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Recreational marijuana store could open by month’s end By Tom Corrigan Due to state rules, Issaquah can be home to only one recreational marijuana store and that could open by the end of the month, according to store manager Cliff Gehrett and others. In a Notice of Decision dated Jan. 8, city officials conditionally approved a site permit for the Issaquah Cannabis Co., which is aiming to open in second-floor retail space at 230 N.E. Juniper St. The approval does not mean the Cannabis Co. has the final permissions needed from the city or the state, said David Favour, deputy director of develop-

ment services for Issaquah. The proposed retail space must still pass inspections by the city and the state Liquor Control Board, which oversees the permitting of recreational marijuana stores in Washington. Local codes for recreational marijuana stores largely mirror state rules, which mandate, among numerous other requirements, that retail marijuana businesses be located at least 1,000 feet away from such places as schools, child care centers or other places where children are likely to congregate. A review of the Juniper Street retail space showed it does meet the location requirements, Favour said.

Issaquah police recover $48,000 in stolen winter sports equipment Issaquah police have recovered more than $48,000 of winter sports and snowmobile equipment stolen from a local business. Police arrested a 55-year-old Ronald, Wash., man on Jan. 7, for first-degree possession of stolen property and first-degree trafficking in stolen property, according to a city press release. The suspect owns a competing business in Ronald, in Kittitas County, that allegedly was used to sell the stolen merchandise. Neither the suspect nor his store were identified in the city’s press release. Calls to a detective working the case weren’t imme-

diately returned. The items were missing since November, when someone stole a tractor-trailer from inside a locked, gated area in the 200 block of Northeast Gilman Boulevard. Loaded for a winter sports show, the trailer contained more than $150,000 in goods. A customer was sent to the business in Ronald, where he bought a backpack for at least $500 less than the retail price. He used cash for the purchase and the store did not offer him a receipt. Tracing the backpack’s serial number, police report they determined the pack had been stolen from the Issaquah business.

Marijuana retail shops also must have extensive security systems under both city and state rules, with surveillance cameras covering the entire store. Stores must keep resulting video for 60 days. There also must be alarms on every door or window into the shops. Though dates for state and city inspections have not been set, Gehrett said he anticipates inspections will be done by the end of the month. A spokesperson for the state Liquor Control Board, Brian Smith, said the state would conduct its inspection after being BY GREG FARRAR


A sign marks the future location of Issaquah’s only approved recreational Page 3 marijuana store, the Issaquah Cannabis Co.



A work crew from Kar-Vel Construction dismantles the old water tank at 23266 S.E. 53rd St. in the Overdale Park neighborhood Jan. 6. It’s a final step of the consolidation project between the Overdale Water Association and the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District that began in December 2013.

Time remains to donate to Officials still seek threatening Merry Christmas Issaquah letter writer at Pacific Cascade Fund has record number of donors


By Christina Corrales-Toy When The Issaquah Press began its 2014 Merry Christmas Issaquah series more than two months ago, readers met Michelle Curtis. Curtis is exactly the type of person Issaquah Community Services seeks to assist. She is a survivor, a fighter and, most of all, a mother intent on seeking a better life for her family. The single mom escaped an abusive relationship that left her with a serious spinal cord injury, and bravely made a new life for her family in Issaquah. “A lot of times you hear that people need to hit bottom before they start figuring out things in their life, and my bottom was I was 6 months pregnant with a lot of health problems and four kids depending on me and nowhere to turn except for the domestic violence shelter,” she said. After spending time in a Sammamish shelter, Curtis received housing in a Talus apartment, but after living in the shelter, where bills and daily expenses weren’t an issue, it took a bit of readjusting on Curtis’ part. Curtis fell behind on a water See FUND, Page 2

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2014 GOAL: $100,000 TO DATE: $79,718.50 DONORS: 286 HOW TO HELP Help by making a taxdeductible donation to Issaquah Community Services. The organization is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit. Send donations to Merry Christmas Issaquah, P.O. Box 669, Issaquah, WA 98027. The names of donors — but not amounts — are published in The Press unless anonymity is requested. Call ICS at 837-3125 for more information.

ON THE WEB Learn more about Issaquah Community Services at www. issaquahcommunityservices. org. You can also donate through PayPal on the website.

There were no problems during the first week back in class for students at Pacific Cascade Middle School, said Principal Dana Bailey in an email to parents. But the search goes on for whomever penned a letter threatening violence at the school, a letter that caused officials to close the building for

three days in December just prior to winter vacation. “We had a uniformed officer here each morning through lunch, and the school days have been quiet and uneventful,” Bailey wrote after classes on Jan. 9. Speaking at an Issaquah Chamber of Commerce luncheon Jan. 8, Issaquah School Superintendent Ron Thiele said the district takes safety issues seriously. Thiele said district officials are looking at numerous security-related steps, including surveillance cameras for every school. In the meantime, he wanted to reassure parents, students and staff. “I absolutely believe our

“I absolutely believe our schools are safe. Let me repeat that: I absolutely believe our schools are safe.” — Ron Thiele Issaquah School Superintendent

schools are safe,” he said. “Let me repeat that: I absolutely believe our schools are safe.” In previous emails, Bailey reported asking Pacific Cascade to receive cameras for its hallways See THREAT, Page 3

I-90 a focus of talks between Issaquah, Olympia lawmakers By Tom Corrigan Particularly hunting for dollars to ease congestion on Interstate 90, city officials made transportation the main topic during a meeting with area state legislators Jan. 5. A second hot topic was trying to ensure local governments receive their fair share of state

dollars, such as in the form of liquor or gas taxes, Issaquah City Councilwoman Stacy Goodman said. The main request from the Issaquah City Council to the gathered state legislators was that the latter pass some sort of transportation funding package in 2015, Councilman Joshua Schaer said. The state House last passed a

transportation package in 2013, said State Sen. Mark Mullet, D-5th District. The senate has since failed to act, but Mullet and other state representatives who attended the Issaquah meeting said they believe some sort of legislation would be adopted this year. See TALKS, Page 2

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Growth and traffic are on the minds of city leaders By Tom Corrigan Growth and development, along with traffic, seemed to be the main topics of the day as the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce held its second annual Preview Luncheon on Jan. 8. “One thing is clear to me,” Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler told the gathering of about 150 people at the Holiday Inn of Issaquah. “Our community is evolving… Your government is evolving also.” While Butler obviously was representing the city for the event, Superintendent Ron Thiele did the same for the Issaquah School District and CEO Matt Bott spoke for the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce. Butler said that during the week prior to the luncheon, he celebrated his first anniversary as Issaquah’s mayor. Regarding traffic issues, Butler said the city received some $18 million


