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City has spent more than a decade on flood projects

Hurdles remain before construction can start in Issaquah Highlands By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter The formula for the Issaquah Highlands remains, for the most part, unchanged since residents settled in the community a dozen years ago: homes built almost eave-to-eave on tree-lined streets, even as plans for offices and retail offerings sputtered. Bellevue College could juice up the long-established formula, or so community leaders hope. The college campus proposed for the highlands could someday serve as a learning center for groups as assorted as school-aged children and retirees, a gathering spot for cultural festivals and fuel for the economy — if Bellevue College opts to transform a forested parcel near Central Park into a satellite campus.

By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter

College President Jean Floten started to consider the possibility more than a decade ago, as the population boomed on the Eastside. “At that point in time, I really had lots of dreams and ambitions and very little money,” she said. “Not much has changed.” The dynamic, nonetheless, has changed. The acreage under consideration for a college campus is a piece in a complicated process to preserve forest land on Tiger Mountain and to open additional highlands land to construction. The proposal has deep support from city leaders and the business community, but the prospect has also raised concerns among highSee CAMPUS, Page A6

Legislature tackles tough agenda By Laura Geggel and Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporters Tiger Mountain State Forest hikers could be required to spend some green to access the trails crisscrossing the mountain soon — if state legislators impose user fees to raise dollars for the cashstrapped state. The proposed Explore Washington Pass is the latest idea to increase funds for state natural resources

agencies. The pass is designed to address maintenance needs and repair damage to state forests and other trust lands — but the proposal is all but certain to raise ire among hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. In the months ahead, Evergreen State residents could face increased fees on state lands, shrunken services from state agencies and larger class sizes in elementary school classrooms as cuts See AGENDA, Page A3


Downhill to 2011 Greyson Jenkins, 10, gets a push on his sled from Grant Martorano, 9, as brother Andrew Martorano, 7, looks on, as they play on a hillside at Northeast Harrison Street after snow fell Dec. 29 in the Issaquah Highlands. For more, see Page A2.

Issaquah Creek sloshed into neighborhoods and onto streets in early December, but city and county leaders credit land-use policies for helping to limit damage from flooding and landslides. Because much of Issaquah is located in a floodplain, officials can only do so much to limit flooding. Though the risk remains, the city has made strides since the 1996 flood to upgrade creek buffers and shore up bridges and other infrastructure to withstand floods. The process has included purchasing and removing homes in the floodplain, plus buying undeveloped floodplain lots for preservation. Parcels in the Sycamore neighborhood served a role in the recent floodplain-restoration project at Squak Valley Park North. Crews used the land as a construction staging area. The strip also provides a buffer between homes and the creek. The city plans to use a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant to raise low-lying houses in the flood-prone Sycamore neighborhood and along Northwest Cherry Place next year. The city has also embarked on a yearslong program of replacing bridges in order to reduce flood constrictions. The last major bridge is scheduled for replacement — the link at Northwest Dogwood Street across Issaquah Creek — in 2012 at the earliest. Both city and state sources of funding seem unlikely in the short term. Many areas across the county experienced landslides or flooding Dec. 11-12, but damage to life and property remained at a minimum. “The damaged homes in King See FLOODING, Page A5

Salmon leap onto fresh police patch Issaquah Police Department unveils new patch designed by highlands resident By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter The officers in blue had started to look a little blasé. So, the Issaquah Police Department asked residents to redesign the patch the agency had used for more than 25 years. The result: The updated patch features a jumping salmon rendered in electric hues and set against a blue backdrop meant to pop against the uniforms’ dark navy. Police Chief Paul Ayers announced the updated patch Dec. 31. The designer is Issaquah Highlands resident Tim Bissmeyer, a project manager at CollinsWoerman,

the architecture firm behind the Swedish Medical Center campus under construction in the highlands. “I wanted to do something that was pretty simple and not too complicated, and it just naturally kind of drew me to the salmon,” he said. The prize: $250 from the city Arts Commission for crafting the design and a long-term installation of the artwork on the shoulders of uniformed Issaquah officers. The police department plans to phase in the patch as officers order uniform coats, coveralls and shirts in the months ahead. The agency set out to find a fresh patch in the summer, as the supply of existing insignia started to shrink.

The police department put out a call for submissions in July. The agency offered artists templates for a half-dozen patch shapes and a series of criteria for the patch. Salmon emerges as common theme Then, after the September deadline, the Arts Commission considered 10 entries. The early designs ranged in skill from professional graphic designers to Issaquah School District students. The creations all depicted nature in some form and most, perhaps unsurprisingly, included a representation of salmon. City Arts Coordinator Amy Dukes said all of the artists resided in

WHAT TO KNOW The updated patch design for the Issaquah Police Department is meant to convey a sense of place. Residents can check out more than 200 patches from other law enforcement agencies from across the Evergreen State in the lobby at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way. PHOTOS BY GREG FARRAR

King County, and most happened to be Issaquah residents. In late fall, department officers and employees scrutinized the design and cast ballots for a favorite. The salmon Bissmeyer had sketched emerged as the clear

Tim Bissmeyer (left) holds a sketch of the updated Issaquah Police Department patch. The department selected the design (right). frontrunner. “Whether they liked it or disliked it, it was still their patch now,” Ayers said. “It wasn’t someone


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King County Metro Transit has raised fares for 2011. The standard fare for adult Metro riders has increased by 25 cents. Fares for other Metro products, such as passes and ticket books, also increased. The fare changes do not impact the 75-cent fares for seniors and other people qualified for reduced fares. The cost for a monthly pass has also been hiked. Learn more at

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 City crews mobilize to confront late December snowfall A2 • Wednesday, January 5, 2011

By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter

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Snow dusted rooftops and dappled lawns in the Issaquah area as 2010 slid to a close, but snow showers did not impact commutes or cause the gridlock motorists faced during a pre-Thanksgiving snowstorm. The last snow showers of the year started early Dec. 29. Throughout the morning, Issaquah residents at higher elevations on Cougar, Squak and Tiger mountains, plus Grand Ridge, recorded steady snowfall, after a dusting as light as confectioners’ sugar coated downtown Issaquah. Then, the mercury dipped into the 20s in the hours after the snowfall and roads slicked by melted snow turned icy. In the mean-

centric website — — the city also maintains a radio station, 1700-AM, and emergency phone line, 837-3028, to provide frequent winter storm updates. Find information about road closures and King County snowresponse plans at the county Road Services Division website,

time, graupel — granular snow resembling mini-marshmallows —

left a crunchy layer on the ground. City Public Works Operations Department and King County Road Services crews monitored conditions around the clock and deployed after nightfall Dec. 29 as the temperature dipped into the 20s. City crews fanned out across Issaquah in trucks at about 8:30 p.m. Dec. 29 to apply sand and deicing fluid to priority routes — hillside streets and key road links — and then toiled through the night to prepare roads for the morning commute. Motorists faced hazardous road conditions into Dec. 31 as ice melted and refroze. City road crews remained on standby through the holiday weekend. Temperatures had reached the 40s by early January.

Issaquah Police Chief Paul Ayers said officers responded to a handful of collisions and sliding incidents related to icy conditions throughout the city. King County Metro Transit advised bus riders to prepare for possible delays, but the inclement conditions did not impact Issaquah routes. The snowfall came a little more than a month after a late November snowstorm crippled the region, disrupting bus routes and prompting drivers to abandon vehicles on road shoulders. Police impounded dozens of vehicles abandoned in travel lanes as conditions deteriorated. BY GREG FARRAR Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or Comment at

Kelly Knox, teaches her daughter, Madelyn, 23 months, how to make a snowball Dec. 29 after snow fell in their Issaquah Highlands neighborhood park at Northeast Magnolia Street and 35th Avenue Northeast.

Options abound for disposing of Christmas trees Donations needed to help fund for needy meet goal

Issaquah residents eager to toss out a dried-out fir face a handful of options to dispose of natural Christmas trees. Customers tired of evergreens dropping brown needles can set out trees for yard waste collection on regular collection days. The trees must be cut to 4 feet or less. Haulers do not collect trees decked in flocking or decorations. For residents interested in recycling, or tree-cycling, the King County Solid Waste Division offers a list of recycling locations. Or, residents can drop off trees at Cedar Grove Composting near Issaquah and other recycling sites. Composters turn former Christmas trees into wood chips to be used as a landscaping material, or combine the evergreens and other organic material to make compost for gardens. Solid Waste Division planners encourage residents to recycle trees in order to save room in the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill near Issaquah.

South Cove neighborhood. Key Club and the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah have offered holiday tree recycling in the community for a decade. Donations help fund Key

Club community service projects. Send donations ahead of time to arrange for pickup, or place the tree curbside and a Key Club member should come to the door to collect the donation. Local Boy Scout troops also plan to collect old Christmas trees in the Issaquah Highlands and Sammamish. The effort includes about 200 Scouts and adult volunteers. Scouts pick up trees curbside in the communities. Organizers ask for trees without nails, tinsel or flocking. Scouts do not accept artificial trees and trees with metal attached. The old trees then head to chipper stations to be pulverized into mulch. The drive serves as the main fundraiser for the year for a halfdozen Sammamish Plateau troops. Scouts started the annual Christmas tree recycling service project in January 1986. Scouts collected more than 3,500 trees last season.

ed a proposed sales-tax hike meant to preserve criminal justice services. King County Council members later cut more than 20 deputies from the King County Sheriff’s Office in a lean 2011 budget. Locally, Liberty High School is scheduled to lose a

school resource officer as a result of the cuts, and a police storefront near Issaquah is due to close. The administration and unions representing more than 90 percent of county employees agreed to forego cost-of-living raises for 2011.


Issaquah High School Key Club members plan to collect old Christmas trees in the South Cove neighborhood Jan. 8. Mail donations to IHS Key Club, Adviser Josh Moore, Issaquah High School, 700 Second Ave. S.E., Issaquah, WA 98027. Local Boy Scout troops also plan to collect old Christmas trees in the Issaquah Highlands and Sammamish on Jan. 8. Organizers suggest a $15 to $25 donation per tree. Participants should place a check payable to Boy Scouts of America in a sealed envelope, attach the envelope to the bottom of the tree with a rubber band and make sure the tree is ready at the curb by 9 a.m. In case of inclement weather, put the envelope in a plastic zipper bag and attach the item to the tree. Learn more at the tree drive website, The site also includes a coverage area map. Learn more about options to recycle Christmas trees — and find a list of drop-off locations — at the King County Green Holidays website,

Residents can also wait until Jan. 8 to dispose of old trees. Issaquah High School Key Club members plan to pick-up and recycle Christmas trees in the

Correction “Despite ethical concerns, concierge medicine pampers patients,” in the Dec. 15 issue, incorrectly said that TLJ Aesthetics is converting to concierge medicine. Only a division of the company, Medical Arts Group of Issaquah, is converting.

The undercrossing supplements traffic-clogged Front Street North and state Route 900, the other connectors between north and south Issaquah. Both older crossings also provide access to the interstate, but the combination of local traffic and vehicles from the on- and offramps add to the gridlock.

Mayor to cut ribbon at undercrossing ceremony

King County leader reflects on 2010 milestones

Crews completed another road link between north and south Issaquah last month, and residents can join Mayor Ava Frisinger to cut the ribbon on the roadway Jan. 11. The long-planned Interstate 90 Undercrossing — Fourth Avenue Northwest — runs from a traffic signal at the Issaquah Post Office along Northwest Gilman Boulevard, connects into the rail corridor behind Gilman Station, forms a T-shaped intersection at Southeast 62nd Street, continues along 221st Place Southeast and then terminates at Southeast 56th Street. Frisinger and other officials plan to open the road at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 11 under the interstate and near the post office. Parking is available near the intersection of Northwest Gilman Boulevard and Northwest Juniper Street just east of the red caboose, but space is limited.

King County Executive Dow Constantine last week touted a series of initiatives to reform county government after a year in the top spot. The executive highlighted efforts to reduce labor costs, implement a “green” energy policy, reform the permitting process and upgrade infrastructure. Key accomplishments included the creation of a regional partnership to offer animal-control services in Issaquah and more than 30 other cities, and recommendations to change Metro Transit in order to put the agency on more solid financial footing. “In one year we’ve made dramatic strides toward putting the county on sound financial footing, while handling emergent issues in a methodical and responsible way,” Constantine said in a statement. The year also brought setbacks. In November, the electorate reject-

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It is very likely the Merry Christmas Issaquah emergency aid fund could end with less than the goal for only the second time in its 30-year history. It usually takes about 200 individual donors for the fund to reach its goal, and nearly that many have already contributed. Donations received as of Monday were equal to 2009 donations of $53,000. Not having enough funds to help those who need help in 2011 with a new pair of glasses, a prescription for a sick child, work boots to start a new job, a car repair, rent or an overdue power bill is something the volunteers at Issaquah Community Services cannot fathom. ICS is the nonprofit agency that distributes the Christmas funds. “We don’t ever have as much as we’d like, but you’d be surprised how much a little bit can help,” Issaquah Community Services President Marilyn Taylor said. “But the need is so much greater than only a few years ago. We almost ran out of money in 2010, so starting with less in 2011 is not good. All we can do is help as much as we can.” Every donation will make a difference. “I see and hear so much need at the middle school where I teach,” said one note that accompanied a

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State program is a casualty of deep budget cuts By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter The salmon — or, more specifically, delicate salmon eggs no larger than a pencil eraser — return to a Clark Elementary School classroom each year. But fourth- and fifth-grade teacher Liza Rickey could face a change in the curriculum soon as the state Salmon in the Classroom program ends. In the program, students raise salmon, learn about water quality and salmon habitat, and discover the relationship between Issaquah Creek and Puget Sound. State legislators eliminated dollars for the program in a round of budget cuts during a Dec. 11 special session. The program is a casualty of cuts as state leaders face a $4 billion budget hole.


permeate all sectors. Legislators meet Jan. 10 to consider the Explore Washington Pass and other penny-pinching proposals as the state faces a $4.6 billion budget gap. Gov. Chris Gregoire and state leaders cautioned residents to gird for deep cuts to education and state services in the months leading to the 105-day session. State Sen. Steve Litzow, a freshman Republican from Mercer Island, summed up the task the Legislature faces: “Literally, everything is on the table.� Legislators last month cut $1 million from the Issaquah School District through June. Gregoire has proposed slashing another $3.17 million from the district in the year ahead. Schools and other public agencies could endure deeper cuts as lawmakers meet to haggle about spending priorities. State Rep. Jay Rodne said the crisis presents a chance for a frank discussion about the budget, and the North Bend Republican called for the Legislature to set priorities. “We still have not had a discussion about priorities and where we should focus our efforts in preserving as much as possible and those lesser priorities where we can make those cuts now given the tough economy,� he said. More education cuts could occur Students could return to schools — and larger classes — as early as fall. The state has already suspended Initiative 728, a measure meant to reduce class sizes and provide professional development for teachers. In coming months, legislators must hash out a similar proposal to reduce the number of students in kindergarten-to-fourth-grade classrooms. “I would make cuts in other areas of the budget to preserve those K-4 enhancements,� Rodne said. “I think class size matters the most in those early grades.� Lawmakers also face tough deci-

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“It’s such a worthy project for the kids to see,� Rickey said. “It’s hands on, it’s real world. It’s a very important resource in our area, and now it’s not even available for them to experience in that way.� The state used federal dollars to fund Salmon in the Classroom, but the funding has been shifted to other fish and wildlife programs. The cut saves the cash-strapped state $110,000 through June 30 and a projected $442,000 in the 2011-13 budget. Gov. Chris Gregoire also proposed eliminating the program in the upcoming budget. The end of Salmon in the Classroom caught Rickey and other teachers in the program by surprise. Some teachers had already picked up salmon eggs for the program. Rickey had secured a permit from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife to raise the salmon, before she learned about the cut late last month from Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery Executive Director Gestin Suttle. Rickey planned to pick up eggs from the Issaquah Salmon

sions related to teacher performance and salaries. State Rep. Glenn Anderson supports a proposal to maintain current teacher pay. But he opposes Gregoire’s proposal to cut $5,000 bonuses for National Board-certified teachers, because the Fall City Republican said the program is a magnet for quality teachers. “That is a good program that encourages teachers to excel and be certified to the merit of their teaching skills and expertise,� he said. “I do think eliminating that would be foolish.� Legislators could also discuss methods to gauge teacher performance as a step to improve schools. Litzow, a former Procter & Gamble executive, praised teacherperformance pilot programs in the Mercer Island and Renton school districts. “Coming out of Procter & Gamble, I’m a big fan of test marketing,� Litzow said. “There’s some really good test markets going on within our school districts right now.� State Sen. Rodney Tom said such changes could better position the state to compete for federal Race to the Top dollars. “We need to set ourselves up to make sure that we have an educational system, first and foremost, that delivers a great education to the kids of Washington, but also that we have a shot at these federal dollars,� the Bellevue Democrat said. Legislators agreed to shore up funding for gifted education, starting in September 2011. In the meantime, gifted is not yet part of basic education. The prospect of additional education cuts concerns parents of gifted students in the Issaquah district. “Kids who are in the top 2 to 4 percent academically, they really do need more challenge and they’re in a unique category academically, where being in a regular classroom doesn’t meet their needs,� Issaquah Talented and Gifted Parent Association CoPresident Cynthia Seidel said.

