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Growth dominates mayor’s annual State of the City talk By Tom Corrigan tcorrigan@isspress.com Issaquah has morphed from a small town into a small city and more changes are on the way, Mayor Fred Butler said in his annual State of the City speech before the City Council on Feb. 2. “The state of our city is strong,” Butler said at the outset of the talk. Butler promised his administration was building an Issaquah for everyone, “from the cashier at Costco to the surgeon” at Swedish Medical Center’s Issaquah Campus. Issaquah will grow, Butler added, “up not out… compact, not sprawling.” In terms of impending development, Butler pointed to the Central Issaquah Plan as well as

plans to grow the existing Costco headquarters. Adopted in late 2012, the Central Issaquah Plan has been described as a long-term vision for the city that would bring about a dense urban core complete with 125-foot-tall buildings. As for Costco, in October, City Council approved a 30-year development agreement with the nation’s second largest retailer, giving the company the ability to add an additional 1.5 million square feet to its headquarters housed in Pickering Place. Still, even as Issaquah marches forward in certain areas, Butler promised steps are being and will be taken to ensure See MAYOR, Page 3

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Jeff Newell (left), South Cove resident and Game ON! director, starts a game of ‘Space Empires: Close Encounters’ with Game ON! staff member Ralph Shelton, of Renton, and game player Dave Lifford, of British Columbia, Feb. 5 on the first day of the four-day board game convention at the Issaquah Holiday Inn. See story on Page 6.

Lee Soptich to retire after 16 years as EFR chief By Tom Corrigan tcorrigan@isspress.com Although offered a twoyear extension of his contract, Eastside Fire & Rescue Chief Lee Soptich has announced his plans to step down from the Lee Soptich leadership of the local fire and rescue squad in January 2016. Soptich, 58, said he made his announcement to the EFR regional board of directors in December and again last month. Soptich has been EFR chief since 1999. “Everything lined up for me,” he said in explaining his reasons for leaving the department. Soptich said he and wife Carrie have paid off their Carnation home and the last of his seven children will soon graduate from college. Soptich said he and his spouse, devout Mormons, decided now is an ideal time in their lives for them to take on the church mission trips they have long wanted to tackle. “That’s just in our DNA,” Sop-

tich said, referring to the couple’s desire to work for the church. “This is what we intend to do.” Soptich said his family would keep this area as home base and he didn’t say where the family’s first mission might take them. “But I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “I think it’s just going to be so cool.” Sammamish City Councilwoman Kathy Huckabay is a new member of the EFR board of directors. She said the board held its annual retreat in late January and spent over four hours setting various goals for themselves. One is to formulate a worthy process for replacing Soptich. “He’s given us plenty of time,” she said. “And, frankly, it might take some time to find the right person… This is not something you do overnight.” With that in mind, Huckabay said she and other board members decidedly appreciate the lead time Soptich provided prior to his planned leaving. Soptich is not the only member of the EFR leadership who will be moving on. Soptich said Deputy Chief of Planning Wesley Collins and Human Resources Manager Ingrid Anderson-Boyle also plan to step down when he does.

At left, Art Brochet places a Luftwaffe counting piece on the board as a group plays a historical board game, ‘The SLIDESHOW Blitzkrieg Legend: Battle for France 1940.’ Above, tokens representing German and Russian troops face off as the invasion of See more photos from the the Soviet Union in the summer of 1941 Game ON! convention at is represented in ‘Europe Engulfed,’ a www.issaquahpress.com. World War II board game.

Metro to offer service between Issaquah Highlands, Snoqualmie Beginning later this month, King County Metro will offer customized shuttle service to the Issaquah Highlands and Snoqualmie Valley. The move is in keeping with an initiative started by King County Executive Dow Constantine to offer more transit options in King County, according to a press release. “We’re doing more than ever to customize services to

meet the specific needs of the communities we serve — and that includes transportation,” Constantine said in the release. “By working with cities in the Snoqualmie Valley and Issaquah, we will provide our customers with more transit options.” With a starting date of Feb. 16, the new shuttle service is the result of a partnership between King County, the cities

of Snoqualmie and North Bend, and Snoqualmie Valley Transportation. Through a contract with Hopelink, the Metro shuttle — officially Route 628 once service begins — will offer trips each weekday between the park & rides in North Bend and the Issaquah Highlands. Riders in See METRO, Page 3

Mirrormont leader Linda Shepherd is first Hometown Hero By Tom Corrigan tcorrigan@isspress.com “Linda has a very unpretentious way of getting things done,” said Heidi Kayler, of her friend Linda Jean Shepherd. “She is just a very grounded individual. She’s a natural leader.” Now serving her second year as president of the Mirrormont Community Association, Shepherd was also the driving force behind the founding of the Mirrormont Pea Patch. For those reasons and many others, Shepherd was nominated by several Mirrormont residents as the first Issaquah Press Hometown Hero.

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An occasional look at regular citizens who inspire us “Linda is deeply committed to her community, and there is no question that her influence runs deep and wide,” Kayler said. “Linda has been a loyal

volunteer for the Mirrormont community for more than six years,” Mirrormont resident Mary Nelson said. Nelson praised Shepherd’s work as head of the Mirrormont Community Association. “She does a terrific job garnering volunteers, organizing them to get newsletters published,” Nelson said, adding Shepherd also regularly wrangles public speakers and plans community events. “Mirrormont is teeming with wonderful, communityoriented folks and Linda rises to the top as someone

Linda Shepherd shows off some of the plants growing in her raised garden plot at the Mirrormont Pea Patch during summer 2011. By Greg Farrar

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Issaquah, Renton make top 10 cities for millennial job seekers The financial website NerdWallet was curious to find the top Washington cities that appealed most to millennial job seekers. Issaquah was ranked fifth and Renton 10th. NerdWallet studied two areas: Fortune 500 companies

power growth — Among the eight Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Washington, including Amazon, Costco and Microsoft, seven are in cities on its top 10 list. The multibillion-dollar companies boost overall employment numbers and economic

activity, creating opportunities for younger workers. Technology and science rule — From software companies to nuclear research labs, Washington’s top cities for millennials are especially appealing for job seekers with science, technology, engineer-

ing and math backgrounds. Its analysis for Issaquah found “the average worker’s wages of $76,784 — paired with an unemployment rate of 4.5 percent — makes the home to Costco’s headquarters an appealing place for young people starting their

careers. The city promotes the arts by hosting free outdoor concerts and downtown ArtWalks in the summer.” For Renton, it wrote, “wages for the average worker are $61,121 a year — higher than the state average of $42,229

— and the median rent stands at a middle-of-theroad $1,134. Here, many residents work at Boeing, which builds 737 airliners at a local factory.” Find the complete study with analysis online at www.nerdwallet.com/cities.

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fund recruitment and training of additional mentors, especially mentors who will partner with students eligible for the state’s College Bound Scholarship program. Learn more about the UPS Foundation at UPS. com/foundation and the Issaquah Schools Foundation at http://isfdn.org.

The Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S., will be closed for Presidents Day Feb. 16 and reopen Feb. 17 with normal hours.