“My gut says that the Senate will pass something in 2015,” Mullet said. “It remains to be seen,” Goodman said, adding that after last week’s meeting, Issaquah’s state legislators do at least understand some of the traffic challenges facing the city. One thing very much on the minds of Issaquah council members is that

in road-related grants last year alone. Thiele hit on a number of issues, but growth management was a large topic. The local economy has rebounded nicely from the recent recession and that has equaled a growing population that, of course, means more students for Issaquah schools, he said. Over the past five years, Thiele said the district added 2,200 students for a total student population of roughly 19,000. And while he said he’d rather deal with growth than attrition, Issaquah’s growth has begun to outstrip the district’s rebuilding plan, funded by the $219 million bond issue voters approved in 2012. For example, Thiele said the district now has 160 portable classrooms. That’s the equivalent of several schools, he added, and the number is only going to grow. At the same time, district officials need to deal with state calls for smaller

class sizes. Thiele said the district would need an additional 100 classrooms to meet the state requirements. Where would all those classrooms go? “Can you say High Rise High School?” Thiele asked. Issaquah businesses are growing right along with the population, according to Bott. A few examples of projects underway would include the expansion of Swedish Hospital’s Issaquah Campus, the Costco development agreement and Homeward Suites by Hilton, an extended-stay hotel. Bott also highlighted some residential expansion such as the Atlas project that will add nearly 350 residences to Gilman Boulevard. A few other topics touched on during the chamber event: 4Homelessness continues to be a top issue for the city. “We strive to be a healthy community that respects the rights and

dignity of everyone,” Butler said. 4The district is taking steps to comply with new state-mandated academic standards. However, parents should expect a drop in Issaquah scores on standardized tests, Thiele said. “That makes sense because we’ve raised the bar,” he added, further saying the district will catch up. “We’ve been through this before,” Thiele said. 4The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce will sponsor approximately 50 networking events in the next year. It also will continue to offer “Business University” events, such as a forum on avoiding burnout set for Jan. 15. The chamber also plans to continue its new partnership with the city in promoting Issaquah as a destination location, Bott said. Further, it intends to put more support behind way-finding signs that can help increase local business traffic by up to 18 percent.

the 2013 House transportation package contains no money for transportation projects in the 5th District, which encompasses Issaquah. Mullet said he would push for local dollars. “We don’t want anyone coming out with new proposals that have nothing for District 5,” he said. Olympia legislators began a new session Jan. 12. Local lawmakers put together a long wish list of projects for which they would like to see funding. Near the top was a $2 mil-

lion study of the I-90 and Front Street interchange. The thought is that the study would lead to substantial revamping of the intersection in the future. One other wish list item also grabbed a lot of attention, according to several local and Olympia legislators. In order to relieve some congestion on I-90 at peak travel times, local officials proposed allowing drivers to use the shoulders of both the westbound and eastbound sides of the highway. The change would take effect between Exits 11 and 15, according to Mullet. No dollar figure was attached to the request. State Rep. Judy Clibborn, D-41, said the

Olympia lawmakers and their local counterparts largely are on the same page regarding any major Issaquah road projects. “I thought it was a really good meeting,” she said. Regarding general funding for the city, Mullet said Issaquah’s request was mostly that legislators not try to balance the state’s budget by slicing funding to Washington municipalities. Goodman said a lot of funding pools have been reduced, a trend local legislators obviously don’t want to see continue. City officials are particularly not happy with a 50 percent cut in the amount of liquor taxes being returned to cities.


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Thefts 4At 2:42 p.m. Jan. 2, a resident in the 100 block of Northeast Creek way reported someone stole a pocketbook containing a wallet and cell phone. The items were valued at $1,150. 4At 3:36 a.m., someone in the 100 block of East Sunset Way reported someone had stolen between $40 and $80 in tip money. 4At 1:40 p.m. Jan. 4, someone stole $70 in medication in the 3600 block of 228th Avenue Southeast. 4At 3:34 p.m. Jan. 5, someone stole a UPS package, valued at $63, in the 100 block of Mount Olympus Drive Southwest.

DUI At 8:37 a.m. Jan. 3, a 44-year-old Seattle man was arrested for DUI in the 4600 block of West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast.

Warrant arrest At 11:29 p.m. Jan. 3, an officer responded to a complaint of a reckless driver


bill as she settled into a self-sufficient life again. Issaquah Community Services was able to step in, however, to help her stay on her feet. “I’m human and I made some mistakes, so to come to them and humble myself and say, ‘You know, I didn’t budget my money correctly and I’d like another shot at it,’ they were more than gracious, and very loving and very understanding of the situation I had come out of,” she said. Issaquah Community Services offers emergency financial aid to residents of the Issaquah School District in the form of utility payments, rent assistance and other miscellaneous contributions, depending on a client’s specific need. Merry Christmas Issaquah is the organization’s most important fundraiser all year, and there’s still time to give.

ON THE MAP See a map of the Issaquah Police Department’s reported activity from the previous 72 hours at ZPHFbA. Addresses on the map have been rounded to the nearest hundred block. The address reflects where the officer responded to the incident — not necessarily where it occurred.

at the Highlands Park & Ride at Northeast High Street and Ninth Avenue Northeast. Upon arriving, the officer observed a green Honda leaving the scene. A check of the plate turned up a 22-year-old North Bend man driving without a license who had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. He was arrested.

Shoplifting suds At 10:56 a.m. Jan. 5, a 48-year-old Bellevue male was arrested in the 100 block of East Sunset Way for stealing beer. The Press publishes names of those charged with felony crimes. Information comes directly from local police reports.

The fundraiser — spearheaded by The Issaquah Press since 1981 — set a record in 2013 collecting nearly $86,000, surpassing the goal of $75,000. In 2014, 286 donors gave to Merry Christmas Issaquah, a new record, but the fund is still about $20,000 short from the organization’s initial goal of $100,000. Any amount you can give toward the organization’s goal today, tomorrow or any day of the year, makes a huge difference in the lives of residents that need it most. “I’ve literally done all the footwork to get my life to where it is, but I needed support along the way,” Curtis said. “If I can do it, you can do it. It sounds cliché, but know there is support in the community, services and people that can share their strength and help you get through the hard times.” Issaquah Community Services receives about 500 requests for emergency aid each year. The organization currently has an annual budget of just more than $100,000.

