Community briefs

Sammamish boy earns Eagle Scout rank; history museums call for new volunteers; PRKC hosts 'Walk the Line' tour for County Council; Issaquah resident organizes fundraiser climb; motorcycle event planned for July 20

Local boy earns rank of Eagle Scout

Ryley Watson, a junior at The Bear Creek School, just obtained the highest honor in Boy Scouts, the rank of Eagle.

The Sammamish resident has been in scouting for more than five years. For his Eagle Scout project, he built a fire pit and four benches for the First Baptist Church in Redmond. He also enjoys soccer, track and field, and has achieved a second degree black belt in Shudokan Karate at Karate West.

Burn ban will start Sunday, EFR says

Eastside Fire and Rescue announced that the seasonal outdoor burning ban will start on June 15 and run through Sept. 30.

Cooking and recreational burning permits are required during the moratorium. These fires cannot be larger than three feet in diameter and two feet in height, and can only use dry, seasoned wood.

Propane, natural gas and charcoal fires do not require a burn permit.

History Museums call for new volunteers

The Issaquah History Museums are inviting local residents to get to know more about the Issaquah area’s colorful past.

The museum is looking for volunteers willing to put in four hours per month to welcome museum visitors at the Issaquah Train Depot and Gilman Town Hall. The museum helps new volunteers learn about the area and pairs them with experienced volunteers.

To find out more or sign up to volunteer, e-mail Karen at or call 392-3500.

PRKC hosts tour for County Council

King County Council members joined representatives from the county executive’s office, the Puget Sound Partnership, the Puget Sound Regional Council and the Snoqualmie Tribe last week on a tour of famrs, forests and recreational areas of Eastern rural King County.

The tour, dubbed “Walk the Line in 2008,” was coordinated by the Partnership for Rural King County, and centered along the urban growth boundary line that designates what areas of the county will be developed and what areas will be preserved for farms, forests and natural resource lands.

“I think it was a transformative day for many of us,” said Lauren Clark of Fall City, who helped organize the tour.

King County Council members Kathy Lambert, Larry Phillips and Dow Constantine attended the tour. Speakers included former World Bank Economist Dave Batker of Earth Economics, and Rev. Robert Jeffrey of New Hope Baptist Church, who spoke about the way that limited healthy food choices affect the health of impoverished Seattle residents.

For more information about the Urban Rural Connections project, visit

Issaquah resident organizes fundraiser climb

Issaquah resident Tom Varga, a local certified public accountant, is co-sponsoring a “Rainier Climb for Kids” next week.

On June 19, a team of six climbers will attempt to summit Mount Rainier via the Emmons Glacier to raise money for the CFOS Foundation. The foundation provides financial resources and in-kind services for children in Washington state.

The team hopes to raise $50,000, which will be matched in a challenge grant from CFO Selections.

Varga and his climbing partner, Ken Krass, will lead team members Bob Schmidt, Tom McDowell, Rick Sedd and Leo Falkenshammer. For more information about the foundation, e-mail

Motorcycle event planned for July 20

The XXX Drive In will host its annual motorcycle event, “Messy Burgers, Bikes and Babes, at 9 a.m. on July 20. The event will feature all makes and models of bikes, and will last “until the last bike leaves.” Entertainment will include “The Road Agents,” “Panama” and the Venturette gals.