Red Cross launches multiyear preparedness campaign

June 4, 2013

The American Red Cross Western Washington Chapters have launched Safe in the Sound, a three-year public awareness campaign to help individuals and communities prepare for every type of disaster.

With more than 4.5 million people in the Puget Sound area, the goal is to give at least one member of every household the knowledge, training and skills to respond to a disaster, according to a press release from the American Red Cross.

Founding partner Puget Sound Energy’s contribution will help Safe in the Sound prepare individuals, communities and organizations for disasters. Whether it is an earthquake or an everyday disaster, such as a home fire or medical emergency, Puget Sound-area residents must be prepared for when, not if, the next crisis strikes.

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Issaquah plays role in novel ‘Visits to Issaquah’

June 4, 2013

Nathan Kositsky, the author of ‘Visits to Issaquah,’ plays the harmonica and guitar at his Snoqualmie home. Contributed

Nathan Kositsky, the author of ‘Visits to Issaquah,’ plays the harmonica and guitar at his Snoqualmie home. Contributed

It is often said that authors should write about what they know.

Snoqualmie author Nathan Kositsky takes that mantra seriously, injecting his own life experiences into his novels, including his most recent one, “Visits to Issaquah.”

“Why write about something that you don’t know anything about?” he said. “That’s being a phony, in my opinion, and there are enough phonies out there.”

It is no surprise then that the main character in the book is a psychiatrist, given that Kositsky studied psychology in college.

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Tiger Mountain High School taking applications

June 4, 2013

Tiger Mountain Community High School is now accepting applications for the 2013-14 school year.

Tiger Mountain is set on a flora rich campus with classrooms open to a green courtyard, according to a press release from the school. With approximately 100 students, Tiger Mountain learners enjoy small class sizes and personalized learning to meet students’ individual interests and passions.

The school offers all core subjects required for graduation, computer programming, culinary arts, botany, health and physical education. Teachers are proud of the new media library and the after school Teen Center that is funded largely by the Issaquah Schools Foundation.

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Police & Fire

June 4, 2013

Car break-in

Police responded to the 1600 block of 217th Place Southeast at 11:05 p.m. May 19 for a report of a vehicle break-in. The man who lives at the home heard his dog barking and saw the dome light on in his vehicle. The center console was open, but nothing was missing.

 

Not a bar

Police responded to a report of two men drinking in a car in front of Bartell Drugs at 11:10 a.m. May 20. The pair had bottles of vodka and Red Bull and could not explain why they were there. The car was not running and the keys were not in the ignition. Police told the men they should leave the area on foot and not return until they had sobered up. They agreed, dumped the alcohol and left the area on foot.

 

Car break-in

A man called to report someone had taken a laptop, backpack and external hard drive from his vehicle between 9:15 p.m. May 24 and 8:30 a.m. May 25 in the 3000 block of 230th Lane Southeast. He estimates the total value of the items at $1,260. There is no indication of how someone might have gotten into the vehicle, which had its doors locked.

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Developers deliver proposal for new highlands homes

June 4, 2013

A proposal to add almost 300 more homes to the Issaquah Highlands is currently under review from the City Development Services Department.

After exploring a development agreement with Lakeside Industries and Polygon Homes through last year, the City Council approved an official plan in December. The developers recently delivered the initial proposals for the land, which include outfitting it for 268 stacked, flat rental homes and about 30 townhomes on a 13-acre site situated like a campus.

The proposal also calls for a number of transportation upgrades due to the proximity of the site to the busy Highlands Drive Northeast. Changes include a new pedestrian signal for residents to cross to the nearby transit center and a new traffic signal to allow access to the development and future housing.

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New law to spread computer science education

June 4, 2013

A version of a pilot program at Issaquah High School recently passed through the Legislature to be available for the whole state.

In a bill drafted and promoted by freshman State Rep. Chad Magendanz, the state has undertaken the commitment to increase the availability of computer science instruction within the schools. In its passed language, the bill states that the Legislature “intends to take additional steps to improve and expand access to computer science education, particularly in advanced courses that could prepare students for careers in the field.”

Though it is not as complex as the Technology Education and Literacy in Schools program Magendanz was involved with while he served on the Issaquah school board, he said he is still very excited about his first co-sponsored bill to be signed into law.

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Lassie comes to Issaquah

June 4, 2013

In 1943, MGM studios decided to make a low-budget technicolor “dog” film starring a canine named Lassie.

Though “Lassie, Come Home” was envisioned as a B-movie by MGM, it was a commercial hit, still going strong after 70 years, according to a press release from the city of Issaquah.

The free movie will be shown as part of the second Saturday film series at 7 p.m. June 8 at Issaquah City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way.

Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival is June 8

June 4, 2013

The Jump-Off Huck Contest at the 2012 Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival gave riders the chance to catch air on some of the largest jumps at Duthie Hill Park. File

The Jump-Off Huck Contest at the 2012 Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival gave riders the chance to catch air on some of the largest jumps at Duthie Hill Park.
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Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance’s all-day Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival runs from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 8 at Duthie Hill Park.

The event features more than 40 vendor and sponsor booths, bike demos from all the top brands, racing and jumping competitions for all skill levels, a poker ride, bike skills demonstrations, mini skills clinics, events for youth, food and beverage concessions, raffles, music in the evening and more. This event is free and open to the public, and families are encouraged to attend. Trails will be open to ride.

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Liberty’s ‘The Wizard of Oz’ scores 11 drama nominations

June 4, 2013

The Liberty High School production of “The Wizard of Oz,” garnered an impressive 11 nominations from The 5th Avenue Theatre’s annual awards that recognize musical theater at high schools across the state.

The program received nominations for Outstanding Overall Musical, Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Music Direction, Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Scenic Design, Outstanding Lighting Design, Outstanding Stage Crew, Outstanding Lobby Display and Outstanding Performance by a Chorus.

Madison Smith was recognized for her role as the Wicked Witch with a nomination in the Outstanding Performance by an Actor or Actress in a Non-Singing Role category, while Eric Spradling-Reim, as the Scarecrow, received a nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role.

Rediscover the wonders at your local library

June 4, 2013

Joe Grove Press reporter

Joe Grove
Press reporter

When teaching high school English, I sometimes worried if we were entering a post-literate age, as there are so many students who don’t like to read or write. Are we going to again see a time when professional scribes carry the burdens and blessings of literacy?

News stories abound containing complaints about barely literate high school and college graduates. Human resource people look at résumés and shake their heads.

Literacy should start at home with parents who read and talk to their children about books. When that doesn’t happen, it leaves children at a disadvantage. To help make this happen, most communities provide astounding resources through free lending libraries.

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