Issaquah teachers join walkout to protest state’s education funding

May 27, 2015

About 80 percent of the approximately 1,100 teachers in the Issaquah School District were part of last week’s one-day walkout May 19, said Doug Jones, president of the Issaquah Education Association, the local teacher’s union.

By Greg Farrar Issaquah School District teachers, along with the support of students and their parents, picketed by the hundreds at two locations in downtown Issaquah May 19 to pressure state legislators to obey the state constitution’s mandate to fully fund K-12 public education.

By Greg Farrar
Issaquah School District teachers, along with the support of students and their parents, picketed by the hundreds at two locations in downtown Issaquah May 19 to pressure state legislators to obey the state constitution’s mandate to fully fund K-12 public education.

In most cases with parents and students joining them, teachers lined the streets in eight locations, calling for state legislators to fully fund education, to meet the demands of the state Supreme Court McCleary decision, which makes paying for basic education the fundamental job for the state.

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Development raises fears of adding traffic, harm spawning salmon

May 27, 2015

One year ago, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and King County Executive Dow Constantine knelt with schoolchildren to release kokanee salmon fry into a Sammamish creek and celebrate a $300,000 habitat-restoration project.

Down to about 50 spawning fish in 2008, the kokanee, a relative of the sockeye that spends its entire life in fresh water, made a stirring recovery in 2012 with more than 14,000 returning to Lake Sammamish tributaries, about 4,500 of those to Ebright Creek.

By Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times  Wally Pereyra lives on Ebright Creek just across the road from the east shore of Lake Sammamish, and he has worked to restore stream habitat to support spawning runs of kokanee salmon. He spent more than $200,000 to replace a small culvert with this bridge that spans the creek.

By Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times
Wally Pereyra lives on Ebright Creek just across the road from the east shore of Lake Sammamish, and he has worked to restore stream habitat to support spawning runs of kokanee salmon. He spent more than $200,000 to replace a small culvert with this bridge that spans the creek.

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McNugget memorial plaque, scrapbook closer to fruition

May 27, 2015

A community movement to honor resident rooster McNugget with a permanent memorial is inching closer to reality.

By Greg Farrar McNugget, an escaped Issaquah Grange Supply roster, would frequently perch in the tree in the Staples parking lot where he made his home.

By Greg Farrar
McNugget, an escaped Issaquah Grange Supply roster, would frequently perch in the tree in the Staples parking lot where he made his home.

The campaign, launched by The Issaquah Press shortly after news spread of McNugget’s death, is almost halfway to its $3,000 goal.

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Project costs slashed, but Issaquah may still see state transportation dollars

May 27, 2015

While a final answer may not arrive until the end of next month, at least one local legislator is hoping he can bring home some dollars to ease congestion on Interstate 90.

The city was in line for about $126 million for road projects in the Senate version of the state’s latest budget, Mayor Fred Butler said in March.

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Power surge lifts Eagles to fastpitch playoff win

May 27, 2015

The Issaquah High School fastpitch team saw its season come to an end May 20, but not before the Eagles recorded a memorable victory at the Class 4A KingCo Conference tournament.

By Greg Farrar Tia Hedman, Issaquah High School senior, exults after watching her walkoff homerun.

By Greg Farrar
Tia Hedman, Issaquah High School senior, exults after watching her walkoff homerun.

Issaquah started the eight-team, double-elimination tournament May 16 with a 3-0 win over Mount Si, but dropped a 10-3 decision to Inglemoor on May 18, forcing the Eagles to win three straight elimination games to reach the state tourney.

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Police blotter

May 27, 2015

Malicious mischief

  • A resident in the 18500 block of Southeast Newport Way reported at 11:38 a.m. May 15 that someone damaged a windshield, causing $300 in damage.
  • At 8:02 p.m. May 15, a resident in the 1400 block of 11th Avenue Northwest reported someone scratched the paint on a car, causing $4,000 in damage.
  • Before 8:30 a.m. May 17, someone caused $250 in damage to the window of a black 2012 Honda Accord in the 800 block of Lake Drive.

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Recycle, reuse clothing through new Threadcycle

May 27, 2015

King County and Seattle Public Utilities have launched Threadcycle, a joint effort to reduce the estimated 40,000 tons of clothes, shoes and linens that area residents and businesses send to landfills each year.

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Issaquah attorney receives fourth straight rising star award

May 27, 2015

Justin P. Walsh, principal attorney of Issaquah Legal Services, PLLC, has been selected as a Rising Star by Washington Super Lawyers.

No more than 2.5 percent of Washington attorneys are selected for the award. This marks the fourth year in a row Walsh has been selected.

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City offers a new tool for neighborhood safety

May 27, 2015

The city is offering a new way to learn about community safety in your neighborhood.

Thanks to a partnership between the Issaquah Police Department and www.crimereports.com, citizens can now find data on an easy-to-use map. You can view maps and activity customized by address or neighborhood.

Sign up to receive free email alerts based on neighborhood, incident type and other factors. Crimereports.com is also available as a free app for your iOS and Android devices.

Data is updated automatically once per day, and CrimeReports.com displays the most recent 30 days of data online.

Regional data is also available. Nearby agencies, including the King County Sheriff’s Office and the Renton Police Department, also use www.crimereports.com to report activity.

Governor signs sex predator bill into law

May 27, 2015

Gov. Jay Inslee has signed into law Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s proposal to close a loophole in the Sexually Violent Predator statute to prevent the release of offenders who have not been rehabilitated.

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