Register to vote or update registration by mail or online by March 24

March 22, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. March 22, 2014

Voters need to update their voter registration by mail or online by March 24.

April 14 is the deadline for in-person registration.

All eligible King County voters will receive a ballot for the April 22 Special Election that will include a countywide measure to raise taxes to fund county roads and transit.

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Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum appointed to lead Issaquah Police Department

March 21, 2014

NEW — 3:55 p.m. March 21, 2014

Mayor Fred Butler announced his appointment of Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum as the new chief of Issaquah police March 21.

Issaquah Police Chief Scott Behrbaum (Photo from the city of Issaquah)

Issaquah Police Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum
(Photo from the city of Issaquah)

With more than 18 years of service to the Issaquah Police Department, Behrbaum has served as a patrol commander for the past six.

He has also worked as a patrol sergeant, crime prevention officer, narcotics officer and as the agency’s first school resource officer at Issaquah High School.

If the City Council confirms the appointment, Behrbaum replaces Chief Paul Ayers, who will retire April 15.

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J. Michael Marsh joins Overlake as new president, CEO

March 21, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. March 21, 2014

After conducting a national search, Overlake Medical Center’s Board of Trustees recently appointed J. Michael Marsh as its new president and CEO.

J. Michael Marsh

J. Michael Marsh

Marsh comes to Overlake from Providence Health & Services, an integrated health care system that includes 32 hospitals in five states.

He has served in a number of senior executive positions during his 28-year career, including chief strategy officer/chief operating officer for the Washington/Montana region that included accountability for 10 hospitals, home health, hospice, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient centers and physician clinics.

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Issaquah High School hosts third fashion show, auction to benefit programs and clubs

March 20, 2014

NEW — 11:50 p.m. March 20, 2014

The Issaquah High School PTSA and Associated Student Body will present their third annual Issaquah IFashion Show and Auction on March 28 in the Issaquah High School Theater.

The silent auction kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Doors open for the fashion show at 7 p.m. with the curtain rising at 7:30 p.m.

By Studio B Portraits Nick Garcia walks the runway at last year’s fashion show. The IHS senior will be in the show again this year.

By Studio B Portraits
Nick Garcia walks the runway at last year’s fashion show. The IHS senior will be in the show again this year.

The IFashion Show and Auction support Issaquah High’s ASB and PTSA by providing funds for outreach programs and clubs including Spike Ball Club, Cycle the Wave and DECA. Since 2012, the amount the show raised has increased by about 25 percent each year.

Tickets are $15 for adults ages 18-64, and $5 for students with an ASB card and seniors ages 65 and older.

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Skyline FCCLA and ‘The Hunger Games’ teach students about hunger

March 19, 2014

NEW – 11:30 a.m. March 19, 2014

Hunger debilitates the mind and body, and hinders a person’s ability to function properly.

Let’s take a moment to understand a staggering statistic about hunger in America: Currently, 16.2 million — or one in five — students in the United States struggle with hunger. According to Skyline High School’s FCCLA chapter, only 40 percent of Skyline students were aware of this growing issue.

Noela Lu Skyline High School

Noela Lu
Skyline High School

FCCLA, or the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, supports many causes. For the past few years, the Skyline chapter has supported No Kid Hungry, a nonprofit organization working to raise awareness of childhood hunger in America.

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Let’s Go! March 20-26

March 19, 2014

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State Parks offers a day of free parking today

March 19, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. March 19, 2014

Today is Washington State Parks’ 101st birthday, and it’s your lucky day because you can park at Lake Sammamish State Park and the Tiger Mountain State Forest for free.

Washington State Parks has 12 free days in 2014 when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass to visit a state park.

The free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on state-managed recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Department of Natural Resources.

The Discover Pass legislation provided that State Parks could designate up to 12 free days when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. The free days apply only at state parks; the Discover Pass is still required to access DFW and DNR lands.

Learn more here.

Police chief retires after 39-year career

March 18, 2014

By Greg Farrar Paul Ayers, Issaquah’s police chief for the last seven years, pauses in his office for a portrait.

By Greg Farrar
Paul Ayers, Issaquah’s police chief for the last seven years, pauses in his office for a portrait.

After 39 years in law enforcement — seven in Issaquah — Chief Paul Ayers is ready to take it easy.

Though it started out as a ride-along after serving his tours of duty in Vietnam, police work became a decorated career for Ayers almost four decades ago. He will serve his last day April 15.

“Literally, my first day riding along was a huge eye-opener for me,” Ayers said. “What people know about law enforcement is what they read in the paper and what they see on TV. When you’re at street level and see those things happen, it really makes you realize this job is a lot more.”

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City Council considers offering annexation to parts of Klahanie PAA

March 18, 2014

Issaquah might still offer annexation to parts of the Klahanie area — and that might take another year.

In the March 10 City Council work session and the March 11 Land and Shore Committee meeting, exploring next steps for the Klahanie potential annexation area took center stage. King County Elections certified the Feb. 11 special election results Feb. 25, in which residents in that area voted whether to join the city of Issaquah. Needing 60 percent to pass and for those residents to assume the city’s bonded indebtedness, the vote earned 49.47 percent in favor of joining Issaquah.

Council President Paul Winterstein identified five options available to the council for consideration in light of the certified vote.

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State eyes June construction for state park bathhouse

March 18, 2014

Lake Sammamish State Park will receive its Sunset Beach Bathhouse this year, officials said.

Park Manager Richard Benson said plans outlined in 2007 might finally see the light of day with the help of funding secured in last year’s legislative session.

“Apparently, bids will go out around April 1 with construction beginning early enough to have substantial progress by June 13,” Benson wrote in an email. “That really is good news. It will have been 40 years since we have had improvements like this here at the park.”

The bathhouse would offer updated restroom and concession facilities along with space for a future lifeguard program.

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