State Fair hosts national anthem contest The Washington State Fair presents the “Oh Say Can You Sing” contest where the winner gets to sing the national anthem as an opening for such acts as Keith Urban or “Weird Al” Yankovic. Video entries are due by March 2. Vocal and instrumental entries will be accepted. Video entries can be uploaded on YouTube or submitted by mail. See outline of the contest rules and procedures, plus complete lyrics of the first verse of “The Star Spangled Banner” at www.thefair.com/ contests/details/o-say-canyou-sing. No entry fee is required. From the submissions, judges will select 40. Those semifinalists will perform live at the State Spring Fair, April 16-19. From there, 19 winners will be selected to perform the national anthem Sept. 11-27. The winners will receive hotel accommodations within 15 miles of the Washington State Fair Events Center, four tickets to the concert or rodeo

VOICE Mentor Program seeks volunteers The VOICE Mentor Program is looking for community volunteers to work one-on-one with Issaquah School District students. Students are referred by teachers and counselors as needing extra support, whether academic, social or emotional. The volunteers work in the school setting in partnership with school staff members. A mentor’s passion can be anything including literacy, ESL students and math. Learn more by emailing Susan Gierke or Teresa Bretl, VOICE Mentor directors, at VOICE @issaquah. wednet.edu or call 8376801.

Rep. Chad Magendanz to participate in online education town hall Educators, parents and students are invited to share their ideas for solutions for K-12 education in Washington during an online town hall with 5th District Rep. Chad Magendanz from 12:45-1:15 p.m. Feb. 17. Use #solutionsWA to ask a question on Twitter (twit-

Lowe’s supports annual MDA Shamrock Program Lowe’s stores nationwide are joining forces with the Muscular Dystrophy Association in the MDA’s Shamrock program. Through March 30, Lowe’s customers can support MDA research by adding a paper shamrock to their purchase at checkout for $1, $5 or a larger contribution. The Issaquah Lowe’s is at 1625 11th Ave. N.W. Since first teaming up with MDA in 2001, Lowe’s and its customers have raised more than $45 million in the Shamrock Program. Learn more about the MDA Shamrock Program

Connie Fletcher named to another term on state board of education Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Connie Fletcher to another term on the Washington State Board of Education. Fletcher joined the board in 2009 and currently serves on its executive committee. Her educational leadership experience includes 16 years on the Issaquah School Board and three years as president and in other officer roles at the Washington State School Directors’ Association. Fletcher has served as consultant to nonprofit organizations, municipalities and school districts regarding governance, planning and fundraising, as well as serving on the boards of several other child welfare and social service organizations. “I’m honored to serve with this outstanding board as we engage in meaningful work to improve the futures of the children in our state,” Fletcher said in a news release. The State Board of Education provides advocacy and strategic oversight of public education. It is comprised of 16 members: five elected by school board directors, seven appointed by the governor, two serv-

Schools foundation receives $10,000 grant from the UPS Foundation The Issaquah Schools Foundation has received a $10,000 grant from The UPS Foundation. The grant will enhance the Start Strong and VOICE Mentor programs, both of which support struggling students, “at hope” students and students from underrepresented populations. Start Strong provides select incoming freshmen with the tools they will need to thrive in high school. Start Strong students attend three- to five-day intensive summer sessions the week before school begins. The sessions create supportive peer and staff networks, develop familiarity with curriculum and school culture and build study skills and introduce students to school resources and technology. The grant will allow the foundation to fund Start Strong students throughout the school year. The VOICE Mentor Program matches caring community volunteers with students in need of academic, emotional, social, organizational or behavioral support. The UPS grant will

Metro Transit seeks input for long-range plans King County Metro wants public input as it launches an intensive long-range planning effort that will help determine what regional transit service will look like in 25 years. With the region’s population expected to increase by 30 percent over the next two decades, this will be Metro’s most comprehensive planning effort yet. The planning effort, “We’ll Get You There: Our Vision for the Future of Public Transportation,” launches at the same time Sound Transit lays the groundwork for further expansion of light rail, and local cities and the Puget Sound Regional Council update their own transportation and comprehensive plans. To get involved: 4Learn more online at www.kcmetrovision.org. 4Take an online survey at www.surveymonkey. com/r/RPN8V6D. 4Join the community advisory group by applying online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/R62TZJB.

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GOVERNOR TOURS ISSAQUAH

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Above, Gov. Jay Inslee (left) talks environmental science with Anna Craig, an Eastlake High School junior, Feb. 4 in the computer lab at the YWCA Family Village Issaquah. At left, (from left), Marcie Maxwell, the governor’s senior advisor on education, and Gov. Jay Inslee listen to a comment by Issaquah School District Superintendent Ron Thiele. Inslee listened and spoke to school and public officials and local residents about the hidden economic challenges facing many families and the investments that help at-risk students succeed in school.

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Issaquah’s historic downtown remains just that. Touching on other topics, Butler said the city soon would hire its first social sustainability coordinator who will work directly with various charitable and social service organizations. Elsewhere, work continues on parks and recreation projects funded by a voterapproved $10 million bond. The work includes an extensive, $5 million renovation of the Julius Boehm Pool, now underway. The city has undertaken other recreation or park-related projects thanks to the bond issue, Butler said, with a new skate park next in line. The city plans a

$350,000 skateboard park for Tibbetts Valley Park near the Issaquah Transit Center. Butler named traffic Issaquah’s biggest challenge. He said the city has received $18 million in state grants for various transportation and road projects. He believes the city’s recent adoption of a new plan to deal with the city’s growth, a plan which could end up costing just over $300 million in road and related projects, was a needed move. Butler also pointed to impending projects aimed at East Lake Sammamish Parkway and Northwest Dogwood Street. But he said mass transit might be a big part of any final solution to Issaquah’s traffic woes. Butler made note of his service on the Sound Transit board of directors and pointed out as a step

in the right direction the recent announcement of new bus service between the Issaquah Highlands and Snoqualmie. Touching briefly on some other goals of his administration, Butler talked about halving the time needed for developers to gain land-use permits from the city. He also mentioned an upgrade to Issaquah’s financial hardware. All in all, Butler said he’s happy with the direction of the city and the spirit of its employees. “When I walk into work every morning, I am reminded that this is the best job I’ve ever had,” he said. Council members made few comments on Butler’s speech. City Council President Paul Winterstein said the mayor’s talk was very positive and he noted he agreed with much of it.

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the Issaquah Highlands will be able to call ahead to schedule off-route pickups and drop-offs. A few highlights of the new service: 4Shuttles will operate from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. 4Morning service will operate westbound from North Bend, Snoqualmie, Snoqualmie Ridge and the Issaquah Highlands (including the flexible service in the highlands area) and then operate as an express route on Interstate 90 from the Issaquah Highlands to North Bend. 4Afternoon service will operate eastbound from the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride and flexible service area to Snoqualmie Ridge, Snoqualmie and North Bend, and then operate as express service on Interstate 90 from North Bend to the Issaquah Highlands. 4Standard, weekday peak/off-peak fares will be charged. 4The shuttle will operate every 30 minutes during peak periods. The Metropolitan King County Council included $12 million in the 2015-2016 budget to fund the alternative services program. Metro will continue to work with cities, community groups and others to assess local service needs and preferences. The program will initially focus on communities where bus service was most significantly reduced in September due to declining revenue. Next in line are Mercer Island and Burien.

