Arson suspected in house fire

July 9, 2013

A fire was reported before 4 a.m. July 5 in the 15000 block of Southeast 113th Street, which is believed to be intentional.

Eastside Fire & Rescue Deputy Chief of Operations Greg Tryon said no one was injured in the fire, which began in a doorway and spread into the attic.

When asked why EFR responders believed arson might be the cause, Tryon said it was because of “information provided to us by the King County Sheriff’s Office at the scene.”

As to whether the fire was related to the July 3 former fire station blaze, Tryon replied, “I would say no.”



Off The Press

July 9, 2013

Softball, reporter come full circle in summer game

There are always certain places from our youth that remain entrenched in our memories, no matter what.

For me, one such place is Kirkland’s Everest Park, where in 2000, as a member of the North Issaquah Little League softball 9/10 all-star team, I enjoyed one of the best summers of my life.

Christina Corrales-Toy Press reporter

Christina Corrales-Toy
Press reporter

Exactly 13 years after our team took second place in the District 9 tournament, I returned to the fields to cover the Issaquah/Sammamish softball all-star team July 5. As you can imagine, I was hit with an overbearing wave of nostalgia.

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Police & Fire

July 9, 2013

Return to sender

Officers searched the 100 block of East Sunset Way on June 21 for a male that had just been released from jail and was walking around yelling and growling at people in the downtown area.


Car stolen

A 1995 white Jeep Cherokee was stolen in the 700 block of Northeast Blakely Drive on June 21.

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July 9, 2013

Skate Park needs higher visibility

We are pleased to see that the mayor and Issaquah City Council listened to the people who spoke up for a solution to relocating the Skate Park.

It was teens who brought their skateboards and their voices to the council in 1996 when they asked for the Skate Park to be built. It was opened in 1997 just behind the Issaquah Community Center and for a while was a true asset to the primarily teen set who had a place to careen on their boards up one cement wall and down another.

The seclusion of the park — along the wooded Rainier Trail that connects the high school and middle school — proved to be too attractive to youths who need supervising. The Skate Park is now known in the community as much for its drug dealing as a place to skate. Litter, including drug paraphernalia, gives insight into illegal activity going on there.

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Douglas County man fires shotgun at Issaquah parasailer

July 9, 2013

On the afternoon of July 2, a Douglas County landowner fired warning shots to keep an Issaquah parasailer off of his property.

According to Douglas County Undersheriff Don Culp, Issaquah resident Matthew Senior was flying over Box Canyon at only 60 to 80 feet over the ground when the unidentified property owner stepped out of his house and fired a shotgun into the air. Culp said Senior continued to fly over the land and exchanged harsh words with the landowner who proceeded to reload and shoot again in warning.

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Economic Vitality Commission gives roadmap of recommendations

July 9, 2013

The Economic Vitality Commission gave the council its roadmap to committee recommendations during the June 25 Committee on the Whole meeting.

Created by the city to facilitate Economic Development Department, the commission has been tasked with evaluating different paths the department could take to increase the economic viability of Issaquah. It is staffed by volunteers from the business community, and has set out to add a perspective in the discussion of which direction the city should take as it continues to grow.

“We looked at where we wanted to take the city in the future and obstacles that would keep us from getting there,” commission Chairman Karl Leigh said. “We need to understand what we are and we need to market what we want to be.”

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Put your best foot forward as walking ambassador

July 9, 2013

Feet First, a partner of the city, will hold training sessions for its Neighborhood Walking Ambassador program from 5:30-7:30 p.m. July 10.

Feet First and the city will tell attendees the location of the training session after participants register.

The Ambassadors lead neighbors and friends on fun, community-focused walks around Issaquah to promote the city’s improved walkability. In addition, the walkers will contribute to development by sharing observations and recommendations with city officials.

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Thundering Angels charity ride features a bit of ‘Anarchy’

July 9, 2013

Anarchy is coming to Issaquah.

Specifically, Sean McNabb, heavy metal musician and “Sons of Anarchy” star, is dropping in for the Thundering Angels Motor Club’s seventh annual Burgers, Bikers, and Babes Rally on July 14.

Die-hard bikers don’t have to wait until Sunday to get in on the action; at 11 a.m. July 13, McNabb will lead the Thundering Ride/Poker Run for the Issaquah Food Bank and cancer research to kick off the weekend.

Contributed Sean McNabb, former musician and cast member of ‘Sons of Anarchy’ will appear at a local charity ride July 14.

Sean McNabb, former musician and cast member of ‘Sons of Anarchy’ will appear at a local charity ride July 14.

Registration, which is $25, begins at 10 a.m. at I-90 Motorsports, and the ride route will go down Gilman Boulevard, ending at the XXX Rootbeer Drive-in. If the weather cooperates, the Thundering Angels are expecting “many hundreds” of participants, although the event will go on rain or shine.

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Cool off indoors with hot KIDSTAGE ‘Kiss Me Kate’

July 9, 2013

Now that Independence Day has rolled past and summer has officially kicked off, outdoor activities abound as the weather becomes more accommodating.

However, Village Theatre has something for those who enjoy a nicely air-conditioned event, indoors, free from the sun’s hot glare. The KIDSTAGE summer independent production series presents “Kiss Me Kate,” a fresh take on the Cole Porter classic musical.

By Jean Johnson/Village Theatre Shannon McEldowney (Lois/Bianca), Chandler Gerdes (Hortensio), Jake Nicholson (Bill/Lucentio), and Nick McCarthy (Gremio) perform the song ‘Tom, Dick or Harry’ in the Village Theatre KIDSTAGE production of ‘Kiss Me Kate.’

By Jean Johnson/Village Theatre
Shannon McEldowney (Lois/Bianca), Chandler Gerdes (Hortensio), Jake Nicholson (Bill/Lucentio), and Nick McCarthy (Gremio) perform the song ‘Tom, Dick or Harry’ in the Village Theatre KIDSTAGE production of ‘Kiss Me Kate.’

Director Tucker Goodman said the production should appeal to a wide audience.

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History Museums presents the story of ‘Bad Ben Legg’

July 9, 2013

The past of every community is enriched by fascinating individuals who actively participated in events that had a lasting impact.

Issaquah is no exception. Join Issaquah History Museums’ director Erica Maniez for a colorful tale of such a person from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 13 in the historic Train Depot Museum, 78 First Ave. N.E.

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