To the Editor

September 17, 2013

Water issue

Government shouldn’t operate in secrecy

Regarding The Issaquah Press article “Issaquah hoodwinks Sammamish Plateau Sewer and Water District customers,” we should all be disappointed.

‘’Democracies die behind closed doors,’’ wrote Judge Damon J. Keith, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, in a ruling handed down in 2002 regarding secret visa courts.

The citizens of Issaquah have the right to know that their government is conducting their business fairly and lawfully so when our mayor and City Council undertake the sort of deceptive practices described in the article, we should all be furious.

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Boundary review board hosts annexation hearing

September 17, 2013

King County’s Boundary Review Board will hold a public hearing for the proposed Klahanie-area annexation Sept. 18.

The 7 p.m. hearing will begin in the Holiday Inn Issaquah at 1801 12th Ave. N.W. The purpose of the meeting is to hear testimony and deliberate on Issaquah’s decision to ask city voters about annexation.

As part of the process for the board to approve a vote on the annexation, it must hold a hearing for interested persons to speak on the topic. If needed, an additional hearing will occur the following day, Sept. 19, at the same time and place.

A prospective vote would not occur until early 2014 should it move past the Boundary Review Board.


Snake is loose at IHS

September 17, 2013

School may be in, but Hamilton is out.

A teacher at Issaquah High School noticed the morning of Sept. 11 that the docile, nonvenomous 2 ½-foot ball python, a biology class pet, had escaped his aquarium.

Administrators searched the school for the snake and called animal control, but it has not been located yet.

Administrators think it’s likely that the snake is still in the biology classroom, according to an email from the school. Animal control believes Hamilton will return to his cage on his own when he gets hungry. In the meantime, classes are still in session.



Issaquah schools are holding two surplus sales, starting Monday

September 17, 2013

The Issaquah School District is holding a surplus sale of a variety of equipment, books, furniture, televisions and other items.

The sale will be from 3-5 p.m. Sept. 24 at the May Valley Service Center. The first half-hour is for students only, with surplus textbooks and library books up for sale. The general public is invited to purchase a wide variety of items during the last 90 minutes.

Cash and checks are the accepted means of payment for both sales. Learn more by calling the district’s purchasing office at 837-7071.





Food & Clothing Bank to host benefit breakfast

September 17, 2013

The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank will host an Oct. 17 benefit breakfast at Eastridge Church, 24205 S.E. Fall City Road.

Register now to help fill the shelves at the food bank that serves an average of 4,934 people per month.

The Recipe for Hope Breakfast begins at 7 a.m. James Whitfield, CEO of Leadership Eastside, will be the keynote speaker, while state Sen. Mark Mullet will emcee the event.

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Issaquah motorcyclist injured in state Route 202 accident

September 17, 2013

Timothy Wartchow, 43, of Issaquah, was transported to Harborview Medical Center after a vehicle struck his motorcycle on state Route 202 at 244th Avenue Northeast Sept. 11.

Wartchow was traveling eastbound on the road at 5:09 p.m., when he was struck by a vehicle exiting the Shell gas station, according to a news release from the Washington State Patrol.

He was thrown 30 feet and the vehicle was pushed off the roadway. The road was closed for more than three hours.

The driver and three passengers were not injured. The accident is under investigation.



Embrace Zero Waste with author Bea Johnson

September 17, 2013

Join waste reduction blogger Bea Johnson, author of “Zero Waste Home,” for a talk about waste reduction from 1-2 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. Oct. 17 at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive. The event celebrates the first anniversary of the CleanScapes retail store and customer service center in Issaquah’s Gilman Village.

During the presentation, Johnson will share how her family of four adopted a Zero Waste lifestyle, her system of 5Rs and the benefits of living simply. After the presentation will be a 30-minute Q & A and a book signing.

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For the first time in decades, county has surplus jail beds

September 17, 2013

The average daily jail population of 1,765 in the King County Jail is well below history averages, according to the Aug. 14 edition of The Prosecutor’s Post, a regular email newsletter from King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg.

The year 2000 showed a population of 2,943 inmates on any given day.

The numbers owe their drop to factors including the construction of the South Correctional Entity facility by a group of South County cities and a decline in the number of people held in custody while awaiting trial.

In the past decade, criminal justice leaders in King County have built more alternatives to secure detention, so they can monitor people awaiting trial in the community instead of in jail. That correlates with a gradual decline in the crime rate during that time, which relieves some pressure on the county jail.

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Alumna group seeks book donations for local child patients

September 17, 2013

Members of the Bellevue-Eastside Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women Alumnae Club will be in the lobby of the Issaquah campus of Swedish Medical Center collecting new or gently used books for children Sept. 25.

The event is a continuation of a project the group, whose fraternity’s philanthropy is literacy, started last year.

“About a year ago, we got together and decided we need a project that helps our local community,” said Claire Cahill, a member of the group.

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Community Services relocates office, changes evening hours

September 17, 2013

Issaquah Community Services, a nonprofit organization that provides emergency financial assistance to families in the Issaquah School District, has relocated its office.

The new office is at 180 Sunset Way in the Community Hall, next door from the old location in the Issaquah fire station. The phone number remains the same, 837-3125.

Daily hours of operation also remain the same, from 9-11 a.m. Monday through Friday. However, evening hours are now on Monday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. instead of Tuesday.

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