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Driver hits, kills pets in crosswalk

Neighbors unite to comfort owner, make area safer


Above, Troy Scholzen mourns March 15 next to the neighborhood memorial to his dogs Yogi and Jake at the crosswalk where they were killed. Below, a memorial to Yogi and Jake on Newport Way Northwest grows. animals for me for anxiety and depression,” Scholzen said. “Just being with them was very relaxing and loving.” Conflicting vehicle descriptions Issaquah police officer Dustin Huberdeau responded to the accident. The roads were wet and it was getting light outside. A witness in an eastbound car who stopped said he thought the vehicle was a white sedan, not a truck. “With such a discrepancy between the two vehicles, at such polar opposites, there’s not a lot to go on,” Huberdeau said. “If the driver stopped, it would be a traffic infraction,” he said. “It would be called ‘fail to stop for pedestrian crosswalk,’ he would be issued an infraction, the fine would be $124, and it would be a

GET INVOLVED If you have information about this hit and run, call the Issaquah Police Department at 837-3200.

civil issue between the driver and the pet owner. “In the scenario where the driver took off, if we were to locate who the driver was, he or she would be charged with criminal hit and run and property damage, a misdemeanor. He or she made it from a civil infraction to a criminal issue.” See PETS, Page A5

Sheriff Sue Rahr resigns for training post By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter The lethal shootout between rival gangs at Lake Sammamish State Park on a summer night in 2010 offered lessons to King County Sheriff Sue Rahr as law enforcement officers encountered a rise in gang activity in unexpected places. “What we learned there is that gangs definitely were moving out of the city and, basically, staking out certain places where they felt

that they could socialize uninhibited and pretty much do whatever they wanted,” she said in a March 15 interview. Rahr plans to step down as the top law Sue Rahr enforcement officer in King County on March 31 after a long career in local law enforcement to

lead the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. The sheriff led the King County Sheriff’s Office as budgets dwindled, crimes turned more sophisticated and concerns about gang violence lingered — a problem illustrated by the state park shootings. “In ‘79, gang violence wasn’t even on the radar. Then, in the mid to late ‘80s, we started seeing it, and then there was a real explosion of it in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. It stayed high but it kind of plateaued out,” she said. “In

the last five years, there’s been a resurgence of gang violence.” In April 1992, Rahr served in the anti-gang unit as a gang battle reached Issaquah. Police said a man firing from a car wounded a 22-year-old Seattle man at Lake Sammamish State Park. Police then described the incident as the first drive-by shooting on the Eastside. The sheriff, a 32-year law enforcement officer, said although See SHERIFF, Page A8


The long process to transform more than 900 acres in the decades ahead is due to continue in the months ahead — and residents can offer input on the farreaching proposal. City Council and Planning Policy Commission members plan to delve deeper into the Central Issaquah Plan — a longterm proposal to remake more than 900 acres in the business district along Interstate 90. The next meeting related to the Central Issaquah Plan is the Committee-of-the-Whole Council on March 27. The council, council committees and the commission plan a series of public meetings in March, April and May to discuss details proposed in the plan. In recent years, planners outlined a broad proposal to turn acres of low-rise office buildings, shopping centers and self-storage units on land near Interstate 90 and state Route 900 into pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods. The effort also prompted questions about the possible impacts redevelopment could cause on traffic congestion, mountain vistas and the environment. Issaquah Environmental Council members launched the Eyes on Issaquah campaign last month to encourage residents to scrutinize the proposal. The meetings mark the latest step in a decadeslong process to reshape the traffic-choked business district. In 2010, city officials received

Read the draft Central Issaquah Plan and learn about upcoming city meetings related to the plan at centralissaquah. The next meeting related to the plan is the Committee-of-the-Whole Council at 6:30 p.m. March 27 in the Council Chambers at City Hall South, 135 E. Sunset Way.

Central Issaquah Plan recommendations from a mayorappointed task force. The group recommended tall buildings — some as high as 150 feet — arranged around a greenbelt and pedestrian paths. The public process resembles a similar effort from last year to prepare a long-term redevelopment agreement between the city and Issaquah-based Rowley Properties. In December 2011, a unanimous council approved a 30-year agreement between the city and the landowner to redevelop 78 acres in the business district. The Rowley Properties agreement is seen as critical to the broader Central Issaquah redevelopment effort. The landowner and city planners embarked on the effort in April 2010 to redevelop Hyla Crossing and Rowley Center along state Route 900. Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or Comment at

Issaquah Highlands retail plan comes up for review Residents can offer input soon on the latest plan to add retail offerings to the Issaquah Highlands. The plan for the proposed Grand Ridge Plaza, a highlands retail center, is scheduled to go before the Urban Village Development Commission in April and May. (The commission oversees large-scale development in the highlands and Talus.) The commission is due to con-

sider the Grand Ridge Plaza site development permit April 17. Then, commissioners plan to hold a public hearing on the permit May 1. The commission meets in the Council Chambers at City Hall South, 135 E. Sunset Way, at 7 p.m. The developer, Florida-based Regency Centers, intends to transform 14 acres into a cinema, shops, restaurants and parking areas.

Lakeside Center for Autism uses technology as treatment tool By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter















The hustle and bustle at Lakeside Center for Autism is intentional. Tucked in rooms outfitted in technology both tried-and-true and cutting-edge, children and therapists spend hours each day to overcome the obstacles put in place by autism. The commotion and laughter emanating from behind the closed doors come as signs of success. Lakeside Center for Autism uses the popular Microsoft Kinect system and other tools to treat the




complicated neural development disorder. “It’s all about participation,” company CEO, president and founder Dan Stachelski said. “Technology can do that.” Stachelski, a Snoqualmie resi-

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Dan Stachelski, CEO, director and a speechlanguage pathologist at Lakeside Center for Autism, stands at a mosaic of jigsaw puzzle pieces made by some of the youngsters in art class who attend the school.

dent, founded and developed Lakeside Center for Autism after forming a sprawling in-home speech therapy practice across the Eastside. Now, Lakeside Center for Autism serves 100 families and conducts 1,700 appointments each month. The company has earned local and national attention for using Kinect to treat autism. Issaquah Chamber of Commerce leaders spotlighted Lakeside Center for Autism as a business innovator





“I’m told patients are getting up to 20 years of service out of these implants. That should almost get me to 100 before they’ll have to take another look at my knee.”

— Jeff Pochop Bellevue resident, who recently had a new robotic-assisted, partial-knee replacement (resurfacing) procedure at Swedish/Issaquah (See story on Page B4.)


City hosts meetings on Central Issaquah redevelopment

By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter

By Greg Farrar Issaquah Press photographer Somewhere is the hit-and-run driver of a vehicle that upended an Issaquah man’s life last week. The driver killed two service dogs, who were on a leash in a crosswalk with the signal blinking. Their owner barely escaped serious injury. “It was my life. They made me happy,” said Troy Scholzen, a resident of Northwest Oak Crest Drive who was walking his dogs at 7:30 a.m. March 12 along Northwest Newport Way. After activating the LED lights on the crosswalk sign, he started across the street and eastbound traffic stopped. Before he knew it, in the westbound lane, “I was in the path of the truck and in its headlights, and I jumped out of the way. It had a big chrome grill on the front, and that’s all I really saw.” His neighbors have closed ranks around him. Bouquets of flowers have been left at a growing memorial at the corner of Northwest Oak Crest Drive and Northwest Newport Way. Those neighbors are angry that a number of improvements obtained through a decade of lobbying were not enough to make sure that the crosswalk is safe. “40 mph SLOW DOWN!! YIELD!!! Next time it could be your CHILD or FRIEND,” says a neighbor’s homemade sign beside the memorial to Scholzen’s pets, 9-yearold Chihuahua-corgi mix Yogi and 6-year-old Chihuahua Jake. He rescued both from a dog pound when he lived in San Francisco. “Both of them were service

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School renovation is another priority for $219 million bond

Theater receives $25,000 grant By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter Village Theatre received a $25,000 grant from the city and Puget Sound Energy to maintain and upgrade Issaquah facilities, officials announced Feb. 23. Bellevue-based PSE awarded the grant to the city and requested the funds benefit a local nonprofit organization. In the process to craft a 2012 budget, City Council members selected Village Theatre as the grant recipient. “By supporting the arts in Issaquah, this grant will benefit our local customers, their families and the greater community,” Andy Wappler, vice president of PSE Corporate Affairs, said in a statement. The theater attracts more than 150,000 visits to the city each year. The theater’s classes, camps and productions for children and teenagers include more than 2,000 students. “Supporting our thriving arts scene is a key goal for the city of Issaquah as we work to make our community more sustainable for the long term,” Mayor Ava Frisinger said. “Not only do the arts enrich our lives, but they also nourish our local economy.” Village Theatre earned national attention in recent years for nurturing Broadway-bound musicals “Next to Normal” and “Million Dollar Quartet.” Both shows earned Tony Awards after reaching Broadway. “Next to Normal” also garnered a Pulitzer Prize for Drama. (“Next to Normal” author-lyricist Brian Yorkey graduated from Issaquah High School.) “We are thrilled to receive such a generous grant from the city of Issaquah and Puget Sound Energy,” Village Theatre Executive Producer Robb Hunt said. “The best is yet to come for our flourishing arts community.”


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For Liberty High School, passage of the April 17 Issaquah School District bond would mean completion of the reconstruction and modernization plan now under way thanks to a 2006 voter-approved bond. At the same time, Apollo and Issaquah Valley elementary schools would receive sizable space additions, making room for 120 additional students at each building. Both schools would benefit from some much-needed maintenance, according to the principals of each school. Outside of schools being rebuilt or transplanted, Liberty, Apollo and Issaquah Valley are the three individual school facilities that would receive the most attention in terms of dollar value should the district win passage of its current bond proposal. Liberty High School Still under construction, Phase 1 of the Liberty project includes creation of a performing arts center similar to the still-new facility at Issaquah High School. The Liberty center is supposed to be finished this summer, according to Steve Crawford, district director of capital projects. “That’s an exciting piece for us,” Liberty High Principal Mike DeLetis said. The new facility will put his school’s performing arts department front and center, he added. While not an all-inclusive list, Phase II could include revamping Liberty’s commons, relocating and modernizing facilities for the school’s culinary arts program and


reworking some classroom spaces. Plans would add an auxiliary gym and modernize the school’s locker room. The building’s existing roof, outside of the modernization areas, would be repaired or replaced. At one point, DeLetis referred to one targeted portion of Liberty as “the bunker.” Classrooms there have no windows, he said. In regard to the commons area, DeLetis said it would become more open. The L Café, the retail outlet for Liberty’s culinary arts program, would be located off that commons, greatly increasing its visibility. The bond proposal also calls for creation of TV labs and production and editing facilities. That might seem a frill to some, but not to DeLetis. He said media is now largely electronic, that the Web and video is a key portion of any print media operation, even a school newspaper. School announcements are often done via student-produced videos, he said. The total cost for Phase II of Liberty’s remodeling is $39.7 million, not including $4.8 million for revamping the school’s football stadium.

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Like many principals spoken with about potential capital improvements, IVE’s Diane Holt is not exactly a fan of portable classrooms. The school has four classrooms in portables, but that number is due to increase if the school does not receive what Holt described as a much-needed expansion. For now, the school has room for 25 classes, including those being held in portables. But student enrollment is on the rise and Holt said she will need room for roughly 31 classes next year. As for those portables, Holt does not like the isolation they create. But even more importantly in her mind is that students and staff members must go outside anytime they leave those outdoor classrooms, even to use the restroom. She also talked about the portables being horribly inefficient in terms of energy use. There are other problems at the school in addition to capacity issues, according to Holt. She talked about using buckets and wastebaskets in various spots around the school to catch water from a leaky roof. “They patch it,” she said, “but the building is old.” On another front, IVE runs three lunch periods and each is filled to capacity even without any additional students. District plans call for the addition of six new classrooms and the conversion of an art room into a seventh, according to Holt. She noted the school would not be the recipient of a new gym or a new library. Those facilities within IVE are sufficient, even with new students, and the bond committee


Susan Mundell, Apollo Elementary School principal, checks some deterioration on a two-unit portable classroom dating from 1995, the oldest of three on the school grounds. that originally wrote the capital improvement plan recognized that fact, Holt said. Overall, the price tag for improvements at IVE is $8.5 million. Apollo Elementary School Like Holt, Apollo Principal Susan Mundell would enjoy doing away with the portable classrooms at her school for essentially the same reasons cited by her IVE counterpart. Apollo has six classes using portables. Mundell would like her school to have a more unified feel, something she said just doesn’t seem possible with portables. “There is a sense of isolation,” she said, her words echoing those of Holt. “I’d like to build a community feeling.” Mundell talked about students and staff members being forced to walk outside to use restrooms or to reach the main building. “Everyone wears coats around here,” she added.

As with IVE, passage of the bond would mean far less use of portables at Apollo and construction of six additional, indoor classrooms. The school also would receive new restrooms and an expanded commons area. The central office would be remodeled. Exterior walkways would be enclosed. Drainage would be added to the school’s outdoor play field. When the rain is heavy, as it was recently, Mundell said the field becomes little more than a mud pit and is totally unusable. Lastly, for Apollo, the bond proposal calls for new carpeting. Some might see the latter as at least a bit of a luxury. Mundell does not. “Our carpet is really worn. You can see that it is in need of replacing,” she said, adding the new carpeting is supposed to be easier and cheaper to clean and maintain. All in all, Apollo would receive some $7.2 million in attention if the bond issue passes.

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Smaller maintenance projects form big part of school bond By Tom Corrigan Issaquah Press reporter As voters get closer to deciding whether to OK a $219 million bond issue to benefit the Issaquah School District, big projects such as the rebuilding of the so-called corridor schools are getting plenty of attention. The corridor schools are Issaquah Middle, Clark Elementary and Tiger Mountain High schools, all which will end up largely rebuilt and in new locations if the bond sale is approved. Still, a significant portion of the proceeds from the bond sale would go toward more seemingly mundane items, such as rebuilding playfields and replacing fire alarm panels. The proposed project list includes dozens of maintenance and upkeep items at schools around the district. “We have an obligation to protect roughly $1.2 billion in assets,” Jake Kuper, district chief of finances and operations, said referring to the estimated value of the district’s 28 total buildings, including 24 schools. One idea behind the maintenance portion of the bond plan is the argument that it will be much cheaper to fix problems now rather than down the road, when those problems only will have grown bigger. “I think this is something everybody can understand,” Lesley Austin, one of two co-chairwomen of the committee promoting the bond, said. For example, homeowners know that if a roof leaks, you need to fix that leak or the problem is likely to get worse, the repair bill more expensive, she said. “From a systemwide perspective,” Kuper said, “continued maintenance of our community assets saves the taxpayers money in the long run, as neglected maintenance cycles can result in larger system

Help for heating is available to low-income consumers The state utility regulator reminds residents about heating help available through the agency and the federal government. The federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program and utility company low-income assis-


failures and costs in the future.” Like Austin, Kuper said a slightly leaking roof, if neglected, can lead to much bigger problems in the future. He said porous roofs even can lead to water damage and the need for the repair or renovation of other parts of the building. Officials talked about boilers failing at schools around the district. One recent boiler project cost the schools about $500,000, said Sara Niegowski, district director of communications. With tight budgets, the more dollars spent on maintenance-related work means fewer dollars spent directly on classrooms and education. Several district officials noted school buildings get an incredible amount of use and take a huge amount of punishment. The cabinets in a school get as much use and take as much abuse in a year as your home cabinets experience in about 10 years, Ron Thiele, associate superintendent, said. In addition to playfields and fire alarm panels, there are numerous other maintenance projects listed in the bond package. At Beaver Lake Middle School, plans call for upgrading the clock system in classrooms at a price of $75,000. Bond passage also would mean replacement of flooring in the school’s commons for an additional $75,000. Finally, plans call for replacing the vinyl wall covering and wainscoting in school corridors and adding a “tackable”

surface in those same corridors. At Endeavour Elementary School, a roof would be replaced, along with some repairs being done to skylighting at a cost of $525,000. Some flooring would be replaced in corridors and the school’s commons. New carpeting would be placed in classrooms and offices. Endeavour also would see some realignment of its administrative offices in order to give officials a better view of the school’s entrance. Total cost of the Endeavour projects is $830,000. Overall, approximately 16 schools would receive maintenance attention if voters approve the bond sale. That number does not include schools that would be rebuilt or be receiving major space additions. Besides the maintenance projects at individual schools, the bond plan calls for numerous districtwide repairs or projects. Remodeling as needed to comply with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act would run $850,000. The district hopes to spend $2.1 million on installing electronic locks and card key access systems at all buildings. An additional $2.6 million would be used for placing closed-circuit security cameras at all sites. The bond project list places project management fees and pools of money, such as a construction reserve fund, under the heading of districtwide projects. Subtracting those dollars, districtwide work would account for about $9.3 million of the total bond package. The list also includes $440,000 to replace single-glazed windows and remode office areas at the administration building. Finally, the district’s transportation center would get $2.1 million in attention. Regrading and paving certain areas would account for $775,000 of that total. A new access road would cost an additional $1.3 million.

tance programs provide funding to qualifying households for assistance to pay for heating. Residents can apply for heating assistance directly through energy companies. The utility in the Issaquah area, Puget Sound Energy, offers low-income assistance at

Income-Assistance.aspx. Call the state Utility and Transportation Commission’s Consumer Protection Help Line at 1-888-333-9882 toll free, or go to, to locate assistance agencies, or to get help to resolve a billing dispute, disconnect notice or service complaint.