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who has made a lot of change happen in her typical graceful leader fashion,” Kayler said. Nelson and others said Shepherd’s initial involvement in the community was delivering “welcome bags” to new residents in 2008. Shepherd soon found herself leading the Mirrormont Welcome Committee. She started the pea patch in 2009 and eventually became a certified Master Gardner. In 2013, Shepherd took on the role of historian and helped mark the 50th anniversary of the Mirrormont neighborhood. “There’s a combination of independence and interdependence that I like,” Shepherd said of Mirrormont in a 2013 Press story on the neighborhood’s anniversary celebration. “People are fairly independent and you might not see your neighbors very much,” she added, “but if there’s a crisis or a problem, the community comes together.” In 2013, Shepherd obtained a $500 grant from the Washington Native Plant Society to create signage and a guidebook to illuminate 40 plants native in Mirrormont Park. Shepherd was already a published author. Having earned a doctorate in biochemistry, Shepherd wrote “Lifting the Veil: The Feminine Face of Science,” published in 1993. “She really is a pioneer for women in the sciences,” Kayler said. Mitra Mohandessi said she met Shepherd about four years ago through the pea patch. Mohandessi added she didn’t know

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NOMINATE SOMEONE Do you know someone in the community who does wonderful things? Someone who builds water wells in a foreign country, makes quilts for people with cancer, gives time to animals at local animal shelters, helps victims of domestic violence, gives up birthday presents and instead asks that they go to others — these are all Issaquah Press Hometown Heroes. Send us information about your hero, and give us contact information for that person. Each month, we’ll decide on a Hometown Hero and feature him or her in the paper. There is no age limit for a Hometown Hero. We’re looking for young and old. There is also no limit on what makes a hero. We’re looking for people who do things big and small. People can also be nominated posthumously. At the end of the year, we’ll name a Hometown Hero of the year from our 12 Hometown Heroes of the month, and honor all of our heroes with a celebration. Email your nominations to editor@isspress.com. many people in the area, but she has made numerous new acquaintances and friends through working in the community garden. “It’s been a real community builder,” Mohandessi said of the pea patch. In an email nominating Shepherd, Mohandessi described her friend as “a gentle person with a lot of patience.” Kayler said a lot of people talk about being community minded and being engaged in their neighborhood. “Linda actually walks the walk,” Kayler said.


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iolence against women is on the rise, and that’s true for women and girls. February is Teen Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The highest rate of victimization for abuse and sexual assault occurs between the ages of 16 and 24, according to Break the Cycle’s CEO Amy Sanchez. No matter what age he or she is, no one should have to experience violence, whether at the hands of a stranger or someone he or she loves. Here’s what you can do to reach that lofty goal: Every day, parents teach their children by their actions what type of behavior is OK. First, set a good example. Second, talk with your children, male and female, about what is not acceptable. Hitting someone, or allowing someone to hit you, is never OK. Regarding sex, no means no, no matter what someone is wearing or any situation he or she has put himself or herself in. If you hear or see violence happening, call police. If it’s a misunderstanding, the police can sort it out. Police, when a woman, or man, comes to you and alleges any kind of assault has occurred, physical or sexual, investigate it and help prosecute those responsible to the fullest extent of the law. And make sure rape kits are taken and then tested, to catch the assailant when his or her identity is unknown. LifeWire, formerly the Eastside Domestic Violence Program, helps victims of domestic violence. If you are in immediate danger, call 911. If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship and needs help or would like to speak with someone about domestic violence, confidential help is available 24 hours a day by calling the LifeWire help line at 746-1940 or 800-8278840 toll free. No More is a national organization that helps victims of domestic and sexual abuse, male or female. Break the Cycle helps empower youths to end domestic violence. Learn more about the No More movement at http:// nomore.org, Break the Cycle at www.breakthecycle.org and LifeWire at www.edvp.org.

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ccording to Random House Dictionary, the word fan is a noun meaning “an enthusiastic devotee, follower or admirer of a sport, pastime, celebrity, etc.: a baseball fan; a great fan of Charlie Chaplin.” Its synonyms are supporter, enthusiast, partisan, booster, addict. The word fan is short for fanatic, a noun that means “a person with an extreme and uncritical enthusiasm or zeal, as in religion or politics.” I love people who are fans of things — sports, authors, newspapers, artists, musicians, etc. Yes, many people could stand to spend more time on serious issues and help their fellow man. But people also need pastimes. That is a noun that means “something that serves to make time pass agreeably; a pleasant means of amusement, recreation or sport.” A few weeks before the Seattle Seahawks made it to the playoffs, I noticed more flags, more T-shirts, more memorabilia — on homes, on people and on vehicles. I loved the show of spirit that only built as we got close to the Super Bowl, but where were some of these people in week one of the season? Week three? Week five? You see the same thing with the Seattle Mariners. People come to the games more often when the team is winning, but stay at home when it isn’t. I’ve sat in that stadium when it was so empty you could throw a stick in any direction and likely not hit someone. You see the same thing with music. People love a band until

a new one comes along. I don’t know about you, but I have a list of bands that I am going to love until I’m dead. I don’t give up on them when Kathleen songs from Merrill their latest Press managing editor album don’t make the radio or score any “hits.” Maybe it’s human nature to jump on a bandwagon when it passes by. But I wish more people would be fans all the time, of whatever passion they have chosen. According to the Urban Dictionary, a fair weather fan is “a fan of a sports team who only shows support when the team is doing well. During hard times they usually bandwagon other teams. They basically have no real loyalty to the team, but still manage to get better seats than you at the game. Strangely they mysteriously vanish at the first sign of trouble… “The fair weather fan’s creed: last to join, first to leave.” I would love to see people be the first to join and the last to leave. Then, they would be true fans, of the game, of the sport or whatever they’ve chosen to enjoy. I saw a poster online recently that said: “Bandwagon fan — Because sticking with the same team through hard times takes guts.” Yes, it does. So does staying with a player whether he or she is winning or losing. And that makes it that much sweeter when the win comes.

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Amount for budget has always been $350,000 Issaquah City Council members do not debate opinions in the press, but I must correct a statement attributed to my fellow Councilman Joshua Schaer. It is factually incorrect, and may misinform skate park advocates. The Feb. 3rd article “Skate park supporters seek more features, space” states “Schaer admitted he was not a fan of the way the city initially moved forward with the park design. According to Schaer, design work was awarded and begun with no clear price tag attached to the project. ‘I did not support moving forward with a blank check,’ he said.” To paraphrase the great Daniel Patrick Moynihan, you’re entitled to your own opinions, but not your own facts. I authored both the 2011 city goal to replace the old skate park, and then the 2013 goal in partnership with Councilwoman Eileen Barber. I worked with Mayor Ava Frisinger’s administration to turn the 2013 goal into action. Agenda Bill 6676, passed Sept. 3, 2013, clearly called out an upper spending limit of $350,000 for the park, starting on page 203 (http://bit.ly/16Zv6A1). The amount of $350,000 was chosen because we as a council were determined not to use the General Fund indiscriminately, and the administration found that $200,000 could reasonably be appropriated from the Park Mitigation Fund and $150,000 from the Real Estate Excise Fund. That $350,000 has been our number ever since. In the budget discussions last fall, the administration suggested we up the amount to $500,000, but after discussion the council prudently decided to

hold to $350,000. It is important that skate park proponents understand that there is no “blank check”, there never has been, and this council has been consistent in its proud support for a fiscally defensible $350,000 park from the beginning.

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Banning them would make us healthier, wealthier

About 20 percent of teens were reported using cigarettes in the past year. Your child could be smoking cigarettes, shortening his or her life expectancy right now. Plenty of studies have been done proving that cigarettes cause lung cancer, bronchitis, emphysema, strokes and heart disease. In fact, cigarettes harm nearly every organ in the body and lower the overall health as well as life expectancy in an individual. They also cause countless problems with pregnancies and childbirth. This is because of the more than 4,000 different chemicals found in cigarettes, 43 of which cause cancer. What’s more is that I have only scratched the surface as to the quantity and severity of the harmful effects of cigarettes. What really bothers me is why cigarettes are allowed to be produced at all. Cigarettes should be completely banned from the public. The only reason to continue the production of cigarettes is that without cigarettes onefourth of America would temporarily experience withdrawal symptoms from this highly addictive substance. The long-term result, however, would far outweigh the temporary lull in America. America would in general be much healthier and worried less about their

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I was inspired by the fervor we all applied to the Seahawks. Our entire region collectively joined hands in unity for a single cause. The amounts of time, energy and money spent was prodigious, and grew to a loud roar by Sunday afternoon. Then, a collective sadness swept over us Sunday evening. Even though it wasn’t official, Monday was a day of mourning. Today, I am struck by the thought that we all placed such a huge amount of ourselves into an event over which we had so little influence. Even with all our combined might, we remained mere spectators in this beautiful game of football. What if we applied that same amount of time, energy and money into engaging with our own lives? What if we figured out how to stop rushing from crisis to crisis? What if each of us took the time to figure out what really makes us tick? That’s when we stop being spectators of others’ lives and start truly living our own. Let’s be the place where this all begins and show the world how it’s done. Go team!

