Local police target holiday season DUIs

November 27, 2012

Thanksgiving ranks at No. 2 in King County for the holiday with the most arrests for motorists driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Washington State Patrol troopers urged revelers not to turn celebration into stress by driving under the influence throughout the holiday season.

The state patrol, Issaquah Police Department and other law enforcement agencies statewide launched the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over DUI crackdown Nov. 21, the day before Thanksgiving.

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Eastside Catholic High School students get involved in debate

November 27, 2012

Shreya Tewari
Eastside Catholic High School

Eastside Catholic High School has a large group of students politically involved in the thriving high school speech and debate program.

One example is extemporaneous speaking, an impromptu event in which competitors compile research on a wide variety of topics and then are given a few political questions to choose from.

Competitors then have a few minutes to look through their general research and see if they can find information that applies to the questions. They are expected to deliver a polished, seven-minute speech answering a question. There are several students on the team that compete in this event.

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Junior State of America promotes activism

November 27, 2012

Sampurna Basu Skyline High School

Although election season has wrapped up, members of Skyline High School’s debate club, JSA, have been part of the political hype from the very beginning.

Skyline JSA’s mission is to promote political activism and awareness in all of its members, thereby fighting apathy and giving youths the chance to speak their minds. At weekly meetings, students debate current issues and events using standard parliamentary procedure. The meetings, coupled with regional competitions and chapter conventions, are a great way for students to further their debate and public speaking skills.

This year, the club also had the exciting opportunity to host Democratic candidate Mark Mullet (recently elected to represent Issaquah in the Washington State Senate), at one of its meetings, giving students the chance to learn about his campaign platform firsthand.

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Organization ends teenagers’ political apathy

November 27, 2012

Madeline Wells
Issaquah High School

With the recent election, some Issaquah High School students in Junior Statesmen of America were able to get involved in politics even if they were unable to vote themselves.

JSA is a political debate and discussion-based organization that has clubs across the United States. The clubs debate on a range of topics relevant to current events.

“At our weekly meetings, we try and change the debate topics a lot to make things interesting instead of a boring restating of facts we discussed at the last meeting,” junior Natalie Andreeva, a member of JSA, said.

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November 27, 2012

Eastside Fire & Rescue funding change will impact taxpayers

Eastside Fire & Rescue partners — including the city of Issaquah and Fire District 10 serving areas outside the Issaquah city limits — are getting creative in their hopes of finding a more equitable funding model before the partnership contract expires in 2014.

The city of Sammamish is driving the push. Leaders there contend that city taxes are too high for the number of emergency response calls in Sammamish. Without some relief, the city will look to other providers for fire service, namely Redmond.

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Residents can comment on 2013 city budget

November 27, 2012

The last chance for residents to comment on the 2013 city budget is soon.

City Council members plan to host a public hearing on the $89.5 million spending plan.

The proposed $35 million general fund encompasses the dollars used to fund police and fire services, community development and planning, parks and recreation, and municipal government.

The total proposed budget for next year includes dollars for capital expenses and from other accounts.

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Santa Claus collects gifts at charity-focused cash mob

November 27, 2012

Al Krush returns as Santa Claus for a charity-focused cash mob Dec. 5 at Gilman Village’s White Horse Toys. File

Santa Claus is coming to town — to a cash mob, to be exact.

The next cash mob is due to descend on Gilman Village’s White Horse Toys on Dec. 5, just in time for the pre-Christmas rush. The event is meant to reflect the holiday spirit, because organizers asked cash mob participants to purchase something for themselves, and something extra for charity.

In a cash mob, a group of people descends on a business to buy, buy, buy. The destination is revealed through social media services. Then, the mob pops up at the business to browse and shop.

The 20- and 30-something business leaders in the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce — Young Issaquah Professionals, or YIPPIES for short — modeled the cash mob on similar events elsewhere.

The concept for the upcoming cash mob is BOGO — buy one, give one — and customers can donate toys to the Wounded Warrior Project. The toys then go to children of military personnel killed or wounded in action.

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Drivers should prepare for downtown roadwork

November 27, 2012

Motorists should prepare for roadwork in downtown Issaquah through Dec. 1.

The project is scheduled from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. near the corner of Front Street South and East Sunset Way. Crews plan to install sewer and storm water lines for the rebuilt downtown Shell gas station and Jacksons convenience store.

The work is scheduled for nighttime and early morning hours to reduce traffic impacts. Motorists should expect Front Street to remain open — albeit with reduced lanes at times — during the construction.

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King County to issue same-sex marriage licenses

November 27, 2012

King County Executive Dow Constantine plans to open the King County Recorder’s Office at 12:01 a.m. Dec. 6 to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The time comes immediately upon certification of Nov. 6 election results. Constantine intends to sign King County’s first marriage license for a same-sex couple at 12:01 a.m.

“I don’t want couples to wait a minute longer than legally necessary to get the rights that voters have recognized,” he said in a statement.

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Issaquah High School stage comes alive with ‘The Sound of Music’

November 27, 2012

Maria Rainer, played by Annika Dybevik (center), is surrounded by the Von Trapp children, played by (clockwise from lower left) Zoe McDowell, Reagan Panah, Elizabeth Moore, Daniel Repp, Rachel Panah, Jenni Young and Matthew Bratton, during the song ‘Do-Re-Mi’ from ‘The Sound of Music.’ By Greg Farrar

When Annika Dybevik, a senior at Issaquah High School, was younger, she had a well-worn VHS copy of the “The Sound of Music.”

“I’ve grown up with the movie,” she said. “My cousins would re-enact the show when we were little and watch it over and over again.”

So, when Dybevik was cast in the lead role of Maria Rainer in her high school’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s final collaboration, she already knew most of the lyrics.

That was also the case for much of the cast, which has been rehearsing since the middle of September for its Nov. 29 opening night. Along with 12 crewmembers, the cast of 35 is made up of mostly Issaquah High students with the exception of five Von Trapp children, who were cast from area middle and elementary schools.

Staying true to their characters, the older Von Trapp children and Maria help look after the younger actors, keeping them focused during rehearsals that can span several hours.

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