Hatchery after the winter break. “There was no heads up,� she said. “I got the permit without any problem whatsoever. I didn’t get any papers or e-mails or anything that this might be coming down the way.� Uncertain future for local schools The salmon program is part of a yearlong water ecology unit at Clark and is integrated into the science-and-technology curriculum. Sunset Elementary School has also participated in the state program. Students raised the eggs to fry and released the salmon into Lewis Creek. Other elementary schools in the Issaquah School District — Apollo, Cascade Ridge and Endeavour — incorporated Salmon in the Classroom into lessons. Statewide, the Salmon in the Classroom program reached about 40,000 students in almost 500 schools. “We certainly didn’t want to lose this program,� state Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Craig Bartlett said. “It’s provided real education to kids for the last 20 years.�

est lands could turn out to be only a small piece amid changes to natural resources agencies and programs. Gregoire has called for the commission responsible for Lake Sammamish and Squak Mountain state parks, plus the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, to be merged into a single Department of Conservation and Recreation in order to cut costs. The governor unveiled a plan last month to reduce the number of state agencies from 21 to nine. The consolidation could mean almost $30 million in savings and a reduction of 125 state positions in the 2011-13 budget. The state is also considering a proposal to shut down Squak Mountain State Park near Issaquah in order to address the shortfall. The park could be shut down from July until 2013. Virginia Painter, a Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission spokeswoman, said the shutdown could be necessary to reduce further cutbacks. “We may be looking at a situation where we downsize the parks system operationally for a period of time,� she said. Issaquah-area legislators said the changes to the natural resources agencies, plus other proposed consolidations, could benefit the state’s bottom line. “How we do it needs to be done well,� Anderson said. “We can’t jam a bunch of bureaucrats together and see how it works. It needs to be done better.� Tom last year introduced a bill to consolidate state agencies, but the measure faded in committee. “Change is always difficult, and everybody will have an excuse why we shouldn’t change,� he said. “But the fact of the matter is, we need to do fewer things in Olympia and those things we do we need to do in a more efficient way.�

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Funding for the program included salaries for 2.5 full-time employees to provide some instructional assistance to teachers and to help educators secure the permits necessary to release salmon into the wild. Salmon in the Classroom administrators also studied watersheds to determine suitable locations to release tiny salmon. The fish and wildlife agency has already endured $37 million in cuts and faces additional reductions as the Legislature prepares to slash state spending further. “The financial travails of the state have left us without enough money to get through until the next biennium,� Bartlett said. The downtown Issaquah hatchery is scheduled to distribute salmon eggs to 87 schools throughout King County in upcoming months. Plans call for students to raise and release tiny salmon from the eggs, but Suttle and area educators remain uncertain about the future in the aftermath of the state cuts. The hatchery is in line to receive coho salmon eggs from a Sultan

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hatchery to supplement a feeble coho run on Issaquah Creek. Hatchery crews then distribute the tiny eggs to schools and co-ops. Program sparks students’ interest Supporters said the Salmon in the Classroom program adds depth and appeal to science curriculum for a small price in a multibilliondollar state budget. “For the amount of money that this program costs and the amount of outreach that it accomplishes, if you look at how many children it impacts, I think it’s a worthwhile program,� Suttle said. “You get a lot for your money with this program.� The salmon education effort extends beyond the classroom at Clark. Students raised $2,000 and donated the money to FISH for a display at the downtown hatchery last year. “Science is my passion. It’s my background. I feel very, very strongly about it,� Rickey said. “When I had the opportunity to start this program, it was a perfect fit for me.� So, Rickey set up a 50-gallon


tank in the classroom — purchased for a deal on craigslist — and then used the hands-on program to teach fourth- and fifth-graders to care for the eggs and fledgling fish. Then, in the spring, teachers and students journey to Issaquah Creek to release the fish. The field trip includes water-quality testing. Rickey said she hopes the program can continue in some way for Clark students, perhaps through field trips to the downtown hatchery to examine tiny fish. “It’s definitely not going to be as meaningful, because we’ll have to take a field trip to monitor them,� she said. Salmon in the Classroom supporters said the program is more than a simple aquarium in a classroom. Students study the fish and — in the process — learn about ecology and develop problem-solving skills. “It really takes what they’re learning from the textbook and brings it to life,� Suttle said. “It’s tangible, it makes it more meaningful and it can spark an interest in children in a way that a lecture or a video or a textbook can’t.�

MEET THE PLAYERS Issaquah is spread across the 5th, 41st and 48th legislative districts. The local delegation includes a half-dozen representatives and three senators.

5th Legislative District

41st Legislative District

48th Legislative District

The district encompasses most of Issaquah, including downtown and the Issaquah Highlands. The district boundary splits the city from the neighboring 41st Legislative District at 12th Avenue Northwest. Beyond city limits, the district includes a large swath of unincorporated King County, as well as all of North Bend and Snoqualmie. Parts of Maple Valley and Sammamish also fall within the district.

In Issaquah, the district encompasses Talus and other communities in the southwest part of the city. The district boundary splits the city from the neighboring 5th District at 12th Avenue Northwest. Beyond city limits, the district includes a large swath of unincorporated King County, as well as all of Newcastle and Mercer Island. Parts of Bellevue and Renton also fall within the district.

In Issaquah, the 48th District includes the South Cove and Greenwood Point neighborhoods. Interstate 90 separates the district from the neighboring 41st District. Lake Sammamish State Park divides the area from the 5th District. The district also encompasses parts of Bellevue, Kirkland and Redmond.

Sen. Cheryl Pflug R-Maple Valley Appointed in 2003, elected in 2004 and re-elected in 2008

Sen. Steve Litzow R-Mercer Island Elected in 2010

Sen. Rodney Tom D-Bellevue Elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2010

Rep. Glenn Anderson R-Fall City Elected in 2000 and last re-elected in 2010

Rep. Judy Clibborn D-Mercer Island Elected in 2002 and last re-elected in 2010

Rep. Jay Rodne R-North Bend Appointed in 2004, elected in 2006 and last re-elected in 2010

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 2011 goals: Building on success of 2010 PRESS EDITORIAL

Issaquah reached numerous milestones in 2010. In the steps to preserve Park Pointe on Tiger Mountain, the city inched closer to a lasting environmental legacy. The bevy of road upgrades offered real transportation solutions and quality-of-life improvements for Issaquah residents. Though many of the main city issues attracted attention in 2010, the ramifications should continue to be felt in 2011. Here, then, is our list of our goals — some significant and some small — for the year ahead: Park Pointe: We look forward to the Park Pointe transfer of development rights concluding in 2011 and opening more than 100 forested acres on Tiger Mountain to public use. Planning: The city is in the midst of a huge planning effort to define redevelopment in the business district for decades to come. The initial step focuses on 90 acres owned by Rowley Properties. The goal for building designs for the area is that it not seem dated in 10 or 15 years. Rather, focus on flexibility to produce a timeless result with occasional upgrades. Elections: June marks the deadline for candidates to enter races for open City Council, Issaquah School Board and Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District seats. The last elections for open local seats two years ago attracted only a handful of candidates. Qualified citizens, please come forward! Parks: Budget cuts have hurt our state parks, including our beloved Lake Sammamish State Park. It’s time to establish a nonprofit friends group for the park in order to raise funds and marshal volunteers to help. A friends group could facilitate donations to the park, together with the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, Trout Unlimited, local scouting organizations and others — corporations and nonprofit organizations — for planned but unfunded park improvements. Roads: The city must finally design a road-widening plan for Newport Way Northwest and better move traffic in an alternative to Front Street. Economy: Issaquah has bucked the trend and filled many vacant and new storefronts, but persistence is needed to attract future businesses. The city economic development director, the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and the DownTown Issaquah Association need to identify businesses needed here and seek to fill vacant commercial properties. Only then will businesses be attracted to proposed retail space in the Issaquah Highlands. Fees: City residents enjoy low fees — sometimes too low. The $25 annual senior citizen pass for the community center and pool is at the top of the list. We encourage city leaders to increase fees incrementally in order to generate needed dollars and avoid later sticker shock when fees double or triple. Another case in point is the free Route 200 bus, soon not to be free. Environment: Issaquah is noted for its focus on sustainability. It’s time for the city to create a meaningful Earth Day celebration that includes a citywide cleanup. More land should be opened to community gardens to meet the needs of half of the city population residing in multifamily homes. And bring back our beautiful downtown flower baskets! Bellevue College: The college should take all necessary steps to secure 20 acres in the highlands for a future campus. Those steps are likely to include donations, primarily from those businesses that will benefit from education and training programs for current and future employees. Annexation: The time has come to take the potential Klahanie annexation off the table. Though adding the community to Issaquah may have once made sense, there is little reason for the city to take on another 10,000 residents and little will for the residents to take on their share of city debt. The city should cease allocating resources to studying the annexation. Swedish Medical Center: The initial phase of the hospital — the outpatient facilities and medical office — is scheduled to open this summer. The community should embrace the addition as a valuable source of jobs and health care for the region. Education: Despite budget cuts, the Issaquah School District should do its best to keep down class sizes, seeking more help from the Issaquah Schools Foundation and PTSA organizations to back-fill an even greater budget hole created by state cuts. Legislature: Issaquah has a sizeable delegation from three legislative districts, and we hope to see real leadership from the legislators representing the city and nearby areas as they put their collective heads together to seek a balanced budget. We expect to see Sen. Cheryl Pflug improve her spotty attendance record and give citizens the representative they deserve.



T O THE EDITOR High Point Trail

Opportunities missed on connecting missing links of bike, hiking trails Concerning the newly opened 1.25-mile trail at High Point, I’m all for new trails. And the grand vision of a world-class trail system that stretches from Puget Sound to the Cascades is wonderful. But as a regular bike commuter between North Bend and Issaquah, I find the thinking behind this new section flawed: It’s called “the missing link” for hikers between Issaquah and Preston. Realistically, there are few hikers in that section, since much of it is so close to Interstate 90 and it doesn’t serve as an access point to other hiker-friendly trails. The trail is gravel, but sits between two trails that are paved: to the west, the new Sunset Trail from Front Street to High Point on the south side of I-90; and to the east, the Fall CityPreston trail. So, for road bicyclists, roller skaters and those in wheelchairs, the new trail does not complement what exists in the area. Mountains to Sound declares: “Not only will this trail provide a safer travel option for recreationists and commuters, but it helps connect the regional trail system in the Mountains to Sound Greenway.” I don’t find this true. I can ride my road bike on relatively safe trails or bike lanes all the way from Seattle to Issaquah to one critical point: the end of the new Sunset Trail just east of Issaquah. The pavement stops and a rough 2-mile gravel road continues to High Point. To continue, I must ride down to the Sunset interchange and travel along I-90 to High Point. A better expenditure would have been on paving the true missing link between Sunset and High Point, or even pushing through a bigger missing link: the Fall City-Preston Trail at its eastern end to Snoqualmie Falls, where hikers, mountain bikers and horse riders could link up with Snoqualmie Valley trails and even

F ROM THE W EB Issaquah School District bus GPS This is a waste of taxpayers’ money. Very little benefit at such a high cost. In the two or three times per year that we have snow, the drivers can take one minute to text from their cell phones to let the barn know where they are on the route if necessary. Kay Schmidt

Salmon in the Classroom cuts I do not fault either political party. Both sides have their priorities. How sad that it is our children, our future, have to suffer. Robert Rhoads


the John Wayne Trail over Snoqualmie Pass. I am very hesitant to criticize any new trail, but in this case I am alarmed that so much public money — $4.7 million — was spent on a project that underachieves.

Tim Talevich North Bend

Park plans

Sammamish’s history should not be sacrificed for Issaquah’s expansion As a longtime resident of Sammamish, the headline on the front page of the Dec. 1 Issaquah Press seemed especially appropriate to me. It concerned Issaquah’s consideration of an ambitious plan for a more than 15-acre park complex, at a projected cost of up to $1.6 million. The city of Sammamish is dealing with the consequences of the rapid (uncontrolled) growth foisted on us by King County for decades before we finally incorporated in 1999. So, parks are a huge issue with nearly all of our residents, and I happily count myself among them. But the part of your article that jumped out at me was, “In addition to using the Anderson and Ek farmhouses as meeting spaces...” The Sammamish Heritage Society has been desperately trying to convince a majority of our City Council that the Reard/Freed farmhouse has historical merit. A visit to the society’s website proves that it does. But here is my point: One of the proposed uses for the house, once it has been moved to the Lower Commons, is as a meeting space. There are countless groups in Sammamish that would love to have a small, historic place to hold meetings, fundraisers, etc. Issaquah has 27,000 residents, while Sammamish has some 40,000. If Issaquah has the

vision to preserve and use its history, why don’t we?

Penny J. Short Issaquah Note from the editor: Emily Lee’s third-grade class at Grand Ridge Elementary School recently learned about Pacific salmon, and how “responsible citizens have an obligation to speak out to make positive change in our world.” Letters to The Press are the students’ first foray into persuasive writing. Have you ever been to the Issaquah Salmon Days festival? Even though it’s over for the year, we shouldn’t stop thinking about salmon, and how we can help them have a clean, healthy habitat. First, you should know that salmon are amazing animals, worth taking care of. Did you know that if you touch a salmon you can feel its muscles moving under the skin? Did you know that the alevin (second stage of salmon life cycle) look like aliens, and they have this thing on their belly that they get food from that is called a yolk sac? There are many other reasons to help the salmon. First, if you want to continue to have the Salmon Days festival, you have to keep their habitat clean so that there are salmon to come back to Issaquah! Second, we don’t want salmon to go extinct, because they are fascinating to study. The most important reason is that salmon are part of the food chain. I wouldn’t want to stop eating salmon, would you? I will be so proud of the citizens of Issaquah if we help salmon and keep their habitat clean. You should do as much as you can to help salmon. Thank you for reading this letter.

Ethan Grand Ridge third-grader

Maureen McCarry resignation Maureen, for your tireless work on City Council, we thank you. For your willingness to be part of the solution, we are grateful. For your positive energy, enthusiasm for local government and amazing stamina, we are awed by you. Thank you for your service. We are sending positive energy out to you and to your family. Kristen and Chad Bentsen Maureen: Thank you for all of your years of hard work on the council. Although we do not live in Issaquah, our children have attended and (one still does) Issaquah schools. We spend time in Issaquah parks, etc. Our family wishes you all the best with your struggle with this disease, and our thoughts are with you and your family. Kathy O’Connor


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Flooding: Floodwaters spared Issaquah FROM PAGE A1

County that were seen in the news were not among those that have been permitted or built in the last 10 years,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said in a statement. “Policies to limit construction on steep slopes and protections for flood hazard areas are doing a better job of making our homes and neighborhoods safer and more resistant to damage from severe weather.” Though Issaquah Creek crested Dec. 12, the risk from landslides lingered for days after the flooding. City crews responded to a mudslide on a Talus street Dec. 12. County flood hazard regulations focus on protecting public health and safety and limiting development, so as not to exacerbate downstream flood hazards. King County is the highest-rated county in the nation under the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System. The rating qualifies unincorporated area residents for a 40 percent discount on flood insurance. Issaquah also participates in the program and city residents can receive the discount. The executive also recognized residents for preparing for flooding and other emergencies. City employees and Community Emergency Response Team members fanned out across floodplain neighborhoods in October to alert residents to flooding risks. “You don’t need to be a ‘first responder’ to respond to your own emergencies,” Constantine said. “By simply learning about your risk, signing up for flood alerts, packing a preparedness kit and not driving on a road that’s covered with water, you’re doing your part to contribute.”


the other local patches.” Bissmeyer had noticed the call for submissions on the municipal website. He sketched the initial idea by hand and then loaded the rough draft into a digital design program, but he said he did not care for the salmon rendered in pixels. So, he sketched another fish, scanned the image and combined the handdrawn and digital elements. Ayers called Bissmeyer about a month ago to announce the selection and to discuss some color changes needed to fine-tune the design.

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“I guess at that point I realized that we had a winning entry,” Bissmeyer said. “I was taken by surprise, to be honest.”

Salmon joins the force The updated design eschews the oblong shape of the old patch for a crest. The result is slimmer and taller. The old patch depicts a lake — Lake Sammamish, perhaps — against a backdrop of a sunrise or a sunset. The illustration has a problem: The scene depicted on the patch cannot be found in Issaquah. The jumping salmon on the updated insignia is a safer bet. “After 25 years, it was time to update our patch with a fresh, new look,” Ayers said. “The salmon

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Design for decades The police department purchases embroidered patches in bulk and, as the last supply of the old patches diminished, Ayers opted for a fresh approach. “The timing of it was a good opportunity to look at a patch that would represent the police department and the city of Issaquah closer than the other one did,” he said. “Most police patches represent the community and the area they police. That’s what we were looking to have.” The agency has arranged for Seattle-based Blumenthal Uniforms

to incorporate the updated patch into future attire. Officers could don the salmon patch for decades to come — something Bissmeyer kept in mind during the design process. The skills he gained by dabbling in graphic design and photography came to the fore during the project. “A salmon is timeless — and with the longevity of each previously designed patch, I wanted to create a design that wouldn’t be outdated within a few years,” he said. “Also, when you look around the community, a salmon image is used quite frequently.” The timelessness could come in useful as the patch ages. “If history repeats itself, then yeah, it could hang around for a few years or so,” he said.



ahem, a backside at a quick glance. Then, the agency placed the generic sunrise-or-sunset patch into service more than 25 years ago.


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King County Assessor Lloyd Hara has urged residents to contact the Department of Assessments about damage from the Dec. 12 flood. Contact the agency by phone at 206-296-7300 or online, In order to file a destroyed property claim, residents should complete a King County Destroyed Property Form on the website. Rainfall gorged Issaquah Creek and menaced homes, businesses and roads Dec. 12, as a late-fall Pineapple Express system chugged through the region. City officials had not yet determined the extent of property damage in the days after floodwaters receded. During the storm, a National Weather Service spotter had recorded 6.05 inches of rain by 11 a.m. Dec. 12 in South Issaquah.

design was easy to identify, and a great representation of the community we protect and serve.” The iconic salmon — depicted in mid-leap — did not come as a surprise. “It was a patch that seemed to represent Issaquah, and that’s what we were looking for,” Ayers said. “We figured whatever we received, it would have a salmon of some sort in it.” The police department has a history of — pardon the pun — colorful patches. Early Issaquah patches featured a headdress-bedecked American Indian chief. The problem: The feathered headdress belonged to a Great Plains tribe. The next patch featured a stylized I, but the design resembled,

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P OLICE BLOTTER  Burned A grill was stolen from a patio, and a truck parked in the driveway was keyed, at a residence in the 22700 block of Southeast 29th Street prior to Dec. 21. The estimated loss is unknown.

Cold as ice A winter jacket was stolen from a vehicle parked in the 2800 block of 241st Avenue Southeast prior to Dec. 22. The estimated loss is unknown.

Sounds bad A window was damaged, and an iPod was stolen, from a vehicle parked in the 3800 block of 212th Avenue Southeast prior to Dec. 22. The estimated loss is unknown.

Pocketbook pocketed A window was damaged, and a purse was stolen, from a vehicle parked in the 3400 block of 260th Court Southeast late Dec. 22. The estimated loss is $80.

Divine intervention Police responded to a report of trespassing at the Vedic Cultural Center, 1420 228 Ave. S.E., at about 5 a.m. Dec. 23. A member of the center had been preparing for the 6 a.m. service when he or she heard a man pounding on windows and climbing on the roof. The member then called police, and officers located the man as he climbed from the roof. He appeared intoxicated and told police he had “wanted a religious experience.” The center did not sustain any damage. Police transported the man home.

Hide and seek A woman in the 1000 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard reported a stolen purse to police at 10:05 a.m. Dec. 23. Police attempted to contact the woman, but could not reach her. She called police again at 10:16 a.m. to report she had located the purse.

Mud on the tires Police arrested a 38-year-old Seattle man for driving with a suspended license near IssaquahPine Lake Road Southeast and 234th Avenue Southeast on Dec. 23. Police stopped the man because his vehicle lacked the required mud-flaps for a lifted

sport-utility vehicle. Police impounded the SUV.

Arrest Police arrested a 29-year-old North Bend woman on a warrant in the 100 block of East Sunset Way at 4:04 p.m. Dec. 23.

Neglect Police responded to a report of child negligence in the 900 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard at 8:46 p.m. Dec. 23. The caller reported a 6-year-old girl wandering in a parking lot. The child had been left asleep in a vehicle with her 1-year-old sister. Police warned the parents.

Honda heist A window was damaged, and a purse was stolen, from a Honda parked in the 1100 block of Northeast High Street prior to 9:29 p.m. Dec. 23. The estimated loss is $878.