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Sheriff’s deputy arrested in domestic violence incident A King County Sheriff’s Office deputy was arrested for investigation of felony harassment after a domestic violence incident near Issaquah. Just after 8 a.m. Feb. 1, the sheriff’s office was notified of a domestic violence allegation against a deputy. The crime occurred at a residence

near Issaquah, where the deputy lives with his girlfriend, who also works for the sheriff’s office, according to a news release from the office. Responding deputies along with detectives from the Major Crimes Unit determined there was probable cause to arrest the deputy for investigation

of felony harassment. The deputy, 34, has been with the department for nine years. He was booked into the King County Jail and held on $50,000 bail. At a hearing Monday afternoon, the deputy was ordered to surrender all of his firearms. He was also served with a no-contact order. Later Monday eve-

P olice & F ire Editor’s note: Due to Eastside Fire & Rescue installing a new records system, fire reports were not available.

ning, he posted bond and was released. When arrested, the deputy was also placed on administrative leave. He will remain on leave pending the outcome of the criminal investigation, the release said. There will also be an internal investigation into what occurred.

State auditors made a finding of significant deficiency after completing a study of the recordkeeping of Eastside Fire & Rescue. Released by the state Feb. 2, the audit covered the timeframe between Jan. 1, 2012, and Dec. 31, 2013. Fire Chief Lee Soptich said auditors took exception to how the fire district kept track of major purchases, such as emergency fire vehicles. Soptich said when such a purchase is made, each community member of EFR, such as

Issaquah or Sammamish, becomes a partial owner of that equipment. He added EFR has kept track of those purchases in the same manner for many years. However, this year, auditors stated EFR methodology is incorrect. Alleged, negative audit conclusions fall into three categories: exit items, management letters and findings. Exit items are audit findings discussed with local officials once an audit is finished. Management letters are letters sent to upper level local officials outlining problems uncovered by an audit. In this instance, the state made a claim of an

audit finding, the most severe of alleged audit conclusions. “An audit finding, that’s a serious concern,” said Thomas Shapley, deputy director of communications for the Washington State Auditor’s Office. There are also different levels of findings. In this instance, the finding was considered a significant deficiency, but did not reach the level of a material finding, the most severe level. Shapley said the state auditor’s office is a reporting, not an enforcement agency. EFR faces no fines or sanctions in connection with the finding. He

A resident in the 900 block of 10th Place Northeast reported at 2:47 p.m. Feb. 3 that she believes a person broke in her house and put drugs in her liquid drink so she would purposely fail a urine test. By failing the test, she was refused certain prescription drugs by her doctor and wanted to say this was wrong.

said auditors likely will take care to see that the perceived problem is fixed when the next audit is completed later this year. “It was a little upsetting that it came across the way it did,” Soptich said, also saying he considers audits learning opportunities. “And learning has occurred,” he said, adding EFR will modify its bookkeeping as the state suggested. The state completed 2,257 audits in 2014, Shapley said. Of those, about 10 percent resulted in full-fledged findings such as were claimed after the EFR audit.

Minor drinking A 19-year-old North Bend resident was arrested at 7:42 p.m. Feb. 3 in the 900 block of Northeast Drive for frequenting a tavern, for being a minor attempting to purchase alcohol and possession of/using a fake ID.

Driving without license A 58-year-old Seattle man was arrested at 11:12 p.m. Feb. 3 in the 200 block of Newport Way Southwest for driving while his license was suspended.

Filers beware the latest tax season scams As you prepare for another tax season, the Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington, along with several federal agencies, is reminding you to beware of scams and identity theft. According to the Internal Revenue Service and BBB investigators, an aggressive and sophisticated phone scam continues to run rampant. Callers claim to be employees of the

IRS, using fake names and bogus identification badge numbers. Victims are told they owe money and must pay through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses, the scammers threaten with arrest, deportation or suspension of a driver’s license. According to BBB scheme records, the IRS scam remains at the top of the list with 64 reports in 2014.

BBB encourages consumers to be aware of tax season scams and offers this advice on filing safely: 4Identify scam calls: The IRS will never call taxpayers to demand a payment or require them to use a specific payment method for their taxes. The agency will also never threaten to bring in local police to arrest a consumer for not paying. 4Hire a trusted tax preparer: Consumers should

be careful when choosing tax preparers. Unscrupulous preparers file false and fraudulent tax returns to defraud their clients. BBB has an online list of BBB Accredited accountants that consumers can trust at http://go.bbb. org/1CjMTyH. 4File a complaint: Consumers who have been a victim of tax scams or identity theft should file a report with the BBB at http://go.bbb.org/LFdTAV.

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To date, the event has raised $16 million for charity. All donations raised stay within the communities, helping provide lifesaving treatment and equipment for local sick and injured children. Learn more at www. ihoppancakeday.com.

also on a unique journey of providing care to a person with memory loss. Meetings are held the third Saturday of the month, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Swedish Medical Center – Issaquah Campus, Women’s Center Flex Space, 751 N.E. Blakely Drive, starting in March. Learn more by calling Helen Boyer at 301-0709.

map-based search features and real-time arrival information for Metro buses and Metro-operated Sound Transit routes. 
Check out the new app online at http://metro.kingcounty. gov/trip-planner/mobileapps. The Puget Sound Trip Planner is part of an ongoing series of rider technology improvements coming in 2015. Later this year, Sound Transit will launch a new mobile website with regional real-time arrivals and better trip planning tools. The mobile site will use Open Transit Data, an open source set of data and suite of tools created to support the development of new transit applications in the Puget Sound region.

IHOP restaurants are celebrating the 10th anniversary of National Pancake Day on March 3 by offering one free short stack of buttermilk pancakes. In return, guests are asked to pay it forward by making a voluntary donation to their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Shriners Hospital for Children, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or other local charities. The give away is from 7-10 a.m. at more than 1,500 restaurants across the United States. The Issaquah location is at 1433 N.W. Sammamish Road.

Alzheimer’s Association support group starts meeting in March Caring for someone with memory loss? Do you need information and support? The Alzheimer’s Association family caregiver support groups provide a consistent and caring place for people to learn, share and gain emotional support from others who are

Sound Transit unveils trip-planning app Sound Transit recently launched a free, regional smartphone app to help Puget Sound-area commuters plan their transit trips. The Puget Sound Trip Planner merges key features from other regional trip planners and includes

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Car break-in A resident in the 400 block of Northeast Birch Street reported at 4:41 a.m. Feb. 6 that someone entered his unlocked car and stole the garage door opener.

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Free Second Saturday Film Series presents ‘The Way We Were’ on Valentine’s Day The city’s free Second Saturday Film Series returns with “The Way We Were,” at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 in the City Hall Eagle Room, 130 E. Sunset Way. The 1973 movie stars Barbra Streisand as Katie Morosky and Robert Redford as Hubbell Gardiner. The two characters meet briefly in 1937 and reunite years later in New York. The two opposites fall in love and head to Hollywood. But the House Committee on Un-American Activities’ search for Communists in 1947 tears the pair apart, as a pregnant Katie refuses to keep silent about the jailing of the Hollywood Ten, while a faithless Hubbell decides to save his career. When the two meet again in the 1960s, TV writer Hubbell and nuclear protester Katie feel that old pull again, but they have to decide if they have what it takes for the long run.

