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The IssaquahPress




Wednesday January 29, 2014


Kenzie Miller, an Issaquah resident who plans to run from San Francisco to Baltimore starting June 15, began participating in triathlons as a freshman in college.

Cross country for the cure Local woman plans 4,000-mile run for cancer awareness By Jyot Sandhu UW News Lab


ot many young adults consider themselves to be humanitarians. Kenzie Miller, though, is not like most young adults. Beginning June 15, Miller, 22, of Issaquah, will embark on a 42-day journey that will take her across the country. The marathon, known as the 4K for Cancer, is put on by the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. “I would like to think I’m a humanitarian,” Miller said. “I just really enjoy reaching out to others and seeing what I can do for them, whatever that may be.” Miller, who has been


Make a super bowl of tacos for game day

Donate to help Kenzie Miller with her 4,000-mile run for cancer awareness at and profiles/kenzie-miller. Miller needs to raise $4,500 by May 15, or more than $1 for every mile travelled.

accepted into the Peace Corps, will be part of a group of about 30 people who will run an average of 8 to 13 miles per day during the trip, with every fourth or fifth day designated as a rest day. “Runners run anywhere from 8-13 miles per day,” the 4K for Cancer website states. “This will be broken up into a relay-style run. Two or more runners hit the road at a time. Each pair will run multiple legs

By Maria Nelson

See RUN, Page B7

Flutist whistles to her own tune By Christina Corrales-Toy Liberty High School sophomore Paige Balut stood on the football field at the University of Montana this fall, and felt at home. She was there, flute in hand, with 150 other band students, handpicked for the school’s first all-star high school band experiContributed ence. “I have this friend who Paige Balut, a Liberty High School sophomore, practices her made a joke that I was flute at home.

Friends of Youth to host Race to the Top charity Friends of Youth will host a “Race to the Top” Capital Campaign event Feb. 6 to celebrate progress while encouraging the community’s support to help finish the job. The event is from 7-8 p.m. at Kirkland’s Heritage Hall, 203 Market St. The event will feature home-baked pies with wine pairings. Attendees are invited to sponsor an entire pie at $1,000, half a pie at $500 or a slice of pie at $250. Friends of Youth will team up with a local winery to provide accompanying wines, and attendees will vote on the best pie of the evening. To bake or sponsor a pie, or to register to attend, go to http://bit.

ly/1dw30ao. Friends of Youth’s Capital Campaign began in 2012 and is 94 percent of the way to its $7-million target. The campaign funded the construction of the Kirkland Youth Services Center, the Redmond Youth Services Center, Youth Haven and ongoing construction for transitional living homes for young adults ages 1821. It will also fund two extended foster care homes for youth ages 18-21. Friends of Youth, which has a branch in Issaquah at 414 Front St. N., delivers a comprehensive range See FOY, Page B3

By Maria Nelson

Slow-cooked shredded beef tacos are easy to make and are a perfect dish to serve friends and family while watching the Super Bowl Feb. 2.

‘among my people,’” Paige said. The musicians, from Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Wyoming and Canada, gathered in November in the Montana cold for three days of music instruction, including hours upon hours of rehearsals, culminating with an all-star concert. Paige qualified for participation since she was See FLUTE, Page B7

ENLISTED IN THE SEAHAWKS ARMY Doug Patur, 71, shows off his Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII baseball cap and NFC Conference Champions T-shirt Jan. 23 as he stops by the office of The Issaquah Press to pick up his newspaper, which he has done every week without fail as a 25-year resident of Issaquah. By Marjorie Mason

