Getting students on the ‘write’ path to college

July 8, 2014

Startup turns tech award into access to higher education

Essay Mentors wants to help provide access to college and it is receiving the attention it needs to do just that.

Five years ago, founder Barak Rosenbloom began helping a few kids write a better college application essay. Before he knew it, word of mouth spiraled into him owning an Issaquah-based business.

By Peter Clark Barak Rosenbloom (right) assists Issaquah High School senior Bryce Magee with composing a college application essay. Rosenbloom began local startup Essay Mentors to open college access to a greater number of students through improving their essays.

By Peter Clark
Barak Rosenbloom (right) assists Issaquah High School senior Bryce Magee with composing a college application essay. Rosenbloom began local startup Essay Mentors to open college access to a greater number of students through improving their essays.

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Zoo freezer is christened

July 8, 2014

By Misty Peterson Cougar Mountain Zoo’s new walk-in freezer for the carnivore diets was officially put in operation June 30 in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, performed by Peter Rittler, Zoological Society of Washington President, Hudson Bott and Mayor Fred Butler (from left) as zoo curator Robyn Barfoot (far left) and other city officials look on.

By Misty Peterson
Cougar Mountain Zoo’s new walk-in freezer for the carnivore diets was officially put in operation June 30 in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, performed by Peter Rittler, Zoological Society of Washington President, Hudson Bott and Mayor Fred Butler (from left) as zoo curator Robyn Barfoot (far left) and other city officials look on.

Police & Fire

July 8, 2014

Wedding bell blues

Police received a noise complaint June 19 and arrived in the 2500 block of Northeast Park Drive to find a wedding had just ended. The music had just been turned off. Police told the man in charge to keep the remaining guests quiet.

 

Welcome to your nightmare

A passerby crossing the corner of Front Street North and East Sunset Way June 21 called police about a male subject wearing a baggy dark blue sweatshirt, dark pants.  Oh, he also wore a clown mask and the reporting person thought the man was carrying a knife. Police were unable to find the suspect.

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Two college planning workshops scheduled this month

July 8, 2014

Local high-school students and their families are invited to attend a pair of college-planning events July 16 and 29.

The “Are You College Ready?” workshop will be from 6-8:30 p.m. July 16 at the Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way. A follow-up workshop is from 6-8:30 p.m. July 29 at the Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. S.E.

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Fred Meyer, QFC raise $81,000 to Oso relief

July 8, 2014

Fred Meyer and QFC customers, along with The Kroger Co. Foundation, donated more than $81,000 in just three weeks to help with mudslide relief efforts in Oso through the Red Cross of Snohomish County.

From March 23 through April 12, Fred Meyer and QFC customers in the Puget Sound area dedicated donations in the stores’ cash register coin boxes or scan cards to the relief effort.

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Third Cougar Mountain Trail Run is July 12

July 8, 2014

The third of five events in the Cougar Mountain Trail Run series is July 12.

Runners can choose to participate in a 10- or 20-mile course, or a 5K, that loops through some of Cougar Mountain’s 36 miles of trails.

Co-produced by Northwest Trail Runs and the Seattle Running Club, the race benefits King County Parks, with more than $126,000 raised since its inception.

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Public input sought at July 9 meeting for disaster preparedness planning

July 8, 2014

NEW — 2 p.m. July 8, 2014

To help better prepare for disasters, the public is invited to join city of Issaquah and King County staff as the county requests public comment about its study on vulnerability.

The study will help Issaquah and other local governments plan projects to help reduce the risk from hazards before they happen and to recover more quickly afterward.

The county is hosting a public meeting for the public to learn more and share input at 7 p.m. July 9 in the Eagle Room at Issaquah City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way.

Learn more and share your comments here.

Gilman McDonald’s closed due to sewage backup

July 8, 2014

NEW — 1 p.m. July 8, 2014

King County Public Health shut down the McDonald’s restaurant in the 1300 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard on July 7.

Citing “sewage backup in kitchen,” King County officials immediately closed the restaurant and drive-thru at 4:10 p.m., according to the county’s website of food establishment closures.

The restaurant is still closed.

Get ‘filthy clean’ at 5K Foam Fest this Saturday

July 8, 2014

NEW — 11:30 a.m. July 08, 2014

The 5K Foam Fest “adventure run” returns to Lake Sammamish State Park on July 12.

Bounce, slide, leap and run through a course filled with obstacles, mud and fluffy white foam. Runners receive a T-shirt and medal, and for those 21 and older, a free alcoholic beverage at the end of the race.

Race organizers encourage participants to embrace the quirky, dress up in costumes, run with friends and focus on fun, rather than speed.

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Expect minor delays for Interstate 90 repairs between Issaquah and North Bend

July 7, 2014

NEW — 7 p.m. July 7, 2014

Drivers who use Interstate 90 between Issaquah and North Bend should plan extra time for their trips this week.

Maintenance crews from the Washington State Department of Transportation will close up to two lanes of I-90 to replace 13 damaged and cracked concrete panels.

To ensure materials are available, much of the work must be done during the day, with a single lane remaining closed overnight to allow the concrete to properly cure.

Closure details:

  • July 8 to the morning of July 9 — Two lanes of westbound I-90 will be closed before East Sunset Way from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A single lane will remain closed until 4 a.m.
  • July 9 to the morning of July 10 — Two lanes of eastbound I-90 will be closed before state Route 202/Bendigo Boulevard South from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A single lane will remain closed until 4 a.m.
  • July 10 to the morning of July 11 — Two lanes of westbound I-90 will be closed before East Sunset Way from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A single lane will remain closed until 4 a.m.

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