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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Family, friends say goodbye to helicopter crash victim By Peter Clark Hundreds of family members and friends gathered March 22 for the funeral of Gary Pfitzner, one of two men who died in a fiery helicopter crash near the Space Needle last week. Pfitzner, 59, was the pilot for the KOMO-TV helicopter, which crashed onto Broad Street outside Fisher Plaza on March 18. Veteran Seattle photojournalist Bill Strothman, 62, of Bothell, was also killed. Pfitzner lived in Issaquah with his wife Delen Castellano and sons Christopher and Brandon.

Not only a contracted helicopter pilot, he also worked at The Boeing Co. for 35 years as a technical analyst. There, he developed three patents, which sent him to Germany, Spain, Italy and Japan. “What I will miss the most is his sense of humor,” Castellano said in the funeral program from Flintoft’s Funeral Home. She said everyone liked Pfitzner. She said he never left for work without telling her he loved her and kissing her goodbye. Originally from Spain, Castellano said Pfitzner loved her family, particularly how welcoming they were.

Scott Behrbaum appointed to lead police department Mayor Fred Butler announced his appointment of Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum as the new chief of Issaquah police March 21. With more Cmdr. Scott than 18 years of service to the Behrbaum Issaquah Police Department, Behrbaum has served as a patrol commander for the past six. He has also worked as a patrol sergeant, crime prevention officer, narcotics officer and as the agency’s first school resource officer at Issaquah High School. If the City Council confirms the appointment, Behrbaum replaces Chief Paul Ayers, who will retire April 15. “I am excited to appoint Scott as our community’s next police chief,” Butler said in a press release announcing the appoint-

ment. “I admire the fairness and integrity that he brings to every situation. Moreover, his dedication to community policing — as demonstrated through his service to Issaquah over the past two decades — is a tremendous asset.” Behrbaum has a master’s in public administration from the University of Washington and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah, and serves on the executive board of the FBI National Academy Associates Washington Chapter. “I am honored by Mayor Butler’s appointment, and I’m excited for what the future holds both for our department and the city,” Behrbaum said in the press release. “I am committed to leading a responsive, approachable and collaborative department that is rooted in safety and service to our community.” The City Council is expected to vote on a confirmation during its April 7 regular meeting.

“Gary wants to go to Spain to spend time with my Dad and have my mom spoil him rotten,” she said in the program. “My dad is just the most amazing guy,” Christopher said in the program. “Did you ever know anyone who was 59 and was that amazing?” Pfitzner was one of seven siblings. Collectively, they expressed pride in Pfitzner to Flintoft’s and hinted at his joking charisma. “We bragged that our brother climbed Mount Rainier and Mount Baker,” the family said. “We all pointed to the KIRO traffic copter or KOMO new copter

and said, ‘That’s my brother Gary flying that copter.’ Gary not only gave us rides in helicopters, but also enjoyed hovering over our houses, which made us look like a news event, or flashing his lights as he flew by.” KOMO News Anchor Molly Shen said Pfitzner had been the morning helicopter pilot for years. “He was just a really great guy,” Shen said in a phone interview the day of the crash. komo tv photo “Just the type of guy that you Pilot Gary Pfitzner, of Issaquah, want to work with. A great guy See PILOT,

was killed when his KOMO helicopter crashed March 18, also killing photoPage A3 journalist Bill Strothman.


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Two of the more than 100 revelers throw colored powder on each other (above) March 22 at Lake Sammamish State Park for the festival of Hoti Hai, an annual spring event that for Hindus in India symbolizes the victory of good over evil. The Seattle chapter of Vibha, a U.S.-India nonprofit helping educate children in India, raised money at the event. Robyn Yamaguchi (below, from left), Andrea Stoner and Taryn Reed blow powder at passers-by, and Kunal Gangopadhyay (below right), of Bellevue, is covered in colors.

Cyberbullying victim puts past behind her By Christina Corrales-Toy The lewd images and messages scrawled across her daughter’s Facebook page in 2011 still burn bright in Issaquah resident Tara Cote’s memory. In a case that made national headlines, then 12-year-old Leslie Cote was the victim of cyberbullying, as two classmates hacked into her social media page and posted altered photos, including one with “I’m a slut” superimposed on it. Two Issaquah girls, who also used the site’s instant messaging service to act as Leslie to proposition boys for sexual acts, were charged with cyberstalking and first-degree computer trespassing. The Cote family asked media outlets to name Leslie, then a student at Issaquah Middle School, as the victim in an effort to bring awareness to cyberbullying. It was the right decision, Tara said, but the three years since


the March 18 incident haven’t always been easy. “It was hard, let me tell you,” she said. Getting past the anger The summer immediately after the March 2011 incident was a rough one for Leslie, Tara said, especially because one of the girls lived in the same apartment complex. “It was hard to overcome, because she wouldn’t leave our apartment,” Tara said of her daughter. “All summer long, your kids want to go outside and play. She wouldn’t.” It’s been hard on the family, too, Tara said, watching Leslie go through that pain. Flash forward three years, and Leslie, now a freshman at Issaquah High School, said she’s put the past behind her. “Yeah, I don’t pay much attention to that anymore,” she said of the stress caused by living in the See CYBERBULLY, Page A3