Find the complete list of the capital improvement projects proposed by the school district at Click on “April 2012 bond.”


Guys dig the chicks Jackson Baker, 4, gets a bird’s eye view of baby chicks at The Grange with a lift from his grandfather Lonnie Gabel, of Fall City, March 16 during the annual Chick Days sale. For any $35 purchase of poultry supplies during the two-day event, a customer was allowed to select four free chicks to take home and raise.

Civic-minded citizens sought for ethics board Issaquah residents interested in ethics and law can apply for a seat on the King County Board of Ethics, a watchdog group. The position, for a three-year term on the five-member citizen advisory board, is open to all King County residents. The board provides guidance on allowable actions and interests defined by the King County Code of Ethics. The board also supports the county policy for the private conduct and financial dealings of public officials and employees to present no actual or apparent conflict of interest between the public trust and private interests. In addition, the board oversees the administration of transparency programs requiring financial disclosure by elected officials, designated employees, and board and commission members, as well as disclosure by consultants doing business with the county.

GET INVOLVED Citizens interested in the King County Board of Ethics seat should email a letter of interest and résumé to or by mail to Kelli Williams, administrator, King County Board of Ethics, 401 Fifth Ave., Suite 135, Seattle, WA 98104. Application materials must be received by March 28.

The board is also responsible for interpreting the ethics code through advisory opinions and hearing appeals. Officials said the ideal board member possesses balanced judgment, integrity and professional training or experience to ensure the ability to deal with complex and sensitive ethics issues. The

Applicants must attend a one-hour informational interview at the board’s 9:30 a.m. April 16 meeting to be considered. The board meets in the King County Chinook Building, 401 Fifth Ave., Seattle. Call Williams at 206-296-1586, email her at or go to the Board of Ethics website at www.kingcounty. gov/ethics to learn more. county encouraged women, disabled people, racial and sexual minorities, and residents from outside of Seattle to apply for the post. Candidates may be interviewed. County Executive Dow Constantine selects the appointee. Members may be reappointed at the end of their terms.

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 Public not engaged in redevelopment plan PRESS E DITORIAL

The city of Issaquah has come a long way toward adopting a Central Issaquah Plan, a blueprint for a future Issaquah with buildings up to 150 feet tall, more people and traffic, and more commercial buildings combined with multifamily residential units. Meetings begin this month and continue into May to hear public comment. Sadly, only the usual suspects are likely to speak up. Developers and landowners, the chamber of commerce and members of the Issaquah Environmental Council will be there — but few others. It doesn’t need to be that way. When Issaquah wrote its Comprehensive Plan nearly three decades ago, a facilitator reached out to neighborhood groups, churches, clubs, sports organizations and more to walk them through a visioning process that helped write and preserve the characteristics of Issaquah that citizens hold dear. Three years ago, the community packed Pickering Barn as participants sketched out possibilities for Issaquah. It was one of a series of evenings that got people enthused to dream big. Alas, those ideas seem to be shelved. Last year, a mayor-appointed task force took a low profile while it waded through the implications of what a new plan should look like. It’s the basis of what is now coming before the Planning Policy Commission and the City Council. We are rightly concerned that the general public will be absent from the upcoming meetings as the Central Issaquah Plan is discussed. It’s just more than the average citizen can bite off to be able to comment with knowledge. It will take a more engaging process if city leaders really want public input. In an effort to call your attention to the plan via signs and a website, the Issaquah Environmental Council has launched Eyes on Issaquah, a campaign to encourage citizens to take a closer look. But that effort is independent of the city. There is no rush to get the Central Issaquah Plan adopted. There are reportedly no developers waiting in the wings for its guidelines. Getting input from citizens should be the first priority.


Grilling season comes sooner every year I was thinking, with the universally acknowledged unofficial start to the barbecue season — Memorial Day weekend — still two months away, now would be the perfect time to air my grievances regarding the uniquely American pastime. Like Valentine’s Day, I can’t seem to go along with just getting along when it comes to artificial contrivances. Barbecue season seems to be one of those occasions. For starters, Old Man Winter hasn’t even released his cold grip on the frigid weather around here and my wife is already planning her first pug meetup group’s themed get-together — a Southern barbecue. I suppose a true grill master would tell me he barbecues year ’round, rain or shine, snow or hail, fish or pork, the charcoal stays fired up. Well, I’m also a fair-weather golfer, so my grilling tools, like my golf clubs, get put up for the winter, to be dusted off come late spring. However, just like the inability to resist the urge to exploit any holiday, my stroll through Target the other day led me through an already fully stocked barbecuing section with the latest and greatest gadgets. This made me realize I did need a new grill scraper and wonder if I need a foot-wide flipper in case I choose to grill fish. But what has me worried about the impending party for pugs (and their owners) is the star of the show, the brisket. As any good grill captain knows, a hunk of meat as big as brisket must be cooked low and slow. I’m a veteran of many home

barbecues, but mostly steaks and burgers, which are cooked hot and fast. Not so with brisket. I’ll have to be out in the backyard at the David crack of dawn, Hayes soakin’ hickory Press reporter wood chips and throwing them on top of separated stacks of coal to create an impromptu smoker (we just don’t have room on our back porch for both a smoker and a griller). With the party still four months away, I just know, short of breaking news in Issaquah, I’ll be conducting a trial run on the brisket so come time for the real thing, it’ll be perfect for paying guests (my wife doesn’t throw free parties for her meetup group, duh). There are many styles of brisket to choose from, depending on which region of the country we choose to represent at the party. If we pick Texas, it has four distinct regions of its own where the meat is either cooked with a rub, a thin or thick sauce, or over oak or mesquite. The Kansas City region slow cooks over a variety of wood and covers the meat in a thick tomatoand-molasses-based sauce. And South Carolina, well, it’s all about the pork, not brisket. (One could argue California is See GRILLING, Page A5



T O T HE E DITOR Red light cameras

Challenge their constitutionality or elect new council members I am amazed at the number of people who seem not to understand the recent state Supreme Court ruling on red light cameras. They all seem to think that our initiative process translates into a pure democracy (one-person/ one-vote) form of government where the people can override what their representatives on the City Council authorized. But our republican-democracy is not a oneperson/one-vote form of government. Under our Constitution, we elect representatives to vote our interests when it comes to new laws. If the opponents of the red light cameras want to have their voices heard, they could challenge the constitutionality of the cameras. Another way of changing the system is to elect a new majority of City Council members who would vote to get rid of them. Rightly or wrongly, that is how our republican-democracy is supposed to work.

Hank Thomas Issaquah

Issaquah School District bond

Great schools provide great education, increase property values On April 17, we as an Issaquah School District community will be asked to vote on a $219 million school construction and maintenance bond. This bond benefits everyone in our community from the finishing of Liberty High School’s remodel, to a new stadium at Skyline High School, to three brand new schools and also turf fields for all of our middle schools. This bond package was carefully analyzed and prepared by our district and by our community. If this bond is approved, compared to what we are currently paying, we as homeowners


can expect to see our yearly taxes go down. We live in an incredible community that values education. This is shown by how we continuously vote and approve bonds and levies that are put before us. We realize great schools benefit not only the value of the education it provides the children in this community, but great schools also keep our property values high. Please join me in voting yes on April 17!

Jody Mull Bellevue

Repairs are needed for older schools, so vote yes on the upcoming bond Occasionally parents and residents come to me with questions about the school district, unaware that the district and the city are two entirely separate governmental entities. But their confusion is completely understandable. More than any other city I know, the success of the city of Issaquah is tied to the success of the Issaquah School District. People move to Issaquah for many reasons, but I believe the foremost is to be able to send their children to ISD schools. Nobody comes here for the weather! Washington is saddled with an archaic funding scheme that leaves our diverse student body with less state dollars than more affluent districts, such as Bellevue and Mercer Island. It’s so bad that the courts recently found that the Legislature’s funding system violates the state constitution’s requirement that education be the state’s paramount duty. But year after year, the Issaquah School District does more with less than any other district in the state. Part of that is exceptional fiscal oversight; as beautiful as the rebuilt Issaquah High School is, for example, it cost much less per square foot than other recent Eastside rebuilds. The other reason is the foresight of local voters to fund education as the great investment that it is. School levies allow the ISD to

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King County Council

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“We will meet those challenges, and the responsibilities of providing mandated services while supporting those in our community in crisis, in a bipartisan and transparent manner.” I thought the King County Council was nonpartisan. What a joke that the chair would even mention the word “partisan.” Larry Austin

You can tell Lindzi for me that she’s OK in my book. She’s a classy lady hands down, and should have won over Courtney. Enough said. She’s a winner in my heart. Frank Casilio

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be nationally competitive, and school bonds allow long-term capital items to be funded outside the operational budget, saving core dollars for classrooms. Issaquah is a large district with many schools that have been around a long time. There are many repairs that are needed. The district’s growth has slowed down, which is why this is a smaller bond than the last time, and for eight years instead of six. That’s why your school bond tax burden, if this bond is passed, will go down compared to last year. That’s good, restrained management, and allows me to wholeheartedly support this upcoming bond. You’ll be receiving your ballot in the mail shortly; I hope you’ll think about the long-term health of the city, and join me in voting “yes!”

Tola Marts, president

Issaquah City Council

Tony Radulescu

Washington State Patrol offers thanks after death of trooper The Washington State Patrol would like to thank all of the wonderful people of Washington who showed their compassion and care following the tragic death of Trooper Tony Radulescu. When we in law enforcement lose one of our own, the outpouring of support from Washingtonians is a big factor in easing a very difficult time, and helping with the healing process that follows. We find real comfort in a community that cares, and I can assure you, so do the family and friends of the fallen officer. So, on behalf of all of us who work to See LETTERS, Page A5

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Huberdeau was in one of two squad cars that responded to the scene; two other officers did area checks. “We looked for any vehicle that was pulled over, more witnesses or more evidence of what kind of car it was,” Huberdeau said. “I wish we had more information for it, but unfortunately we don’t.” Owner was ‘absolutely devastated’ Scholzen took his deceased pets to Issaquah Veterinary Hospital for cremation. “They were probably killed instantly, judging by the injuries,” veterinarian Kim Rice said. One had a fractured back and the other suffered massive head trauma. Yogi had been in the previous Friday for a teeth cleaning. “A week prior [to the cleaning] they were both in for an examination, and we decided Yogi needed it,” Rice said. “He treated them like his children. It was like the best care they could get, the best food, they went out for walks, and he took excellent medical care of them.” Scholzen “was devastated, he was shaking all over and he was absolutely devastated,” Rice said. “I gave him a hug and he was just limp.” The crosswalk is beside an Issaquah School District bus stop. According to Jo Porter, district director of transportation, buses make three morning, one mid-day and three evening stops there to pick up and drop off students for Issaquah High School, Pacific Cascade Middle School and Sunset Elementary School. Bus driver Mary Lynch lives on the same street as Scholzen. “We’ve tried over 10 years to slow speeds down, and I don’t know how many citizens have been rear-ended.” she said. According to Lynch, the radar sign trailer on the busy road a short distance west of state Route 900 often indicates cars going 50 in the 40 mph zone. “Too many people are using this stretch of Newport as a highspeed bypass.”

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protect our citizens, I want to express our gratitude for all of the support we have received from the communities, citizens, agencies, media and others. Thank you for the funds, food, time and so much more. Your support helped all involved bet-


Cable TV Commission 6 p.m. Coho Room, City Hall 130 E. Sunset Way Planning Policy Commission 6:30 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall South 135 E. Sunset Way

March 26

Park Board 7 p.m. Eagle Room, City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way

March 27

Committee-of-the-Whole Council 6:30 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall South 135 E. Sunset Way Human Services Commission 6:30 p.m. Coho Room, City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way

March 28

Issaquah School Board 7 p.m. Issaquah School District Administration Building, 565 N.W. Holly St.


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Citizens request action Hart Sugarman, another Northwest Oak Crest Drive resident, filed a Citizen Action Request with the city March 15. “Traffic speed is too high (40 mph), and pedestrian crossing signs are inadequate,” he wrote, requesting reducing the speed limit to 30 mph, using brighter LED lights and illuminating crossing signs in each direction. “A number of children, who live in our Summerhill subdivision, use this crosswalk, and may not have the intuitive response or quick evasive action, in the event of a car neglecting to stop,” he wrote in an email to Mayor Ava Frisinger. “This was a horrible tragedy,” said Frisinger, who added that an additional email to her was being also treated as a second action request. “They are being processed by Public Works Engineering and we’ve sent copies to the police department.” Additional ways to make the crosswalk even more visible will be explored, the date of the last speed survey will be reviewed and “if needed, we will do another one to document what speed should be posted,” she said. “This is a personal observation,” she added. “There are always people who will break the law, and we do everything absolutely possible to minimize that, but we can’t prevent it.” People on cellphones drive through the crosswalk in front of City Hall “as if there’s no crosswalk there,” she said. As for the driver leaving the scene, Frisinger said, “It’s reprehensible.” That the hit-and-run driver has not been apprehended is “too bad,” Rice said. “It wouldn’t be justice for what happened, but it would be nice for the person who did this to be punished somewhat. Around here, we view it like a murder. “It’s absolutely tragic. There’s not enough unconditional love in the world, so people are turning to their pets.” Greg Farrar: 392-6434, ext. 235, or Comment at www.

ter grieve and honor Trooper Radulescu’s life. Trooper Radulescu’s death is not only a loss to our agency and the state of Washington, but to law enforcement as a whole. We are always mindful of the price that is paid to safeguard our citizens. Trooper Radulescu will never be forgotten. Thank you for your care and kindness.

Chief John R. Batiste

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renowned for its barbecued tritip, but apparently them’s fightin’ words in the rest of the country). Regardless of the recipe we choose (because the Pacific Northwest is only known for barbecued salmon, and that’s not on the menu) and even if I perfect said recipe before the big shindig, therein lies the biggest problem I have with being the go-to griller. Regardless the get-together, I get the unheralded task of grill master, slaving away over the hot smoke while the party plows along without me. Somehow, I’ve even tended the coals at other people’s parties by some cosmic default, as though I have no choice but to gravitate toward the heavenly body that is the griller. But being an apparent glutton for punishment, while searching for a brisket recipe, I now can’t seem to wait to try several I stumbled across that had my taste buds salivating. So, like the old saying, “A happy sailor ain’t happy unless he’s complaining,” I guess a master griller is happiest when he’s whining the most about all the smoke. Happy grilling.

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A window was damaged on a structure in the 700 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard before 10:11 p.m. March 4. The estimated loss is $300.

Bang-up job Police responded to suspicious activity in the 200 block of Northwest Holly Street at 8:06 a.m. March 5 after a caller reported a handgun wedged between garbage cans. The firearm turned out to be a toy.

Assault Police arrested a 13-year-old Issaquah boy for assault in the 1500 block of Wildwood Boulevard Southwest at 9:13 p.m. March 5.

Assault Police arrested a 20-year-old Issaquah woman for assault related to a domestic violence incident in the 18300 block of Southeast Newport Way at 1:02 p.m. March 6.


4:03 p.m. March 8. The estimated loss is $709.10.

Cut, copy, paste Police responded to a possible case of fraud at a business in the 400 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard at 4:22 p.m. March 8. The business received copier toners, signed for the items and later paid for them. Employees later realized they had not ordered the items. The estimated loss is $1,158.25.

G’day Police responded to a possible animal problem in the 22900 block of Southeast 48th Street at 7:58 a.m. March 9. A missing wallaby had been captured by its owners by the time police arrived.

Cold as ice A window was damaged on a vehicle parked in the 1000 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard before 10:16 a.m. March 9. A purse and a coat were stolen.

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Police arrested a 28-year-old Issaquah man for assault in the 400 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard at 2:35 p.m. March 7.

Police arrested a 40-year-old Sammamish resident for stealing items from Costco, 1801 10th Ave. N.W., at 3:52 p.m. March 9. The estimated loss is $174.

Purse snatched

No ifs, ands or butts

A purse was stolen from a locker at Gold’s Gym, 1025 N.W. Gilman Blvd., before 2:34 p.m. March 7.

Police responded to a 911 call in the 4400 block of 192nd Place Southeast at 2:57 p.m. March 10. The caller sounded scared and hung up after police called back. Police eventually reached the caller, and she said she “butt dialed” 911.

Sounds bad Headphones and an iPhone were stolen from Issaquah High School, 700 Second Ave. S.E., before 8:50 a.m. March 8. The estimated loss is $400.

Tree trouble Police arrested a 19-year-old Issaquah man for damaging cityowned trees in the 100 block of Rainier Boulevard South at 10:30 a.m. March 8. The estimated loss is $325.

