School construction costs rise by $500,000

May 21, 2013

At its regular meeting April 24, the Issaquah School Board approved nearly a half-million dollars in changes to construction projects at Briarwood Elementary and Liberty High schools.

The cost of Briarwood’s reconstruction rose by $160,726. Among the largest items in Briarwood’s change order was nearly $22,000 for revisions to the fire lane, curbs, fencing and retaining walls. Another $16,878 was added for overtime during phase two of the project. Relocating dimmer panels into the attic space cost $13,361. Other additions included nearly $9,000 to remove trees, a little over $10,000 for sand box drains, $2,603 for painting and $1,108 to install a thermostat in a new office.

This was the eighth change order for Briarwood, which was originally slated to cost $18.87 million. The price tag for the project is now $19.97 million.

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Master Recycler Program plans for second class

May 21, 2013

After a successful pilot project, the city’s Department of Sustainability received council support to apply for another grant to fund its Master Recycling Program.

In an attempt to fulfill its goals of promoting a sustainable, environmentally conscious city, the department launched a program last fall to instruct participants about recycling work that could be accomplished in the area. The pilot was initially funded from a state grant that looked to push an agenda of sustainability and composting.

“The county is fine tuning their sustainable goals and set more aggressive targets,” Department of Sustainability Resource Conservation Coordinator Micah Bonkowski said. “They have a coordinated prevention grant to reduce waste to landfills. It’s much more efficient to do it at home rather than send it to a compositor so they can send it right back to you.”

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Off The Press

May 21, 2013

Keep the stories alive, never forget veterans

I had tears in my eyes when I read this year’s feature stories for Lest We Forget — our annual special section remembering and honoring our local veterans.

Here’s one reason:

“There were lots of heroes who fought for this country during World War II. Each of them has a story, but they are in the twilight of their years and the stories are falling silent with each passing.”

Kathleen R. Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen R. Merrill
Press managing editor

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Students with severe allergies may be treated at school

May 21, 2013

School districts and private schools will have the ability to have stock epinephrine auto injectors prescribed to their schools for the treatment or avoidance of severe allergic reactions, thanks to a bill which was signed into law May 16.

The bill was sponsored by Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah, according to a press release from the Washington State Legislature.

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County to rename trails in honor of legendary climber

May 21, 2013

On the 50th anniversary of the summiting of Mount Everest by the first American, King County Executive Dow Constantine honored West Seattle native and legendary climber Jim Whittaker by announcing the renaming of trails in Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park for Whittaker and his climbing partner, Sherpa Nawang Gombu.

“Jim Whittaker’s achievement 50 years ago today remains a triumph of perseverance and teamwork,” Constantine said in a news release May 1. “It is an honor to recognize both Mr. Whittaker and Mr. Gombu on their historic accomplishment, and I hope it moves us all to get out and experience our own hiking and climbing opportunities closer to home.”

Map by King County

Map by King County

“I’m honored to have my name on a wilderness trail, and I encourage people to get outside and enjoy this magical planet,” Whittaker said in the release.

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Prepare for parking changes at farmers market

May 21, 2013

For shoppers headed to the Issaquah Farmers Market this spring and summer, a change in parking is on the horizon, according to a press release from the city.

Starting May 25, the current market parking area behind Pickering Barn will close for the remainder of the market season while Costco Wholesale builds a parking structure there.

Shoppers can instead park in the Pickering Place parking lot that is closest to the Regal Issaquah 9 movie theater, 1490 N.W. 11th Ave.

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Police enforce ‘Click it or Ticket’ campaign

May 21, 2013

Unbuckled and distracted drivers on their cellphones will be targeted when police patrol the roads during the annual “Click it or Ticket” campaign.

Through June 2, motorists in King County can expect to see law enforcement patrolling city and county roads in search of unbuckled drivers and passengers and drivers using their cellphones, according to a press release from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

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Chicken makes great grilled burgers, too

May 21, 2013

It’s grilling time!

There is nothing quite like a big, juicy beef burger. Loaded with all sorts of fresh, delicious toppings and capped with a soft and tasty bun. Served up with a side of Grandma’s macaroni salad and, of course, a big jar of chilled pickles.

Nothing makes my family happier than a weekend barbecue. Especially when I serve Chile Lime Ground Chicken Burgers. A flavorsome alternative to those big, juicy ground beef burgers and every bit as delicious.

By Karista Bennett Chile-lime chicken burgers are easy to prepare on the home barbecue grill.

By Karista Bennett
Chile-lime chicken burgers are easy to prepare on the home barbecue grill.

Spiced with chili powder and cumin and flavored with chopped fresh green onion with a squeeze of lime juice. Add in my secret ingredient, mayonnaise, to keep the ground chicken burger moist and delicious.

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Author recruits friend to publish first book

May 21, 2013

Issaquah resident Brenda Elser and her friend Kristin Loehrmann, of Renton, recently published their first novel, “The Case of the Halloween Heist,” a joint effort.

The book, a “whodunnit” mystery, appeals mostly to second- through fourth-graders. It seems all of the kids in the story got up the morning after Halloween and found their Halloween candy missing, replaced by dental floss. What could be more evil?

Contributed Kristin Loehrmann (left) and Brenda Elser are the authors of ‘The Case of the Halloween Heist’ in the Magical Mystery Series of childrens’ books.

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Kristin Loehrmann (left) and Brenda Elser are the authors of ‘The Case of the Halloween Heist’ in the Magical Mystery Series of childrens’ books.

“We were working together at the time and we had gone on some long walks together, and we had some joint ideas,” Elser said of when they started writing the book. “I started the first chapter and then passed it over to Kristin.”

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Police & Fire

May 21, 2013

DUI

At about 2:20 a.m. May 3, officers noticed a car going 50 mph in a 35 mph zone near the 4600 block of Issaquah-Pine Lake Road Southeast. The man said he would not submit to a portable Breathalyzer because he did not trust the technology, but he was willing to submit to sobriety tests. Officers noted signs consistent with impairment. The officer arrested the man and took him to the station. The man asked for a specific public defender, and was put in touch with him. Eventually, he took a breath test and blew .135 percent, above the legal limit of .08 percent.

 

Passionate plumber

A woman told police she was upset that a plumber hired by her apartment complex in the 200 block of southwest Clark Street on April 30 to fix her clogged toilet was rude and “scary.” She said the plumber demanded entrance into her home to fix her toilet and told her about consequences for not fixing the problem immediately.

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