School community takes heart in student with transplant

March 17, 2015

Maddie Sprague is the typical kindergarten student in many ways. She loves art, puzzles, singing and dancing, and make-believe stories. She also loves her three brothers — Warren, Jake and Joe.

Contributed Maddie Sprague is still recovering from a heart transplant. Friends are raising funds to pay for the costly surgery.

Maddie Sprague is still recovering from a heart transplant. Friends are raising funds to pay for the costly surgery.

“They all squabble, of course, but they’re very close and enjoy being together,” said Jeannie Sprague, their mother.

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Tent City 4 camps outside Issaquah while awaiting word on next home

March 17, 2015

After being turned down for a permit to take their encampment to county-owned property in Issaquah, Tent City 4 set up camp March 14 on state-owned property off Interstate 90’s exit 20.

In a press release dated March 13, a spokesperson for King County said the original site south of Issaquah was not a suitable location for Tent City 4, a camp of about 40 homeless men and women, for several reasons.

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Education and roads key topics as state lawmakers visit area

March 17, 2015

State legislators descended on their Eastside jurisdictions March 14, holding open houses in Bellevue and Issaquah.

At Bellevue’s Somerset Elementary School, one main topic was education, with dozens of teachers outside, and later inside, carrying signs mostly declaring, “It’s time to fully fund education.”

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March 17, 2015

In the March 11 story, “Resource officer change creates friction at Issaquah High School,” the new resource officer, Det. Diego Zanella, was incorrectly identified.

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Visit state parks for a ‘free day’ March 19

March 17, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. March 17, 2015

Washington State Parks turns 102 years old March 19, and visitors are invited to help celebrate by getting out to enjoy a state park for free that day.

March 19 is the third of 12 State Parks “free days” in 2015, when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass to visit a park, such as Lake Sammamish State Park.

Learn more about the Discover Pass at

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Council salary commission attracts little interest; volunteers still needed

March 16, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. March 16, 2015

In December, at one of its last meetings of 2014, the Issaquah City Council voted unanimously to create an independent, five-member salary commission to study council compensation.

Last month, the city clerk’s office began asking for volunteers to serve on the commission. For whatever reason, the February application deadline came and went with only one person applying, City Clerk Tina Eggers said. With that in mind, the city has extended the application deadline, basically indefinitely. Selected commissioners would begin serving April 1 with some recommendation on council pay due to the clerk’s office by June 30.

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Teen seriously injured in Highlands Drive accident

March 15, 2015

NEW — 1 p.m. March 15, 2015

A teenage driver was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident along Highlands Drive Northeast at about 9 a.m. Sunday, according to a news release from the city of Issaquah.

The 16-year-old girl, who was the only occupant in the vehicle, was traveling southbound at a high rate of speed along Highlands Drive between Northeast Discovery Drive and Interstate 90.

She lost control of the vehicle, crossed all opposite traffic lanes and went over a guardrail into a wooded area below the roadway.

The driver was transported to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries.

Issaquah police are on the scene investigating the accident with assistance from the Washington State Patrol, the release said. It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash.

Drivers should prepare for possible delays. As the investigation continues, only one lane of northbound Highlands Drive is open. All southbound lanes are open.

Sheriff’s office to host 911 Citizen’s Academy

March 15, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. March 15, 2015

Local residents can learn about the internal workings of the 911 emergency dispatch center when the next 911 Citizen’s Academy is held March 28.

The academy will educate citizens about the role 911 communications specialists play in the public safety system and prepare them should they ever need to dial 911.

The all-day informative class includes everything from the history of 911 to how citizens can help 911 help them. A tour of the KCSO 911 Center is included, and optional “plug-in” time will be offered to academy attendees on follow-up dates for those interested.

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Issaquah City Council seeks public input on goal setting by March 16

March 14, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. March 14, 2015

The Issaquah City Council has begun the process of setting its goals for 2016.  Residents are invited to provide direction on services and priorities.

Using such documents as the city’s comprehensive plan, the Central Issaquah Plan and the Olde Town Subarea Plan, the council annually adopts goals for the future.

Residents are invited to offer their input on the city’s website,

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Whooping cough cases reported at local schools

March 13, 2015

NEW — 4:05 p.m. March 13, 2013

Students at three local schools have been diagnosed with whooping cough, according to an email from the Issaquah School District.

Multiple students at Issaquah High and Pacific Cascade Middle, as well as one at Grand Ridge Elementary, were diagnosed with the bacterial infection that causes a severe cough.

The district and King County Public Health sent out letters today alerting parents of all children at affected schools.

In the note sent to the Issaquah High School community, it said the students diagnosed with pertussis “were at school and potentially contagious” from Jan. 30 to March 11. Read more

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