System error A laptop computer was stolen from Best Buy, 6000 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., before


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• Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Eastside Fire & Rescue reports for March 21

4At 9:37 a.m. Feb. 25, seven units responded to a motor vehicle accident in the 47200 block of westbound Interstate 90. Three patients were transported to Overlake Medical Center and one to Harborview Medical Center. 4At 8:33 a.m. Feb. 25, personnel from three units provided medical assistance at a motor vehicle accident at Southeast 140th Street and 424th Avenue Southeast. 4At 10:39 a.m. Feb. 26, six units responded to a motor vehicle accident in the 37500 block of westbound Interstate 90. There were no injuries. 4At 4:27 p.m. Feb. 27, personnel from two units extinguished a passenger vehicle fire in the 20000 block of Cedar Falls Road Southeast. 4At 6:29 p.m. Feb. 27, five units responded to a motor vehicle versus motorcycle collision at West Sunset Way and Newport Way Northwest. Two patients were transported to a hospital. 4At 11:06 a.m. Feb. 28, three units responded to a motor vehicle accident at Northwest Sammamish Road and Renton-Issaquah Road. There were no injuries. 4At 2:35 p.m. Feb. 28, personnel from a unit extinguished a cooking fire in the 900 block of 243rd Place Southeast. 4At 5:29 Feb. 28, personnel from a unit extinguished a road freight/transport vehicle fire in the 52400 block of westbound Interstate 90. 4At 12:30 p.m. Feb. 29, two units responded to a motor vehicle accident at 22400 block of Southeast 42nd Terrace. There were no injuries. 4At 4:34 p.m. March 1, personnel from two units

extinguished a chimney fire in the 43800 block of Southeast 149th Street. 4At 5:05 p.m. March 1, three units responded to a motor vehicle accident in the 4800 block of Issaquah-Pine Lake Road Southeast. There were no injuries. 4At 8:28 a.m. March 4, personnel from two units provided medical assistance at a motor vehicle accident in the 32100 block of Northeast Eighth Street. 4At 2:39 p.m. March 5, personnel from three units assisted at a motor vehicle accident in the 100 block of West Sunset Way. There were no injuries. 4At 5:22 a.m. March 6, personnel from six units provided medical assistance at a motor vehicle accident in the 36400 block of eastbound Interstate 90. 4At 5:54 p.m. March 6, several units arrived at a reported possible structure fire in the 10600 block of Upper Preston Road Southeast only to learn it was a resident conducting an authorized burn with a permit. 4At 6:22 p.m. March 6, two units responded to a motor vehicle accident at Front Street North and East Sunset Way. There were no injuries. 4At 8:39 a.m. March 7, personnel from two units provided medical assistance at a motor vehicle accident at 228th Avenue Southeast and IssaquahPine Lake Road. 4At 10:06 a.m. March 7, personnel from two units provided medical assistance at a motor vehicle accident in the 500 block of Front Street North. 4At 2:17 p.m. March 8, personnel from two units responded to an unauthorized burning in the 14200 block of 164th Avenue Southeast.

Police responded to the 1500 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard at 12:48 a.m. March 11 due to reported indecent exposure.

DVDs from Costco, 1801 10th Ave. N.W., at 1:28 p.m. March 11. The estimated loss is $417.

east at 9:04 p.m. March 12.

Driving under the influence


Police arrested a 35-year-old Auburn woman for driving under the influence in the 1200 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard at 1:08 a.m. March 11.

Police cited a 45-year-old Auburn man for making threats in the 100 block of Rainier Boulevard North at 5:30 p.m. March 11.

Police responded to a theft in the 100 block of East Sunset Way at 11:28 p.m. March 12 after a passenger failed to pay taxi fare. Police could not locate the subject.


Return to sender

Police arrested a 47-year-old Issaquah man for assault in the 300 block of First Avenue North-

Mailboxes were damaged in the 700 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard before 2:27 p.m.

Swiped Police arrested a 44-year-old Mercer Island man for stealing

No ticket to ride

March 13. Mail was stolen from the damaged mailboxes.

Issaquah police honored for conduct during shootout

Hung up

The police officers involved in the deadly September 2011 shootout at Clark Elementary School earned a national honor for the incident, city officials announced March 15. Officers involved in the shooting earned the Washington honorable mention award at the National Association of Police Organizations’ TOP COPS Awards. The ceremony is scheduled for May 12 in Washington, D.C. Each year, the association recognizes law enforcement officers from federal, state, county and local agencies for acts of bravery, courage and outstanding service during the preceding year. The organization reviews hundreds of submissions from throughout the county to identify the top 10 cases to appoint as TOP COPS. Of the cases not selected, one case from each state is selected for honorable mention. The organization recognized Officer Brian Horn, Officer Jesse Petersen, Officer Laura Asbell, Officer Tom Griffith, Cpl. Christian Munoz and Sgt. Chris Wilson. Meanwhile, a King County prosecutor-led inquest is poised to review the officers’ actions in the gun battle — a standard procedure in officer-involved shootings. The shooter in the incident, Ronald W. Ficker, 51, was killed.

Cellphones were stolen from Verizon Wireless, 690 N.W. Gilman Boulevard, before 2:54 p.m. March 13. The estimated loss is $10,889.83.

Arrest Police arrested a 22-year-old Issaquah man for driving with a suspended license and for possession of a controlled substance in the 6100 block of East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast at 3:50 p.m. March 13.

Bling sting Necklaces, cash and a laptop computer were stolen from a residence in the 100 block of First Avenue Northwest before 7:14 p.m. March 13. The estimated loss is $3,550.

Roosted A birdhouse mailbox was damaged in the 5300 block of 229th Avenue Southeast before 8:57 a.m. March 14. The estimated loss is $200.

Drugs Police arrested a 28-year-old Seattle man for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the 100 block of East Sunset Way at 7:55 a.m. March 15.

Tagged Police discovered graffiti on the reservoir in the 400 block of Shangri-la Way Northwest at 10:33 a.m. March 15. The estimated cost to remove the graffiti is $590.

Taken A window was damaged on a vehicle parked at Northwest Talus Drive and Shangri-la Way Northwest before 2:15 p.m. March 15. Items were stolen from the vehicle. The estimated loss is $685.

Assault Police arrested a 34-year-old Issaquah woman for assault in the 1200 block of Oakcreek Place Northwest at 11:32 p.m. March 15. The Press publishes names of those charged with felony crimes. Information comes directly from local police reports.

City reduces concealed pistol license fee The cost of a concealed pistol license from the Issaquah Police Department has dropped by $2.75 due to a federal rule change. Starting March 19, fingerprint checks cost $16.50 — down from $19.25 — and, therefore, the cost of a concealed pistol license drops from $55.25 to $52.50. City residents can apply for the license at the Issaquah Police Department, 130 E. Sunset Way. The department processes fingerprints from 9-10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. In Issaquah, applicants for a concealed pistol license must be at least 21 years old, a U.S. citizen or possess a valid alien firearms license. The applicant cannot have a pending trial, appeal or sentencing on certain charges. The applicant cannot have any outstanding warrants for any charge from any court, any court order or injunction against possessing a firearm, or any felony convictions. The state also prohibits a license for people determined to be mentally defective or incompetent to manage their affairs. The applicant must have never been committed to a mental institution. Unincorporated King County residents must apply for a concealed pistol license at the King County Courthouse.

National Poison Prevention Week offers reminder Eastside Fire & Rescue is reminding residents to reduce household hazards during the 50th anniversary of National Poison Prevention Week. Officials said residents report more than 2 million poisonings to poison centers each year. Overall, more than 90 percent of poisonings occur at home. The majority of nonlethal poisonings occur in children younger than 6. EFR recommends residents store poisonous household products and medications locked out of a child’s sight and reach, make sure a child does not have access to peeling paint or chewable surfaces painted with lead-based paint, and install a carbon monoxide alarm outside every sleeping area and on every level of a home. Call the nationwide poison control center number toll free at 1-800-222-1222. The hotline works from anywhere in the United States, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. If a person is not breathing or has collapsed, call 911 immediately. National Poison Prevention Week is observed through March 24.

Representative needed for county Women’s Advisory Board Issaquah and King County residents can apply to represent King County Council District 3 on the county Women’s Advisory Board. The panel makes recommendations to King County Executive Dow Constantine and the King County Council to ensure the county meets the needs and rights of women. The all-volunteer board meets monthly. County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, the Issaquah representative, urged people to apply for the open District 3 seat board. District 3 stretches from Woodinville to Issaquah, and from Lake Sammamish to the Kittitas County line. Learn more about the Women’s Advisory Board at the King County website, socialservices/CommunityServices/ Boards/WomensAdvisoryBoard. aspx. Email Lambert at to request the application.

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budget reductions posed a challenge, sheriff’s office employees streamlined the agency. “I don’t have the philosophy of do more with less. My philosophy is figure out how to do it differently,” she said. “We’ve restructured. We’ve changed the way that we respond to things, so it’s not what is going to pile more work on each individual. We’re going to figure out a way to do it more efficiently.” ‘Follow in my footsteps’ Rahr had been expected to resign since accepting the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission post in late February. The organization trains all law enforcement officers in Washington, except for Washington State Patrol troopers. The outgoing sheriff designated the No. 2 official at the sheriff’s office, Chief Deputy Steve Strachan,

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in the Innovation in Issaquah contest late last month. The chamber also honored Impact Studio Pro and Marketing Masters as innovators. The carbonneutral community zHome also received a nod as the most innovative public-private partnership. (Lakeside Center for Autism and Marketing Masters share a building along Northwest Gilman Boulevard.) “We’re always looking for different ways to help support kids’ development,” Stachelski said on

to serve as interim sheriff. “He is a very ethical, hardworking guy,” Rahr said. “I could not have designed a better person to follow in my footsteps.” Strachan, a former Kent police chief and former state legislator in Minnesota, is due to lead the agency until the King County Council confirms a successor. Strachan joined the sheriff’s office as chief deputy in January 2011. Rahr met each council member and endorsed Strachan for the post. Rahr’s successor is expected to serve until King County voters elect a sheriff in November. The council lauded the outgoing sheriff for acquiring federal grants to help the agency purchase helicopters. Rahr also upgraded technology at the sheriff’s office. Councilwoman Kathy Lambert — Law, Justice, Health and Human Services Committee chairwoman and the Issaquah representative — highlighted crime-prevention efforts. “Thanks to the leadership of Sheriff Rahr, King County has been innovative and made great

a recent afternoon, as children streamed into the facility after school. Redmond-based Microsoft launched Kinect in November 2010 to accompany the popular Xbox 360 gaming consoles. Kinect enables users to join the game through gestures, movements and spoken commands. Using Kinect earned Lakeside Center for Autism some high-profile attention from CNN, and local newspapers and television stations. Microsoft even created a video about the center’s Kinect efforts to exhibit at technology conferences. Before the Kinect reached the market, Lakeside Center for Autism therapists used the Nintendo Wii, another popular gaming system, as

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progress in crime prevention and community policing,” she said in a statement. “She shepherded the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Task Force through review and implementation, and served with a legacy of integrity. Her leadership will serve the state training center well.” ‘I never saw obstacles’ The outgoing sheriff also leaves a legacy as a trailblazer — as the first woman to lead the sheriff’s office. “I never saw obstacles for myself. I never felt that there was a problem that I couldn’t tackle if I was willing to work hard enough,” Rahr said. “Sometimes I had to deal with some tremendous resistance, but at the end of the day, I never accepted that there was something I couldn’t do.” In 2004, Dave Reichert tapped Rahr, a veteran deputy and former Shoreline police chief, as the next sheriff. King County voters later elected her to the post by a landslide in 2005. In 2009, she faced no opposition for re-election.

(Reichert left the sheriff’s office after winning the 8th Congressional District seat; he continues to represent Issaquah and the area in the U.S. House of Representatives.) “The thing I know about Sue is that she is a person who likes to collaborate,” he said in a March 16 interview. “She likes to bring people together and get the input of everyone involved in the decisionmaking process, so she has all of the information to make a decision.” Rahr intends to expand efforts in justice-based policing — a process to help law enforcement officers and the public interact better — at the state training academy. “We do a very, very good job of teaching police officers techniques — defensive tactics, shooting, driving and all of that stuff. What I want to do is add to that,” she said. “I don’t want to stop doing that, because that’s important, but we need to add a whole other component, and that is how you use tactical communication and human psychology to get people to comply with what you need them to do.”

a therapy tool. Despite early successes, users at the Issaquah center encountered some limitations. (Unlike Kinect, Wii relies on handheld controllers for gameplay.) “It was fun for the kids, but it wasn’t quite as responsive,” Stachelski said. Lakeside Center for Autism also includes equipment usually seen on a playground, such as steps and ladders for climbing. The setup is designed to help children improve mobility skills. “Our goal is to be able to provide the best support possible,” Stachelski said. Lakeside Center for Autism serves clients from throughout

Eastside communities, but also children from Seattle and elsewhere in the Puget Sound region. Since the Kinect therapy garnered international attention, Stachelski has fielded calls from parents in Texas and from as distant as Switzerland. “In the most challenging situations, when you provide the right service and the right support, and you see the difference for children and their families, there’s nothing more gratifying,” he said. The father of three daughters said being a parent offers added insight in his leadership role. “I think having kids really opens your mind up to the challenges that you face,” Stachelski said.

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Above, a circle of moms walk in one direction and the circle of sons walk in the opposite direction while trying to remember the name of the last person they stopped in front of in a memory game. Mother-Son Field Day was held March 16 at the Issaquah Community Center, featuring fun relays, crazy competitions, goofy games and refreshments, all enjoyed by 25 families of moms and sons during the annual event. At left, Kim Janous and her son Tyler, 7, Issaquah Highlands residents, play the ‘Basketball Waddle’ portion of an obstacle course.

Above, Signe Stroming (left), Liberty High School freshman, and Tali Magidson, Issaquah High School freshman, both Youth Activity Board members, prepare a game for moms and their sons to play. Below, a judge holds the winning paper airplane that belongs to Aadi Kaul, 6, and his mother Preeti, of Issaquah, after it flies in the distance contest. Above, Davis Franklin (left), 8, mom Pamela and brother Taylor, 7, Trossachs residents, exult as they solve a wood block puzzle. At right, Randall Garbutt, 7, and his mom Etlir Gadison scramble through the ‘Above and Below’ maze, one of eight hazards in an obstacle course, to finish in a time of 1 minute, 5 seconds.

A circle of moms and their sons touch feet together and try to win by rolling the ball out of the circle through the legs of one of the players.

Weak economy equals boom time for buyers of gold, silver and collectibles By Tom Corrigan Issaquah Press reporter

Treasure Hunters buyer Craig Meadow shows off 70 pounds of casino chips he bought from a local woman last week. Meadow also was hoping to buy some slot machines from the woman. BY TOM CORRIGAN

Early the morning of March 16, Craig Meadow, a buyer for Treasure Hunters Roadshow, said he had just made probably the most unusual purchase of his weeklong visit to Issaquah. Meadow was one of two buyers in town with Treasure Hunters, who advertise themselves as buyers of precious metals, coins and antiquities. “Collectibles” could probably be added to that list. Meadow’s noteworthy buy was 70 pounds of casino chips of every variety. Many were from various Las Vegas casinos and may even still be viable at the casinos they came from. Others were a lot more exotic, such as a porcelain chip still wrapped in a protective covering. Another was a Kenny Rogers memorial chip featuring a picture of the singer. Meadow paid about $80 for the chips, saying he bought them primarily for the metal. The seller was supposed to return as the two still were working out a deal for several slot machines, including three that dispense gumballs. The seller said the items had belonged

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to her late husband, according to Meadow. The company behind the “Treasure Hunters” cable TV show, Treasure Hunters, also known as THR and Associates, has been sending buyers to Issaquah a few times a year. During their recent week at the Issaquah Holiday Inn, Treasure Hunters was especially looking for coins, older paper currency, trains, dolls, vintage jewelry, musical instruments and similar items along with gold or silver, Treasure Hunters spokesman Matthew Enright said in a press release. Gold, silver and jewelry buyers are in vogue presently, Meadow agreed, with shops popping up on street corners and in malls. The still tough economy is no doubt the reason, he said. With so many places to potentially sell items, how do know you’ve found a reputable buyer who will pay a fair price? One key is finding a buyer

who has been in the business for a while, Meadow said. “We have been doing this for many years,” he said of Treasure Hunters. “We treat people fair and we give them a fair price.” Meadow travels all over the country for Treasure Hunters. When needed, he can call on what he said is a highly knowledgeable research staff to help determine the value of an item. He said he’s purchased a master recording of a Beatles’ song from a Moses Lake resident and was with another buyer when Treasure Hunters paid $10,000 for a “vampire hunter’s kit” including a cross and wooden spike. The most unusual item Meadow said he personally bought is also the most expensive. He paid $25,000 for a coin that predated the Roman Empire and had been authenticated by the Smithsonian Institute. “It was a beautiful coin,” Meadow said. “You hold it in your hand and you wonder how many other people have held it.” Tom Corrigan: 392-6434, ext. 241, or Comment at

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Let the games begin ‘Hunger Games’ party, for ages 11 and older, is from 5-6 p.m. March 28 at the Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way. The party features survival skills challenges, Trivia Cornucopia Challenge and a giveaway of Tribute Backpacks filled with surprises. Call 392-5430.