Run, Rudolph, run Police arrested a 19-year-old Sammamish man for reckless driving along Southeast 10th Street just after midnight Dec. 24. The officer noticed the driver speeding at more than 85 mph. The driver eventually pulled over and, as the officer approached the vehicle, rolled down the window and admitted, “That was stupid.” He told police he had a headache and wanted to return home.

The grinch stole Christmas Jewelry, laptop computers and videogame consoles were stolen from a residence in the 26400 block of Southeast 33rd Street prior to Dec. 24. Police located a partial shoe print near the house, but no fingerprints. The estimated loss is $11,000.

Party all the time Police responded to a Sammamish residence Dec. 24 after juveniles stole cash and other items from the house during a Dec. 19 party. The homeowner had left his or her 22-year-old son in charge during a vacation. The son told the parents he arrived at the house Dec. 17 to find a 17-year-old cousin and about 20 other juveniles at the residence. Cash, iPads, wine and a 50pill Percocet prescription had been stolen. The estimated loss is $5,000. The Press publishes names of those arrested for DUI and those charged with felony crimes. Information comes directly from local police reports.

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lands residents about the potential for crowding and traffic in the hillside neighborhood. The city has cleared the path for a campus on 20 acres in the highlands in recent months. The process could last for decades, as Bellevue College raises funds and builds the campus piecemeal. The initial phase could open as early as 2013. Issaquah as a long-term goal Floten said the decision to stake a claim beyond Bellevue germinated years ago. The college president and other leaders kept a close eye on the housing construction boom in the Issaquah Highlands, Snoqualmie Ridge and elsewhere in East King County. “We’re thinking as this area grows that it makes sense for us to have something or some educational services that are available to people that are to the east of us,” Floten said. “We think over time more people are going to be moving into those areas.” The recession — and the associated slide in real estate prices — hastened the effort to open another campus. “As the economy has gotten the way it has been, we have stepped up our interest in real estate, because we thought, ‘Well, maybe now we can find affordable property,’” Floten said. “We found that the values in our community still are quite robust. We have looked for partnership opportunities.” The rollout to Issaquah residents started in August, after the college announced the highlands as a potential campus site. Floten then offered a presentation to the city Urban Village Development Commission in October. The college president pledged additional outreach in the years ahead in order to gauge interest in course offerings and programs. “We’ll work very closely with the city and the structures that they already have in place, the committees, the review groups,” she said. “We’ll reach out to the schools that are there, the high schools, you know, pick their brain about programmatic ideas. We’ll just do an inventory of what’s there. What is the business and industry base? Who are the primary stakeholders that we should talk to? It will take us some time.” The early attention has focused on the Swedish Medical Center campus under construction in the highlands. The hospital, scheduled to open in phases in mid-2011 and 2012, could

serve a role in health care programs offered at the highlands campus. “Right now, our big thrust is on workforce education, as people are retooling, Jean Floten mindful that the jobs that got us into the recession aren’t going to get us out,” Floten said.

bounce back and jobs will return,” she said. “I think it’s really important to look to the future and focus on the needs of students and the communities. That’s what community colleges are all about.” The record enrollment has occurred alongside record budget cuts, and the cash-strapped state is unlikely to fund a Bellevue College campus in Issaquah. “We are tumbling to the reality that state resources are pretty scarce, and if we want space relief, we’re going to have to be building our own future,” Floten said. The main campus encompasses about 100 acres in Eastgate, plus another Bellevue facility near state Route 520.

experience for kids,” Floten said. “We’re not going to lack for opportunities.” The campus could also host Issaquah School District high school students in the Running Start dual-enrollment program. Patrick Murphy, district executive director of secondary education, said the addition of some Running Start courses at a highlands campus could boost participation in the program. The district has almost 300 students enrolled in the program during the current school year. (The total includes 25 homeschooled students from inside district boundaries.) “Maybe Running Start is less appealing because of the distance, say, from Liberty High School,” Murphy said. “If it was located in the Issaquah Highlands, it might become more appealing and more students might be interested just because it’s so close by.”

Hub for education — and community The idea of another economic engine in the city has enamored business and municipal leaders. “We’re looking forward to welcoming Bellevue College to the community for all of the value it will bring for the citizens in providing extended educational opportunities, for both businesses and potential businesses to provide workforce training or retraining, and to support them in their goals,” Issaquah Chamber of Commerce CEO Matt Bott said in remarks to the City Council last month. The city has considered the possibility of a college campus in Issaquah since at least 2005, after community leaders recommended a Bellevue College campus in a city-commissioned economic vitality report. The proposed campus could reshape the surrounding neighborhood and Issaquah proper. Bellevue College has outlined plans to build 372,000 square feet of institutional space, 56,000 square feet of additional space and 1,645 parking spaces on the 20-acre site. “What I’ve dreamed of is enough acreage — and I think 20 acres is probably the optimal amount — where you have enough acreage that you actually feel like you’re on a campus and you’re not in a corporate building,” Floten said. She said she envisions the campus as a hub for recent high school graduates en route to a traditional university, mid-career professionals in search of fresh skills and retirees enrolled in leisure courses. Floten also foresees the campus as a setting for summer camps for children, plus family and cultural events — such as the Persian New Year and the Tet, or Vietnamese New Year. Educators could offer an enhanced science curriculum, maybe a biodiversity program to capitalize on the nearby woodland. “You look at being in the forest, and what’s there and what’s here, and you could create a really rich

Hurdles remain before construction The initial hurdle for the Issaquah campus is the $5.2 million price tag for 20 acres near Northeast Park Drive. Then, campus construction could cost millions more in the decades ahead. The college is all but certain to turn to donors to help pick up the tab. Floten and other leaders also face the unenviable task of reassuring highlands residents accustomed to bold promises and little action. “First of all, I need to let people know that we have not entered into a purchase-and-sale agreement yet. I don’t want to overcommit,” she said. “We do need to do our due diligence as a state agency, and be convinced that it meets our needs and the community needs. If the community didn’t see a need, we won’t be there.” The next step is to purchase the 20 acres from highlands builder Port Blakely Communities. The transaction is expected to be completed in the months ahead. The proposed campus has also raised concerns about traffic congestion in the pedestrian-friendly highlands. The college has launched a traffic study to gauge the potential impact. “It’s not like we’re bringing all of these people in from out of area,” Floten said. “The whole point of community-based education is that you’re serving the community that exists there.” Challenges aside, leaders remain optimistic about a potential boon in the highlands. The college plans to continue to seek input from Issaquah residents in the year ahead. “We just got really excited about the prospects,” Floten said. “There are a ton of opportunities. Who we are is, we’re very much the community’s college.”

Retooling for the recession The untraditional composition of Bellevue College classes — including high schoolers and senior citizens — could also help bridge the generation gap. “Even though we get kids as young as 15, they’re in classes with people their parents’ and grandparents’ ages,” Floten said. “It’s really interesting what that heterogeneity does. You hear kids go, ‘That’s the first time any adult has really listened to me.’ Or a grandma saying, ‘You know, what a great contributor.’ The net impact is, you get really serious students.” Overall, the institution serves about 35,000 students each year. Only the University of Washington and Washington State University outrank the institution in size. Statewide, community and technical colleges served a record 161,000 students during the 2009-10 academic year. The recent recession has boosted enrollments at Bellevue College and elsewhere, just as the dot-com crash did at the start of the last decade. “Many people, as soon as they found out they were laid off or they’ve been merged or acquired or outsourced said, ‘This can continue to happen to me or I can go back and retool and get into a field that shows more promise,’” Floten said. “We’re seeing people going back to school in droves, taking time out and investing in themselves.” Janelle Runyon, a spokeswoman for the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, lauded Bellevue College leaders for considering a satellite campus. “The economy is going to

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Rise of the machines

Middle school students take control of a Lego robot BODY BOTS HEAD TO STATE The Issaquah Middle School robotics team — the Body Bots — also entered the First Lego League competition, bringing its robot to the state qualifying event in Seattle. The team placed first in robot design and third in completing missions on the competition table. It competed in the Western Washington state championships Dec. 11.


Members of The Devil Duckies were often forced to scramble and make quick fixes to their robot during the twoand-a-half-minute rounds. By Tim Pfarr Issaquah Press reporter


f anyone ever said Legos were just toys, he didn’t have a clue what he was talking about. A team of eight local middle school students that entered the state’s First Lego League robotic compe-

tition knows that better than anyone. The group banded together in July and teamed up with parent advisor Eleonor Schneider to build and program a robot made almost entirely of Legos to enter into the competition, open to those ages 9-13 and which took place Dec. 4 at Seattle’s Brighton

Elementary School. The theme of this year’s competition was biotechnology, and the team — which dubbed itself The Devil Duckies — was required to complete a research project and create a robot that could perform various functions related to this 2010 theme: medical engineering. The group — 12-year-olds Alex

Chapman, Isaac Berglind, Austin Surber, Bradley Jarvis, Anna Malesis, Erik Roberts and Ajeet Dhaliwal, and 13-year-old Greyson Elms — originated as a group of friends from a youth soccer team. Although several members of the team entered the competition last year, they became more serious in 2010, beginning preparation in July. “It started out pretty mellow, and now we have two to three meetings per week,” Surber said the day of the competition. The group met at Schneider’s home for the project, keeping a large practice mat in the living room. Schneider, a chemical engineer by training, said she was allowed to guide and facilitate, although she was not allowed to directly work on the project. Her son, Chapman, was a member of the team, specializing in the mechanical aspects of building the robot. In September, the league released the details of this year’s competition, and the group began working on programming the robot to perform specific tasks for the 2010 challenge, including mending an artificial broken bone, distinguishing between numerous different pieces, dispensing artificial medicine and applySee ROBOTS, Page B2


Andrew Joncich, Craig Hung, Alex Bell, Trevor Marti Smith and Josh Cumbee (from left) plan the details of their short film, ‘Check Engine.’

Liberty grads tame a wild SUV to win USC film competition By Tim Pfarr Issaquah Press reporter One day while attending the University of Southern California, Liberty High School alumnus Trevor Marti Smith had a bad experience with his Jeep. Water seeped through the sunroof, shorting the car’s electronics and killing the battery. He was forced to jumpstart the car, and as the car came to life, the horn began honking on its own. “I thought I better take it to the mechanic,” said Smith, a 2007 Liberty graduate. As he drove down the streets of Los Angeles to the auto shop, the horn continued to honk uncontrollably, and electric windows, headlights and windshield wipers began functioning on their own. “I thought I was going to get shot,” he said. However, in November, Smith teamed up with four other USC student filmmakers —including friend and 2009 Liberty graduate Alex Bell — to create a short film based on the experience. That film took best picture in the school’s Campus MovieFest. “We were completely shell shocked,” Smith said about winning. Per the rules of the competition, the group had one week to create a five-minute film. After considering numerous ideas for

their plot, they settled on Smith’s story, and Smith said the finished product turned out surprisingly truthful. The team drove south to Orange County to film, using unorthodox filming techniques, such as propping the expensive camera on a towel on the back of a convertible for road ON THE WEB shots. To watch “We basically ‘Check did everything we weren’t supEngine,’ go to posed to do,” www.issaquah Bell said with a laugh. category/ The group videos. filmed in one day, then returned to Los Angeles for postproduction, which included an all-night editing session by Bell. Fellow group member Craig Hung applied a slew of effects to Bell’s cut to give the film a professional gloss, and another group member, Josh Cumbee, composed a five-minute original score in just six hours to accompany the film. The process was a whirlwind, Smith recalled. “There’s not a lot of time to get bogged down in the little details,” he said about creating a finished See FILM, Page B2

Issaquah dentist helps extract 1,218 teeth in Tennessee

Dentist Donna Quinby and dental hygienist Stephanie Keane, of Issaquah’s Eastside Pediatric Dental Group, give free medical care to a patient in Tennessee while working with the Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps.

By Laura Geggel Issaquah Press reporter More than 450 people filled the parking lot at Signal Mountain High School in southeastern Tennessee, waiting for a chance to see a group of volunteer healthcare professionals who could fill their cavities or make them a new pair of glasses. These were the working poor who were uninsured or underinsured, adults who needed medical care, but could not afford it after having to pay for rent, food and other expenses. After seeing a “60 Minutes” segment about Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps, Dentist Donna


Quinby, of Eastside Pediatric Dental Group in Issaquah, decided she wanted to help. “Having the opportunity to reach out and help people in need is one of the most rewarding experiences, and one of the reasons why I chose dentistry as my profession,” Quinby said. She flew to Signal Mountain to deliver free dental care during an Oct. 23-24 clinic and helped pay the airfare of three co-workers who joined her: dental hygienist Stephanie Keane and dental assistant Christina Moon, from Eastside Pediatric Dental Group; and dental hygienist Seng Phanhthavilay, from Seattle Special Care Den-

tistry, where Quinby teaches dental residents. Phanhthavilay commended Quinby for pushing them. The four healthcare workers volunteered to set up medical supplies on the Friday before the clinic and were among the first to arrive and the last to leave that weekend. Patients began showing up at 4 p.m. on Friday. “They were just kind of camping out,” Moon said. RAM volunteers started handing out tickets at 3 a.m. to the people lining up outside the high school. See TEETH, Page B3

Teenager donates 1,000 books to Issaquah food bank By Laura Geggel Issaquah Press reporter Bibliophiles looking for a good read in early Issaquah might have popped into the local barbershop. Barber Enos Guss shared his love of books with the public when he opened the city’s first library in a corner of his shop on Front Street North in 1906. More than 100 years later, Sammamish 13-year-old Nathaniel Turtel resolved that he, too, would share his interest in books with others. It took him four months, but Nathaniel amassed 1,000 books with the help of his family and donated them all in a grand

pile to the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank in early December. “I went to garage sales and sometimes we asked people for donations,” Nathaniel said. “Sometimes, people gave us money to buy books.” To bolster the collection, Nathaniel and his father, Scott Turtel, journeyed to Once Sold Tales, in Kent, where they bought books for a dollar a pound. “We picked out the light ones,” Nathaniel said. He donated about 100 of his own books, and his 10-year-old brother Matthew Turtel added a few to the pile. Nathaniel tried to buy as many picture books as he

could, but he also purchased chapter books, “just any kind of kid book,” he said. Nathaniel reads in his spare time, especially historical fiction about the Hellenistic age of Egypt, shortly after Alexander the Great’s army invaded the empire. Nathaniel said he wanted to share the pastime of reading with people using the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank. The bank welcomes any type of donation, particularly books, volunteer coordinator Teresa Sandoval said. See

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Nathaniel Turtel, a seventh-grader at Beaver Lake Middle School, donated 1,000 books to the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank. BY LAURA GEGGEL

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Calling relay captains The 2011 Relay for Life Kickoff Party is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1800 N.W. Gilman Blvd. The relay is May 21-22 at Skyline High School. Get early-bird registration for your team for $75 at Call 643-0208.

Peak Sports and Spine Physical Therapy Clinic’s annual warm blanket and coat drive through Jan. 8. Take donations to a barrel in the waiting room at the clinic at 1660 N.W. Gilman Blvd., from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Call 391-9211. Sleep Country USA’s Foster Kids Shoe Drive runs through Jan. 30. Donate new shoes for boys and girls in all sizes at Sleep Country, 730 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite C-110, and they’ll be matched with an area foster child in need. Learn more at or call 1-888-88-SLEEP toll free. The Issaquah High School Key Club and the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah will pick up Christmas Trees for recycling in the South Cove neighborhood at 10 a.m. Jan. 8. ArtEAST presents “The Life and Times of Picasso,” by art historian Susan Olds, from 7-8:30 p.m. Jan. 10 at 95 Front St. N. Cost is $20. To learn more, go to The Mountains to Sound Greenway hosts the following volunteer projects in January. Sign up and learn more at Jan. 8 — Nursery maintenance and potting at Greenway Nursery in Issaquah Jan. 15 — Tree potting at Greenway Nursery and tree planting at Squak Valley Park Jan. 17 — Tree potting at Greenway Nursery Jan. 22 — Tree potting at Greenway Nursery and tree planting at Squak Valley Park Jan. 29 — Tree potting at Greenway Nursery and tree planting at Squak Valley Park Jan. 29 — Tree planting at Berntsen Park, in partnership with the Native Plant Society “Power of Nonverbal Communication,” presented by Michael Bower, trustee of the Hearing Loss Association of Washington and lead trainer for the Alzheimer’s Association, is at 1 p.m. Jan. 8 at Lake Sammamish Foursquare Church, 14434 N.E. Eighth St., Bellevue. Call 253-631-3141 or e-mail Spiritwood Retirement Community is hosting a free informative seminar, presented by The Veteran’s Assistance Association, at 7 p.m. Jan. 13, in the third-floor lounge, 3607 228th Ave. S.E. Reserve a seat by calling 313-9100. The Issaquah History Museums presents a free program, Preserving Family Photos and Heirlooms, from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Depot Museum, 50 Rainier Blvd. N. Learn about the basics of preservation

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and how they apply to your own artifacts. The workshop will include hands-on demonstrations and the opportunity to brainstorm solutions to your preservation challenges. Attendees will also receive a copy of “Preserving Family Heirlooms and Photographs.” Call 392-3500. Tickets are on sale now for the Evergreen Philharmonic Orchestra’s 13th annual Swingin’ in Vienna Jan. 16 at the Issaquah High School commons. Tickets are: Adults — $50 per couple, $40 per single; students and seniors — $40 per couple, $25 per single. Learn more at The Bellevue-Issaquah Chapter of Trout Unlimited hosts an Ante Up for Kokanee fundraising event, at 5:30 pm Jan. 22 at the Lake Sammamish Elks Lodge, 765 Rainier Blvd. N., to help its partnership with the King County Kokanee Work Group to restore a healthy kokanee salmon population in Lake Sammamish. A donation of $50 will be asked for at the door. Activities will include a codand-chips dinner, display of chapter activities, a hold ’em poker tournament, and a silent auction of donated sporting goods and associated art. The funds are needed to continue chapter fish census taking, fish tagging, citizen awareness and habitat restoration activities, all targeting the threatened kokanee population in the lake. ArtEAST presents “Friday Lunch with the Masters Series: Lunch with Grandma Moses and American Folk Artists,” from noon – 1 p.m. Jan. 28 at 95 Front St. N., free. Call 996-8553.

