Former resident hosts book launch party in Seattle

February 23, 2015

NEW — 11:15 a.m. Feb. 23, 2015

Former Issaquah resident Bruno Gralpois will host a book launch party Feb. 26 for his tome on beauty and branding, “Magnifique Inside & Out.”

The French native interviews former Miss USA winners, business executives, entrepreneurs, authors and students. He found a common theme about these women that make them “beautiful.”

Gralpois shares these women’s remarkable stories of defiance and courage that make them as beautiful to the heart as they are to the eye. Through many years of research, Gralpois gives easy-to-follow tips on how to be beautiful.

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Lowe’s supports annual MDA Shamrock Program

February 22, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 22, 2015

Lowe’s stores nationwide are joining forces with the Muscular Dystrophy Association in the MDA’s Shamrock program.

Through March 30, Lowe’s customers can support MDA research by adding a paper shamrock to their purchase at checkout for $1, $5 or a larger contribution.

The Issaquah Lowe’s is at 1625 11th Ave. N.W.

Since first teaming up with MDA in 2001, Lowe’s and its customers have raised more than $45 million in the Shamrock Program.

Learn more about the MDA Shamrock Program and get involved at

VOICE Mentor Program seeks volunteers

February 21, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 21, 2015

The VOICE Mentor Program is looking for community volunteers to work one-on-one with Issaquah School District students.

Students are referred by teachers and counselors as needing extra support, whether academic, social or emotional. The volunteers work in the school setting in partnership with school staff members.

A mentor’s passion can be anything including literacy, ESL students and math.

Learn more by emailing Susan Gierke or Teresa Bretl, VOICE Mentor directors, at VOICE or call 837-6801.

Metro Transit seeks input for long-range plans

February 20, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 20, 2015

King County Metro wants public input as it launches an intensive long-range planning effort that will help determine what regional transit service will look like in 25 years.

With the region’s population expected to increase by 30 percent over the next two decades, this will be Metro’s most comprehensive planning effort yet.

The planning effort, “We’ll Get You There: Our Vision for the Future of Public Transportation,” launches at the same time Sound Transit lays the groundwork for further expansion of light rail, and local cities and the Puget Sound Regional Council update their own transportation and comprehensive plans.

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Try out for Washington State Fair national anthem contest

February 19, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 19, 2015

The Washington State Fair presents the “Oh Say Can You Sing” contest where the winner gets to sing the national anthem as an opening for such acts as Keith Urban or “Weird Al” Yankovic.

Video entries are due by March 2.

Vocal and instrumental entries will be accepted. Video entries can be uploaded on YouTube or submitted by mail. See outline of the contest rules and procedures, plus complete lyrics of the first verse of “The Star Spangled Banner” at No entry fee is required.

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Arborist loses job to budget cuts after 30 years with city

February 17, 2015

After what will be 30 years on the job at the end of March, Issaquah City Arborist Alan Haywood will vacate his long-time position.

Haywood did not directly criticize Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler or the city administration in general. But he was clear he was not overly happy with the situation.

“My position was eliminated,” Haywood said. “It was a budgetary decision.”

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Top of the world — Klahanie man prepares to climb Mount Everest

February 17, 2015

Four years ago, Dennis Broadwell came within about 2,000 vertical feet of the top of the world before making the difficult decision to turn around.

Contributed Klahanie resident Dennis Broadwell uses a ladder to cross a crevasse on Mount Everest in 2011. Broadwell is leading another expedition to the world’s highest mountain starting in March.

Klahanie resident Dennis Broadwell uses a ladder to cross a crevasse on Mount Everest in 2011. Broadwell is leading another expedition to the world’s highest mountain starting in March.

This spring, the Klahanie resident is planning to make a second attempt at summiting Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak at 29,029 feet.

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Investigation into threatening letter left at Pacific Cascade Middle School winding down

February 17, 2015

The King County Sheriff’s Office has or is about to put into the inactive file the investigation into who left a letter threatening violence at Pacific Cascade Middle School.

Principal Dana Bailey made that announcement in an update on the investigation placed into a recent school newsletter.

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Timber Ridge at Talus to expand by 145 homes

February 17, 2015

Resort-style Continuing Care Retirement Community Timber Ridge at Talus is adding 145 independent living apartment homes, expanding its onsite Briarwood Health Center with 26 assisted living/memory care apartments and nine private transitional care suites in addition to new community amenities including an indoor swimming pool and auditorium, to be completed in fall 2016.

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Drug free coalition hopes to further goals despite marijuana store opening

February 17, 2015

Issaquah’s first and possibly only recreational — or, as some would prefer, “retail” — marijuana store opened Jan. 30 on Northeast Juniper Street.

The Drug Free Community Coalition, part of the Healthy Youth Initiative of the Issaquah Schools Foundation, heard some details on the opening of that store, the Issaquah Cannabis Co., at its monthly meeting Feb. 9.

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