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notified by the store’s permit holder that the location is ready. Washington inspectors are usually then onsite within a few days, Smith added. The Issaquah Cannabis Co. is owned by Reach Island LLC, which intends to operate another marijuana store somewhere in King County, Gehrett said. He

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sooner than later. There is presently no surveillance camera in the hallway where the threatening letter was found. The computer-generated note was discovered in a hallway behind a white board. The letter specifically threatened four teachers, but named no students, though it did threaten violence during a lunch period or an upcoming winter school assembly. The first two lines of the letter were described as coming from a book in the school library, according to Bailey. Officials later identified the book as “The Mark of Athena,” by Rick Riodin. “The font the note was written in is ‘Harlow solid italics,’” Bailey said in an email to parents. While she did not directly ask for parental help in identifying the letter writer, Bailey did suggest ways parents could tell if that specific font was used on home computers. Parents can open a word document, click on the font dropdown box and should find a list of recently used fonts. “Another way to check home computers is to open up a blank word document, and click the ‘open’ folders and/or documents,” Bailey wrote. You should be able to find a list of all word documents recently saved. If officials ever discover who wrote the letter, the suspect or suspects could

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added the second location is being kept quiet for now. Wherever it is, it won’t be in Issaquah. The state has 334 recreational marijuana store permits to award. There are only so many permits available in any given area or city. For example, there are 21 permits available within the city of Seattle. In May, Reach Island won a state lottery for the lone Issaquah permit. At that time, Reach Island was using the name

Weedhouse for its retail operation. Gehrett said Reach Island tabbed the Juniper Street space for a number of reasons, the first being that it meets the location requirements set out by the state and the city. But Gehrett also said the second-floor space is well set up for a retail operation. He said operators would have to do minimal remodeling of the space. The Juniper building is

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already home to a medical marijuana store, the Eastside Green Light Collective Garden. That facility is not operated or owned by Reach Island. Following normal city procedures, the Notice of Decision can be appealed within 14 days of its issuance, in this case Jan. 22. There is a $500 filing fee that must accompany any appeal, Favour said in a letter accompanying the city’s formal decision. In addition to meeting lo-

cation and security requirements, persons applying for a state marijuana permit must pass an extensive background check, Smith said. Among other things, the state looks for any criminal history and examines the financial record of the would-be license holder. Reach Island owner Peter van Dam has passed initial background checks.

Through Gehrett, van Dam declined comment for this story. Smith said that statewide, the Liquor Control Board has granted 104 retail marijuana permits. There are 80 stores already in operation. Including two Seattle locations, eight stores have been licensed in King County.

Let there be hope.


face four counts of felony threatening, one for each adult named in the letter. While things were reported as going smoothly at Pacific Cascade, Pine Lake Middle School was evacuated toward the end of the school day Jan. 9 after a student found a note in a boys’ bathroom referencing a bomb. Per the school’s emergency procedures, staff ushered students onto the school’s running track and notified police. In an email to parents, Pine Lake Principal Michelle Caponigro said her staff, law enforcement and bomb-sniffing dogs searched the building, but she had reason to believe the letter did not represent a credible threat. District spokeswoman L. Michelle said the district did not plan on releasing any further information regarding the incident at Pine Lake, saying district officials chose not to go into investigative details.


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Get money for traffic solutions, education While it’s all well and good for city officials to try to get money from the state Legislature to ease congestion on Interstate 90, we think, and residents likely would agree, they should focus on congestion on city streets. The congestion on I-90 was a main topic of conversation at a recent talk between city leaders and the area’s lawmakers. While everyone will likely agree that people need to be able to get to our fair city, what happens to them once they arrive (especially at certain times during the day) might keep them away. The more people we have in the city, spending money in local businesses, the more city leaders can do for our residents. But let’s ask for dollars to assist us with fixing traffic right here in Issaquah before we worry about how people get here. Ensuring local governments receive their fair share of state dollars, such as liquor or gas taxes, is important as well, and we applaud city leaders for focusing on that. Another thing that needs to be assured: that the Issaquah School District gets money it should get to fund basic education. At this point, the district ranks 292nd out of 295 Washington school districts in state per-pupil education funding. This time last year, there were bills in the house and senate that addressed funding kindergarten through third-grade classroom construction. Both had bipartisan sponsorship, but both failed to reach the governor’s desk. In McCleary vs. Washington, the state Supreme Court ruled the state was not sufficiently funding basic education. Early last year, the court ordered legislators to quicken the pace of funding to meet McCleary obligations — including K-3 class-size reductions. Washington state is fourth worst in the nation for classroom sizes, according to the National Education Association. People need to drive to get to work to take care of themselves and their families. And it’s important for parents and people who don’t have children to make sure kids get a good education. They are our future. Bottom line, it’s time to step up and work these things out, this session. Not be talking about them another year from now.

As far as Squak’s unique name, the late trail advocate Ruth Ittner, an active leader of Issaquah Alps Trails Club, once said: “If you were stuck between a tiger and cougar, you’d squawk too!” Actually, the name means snake (which also makes many a hiker squawk) from a local native dialect and was the original name of the city of Issaquah. Submit your cartoon for publication by emailing it to


Use no-cost changes to improve the situation immediately It’s welcome news that the Issaquah City Council and mayor have developed a plan to address some of the traffic issues plaguing the city. However, any serious plan has to include full cloverleaf freeway interchanges (or similar) for the Front Street and state Route 900 exits off Interstate 90, which would liberate thousands of cars daily trying to enter, exit or cross the freeway. In addition to the financing options currently on the table, why

God bless the bhut jolokia pepper. Otherwise known as the ghost chili pepper. It’s for those times when the jalapeno is for wimps and the habanero is for the JV squad. I’ve been spotting more and more products utilizing this ingredient that will make you cry for your momma. A little background — capsaicin is the natural extract in chilies. The more pain you want to be in, the greater presence of capsaicin you need and the higher the number you look for on the Scoville chart. A jalapeño registers between 3,500 and 8,000 heat units. A habañero jumps as high as 350,000. Just under U.S. grade pepper spray, which is a burnyour-eyes-out 3 million to 5.3 million heat units, sits the ghost chili pepper at 1 million. You don’t forget 1 million. Everywhere I go now, I’m inspired to try a new “Ass Blaster” or “Sudden Death” sauce. Some of these will kill you with more than one drop. (I only slightly jest.) A store in Leavenworth let customers try some of said sauces, which were to be lightly sampled at the end of a pretzel stick. A nearby sign also read, “Water bottles: $1.50. After hot sauce: $5.” My introduction to the bhut jolokia pepper, fiendishly imported from India, came on vacation in Las Vegas when I couldn’t resist the allure of a commercial teasing the firecracker burger at the Skybox bar in the Aria Hotel. I had to sign a waiver before being allowed to eat the thing. The waiter said one guy who tried it had to be taken to the hospital. Swell. The innocent-looking concoction was actually smothered

