Issaquah library district, system receive clean audits

March 12, 2013

Auditors uncovered no problems in finances or procedures at the Issaquah-based King County Library System and the Issaquah Library Capital Facilities Area, a special taxing district, according to recent reports from state Auditor Brian Sonntag’s office.

The thumbs-up from auditors came after routine financial check-ups conducted by the state.

State auditors examined how the library system handles procurement and complies with the state Open Public Meetings Act. The team described the mechanisms in place to protect public assets as adequate, and said the district complied with internal procedures, as well as state laws and regulations.

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Seattle Humane Society sets records

March 12, 2013

Pet adoptions at the Seattle Humane Society reached a record 5,668 last year.

The nonprofit organization serving Issaquah and King County also returned 376 pets to owners or partner rescue groups.

The shelter in Bellevue reached a milestone 97.2 percent life-saving rate — among the highest in the nation for comparable shelters.

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Swedish to offer free landscape seminars

March 12, 2013

With the fast approach of spring, Sustainable Landscape Seminars wants to help extend nature to the yards of Issaquah.

Presented by the Cascade Water Alliance and the Saving Water Partnership, three half-hour seminars will be held March 20 to help those interested in environmentally responsible landscaping. At no cost to the participants, the three instructions sessions will take place in the second floor conference center at Swedish/Issaquah.

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North Bend theater hosts a Kaleidoscope of rock bands

March 12, 2013

Fall City’s Nick Mardon — bass player, guitar player and drummer — splits his time between Zero Side Effects (his rock band), Bad Idea (his metal band) and his school’s jazz band.

Oh, and at some point in the next 12 months, he plans to turn 13.

The rock band Zero Side Effects practices March 10 in a music room at Kaleidoscope School of Music.

The rock band Zero Side Effects practices March 10 in a music room at Kaleidoscope School of Music.

Mardon and Zero Side Effects will participate in a summit of rock bands from Issaquah’s Kaleidoscope School of Music at the North Bend Theatre.

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Village Theatre original ‘Trails’ debuts

March 12, 2013

When Village Theatre announces a new season, tucked in among the productions is usually something original that will have audiences eager to be the first to experience.

Hoping to follow in the footsteps of other recent original musicals with their roots in Issaquah, such as “Next to Normal” and “Million Dollar Quartet,” comes “Trails,” opening March 14.

By Mike Hipple/Village Theatre Joshua Carter (left), in the role of Seth, and Dane Stokinger as Mike, appear in the Village Theatre production of ‘Trails.’

By Mike Hipple/Village Theatre
Joshua Carter (left), in the role of Seth, and Dane Stokinger as Mike, appear in the Village Theatre production of ‘Trails.’

“Trails” debuted with its first reading during Village Theatre’s 2011 season’s Festival of New Musicals.

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Safe N Sound Swimming opens new location

March 12, 2013

Safe N Sound Swimming is enrolling students for its new location in Issaquah that opens April 1.

Safe N Sound Swimming provides one-on-one lessons to children 12 months and older and water-themed adventure summer camps to children ages 5-10. Safe N Sound Swimming will partner with Arena Sports, which recently purchased the Sammamish Club, and provide swim lessons there, Monday through Saturday, at 2115 N.W. Poplar Way.

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The Grange hosts Chicks 101 seminar

March 12, 2013

It is chick season at The Grange Supply, and that means customers will take home a total of about 5,000 of the little critters in the next few months.

Fear not, though, The Grange Supply staff would not dream of sending the chicks home without first arming its shoppers with an arsenal of information about how to care for a coop full of chickens.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Michelle Boman, operations manager for The Grange Supply, holds two chicks at the store.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Michelle Boman, operations manager for The Grange Supply, holds two chicks at the store.

That is why the store is hosting a Chicks 101 seminar at 2 p.m. March 16, complete with the chance to win a prize valued at $695, as part of the 2013 Chick Days celebration.

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Issaquah City Council extends county solid waste agreement until 2040

March 12, 2013

The Issaquah City Council has extended its existing solid waste interlocal agreement with King County to 2040.

King County approached the city with a restated draft to continue to provide services well into the future and indicated that should Issaquah wish to deny the restatement, it would face higher disposal rates to the county.

“The King County solid waste interlocal agreement provides the city to be a part of the regional solid waste system, including system planning, transfer stations and disposal at the King County Cedar Hills landfill,” Councilman Joe Forkner said in his introduction to the revised agreement at the March 4 City Council meeting. “The county has asked for an extension of 12 and a half years to the agreement through 2040. The primary reason for the amendment is to allow for long-term bonds for capital improvements to the aging transfer stations’ system, hoping to keep garbage disposal rates lower than they would be.”

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Soprano Dohee Kim achieves diva status without the attitude

March 12, 2013

While “diva” is used to describe iconic women of popular culture who tend to project a certain sense of their own grandeur, or even a spoiled girl who seems to suck all the air out of any room she enters, it originally described a female opera singer, usually a soprano, of stellar talent, captivating voice and commanding presence.

Derived from Italian for “goddess,” it has replaced the earlier term of art, “prima donna,” meaning “first lady.”

Contributed Dohee Kim (left), as Mimi, performs with tenor Gino Lucchetti, as Rodolpho, in ‘La Bohème.’

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Dohee Kim (left), as Mimi, performs with tenor Gino Lucchetti, as Rodolpho, in ‘La Bohème.’

Rare is the diva that is universally known among her fellow cast members as humble, gracious and appreciative of her opportunities.

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Kayak Academy taking signups for spring tour

March 12, 2013

Kayak Academy is taking registrations for its annual spring nature tour along the shores of Lake Sammamish.

A professional kayak guide leads the two-hour tour along the shores of Lake Sammamish and up a portion of Issaquah Creek. During the tour, a state park ranger will present an on-the-water program about the great blue heron.

In addition to the herons, participants frequently see a variety of waterfowl and raptors, such as bald eagles and red-tailed hawks. Spotting scopes will be available for land-based bird viewing, but participants are encouraged to bring their own binoculars to view birds from the water.

The tours are from noon to 3 p.m. March 17 and 24 at Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road, Issaquah.

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