Principal Lisa Hechtman leaving Skyline High School for Issaquah School District position

April 19, 2014

NEW – 6 a.m. April 19, 2014

Skyline High School Principal Lisa Hechtman will leave her position at the end of the school year.

In an email to Skyline families April 14, Hechtman said she had accepted an offer to serve as the Issaquah School District’s executive director of personnel.

Hechtman was in her second stint at Skyline. She was one of its original staff members when the school opened in 1997, serving for seven years as a humanities teachers, dean of students and assistant principal.

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New season of farmers market kicks off Saturday

April 18, 2014

NEW — Noon April 18, 2014

Opening day for the Issaquah Farmers Market is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 19 at the Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

On the first day will be Earth Day celebrations.

Some of the organizations participating this year include Cascade Bicycle Club, Seattle Tilth, Issaquah Garden Club, Friends of Salmon Hatchery, Master Recycler Composter Eastside Program, Cleanscapes, Bike Pedestrian Outreach and the King County Master Gardeners.

The market is Saturdays through Oct. 11. Visitors can buy fresh produce and flowers, purchase unique gifts from a variety of vendors and taste different types of foods.

Learn more here.

State Parks offers free parking Saturday and Tuesday

April 18, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. April 18, 2014

Washington State Parks has 12 free days in 2014 when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass to visit a state park, including Lake Sammamish State Park. The next dates are April 19 and 22.

The free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on state-managed recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the state Department of Natural Resources.

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Meet local hydroplane driver Kip Brown at hydroplane museum’s season preview

April 17, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. April 17, 2014

Local hydroplane driver Kip Brown will be at the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum in Kent when it hosts an H1 Unlimited hydroplane season preview April 19.

Fans of the sport will get to meet with Unlimited hydroplane officials, team crew chiefs and drivers. Brown is with Preston-based team Our Gang Racing.

By Greg Farrar Local hydroplane driver Kip Brown returns to the pits at Lake Sammamish State Park with the 5-liter class E-1 Peters & May boat after his last race of the day at Tastin’ N Racin’ in June 2012. Brown has been a national high point champ in 5-liter.

By Greg Farrar
Local hydroplane driver Kip Brown returns to the pits at Lake Sammamish State Park with the 5-liter class E-1 Peters & May boat after his last race of the day at Tastin’ N Racin’ in June 2012. Brown has been a national high point champ in 5-liter.

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Liberty student wins ‘Influence the Choice’ video contest

April 16, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. April 16, 2014

Liberty High School junior Ashton Herrild took home the top prize in the Drug Free Community Coalition’s 2014 “Influence the Choice” student video contest.

Herrild’s two-minute video encouraged peers to “live for the nights you’ll never forget,” rather than “the nights you won’t remember,” and live a drug-free life. His overall win came with a prize of $800.

More than 100 Issaquah School District students worked to submit 54 videos encouraging their peers to say no to prescription drugs, alcohol and marijuana. The students spent an estimated 400 hours crafting the videos.

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Talus expansion among comp plan considerations

April 15, 2014

King County The outlined area west of the Talus urban village indicates where developers hope to expand the residential subdivision. Talus Management Services have asked for the city to consider annexing the portion, which currently sits in unincorporated King County.

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The outlined area west of the Talus urban village indicates where developers hope to expand the residential subdivision. Talus Management Services have asked for the city to consider annexing the portion, which currently sits in unincorporated King County.

Another annexation will face consideration since the Issaquah City Council approved the docket for a comprehensive plan update April 7.

Developers want to expand the Talus urban village by adding another 49.2 acres to the city. The plan received scrutiny during the March 11 Land & Shore Committee meeting.

“The Talus Management Services request is for an expansion area,” city Long Range Planning Manager Trish Heinonen said. “It has developed all its area, but it still has entitlements left over.”

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Ukrainian turmoil hits close to home

April 15, 2014

Issaquah resident Yuriy Vasyleha watches news reports of Ukrainian unrest with a mix of heartache and worry.

For him, the conflict occurring a world away is immensely personal, because the eastern-European nation is his native country, and where most of his relatives still call home.

“I feel really bad, but I cannot do anything,” he said.

Ukraine native Yuriy Vasyleha and wife Helen, now Issaquah residents, sit among the country’s Carpathian Mountains wearing Ukrainian folk attire in 2002. Contributed

Ukraine native Yuriy Vasyleha and wife Helen, now Issaquah residents, sit among the country’s Carpathian Mountains wearing Ukrainian folk attire in 2002.
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Protests erupted in November, after then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s cabinet balked at signing a trade deal with the European Union, reportedly at the behest of Moscow.

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Council OKs large list of possible comprehensive plan updates

April 15, 2014

The Issaquah City Council expects a big update to the city’s comprehensive plan in 2015.

During its April 7 regular meeting, the council approved docket of proposed changes to the plan. There are 19 items, which the administration will investigate whether to include them into the state-mandated plan.

Comprehensive plans are required by state law to include expectations for land use, housing, growth targets, utilities, capital facilities and more.

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Make donations to mudslide emergency responders at Lowe’s

April 15, 2014

In response to the recent deadly Oso mudslide, Lowe’s has activated its American Red Cross customer donation program in all Washington stores to provide a convenient place for customers to make financial donations.

As a member of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program, Lowe’s pledges donations on an ongoing basis in advance of disasters to help the Red Cross deliver immediate aid to communities in need.

Participating Lowe’s stores, including Issaquah’s at 1625 11th Ave. N.W., are accepting through April 27 donations of emergency supplies to the search and rescue teams in the affected area to support the continued recovery efforts.

 

Lakes stocked for April 26 lowland lakes opener


April 15, 2014

Washington’s biggest fishing day of the year — the lowland lakes trout opener — is April 26.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to plant about 16.5 million trout and kokanee in hundreds of lakes.

Those fish include 2.3 million catchable trout, nearly 115,000 jumbo trout weighing up to 11 pounds each and more than 50,000 triploid trout averaging 11 1/2 pounds each.

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