Voter registration deadlines approach

January 14, 2014

Be sure you’re ready to vote in the Feb. 11 special election.

The deadline for in-person registration for new Washington voters is Feb. 3.

More than half of King County voters will receive ballots, which will be mailed Jan. 22. Sixteen school districts, including Issaquah, the city of Issaquah and the Klahanie Annexation Area have measures on ballots.

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Sammamish makes offer to Klahanie-area residents

January 14, 2014

The Sammamish City Council is trying to make the Klahanie annexation area an offer it can’t refuse.

The council voted unanimously Jan. 7 that if the Klahanie area does not vote to be absorbed into Issaquah, Sammamish will “fast track” an annexation of its own. It also made a laundry list of promises for what types of services it would provide Klahanie-area residents if they were to enter Sammamish.

“We would endeavor to have a vote of the Klahanie area as soon as possible,” Councilman Don Gerend said.

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Police & Fire

January 14, 2014

Missing packages

A woman called to report some packages had gone missing from her front porch in the 19700 block of Southeast 24th Way between 3 and 3:40 p.m. Dec. 20. A UPS driver had dropped the packages off and the woman’s husband, who was home, saw them. He was unable to retrieve the packages for a while, and by the time he could, they were missing. Inside were board games and a shirt worth $160.

 

More missing packages

A woman in the 2900 block of 218th Avenue Southeast had some packages delivered at about 3:20 p.m. Dec. 20. She was working and unable to retrieve them. When she went to do so at about 4 p.m., they were gone. The packages contained dog food, beauty supplies and other goods worth about $110.

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Glamping is fun when done in the trees

January 14, 2014

My wife and I stayed Jan. 3 in a most interesting place for a Friday night — a tree.

I’ve written stories about Treehouse Point over the years for The Press, but it took my wife’s initiative to make us reservations to stay overnight in one of their tree house lodges.

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes
Press reporter

This also represents the closest I’ve ever been to glamping — an upscale way to camp in luxury in the outdoors.

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Editorial

January 14, 2014

Sammamish offers Klahanie a choice

By this time next week, ballots for the Feb. 11 election will be in the mail and voters in the Klahanie annexation area will be choosing future services for their homes.

Or not.

The Klahanie annexation vote continues to be mostly an emotional one for many we have spoken with. It’s easy to say yes to annexation, understanding that property taxes will go down, and road and safety services will go up. And after all, those residents already have an Issaquah address and live in the Issaquah School District, and drive through the city nearly every day.

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To the Editor

January 14, 2014

Klahanie area

Annexation is about home more than about services

Annexation is about more than efficiencies of service. Annexation is also about home, and we have all heard the phrase that “home is where the heart is.”

When the first ground was broken for Klahanie, Issaquah was the nearest city where the residents could shop and participate in community activities. In short, the residents of Klahanie have always thought of themselves as being part of the Issaquah community and calling Issaquah home.

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Out of Africa

January 14, 2014

Issaquah family gets the most from their trip —

Many people travel to Africa to sightsee, or to go on safaris. But Issaquah’s Leist family had a different agenda.

The family explored parts of Africa in a Land Cruiser stocked with camping equipment this past summer and focused on the culture and the people.

Photos by the Leist Family Maggie, Scott and Anna Leist (from left) pretend to lift an enormous boulder over their heads in the Rhodes Matopos National Park in Zimbabwe. The rock formations are all over the southern part of the country. At top, a Zimbabwean man waves a pinkie finger that he had dipped in ink to show on Election Day last July that he had already voted in his nation’s presidential race.

Photos by the Leist Family
Maggie, Scott and Anna Leist (from left) pretend to lift an enormous boulder over their heads in the Rhodes Matopos National Park in Zimbabwe. The rock formations are all over the southern part of the country. At top, a Zimbabwean man waves a pinkie finger that he had dipped in ink to show on Election Day last July that he had already voted in his nation’s presidential race.

Scott, Sally, Maggie (15) and Anna (12) Leist, along with some family friends, spent five weeks visiting Johannesburg, South Africa, the coast of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Kenya. About one-third of that time was spent driving from place to place and sleeping in tents on top of their rental car.

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Apollo student shows geography supremacy

January 14, 2014

It’s been a while since Apollo Elementary School held a geography bee, but when the competition was revived Jan. 10, it was almost as if it had never stopped.

The school’s fourth- and fifth-grade contestants didn’t skip a beat when it came to testing their geography knowledge, making for a rather competitive scene.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Susan Mundell, Apollo Elementary School principal, is flanked by the school’s geography bee finalists Ishaan Sharma (left) and Sanjana Addanki. Ishaan won the Jan. 10 contest.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Susan Mundell, Apollo Elementary School principal, is flanked by the school’s geography bee finalists Ishaan Sharma (left) and Sanjana Addanki. Ishaan won the Jan. 10 contest.

“I thought it was great,” said Jessica Ferranti, a fifth-grade teacher and the bee’s coordinator. “It was really fun, and it was great to see the audience so engaged. I think the kids learned a lot about geography.”

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Nonprofit seeks new executive director

January 14, 2014

Eastside Friends of Seniors has begun the search for a new administrator to lead the nonprofit organization that was founded in 1997 to provide assistance to older residents of the community to maintain their independence.

The board posted the vacancy on its website after accepting the resignation of Executive Director Claire Petersky, who has guided the growth and fundraising activities for the nonprofit group for the past five years.

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Wedding – Nelson, Ironmonger

January 14, 2014

Elise Nelson and Charlie Ironmonger, both of Greenville, N.C., married Nov. 29, 2013, at Lord Hill Farms in Snohomish.

Pastor Cecilia Clemons officiated. The reception was also held at Lord Hill Farms.

Elise Nelson and Charlie Ironmonger

Elise Nelson and Charlie Ironmonger

The bride is the daughter of Carolyn and Ned Nelson, of Issaquah. Her attendants were Sarah Gilbertson, Shanai Lechtenberg, Meghan French, Courtney Steffy, Jodie Nelson and Carter Stearns.

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