Sammamish Plateau Water & Sewer District has clean audit

March 26, 2013

The Sammamish Plateau Water & Sewer District received a pair of clean audits March 4.

The Washington State’s Auditor’s Office did not find any problems with the district’s financial reporting. It also found no problems with other matters that auditing standards would require to be reported.

The auditor’s office also reviewed district practices in billing, general disbursements and controls over procurement, and found the district has sufficient controls in place to keep public assets safe.

 

 

Youth board to host Glitz & Glam night

March 26, 2013

Elementary school girls can express their glamorous side at the Issaquah Youth Advisory Board’s Glitz & Glam night from 6-9 p.m. May 17 at the Issaquah Community Center.

Girls in kindergarten through third grade can spend the night doing hair, makeup and crafts.

Registration fee is $20. Learn more at https://iplay.issaquahwa.gov/Start/start.asp, or call 837-3300.

 

Water, sewer rates to increase

March 26, 2013

The Sammamish Plateau Water & Sewer District approved a hike to both water and sewer rates at its March 18 meeting.

On a 4-0 vote (Commission President Tom Harman was absent for the vote), rates will go up 2 percent for water and 16 percent for sewer. The combined increase will be about 7.9 percent. For most single-family households, that will mean an average water bill increase of 65 cents per month, bringing their bill to $35.17, according to the district.

Sewer rates will climb by an average of $4.03 per month, bringing those bills to $29.20.

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Timeline for schools, fields construction updated

March 26, 2013

Several of the Issaquah School District’s construction projects in the next few years are likely to be finished early, while others are set to take longer.

That’s according to the district’s updated timeline for projects funded by the $219 million bond passed by voters last April. A month after the special election, district Director of Capital of Projects Steve Crawford drafted a preliminary project schedule.

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Mayor of cowboy town

March 26, 2013

Issaquah man builds a life, town from Friends of Youth influence

Issaquah resident Steve Olsen praises the Friends of Youth organization for helping him build a life and a model scale cowboy town.

Photos by Greg Farrar Steve Olsen rolls a mining cart out on a short track from a model mine entrance, one of the scale model Old West town buildings he constructed in the back yard of his Mirrormont home.

Photos by Greg Farrar
Steve Olsen rolls a mining cart out on a short track from a model mine entrance, one of the scale model Old West town buildings he constructed in the back yard of his Mirrormont home.

In 1957, Olsen was one of 13 children and had problems in his home that found him having to live his life where he could. The Griffin Home, something of a foster home operated by Friends of Youth in their first years of service, took him in and provided the beginning for a complete life.

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Tuba player wins top musician title

March 26, 2013

Sammamish resident tuba player Andy Abel is the National Winner in the Brass category of the Music Teachers National Association Senior Performance competition, held at the MTNA National Conference, in Los Angeles, on March 10.

He competed against other division winners in the Brass Senior Performance category, which includes tuba, trumpet, trombone, French horn and euphonium musicians. To get there, he had to book his tuba its own seat on the plane.

Contributed Andy Abel, Issaquah High School senior, recently had to pay for an extra seat to take his tuba to a contest.

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Andy Abel, Issaquah High School senior, recently had to pay for an extra seat to take his tuba to a contest.

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Students to take part in aerospace scholars program

March 26, 2013

Seven local students have been accepted into Phase One of the Washington Aerospace Scholars Program at the Museum of Flight.

Affiliated with NASA and the University of Washington, the program is a free, competitive, science, technology, engineering and mathematics program for high school juniors.

This year’s participants are Amber Dannis, Priyanka Kompella, Grant Vaska and Austin Weinstein, of Issaquah High School; Jeremy Stroming, of Liberty High School; and Kevin Liu and Zachary Freedel, of Skyline High School.

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EFR board sets 2013 goals

March 26, 2013

The Eastside Fire & Rescue board set seven goals for Fire Chief Lee Soptich to fulfill in 2013 at its March 14 board meeting.

Top on the list is to prepare for the 2014 collective bargaining agreement with the firefighters’ union, which also includes hiring an attorney to provide comparison data.

The second goal is to explore expanding the EFR partnership, which currently includes Issaquah, North Bend, Sammamish, and fire districts 10 and 38.

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Issaquah student is among finalists in Boston waterfront design contest

March 26, 2013

Western Washington University sophomore Tai Geng, of Issaquah, and a team of five other industrial design majors at Western are among 20 finalists out of 170 entries from around the world still competing in Boston’s Street Seats Design Challenge.

As part of an independent study with professor of Engineering Technology Arunas Oslapas, the students designed a concept for a park bench for the Fort Point Channel in South Boston’s Innovation District. Judges for the event consist of Boston business owners, industry professionals and design experts.

Contributed Issaquah’s Tai Geng is among 20 finalists from around the world competing in a design challenge in Boston.

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Issaquah’s Tai Geng is among 20 finalists from around the world competing in a design challenge in Boston.

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Who keeps a school running behind the scenes?

March 26, 2013

Walking through the front doors of Issaquah High School, it is evident that the school is a well-oiled machine.

Flamboyant posters advertise numerous clubs and Associated Student Body events. Students mingle in the commons and walk past on their way to math help. The grounds are very safe, clean and well-groomed.

Sophie Mittelstaedt Issaquah High School

Sophie Mittelstaedt
Issaquah High School

The question: Who runs this machine that is Issaquah High School? If you hang around the school for some time, you will most likely spot one of these people, like custodian Steve Holeman.

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