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★ FINAL EDITION ★ Issaquah’s only locally owned newspaper


118th Year, No. 8

Thursday, February 23, 2017

JAN. 1, 1900 – FEB. 24, 2017

Goodbye, Issaquah.

117-year history of chronicling city’s triumphs and tragedies ends with this edition By Christina Corrales-Toy


bout a week after the public learned The Issaquah Press would soon publish its final edition, editor Scott

she’s called home since the 1950s. Sometimes the faces in print were familiar — like her own,

Stoddard called the news team into his office.

when The Press printed her engagement announcement, and

“I want all of you to hear this,” he said, adjusting the volume

again decades later when the paper did a long feature on her

of his voicemail to its highest setting as members of the

50th wedding anniversary in 2005. The paper became a part of the Luse family, she said, so the

newsroom circled around his phone. The voice on the other end was Dolores Luse, a longtime reader calling to express her condolences. Luse, like so many others, grew up reading The Issaquah Press, relying on it to

news of its closure was difficult to swallow. “It hurt,” she said, pausing a moment to fight off tears. “It was like losing a best friend.”

tell her everything she needed to know about the community

In this early 1960s photograph of the interior of the Providence Heights College chapel, sunlight illuminates five of the building’s 14 stained-glass windows crafted by French artist Gabriel Loire. Courtesy of Ateliers Loire

See GOODBYE, Page 11

Reported threat of legal action derails Providence Heights landmark nomination By Lizz Giordano The Sammamish Heritage Society withdrew its application to nominate Providence Heights College for consideration as a City of Issaquah landmark only days before a scheduled public hearing on the matter was to take place.

In a letter to the King County Historic Preservation Program, the group said the decision was based on information from the county, which “advised that pursuing the nomination will cause the property owner to initiate legal action against the City of Issaquah concerning the legality of designating and regulating

properties that are owned by religious entities.” The Providence Heights property is currently owned by a limited liability company controlled by leaders of Kirkland-based The City Church. See LANDMARK, Page 12

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The new renters at 905 Newport Way NW will enjoy graffiti in the side yard, an excavator in the driveway and endless traffic on Newport Way out front. Please, take our money! Where do we sign?

Live on a construction site for only $1,750 a month


erhaps the owner of the old Spak property at Newport and Juniper — you know, where the yet-to-be-built-but-already-hated Inneswood Apartments are going in — saw our report last week on outrageous rental prices here in Issaquah. Because, boy, does he have a deal for you. For the low, low, bargainbasement price of only $1,750 a month, you can rent the Spaks’ former home that now awaits demolition, smack-dab in the middle of an active construction site. “older quaint 2bedroom 1 bath, close to downtown Issaquah, pets ok, construction around house, month to month, maybe 4-6 months only,” reads the sad little Craigslist ad. The contact person, if you’re so inclined to live with the noise of heavy equipment, construction workers and Newport Way traffic only a few yards from your bedroom, is “bob.” We sleuthed the phone number “bob” listed in the ad and it matches up with Bob Wenzl, one of the governing persons of Inneswood Apartments LLC, according to state records. Judging by his ad copy, “bob” is apparently not a fan of capitalization, punctuation or grammar. And here’s an interesting tidbit: The county Department of Assessments no longer lists any buildings on the parcel where the built-in-1929 Spak

CORRECTIONS 4A Feb. 16 story about changes to a Maple Street intersection at the entrances to parking lots adjacent to Trader Joe’s and Target misstated how two members of the Issaquah City Council voted. Bill Ramos voted in favor of the $80,000 miniroundabout. Paul Winterstein voted against it. Additionally, Councilmember Mariah Bettise’s name was misspelled in the story. 4A Feb. 16 story about the Gibson Ek High School robotics team mischaracterized Dan Rosenstein’s involvement in the program. Rosenstein was previously a mentor for the Issaquah High School robotics team, started the team at Gibson Ek and is the head coach at Gibson Ek.

house — “bob’s” rental property — sits. Tax records say the parcel’s present use is “vacant,” but parcels that do include habitable homes, whether they are occupied or not, usually have a present-use listing of “single family.” We’d love to hear what the Department of Assessments has to say about collecting rent on a home that isn’t on the county’s tax rolls.

fan to follow through, so without further ado, here’s Tom’s very, very, very bad limerick: There once was a small town with a paper; Local news they did savor. But some folks would rather twitter, And don’t say that I’m bitter, But now the paper is vapor. • • •

While we have the ear of “bob,” would it be too much to have your construction people paint over the graffiti that’s in our faces as we drive north on Newport? We’re sure your new “4-6 months only” tenants would appreciate it, too.

One of our favorite local sources, B.W., is a reliable tipster and faithful reader of Front and Sunset who sometimes comes up with more clever nomenclature than we can muster. After noticing that on separate occasions this month we referred to the Atlas Apartments as “our favorite pile of spray-painted moving boxes” and “Butler Terrace,” B.W. has put one and one together and suggests the local citizenry adopt “Butler’s Boxes” as a new name for the charmless residential behemoth. To which we say: Bravo, B.W. Butler’s Boxes has a uniquely local flavor that helps it rise above more generic descriptors. Like “cockamamie dumpster fire.”

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For months, we asked in our tagline that bad poetry be sent our way. (A tagline is the italicized contact information at the end of a column. Old-timers in the newspaper biz sometimes call it a “shirttail”) Loyal reader Tom Anderson became the first Front and Sunset

Speaking of dumpster fires, did you hear about Seattle’s bikeshare program, Pronto, crashing and burning? If we ran Issaquah, we’d be asking Seattle how it plans to liquidate all those bikes and docking stations. Should there be an opportunity to pick up a small chunk of the

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system on the cheap, we’d jump on it. We would install docking stations at the library, the Community Center, the transit center, Gilman Village, Pickering Barn and near Lake Sammamish State Park, all locales that are connected by flat riding routes. Bike share simply doesn’t work on hilly terrain. That’s why it failed in Seattle — the bikes are heavy and not made for anything steeper than a gentle ascent. Sorry, Issaquah Highlands — bike share would be unworkable up there. • • •

Some evenings in the newsroom are more interesting than others. The view from our desks includes a parking lot and a dumpster. Every once in a while, a mystery man and a mystery woman make an appearance. They park side-by-side and as close to the dumpster as possible. She gets out of a Toyota Camry Hybrid and climbs inside his Jeep Grand Cherokee. What happens next, we’re not really sure. It’s not our place to speculate. What we do know is this: If you’re planning what appears to be a clandestine rendezvous, the last place you want to meet up is directly outside a room full of reporters and editors. We’ve considered gathering everyone in our building and hitting the panic button on our car alarms at the same time. But perhaps you remember

the Academy Award-winning film “All The President’s Men.” Journalists are fans of meet-ups in dark parking lots. Keep on keepin’ on, mystery man and mystery woman. • • •

And that’ll do it for Front and Sunset. It’s been fun. We feel for you, dear readers — with our demise, Issaquah is left with a weekly newspaper that is one of 170 owned by British Columbia-based Black Press. Do you think a Canadian media mogul ensconced in Victoria cares about Issaquah? To wit: The remaining newspaper’s Issaquah reporter lives 70 miles away in Mount Vernon and works out of a newsroom in Bellevue, according to an interview she gave to a Seattle PR firm. “A couple of times a week on average I go into Issaquah to cover a story or do interviews in person,” she said. And let’s not forget the publisher, who promoted a Seattle startup in his column but didn’t bother to tell readers his employer owned a financial stake in that company. If you are hoping for the newspaper in question to pick up where we’re leaving off, you are going to be sadly disappointed. Good luck. We might see fit to occasionally mouth off on Twitter in the future, so please consider joining us there. Simply follow @frontandsunset or visit

Mudslide near High Point brings westbound I-90 to a dead stop The Seattle Times A mudslide shut down westbound Interstate 90 near High Point Way Feb. 16 after 13 vehicles got stuck in the mud, with one vehicle high-centered on a rock, said Rick Johnson, a State Patrol trooper. There were no injuries, Johnson said. The slide happened east of Sunset Way just before 5 a.m. and snarled the morning commute, with traffic backing up for more than a mile before 6 a.m. Crews scraped the mud to open one lane of traffic by 7 a.m., but it was closed again at about 7:45 a.m., only to reopen about an hour later. Traffic was diverted to Highway 202, according to the Washington State Department of Transporta-

Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times

A mudslide blocks westbound lanes of Interstate 90 in Issaquah Thursday morning. Several cars were stuck in the mud. No injuries were reported. tion (WSDOT). Electrician Austin Taylor was commuting to Kirkland in his BMW when he hit the slide at highway speeds. Bending his rims, denting his

fenders and undercarriage, he spun around and ended up in the median. He was happy not to be injured. “I saw some taillights blink but that was it — too late to slow

down,” he said. Geotechnical inspectors arrived near I-90 to examine that slide and determine whether more are likely to occur, said spokesman Travis Phelps of WSDOT. WSDOT currently thinks the slide was a relatively shallow “debris flow,” which Phelps compared to the frosting falling off a cupcake. The top layer of soil became supersaturated from rain along with flowing water atop a slope, he said. It’s not a known slide area where an entire hillside has broken apart, Phelps said, and added that there are no plans for a temporary slide barrier. Up to 2 feet of mud, rocks, and woody debris was in the roadway the morning of the slide. The cause of the slide was heavy rainfall.


The Issaquah Press

City’s lack of shelter leaves homeless little choice

Thursday, February 23, 2017 •


POLICE & FIRE The Police & Fire report does not appear this week because the Issaquah Police Department failed to provide a summary of investigations by press time.