Classes ArtEAST offers the following workshops at 95 Front St. N. Go to “Art for Soul” — 9:30 a.m. – noon Fridays, Jan. 7 – 21, $75 “The Life and Times of Picasso” — 7-8:30 p.m. Jan. 10, $20 “Art Critique Group” — 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 1, Feb. 8 and March 8, $75 “Visual Journaling with Fluid Paint” — 6-8 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 16 – Feb. 6, $125 “Figure Drawing Open Studio” — 9:30-11:30 a.m. or noon – 2 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 10 – March 28, $35 “Expressive Figure Drawing” — 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 11 – March 29, $248 “Introduction to Glass” — 6:30-9 p.m. Jan. 19, $75 “Drawing and Movement” — 6:30-9 p.m. Jan. 24, $35 “Wire Wrap” — 6-9 p.m. Jan. 25, $95 “Viking Knit Bracelet” — 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Jan. 16, $80 “Peyote Beaded Beads” — 6:30-9:30 p.m. Jan. 20, $60 “Acrylic Painting for the Fun of

It!” — 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 12, $65 “Mixed Media Collage” — 1-5 p.m. Jan. 15, $75 “Water Colors: Pushing the Puddle” — 1:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 11 – 25, $100 “Painting from the Fire Within” — 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Jan. 16, Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N., $100 “Let’s Paint” — 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Jan. 8, $65 “Introduction to Dry Pastels” — 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Jan. 22, $85 “Shoot Like a Pro with your Point and Shoot (Basic)”— 6:308:30 p.m. Jan. 18 or 10 a.m. – noon Jan. 20, $38 “Watercolor Made Easy: An Introduction to Watercolor Pencils & Crayons!” — 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Jan .23, $90 “Word Play: Say What You Want to Say” — 1-4 p.m. Jan. 23, Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N., $60 “Making Wire Vessels and Baskets” — 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Jan. 29 and 30, $185

Library The following events take place at the Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way. Call 392-5430. Baby Music Time, for ages newborn to 14 months with an adult, is at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 29. Spanish Story Times, for all ages with an adult, is Mondays at 6 p.m. FreePlay, for all ages: borrow (with library card and ID) a Nintendo DS and game to play at the library Manga Club Cosplay Camp, for teens, is at 3 p.m. Jan. 10. Teen Book Group meets at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 13. Finding the Right Colleges for You, for teens, is at 10 a.m. Jan. 15. College Admissions 101, for teens, is at 10 a.m. Jan. 22. Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tournament, for teens, is at 3 p.m. Jan. 27. Citizenship classes for adults is at 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Talk Time, for adults to practice English skills, 1 p.m. Mondays and 6:30 p.m. Thursdays Computer Class: Microsoft Excel Level 2, for adults, is at 7 p.m. Jan. 4. Opera Preview: “Barber of Seville,” for adults, is 7 p.m. Jan. 11.

Seniors Issaquah Valley Senior Center is open from 8:30 a.m. - 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. Free art classes, 1-3 p.m. Fridays Beginning Computer Workshop, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Jan. 20, free, limited to 10 students, preregister at the front desk Get a ride to the grocery store, 1 p.m. Jan. 7 and 21, $2 AARP Driver Safety Course, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Jan. 19 and 26, $14/$12 for AARP members The following day trips are offered through the month of January: Ladies Breakfast, Family Pancake House in Redmond — 9 a.m. – noon, Jan. 5, $8/$10 Nordic Heritage Museum — 9:15 a.m. – 3 p.m. Jan. 12, $13/$15 Sacred Music Choir & Mass — 5:30-9:45 p.m. Jan. 13, $8/$10 Muckleshoot Casino — 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Jan. 19, $8/$10 Brunch & Movie — 9:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Jan. 24, $8/$10 Warbirds Flying Heritage Collection — 8:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Jan. 26, $18/$20

Issaquah Nursing and Rehab donates $1,000 to senior center Issaquah Nursing and Rehab recently donated $1,000 to the Issaquah Valley Senior Center. Presenting the check are (from left) Craig Hansen, president of the board of directors; Carmen Llewellyn, vice president of the board of directors; and Lisa Stubenrauch, administrator at Issaquah Nursing and Rehab.

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film in just one week. “We just have to do what we can and work as fast as we can.” As the group submitted the film, Bell and Smith recalled that they merely hoped to take home the prize for best comedy. When they took the top prize, everyone in the group was surprised. “It was really exciting for us,” Bell said. “It was pretty unexpected.” The group was given a copy of Final Cut Studio — an editing suite worth more than $1,000 — and an iPod Touch for winning first prize. The group posted the video to YouTube for friends and family members to enjoy. Among the video’s big fans is Alex Bell’s mother, Jayne Bell. “I thought it was so good technically,” she said. “I thought that’s something you could see on television.” Next, the group will take “Check Engine” to Hollywood in the spring for the International Grand Finale, where it will compete with winning videos from other colleges. If “Check Engine” wins best picture, each member of the group will receive an iPad. Tim Pfarr: 392-6434, ext. 239, or Comment at

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ing a pacemaker to an artificial heart. All of the challenges were to take place on an 8-by-4-foot table scattered with objects and obstacles, requiring precise movements by the robot. For its research project, the team chose AIDS, discussing how HIV progresses to the disease and what can be done for patients in different stages of diagnosis. Programming proved to be difficult at times, as the robot ran on a sophisticated programming language. However, working on the robot was the most challenging task. “Most of our time was navigation, getting our robot to navigate around the table,” Schneider said. The group also ran into issues relating to the charge of the AA batteries that drove the device. Fresh batteries would cause the robot to move too quickly, and those with less charge would make the robot more lethargic. “We didn’t really think about it that much at first,” Roberts said about the issue with the batteries early in the design process. Elms said fresh batteries seemed to rocket the robot further than it was supposed to go across the table. “If you put new batteries in, it goes zoom,” he said. On the day of the competition, the group presented its research project as well as its robot for a design critique, and finally, it took to the competition tables for three two-and-a-half-minute runs, striving to complete as many tasks as it could in the allotted time. Team members often had to lift the robot by hand back to the starting corner of the table to interchange attachments for specific tasks. They would then unleash the robot and watch it buzz across the table, lifting, pushing and grabbing items on the table. The team improved on each run on the competition table, and between runs the group

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tested and tweaked the device. “I think it went well,” Roberts said about the final run. “We didn’t do super great on the first two.” Awards were given for the top finishers in categories such as robot design, robot performance and teamwork, and teams receiving awards advanced to the state championships. Although the Devil Duckies did not advance, Schneider said members of the team felt positive about their work, meeting days later to discuss what went well and what could have gone better. “They felt like they worked well as a team. They felt like they had good solutions to the missions,” she said. “They were pleased with their presentations.” Schneider said the team plans to enter the competition next year, and at the insistence of the team, work will begin now to improve weaknesses. “They’re already planning experiments on how they’re going to improve the battery liability for next year,” she said. Schneider said the team also hopes to become more skilled with its programming and alter the robot’s fundamental design. Assistant coach Larry Berglind said the program is a great way for preteens and teenagers to learn about science and engineering. “It’s been a really good time. The kids have gotten so much out of it,” Berglind said. “For 12year-old boys, it’s hard to get them to focus. It’s like trying to herd a cat.” Schneider emphasized how even those with varying interests have found the program fun. “It’s a great program, and the kids get pumped,” she said. “You don’t have to be a science geek.” Tim Pfarr: 392-6434, ext. 239, or Comment at

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O BITUARIES  Archie Lawrence Cress Archie Cress, a wellloved and respected woodshop teacher who taught at Issaquah’s Pine Lake Middle School until his retirement in Archie Cress 1992, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010, from heart failure. He was 80. A memorial service was Dec. 20 at Westminster Chapel. Prior to Issaquah, Archie, of Mercer Island, taught for 19 years in the Seattle School District and five years in the Pasadena Unified School District. Archie and his wife Joan raised their family on the shores of Lake Sammamish, next to Camp Sambica, where for more than 30 years Archie served in many roles, including the summer camp waterfront director. Archie was an active member of Westminster Chapel in Belle-

vue, where he taught in the church youth program and led many camping excursions. Archie was also an enthusiastic member in the Evergreen Chapter of the Model A Ford Club, where he championed youth involvement in Model A Ford activities. Archie will be remembered for his strong faith, leadership, humor, story-telling, love of working in the woodshop and devotion to his family. Archie was the husband of Joan Cress, who worked in the Issaquah School District Curriculum Department and Personnel Department from 1971-1995, when she retired as the director of classified personnel. Archie was loved by many and will be dearly missed. He is survived by his wife Joan; children Roy, Brian, Ted, Sharon and Eric, along with his children’s spouses; and twelve grandchildren. A memorial fund in Archie’s honor has been established at Camp Sambica to be used for the refurbishing of the waterfront boathouse. Go to

Melvin W. Thorpe Melvin W. Thorpe, of Issaquah, died Dec. 23, 2010, in Seattle. He was 73. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Jan. 9 at Saint Andrew’s Melvin Thorpe Lutheran Church, 2650 148th Ave. S.E., Bellevue. Melvin was born March 3, 1937, in Pasadena, Calif., to Melvin Thorpe Sr. and Genevieve Nash. Melvin played football, basketball and baseball in high school, and was president of his high school senior class. He started work as a paperboy at age 14. While a young man, he worked many jobs, including construction, roofing, with a local veterinarian (including helping show dogs at Madison Square Garden), and as an experimental sheet metal worker for Pratt & Whitney in Connecticut. He received an associate degree in business from Post College in Waterbury, Conn. During his late 20s, he worked for Uniroyal, as a salesman, a night manager and in the purchasing office. He married Ann Elise Schweizer on Aug. 9, 1969, in Waterbury, Conn.


“If we could get more books, that would be awesome, because we have so many little kids who come in and read them,” she said. The majority of Nathaniel’s donations disappeared in a week. Some bank patrons treat the bookshelves like a library, and return the books for new ones every week, Sandoval said. Nathaniel had so much success with his first drive that he said he plans to do another one next year. “I’m proud of Nate,” Scott said. “He did a great job. It shows what one person can do when you put your mind to something.” During a busy Wednesday at the

In 1979, Mel and Ann moved to Issaquah. While at The Boeing Co., Mel worked for almost 20 years with the commercial aviation-purchasing group, retiring in 2007. Melvin was a member of the Sammamish Club Seniors Tennis Team, U.S. Tennis Association and Saint Andrew’s Building & Property Committee. He coached Little League baseball, soccer, basketball and football. He loved tennis (he played almost daily and his team made the regional playoffs in Sun Valley, Ore.), golf, boating, RVing, jet-skiing and cutting his lawn. His family remembers him as an energetic, loving husband and father, always busy and active, keeping up with sports, always there, concerned for people and looking to make you smile. Melvin is survived by his wife Ann Thorpe, of Issaquah; sons Steven Thorpe, of Los Angeles, Ryan Thorpe, of Issaquah, and Michael Thorpe, of Townville, S.C.; and daughter Lisa Thorpe, of Windsor, Colo. He was preceded in death by his father Melvin Thorpe Sr., mother Genevieve Nash and sister Diane Thorpe. Memorial donations can be made to the American Heart Association, or Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church 2650 148th Ave. S.E. Bellevue, WA 98007-6452, 746-2529.

food bank, Tyler McCracken, of Renton, picked out several thriller novels by Tom Clancy and Robert Ludlum, the author of the Bourne Identity series. McCracken commended the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank for stocking books. “It’s a good thing for kids who like to read and don’t have money for books,” he said. To donate books or other supplies to the bank, call 392-4123. Nathaniel said he hopes the bank will soon be named the Enos Guss Book Bank, after the city’s first impromptu librarian, a name change the bank is considering, Sandoval said. “Here’s a guy who did something that really promoted literacy in Issaquah, and Nate thought it would be good to give him the honor of the book bank,” Scott said.

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Roland Svensson, of Redmond and formerly of Issaquah, died at home in Redmond on Monday, Dec. 20, 2010. He was 70. A memorial Roland Svensson service was Dec. 28 at Flintoft’s Issaquah Funeral Home. A reception followed. Roland was born July 3, 1940, in Osby, Sweden, the son of Folke and Marta Svensson. He was raised in Osby and graduated from Chalmers University in Gothenburg, Sweden, with his master’s in electrical engineering. He served with the Swedish Navy for a year and a half, and then worked in Stockholm until he immigrated to Rochester, N.Y., to work as an electrical engineer for General Dynamics in 1968. He married his wife Christine Lawson Svensson on Jan. 24, 1970. He and Chris relocated to San Diego with General Dynamics in 1970, and then moved to the San Francisco Bay area, where he worked for many years for several companies in his field of telecommunications. He formed his own consulting

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business, moved to the Seattle area in July 1987 and worked for three small companies, the last being Wavetrace, of Bellevue. Harris Corp. bought his company and transferred him to Melbourne, Fla., where he finished his career, and then retired in July 2005, moving back to Washington. Through the years, he loved sailing and sailed for many years in the San Francisco Bay, the Trans Pac Race and the Puget Sound, until he took up riding his beloved Harley. He continued his passion for riding his Harley, with wife riding sissy for years. He collected snuffboxes and enjoyed ham radio. He was preceded in death by his parents Folke Svensson and Marta in the 1980s. Survivors include daughter Amanda Svensson, of San Jose, Calif.; son Jonas and daughter-inlaw Julee Bottler Svensson; son Kristian (Kit) Svensson; sister Marianne Andersson, of Vallakra, Sweden; and brother Elon Svensson and sister-in-law Inger Svensson, of Sigtuna, Sweden. The family suggests remembrances to the American Heart Association. Arrangements are by Flintoft’s Funeral Home and Crematory. Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family’s online guest book at

Dee A. Thurlow Dee A. Thurlow died Dec. 22, 2010, at her home in Issaquah. She was 90. Dee was born on March 23, 1920, in Ames City, Iowa, to Lou and Sara WilDee Thurlow ley. She attended Iowa State University, where she met and eventually married David Warren Thurlow. Together, they raised four children. The family lived in Seattle and later Bellevue. They enjoyed ski-

ing and camping trips, and visits to the beaches of the Pacific Coast. After David’s death in 1991, Dee moved to Ocean Shores, where she met Bruno Rosenburger, who became a very special part of her life. He died Dec. 15, 2005. Dee touched the lives of everyone who came to know her. Her family and friends will remember her great smile and greatly miss her. She is survived by her four children, Julie Brown, of Renton, John Thurlow, of Issaquah, Jeff Thurlow, of Vashon Island, and Barbara Wilson, of Montana; seven grandchildren; and seven greatgrandchildren. A celebration of her life will be held in February.

Brendan James McCloskey Brendan James McCloskey died Dec. 25, 2010, at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, where he was surrounded by his family. He was 79. Brendan McCloskey Services were Dec. 29 at St. Louise Catholic Church in Bellevue. A rosary service was followed by a Mass. A reception followed. Brendan was buried at Upper Hillside Cemetery in Issaquah. The son of Sara and Patrick McCloskey, he was born in Derry, Northern Ireland, on Sept. 10, 1931. He attended Christian Brothers school in Derry and later went to college to study mechanical engineering. After receiving his degree, Brendan worked for a short time in England. He returned to Northern Ireland, where he worked for Short Brothers Aircraft in Belfast. It was while he was in Belfast


“They only had a certain number of tickets and if you didn’t have one you wouldn’t get seen,” Moon said. She and her colleagues arrived at 5:45 a.m. on Saturday and saw patients from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. It was so crowded, “it looked like a football game on Friday night,” Phanhthavilay said. Patients who needed dental care had to choose whether they wanted an extraction, filling or cleaning — but they could only choose one. “If you needed extractions, you couldn’t have a cleaning also,” Keane said. “They had so many people and they just wanted people to be seen.” By the end of the two-day clinic, the dentists had filled 189 teeth, extracted 1,218 teeth and performed 33 cleanings. All in all, 192 volunteers served 452 people healthcare worth $286,659 — and not one of the

that he met Anne Grehan, his future wife of 50 years, and they were married Sept. 1, 1960. In 1966, Brendan accepted a job from The Boeing Co. as an engineer designing the 747. Brendan and Anne then moved to Bellevue. During his 30 years with the company he was known for continually improving the design and reducing the weight of the 747, an achievement he was very proud of. He became a senior principal engineer, responsible for wings on both the 747 and 767 aircraft. After 44 years at their home in Bellevue, Brendan and Anne recently moved to Timber Ridge at Talus in Issaquah to continue their retirement. The family would like to thank the caring staff at Briarwood and the entire Timber Ridge community for its warm welcome. Survivors include his wife Anne; his daughter Patricia; his two grandsons; his sister Pauline, of Derry, Northern Ireland; and her family. Arrangements are by Flintoft’s Funeral Home. The family invites you to view photos and sign the online guest book at

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Grapplers stay fresh at Brian Hill memorial tournament

By Christopher Huber Issaquah Press reporter The Skyline Spartans wrestling team stayed fresh over the winter break by taking third place in the 2010 Brian Hill Invitational Wrestling Tournament Dec. 30 at Eastside Catholic High School. Two Spartans finished second in their respective weight categories and others on the Skyline Green and Skyline Silver squads pulled their weight, too. O’Dea took the team title with 178 points, but Skyline Green placed third (131) and Eastlake placed fourth (113). The Eastside Catholic Crusaders tied for eighth

with Kennedy with 87.5 points. Skyline Silver placed 14th of 18 teams, scoring 54 points. Eastlake’s Cole Neves’ secondround victory was among the highlights for Sammamish wrestlers. His most notable win was a 39-second pin of Bishop Blanchet’s Zach Weber. “I’ve got it down to muscle memory,” Neves said after the speedy match. “It all comes natural.” He ultimately earned the top spot of the 145-pounders when he pinned Lake Washington’s Joel Gonzales in 2:30 in the final round. The winter-break tournament serves as an important condition-

ing event for grapplers like Neves. It keeps them fresh during the two-week hiatus before entering league competition. “This is, like, the primest time to be in top physical condition,” Neves said. Other tournament highlights from plateau wrestlers include top-two finishes in the 103, 112, 119, 125, 130, 135, 140 and 152 weight classes. O’Dea and Cedarcrest dominated the heavier weight brackets. Eastlake’s Chris Dallas was the 103-pound champ after he pinned O’Dea’s Torre Eaton in 1:41 in the final. Dallas pinned three of four opponents and beat Skyline’s Grif-

fin Howlett 8-0 in the second round. Skyline’s Jo Tono made it to the championship bout in the 112pound tournament, but lost to Curtis Chittenden, of Cedarcrest. Chittenden pinned Tono in 2:58. In the 119-pound competition, Skyline’s Tristian Steciw pinned his way to the championship match, but ultimately fell to Blanchet’s Jesse Dunn in 3 minutes, 33 seconds. Adam Nakanishi, the 125pounder from Eastlake, tore it up through three rounds at Eastside Catholic. He made it to the final bout after beating Skyline’s Collin Ehret 9-7. Nakanishi lost, though,

to O’Dea’s Zack Hamilton, who pinned him in just 1:48. Another Sammamish grappler, Max Benjamin, of Eastlake, made his respective championship bout. He reached the 130-pound final round after winning close decisions in the second and third rounds. Benjamin ultimately fell to Jake Portes, of O’Dea, in 3:11. Drew Beggs, of Eastside Catholic, advanced to the 140pound final round after he pinned Roosevelt’s Joe Flynn in 3:12 in the second and beat Sammamish High School’s John Hernandez 194 in the third round. Beggs dropped the final bout to Dominic Nicacio, of O’Dea, in an 11-3 ma-

jor decision. Eastside Catholic’s Anthony Roy (152 pounds) fell in 4:41 to Cody Paxman, of Cedarcrest, in the third round and settled for a consolation. In the girls competition, Skyline’s Morgan Alverson (130 pounds) placed third overall. She lost to Evergreen’s Taylor Jackson by pin in 1:12 in the first round. Alverson then pinned Cleveland’s Jacqueline Baunsgaurd in 1:47 and lost to Evergreen’s Ashley Snyder 8-0. Eastside Catholic hosts West Seattle at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 6; Eastlake hosts Skyline, Garfield and Redmond at 6 p.m. Jan. 6.

