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School conservation programs get greener. Page 18 Newcastle resident wins Special Olympics medal. Page 16 July 1, 2011 VOL. 9, NO. 7 City Council race gets more competition Candidates file for August primary Hat’s in the ring Reagan Dunn enters race for state attorney general. Page 2 By Tim Pfarr Resident Frank Irigon and former City Councilman Gordon Bisset have filed to run for City Council Position 4 in this year’s election. Bisset — who served as a member of the council from 2002-2005 — and Irigon will face off against Parks Commission Chair Andrew Shelton in a primary election in August. The top two finishers will advance to the general election in November. Councilman Sonny Putter, who holds Position 4, announced in April he would retire from the council at the end of the year. Incumbent councilwomen Lisa Jensen and Carol Simpson and incumbent Deputy Mayor Steve Buri have filed to run for re-election this fall in their respective positions. Each will be unopposed on the November ballot. Council positions are at large and not assigned to geographic regions of the city. Frank Irigon Frank Irigon has been a resi- Gordon Bisset Frank Irigon See CANDIDATES, Page 13 Playwright offers tales from the heart Top talker National society honors columnist Pat Detmer. Page 3 Police & Fire By Tim Pfarr Page 7 Graduation Congratulations to the classes of 2011. Page 10-11 Crime reports See crime reports in the city on the city’s website,, by clicking the link “Crime Reports” in the “Quick Links” section on the right side of the screen. Contact us: 392-6434, ext. 239 50¢ Maxwell, Dulcich joined a dozen children armed with scissors to cut the ribbon and officially declare that it was playtime. “I’m really ecstatic about how it turned out,” he said about the playground. “It turned out fabulous.” The new playground has been more than a year in the making. Gordon first brought the project forward for funding in May 2010 after safety hazards were found on the 15-yearold structure. “I went to a vocational school that was me and like 2,500 guys,” Elena Hartwell remembered with a laugh. It was there the high school dropout from San Diego learned to become an auto mechanic. She was 17, and although working on cars was not her lifelong dream, it was work. The days were filled with grease, oil and motors, but after work — and wiping the grease from her fingers — Hartwell became an artist. It was during these years that she completed her first fulllength script for the stage: “Fast Ducks.” The story followed several people in a diner, exploring their relationships with one another. The play took place in a town in which residents raced ducks. “Inspiration strikes in strange ways,” Hartwell said with a laugh, adding that she wrote the script not knowing anything about theater. Now, 25 years later, Hartwell sits in her Newcastle home, remembering how she took a passion and created a career. Since “Fast Ducks,” Hartwell has written six full-length plays, three one-acts and five shorts. Various stage companies have produced her plays, and she is now one of the few individuals in the state making a living as a playwright. See PLAYGROUND, Page 13 See PLAYWRIGHT, Page 12 By Tim Pfarr The modernized merry-go-round was among the most popular features at the Lake Boren Park playground ribbon cutting June 16. A $325,000 state grant funded the playground. Lake Boren Park playground reopens just in time for summer By Tim Pfarr It was love at first sight at the Lake Boren Park playground ribbon cutting ceremony June 16. Every inch of the new structure seemed to be occupied by a smiling child eager to explore the new climbing, spinning and sliding toys at his or her disposal. The new playground was constructed this spring thanks to a $325,000 grant from the state, which was secured in 2010 by former state Sen. Randy Gordon. The playground opened to the public June 13, but hundreds showed up for the ribbon cutting, which followed the last day of school for students in the Issaquah School District. The playground features a modern style, with separate play areas for children between the ages of 2 and 5, and for those older than 5. Among the most popular features of the new structure are a fast, tilted merry-go-round, a modernized teeter-totter and climbing ropes. After a series of short speeches from Gordon, Mayor John Dulcich and state Rep. Marcie

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