By Stuart Miller Issaquah’s homeless have endured snow, rain and cold snaps with no shelter options in town. Though there is a known and visible homeless population in Issaquah, the town lacks a lifesaving winter shelter aimed at helping people make it through the night during the coldest, wettest season. Many towns surrounding Issaquah have shelter programs, such as the Snoqualmie Valley Winter Shelter that is currently operating in North Bend, and the Eastside Winter Shelter in Bellevue. Their main goal is to save people from freezing to death. Ron Gleason, an Issaquah man who’s been homeless for two years, slept outside in downtown Issaquah during February’s snowstorm. “I froze my butt off,” Gleason said. His usual sleeping spot doesn’t offer complete protection from rain and snow, which can leave him soaked. Gleason, now in his late 60s, has lived in Issaquah since 1974. After his service in the Navy, he worked as a land surveyor for Professional Land Surveyors Inc. but was laid off in 2000, he said. He continued to do land surveying jobs until around 2010. After his father passed away two years ago, Gleason’s living situation changed because of family issues, forcing him to live outside. Gleason said that he’s been arrested many times by the Issaquah police for sleeping on public property, and spent many nights in the city jail. While Gleason would rather stay out of jail, he said his nights spent there are often warmer than his usual situation, and he gets fed regularly. “It’s three meals,” Gleason said. Gleason said he had a good experience spending a night at the Valley Winter Shelter in North Bend. The shelter operates out of three different churches that donate space throughout the season, which runs from November through April. Guests can stay out of the elements from 8:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m., and are also served a hot dinner. If there were a similar option in Issaquah, “I’d stay there,” Gleason said. Gleason spends much of his time staying warm in local businesses. The staff at Flying Pie Pizzeria said that regular customers leave money for Gleason behind the counter, so he can buy food when he comes in. It’s hard to say exactly how many people are experiencing homelessness in Issaquah, but it is common to see one or more persons who are apparently in need around town on any given day. There are men and women, young and old. Some can handle the cold and elements, but there is no guarantee that everybody will wake up after a freezing night. Four homeless people died in Portland in the first 10 days of January, prompting public outcry and a strong reaction to help get more homeless people sheltered. The Snoqualmie Valley Winter Shelter has seen an uptick in number of guests this winter, according to shelter director Jennifer Kirk. With homelessness on the rise in King County and the Eastside, lifesaving winter shelters may become increasingly necessary.

Lizz Giordano /

Janet Horton (left), Sandra Buliezi (center) and Eileen Murphy (center) help serve the Thursday lunch.

Group serving free meals faces city’s compliance deadline By Lizz Giordano Every Thursday for the past seven years, anywhere from 35 to 60 residents crowd into Community Hall for a free lunch hosted by a community bible study group. But regulations recently announced by the city could shut the group down and end the service group members provide each month to anyone in need of a hot meal. Informally known as the Thursday Lunch, the group serves a weekly lunch, and on the weekends serves dinners. Many of the same people partake of all of Thursday Lunch’s meals. This fills gaps in the Issaquah Meals Program — organized by Catholic Community Services — that provides evening meals Monday through Friday. “I’m proud of the fact there is a free meal in Issaquah every day of the week,” said Marilyn Ottinger, a member of the Thursday Lunch group who also helps organize weekend dinners. In April, the city will require groups serving food in Community Hall to be a legally recognized nonprofit and carry insurance. Emily Moon, Issaquah’s deputy city administrator, said this was to create consistency. “Because we required it in other city facilities and we haven’t in this one,” Moon said about the requirement change at Community Hall, which is located between the police and fire stations on East Sunset Way. “The decision by the city to only allow nonprofits would turn a

‘community’ hall into a ‘corporation’ hall, available not to human persons but only to corporate persons,” Ottinger said. “I’m dumbfounded that the city would put a roadblock on something that generates so much good, and is free.” The group said this wasn’t the first time the free meals it provides were at risk of being shut down. The group began serving hot meals outside the Issaquah Food Bank in 2008. Wes Howard-Brook, a member of the Thursday Lunch group, said it was Mayor Fred Butler who first offered the group the keys to the Community Hall to serve their weekly meal. Howard-Brook said it was after a woman fell and threatened to sue the city that new requirements for groups using Community Hall were announced. Groups were told at the beginning of 2016 that food had to be prepared in a commercial kitchen, either at Community Hall or another certified kitchen. Another alternative was to buy pre-made food from grocery stores. “The city learned that King County and State of Washington public health codes do not allow most home-prepared foods to be served to the public at Community Hall,” Moon wrote in an email. Howard-Brook said he argued at the time that not only are the homemade meals more nutritious and better than store-made food, no one has ever gotten sick by eating their food. And the kitchen is too small to cook the amount of food needed to feed the people

who come, and the cooks didn’t always have the time to come to the kitchen to prepare the meals, he said. “The reality is dozens if not hundreds of church groups receive donated homemade food to serve,” Howard-Brook said. The group contends the meals it hosted were potlucks and were therefore exempt from the regulations. The city disagreed, but the group continued to serve past the Jan. 1, 2016, deadline, and the city let the matter drop, HowardBrook said. The group’s access to Community Hall continued while some food was prepared in home kitchens. “It’s not our code,” Moon said when asked why the city didn’t enforce the rule. “King County would be the enforcer.” “We recently surveyed all of the groups that utilize Community Hall (for meals or other purposes) and found that most of the groups serving meals have modified their practices to comply with the health code — some groups still have some work to do to comply 100% of the time,” Moon wrote in an email. “Marilyn’s (Thursday Lunch) group continues to be the exception; they have not attempted to comply,” she continued. Now the new deadline to comply with the latest rules is April 3, 2017. The city says the Community Hall kitchen falls under “donor kitchen” regulations and must follow King County charitable food donation guidelines. “The city can’t win this battle,”

said Kevin Gibbs, who helps prepare the food for Thursday Lunch and also depends on it for a hot meal. “Way too much is at stake for the folks who need this,” Gibbs said. “For crying out loud, people got to eat.” “If the city has the authority to limit the use of the hall, they have the authority to grandfather an existing, regular, beneficial use of the hall,” Ottinger said. A bill currently being debated in committee in the Legislature would allow groups to accept food donations prepared in a private residence, but would not change the nonprofit requirement. Rep. Paul Graves, R-Fall City, was a co-sponsor of the bill. He said in a tweet it was in response to the county’s enforcement of health regulations on volunteers serving free meals at Issaquah Community Hall. The Thursday Lunch group is trying to find a church to work under to qualify as a nonprofit and with insurance to comply with the new rules in order to continue serving meals. The group would rather not have to do this because it is a movement of individuals, not an institution, said Howard-Brook. “What is wrong with neighborto-neighbor care for one another?” he said. “It’s how folks used to do it before bureaucracy took over.” Friendships have formed during these lunches, Ottinger said. “These aren’t just people that come to dinner. They are our friends.”

Vandalized salmon statue repaired by original sculptor By Christina Corrales-Toy

Greg Farrar /

Chimacum foundryman artist Tom Jay, 74, performs repairs Feb. 16 on his statue ‘Reaching Home’ in front of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. The statue was vandalized on Oct. 18 and 19, resulting in a saw cut near the tail of the bronze coho, which is nicknamed Finley.

Robin Kelley couldn’t bring herself to look at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery’s iconic bronze fish statues over the past four months. In October, someone took a saw to one of the fish, leaving an 8-inch vertical cut near its tail. The damage to the statue affectionately known as Finley wasn’t easily visible from the front, but simply seeing the sculpture was a reminder of the malicious laceration. “It was just so hurtful to think that someone would do this,” said Kelley, executive director of the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

Months later, there are still no suspects, but things are finally starting to return to normal after Finley was restored to mint condition over a three-day period Feb. 15-17. Tom Jay, the original sculptor of the piece, came from his home in Chimacum to assess the damage and make repairs. “It’s happening a lot more,” he said. “I’ve had three different calls to repair vandalized works in the last five years. Sometimes they try to steal it, sometimes they just do it out of malice.” Jay and his wife Sara Johani used a welder to melt and add filler metal to the gash, before meticulously texturing, waxing and color matching the area to

blend in with the sculpture. It’s a slow, detailed process to mimic the intricate cross-hatching and dimples that mark the silicon bronze statue. “When the colors go on and the wax goes on, it will look like nothing ever happened,” Jay said. Kelley said she’s not sure how much the fix will cost, but she’s hopeful it will be covered with insurance funds. “They did amazing work,” she said. “It looks spectacular.” The statues, known as Finley and Gilda, were dedicated in 1996. The work entitled “Reaching Home” serves as a teaching tool and a donation receptacle. The city paid for the $20,000 sculpture through its municipal arts fund.



