Schools bite the bullet in budget shortfall

April 30, 2009

Layoff notices going to 158 Issaquah teachers

Issaquah School Board members voted unanimously to lay off 158 of its 1,097 teachers Wednesday night, after district officials presented their reduction in force plan.

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Legislature comes through with $3 million for parkway project

April 30, 2009

In the waning hours of its session, the state Legislature adopted a transportation budget that includes $3 million for the Coal Creek Parkway project. Gov. Chris Gregoire has until May 19 to sign the transportation budget into law.

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Culinary champs

April 30, 2009

After winning the state competition two months ago, Liberty High School’s restaurant management team advanced to the National ProStart Invitational April 24-26 in San Diego. Read more

Hey, buddy, can you spare some seeds for my recession garden?

April 30, 2009

Sylvain Bourneuf, of Hayes Nursery, said the store can’t keep seeds on the shelves. Business is up 17 percent compared to this time last year, he said.

“It’s because of the recession and people wanting to grow their own food,” said Bourneuf, a certified professional horticulturist at the nursery south of town on Issaquah-Hobart Road. Read more

Cookie Queens

April 30, 2009

Members of Girl Scout Troop 533, of Newcastle, Read more

Save money by growing your own vegetables

April 30, 2009

Can planting a veggie patch really save you money? Government agencies and gardening organizations say yes.

Every $100 spent on vegetable gardening yields $1,000 to $1,700 worth of produce, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates. Read more

Highlander Andrey Levkiv among nation’s top shot putters

April 30, 2009

Hazen High School senior Andrey Levkiv has the top shot put and discus toss distances in the state. At the April 18 Pasco Invitational, Levkiv threw the shot put 62 feet, 2 inches, a personal best by more than 17 inches.

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Work with what you have to create a beautiful atmosphere in the home

April 30, 2009

Whether your motive is to save money or save the earth, recycling, reusing and refurbishing what you already own are all affordable and creative ways to beautify your home and feel good doing it.

“The concept behind ‘FreeStyle’ was all about having style for free and leaving what you have in your house,” said Taniya Nayak, a designer for the HGTV show “Designed to Sell.” Read more

Issaquah School District lawsuit headed to state Supreme Court

April 30, 2009

The School Districts’ Alliance for Adequate Funding of Special Education, which includes Issaquah, is continuing its special education funding lawsuit efforts against the state.

The alliance is turning to the state Supreme Court after the state Court of Appeals upheld the state’s funding system for special education March 10. Read more

Letters to the editor

April 30, 2009

City leaders are wasting time, tax dollars changing signs

I’d like to contribute my opinion regarding the recent budget proposals created by Newcastle leadership. Read more

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