County officials wager Starbucks, Coke on playoff game

January 12, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 12, 2013

Leaders in the home communities for the Seattle Seahawks and the Atlanta Falcons made a friendly wager before the teams clash on the gridiron.

King County Executive Dow Constantine and Fulton County, Ga., Chairman John Eaves each put iconic beverages on the outcome. Constantine put up coffee from local roasters, including Seattle-based Starbucks and several smaller companies. Eaves wagered a gift basket from Atlanta-based Coca-Cola.

“The whole region is excited for the game on Sunday, and I want to thank Chairman Eaves for joining me in this friendly wager to highlight our local companies, and our winning teams,” Constantine said in a statement. “Go Hawks!”

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Celebration launches book about late U.S. Rep. Jennifer Dunn

January 11, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 11, 2013

Leaders plan to gather in Newcastle on Saturday to honor the late Jennifer Dunn, a long-serving representative in Congress for Issaquah and other Eastside communities.

The occasion is the release of “A Woman First: The Impact of Jennifer Dunn” — a book about the trailblazing Republican’s career, life and legacy.

“Jennifer Dunn was a true trailblazer in Washington politics,” Secretary of State Sam Reed said in a statement. “Whether it was becoming Washington’s first female Republican Party chair or attaining a high leadership position in Congress, she reached impressive heights during her career.”

The book launch event is scheduled for 3-5 p.m. Jan. 13 at The Golf Club at Newcastle, 15500 Six Penny Lane. The scheduled speakers include Reed, former U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton, and radio talk show host and onetime gubernatorial candidate John Carlson.

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Crews prepare for wintry conditions as mercury drops

January 10, 2013

NEW — 6 p.m. Jan. 10, 2013

Issaquah, King County and state road crews prepared for snow Thursday, as forecasters urged caution on roads, and rain threatened to turn to snow and create icy morning commutes Friday.

The city placed public works crews on standby Thursday to prepare for possible road hazards related to the winter weather.

King County prepared for a beefed-up response to ice and snow. Overnight, ice buildup on already-damp roadways is a concern for road crews.

The county put extra crews on the road for response, and as many as 12 trucks could remain on duty throughout the night. In addition to anti-icing operations, crews sand roads and plow slush or snow as necessary.

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Chilly temperatures cause cold weather shelters to open

January 10, 2013

NEW — 6 p.m. Jan. 10, 2013

King County opened severe weather shelters Thursday as the region prepared for a wintry blast — snow and overnight temperatures in the 20s.

The county opened emergency shelters in Auburn, Kent and Renton. Bellevue, Federal Way and Seattle also opened emergency shelters overnight.

The closest facilities to Issaquah include the Sophia Way Eastside Winter Shelter at Bellevue First Congregational Church, 752 108th Ave. N.E., for women and children from anywhere in King County, and the Congregations for the Homeless Eastside Men’s Shelter at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 17222 N.E. Eighth St., Bellevue.

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Police arrest Sammamish man for Issaquah High School shooter hoax

January 10, 2013

NEW — 10 a.m. Jan. 10, 2013

Issaquah police arrested a student Wednesday for falsely reporting a shooter on the Issaquah High School campus, prompting a swift police response and lockdowns at Issaquah High and other nearby schools.

Investigators said the 18-year-old Sammamish man, a student at Issaquah High, reported seeing a man with a gun in the school’s upper parking lot at about 10:05 a.m. Police rushed to the scene to investigate and provide security at Issaquah High and nearby campuses.

Meanwhile, school administrators placed the school and Tiger Mountain Community High, Issaquah Middle and Clark Elementary Schools on lockdown.

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Issaquah School District superintendent to retire

January 9, 2013

NEW — 10:10 p.m. Jan. 9, 2013

Superintendent Steve Rasmussen intends to retire June 30 after leading the Issaquah School District for almost six years.

Steve Rasmussen

Steve Rasmussen

The superintendent announced the decision Wednesday night to the Issaquah School Board.

“I have been lucky in life and have been able to do what I chose to do and that is being a teacher,” Rasmussen said to the board after the board accepted his resignation by a unanimous vote of the board. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve with you.”

Rasmussen’s retirement caps off a 40-year career in public education in Washington that has included teaching, coaching and leading three school districts.

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Hoax prompts lockdown at downtown Issaquah schools

January 9, 2013

NEW — 12:30 p.m. Jan. 9, 2013

School administrators put Issaquah High and Tiger Mountain Community High schools into lockdown Wednesday, and Clark Elementary and Issaquah Middle schools into modified lockdown, after a student made a false report about a threat.

The hoax led police presence at Issaquah High as administrators and investigators attempted to determine the credibility of the information.

In a lockdown, students remain inside classrooms with the doors locked. The modified lockdown at Clark Elementary and Issaquah Middle meant students had to stay inside school buildings.

The lockdown at Issaquah High and Tiger Mountain Community High lasted for a few minutes.

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Let’s Go! for Jan. 10-16

January 9, 2013

Couple marries at Pickering Barn after groom overcomes cancer

January 8, 2013

Stephanie Rotter and Jared Trygg are wed in front of their family and friends by Randy Cracker, who made note of the strength and perseverance Rotter and Trygg acquired before their marriage, during a Pickering Barn ceremony Dec. 28. By Greg Farrar

The relationship between newlyweds Stephanie Rotter and Jared Trygg reads like a romance from a fairy tale.

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City Council seeks applicants for open seat

January 8, 2013

From the moment Mark Mullet declared victory in a state Senate race in November, other City Council members started planning for the process to fill Mullet’s seat once the Democrat departs for Olympia.

Now, council members have put out a call for applicants for the open seat. The position is not expected to remain open for long.

The city is accepting applications until Jan. 16. The council plans to interview applicants Jan. 22 and, after interviews, members could recess into a closed-door executive session to discuss candidates’ qualifications.

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