King County hosts open house series for trail project update

March 11, 2014

Come to any of four King County Parks’ open houses and learn more about design and planning for the South Sammamish segment of the East Lake Sammamish Trail project.

King County Parks is hosting the open house series to update residents about converting this portion of the trail from the interim soft surface trail to a master planned trail, including paving, soft-surface shoulders, fencing, landscaping, intersection crossing treatments and more.

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State Parks offers a day of free parking

March 11, 2014

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 next date is March 29.

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.

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To the Editor

March 11, 2014

Klahanie

Open letter to the Issaquah City Council:

The vote is over and the residents of Klahanie and surrounding neighborhoods have said no to annexation to Issaquah. My neighbors and I voted no, not because we wanted to stay unincorporated, but because we would like to pursue Sammamish as an option. In order for that to happen, and to have the opportunity to belong to a city, I am asking for your help.

When Mayor Fred Butler and Councilman Joe Forkner were campaigning last fall, both said that they would support removing Klahanie from Issaquah’s Potential Annexation Area if the citizens rejected Issaquah annexation.

Please remember your words last fall, Mr. Butler, and please support our area in finding a home with your neighbor to the north. Time is of the essence! I would further request you not delay this process with considerations of dividing up the Klahanie PAA, which would only lead to difficulties for both cities when it comes to providing services and road improvements.

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Editorial

March 11, 2014

State park lifeguards worth considering

The park manager at Lake Sammamish State Park is asking Issaquah to consider chipping in for lifeguards at the beaches on Lake Sammamish. The idea is worth considering, but the city must protect its interests.

The state ran a pilot program of placing lifeguards on the beaches in 2007 and 2008. In that time, the number of average daily visitors to guarded beaches rose from about 178 to 267. Considering it sometimes takes time for word to spread of a new program, it’s likely that many of the visitors in the second year heard about lifeguards and made the decision to come to the beach because they knew they and their children would be safe.

If the increase in visitation continues, with a commensurate increase in revenue from fees to enter the park, it would help offset the costs of hiring lifeguards for the swimming season. From a fiscal standpoint, the lifeguards would quickly pay for themselves.

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Time to upgrade your ‘farkle’

March 11, 2014

As spring arrives, this old man’s heart turns once again to motorcycles and getting ready for yet another riding season, which means deciding what “farkle” (a combination of function and sparkle) to upgrade, add or delete.

As I was upgrading my hand guards and the power outlet, to better accommodate my GPS and cellphone charger, a neighbor stopped by.

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Joe Grove
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“How do you know what kind of motorcycle to buy?” he asked.

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State Patrol hosts law enforcement camp

March 11, 2014

High-school juniors and seniors with an interest in law enforcement will have an opportunity to spend a week this summer learning about roles and job opportunities within the profession.

Applications are being accepted for the 37th annual Washington State – Kiwanis Youth Law Enforcement Camp, held July 20-26 at the Washington State Patrol Academy in Shelton.

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Lauren Davis named project director

March 11, 2014

Lauren Davis, 2005 graduate of Issaquah High School, has been named project director for University of Washington’s Husky Help & Hope Program.

Lauren Davis

Lauren Davis

The program is made possible by a $300,000 grant awarded to University of Washington and Forefront to modernize approaches to suicide prevention at the Seattle Campus.

Davis serves on several King County boards aimed at preventing suicide and improving mental health. She has worked for suicide prevention since a childhood friend took his own life in high school. She previously worked as an international development consultant for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and was a Fulbright scholar in Ghana.

Carleton Hart

March 11, 2014

Carleton Wells Hart was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 9 October 1949, to Carleton W. Hart and Donnamae Sanford Gaunt.

Carleton Hart

Carleton Hart

He graduated from Upper Darby High School and Penn State. He married Donna Johnson on 8 August 1969 in Drexel Hill, Penn., and they had one daughter, Emmelyn Hart.

Carl worked as an Underwriter for Unigard Insurance for 41 years and retired in 2013. His insurance designations included CPCU, CIC, ARM, AU and CLCS. He was past president of the Puget Sound Chapter/Penn State Alumni Association and member of the SAR (Sons of the American Revolution).

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Earned privilege

March 11, 2014

In a life of milestones, local author meets another with self-published book

Sitting in a ray of sunshine in his “hooray for me” room in his Cougar Mountain home, Randy Harrison paused while discussing his book “West From Yesterday.”

From the window seat in the room (a Southern nickname for a room full of mementos from one’s life), the first-time author said he had shared the manuscript with family and friends before self-publishing it through Amazon.com. They’d realized the tale of Tucker, a post-Civil War-era plantation owner who journeys West in a bout of self-discovery, sounded a lot like someone they knew.

By David Hayes Randy Harrison, author of ‘West from Yesterday’ stands in his Cougar Mountain home’s ‘hooray-for-me’ room where he’s planning his next project — teaching himself to play guitar.

By David Hayes
Randy Harrison, author of ‘West from Yesterday’ stands in his Cougar Mountain home’s ‘hooray-for-me’ room where he’s planning his next project — teaching himself to play guitar.

“They said they found a lot of me in Tucker,” Harrison said. “I realized both me and Tucker were from a Virginia family, had come from a life of privilege only by birth. And we both felt a sense of obligation that we had to earn what comes from that gift of privilege.”

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Local teens prepare for ‘Spamalot’ this weekend

March 11, 2014

Teenagers from local high schools are preparing for their production of “Spamalot” through 5th Avenue Theatre’s Rising Star Project.

The yearly project allows high school students from Washington to gain firsthand experience of professional theatrical productions, including promoting and performing.

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