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Safety, security details changing in Issaquah schools, administration By Neil Pierson Shortly before Ron Thiele took the reins as the Issaquah School District’s superintendent last July, district officials began looking at ways to heighten security for its 18,000-plus students. They chose to conduct a safety and security assessment of Issaquah’s 24 schools, as well as its administrative, service and transportation centers. Michelle Trifunovic, the district’s executive director of

middle schools, took charge of the initiative, and the district spent $30,000 to hire a professional school safety expert who could find chinks in the armor. Martin Speckmaier, a former police officer who now heads Comprehensive School Safety, a Seattle-based firm, toured all of the district’s facilities and spoke with dozens of school officials during a six-week period in the fall. He also gave principals a lengthy survey in which they were asked various questions and allowed to provide feedback about their building’s security

and safety, Trifunovic said. “It wasn’t just looking at your locks and your doors or your signage,” she explained. “It was also looking at what kind of programs you have for harassment and intimidation and bullying. It was more than just your facilities.” The district received Speckmaier’s report in December and began discussing the results with an advisory committee. The group includes various adminSee SCHOOLS, Page A3

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Legislature ends with basic education funding unresolved By Elliot Suhr WNPA News Service OLYMPIA — House Bill 2797 and Senate Bill 6483 have a lot in common. Both increased funding for K-3 classroom construction, both had bipartisan sponsorship and both failed to reach the governor’s desk. In McCleary vs. Washington, the state Supreme Court ruled the state was not sufficiently funding basic education. Earlier this year, the court ordered legislators to quicken the pace of funding to meet McCleary obligations — including K-3 class size reductions. According to the National Education Association, Washington

state is fourth worst in the nation for classroom sizes. House Bill 2797 would have sold $700 million in lottery-backed bonds to fund K-3 classroom construction; it passed out of the House 90-7 with bipartisan support. It failed to make it to the Senate floor after State Treasurer Jim McIntire said lottery-backed bonds were too risky. “I think the challenge I had was we could issue bonds from the lottery, but you don’t get the lowest interest rate,” Sen. Mark Mullet (D-5th District) said. “If you’re going to borrow hundreds of millions of dollars, you have to make sure you’re borrowing at the lowest interest rate

possible.” SB 6483 would have sold $825 million in generalobligation bonds — as opposed to lottery-backed revenue bonds — to modernize STEM facilities, fund all-day kindergarten and reduce K-3 class sizes. Rep. Chad Magendanz (R-5th District) supported the bill through its passage in the House. “I was a big proponent of that and was very disappointed it didn’t go through the Senate,” he said. “This is an appropriate way to use state debt. This is an investment and it’s appropriate to be bonding that debt.” Magendanz is the assistant ranking minor-

ity member of the House Education Committee as well as a member of the Governor’s Education Funding Workgroup. Several bills failed to make it out of the chambers this session, including bills to fund teacher cost-of-living adjustments, close tax exemptions for basic education and amend teacher evaluations to maintain the federal waiver for the No Child Left Behind act. The House Democrats proposed a supplemental budget earlier this year that included a bill that would raise $100 million for basic education by closing tax exemptions. Leaders in the Senate Majority

Development permitting fees will rise April 1 By Peter Clark Issaquah will raise its development permitting fees April 1 for the first time since 2006. Passed by the City Council at its Dec. 16 meeting, the increase comes after reviewing the current economic state of the city and comparing costs to develop in Issaquah with neighboring cities. “The fees were changed to ensure Issaquah fully recovers its costs to review permits, offer our customers more flat rates, less itemized fees [and] be

more consistent with fees charged in neighboring cities,” according to the city’s website. One of the reasons for the gap since the last change in fees was the 2008 recession and the fear that higher fees might hamper new development. “It didn’t seem like a good time to raise them,” city Development Services Interim Director Dave Favour said of the previous eight years. “We are optimistic that the economy is on the upswing now. It shouldn’t mean any changes for the department.”