Skyline loses gamble on game against Nevada team Miners’ last-second shot sinks Spartans’ home-win streak By Christopher Huber Issaquah Press reporter Of the many things the Skyline High School basketball team didn’t know about the visiting Bishop Manogue team was that senior guard Brennan Hogan could shoot threes in the clutch. “He was a dark horse,” said Skyline junior forward Lucas Shannon, a defensive force for the Spartans. The Bishop Manogue Miners (10-4), from Reno, Nev., ended Skyline’s 12-game home-winning streak with a 55-53 final-seconds win Dec. 30. Skyline looked like it had pulled off the victory after big man Bryan Cikatz drained two free throws with 30 seconds left to go up 5352. Skyline stole the Manogue inbound and missed an opportunity though. When the Miners got the ball back, senior guard Niles Lujan fed the ball out to Hogan beyond the 3-point arc. Hogan fired from the right side and put the winning shot in with seven seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. That wasn’t enough time to give Skyline a reasonable shot. “I didn’t really think about it much,” Hogan said after the game. “It was pretty exciting. I was not


Kasen Williams, Skyline High School senior forward, tries to get a shot past Bishop Manogue’s Zach McElroy during the fourth quarter Dec. 30. expecting to take a shot.” Hogan finished with 13 points for Bishop Manogue. Although the contest had no bearing on league standings, Skyline went to 5-3 overall (2-1 KingCo). The game looked to be typical of Skyline home victories — slow start, big second quarter and then hold a decent lead down the stretch. The Spartans did start out slow in the first quarter, but led 12-11 after the first eight minutes. “We were having a little bit of trouble getting to the middle,” Shannon said. The team eventually found momentum thanks to Cikatz and

Shannon working the ball down low. Senior forward Kasen Williams scored six points in the second quarter to help Skyline get a comfortable 30-20 lead by halftime. Williams finished with a team-high 18 points. “They started doing lots of screens,” Hogan said. “We just stopped pushing the ball.” As Skyline looked to increase its lead, the Miners went on a 10-0 run to open the third quarter. Manogue’s Ethan Dillard put the Miners up 33-30 with 6:21 left in the third. He would finish with a See GAMBLE, Page B5


Max Browne, Skyline sophomore, goes up for a shot against Bishop Manogue's Brice Hallam during their Dec. 30 basketball game.

Eagles eager to finally play on their home court By Bob Taylor Issaquah Press sports editor


Blair Brady, Issaquah High School guard, puts up two points against Eastlake during a 2009 basketball game.

The Issaquah High School girls basketball team concludes the longest road trip in history of the program. The Eagles finally play on their home court Jan. 5, when they host Garfield at 7:30 p.m. in the new Pat Hatmaker Gymnasium. Issaquah was unable to play at home last year when the school was undergoing massive reconstruction. This season, the Eagles opened on the road with 4A KingCo Conference games at Woodinville and Newport before heading south to Chandler, Ariz., for the Nike Tournament of Champions. “All our players are looking forward to playing at home. They are really excited about that,” Issaquah coach Kathy Gibson said. Issaquah defeated Woodinville 70-56 Dec. 8 and downed Newport 56-39 Dec. 10 before heading to Arizona. The Eagles faced strong competition in the Nike Tournament. The field of teams included former state championship teams from Florida, Arizona and California. “There were some outstanding teams there. Most of them had two or three players who had already committed to colleges,” Gibson


said. “Some teams were really talented. They looked like a small college team.” Issaquah went 1-3 in the tournament with its victory coming against Tolleson, Ariz., 51-41. Tolleson was ranked No. 2 in the Arizona 5A Division II poll and had previously won two state Division II championships. The Eagles also played Etiwanda, one of the premier programs in California; host Chandler, ranked No. 4 in the Arizona 5A Division I poll and loaded with four players 6foot-2 or taller; and Dillard, a defending Florida state champion. Issaquah lost to all three teams, but held a lead in each game. “We didn’t get blown out in any game. We didn’t lose confidence. Our defense was really, really good. That’s what kept us in the games,” Gibson said. “However, we struggled on the offensive side.” Gibson said she believes the tournament will benefit the Eagles. “We learned a lot as a team. We’re going to be so much better

for the experience,” she said. The Eagles, 2-0 in league play and 4-3 overall, will get the opportunity to show what they learned in the three games. “Garfield has a lot of players back and should be real tough. Then we play Skyline, which is very athletic and has good players,” Gibson said. Garfield defeated Issaquah 7154 in last year’s state tournament game for third place. Issaquah has another tough contest coming up Jan. 8, when it entertains unbeaten Eastlake. The Eagles defeated Eastlake twice during the regular season last year, but lost to the Wolves in the KingCo tournament. “January is really a tough month. We will find out what we’re made of,” Gibson said. Issaquah, as in the past, will be shorter than most of its opponents. However, the Eagles have a veteran team this season with seven seniors, who helped Issaquah go 23-6, win the Crest Division title and take sixth place at state last year. Among the returning standouts are forward Maddey Pflaumer and point guard Blaire Brady. Pflaumer, who earned first-team all-KingCo honors last year, is bound for Seattle Pacific and

Brady has signed with Idaho State. “They are great kids. I’m expecting each of them to have a real solid year,” Gibson said. Among the newcomers who has already made an impact this season is 5-foot-10 junior Sabrina Norton, a transfer from Santa Monica, Calif. She scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds when Issaquah defeated Woodinville 7056. Norton also scored 20 points when the Eagles lost to Etiwanda 55-48 in the Nike Tournament. “Rebounding is definitely a strength for her. She is aggressive and on the boards and wants to get the ball every time. She has really fit in well,” Gibson said. In its victories this season the Eagles have had balanced scoring. In addition to Norton, Pflaumer and Brady, Taryn Holmes and Mackenzie Schiltz have scored in double figures. Skyline girls win Cactus Tournament The Skyline girls played tough defense last week and they overwhelmed four opponents to win the Phoenix Hoop Classic Cactus Division. Skyline’s Megan Weideman was See BASKETBALL, Page B5

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Prep boys basketball 4A KingCo Conference CREST DIVISION

Newport Redmond Skyline Issaquah Eastlake CROWN DIVISION

League W L 5 0 3 1 2 1 1 3 1 4

Season W L 8 1 5 4 5 3 4 6 4 6

League W L 4 0 3 1 3 2 1 3 0 4 0 4

Season W L 7 1 6 3 8 2 2 6 4 5 3 5

Garfield Ballard Inglemoor Roosevelt Woodinville Bothell Dec. 27 Games Mayfair, Calif., 54, Roosevelt 36 Redmond 70, Bishop Manogue, Nev., 56 University City, San Diego, 76, Eastlake 64 Dec. 28 Games Inglemoor 53, Eastside Catholic 48 Campbell Hall, Calif., 57, Roosevelt 47 Ballard 55, Foster 48 Issaquah 57, Kennedy Catholic 42 Seattle Prep 58, Redmond 48 Eastlake 71, Mark Morris 57 Newport 75, Cascade 57 Garfield 71, Lakes 69 Dec. 29 Games Inglemoor 53, Glacier Peak 48 Roosevelt 59, Yale Secondary, B.C., 36 Kentlake 84, Ballard 78 Mount Rainier 72, Issaquah 65 Newport 79, Lindbergh 61 Dec. 30 Games Inglemoor 61, Sammamish 57 Ballard 63, Issaquah 54 Eastlake 50, Monroe 49 Bishop Manogue, Nev., 55, Skyline 53 Jan. 5 Game Inglemoor at Garfield Jan. 7 Games Newport at Redmond Garfield at Ballard Woodinville at Roosevelt Inglemoor at Bothell Issaquah at Skyline Jan. 10 Game Ballard at Woodinville Jan. 11 Games Newport at Ballard Skyline at Garfield Redmond at Woodinville Issaquah at Bothell Eastlake at Inglemoor

CASCADE 70, LIBERTY 57 Cascade 18 19 11 22 - 70 Liberty 11 11 20 13 - 57 Cascade - Johnnie Hilliard 16, La Quandis Bruce 11, James Cline 11, Kenny Jackson 10, Noah Nelson 8, Botheo Randolf 7, Steven Gallardo 6, De Andre Commack 1, Cecil Walker 0, Anthony Mickleson 0. Liberty - Kylan Marlow 19, Tynan Gilmore 15, Chandler Jenkins 7, Ben Wessel 5, Robbie Thomas 4, Zach Wood 2, BJ Demps 1, Ryan Agnew 0, Jake Bainton 0, Farzem Shokuri 0, Dawson Solly 0, Kiel York 0.

3A/2A KingCo scoring leaders Points Avg. 115 19.2 150 18.8 159 17.7 134 16.8 158 15.8 155 15.5 90 15.0 141 14.1 126 14.0 104 13.0

Metro League Dec. 30 Game Bellevue College Holiday Tournament EASTSIDE CATHOLIC 54, OAK HARBOR 50 Eastside Catholic 9 13 19 13 - 54 Oak Harbor 19 10 10 11 - 50 Eastside Catholic - Joey Schreiber 32, Matt Callans 8, Austin Soukup 4, Chevy Walker 4, Eddie Janicki 3, Trey Reynolds 3, Hunter Clements 0, Jack McCarthy 0, Mike Rambaldini 0. Oak Harbor - Stevie Bratt 15, Mike Washington, Jr., 10, Drew Washington 9, Tracy Paul 8, Denzel Massey 4, Kevawn Brooks 2, Jay Stout, Jr., 2, Connor Paul 0, David Tillotson 0.

Les Schwab Christmas Classic At Kennedy Catholic ISSAQUAH 57, KENNEDY CATHOLIC 42 Issaquah 12 25 10 10 - 57 Kennedy Catholic 14 9 10 9 - 42 Issaquah - Nick Price 28, Steven Rael 10, Derek Quan 9, Cole Westover 8, Drew Danner 2, Nik Landdeck 0, Eric Lemke 0, Uwila Simposya 0, Taylor Wyman 0. Kennedy Catholic - Mitch Penner 14, Cole Madison 11, Chris Grandberry 4, Allen Gregorius 3, Austin Coby 2, Scott Penner 2, Jordan Perkins 2, Colton Ramsey 2, Samuel Braxton 1, Daiki Kobayashi 1, Ben Harrison 0, Jordan White-Dwyer 0. MOUNT RAINIER 72, ISSAQUAH 65 Mount Rainier 10 20 20 22 - 72 Issaquah 14 15 9 27 - 65 Mount Rainier - Adrian Davis 33, Malik Rodgers 11, Cadeen Rowland 10, Dwane Clay 6, Terrell Williams 4. Issaquah - Cole Westover 15, Nick Price 11, Nik Landdeck 10, Derek Quan 8, Drew Danner 7, Corey Nevin 6, Steven Rael 6, Uwila Simposya 2, Arian Ghaviel 0, Sean Lancaster 0, Taylor Wyman 0. BALLARD 63, ISSAQUAH 54 Ballard 15 15 16 17 - 63 Issaquah 12 18 15 9 - 54 Ballard - Seth Berger 19, Salim Gloyd 17, Brad Barber 13, Johnny Verduin 8, Stuart MacGeorge 5, Nick Onstad-Hawes 1. Issaquah - Nick Price 30, Steven Rael 14, Evan Peterson 7, Drew Danner 3, Cole Westover 0, Nik Landdeck 0, Derek Quan 0, Corey Nevin 0, Uwila Simposya 0, Taylor Wyman 0, Sean Lancaster 0, Arian Ghaviel 0. Surf ‘N Slam Tournament At San Diego UNIVERSITY CITY 76, EASTLAKE 64 Eastlake - Conner Iraola 12, Brandon Lester 11, Mike Miller 11, Colin Nelson 9, Mike Hwang 8, Nick Kassuda 6, Abdu Elkugia 2, Forrest Perry 2, Matt Uhlar 2, Eric Holmdahl 1, Mike Langsen 0. University City - Jonny Shargi 3, Kyle Holder 24, James Scott 2, Sam Dunk 8, Amir Hicks 5, Tim Patrick 13, Steven Rivera 13. EASTLAKE 71, MARK MORRIS 57 Eastlake - Brandon Lester 20, Eric Holmdahl 18, Conner Iraola 13, Nick Kassuba 11, Abdu Elkugia 4, Colin Nelson 3, Mike Hwang 2, Stuart Evans 0, Jared Files 0, Lawrence Lucas 0, Mike Miller 0, Matt Uhlar 0. Mark Morris - Zach Tackwell 12, Rem Bakamus 10, Danner Brill 9, Dalton Thacker 9, Jeremy Gomes 6, Morgan Littlefield 6, Seth Pederson 3, Casey Tilton 2.

4A KingCo scoring leaders Points Avg. 199 24.9 219 24.3 158 22.6 196 21.8 179 19.9 136 17.0 129 16.1 96 16.0 89 14.8 124 13.8 122 13.6 81 13.5 119 13.2 119 13.2 102 12.8 97 12.1

3A/2A KingCo Conference League W L 4 0 3 1 3 1 2 2 2 2 1 3 1 3 0 4

4A KingCo scoring leaders

Mount Si 72, Bishop Guertin, N.H., 69 Lake Washington 82, James Logan, Calif., 77 Bellevue 65, Kamehameha, Hawaii, 49 Aliso Niguel, Calif., 71, Mercer Island 44 Dec. 30 Games Inglemoor 61, Sammamish 57 Mount Si 72, Mount Pleasant, N.H., 48 Mercer Island 61, Corona, Calif., 49 Cascade 70, Liberty 55 Mount Baker 82, Interlake 72 Jan. 7 Games Sammamish at Mount Si Liberty at Interlake Juanita at Mercer Island Bellevue at Lake Washington Jan. 11 Games Bellevue at Sammamish Liberty at Mount Si Juanita at Interlake

Player Games Darien Nelson-Henry (LW) 6 Nate Sikma (Bellevue) 8 Dallas Smith (Mount Si) 9 Kendrick Van Ackeren (Bel) 8 John Steinberg (Sam) 10 George Valle (Sam) 10 Matt Staudacher (LW) 6 Trent Riley (Mount Si) 10 Kellen Gildersleeves (Jua) 9 Chandler Jenkins (Lib) 8

BISHOP Manogue, NEV., 55, SKYLINE 53 Bishop Manogue 11 9 19 16 - 55 Skyline 12 18 14 9 - 53 Bishop Manoqoe - Ethan Dillards 21, Brennan Hogan 16, Niles Logan 10, Dakurai White 3, Zach McElroy 3, Gray Reid 2, Kenechi Rogers 1, Brice Hallam 0, Dominick Murazzo 0, Obim Okake 0. Skyline - Kasen Williams 18, Bryan Cikatz 13, Lucas Shannon 8, Will Parker 7, Max Browne 5, Jonah Eastern 2, Mason Gregory 0, Blake Omlin 0, Isaiah Richmond 0, Jordan Simone 0. EASTLAKE 50, MONROE 49 Monroe 7 14 11 17 - 49 Eastlake 3 17 10 20 - 50 Monroe - Cole Parker 19, Joey Roppo 13, Carl Bunge 4, Tom Meeus 4, Evan Turner 4, Luke Drivstuen 2, Slava Ulanovsky 2, Tony Peloquin 1. Eastlake - Eric Holmdahl 13, Mike Hwang 13, Brandon Lester 12, Matt Uhlar 1, Abdu Elkugia 4, Nick Kassuba 4, Conner Iraola 3, Lawrence Lucas 0, Lance Marxen 0, Mike Miller 0, Colin Nelson 0, Forrest Perry 0.

Player Games Zach Levine (Bothell) 8 Salim Gloyd (Ballard) 9 Tony Wroten (Garfield) 7 Nick Price (Issaquah) 9 Jason Harrington (Red) 9 Eric Bryant (Inglemoor) 8 Glenn Brooks (Garfield) 8 A.J. Edwards (Roos) 6 Joseph Reavley (Wood) 6 Miles Fowler (Newport) 9 Isaac Dotson (Newport) 9 Joe Knight (Roos) 6 Brandon Lester (Eastlake) 9 Cole Wiper (Newport) 9 Prince Lacey (Bothell) 8 Bryan Cikatz (Skyline) 8

Morrison 8, Caleigh McCabe 6, Abby Carlson 5, Ellie Mortensen 5, Bella Zennan 4, Lauren Files 2, Sarah Coyan 0, Anne Heine 0.

