Warmer season wakes hibernating bears early

March 31, 2015

Everyone probably can agree the Seattle area had a pretty warm winter and spring kind of came early.

And with that warmer than average weather, what also came kind of early was the end of hibernation for this area’s healthy population of black bears.

Speaking last month, state Department of Fish & Wildlife Officer Jason Capelli said bears that don’t usually appear until April were already out and about in early March.

By Tami Asars Recording measurements on a tranquilized black bear near Issaquah-Hobart Road in July 2014, are (from left) Lindsay Welfeit, WSU master student/bear researcher, Brian Kertson, wildlife research scientist, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, and Jason Capelli, a Fish & Wildlife officer.

By Tami Asars
Recording measurements on a tranquilized black bear near Issaquah-Hobart Road in July 2014, are (from left) Lindsay Welfeit, WSU master student/bear researcher, Brian Kertson, wildlife research scientist, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, and Jason Capelli, a Fish & Wildlife officer.

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State’s first Karelian bear dog is retiring

March 31, 2015

Mishka, the first Karelian bear dog used to help with bears and other potentially dangerous wildlife in Washington state, is retiring after 12 years of service.

Mishka was enlisted for duty by a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist in 2003 to help resolve tense situations with bears, cougars and other wildlife.

By Rocky Spencer Mishka tracks and trees a bear in North Bend in 2005. The bear was tranquilized, tagged and released in the Cascades.

By Rocky Spencer
Mishka tracks and trees a bear in North Bend in 2005. The bear was tranquilized, tagged and released in the Cascades.

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Patriots win two titles at state drill competition

March 31, 2015

The Liberty High School drill team went into the March 27 state competition with few expectations.

Sure, they thought, it would be nice to place in the top two of the military and kick categories, but realistically, they hadn’t seen many of their competitors, so the squad was unsure where it stood in the pecking order.

Contributed The Liberty High School drill team surrounds its new hardware after winning two state titles at the 2015 state championship March 27 at the Yakima Valley SunDome.

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The Liberty High School drill team surrounds its new hardware after winning two state titles at the 2015 state championship March 27 at the Yakima Valley SunDome.

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Nominate someone for city’s Hall of Fame award

March 31, 2015

The city of Issaquah is seeking nominations of outstanding citizens for its Hall of Fame award.

Each spring, the mayor and City Council president select a person to honor for making a difference in the community.

Each nominee’s contribution to the community will be evaluated according to the following criteria: Read more

Central Issaquah Plan begins to attract developer attention

March 31, 2015

There may not be a multitude of new projects headed into Issaquah at present, but officials still are encouraged with the progress being made on the highly touted Central Issaquah Plan.

“I’m actually pretty excited that we have a few projects because the recession was pretty deep,” Issaquah City Councilwoman Mary Lou Pauly said.

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Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park adds executive director

March 31, 2015

The Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park named Janet Farness the organization’s first executive director, according to a news release.

Janet Farness

Janet Farness

Farness’ focus will be to increase communications with area residents about upcoming events and programs in the park. She will also work with Friends group members to host new park events, including a water sports expo in August.

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Park free at state parks for two days in April

March 31, 2015

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is offering two free days in April.

Visitors will not need to display a Discover Pass for day-use visits to state parks on April 4, a springtime free Saturday, and April 22, Earth Day.

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Police blotter

March 31, 2015

Car break-ins

  • The owner of a 2008 Honda Odyssey in the 1000 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard reported at 11:39 a.m. Feb. 20 that someone broke into the car and stole a pocketbook and other contents. The total loss, including damaged window, was valued at $288.
  • At 2:56 a.m. Feb. 21, someone broke into a 1992 Nissan Pathfinder in the 22500 block of Southeast 56th Street, causing $200 in damage to a window.
  • A resident in the 600 block of Mount Logan Drive Southwest reported at 4:46 p.m. Feb. 22 someone broke into a car and stole a wallet. The total loss was valued at $150.

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‘U Drive. U Text. U Pay.’ campaign begins April 1

March 31, 2015

For the second year in a row, more than 100 law enforcement agencies in Washington state will crack down on distracted drivers as part of the national distracted driving enforcement campaign.

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Issaquah honored for as Tree City USA

March 31, 2015

For the 23rd consecutive year, Issaquah has been named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.

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