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Rise up in defense of Issaquah, voters — your city’s future depends on it


o you selves from a weekly believe newspaper into a daily Issaquah is digital news operation, on the right posting continuously path? online while also pubDo you believe your lishing the weekly print elected leaders are caredition. We won a bevy rying out the will of the of journalism awards people who voted them and brought in-depth into office? coverage to our readers Scott Do you believe the on a string of important Stoddard stories no other news city’s administrators, paid with your tax outlet was capable of Press editor dollars, are working in fully reporting. your best interest? In the run-up to the 2016 elecThis is a column that I nortion, I am confident that no other mally wouldn’t write until the weekly in the state covered local May candidate filing period or issues and candidates as thorperhaps the August primary, but oughly as The Issaquah Press. I’m officially out of columns after Readers responded as we this one. upped our game. The news of Citizens of Issaquah, your city our closure prompted dozens of is at a crossroads and its fate letters filled with remorse and hinges on your willingness to act. regret. Many of those missives Issaquah is in dire need of new sent in by readers specifically leadership. The city’s voters have mentioned the improvements in a prime opportunity this year to our coverage over the past year. rise up and elect fellow citizens One email I received stood out. who will yank hard on the reins For the sake of discussion, I will on developers, insist on substancall the author Abigail, although tive infrastructure improvements that’s not her real name. Abiand bring some common sense gail’s email thanked me personto City Hall. ally for raising the bar in our The mayorship and five of newsroom and transforming the seven City Council seats will be quality of writing in The Press. contested. Do not stand idly by, She also said the newspaper had voters. Your city is depending on become critically important as a you. vehicle for transparency in the activities of city government. • • • The steady stream of praise I was only two weeks into my from Abigail and other readers tenure as editor here at The had me thinking about that withPress when a letter landed on ering four-page letter I received my desk. 14 months ago. It was a blistering, four-page, I found it in the back of a desk hand-written takedown of the drawer and read every word newspaper from a longtime again. I was especially curisubscriber. She was fed up with ous as to who wrote it, because poor writing, weak editorials and the name hadn’t stuck with me questionable news judgement. for more than a day or so back Despite the multiple paragraphs when I received it in 2015. of unvarnished criticism, she Wouldn’t you know it? It was wished me well in my new role, from Abigail. With hard work but she also made it crystal clear and quality journalism, we were she would no longer pay to be able to turn one of our harsha voluntary subscriber until the est critics into one of our most newspaper improved. admiring fans. I replied with a brief handThe Press may have failed as written note asking her to keep a business, but our newsroom the faith, tucked her letter back is going out on a high note. It into its envelope and placed it should be deservedly proud of inside my desk. what it achieved in these pages And then we at The Press went as we turn out the newsroom to work. We transformed ourlights for the final time.


Shhh ... it’s a secret ... this newsroom was fun


his final column could be a eulogy, but seriously? Nobody died. It could be a list of beloved townspeople I’ve met, but it would be three times longer than even this novelette. It could be a roll call of the treasured coworkers and what we’ve done here during my 20year stint, but we know who we are. This column could be about many things, but they might bring more tears, so how about See PRESS, Page 9

Greg Farrar Press photographer



TO THE EDITOR Journalism

With closure of the newspaper, Issaquah is losing a voice that cannot be replaced

Devastated! Bereft! Discouraged! Disheartened! Worried! Frustrated! Sad, so very sad. The demise of our weekly Issaquah Press is a horrendous loss to the city of Issaquah and its residents. I find it hard to accept that this week’s Press is its swan song. I keep hoping to see a shining knight swooping in to the rescue. I can relate to a degree. After nearly 20 years with a weekly business publication in Honolulu, I was given my pink slip in the “Great Marginalization of Copy Editors” in the late 2000s. The pain never quite goes away. One of the first things I did when I moved to Issaquah in 2009 was to subscribe to The Issaquah Press (and The Seattle Times) to support local journalism to the degree I could. I have been so impressed with the vast improvements I’ve seen and enjoyed that you have initiated since your arrival at The Press. In your short tenure, you have created one of the best small-town newspapers I have ever seen. It has been a pleasure to read and learn every week about the things I need to know that are happening in Issaquah. I find it so hard to understand why a newspaper clearly on the way up gets cut off at the knees just as it is ascending. You and all the hardworking members of your staff will be sorely missed. And Issaquah will lose a voice that cannot be replaced. Much Aloha and success in the future, Scott Stoddard; you are a hell of a journalist and editor.

Meredith Prock Issaquah


Once the loss of our newspaper is fully felt, will citizens step forward and fund a revival? Back in the eighth grade while attending Issaquah Middle School, I had the opportunity to participate in a career-day event. Since I liked to read and write, I decided to shadow a staff member of The Issaquah Press. In the spring of 1995, the headquarters were still located in the old building downtown, across from what used to be KC Foods (now Front Street Market). I still remember the outfit I wore, and how important I felt walking in there. I had a great time learning about how a paper is run — how stories become news, and then finally something we can hold in our hands. It seemed like such an exciting place to work. After returning to Issaquah later as an adult, I have had an even greater appreciation for this town, whose location and atmosphere make it an ideal place to live. I have enjoyed being part of this community — living, working, and playing here. And reading the local paper. Unfortunately I missed the issue from last year that described The Press’ financial hardships. My 96-year-old landlord has subscribed for years, so he would simply pass it along to me. I would gladly have paid for my own subscription, however, as I believe it is well worth it. I wish there were more people, in addition to local businesses and advertisers, who felt the same way. Losing The Issaquah Press is like losing part of my history, the town’s history. Maybe once everyone experiences the void that its absence will create, they might let their voices be heard, and those with deeper pockets might be willing to reach down into them to support a worthy cause. Perhaps our paper can be revived! One can only hope.

Sarah Crow Issaquah


With development out of control, closure of The Press is coming at the worst possible time Thank you for your fine reporting, especially since Scott Stoddard joined. However, this is the worst possible time to stop The Press! The city is in the throes of change for the worse with the hideous new development at Atlas (BIG BUCKS FOR LITTLE BOXES) and now the “Gateway Apartments” between I-90 and Newport Way. Do we really want those depressing, gulag-style buildings to be the first glimpse of our city? Their sole attribute is they perfectly coordinate with the equally unimaginative and ugly SpringHill Suites. Back in the day, the city ran a series of community meetings to identify the “Treasures of Issaquah.” These included small-town feel, views of the forested slopes, salmon and Lake Sammamish. Apparently, the current city administration and city planners didn’t receive the memo! A short list of other issues needing further exploration are: 1) Issaquah School District’s landuse decisions; 2) proposed destruction of Providence Heights; 3) new mayoral race; 4) missing 8th Congressional District Rep. Dave Reichert; 5) missing wild native Lake Sammamish kokanee; 6) proposed changes to Lake Sammamish State Park; 7) transportation and traffic — why not toll (Good To Go style) all “pass-through” traffic in Issaquah, with exemptions for residents and people who shop or eat here? 8) stormwater runoff from all new development — do we really want to turn Lake Sammamish into a stormwater detention pond?

General manager CHARLES HORTON

Joanna Buehler



The newspaper — our link to vital community information — just gets better and better The Press just keeps getting better and better, and now it is going. Not fair. I have no idea how we will get all the vital information.

Cydne Papworth



Readers would gladly pay for a subscription to an online-only version of The Issaquah Press When The Issaquah Press first asked readers to subscribe, we were all in. It’s a terrific publication and a tremendous service to the community. Surely there must be a way forward. We join the chorus of readers like Heidi Kayler and Russ Garner in the Feb. 9 edition who suggest a digital solution. Your online edition is already top-notch — we often access it when we’re out of town. We’d gladly pay the same subscription price for a digital version to ensure the continuation of quality local news coverage.

Van and Christina Vanosdoll



Something’s not right about school district’s deal to sell Winterbrook Farm to a developer

I would like to comment on the proposed sale of the Winterbrook Farm property. I have been a resident of Issaquah for 28 years. I moved here because of the peaceful nature of the town and its surrounding forests. That is no longer the case, but I will save that for another letter. I understand, from the front-page article in your Feb. 16 edition, that there is a party who is interested in purchasing the property who will keep it in its current state and is ready, willing and able to consummate the sale. An area the size of Winterbrook Farm that harbors wildlife is a particularly valuable asset considering the rate of development in the Issaquah area. I know that there is a considerable amount of wildlife in the surrounding mountains, but they are mostly nocturnal or reclusive animals, which are seldom seen. As an example, in the 28 years I have been here, I have hiked Tiger, Squak, and Cougar Mountains regularly and yet have only seen a bear once. Deer and elk, which frequent the Winterbrook property, are frequently seen during daylight hours, thus making this property especially attractive as a wildlife area, and a very good reason to consider the “non-Buchan” offer. There is another thing thing that bothers me about the Buchan offer, and that is the price. $52,000 per acre seems like a pittance for property that is 20 minutes from downtown Issaquah (where an acre of land sells for approximately $1 million). I think the Issaquah School District has some explaining to do on how this sale was handled, such as how the property was advertised, who the listing broker was, how many other bids were received and how Buchan was awarded the right to purchase it. Something is rotten in Denmark.

Richard Mikita



Sell Winterbrook Farm to the buyer who wants to preserve the land in its present state I’m opposed to the sale of the Winterbrook Farm to Buchan Homes. I’m in favor of keeping the property in its present state. There is one current prospective buyer who is offering to do this. It should be sold to him.

Lioubov Boujor


CORRECTION A letter to the editor (Feb. 9) regarding political statements on the Issaquah Highlands Facebook page did not include the name of the letter’s author. The letter was written by Issaquah Highlands resident Matthew Barry.




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Dozens more local issues need the attention of The Issaquah Press in the coming months and years. Has there been any organized effort to find an alternative way to keep this valuable resource in production? If so, please let me know, because I would like to help. Civic involvement and local interests are being undermined at every level of our nation. Closure of The Issaquah Press is yet another insult to having an informed and involved citizenry — the foundation of a functioning democracy. Thank you for your years of service.




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Determined Hearthside of Issaquah assisted living resident Lucille Renner bowls to victory over five other players in an exercise activity Jan. 7, 1999, that was captured as part of a 24-hour ‘One Day in the Life of Issaquah’ photo project featured as The Issaquah Press celebrated its 100th year of publication.

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James Schuyleman of Liberty High School swims his 3A state championship-winning 100 yard butterfly race on Feb. 18, 2006, at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. It was the senior’s second championship in two years.


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Jake Randolph (right) is greeted by (from left) Blair MacDonald, Cod Drake, Ryan King, Griffin Gervais and other elated Skyline teammates after scoring the game-winning touchdown at the end of double overtime for a 33-27 victory over the Bellevue Wolverines on Oct. 4, 2002.


With his family and more than 500 other people at the Issaquah Community Center lawn for a Community Service of Prayer and Remembrance, High Valley resident Brian Stacy, 12, holds an American flag in his clasped hands as he prays with the crowd the evening of Sept. 11, 2001, after the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania.