with a ghost chili sauce on both buns and on both sides of the hamburger patty. Take a bite and at first there’s nothing, and you think, David “This ain’t so bad.” Then, a Hayes nanosecond Press reporter later, came the hiccups. Then, the pain. I had never eaten anything so excruciating that it caused my eyeballs to sweat. Beer forgotten, I downed the milk I ordered beforehand as a backup plan — a plan reached after one bite. I finished half, actually impressing the waiter. Had I been with a bunch of guys, I would have manned up and proven my mettle and finished the darn thing. But I had nothing to prove. So I rushed to the airport for my flight home and hoped the firecracker didn’t explode midair. Most recently, over Halloween I spotted in QFC a new product — Paqui’s holiday themed Haunted Ghost Pepper Tortilla Chips. Most products don’t reach truly insane heat levels, seemingly to avoid product liability lawsuits. But these chips provided a welcomed truth in advertising. One bite was too much for most people who tried them. Three bites set your lips aflame for an hour. I ended up making some truly memorable nachos. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to try the Wing Dome’s 7 Alarm Challenge — seven deadly wings in seven minutes. Pray for me.



with traffic volume and direction. Clearly, with a column of cars a mile long backed up on Front Street trying to get through the intersection with Sunset, compared with a handful of vehicles on Sunset waiting, the timing and duration of that traffic light is not right. If Issaquah wants to be a “green” and “sustainable” city, as I so often read and hear, then its leaders need to recognize their responsibility to fix the environmental and quality-of-life mess caused by inadequate vehicular infrastructure and management.

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not include a license plate camera above Front Street South and charge non-Issaquah residents a toll for using (and clogging) Front Street during prime commuting windows? Regardless of the large-scale traffic mitigation plan details, there are no-cost actions the city could take immediately to improve the debacle that is the Front Street commute. The traffic lights on Front Street need to be sequenced consistent with the primary traffic flow (i.e., moving cars to I-90 in the morning and away from the freeway in the evening). Similarly, the lights need to have “green” durations consistent

behind me and put her arms around my neck and Dud straightened himself up started femigrandly and turned to his rapt nine-wiling on audience. me and asked “I discovered something about if I’d get my myself, Doc. Yes, in looking over pickup painted Slim my life, I’ve come to a conclusion. so she wouldn’t “It all began right after Anita be embarrassed Randles when she rode and I were married,” Dud said. “One morning, she came up and with me.” whispered to me that my life “Dud,” said Doc, “I can see your truck isn’t painted, and would be greatly enriched if I were to remove that dead tree in I drove by the other day and your porch post still leans, and I the back yard. thought I noticed that dead tree “Then she made me my favorite breakfast one morning, still out in your back yard.” French toast with sourdough “You’re right, Doc. That was bread, and she sat in my lap and my big discovery and why I no said if that sagging post on the longer put sugar in my coffee.” porch were to be replaced, it just The others stared at Dud. might cause extreme happiness Dud just grinned. “I found out to burst forth upon our stage.” I’m sucrose intolerant.” “Is there a point to this?” Steve asked. Dud sipped his coffee and Brought to you by “The Backpocket Guide grinned. to Hunting Elk,” by Slim Randles. Now “So last month, she came up available on

Just hold the sugar, please It was the cold outside that bound us together better inside the Mule Barn truck stop. The coffee warmed our innards and the laughter at the philosophy counter heated our souls to very comfortable. It was Doc who noticed it first. He’s trained to be observant, of course. “Dudley, me lad,” Doc asked, “are you on a diet?” Dud, whose body would fall into the “just right” category, shook his head. “Not me, Doc. Why do you ask?” “Every day, for years, you put sugar in your coffee. You didn’t this morning.”

S HARE Y OUR V IEWS Citizens can make a difference by contacting their elected representatives. 4Rep. Tana Senn (D), 419 John L. O’Brien Building, P.O. Box 40600, Olympia, WA 985040600; 360-786-7894; 453-3037; State — 5th District 4Sen. Mark Mullet (D), 415 4Rep. Judy Clibborn (D), 415 Legislative Building, P.O. Box John L. O’Brien Building, P.O. 40405, Olympia, WA 98504-0405, Box 40600, Olympia, WA 98504360-786-7608; 270-8812; mark. 0600; 360-786-7926; 453-3075; 4Rep. Chad Magendanz (R), Toll-free Legislative Hotline: 427 JLOB, P.O. Box 40600, 800-562-6000 Olympia WA 98504-0600; 360786-7876; chad.magendanz@leg. Issaquah School Board 4Rep. Jay Rodne (R), 430 4President Marnie Maraldo, JLOB, P.O. Box 40600, Olympia, 220-3389; maraldom@issaquah. WA 98504-0600; 360-786-7852; 4Director Brian Deagle, 7854Toll-free Legislative Hotline: 8623; deagleb@issaquah.wednet. 800-562-6000. edu 4Director Lisa Callan, 260-4878; State — 41st District 4Director Anne Moore, 6434Sen. Steve Litzgow (R), 416 0278; MooreA@issaquah.wednet. Legislative Building, P.O. Box edu 40441, Olympia, WA 985044Director Suzanne Weaver, 00441; 360-786-7641; 453-3076; 313-2494; weavers@issaquah.