When the Seahawks played their first season in Seattle, I was 6 years old. To say it was a big deal to finally have a professional football team in the Emerald City is putting things very lightly. It was an epically huge deal. We lived in Ballard during those first years and every Seahawk Sunday the town basically shuttered its doors. Everywhere you went, the city was in thrall. It was nothing to see people walking down the street, transistor radios glued to their ears, neighborhood bars overflowing with fans, men, young and old huddled outside Sunday church services, listening quietly to car radios and cheering our beloved Seahawks to victory. Through the years, players and coaches came and went. Ground Chuck, Steve Largent, Jim Zorn, Kenny Easley, Cortez Kennedy and Mike Holmgren all became legend. The 12th Man, born in the Kingdome, grew stronger and louder than ever. Our first Super Bowl experience was for me dreamlike, a coming of age for our city that was euphoric and heart wrenching. The thought of spending extra time in the kitchen on Super Bowl Sunday, when I’d much rather be watching the game is in no way appealing. Easy, make-ahead food that feeds a crowd will be the order of the day around here. These tacos, fresh full of flavor and easy to prepare completely fit the bill. Serve with ice cold beer and a Seahawks win.

Game Day Slow Cook Shredded Beef Tacos

Serves 8 43 pounds bone-in chuck roast, trimmed of fat 45 cloves, minced garlic 41 onion, chopped 4Juice of 3 limes 43 tablespoons olive oil 41 teaspoon cumin 41 teaspoon chili powder 41 teaspoon smoked

paprika (pimenton) 4Salt and pepper to taste 41 red Fresno chili, sliced with seeds (optional) 41 cup fresh cilantro, torn 48 ounces beer (I used Pacifico) 416 small flour tortillas Toppings 4Cotija cheese 4Guacamole or sliced avocados 4Shredded cabbage 4Cilantro 4Lime wedges 4Salsa 4Spicy Crema Mexicana (1 sup crema or sour cream mixed with two tablespoons chipotles in adobo) 4Fresh jalapenos 4Sliced radishes Place the roast in a slow cooker, and then add the garlic, onions, lime juice, olive oil, spices, and salt and pepper. Massage all the ingredients into the meat and let sit for 15 minutes. Top with the chili, cilantro and beer, and then cover. Set the slow cooker to high and cook for 4 hours on high or 6 hours on low. Once the meat is tender and falling apart, remove from the pot and shred, discarding any bones and extra fat. Cover meat to keep it warm and set it aside. Skim off as much fat as you can from the liquid in the slow cooker and drizzle some of the remaining juices over the meat to keep it moist and flavorful. Using tongs, toast the tortillas very lightly over a low burner. Tortillas will toast quickly, in 10-15 seconds. Be very careful with this step. Prior to serving, prepare the toppings and place each in individual serving dishes. Maria Nelson is a blogger and food photographer living in Issaquah. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, Relish Magazine, Buzz Feed, Daily Candy and other online publications. Find her at www.

The IssaquahPress



Wednesday January 29, 2014

Young Liberty team falls to Mount Si By Christina Corrales-Toy With just one upperclassman on the Liberty gymnastic team’s 21-person roster, it’d be an understatement to say the program is experiencing a youth movement. The team is riddled with freshmen and sophomores, some of whom have never even played the sport. The young team is bound for some growing pains, as seen in its Jan. 23 loss to Mount Si, but if the core stays together, coach Lori Copenhaver said, the future looks bright for Patriots gymnastics. “This year, the girls are very young, but they work really hard and they’re really self-motivated,” she said. The Patriots fell to the Wildcats, 147.5-124.1, at Bellevue High School. Mount Si gymnasts took first place in every event, including the all-around. Liberty’s highest finisher in the all-around was sophomore Emily Culbertson, who had a score of 27.85, good for fifth overall. “Some days you just have an off day, but I think I did pretty well,” Culbertson said. Culbertson also took third place on the bars, fifth place on the vault, sixth on the floor and tied for seventh on the beam. Her third-place finish on bars was Liberty’s top performance of the night. Teammate Candace Baltazar finished just behind Culbertson in the allaround in sixth place with an overall score of 25.35. Baltazar, a sophomore team captain, said it’s been tough to replace the production of graduated senior stars Tia Riley and Shawna Sarrett. “It’s a little harder to win meets, but everyone’s close in age, so we kind of bond more,” Baltazar said of the young team. Baltazar also took fourth place on vault, eighth on floor and tied for third on the beam. While the members are young, the Liberty gymnastics team is larger than it was a year ago. It has 21 on its roster, as opposed to 13 last year. “The hardest part, for me, is being able to spend the time I want to with each girl,” Copenhaver

By Greg Farrar

Candace Baltazar, Liberty High School sophomore, leaps high above the balance beam, earning 7.2 for third place on the apparatus, on the way to her 25.35 sixth-place finish Jan. 23 against Mount Si at Bellevue High School.