The administration created the Development Services Department during a 2012 government reorganization, combining the Building and Planning departments, the Major Development Review Team and pieces from the Public Works Engineering Department. Permitting fees did not reflect this single department focus, so the new fees also represent a move toward cohesion. “There was a desire to simplify things,” Favour said. “We had the merger of several departments in the reorganization. The

decision was a mixture of an economic upswing and mashing four departments together with different fee schedules to one.” He said the city was doing everything it could to spread word of the changes to ensure they came as no surprise. “We could have updated the fees in December, but we wanted to give some extra time for a public relations campaign,” he said. “We did a direct mailing to current developers and past applicants.” Learn more at

Council approves end of storm water system By Peter Clark The Issaquah City Council approved a ceasefire in a regional utility conflict March 17. After it authorized Mayor Fred Butler in January to negotiate an interlocal agreement with the Sammamish Water and Sewer District, which would result in the decommissioning of a storm water infiltration system, the

council unanimously voted to enter into the proposed contract during its regular meeting. The agreement calls for the district to fund the decommissioning of the Lower Reid Infiltration Gallery for up to $1 million. Though additional plans need approval, district officials intend to have the system decommissioned by the end of the year. “It’s been a very dif-

ficult process,” Council President Paul Winterstein said. “I feel like I need to make some comments, because this is a pretty significant milestone. That’s a significant contribution from the water and sewer district.” The agreement comes after months of negotiations and years of mounting tensions as concerns arose over the infiltration system. District officials mounted a campaign

last year claiming that discharging storm water through the system did not filter out hazardous chemicals, even as the Washington State Department of Ecology prepared to permit Issaquah’s continued use of it. Prior to the meeting, Attorney Jeff Kray, who assisted with negotiations, said the district board also approved the agreement. “It’s great news,” he said.

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Coalition Caucus said education funding discussions would be better suited for next session, when the 2015-2017 biennium budget is on the table. The state Supreme Court called for more money to pay for existing reforms — including teacher cost-ofliving adjustments, additional funding for schools and a plan to fully fund basic education by April 30. According to lawmakers and education officials, the state needs to find $5 billion for basic education by 2018. Mullet said the session left the question of funding hanging. “I think we’re way behind,” he said. “I don’t

think we have a good plan.” To help raise funding in 2015, he said he planned to focus on economic growth, closing loopholes and funneling dedicated marijuana revenue to education. Magendanz said he wanted focus on taking financial responsibility to pay for education away from local districts, bringing it back to the state. “This is a state responsibility and that money should be coming from the state,” he said. Beyond that, he said the state needs some serious compensation reform for teachers to ensure they get paid appropriately.

King County seeks trail photos for new regional trail map King County Parks has launched a search for the best photo taken from anywhere on its regional trail system. The winning photo will become the cover of the Regional Trails in King County map when it is reprinted in September, and will remain on the cover for at least the following six months. Submitted contest photos should convey trail users’ experiences along the King County regional trail system, whether the photos are taken while commuting along the Burke-Gilman Trail through Lake Forest Park, rollerblading along the Cedar River Trail near Maple Valley or during a long walk with a dog along the Snoqualmie Valley Trail outside Carnation. King County Parks will accept photos for the contest through July, and a panel of judges will pick the winning photo in August. Thanks to the generous support of REI, the winning photographer will receive a

new REI XT 85 pack. How it works: 4Enter your photo using Flickr at 4To submit your photos, use your Yahoo!, Google or Facebook account to log into Flickr. If you do not have an account, you can sign up for free. 4Join the King County Parks RTS Map Cover Contest Group at com/groups/rtsmapcovercontest. 4Upload your image to this group. 4Identify the location of photo in the photo caption. For example: “Name of trail, exact location” — Burke-Gilman Trail — near Log Boom Park (geo-location preferred). King County Parks employees will select 10 photos for final judging by the panel. The winning image will be evaluated based on overall impact, artistic merit and technical excellence. Get more entry details at rtsmapcovercontest.

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Issaquah police will host a Women’s Handgun Safety Class from 6-9 p.m. April 29 and 30, at the range in the Issaquah Police Department building, 130 E. Sunset Way. The first class concentrates on instruction while the second class involves

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Registration deadline nears for special election

All eligible King County voters will receive a ballot for the April 22 Special Election that will include a countywide measure to raise taxes to fund county roads and transit. If you are not yet registered to vote, you still have until April 14. Voters should return ballots as early as possible, but not later than election day, April 22. You need to affix first-class postage, and ballots must be postmarked by April 22. Voters can return a ballot without postage at any of 10 drop boxes 24 hours a day starting April 3 until 8 p.m. on Election Day. Issaquah’s drop box is at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way. Registered voters who have not received a ballot, or need a replacement ballot, should call the voter hotline at 206-296VOTE (8683). Learn more about registering and voting at