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COMMUNITY 5 • Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Trails club announces new schedule The Issaquah Alps Trails Club has just published its new hike schedule for January, February and March. The local trails club offers free, guided local hikes throughout the year. See the current hike schedule at

STILL AVIS New movie shines new light on old ailment of Alzheimer’s disease By David Hayes A new movie debuting this weekend is sure to get people talking about an all-too-common disease more and more families are experiencing. “Still Alice” stars Julianne Moore as a brilliant professor who experiences the downward spiral of early-onset Alzheimer’s. Not long ago, Barb Brown tried to read the book the movie is based upon. She could not complete the tome, however, as it hit a little too close to home. As an only child, Brown, 57, has had to endure her own father succumbing to dementia. Now, her mother recently checked into Aegis Living of Issaquah to help manage her own bout with Alzheimer’s. “Apparently, they were covering for each other,” Brown explained. “But once my father died, she was immediately diagnosed.” Unlike Alice, who develops Alzheimer’s at age 49, thus “early onset,” Brown’s mother Avis Lee is 82 and diagnosed with “early stages” Alzheimer’s. “She’s still high-functioning now,” Brown explained. “She knows

Eastsiders sought for animal volunteer corps As the New Year gets underway, many people have resolved to volunteer more and get involved in their community. Regional Animal Services of King County has many opportunities in 2015 for people who love animals and want to make a difference. RASKC is especially seeking residents of Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, Sammamish and other Eastside cities who would like to volunteer at the Eastside Pet Adoption Center at Kirkland Petco. The store at 12040 N.E. 85th St. opened in June, and has quickly grown into a favorite stop for prospective pet owners. Volunteers are needed at the Eastside center every day for two-hour shifts between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. “Volunteering for Regional Animal Services is a wonderful way to help people and pets in our region,” Sarah Luthens, volunteer program manager for RASKC, said in a news release. “Along with individual volunteers, we often have parents and children who volunteer together as a fun family activity.” In addition to opportunities at the Eastside Pet Adoption Center, there are also volunteer positions available at the main King County Pet Adoption Center in Kent, and opportunities to volunteer at RASKC adoption partner stores and offsite pet adoption events throughout King County. All RASKC volunteers are thoroughly trained by staff and more-experienced volunteers. A wide variety of jobs are available, from “kitty cuddler” to dog walker to shelter helper. Volunteers are expected to commit at least two hours a month for a minimum of six months. Learn more about RASKC volunteer opportunities at and click on “Volunteer.” Prospective volunteers can also email volunteers@ or call 206296-3946.


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ALZHEIMER’S QUICK FACTS 4More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. 4Every 67 seconds someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s. 4Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. 4About 500,000 people die each year because of Alzheimer’s. 4One in three seniors die with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. 4Women in their 60s have a one in six lifetime risk for developing Alzheimer’s. 4Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women. Source: (Alzheimer’s association)

everybody in the family and past events.” Brown admits that upon hearing her mother’s diagnosis, she felt it was nothing short of a “death sentence.” As there’s no cure for


Avis Lee (left), 82, shares a conspiratorial moment with her great-granddaughter, Lexi Brown, 6, during a lunch at Red Robin. Lee has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease and has moved in to assisted care living at Aegis of Issaquah. Alzheimer’s, that’s a common reaction among family members, according to Patrick Mazzuca, director of operations at Aegis Issaquah. “You can slow down the affects of Alzheimer’s, but you can’t stop it,” he said. And that’s where facilities like Aegis come in. Brown said they wanted to find her mother an assisted living facility that was best for her while her mother was cognizant enough to still participate in the decision-making

process. Aegis was more conveniently located for Brown, who lives in Redmond. Brown and her mother both know what’s likely to happen next, as subtle signs break through the veneer of normalcy now and then. “Literally, in a five-minute phone call with her, she’ll tell me what’s going on. In 10 minutes, I’ll hear the same story again. And in 15 minutes, I’ll hear it three times,” Brown said. “I just have to be patient

and stay with it like nothing happened.” Patience is the key element provided at Aegis, and what sets it apart from other places, Mazzuca said, is its “memory care.” “We specialize in a lot of activities, whether it’s socializing or music therapy, that maximizes a person’s life,” he said. Another thing that sets Aegis apart from other See ALZHEIMER’S, Page 7

Seniors use their business smarts to help charities By Neil Pierson npierson@ When Arjun Narayan began researching search engine concepts, he discovered the humongous profits he could tap into. Google alone makes about $50 billion per year from advertising, money that trickles in from millions of online searches taking place every day. “I thought, if we could take a small part of that and channel it toward nonprofits, we can create a big social impact,” Narayan said. The Skyline High School senior worked feverishly for about year on another fundraising idea to bring clean water to impoverished communities in India. He enlisted the help of fellow senior Justin Zhong, a graphic artist. But the two scrapped the idea after trying to solicit donations the old-fashioned way. “We realized … that the approach we had of just collecting money from people wasn’t enough to actually make a difference,” Zhong said. This fall, Narayan identified a new business model that allows Web users to become charity donors at no cost. A similar site, Freelanthropy, has been using the concept since 2004. Two other Skyline seniors, Parker Ciambrone and Mike Seeley, partnered with Narayan and Zhong to create Fundify, a search engine that gives 70 percent of its revenues to nonprofit organizations. Ciambrone took charge of site development and Seeley, who recently left the team due to other commitments, led marketing efforts that cemented partnerships with Red Light Traffic, an anti humantrafficking organization; Washington DECA, a student-led marketing association; and the Lake Washington Schools Foundation. Fundify is searching for more nonprofit groups to partner with in its business-to-business model, in which charities tap into their own supporter networks for financial contributions. Competitors often have userbased models that target random consumers, which lessens the financial impact to individual charities, Narayan explained. “The nonprofit can reach out to their own supporters and say, ‘Use search on Fundify and we can raise

Do you know someone in our community who does wonderful things? Maybe he helps build water wells in a foreign country. Maybe you know a group that makes quilts for people with cancer. Maybe it’s a family that gives time to animals at local animal shelters. Maybe it’s a group of children who saved their pennies to help victims of domestic violence. Or maybe you know a child who gave up birthday presents and instead asked that they go to others in need. Maybe it’s that environmentalist who has worked hard to keep open spaces in Issaquah. Or what about that neighbor who goes out of her way to always bake something for people who get sick? How about that man down the street who always gathers food for the food bank? These are but a few examples of what The Issaquah Press is looking for. We want to honor these and all people from our community who do great things. We’re asking readers to nominate someone today. Send us a paragraph of info about your hero, and give us some contact information for that person. Each month, we’ll decide on a See HERO, Page 7

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Skyline High School seniors (from left) Parker Ciambrone, Arjun Narayan and Justin Zhong have collaborated to create Fundify, a search engine that donates 70 percent of its profits to charities.