Events Bartell Drugs presents “Health & Beauty Event” through April 1, featuring the following events at its Issaquah store, 5700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E.: 4March 29 — Health Clinic, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 4April 1 — Cosmetic demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and hair styling tips from 2-5 p.m. 4Receive coupons and samples of brand name products. Learn more at Eastside Summer Options Fair, providing recreational and academic resources for children and adults with disabilities, is from 7-8:30 p.m. March 23, Sunset Elementary School multipurpose room, 4229 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E. Learn more by emailing The Issaquah Alps Trails Club offers the following hikes through March. All hikes begin at the Issaquah Trails House at the corner of First and Bush streets. Go to 4March 25 — Leader’s Choice, dogs welcome, 10 a.m., 3-5 miles 4March 26 — Cougar Mountain, 9 a.m., up to 8 miles Baha’is of Issaquah will screen “Education Under Fire” at 7:30 p.m. March 29 at the King County Library Service Center, 960 Newport Way N.W. The movie documents the persecution of minorities in Iran as well as systematic efforts of the Iranian government to prevent Baha’i students to enter institutions of higher learning. Learn more at The Sammamish Family YMCA presents Eggstravaganza from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 7 at 4221 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish. Events include an egg hunt, carnival booths, bounce houses, puttputt mini golf and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. A shuttle bus will run from Discovery Elementary School, 2300 228th Ave. S.E., where there will be additional parking. Issaquah History Museums and Humanities Washington present Lorraine McConaghy’s free presentation, “New Land, North of the Columbia,” at 11 a.m. April 14 at the Train Depot Museum, 150 First Ave. N.E. Call 392-3500 or email Share your stories at the talk and slideshow “The Future Remembered: The 1962 Seattle World’s Fair and its Legacy,” by authors Paula Becker and Alan J. Stein, at 1 p.m. April 14 at the Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way. Go to events or call 392-5430. The Sammamish Symphony Orchestra, joined by Mas-

ter Chorus Eastside, Everett Chorale and Sacred Music Chamber, performs Verdi’s “Requiem” at 2 p.m. April 22 at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle. Tickets are $30 and can be ordered online at www. or by calling 206-517-7777. Friends of the Issaquah Library Spring Book Sale, 5:30 p.m. April 27, preview sale for Friends members is 10 a.m. April 28 and 1 p.m. April 29

Fundraisers The Issaquah US Bank is hosting a Big Brothers Big Sisters clothing collection bin at 1295 Gilman Blvd. for anytime drop-offs and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. The following items are needed: 4Men’s, women’s and children’s clothing 4Shoes 4Hats 4Linens 4Small drapery 4Purses 4Reusable household items 4Small appliances All items collected directly benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound and its youth mentoring programs. Curves International 14th annual Food Drive runs through March. Each location, including Issaquah’s at 40 Front St. S., is seeking donations of bags of nonperishable food or cash to support area food banks. The Issaquah Curves will also waive the joining fee for new members who bring in a bag of nonperishable food or donate $30 to the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank between March 12 and 25. Call 392-2330 or go to Overlake Hospital Auxiliaries are hosting the 2012 Bandage Ball at 5:30 p.m. March 24 at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. Proceeds will be used to build a new, state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Tickets are $250 per person and include dinner, dancing, entertainment and a live auction. Get tickets or volunteer by contacting Muffie Signalness at 688-5529 or Learn more at bandageball. Habitat for Humanity of East King County is recruiting table captains for its ninth annual Growing with Habitat Breakfast on April 18 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. Habitat EKC will provide all the tools necessary to become a successful table captain. Table captains simply need to invite nine friends or colleagues to join them for the breakfast. Learn more by contacting Gena Guillen at or 8696007.

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The Lewis Creek Park Visitor Center offers the following Family Discovery Programs and Adult Enrichment Programs at 5808 Lakemont Blvd. S.E. Call 452-4195. 4“Cougars & Bobcats,” for ages 12 and up, 1-2 p.m. March 24 4Naturalists Book Club discusses “Encounters with the Archdruid,” by Jonn McPhee, for ages 15 and up, 6-8 p.m. March 25 The Issaquah Parks & Recreation and SEREVI Rugby present flag rugby, a coed, noncontact sport for youths ages 7-14. The classes are from 4:30-5:45 p.m. Mondays April 16 through May 21 at Issaquah Valley Elementary School, 555 N.W. Holly St. Cost is $66 for six classes. Register at 837-3300 or www. The Washington Fencing Academy and Issaquah Parks & Recreation present Fencing For Youth, for ages 8-12, 7:15-8:15 p.m. Tuesdays March 27 through June 5 at Endeavour Elementary School, 26205 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road. Cost is $120 for 10 classes. Register at 837-3300 or The Issaquah Parks & Recreation presents Mini-Musketeers class, for ages 5-7, using machoongas foam swords, 6:15-7:15 p.m. Tuesdays March 27 through June 5 at Endeavour Elementary School. Register at 837-3300 or

Volunteers The Mountains to Sound Greenway needs volunteers from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays through March at the following events. Sign up at www.mtsgreenway. org or call 206-812-0122. 4Tree planting at Three Forks Natural Area in Snoqualmie/North Bend — March 31 4Squak Mountain Trail work in Issaquah — March 24 and 31 Friends of the Issaquah Library needs volunteers for its annual Spring Book Sale April 8-11. Sign up by calling 392-5430 or emailing Lesley Wilson at

Religion A live Q&A, “Active Living in Advancing Years,” is at 11 a.m. March 27 at the Christian Science Reading Room, 415 Rainier Blvd. N. Call 392-8140. The Beit Tikvah Messianic Congregation hosts a Community Seder to celebrate Passover at 6:30 p.m. April 6. Reservations are $30 per person and must be made by March 28. Call 793-3000 or email

Classes Fun Fit Focus Leadership and the Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department present the following spring courses: 4“Animal Explorers,” for ages 4-5, Mondays 3:30-4 p.m. 4“Movers & Shakers I,” for ages 6-8 Mondays 4:30-5 p.m. 4“Movers & Shakers II,” for ages 9-11, Wednesdays 6:30-7 p.m. 4“Mother-Daughter,” for ages 10-13, Wednesdays 7:15-8 p.m. Register online at Learn more by calling 206-708-5477. CERT Training, for ages 16 and up, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays March 23 to May 4, final drill May 7, Issaquah Public Works Building 657 First Ave. N.E., $35, Friends of Youth hosts Guiding Good Choices Program, for parents of 9- to 14-year-olds, from 6-8 p.m. Thursdays through March 22 and 6-8 p.m. March 27

at Beaver Lake Middle School, 25025 S.E. 32nd St. Youths attend the fifth session with their parents (includes a free pizza dinner). Workbooks are $30 (scholarships are available). Register at www. Contact Sara Hildebrand at or 888-4151, ext. 201. Weight Loss Surgery Seminar, 7 p.m. March 29, Swedish/ Lakeside Clinic, 6520 226th Place S.E., free ArtEAST offers the following workshops at its Art Center, 95 Front St. N., unless otherwise noted. Go to or call 996-8553. 4Tuesday Morning Writing Workshop, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays through April 3, Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N., $15 each class 4“Practice, Practice, Practice” — 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays through April 3, $15 per session 4“Art for the Soul” — 9:30 a.m. to noon, March 30, $18 each 4“Ceramic Garden Beads” — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 24, $90 4“Creative Portraiture” — 1-4 p.m. March 25, $75 for members, $95 for non members 4“Byzantine Bracelet” — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 23, $100 4“Mixed Media Collage” — 2-5 p.m. March 24, $55 The Issaquah Citizen Corps Council offers the free class “Emergency Prep Basics,” 7-8:30 p.m. April 18 at the Issaquah REI Community Room, 735 Gilman Blvd. Register at


Meet Barkley! This 5-yearold Cairn terrier mix loves to play. His lightheartedness is infectious and his tail never stops wagging. Barkley is one fun loving dog that will keep you entertained.

Sunny is a 2-year-old orange tabby kitty who looks like his name. This goofball is very friendly and can’t wait to make you laugh. He won’t waste any time greeting you when you enter a room.

These pets may already have been adopted by the time you see these photos. If you’re interested in adopting these or other animals, contact the Humane Society for Seattle/King County at 641-0080, go to or email All adopted animals go home spayed/neutered, microchipped and vaccinated, with 30 days of free pet health insurance and a certificate for an examination by a King County veterinarian. The Seattle Humane Society is now open from noon to 6 p.m. seven days a week.


Issaquah Library The following events take place at the Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way. Call 392-5430. AARP Tax Aide, for adults, 1 p.m. Fridays “eBooks 101: eReaders and Digital Downloads,” for ages 13 and up, 10 a.m. March 24 and April 7 “One-on-One Computer Assistance,” for adults, 2 and 3 p.m. March 24 “American Operatic Greats,” for adults, Part 3: Leontyne Price, 7 p.m. March 27 “Hunger Games” book discussion, for teens and adults, 6:30 p.m. March 28 Great Operatic Duets Part II: “Love Duets,” for teens and adults, 7 p.m. March 30 Meet Jennifer K. Chung, author of “Terroryaki!,” for adults, 1 p.m. April 1 “Finding the Right Colleges For You,” for teens, 4 p.m. April 3 “Care for the Caregivers: Health, Quality of Life and Stress Management,” for adults, 7 p.m. April 10 “The Macro Asset Perspective: A Wealth Accumulation Seminar,” for adults, 10 a.m. April 14 “The Future Remembered: The 1962 Seattle World’s Fair and its Legacy,” for adults, 1 p.m. April 14 “Trailblazing Photojournalist: Margaret Bourke-White,” for adults, 7 p.m. April 17 “College Admissions 101,” for teens, 3:30 p.m. April 19 “How to Write Great College Essays,” 1 p.m. April 21 Book group, for adults, discusses “Parrot and Oliver in America,” by Peter Carey, 6:30 p.m. April 25

Seniors Issaquah Valley Senior Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday at 75 N.E. Creek Way. The following activities are open to people 55 and older. Call 392-2381. Brown Tag Estate Sales returns to the center from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 27. Appraisals are $3 per item, with a three-item limit. The following day trips are offered through March: 4Angel of the Winds Casino — 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 21, $10/$12 4Ladies’ Lunch: Chandler’s Crabhouse on South Lake Union — 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 26, $9/$11

Wounded Warriors treated to snowmobiling trip A local group of Wounded Warriors were treated by the Lake Sammamish Elks Lodge and the Cascade Drift Skippers for a day of snowmobiling and barbecue March 3.

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Elks member Monte Russell (left) escorted to Snoqualmie Pass U.S. Army members (not in order) Ulises Osequera, Gregory Williams, Glenda Gates, John Steele, Rebecca Carroll, Jazz Burney, Jeanette Rodriquez, Jade Phillip and Bruce Harley.


Alex Partem and Katie Buehler welcomed son Jordan Aleksandr Partem to their Bellevue home Oct. 1, 2011. Jordon was born at Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue, weighing 7 pounds, 13 ounces and measuring 20 inches. Grandparents are Bogdan and Nataliya Partem, of Bellevue, James Buehler, of Sammamish,

and Jan Buehler, of Issaquah. Great-grandparents are Mariya Havryluyk, of Bellevue, and Florence Armstrong, of Yakima. Aunts are Rene Buehler, of Poulsbo, Sherissa Buehler, of Issaquah, and Yuliya Partem, of Bellevue. His uncle is Derek Armstrong, of Bellevue. Katie is a 2006 graduate of Skyline High School. Alex is a 2006 graduate of Interlake High School.

C OLLEGE N EWS Issaquah grad receives Japanese scholarship

Amanda Shockley, a 2005 graduate from Issaquah High School, has received the 2012 Japanese Government Scholarship to study International Development in the School of Law

at Keio University, in Tokyo. Shockley, the daughter of Patrick and Sandy Shockley, of Issaquah, has been living and teaching in Japan since graduating from the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies in 2009.

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Glenna Nadine Garrett

Glenna Garrett, of Issaquah, loving partner to Thomas Yamada and abiding mother of Jarrah Gioconda and Moises Juarez, passed away Wednesday, Glenna Garrett March 7, 2012, at Providence Marianwood. A celebration of her life will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Faith United Methodist Church in Issaquah. Friends are invited to view photos, get directions and share memories in the family’s online guest book at Flintoft’s Funeral Home and Crematory, 392-6444.

Jack L. Talbot

Charles Robert ‘Bob’ Runyon Charles Robert “Bob” Runyon, Pacific Northwest photographer and teacher, of Wild Rose, Wis., died Feb. 27, 2012, at 1 a.m., after a long-term battle with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s illnesses. He was 78. Bob was born Sept. 3, 1933, in Coffeen, Ill., to Willard “Doc” and Alice Runyon. He was preceded in death by his older brother John “Jack” Runyon. Bob attended schools in Illinois, and majored in music at the University of Illinois. Bob, nicknamed “Sunshine”, was active in Concert Band as a baritone and tuba player, and was president of the marching band. He graduated with a Master of Science (1956) in music. At the university, he met Janice Black (Bachelor of Science in biology, 1956); they married in 1954. In 1956, Bob and Janice moved to Issaquah to be close to relatives, fly-fishing, and to start a family. For five years, Bob was a music teacher for Issaquah schools, including May Valley and Preston. In 1963, he transferred to the Bellevue School District, where he taught music for Phantom Lake Elementary School, Tillicum Junior High School and Sammamish High School. His bands won numerous awards and recognitions. Bob was popular for his performance as the guest conductor “Professor Toot-Sweet.” During the mid-1960s, he began teaching photography as well as music at Tillicum. In 1970, he transitioned to teaching only

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photography. He primarily taught photography at Tillicum and Highland middle schools (Bellevue), where his students won numerous Kodak Scholastic Awards. Often, his students won more awards than the combined rest of the student competition in the country. In the early 1980s, Bob taught adult evening classes in photography and offered a lecture series featuring National Geographic photographers. He donated proceeds to furnishing classroom labs at Tillicum and Bellevue high schools. In the mid-1980s, he stopped teaching in the Bellevue School District and became a very successful full-time professional landscape photographer specializing in the scenic views of the Pacific Northwest and the American Southwest. Bob’s photographs were typically very large and required multiple panels to exhibit them. His photographs were sold in large doctor/dentist office shows and home and garden shows throughout the Northwest, as well as online. Bob’s pictures can be found on large wall spaces of many offices and homes throughout the Pacific Northwest. Bob also loved fly-fishing for trout, and enjoyed fishing with his youngest daughter Heather. Bob was known to always catch the limit, even if everyone else got “skunked.” Bob made many friends with his music, fishing and photography hobbies. He devoted a lot of energy to every activity he committed to. He continued to demonstrate throughout his life that it is possible to be successful if you always do what you like to do. Health complications required Bob to retire from photography in 2009. In 2010, he and his wife moved to Wild Rose, Wis., to live with his oldest daughter Pamela and her husband Darcy. Bob is survived by his wife Janice; four children Pamela Ratajczak (Darcy), of Wild Rose, Wis., Greg Runyon, of Cedar Grove, N.C., Lisa Brown, of Ellensburg, and Heather Harvey (Steven), of Antioch, Calif.; and three grandchildren, Rachel Brown, Megan Brown and Zachery Brown. Bob was a unique and talented individual, whose sense of humor, warm heart and caring nature endeared him to many.

Jack L. Talbot, age 90, of Kent (formerly of Issaquah), passed away March 16, 2012, at home in Kent. Jack was born March 16, 1922, Jack Talbot in Corvallis, Mont., the son of Otis and Virginia Talbot. He was raised in Montana and married Doris Pittman on July 11, 1942, in Seattle. During World War II, he enlisted in the United States Army. They lived in Burien, Alaska and North Bend before moving to Issaquah in June 1989. He was preceded in death by Doris on Oct. 1, 2011. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Burien. In his leisure time, he enjoyed golf, fishing, woodcarving and spending time with his family. People always said “where you see Jack you will see Doris.” Survivors include two daughters, Judith L. Walden, of Thornton, Colo., and Kathy (Dan) Giefer, of Renton; grandchildren Nick and Darrin Giefer, and Michael and Jamie Walden; and three greatgrandchildren. A committal service will be at 10 a.m. March 22 at Tahoma National Cemetery. Arrangements are by Flintoft’s Funeral Home and Crematory. Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family’s online guest book at www.flintofts. com.

Send your veterans’ photos for our memorial section Memorial Day seems a long way off, but it will be here before you know it. This year, The Issaquah Press will print its third annual veterans section — Lest We Forget. We want your photos and information, veterans. If someone in your family was a veteran, but he or she has passed away, we still want to include him or her. It is important for us to honor and remember all local veterans, living or deceased. If you have already sent your photo and information to us, you don’t need to do so again. We keep them on file. Fill out your form at and email your photo to

Dad and Me classes start April 7 The next set of Dad and Me classes is set for 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays from April 7 to June 16 at Bellevue College. Taught by Issaquah resident Tim Ryan, the class allows fathers to play and learn together with their child or children. Addition-

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The Rotary Club of Issaquah recently honored the following seniors as its students of the month for February.

