Statewide earthquake drill shakes up preparedness plan

October 23, 2012

Tina Eggers (left), city clerk, Megan Gregor, city passport and records specialist, and Mary Lorna Meade, city risk management officer, take shelter under desks at Issaquah City Hall at 10:18 a.m. Oct. 18. By Greg Farrar

Staffers flooded from Issaquah City Hall and other municipal buildings at 10:18 a.m. Oct. 18 as employees joined a statewide earthquake drill.

The preparedness exercise involved public employees throughout the city, plus residents throughout the city and state, as planners tested residents’ ability to respond to a temblor.

The city official responsible for disseminating information to the public during emergencies, Communications Coordinator Autumn Monahan, said frequent disaster preparedness exercises educate city employees about the proper procedures to follow in worst-case scenarios.

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Elks’ lodge poker league rolls out the felt

August 16, 2011

Players of all skill levels invited to series of charity tournaments

ESPN’s live coverage of the 2011 World Series of Poker main event has the side effect of getting people’s blood pumping to join in on the action.

Participants of the Elks Lodge poker league get ready to shuffle up and deal at a recent tournament’s final table. By Tina Eggers

Whether you’re in search of some poker action outside the home game or somewhere closer than a card room or casino, then look no further than Issaquah’s Lake Sammamish Elks Lodge No. 1843.

The 2011 fall Texas Hold ’Em Poker League starts Aug. 27 and organizers are looking for more players to fill out the roster.

The league, now in its sixth year, has attracted players of varying skill levels. Sharyn Solum, 65, recently retired, was looking for a hobby to fill her free time when a former city co-worker and Elks member introduced her to the action.

“Tina Eggers brought me in to try it out,” Solum said regarding Issaquah’s city clerk. “I’d been playing for a couple of years but learned a lot more from the more experienced players.”

The league follows the same format as any other tournament, with only a few differences. Played each month the first and third Saturday (the league kicks off early Aug. 27 because of the holiday weekend Sept. 3), players buy in for $35 and may re-buy as many times as they want when they go broke for the first three rounds of action.

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Sister Cities Commission seeks members

June 7, 2011

The municipal Sister Cities Commission is seeking members to help foster relationships among Issaquah and sister cities Sunndal, Norway, and Chefchaouen, Morocco.

The commission’s objective is to increase knowledge, goodwill and understanding through people-to-people diplomacy, education, cultural exchanges, economic exchanges and humanitarian assistance.

The commission has three openings. People can pick up application packets at the City Clerk’s Office, City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way, during regular business hours. Submit a completed packet and volunteer service agreement by noon June 24.

After commission members and city staffers interview candidates, Mayor Ava Frisinger recommends appointees and the City Council confirms the appointments.

Candidates jockey for open seat ahead of Feb. 4 deadline

February 1, 2011

The race to replace Maureen McCarry started long before Election Day, and although the candidates only need to earn City Council members’ votes, the race to fill the seat in November is a key part of the decision.

The process has generated more activity in recent days, as potential candidates started to meet council members on a one-on-one basis and interested residents completed applications for the post. The application deadline is Feb. 4, and candidate interviews start March 1.

The appointee to the vacant seat serves until the next council election in November. The victor in the council race serves until Dec. 31, 2013.

The council could appoint a caretaker to the seat until the term expires in December. Members could also appoint someone who is interested in campaigning for election to the seat through 2013.

Though the application deadline is still days away, the vacancy has attracted a handful of applicants and potential candidates.

Issaquah Highlands resident Stacy Goodman, a Carson & Noel PLLC associate attorney and past editor of The Issaquah Press, said she plans to apply.

“I think it’s a terrific opportunity to get involved,” she said. “It’s an exciting time with a lot of projects and decisions that are in the beginning stages.”

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City Council calls for candidates to fill seat

January 11, 2011

City Council members turned to a time-tested plan last week to appoint a resident to the seat left vacant after Maureen McCarry resigned late last month.

The resignation left the council shorthanded until at least March. The schedule adopted Jan. 3 sets applicant interviews for late February and includes more than a month for potential candidates to mull a decision.

The process is similar to the steps used to fill a vacant council seat in 2006 and another in 1998. Read more

City seeks civic-minded citizens for volunteer posts

January 11, 2011

City leaders seek civic-minded citizens to serve on municipal boards and shape environmental and land-use decisions, guide the future of municipal parks, and foster relationships between Issaquah and the international community.

The city has openings on 11 boards and commissions. Not all applicants must be Issaquah residents. Read more

City Council calls for candidates to fill vacant seat

January 4, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. Jan. 4, 2011

The city has laid out the process to fill the open City Council seat left after Maureen McCarry resigned late last month.

Candidates can apply for the post until Feb. 4. The council has scheduled candidate interviews for Feb. 22.

Then, after 10-minute interviews, council members could recess into a closed-door executive session to discuss candidates’ qualifications. Under state law, the council can discuss candidates’ qualifications in a closed-door session, but interviews and the decision must occur in public meetings.

The council has set March 7 for the decision to appoint a person to the seat. The person then serves until the next council election.

The upcoming council election is scheduled for November. The victor then serves in the Position 5 spot until Dec. 31, 2013.

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City moves to fill post as deputy city clerk prepares to leave

February 9, 2010

City officials will launch a search for a new clerk after Deputy City Clerk Randy Reed steps down within the next few weeks.

Reed accepted the city clerk post in Sedona, Ariz., and will start there in early March. Meanwhile, Issaquah officials will put out a call for candidates.

Mayor Ava Frisinger said the city is almost certain to fill the position due to the workload handled by the clerk and the deputy. The weak economy and budget constraints have limited hiring for municipal positions for more than a year. Read more

Students extend olive branch to sister city

March 23, 2009

Clark Elementary School fifth-grader Kahlie Bomgardner works on a page for a journal that will be sent to students in Chefchaouen, Morocco. Tina Eggers

Clark Elementary School fifth-grader Kahlie Bomgardner works on a page for a journal that will be sent to students in Chefchaouen, Morocco. Tina Eggers

Clark Elementary School fifth-graders recently embarked on a diplomatic mission with cedar planks, copper strips and a message of friendship. Students used the materials to craft journals that will be sent to children in Chefchaouen, Morocco.

Teacher Julia Landa, whose 24 students undertook the project, said the assignment kindled an interest in the African nation. Read more