Teens sought for summer litter crews

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same complex as one of the girls. “It’s the past and we’ve moved on.� One of the girls received a suspended sentence, requiring her to stay out of trouble for six months, attend counseling and perform 20 hours of community service. The Juvenile Court Diversion Committee ordered the other to complete community service. Leslie said she’s not angry with the girls anymore, but it has taken her some time to get to that point. “At first, you have anger, you’re upset and you have rage, but now I think she feels more sorry for them,� Tara said. Classes together After the incident, the

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istrators, school resource officers, and members of local police and fire agencies. Trifunovic said the committee is scheduled to meet for the second time March 26, and has identified a couple broad areas for improvement — controlling access to school buildings and property, and developing a standardized safety plan for the whole district that focuses on training for staff members. School officials aren’t publicizing many details of Speckmaier’s assessment. “We don’t want to ‘alert the bad guys’ to areas we are working on improving,� said Lorraine Michelle, the district’s executive director of communications. Officials spoke publicly about the assessment, though, at a March 12 school board study session. Thiele said then that it has been invaluable to work with emergency responders on developing safer plans for schools. “The world of safety and security is also changing,� he said. “Your first responders, they’re constantly learning and changing procedures, and if we learn from them, we’ll change our policies and procedures. “This work is never done. It’s ongoing work.� Individual schools have

The state Department of Ecology invites teens to apply for summer jobs in the Ecology Youth Corps that helps clean up roadsides and other public areas. The application deadline is April 1. Youths ages 14-17 can apply to work for a threeto four-week session with a litter cleanup crew. Ecology Youth Corps members earn $9.32 per hour. Crews also learn how to better care for the environment. The corps expects to hire 237 teens for its summer crews this year, 117 of them in Western Washington. The crews annually remove more than 3,500 tons of litter and illegally dumped materials statewide. Applications are available at http://1.usa. gov/1oGtezl. Learn more from area school counsel-

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girls never had class together at the middle school, and one even moved away to a different school. Leslie also received court-ordered no-contact provisions against each of the girls, though Tara said she was unsure if one or both of the orders are still in effect. The Cotes knew the three girls would attend Issaquah High School this past fall, but with a school that large, they couldn’t imagine Leslie would be in any classes with them. But Leslie has classes with both of them, and in one of them, she sits right next to one of the girls. It’s something that gives Tara anxiety, knowing how close Leslie is to the two girls. “It gives me chills just thinking about it,� she said. Lorraine Michelle, the Issaquah School District’s director of communications, said in an email she could

not speak about specific students due to federal privacy laws, but added that in general, high school class lists are computer generated. Middle schools do communicate to the high schools about incoming freshman students both academically and socially, though, she said. “The goal is always to help students have the best transition from middle school to high school as possible,� she wrote. “If there is an ongoing situation, current court order, or continued behavioral problems or concerns at the middle school at the end of eighth grade, then those would be communicated to the high school. “However, in cases where an issue perhaps came up in sixth or seventh grade, but had been worked through and resolved, and there were no continuing problems

already been revamping security plans. At Sunny Hills Elementary School, Principal Leslie Lederman sent an email to families earlier this month that detailed changes. Sunny Hills staff are now asking students to report people who aren’t wearing identification badges. New video cameras are being installed, bringing the school’s total number of cameras to 15. The school also closed a gate on the back side of its property, adjacent to residential units and some portable classrooms, and is funneling foot traffic to the front of the main building. Lederman also said she’s spoken with Issaquah and Sammamish police about the arrival of Tent City 4, a homeless camp, at nearby Faith United Methodist Church. Lederman said she visited with Tent City officials, who were cooperative and expressed support for keeping their residents off school property. The school investigated a report of a woman on campus with a dog, and determined she was not a Tent City resident.

Trifunovic said the changes at Sunny Hills are consistent with what could happen at other schools in the near future. “In general, we want to minimize access points to buildings,� she said. “In a perfect world, you’d say everybody funnels through one entry point, but when you start to look at it in context, you say, ‘That doesn’t make sense for most of our campuses, because most of our campuses have portables.’ So, what do you do with that?� In April 2012, district voters approved a bond measure that, in part, funds security upgrades. Some of that work has started, Trifunovic said, including $2.65 million for video surveillance and $2.16 million for electronic key cards. The work won’t be finished for a few years, but should make buildings safer overall, Trifunovic said. “You’re really using them as a deterrent, you hope,� she said regarding security cameras. “And then if something happens, you can go back and you can actually use it for investigation.�

