King County urges caution on lakes, rivers over the long Memorial Day weekend

May 25, 2013

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff to the summertime outdoor recreation season, and King County officials are urging everyone to use caution when around open water.

County officials expressed heightened concern about swimmer safety, given that 24 preventable drowning deaths were recorded in King County in 2012 – up from an average of 17 per year over the previous four years.

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Local palm reader arrested in $25,000 scam

May 24, 2013

NEW — 3:15 Friday, May 24, 2013

A psychic/palm-reading scam that ran on Front Street has been exposed, according to court documents.

Paula Ann Adams, 36, of Issaquah, is accused of stealing in excess of $25,000 from a client of the Psychic Palm Reading Store. She’s been charged with one count of first-degree theft and five counts of second-degree theft, according to charging documents.

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Traffic safety: roundabout construction starts

May 24, 2013

Motorists should prepare for construction near West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast and Interstate 90 as the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) builds a new roundabout.

Crews recently started the safety project near the interstate on- and off-ramps at West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast and 180th Avenue Southeast. The project will wrap up by winter 2013.

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Conservation Crew Joins City to Enhance Natural Areas

May 23, 2013

In recent months, open space and parks in the City of Issaquah have benefited from a state program to enhance our natural areas and create jobs.

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources’ Urban and Community Forestry Program recently provided crews from Washington Conservation Corps to assist the City in maintaining and restoring urban forests – all at no cost to the City.

Issaquah is one of only three government entities statewide selected to be a host city in this pilot program.

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Skyline assistant principal to take the helm at Issaquah

May 22, 2013

NEW — 5:40 p.m. May 22, 2013

Issaquah High School is staying within the district to hire its next principal, as Paula Phelps prepares to leave to become the executive director of high schools.

Andrea McCormick, Skyline High School’s assistant principal, will make the move to Issaquah beginning July 1, according to an email sent to Issaquah High School families.

The new Issaquah principal was described as a top leader who “communicates well and often,” in the email signed by Superintendent Steve Rasmussen and incoming Superintendent Ron Thiele.

“She has proven to be unwaveringly focused on the personal achievement of every student, from those who are struggling to those who are excelling and everywhere in between,” they wrote. Read more

Clead Karren

May 22, 2013

Clead Karren, 78, of Issaquah, passed away, May 18, 2013.

He is survived by his dear wife Kaylene; his children Cindy, Karlene, Lisa, Denise, Tim and Clint; and his 12 grandchildren.

Clead Karren

Clead Karren

He loved to restore old Mustang cars and to play golf.

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Bomber pilot shares vivid memories of POW camp, raids over Japan

May 22, 2013

Richard Murphy is at a difficult age.

At 90 years old, he can still remember the pain in his leg from the crash-landing on Sakhalin Island in December 1944. He still remembers his crew sitting down to dinner with their Russian captors while they were being held as prisoners of war.

Murphy is also aware that the early stages of dementia have taken away his ability to remember what type of plane he flew, who operated the POW camp, his rank or how he escaped. He becomes frustrated when he is unable to recall his wife’s name or how many children they had together.

By Greg Farrar Richard Murphy (left), wearing his bomber jacket and Army Air Corps cap, and his son Kevin share one of their get-togethers with a visit at Spiritwood Retirement Community at Pine Lake.

By Greg Farrar
Richard Murphy (left), wearing his bomber jacket and Army Air Corps cap, and his son Kevin share one of their get-togethers with a visit at Spiritwood Retirement Community at Pine Lake.

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STILL PAYING TRIBUTE

May 22, 2013

World War II vet recalls the days he took to the air as an eager teen

Contributed Issaquah resident Lou Ortiz served as an aviation radioman and gunner in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

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Issaquah resident Lou Ortiz served as an aviation radioman and gunner in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Before Issaquah resident Lou Ortiz boarded the USS Lexington and conducted missions all around the Pacific, the World War II veteran had to fight a different battle — one with his mother.

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the eager 16-year-old was determined to enlist in the U.S. Navy, despite the fact that he was underage.

“I was so upset with it that I just kept saying to my mom, ‘Mom, I want to help. You’ve got to let me join,’” he said.

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Copper River Salmon Cook-off / May 17, 2013

May 22, 2013

Let’s Go! May 23 – 29

May 22, 2013

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