HOW TO HELP Donate to Fundify at Enter an email address at the bottom of the home page to be notified when the product launches. Fundify users will be able to select the charities they wish to support. some money,’” he said. “So, that’s a great way to leverage something from a user base that already exists. If people already support nonprofits … this is a great way for them to be doing that.” Fundify has partnered with Yahoo on an application program interface, or API, a way of sharing user data. In exchange for generating traffic for Yahoo, Fundify will get a portion of the profits. Narayan estimates Fundify can earn one cent from every Web search it generates. That tiny amount quickly adds up: If a person searches once a day, that’s $3.60 a year. Nonprofits with 100 supporters would generate $360 a year, while those with 100,000 supporters would generate $360,000 annually. “Really, how much money a charity can raise from this platform depends on how big they are and how many supporters they have,” Narayan said. The partners hope to launch Fun-

dify by Jan. 1, although a specific date hasn’t been announced. Nonprofit officials, or anyone looking to use the program for Web searching, can visit to sign up. Ciambrone, who previously worked as an intern at Microsoft, is debuting as a website developer, but he has coding experience with Windows and Android phones that is serving him well. “I picked it up pretty quickly – it’s using the same core technology as all the other Microsoft services,” he said of creating the website. “Beyond that, one of the biggest challenges was just getting everything integrated with Yahoo’s API. We use them to get search results and display ads. Making sure that we are tightly integrated with them so everything runs smoothly can be a challenge at times.” The Fundify partners are looking to pursue the project “for as long as possible,” Narayan said, although they’re all planning to study at fouryear colleges next year. Fundify may also look to launch additional products, such as a browser extension. “You download it, and every time you make a shopping or travel purchase online, it donates a part of that directly to charity,” Narayan said. “Again, people can kind of do an everyday action, which is shop online, or book a flight or hotel, and essentially donate to charity for free.”

If you couldn’t afford a vacation of your own this holiday season, then let Village Theatre take you away from it all with its latest production, “Around the World in 80 Days.” Based on Jules Verne’s popular novel, this is the hilarious story of Phileas Fogg’s whistle-stop journey to satisfy a wager and circumnavigate the world in 80 days. This one has it all — bandits, a damsel in distress, transportation problems, danger, romance and comic surprises. Playwright Mark Brown (“The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge”) premiered his stage adaptation of Jules Verne’s popular novel in 2001; since then, the play has travelled from New York to Arizona, from London to Bangladesh, delighting audiences of all ages. Set in 1872, “Around the World in 80 Days” has a local cast of five actors performing 39 different characters from around the globe. This Village Theatre production is directed by David Ira Goldstein and includes: Jared Michael Brown as Phileas Fogg; and among other characters they play, Chris Ensweiler as Passepartout, Aneesh Sheth as Aouda, Jason Collins, Sir Francis and Eric Polani Jensen as Detective Fix. Carey Wong is the scenic designer, Sean Begley is the lighting designer and Karen Ann Ledger designed the costumes. Brent Walker is the sound designer. “Around the World in 80 Days” runs from Jan. 22 through March 1. Tickets are $35 to $67 and are available at the box office, 303 Front St. N., or online at

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Dress up in your favorite ‘70’s or ‘80’s running gear and come out for this totally awesome ‘Blast from the Past’ trail run. Choose either the 6.5-mile or half-marathon length. Runs start at 10 a.m. Jan. 18 at Taylor Mountain Park, 18808 276th Place N.E. Registration costs between $36 and $46. Sign up at

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Looking for the perfect place to watch the game locally? Here are some suggestions: 4Gaslamp Bar and Grill, 1315 N.W. Mall St., 3924547 4H & H Tavern, 91 Front St. N., 392-3031 4Issaquah Brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way, 557-1911 4Joker Pub, 5614 E. Lake Sammamish Pkwy. S.E., 3921225 4Malarky’s Sports Grill, 1025 N.W. Gilman Blvd. Suite E, 392-6356 4Pine Lake Ale House, 640 228th Ave. N.E., Sammamish, 898-9099 4Pogacha, 120 N.W. Gilman Blvd., 392-5550 4The Ram, 965 N.E. Park Drive, 313-0415 4Rolling Log Tavern, 50 E. Sunset Way, 392-2964 4Stan’s Bar-B-Q, 58 Front St. S., 392-4551 4Sunset Alehouse, 20 Front St. N., 391-8395 4Trattoria Amante, 131 Front St. N., 313-9600 4Zeeks Pizza, 2525 N.E. Park Drive, 893-8646

Taylor Mountain Elk Ridge Trail Work Party, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., sign up and location details at Paper Making Night, ages 21 and older, 6-8 p.m., So There, 195 Front St. N., $30/ student, call 281-9083 to register and for more info Family Book Club: ‘A Bear Called Paddington,’ by Michael Bond, ages 6 to 12, 6:30 p.m., Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. S.E., 392-3130

FRIDAY, JAN. 16 Taylor Mountain Elk Ridge Trail Work Party, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., sign up and location details at Social Hour with music by Dave Langley, 3-4 p.m., Spiritwood at Pine Lake, 3607 228th Ave. S.E., 313-9100 Pizza and Picasso, explore the art style of Shel Silverstein, includes pizza, ages 6 to 12, 6:30-8:30

p.m., Museo Art Academy, 175 First Place N.W., $29/participant, 25 percent discount for multiple families, 391-0244 Lady A, 7:30 p.m., Vino Bella, 99 Front St. N., 391-1424 Like You Like It, 7:30 p.m., Village Theatre First Stage, 120 Front St. N., $47 to $62, Heather Sullivan Project, 8 p.m., Pogacha, 120 N.W. Gilman Blvd., $5 cover, 392-5550


Public speaking class for youths and adults, ages 8 and older, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday mornings, YWCA Family Village, 930 N.E. High St., 270-6800

$62, Ventura Highway Revisited, 7:30 p.m., Vino Bella, 99 Front St. N., 391-1424 Fade to Black, 8 p.m., Pogacha, 120 N.W. Gilman Blvd., $5 cover, 392-5550

Experience Green Teas class, 10-11:30 a.m., Experience Tea, 195 Front St. N., $25, 206406-9838

SUNDAY, JAN. 18 Tiger Mountain and Chirico Trail Work Party, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., sign up and location details at

Paper Making Class, ages 9 and older, 10 a.m. to noon, So There, 195 Front St. N., $30/ student, call 281-9083 to register and for more info

Cougar Mountain Hike, moderate, 6 miles, up to 1,400foot elevation gain, 10 a.m., meet at 175 Rainier Blvd. S.,

‘What’s All the Buzz About?’ presented by ‘Queen Bee’ Missy Anderson, 10:30 a.m., Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, 392-5430

Tiger Mountain Work Party, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., sign up and location details at Saturday Morning Trail Run, meets weekly for a 3- to 5-mile run on Tiger or Squak mountains, 9 a.m. Uphill Running, 100 Front St. S., Suite A, 391-2430 Soaring Eagle Park Hike, easy, 6 miles, up to 500-foot elevation gain, 9:30 a.m., meet at 175 Rainier Blvd. S.,

Russian Story Times: Privet!, 11 a.m., Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. S.E., 392-3130

