See ‘The Invisible War’ documentary at Swedish/Issaquah on Monday

June 8, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. June 8, 2013

The documentary “The Invisible War,” which brings to light the epidemic of sexual assault within the U.S. armed forces, can be seen June 10 at Swedish/Issaquah.

A free screening of the movie will be at 7:30 p.m. at the hospital at 751 N.E. Blakely Drive, according to a press release from the Washington State Chapter International Association of Forensic Nurses.

The aim is to start a respectful conversation about sexual assault, institutional power, trauma, healing and the steps necessary to effect widespread, systemic change in the way the U.S. military prevents, responds to and prosecutes military sexual assault.

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East Lake Sammamish Trail segment reopens June 12

June 7, 2013

NEW — 10 a.m. June 7, 2013

The Issaquah segment of the East Lake Sammamish Trail reopens to bicyclists, runners and other trail users at 11 a.m. June 12.

King County and local leaders will cut the ribbon at that time and reopen the newly developed trail segment, a 2.2-mile-long section from Southeast 43rd Way to Northwest Gilman Boulevard, according to a press release from the city. The celebration will be at the trail’s terminus along Northwest Gilman Boulevard.

The city is asking that people not use the Issaquah segment — between Southeast 43rd Way to Northwest Gilman Boulevard — until it officially opens.

Read a summary of the project here.

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Enter your art for this year’s Salmon Days

June 7, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. June 7, 2013

The Issaquah Festivals Office is accepting submissions of fine art, illustrations and/or graphic designs for potential “Salmon Days, salmon or Issaquah-oriented” print, promotions and/or festival gear consideration.

Submissions should be representative of Northwest salmon, Issaquah, local/regional scenery, Salmon Days and/or this year’s festival theme, “Streaming live.”

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Protect your home from urban brush fires

June 6, 2013

NEW — 7 a.m. June 6, 2013

As the weather becomes warmer, there is potential for increased brush fires along highways, roadways, neighborhood greenbelts and in park settings.

The urban wildfires we typically hear about on the radio or watch on television are almost always located in other parts of the country or state, but they can happen in Western Washington, according to a news release from Eastside Fire & Rescue.

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Let’s Go! June 6-12

June 5, 2013

City flags lowered to half-staff in honor of state trooper

June 5, 2013

NEW — 6:30 a.m. June 5, 2013

The city’s flags will be lowered to half-staff Thursday in memory of Washington State Patrol Trooper Sean O’Connell, who was killed in the line of duty May 31.

Flags will remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset on June 6 or the morning of June 7, according to a news release from the city.

Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join in the recognition.

O’Connell was killed in a traffic accident. A memorial service for him is at 1 p.m. June 6 at the Comcast Center in Everett.

Nicholas Scott Ridout

June 4, 2013

Nicholas Ridout

Nicholas Ridout

Nicholas Scott Ridout, 24, of Preston, died May 27, 2013, in Nashville.

He was born Oct. 16, 1988, in Renton, the son of Scott and Susan Ridout. He attended Neighborhood Christian School and Cedar Park Christian High School, where he was very active in the drama department, and home schooled, graduating from NARS. He currently traveled the country as a musician busking, recently spending several months in Nashville.

Nicholas was an accomplished musician having taught himself guitar, piano, harmonica, banjo and organ. He wrote hundreds of songs, poems, short stories and painted dozens of pictures in fascinating series. All of his artistic expressions were full of deep, authentic emotion, heralding a message he felt compelled to share with humanity.

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Local athletes make all-league teams

June 4, 2013

As the spring sports season came to a close, local athletes were honored for their athletic achievements with the unveiling of the all-league teams. Players and coaches select all-league teams annually.

Note: Only athletes from Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline are listed.



All KingCo 3A/2A

First team

-UTL Lorin Archibald, Jr., Liberty


Second team

-1B Darren Peterson, Sr., Liberty


Honorable mention

-Liberty — Garrett Hughes, Jalen Mano, Luke Oman, George Suddock



All KingCo 4A


First team

-OF Charlotte Zhao, Sr., Skyline


Second team

-DH Heather Benjamin, Sr., Issaquah


Issaquah may adopt new domestic violence law

June 4, 2013

Committing act in front of children would bring 30 days in jail

A new domestic violence law might soon come before the council.

During the goal-setting retreat last month, in which council members presented items to prioritize in the coming year, Councilman Josh Schaer brought attention to a 2006 law passed by the city of Federal Way. It calls for a mandatory 30-day sentence to convicted offenders of a domestic violence crime in the presence of a child.

Schaer said he wanted to investigate the possibility of passing such a law in Issaquah.

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Heroin is becoming ‘a problem’ in Issaquah

June 4, 2013

A growing number of possession, dealing and overdose cases in Issaquah point to a shifting trend in heroin usage.

A number of local entities, including police, school and emergency rescue officials, said the situation, which has extended to affect a wide area, has only slow and complicated solutions.

Police Chief Paul Ayers said in an interview that the presence of the hard narcotic has seen a marked increase in the city in the past year. Pointing to the number of arrests local police make that involve heroin possession and lengthy dealing investigations, he said heroin has taken the place of a larger methamphetamine presence that existed previously.

“I would call it a problem. It appears that the use of heroin has risen over the meth usage,” he said, adding that he did not want to speculate on specifics. “We don’t have real accurate information on it.”

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