To the Editor — week of March 18, 2015

March 17, 2015

School resource officers

A new set of eyes helps to protect our resources

Officer Karin is a great asset to the Issaquah School District, Issaquah High School and the entire community. Honestly, she’s exceptional at her job and has been since she started serving this community.

Officer Diego is also an talented detective and an adept problem solver. He is approachable, helpful and dedicated to being the best.

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Editorial — Keep transportation package moving

March 10, 2015

The state Senate, after two years of frustrated effort, has passed a $15 billion transportation package. Its 11 measures — a mix of reforms and revenue — are key to relieving traffic congestion with investments in transit and roads, and maintaining the state’s existing highways and bridges.

A bipartisan group of senators exercised some imagination to negotiate and shepherd the compromise, which includes an 11.7-cent-per-gallon increase in the gas tax, through their chamber. The deal could create an estimated 200,000 jobs over the next 16 years.

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Connie Fletcher named to another term on state board of education

February 10, 2015

Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Connie Fletcher to another term on the Washington State Board of Education.

Fletcher joined the board in 2009 and currently serves on its executive committee.

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Governor visits issaquah

February 10, 2015

By Greg Farrar Gov. Jay Inslee talks environmental science with Anna Craig, an Eastlake High School junior, Feb. 4 in the computer lab at the YWCA Family Village Issaquah.

By Greg Farrar
Gov. Jay Inslee talks environmental science with Anna Craig, an Eastlake High School junior, Feb. 4 in the computer lab at the YWCA Family Village Issaquah.

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‘Let’s Get Certified’ business workshop coming to Issaquah

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.

Lake Sammamish boat docks receives $1 million funding

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.

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Drive Electric Week car show on Sunday features fast, rare cars

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.

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Governor signs bill to protect domestic violence victims

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.

State Rep. Chad Magendanz moves up to leadership position in House Education Committee

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.

Chad Magendanz

Chad Magendanz

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.

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Rep. Chad Magendanz appointed to education funding group

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.

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