Challenger principal leaving for new post

July 9, 2013

Dr. Sue McPeak, the principal at Challenger Elementary School for the past four years, is leaving the Issaquah School District.

McPeak has accepted the principal’s position at Ridgecrest Elementary School in the Shoreline School District. Issaquah officials have begun the search for her replacement.

McPeak said Shoreline Superintendent Sue Walker sought her for the new position.

“I was not looking to make a change,” McPeak said in a letter to the Challenger community, “but I believe it’s important to make the most of life’s serendipitous opportunities and to continually accept new challenges — these are the same lessons we teach all of our students.”

SR 520, northbound I-405 close this weekend

July 9, 2013

A packed weekend is planned on the Eastside for crews working on critical maintenance and preservation projects on state Route 520 and Interstate 405.

From 10 p.m. July 12 to 5 a.m. July 14, crews will close all northbound lanes of I-405 through downtown Bellevue for concrete panel replacement. Crews will also close the 520 floating bridge for its annual inspection, and culvert installation.

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Schools honored for ‘green’ behavior

July 9, 2013

Three Issaquah School District schools earned recognition in June from the King County Green Schools program for their successful conservation practices during the 2012-13 school year.

Skyline High School was honored with a Level 3 Green Schools award — the highest honor the program gives — for reducing waste, improving recycling practices, and engaging in energy and water conservation activities.

Apollo Elementary School and Liberty High School earned a Level 2 award. Thirty-nine schools in 13 school districts across the county earned Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3 distinctions.



Speak out for Alzheimer’s rights Aug. 5

July 9, 2013

Come to Swedish/Issaquah from 9-11 a.m. Aug. 5 to participate in a town hall meeting with the Alzheimer’s Association, Western and Central Washington State Chapter.

The meeting’s goal is to highlight and solicit feedback on public policy initiatives, including the National Alzheimer’s Plan, which touches on issues such as caregiver support, expanding research and public awareness. All public input will be recorded and used to inform the association’s work in advancing public priorities for the community.

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Issaquah voted one of best places to raise kids

July 9, 2013

Issaquah is one of the 10 best cities in the state to raise children, according to an article on the website NerdWallet.

The city comes in at No. 3, just behind Maple Valley and Woodinville.

The towns were ranked based on the quality of schools, home affordability and the city’s growth.

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Firefighters battle blaze at former station

July 9, 2013

Eastside Fire & Rescue station No. 72 had the strange honor of putting a fire out at their old station house July 3.

EFR Deputy Chief of Operations Greg Tryon said firefighters got a call about the smell of smoke at 4:22 p.m., which he said was then quickly upgraded to a structure fire.

The building, a manufactured home firefighters slept in at the old station, near the corner of 17th Avenue Northwest and Maple Avenue Northwest, was not believed to be occupied, Tryon said.

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EFR board unanimous that outside facilitator is needed

July 9, 2013

The Eastside Fire & Rescue board isn’t really known for unanimous decisions, especially when discussing the partners’ funding model. But at a June 13 regular meeting, they all agreed it was time to look at hiring an independent facilitator.

EFR is a consortium of Sammamish, Issaquah, North Bend and Fire Districts 10 and 38, but Sammamish officials have called the funding model unfair because it bases payments on the value of property rather than the number of service calls.

Sammamish officials had been trying to convince other members of EFR to switch to a funding model based 75 percent on property value and 25 percent on the number of service calls, but the other EFR partners rejected the proposal in March.

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Cougar Mountain Zoo cougar spayed by Seattle vet

July 9, 2013

Cougar Mountain Zoo’s female cougar Tika was spayed last month using the most cutting edge equipment, thanks to Seattle Veterinary Specialists.

Tika is one of three cougars at the zoo and is just over 2 years old.

Contributed Tika, one of three cougars at the Cougar Mountain Zoo, was spayed last month.

Tika, one of three cougars at the Cougar Mountain Zoo, was spayed last month.

“We wanted to wait until she went through her first season before we spayed her,” General Curator Robyn Barfoot said. “Since she lives with her sister and brother, we will not be breeding our cougars.”

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City purchases more open space

July 9, 2013

In its continued attempt to found a “green necklace,” surrounding Issaquah with parks, the city announced another purchase of open space June 19.

Almost 2 acres of undeveloped land were bought by the city for $850,000. Described in the Parks & Recreation Department as the Pritt Property, the land is at the corner of Northwest Juniper Street and Fifth Place Northwest, bordering Issaquah Creek.

Parks & Recreation Director Anne McGill said that the land would be used in accordance with the city’s desire to create protected park space.

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To the Editor

July 9, 2013

Our drinking water

Maybe people should get involved in the issue

In the 26 June Issaquah Press, Mr. Arthur H. Tagland got it right. Since the Issaquah Highlands started building, the priority has been to get rid of storm water. It was supposed to be infiltrated, but when Camp Creek blew out the hillside, the Lower Reid Injection Gallery was the next idea to get rid of the storm water.

The gallery became operational in 2004 and soon the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District found evidence of contamination at their nearby well. The next idea was to send all that storm water directly in Issaquah Creek — exactly what was not supposed to happen under the Issaquah Highlands development agreement.

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