UP NEXT Liberty vs. Lake Washington 47 p.m. Jan. 30 4Liberty High School said. That attention is important, she said, because many of her girls have never competed in gymnastics. Take for example, Liberty’s Gillian Archibald. She decided to take up the sport this year, Copenhaver said, and has shown steady improvement with each meet. She took sixth place on the beam with a score of 6.2 against Mount Si. “She’s really solid so far,” Copenhaver said of Archibald. “I think all of our young girls have a lot of potential.” Liberty gymnasts Lauren Coate and Michelle Pan were the only other Patriots that placed in the meet’s overall top 10. Coate finished seventh and Pan came in eighth, directly behind teammates Culbertson and Baltazar. The young team has yet to win a meet this year, but for the rebuilding squad members, they aren’t measuring progress in wins, as much as they are in improvement. “A lot of girls are improving very fast, especially with how many people are so new at the sport,” Culbertson said.

By Greg Farrar

Paul Jett (left), Skyline High School senior, is one stroke ahead of Issaquah High School senior Ben Nussbaum at the end of their 200-yard individual medley race Jan. 23 at the Julius Boehm Pool. Jett qualified for the KingCo championships in a time of 2 minutes, 2.07 seconds.


Nussbaum brothers spark Issaquah swimmers over Skyline By Neil Pierson npierson@ Keith and Ben Nussbaum don’t usually swim against each other in high school meets, but an exception was made Jan. 23, when the Issaquah High School seniors competed for the final time at the Julius Boehm Pool. Even though Keith got the best of Ben in their sibling rivalry, winning two individual events and beating his brother headto-head in the 500-yard freestyle, the duo helped Issaquah topple the Skyline, 116-69, in a Class 4A KingCo Conference dual meet. “We usually never race in the same events for high school, so it was really interesting to finally race him in my last home meet of my high school career,” Keith said. “And it felt good to beat him for once.” Keith Nussbaum had already qualified for February’s state championships in the 500 freestyle, so it didn’t matter that he swam a relatively slow time of 5 minutes, 8.24 seconds, about 14 seconds shy of his best mark. “Since I’m still kind of broken down from being in full practice mode and not really rested at all, I am very happy with that time,” he said. Skyline, which closed its dual-meet season Jan. 28 against Newport, is trying to ramp up its performances in time for the KingCo championships, Feb. 7 at the University of Washington. Paul Jett, a senior, is one

Soccer players named to all-state

By Greg Farrar

Emily Culbertson, Liberty High School sophomore, grips the low uneven bar with the momentum to begin her routine, earning 6.3 for third place on the apparatus, part of the 27.85 points that earned her fifth place all-around score Jan. 23 against Mount Si.

After a year in which all three Issaquah School District girls soccer teams made it to state, it’s no surprise that several local athletes dot the Washington State Soccer Coaches Association’s All-State teams. Liberty High School’s second-year coach Tami Nguyen was named the 3A Coach of the Year for leading the Patriots to their first state girls soccer title. Patriots’ forward Jacquelyn Anderson was also named to the All-State second team in the 3A classification. Issaquah High School juniors Devan Talley and Lyrik Fryer made the 4A first team, joined by Skyline High School’s Jordan

