Lest We Forget

May 22, 2012

2012 Lest We Forget section

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King County mails voter registration cards to reflect redistricting changes

May 22, 2012

King County Elections is mailing updated voter registration cards to all King County voters.

The elections office started sending the cards May 21. The cards identify a voter’s precinct, and congressional, legislative and King County Council districts. Many districts changed late last year due to post-Census 2010 redistricting.

The recent redistricting affected more than 600,000 of the 1.1 million registered voters in the county.

Officials plan to mail ballots for the Aug. 7 primary election July 18, so mailing the voter registration cards in May allows time for the county to update records before the primary.

Voters can reach the elections office at www.kingcounty.gov/elections. Or call 206-296-VOTE. Visit elections headquarters at 919 S.W. Grady Way, Renton.

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East Lake Sammamish Trail closes for upgrades

May 22, 2012

The regional East Lake Sammamish Trail through Issaquah is closed for up to a year as crews remove the existing gravel surface and construct a 12-foot asphalt trail.

King County closed the trail to all users May 14. The closure affects a 2.2-mile stretch from Northwest Gilman Boulevard to Southeast 43rd Way.

The estimated cost to complete the segment is $2.74 million. The county used funding from the King County Open Space and Trails Levy, federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program, and the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program.

Plans also call for crews to add gravel shoulders, concrete sidewalk connections, retaining walls, fencing and signage, plus wetland planting and landscaping.

The extensive work in the narrow corridor required a complete closure. Officials advised trail users to find alternate routes around the closed section.

The upgrade is meant to make the trail accessible to a wider range of users, including bicyclists with narrow tires, those with inline skates and others.

The completed East Lake Sammamish Trail is meant to stretch 44 miles from Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood to Issaquah.

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Society of Professional Journalists honors The Issaquah Press

May 22, 2012

The Issaquah Press took home awards for its coverage of the Issaquah gunman at the Northwest Excellence in Journalism Awards held by the Society of Professional Journalists.

The regional chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists announced its 2011 awards in a ceremony May 19.

The annual presentation honors the best in journalism, covering a region that includes Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana.

Reporters Warren Kagarise and Christina Lords and Managing Editor Kathleen R. Merrill earned second place in the spot news reporting category for their coverage of the gunman who prompted Issaquah residents to seek cover after a shootout with police at Clark Elementary School in September.

Christina Lords also nabbed third place in the news photography category for her photo capturing the police response to the Issaquah gunman.

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Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive benefits local food bank

May 22, 2012

The shelves at the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank received some necessary additions after the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

The event, held May 12 in Issaquah and nationwide, garnered 16,130 pounds of food for the food bank.

In the annual food drive, residents collect and bag nonperishable food items, and then place the bag inside the mailbox for letter carriers to deliver to a local food bank.

The donation comes as the food bank prepares for summer. Demand often increases as children finish school and no longer receive meals on campus.

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Online survey benefits Issaquah History Museums

May 22, 2012

Citizens can help the Issaquah History Museums earn a grant by completing a survey online and then forwarding the link to others.

The nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving local history is participating in a program to earn up to a $2,000 grant from Community Forums Network and Dick’s Drive-In Restaurants.

The participating organizations help Community Forums Network gather information. The network then awards grants based on how many people complete the survey and designate a particular organization as a beneficiary.

The survey topic is young adult employment. The survey includes a topic video featuring interviews with state Attorney General Rob McKenna, former U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee, state Sen. Jim Kastama and state Rep. Cary Condotta.

The survey takes about 15 to 20 minutes to complete. Find the survey at www.communityforumsnetwork.org/take-survey. Incomplete surveys do not count for the beneficiaries.

The museums received $100 last year after encouraging citizens to participate in a previous survey.

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Community Awards ceremony switches to evening event

May 22, 2012

The ceremony for the Community Awards is getting a makeover as organizers prepare for the 33rd annual event.

The event celebrates individuals, organizations and service clubs in the Issaquah area.

In past years, Community Awardees received honors during a luncheon at the Holiday Inn – Issaquah. Come May 31, the event transitions to a nighttime celebration at the Issaquah Hilton Garden Inn, 1800 N.W. Gilman Blvd.

The festivities start at 6 p.m. Learn more about the celebration and purchase tickets at www.issaquahchamber.com/schedule/event/33rd-annual-community-awards-event.

The honorees at the event include the inductee into the Issaquah Hall of Fame, Citizen of the Year and more.

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Celebrate National Trails Day on Tiger Mountain

May 22, 2012

Join the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust and REI on Tiger Mountain to celebrate National Trails Day.

The annual event, scheduled for June 2, is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Potential volunteers can learn more and sign up at www.mtsgreenway.org.

Tiger Mountain is a popular destination for hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders. Its trails bring visitors through the remains of old growth forests left over from Tiger Mountain’s logging past.

Volunteers plan to repair overused trails by resurfacing, brushing, fixing drainage issues and repairing trail structures.

Sponsored by the American Hiking Society, National Trails Day is meant to inspire hikers to visit a favorite trail or try something different.

Volunteers play a key role in keeping state and regional recreation areas open and safe for the public.

The public helps maintain trails and facilities, picks up litter, participates in work parties, provides information to visitors and alerts law enforcement to illegal activities.

In addition, King County Parks hosts more than 100 volunteer trail work events on projects to complement work done by the agency’s full-time backcountry trails crew.

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Skyline tennis player Theresa Huang bests Eastlake rival at KingCo

May 22, 2012

Theresa Huang, Skyline High School freshman, volleys against an opponent May 16 during the KingCo 4A tennis championship in Kirkland. By Lillian Tucker

Skyline and Eastlake high schools squared off at the KingCo tennis championships when two of their youngest and best players, Theresa Huang and Katie Park, respectively, faced each other in the girls singles semifinals.

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NASCAR driver, attorney general target teens’ texting

May 22, 2012

State Attorney General Rob McKenna and NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne teamed up May 1 to warn teenagers about the dangers of texting and driving.

In order to address the problem, the National Association of Attorneys General — led by McKenna — joined a national coalition to roll out public service announcements featuring Kahne, a Washington native. The coalition also includes the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Ad Council.

The spots marked a nationwide Stop the Texts Day and the start of National Youth Traffic Safety Month. Watch the PSAs at www.stoptextsstopwrecks.org

Federal officials rank distracted driving as the No. 1 killer of teenagers in the United States. In 2010, more than 3,000 people died and another 416,000 sustained injuries due to texting and other forms of distracted driving.

“While teen drivers often feel invincible, the reality is that texting and driving too often leads to terrible injuries and even death,” McKenna said in a statement. “No text message is worth risking your life or the lives of others. Texting while driving should be at least as socially unacceptable as driving without a seat belt.”

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