Season W L 7 1 8 2 8 2 5 4 4 6 2 6 2 7 1 9

Bellevue Mercer Island Sammamish Lake Washington Mount Si Liberty Juanita Interlake Dec. 27 Games Bellevue 67, Jordan, Long Beach, Calif., 57 Francis Parker, San Diego, 44, Lake Washington 43 Mercer Island 60, Estancia, Calif., 43 Dec. 28 Games Sammamish 64, South Kitsap 40 Boston College Prep 57, Mount Si 44 Compton, Calif., 78, Lake Washington 51 La Costa Canyon, Calif., 69, Bellevue 65 Mercer Island 67, Jserra Catholic, Calif., 44 Dec. 29 Games Sammamish 65, Bear Creek 43

Prep girls basketball 4A KingCo Conference CREST DIVISION

Eastlake Issaquah Skyline Redmond Newport CROWN DIVISION

League W L 4 0 2 0 2 2 1 3 0 4

Season W L 9 0 4 3 8 3 2 7 3 6

League W L 4 1 3 1 2 2 2 2 2 3 0 4

Season W L 6 3 7 2 4 3 5 4 2 4 2 7

Woodinville Inglemoor Garfield Roosevelt Ballard Bothell Dec. 27 Games Woodinville 68, Chandler, Ariz., 65 Skyline 65, St. Albert, Alberta, 26 Eastlake 66, Basic, Nev., 34 Dec. 28 Games Jackson 64, Redmond 40 Roosevelt 47, Shorewood 43 Skyline 56, Riverside, B.C., 30 Skyline 52, San Tan, Ariz., 12 Garfield 64, Wilson 55 Eastlake 58, Justin-Siena, Calif., 49 Dec. 29 Games Jackson 60, Roosevelt 28 Glacier Peak 50, Redmond 42 Brock, Tex., 44, Woodinville 40 River Ridge 80, Garfield 76 Inglemoor 62, Bishop Blanchet 49 Dec. 30 Games Shorecrest 41, Redmond 34 Roosevelt 58, Kamiak 31 Woodinville 51, Oak Ridge, Calif., 47 Skyline 50, Holy Cross, B.C., 35 Bothell 55, Everett 51 Eastlake 45, Lynden 41 Jan. 5 Games Garfield at Issaquah Roosevelt at Redmond Ballard at Skyline Woodinville at Eastlake Bothell at Newport Jan. 7 Games Garfield at Ballard Newport at Redmond Issaquah at Skyline Inglemoor at Bothell Woodinville at Roosevelt Jan. 8 Game Eastlake at Issaquah Jan. 12 Games Ballard at Newport Woodinville at Redmond Garfield at Skyline Inglemoor at Eastlake Bothell at Issaquah

EASTLAKE 45, LYNDEN 41 Eastlake 9 7 12 17 - 45 Lynden 13 8 7 11 - 41 Eastlake - Caleigh McCabe 14, Kendra Morrison 11, Abby Carlson 8, Katy Ainslie 6, Lauren Files 3, Bella Zennan 2, Taylor Boe 1. Phoenix Cactus Tournament Phoenix, Ariz. SKYLINE 65, ST. ALBERT, Alberta 26 Skyline 19 22 10 14 - 65 St. Albert 3 7 8 8 - 26 Skyline - Allie Wyszynski 14, Cristy Cofano 10, Haley Smith 10, Lindsey Nicholson 7, Michelle Bretl 6, Anne Luempert 6, Lacey Nicholson 5, Megan Weideman 4, Susie Tinker 3, Alex Daugherty 0, Morgan Farrar 0. SKYLINE 56, RIVERSIDE, B.C., 30 Riverside 4 9 4 13 - 30 Skyline 20 11 15 10 - 56 Skyline - Megan Weideman 13, Susie Tinker 10, Lindsey Nicholson 7, Cristy Cofano 5, Michelle Bretl 4, Allie Wyszynski 4, Anne Luempert 2, Alex Daugherty 0, Haley Smith 10, Morgan Farrar 0, Lacey Nicholson 0. SKYLINE 52, SAN TAN FOOTHILLS, Ariz, 12 San Tan 0 3 4 5 - 12 Skyline 18 14 13 7 - 52 Skyline - Allie Wyszynski 10, Alex Daugherty 7, Lacey Nicholson 7, Morgan Farrar 6, Haley Smith 5, Megan Weideman 6, Susie Tinker 5, Michelle Bretl 4, Anne Luempert 2, Cristy Cofano 0, Lindsey Nicholson 0. SKYLINE 50, HOLY CROSS, B.C., 35 Skyline 10 12 18 10 - 50 Holy Cross 8 4 17 6 - 35 Skyline - Michelle Bretl 10, Morgan Farrar 8, Cristy Cofano 7, Lindsey Nicholson 7, Megan Weideman 6, Haley Smith 5, Allie Wyszynski 3, Anne Luempert 2, Susie Tinker 2, Alex Daugherty 0, Lacey Nicholson 0. Surf ‘N Slam Tournament At San Diego EASTLAKE 66, BASIC, Nev., 34 Basic (Henderson) 8 12 5 9 - 34 Eastlake 20 19 16 12 - 66 Basic - Kailay Branther 13, Kelsey Gunther 8, Shanlee Valentine 5, Chelsey Silkodka 0, Enjoly Johnson 2, Amanhi Soba 2, Arielle Wilke 2, Jeslyn Gibbs 1, Victoria Harris 0, Cherry Pintado 0. Eastlake - Katy Ainslie 14, Taylor Boe 9, Rachel Ainslie 7, Ally Carlson 7, Kendra Morrison 7, Ann Heine 5, Bella Zennan 5, Sarah Coyan 4, Lauren Files 3, Caleigh McCabe 3, Ellie Mortensen 2, Taylor Yoneyane 0. EASTLAKE 58, JUSTIN SIENA 49 Eastlake 16 10 16 16 - 58 Justin Siena 10 12 5 22 - 49 Eastlake - Katy Ainslie 14, Taylor Boe 14, Kendra

Player Games Nyasha Sarju (Garfield) 7 Taylor Peacocke (Ingl.) 8 Kendra Morrison (East) 9 Catherine Killian (Roos) 9 Melissa Gilkey (Wood) 9 Kelly Conroy (Inglemoor) 8 Cora McManus (Garfield) 7 Ali Forde (Wood) 9 Maddey Pflaumer (Iss) 5 Katherine Woodworth (Roos) 9 Kareena Dahl (Bothell) 9 Renee Dillard-Brown (Garf) 7 Chanel Cambronero (New) 9 Katy Ainslie (Eastlake) 9 Blaire Brady (Issaquah) 6

Points Avg. 148 21.1 143 17.9 141 15.7 130 14.4 121 13.4 100 12.5 87 12.4 106 11.8 58 11.6 103 11.4 101 11.2 78 11.1 96 10.7 90 10.0 60 10.0

3A/2A KingCo Conference League W L 4 0 3 1 3 1 2 2 2 2 1 3 1 3 0 4

Juanita Liberty Mount Si Mercer Island Lake Washington Interlake Bellevue Sammamish Dec. 28 Games Lynnwood 56, Juanita 51 Liberty 56, Glacier Peak 53 Mount Si 55, Kamiak 45 Bellevue 44, Shorecrest 39 Dec. 29 Games Mount Si 53, Lynnwood 40 Juanita 65, Shorecrest 54 Bellevue 48, Kamiak 35 Liberty 43, Shorewood 33 Jan. 5 Games Mercer Island at Interlake Juanita at Sammamish Bellevue at Mount Si Liberty at Lake Washington Jan. 7 Games Sammamish at Mount Si Liberty at Interlake Juanita at Mercer Island Bellevue at Lake Washington Jan. 10 Game Lindbergh at Interlake Jan. 12 Games Sammamish at Bellevue Lake Washington at Mercer Island Interlake at Juanita Mount Si at Liberty

Season W L 8 2 7 3 7 3 3 3 6 3 5 4 3 7 1 5

KingCo/WesCo Challenge At Juanita High LIBERTY 56, GLACIER PEAK 53 Glacier Peak 15 9 16 13 - 53 Liberty 8 16 19 13 - 56 Glacier Peak - Katie Hawkins 14, Oliva VanBlae 12, Becca Smith 7, Allie Weatherby 6, Julianne Gere 5, Taylor Rasmussen 5, Turner Hill 4, Nicole Fausey 0, Sophia Gaffney 0. Liberty - Aspen Winegar 17, Danni Sjolander 12, Halie Ericksen 11, Karlie Ludwig 6, Sierra Carlson 3, Stephanie Yea 3, Delane Agnew 2, Tera Johnson 2, Sofie Safley 0. LIBERTY 43, SHOREWOOD 33 Liberty 7 6 16 14 - 43 Shorewood 13 4 8 8 - 33 Liberty - Danni Sjolander 11, Aspen Winegar 10, Sofie Safley 0, Sierra Carlson 8, Halie Ericksen 5, Karlie Ludwig 2, Delane Agnew 0, Tera Johnson 0. Shorewood - Lisa Echert 9, Erin Ellersick 7, Jennifer Franklin 5, Masha Shtikel 5, Kimberly Lindgren 1, Kenra Holley-Fair 3, Jennifer Thompson 3, Lauren Thompson 0, Munwara Abdala 0. LYNNWOOD 65, LIBERTY 60 Lynnwood 14 13 17 21 - 65 Liberty 13 14 9 24 - 60 Lynnwood - Meghan Cross 21, Mokun Fajemisin 13, Arsenia Ivanov 9, Grace Douglas 6, Jasmin Edwards 5, Linda Wilson 5, Casey Evans 3, Kelsey Parker 3, Izzy Maza 0. Liberty - Sierra Carlson 16, Danni Sjolander 15, Aspen Winegar 13, Sofie Safley 0, Halie Ericksen 8, Stephanie Yea 8, Delane Agnew 0, Tera Johnson 0, Karlie Ludwig 0.

3A/2A KingCo scoring leaders Player Jae Shin (MI) Hailey Eddings (Mount Si) Danni Sjolander (Liberty) Kate Cryderman (Juanita) Mikayla Jones (Juanita) Eric Bryant (Inglemoor) Taylor Solomon (LW) Kat Whitfield (LW) Kris Brackman (MI) Holly Grager (Juanita) Aspen Winegar (Liberty)

Games 9 10 10 10 10 8 9 9 9 10 10

Points Avg. 158 17.6 171 17.1 151 15.1 130 13.0 115 19.9 136 11.5 97 10.8 93 10.3 92 10.2 102 10.2 98 9.8

Nonleague Dec. 28 Game HAZEN 38, EASTSIDE CATHOLIC 35 Hazen 2 8 12 16 - 38 Eastside Catholic 11 6 6 12 - 35 Hazen - Airashay Rogers 19, Keyanna Reed 8, Anastasia Pallis 6, Michelle Wnek 4, Anecia Scurry 1, Lauren Goss 0, Tyra Markey 0, Maycee Martin 0, Samantha McCord 0, Starr Williams 0. Eastside Catholic - Michaela O’Rourke 9, Emma Burnham 2, Alex Johnston 2, Danielle Leider 2, Shelby Newell 1, Megan Drews 0.

Prep wrestling Nonleague BRIAN HILL INVITATIONAL Dec. 30 at Eastside Catholic Team scores - 1, O’Dea 178; 2, Cedarcrest 166.5; 3, Skyline Green 131; 4, Eastlake 113; 5, Archbishop Murphy 108.5; 6, Evergreen 106; 7, Juanita 105.5; 8, Eastside Catholic 87.5, 9 Kennedy Catholic 87.5; 10, Roosevelt 80; 11, Bishop Blanchet 70; 12, Sammamish 67; 13, Lake Washington 65; 14, Skyline Silver 54; 15, West Seattle 31; 16, Cle Elum 25; 17, Franklin 13; 18, Lakeside 8. Final results 103: Chris Dallas (Eastlake) p. Torre Eaton (O’Dea), 1:41; semifinals, Dallas p. Joey DeMatteo (Sky. Green), 4:00. 112: Curtis Chittendon (Cedarcrest) p. Jo Tono (Sky. Green), 2:59. 119: Jesse Dunn (B. Blanchet) p. Tristian Steciw (Sky. Green), 3:33. 125: Zach Hamilton (O’Dea) p. Adam Nakanishi (Eastlake), 1:48; semifinals, Nakanishi d. Collin Ehret (Sky. Green), 9-7. 130: Jake Portes (O’Dea) p. Max Benjamin (Eastlake), 3:11. 135: Gage Anderson (O’Dea) maj. dec. Willie Spurr (Roosevelt), 10-0; semifinals, Anderson d. Tyler White (Sky. Green), 6-0. 140: Dominic Nicacio (O’Dea) maj. dec. Drew Beggs (E. Cath.), 11-3. 145: Cole Neves (Eastlake) p. Joel Gonzales (Lakewood), 2:30. 152: Cody Paxman (Cedarcrest) d. Cam Wade (A. Murphy), 7-5. 160: Derek Reubish (Juanita) d. Eli Gremmert (Cedarcrest), 17-11. 171: Brandon Todd (A. Murphy) p. Bruce Adsero (Kennedy Cath.), 4:13. 189: Peter Johnson (B. Blanchet) d. Logan McCallum (Juanita), 82. 215: David Dempsey (O’Dea) d. Jeremiah Laufasa (Juanita), 3-1. 285: Robb McNair (Cedarcrest) d. Cole Mackay (Kennedy Cath.) by default; semifinals, MacKay p. Matt McKiernan (Sky. Silver), 0:23. PACIFIC COAST CHAMPIONSHIPS Dec. 30 at Hudson’s Bay, Vancouver Team scores: 1, Oregon City 142; 2, Tumwater 138; 3, Canby, Ore., 135.5; 4, Union 134; 5, Zillah 130.5; 6, Edmonds-Woodway 128; 7, South Kitsap 124.5; 8, Snohomish 123; 9, Klahowya 120.5; 10, West Linn, Ore., 119.5; 11, Clackamas, Ore., 106.5; 12, Chiawana 103; 13, Sherwood, Ore., 93.5; 14, Bellingham 87.5; 15, Central Kitsap 85.5; 16, Burlington-Edison 85; 17 Evergreen 85; 18, Prairie 68; 19, WF West-Chehalis 66.6; 20, McKay, Ore., 63; 21, Olympic 57; 22, Skyview 56; 23, Squalicum 53; 24, Liberty 51; 25, Hudson’s Bay 50, 26 Heritage 50; 27, Timberline 49; 28, Renton 47; 29, Bellevue 41.5; 30 Camas 41.5; 31, Ripon, Ore., 35; 32, Woodinville 34; 33, Mountain View 32; 34, Columbia River 23. Liberty results 112: Austin Sivret lost to Nick Solario (Ripon) 6-0; consolation, Sivret lost to Jessie Gonzales (Zillah), 10-3. 119: Michael Shaw pinned by Michael Youngs (Heritage), 0:53; consolation, pinned by Devyn Daniels (Zillah), 4:46. 125: Nat Sjoholm pinned by Robert Campos (Burlington-Edison), 1:28; consolation, Sjoholm pinned by Brian Robles (Mountain View), 2:29.

130: Tyler Le pinned by Tanner Zuvala (BurlingtonEdison), 2:43; consolation, Le pinned by Rawley Warren (Canby), 2:46. 135: Riley Richmond pinned by Aaron Babb (Col. River), 1:10; consolation, Richmond p. Tyler Weiss (Camas), 0:43; Richmond p. Seth Ziolowski (Timberline), 1:27; Richmond pinned by Gunnar Metzger (Hudson’s Bay), 2:21. 145: Tru Petrilli pinned by Mac Hutchison (Ed.Woodway), 0:40; consolation, Petrilli lost to Colton Barrett (Tumwater) 7-6. 152: Hamilton Noel d. Zeke Gaeta (Olympic), 14-4; Noel d. Matt Rice (Union), 10-5; Noel p. Stephen Doman (Timberline), 2:54; semifinals, Noel d. Kris Fenton (So. Kitsap), 4-3; title match, Noel lost to Travis Schutzler (West Linn), 1-0. 160: Jay Chakravarty p. Vincente Hubert (Camas), 3:07; Chakravarty p. Joel Trujillo (Burlington-Edison), 3:01; quarterfinals, Chakra arty pinned by Anthony Thomas (Evergreen), 5:05; consolation, Chakravarty d. Austin Raines (Evergreen), 14-7; Chakravarty d. Jake Virtue (Union), 5-0; Chakravarty lost to Toney Chay (West Linn), 9-5; fifth place, Chakravarty d. Thomas (Evergreen), 7-2. 171: Jake Tierney p. Jamey Mange (Bellevue), 5:04; Tierney pinned by Caleby Ohalek (Olympic), 1:20; consolation, Tierney lost to Brett McDonald (Central Kitsap), 10-1. 285: Luke Oman pinned by Tyler Rangel (Hudson’s Bay), 0:57; consolation, Oman p. Hugo Sanchez (McKay); Oman pinned by Nate Parsons (Tumwater), 1:34.