FISH seeks new executive director, apply by Feb. 18

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Geoffrey Phipps (left), game designer, longtime historical gaming hobbyist Tyler Roush and game developer Scot McConnachie, are aided by textbooks on the Battle of Gallipoli and inspired by an Australian recruiting poster, as they refine a draft original of ‘Gallipoli 1915: Churchill’s Greatest Gamble’ during the Game ON! convention.

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By Tom Corrigan tcorrigan@isspress.com Forget wizards and dragons and, with one exception, aliens and space armadas. For Game ON! 2015, Feb. 5-8 at the Issaquah Holiday Inn, the name of the games was mostly history. The fourth annual board gaming convention was expected to draw about 200 people, said one of the key organizers and Issaquah resident Jeff Newell. Even early on the first day, the large gaming room already held 40 to 50 people, most gathered around game boards carefully simulating World War I, World War II, the Civil War or any one of numerous other conflicts, or even specific battles within those conflicts. “Folks just like tuning out from their lives and the stress,” Newell said about what attracts people to the games. A strong attraction and some dedication are probably a necessity. These are not your typical board games. “Gallipoli 1915” is one example. The game board covers several square yards and is covered with grids and other markings. Game pieces seem to number in the hundreds. Speaking with a thick Australian accent, creator Geoffrey Phipps said he has been working on getting the game right for 10 years. Playing the game to its conclusion can take two or three days. Talking about the theme of the game is a short lesson in Australian and World War I history. In 1915, the British and French tried

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FISH plans dedication ceremony Feb. 21 for Charles Staniforth The Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery invites the public to a dedication ceremony to honor Charles “Stan” Staniforth at 10 a.m. Feb. 21. FISH is planting a tree and installing and dedicating a bench at the hatchery in his name to commemorate his contribution to the hatchery. Staniforth passed away in September, leaving a

to sail through the Black Sea, held by Turkey, in order to get supplies to the struggling Russians. They didn’t make it. So, Phipps said, the Australians (joined by New Zealand) made their first real entry into the war and took on the Turks on land. Like the British and the French, the Australians lost, but the country still commemorates the battle annually on Anzac Day. “It’s sort of like your Memorial Day,” Phipps said, noting that this year just happens to mark the 100th anniversary of the battle of Gallipoli. Technically, Phipps’ game isn’t even published yet. It’s available for advance purchase on the Internet and copies will be printed when orders reach 500. Gamer Cory Rueb said “Gallipoli 1915” and its march to publication represents a new but growing means for game developers to get their creations marketed. History was definitely an attraction for all the players interviewed. Newell said the camaraderie also is important, that board games simply allow more social interaction than video games. As if to prove his point, gamers Dick Boyes and Ron Renard said they just met that morning, but sat happily huddled over

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long legacy of devotion to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and FISH. Many remember Stan, who could be found almost every day at the hatchery helping with chores, spawning fish, mowing the lawn or whatever needed to be done. He loved to help people understand the annual return of salmon to Issaquah Creek and he enjoyed giving tours, especially to school children. Refreshments will be served in the Watershed

The board of directors of the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is seeking an executive director to replace Jane Kuechle, who is retiring. Applications for this parttime position must be in by the end of day Feb. 18. Read the full job description at www.issaquahfish.org. This year-round, parttime position involves a variety of duties, including fundraising; supporting and collaborating with the FISH board; cultivating and maintaining public and community relations; engaging in relevant interagency communications; supporting a variety of membership activities; supervising existing educational programs; supervising and evaluating a paid staff of two part-time employees; and overseeing bookkeeping and administrative tasks. Send a résumé and cover letter to Jane Kuechle at FISH, 125 W. Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA 98027, or via email at jane@issaquahfish. org. Learn more about the position by emailing Kuechle, calling 392-1118 or contacting Ava Frisinger, president of the board of directors, at ava@frisinger. net or 392-5797.

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Above left, counters representing troop divisions, artillery units, fighter squadrons and other knowledge gleaned from historical fact. Above, Art Brochet, of Seattle, places an information counting piece on the board as he plays ‘The Blitzkrieg Legend: Battle for France 1940.’ “Washington’s War.” As fantasy and space games are not at all the norm for this convention, Newell seems almost mildly embarrassed to be taking on “Space Empires” with a few other players. He said Sunday at

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Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery will offer a screening of the film “Return of the River” (The Elwha) on Feb. 20 in the Watershed Science Center at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. The screening is open to the public. Doors will open at 6 p.m.; the program will begin at 6:30 p.m. The film runs 70 minutes. There will be a sampling of salmon hors d’oeuvres and a discussion following the viewing. The event is free but contributions will be gratefully accepted. “Return of the River” follows a group of strongminded committed people as they attempt the impossible: change the public opinion of a town and eventually the nation to bring a dam down. The community comes to a consensus, setting the Elwha River free and showing the way to a more sustainable future. The film is produced by Jessica Plumb and codirected by Plumb and John Gussman. In a review, Seattle Times film critic Lynda Mapes said: “Return of the River vividly portrays the epic story of the freeing of Olympic National Park’s mighty Elwha River from two salmon-blocking dams. The Elwha Klallam people, scientists, fishermen, politicians, enviros and townsfolk all add their voices to a film that is visually dazzling, lyrically evocative and fluid as mountain snowmelt.”

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Robin Sheaffer, a registered nurse and volunteer for Issaquah’s Community Emergency Response Team, FEMA’s Medical Reserve Corps and King County Public Health Reserve Corps, shows a Vial of Life canister, which contains a front door sticker, refrigerator door magnet and medical information form. Sheaffer was in charge of the Issaquah Citizen Corps booth Feb. 7 during the Health & Safety Fair at Pickering Barn. The free canisters were funded by a grant from the Puget Sound Energy Foundation. The sticker and magnet alert first responders to check for the information form in the canister, stored in the refrigerator of any household resident who is in any vulnerable population group. The program enables emergency responders to quickly locate helpful information regarding a resident’s medical history and any advanced directives.


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Restoration at Lower Commons Park, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lower Sammamish Commons, 550 222nd Place S.E., please register by Friday at http://bit.ly/1yK4TQk

Saturday Morning Trail Run, 3- to 5-mile run on Tiger or Squak mountains, 9 a.m. Uphill Running, 100 Front St. S., Suite A, 391-2430

Zentangle Advanced, noon to 2 p.m., artEAST Art Center, 95 Front St. N., $40/ members, $45/nonmembers, arteast.org

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

‘Around the World in 80 Days,’ 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N., $35 to $67, villagetheatre.org Music and Wellness class, 4:30 p.m., Swedish Issaquah, 751 N.E. Blakely Drive, $70, preregister at http://bit. ly/1uCJA3j Council Land and Shore Committee meeting, 5:30 p.m., City Hall, 135 E. Sunset Way, 837-3000 Planning Policy Commission meeting, 6:30 p.m., City Hall, 135 E. Sunset Way, 837-3000 ‘Mindful Eating,’ 7 p.m., Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. S.E., 392-3130

FRIDAY, FEB. 13 Valentine Social, 3-4 p.m., Spiritwood at Pine Lake, 3607 228th Ave. S.E., 313-9100 The Beat Project, 7:30 p.m., Vino Bella, 99 Front St. N., 391-1424 Red Classic Rock Trio, 8 p.m., Pogacha, 120 N.W. Gilman Blvd., free, 392-5550 ‘Around the World in 80 Days,’ 8 p.m., Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N., $35 to $67, villagetheatre.org