Rebecca Allen 4School:

Issaquah High School 4Category of recognition: drama 4Scholastic achievements: 3.2 grade point average 4ScholasRebecca Allen tic activities: lead roles, dance captain and makeup coordinator for many school drama productions; Drama Club co-president; director of “Dog Sees God”; audition choirs (Mix it Up and High Tones); regional winner solo and ensemble competitions; Pride and Recognition Award for Leadership 4Hobbies: reading, writing, singing 4Outside school affiliations: Purrfect Pals volunteer, vocal instruction 4Future goals: pursue a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theater

Tucker Goodman 4School:

Liberty High School 4Category of recognition: drama 4Parents: Camie and Troy Goodman 4Scholastic achieveTucker Goodman ments: 4.0 grade point average; 5 in Advanced Placement language test; 2190 on SAT 4Scholastic activities: 5th Avenue High School Musical Award – Lead Actor 2011; nomination for supporting actor award 2010; Drama Club treasurer; Associated Student Body president; marching band drum captain

ally, fathers will be able to attend Parent Education classes with some of their counterparts and deal with a variety of topics relating to raising children. The class also will feature guest speakers, storytellers and field trips. The course is aimed at fathers with children from 2 1/2 to 7 years old. Classes are held on the Bellevue College Campus, Building 1, the Early Learning Center, Room 116. Cost is $214 per quarter or $228 with two or more children from the same family. Register by calling the Bellevue College Parent Education office, 564-2365, or go to Call Tim Ryan at 206-280-3458 or email him at tim.ryan@bellevuecollege. edu.

Local students perform at state music competition Music students from the Issaquah School District in grades five through 12 were selected to participate in the annual Washington Music Educators Association All-State Honor groups. The Washington Music Educators Association sponsors a Youth Honor Chorus in grades five and six; junior all-state bands, choruses and orchestra for students in grades seven and eight; and high school jazz band, jazz choir, choirs, bands and orchestras for students in grades nine to 12. Local honorees joined other students from Washington the weekend of Feb. 17 in Yakima. Stu-

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4Scholastic interests: math,

psychology, government 4Hobbies: ASB, band, Drama Club 4Outside school affiliations: Village Theatre KIDSTAGE 4Future goals: Seattle Pacific University major in theater/business 4Occupation/career: own a theater

Danielle Guthrie 4School: Ti-

ger Mountain Community High School 4Category of recognition: art 4Parent: Kristine Guthrie 4Scholastic achieveDanielle Guthrie ments: completed culminating project, graduating two units early 4Athletics: swam for six years 4Scholastic interests: creating things on Photoshop 4Hobbies: taking pictures and editing them, swimming 4Future goals: Seattle Community College 4Occupation: graphic designer

Deidre Mohrland 4School: Tiger Mountain Com-

munity High School 4Category of recognition: art/music 4Parent: Michelle Mohrland 4Academic achievements: director’s choice Deidre Mohrland award for orchestra 4Scholastic activities: leadership class 4Scholastic interests: orchestra and art 4Hobbies: computer video games, drawing, writing 4Future goals: college 4Occupation: small business owner


Nicholas Russell 4School:

Liberty High School 4Category of recognition: music 4Parents: Robert and Michelle Russell 4Scholastic Nicholas Russell interests: Jazz band at Liberty 4Hobbies: writing, mixing and playing music; jamming with friends; reading graphic novels; playing bass guitar and drums and a little keyboard 4Outside school affiliation: member of the band 4 1/2; makeshift recording studio; five years of bass and guitar lessons from A Sharp Music 4Future goals: interested in going to school to be a nurse; also do music in free time 4Occupation/career: nurse

Suraj Saifullah 4School:

Issaquah High School 4Category of recognition: music 4Parents: Siki and Gina Saifullah 4Scholastic achievements: NaSuraj Saifullah tional Merit Commended 4Scholastic activities: member of National Piano Guild auditions seven times; solo and ensemble regional winner four times, three duets and one solo; competitor with high scores at state 4Scholastic interests: chemistry, physics, math, French 4Hobbies: singing, acting, playing piano, running 4Outside school affiliations: Village Theatre KIDSTAGE 4Future goals: double major in chemistry and music 4Occupation/career: scientific researcher

Sunset Elementary School Sunset Singers dents were selected after rigorous auditions. They then rehearsed together under the direction of nationally known conductors and performed final concerts. The Pacific Cascade Middle School orchestra was the only middle school program chosen to perform as a whole at the Washington Music Educators Association conference. Find a complete list of local students selected for the All-State program at the school district website, www.issaquah.wednet. edu. Click on link labeled “Points of Pride.”

Elementary choir to perform at national conference Sunset Elementary School’s student chorus, the Sunset Singers, was tabbed to perform March 24 in front of educators from around the country at the National Association of Elementary School Principals National Conference, to be held in Seattle.

Sunset Singers is the only elementary school group invited to sing at the event. A board member for the Association of Washington School Principals, Wayne Hamasaki helped arrange for his students’ appearance at the convention. Comprised of close to 100 fourth- and-fifth graders, the Sunset Singers represent the largest extracurricular group at his school. About 70 students will make the trip to downtown Seattle for the conference. Under the direction of music specialist Marie Bean, the singers will perform five songs in a roughly 25-minute session. They will be in front of 1,500 to 2,000 people waiting for the conference’s scheduled keynote speaker. For the upcoming performance, Hamasaki said the school decided to rent two buses to take the singers and their parents to the event at the Washington State Convention Center.

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Knee surgery goes robotic By David Hayes Issaquah Press reporter Jeff Pochop said he plans to be physically active until he’s at least 100 years old. Now 69, the former athlete stays fit biking and hiking so he can attend his annual fishing and hunting trips with his buddies. Unfortunately, an old football injury had been slowing him down lately — he partially tore an interior ligament in his left knee while playing football for the Harvard Crimson back in the 1960s. Temporary fixes were no longer working — he’d had an orthoscopic procedure to clean it up about 20 years ago and a series of rooster comb injections about six months ago. It was starting to affect his tennis game and his outings hunting chucker and pheasant. “Even my hunting buddies had noticed I’d developed a limp,” the Bellevue resident said. So he went back to the well one more time. His doctor, orthopedic surgeon Gregory Komenda, had also operated on injuries to Pochop’s shoulder and elbow. And the timing couldn’t have been better to try something new — robotics. Pochop became one of Swedish Issaquah’s first patients to be operated on using MAKOplasty. It’s a new partial resurfacing procedure developed to treat early- to mid-stage osteoarthritis, a viable alternative to total knee replacement or traditional manual partial knee resurfacing, Komenda said. A surgeon with Proliance Orthopedic & Sports Medicine for the


Jeff Pochop, 69, of Bellevue, is happy to be back on his feet so quickly after orthopedic knee surgery with the new MAKOplasty robotic system helped give him a partial knee replacement Jan. 20.


Chuck Salmon, Swedish’s chief executive of Issaquah and Ambulatory Care Centers, stands in front of the MAKOplasty system when it was on display for public viewing at a recent open house at Swedish/Issaquah. past 15 years, Komenda has been performing MAKOplasty at Swedish’s Seattle location for a little over a year. MAKOplasty uses the RIO Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System. Rather than the old days of flaying open a patient’s knee to gain access to the entire site, a 3-D picture is scanned to help the surgeon identify only the arthritic portion of the knee that needs treatment. Now, the procedure can be done through a three- to four-inch incision, preserving much more of the natural bone and tissue. “I like the confidence it gives me to provide consistent and precise results,” Komenda said. “I know during the post operation check up, the X-ray will look perfect

YOU SHOULD KNOW Free educational seminars about the MAKOplasty, a new robotic-assisted, partial-knee replacement (resurfacing) procedure, are from 6-8 p.m. April 4 at Swedish/Issaquah (Conference Center, Level 2), 751 N.E. Blakely Drive. Register at classes. Select ‘Health and Wellness,’ choose ‘Eastside,’ and scroll down to select ‘Joint Replacement: The Right Choice for You?’

every time.” The system develops a pre-surgical plan that outlines a specific technique for bone preparation See ROBOT, Page B5

Dyslexia definition now covers wider range of reading disorders By Tom Corrigan Issaquah Press reporter There are several myths about the reading disability known as dyslexia, according to Cornell Atwater, director of Issaquah’s Learning Rx center. For one thing, and perhaps most importantly, dyslexia has nothing to do with mixing up letters. People who have dyslexia do not necessarily see words differently

than other people. Further, persons diagnosed with dyslexia do not have one single form of reading disorder. “Dyslexia really encompasses anyone who has difficulty reading,” Atwater said. For her part, Kathy Gottlieb agreed. Gottlieb is a literacy TOSA (teacher on special assignment) with the Issaquah School District. She said the district does not use the word “dyslexia” in describing

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student reading problems. “It’s a medical diagnosis,” Gottlieb said, later adding that the district does complete comprehensive testing for reading disabilities. Instead of mixed up letters that need to be descrambled, Atwater talked about reading disabilities or dyslexia in terms of coding and decoding words or letters. Persons may have problems with connecting letters or words on a page with the sounds usually connected with those words or letters. In addition to auditory processing problems, those with reading disabilities may have visual processing difficulties as well. When the brain’s working memory and processing centers all cooperate with each other, there are no problems. Dyslexia occurs when you can’t, for example, properly visualize a letter or word. Gottlieb described decoding problems as the inability to recognize individual words and know what they mean. She talked about those with disabilities reading a paragraph on a page and having no idea what it meant. The brain’s decoding of what is on the page is slow or interrupted. Atwater said much the same. For those with reading problems, she added, getting through a paragraph or a page of written materials is a lot of work. “And you’re not going to like to read,” Atwater said. For adults who have struggled with possibly undiagnosed reading problems their whole lives, their brains can take up to three steps to read a line that others can comprehend much more quickly,

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and customized implant positioning based on a CT scan of the patient’s knee. During the procedure, the system creates a live, 3-D virtual view of the bone surface and correlates it to the pre-programmed surgical plan. “The robotic arm provides realtime tactile, auditory and visual feedback, Komenda said. “This helps surgeons accurately balance the knee and correctly position the implants.” However, as advanced as the new system is, MAKOplasty isn’t for everyone. Good candidates for the surgery must have three typical common traits: 4 Knee pain with activity on the inner knee, under the kneecap or the outer knee, 4 Pain or stiffness when starting from a sitting position, 4 And failure to respond to nonsurgical treatments or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication. As a match for the system’s requirements, Pochop was excited

to try something new. “I was delighted to learn this thing was up there,” he said. But due to logistics and an untimely assertion of Mother Nature, his Jan. 20 surgery almost wasn’t. “That was the week of the snowstorm, so Swedish didn’t have the extra power for elective surgeries,” Pochop said. “And my part was stuck, somewhere out there in the nether world in transit.” Once the logistics were worked out, Komenda performed the MAKOplasty without a hitch and Pochop went home the next day. Komenda said the new procedure isn’t necessarily faster than the old method, what with all the calibrations under the 3-D imaging necessary. “What it does do is make the surgery more consistent,” he added. “And post op, a partial replacement has much quicker recovery than a full knee.” Three weeks later, Pochop was back hiking and biking on flat surfaces. Then five and a half weeks later, he was given the green light to return to his favorite activities of biking local cross-country trails. With his new partial implant in


Cornell Atwater, director of Issaquah Learning Rx, said there are a number of ways to help people with reading disabilities.

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she added. She further talked about persons having problems

with similar words, such as “pair” and “pear.” How does one deal with dyslexia or reading disabilities once they are discovered? For Gottlieb, a diagnosis of “dyslexia” isn’t even very helpful. “Every kid who comes to the

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A Swedish/Issaquah orthopedic surgical team operates on Jeff Pochop’s knee Jan. 20 with the new MAKOplasty robot. place, Pochop, a father of four and grandfather of seven, is almost done with his post-op physical therapy and anticipating returning to playing tennis twice a week. “I’m told patients are getting up to 20 years of service out of these implants,” Pochop said.

“That should almost get me to 100 before they’ll have to take another look at my knee.”

table with a reading disability has unique problems,” she said. The district response is set to queue up individual education plans for students needing extra help. Plans can include many types of instruction and tutoring, for example focusing on phonics — teaching students the sounds that go with the letters on the page. In some cases, Atwater said an MRI can help identify what parts of the brain are having difficulties. The most important thing, she said, is to identify the type of cognitive skill that is impaired. Once that is done, clients of Learning Rx are placed with teachers who can help build the needed skills. Practice might be a key to solving the problem. Gottlieb said that unfortunately some parents believe there is a magic formula, a program that the child just needs to go through and everything will be fine. She emphasized that each student with a reading difficulty needs individual attention. Issaquah resident and parent Kimberly Undi said her son was

flagged as potentially having a reading problem in kindergarten. He was given an IEP in second grade. “He really has struggled right along,” Undi said. She said she believes he entered middle school without being able to read and write. Her son is now a junior in high school and goes through several hours of tutoring per week outside of school, including at Learning Rx. “It’s taken him a long time, but things are starting to click for him,” Undi said. She had some advice for parents whose children may be struggling with reading and writing. Undi said she believes some parents need to grieve for the child they believed their youngster was supposed to be. One trick is writing a different story for your child. She also wanted to pass on what she called some of the best advice she ever received. “Don’t base your relationship with your child on a spelling test, on academics,” Undi said.

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In 2010, 909 couples married on Aug. 21 — the biggest day for weddings in the Evergreen State. The total — and other figures from the state Center for Health Statistics — offer a snapshot of life and death in Washington. Washingtonians live longer than the national average. The latest figures from the Center for Health Statistics also indicate more divorces, fewer pregnancies and better prenatal care for expectant mothers. Statewide, the number of pregnancies, births and abortions continues to drop. The state recorded 108,045 pregnancies in Washington in 2010 — a 4 percent drop from 2009. The largest decrease occurred among teenagers ages 15-19, as the total dropped 12 percent from 2009 to 9,348 pregnancies in 2010. Total births dropped 3 percent in 2010 from the previous year, to 86,480. The figure included 2,856 multiple births, such as twins and triplets. “We have consistently seen births declining for the past few years now, coinciding with the downturn in the economy,” Dr. Maxine Hayes, state health officer, said in a statement. “Washington’s trend mirrors what we’re seeing nationwide with decreasing pregnancies and births. The good news is that more women in Washington are getting the prenatal care they and their babies need.” The number of abortions also dropped 7 percent to 21,066 during the same period. The state also recorded 499 fetal deaths in 2010, about the same number as the previous year. In 2010, only 4.8 percent of

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expectant mothers received late or no prenatal care, down from 5.6 percent in 2009. Officials said babies born in Washington can expect to live longer than the national average. Boys born in 2010 have a life expectancy of 78.2 years. Girls born in the same year have a life expectancy of 82.5 years. The state recorded 40,170 marriages in 2010, slightly less than the 40,318 in 2009. Officials also recorded 27,068 divorces in 2010, up from 25,395 the previous year. The state recorded 47,981 deaths among Washington residents in 2010, down slightly from 48,202 in 2009. Cancer ranked as the No. 1 cause and accounted for almost a quarter of all deaths. Lung cancer accounted for the most cancer deaths, followed by colorectal, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers. Following cancer, the top causes of death included heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, chronic lung disease, accidents, stroke, diabetes, suicide, chronic liver disease, flu and pneumonia. In addition, the number of suicides has been rising for years. The state recorded 947 suicides in 2010. Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or Comment at

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Eagles fight Wildcats to scrappy draw By Sebastian Moraga Issaquah Press reporter Whatever notion the Mount Si High School Wildcats had that this season would be easy lasted 15 seconds. In the 16th second of their match against visiting Issaquah, the Eagles stunned the Wildcats with a score. Whatever notion the Issaquah Eagles had that their season’s second match would go as easy as their first — a 3-0 road win at Auburn Mountainview — lasted hardly any time longer. Because for the next 20 minutes, the Wildcats pressed the Eagles until the tying tally came along, and then pressed some more. In the end, the 1-1 tie was fair prize for two teams that showed focus, heart and talent, even early in the 2012 season to serve soccer fans with a fine contest. “I was really pleased with the way we played,” Issaquah Head Coach Jason Lichtenberger said. “We possessed the ball really well, we defended well.” The first half of the game was a Bizarro World version of the Eagles’

first half against Auburn Mountainview. Against them, they dominated the first half, but went to the break tied at 0. Against Mount Si, the Eagles scored early and then endured a barrage from the hosts. The fans were still trickling in from the parking lot when Issaquah’s Alex Shane sank a low shot past the Mount Si goalie from about 14 yards out on the left flank. “I really liked how we executed early,” Lichtenberger said of the 1-0. Touched in its pride, Mount Si responded by cornering the boys in purple. With 21 minutes left in the half, a cross shot from Mount Si’s Dane Aldrich on the left wing found Chace Carlson’s head in the heart of the box. The header rocketed past the Eagles’ keeper for the 1-1. Issaquah bent but did not break. “Mount Si was really taking it to us for a while and we weathered the storm really well,” Lichtenberger said. While the hosts kept pressuring, the Eagles woke back up, and the game became an entertaining BY GREG FARRAR

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Alex Shane (left), Issaquah High School junior, and Mount Si High School senior defender Chace Carlson battle early in the first period March 15, shortly after Shane’s goal for the Eagles and just before Carlson’s tying score for the Wildcats in the 1-1 contest.

