Celebrate Grand Ridge Plaza opening with Pro Football Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy, Seahawks Blue Thunder, Blitz and Sea Gals in Issaquah Highlands this weekend

November 16, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 16, 2013

See Pro Football Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy, Seahawks Blue Thunder, Blitz and the Sea Gals during grand opening events of Grand Ridge Plaza in the Issaquah Highlands today.

The schedule for today is:

11 a.m. — Seattle Sea Gals, the Seattle Seahawks cheerleaders, host an autograph signing.

Noon — Seahawks Blue Thunder drum line will perform as Blitz, the team’s official mascot, greets families.

1-3 p.m. — Pro Football Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy, who played his entire 11-season career with the Seahawks, will be on site to meet fans and sign autographs. Free color photos will be given to the first 300 fans.

A drawing to award a signed NFL football from the Seattle Seahawks will also be held.

Cortez Kennedy was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012. (www.profootballhof.com)

Cortez Kennedy was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012. Meet him Nov. 16 in the Issaquah Highlands. (www.profootballhof.com)

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Singing Liberty trio performs in Nashville

November 15, 2013

NEW — 1:55 p.m. Nov. 15, 2013

Nov. 7 was just another regular day of rehearsal for Liberty High School choir students Cassi Cox, Sarah Edmonds and Jennifer Wood.

They stood, staggered among their peers, with their faces buried in the music sheets, singing along as teacher Robin Wood dutifully instructed.

Just a week earlier, though, the Liberty trio was in Nashville, Tenn. performing in front of an audience of more than 2,500 people, hand selected to stand among the best singers in the nation.

“It was kind of surreal, performing with so many talented singers,” Edmonds said.

Liberty High School students (from left) Sarah Edmonds, Cassi Cox and Jennifer Wood, with Liberty choir teacher Robin Wood, take in the indoor gardens at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. (contributed photo)

Liberty High School students (from left) Sarah Edmonds, Cassi Cox and Jennifer Wood, with Liberty choir teacher Robin Wood, take in the indoor gardens at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. (contributed photo)

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New physician joins Naturopathic Clinic, gives holiday healthy recipes at talk Nov. 18

November 14, 2013

NEW — 12:30 p.m. Nov. 14, 2013

Pediatric and family medicine naturopathic physician Dr. Bethany Glynn has joined Naturopathic Clinic of Issaquah.

She will host a talk at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 18 titled “Healthy for the Holidays: Recipes for Season Success” at Thrive Supplements, 48 Front St. N.

Glynn will share allergy-friendly, low-sugar and whole-foods recipes along with lifestyle tips and supplement ideas to help participants thrive during the holiday season.

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Let’s Go! Nov. 14-20

November 13, 2013

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Leader by a landslide

November 12, 2013

Voters overwhelmingly choose Fred Butler to replace longtime mayor

By Greg Farrar Fred Butler, holding notes for a speech with two different endings, shares his gratitude to a roomful of supporters at Gibson Hall Nov. 5 for all their help. The first set of election numbers gave him a convincing victory to become the first new Issaquah mayor in 16 years.

By Greg Farrar
Fred Butler, holding notes for a speech with two different endings, shares his gratitude to a roomful of supporters at Gibson Hall Nov. 5 for all their help. The first set of election numbers gave him a convincing victory to become the first new Issaquah mayor in 16 years.

Fred Butler will serve as Issaquah’s first new mayor in 16 years.

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$10 million Park Bond receives voter OK

November 12, 2013

Julius Boehm Pool and the city’s parks received a healthy dose of voter support Nov. 5 as the park bond passed.

Needing 60 percent of the vote to pass, initial reports from King County Elections show 77 percent of voters decided to support pool maintenance and a number of other park projects to the tune of $10 million.

“It’s amazing to see this continued support from our community,” City Communications Manager Autumn Monahan said. “Once the results are finalized, all of those projects will go through the regular process, which will involve public input.”

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Property tax increase included in 2014 budget

November 12, 2013

Issaquah could hike property taxes for the first time in eight years.

The mayor’s proposed budget includes a 1 percent increase, the maximum allowed under state law. The increase would add just over 1 cent per thousand to the tax rate, which would mean an annual increase of $3.83 on a $440,000 home if passed. The city last pursued an increase in 2006.

“Inflation has been incurring year after year,” Finance Director Diane Marcotte said, giving a rate of 1.9 percent annually. “I think the mayor wanted to include the 1 percent property tax because it helps to offset the increase of inflation.”

It would add an estimated $70,000 in revenue to city coffers.

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A salute to veterans

November 12, 2013

By Greg Farrar The Liberty High School Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps Honor Guard fires a 21-gun salute at the Issaquah Senior Center for the local Veterans Day observance. Area veterans in attendance were recognized by the audience, the VFW Carl Albert Larson post announced the annual gift of 10 flags to the city, the poem ‘A Veteran Died Today’ was recited by Marilyn Batura, and veteran Chad Magendanz, 5th District House representative, shared a brief speech recalling the personal sacrifices made for democracy from the Revolutionary War to the present day.

By Greg Farrar
The Liberty High School Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps Honor Guard fires a 21-gun salute at the Issaquah Senior Center for the local Veterans Day observance. Area veterans in attendance were recognized by the audience, the VFW Carl Albert Larson post announced the annual gift of 10 flags to the city, the poem ‘A Veteran Died Today’ was recited by Marilyn Batura, and veteran Chad Magendanz, 5th District House representative, shared a brief speech recalling the personal sacrifices made for democracy from the Revolutionary War to the present day.

Challenger Lisa Callan bests incumbent for school board seat

November 12, 2013

A week after the Nov. 5 general election, challenger Lisa Callan has widened her lead and won a seat on the Issaquah School Board.

Numbers posted to the King County Elections’ website Nov. 8 show Callan with 9,141 votes, nearly 600 more than incumbent board member Alison Meryweather.

Callan’s vote total represents 51.52 percent of the total ballots counted. While there may be a few thousand ballots left to count, Callan’s lead has grown since initial results were reported. Her lead is also well above the threshold of 0.5 percent that would trigger a mandatory recount.

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Classy glass

November 12, 2013

By Greg Farrar

By Greg Farrar

 

Claire Tougher, 5, an Issaquah Highlands resident, makes a green and orange glass pumpkin orb with help from glassblower Lenoard Whitfield, during a pumpkin and gourd mini class Nov. 7 at artbyfire on Front Street North.

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