New Year’s holiday means closures at city facilities

December 27, 2011

Prepare for closures at the Issaquah Community Center and the Julius Boehm Pool for the New Year’s holiday.

The community center is scheduled to close from Dec. 31 to Jan. 2. Meanwhile, the pool is scheduled to close Jan. 1-2 for the holiday.

In addition to the community center and pool, City Hall and Issaquah Municipal Court close Jan. 2 for the New Year’s holiday.

City community center, pool close for maintenance, holidays

December 13, 2011

Prepare for closures at the Issaquah Community Center and the Julius Boehm Pool for maintenance and the holidays.

The community center is scheduled to close for much of the remainder of the year. The center is due to close for maintenance from Dec. 19-23. Then, the center closes for Christmas from Dec. 24-26.

The center closes again for the New Year’s holiday from Dec. 31 to Jan. 2.

Meanwhile, the pool is scheduled to close from Dec. 24-26 for Christmas and Jan. 1 and 2 for the New Year’s holiday.

In addition to the community center and pool, City Hall and Issaquah Municipal Court also close Dec. 26 for the Christmas holiday.

Prepare for Issaquah Community Center, pool holiday closures

December 11, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 11, 2011

Prepare for closures at the Issaquah Community Center and Julius Boehm Pool for maintenance and the holidays.

The community center is scheduled to close for much of the remainder of the year. The center is due to close for maintenance from Dec. 19-23. Then, the center closes for Christmas from Dec. 24-26.

The center closes again for the New Year’s holiday from Dec. 31 to Jan. 2.

Meanwhile, the pool is scheduled to close Dec. 24-26 for Christmas and Jan. 1-2 for the New Year’s Holiday.

In addition to the community center and pool, City Hall is scheduled to close Dec. 26 for the Christmas holiday. Issaquah Municipal Court also closes Dec. 26.

Homecoming party bus incident leads to charges, suspensions

November 1, 2011

Teenagers drinking beer and liquor on a party bus headed for the Issaquah High School homecoming dance led to student suspensions and charges against the bus driver after the Oct. 22 event.

Issaquah High School administrators suspended nine students for alcohol infractions in connection to the party bus incident. Police and school administrators started investigating the incident after intoxicated students arrived at the homecoming dance.

The bus driver, a 49-year-old Auburn woman, faces charges in Issaquah Municipal Court for furnishing liquor to minors and reckless endangerment — both gross misdemeanors punishable by up to one year imprisonment and a fine of up to $5,000.

Police said students aboard the bus — rented from Seattle Party Bus, a bus and limousine service — convinced the driver to purchase alcohol for them and collected money for the purchases.

Investigators said the driver then headed to the state-run liquor store in Issaquah, along Northwest Gilman Boulevard, and purchased beer and liquor for the underage riders just before 6 p.m. Oct. 22.

Police said about 20 students rode the bus to homecoming at the school’s downtown Issaquah campus. The driver did not consume alcohol, Issaquah Police Patrol Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum said.

Later, at the dance, officers and school administrators encountered intoxicated students from the party bus.

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Owner: Issaquah party bus drinking violation is ‘isolated incident’

October 28, 2011

NEW — 1 p.m. Oct. 28, 2011

Hours after Issaquah police recommended charges against a party bus driver accused of purchasing booze for teenagers, the bus’ owner said the violation is “an isolated incident” for the company.

The party bus driver, a 49-year-old Auburn woman, faces charges in Issaquah Municipal Court of furnishing liquor to minors and reckless endangerment — both gross misdemeanors punishable by up to one year imprisonment and a fine of up to $5,000.

Issaquah High School administrators suspended nine students for alcohol infractions in connection to the party bus incident. Police and school administrators started investigating the incident after intoxicated students arrived at the Oct. 22 homecoming dance.

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Police: Issaquah High School students convinced party bus driver to buy alcohol

October 27, 2011

UPDATED — 10:55 a.m. Oct. 27, 2011

The city prosecutor plans to charge the driver of a party bus headed to Issaquah High School’s homecoming dance for buying beer and liquor for teenagers aboard the bus.

The party bus driver, a 49-year-old Auburn woman, faces charges in Issaquah Municipal Court of furnishing liquor to minors and reckless endangerment — both gross misdemeanors punishable by up to one year imprisonment and a fine of up to $5,000.

