High-school football game of the week: Skyline at Issaquah, tonight at 7

September 5, 2014

NEW — 1 p.m. Sept. 5, 2014

About the game

It’s the first time this district-rivalry game has not been played at the end of the season. League realignment caused the change to the schedule.

The schools play for a trophy called the “Coal Bucket,” something original Skyline High School coach Steve Gervais and Issaquah High School coach Buddy Bland dreamed up early on in the rivalry.

“It’s really odd for us,” Skyline coach Mat Taylor said of playing the Eagles in Week 1 rather than Week 9. “But, it’s also really helped motivate the kids this offseason.”

Skyline has made a habit of playing a big-name (and many times out-of-state) team to begin the year. The Spartans don’t have a game like that on the schedule this season.

For the Eagles, tonight’s game marks Bland’s return to the sideline for his first game since he resigned in 2006 after seven seasons. Issaquah is looking to snap a nine-game losing streak to Skyline.

The Eagles led at halftime a year ago, but wilted in the second half and fell, 30-17, in the regular-season finale.

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Final ArtWalk of the season is tonight

September 5, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 5, 2014

Don’t miss the final ArtWalk of the season Sept. 5.

The Downtown Issaquah Association event is from 6-9 p.m. downtown. Meet business owners, enjoy live music, watch artists in action, shop and dine in downtown Issaquah.

Held the first Friday of the month from June to September, the season finale features fine art photographer Dinah Satterwhite presenting a special exhibit at the Christian Science Reading Room, 415 Rainier Blvd. N.

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Autumn Downtown History Walk is Sept. 6

September 4, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 4, 2014

Join Issaquah History Museums Director Erica Maniez Sept. 6 on a walk through the history of Issaquah, from the American Indians to the present day.

Maniez will lead an exploration through Issaquah’s downtown, the location for many of its oldest buildings and early stories. Check in at the Train Depot, 78 First Ave. N.E., five minutes prior to the 11 a.m. guided tour.

The walk will cover roughly two miles of level sidewalk and will last about two hours, rain or shine. Bring water and snacks, and leave animal companions at home.

Register in advance here. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for members (does not include fees).

Call 392-3500 or email info@issaquahhistory.org.


Back to school: 10 ways to keep students, pedestrians and motorists safe

September 3, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 3, 2014

As the new school year begins today in the Issaquah School District, AAA Washington urges drivers to be aware and extra cautious when traveling in school zones, backing out of driveways and navigating through parking lots and neighborhoods.

More than 1.1 million students in Washington state are preparing for back to school, which brings an increase in child pedestrian activity in and around roadways, especially during morning and afternoon hours.

In the Issaquah district, 135 buses travel more than 1.2 million miles and provide rides to and from schools and school-related activities to more than 8,000 students.

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Rainier Boulevard work is ahead of schedule, behind frustration

September 2, 2014

Closing Rainier Boulevard North for the summer should leave lasting improvements but has created some hard feelings.

The city closed the road to through traffic June 9 from Northwest Juniper Street to east fork of Issaquah Creek to perform a number of upgrades to the heavily trafficked route.

The new street will have two vehicle lanes, parking, a sidewalk and multi-use trail, underground utilities, landscaping and decorative street lights It will remain closed until Oct. 1 at the latest.

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Discover the mystique of the Salmon Days volunteer shirt

September 2, 2014

Why do people adore and anticipate Salmon Days volunteer shirts so much?

LOGO_RGBThey are typically brightly colored, made from cotton and boast a couple of logos. They’re not softer, better fitting or faster drying than any other shirt in the typical wardrobe. Yet at any event in Issaquah, from Concerts on the Green to Fenders on Front Street, you’ll see a lot of these shirts from years past being proudly worn. What makes them such coveted items?

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Grange Supply celebrates 80 years

September 2, 2014

Master Gardener Ciscoe Morris to appear

A longtime Issaquah institution is celebrating its 80th anniversary with a day full of free food, giveaways and a visit from a Pacific Northwest gardening icon.

Issaquah History Museums Children wait in line outside the Issaquah Valley Grange Mercantile building on Front Street North in preparation for walking in the 1937 Labor Day Parade.

Issaquah History Museums
Children wait in line outside the Issaquah Valley Grange Mercantile building on Front Street North in preparation for walking in the 1937 Labor Day Parade.

Grange Supply has been in business since 1934, starting as a Renton-area diesel pump before relocating to Issaquah in 1943 and expanding into the all-things-gardening, farming and pets outpost it is today.

The store will celebrate its eight decades of operation from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 6.

“Eighty is a big milestone, so it would be great to celebrate with our community. We are so grateful to them for sticking with us so long,” said Alex Prus, who handles marketing at Grange Supply.

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Kentucky Derby film with Issaquah connections debuts Sept. 5

September 2, 2014

Longtime Issaquah resident Serena Blach remembers the 2009 Kentucky Derby like it was yesterday.

It was the day Mine That Bird, a horse co-owned by her father Leonard Blach, stunned observers, coming out of nowhere to win the Kentucky Derby.

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Issaquah Transit Center pilot program ends with no conclusion

September 2, 2014

Sound Transit’s parking pilot program has ended and officials do not yet know what it could mean for the future.

The Issaquah Transit Center was one of four locations chosen for the parking permit program due to its high number of transit commuters and limited parking availability.

Commuters interested in attaining reserved spaces could apply for either a single-occupancy vehicle pass or a high-occupancy vehicle (more than one person per vehicle) pass. Drivers had access to reserved spaces until 10 a.m. on weekdays, and were allowed to park as long as they wished. If they didn’t park before 10 a.m., the spaces were open to anyone.

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King County certifies primary election results

September 2, 2014

King County certified the primary election results Aug. 19, setting the stage for the November general election.

Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert maintained his lead in the 8th Congressional District race, ending up with 36,305 votes or 58.96 percent. The Democratic challengers trailed with Jason Ritchie earning 19,665 or 31.94 percent and Keith Arnold receiving 5,489 or 8.91 percent.

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