Education opportunities grow in student gardens

August 23, 2011

Sunny Hills Elementary School first-grader Digant Dash (left) plants flower bulbs in the school’s first-grade garden with fourth-graders Derek Chao and Spencer Bernsten. By Jane Ulrich

Inch by inch, row by row, students are planting lettuce, herbs and broccoli in their school gardens.

This fall, teachers are transforming gardens into outdoor classrooms as students pick up trowels and learn about drip irrigation systems.

Dozens of schools incorporate gardening into their curriculum or have gardening clubs, including Apollo, Cascade Ridge, Challenger, Clark, Creekside, Discovery, Endeavour, Grand Ridge, Issaquah Valley, Maple Hills and Sunny Hills elementary schools; Issaquah and Pine Lake middle schools; and Liberty and Tiger Mountain Community high schools.

“I think the outdoors is just a natural place that kids want to be,” Sunny Hills fourth-grade teacher Jane Ulrich said.

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City Council mulls 10 percent water rate hike

August 2, 2011

Issaquah customers could start paying more for water by early next year.

The city is proposing a 10 percent rate increase to replace aging pump stations and water mains, address increased operating costs related to increased charges from Cascade Water Alliance, and provide debt service coverage required in bond agreements.

The average residential customer should pay about $2.91 more per month, if the City Council approves the hike. Plans call for the increase to take effect starting with the December billing cycle.

The city last increased water rates in 2009. However, last year the city cut water rates and adopted a dollar-for-dollar utility tax in order to pay for municipal fire hydrants. The change came after a state Supreme Court decision regarding hydrants.

The proposal will be discussed by the Council Utilities, Environment & Technology Committee. The proposal is expected to return to the full council by mid-September.

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Come behind the scene at zHome to meet the experts

April 19, 2011

What is zHome?

When it opens this September, zHome — just east of the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride — will be the first multifamily, production, zero-energy, carbon-neutral community in the United States.

Brad Liljequist

ZHome is a template for what 21st century, carbon-neutral housing looks like. It will use:

Zero net energy by balancing out its carbon emissions during the course of the year.

70 percent less water than a typical home.

Materials that come from some of the greenest sources possible.

Who is behind this project?

The city is spearheading the project. ZHome, however, is also a collaborative effort of several organizations and companies, including Ichijo USA, Built Green, King County, Port Blakely Communities, Puget Sound Energy and the Washington State University Energy Program.

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Customers can receive rebate on ‘green’ showerheads

April 19, 2011

Puget Sound Energy and Cascade Water Alliance have teamed up to offer instant rebates on high-efficiency showerheads.

PSE customers can receive a $10 instant rebate off several WaterSense showerhead models. The after-rebate price to customers ranges from 95 cents to $27, depending on the model.

WaterSense showerheads use no more than 2 gallons of water per minute; standard showerheads use 2.5 gallons per minute or more.

Customers can receive the rebated showerhead by ordering online or printing a coupon to redeem for qualifying models at participating Lowe’s stores through May 15. Print the coupon at PSE’s website.

In order to qualify, customers must live in a single-family property or attached housing of four units or less, and use PSE electricity or natural gas to heat water. The rebate is limited to two showerheads per household.

Bellevue-based PSE serves more than 1 million electric customers and almost 750,000 natural gas customers in Western Washington, including Issaquah.

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Stacy Goodman, City Council appointee, launches campaign

April 12, 2011

Stacy Goodman

Stacy Goodman, a former journalist and attorney appointed to the City Council last month, announced plans April 8 to run for the seat in the November election.

“In just a short time, I see so many issues important to Issaquah and the region where I can represent people and make a difference,” she said in a statement.

Goodman, a past reporter and editor for The Issaquah Press, joined the council after a monthslong search to select a successor to Councilwoman Maureen McCarry.

Because Goodman joined the council a little more than a year into McCarry’s unfilled term, she is running to serve until December 2013, rather than a regular, four-year term.

The novice candidate settled in the Issaquah area in 1989, and moved to Issaquah Highlands in 2006. Before attending law school and joining Issaquah firm Carson & Noel, Goodman covered Issaquah City Hall as a reporter, and later editor, for nine years.