Local soccer squads hope to expand upon last year’s successes By Matthew Carstens Issaquah Press reporter If there is one consistent element to KingCo soccer year in and year out, it is the pure strength of the league. “The league’s always tough,” Issaquah head coach Jason Lichtenberger said. “It’s the toughest league in the state, hands down.” Last season, three teams from the conference qualified for the state tournament and they only lost to other KingCo teams. Garfield lost to Eastlake, who met with Skyline in the finals. “A lot of leagues you’ll see some pretty strong teams, but there’s also some teams at the bottom that

are a little bit weaker,” Lichtenberger said. “But in KingCo, every game’s a battle. The last-place teams beat the first-place teams, if they were to play 10 times, maybe a couple times that last-place team would beat the first-place team, and I don’t think there’s any other league where you’d see that. You just can’t take a game off.” Continuing the streak The past three years for the Issaquah High School boys soccer program has been nothing but one success after another, including an incredible 17-game winning streak at home. “For the last three years, we’ve kind of had the greatest run in the

S OCCER P REVIEW school’s history, which has been a fun three years for us,” Lichtenberger said. Lichtenberger, in his seventh year as head coach, said he is excited about the constant improvement his program has showed since he took over. “When I first took over, we had a few down years,” he said. “But we went from three wins in 2008 to 13 wins in 2009 and went to the state tournament for the first time ever and got to the quarterfinals in 2010.” After losing quite a few seniors af-

ter the 2010 season, Lichtenberger said most people expected the team to slow down and have a down year. It ended up going 12-3-3 and made it to the second round of the conference tournament again. “That was a real nice year for us,” he said. “We had some players recognized as all league, we got coach of the year for that as well, and we’re returning a lot of guys from that team as well.” Some key players to watch for on Issaquah’s squad this year include junior forward Cooper Fry, junior midfielder Zach Lawless, junior defensemen Paul Hegedus and junior midfielder David Perez. “Paul Hegedus is going to be key for us,” Lichtenberger said.

“He was on J.V. last year but got called up at the end of the season and actually ended up starting the last couple games and in the playoffs as well. So we saw him grow a lot as a player last year, and he’ll be one of our vocal leaders in the backfield this year.” According to Lichtenberger, new addition Perez will provide not only great skills, but a cerebral view of the game as well. Lichtenberger said his possession style is part of what has led to the team’s success in recent years and he sees no reason to change what it has been doing. “We work on a lot of short passing,” he said. “We look to switch the field quite a bit, we look to

control possession. There are some teams that play really direct and put a lot of pressure on, but we like to build out of the back and control the ball and maybe get teams to chase us a little bit and frustrate them that way. “It’s tough because we don’t have a lot of time to prepare, and to play that style you need a lot of time to practice together, but we seem to pull it off pretty well.” One more goal After losing in the state finals last year and losing several seniors to Division I programs, SkySee SOCCER, Page B7

Larger lacrosse league teams are ready to face tougher competition By Matthew Carstens Issaquah Press reporter


Sophomore Michael Cowin, Skyline High School’s attack-man (left), and Eastlake High School’s defender Ty Reifeis, a sophomore, do their best to ignore the snow and play on during the March 13 lacrosse game between the two school’s prep teams.

Plateau rivals duke it out in snow By Lillian Tucker Issaquah Press reporter Braving the snow and wind the Skyline and Eastlake high school lacrosse prep teams faced off March 13 for a friendly plateau rivalry match that ended with Eastlake on top, 8-7. “On the plateau, lacrosse is very competitive,” Eastlake head coach Chris Panos said. “In the past, Eastlake has got no respect. But part of my job is instilling confidence in those kids that they could play at that level.” Just like the weather, which refused to relent, the two teams went net-for-net through most of the game. Skyline took the first quarter by outscoring Eastlake,

3-2, but the lead didn’t last long. By halftime the game was tied 5-5. After the third quarter saw Eastlake advance by one goal the two teams matched each other’s two goals each bringing the final score to 8-7. “We took some penalties that they capitalized on,” Skyline head coach Adam Kurtenbach said. Like in hockey, lacrosse players must wait out their penalty, which can run as long as three minutes, while the team plays on without them. Because of penalties, Eastlake was in the favorable man-up position six times, during which it scored three goals. Skyline had five man-up opportunities but did not score on any of them. “The good news is that the

rivalry is only going to get better as both teams grow,” Kurtenbach said. “We knew we were going into a battle … you lick your wounds and move on to the next one.” Skyline is looking forward to facing Eastlake on the field again when the team has more of its lead scorers. Four of Skyline’s five strong attack players have returned this year, but because of various reasons only one of them was able to play in the March 13 “snow bowl,” as Kurtenbach called it. “The weather made it interesting because the footing was really sloppy,” said Panos, explaining that the See SKYLINE, Page B7

Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States, and a big part of that growth is happening right here in our own back yard. “I coached the first 7-8 (year old) Issaquah youth lacrosse team, probably seven or eight years ago,” Skyline head coach Adam Kurtenbach said. “From that point on, just in Issaquah, Sammamish, that program has bred another four or five youth programs. Now there’s 50 teams that have grown just from that in the last seven or eight years. It’s been exponential growth just year after year.” With all that growth, both the division I and II leagues have gotten increasingly tougher, and Skyline, Issaquah and Liberty all hope to make significant strides this season. Dark horse athletes After making the transition to Division I four years ago, Kurtenbach said his team is always in the conversation as a “dark horse” team. “We’re kind of considered one of those dark horses every year because we usually have some great athletes, but not all of them are necessarily lacrosse-first guys,” he said. But as youth programs flourish, more high school teams are reaping the benefits from kids growing up with the sticks instead of just picking them up. “We lost a fairly strong senior class, but we got four of our top

LACROSSE PREVIEW five scorers from last year returning,” Kurtenbach said. “For the most part, we have a new defense, one returning starter from last year. Good up-and-coming group of players, strong freshman class this year, won’t really play on the varsity but have given a real good push to the program. Like I said, we got two or three kids considered the best in the state.” Some of those kids include senior midfielder Jack Pruitt who has committed to the University of Denver, junior attack Ryan Benz and senior attack Max Saffle who has committed to play at the Air Force Academy. “We’re usually a fairly uptempo team,” Kurtenbach said. “If you want to look at it from a basketball standpoint, we’re kind of like a fast-break team. We push the pace, push the ball up the floor, if the chance is there were going to take it, rather than settle everything down and run an extended offense. Which as opposed to your Mercer Island, Issaquah, tend to be more of a set offense kind of a program.” Eleven years and counting Issaquah has made the playoffs every single year since its inception in 2002, a streak head coach Brandon Fortier would like to keep alive. “We graduated a decent number of seniors but we return a core of six guys that were juniors

last year that were key parts of the team,” Fortier said. “In my mind, we’re still a top-eight team for sure. Whether we can go beyond that is to be determined.” Those returning players include seniors Matt O’Neil, Ben Director, Duncan Hamilton, Austin Richert and O’Neil Hughes. If O’Neil’s “not No. 1, he’s probably in the top two best stick skills in my 11 years. Very good with both his right and left hand, one of the better attack men,” Fortier said. “He was secondteam all-state last year. He should be first-team all-state this year outside of injury.” While not as athletic or talented as O’Neil, Fortier said, Director is his coach on the field. “Definitely the smartest in terms of lacrosse IQ,” Fortier said. “He definitely understands the game better than anybody. He could be a coach some day. He understands the game, he’s a great leader, a great kid in the classroom.” According to Fortier, the Issaquah style is and always will be simple: fundamentals. “In terms of my coaching we’ve always been a fundamentals-first team,” he said. “Some years you have a little more talent, a little more stick skills, so you look a little bit flashier, but it’s all based on the same, grind-it-out fundamentals. “We’ve had the same defensive principals, same offensive principals since I started, we just make little adjustments to the talent we have,” he added. “But we’ve alSee LACROSSE, Page B7

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Prep boys baseball

KingCo Conference 4A Crest Division

Eastlake Issaquah Newport Skyline Redmond Crown Division

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Ballard Bothell Garfield Inglemoor Woodinville Roosevelt March 12 Games Auburn Riverside 4, Skyline 1 Garfield 6, Mercer Island 4 Newport 12, Eastside Catholic 2 March 13 Games Ballard 20, Renton 0 Mount Si 10, Bothell 1 Puyallup 4, Auburn 1 March 16 games Mount Si 4, Skyline 2 Kentridge 5, Issaquah 4 O’Dea 4, Bothell 3 Inglemoor 1, Shorewood 0 March 17 Games Kentwood 5, Woodinville 3

Issaquah 3, Auburn Mountainview 0 Issaquah 03-3 Auburn Mountainview 0 0 - 0 Issaquah Goals: 1 Alex Shane (un) 70:00; 2 Drew Tacher (un) 73:00; 3 Alex Shane (Lars Bergfalk) 77:00. Shutout: Evan King Issaquah 1, Mount Si 1 Issaquah 1 0 - 1 Mount Si 1 0 - 1 Issaquah goals: Alex Shane (un) 1:00. Mount Si Goals: Chase Carlson (Dane Aldrich) 19:00. Issaquah 6, Edmonds-Woodway 0 Issaquah 42-6 Edmonds-Woodway 00-0 Issaquah goals: 1 Alex Shane (Drew Tacher) 22:00; 2 Alex Shane (Zach Lawless) 27:00; 3 Akash Ramachandran (un) 28:00; 4 Dyllon Nguyen (Alex Shane) 32:00; 5 Elliot Salmon (Alex Shane) 67:00; 6 Alex Shane (Zach Lawless) 90:00. Shutout: Evan King, Conner Hansen. KingCo Conference 3A/2A League W L T Pts Bellevue 0000 Interlake 0000 Juanita 0000 Lake Washington 0000 Liberty 0000 Mercer Island 0000 Mount Si 0000 0000 Sammamish

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Auburn Riverside 4, Skyline 1 Auburn Riverside 201 01X - 4 6 0 Skyline 000 01X - 1 3 3 W: Justin Jacobs; L: Nick Kassuba; 2B: Austin Marty. Skyline Highlights: Conner Reinertsen 1-1, BB; Connor Gilchrist 1-1, BB; Matt Sinatro 1-3.

March 13 games Mercer Island 2, Kennedy Catholic 0 Liberty 2, Hazen 2 March 14 games Sammamish 5, Tyee 1 Auburn Mountainview 1, Lake Washington 1

Kentridge 5, Issaquah 4 Kentridge 002 120 0 - 5 10 0 Issaquah 000 001 3 - 3 5 2 Issaquah: L: Justin Vernia; 2B: Brandon Mahovlich; HR: Blake Jones.

Liberty 2, Hazen 2 Hazen 11-2 Liberty 1 1 - 2

Mount Si 4, Skyline 2 Mount Si 002 200 2 - 4 4 1 Skyline 000 010 1 - 2 3 1 W: Tassara; L: Clayton Huber; 2B: Jim Sinatro, Ross Tassara, Reece Karalus. KingCo Conference 3A/2A League WL 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00

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Bellevue Lake Washington Liberty Mercer Island Mount Si Sammamish Interlake Juanita March 12 Games Highline 11, Liberty 9 Bothell 5, Bellevue 2 March 13 Games Eastlake 12, Glacier Peak 1 March 16 Games Lake Washington 8, Lebanon (Ore.) 1 Tahoma 15, Liberty 5 Garfield 7, Sammamish 2 Glacier Peak 11, Bishop Blanchet 8 March 17 Games Lake Washington 7, Skyview (Vancouver) 3 Highline 11, Liberty 9 Highline 002 90 - 11 7 0 Liberty 210 60 - 9 6 3 W: Johnny Rhodes; L: George Suddock; HR Johnny Rhodes. Tahoma 15, Liberty 5 Tahoma 051 413 1 - 15 17 2 Liberty 111 002 0 - 5 10 2 W: Mitch Grove; L: Ben Wessel; 2B Tanner Anthony (2), John Budenhammer, Troy LaBrie, Ben Wessel; 3B: John Budenhammer.

Prep boys soccer

KingCo Conference 4A

Ballard Bothell Eastlake Garfield Inglemoor Issaquah Newport Redmond Roosevelt Skyline Woodinville

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Season WLT 021 210 110 001 050 201 310 310 201 210 210

March 12 Games Roosevelt 3, Bishop Blanchet 0 Woodinville 2, Inglemoor 0 Newport 4, Juanita 2 Issaquah 3, Auburn Mountainview 0 Mount Si 1, Issaquah 1 March 13 Games Edmonds-Woodway 1, Ballard 0 Sammamish 3, Bothell 1 Snohomish 1, Redmond 0 Skyline 2, Mariner 1 Eastlake 5, Marysville-Pilchuck 1 March 15 Games Newport 6, Inglemoor 3 Bothell 3, Kamiak 2 March 16 Games Redmond 4, Liberty 1 Mercer Island 2, Skyline 1 Juanita 4, Inglemoor 3 March 17 Games Newport 4, Arlington 1 Roosevelt 3, Cascade 0 Kamiak 1, Ballard 0 Mount Si 3, Eastlake 0 Issaquah 6, Edmonds-Woodway 0 Woodinville 3, Stanwood 1 Redmond 3, Monroe 0 Skyline 2, Mariner 1 Skyline 1 1 - 2 Mariner 1 0 - 1 Skyline goals: 1 Pedro Miola (Kaleb Strawn) 17:00; 2 Jason Twaddle (Sean McDonald) 79:00. Redmond 4, Liberty 1 Liberty 22-4 Redmond 0 1 - 1 Redmond Goals: 1 Andrew Leadbeater (Bryan Forbes) 15:00; 2 Cooper Bilginer (Kia Brunson) 25:00; 3 Cooper Bilginer (Stephen Jinneman) 45:00; 4 Cooper Bilginer (Andrew Leadbeater) 70:00. Liberty Goals: Josh Johnson (un) 50:00. Mercer Island 2, Skyline 1 Mercer Island 1 0 OT 1 - 2 Skyline 1 0 OT 0 - 1 Mercer Island goals: Josh Lee (Jordy Morris) 11:00; Jordy Morris (un) 83:00. Skyline goals: Kaleb Strawn (Jason Twaddle) 35:00.

KingCo Conference 4A Crest Division

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March 12 games Tahoma 17, Skyline 6 March 13 games Redmond 15, Eastside Catholic 0 Inglemoor 14, Bellevue 7 March 16 games Juanita 8, Inglemoor 0 Woodinville 1, Glacier Peak 0

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4Issaquah Parks offers bowling for people with disabilities, ages 13 and older, from 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays March 14 to May 2 at the Adventure Bowl in Snoqualmie. Call 837-3300. Soccer

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Prep softball

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March 13 games Shorecrest 2, Lake Washington 0

Prep boys lacrosse

Washington Lacross Association Division I March 13 Games

Issaquah 13, Northshore 2 Issaquah 3 3 4 3 -- 13 Bainbridge 0 0 1 1 -- 2 Statistics: Alex Cizsewski, IS, 4 goals; Matt O’Neill, IS, 4 goals, 3 ground balls; Ben Director, IS, 2 goals, 2 assists; Mikey Giannopulus, IS, 1 goal; Chris Egland, IS, 1 goals; Derek DeYoung, IS, 1 goal, 2 assists, 1 ground ball; O’Neil Hughes, IS, 2 saves; Brady Hahn, IS, 3 saves; Jacob Cartwright, NS, 1 goal; Drew Tosaya, NS, Willie Ohrenschall, NS, 1 assist; Alec Dyngen, NS, 6 saves; Rilyn Gherardini, NS, 2 saves Kings Way 19, Eastside Catholic 11 (No scoring details available) Eastlake 8, Skyline 7 Statistics: Eastlake 8, Skyline 7 (Austin Caldwell, E, 3 goals, 3 ground balls; Josiah Fonte, E, 2 goals, 4 ground balls; Brian Quick, E 1 goal, 1 assist, 4 ground balls; Danny Keogh, E, 1 goal, 2 ground balls; Cooer Rosenthal, E, 1 goal, 5 ground balls; Avery Harkins, E, 9 saves; Cameron Saffle, S, 2 goals, 2 assists, 5 ground balls; Ryan Benz, S, 2 goals, 1 ground ball; Tristan Miller, S, 2 goals, 1 ground ball; Kyle Kuberski, S, 10 saves. Sammamish 16, Woodinville 10 Statistics: Tyler Wright, S, 6 goals, 2 assists, 6 ground balls; Sean Sternberg, S, 5 goals, 1 assist, 1 ground ball; Cooper Horton, S, 2 goals, 1 ground ball; Neil Hones, S, 1 goal, 2 assists, 1 ground ball; Ian Weiss, S, 1 goal, 1 ground ball; Yannick White, S, 1 goal, 1 ground ball; Morgan White, S, 7 saves; Daniel McKee, W, 6 goals, 2 assists; 1 ground ball; Clemens Mitchell, W, 7 ground balls; Dalton Combs, W, 14 saves. March 14 games Lakeside 9, Puyallup 3 Lakeside 3 1 2 3 -- 9 Puyallup 0 0 2 1 -- 3 Statistics: Keaton Santi, L, 4 goals; Gabriel Pascualy, L, 3 goals, 6 ground balls; Peter Scott, L, 14 saves; Robert Abbott, P, 2 goals, 15 ground balls. Bellevue 20, Lake Washington 1 Bellevue 6 7 3 4 -- 20 Lake Washington 0 0 1 0 -- 1 Statistics: Cole Johnson, B, 5 goals, 3 assists, 2 ground balls; Blake Samuel, B, 5 goals; Hank Bethke, B, 3 goals; Drew Douglas, B, 2 goals, 1 assist; Andrew Gulrajani, B, 2 goals, 1 ground ball; Andrew Matthews, B, 2 goals, 3 ground balls; Dakota Jones, B, 1 goal, 3 ground balls; Austin Boyd, B, 6 saves; Cody Bernstein, LW, 1 goal, 3 ground balls; Reilly Blackner, LW, 4 ground balls; Coulter Loft, LW, 4 ground balls; Jonah