SATURDAY, FEB. 14 Squak Mountain Work Party, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., sign up and location details at

AARP Tax Help, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, 392-5430 AAUW February Branch Meeting, with speaker Ikebana Professional Elinor Reitz, 10 a.m., Eagle Room, police station, 130 E. Sunset Way, cairnsjb@comcast.net Issaquah Alps Dog Hike, easy, 4 to 6 miles, up to 900foot elevation gain, 10 a.m., meet at 175 Rainier Blvd. S., issaquahalps.org ReLeaf Our Parks, help plant native trees at Taylor Mountain, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., RSVP to Tina Miller and get directions by calling 206-296-2990 Zentangle Basics, 10 a.m. to noon, artEAST Art Center, 95 Front St. N., $40/ members, $45/nonmembers, arteast.org Sweetheart Hike, noon to 1 p.m., Lewis Creek Visitor Center, 5808 Lakemont Blvd. S.E., free, 452-4195 ‘Using Your Gifts: Learn to Love Your eReader,’ 1 p.m., Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. S.E., 392-3130 ‘Around the World in 80 Days,’ 2 and 8 p.m., Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N., $35 to $67, villagetheatre.org Second Saturday Film Series, ‘The Way We Were,’ 7 p.m., Eagle Room, City Hall, 135 E. Sunset Way, 837-3000

Calling all middle school teens! Get a group of friends together and come to Night of Challenges at the community center and compete in ‘Minute to Win It’-style games. Create a team of five to six people and join in the fun from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 13, 301 Rainier Blvd. S.; $20 per team payable at the door; 837-3317. CT and Classic Soul, 7:30 p.m., Vino Bella, 99 Front St. N., 391-1424

mile casual run, 6 p.m., Uphill Running, 100 Front St. S., Suite A, 391-2430

Big Dog Revue, 8 p.m., Pogacha, 120 N.W. Gilman Blvd., $5 cover, 392-5550

City council regular meeting, 7 p.m., City Hall, 135 E. Sunset Way, 837-3000

SUNDAY, FEB. 15 Ninth annual Swedish Car Cruise In, 9 a.m., weather permitting, Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, 98 N.E. Gilman Blvd., 392-1266 Coal Creek Trail Hike, easy, 5 miles, up to 700-foot elevation gain, 9:30 a.m., meet at 175 Rainier Blvd. S., issaquahalps.org ‘Around the World in 80 Days,’ 2 and 7 p.m., Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N., $35 to $67, villagetheatre.org

MONDAY, FEB. 16 Libraries and government buildings close for President’s Day. ‘Figure Drawing Open Studio,’ short pose 9:3011:30 a.m. and long pose noon to 2 p.m., artEAST Art Center, 95 Front St. N., $20 or $30 for both sessions, arteast.org

TUESDAY, FEB. 17 Coffee and Conversation, discuss options for senior living, 10 a.m. Timber Ridge at Talus, 11 Timber Ridge Way N.W., free, 654-4145 ‘Defeating Jealousy,’ live online Q & A, 11 a.m., Christian Science Reading Room, 415 Rainier Blvd. N., 392-8140 Blood drive, St. Joseph Catholic Church, 220 Mountain Park Blvd. S.W., 2-7 p.m., email Heimlinn@aol.com for appointment, walk-ins welcome but may have to wait, closed 3-4 p.m. for crew lunch break Tuesday Night Run, 1.5-

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O bituaries Darlene Lillian Davey

Oct. 22, 1932 – Jan. 24, 2015 Darlene Lillian Davey, 82, went to be with Jesus, her Lord and Savior, Darlene Davey on Jan. 24, 2015, after courageously fighting a sevenyear off-and-on battle with cancer. Darlene was born in Elmwood, Minnesota, to her parents Fritz and Norma Schlieman, but grew up in Clayton, just north of Spokane. For the past 43 years, Darlene lived in the Issaquah area. She married Robert Selden Davey in 1971, but moved a year later to their home

Agnes H. Fredeen

Oct. 5, 1916 - Jan. 31, 2015 Agnes was born 98 years ago to Fred and Mary Erickson in their family home in High Point, Agnes Fredeen Washington. After the death of her mother at age 26 during childbirth, she was reared by her father Fred and grandmother, Agnes Stephenson. Father Fred passed away at age 46. Agnes married Lawrence Butchy Fredeen in

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on Pine Lake up on the Issaquah plateau where they spent many wonderful years together. In 1999, Darlene and Bob moved to the retirement community of Providence Point. Darlene is survived by her loving husband Bob; her sister Violet Woltman and brother Derris Schlieman; her five children (Sharron Montgomery, Steven Ahlin, Tom Davey, Rob Davey and Diana Brookshire-Davey); nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Pine Lake Covenant Church, 1715 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish, WA 98075, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015. A reception will be held immediately after in celebration of Darlene.

1937, and reared their sons. Agnes and Butchy owned and operated Butchy’s Shell gas station and grocery store in Preston for 42 years, selling the store and retiring in 1977. Butchy passed away in 1991, son Melvin in 2011, and sister Sylvia Kirchheiner in 2008. Agnes is survived by sons Wayne, Bruce and Gary Fredeen; 10 grandchildren; and 13 greatgrandchildren. No services are planned at this time. For honorary donations, please consider Preston Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 614, Preston, WA 98050.

convention. “To a certain extent, you can look at the games as big puzzles,� said “Blitzkrieg Legend� player Stephen Graham. “I’m a history buff,� said fellow “Blitzkrieg� player Bill Gustafson, “though I like the game aspect and especially the social aspects as well.�

The Issaquah Press She will be missed

Velma Irene Thein 1940 - 2015

Irene Thein (nee Spencer), of Issaquah, passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 1 in her home, Velma Thein having struggled with health issues. Born on Feb. 14, 1940, in McIntosh, New Mexico, to Lewis Vernon Spencer and Dorothy May Spencer (nee Brown, who died when Irene was an infant). Irene spent her childhood in the Albuquerque area. As a military wife, Irene lived in many states but fell in love with the Pacific Northwest where she settled in the early ‘70s. Irene enjoyed road trips and criss-crossed North America many times. Irene took her first cruise for her 65th birthday and instantly fell in love with cruising, enjoying several more over the years. Irene also enjoyed quilting, scrapbooking, and playing games with family and friends. Irene

Patricia Anne Stegner Patricia Anne Stegner, of Issaquah, passed away Jan. 24, 2015, after a long illness at 74. Patricia Stegner Daughter of Dr. George and Charlotte Lemon, Pat graduated Ohio Wesleyan University in 1962. We have lost a dedicated friend and clever ally ready to join or support us on our adventures through this life. Pat loved helping others and volunteered extensively for PTSA and AAUW. Pat’s love of nature is reflected in her watercolor paintings. Pat was an expert baker and cake decorator. As an accomplished seamstress Pat lent

was a fiercely competitive Scrabble player and winning a game against her was an achievement. In 2004, Irene retired from Qwest Communications, where she was a service delivery coordinator. Irene loved music and was a church organist and pianist for many years. Irene was a member of the Renton New Life Church and the Issaquah Senior Center. Irene is survived by her mother Lucille Spencer (nee Timmons), her brothers Walter and Don Spencer, her sister Karen Spencer, her daughter Teresa White (nee Bingham) and son-in-law Frank White (British Columbia Canada), her sons George Bingham (Kent) and Roger Bingham (San Francisco), and her daughter Rhonda Bingham (Kent). She was very proud of her seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and two great-greatgrandchildren. A celebration of Irene’s life will be from noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 14 at Northwest Life Church (previously Fairwood Assembly of God), 13120 S.E. 192nd St., Renton. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Issaquah Senior Center.

her talents designing and making costumes for the Liberty High School drama department. A true songbird and arts patron, Pat sang in church choirs and instilled a love of music and theater in her children. Pat loved reading, movies and big family dinners. We will always remember her warm smile, generous hugs and hardy laugh. Pat is survived by her husband of 49 years Joe, children Steve (Jollee), Ruth (Mike), Betsy (Chris) and six grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents and younger brother Richard. We will celebrate Pat’s life when the flowers start blooming: Friday, March 6, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 250 Mountain Park Blvd. S.W., Issaquah, WA 98027. www.flintofts.com

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Four Patriots sign on National Letter of Intent day Four Liberty High School students will officially continue their athletic careers at the next level. Soccer players Morgan Childs, Kelley Johnson, Michael Duvall, and golfer Dexter Simonds all made their commitments official on signing day Feb. 4. Childs will play at the College of Idaho; Johnson continues her career at Nova Southeastern University in Florida; Duvall will stay local and play for Seattle Pacific University; and Simonds will hit the links for Bellevue College.