TO REMEMBER Issaquah Press photographer Greg Farrar captured thousands of images during his 20-year career at the newspaper. These are his favorites.

Day breaks over Tiger Mountain early on Jan. 24, 2005, briefly and brilliantly turning a bank of fleecy clouds orange and gold.

Tommie Troutman, with her husband Frank in the background, is all smiles during her retirement ceremony at the Issaquah Senior Center March 26, 2004, where bouquets of roses were assembled from single blossoms that visitors were invited to deliver. Troutman organized and incorporated the nonprofit agency in 1976 and had been the only executive director the center had ever known.

Song after song, Molly Fordham, 5, of Cougar Mountain dances with boundless energy as the Big Dog Revue golden classics band performs “Pick Up The Pieces,” “Ride Sally Ride,” “Great Balls O’ Fire” and other tunes July 9, 2013, on the Issaquah Community Center lawn during a Concert on the Green sponsored by the Parks & Recreation Department and Kiwanis Club of Issaquah.

Challenger fifth-grader Cameron Sherman gets up close and personal with Hermione, a Chilean rose-haired tarantula, as the rest of Karen Albrecht’s class encircles a table April 4, 2003 to make sure their eight-legged friend doesn’t fall off.

Issaquah resident Sierra Wolfe, undergoing treatment for cancer at the age of 16 months, gets a kiss from her dad, Jason, during a walk with his wife Tara among the crowds Oct. 7, 2000, near the festival Main Stage during the 31st annual Salmon Days Festival.

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Issaquah High School freshman Thea Price leaps in the air during her balance beam routine as the two-time defending state champion Eagles defeated Liberty in their Dec. 18, 2003 gymnastics meet. Issaquah won a third straight state championship two months later. Downtown Issaquah and surrounding areas are pitch dark for the third night at 6 p.m. Dec. 17, 2006, except for a few car lights and the generator-illuminated City Hall/Police Department building, after the massive Hanukkah Eve windstorm Dec. 14. This 30-second exposure was made from The Issaquah Press building’s roof.

Issaquah Police Officer Troy Kemp leads distraught grandmother Shezhen Chen from the scene after she rushes past barrier tape and picks up a shoe of her grandson Haochen Xu, 4, in the crosswalk of Newport Way Northwest at Northwest Oakcrest Drive on June 26, 2015. The boy had been transported to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition after being struck by a motorist in a black Fiat. Xu died of his injuries the following day.

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Issaquah High School

Henry Fernstrom Issaquah High School

Drama department. Maintains a 4.0 GPA, a National Merit semifinalist, varsity athlete, leader of men’s singing group In Harmony, member of Boy Scouts. A stalwart drama contributor for four years, with lead roles in several musicals. He is kind, patient, an outstanding leader by example.

Music department. Maintains a 3.86 GPA. Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band. 2017 AllNW Jazz Band (Tenor 1), WIBC 2016 1st Chair, WIBC 2015 1st Chair. Showed great versatility over four years in many ensembles and gave extra effort organizing jazz combos after school.

Julia Spain

Brendan Weibel

Liberty High School

Drama department. Liberty Drama Most Valuable Player award, State Thespian Society Yellow Ribbon. Involved in drama since freshman year, an exemplary stage manager who has put in countless hours with a professional work ethic. Goal of BFA in theater production and design.

Liberty High School

Music department. 3.80 GPA, Multiple AP and Honor classes. Jazz Band, Jazz Combo, led Jazz Night for ill teacher. Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra top tier member, two-time qualifier for Washington Music Educators Award All-State, qualifier for National Association for Music Education.

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OBITUARIES Dominic Ciranny Dominic Ciranny of Issaquah, Wash., passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, while at the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Wash. He was 93 years old. “Nick”, as he was affectionately called, was born on June 25, 1923, in Centralia, Wash., to Angelo and Maria Teresa Dominic Ciranny Ciranny, who were immigrants from Italy. He graduated from Centralia High School and, with the permission of his parents, Nick was allowed to join the U.S. Army at the tender age of 17. He was a member of the 29th Infantry Division of the 82nd Airborne. Fighting in World War II, while in Germany and the European Theater of Action, Nick sustained a gunshot wound, receiving two Purple Heart Medals. He was honorably discharged in 1945. Alter returning home from the war, Nick began his life-long career in the dairy industry by accepting a position at the Forget-Me-Not plant in Chehalis, Wash., which was later bought out by Darigold. He worked in the ice cream division for many years. It was here that Nick met the love of his life, Norma Lee Born. Nick and Norma were married in 1948 and made their first home in Fords Prairie, Wash. Together, they later owned and managed the Ross Motel and Trailer Court in Chehalis. In 1973, Nick and Norma moved their family to Issaquah, Wash., to be closer to Nick’s work at the Darigold plant. He remained happily employed here, until his retirement in 1987. They were lifelong members of Apostolic Faith Church. Nick was also a member of the American Legion, Disabled American Vets and Veterans of Foreign War. Nick had many hobbies, but was most passionate about his woodworking. From a young man until his last days, he especially enjoyed creating hardwood items in his shop, many were given to family and friends or sold to small businesses. His church also benefited from his woodworking talents and generosity — several of his items still grace the Seattle church. Nick will be remembered as a soft-spoken man, pleasant and agreeable and quick to make peace whenever needed. He was industrious — yet balanced with a soft and generous heart. Rarely, did he get upset. He was uplifting to all and had a genuine good spirit. Nick is survived by his two sons, Don and Dan Ciranny, both of Fall City, Wash. He will be missed by all who knew him. Nick was preceded in death by his parents, Angelo and Maria Ciranny; wife, Norma Ciranny; uncle, Jim Ciranny; sisters, Elesa and Sarah; and brothers, Louie and Sam. Friends are invited to join the family on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., for a time of viewing and visitation at Flintoft’s Funeral Home, 540 E. Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA 98027. Visitation will also be held at 10 a.m. until the funeral service starts at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, at the Apostolic Faith Church, 7420 Ninth Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98115. Reception meal will follow. His committal service with military honors will occur the following day, Feb. 25, 11 a.m. at Claquato Cemetery, 142 Stearns Road, Chehalis, WA 98532, where Nick will be laid to rest with his beloved wife Norma in the Garden of Peace. Friends are invited to share memories, view photos and sign the family’s online guestbook at

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John William Thompson John William Thompson, 83, passed away Jan. 15, 2017, at the Riverside Nursing Home in Centralia, Wash. “Johnny” was born June 18, 1933, in Moro, Ark., to James Collie Thompson and Laura Simpson Thompson. He joined the U.S. Army on Jan 18, 1953, in Little Rock, Ark., and John Thompson was honorably discharged as a Private First Class on May 3, 1961, from Fort Lewis, Wash. He lived in Bellevue from 1998 until 2015. Johnny operated a radiator shop and second-hand stores in Centralia before his retirement. He enjoyed coin collecting and making a big pot of ham and beans, which he enjoyed sharing with visitors. He was a friendly and gentle man who enjoyed participating in his extended family’s activities. Johnny is survived by his best friend and loving companion of 35 years, Jean A. Swann of Chehalis, Wash., and his daughters Debra Morelli and Carolyn Kennedy, both of Bellingham, Wash., and Jean’s daughter Joan (husband Stan) Perkins of Bellevue, Wash. He will also be missed by his grandchildren: Miles, Chase and Emma; Ryan, Tyler, Kevin, Heather, James, Shaun and Charlene; and five greatgrandchildren: Tapi, Arianna, Brittney, Soren and Madison. By his request, a committal service with military honors will begin at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 SE 240th St., Kent, WA 98042. Friends are invited to share memoires, view photos and sign the family’s online guestbook at Arrangements by Flintoft’s Funeral Home and Crematory, 425-392-6444.