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High school sports Baseball

4March 22: 4 p.m., Issaquah at Eastlake; 3:45 p.m. Redmond at Skyline; March 23: 3:45 p.m., Ballard at Liberty; Skyline at Richland, Kennewick; March 24: 11 a.m., Sedro-Woolley at Issaquah; March 28: 6 p.m., Issaquah at Redmond Fastpitch softball

4March 23: 3:45 p.m., Ballard at Liberty; 4 p.m., Bellevue at Skyline; March 28: 4:30 p.m., Skyline at Issaquah Girls golf

4March 22: 3 p.m., Issaquah at redmond (Bear Creak GC); 3 p.m., Inglemoor at Skyline (Plateau GC); 2:56 p.m., Interlake, Mount Si at Liberty (Maplewood GC) March 26: 3:30 p.m., Ballard at Issaquah (Snoqualmie Falls GC); 2:56 p.m., Mercer Island at Liberty (Maplewood GC); March 27: 3:30 p.m., Skyline at Garfield (Jefferson Park GC); March 28: 3 p.m., Issaquah at Woodinville (Wayne GC); 3 p.m., Bothell at Skyline (Plateau GC) Boys soccer

4March 23: 7:30 p.m., Garfield at Skyline; 7:30 p.m., Liberty at Bellevue; 7:30 p.m., Inglemoor at Issaquah; March 27: 7:30 p.m., Skyline at Inglemoor (Pop Keeney); 7:30 p.m., Issaquah at Roosevelt (NEAC); 7:30 p.m., Liberty at Sammamish Girls tennis

4March 22: 3:45 p.m., Issaquah at Newport; 3:45 p.m., Liberty at Lake Washington; March 27: 3:45 p.m., Inglemoor at Issaquah; 3:45 p.m., Garfield at Skyline Track and Field

4March 22: 4 p.m., Eastlake at Skyline; 4 p.m., Sammamish at Liberty; 4 p.m., Issaquah at Roosevelt (SW Athletic Complex); March 24: Issaquah at Liberty Invitational; 9 a.m., Liberty Invitational; March 29: 4 p.m., Liberty at Bellevue; 4 p.m., Skyline at Newport Boys lacrosse

4 March 23: 4 p.m., Palo Verde at Skyline (Mercer Island); March 24: 2 p.m., Liberty at Port Angeles; 4 p.m., Palo Verde at Issaquah (Mercer Island) March 24: 2 p.m., Jesuit at Skyline (Mercer Island); March 27: 8 p.m., Mercer Island at Issaquah; March 28: 8 p.m., Mukilteo at Skyline; 5 p.m., Liberty at Overlake

Friedl, LW, 6 saves.

Division II

Lake Tapps 21, Bellarmine 14 Lake Tapps 5 7 6 3 -- 21 Bellarmine 3 4 4 3 -- 14 Statistics: Michael Lucchesi, LT, 4 goals, 4 assists, 8 ground balls; Gordon Nelson, LT, 4 goals, 1 assist, 6 ground balls; Tyler Pashigian, LT, 4 goals, 1 assist; Joey Lucchesi, LT, 2 goals, 2 assist; Josh Davenport, LT, 2 goals, 1 assist; Brandon Starks, LT, 2 goals; Ben Kelley, LT, 5 saves; Jaron Scarbrough, LT, 4 saves; Max Jones, B, 9 goals, 4 assists; Jacob Bolek, B, 3 goals, 2 assists, 8 ground balls; Daniel Call, B, 9 ground balls; Connor Jones, B, 13 saves.

March 13 games Blanchet 6, Vashon 5 Blanchet 1 1 2 2 -- 6 Vashon 1 2 2 0 -- 5 Statistics: Matteo Schiro, B, 3 goals, 5 ground balls; Taylor Bissett, B, 2 goals, 1 assist; James Donaldson, B, 9 ground balls; Zach Perry, B, 4 ground balls; Zach Traynor, B, 9 saves; Luke Hembree, V, 2 goals, 4 ground balls; John Smith, V, 2 goals, 2 ground balls; Caz Mozelesi, V, 1 goal, 1 assist, 1 ground ball; Aaron Bomber, V, 4 saves.

Bainbridge 15, Curtis 9 Statistics: Jacob Knostman, B, 3 goals, 5 assists; Kaegan Ingrasci, B, 1 goal, 3 assists; Greg Shea, B, 5 goals, 1 assist; Adam Gargus, B, 8 ground balls; Reynolds Yarbrough, B, 10 saves; Ryder Choate, C, 3 goals; Carson Stewart, C, 2 goals, 1 assist; Jayden Todd, C, 2 goals; Jacob Budnick, C, 11 saves

Kennedy 11, Highline 7 Statistics: Jackson Dillard, K, 3 goals, 2 ground balls; Dimitrius Jones, K, 3 goals, 3 ground balls; Jack Sleeper, K, 2 goals, 1 groundballs; Anthony Parker, K, 1 goal, 3 assists, 3 ground balls; Sabastian Ferrao, K, 2 goals, 2 assists; 6 ground balls; Charles Bergseth, K, 13 saves.

Eastside Catholic 12, Mukilteo 7 Eastside Catholic 6 3 3 0 -- 12 Mukilteo 1 2 3 1 -- 7 Statistics: Colin MacIlvennie, EC, 5 goals, 2 ground balls; Ross Komenda, EC, 4 goals, 1 assist, 5 ground balls; Peter Kimball, EC, 2 goals, 1 assist, 1 ground balls; Jeff Foreman, EC, 1 goal, 3 ground balls; Colin Shriever, EC, 2 saves; Kevin McGowen, M, 2 goals, 1 ground ball; Nicholas Gregory, M, 11 saves.

Gig Harbor 13, North Kitsap 7 Gig Harbor 3 4 2 3 -- 13 North Kitsap 0 4 2 1 -- 7 Statistics: Cody Olson, GH, 4 goals, 1 assist, 10 ground balls; Desmond Ary, GH, 4 goals; Leif Drathman, GH, 2 goals, 1 assist, 5 ground balls; Ricky Chenoweth, GH, 2 assists, 7 ground balls; Ashton Sidebottom, GH, 4 saves; Ryan Perez, NK, 3 goals, 1 assist; Nick Stevens, NK, 1 goal, 10 ground balls.

March 16 games Lakeside 9, Stadium 4 Lakeside 3 1 2 3 -- 9 Stadium 1 1 1 1 -- 4 Lakeside scoring: Santi 4 goals, Warren 1 goal 1 assist, Haney 1 goal 2 assists, Van der Hoeven 1 goal, Dascualy 1 goal, Drucker 1 goal. Stadium scoring: Drew Ramsey 1 goal, Edgar Valentin 1 goal, Noah Leonard 1 goal, Seth Oberst 7 goal, Mason Bert 1 goal, Evan Lineweaver 16 saves. Curtis 8, Kings Way 12 (No scoring summary available) Bellevue 17, Woodinville 1 (No scoring summary available) Issaquah 8, Eastside Catholic 5 Eastside Catholic 1 2 1 1 -- 5 Issaquah 4 2 2 0 -- 8 Issaquah scoring: Alex Ciszewski 1 goal, Ben Director 2 goals 3 assists, Duncan Hamilton 3 goals, Matt O’Neill 1 goal. Mercer Island 19, Bellarmine Prep 2 Mercer Island 15 0 3 1 -- 19 Bellarmine Prep 1 1 0 0 -- 2 Sammamish 11, Tahoma 10 (No scoring summary available) Lake Tapps 14, Puyallup 7 (No scoring summary available)

Everett 17, Monroe 8 Everett 2 4 8 3 -- 17 Monroe 0 0 3 5 -- 8 Statistics: Ian Strong, E, 7 goals, 1 assist; Jared Hawkins, E, 4 goals, 4 assists; Chas Stringfellow, E, 4 goals, 4 assists; Merrick Rutledge, E, 23 saves; Isaac Wiken, M, 5 goals, 5 ground balls; Hunter Day, M, 2 goals, 6 ground balls; Brandon Low, M, 1 goal; Calahan Dunn, M, 16 saves; Ryan Diliani, M, 6 saves. Seattle Prep 11, Nathan Hale 6 Statistics: Connor Dennehy, SP, 3 goals, 1 assist, 5 ground balls; Conor Slack, SP, 3 goals, 1 assist, 5 ground balls; Sam Kopf, SP, 2 goals, 1 assist, 15 ground balls; Justin Riggins, SP, 2 goals, 1 assist, 8 ground balls; George Anderson, SP, 1 goal, 3 ground balls; Riley Stout, SP, 9 saves; Cooper Woolston, NH, 2 goals; Alex Wright, NH, 1 goal, 1 assist, 1 ground ball; William Snider, NH, 1 goal, 4 ground balls; Jack MacIntire, NH, 1 goal, 2 ground balls; Riley Johnson, NH, 1 goal; Andrew McCall, NH, 18 saves. Snohomish 10, Whatcom 4 Snohomish 2 3 2 3 -- 10 Whatcom 0 1 1 2 -- 4 Statistics: Austin Tippett, S, 5 goals, 1 assist; Gabe Girgus, S, 3 goals; Michael Gianola, S, 2 goals, 1 assist; Jared Booth, S, 8 ground balls; Tucker Cooper, S, 8 saves; Dylan Bruce, W, 1 goal; Alden Sands, W, 1 goal; Nicholas Estrada, W, 1 goal; Eric Hernandez, W, 4 ground balls. March 14 games

March 17 Games King’s Way 15, Stadium 4 (No scoring summary available) Mercer Island 13, Puyallup 3 Mercer Island 4 2 3 4 -- 13 Puyallup 0 2 1 0 -- 3

Mount Si 10, Liberty 5 Mount Si 0 4 4 2 -- 10 Liberty 1 2 0 2 -- 5 Statistics: Seamus Ober, MS, 3 goals, 1 ground ball; Andrew Bottemiller, MS, 2 goals, 2 ground balls; Blake Moorhead, MS, 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 ground balls; Cameron Pike, MS, 6 saves; Anthony Mantz, L, 3 goals, 6 ground balls; Sam Dodt, L, 2 goals, 2 ground balls; Rolland Deex, L, 8 saves.

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line head coach Don Braman is looking to refuel his team in order to get over that last hump. “Last year’s second place in state was our best result in school history,” Braman said. “We have finished four times in the top eight in state and that last year was our first time in the state semis and we won against Stadium.” After passing 100 career wins in his 15th year, Braman said he is confident his returning players will be able to drive his team far into the state tournament. “I really like the core we have back. It’s essentially the engine that drove us through the playoffs,” he said. That core incudes senior midfielders Pedro Miola, Austin Dodd, Cole Calabro and defender Evan Botsch, all of which are the teams captains. One player Braman would like to have is James Molyneux-Elliot who is playing for the Sounders academy program. Despite his ineligibility to play high school soccer, Molyneux-Elliot is helping out as an assistant coach. “On one hand, I feel like he’s being robbed from some of the experience,” Braman said. “But I’m glad he wants to be part of our program, and we want to use his brain and his ability to help other players be better in our program. So he’s investing in our program in a great way. We appreciate it and like him a lot.” KingCo is tough top to bottom KingCo 4A isn’t the only conference that’s tough. Liberty head coach Darren Tremblay gave the example of last year’s Interlake team, which finished dead last in KingCo


battle of wits between two teams with high hopes for the season. The second half could have ended even better for the Eagles, but two last-minute hurrahs late in the second half ended up kissing the posts. “It would have been great for one of those to go in,” Lichtenberger said, later adding, “The

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snow made it tough for the players who had a hard time getting a grip on the slippery ground. “Both teams did the best they could. The game could have gone any way. We just made a couple more key plays where it counted.” It proved to be a good night for Eastlake midfielder Austin Caldwell, who netted a hat trick and three ground balls. Josiah Fonte helped Eastlake with two goals and four groundballs; Danny Keogh scored one goal and two ground balls, while Cooer Rosenthal made one goal and five ground balls. Goalie Avery Karkins made nine saves. Defender Chris Wright also helped Eastlake out a lot, said coach Panos, by shutting down Skyline’s top scorer, Jack Pruitt, who was unable to score or assist all night. “Jack is going to get targeted all year long. Other guys got to step up,” Kurtenbach said. “It was

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ways lived by the motto we’re going to be fundamental, we’re going to do what we do, but we’re not going to focus on a bunch of schematic things based on who our opponent is. We’re going to run what we can run to the best of our ability and sort of let the chips fall.” Fortier said he sees his team being more defensive minded, holding the other team to below double digits. A growing program Coming into its third season as a startup club in Division II, Liberty head coach Geo Tamblyn is excited about the progress his program has made. “We’re pretty proud of our play,” Tamblyn said. “Staying in our games, compared to our last two seasons we’ve gotten blown out a lot. Now we’re really in them.


3A, and then went to 2A and made a deep run in the playoffs. “Top to bottom, it’s probably the deepest league in the state possibly,” Tremblay said. “There’s just no gimmies, that’s for sure.” Tremblay said he thinks the leagues are so difficult in this area just because of the pure concentration of talent in youth soccer. “Youth soccer is so big, it has been for the last 10 to 15 years,” Tremblay said. “It’s coming through now. There’s so many kids that play youth soccer, club and high school — everybody just seems to be pretty good, at least in this area.” Tremblay’s team is pretty young, but that’s not always a bad thing. “We’ve got a really good freshman group,” he said. “This year, two of them are on varsity, possibly a third. We’ve got four or five on J.V. that are really good young soccer players. We’ve got a good group coming in. We’ve got a good junior class returning. We’re hoping to be strong this year, but like I said, it’s hard to say until you get into that league play and figure it out.” Offensively, some players to look out for include junior forward Josh Johnson and freshman forward Connor Noblat. Connor’s “definitely proven himself,” Tremblay said. “He has one goal this year, but he plays very physical, has a great shot, great feet. He’s a nice freshman surprise for us up front.” In the backfield most of the defensive unit has returned. Tremblay looks for Joe Dapper to anchor the defense for Liberty. As far as the style of the team goes, Tremblay said people should think finesse. “We’re definitely a finesse team, sometimes too much,” he said. “Sometimes we try to get too cute, so we need to know when to get it out of there ... we can play physical. We try to keep it on the ground as much as we can.” fact that we showed we had the will to really want to win a game that could have gone either way, I was very pleased with that.” Mount Si head coach Darren Brown praised the Eagles’ efforts. “I love playing Issaquah,” he said. “We always have good battles.” Both teams, Issaquah at 4A and Mount Si at 3A, want to not just play well but to take the KingCo crown this year. “It’s been our goal for the last couple of years,” Eagle senior midfielder Akash Ramachandran said. “We think this is the year.” difficult. We had a lot of guys who are not used to carrying that level of responsibility.” Skyline players did rise to the offensive challenge. Cameron Saffle scored two goals, two assists and five groundballs for the Skyline team. Teammates Ryan Benze and Tristan Miller netted two goals and one groundball each. Goalie Kyle Kuberski stayed on top of his game and made 10 saves. Not everyone had a good night. With less than two minutes to go in the season opener Brian Quick, one of Eastlake’s team captains and strongest players, went for a goal in the sloppy weather, fell and broke his collar bone. Panos said Quick’s injury will keep him off the field for the whole season. “We are definitely going to miss him,” Panos said. “He is one of our inspirational leaders.” Quick, who was able to score one goal, one assist and four groundballs before being injured, plans to still contribute to the Eastlake team by helping out off the field, particularly with scouting other teams and preparing videos. Hopefully we’ll make the playoffs this year. That’s our goal.” The rough part about starting a lacrosse program is that it’s a relatively underplayed sport, so when Tamblyn started the team, most of his players had never played the game. “I play with basically ninth- and 10th-graders,” he said. “Last year, I had almost a complete ninth- and 10th-grade roster. Three years ago, I had two players that had never touched a stick. Next year, we’ll have 25 players that will have been playing for four or five years.” That growing influx of talent is exactly what Tamblyn likes to see. Some of the current talent on the Liberty squad includes sophomore defensemen Sam Dote, who made the all conference team as a freshman. Tamblyn mentioned Wyatt Johnson and Colin Ross as two other players to keep an eye on. “Our goal is to play clean, good lacrosse, with a really positive attitude,” Tamblyn said. “We want to be one of those teams that people enjoy playing against.”

