Eastside Fire & Rescue proposes 2.6 percent budget increase

September 27, 2011

Wage and health insurance costs are the prime drivers of a proposed 2.6 percent increase in Eastside Fire & Rescue’s proposed 2012 budget. Some board members, however, said they wonder if parts of the projected budget may be off.

EFR’s board got its first look at the $21.5 million spending plan Sept. 19. The budget is about $546,000 more than last year.

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Born on Sept. 11, 2001

September 20, 2011

History is intertwined for Issaquah girl and 9/11 attacks

Larisa Tutkur, 10, a Sunset Elementary School fourth-grader, holds a book featuring the Brooklyn Bridge — a route many people used to escape Manhattan on Sept. 11, 2001 — the same day she was born. By Greg Farrar

Larisa Tutkur and a tragedy share a moment in history — Sept. 11, 2001, was Larisa’s birthday.

The bright and outgoing girl learned about the connection after she turned 6, and her parents explained the catastrophe.

“When I first found out, we did talk about it,” she said. “Then, after a few years, we just looked at it as my birthday and nothing else. We didn’t want to talk about it because it’s a really, really sad day.”

Larisa is among the 13,238 babies born in the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, and the only such child in the almost 17,000-student Issaquah School District.

The fourth-grader at Sunset Elementary School turned 10 on a day many people spent reflecting on a tragedy from a decade ago.

Larisa’s parents, Maida and Omer Tutkur, resettled in Washington from war-torn Bosnia and Herzegovina months before the 9/11 attacks.

Maida Tutkur, then six months pregnant, landed in the United States on June 28, 2001, not long after her husband settled on the Eastside.

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Woman robbed, stabbed in Issaquah Highlands

August 9, 2011

Police said a man stabbed and robbed a 36-year-old woman early Aug. 8 in a typically quiet apartment complex in the Issaquah Highlands.

The incident occurred at about 12:15 a.m. in the 1700 block of 16th Lane Northeast in a parking lot at The Highlands at Wynhaven, a complex next to Grand Ridge Elementary School.

The woman said a man approached her as she returned to the apartment after parking her car. Investigators said he then punched and stabbed her, stole her purse and fled.

The woman described her attacker as a stocky white or Hispanic man dressed in dark clothing and a dark-colored baseball-type cap. She last saw him running east as he fled.

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Birth: Isabella Carmel Edwins

August 9, 2011

Tyler and Angelina Edwins welcomed daughter Isabella Carmel to their Snoqualmie home June 22, 2011.

Isabella Edwins

She was born at Overlake Hospital Medical Center, in Bellevue, weighing 9 pounds, 1 ounce and measuring 21 inches.

She joins brother Brody, 3.

Grandparents are Steve and Melinda Sanelli, of Issaquah; Debbie Edwins, of Sammamish; and Tom Edwins, of Redmond.

Great-grand parents are Floyd and Carmel Sanelli, of Bellevue; George Miller, of Kirkland; and Richard Smith, of Snoqualmie Pass.

Angelina is a 2000 graduate of Issaquah High school. She is a substitute teacher for the Issaquah School District.

Tyler is a 1999 graduate of Skyline High School. He is a drafter for Collons & Smith Structural Engineers, in Issaquah.

Truck rollover snarls Interstate 90 traffic through Issaquah

August 9, 2011

Emergency crews converged on westbound Interstate 90 between Front Street and state Route 900 just after 8 a.m. Aug. 5 after a tractor-trailer toppled across three lanes, snarling the morning commute.

The tractor-trailer was heading westbound in the center lane when the driver attempted to make a lane change to the right, Washington State Patrol Trooper Julie Startup said. In the process, the truck bumped into a car in the adjacent lane.

The truck driver, realizing the rig had bumped the car, attempted to correct to avoid a more serious collision, but lost control and ended up in a brush-filled ditch on the left road shoulder.

Then, as the truck driver attempted to pull out of the ditch, the rig flipped and landed on its side, blocking most of the westbound interstate.

Medics transported the driver of the car, a 29-year-old Sumner man, to Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue for treatment of minor injuries. The truck driver, a 30-year-old Auburn man, escaped uninjured.

The state patrol’s commercial vehicle inspectors plan to inspect the tractor-trailer as a standard part of the investigation. Startup said the tractor-trailer driver is unlikely to face charges in the incident.