‘Making Sense of Natural Health,’ 1:15 p.m., Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. S.E., 392-3130

‘Using Your Gifts,’ learn to love your eReader, 1-3 p.m., Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. S.E., 392-3130

‘Like You Like It,’ 2 and 7:30 p.m., Village Theatre First Stage, 120 Front St. N., $47 to $62,


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‘Figure Drawing Open Studio,’ short pose 9:30-11:30 a.m. and long pose noon to 2 p.m., $20 or $30 for both sessions, artEAST Art Center, 95 Front St. N.,


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ALZHEIMER’S WARNING SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS 4Memory loss that disrupts daily life. 4Challenges in planning or solving problems. 4Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure. 4Confusion with time or place: losing track of dates, seasons and the passage of time. 4Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships. 4New problems with words in speaking or writing. 4Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps. 4Decreased or poor judgment. 4Withdrawal from work or social activities. 4Changes in mood and personality. CONTRIBUTED

Avis Lee prepares a ball of yarn for a knitting project, one of the activities she uses to keep busy while living with Alzheimer’s at Aegis of Issaquah assisted living facility.

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facilities is it has several cottages where residents in the earlier stages of Alzheimer’s live and are free to stroll around their five acres. Lee had previously lived in a secure facility in Spokane, but Brown said she was attracted to the freedom at Aegis. Mazzuca said as the symptoms progress, they

Local students make ASU dean’s list The following local students were named to the fall 2014 Dean’s List at Arizona State University (to qualify undergraduate students must earn 12 or more graded semester hours during a semester in residence with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher): Issaquah: Forrest Holland Renton: Kamrynn Johnson, Kayla Marsden, James Savereux and Rachel Wittenberg Newcastle: Austin Turnidge and Jacqueline Welsh Sammamish: Cole Ames, Ashley Bell, Zachary Boucher, Malea Corson, Olivia Firnhaber, Alex

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add more activities to trigger the things from their past. “That’s why we always have fresh bread baking every day. Or we can put on music for a person that brings back a memory or awareness for them in that moment,� he said. Patients eventually move into secure cottages as their Alzheimer’s reaches later stages that starts impacting their physical interaction with the outside world. Brown likes that Aegis lets patients safely live

in whichever moment manifests. To help trigger memories down the road, she’s got her grandchildren pitching in to make picture books for their greatgrandmother with family photos and captions. “Also, I’m cataloging my mom’s quilting projects. She was quite the quilter with over 200 handcrafted quilts. It’s a celebration of something she is very proud of,� Brown said. “It’s a horrible diagnosis, but with their help, it’s not the end of the world. We’ll make the best of it.�

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Skyline grad set to play in East-West Shrine Game University of Washington wide receiver Kasen Williams will play in the East-West Shrine Game Jan. 17. Williams, a 2011 Skyline High School graduate, wrapped up his Husky career after a disappointing, 30-22, loss in the Cactus Bowl Jan. 2. He had five catches totaling 73 yards in the loss to Oklahoma State. The East-West Shrine Game is a showcase for up-and-coming National Football League talent as national media and scouts from every professional team spend the week in St. Petersburg, Florida, to review the players. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. on the NFL Network.

Patriots cruise to win over Kangs Demps twins lead in 63-52 victory over Lake Washington By Christina Corrales-Toy


Trevon Ary-Turner (left), Issaquah High School sophomore guard, tries to score as Skyline junior forward Braden Ahlemeyer steals in desperation time for both teams, tied 63-all with four minutes remaining. After being tied again at 68-all with 2:33 remaining, Skyline pulled ahead for good and won, 76-73.

‘BEST GAME EVER’ Rivalry lives up to the hype as Skyline wins thriller over Issaquah

By David Hayes A lot of hyperbole can emerge from a contest between two big rivals. But the Jan. 9 matchup between Issaquah and Skyline high schools lived up to the hype. A packed house at the Eagles home court witnessed a seesaw battle with the Spartans emerging victorious, 76-73, giving second-ranked Issaquah its first league loss of the season. Issaquah head coach Jason Griffith credited the Spartans with playing a truly memorable game. “I had a number of people come up to me afterwards to tell me it may have not been the outcome we wanted, but it was one of the best games they ever watched,” Griffith said. By his count, Skyline, which had been averaging about 48 or 49 points a game, shot the ball a scorching 58 percent from the floor and 47 percent

from 3-point range. Robert Biegaj led the Spartans’ attack with 26 points. “From a game perspective, Skyline played a great game. They earned the victory. Kudos to their players and coaches,” Griffith said. Griffith said the Eagles actually had a comfortable lead in the fourth quarter when the game’s turning point occurred. “We were up by seven with five minutes to play. But then we had four empty possessions and they hit four straight threes,” Griffith said. “After a timeout, we hit a 3 to tie, but it was back and forth the rest of the way.” Issaquah senior Ty Gibson led the Eagles’ efforts with 26 points. Sophomore Trevon Ary-Turner dropped in 22 of his own. The loss dropped the Eagles’ record to 7-1 in the league and 8-4 overall, still good enough for first place in KingCo 4A. The win improved the Spartans to 4-3 in league play

and 5-5 overall. Looking back at game tape on Saturday, Griffith said he spotted where he thinks the Eagles lost the game — the first quarter. “We had a lot of breakdowns defensively,” he explained. “That many lapses isn’t the type of game this group of kids have built an identity at Issaquah for years now. We take pride in defending and making every possession difficult.” Griffith said he prefers to take this kind of midseason loss as a learning experience for building momentum toward the team’s ultimate goals at the end of the schedule — first, a KingCo championship; second, qualify for state; and third, compete for a state title. With such a young team — Issaquah has two sophomores and two juniors starting — Griffith said the challenge is getting them to use this as a learning experience. “They need to realize they can handle the diversity and challenges,” he said. “If we can learn from that, we’ll do better down the stretch.”