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UW grad student shares the secrets of ancient Antarctica

By Tom Corrigan Issaquah Press reporter

Greatness isn’t measured by success


During more routine fossil digs, the field tools of his profession often include brushes and other delicate equipment, University of Washington graduate student Adam Huttenlocker said. Huttenlocker is also part of the Antarctica Outreach program of the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle. Early this month, he brought a few items representative of his finds during two months in Antarctica to Issaquah High School. Huttenlocker’s presentation didn’t directly relate to the topic under study in the classroom of science teacher Bryan Robles. Still, Robles said the visit from the young scientist was another chance for his students to see how science is done. Huttenlocker talked before and during his presentation about setting aside subtle forms of fossil extraction during his time at the bottom of the world. For a fossil dig in Antarctica, for cutting into some of the hardest rock on the planet, with temperatures around 40 below zero, the tools used are jackhammers and diamond-blade rock saws. How do you not break a fossil possibly a few hundred million years old when excavating it with a jackhammer? “Not breaking the fossil is not always an option,” Huttenlocker said. During his trip to Antarctica, he spent most of his time in a temporary camp in the Transantarctic Mountains. The range essentially bisects the Antarctic continent, he said, and is a prime spot for hunting

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for fossils. Transportation was by plane or helicopter. Because of the extremely low temperatures, Antarctica is exceedingly dry. There is no erosion, so that leaves the rock untouched. Some of the more common fossils found in the Antarctica include lystrosaurus, a mammal-like reptile that lived about 250 million years ago, according to Huttenlocker. Despite its name, the animal was not a dinosaur. Evidence of lystrosaurus can be found all over the world. Huttenlocker brought a replica of the animal’s skull to Issaquah High. He also showed off part of a large, very heavy fossil found in Antarctica by another professor at the University of Washington. The full-sized fossil would be about the size of a car tire, according to Huttenlocker. The fossil represents the shell of an ammonite, an animal related to the modern squid or octopus. Basically, an ammonite was an octopus that lived inside a shell, he said. During their time in Antarctica, Huttenlocker believes he and his team may have found a new species of ancient amphibian. They won’t know for sure for a while as the fossils still are being studied. His thinking


Issaquah High School student Max McDermott (left) examines the fossil left in the Antarctic by an ammonite, a distant relative of the modern octopus or squid, and brought to the school by University of Washington graduate student Adam Huttenlocker. is that the animal may have lived about 235 million years ago. “Just imagine a salamander about 10 feet long,” Huttenlocker said. He began his visit in Antarctica at McMurdo Station, which he said has been described as the “New York” of the Antarctica. He said a lot of people ask him how he dealt with polar bears, but there are no polar bears in the Antarctica. The animals that do live there include seals, penguins and birds. The latter can get very aggressive, Huttenlocker said, diving down and unexpectedly snatching food right out of your hand. Getting close to Antarctica wildlife can be tricky. Rules say visitors, who are almost exclusively scientists, can get within only so many feet of the native animals. One way around that rule is to lie down and let the

animals come to you. Huttenlocker has done other digs in areas such as Wyoming, Colorado and South Africa. He said that surprisingly the fossils in the Antarctic and in South Africa were very similar. During his visit to Issaquah High, he didn’t have time for a planned questionand-answer session with students. Robles noted this was Huttenlocker’s first time in front of a high school class. But Robles also said students reacted well to the presentation. The next day, they remembered quite a bit of information from the talk. “I think it was very positive,” Robles said. Tom Corrigan: 392-6434, ext. 241, or Comment at www.issaquahpress.

Music lesson gets drummed in to elementary students By Tom Corrigan Issaquah Press reporter With a group of second- and third-graders sitting around him in a circle, Sowah Mensah, 57, asks a rhythmic question, playing that question with his hands on the bongo drum in front of him. A native of Ghana and now a professor at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., Mensah was the artistin-residence recently for a week at Cougar Ridge Elementary School. After Mensah played the question, individual students were supposed to answer with their own colorful bongo drums. “When I beat out the question, you beat out the answer, whatever comes to mind,” Mensah told his charges. There were a few rules. The answer had to wait until the question was asked and it could consist of no more than three beats. When Mensah asked the same question, the student was to give the same answer. “Create, memorize,” Mensah told the students. For what he said has been 26 years, he has travelled the country putting on drumming and music


Sowah Mensah, serving as artist-in-residence at Cougar Ridge Elementary School, teaches the basics of drumming to a group of second- and third-graders. clinics for students. Just prior to coming to Cougar Ridge, he was at a Northshore School District elementary school building in Kenmore. “People don’t know much about artists outside of America,” Mensah said. He said he gets all kinds of questions from students and adults alike, ranging from what kind of food he eats to the lan-

guages he speaks. Not incidentally, Mensah speaks four languages fluently. He is a firm believer that playing the drums is a great way to teach children concentration. Outside of the question-and-answer portion of the lesson, for the most part, students were instructed to repeat on their drums the beat Mensah played on his instrument.

The students were expected to repeat Mensah’s rhythm in unison. “It ought to sound like there is only one person playing,” he said. Mensah also told his charges to keep their eyes on him to gain their cues as to what and how to play. “Don’t look at your drum when you’re playing,” he said. “You have to keep your head up all the time.” Mensah said he is convinced he can help teach younger children to concentrate. “My hope is if they learn to focus here they can focus elsewhere,” he said. Each student also was asked to sit on the edge of his or her chairs, their knees around their drums. Hands were to be kept at the students’ sides until it was time for them to smack the drum. Mensah was at Cougar Ridge each morning working with students who put on a presentation for parents at the end of the week. The afternoon session he put on with Emma Tuan’s class was for students who weren’t involved with the morning sessions. “It was fun because I never actually played the drum before,” said Emma, 8. After the drumming lesson, stu-

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dents were invited to ask Mensah questions. There were only a few, including one dealing with his favorite Ghanaian food. It’s fufu, by the way, a dish made with vegetable roots. A question about what other instruments Mensah plays led to a fairly long answer. Western instruments he plays include piano, violin, flute, saxophone and guitar. He later added that his interest in music goes back to his childhood, and he has three advanced degrees in music. “It feels good to play music, it always does,” Mensah said. Tom Corrigan: 392-6434, ext. 241, or Comment at

Amid the flurry, busyness and rat race of Liberty High School — essays, reading, spring sports, math problems, extracurricular activities, notes, the grade point average of second semester, science labs, the approaching SAT and ACT, researching college and daunting Advanced Placement tests — I, a junior, paused to reflect upon what truly constitutes greatness and on whether any of the aforementioned comprises any noteworthy bit of it. For high school, success is determined by a letter grade, a certain percentage, what you missed and what you got correct, or the curve set by another. A little red etch upon a score sheet can seal your fate Chris Volk while a humble check upon a Liberty paper can knock High School your grade up just another .04 percent toward getting an A or B. Every added point helps your teetering grade, your position among others, your chance at a selective college and your dream of a prestigious career. That A is greatness. That check is. That podium. That place above others where you are standing is success. Right? Is success in fact greatness? I would claim that this is not greatness. True, greatness is achieving the unachievable. But, it is also working in opposition to some force; a salmon swimming upstream. It is easy to follow success and your own wants, but it is not easy to set these aside. And what is truly greater than working against that which is strong, working against your own nature, working against yourself for another? I may complain about homework but I am still doing it for myself. I may complain of restless nights, packed weekends or homework-riddled breaks but I am doing it for my own grade, gain, education and ultimately success. I am walking hand in hand with my own nature, desires, dreams, hopes and aspirations. There is certainly nothing wrong with success. It is just not greatness. Greatness is not climbing above others, standing upon a podium or maintaining a high grade, nor does a stack of score sheets characterize it. Everyone attempts to do this. Not everyone instead sacrifices themselves for others. Not everyone sits at the table of a lonely student. Not everyone does something nice without expecting a response in kind. Not everyone decides to put aside success for another. Greatness is truly selflessness.

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The Issaquah Press


B10 • Wednesday, March 21, 2012







MONTH Village Theatre presents “It Shoulda Been You,” through April 22, Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N., $22 to $62, 392-2202

“Harold and the Color Purple: An Intergenerational Exhibition of Creativity,” featuring art by area students and residents of University House, through Aug. 7, University House at Issaquah, 22975 S.E. Black Nugget Road Comedy Show, with host Todd Armstrong, featuring Xung Lam and headliner Susan Rice, 8:25 p.m., Vino Bella, 99 Front St. N., 391-1424

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TO SUBMIT AN ARTS CALENDAR ITEM: Call 392-6434, ext. 237, or Submit A&E story ideas to

Michael Gots, 6-10 p.m., Vino Bella


Village Theatre’s KIDSTAGE presents “Hot Mess,” 7:30 p.m. March 23-24, 2 p.m. March 25, First Stage Theatre, 120 Front St. N., $12, 392-2202

Seatown Rhythm and Blues, 7:3011:30 p.m., Vino Bella


By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter

Peter Jamero Project, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Vino Bella


Issaquah Philharmonic, free concert, 7:30 p.m., Faith United Methodist Church, 3924 Issaquah-Pine Lake Road

Tribute Tuesdays: Threshold, featuring the music of The Moody Blues, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Amante, 131 Front St. N., 313-9600

City film series moves to ‘Mobility’ The film “Mobility” anchors the next Sustainability Film Series event. The free event is from 6-9 p.m. April 18 at the King County Library Service Center, 960 Newport Way N.W. Call the municipal Office of Sustainability at 837-3400 to learn more. Earlier films in the series focused on plastics pollution, land-use and sustainable food.

KIDSTAGE singers join Seattle performance Performers from the Village Theatre KIDSTAGE program plan to join singers from the Seattle Men’s Chorus and the Seattle Women’s Chorus to present a concert to Seattle-area children and family members March 31. See 20 or so KIDSTAGE performers ages 11-19 join the choruses on stage for a free hourlong performance at 2 p.m. at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., Seattle. Before the concert, KIDSTAGE is offering free hands-on workshops at 1 and 1:30 p.m. for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Find the workshop space in McCaw Hall’s upper lobby in the Norcliffe and Allen event rooms. Call 206-388-1400 for reservations.

magine “The Hunger Games” is a mishmash of “Survivor” and “The X Factor” set in a “Lord of the Flies”-style arena. The film based on the mega-popular novel debuts on the big screen March 23 and to celebrate, the bustling Issaquah Library is hosting a party and a discussion March 28. Organizers said participants can join activities inspired by the book — although nothing as dangerous as the titular games — and nab prizes inspired by the book and the film. Other activities planned for the library party include flora and fauna identification stations — key skills for characters in the book and film. “The Hunger Games” is the most popular book in the King County Library System. Librarians placed more than 1,700 holds for the title by March 12. (“The Hunger Games” also ranked as the top title requested throughout the 46-branch library system last year.) Set in post-apocalyptic North America, “The Hunger Games” fuses themes from mythology and science fiction. The 12 districts in the nation, called Panem, send teenage “tributes” — a boy and a girl selected by lottery from each district — to compete in a televised blood sport called the Hunger Games. Then, in a wilderness arena created for the games, the 24 tributes engage in a hyper-violent competition until only a sole competitor is left alive. The protagonist, 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, a coalminer’s daughter from a poor district, volunteers for the Hunger Games after her 12-year-old sister is selected in the lottery. The male tribute from the district, Peeta Mellark, a baker’s son, and Katniss share a long and complicated history. Katniss, unlike tributes from more affluent districts, initially believes she is unprepared for the games, until she realizes the hunting skills she learned from her friend Gale Hawthorne and her late father offer a critical edge. Ann Crewsdon, a librarian at the Issaquah and Sammamish libraries, said “The Hunger Games” — plus sequels “Catching Fire” and “Mockingjay” — appeal to multiple generations, not just the intended teen and tween audiences. The ambiguous morality and similarities to modernday life also act as starting points for conversations about the books. The author, Suzanne Collins, juxtaposed elements from contemporary reality TV and geopolitical strife to create the series. Local librarians used elements from the arena to create activities for the party. The golden Cornu-


Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen in the film adaptation of the bestselling novel ‘The Hunger Games.’ copia, a giant horn full of supplies for the tributes, inspired a piñata. The backpack Katniss used during the games also led librarians to load up a backpack as a prize. The teenage combatants in “The Hunger Games” garner the same fanfare readers rolled out for teenage vampires and teenage wizards. The local library hosted past events to celebrate milestones in the “Harry Potter” and “Twilight” series. Crewsdon said “The Hunger Games” often acts as a gateway to introduce young readers to other novels set in a dystopian future, such as “1984” and “Fahrenheit 451” — classics dealing with similar themes of oppression and surveillance. Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or Comment at

IF YOU GO ‘The Hunger Games’ party 45 p.m. 4Issaquah Library 410 W. Sunset Way 4The event is open to adults and children 11 and older. ‘The Hunger Games’ book discussion 46:30 p.m. March 28 4The discussion is open to adults and teenagers 13 and older. Regal Issaquah 9 Theatre 41490 N.W. 11th Ave. 4“The Hunger Games” premieres at the theater at 12:01 a.m. March 23, and show times vary on subsequent days.

Say ‘I do’ to Village Theatre’s ‘It Shoulda Been You’ By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter Ours is a matchmaker-mad culture. “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” canoodle and cavort across the pop culture landscape. Cable TV is garter-deep in dating games and wedding stories. The musical “It Shoulda Been You” — the raucous weddingcrasher comedy onstage at Village Theatre — is more akin to the MTV chestnut “Next” than “Bridezillas” and other guilty pleasures in the WE TV lineup. “Next” — for the uninitiated, or audiences spared from circa 2005 reality TV — sent a contestant on a series of a blind dates, and he or she could end the outing abruptly by declaring, “Next!” “It Shoulda Been You” is not so cruel, but after a jilted ex-boy-


friend crashes the nuptials, hopes for a simple coast down the aisle dissipate faster than Champagne bubbles. Though, truth be told, nothing is simple about the impending union between Rebecca Steinberg and Brian Howard, in large part due to the lovebirds’ overbearing mothers. Rebecca’s spinster-in-training sister Jenny is assigned to referee. Then, as pre-ceremony jitters and parental nagging reach a zenith, Rebecca’s ex-boyfriend Marty Kaufman slips, uninvited but not unwelcome, into the wedding venue. Even if the setup sounds similar to innumerable Katherine Heigl romantic comedies, do not dismiss

“It Shoulda Been You” outright. The musical abandons the clichés and brushes aside the fusty jokes about interfaith pairings as the opening act — aha! — springs a surprise on the audience. The creators, author-lyricist Brian Hargrove and composer Barbara Anselmi, crafted a sparkling comedy set to a droll score. The musical unfolds at a pace similar to a sitcom, a muchappreciated trait imported from Hargrove’s stints as a TV producer and scribe. “It Shoulda Been You” celebrates stereotypes — domineering mother, omniscient wedding planner, pretty-but-plump sister — so the challenge for the cast is to add originality to familiar characters. Mara Solar and Tim Wilson offer a charming, deer-in-the-headlights naïveté as the bride and groom. The composer, Anselmi, came

upon the idea of creating a musical about the figures at a wedding aside from the couple at the altar, so attendants and guests dominate the plot. John Dewar, as father of the bride Murray, and Joshua Carter, as Kaufman, add a levelheadedness the other characters lack. The actress Angie Louise pulls double duty in memorable roles as a tart-tongued waitress and a booze-infused relative. Leslie Law, a Village Theatre regular, is mother of the bride Judy, a lioness in a polyester dress. Behind the Long Island accent and laser-beam glares is tenderness, a characteristic Law deploys at strategic moments. Jayne Muirhead plays mother of the groom Georgette as dry as the martinis the character guzzles. The beauty salon showdown between Georgette and Judy in the

opening act elevates the backhanded compliment to a bona fide art form. (The costume designer, Melanie Burgess, merits recognition for outfitting Muirhead in a PeptoBismol pink fascinator worthy of a royal wedding.) Kat Ramsburg is triumphant as always-a-bridesmaid-never-abride Jenny. The character is a loyal daughter, Yale-educated and as organized as The Container Store, but — as Judy announces in scene after scene — more suited for Jenny Craig than Jil Sander. “I’m so glad one of my daughters could fit into my wedding dress,” Judy coos to Rebecca, a sidelong glance aimed at Jenny, as sharp as a shiv. Ramsburg leveled the openingnight audience in the hurricaneforce “Jenny’s Blues” — a showstopper about a frustrated

IF YOU GO ‘It Shoulda Been You’ 4Village Theatre — Francis J. Gaudette Theatre 4303 Front St. N. 4Through April 22 4Show times vary 4$22 to $62 4392-2202 or

single gal on the prowl for “a little something something and a little something else on the side.” Say yes to the dress indeed. Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or Comment at


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