January 19, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 19, 2015
Gov. Jay Inslee recently proclaimed Jan. 20-23 as “Minority and Women-Owned Business Week.”
“We recognize the vital role minority and women-owned businesses play in our daily lives and the significant contributions they make to Washington’s economy,” Inslee said in the proclamation.
Washington State Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises has been the lead agency in certifying minority and women-owned businesses, so those businesses may obtain state contracts and procurement opportunities. The enterprise will host a workshop at 1 and 3 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Issaquah Library meeting room, 10 W. Sunset Way, to tell people about all of the various certifications that are available to enter into government contracting.
The workshop is free and open to the public for any business or private individual thinking of starting a business. Learn more at http://omwbe.wa.gov/certification.
November 25, 2014
For the Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park, the proposed floating docks are part of an overall plan that predates even the founding of the group and that has been in the works for between five and 10 years.
In early November, the group received word that the plan for new boat docks off the shores of Sunset Beach has received approval from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office.
“We want to see the currently developed areas of the park improved,” said Chris Kovac, president of the Friends group.
September 20, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 20, 2014
More than 60 electric vehicles from the Northwest, including the world’s fastest street-legal all-electric car, will gather Sept. 21 in Issaquah at a car show celebrating National Drive Electric Week.
Among the new, rare and vintage conversion vehicles on display will be the first Fiat 500e in Washington as well as White Zombie, a 1972 Datsun that accelerates from 0-60 mph in less than 2 seconds, which owner/builder John Wayland is bringing from Portland.
The show is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, 98 N.E. Gilman Blvd.
May 20, 2014
House Bill 1840, signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee on March 28, was the only gun safety bill to pass the Legislature this session.
Sponsored by State Rep. Roger Goodman, HB 1840 aligns Washington state law with federal law by removing firearms from those subject to protection orders. Under federal law, when protection orders are issued against domestic violence offenders, they must surrender their firearms. Current state law allows domestic abusers to keep an arsenal of weapons.
Victims, survivors and advocates have long called for the removal of firearms from domestic violence offenders.
HB 1840 goes into effect Dec. 1.
April 4, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. April 4, 2014
Freshman State Rep. Chad Magendanz (R-5th District, Issaquah) was named the new ranking Republican on the House Education Committee March 31.
The announcement came after Rep. Cathy Dahlquist (R-31st District, Enumclaw) resigned her committee position.
Magendanz moved up from the committee’s assistant ranking Republican, a position he has held since he was sworn in as a legislator.
February 7, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 7, 2014
Rep. Chad Magendanz, R-Issaquah, has been tapped to sit on a legislative work group that will consider new ways to fund K-12 education.
The bipartisan group, chaired by Gov. Jay Inslee, will include members of the state House and Senate.
Magendanz, assistant ranking member of the House Education Committee, said lawmakers have their work cut out for them in complying with the state Supreme Court’s 2012 McCleary decision, which found that the state was not adequately funding basic education.
October 14, 2013
NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 14, 2013
Washington has adopted a new set of standards aimed at providing consistent science education for students in all grade levels.
The adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards — which emphasize skills in engineering and technology — was announced Oct. 4 by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn and Gov. Jay Inslee at a press conference at Cascade Middle School in Highline.
The standards spell out what students at each grade level should know in four domains: physical science; life science; earth and space science; and engineering, technology and science application.