Youth swimming Fall Division 1 Championships Results for Issaquah Swim Team GIRLS 8-and-under 25 freestyle: Gold, 1, Belle Battistoni 15.79; 7, Mylie Hanger 17.15; 14, Abby Roth 18.76; 18, Liz Tacchetti 19.45; 21, Megan Tacchetti 19.54; Silver, 28, Kate Jendrezak 28.20; 31, Mallika Shah 20.51; 40, Courtney Gross 22.60. 50 freestyle: Gold, 1, Battistoni 35.52; Silver, 10, Hanger 40.95; 11, Roth 41.43. 25 backstroke: Gold, 4, Battistoni 19.93; 8, Roth 21.82; 14, Hanger 22.88; 16, M. Tacchetti 22.92; Silver, 30, L. Tacchetti 25.45; 32, Anna Kaczmarek 25.62; 33, Jendrezak 25.70; 38, Shah 26.80. 25 breaststroke: Gold, 3, Battistoni 21.74; 9, Jendrezak 25.59; 11, Hanger 25.83; 13, Shah 26.35; 16, M. Tacchetti 26.64; 18, Roth 26.92; Silver, 25, L. Tacchetti 28.17; 26, Kaczmarek 28.67. 25 butterfly: Gold, 1, Battistoni 17.56; 9, Roth 20.92; 10, Hanger 20.98; 16, M. Tacchetti 23.42; Silver, 21, Shah 24.56; 26, Jendrezak 25.83; 28, L. Tacchetti 25.99; 29, Kaczmarek 26.10; 32, Courtney Gross 27.27. 9-year-olds 50 freestyle: Gold, 5, Sarah Dimeco 34.66; 6, Ashleigh Lee 34.77; 20, Holly Schwinn 37.69; Silver, 24, Maggie Roth 39.22; 31, Anna Leist 43.72. 50 backstroke: Gold, 2, Lee 39.73; Silver, 22, Schwinn 22.48. 50 breaststroke: Silver, 14, Dimeco 50.71; 16, Lee 51.17; 22, Roth 53.52; 23, Schwinn 53.85. 50 butterfly: Gold, 2, Dimeco 39.09; 7, Lee 41.76; Silver, 10, Schwinn 43.82. 100 individual medley: Gold, 7, Lee 1:31.89; Silver, 9, Dimeco 1:33.44; 17, Schwinn 1:37.55; 26, Roth 1:46.69. 10-year-olds 50 freestyle: Gold, 4, Grace Jendrezak 33.16; 5, Emily Sur 33.36; 12, Maggie Van Nortwick 34.92; 13, Grace Tacchetti 35.08; 15, Emily Whelan 35.18; 17, Haley Dardis 36.07; 19, Isabelle Gonzalez 36.43; 20, Grace Rossi 36.50; 24, Jasmine Wee 37.41; Silver, 29, Anna Orban 39.38; 31, Bailie Shultz 41.42. 50 backstroke: Gold, 5, Jendrezak 40.04; 7, Van Nortwick 40.43; 9, Whelan 41.01; 11, Gonzalez 41.76; 13, Sur 42.52; Silver, 15, Rossi 43.89; 16, Wee 43.95; 19, Dardis 45.78; 20, Tacchetti 46.19; 22, Orban 46.45; 28, Sophie Forster 49.78. 50 breaststroke: Gold, 6, Van Nortwick 43.85; 7, Wee 44.83; 8, Whelan 45.19; 10, Sur 45.48; 12, Jendrezak 45.79; 16, Rossi 47.20; Silver, 21, Julia Crumb 49.50; 22, Orban 50.15; 23, Tacchetti 50.63; 24, Dardis 50.64; 25, Gonzalez 50.85; 29, Shultz 52.49. 50 butterfly: Gold, 6, Whelan 38.20; 7, Sur 38.62; 10, Van Nortwick 40.96; Silver, 13, Rossi 43.02; 15, Gonzalez 44.25; 16, Dardis 45.18; 18, Orban 46.43; 20, Wee 46.98; 21, Tacchetti 47.70; 24, Jendrezak 49.59. 100 individual medley: Gold, 7, Sur 1:27.81; 8, Van Nortwick 1:28.21; 10, Whelan 1:28.33; 11, Rossi 1:30.60; 12, Jendrezak 1:30.93; Silver, 15, Wee 1:32.94; 16, Dardis 1:35.28; 18, Tacchetti 1:37.62; 19, Gonzalez 1:37.63; 21, Orban 1:40.12; 25, Shultz 1:46.08; 26, Crumb 1:47.58. 11-year-olds 50 freestyle: Gold, 1, Emily Schahrer 30.61; 4, Halle Nicholson 32.45; 10, Kayla Biehl 33.22; 11, Sam Moynihan 33.38; Silver, 20, Grace Morton 35.11; 26, Delaney Poggemann 36.77; 27, Serena Xiong 36.82; 31, Astor Tellman 37.59; 33, Andrea Nelson 38.28. 50 backstroke: Silver, 8, Morton 40.20; 9, Nicholson 40.27; 15, Biehl 41.25; 22, Moynihan 43.67. 50 breaststroke: Silver, 3, Schahrer 43.21; 12, Tellman 46.05; 13, Xiong 46.23; 15, Moynihan 46.52; 17, Morton 46.80; 23, Biehl 48.91. 50 butterfly: PNAG, 1, Schahrer 35.15; Silver, 4, Morton 38.33; 5, Poggemann 38.39; 14, Tellman 41.19; 18, Xiong 42.10; 24, Moynihan 24.44. 100 individual medley: Gold, 1, Schahrer 1:19.63; Silver, 11, Morton 1:27.20; 20, Xiong 1:31.70; 21, Poggemann 1:32.06; 22, Nicholson 1:32.29; 23, Moynihan 1:32.46. 12-year-olds 50 freestyle: Gold, 4, Brooke Flaten 29.92; 6, Hannah-Rae Ernst 30.11; 8, Darian Himes 30.96; 9, Aimee Ellis 31.02; 10, Priya Sidhu 31.15; 12, Clarissa Mitchell 31.48; 13, Maggie Leist 31.68; 17, Emma Faciane 32.70; Silver, 23, Lisa Tang 33.88; 29, Sarah Walker 35.84. 50 backstroke: PNAG, 1, Ellis 33.54; Gold, 2, Flaten 35.00; 6, Ernst 35.76; 8, Himes 36.43; 9, Mitchell 36.59; Silver, 11, Sidhu 37.95; 17, Leist 39.26; 19, Faciane 40.77. 50 breaststroke: Gold, 4, Himes 38.30; 7, Flaten 40.61; 10, Sidhu 41.99; Silver, 16, Leist 45.26; 17, Tang 45.46; 24, Mitchell 45.89; 25, Faciane 45.96; 28, Walker 47.05; 31, Ellis 48.12. 50 butterfly: Gold, 4, Flaten 34.27; 7, Mitchell 35.12; 9, Ellis 35.64; 10, Sidhu 35.70; 11, Leist 35.80; 13, Himes 36.96; 14, Ernst 36.99. 100 individual medley: Gold, 3, Flaten 1:16.52; 4, Ernst 1:16.56; 6, Himes 1:18.40; 9, Ellis 1:20.24; 12, Mitchell 1:21.89; Silver, 13, Sidhu 1:21.95; 14, Leist 1:22.69; 26 Faciane 1:28.24. 13-and-over 50 freestyle: prelims, 19, Alyssa Poggemann 30.12; 20, Libby Kaczmarek 30.14; 23, Anna-Linnea Johansson 20.48; 24, Kellie Langan 30.49; 26, Austin Hanger 30.77; 34, Angelic Dimicco 31.66. 100 freestyle: B final, 7, Langan 1:04.39; prelims, 15, Poggemann 1:05.72; 19, Kaczmarek 1:06.55; 22, Katie Nelson 1:08.10; 25, Johansson 1:08.52; 29, Dimicco 1:09.68. 100 backstroke: A final, 2, Cecilia Nelson 1:09.49; prelims, 14, Kaczmarek 1:15.41; 17, Poggemann 1:16.25; 22, Rachel Herbst 1:22.83; 25, Dimicco 1:26.09. 200 backstroke: B final, 10, K. Nelson 2:43.30; Prelims, 14, Herbst 3:02.20; 17, Hallie Lynn 3:11.82. 100 breaststroke: A final, 4, C. Nelson 1:22.96; prelims, 1, Langan 1:17.33; 14, Lacy Herman (BC) 1:29.55; 16, Dimicco 1:29.95; 17, Jessica Brady 1:30.55; 18, Kaczmarek 1:32.03; 21, Maddie Hager 1:34.49. 200 breaststroke: A final, 2, Langan 2:48.84; 5, C. Nelson 3:04.22; B final, 9, Brady 3:12.14; 10, Hager 3:17.23; 11, Dimicco 3:17.65; prelims, 16, Emma Gieseke 3:36.29; 17, Lynn 3:43.84. 100 butterfly: B final, 8, C. Nelson 1:12.91; 9, Johansson 1:12.92; 11, Poggemann 1:17.91; prelims, 8, Kaczmarek 1:14.02; 17, Brady 1:24.92; 20, Gieseke 1:42.54. 200 butterfly: A final, 2, Johansson 2:42.57. 200 individual medley: A final, 3, Langan 2:30.65; 4, C. Nelson 2:31.66; B final, 11, K. Nelson 2:49.43; prelims, 11, Kaczmarek 2:40.90; 19, Poggemann 2:46.73. BOYS 8-and-under 25 freestyle: Gold, 6, Jarod Schahrer 17.64; 7, Connor Poggemann 17.67; 9, Henry O’Daffer 18.15; 11, Joshua Sun 18.45; 20, Nicholas Chin 19.77; Silver, 26, Michael Guo 20.70; 27, Nico Bristol 21.31. 50 freestyle: Gold, 3, Schahrer 39.01; 7, Sun 42.35; 8, O;Daffer 42.63. 25 backstroke: Gold 3, Schahrer 20.85; 5, Sun 21.97; 7, Poggemann 22.56; 12, Chin 23.12; 16, O’Daffer 23.35; Silver, 20, Guo 24.71; 27, Bristol 26.54; 28, Warren Xiong 26.70. 25 breaststroke: Gold, 3, O’Daffer 23.43; 5, Schahrer 24.97; 7, Sun 25.08; Silver, 14, Xiong 28.15. 25 butterfly: Gold, 3, Schahrer 19.14; 7, O’Daffer 22.02; 8, Poggemann 22.41; Silver, 17, Chin 25.50. 9-year-olds 50 freestyle: Gold, 5, Nick Cox 36.95; Silver, 10, Nick Lewis 38.47; 15, Jadon Park 41.16; 21, Cameron Ray 43.59. 50 backstroke: Silver, 7, Cox 43.90; 9, Lewis 47.23; 14, Park 52.07; 20, Ray 56.83. 50 breaststroke: Silver, 7, Park 53.62; 12, Lewis 55.50. 50 butterfly: Silver, 4, Cox 43.55; 10, Ray 50.01. 100 individual medley; Silver, 4, Cox 1:35.10; 9, Lewis 1:43.91; 13, Park 1:47.25. 10-year-olds 50 freestyle: Gold, 1, Brandon Yue 32.43; 9, Kevin Ehlers 35.82. 50 breaststroke: PNAG, 1, Yue 43.20; Silver, 13, Ehlers 55.80. 100 individual medley: PNAG, 1,Yue 1:23.59; Silver, 7, Ehlers 1:34.65.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 •

Adult sports



Issaquah Alps Trail Club

 Jan. 8, 9:30 a.m., Lake Sammamish State Park, 8 miles, 100-foot elevation gain. Call 746-1070 ... Jan. 8, 10 a.m., Dogs Welcome Hike, 3-5 miles, 600- to 1,000-foot elevation gain. Call 481-2341 ... Jan. 14, 9:30 a.m., Dogs Welcome Hike, 3-5 miles, 600- to 1,000-foot elevation gain. Call 481-2341 ... Jan. 15, 9:30 a.m., Cedar River Trail, 6 miles. Call 228-6118 ... Jan. 16, 9:30 a.m., North Bend’s Little Si, 5 miles, 1,300-foot elevation gain. Call 837-1535. Cascade Bicycle Club Jan. 7, 10 a.m., To Landsburg, 51 miles from Enatai Beach Park in Bellevue. Ride through May Valley and over other rural roads. Call 206-9235273 ... Jan. 8, 9 a.m., Winter Training Series, 40 miles from Sammamish Valley Cycle in Redmond. Ride takes in East Lake Sammamish and up to Beaver Lake. Call 206-783-6450.

Youth sports/activities Fencing Lessons – The Washington Fencing Academy offers fencing lessons for youth, beginning and intermediate groups at Clark and Issaquah Valley elementary schools. Call 837-3300. Volleyball Sammamish YMCA offers volleyball program for girls 15-17 from 3:30-5 p.m. every Thursday. Call 391-4840. Little League Issaquah Little League is registering baseball and softball players at for the 2011 season. Baseball programs run from ages 5-6 to 13-14.

High school sports Boys basketball Jan. 7, 8 p.m., Issaquah at Skyline,

11-year-olds 50 freestyle: Gold, 3, Bennett Ernst 31.75; 8, Dylan Melody 32.76; Silver, 10, Dylan Gross 33.62; 12, Ian Rasquinha 34.86; 15, Quinn Gieseke 37.65. 50 backstroke: Gold, 1, Lawrence Ngo 37.28; Silver, 7, Melody 41.63; 8, Gross 41.96; 10, Rasquinha 42.26. 50 breaststroke: PNAG, 2, Melody 42.19; Silver, 5, Ernst 44.29; 7, Ngo 44.70; 8, Gross 45.70; 9, Rasquinha 46.80; 11, Gieseke 47.72. 50 butterfly: Silver, 2, Melody 38.76; 3, Ngo 39.14; 4, Ernst 42.67. 100 individual medley: Silver, 4, Melody 1:25.86; 6, Ernst 1:28.47; 8, Rasquinha 1:30.46; 9, Gross 1:31.28. 12-year-olds 50 freestyle: Gold, 3, Jeremy Bradford 31.39; Silver, 12, Mattias Tung 35.27. 50 backstroke: Gold, 3, Bradford 37.44. 50 breaststroke: Silver, 1, Bradford 42.76; 9, Tung 46.89. 50 butterfly: Silver, 6, Bradford 39.05. 100 individual medley: Silver, 4, Bradford 1:23.51. 13-and-over 50 freestyle: A final, 2, Gentry Gevers 25.15; B final, 10, Kevin Nam 27.58. 100 freestyle: A final, 1, Gevers 55.22; prelims WASR, 1, Kevin Hayes 53.43; 18, Connor Schwinn 1:03.42. 200 freestyle: A final, 2, Gevers 2:00.91; B final, 7, Nam 2:08.65; 8, Keith Nussbaum 2:08.72; 11, C. Schwinn 2:12.53; prelims, 18, Carter Ray 2:22.96.


game-high 21 points, including three 3-pointers. “We had a big mental lapse in the third,” Shannon said of Skyline’s mistakes. “We played well after that.” After decimating Skyline’s lead, Manogue kept it close all the way through the fourth quarter. The Spartans led 44-39 to end the third, but the Miners relied on a few Skyline mistakes,

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selected as the tournament’s most valuable player and teammate Michelle Bretl was named to the all-tournament team. The Spartans, 8-3 on the season, defeated Holy Cross, of Surrey, British Columbia, 50-35, in the title game Dec. 30. Bretl led the Spartans with 10 points. After a tight first quarter, Skyline outscored Holy Cross 12-4 in the second period to pull away. Skyline opened the tournament Dec. 27 with a 65-26 rout of St. Albert Catholic, of Alberta. Allie

Liberty at Interlake; Jan. 11, 7:30 p.m., Issaquah at Bothell, Liberty at Mount Si, Skyline at Garfield; Jan. 14, 8 p.m., Redmond at Issaquah, Skyline at Eastlake, Liberty at Sammamish. Girls basketball Jan. 5, 7:30 p.m., Garfield at Issaquah, Liberty at Lake Washington, Ballard at Skyline; Jan. 7, 6:30 p.m., Issaquah at Skyline, Liberty at Interlake; Jan. 8, 7 p.m., Eastlake at Issaquah; Jan. 12, 7:30 p.m., Mount Si at Liberty, Bothell at Issaquah, Garfield at Skyline; Jan. 14, 6:30 p.m., Liberty at Sammamish, Redmond at Issaquah, Skyline at Eastlake. Wrestling Jan. 5, 6 p.m., Liberty at Bellevue Christian; Jan. 6, 7:30 p.m., Ballard at Issaquah, Sammamish at Liberty, Skyline, Redmond, Garfield at Eastlake; Jan. 8, 7 a.m., Skyline at Auburn Mountainview Tournament, 9:30 a.m., Liberty Invitational; Jan. 11, 7:30 p.m., Liberty at Juanita, Skyline at Newport; Jan. 12, 7:30 p.m., Issaquah at Garfield; Jan. 13, 7:30 p.m., Issaquah at Bothell, Bellevue at Liberty. Gymnastics Jan. 5, 7 p.m., Skyline, Eastlake at Inglemoor; Jan. 6, 7 p.m., Liberty at Mercer Island; Jan. 8, 7 p.m., Issaquah, Garfield, Redmond at Eastside Gymnastics; Jan. 13, 7 p.m., Bothell, Eastlake, Roosevelt at Issaquah, Liberty at Bellevue, Skyline, Inglemoor at Newport. Boys swimming Jan. 4, 3:30 p.m., Roosevelt at Skyline (Boehm Pool); Jan. 6, 3:30 p.m., Sammamish at Liberty (Boehm Pool); Jan. 7, 3:30 p.m., Issaquah at Roosevelt (Evans Pool); Jan. 11, 3 p.m., Issaquah, Eastlake at Inglemoor (Juanita Pool), 3:30 p.m., Juanita at Liberty (Boehm Pool); Jan. 13, 3:30 p.m., Interlake at Liberty (Boehm Pool), Skyline at Eastlake (Redmond Pool); Jan. 14, 3:30 p.m., Issaquah at Garfield (Evers Pool).

100 backstroke: A final, 4, K. Nussbaum 1:10.13; 5, Nam 1:10.24; 6, Ray 1:16.04. 200 backstroke: A final, 1, Nam 2:32.62. 100 breaststroke: A final, 3, K. Nussbaum 1:17.23; 4, C. Schwinn 1:17.65; 5, Ray 1:20.26. 200 breaststroke: A final, WASR, 1, Gevers 2:37.29; 2, K. Nussbaum 2:46.33; 3, C. Schwinn 2:47.09; B final, 7, Andre Garay 3:03.08. 100 butterfly: A final, WASR, 1, Gevers 1;00.29; 6, K. Nussbaum 1:09.04. 200 butterfly: prelims, WASR, 1, Gevers 2:20.27. 200 individual medley: A final, 2, Nam 2:23.88; 3, K. Nussbaum 2:23.92; 5, C. Schwinn 2:36.68; B final, 7, Garay 2:41.69.

Running Resolution 5K Run At Magnuson Park Local runners: 24, Chris George (Issaquah) 20:11; 46, Tracy Predmore (Sammamish) 22:34; 87, Mark Migotsky (Bellevue) 24:48; 101, Gigi Predmore (Sammamish) 25:14; 121, Michael Migotsky (Bellevue) 26:39; 149, Admand Wong (Issaquah) 27:42; 219, Eliza Jang (Issaquah) 30:07; 244, Kathleen Linn (Sammamish) 31:04; 245, Nina Kemsley-Church (Sammamish) 31:04; 365, Jennifer Krohn (Issaquah) 34:40; 400, Carol Browne (Sammamish) 36:27; 407, Scott Sleeman (Issaquah) 36:39.

good ball movement and key points from Dillard and Hogan. Manogue outscored Skyline 16-9 in the fourth quarter. “We just came out shooting the ball well,” Hogan said. Lujan, who had the assist on the winning 3-pointer, had 10 points. The Miners made eight of 13 free throw shots, while the Spartans made 12 of 18 attempts. Cikatz went 7-for-9 from the free-throw line and finished with 13 points. Shannon had eight points, sophomore forward Max Browne had six points and junior guard Will Parker finished with five points. Wyszynski led Skyline with 14 points. Christy Cofano and Haley Smith each had 10 points. Skyline took control of the game early, racing to a 19-3 first-quarter lead. The Spartans picked up two easy victories Dec. 28. In the first game, Skyline downed Riverside, of Port Coquitlam, B.C., 56-30. Skyline shot to a 20-4 first-quarter lead and cruised to the victory. Weideman topped the Spartans with 13 points and Susie Tinker added 10 points. In the second game, Skyline overwhelmed San Tan Foothills, of Queen Creek, Ariz., 52-12. Skyline outscored San Tan 18-0 in the first quarter. Wyszynski topped the Spartans with 10 points.

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Students put the book ‘Light in the Forest’ on trial

Prosecutor Carly Rosenbaum (left) questions witness Ashmi Chakraborty as judge Tiffany Tran looks on during a mock trial at Pine Lake Middle School Dec.1.

By Christopher Huber Issaquah Press reporter


ine Lake Middle School student Laurel Buck could not have had a better mentor for her eighthgrade humanities project. Buck played a defense attorney as part of teacher Anne Kiemle’s mock trial project. As she prepared questions and did research, Buck got some expert advice from her father Ted Buck, a local defense attorney. “It was really helpful,” Laurel said. “I would ask him things about this trial and he helped me slim down my questions.” Rather than write a literary essay, Laurel and her fellow eighthgraders put the thesis of “The Light in the Forest,” a district-required novel reading, on trial. After reading the book over about three weeks, the students took on roles of lawyers, witnesses and main characters in the book. “We’ve never done anything like this before,” Laurel said. “It really helped everyone understand the characters.” “The Light in the Forest,” by Conrad Richter, takes place in colonial times, right after the

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proclamation of 1763. Indians capture 4-year-old John Cameron Butler in a raid on the Pennsylvania frontier. Warrior Cuyloga adopts him and raises him with the name True Son. True Son completely adapts to and accepts life as an Indian and even forgets what life was like with his white family. When he is 15, the Lenni Lenape people sign a treaty with the white men and return their captives. True Son then has to relearn everything about his former life, including his biological family’s language, dress and behavior. He manages to escape the Butler family home and reunites with his Indian family. But he subsequently betrays the Lenni Lenape, forcing them to disown him. He ends up caught between

Issaquah High School senior and wide receiver Evan Peterson was named U.S. Army Player of the Week following a triple-overtime loss to Eastlake Oct. 15. Representatives from the Seattle Seahawks and U.S. Army visited his school to honor Evan for his 11 catches for 176 yards and four touchdowns. The Seahawks donated $250 to Issaquah High School’s Associated Student Body in Peterson’s name, gave him two Seahawks game tickets, and a personalized jersey and football.

two families, dealing with irreconcilable conflict between the two worlds. Laurel and her fellow defense attorneys spent about an hour a night at home preparing questions and digging deep for ideas and facts in the story. They were defending True Son against the charge of treason. Our defense “kinda showed what True Son was going through,” Laurel said. “It showed

how the whites treated him. He had no feeling of connection to the whites whatsoever. “It taught us how different people act towards each other,” she added. “It was a real eye-opener. It also showed us the true meaning of family.” Laurel and Melanie DeJong said analyzing the book through acting out the characters put a real-life application to the novel’s themes and ideas. It helped them answer

Resolutions for 2011 can give you a little piece of heaven By Shayna Waldbaum

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s we welcome in the year 2011, we watch fireworks over the Space Needle and the ball drop in New York. Many people also participate in the tradition of setting New Year’s resolutions. For many, the attempt to reach their goal stops after it has been set, instead of after it has been reached. If people followed their New Year’s resolution with more intensity, then the positive change they seek could be accomplished. In many scenarios, people just pick the wrong resolution: such as one that they are not passionate about or do not enjoy doing. The substantial rise in memberships that tends to happen every January has become an inside joke for many gyms. The “Januarys” swarm gyms after making the resolution to lose weight or work out more, but they start to fade from their aspirations come March. I think the problem is that


Hall Monitor Shayna Waldbaum Liberty High School those resolutions are not specific enough. Wanting to lose weight or work out does not include a plan or much direction. It would be easier to complete a goal, such as lose 10 pounds or run five miles without stopping, simply because the goal is foreseeable with an actual measurement. My brother found an explicit resolution to follow. A few years ago, he spent his New Year’s at his friend’s house. As midnight drew closer, everyone shared what his or her New Year’s resolutions were going to be. My brother’s turn came, but he could not think of a resolution.

