Five trees destroyed by vandal in Central Park

May 20, 2015

A vandal took what police assume was a hatchet to four trees in Issaquah’s Central Park on Park Drive Northeast.

Contributed One of five trees vandalized between Sunday night, May 10 and the next morning at Central Park in the Issaquah Highlands lies dying on its side beside the trunk.

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One of five trees vandalized between Sunday night, May 10 and the next morning at Central Park in the Issaquah Highlands lies dying on its side beside the trunk.

The small trees were chopped down. A fifth small tree appeared to have been run over by a vehicle of some kind, Police Cmdr. Stan Conrad said.

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Tim Flood announces candidacy for Issaquah City Council

May 20, 2015

Tim Flood has announced in a news release that he will run for the Issaquah City Council.

Tim Flood

Tim Flood

Flood has filed a declaration with the Washington Public Disclosure Commission and King County Elections for Position 4.

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Governor signs electric vehicle infrastructure bill

May 20, 2015

Legislation offering financial incentives for utilities to build electric vehicle charging-station infrastructure was signed into law May 11 by Gov. Jay Inslee. The measure was sponsored by State Rep. Chad Magendanz, R-Issaquah.

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Candidate filings force council race primaries

May 20, 2015

NEW – 6 a.m. May 20, 2015

Local voters will help whittle down two crowded Issaquah City Council races in an August primary.

King County candidate filing week came to a close May 15 with a total of seven candidates vying for two spots on the Issaquah City Council.

Current Council President Paul Winterstein did file to retain his Position No. 6 spot, drawing three challengers along the way.

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Issaquah teachers walk out to protest lack of state funding

May 19, 2015

NEW — 12:10 p.m. May 19, 2015

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.

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Grand Ridge Elementary School library needs volunteers

May 19, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 19, 2015

Grand Ridge Elementary School needs volunteers to help inventory materials starting June 1.

Tasks include checking and adjusting books in the correct shelf order and scanning the barcodes of the books on the shelves. Get specific times volunteers are needed at http://bit.ly/1e3BRnA.

If you are able to volunteer an hour or more to assist with this time-consuming task, contact librarian Theresa Gekeler at gekelert@issaquah.wednet.edu or 837-7935.

Click it or Ticket campaign starts today, focuses on children

May 18, 2015

The state’s annual Click It or Ticket campaign is May 18-31.

Motorists in Washington can expect to see extra seat belt patrols, which will include an emphasis on children who are not properly restrained.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of unintentional deaths among children in the United States. Between 2010 and 2012 in Washington state, 26 passengers 12 and younger died, and another 122 were seriously injured as a result of traffic crashes.

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Sen. Steve Litzow declines pay raise until education is fully funded

May 17, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 17, 2015

Sen. Steve Litzow, a 41st District Republican, declined an 11 percent pay increase recommended and approved by an independent citizens’ commission that sets pay for elected officials until the Legislature addresses its paramount constitutional duty and fully funds public education.

“Washington state’s priority is to provide every child with a quality education,” Litzow, who serves as chairman of the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee, said in a news release. “Until lawmakers can get our job done and agree on a new budget that includes ample funding for important student programs, teachers and the actual cost of educating children, it’s irresponsible to accept a pay increase.

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Nourish Every Mind Luncheon raises $617,000 to benefit students and schools

May 16, 2015

NEW — 1:40 p.m. May 16, 2015

Almost 900 community members attended the Issaquah Schools Foundation’s 17th annual Nourish Every Mind Luncheon on May 14 at the Issaquah Community Center and donated $617,000 for local schools.

The program featured several students and educators who spoke passionately about the foundation’s impact on education.

Nourish Every Mind continues next week with the second annual Nourish Every Mind Breakfast on May 20 at Eastridge Church. Proceeds of both events will fund programs that benefit students throughout the district.

Reserve your seat or learn more by calling the foundation at 391-8557 or emailing becky@isfdn.org.

Sen. Mark Mullet to donate pay raise to Issaquah Food Bank

May 16, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 16, 2015

Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah, will donate his share of a pay increase recently approved for state lawmakers to the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.

“I learned (May 15) there is no easy way to decline this pay increase,” Mullet said in a news release. “We did not ask for it, and did not vote for it, so I figured donating the pay increase to the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank would make sure this pay raise benefits our local community.”

Mullet will donate the first portion of the pay raise — $3,368 — when it kicks in this September. The following year, the amount of his donation will increase to $4,723 as the second portion of the pay raise takes effect.

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