Issaquah High School administrators suspended nine students for alcohol infractions in connection to the party bus incident. Police and school administrators started investigating the incident after intoxicated students arrived at the Oct. 22 homecoming dance.

Students aboard the bus — rented from a Seattle limousine service — convinced the driver to purchase alcohol for them and collected money for the purchases.

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Cameras to start catching speeders as students return

August 23, 2011

Motorists caught exceeding 20 mph limit face $124 fine

Issaquah police plan to reactivate speed-enforcement cameras near Issaquah High School and other campuses next week, as students return to schools along Second Avenue Southeast and elsewhere in the Issaquah School District.

Police deactivated the cameras during the summer hiatus. Now, as classes resume Aug. 30, police plan to activate the cameras from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on school days, just as in past years. Cameras aimed in both directions along the street capture license plate information on vehicles exceeding the 20 mph school zone speed limit.

Motorists exceeding the speed limit face a $124 fine. The infraction is a noncriminal offense similar to a parking ticket and does not become part of the violator’s driving record.

The fine and information about the violation arrive in the mail several days after the incident.

People can pay the fine outright, request a hearing in Issaquah Municipal Court or submit a declaration of nonresponsibility. The last option is sometimes used if a person other than the vehicle’s owner drove the vehicle during the violation.

The cameras photograph and record only vehicles exceeding the school zone speed limit.

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Come summertime, backyard beekeepers reap sweet rewards

July 2, 2011

Carniolan honeybees scamper in and out of a beehive after retrieving pollen from plants near beekeeper Peter Jarvis’ home. By Greg Farrar

The pastoral landscape surrounding Issaquah is not quite the biblical Promised Land, but the area is rich in honey (if not milk) as beekeepers set up hives in area backyards and barnyards.

The buzz resumes each spring and summer as the daytime temperature nudges past 60 degrees and dandelions start to poke from the sodden soil. Then, all summer long, honeybees use assembly-line efficiency to gather pollen, and produce beeswax and liquid gold — prizes for amateur apiarists, or beekeepers.

Honey aside, backyard beekeeping continues to gain popularity as organic and urban farming trends attain mainstream success; gardeners opt for a back-to-nature approach; and beekeepers establish hives to counteract colony collapse disorder, a mysterious phenomenon responsible for countless honeybee disappearances since 2006.

The anemic economy also made a difference, as people started to rely on honeybees and mason bees, another species, to pollinate kitchen gardens and orchards — both cheap food sources.

Jerry Good established a beehive on 6.5 acres in May Valley a few years ago, and tended to honeybees pollinating apple, cherry, pear and plum trees on the land.

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Issaquah Community Center, pool reopen for drop-in visits

November 24, 2010

NEW — 11:50 a.m. Nov. 24, 2010

Issaquah residents suffering from cabin fever amid the cold can drop in at the Issaquah Community Center and Julius Boehm Pool until 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Both facilities close Thursday for Thanksgiving.

The city Parks & Recreation Department also canceled all recreation programs scheduled for Wednesday.

Officials canceled all Issaquah Municipal Court hearings scheduled for Wednesday.

The judge is not issuing bench warrants if defendants fail to appear. The court is to remain open for regular business hours.

The city Human Services Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday night has been canceled. Officials also canceled the Dec. 22 meeting. The commission meets next at 6 p.m. Dec. 15.

Issaquah School District administrators canceled school for Wednesday, the last scheduled school day before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Despite the closures elsewhere, the show is set to go on at Village Theatre in downtown Issaquah. The performance of “Anne of Green Gables” is still scheduled for 8 p.m.

Issaquah Municipal Court, recreation facilities close Wednesday

November 23, 2010

NEW — 3:30 p.m. Nov. 23, 2010

Officials canceled all Issaquah Municipal Court hearings scheduled for Wednesday.

The judge is not issuing bench warrants if defendants fail to appear. The court is to remain open for regular business hours.

The city has also canceled all recreation programs scheduled for Wednesday. Check the municipal website for information about drop-in visits at the Issaquah Community Center and Julius Boehm Pool. The city opened both facilities to drop-in visitors for several hours Tuesday.

Issaquah School District administrators canceled school for Wednesday, the last scheduled school day before the Thanksgiving holiday.

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