His friends badgered him, trying to get him to decide, and then one friend offered a suggestion. “Why don’t you write a book?” This may seem like a joke or too much work for someone to do in their free time, but my brother had a history of writing and would approach such a challenge with ferocity. And so, with enthusiasm, he accepted writing a book as his New Year’s resolution. It took him a mere three months to finish his rough draft, and the rest of the year to edit, but he finished it. During the process, he rediscovered his love for writing, which continues to this day with his declared English major. My brother took his New Year’s resolution and changed it into his “life” resolution. I think anyone can make as big of an impact on his or her own life, just as my brother did on his, if he or she chooses to start small. Once someone gets a taste of what he or she desires, he or she has a hard time not having more. Continued from page B7 210-Public Notices

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adopted and passed by the Issaquah City Council on May 19, 2008 and filed with the City Clerk. Notice is further given that a public hearing upon such final assessment roll, before a Hearing Examiner for the City of Issaquah will be held on January 27, 2011 at the hour of 9:00 AM or as soon thereafter as is practical, in the Council Chambers, City Hall South, 135 East Sunset Way, Issaquah, Washington. All persons who may desire to object to the assessments shown on the final assessment roll are directed to make their objections in writing, and to file the same with the City Clerk on or prior to the date fixed for the hearing, and to appear at

the bigger question that Kiemle strives for them to understand by the end of the year — why can’t we all just get along? “It helped us tune into the book and actually enjoy it,” Laurel said. The Issaquah School District requires eighth-graders to read three novels throughout the school year, Kiemle said. “They liked it better this year than they liked it last year,” Kiemle said. “They still didn’t like the book, but they liked how they got to make sense of it.” But regardless of who liked it or not, Kiemle and students said doing a mock trial sure beats writing an essay. It gets them thinking more deeply about the main issues of the book, like the definition of family, conflict between people groups, etc. “I like it because it’s different than just having to write an essay,” said Melanie, a juror. “It’s also a different level of thinking.” In Kiemle’s class they read five books, and she likes to use more engaging methods than traditional essay writing to exercise students’ analytical skills.

“It taught us how different people act towards each other. It was a real eye-opener. It also showed us the true meaning of family.” — Laurel Buck Pine Lake Middle School student

“I don’t have them write essays on books. I think it kills the book,” she said. “We did write an essay, we just did it by acting it out.” Kiemle, who has conducted a “The Light in the Forest” mock trial for three years, said she plans to do the project again next year. “Eighth-graders are incredible,” Kiemle said. “They love to think deeply. You just have to create an environment where they see what’s in it for them.” Christopher Huber: 392-6434, ext. 242, or Comment at


Prosecutor Carly Rosenbaum (left) and defense attorney Laurel Buck (right) discuss evidence.

the hearing and present testimony and other evidence. Written protests must clearly state the grounds for objection and contain lot, block and addition, or other identifying description of subject property. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE OBJECTIONS OF ANY PERSON WHO FAILS TO FILE AN OBJECTION IN WRITING AND PRESENT SUCH OBJECTION AS DIRECTED ABOVE WILL BE CONCLUSIVELY PRESUMED TO HAVE BEEN WAIVED AND THE CITY COUNCIL WILL NOT CONSIDER SUCH OBJECTIONS. At the time and place fixed for the hearing, and at times to which the hearing may be continued, a Hearing Examiner will sit as a Board of Equalization for the purpose of considering the roll; and at the hearing, the Hearing Examiner will

consider the objections made and will correct, revise, raise, lower, change or modify the roll or any part thereof, or set aside the roll and order a new assessment. At the conclusion of the hearing, the Hearing Examiner will then make his recommendations to the City Council. The City Council will then consider the recommendations, and will correct, revise, raise, lower change or modify the roll or any part hereof or set aside the roll and order a new assessment. The Council will proceed to confirm the final assessment roll by ordinance. Appeals from the decision of the Hearing Examiner City Council are to the King County Superior Court. Published in The Issaquah Press on 1/05/11 & 1/12/11

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NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE PURSUANT TO THE REVISED CODE OF WASHINGTON CHAPTER 61.24 ET. SEQ. Loan No: 0031454051 APN: 6389501260 TS No: 1010074-6 I NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on January 14, 2011,10:00 AM, at the 4th Ave. entrance to the King County Administration Building, 500 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA, Fidelity National Title Insurance Company, the undersigned Trustee will sell at public auction to the highest and best bidder, payable, in the form of cash, or cashiers' check or certified checks from federally or State chartered banks, at the time of sale the following described real property, situated in the County of King, State of Washington, towit: UNIT 12, BUILDING 10, ON THE GREEN AT FAIRWOOD, A CONDIMIUM, SURVEY MAP AND PLANS RECORDED IN VOLUME 25 OF CONDOMINIUMS, PAGE(S) 17 THROUGH 20, INCLUSIVE; CONDOMINIUM DECLARATION RECORDED UNDER RECORDING NUMBER(S) 7810120834 AND AMENDMENTS THERETO, IN KING COUNTY, WASHINGTON; TOGETHER WITH PARKING SPACE(S) 191 AND 192, (LIMITED COMMON ELEMENT). which is subject to that certain Deed of Trust dated October 25, 2006, recorded on October 30, 2006, as Instrument No. 20061030003088 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of King County, WA from ADRIAN VILLARREAL, AN UNMARRIED MAN as Grantor(s) ,to TICOR TITLE COMPANY, as Trustee, to secure an obligation in favor of MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC , as Beneficiary. More commonly known as 17534 151ST AVENUE SOUTHEAST, #10-12, RENTON, WA II. No action commenced by the Beneficiary of the Deed of Trust is now pending to seek satisfaction of the obligation in any Court by reason of the Borrowers' or Grantor's default on the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust/Mortgage. III. The default(s) for which this foreclosure is made is/are as follows: Failure to pay when due the following amounts which are now in arrears: PAYMENT INFORMATION From 11/01/2009 To 01/14/2011 Number of Pay-


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ments 15 Monthly Payment $802.20 Total $12,033.00 LATE CHARGE INFORMATION From 11/01/2009 To 01/14/2011 Number of Payments 15 Monthly Payment $30.93 Total $463.95 PROMISSORY NOTE INFORMATION Note Dated: October 25, 2006 Note Amount: $196,000.00 Interest Paid To: October 1, 2009 Next Due Date: November 1, 2009 IV. The sum owing on the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust is: The principal sum of $194,241.45, together with interest as provided in the Note from the October 1, 2009, and such other costs and fees as are provided by statute. V. The above described real property will be sold to satisfy the expense of sale and the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust as provided by statute. Said sale will be made without warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances on January 14 ,2011. The defaults referred to in Paragraph III must be cured by January 3 ,2011,(11 days before the sale date) to cause a discontinuance of the sale. The sale will be discontinued and terminated if at any time before January 3 ,2011(11 days before the sale) the default as set forth in Paragraph III is cured and the Trustee's fees and costs are paid. Payment must be in cash or with cashier's or certified checks from a State or federally chartered bank. The sale may be terminated any time after the January 3,2011 (11 days before the sale date) and before the sale, by the Borrower or Grantor or the holder of any recorded junior lien or encumbrance by paving the principal and interest, plus costs, fees and advances, if any, made pursuant to the terms of the obligation and/or Deed of Trust. VI. A written Notice of Default was transmitted by the Beneficiary or Trustee to the Borrower and Grantor at the following address(es): 4920 200TH STREET SW, #A-303 LYNNWOOD, WA 98036 17534 151st AVENUE SOUTHEAST UNIT #10-12 RENTON, WA 98058 17534 151st AVE SE RENTON, WA 98058 17534 151ST AVE SE UN IT #12 RENTON, WA 98058 17534 151ST AVE SE UNIT #12 RENTON, WA 98058-8803 17534 151st AVE SE UNIT #10-12 RENTON, WA 98058-8803 17534 151st AVENUE SOUTHEAST #1012 RENTON, WA 98058 17534 151ST AVENUE SOUTHEAST #10 RENTON, WA 98058 17534 151st AVENUE SOUTHEAST #12 RENTON, WA 98058 17534 151st AVE SE UNITS 12 RENTON, WA 98058-8803 by both first class and certified mail on September 13,2010, proof of which is in the possession of the Trustee; and the Borrower and Grantor were personally served, if applicable, with said written Notice of Default or the written Notice of Default was posted in a conspicuous place on the real property described in Paragraph I above, and the Trustee has possession of proof of such service or posting. VII. The Trustee whose name and address are set forth below will provide in writing to anyone requesting it, a statement of all costs and fees due at any time prior to the sale. VIII The effect of the sale

will be to deprive the Grantor and all those who hold by, through or under the Grantor of all their interest in the above described property. IX. Anyone having any objections to this sale on any grounds whatsoever will be afforded an opportunity to be heard as to those objections if they bring a lawsuit to restrain the sale pursuant to RCW 61.24.130. Failure to bring such a lawsuit may result in a waiver of any proper grounds for invalidating the Trustee's sale. NOTICE TO OCCUPANTS OR TENANTS - The purchaser at the Trustee's Sale is entitled to possession of the property on the 20th day following the sale, as against the Grantor under the deed of trust (the



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Liberty High School Patriot Players present “The Foreigner” at 7 p.m. Jan. 7, 8, 13 and 14 and 2:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at LHS, 16655 S.E. 136th St., Renton. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors.

Fridays in the Living Room with Greta Matassa Trio, 7:45-10 p.m., Bake’s Place, $20 Village Theatre’s KIDSTAGE Teenselect presents “Footloose,” through Jan. 16, Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St., Bellevue, $18 general admission, $16 for youth and seniors, 392-2202 or

Stephanie Reilly’s exhibit, “Thoughts from the Divine,” through March 5, Pogacha, 120 N.W. Gilman Blvd. Tony Mamon Quartet, 7:3011:30 p.m., Vino Bella @five, 8-11 p.m., Pogacha, 120 N.W. Gilman Blvd., 392-5550

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Gail Pettis Trio, 7:4510 p.m., Bake’s Place, $20

Violinist Geoffrey Castle, 7:4510 p.m., Bake’s Place, $20 Eric Madis Quartet, 7:3011:30 p.m., Vino Bella The Astro Cats, 8-11 p.m., Pogacha

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KIDSTAGE kicks out with ‘Footloose’ By Laura Geggel Issaquah Press reporter he 1980s are back with Village Theatre KIDSTAGE’s production of “Footloose,” drawing audiences into a small California town that has a ban on dancing and many young, eager dancers trying to repeal the stifling law. KIDSTAGE last performed “Footloose” in 2002, shortly after the musical made popular by the 1984 movie with Kevin Bacon, Sarah Jessica Parker, John Lithgow and Dianne Wiest was turned into a stage show. Director Faith Russell and her colleagues chose it again for its highenergy music and dancing, and good take-home messages, Production Coordinator Helen Voelker said. “The musical is about having an obstacle and overcoming that obstacle — and having a dance,” she said. The play follows Ren McCormack (Jordon Bolden) and his mother Ethel (Joell Weil) when they move from Chicago, where Ren is the king of teenage dancers at Windy City nightclubs, to Bomont, Calif. Once Ren gets his bearings in Bomont, he learns two things: The Rev. Shaw Moore (Connor Rice) initiated the dancing ban and his daughter, Ariel Moore (Natalee Merrill-Boyet), is rebellious and has snagged Ren’s affections, even though she already has an incorrigible boyfriend. Ren quickly makes friends with Willard Hewitt (Brian Sandstrom) and Rusty (Sarah Russell), who has had a crush on Willard since something like forever. Like many of the cast, Russell first saw “Footloose” on the silver screen. “I loved it,” she said. “I saw the movie first and fell in love with the music and dancing.” With help from choreographer Eia Waltzer, the actors have rehearsed ballet, jazz, hip-hop and a country line dance. “We had a great group of dancers come in and audition, which is great because they can take it to the next level,”



Above, A trio of friends in ‘Footloose,’ Sarah Russell (Rusty), Molly Knudson (Urleen) and Emily Johnson (Wendy Jo) burst into a 1980’s song. At right, Jordon Bolden (Ren) shows off his dance moves in ‘Footloose,’ performed by Village Theatre’s KIDSTAGE performers. have Fun.” Live music accompanies the musical, held at the Meydenbauer Center. The First Stage Theatre under construction in downtown Issaquah will house KIDSTAGE in the future. The theater should be completed in spring. With plenty of rehearsals under their 1980s high-waisted belts, the actors are ready to wow their audience with their verve. Russell said she easily relates to her character, Rusty, because they’re both quirky and like to talk a blue streak. Under the tutelage of KIDSTAGE administrators, she has learned to study her character and truly embody Rusty. “The challenging part is to be grounded in what makes her sad, what makes her happy,” Russell said. Sandstrom, who plays her crush, said he liked the scene “Mama Says” because

IF YOU GO ‘Footloose’ 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8-9, 14-15 2 p.m. Jan. 9, 15-16 Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St., Bellevue $18 general; $16 youth 21 or younger, and seniors Call 392-2202 or go to

Waltzer said. She turned her favorite musical number, “Holding Out for a Hero,” into a 1980’s music video fantasy, with borrowed scenes from the movie “Flashdance” and the song “Girls Just Want to

he gets to be “goofy and fun,” when he tells Ren not to give up in his crusade to legalize dancing in Bomont. Like Russell, he has explored all aspects of his character and transforms himself into a belligerent teenager during a fight scene. “I’ve had to work on finding that anger inside myself and bringing it out onstage,” he said. His friend, Mike Klinge, plays Ariel’s mean boyfriend, Chuck Cranston. Though the two fight onstage, they said they high-five and laugh it off once they are offstage. “It’s a little weird having to be such an angry and desolate person, but it’s fun to play the bad character,” Klinge said. Laura Geggel: 392-6434, ext. 241, or Comment at

Liberty graduate stars in Seattle’s ‘Don Giovanni’ Danny Kam, a 2006 Liberty High School graduate, has landed the lead role in “Don Giovanni: A New Musical,” at Seattle Musical Theatre and Fruition Productions. Kam, who graduated from Western Washington University in 2010, said he was exDanny Kam cited to play Don Giovanni so soon after college. He recently talked about his background and his impressions about the musical: How did you get into acting? It was always something that fascinated me. My mom took me to see a lot of live theater when I was growing up, so that definitely gave me an appreciation for the art form. There’s an indescribable wonder that I experienced whenever I watched a fullscale, live, theatrical production. It is a synthesis of all other art forms, an incredible coming-together of many artists from differ-

ent walks of life, all in the name of telling the story. My high school drama and English teacher, Katherine Klekas, cast me in my first full-scale production playing Lysander in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” which really got me started as an actor, and I am deeply indebted to her for that. Shortly after, I started taking classes and performing in shows in the KIDSTAGE program, which helped me grow tremendously, and I decided to pursue a degree in acting. How did you get connected with “Don Giovanni: A New Musical”? Actually, I met Jesse Smith (composer/playwright), Lindsey Hedberg (Elvira) and Justine Stillwell (Zerlina) in Village Theatre’s KIDSTAGE production of “Les Miserables” in 2005, and I’ve worked with many of the cast members on other projects, so it has been a real treat to get to work with so many of my close friends on this show. When I first heard that Jesse had adapted Mozart’s opera and that it was being produced by Seattle Musical Theatre, it definitely interested me, although I certainly had no idea at the time that it

would turn out to be one of the most exciting, challenging and rewarding experiences that I’ve had as an artist.

are bringing something brand new to life, which is very exciting, but it can also be frustrating, because the show is often in flux well into the rehearsal process. If a particular song or scene isn’t serving the play, it will be cut, maybe even after you’ve already spent hours of work on it, but you can’t take it personally. Your role is to help the show grow into the best it can be, and sometimes that means adding new things at the last minute, or rememorizing or removing something you’ve already learned. That said, it is an honor to develop new work like this, because I think new works are crucial to the survival and success of musical theater as an art form.

Have you seen “Don Giovanni” before? How did it speak to you? I sang Don Ottavio’s aria “Dalla sua Pace” when I was in college studying voice. I always thought that “Don Giovanni,” and much of Mozart’s work was dramatically fascinating, and musically stunning. I loved the storylines and the way the characters expressed themselves so deeply, yet I found the operatic form somewhat inaccessible. In our version, instead of singing “Dalla sua Pace,” Ottavio sings “Ottavio’s Prayer” which keeps the sentiment of the aria, but translates it into a contemporary English song. I think that our adaptation allows the heart and spirit of the opera to thrive, while creating something that the average, non-Italianspeaking person can enjoy and relate to.

What is challenging about playing Don Giovanni? What do you like or dislike about him? He is a fascinating individual. There is so much to work with as an actor that it’s almost overwhelming. I wouldn’t say that I dislike him. Obviously, he is a murderer and a rapist, so he isn’t necessarily the most likable character to an audience, but what I appreciate about him is that he refuses to

What is it like performing a new musical that has never before been performed? Performing new works is uniquely challenging, but also equally rewarding. You

To My Wonderful Kitten (Susan O’Connor) It seems like only yesterday when I met this wonderful girl – she was so cute and full of life. I never realized at that time I would spend the rest of my life with her. Thank you for all the wonderful memories. Happy Anniversary

compromise. He refuses to let anyone else tell him how to live his life. He pursues his desires with passion, and lives on the edge. In one scene, he asks, “What’s the point of living, if not to flirt with death?” It’s exhilarating to go on that kind of a journey. How do you get into character? I try to embrace him for who he is. I can’t tell you exactly what I do, but I try to get inside his mind, and imagine myself in his situation, acting the way he does, without judgment or my own opinions of what is right or wrong getting in the way of that. He is very hungry — sexually, mentally, physically and emotionally — and so he is constantly consuming, trying to fill that empty space. Is there anything else you would like to add? I can’t say enough how important your support is to a production like “Don Giovanni.” Everyone involved with Seattle Musical Theatre and Fruition Productions has taken a risk by investing their time, talents and resources into this project. Your support means that we can continue to do this kind of work in the future.


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Issaquah Press 01/05/2011  

Weekly newspaper for Issaquah, WA

Issaquah Press 01/05/2011  

Weekly newspaper for Issaquah, WA