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Issaquah City Council reviews report about citizen’s sole source aquifer request

The Issaquah City Council on Tuesday heard the city’s analysis of a citizen’s petition to designate the Lower Issaquah Valley Aquifer as a sole-source aquifer.

Proponents urge residents to ‘vote twice’ for Sammamish parks

Since Sammamish incorporated in 1999, city leaders have forged creative partnerships to build all-weather sports fields at Eastlake and Skyline High Schools, new hiking trails, a popular skateboard park, Ebright Creek Park and more.

Village Theatre’s new musical ‘Saint Heaven’ comes to town

The idea for Village Theatre’s new musical “Saint Heaven” was born when Composer Keith Gordon met novelist Steve Lyons about five years ago at a cocktail party in New York. Lyons described the plot of a novel he was working on, and Gordon was immediately hooked.

Sports in brief | Sammamish resident selected to perform at Macy’s parade

Sammamish resident Emily Reyer, 13, was selected as a member of the USA Baton Twirling All Stars that will participate in the 2008 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. She is one of 150 performers selected from around the United States.

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Eastside Catholic teachers launch ‘Biomed’ class

Three teachers at Eastside Catholic High School, each previously recognized by the National Association of Biology Teachers as the state’s Outstanding Biology Teacher of the Year, launched a new class this fall.

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From left to right: Diana Kutas

A race, not a ‘pity party’

Have you ever thought of participating or trying to participate in a triathlon? Thousands of people every year embark on these multi-sport races for the first time, in hopes of challenging their minds and push their bodies to limits they have not yet endured. Thirty-five Northwest cancer survivors met the challenge head on last Sunday at Seattle’s Genesse Park, the same way they battled their crushing diagnosis and disease.

From left to right: Diana Kutas

Mentors ‘LINK’ up with students in LWSD

What could you accomplish by giving up just one hour of your free time each week? Don’t underestimate yourself. You could make a profound difference in the life of a child by volunteering as a lunch buddy, mentor or tutor through LINKS (Looking Into the Needs of Kids and Schools).

A worker walks down the upstairs hall at the new Rachel Carson Elementary School in Sammamish. Construction workers

New ‘green’ elementary school ready for its debut

The new elementary school on the Plateau is bright, airy, and filled with appealing colors and shapes. It’s downright beautiful, and the teachers and staff members at Rachel Carson Elementary School last week were a-twitter with unrestrained delight.

A worker walks down the upstairs hall at the new Rachel Carson Elementary School in Sammamish. Construction workers

Seattle’s heavy-handed bag fee: not Northwest way

The Seattle City Council last month imposed a 20 cent fee on all plastic and paper bags at grocery, drug and convenience stores. This fee, as well as a ban on all plastic foam drinking cups and food containers, will go into effect within Seattle city limits at the beginning of next year. We wholeheartedly support any effort to improve the environment, and while we applaud the city of Seattle for its environmentally conscious position, we feel that the tax was unnecessary and heavy-handed — at least at this point.

Laura and Craig Baker sit near the grand piano on the stage at Bake's Place.

Bake’s Place: All it’s jazzed up to be

What started in the basement of Craig and Laura Baker’s house has now evolved into a world class jazz venue that attracts nationwide attention.

Laura and Craig Baker sit near the grand piano on the stage at Bake's Place.
Adoptive parents Phung Quang Nghinh

Eastside group helps ‘Miracle Baby’

Phung Thien Nhan, now known as the Miracle Baby of Vietnam, defied death after just three days of life.

Adoptive parents Phung Quang Nghinh
Issaquah residents Jenny and Kenneth Fullwood make their voices heard as they cast their votes at the polls at Issaquah Community Church Monday evening.
Issaquah residents Jenny and Kenneth Fullwood make their voices heard as they cast their votes at the polls at Issaquah Community Church Monday evening.
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Pine Lake Pizzeria: The secret’s in the dough

When all four Salmeri men are in the kitchen together at Pine Lake Pizzeria, it can get a little crazy, to say the least. “It’s controlled havoc,” Andrew Salmeri said of working with his three sons, Joe, 28, Brandon, 26 and Drew, 18.

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Forest lands closed due to danger of forest fires

Longview Timberlands officials announced that they closed about 344,183 acres of the company's tree farms to public and recreational access starting Aug. 15 because of high forest fire danger in Washington and Oregon.

Instructor Kevin Mar and 12-year-old Lauren Poulson spar during a fencing class at the Issaquah Community Center last week. For more pictures and a column about fencing
Instructor Kevin Mar and 12-year-old Lauren Poulson spar during a fencing class at the Issaquah Community Center last week. For more pictures and a column about fencing
Eastlake High School graduate and 2008 recipient of the Cory O'Brien Memorial Fund scholarship Ann Marolich

Cory O’Brien Memorial Fund dinner planned

In a change of venue from years past, the Cory O’Brien Memorial Fund dinner and auction will be from 5 p.m. until close on Sept. 20 at Pogacha Restaurant in Issaquah.

Eastlake High School graduate and 2008 recipient of the Cory O'Brien Memorial Fund scholarship Ann Marolich

Fire budget process is ‘on track’

Eastside Fire and Rescue’s budget procedure is right on track, Finance Chief Dave Gray told the board of directors Tuesday.

Anna Pool-Norby
Anna Pool-Norby

Online gaming – Olympic style: How to become an ‘Internet athlete’

In all its glory, fanfare and controversy, the 2008 Summer Olympics have finally arrived — and they’re online! NBC is broadcasting more than 2,000 hours of live events and 3,000 hours of On-Demand recorded video over the next 17 days, and you can watch it all on your computer! Suffice it to say, the digital smorgasbord of viewable events is a techie’s dream-come-true!

An Issaquah police officer stands by as citiizens observe police vehicles on display Tuesday at National Night Out.
An Issaquah police officer stands by as citiizens observe police vehicles on display Tuesday at National Night Out.