Police & Fire

August 20, 2013

Open garage door

Between midnight and 12:08 a.m. Aug. 1, someone went into an open garage in the 2600 block of Southeast 23rd Place and took a remote control car, battery and charger worth about $400. The homeowner had pulled into the driveway as it was happening and saw a male, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood up and either baggy, dark jeans or sweatpants, flee. The suspect hopped into a nearby vehicle and drove off

 

Out of service dog

A manager at Fred Meyer, 6100 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway, called to report a disturbance by a customer who was refusing to leave the store Aug. 2. Police arrived and found the female in the store with a service animal, which relieved itself in the store. Officers spoke with the female about the mess.

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To the Editor

August 20, 2013

Postal worker

Keystone cops couldn’t have handled situation worse

The story of the Issaquah postal worker/thief read like a phony news story out of The Onion rather than real life. If the story is true, we should all feel the cold chill of the relativistic justice that was meted out in this case.

Everyone from the USPS “inspector” to the U.S. “attorney” and the “judge” who “work” for the people should be — ashamed, embarrassed, disbarred, fired?

The ridiculous quote from the defense attorney is what really dropped my jaw. Ms. Wei stole money for financial reasons, he said. I especially loved the “sob” story about why she needed to steal the money. What could it be, a costly operation for her dear old mother? Life-saving medicine for her infant? To keep the farm out of the hands of…? No, she spends a lot of money on her daughter’s sports commitments.

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Bartell Drugs seeks school supply donations

August 20, 2013

Through Aug. 31, Bartell Drugs stores welcome donations of schools supplies for their 10th annual “School Tools for Kids in Need.” The drive supports students in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties through World Vision’s Teacher Resource Center in Fife.

The school supplies help restock the center, where teachers with students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch programs “shop” free of charge for school supplies to meet students’ needs.

As many as 58,000 local students begin the school year without basic school supplies, according to World Vision.

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The art of philanthrophy

August 20, 2013

Skyline grad uses art to pay it forward

Karan Sunil’s infatuation with art began at an early age, and he’s developed his gifts to the point where one of the most prestigious schools in the country wants him to study there.

Sunil, who graduated from Skyline High School in June, will soon be headed to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he plans to work toward an art production career in film or television.

Contributed Artist Karan Sunil (right) shows off his ‘Seattle Nightscape’ piece alongside Bipasha Mukherjee, who bought the painting during Sunil’s charity art show at Sammamish City Hall on Aug. 3.

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Artist Karan Sunil (right) shows off his ‘Seattle Nightscape’ piece alongside Bipasha Mukherjee, who bought the painting during Sunil’s charity art show at Sammamish City Hall on Aug. 3.

“I don’t know yet whether that’s animation, whether that’s storyboarding or character design,” he said. “That’s something I’ll have to discover and figure out.”

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Editorial

August 20, 2013

Early school levy decision welcome

We appreciate early decision making by the Issaquah School Board in regard to its 2014 school levy and bond package.

The board approved its request that will go to voters in February on June 26, although exact numbers could vary slightly before being confirmed this fall, after state funding is considered.

With the citizen task force research done and needs identified, there was no reason to delay the school board vote. It’s always a good thing to get the facts out there early, as voters will need the seven months lead time to get their head around the numbers.

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Seattle Tilth hosts master recycler composter class

August 20, 2013

Seattle Tilth is accepting applications for its Master Recycler Composter Eastside program. Held every Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 4-28, the sessions will teach participants how to help make their community more sustainable.

To qualify for the program, participants must be 18 or older and be available to attend all sessions, according to Falaah Jones, the eastside programs coordinator for Seattle Tilth. The time commitment for the program is about 26 hours of instruction, followed by a 20-hour independent community outreach project. After completing the project, Seattle Tilth will refund the $20 program fee.

The first session was held last year, so the program is still new, but the reception was positive.

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Rebuilding the rubric

August 20, 2013

Major projects are designed to upgrade school district facilities

 

By Greg Farrar Construction workers continue to demolish the old and create the new at Liberty High School, with a new commons, auxiliary gym and science lab ready for students, but many classes are being held in portable classrooms this school year.

By Greg Farrar
Construction workers continue to demolish the old and create the new at Liberty High School, with a new commons, auxiliary gym and science lab ready for students, but many classes are being held in portable classrooms this school year.

Voters in the Issaquah School District are starting to see the results of a $219 million bond measure they approved more than a year ago.

Work is well under way at most of the district’s 24 schools on a variety of projects, some to increase student capacity and some to improve aging infrastructure.

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No need to churn this ice cream

August 20, 2013

There are few foods that epitomize summer more than ice cream. Lazy afternoon days soaking up the rarefied Pacific Northwest sun are just somehow made better, more poignant with a bowl or cone of meltingly creamy ice cream at hand.

The plethora of summer fruits available in markets right now are just begging to be included in virtually everything we eat. In salads, on the grill brushed with olive oil, in desserts and in this case, specifically in ice cream.

By Maria Nelson Blackberry no churn ice cream is an easy concoction to create to stay cool during summer.

By Maria Nelson
Blackberry no churn ice cream is an easy concoction to create to stay cool during summer.

August is the perfect month to dive into some homemade ice cream if you haven’t had the chance yet. Gone are the days when in order to make ice cream you needed a bulky, hand-crank-and-rock-salt contraption. Gone even are the days when you need an ice cream maker of any kind. Easy no-churn ice cream recipes abound and the beauty of them lies in their versatility.

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Pack light when it comes to backpack safety matters

August 20, 2013

As the bustle of the back-to-school shopping season descends upon Issaquah School District families, it’s likely that a new backpack is at the top of the shopping list.

The backpack featuring a student’s favorite cartoon character will likely stand out, as will the one with that particularly hip design, but it’s not the color that matters so much as the function.

Thinkstock Backpacks, with increased capacity for a growing homework load, can cause problems with students’ backs if worn incorrectly.

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Backpacks, with increased capacity for a growing homework load, can cause problems with students’ backs if worn incorrectly.

Studies show that overloaded or improperly worn backpacks can cause back, neck and shoulder pain that, if left untreated, could grow worse into adulthood.

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City offers new afternoon preschool class

August 20, 2013

The city has opened registration for a new afternoon preschool class during the 2013-2014 school year.

The class is open to 3-year-olds, and takes place at the Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S. The class will be from 12:30-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The school year begins Sept. 5.

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