Ashley Lauren Craig

It is with great sorrow that we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Ashley Lauren Craig, 29, who left us on Dec. 24, 2016, while residing in Los Angeles, Calif. Born July 13, 1987, at Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland, Wash., Ashley was the secAshley Craig ond of five children to David and Catherine Craig of Sammamish, Wash. Ashley was a gifted student, musician, artist, writer and world traveler, attending Margaret Mead Elementary School, Inglewood Junior High School, Eastlake High School and the University of Washington. While in high school, Ashley was a recognized member The Rotary Club of Issaquah names local students of the month. Students are nominated for the honor by department heads at their respective schools. of the Tennis and Badminton teams, Varsity Debate Team, School Senate, National Honor Society, French Honor Society (President), and City of Sammamish Youth Board. A gifted speaker, she was also a two time State of Washington debate finalist in Original Oratory Speaking. She was a University of Washington Scholarship recipient, State of Washington Promise Scholarship recipient, and the recipient of the United States Marine Corps Academic Achievement Award. Inspections were performed Feb. 6-12 15 red, 13 blue Following high school, Ashley accepted an invitation from by Public Health, Seattle and King The Boarding House the University of Washington Honors Program where she Fred Marion Coffman County. A food establishment inspection 317 NW Gilman Blvd. went on to earn her Undergraduate and Master’s Degrees is only a snapshot of the operation Feb. 10: Routine inspection, Fredrick (Freddy) Marion Coffman, in business administration and accounting. during a limited time. satisfactory, 0 red, 0 blue age 79, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 4, At the time of her passing, Ashley was employed as a FiRed violations: High-risk factors are Dickey’s Barbecue Pit 2017, 3:31 p.m., surrounded by the love of nance/Accounting Specialist with DLC, Inc. (Woodland Hills, improper practices or procedures 710 NW Gilman Blvd. his family in Richland, Wash. Calif.) on special assignment to Warner Brothers Studios identified as the most prevalent Feb. 10: Routine inspection, contributing factors of foodborne illness 5 red, 0 blue Fred was born in Springville, Utah, in a and the law firm of Latham and Watkins. DLC’s managing or injury. One red critical violation tent behind his grandparents’ house. He is director stated: “Ashley was a treasured consultant and Eastridge Church equals an unsatisfactory inspection. 24205 SE Issaquah-Fall City Road preceded in death by his parents, Odessa rising star within the organization and well liked by everyCounty environmental health specialists Feb. 10: Routine inspection, Fred Coffman (Mower) Harvey and Marion Coffman; one she met. She was known for her attention to detail and work with operators to make sure these satisfactory, 0 red, 0 blue sisters, Carol Holmes and Kay Coffman. thorough preparation which resulted in significant contribuviolations are corrected before they Jack In The Box, 740 NW Gilman Blvd. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Sandra Coffman; son, tions to the company and its clients. Ashley was a bright leave the establishment. Feb. 10: Routine inspection, Michael (Diane) Coffman; daughter, Michelle Gilbertsen; and dazzling light that will forever shine in our thoughts Blue violations: Low-risk factors are satisfactory, 0 red, 5 blue brothers, Bill (Joan) Lusty and Earl Coffman; sisters, Nancy and memories. We are fortunate to have been graced by preventive measures to control the Krispy Kreme (Phil) Keefer, Anne (Johnny) Short, Betsy (Mike) Murray; her presence and to call her a colleague.” Prior to DLC, addition of pathogens, chemicals, and 6210 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway SE granddaughters, Heather and Samantha Bailey and many Ashley held the positions of Senior Audit Associate with physical objects into foods. Feb. 8: Routine inspection, nephews, nieces, cousins and a cherished circle of friends. Suar Milner (Los Angeles, Calif.), Accountant with Cadence 435 or more red violation points 5 red, 10 blue In 1942 the family moved from Utah to Richland, Wash., Aerospace (City of Industry, Calif.), Accountant with Doublerequire a reinspection within 14 days. Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus where the family enjoyed playing and exploring their new en- Down Interactive (Seattle, Wash.) and Audit Associate with 490 or more red violation points 24635 SE Issaquah-Fall City Road or 120 total violation points (red vironment. The Coffman boys quickly made a name for them- KPMG (Seattle, Wash). Feb. 10: Routine inspection, and blue) require closure of the selves. Fred attended Col (Columbia) High School, graduating Ashley will always be remembered for being a vibrant, satisfactory, 0 red, 0 blue establishment. in 1956. When asked about high school sports Fred said, “Not creative, smart, funny, and beautiful young woman with a Zeeks Pizza, 2525 NE Park Drive Big Foot Java, 736 NW Gilman Blvd. Feb. 8: Return inspection, the best at any.” Fred did graduate with a football scholarship. kind and caring heart; exemplified by her artistic talents, Feb. 10: Routine inspection, satisfactory, 0 red, 3 blue After graduation Fred joined the U.S. Navy, earning two writing skills, and the music scores she composed while Good Conduct Medals. When asked about his time in the Phil- playing the piano. Her quick wit evoked much thought and ippines and his Navy experience he stated, “The Navy made laughter through her website where she me the man I am today.” Schooling in Aviation electronics blogged about daily life and politics. gave him the experience to find a job after the Navy. He Ashley is preceded in death by her grandmother, Patricia worked for Battelle, Exxon-Nuclear and Zetec in lssaquah, A. Drake (Redmond, Wash.); her grandfather, Dr. Arthur B. where he worked until he retired in 1999. During his time at Craig (Spokane, Wash.); and her and her aunt and uncle, Zetec, Fred was known for beer thirty one, off work at 3:30, Drs. Damian & Caroline Augustyn (Hillsborough, Calif.). enjoying a beer with friends at the Gas Lamp at 3:31. Ashley is survived by her grandmother Dr. Joan Craig Meet Ferdinand, Marley is a During the years before retirement, Fred played and (Spokane, Wash.); her grandfather Lt. Col. Charles E. Drake a total hunk of 3-year-old coached softball. He loved teaching his teams to work (Redmond, Wash.); her parents David & Catherine Craig a 3-year-old German shepherd together, play fair and win. Fred is remembered by his girls (Sammamish, Wash.); her brother Christopher Craig, his gray tabby male. mix who wants as a coach that cared enough to listen, stern enough to lead wife Julie and their new-born daughter Aliyah Catherine Ferdinand is an to be your go-to and persistent enough to bring home the win. (Lynnwood, Wash.); her sister Rachel Craig and fiancée outgoing fairbuddy! This After retirement, Fred and Sandy moved back to the Tri- Mike Williams (Issaquah, Wash.); her brother Jonathon sized fellow who happy-go-lucky Cities. Fred enjoyed working in the yard alongside his wife. Craig (Sammamish, Wash.); her sister Carly Renee Craig enjoys hanging guy loves to play, Marley Ferdinand He also enjoyed playing a round of golf with friends, a mean (Sammamish, Wash.); and her cat George. out and watchhike, and run. His Surviving aunts and uncles include: Brad Craig (San ing the action at PetSmart in tail and kisses are nonstop. If you game of cribbage, playing darts and watching the sun set. Francisco, Calif.), Drs. Paul Craig & Joni Nichols (Spokane, Issaquah, a Seattle Humane part- have room in your heart and home Mostly he enjoyed the company of family and friends. Friends are invited to join the family at a Military GraveWash.); Lisa and Greg Napoli (San Francisco, Calif.); Andy ner location where he is currently for this sweet boy, then meet him side Service, 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, Sunset & Brenda Craig (Spokane, Wash.); Annette & Michael Bent perched on his favorite cat tree. today at Seattle Humane! Gardens at Einan’s off the ByPass in Richland, Wash. A (Taylor Falls, Minn.); and many cousins. celebration of life will follow at the event center where you Ashley’s parents and siblings extend their gratitude to the To adopt these or other animals, call the Humane Society for Seattle/King County are encouraged to share stories and memories about your friends and family members that have helped them cope with at 641-0080 or go to times spent with Fred. the sudden and unexpected loss of their beloved daughter All animals are spayed/neutered, microchipped and vaccinated, F.FINAL.IP.CMYK.REV1 0116and LAM.REV2 LAM andLAURA come with 30 days of pet health insurance a certificate0116 for a vet exam. In lieu of flowers, please donate to and sister during the past few weeks. Ashley will be greatly 03.18501.THU.0119.2X4.LAM missed and the family recognizes the impact that her loss has had on others as well. We thank you for your prayers. Date and location of future memorial service to be announced. Ashley was a true animal lover. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be sent to the Seattle Humane Society, 13212 SE Eastgate Way, Bellevue, WA 98005.



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To My Kitten (Susan O’Connor)

I will miss them so much because it allowed me to show my love for you – sometimes I am not so good at doing in person. They have given us a forum to let me tell you how much I love you even though I am not that good in person. :O) I will miss this paper so much, it meant so much to me and to Issaquah, but most importantly it was a forum for people of Issaquah and the Grand Ridge. Progress is great but not when it takes away a hundred year old representation of the people of the community. I will miss them so much – what a great team – they always cared about the community. Most importantly to me – this was a Great Newspaper for the Issaquah community – I know the new people will not understand, but the Issaquah community who have grew up here will feel what I feel. Thank you Issaquah Press – for so many years of wonderful PRESS.

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LET’S GO! FRIDAY, FEB. 24 Bird Walk in the Park, co-led by Sharon Aagaard and Stan Wood, 2-3 miles, 8 a.m. to noon, Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 NW Sammamish Road, walk is free but Discover Pass required to park,, 891-3460 Play & Learn: Chinese, ages 2-5, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, 392-5430 Mommy and Me – Tot Shabbat, ages 6 months to 3 years, 10:30-11:30 a.m., 24121 SE Black Nugget Road, learn more at Tot-Shabbat, free, register at Living With Wildlife Series: Cunning Crows, ages 13 and older, 2-3 p.m., Lewis Creek Visitor Center, 5808 Lakemont Blvd. SE, free, 452-4195 Meaningful Movies of Issaquah, documentary film “Who Does She Think She Is?,” followed by discussion, 6:30 p.m., Issaquah Depot Museum, 78 First Avenue NE, Harmonious Funk, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Vino Bella, 99 Front St. N., 391-1424 Sammamish Symphony Orchestra, “Glowing and Radiant”: Dvorák’s Sixth, 7:30 p.m., Meydenbauer Theatre, 11100 NE Sixth St., Bellevue, tickets are $20/adults, $15/seniors and students, $10/children, available online at sammamishsymphony.

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moving on by sharing some laughter with you? The thing is, a newsroom is one of the most fun places on the face of the earth. The fictional WJM-TV newsroom in Minneapolis has come closest in pop culture to expressing it, but I think we at The Issaquah Press nailed it. All my coworkers over the years have known about the “Sticky Note Hall of Fame” I’ve kept on my computer of the spontaneous jokes that came out of our mouths. I would just transcribe and save them because they were so hilarious. Whether on the ragged edge of averting disastrous typos or spitting nails at each other on deadline, it was the humor that kept us on a daily basis from killing each other. Bob Taylor talks about a Skyline track and field star’s hairstyle. BT: Yeah, I’d probably braid my hair too, except I don’t have that much hair. David Hayes tries to will his computer back from the brink. DH: Uh-oh, save! C’mon, pinwheel of death, SAVE!! Kathleen Merrill asks for


“The 39 Steps” presented by Village Theatre, 8 p.m., $35-$70, Francis Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N.,, 392-2200 “Writing Kevin Taylor” presented by Village Theatre, 8 p.m., $30/ general admission, $25/seniors, $20/students, First Stage, 120 Front St. N.,, 3922200

SATURDAY, FEB. 25 West Tiger railroad grade hike, 8:30 a.m., moderate, 9 miles, 1,800-ft. gain, meet at 175 Rainier Blvd. S., 270-3322 Meet-and-Greet with Lisa Steele, bestselling author of “Fresh Eggs Daily” and awardwinning blogger, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Grange, 145 NE Gilman Blvd., free Cascade Gardener: Sustainable Gardening – A Better Way to Beautiful, 10-11:30 a.m., Squak Mountain Greenhouses and Nursery, 7600 Renton-Issaquah Road SE, free, register at classes.php Introduction to Mixed Media, ages 18 and older, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., $150/members, $160/ nonmembers, artEAST Art Center, 95 Front St. N., register at arteast. org AARP Tax Help, for adults and seniors, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, 392-5430 Build It Sammamish Lego

Greg Farrar’s dust gun to spray clean her keyboard. KM: Can I have your air? GF: Next you’ll want my food, water and shelter.

