Issaquah will prosecute Bellevue officer over DUI

December 10, 2013

Issaquah will lead a DUI case against a Bellevue police officer.

Officer Andy Hanke was charged with driving under the influence Dec. 5.

Heading home eastbound on Interstate 90, Bellevue officer Doug Brennan spotted a Jeep driving at 73 miles per hour Nov. 20. The vehicle passed him, swerved in its lane and veered over to the side of the road. Brennan pulled the Jeep over and found Hanke, a fellow Bellevue officer, behind the wheel.

According to the police report submitted by Brennan, he quickly recognized Hanke’s inebriation.

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Republican respect

December 10, 2013

By Greg Farrar

By Greg Farrar

Michael Violette (left) blows up a fist bump with Congressman Dave Reichert as fellow Issaquah Middle School sixth-graders Emma Bradshaw, Kaitlin Ragland and Kathryn Walsh look on Dec. 6 after the school assembly, ‘Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix,’ where guests share their experiences about saying yes to healthy lifestyles and no to underage drinking. ‘I grew up in a home with domestic violence,’ Reichert told the assembled kids. ‘My dad made the wrong decision and decided to drink,’ he added. He encouraged the students to look to adults that make right decisions, ask them questions, listen to what is said and learn from the answers.

 

 

 

Hanukkah happenings

December 10, 2013

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Photos by Greg Farrar

Ava Frisinger, who has helped Chabad of the Central Cascades celebrate Hanukkah every year as Issaquah mayor, lights the central lamp of the menorah on Village Green Nov. 30 in the Issaquah Highlands. Four other lamps were then lit as it was the fourth day of Hanukkah.

City wants a college to replace Microsoft campus

December 10, 2013

An educational institution might replace the vision of an Issaquah Highlands Microsoft campus.

The city will begin the process of establishing a development agreement with the new landowner, Polygon Northwest, in the coming weeks. Microsoft sold the 63-acre parcel in October for an undisclosed amount. In the meantime, Issaquah Economic Development Director Keith Niven gave a view of what the city hopes to see in the final document.

“That land would allow for a lot of different things to happen, including residential,” Niven said, explaining what the aim is for the final deal. “We’re just trying to work towards where they can build what they want and the city can work to find an employment hub up in the highlands.”

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Merry Christmas Issaquah brings holiday warmth

December 10, 2013

As a cold freeze covers the Pacific Northwest this holiday season, consider that the only source of heat for Marty Wright’s Issaquah-area home is a wood-pellet stove.

The stove is only effective, though, when it has the pellets, something the 26-year-old veteran could not afford.

Issaquah Community Services gave Wright the benefit of heat by funding the delivery of more than $200 worth of pellets, courtesy of The Grange Supply.

“It meant a great deal,” Wright said. “It kept me from freezing and actually allowed me to move around my house, because I do have fractured bones so when it does get cold in here I can’t really move around.”

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Jacksons hosts drive against domestic violence

December 10, 2013

Jacksons Food Stores and the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence present the 10th annual Give the Gift of Peace campaign, a holiday season campaign that helps raise community awareness and legislative efforts to ensure funding priorities for domestic violence victims.

Contributions can be made at Jacksons Food Stores through Dec. 25 in increments of $1, $5 or $10. Issaquah locations are:

  • 825 Front St. N.
  • 15 E. Sunset Way

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City hosts better walking, biking open house

December 10, 2013

The city of Issaquah is seeking input on how to make the community more friendly for biking, walking and living.

Bring ideas to a Walking & Biking Open House from 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 12, in the Eagle Room at Issaquah City Hall and Police Department, 130 E. Sunset Way.

At the open house, hosted by the Planning Policy Commission, learn about and participate in ongoing efforts to create a safer — as well as more seamless and convenient — network so residents and visitors can easily access recreation, work and transit without a car.

Learn more at issaquahwa.gov/walknroll.

Mary Lou Pauly sets sights on social first term

December 10, 2013

New Issaquah City Councilwoman Mary Lou Pauly wants to connect with the community.

After Pauly won an uncontested election last month, Mayor Ava Frisinger swore her into office during the Dec. 2 regular council meeting.

Though she knew she would not have an opponent in the election, Pauly took the opportunity to introduce herself to the citizens of Issaquah.

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Mary Lou Pauly

“I went out doorbelling,” she said, thanking the kindness of strangers for helping her shake off slight nervousness. “After one doorbell and one friendly face, it was wonderful.”

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Two service organizations work to enhance Issaquah Community Hall

December 10, 2013

Two local service organizations have teamed up recently to double their offerings to Issaquah when Eastside Fire & Rescue’s Benevolent Fund helped the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank give the Issaquah Community Hall a facelift.

In what is hoped to be the beginning of a long relationship. Benevolent Fund President and EFR Battalion Chief David McDaniel said the nonprofit was delighted to assist with the painting of the center.

“I met Cori last year,” McDaniel said, speaking of Cori Kauk, director of the food bank. “She contacted me about painting the community hall and I said it sounded like a fantastic idea.”

The Benevolent Fund, created by EFR three years ago, wants to continue broadening the support it gives to the area through such projects.

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Tiger Mountain school hosts rummage sale

December 10, 2013

Tiger Mountain Community High School’s class of 2014, in an effort to raise funds for its leadership and culminating project programs, is hosting a rummage sale.

The sale is from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 14 and from noon to Dec. 15 at Tiger Mountain Community High School, 355 S.E. Evans St.

The funds will specifically be used for high interest reading materials and peripherals to encourage reading and increase performance in school and on state assessment tests.

 

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