Water mains to receive maintenance soon

April 16, 2013

A portion of the city’s water mains will be flushed out during the weeks of April 22 and May 6.

The city’s Public Works Operations will perform the annual work from midnight to 6:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday during those two weeks. Specifically, workers will focus on the northwest section of Issaquah, on both sides of Interstate 90.

Utility customers do not typically see a change in water service during the maintenance. Those who do or who have questions should call Greg Keith at 837-3470.

Youth Advisory Board hosts Friday Night Recess

April 16, 2013

The city’s Youth Advisory Board hosts a Friday Night Recess for children in kindergarten through second grade from 6-8 p.m. April 19 at the community center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S.

The free event features an obstacle course, games, goofy activities and a snack.

Pre-register at 837-3300.

 

 

Volunteers sought to help plant trees for Earth Day

April 16, 2013

The city invites locals to plant trees in recognition of Earth Day.

To help beautify the areas along Issaquah Creek and Pickering Trail, the city needs volunteers to help with placing the saplings between 11 a.m. and noon April 20. Individuals or groups wishing to participate can register at the information center near the Pickering Trail entrance beginning at 9 a.m.

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Wildfire season began April 15

April 16, 2013

Regardless of the wet, rainy spring, wildfire season has officially begun, as specified by state law.

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources wants to remind people that the risk of wildfires can change rapidly during spring, when warmer, dryer weather occurs with increasing frequency. Wildfires can damage natural resources, destroy homes, and threaten the safety of the public and the firefighters who protect forests and communities.

As of April 8, 17 forest fires had already been reported this year on lands protected by the department. Last year, 794 fires burned approximately 68,347 acres. In 2012, 94 percent of the wildfires that burned on DNR-protected lands were contained to less than 10 acres in size. Overall, 79 percent of the wildfires on DNR-protected lands in 2012 were caused by humans.

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Rain or shine, farmers market returns April 20

April 16, 2013

Prepare for produce. The Pickering Farm will again host the Issaquah Farmers Market, beginning April 20.

For the 24th year, vendors from the area will take to the outdoor setting in the shade of the historic farm and barn to hock their wares to an ever-growing crowd. Retaining the same 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. operating times, the market will be open, rain or shine, until Oct. 12.

By Greg Farrar Issaquah Farmers Market visitors stand at metal tables to dig in to their pulled pork sandwiches from the Maximus/Minimus pig-shaped sandwich truck in 2011.

By Greg Farrar
Issaquah Farmers Market visitors stand at metal tables to dig in to their pulled pork sandwiches from the Maximus/Minimus pig-shaped sandwich truck in 2011.

City Market Manager Cynthia Wright said the market would not have a great number of differences from previous years. With consistent high turnouts for events, that might not be a bad thing.

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Several organizations offer celebrations leading up to Earth Day April 22

April 16, 2013

Earth Day might not be until April 22, but that will not stop a whole host of local organizations that wish to celebrate early.

In the days surrounding the official calendar date, those wishing to celebrate the environment and cultivate a more proactive culture toward honoring it will find many events. As a brief guide to some of them that will work to make Issaquah and the Earth a better place in which to live, plan calendars around the following:

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Campus visits help narrow the decision

April 16, 2013

For many seniors, spring is a time of decisions on top of decisions. For juniors, the stories of college visits and applications are looming over their shoulders.

As experienced by a majority of 11th-graders, junior year is a crucial time where students focus on academics, extracurricular activities, standardized tests and possible colleges to apply to during the upcoming fall. Many juniors during spring break are traveling to Eastern Washington, as far away as California or remaining in the Seattle area, pursuing the hunt to find the future for the next four years.

Hall Monitor Jasmine Vu Issaquah                High School

Hall Monitor
Jasmine Vu
Issaquah High School

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Zoo brings animals to Earth Day

April 16, 2013

Cougar Mountain Zoo will join many other places around town in celebrating Earth Day the weekend of April 20.

For the first time, the zoo will bring together a large amount of entertainment for a two-day event, Zoo Manager Robyn Barfoot said.

“We’re starting to be a lot more involved with the Earth Day weekend,” she said. “Of course, every day should be Earth Day.”

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Sizzling Spartans

April 16, 2013

Skyline wins battle of division leaders in 1-0 win over Eastlake

By Lillian O’Rorke Corbin Powers, Skyline High School senior, pitches against Eastlake April 8, allowing just six hits with four strikeouts and one walk in six innings en route to a 1-0 Spartans win.

By Lillian O’Rorke
Corbin Powers, Skyline High School senior, pitches against Eastlake April 8, allowing just six hits with four strikeouts and one walk in six innings en route to a 1-0 Spartans win.

It wasn’t just a matchup of neighboring plateau baseball teams April 8. It was a battle between the leaders of KingCo’s two divisions when the Skyline Spartans edged out the Eastlake Wolves in a single-run game.

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Sunny Hills dedicates night to science

April 16, 2013

For his first science fair project, 6-year-old Atharv Allepally borrowed an idea from Dr. Seuss and made “Oobleck,” slime made out of corn starch and water, which has the properties of both solids and liquids.

“When you shake it a lot, it becomes a liquid,” the kindergartner said, standing up straight in front of his presentation board. “When you make it stay still, it becomes hard again.”

By Lillian O’Rorke Gareth Black, a Sunny Hills Elementary School second-grader, pokes a brain during the March 14 science fair.

By Lillian O’Rorke
Gareth Black, a Sunny Hills Elementary School second-grader, pokes a brain during the March 14 science fair.

Allepally attends Sunny Hills Elementary School, and his venture into dilatant materials was just one among the nearly 100 projects at the school’s Science Fair March 14.

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