Park geese euthanized to control population

July 23, 2013

Lake Sammamish State Park visitors will likely notice significantly fewer geese, and as a result fewer geese feces, the next time they visit the park.

Public health concerns over the park’s growing population of geese led state park officials to authorize the killing of about 90 birds, said Virginia Painter, spokeswoman for Washington State Parks.

In the spring, the park had about 300 geese, threatening an overbalance of one species, which could be harmful to both people and the area’s ecology, Painter said.

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Park bond committees seeks new community members

July 23, 2013

City officials are seeking community members to serve on pro and con committees to address the park bond measure, which will go to vote in November.

Members of the committees will help educate voters by writing 200-word statements in favor of or in opposition to the measure. The statements will appear in the King County Local Voters’ Pamphlet that voters receive before the election. There is a limit of three members per committee.

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Off The Press

July 23, 2013

Luigi and I prove to be a perfect match

Astute observers may have spied me behind the wheel of a spiffy, yellow Fiat buzzing around town lately. A confluence of odd factors combined to put me in said driver’s seat.

No. 1, I was growing tired of the commute between Issaquah and Kirkland in a 15-year-old car. While my Japanese car was built in America, it was not designed with ideal gas mileage in mind. Especially since the price of gas in recent years is celebrated for not topping $4 a gallon. I occasionally grow nostalgic for my first car, which I filled up for $10 or less.

David Hayes

David Hayes

And two, the RAV4 was beginning to exhibit additional signs of impending doom. Already the recipient of two major surgeries, it was time to look for a replacement before it required a third.

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New budget includes funding for state park projects

July 23, 2013

Though the state budget was slow to pass, Lake Sammamish State Park will benefit from the results of two legislative special sessions.

A total of $3.5 million will be allocated to improvement projects for the park from the 2013-2015 capital budget that passed the Legislature on June 27 and was signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on June 30.

Freshman Sen. Mark Mullet (D-5th, Issaquah) championed the inclusion of the funding through the budgetary stalemate that came close to a state government shutdown.

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State Legislature restores some funding to schools

July 23, 2013

While some education backers are critical of the budget cobbled together by state lawmakers in late June, numbers show public schools will receive more money in the coming year.

Whether it’s enough money for the state to fully fund basic education needs is a question that hasn’t yet been answered.

The Washington Education Association issued a news release that says the state Legislature’s 2013-15 budget “falls far short” of meeting basic education requirements. In the McCleary vs. Washington case, the state Supreme Court ruled the Legislature must increase education spending and fully fund basic education by 2018.

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To the Editor

July 23, 2013

Land purchase

Misprint or gold in them hills?

A recent article titled “City purchases more open space” quoted that almost 2 acres of undeveloped land was purchased by the city for $850,000.

I want to believe that this was a misprint because I just can’t imagine that any acreage around this area is worth over $400,000 an acre. If it wasn’t a misprint, I want to know two things.

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Issaquah transportation projects avoid infrastructure funding setbacks

July 23, 2013

Passage of the state budget ended up positively for transportation projects in the city.

Though many thought there were potential infrastructure setbacks for the state as a whole, funding revenue was allocated to the north Issaquah plan to alleviate traffic congestion. Five million dollars within the capital improvement budget will be set aside for the Local Improvement District around the Costco headquarters and Pickering Place.

“I was ecstatic that we got these Issaquah projects passed,” Sen. Mark Mullet (D-5th) said. “We fully funded the request for the LID. It went down to the wire, and we think it was a very big success.”

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Editorial

July 23, 2013

1,200 backpacks needed for students

Let the back-to-school shopping begin!

Wow, everything from erasers to three colors of ink pens, from scissors to Pee Chees are on the list. Don’t forget a box of Kleenex for the classroom and an apple for the teacher.

If you’ve purchased a backpack for your student and added the supplies, your receipts probably add up to more than $100. And you still have to get new shoes and pay for a yearbook and a PTA membership.

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Summer fruits are delicious

July 23, 2013

One could say I’m a bit over zealous when it comes to our summer fruit here in the Northwest. After all, we do have to wait several seasons for the sweet treasures. So, it’s no surprise when I end up with loads of stone fruit and berries on my kitchen counter. Every year, I justify my lack of summer fruit restraint by telling myself I’m going to can the bulk of my stash.

By Karista Bennett Summer fruits, like blueberries, make the perfect ingredients for this salsa recipe.

By Karista Bennett
Summer fruits, like blueberries, make the perfect ingredients for this salsa recipe.

But only a small portion of the summer ripened local berries makes it into my canning day. Most of it ends up in the bellies of the Bennett Family. That’s really how we like it best. In a bowl on the kitchen counter for snacking, breakfast, lunch and dessert.

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Police & Fire

July 23, 2013

Sparkler bomber

At about 8:34 p.m. July 3, someone set off a sparkler bomb in the 4500 block of 230th Way Southeast. The caller who made the report says they have an idea of who it was, after several juveniles identified the suspect. They reported the suspect had made several sparkler bombs and had been setting them off in Sammamish and Klahanie. The homeowners hope to contact the suspect’s parents and handle the matter civilly.

 

Attempted color bomb

Someone taped together fireworks, a PVC pipe, a sparkler and several cans of spray paint and set off the device sometime July 4 or 5 near second base at a field at Beaver Lake Park. They had also detonated a firework inside a garbage can.

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