Issaquah School District finishes school projects, delays others

August 26, 2014

Staff members, parents and students at Apollo and Issaquah Valley elementary schools have been waiting years for their buildings to be refurbished, and their wishes will be granted when school starts Sept. 3.

By Greg Farrar A lighted reader board has been put up at Issaquah Valley Elementary School.

By Greg Farrar
A lighted reader board has been put up at Issaquah Valley Elementary School.

The two elementary schools were major pieces of a $219 million bond measure that Issaquah School District voters approved in April 2012. Issaquah Valley and Apollo received about $6.6 million each for similar modernization projects that focused on creating additional classroom spaces, improving building security and upgrading existing spaces for a continued influx of new students.

The district is expecting to add 350 students in the 2014-15 year, and projections released last year showed the school system could grow by more than 2,800 students over the next 30 years.

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Combat Flip Flops expands its catalog through crowd-funding

August 26, 2014

Local veteran-founded business Combat Flip Flops has secured more than $15,000 in crowd-sourced funding to launch another product.

Contributed Matthew Griffin, Combat Flip Flops founder, models the Cashmagh, a new product line for the business.

Matthew Griffin, Combat Flip Flops founder, models the Cashmagh, a new product line for the business.

The Cashmagh is a cashmere shemagh, or scarf. The material is sourced from goats in Afghanistan, and then processed and woven in India.

The money was raised through VetLaunch, which began its mission to fund veteran-owned small businesses July 4.

“We wanted to be a front-runner,” Combat Flip Flops co-founder and former Army Ranger Matthew Griffin, “Griff” to his friends, said. “We ran a couple of crowd-funding campaigns before. We know how those things work.”

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Standup paddling is all the rage at lake this summer

August 26, 2014

Looking to get away from the shady turf of your office and catch some rays on the sunny surface of Lake Sammamish?

By Jared Poston Lindsay Lambert bends into a scorpion pose on a standup paddleboard, just offshore of Tibbetts Beach.

By Jared Poston
Lindsay Lambert bends into a scorpion pose on a standup paddleboard, just offshore of Tibbetts Beach.

Kayaking, sailing, wakeboarding and waterskiing are still popular, but more people are taking to the water on standup paddleboards — aka SUP: cruising both sides of the lake, checking out the fancy homes, getting close to otters, beavers and bald eagles and maybe getting all Huck Finn with a trip up Tibbetts Creek or Issaquah Creek.

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Sammamish Club changes name to Issaquah Fitness

August 26, 2014

Arena Sports, the parent company that purchased the Sammamish Club, is changing the name to Issaquah Fitness.

The name change, official Sept. 1, is to alleviate confusion about where the club is.

“When the Sammamish Club was originally started, the city of Sammamish did not exist,” Ramon Velasquez, general manager the club, said in a news release. “The club actually resides in the city of Issaquah not Sammamish. We are proud to announce that we will be changing our name to Issaquah Fitness to better reflect our location and our purpose.”

The club is at 2115 N.W. Poplar Way. Call 313-3131.

Auditions are being scheduled for Master Chorus Eastside

August 26, 2014

NEW – 6 a.m. Aug. 26, 2014

Master Chorus Eastside is holding auditions for its upcoming 2014/2015 season.

Tenors and basses are particularly needed.

The season’s repertoire includes works by Bach, Eric Whitacre, George Gershwin and local composer John Muehleisen, and “Sunrise Mass,” by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo.

All interested singers must have choral experience and basic music reading ability. Get an audition appointment by calling the Master Chorus Eastside office at 392-8446.

Learn more about the chorus here.

Costco leases Vulcan building for growing Issaquah headquarters staff

August 25, 2014

NEW — 6:25 p.m. Aug. 25, 2014

Costco Wholesale has leased an Issaquah office building developed by Vulcan to provide growing room for its headquarters staff, which now numbers about 3,000.

The 177,000-square-foot building at Sammamish Park Place, off East Lake Sammamish Parkway at S.E. 51st St., is about a mile from the warehouse retailer’s headquarters at 999 Lake Drive.

Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti said the lease gives Costco more room for part of its information technology staff and other operations.

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Eastridge center expands, hosts open house Aug. 26

August 25, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 25, 2014

The Eastridge Childcare and Learning Center has completed construction on additional classrooms, adding about 30 more openings for children to its Issaquah-Pine Lake campus.

There will be an open house for the public from 6-7 p.m. Aug. 26 to view the new classrooms and tour the entire childcare center.

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State Parks announces ‘free day’ for Aug. 25

August 24, 2014

NEW – 6 a.m. Aug. 24, 2014

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission wants the public to know that Monday, Aug. 25, is a state parks “free day.”

Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks, including Lake Sammamish State Park and Squak Mountain State Park locally.

The free day is in honor of the birthday of the National Park Service, which was established Aug. 25, 1916.

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Humane society offers fun, educational program for teenage animal lovers

August 23, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 23, 2014

Apply today for the Humane Teen Club at the Seattle Humane Society.

The club is a great program for teens 13-17 who are interested in learning about companion animal welfare and becoming volunteers at the humane society before they turn 18. Application deadline is Aug. 28.

Accepted applicants will learn about companion animal care and training as well as develop leadership skills. The Humane Teen Club promotes a service ethic in teens, and prepares them for volunteer service opportunities at the humane society.

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End-of-summer DUI patrols added throughout King County

August 22, 2014

NEW — Noon Aug. 22, 2014

King County law enforcement is putting extra officers on the road through Sept. 1 for the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

The annual effort aims to keep roads safe during the last few weeks of summer from people driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

“Specifically, we want people to know that marijuana doubles the risk of a fatal crash,” Darrin Grondel, Washington Traffic Safety Commission director, said in a news release. “With new retail marijuana stores in the mix, we want to remind the public that prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as illegal and recreational drugs, can impair driving ability.”

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