Issaquah wrestlers win KingCo title with a little home cooking By Neil Pierson npierson@ sammamishreview.com The Issaquah High School wrestling team made the most of hosting the Class 4A KingCo Conference tournament, scoring 243.5 points to win the championship at the Feb. 6-7 event. Six Issaquah wrestlers reached the finals of their

respective weight classes, and four won titles, to propel the Eagles to victory over second-place Mount Si (203.5 points). Issaquah had a conference-best 14 qualifiers for the Region 2 tournament, Feb. 14 at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore. The top five wrestlers in each weight advanced to regionals. Skyline finished fourth with 142 points, advanc-

ing four wrestlers to the finals and sending nine to regionals. Issaquah’s William Tickman won the 106-pound division, pinning Skyline’s Kona Bertolino in 1 minute, 11 seconds in the final. Issaquah’s Steven Solusod and Devin PiquetCharles finished first and second, respectively, at 113 pounds. Solusod took first

place with a 57-second pin. The Eagles’ other champions were 126-pounder Gunner Starren, who beat Newport’s Diego Dwyer 12-6; and 160-pounder Colby Starren, who pinned Skyline’s Adrian Abraham in 39 seconds. Issaquah’s Jordan Hamilton (138) and Chance Gunter (182) finished second in their weights, while 145-pounder Hunter

Hurley took third. Six Issaquah wrestlers finished fourth or fifth in their weights to advance to regionals: Dakota Kutz (120), Kai Hapke (160), Daniel Quaranta (182), Nyan Hartman (132), Brandon Vrinceano (152) and Terence Zaragoza (220). Skyline’s Nathan Swanson was the 120-pound champion, holding on for

a 3-2 decision over Mount Si’s Duncan Harrison in the final. Teammate Garin Swanson also finished first, winning the 132-pound division with a 6-0 decision against Redmond’s Kyle Nazareth. The Spartans’ other regional qualifiers were Scott Huff (126), Jacob Gehrett (138), Paul Abboud (120), Akash Yechuri (126) and Matthew Oss (182).

Eagles avenge only conference loss of season to Spartans, 68-35 By Neil Pierson npierson@ sammamishreview.com The Issaquah High School boys basketball team won’t finish this season with an undefeated record in conference play because of a January home loss to Skyline. Few people wearing purple and gold will remember that, however, after Issaquah avenged the loss with a dominating, 68-35 victory at Skyline on Feb. 5. The Eagles had already cemented the Class 4A KingCo Conference regular-season title, and sent a message that they’re

ready to win big games again, a year after going all the way to the state semifinals and a thirdplace finish. “We had so much energy coming out,” junior guard Scott Kellum said. “This is a huge game for us, to come back in their house and beat them after they came in our house and beat us. “Everyone contributed. It’s a full, all-around good game, and we came to play.” Issaquah (15-4 overall, 14-1 KingCo) went on a big run late in the first quarter, capped by Trevon Ary-Turner’s last-second 3-pointer, to lead 18-8.

By Greg Farrar

Scott Kellum (left), Issaquah High School junior guard, scores two of his 13 points as Skyline junior forward Braden Ahlemeyer defends in the third quarter during their Feb. 5 basketball game.

The second quarter was more of the same, and likely removed all doubt about the final result. The Eagles’ swarming zone defense got the Spartans completely out of synch, forcing several turnovers and turning them into easy points at the other end of the floor. Senior Ty Gibson scored nine of his game-high 14 points during the second quarter as Issaquah went to halftime with a 33-13 lead. For Skyline (9-10, 8-7), most of its losses this season have been by fewer than 10 points, so a 20-point halftime deficit was a bit jarring, coach Bill McIntyre said. “You hope they can come back and dig in, but I think that just kind of shocked them a little bit,” McIntyre said. One of Issaquah’s keys was bottling up Skyline senior guard Robert Biegaj. Mission accomplished, as Biegaj scored four points, none in the final three quarters. “Robert is a great player — he’s one of the best players in our league,” Eagles coach Jason Griffith said, “and so our kids knew coming in that we would have to make things hard for him. “He got going early, but I thought we did some quick adjustments to make things harder for him catching the ball, getting in rhythm.” None of the other Spartans were able to pick up the scoring slack. Braden Ahlemeyer led Skyline with eight points. “Our game plan was just to fly around, make it difficult for everyone,” Kellum noted. “Don’t let them catch it easy, get steals, deflections, all we can do.”

Kellum had 13 points and three rebounds, and 6-foot-5 junior forward Jack Dellinger added a spark off the bench with 10 points, seven rebounds and three steals. “MVP right there — best game of the season,” Griffith said of Dellinger. “As soon as he stepped on the floor, you could tell he just impacted the game.” With a 49-21 lead after three quarters, Issaquah emptied its bench for the final eight minutes, and didn’t lose any intensity. The starters were cheering for the reserves, a quality epitomized when Dellinger banked in a wild shot while being fouled, and the entire bench jumped up in unison. “We all want to see each other do well,” Kellum said, “and it’s so awesome to play for this team.” Both teams finished the regular season Feb. 10 after press time, and will begin the playoffs this weekend. Neither squad is trying to get too high or too low because of the result against their KingCo rival. “Honestly, it’s the old cliché, but we just want to go one game at a time,” Griffith said. “Our kids know what we’re capable of. But we’ve also been taught a lesson this season, too. If we don’t bring it every night, then we can get beat.” “I felt coming in that if we kept the game in the 50s, it could be a competitive game,” McIntyre said. “I didn’t want to get into a shootout again. “When we scored 76 points on them the first time, that was the most they’ve given up all season, and it was the second-most we’ve scored. You’re talking about trying to catch lightning in a bottle twice.”

