Planners steer more than $3 million to local road projects

January 15, 2013

Issaquah-area road projects received a green light to proceed — and more than $3 million — after planners approved a regional transportation program.

Puget Sound Regional Council leaders recommended funding for projects on Southeast May Valley Road, Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast, West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast and 228th Avenue Southeast on the Sammamish Plateau.

The lineup includes projects just outside Issaquah city limits, but none inside the city.

Some dollars for the projects come from $440 million in federal funds distributed by the planning authority for King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties. State gas tax revenue and local funds then cover the remaining project costs.

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Issaquah health fair offers wellness screenings

January 15, 2013

The annual Issaquah/Sammamish Health & Safety Fair returns to Pickering Barn from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 9 with plenty of free health screenings to make it fun and worthwhile for area families.

The fair will feature 50 or more health care professionals. Free health screening will include blood pressure, glucose, eye pressure, injury screening, posture and spinal analysis, oral cancer, sleep apnea and orthotic evaluations. There will be free gifts and information to take home.

The King County Police Union will host its MY ID Club, offering parents free fingerprints of their children, an important tool should children be abducted. The Issaquah Citizen Corps Council, the city of Issaquah and Eastside Fire & Rescue will offer safety and emergency preparedness information.

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Skyline crushes winless Garfield girls basketball team

January 15, 2013

The Jan. 11 basketball game being hosted by the KingCo 4A Crown Division-leading 8-1 Skyline girl cagers, which featured winless Garfield as the guests, was like a train wreck. As a hoop humanitarian you wanted to look away, but morbid curiosity prevented you from doing so.

The lopsided result of the mismatch was a 67-17 onslaught in favor of the Skyline girls in the green-and-white uniforms, and the silver lining in the massacre was the fact that every single player on the Skyline bench got plenty of minutes on the hardwood.

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Young Issaquah poet earns national acclaim

January 15, 2013

ContributedIssaquah resident Madeleine Dike’s poem ‘1942’ placed in the top 10 in the Communication Summer 2012 Poetry Contest.

Issaquah resident Madeleine Dike’s poem ‘1942’ placed in the top 10 in the Communication Summer 2012 Poetry Contest. Contributed

Madeleine Dike, 13, was selected out of thousands of entrants for the Creative Communication Summer 2012 Poetry Contest for writing one of the 10 best poems in the United States and Canada among her age group in grades 7 to 9.

Poems were selected for literary merit, creativity and social significance.

Madeleine received special recognition and a cash prize. In addition, her poem “1942” has been published in the poetry anthology, “A Celebration of Poets.”

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Biography celebrates late U.S. Rep. Jennifer Dunn

January 15, 2013

The late Jennifer Dunn, a long-serving representative in Congress for Issaquah and other Eastside communities, is the latest subject in The Legacy Project, a state oral history program.

The book “A Woman First: The Impact of Jennifer Dunn” documents the trailblazing Republican’s career, life and legacy.

The biography is available as a hardcover book for $25 or free at The Legacy Project website, www.sos.wa.gov/heritage. (The hardcover book was printed with private funds.)

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King County, Seattle agencies launch gun-buyback program

January 15, 2013

King County and Seattle leaders launched a gun-buyback program Jan. 8 in a bid to curb gun violence.

The countywide initiative offers a monetary incentive for people to turn in firearms. The initial gun-buyback event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 26 in the downtown Seattle parking lot underneath Interstate 5 between Cherry and James streets.

In exchange for dropping off a weapon, people receive a gift card valued at up to $100 for handguns, shotguns and rifles, and up to $200 for assault weapons.

Anna Smith makes cut for national youth soccer camp

January 15, 2013

Anna Smith, a seventh grade student at Beaver Lake Middle School, has been invited to attend the 2013 US Youth Soccer National Development Camp in Phoenix. The program runs from Jan. 29 to Feb. 3.

Smith, a starting goalkeeper and captain of Crossfire’s U14 ECNL Reece team, was invited to the camp after a long selection process. It began with tryouts of about 200 girls from Washington for 40 spots on the state’s Elite Player Development team.

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Landowners receive fire benefit charge notices

January 15, 2013

Landowners in Fire District 10 — Klahanie, May Valley, Mirrormont and Preston in the Issaquah area — recently received fire benefit charge notices.

The notice includes a letter of explanation and per-parcel benefit charge information. The notice is not a bill, and the recipient is not required to act, unless he or she believes some information is erroneous.

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SAMMI Awards seeks artists

January 15, 2013

Eastside artists can submit original 2-D artwork created between 2011 and the present for the 2013 SAMMI Awards Volunteer Recognition Celebration.

Organizers at the SAMMI Awards Foundation, in partnership with Issaquah’s artEAST Art Center, issued the call to local artists. Submitted artwork should have a strong visual quality that can be used to set the design themes and color tones for the celebration.

Learn more about the call for artwork at artEAST’s website, http://arteast.org/2012/11/call-2013-sammi-awards. The submission deadline is Jan. 22.

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Editorial

January 15, 2013

Gun buyback is worthwhile plan

Seattle and King County leaders last week introduced a plan for a gun-buyback program. If you don’t want a gun you happen to have, bring it to a parking lot under Interstate 5 in Seattle. (Guys, did you have to pick such a shady-sounding location?) In exchange, you will receive a $100 gift card, or $200 if the firearm is an assault weapon — no questions asked.

Officials have collected about $100,000, largely in donations, to fund the effort.

Groups on both sides of the gun control debate slammed the plan. They say it would not result in a substantial amount of guns being taken off the street. It will not lower the crime rate, and the bad guys are not going to turn in their weapons for a fraction of their cost.

They’re right, as far as they go.

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