March 16, 2010
A rescued bald eagle is flying free again after being released from the Ek family’s Pine Lake waterfront home March 9.
The male eagle spent nearly a week recovering from a range of injuries at an aviary in Arlington, according to its rescuers — Tim Brown, of Snoqualmie, Dennis Brown, of Sammamish, and various Pine Lake residents.
“Now he’s checked out and now he’s going back home to his mate,” said Tim Brown, a raptor specialist who calmed and handled the bird after the eagle injured itself March 2.
Pine Lake neighbors and other community members gathered on the Eks’ lawn to watch the eagle’s quick but much-anticipated exit.
“It was exciting to see the eagle — looks like he’s back to full strength,” Sammamish Mayor Don Gerend said. “It’s very encouraging to see the natural species thriving on our lake up here.”
At about 4:30 p.m. March 2, the eagle became entangled in a rope tied between the Eks’ dock and shoreline. It had captured a duck in the middle of the lake, but could not carry the weight, said Dennis Brown, an across-the-lake neighbor. He noticed the bird struggling in the shallow water after swimming to shore with its wings. That’s when he hopped in his canoe and came to help.
“I had never seen anything like this happen,” he said. Read more
March 15, 2010
October 30, 2009
NEW — 8 p.m. Oct. 30, 2009
Issaquah School District officials are asking you to help them find a fitting name for the new elementary school under construction near Pine Lake on the Sammamish Plateau.
The last time families had the opportunity to name a school was in February 2006, when district officials were looking for a name for what is now known as Grand Ridge Elementary School.
Names should be derived from the area, geographic landmarks, housing developments, voting precincts, directional names or from names of people who have contributed greatly to education in the district.
All name suggestions must:
Be known and significant to people in the district.
Not conflict with names of other schools inside the district or in neighboring districts.
Not be those of living people, unless the circumstances are so great that the person should be honored.
For your name suggestion to be considered, you must fully explain why you believe it is a good name for the school.
There is not limit to the number of names you can suggest, but your suggested names must be submitted by 4 p.m. Monday.
The selection committee will give Issaquah School Board members a list of three to five of the best names for consideration. The final name will be announced at the Dec. 9 school board meeting.
August 25, 2009
Issaquah pool operators are working on changes to make your swimming experience safer.
A federal law that was supposed to be implemented by December has pool operators rethinking safety and investing in new equipment. But the road to implementation has been anything but smooth.
The Virginia Graeme Baker Act was passed by Congress in December 2007 after the 2002 drowning of Virginia Graeme Baker, 7, granddaughter of former Secretary of State James Baker III.
The act is designed to prevent drowning caused by entrapment in pools and hot tubs.
Pool operators in the Issaquah area are hiring engineers to evaluate systems, purchasing drain covers that meet standards, and even tearing up pools and re-installing systems to ensure compliance. Read more
July 31, 2009
June 2, 2009
Issaquah School Board members unanimously voted to accept a bid presented by Babbit Neuman Construction for a new elementary school at their May 27 board meeting. Read more