Mother’s Day Dash honors victims of Boston bombings

April 30, 2013

Long before the Boston Marathon bombings happened, members of the Issaquah Schools Foundation came up with the idea of a Mother’s Day 5K run to benefit the foundation.

After the bombings, the foundation decided it wanted to honor the victims during the race, and decided to donate $1 from every entry to the One Fund.

“We did some research and felt like it was very fitting to honor the runners from the Boston Marathon,” Robin Callahan, executive director of the Issaquah Schools Foundation, said in a phone interview.

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Arson Awareness Week is May 5-11

April 30, 2013

National Arson Awareness Week takes place May 5-11, and this year’s theme is, “Reduce Residential Arson.” The focus is on public attention to residential arson and in reducing the occurrence of the crime.

The U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Incident Reporting System estimates 16,800 intentionally set fires in residential buildings occur annually in the United States. Such fires result in an estimated 280 deaths, 775 injuries, and $593 million in property loss each year.

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Seattle man dies in crash near Issaquah

April 30, 2013

Rajat Kala, 29, of Seattle, was killed April 20 when his car, traveling west on Interstate 90, left the roadway and landed on its top, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The accident occurred at 8:37 a.m. near milepost 22, east of Issaquah, according to a press memo from the patrol. Kala’s car, a silver 2001 Toyota Celica, left the highway and landed at the intersection of Southeast Highpoint Way and Southeast 79th Street.

Kala, alone in the car, had been wearing a seatbelt, the patrol said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Goodman announces plan for re-election to City Council

April 30, 2013

Issaquah attorney Stacy Goodman announced her candidacy to seek re-election to the Issaquah City Council on April 29. Goodman has served on the Council since March 2011.

Goodman was initially appointed to replace Maureen McCarry, who left the council for health reasons. Voters then elected Goodman in an unopposed race to serve out the remainder of McCarry’s term.

“It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve my community for the past two years,” Goodman said in a press release. “I work hard every day to make Issaquah even better by working effectively with fellow council members, city government and business leaders, and, most importantly, the people I represent. This is important work, and for me, it’s a labor of love.”

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Kiwanis host annual Hobby and Volunteer Expo

April 30, 2013

As part of the Issaquah Farmers Market on May 4, the city will host the 14th annual Hobby and Volunteer Expo.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Pickering Barn, local area nonprofits and volunteer organizations will have information and opportunities available for interested citizens.

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Candidate filing dates near

April 30, 2013

Election season is well under way as candidate filing approaches in King County.

Online and in-person candidate filing will take place May 13-17. There will be a number of positions open within the city and the area at large.

With Mayor Ava Frisinger’s decision to not seek another term, City Councilman Joe Forkner and Council President Fred Butler have announced their intentions to seek the position.

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Poker tourney to aid visiting Moroccan artists

April 30, 2013

A charity Texas Hold ‘em Poker Tournament will be held May 10 to help bring artists from Chefchaouen, Morocco, to Issaquah.

The Lake Sammamish Elks Lodge No. 1843, the city’s Sister Cities Commission and the American Moroccan International Exchange is hosting the event to bring home some of the arts and culture from Issaquah’s sister city. During Salmon Days, the organizations hope the visiting artists will share their talent with local schools and the community.

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Liberty nets another draw with Mercer Island

April 30, 2013

Kaleb Strawn (lower left), Skyline High School senior midfielder, slides in to break up the attempt by Eastlake senior midfielder Jack Bradley (15) to get control of the ball from sophomore midfielder David Kim (4) during the first period. Photo By Greg Farrar

By Greg Farrar
Jake Ericksen (left), Liberty High School senior defender, and Mercer Island senior midfielder Jamie Lungmus collide while trying to gain control of the ball in the first period during a hard-fought 90 minutes of soccer, which ended in a scoreless draw.

 

The Liberty High School boys soccer team has gone toe to toe with Mercer Island twice this season, both games resulting in draws.

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County committee tours possible logging site on Squak Mountain

April 30, 2013

Expiration of the county’s park levy seems to spell the greatest threat to preventing logging on Squak Mountain.

Early April 27, the King County Conservation Futures Citizens Committee took a trip up to the parcel that could face clear-cutting by landowner Erikson Logging Inc. through an application process begun in January.

By Peter Clark Ken Konigsmark (left), David Kappler (right) and others hike on Squak Mountain April 27 to view the 220-acre Erikson Logging Inc. parcel that could soon face clear-cutting.

By Peter Clark
Ken Konigsmark (left), David Kappler (right) and others hike on Squak Mountain April 27 to view the 220-acre Erikson Logging Inc. parcel that could soon face clear-cutting.

The group has a mandate to fund projects with dollars raised from the Conservation Futures Tax that protects open King County green space or saves it from development. The county’s Parks Department and a local advocacy group, Save Squak, hope to convince the county to purchase the 220 acres. Unfortunately, there is a lot of competition.

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New lacrosse program formed on Eastside

April 30, 2013

The Liberty Lacrosse Club has garnered enough interest to expand its program to include players younger than high school on the Eastside.

The expansion includes young players from the east side of Issaquah, Renton Highlands and Newcastle. Previously, young Eastside players have played in Issaquah Youth Lacrosse.

The club is part of the Greater Eastside Lacrosse League, which organizes and governs lacrosse on the Eastside from as far north as Woodinville and Bothell all the way down to Tahoma in Maple Valley.

“Every community on the Eastside has a program these days,” Brian Rinkenberger, youth director for the Liberty Club, said.

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