Judicial candidates face tough caseload

October 12, 2010

Crammed onto the ballot alongside the marquee race for U.S. Senate and high-profile initiatives is another important decision.

The electorate in Issaquah and broad stretch of northeastern King County faces a choice next month to pick a pair of King County District judges.

The race for the Position 6 seat features appointed Judge Michael Finkle and Issaquah attorney John L. O’Brien. Redmond City Prosecutor Larry Mitchell is running against Newcastle attorney Donna Tucker for the Position 7 seat.

The contests mark the first elections for both nonpartisan positions. King County Council members — backed by the state — increased the number of District Court judges last year to address a burgeoning caseload.

District Court handles misdemeanor criminal cases, drunken driving offenses and traffic infractions, requests for domestic violence protection orders, small claims and some civil cases.

The court is on track for a record year of more than 253,000 filings by the end of December.

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Off The Press

September 7, 2010

Photo contest entries provide fun for staff

Ahh, our annual photo contest. The people, the animals, the scenes.

Kathleen R. Merrill Press editor

Everyone on our staff can help judge the contest every year and it’s one of the most enjoyable things we do. We have some really amazing amateur photographers in our coverage area!

This year we had 208 entries — 64 in the animal category, 52 in the people category and 92 in the scenic category. Each first-place winner gets $100. Not bad for doing something most people enjoy — capturing a fun, silly, spiritual, beautiful, inspiring moment in time.

The contest will be held again next year, so start saving your best photos now!

Congratulations to all of the people who won. See their photos on the front of our Community section this week, Page B1.

But I’d also like to congratulate the finalists in each category, who don’t get prizes, but will be in our online slideshow along with the winners and who took some awesome pictures. It was really hard to choose the winners! Read more

Tastin’ n Racin’ brings on the noise

June 15, 2010

Unlimited hydroplane makes first appearance

The GP12 Homes & Land Magazine hydroplane (left) driven by Mark Evans, goes airborne as it overtakes the GP15 Fleur Auto and Truck Parts Happy Go Lucky driven by Greg Hopp, in the Grand Prix final June 13 during Tastin’ n Racin’ at Lake Sammamish State Park. By Greg Farrar

Perfectly in accordance with gorgeous sunshine, speeding and thundering hydroplanes took to Lake Sammamish over the weekend at the 2010 Tastin’ n Racin’ competition, an American Powerboat Association event.

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Enter to win a classic Mustang at Lake Sammamish State Park on Saturday

June 11, 2010

NEW — 7 a.m. June 11, 2010

The Jockey Classic Road Trip, celebrating all things classic, stops in Issaquah on its cross-country journey during Tastin’ n Racin’.

The tour vehicle, a 1965 Ford Mustang convertible, pulling a small Airstream Caravel trailer, will be on display from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday at Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road.

Visitors can win the Mustang convertible and take home free Jockey Classic products and coupons.

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Tastin’ N Racin returns to Lake Sammamish June 12-14

June 8, 2010

The roar of unlimiteds racing on Lake Sammamish is music to the ears of many people who are fans of the sport of hyrdoplane racing.

And fans will get their ear full June 12-14 at Lake Sammamish State Park at the annual Tastin’ N Racin.

But for folks that like just music, Tastin’ N Racin offers that venue, too. Playing on the main stage will be Rail on June 13 and Randy Hansen on June 14. Hansen will do a tribute to Jimmy Hendrix.

For people who don’t like hydroplane racing or the hard music, there is food. Tastin’ N Racing annually has a variety of booths that sell tasty food.

In addition, there are arts and crafts from Northwest artisans, and a family fun area for children.

But back to the hydros.

The KZOK 102.5 Cup has its best selection of boats in recent years. Fans get the opportunity to view 1-litre, 2.5 stock, 5-litre and national modified hydros, flat-bottom runabouts, vintage hydros and grand prix hydros.

Racing action begins at 9 a.m. June 13 and continues through June 14. Read more

Inside the Friends of the Children hydroplane / June 9, 2009

June 9, 2009

Tastin’ for the racing grows in 13th year

June 2, 2009

Wally Johnson, driver of the E-98 Agitator, of Helena, Mont., is guided by his pit crew to the dock after winning the 5-litre boat final during last year’s Tastin' n Racin' festival at Lake Sammamish State Park. File

Wally Johnson, driver of the E-98 Agitator, of Helena, Mont., is guided by his pit crew to the dock after winning the 5-litre boat final during last year’s Tastin' n Racin' festival at Lake Sammamish State Park. File

Christine Courtright recalled that when the idea was first floated to host a festival on Lake Sammamish, featuring hydroplane racing boats, it was given little chance to succeed.

“We were actually told by a gentleman who also does a bunch of festivals in Seattle we were nuts,” said Courtright, executive director of Tastin’ n Racin’.

Well, the committee must have hit upon something right, because the festival returns for its 13th year this weekend, bigger than ever. Courtright said it’s hard to name another festival that features hydroplane races, a classic car show, live entertainment, arts and crafts booths, a carnival with rides and a “hot rod” boat show, all for $10 or less.

The only downside, she admitted, is the festival is very weather driven as it takes place the first weekend in June, rain or shine. Constant drizzle last year affected attendance, but Courtright said she was surprised by how little. Read more

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