Red-hot Taylor McKerlich leads Skyline girls to win By Neil Pierson npierson@sammamishreview.com As a sophomore, Taylor McKerlich was mostly successful on offense when she got good position under the basket. A year later, after diligently working on her jump shot, she has proven to be an even more valuable commodity for the Skyline High School girls basketball team. McKerlich poured in a game-high 24 points — 15 of them in the first half — and led the Spartans to a 6639 rout of rival Issaquah in a Class 4A KingCo Conference matchup Feb. 5 at Skyline. She showed off her expanded range, routinely hitting jumpers from 12-15 feet, and even sank a third-quarter 3-pointer that brought her teammates on the bench to their feet. Afterward, McKerlich was humble and deferred credit, even though the 24 points doubled her previous scoring high this season. “Our team did a really good job of moving the ball around and got some really good passes, and I was able to convert my shots,” she said. Junior Maddie Adamson helped facilitate Skyline’s strong ball movement, assisting on several baskets and adding eight points. “Mostly on offense, I just tried to see the court a lot,” Adamson said,

“and I tried to see main players like Taylor, and tried to get to get them the ball.” The Spartans (12-5 overall, 11-4 KingCo) wanted to start the game quickly after they struggled to get going a night earlier against Mount Si. Skyline eventually won that game, 54-39, by going on a big third-quarter run, but the players didn’t want to repeat the pattern. Coach Joe Fithian “ mainly just said, right from the start, we’ve got to do it all the way through the game and not stop,” Adamson said. Kailey Kassuba’s 3-pointer put Skyline up 13-5 in the first quarter, and after a brief Issaquah rally, the Spartans broke free with a 16-6 run for a 15-point halftime lead. Skyline didn’t cough up the momentum after the break, bottling up the Eagles (9-9, 7-8) with a tenacious defensive effort. McKerlich said the players have been focusing on recovery and help-side defense in practice to make sure no one is left on an island against an opposing scorer. Jade Loville, a 5-foot-9 freshman, came off the bench and led the way in the second half, scoring 10 of her 17 points in the fourth quarter. Lauren Longo and Nicole Victory each scored 12 points for Issaquah, but the Eagles didn’t find consistent offense and were held below 10 points in two quarters.

By Greg Farrar

Jade Loville, Skyline High School freshman wing, is double-teamed by Issaquah’s Tatum Dow (left) and Ellen MacNary during the fourth quarter of their Feb. 5 basketball game.

Both teams are headed to the playoffs and finish the regular season this week. Skyline travels to Redmond, while Issaquah hosts Bothell. Both games start at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11. The Spartans are assured of a top-four seed and home-court advantage in their playoff opener, while the Eagles will have to go on the road. Adamson indicated there’s no magic formula for the Spartans as they try to continue their successful season. “Just keep going hard on defense and offense, keep running our stuff just like we have been for the whole entire season,” she said.

By Greg Farrar

Samantha Kelderman (31), Liberty High School sophomore forward, drives to the basket and draws a foul from Bellevue’s Kathryn Roberts during the second quarter Feb. 4.

Patriots prepare for postseason By Christina Corrales-Toy newcastle@isspress.com As the 2015 winter highschool postseason begins, most Liberty High School sports teams are finding that everything is just a little bit different this year. The Patriots are now playing at the 2A level for at least the next two years. Liberty previously played at 3A, opting up a classification, despite the school’s size. Liberty’s regular season remained unchanged. Its teams still played a competitive schedule in the tough KingCo 3A/2A Conference. But now that the school is in 2A, the road through the playoffs has a slightly different look to it. So, in an effort to hopefully clear things up just a tad for me and everyone else, I’ve went through and made a list of where each Liberty sports team is at as it heads into the postseason. Have corrections or Liberty sports story ideas in general? Please email me at newcastle@isspress.com, or contact me on Twitter @ ByChristinaCT. Lastly, do you have a list of postseason league honors for your Liberty sports team? Send it to newcastle@isspress.com. We generally get those lists directly from The Seattle Times, but if we get them from you, we can get them into the paper earlier. Boys basketball Liberty basketball coach Omar Parker’s dedication to building a program from the top to the bottom is finally paying off. Now in his third year with the Patriots, Parker’s 2014-2015 Liberty squad will finish the regular season above .500, breaking a seven-year drought of losing seasons. The 10-9 Patriots will next play in its third straight district tournament, earning the KingCo No. 2 seed in the District 2/3 2A tournament. Liberty will travel to Renton High School 7 p.m. Feb. 12 in first-round action against the Indians. The rest of the tournament will be played at Foss and Curtis high schools Feb. 14-21. If the Patriots win the

first round game, it will be the first time in school history, and put the team just one win away from a regional state tournament berth. The 2015 2A state championship is set for March 5-7 at the Yakima Valley SunDome, should the Patriots advance. Girls basketball The Liberty girls basketball team is poised to make another run to advance into the state championship. Last year, the Patriots just missed earning a berth to play in the Hardwood Classic at the Tacoma Dome. Now at 2A, Liberty is gunning for a spot in the state tournament March 5-7 at the Yakima Valley SunDome. That journey begins at 7 p.m. Feb. 11 when the 13-7 Patriots, KingCo’s No. 1 seed, host Foster in the first round of the 2015 District 2/3 2A tournament. Subsequent games will be played at Foss, Curtis, Bellarmine Prep or Wilson high schools Feb. 13-21. Liberty has been a constant presence in the 2015 top-10 state rankings. The Seattle Times currently has the Patriots ranked eighth in the 2A classification. Boys swim and dive So far, the Patriots have just one individual qualifier for the 2015 2A state championship. Nick Klatt has qualified in both the 200 and 500 freestyles, and has a good chance to make at least the top five at the state meet Feb. 20-21 at the King County Aquatic Center, Liberty coach Kris Daughters said. All three of the Patriots’ relay teams have already qualified. Klatt, Joel Tinseth, Russell Fitzgerald, Andy DeVogel, Jacob Winter and Kyle Larson all make appearances on the relay teams. Diver Jordan Carlson will also likely qualify for state, Daughters said. The Patriots could earn more individual qualifiers later this week, when the team competes in the district meet at Hazen High School Feb. 13-14. See ROUNDUP, Page 10


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wrestlers are poised to make a splash at this year’s 2A state championship. Seniors Conner Small and Romney Noel have found their names atop Washington Wrestling Report’s 2A state rankings for

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much of the season. Small, who will wrestle for Arizona State University next year, is ranked first in the 170-pound division, while Noel is ranked second at 182. Liberty’s Joanna Moreira has also received recogni-

Gymnastics The Liberty gymnastics team has struggled with youth and inexperience for much of the season. It showed as the Patriots finished dead last at the KingCo 2A/3A champion-

tion in the girls’ rankings this season. Last year, Moreira placed sixth at state. The Mat Classic XXVII is set for Feb. 20-21 at the Tacoma Dome.

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The City of Issaquah in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 78 Stat. 252, 42 USC 2000d to 2000-4 and Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, Department of Transportation, Subtitle A, Office of the Secretary, Part 21, Nondiscrimination in Federally-Assisted Programs of the Department of Transportation issued pursuant to such Act, hereby notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively insure that in any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, disadvantaged business enterprises as defined at 49 CFR Part 26 will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, national origin, or sex in consideration for an award. Bidders must comply with all applicable governmental requirements including but not limited to, affirmative action programs and other equal opportunity actions as explained in the specifications. EEO/AA/Nondiscrimination against handicapped. Published in the Daily Journal of Commerce, Issaquah Press on Febuary 11th and 18th of 2015. Public Notice 15‑1302 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Hearing Examiner for the King County Council will meet in the Horiuchi on the 12th floor of the King County Courthouse, 516 Third Avenue, Seattle, Washington, on Wednesday, February 15, 2015, at the time listed, or as soon thereafter as possible, to consider applications for classification and real property assessment under Current Use Assessment Statute RCW 84.34, all listed hereafter; 1:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible. 2015-0054 - E14CT054 – Marcelino and Mandy Montano for property located at 24705 SE 56th Street, Issaquah, WA 98029; STR: SW-23-2406; SIZE: 4.31 acres; REQUEST: Public Benefit Rating System; Tax #232406-9142. Details are available from the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Rural and Regional Services Section, 201 South Jackson Street, Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98104; Phone (206) 477-4788. Dated at Seattle, Washington, This 11th Day of February 2015. Anne Noris Clerk of the Council Metropolitan King County Council King County, Washington Published in the Issaquah Press on Febuary 11th, 2015.

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