of the few Spartans who has reached an automatic qualifying time. Jett did it against Issaquah by winning the 200 individual medley in 2:02.07. Jett said the victory was enhanced by competing against “my really good friend” Ben Nussbaum, who finished second in 2:03.32. “It was a fun race, just to race against people that I swim with year round,” Jett said. “There was obviously a lot more enjoyment in that race, I guess. It was easier to push myself, so it felt better than all the other races today.” Keith Nussbaum swam for Issaquah’s “B” team in the 200 medley relay, which likely hampered his ability to qualify for state in the 200 freestyle, the next event on the meet schedule. Nussbaum entered the meet needing to drop only 0.22 seconds to reach the standard. However, he wasn’t discouraged with his winning time in the 200 free (1:56.23). “I was mostly working on my racing strategy and tempo,” he said. “Especially for state, I need to learn how to get a faster tempo in my strokes, so it’s something that I’ve been working on for these dual meets.” Both teams earned state-qualifying marks in the 200 medley relay. Issaquah’s foursome of Jason Klein, Ben Nussbaum, Gabe Florsheim and Henry Pratt won in 1:41.29. Skyline’s Jacob Leahy, Jett, Ryan Collins and Nick D’Alo were second in 1:43.35. “Our medley relay team

Branch and Abbey Porter. The Eagles’ Rachel Wheeler and Annie Hoffman were named to the second team, along with the Spartans’ Kelli Sullivan and Abbie Litka. Skyline junior Amanda Johnston made honorable mention.

Skier Yina Moe-Lange continuing to thrive on college team Sammamish resident Yina Moe-Lange led her Middlebury (Vt.) College women’s ski team Jan. 2425 at the University of New Hampshire Carnival. Moe-Lange, a former Skyline High School student who competed for Denmark in the 2010 Winter Olympics, finished second in the giant slalom (2 minutes, 26.1 seconds)

By Greg Farrar

Trey Gevers, Issaquah High School freshman, who began diving two months ago, hits a reverse tuck one-somersault Jan. 23 at the Julius Boehm Pool, helping him win with 148 points. is incredible,” Keith Nussbaum said. “They’re going for the school record, which was also broken last year, and they’re actually also going for All-American automatic times, which are really, really fast.” Jett is also closing in on a state berth in the 100 breaststroke. He didn’t swim his best time against Issaquah, as Eagles sophomore Alex Sun beat him by 0.23 seconds. However, he attributed that to having had a rough workout the night before, feeling lightheaded after swimming the 200 IM, and wanting “to save my energy” to possibly help the Spartans achieve a state time in the 400 freestyle

relay. Jett said he isn’t worried the Spartans are lacking many state times so late in the season. “We have a dry-land coach who’s like an exMarine, who works us into shape pretty well,” he said. “So, that’s pretty fun, and it all brings the team together.” Florsheim and Klein also won a pair of individual events for Issaquah. Florsheim was first in the 50 free (23.87) and 100 butterfly (55.73), while Klein won the 100 free (49.73) and 100 backstroke (57.39). Issaquah freshman Trey Gevers won the diving event with 148 points.

and 10th in the slalom (1:38.62). Middlebury’s men and women finished fourth in the combined team standings with 697 points.

and finished at Eastlake. The events continue Feb. 7, when the Eastlake basketball teams host Redmond on AHA’s National Wear Red Day. Students, players, cheerleaders and fans of both schools are encouraged to wear red, and special T-shirts that will be available for purchase at the school the week of the game. The Feb. 7 schedule is junior varsity boys at 4:15 p.m., varsity girls at 6 p.m. and varsity boys at 7:30 p.m. During the game, students will collect donations for the AHA and educate fans about heart disease prevention and warning signs. Cardiovascular disease is the most fatal disease in the U.S., killing about 2,200 people per day.

Skyline, Eastlake students partner in ‘Red Out For Heart’ events Students at Skyline and Eastlake high schools began participating Jan. 16 in a series of “Red Out For Heart” events, a partnership with the American Heart Association. Last week, students participants in the 5-kilometer Raptor Run in honor of Stan Chapin, a school resource officer at Eastlake who died in January 2012. More than 1,000 students participated in the run, which started at Skyline