EFR reminds drivers to celebrate the New Year safely

December 28, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 28, 2013

Eastside Fire & Rescue is reminding drivers to plan ahead for safe travels during New Year celebrations.

People are much more likely to drink and drive Jan. 1 than during any other major holiday, according the National Safety Council.

Alcohol interferes with a person’s coordination, driving skills and judgment. Drinking can cause people to lose control and become aggressive, which can also affect driving skills.

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Superstar astronomer returns home

December 26, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 26, 2013

Issaquah grad IDs most distant galaxy ever detected

 

By Christina Corrales-Toy Steven Finkelstein (left), a 1999 Issaquah High School graduate, signs Issaquah freshman Colin Robitaille’s shoe Dec. 18 after a talk about his record-breaking discovery of the most distant and oldest galaxy ever detected.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Steven Finkelstein (left), a 1999 Issaquah High School graduate, signs Issaquah freshman Colin Robitaille’s shoe Dec. 18 after a talk about his record-breaking discovery of the most distant and oldest galaxy ever detected.

Issaquah High School freshman Colin Robitaille took off his shoe and thrust it into the hands of guest speaker Steven Finkelstein.

“Here, sign it,” Robitaille said as he forked over a black Sharpie.

Finkelstein, a 1999 Issaquah graduate, doesn’t often get autograph requests, much less one on a shoe, but that’s not to say he shouldn’t have fans clamoring for his signature.

The University of Texas astronomy professor recently made history with his discovery of the most distant and oldest galaxy ever detected.

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Body of man missing from Issaquah found in Everett

December 24, 2013

NEW – 9 p.m. Dec. 24, 2013

The body of Joseph Douret, who went missing from Issaquah over the weekend, was found today by Everett police, according to a post by Cathy McLain on The Seattle Times website.

Douret, 84, had Alzheimer’s disease. He left his home Saturday night to get food for dinner and never returned.

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Merry Christmas fund way below goal

December 24, 2013

Untitled 2.crtrThe volunteers at Issaquah Community Services often see families at their lowest point.

They see the anguish, the struggle and the heartbreak that comes when clients cannot make ends meet.

As hard as it is to watch that, though, they also get to see the euphoria when a volunteer says, “Yes, I can help you,” making everything worthwhile.

“It’s unbelievably rewarding, it really is. It’s just a very rich experience, I think, for all of our volunteers,” said Jane, an Issaquah Community Services volunteer whose last name is not being printed due to the required anonymity between volunteers and clients.

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Mayor Ava Frisinger leads her last council meeting

December 24, 2013

Mayor Ava Frisinger (right) and incoming mayor Fred Butler pose for a photo by a member of the audience Dec. 16, as she received a certificate of appreciation at her last City Council meeting after 28 total years as an elected official. By Peter Clark

Mayor Ava Frisinger (right) and incoming mayor Fred Butler pose for a photo by a member of the audience Dec. 16, as she received a certificate of appreciation at her last City Council meeting after 28 total years as an elected official. By Peter Clark

Mayor Ava Frisinger presided over her final Issaquah City Council meeting Dec. 16.

After 16 years as the head of Issaquah’s administration, the four-term mayor decided not to run in this year’s election. The council and city officials held a reception in her honor before the meeting. Once it began, the first 30 minutes were spent praising her and her accomplishments. Many residents attended the mayor’s send off.

Council President Fred Butler, who won the election to replace Frisinger, introduced a certificate of appreciation to honor her for overseeing Issaquah’s booming transition over the past 16 years.

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Council supports school district levies

December 24, 2013

Three Issaquah School District levies will come before voters Feb. 11. After a public hearing during its Dec. 16 regular meeting, the Issaquah City Council unanimously voted to support the ballot propositions.

Superintendent Ron Thiele and Issaquah School Board member Anne Moore gave a description of how much the levies would cost the taxpayers and how the district would spend the money.

“These three levies are absolutely critical to the level of service in our schools,” Moore said. “We have excellent Issaquah schools that are part of the community. It’s really a win-win for the city and the schools to help maintain the school level that we have.”

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Middle school land annexed to Issaquah

December 24, 2013

Less than 6 acres that encompasses Issaquah Middle School was annexed into the city by the City Council during its Dec. 16 meeting.

In a short presentation by city Long Range Planning Manager Trish Heinonen, she said school officials wanted the annexation because the school is about to undergo a massive restoration and officials want to do so under city regulations.

Upgrades of the school facilities are planned for 2014 through 2015. The proposed improvements include remodeling and expanding the existing school to become the new Clark Elementary School and Tiger Mountain Community High School.

The council held a public hearing the same night as the vote. No one stood in support of or against the annexation.

 

Spiritwood at Pine Lake’s company honored

December 24, 2013

Village Concepts, a third generation family-owned business that owns and operates retirement and assisted living communities throughout Washington state, including Issaquah’s Spiritwood at Pine Lake, was honored as a “Silver Winner” in the 2013 “Seattle Business” magazine’s Family Business Awards.

Village Concepts is one of the 13 family-owned businesses recognized in seven categories for their sense of responsibility, legacy, dedication and contribution to the local economy. Selected as a “Silver Winner” for large firms with more than 250 employees, Village Concepts was recognized at an awards gala Nov. 19.

Spiritwood at Pine Lake is located at 3607 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish.

 

County library system director steps down

December 24, 2013

Bill Ptacek, longtime director of the King County Library System, announced Dec. 19 that he would step down to take a similar position in Alberta, Canada.

Ptacek, who has led KCLS since 1989, will leave to become CEO of the Calgary Public Library on Feb. 1.

During his 25-year tenure, Ptacek’s vision for technology and collection management kept the library system in the forefront of public libraries nationally.

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Special thanks to our many letter writers

December 24, 2013

Special thanks to our many letter writers

We’d like to take a moment to salute those people who took the time to write a letter to the editor in 2013. Their written voice provokes, challenges, encourages and thereby builds a stronger community for us all. We aren’t able to publish every letter we receive, but here’s a list of the 148 authors, in alphabetical order, who did get ink this year.

 

Dan Anderson

Glenn Anderson

Steve Balkman

Michael T. Barr

Matthew Barry

David Baty Read more

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