Lake Sammamish Triathlon takes place Aug. 23

August 21, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 21, 2014

The Lake Sammamish Triathlon returns to Lake Sammamish State Park on Aug. 23.

The event begins at 7 a.m. and includes a quarter-mile swim, a 14.7-mile bike ride and a 3.2-mile run, mostly over trails.

Participation fees range from $45 to $100, depending on the division being entered. They increase after online registration closes, at 12:10 a.m. Aug. 22.

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Get a free Brown Bear car wash tomorrow

August 20, 2014

NEW – Noon Aug. 20, 2014

Brown Bear Car Wash celebrates its 57th anniversary with free car washes Aug. 21.

Brown Bear will give away free “Bear Essential” car washes at 21 of its automated “tunnel wash” locations in the Puget Sound area.

For the past eight years, the Seattle-based, family-owned Brown Bear has provided more than 200,000 free washes on the company’s anniversary and Veterans Day. Last year’s anniversary event generated 27,223 complementary washes.

The local wash is at 22121 S.E. 56th St.

Rash of bank robberies doesn’t alarm police, FBI

August 19, 2014

Issaquah police and the FBI said they see four banks being robbed in the past six months as more of a cycle than a crime wave.

So far this year, KeyBank on Northwest Gilman Boulevard has been robbed three times and Chase Bank, also on Northeast Gilman Boulevard, was robbed once. Police believe the same man, who they’ve dubbed the Summertime Heat Robber, might be behind the Feb. 22, June 25 and July 11 KeyBank robberies. So far, officials have not arrested any suspects.

“It’s an increase,” Cmdr. Stan Conrad said. “But there are times when robberies pick up and times when they are down. Now, they are just down.”

Chief Scott Behrbaum agreed.

“Historically, we’ve had bank robberies in our city,” he said. “Last year, we didn’t have that many, but we’ve had years where we’re close to twice the current number.”

Feb. 22 KeyBank robbery suspect

Feb. 22 KeyBank robbery suspect

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Scenes from suitcases

August 19, 2014

Photos By Greg Farrar Above, Camille Hildebrandt (left) enacts a scene Aug. 16 as an anxious mail order bride arriving by rail in the 19th century to embark on a new life with a husband she has never met, as Emma Wolff, 5, of Bellevue, and her grandfather Ron Wolff, visiting from the Skagit Valley, look on. The weekend Suitcases Project performance art, including an orphan train, hobos, a chapel car sermon and mail order brides, was a 4Culture 2014 Historic Site Specific Project that turned the Train Depot Museum into a living, breathing exhibit of railroad history. At right, Lin Lucas, performing with fellow actors as children fresh off the orphan train, tells his story to the audience at the Train Depot. Between 1854 and 1930, orphans were transported by rail to new families all over the Midwest and western regions of the United States by the Children’s Aid Society.

Photos By Greg Farrar
Camille Hildebrandt (left) enacts a scene Aug. 16 as an anxious mail order bride arriving by rail in the 19th century to embark on a new life with a husband she has never met, as Emma Wolff, 5, of Bellevue, and her grandfather Ron Wolff, visiting from the Skagit Valley, look on. The weekend Suitcases Project performance art, including an orphan train, hobos, a chapel car sermon and mail order brides, was a 4Culture 2014 Historic Site Specific Project that turned the Train Depot Museum into a living, breathing exhibit of railroad history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At right, Lin Lucas, performing with fellow actors as children fresh off the orphan train, tells his story to the audience at the Train Depot. Between 1854 and 1930, orphans were transported by rail to new families all over the Midwest and western regions of the United States by the Children’s Aid Society.

Lin Lucas, performing with fellow actors as children fresh off the orphan train, tells his story to the audience at the Train Depot. Between 1854 and 1930, orphans were transported by rail to new families all over the Midwest and western regions of the United States by the Children’s Aid Society.

Failing-school letters to go out

August 19, 2014

School districts include retort

Because most Washington school districts don’t have 100 percent of their students passing state math and reading tests, the federal No Child Left Behind law says the districts must send letters to families explaining why.

But the districts don’t have to like it, and 28 school superintendents have jointly written a second letter they will send along with the first, explaining why they think their schools are doing much better than the No Child letters make it seem.

“Some of our state’s and districts’ most successful and highly recognized schools are now being labeled ‘failing’ by an antiquated law that most educators and elected officials — as well as the U.S. Department of Education — acknowledge isn’t working,” the cover letter states.

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Talus trees are still standing for now

August 19, 2014

A tussle over trees in Talus continues to take its toll.

After six homeowners applied to the Talus Residential Association to remove 19 trees in a communal area this past spring, a groundswell of protest began aiming to protect the landscape. The homeowner applicants claimed that the trees blocked views offered by the development’s place on Cougar Mountain.

“We had views of Lake Sammamish, downtown Issaquah and the Cascades,” Henry Farber, one of the initial applicants and the attorney representing them, said. “That was part of the interest in buying these houses for all six of us. In the last eight years, all these trees have grown over.”

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BrickHouse Show Band to play Issaquah’s 150th concert

August 19, 2014

The BrickHouse Show Band brings a decade worth of hits to the Concerts on the Green stage Aug. 26 at the Issaquah Community Center.

Picnicking kicks off at 6 p.m.; bring a blanket. Music is from 7-8:30 p.m. As many as 500 revelers attend, so come early to stake out your spot.

The high-energy dance band performs virtually every style of music. A group of three vocalists backed by a powerful rhythm section will perform hits from decades of music.

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Cutie Pies grand opening is Aug. 22-24

August 19, 2014

Cutie Pies, a new boutique and upscale brands resale clothing shop for children, will hold its grand opening Aug. 22-24.

Cutie Pies has partnered with Eastside Baby Corner, to which it will donate a percentage of all profits.

The grand opening at 485 Front St. N. (inside Rewind ladies resale clothing) is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Guests will get a 25 percent discount on all clothing at both stores.

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Issaquah schools budget set to receive slight boost

August 19, 2014

The Issaquah School District will receive an additional $5.4 million from the state government, which equates to revenue growth of less than 1 percent in the 2014-15 school year.

Public school districts and the state Legislature continue to battle over the McCleary decision of 2012, which said lawmakers weren’t fully funding basic education costs and called for them to rectify the situation.

The state increased funding by about $1 billion for its 2013-15 biennial budget, but that isn’t quite cutting it when it comes to meeting the requirements of the McCleary decision, school officials said.

“Though a billion dollars sounds like a lot, when you split it over two years and divide it by 295 school districts, you see it translates to a rather minute increase in the proportion of state revenue,” said Jake Kuper, the Issaquah district’s chief of finance and operations.

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Get a photo with mermaid at aquarium workshop

August 19, 2014

The Issaquah Petco team will host an aquarium workshop, including a special guest mermaid, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 23.

The mermaid will be there to discuss and answer questions about marine biology, teach guests how to set up a new aquarium and best ways to keep aquariums clean and healthy.

People who attend the event will also be able to take photos with the mermaid and learn about local ecosystems.

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