Event, all ages, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., City Hall at Sammamish Commons, 801 228th Ave. SE, free

“The 39 Steps” presented by Village Theatre, 2 and 8 p.m., $35$70, Francis Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N.,, 3922200 “Writing Kevin Taylor” presented by Village Theatre, 3 and 8 p.m., $30/general admission, $25/ seniors, $20/students, First Stage, 120 Front St. N.,, 392-2200

MONDAY, FEB. 27 Figure Drawing Poses dropin sessions, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., artEAST Art Center, 95 Front St. N., artEAST Studio Group February, members only, 7-9:30 p.m., artEAST Art Center, 95 Front St. N., $60,


Issaquah Alps area dog hike, 10 a.m., easy, 4-6 miles, up to 900-ft. gain, meet at 175 Rainier Blvd. S.,, 4812341 Play & Learn: Chinese, ages 2-5, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Tradition Plateau Loop hike, Way, 392-5430 10 a.m., easy, 6 miles, 500-foot Open House, homework gain, meet at 175 Rainier Blvd. S., andTeen tutoring help for teens, 3-5, 245-3487 p.m., Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sammamish Symphony Sunset Way, 392-5430 Orchestra, “Glowing and One-On-One Computer Help, Radiant”: Dvorák’s Sixth, 2 p.m., for adults, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Eastlake Performing Arts Center, Library, 10 W. Sunset Eastlake High School, 400 228th Issaquah Way, 392-5430 Ave. NE, tickets are $20/adults, Library Board meeting, 5:30 $15/seniors and students, $10/ p.m., Issaquah Library, 10 W. children, available online at Sunset Way Human Services Commission “The 39 Steps” presented by meeting, 6:30 p.m., Eagle Room, Village Theatre, 2 p.m., $35-$70, Francis Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way Rovin’ Fiddlers jam session, St. N.,, 392-2200 “Writing Kevin Taylor” presented 7-9 p.m., Issaquah Highlands Fire Station, 1280 NE Park Drive, by Village Theatre, 2 p.m., $30/ general admission, $25/seniors, Tax Education Seminars: $20/students, First Stage, 120 Front St. N.,, 392-2200 Deductions and Tax Issues for No Rules, ages 21 and older, 8-11 p.m., Pogacha, 120 NW Gilman Blvd., $5 cover charge, 392-5550


keystroke, loses changes in Photoshop, voices an expletive, and David replies. DH: An angel loses its wings every time Greg swears.

Autumn Koepp puts together her first Sammamish Review, which is also a record 56 pages, and David and Bob chime in. AK: Oh, this thing is a Larry Johnson talks about David helps Stacy Goodmother. seeing a huge buck on the man figure out keystroke DH: Well, now you know Rainier Trail. commands in a desktop why Irv left. LJ: Oh no, I don’t kill publishing application. BT: Just remember this things… except for enthusiSG: You know David, some- whenever you’re in a jam. asm, here at The Press. times you are uselessful. Bob puts a note with ‘W.W.I.D’ on her desk. Jim Feehan asks about the News carrier Callie Weber location of a cross-country is featured on the front page Sebastian Moraga exmeet. after winning a holiday presses what everyone is JF: Where’s Lake Samgrocery-bag art contest. thinking when all the commamish State Park? Is it CW: It’s so weird to be roll- puters stall again. near the water? ing my face up and sticking SM: You know when the it in newspaper tubes! file server crashes and it Laura Geggel describes a says it “has unexpectedly blurry photo of grass after Jim is surprised when shut down?” Well, I’ve come taking pictures for a doga fanfare blares from the to expect it by now. adoption story. website home page of the LG: There was a dog in Washington Association of Kathleen offers to start that picture when I took it. Sheriffs and Police Chiefs. reimbursing Greg after borJF: I just want crime stats, rowing a migraine tablet for Terra Chapek comments I don’t want “Pomp and Cir- umpteenth time. on the grand opening of cumstance!” Holy crap! GF: That’s OK, I want all Krispy Kreme. my co-workers to be happy, TC: It’s craziness. I don’t David imagines the head- or at least drugged. get it. All doughnuts are line for a Salmon Days photo good. I’ve never really had a spread. Tyler Roush tries to decide bad doughnut. I’m sorry, but DH: Salmon Days 2011 — on St. Patrick’s Day if he has there’s just no food I would This Time The Salmon Get anything green on him. camp out all night for. It’s Even! TR: Well, I guess I’ve got just a damn doughnut. bile. Sammamish Review ediProofreader Teresa Peters tor Irv Shear does a phone Megan Erb, glancing over finds a typo above the name interview with a Beaver a faxed press release. of a female salutatorian stu- Lake resident with a persisME: Friends of Youth? I’m dent in a graduation special tent porcupine problem in not a friend of youth, they section moments before it their garden. annoy me. goes to the print shop. IS: Does it have a name? TP: SLUTATORIAN?! Well, if it did have a name David runs into a creative what would you name it? wall laying out pages, with Greg hits the wrong How about Phyllis? a response from Peter Clark

Employees, for adults, 8-9 p.m., Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, 392-5430

and tutoring help for teens, 3-5 p.m., Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, 392-5430 Colored Pencil for Teens February, 4:30-6 p.m., artEAST Art Center, 95 Front St. N., Story Times: young toddlers Study Zone, homework and ages 12-24 months, 10:3011:30 a.m.; infants ages newborn tutoring help for grades K-12, 6-8 p.m., Issaquah Library, 10 W. to 12 months, noon to 12:45 Sunset Way, 392-5430 p.m., Issaquah Library, 10 W. Oil Painting 6-week course, Sunset Way, 392-5430 ages 18 and older, Thursdays artEAST Studio Group February, members only, 12:30-3 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 2 to p.m., $60, artEAST Art Center, 95 April 6, $200/members, $210/ nonmembers, artEAST Art Center, Front St. N., 95 Front St. N., register at arteast. All-Access Playday at new All-Access Playground, 3-5 p.m., org Lake Sammamish State Park, Cemetery Board meeting, physical therapists from Waypoint 6:30 p.m., Issaquah Trails Center, Pediatric Therapies will be on 110 SE Bush St. hand to coach and assist, 2000 Talk Time Class, for adults, NW Sammamish Road, event is 6:30-8 p.m., Issaquah Library, 10 free but Discover Pass required W. Sunset Way, 392-5430 to park, lakesammamishfriends. Council Land & Shore org, email for Committee meeting, 6:30 p.m., answers to questions about the City Council chambers, City Hall event South, 135 E. Sunset Way Citizenship Classes, 4:30-6 One-On-One Computer Help, p.m., for adults, Issaquah Library, for adults, 7-8:30 p.m., Issaquah 10 W. Sunset Way, 392-5430 Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, 392Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!, all 5430 ages, 5-7:30 p.m., King County Cascade Gardener: Library Service Center, 960 Introduction to Organic Newport Way NW, 392-5430 Gardening, 7-8 p.m., Eagle Development Commission Room, City Hall, 130 E. meeting, 7 p.m., City Council Sunset Way, free, register at chambers, City Hall South, 135 E. “Writing Kevin Taylor” presented Sunset Way


THURSDAY, MARCH 2 Teen Open House, homework

and Greg. DH: I’ve lost my muse. PC: What’s wrong? DH: It’s just horrible. Everything I’m looking at, I’m just in a rut. I’ve lost my muse. PC: I’m here, I’m your muse. GF: What about me, I’m your old muse. PC: The Old Greg Muse He Ain’t What He Used to Be. A new file server continues to give Kathleen problems. KM: Why if we got a new server and it’s all new and better and everything, why do I still break down a hundred times a day? GF: Can’t you tell a new improved crash when you see one? Tom Corrigan talks by phone to a marijuana shop owner about his anticipated opening date. TC: Just let us know when you’re ready to roll.

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convention. DB: This woman says ‘I vote from my gut.’ Well, what does that mean? LJ: It means that David and I would each have five votes! So, here we are at the end, speaking for the six generations of news reporters who have given their all to inform and inspire the people of Issaquah from 1900 to 2017. Why end with humor? It just seemed to me to be the right thing to do. Humor is the fuel that keeps all good newsrooms going, and ours at Front and Sunset was the best. It takes real characters, a little crazy and a lotta zany, past and present, like my friends and me, to deliver the news with a straight face while having the time of our lives behind the scenes. These laughs (hopefully they’re laughs) are our last gift to you. We are proud to have achieved what we set out to do for all the time we were allotted. Thank you for reading all the way to the end of this last Off the Press, you are the best people in the best community in the world. Take care, dear friends!

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Issaquah junior Kyle Millis leaps from the start for the 100-yard backstroke race at the Class 4A state swim championships Feb. 18 in Federal Way. Millis won the race in a time of 50.25 seconds.

