King County seeks input on stormwater management program

February 22, 2013

NEW — 4:55 p.m. Feb. 22, 2013

The King County Water and Land Resources Division is seeking public input as it reviews and updates the 2013 stormwater management program.

The draft program describes actions the county is taking to avoid, reduce and repair damage caused by the amount and quality of stormwater runoff in unincorporated areas.

Stormwater runoff is the top source of toxic pollution to Puget Sound and the region’s rivers and streams.

The public can view a series of short videos describing stormwater management issues, take an interactive online survey and view other supporting documents on the county’s website, Read more

Let’s Go! Feb. 21 – 27

February 20, 2013

Issaquah School Board hires from within for new superintendent

February 19, 2013

Ron Thiele promoted to replace retiring Steve Rasmussen

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Ron Thiele

It’s been a little more than a month since the Issaquah School District found out it needed to go shopping for a new superintendent, but it’s already found one: Ron Thiele.

The school board unanimously voted Feb. 13 to hire the district’s associate superintendent to succeed outgoing Superintendent Steve Rasmussen when he retires June 30.

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Five apply for open Issaquah School Board seat

February 19, 2013

Five people have applied for the school board seat left vacant by Chad Magendanz, who resigned Jan. 9 to serve in the state Legislature.

The position represents Issaquah’s fourth district, which spans from the Issaquah Highlands through the downtown corridor and south to Tiger Mountain and Mirrormont. Anyone who lives in that area was welcome to apply for the seat, and had to have his or her application turned in to the Issaquah School District by Feb. 14. By the time the 4 p.m. deadline came by that day, five people — Lisa Callan, Margo Campbell, Alison Meryweather, Justin Park and Justin Rolfe — had their hat in the ring.

The current school board members will review the five applications and have scheduled candidate interviews for 6 p.m. March 6. If a second round of interviews is needed, those will be March 20. Whoever is appointed to the position will serve out Magendanz’s term through November.

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Group seeks to bring back flower baskets

February 19, 2013

The Downtown Issaquah Association wants to bring hanging flower baskets back to downtown, and is asking for your help.

Budget constraints in the past few years have meant the city hasn’t been able to fund the baskets along Front Street.

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Greg Spranger installs a banner on a Front Street lamppost in 2002 to complement the hanging flower baskets at the Mercantile Building. The city discontinued the baskets in recent years due to budget cuts. The Downtown Issaquah Association is seeking community support to bring them back.

“These beautiful baskets have been a delightful addition to our downtown throughout the years,” DIA Executive Director Karen Donovan said in a press release. “Many individuals and merchants want them back.”

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Community network hosts video contest

February 19, 2013

The Issaquah Community Network’s Drug Free Community Coalition asks students to show their peers how to resist the temptation of underage alcohol, marijuana and prescription drug use through a short video contest.

The contest is open to any public, private or home-schooled middle or high school student living within the Issaquah School District boundaries. Entries are due Feb. 28 and a viewing party will take place April 2 at Tibbetts Creek Manor, 750 17th Ave. N.W.

A grand prize of $800 will go the contest winner, thanks to a special partnership between the Issaquah Community Network and the Rotary Club of Issaquah. Video contest rules and entry forms are posted on the group’s website,



Nominate ‘green’ achievements for honor

February 19, 2013

Nominate eco-conscious students, teachers, staffers, volunteers and programs — or even entire schools — for the King County Earth Heroes at Schools awards program.

The awards program aims to honor people and entities for contributions to environmental protection and student environmental education. Honorees in past years included programs related to recycling, restoring habitat, composting lunchroom waste and growing pesticide-free gardens. Issaquah School District campuses typically perform well in the awards.

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Report: Illegal tobacco sales to minors increase

February 19, 2013

The number of Washington retailers illegally selling tobacco to minors is at the highest level in more than a decade, according to a recent report from the state Department of Health.

State health officials said about 16 percent of retailers offering tobacco illegally sold the substance to minors between January and June. The figure is up from 11 percent last year and 10 percent in 2010.

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State seeks health board, commission applicants

February 19, 2013

The state Department of Health is seeking residents to serve on health-related boards, commissions and committees.

Overall, 26 groups need volunteers. The open positions include the Board of Hearing and Speech, Board of Optometry, Chiropractic Quality Assurance Commission, Examining Board of Psychology, Midwifery Advisory Committee and the Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission.

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Friends of state park begin organizing

February 19, 2013

Residents interested in forming a Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park organization met with state park officials last week to set some priorities and next steps.

About 20 people attended and identified priority goals, including a better focus on the lake and trails, increased year-round use and creating an awareness of the park and its offerings.

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