Crews managed to right the toppled rig after 8:30 a.m. and reopened lanes to traffic at about 9:15 a.m. Traffic backed up for two and a half miles as state troopers closed the lanes to investigate and clean up. Startup said the toppled truck had been hauling hay.

“Luckily, the hay stayed inside the vehicle today,” she added. “That could be a mess. But hay is much easier to clean up than a load of marbles.”

Truck rollover snarls Interstate 90 traffic through Issaquah

August 5, 2011

A tractor-trailer rollover closed three lanes along Interstate 90 through Issaquah between Front Street and state Route 900 early Friday. By Department of Transportation

UPDATED — 9:20 a.m. Aug. 5, 2011

Emergency crews converged on westbound Interstate 90 between Front Street and state Route 900 just after 8 a.m. Friday after a tractor-trailer rolled over, snarling the morning commute.

State troopers closed three lanes to traffic due to the crash. Traffic backed up for more than two miles.

Crews managed to right the toppled rig after 8:30 a.m. and reopened lanes to traffic at about 9:15 a.m.

The tractor-trailer had been heading westbound in the center lane when the driver attempted to make a lane change to the right, Washington State Patrol Trooper Julie Startup said. In the process, the truck made contact with a car in the adjacent lane.

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Issaquah girl, 9, is in critical condition after 14-vehicle pileup

July 20, 2011

NEW — 4:45 p.m. July 20, 2011

The 14-vehicle pileup along westbound Interstate 90 in Bellevue on Wednesday morning involved six Issaquah residents, including a 9-year-old girl sent to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition.

Just before 8 a.m., as traffic slowed due to congestion near the Interstate 405 interchange at 133rd Avenue Southeast, a tractor-trailer jackknifed into a loaded logging truck in the adjacent lane.

“For whatever reason, whether the semi truck was going too fast, wasn’t paying attention or a combination of the two, for the conditions, he didn’t seem to see that traffic had stopped until the last second,” said Sgt. Keith Trowbridge, a Washington State Patrol spokesman. “At that point, he tried to put the brakes on, but he jackknifed and went into the log truck.”

The impact dislodged the rear axle of the logging truck.

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Swedish emergency room services to relocate July 14

July 12, 2011

Swedish Medical Center administrators and physicians plan to transfer emergency room services from the standalone facility near Lake Sammamish to Swedish/Issaquah early July 14.

The relocation is poised to unfold in a careful choreography as the initial phase of the hospital opens to patients. Dispatchers plan to direct ambulances to the hospital ER in the Issaquah Highlands starting at midnight.

“We’re doing this transition in the middle of the night because that is our lull point. Typically, the lowest census in any emergency department is that kind of 3-4 a.m. range,” said Dr. John Milne, a Swedish emergency physician and Issaquah resident. “Most sane people are asleep.”

The portion of the hospital for inpatients does not come online until November.

Jeff Griffin, Eastside Fire & Rescue deputy chief of operations, said agency administrators continue to update ambulance crews about the change. EFR emergency crews also toured the Swedish/Issaquah ER to prepare for the transition.

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Overlake hosts local cancer-prevention event

June 14, 2011

One hundred and fifty people attended the Learn and Live Well Cancer Prevention Event presented by Overlake Hospital Medical Center on June 11 at Eastridge Church in Issaquah.

Garrett Knapp, doctor of physical therapy with Overlake Hospital, shares information about body mass index testing. By Jill Green

Participants visited booths and listened to presentations about reducing stress, making exercise easy, and helping prevent cancer and other chronic diseases.

Pam Rock, director of Overlake’s Cancer Center, said the hospital has a real commitment to providing education events to the public.

“Our hope for this event is to increase awareness of choices people can make to reduce their chances of cancer,” she said.

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Saddle up for Issaquah bike safety fair Saturday

June 8, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. June 8, 2011

Learn the importance of safe riding Saturday and Sunday as The Optimist Club of Issaquah & the Eastside hosts free bike safety fairs in Issaquah and Bellevue.

In Issaquah, the fair is noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Issaquah Valley Elementary School, 555 N.W. Holly St. in Issaquah. In Bellevue, the event is noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at Newport Heights Elementary School, 5225 119th Ave. S.E. Call 829-7864 to learn more.

The attractions — geared for children in kindergarten to fifth-grade — include obstacle courses and free bike helmets. For the obstacle course, children who bring bikes can participate and receive free bike tune-ups. Other attractions include bike registrations and face painting, plus adult resources on health, safety, education and recreation.

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