Skyline, Issaquah finish second, third at state swim meet By Neil Pierson Skyline did something it had never accomplished at the Class 4A boys state swimming and diving championships. Issaquah did something that’s becoming quite routine. Both teams had highly productive outings at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, where their seasons culminated Feb. 18 with a second-place trophy for Skyline and a third-place trophy for Issaquah. Skyline recorded the highest finish in program history by scoring 206 points, while Issaquah scored 197 and won a team trophy for the sixth straight season. On a day where no one was touching the Camas Papermakers – who won their program’s first state title with a resounding 302 points — the Spartans and Eagles walked away with several team and individual awards. “Camas is a super-strong team this year, as they displayed,” said Skyline senior Jacob Leahy, “so I’m super happy to pull off second place, which was tightly contended with Issaquah and Jackson.” “We’re all very satisfied. It’s great to be third in state,” Issaquah junior Kyle Millis said. Leahy and Millis finished their seasons on top of the podium. Both swimmers won individual titles — Leahy in the 100-yard freestyle, Millis in the 100 backstroke — and were part of firstplace relays. The 4A finals started in exhilarating fashion as Issaquah edged Skyline by 13 one-hundredths of a second for the title in the 200yard medley relay. Issaquah’s time of 1 minute, 35.42 seconds set a new 4A meet record. The old record

Issaquah finished in third place, nine points behind runner-up Skyline, and won a team trophy for the sixth straight season. was 1:35.57, set by Inglemoor in 2015. Millis, Will Crewe, Christopher Leu and Brandon Leu comprised the Eagles’ foursome. “We didn’t think we could do that,” Millis said, “and then to have it happen was just amazing.” Leahy, Jeremy Kim, Ryan Kinnear and Will O’Daffer swam for the Spartans’ runner-up squad. They posted the event’s top preliminary time. Skyline returned the favor in the meet’s final event, the 400 free relay. O’Daffer, Joseph Spaniac, Rehaan Bhimani and Leahy won in 3:11.03, just five onehundredths ahead of Issaquah’s

Millis, Crewe and Leu brothers. Issaquah had the lead until the final 10 yards, when Leahy caught Brandon Leu. Leahy captured his first individual title in the 100 freestyle, pulling a mild upset on Curtis senior Sam Abbott, who had the top preliminary time. Leahy shaved more than four-tenths of a second off his swim a day earlier and won in 46.24 seconds. “I’ve made it to some finals in my past, so I’ve always been walking out behind people, but it’s a great feeling to be able to lead the pack out onto the podium,” Leahy said. “It’s just an

awesome feeling — something I’ve been dreaming of since I was a little freshman.” Millis, Leahy and Crewe were the top three seeds going into the 100 backstroke final. The finishing order didn’t change in the championship race and Millis won his first individual crown in 50.25 seconds. “My emotions were definitely coming — that was not expected,” he said. “I’ve been battling it out with Jacob – he’s a great swimmer — for the year that I’ve lived here now. It has been great racing him.” Millis also picked up a fourthplace medal in the 50 freestyle,

finishing in 21.42 seconds. In his two state races, the junior shaved more than six-tenths of a second off his seeding time of 22.05, a mark that would’ve been outside the top eight. O’Daffer had a solid day for Skyline, starting with a fourthplace medal in the 200 individual medley. His time of 1:54.69 was about a half-second faster than his preliminary mark. He took fifth in the 100 butterfly (52.35), going nearly a second faster than his seed time to state. In the 200 free relay, Bhimani, Kim, Colin Huynh and Kinnear gave Skyline 24 team points with a seventh-place time of 1:29.88. Spaniac, a sophomore, won a sixth-place medal in the 500 freestyle (4:53.37). Kinnear, a senior, finished up his Skyline career with 13th in the 100 fly (54.20). Christopher Leu, a freshman, picked up 15 points for Issaquah by winning the consolation final of the 100 butterfly (52.99), ninth overall, and placing 11th in the 200 freestyle (1:47.08). In the 200 free, Issaquah’s Brandon Leu was seventh (1:46.73) and Spaniac of Skyline was eighth (1:49.14). Crewe, a senior, had the No. 2 preliminary time in the 100 butterfly and wound up third at 51.81. He dropped time but fell to third as Camas freshman Jaden Kim trimmed nearly a second from prelims. Brandon Leu, a junior, took fifth place in the 100 freestyle (47.70). Issaquah used its second-tier swimmers in the 200 free relay. Miles Wheeler, Graham Wrightson, Jake Tebbe and William Paxton finished 13th in 1:31.99. And Trey Gevers, who set a new school record in 1-meter diving earlier in the season, took 12th with 292.60 points.

Liberty exchange student DaSilva revels in Mat Classic trip By Neil Pierson

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German exchange student and Liberty junior Jakob DaSilva (right) meets Toppenish senior Jonathan Cuevas in their 285-pound first round bout at the state 2A wrestling championships Feb. 17 during Mat Classic XXIX in the Tacoma Dome.

Jakob DaSilva won’t remember his only Mat Classic appearance for the results — he was eliminated after being pinned twice — but the Liberty heavyweight overcame the odds just to reach the Tacoma Dome. DaSilva, a junior, had never wrestled until the start of the 2016-17 season. He’s from the

outskirts of Nuremberg, Germany, and came to the United States in August as an exchange student. He’ll be returning to Germany in June. DaSilva’s host family includes three brothers with wrestling experience, so he chose to try it as a way of staying in shape for his favorite sport, football, which he plays in his native country. “I said, ‘Why not?’ I like contact sports,” said DaSilva, whose first

name is pronounced “yaw-cob.” His first few tournaments weren’t pretty but he toiled to “get less nervous, focus on the match, focus before the match, know what you’re doing.” And he qualified for the Class 2A championships with a fourth-place finish at regionals. DaSilva’s draw in the 285-pound See WRESTLING, Page 11

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The Liberty boys swimming and diving program hasn’t won a team trophy at the state championships since 2012, but don’t bet on the drought continuing much longer. With five freshmen included in the Patriots’ contingency at this season’s Class 2A championships – including two-time medalists Warren Briggs and Brian Kim – there’s plenty of talent for the foreseeable future. Liberty didn’t get on the podium at the Feb. 1718 state meet at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, but scored 137.5 points for seventh place, a rise of six places and nearly 60 points from 2016. “I’m real optimistic for the future,” coach Kris Daughters said. “… All of these freshmen that I brought, they’re all going to be faster because they’re going to be bigger and they all swim year-round.” The Patriots entered the meet with hopes of a top-four team finish – they hadn’t accomplished that since taking fourth at the 2012 3A meet – and rose as high as fifth place after five events. But crucial points evaporated at multiple points. The most notable setback came in the opening event, the 200-yard medley relay, when the Patriots were disqualified for leaving the blocks early. Liberty took five freshmen to Federal Way in Sam Berde, Warren Briggs, Brian Kim, Alex Nguyen and Amon Rittenberg. Briggs and Kim were instrumental for pushing the Patriots into

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Liberty freshman Brian Kim swims to a fifth-place tie in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1 minute, 1.07 seconds at the Class 2A state swim and dive championships Feb. 18 in Federal Way. Kim also finished third in the 200 individual medley. the top 10. In the 200 freestyle, Briggs was the only freshman to reach the championship heat. He won a fifthplace medal with a time of 1:47.04. Briggs also medaled in the 500 free, placing eighth in 4:57.35, though he swam nearly 4 ½ seconds slower and dropped two places from prelims. Kim was equally good. He was third in the 200 individual medley in 2:00.85 and, like Briggs in the 200 free, was the only ninthgrader to qualify for the championship heat. Kim went on to share fifth place in his specialty, the 100 breaststroke (1:01.07). “It was just an amazing experience,” Kim said of his state debut. “I felt like I needed to be a great teammate and support my team. I can’t describe how cool it was to be third and fifth in my first state meet.” Sophomore Ryan Kirschner led a parade of Patriots who qualified for

the 1-meter diving event. Kirschner scored 277.55 points for eighth place. Junior Reid Parsons (12th, 252.60) and sophomore Ty Aramaki (13th, 252.40) also competed in the diving finals but didn’t medal. Senior Dale Franko missed the finals, finishing 17th with 172.95 points. The Patriots also won medals in two relays. The 200 freestyle team of Marty Klatt, Milo Larson, Rittenberg and Briggs were eighth (1:34.94). And Briggs, Will Wick, Jacob Hepp and Kim took seventh in the 400 free relay (3:25.27). Wick was 12th in the 100 butterfly (54.79) and 14th in the 200 IM (2:05.96); Hepp was 14th in the 500 free (5:10.58); and Nguyen was 15th in the 100 breaststroke to round out the Patriots’ point scorers. The 2A team title was decided on the last event as Kingston clinched it over Steilacoom, 225 to 213.5. Anacortes (193) and Columbia River (165) were the other trophy winners.


The newsroom continued to receive similar phone calls, emails and handwritten letters after General Manager Charles Horton announced Jan. 19 The Issaquah Press Group would cease operations at the end of February. In a letter to readers and advertisers, Horton wrote: “After several months of exploring different paths for a sustainable future, we came to this difficult conclusion.” The company, which has been owned by The Seattle Times Co. since 1995, had rolled out newsroom and advertising initiatives with the hopes of turning around the company financially, but, even with deep expense cuts, it “wasn’t enough to overcome revenue losses that began over six years ago,” Horton said. The Issaquah Press is the oldest newspaper on the Eastside. It was founded as The Issaquah Independent in January 1900 and has published more than 6,000 editions over the past 117 years. The final edition comes out Feb. 23 and the company, which also publishes the Sammamish Review, the SnoValley Star and the Newcastle News, will officially shut down the following day.