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Customers can receive rebate on ‘green’ showerheads

April 12, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. April 12, 2011

Puget Sound Energy and Cascade Water Alliance teamed up to offer instant rebates on high-efficiency showerheads.

PSE customers can receive a $10 instant rebate off several WaterSense showerhead models. The after-rebate price to customers ranges from 95 cents and $27, depending on the model.

WaterSense showerheads use no more than 2 gallons of water per minute; standard showerheads use 2.5 gpm or more.

Customers can receive the rebated showerhead by ordering online or printing a coupon to redeem for qualifying models at participating Lowe’s stores through May 15.

In order to qualify, customers must live in a single-family property or attached housing of four units or less, and use PSE electricity or natural gas to heat water. The rebate is limited to two showerheads per household.

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Stacy Goodman, City Council appointee, launches campaign

April 8, 2011

NEW — 5 p.m. April 8, 2011

Stacy Goodman, a former journalist and attorney appointed to the City Council last month, announced plans Friday to run for the seat in the November election.

“In just a short time, I see so many issues important to Issaquah and the region where I can represent people and make a difference,” she said in a statement.

Goodman, a past reporter and editor for The Issaquah Press, joined the council after a monthslong search to select a successor to former Councilwoman Maureen McCarry.

Because Goodman joined the council a little more than a year into the unfilled term, she is running to serve until December 2013, rather than a regular, four-year term.

The novice candidate settled in the Issaquah area in 1989, and moved to Issaquah Highlands in 2006. Before attending law school and joining Issaquah firm Carson & Noel, Goodman covered Issaquah City Hall as a reporter, and later editor, for nine years.

“I know this community well, and I know it from many viewpoints,” she said in the statement. “I’ve experienced life in Issaquah as a resident, a parent raising children, a volunteer, a journalist and now as a business owner. Of course I’ve seen it change over the past 22 years, but change can present us with some exciting opportunities as we shape the future of Issaquah.”

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Check the mailbox for a toilet leak kit

March 15, 2011

The average home can waste more than 10,000 gallons of water each year due to running toilets, dripping faucets and other household leaks. The results: wasted water and pricier water bills.

In order to stop the drips, Cascade Water Alliance plans to send toilet leak detection mailers to more than 100,000 residences in Issaquah and King County for Fix A Leak Week from March 14-20.

The mailers include dye strips and simple instructions to check toilets for leaks. Learn more about toilet-leak fixes and other conservation programs at the alliance website, www.cascadewater.org.

Since 2004, the alliance has offered conservation programs to help reduce water use and save money.

Customers can receive rebates for installing WaterSense toilets and clothes washers, as well as rain shut-off devices for irrigation systems.

The alliance also provides irrigation system audits, efficient showerhead and aerator installations at apartment complexes, and upgrades to dishwashers and other fixtures at restaurants.

The regional alliance includes the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District, Issaquah and Bellevue, plus other Eastside and South King County cities and water districts. The agency serves about 400,000 residents and 22,000 businesses.

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Cascade Water Alliance mails leak detection kits to customers

March 3, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. March 3, 2011

The average home can waste more than 10,000 gallons of water each year due to running toilets, dripping faucets and other household leaks. The results: wasted water and pricier water bills.

In fact, leaking toilets can waste more than 200 gallons of water per day.

In order to stop the drips, Cascade Water Alliance plans to send toilet leak detection mailers to more than 100,000 residences in Issaquah and King County for Fix A Leak Week from March 14-20.

The mailers include dye strips and simple instructions to check toilets for leaks. Learn more about toilet-leak fixes and other conservation programs at the alliance website.

Since 2004, the alliance has offered conservation programs to help reduce water use and save money.

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Nisqually earthquake anniversary jolts memories

February 22, 2011

Issaquah is more prepared now than during 2001 roller

Then-Skyline High School senior Sean Edwards (left) and then-4-year-old sister Quinn leaned over to look inside the cracked asphalt Feb. 28, 2001, as dad Maury looks along a crack in the 1400 block of East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast. File

The ground started to shake as Bret Heath stood upstairs at the old municipal public works office — the steel-frame and metal-clad structure used nowadays as the parks department maintenance facility — and in seconds, the building rolled, like a ship tossed on ocean swells.

“I remember thinking, ‘I wonder if this building is going to hold together,’” the longtime Public Works Operations and emergency management director said.

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