the updated rate structure, the cost for commercial vehicles, such as garbage trucks, to dump trash at county facilities is $120.17 per ton. The current rate, put in place in September 2011, is $109 per ton.

Haulers, such as CleanScapes and Allied Waste, pass along the rate increase to customers. So, the average customer putting out a single can for pickup can expect to pay about 65 cents more per month next year, although the exact increase depends on how haulers pass on the rate hike to consumers.

The rate is due to increase to $19.22 from $17.49 per load for residents hauling garbage to county transfer stations.

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Issaquah schools receive $150,085 in donations

October 16, 2012

Programs and classrooms in the Issaquah School District got a $150,000 boost last month in the form of donations.

The various gifts were approved by the school board during its regular meetings Sept. 12 and 26.

The first allotment, $90,750 was approved Sept. 12 and included a $56,250 check from the Issaquah Schools Foundation. The money is set to be divided among four district programs — $12,750 for financial literacy, $18,000 for high school robotics, $7,500 for middle school robotics and $18,000 for pre-K summer school.

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City surveys 2,300 businesses for ideas, input

October 16, 2012

Issaquah leaders put a question to business owners in recent days: How can we help you?

Citywide, all 2,300 businesses started to receive surveys from the economic development team at City Hall last week. The effort is designed to help officials understand business leaders’ concerns and needs.

The data collected from survey responses could influence future decisions related to business regulations, incentives and more.

Not long after joining the staff at City Hall earlier this year, Economic Development Manager Andrea Lehner gathered anecdotal information from business owners from meetings and visits, but, through the process, started to crave more empirical information.

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Issaquah joins ‘Smart911’ service to connect callers, responders

October 16, 2012

King County residents can soon upload personal information into a data service to assist 911 dispatchers and emergency responders.

The program, called Smart911, is a supplemental data service designed to allow residents to create personal safety profiles in a secure database. The information is meant to help crews find callers and assist in emergencies.

Rave Mobile Safety — based in Framingham, Mass. — developed Smart911. Smart911 is free for county residents, and registration is voluntary.

Organizers said the Smart911 service is poised to come online for the Issaquah Police Department this fall. The service should go online at all 911 centers countywide by year’s end.

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Press Editorial

October 16, 2012

Vote to approve same-sex marriage

Referendum 74 offers Washington voters a historic chance to expand civil rights to same-sex couples.

In February, after receiving crucial support from local lawmakers in the state House of Representatives and state Senate, Gov. Chris Gregoire signed landmark legislation to legalize same-sex marriage. Opponents petitioned to put the measure before voters on the November ballot.

Washington already affords rights to same-sex couples, but the existing law is incomplete. Marriage is a basic civil right.

In 2009, voters approved Referendum 71, or the state’s “everything-but-marriage” law, to expand domestic partnership rights. Both sides in the R-74 campaign realize marriage — both the institution and the word — is the key piece missing from existing state law.

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King County renames, reorganizes permitting agency

October 16, 2012

In response to a population decline in unincorporated King County, leaders renamed and reorganized the county permitting agency Sept. 17, as officials prepare to relocate the office from Renton to Snoqualmie.

In a unanimous decision, King County Council members approved a measure to reorganize the Department of Development and Environmental Services and rename the agency as the Department of Permitting and Environmental Review.

The responsibilities for the agency do not change with the reorganization and the name switch.

The department issues building and land-use permits for properties in unincorporated areas, such as Klahanie, Mirrormont and Preston. The agency also enforces county land-use and building codes, staffs the King County Fire Marshal Division and issues business licenses.

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All aboard, Issaquah, as downtown trolley starts service

October 16, 2012

Barbara Justice drives Issaquah Valley Trolley Car No. 519 to the Issaquah Train Depot on Oct. 14. By Michael Johnson

The long-envisioned Issaquah Valley Trolley started service Oct. 14, as organizers start limited service after more than a decade of planning.

The public can ride the streetcar from the Issaquah Train Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N., during limited weekend service from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. into November.

The streetcar runs from the depot to the bridge across the East Fork of Issaquah Creek at Darigold, about a half-mile north.

Though the track extends to Northwest Gilman Boulevard, additional work is necessary to prepare the track to accommodate the trolley. North of Northwest Gilman Boulevard, crews removed the track to create the East Lake Sammamish Trail.

Issaquah High School football team rolls over Ballard, 49-28

October 16, 2012

The Issaquah High School had its hands full with a feisty Ballard bunch Oct. 12 before a large Homecoming throng of maniacal yet appreciative Issaquah followers.

After a rocky start, the Eagles took command in the encounter and prevailed, 49-28, over the Beavers, behind the relentless ball-carrying skills of Eagles’ junior tailback Jack Gellatly, who would go on to notch four rushing touchdowns to add to the 10 he had already gleaned before the encounter with the Beavers.

The north-south running stylings of Gellatly undoubtedly spearheaded the fourth Eagles’ triumph of 2012 to give Issaquah a 3-3 league mark and a 4-3 accounting on the year so far, virtually assuring a play-off crossover appointment, probably with 3-0, 6-1 Woodinville (of the KingCo 4A Crest Division).

Issaquah wisely elected to mix a little aerial attack in with its first-half offensive scheme, to keep the Beavers perplexed, guessing and on their heels from the opening kick-off.

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