Claire Calhoun

April 12, 2013

Claire Calhoun, of Issaquah, passed away peacefully at 12:30 a.m. Friday, April 12, 2013, as a result of a lifelong struggle with bone marrow failure.

Claire was two weeks shy of her 8th birthday. She was surrounded by her father Michael, mother Debbie, and older brothers Braeden and Sam.

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Fred Meyer offers free soil this Saturday

April 12, 2013

NEW — 12:00 p.m., Friday, April 12

Fred Meyer wants to help start those spring gardens on April 13.

From 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. the local Fred Meyer, and most of their other locations, will be celebrating their 23rd annual Fuchsia Day by giving away free soil. Customers who line up during rain or shine will also have their first pick at more than 30 different types of fuchsias.

In addition, they will have a green thumb expert available who can discuss gardening trends and tips for keeping pots alive.

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Ebert “Bert” Giberson

April 10, 2013

Ebert “Bert” Giberson passed away Monday, April 8, 2013, after nearly six weeks of hospice care, which completed his long and happy life of 97 years.

Services for Bert will be Saturday, April 13: Viewing from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Flintoft’s in Issaquah; 11:00 a.m. graveside service at Upper Hillside Cemetery in Issaquah; 2 p.m. memorial at the Chateau at Valley Center (Renton); or sign the online guest book at


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Skyline grad’s anti-rape PSA video goes viral

April 9, 2013

By Samantha Stendal This frame from Samantha Stendal’s video, ‘A Needed Response,’ shows a man talking as a woman lies slumped on a sofa, in a scenario where his choice was to show her respect and compassion.

By Samantha Stendal
This frame from Samantha Stendal’s video, ‘A Needed Response,’ shows a man talking as a woman lies slumped on a sofa, in a scenario where his choice was to show her respect and compassion.

After handing in her blue book for her Japanese final March 19, Samantha Stendal returned to her dorm and got to work on a video that she hoped would change the conversation about rape.

The 2011 Skyline High School graduate is now a sophomore and cinema studies major at the University of Oregon. For months, she had been following the Steubenville rape case, in which two Ohio teenagers were found guilty March 17 of raping a 16-year-old girl while she was intoxicated.

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Logging company submits new filing for Squak Mountain

April 9, 2013

Erickson Logging Inc. turned in a new application April 2 to the state Department of Natural Resources, seeking logging rights to Squak Mountain, not two weeks after the removal of its first.

The revised forest practices application differentiates itself from the former in several key areas. The most notable change is the halving of projected harvest acreage, from 195 acres of the parcel’s available 216 to 95 acres.

It also stipulates that the steep gradient of the land will necessitate extra equipment, something the previous application failed to list. In addition, the proposed road construction needed was greatly reduced, from 3,800 to 1,900 feet.

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City’s bus routes may be on the chopping block

April 9, 2013

Metro Transit released a report April 1 that revealed the possibility of cutting Issaquah routes should legislative funding dry up.

With 65 bus routes throughout the county in danger of being canceled and another 86 having their services reduced, the report essentially served as a reminder for the eventual expiration of the car tab tax passed as a stop gap measure to continue Metro Transit support. The 2012 Service Guidelines Report measured and analyzed transit service based on measures of productivity, geographic value, social equity and ridership. It determined that the current cost model was unsustainable.

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Issaquah City Council changes meeting structures

April 9, 2013

Work sessions were added and committees were consolidated at the April 1 regular City Council meeting.

On the agenda for consideration was a bill that reviewed the meetings, procedures and structures of the council’s deliberations. Since January, the council has been discussing how to more efficiently schedule its many meetings. With approval of the bill, a number of changes were implemented, including time changes and the dissolution of chair positions within merged committees.

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Parks bond talks move forward

April 9, 2013

After a hourlong presentation delivered from the Parks & Recreations Department on a proposed park bond, the City Council decided to move forward with the discussion instead of acting immediately.

It was introduced by Councilwoman Eileen Barber, chairwoman of the council Services & Safety Committee, who detailed the goals the city accomplished with previous park bonds. In the 2006 passage that gave the department $3.5 million of tax funds, the Parks & Recreation administration was able to leverage it into $6.25 million through grant funding.

“We do well with our park bonds,” Barber said.

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ZHome is fully occupied, awaiting results

April 9, 2013

A fully sold zHome is preparing to prove its impact.

After a successful year of filling the units in the complex, members responsible for the project look forward to the first anniversary of the modern landmark.

The excitement is not only sentimental; it will also coincide with the completion of a post-occupancy evaluation on the promised environmentally sound performance.

While on a tour through the stewardship model of the completed zHome, Sustainability Department Project Manager Brad Liljequist spoke with enthusiasm. Conceived in 2006, the idea to have the city of Issaquah fund the designing and construction of a “net zero” energy home fell in line with the attitude city leaders wanted to instill in the local culture.

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