Issaquah Press editor Scott Stoddard works on the front page of the newspaper’s final edition while office newshound Merle relaxes nearby.

include seven in the newsthe task of selecting his best room, four in advertising pictures from the weekand one in operations. end’s state swimming and Of the 12, staff photogwrestling championships; rapher Greg Farrar has David Hayes was hard at logged the most hours work designing the Samunder The Issaquah Press mamish Review; and editor banner. The tall, town shut- Scott Stoddard designed terbug easily recognized by The Issaquah Press within his colorful ties and khaki the confines of his office, vest has been snapping emerging intermittently to photos of Issaquah for more pass out pages for others to than 20 years. proofread. When he joined The Press Reporter Lizz Giordano in July 1996, he used a was putting last-minute darkroom to process photos touches on her final stories, and everyone turned in and Stuart Miller made their assignments on floppy his last phone calls for his disks. reporting that will appear “The darkroom eventual- in the farewell edition of the ly became a storage room,” SnoValley Star. he said. “That was fine, but If anything, the office was some of the magic went out quieter than usual. A backof it.” ground fan, tapping on the But some things never keyboard and soft clicks of change. Even back then, a computer mouse echoed people were concerned among the silence. about growth, Farrar reThe first “pangs of calls. When he first started, sadness” started to hit would mention the Farrar at lunchtime, a Paper ‘draws us together’ people old Issaquah skyport on couple hours after a loyal All four newspapers were Pickering Farm and lament reader dropped off a gift of distributed free and had a vast open land swallowed homemade biscotti with a combined circulation of more up by development. note that read, “Your work than 45,000. But that never “Issaquah’s just taken off will be greatly missed!!!” stopped longtime resident in the same growth curve “It’s definitely a sad Mary Fricke from paying for as they were experiencing day,” Stoddard said. “It’s The Issaquah Press. when I started,” he said. “In sad for the hard-working “I’ve lived in Issaquah 1996, I thought the traffic people in this office who since 1958 and I’ve taken was bad, and I would give will be unemployed in a The Press every week since anything to have that 1996 few days. And at the same that time,” she said. “I’ve traffic back.” time, it’s a sad day for paid a subscription because I Farrar, often recognized Issaquah, really. I think think that’s really important.” as the face of The Press, this community still doesn’t Fricke likened the became a mainstay at realize what an absolute impending closure to the graduations, high school treasure it had in this death of a close friend. She sports events and communewspaper.” was nearly brought to tears nity gatherings. He was a Stoddard has worked for upon hearing about it. constant through seven edi- 10 newspapers over the “I don’t know how we’ll tors, three publishers/gencourse of his 28-year career have a voice now, how we’ll eral managers and dozens as a journalist. find out what’s going on in of reporters. “Other towns would kill the community,” she said, “I am just humbled that for a newspaper that was before adding, “The Press for 20 years, everybody let as thorough and hardis the fabric that draws us me photograph them in hitting as The Issaquah together.” the good times and the bad Press,” he said. “Such an Issaquah City Council times,” he said. “It’s been integral part of the commuPresident Stacy Goodman, the experience of my life.” nity and such rich history. who once worked for The I’m still a bit in denial that Press, had similar sentithis is the end.” The end ments, calling the paper a After noon, Hayes came member of the community As the newsroom staff up with the idea to do one when the city honored its filed into the office to prolast office lottery pool. Every oldest continuously operat- duce the final edition of The person willingly chipped in ing business with a special Issaquah Press on Monday, $5 apiece. proclamation Feb. 8. the weight of the task had A staff of laid-off report“No other newspaper or yet to fully sink in. ers winning the lottery? For publication has ever come For most, it was just a group that’s made its livclose to infiltrating — in a another Monday. Photoging telling stories, it would good way — our community rapher Greg Farrar began be a storybook ending. LAURA F.noPROOF.IP.CMYK. PDF 0203 LAM homes, graduations, sports, 06.18077.THUR.0209.2X2.LAM schools, politics, meetings and so on,” she said.

0-4 record. Senior Juan Kitsap. But he reached the Flores (145) lost a pair of medal round by pinning decisions, 10-2 and 3-1 Auburn’s Austin Riehl and in overtime. Sophomore eking out a 3-2 decision over from page 9 Brendan Nguyen (195) had Jay Roberts of Curtis. similar results, falling 9-0 In his placing match, division was difficult: He and 6-4 in overtime. Beatty pinned Todd Beamer faced top-ranked Jonathan In the 4A tournament, senior Tibou Bangoura in 3 Cuevas of Toppenish in the Skyline and Issaquah quali- minutes, 48 seconds. first round and was pinned in fied a total of nine wrestlers. Of Skyline’s six state wres16 seconds. He lasted 2:59 in Two of them – Skyline’s tlers, five of them had no his consolation match against Kenta Despe and Nick prior experience. Scott Huff Lindbergh’s AJ Sellem. Both Beatty – returned home with (138) was the lone excepopponents went on to earn medals. tion, but he lost to Bridger medals. Despe, a sophomore, took Beard of Central Valley “He had never seen sixth place at 113 pounds (15-3) and Emiliano Mata of a wrestling mat before and Beatty, a senior, was Davis (pin in 4:50). November,” Liberty coach seventh at 195. Both were Skyline’s Matt Oss (220), Wright Noel said. “He has making their state debuts. Chris Harper (182) and been fantastic. Couldn’t have Skyline, which brought Cole Turner (113) were also asked for more … He’s a six wrestlers to the Class 4A eliminated on the first day. wonderful influence on the state tournament, struggled Issaquah, which won the team. He’s positive. Every in the first round, going KingCo 4A dual-meet and day after practice, he talks 1-5 as Despe was the only tournament titles, finished to us about what he can do Spartan to get through with a 1-6 record at Mat A changing landscape better.” unscathed. Classic. Liberty captured one state Despe battered Mikah Senior Dean Pearson The Issaquah Press SCOTT Z.noPROOF.IP.CMYK. medal as junior 132-pound- Fathers of Auburn Riverside advanced to the quarterfiGroup’s PDF affected employees 0127 LAM 05.18327.THU.0202.1X2.LAM er Jacob Holm capped his for a 13-3 major decision. nals, pinning Josh Erling of Mat Classic debut with a He was especially good in Glacier Peak in 1:53. But fifth-place performance. the third period, when he he dropped a 4-2 decision Washington’s Joshua outscored Fathers 7-0 and to Moses Lake’s Daiman Camacho pinned Holm in nearly picked up a pin. Vasquez and was eliminated their first-round bout, but Despe lost his quarterfinal by Puyallup’s Casey Cramer Holm recovered, toppling match to top-ranked Ryan (6-4). $ $ Tumwater’s Joseph MorWheeler of Curtis, 9-1, but Senior William Tickman rissey (11-0) and Nolan got to the medal round with (120) sustained losses to Simple Simple Keese of Black Hills (pin in a 7-6 win over University’s Matt Jones of Mead (17-4) Cremation Burial 1:14). In his placing match, Tim Westbrook. His final win and Nathan Scilley of Lake Holm pinned Olympic’s Alec came against Yusef Nelson Stevens (53-second pin). And Bellevue Federal Way Acfalle in 3:27. of Auburn Riverside, 3-2. senior Kaleb Solusod (160) 425-641-6100 253-874-9000 The Patriots’ other state Beatty dropped his opener, was pinned in both of his online arrangements available 0130 LAM qualifiers combined for an SCOTT 7-3,Z.FINAL.IP.CMYK.PDF to Izaiah Davis of South matches.





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“We just withdrew it for the moment, just to get our own opinion,” said Julie Koler, a historic preservation consultant working with the Sammamish Heritage Society and a former King County historic preservation officer. “All things being equal, we will just resubmit.” Koler said the group plans to consult a lawyer. According to Koler, the Sammamish Heritage Society was informed by a representative of the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation that legal action over the possible landmarking of Providence Heights was a possibility. When contacted, the Trust referred questions to the King County Historic Preservation Program. That office referred questions to the county’s media relations department, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Efforts to reach City Church officials for comment were unsuccessful. Located at 4221 228th Ave. SE, Providence Heights College was opened by the Sisters of Providence in 1961 to promote higher education for religious sisters. The Trust calls the entire campus, especially the chapel, “an irreplaceable modern masterpiece designed by regionally renowned architect John Maloney and

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The Providence Heights College chapel opened in 1961. It is currently owned by a limited liability company controlled by leaders of The City Church of Kirkland. world-renowned stained glass artist Gabriel Loire.” In January 2016, The Issaquah Press reported The City Church was planning to sell the property to a Bellevue developer who wanted to erect more than 100 single-family homes on the 40acre site. Soon after, the Sammamish Heritage Society began

work on the application for landis still listed as the owner of the mark status for the site, which campus property. the group said is profoundly “It appears that, on the face, important to the Catholic religion. local government can’t desigHowever, the Issaquah School nate or regulate church-owned District, looking for land to buy properties,” Koler said. “But in new schools, is in the process of the eyes of the state, they aren‘t a employing eminent domain to ac- religious organization.” quire the property. That process She pointed to a recent state CHARLES.ePROOF.IP.CMYK.PDF is ongoing, and City Church’s0217 LLCLAM Department of Revenue deci08.18567.THU.0223.6X13.45.LAM

sion to collect back taxes on the property. City Church claimed that activities qualifying as taxexempt “church purposes” were ongoing at Providence Heights as late as April, according to a Department of Revenue audit. But state auditors who visited the campus found otherwise. In the letter, the Heritage Society also requested more information from the King County Historic Preservation Program. “We do not know the details of the owner’s concerns and therefore do not have a complete picture of the basis for their objection to the nomination,” according to the letter. “We therefore respectfully request a more comprehensive accounting of the legal issues in question, including the reasons why the City/King County do not want to process the nomination.” The Heritage Society added the “withdrawal of this nomination in no way negates our assertion that the campus is a highly significant property and as such is eligible for landmark designation.” The public will still have an opportunity to comment on the Providence Heights nomination despite the withdrawal of the application. Koler is urging residents to pack the public hearing to support the nomination and not let the issue be “swept under the carpet” by the city. The city did not respond to a request for comment. The public hearing is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Feb. 23 in Issaquah City Hall’s Eagle Room, 130 E. Sunset Way.

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