The 2014-2015 Liberty High School girls basketball team has many strengths. Quickness, athleticism and a familiarity built through a core of players that have played together since fifth grade, are among them. Size, however, is not one of them, and it threatened to hurt the Patriots Jan. 7, after a slow start against a much taller Lake Washington squad. The more-talented Liberty squad turned it around, though, and managed to defeat Lake Washington, 63-52. “I think the game was a little tougher than they anticipated,” first-year Liberty coach Carly Fromdahl said of her team. “Lake Washington is a tall team, it’s a good team. I think they’ve just had a bad run of their own ups and downs.” The Kangs, buoyed by a trio of players taller than 6 feet, got off to a quick start, winning the first quarter, 12-9, on Liberty’s home court. Liberty refocused before the second quarter and ultimately went into halftime with a narrow 26-25 lead, thanks to the shooting efforts of twin sisters Danielle and Cherelle Demps. A 20-point third quarter all but sealed the win for the Patriots. Danielle Demps, a senior, led all Patriot scorers with 18 points, including three scores from the 3-point line. Cherelle Demps was right behind her with 17 points. “She’s one that was struggling with her confidence,” Fromdahl said of Danielle Demps, “so it was great to get her back scoring and getting her to feel better about her game.” On the defensive side, senior Avery Granberg led the Patriots with six rebounds and six steals to go along with her 9 points. “My philosophy is always defense over offense, but these girls really love offense, so if they’re not scoring, they really get down on themselves, which drives me insane,” Fromdahl said with a smile. The 12-3 Patriots have not lost much this season, but they did drop their first league game last week to Bellevue, 69-44. Fromdahl said she wasn’t pleased with that outcome, which began with a questionable Bellevue elbow check that left Liberty’s Granberg with a broken nose. “It was a dirty play, to be


honest,” Fromdahl said. “I wasn’t really happy with how the referee handled that situation.” As Granberg continued to deal with swelling Jan. 12, Fromdahl said she was unsure when the senior would be back in action. Bellevue is a good team, currently ranked third in the state at 3A, but they are not 25 points better than the Patriots, Fromdahl said. “I would have liked our team to react differently and I think they kind of started to try and force things and try to be a hero and be the one to take control of the game,” she said. “Sometimes, it takes games like that Bellevue game to really knock the team around and show them that we need to come back together and get our team chemistry back.” Despite that Bellevue loss, the Patriots are off to one of their best starts in program history, and there’s still room to improve, Fromdahl said. Fromdahl served as an assistant to Liberty coach Curtis Terry last year, so she’s not unfamiliar with the Patriots program. The first-year coach took over for Terry after he returned to his alma mater, the University of Nevada Las Vegas, to serve as an assistant.

Above, Danielle Demps (right), Liberty High School senior guard, bats a rebound out of the clutches of Lake Washington junior forward Georigia Romaine-Black during the first quarter of their Jan. 7 basketball game. Demps was team-high scorer with 18, one more than twin sister Cherelle. At left, Avery Granberg, Liberty High School senior forward, tosses up a shot during the first quarter of the Patriots’ Jan. 7 game against Lake Washington. Granberg’s nose was broken by a Bellevue player throwing an elbow check in their Jan. 9 game.

She has spent the season instilling toughness in the Patriots squad. Her team is built on a philosophy of hard-nosed defense, intensity and togetherness. “Having a group of girls that are going to listen and buy into that philosophy and have my back as much as I have their back, that’s been the key to our success so far,” she said. It certainly helps that four of the Patriots’ starting five have played together since fifth grade. The Demps twins, Granberg and senior guard Devin Anderson went undefeated together in both seventh and eighth grade on their Maywood Middle School team. Even with a 12-3 record, Fromdahl said her girls are better than they think, they just need to believe it. Liberty has found themselves ranked among the top 2A schools through much of the season. The Seattle Times currently has the Patriots ranked sixth. “Even though we’re 2A, I still look at us as a 3A team,” Fromdahl said. “So, really, we kind of erase that 2A title and stay within a 3A mindset. We want to beat everyone.”

Eastlake wins battle of shorthanded squads over Skyline By Neil Pierson Head coach Dexter Beckstead was honest about his feelings after the Eastlake Wolves walked away with a 39-27 victory over plateau rival Skyline in a Jan. 8 wrestling meet. “It’s one of those situations where you win, but you don’t have a sense of accomplishment because there’s so many forfeits,” Beckstead said. Both squads have struggled throughout the season to fill weight classes, and that was the case again last week in their Class 4A KingCo Conference encounter. Skyline forfeited three matches worth 18 points, Eastlake coughed up two matches and 12 points, and there were two double forfeits as well. The Wolves pulled away

in the end by winning four of the seven contested matches, including an impressive victory from senior Miles Williams at 182 pounds. With the team score tied, 21-21, Williams used his upper-body strength to gain control of Skyline’s Brennon Raphael. He earned a reversal to start the second period, quickly moved into near-fall position and completed the pin in 2 minutes, 57 seconds. Williams said there was “nothing out of the ordinary” about the way he wrestled. He simply followed the blueprint he’s been practicing. And he credited Raphael for providing tough opposition. “I’ve wrestled him two times before, and every single time I’ve wrestled him, I’ve hated it,” Williams remarked. “He’s a really strong dude. He’s


Adrian Abraham (left), Skyline High School senior, and Eastlake senior James Jensen struggle early for a takedown early in their 160-pound bout, as a foretaste of an evenly fought match with near-falls for both. It was won by Abraham, 20-13. the kind that can pin you at any time in the match.” Skyline’s Adrian Abraham knocked off James Jensen at 160 pounds in a back-and-forth match. Both wrestlers earned

near falls, and Abraham eventually held on for a 20-13 decision. At 170 pounds, Skyline’s Tim Tran dominated Blaine Minton, going up 8-0 after one period and

completing the pin in 2:24. Kona Bertolino (106) also won for the Spartans, needing only 1:28 to pin David Real-Mendez. Skyline hung tough in the match despite three forfeits. Two of their 2014 state qualifiers, 113-pounder Zach Froeber and 126-pounder Nathan Swanson, didn’t get to compete. Swanson won by forfeit, and Froeber sat out after getting banged up at the previous weekend’s Pac-Coast tournament in Vancouver. “We’re trying — we’re working through adversity right now,” Skyline assistant coach Marc DeMatteo said. “We are a little short. We’ve got injuries, we have sickness, and no excuses. We’ve got to come out and wrestle.” Eastlake got pins from 138-pounder William Galarpe and 195-pounder

Lucas Batey. Galarpe needed 2:50 to beat Jaron Jin, and Batey finished off Benjamin Kubicki in 2:35. Skyline’s Jacob Gehrett (145) missed a couple early takedown chances against Konrad Peterson and wore down late in the match, losing a 7-1 decision. DeMatteo said many of the Spartans haven’t seen a lot of varsity-level action yet, which is contributing to the team’s overall struggles. But health problems could be less of a factor when the postseason starts in February. “We’re a young team this year, and just trying to work our way through it, and hopefully get everybody ready by the end of the season,” DeMatteo said. “We’ve got to work on focus right now — get focused, be ready for matches and work technically sound.”