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with a student or group of students, that information would not be communicated to a high school.� On the first day of classes, Leslie said she thought it would be hard to be in the same room as the girls, but despite her mother’s ongoing concerns, she hasn’t felt the need to take it up with a school counselor or teacher. “I guess you could talk to the teacher and say, ‘I don’t feel comfortable’ sitting next to this person, but then again, it’s not like I’m afraid,� she said. If any student reported to the school that they felt unsafe or uncomfortable, then “steps would be taken to remedy the situation,� Michelle wrote. ‘We’ve moved on’ Leslie is enjoying high school much more than middle school so far, she said. It has forced her to come out of her shell a bit

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in general.� “I’m just still reeling,� she said about the early morning accident. “In the dark mornings, he would always have a smile on his face.� Brother Mark Pfitzner released a statement to the media, but he did not return calls for further comment. “He took great care of his brothers and sisters,� the statement read. “He loved to fly. He loved to scuba and skydive. He loved adventure and travel.� Shen echoed these re-


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With all that she’s been through, Leslie has inadvertently become a soundboard for peers seeking advice about everything from breakups to bullying, Tara said. When it comes to advice about bullying, Leslie said she always tells people there’s no shame in telling an adult about it. “If you’re able to try to get help early, it’s best to talk to somebody instead of holding it in,� she said.

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marks. “The fact that he would continue waking up early in the morning for us shows how much he liked to fly,� she said. “He died doing what he loved.� The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating what caused the crash. Crews sifted through the wreckage to find intact components. “A lot of those parts and pieces are simply gone,� said Dennis Hogenson, acting deputy chief of the National Transportation Safety Board Western Pacific Region. He said a possibility exists that crews could not pinpoint the nature of any mechanical issue — if that’s what caused the accident — because of the extent of the damage. But he was optimistic that wouldn’t happen. “I’m confident that we’re going to figure this out,� Hogenson said. Seattle Times Reporter Mike Baker contributed to this story.

and meet new people. Many of her new friends don’t even know about the cyberbullying incident. “It’s not something I want to just share with everyone,� she said. “We’ve moved on.� She hasn’t experienced any negative cliques at the school, and she said she is adamant she won’t change herself just to fit in with a particular group. “That’s what I’m doing, all my friends, we go with what we are and we accept the differences between all of us,� she said. She participates in choir, is a member of the junior varsity tennis team and a few of her teachers recently awarded Leslie for her exemplary work ethic and leadership.

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lease, please, let us stop writing about Klahanie. The Issaquah City Council pushed and pushed to convince the residents of the Klahanie area to join the city. The residents rejected the idea. Now, the council is considering another study of the issue and even talking about carving the area up on a precinct-by-precinct basis, cherry-picking the spots that voted to join. The balkanization of Klahanie is not the answer. Does that council really want to start down this road of carving up territory after election results come in? Perhaps, in future elections, only people who live in precincts that support a bond measure will have to incur the debt. Maybe people whose precinct supports a losing candidate will get an alternate City Council, so the person they choose can serve them. The whole area voted, the whole area decided, and now the council should abide by the results and move on with other issues. Klahanie, of course, isn’t even in Issaquah. Just how much time does the council need to spend on an area that is not part of the city? How many tax dollars and how much staff time does the city need to spend on study after study? The people are tired of the issue. Those who don’t live in Klahanie are sick of hearing about Klahanie. Those who do live there are also sick of it. Continuing studies and foot-dragging surrounding the issue don’t help anyone. The people who live there want the better services and lower taxes that will come with joining a city. It’s clear now that city will be Sammamish. Sammamish, however, can’t really start its own procedures until it know just what parts of the area Issaquah is going to give up. Asking everyone involved to wait a year — when the people have made their decision quite clear — is a mistake. It’s profoundly unfair to push thousands of Klahanie residents into limbo simply because the City Council and administration did not get the answer it wanted. Issaquah leaders need to let go of Klahanie, all of Klahanie, and tackle some of the other issues facing the city.

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What would it take to get you out to the Elks? The picture is not rosy. Despite all the good Elks lodges do for their communities across the nation, membership continues to decline. As a result, the fewer the members the less money is raised for local college scholarships or the elimination of programs that support Wounded Warrior snowmobiling outings. The situation is not yet dire at Issaquah’s Lake Sammamish Lodge No. 1843, but something needs to be done to turn the downward trend around before it’s too late. The annual membership fee of $100 is, what, two less lattes every month? So, that’s not the problem. The problem also isn’t that the Elks doesn’t get out in the community. Unfortunately, it’s the community that doesn’t get out to the lodge. The traditional draws to the center just don’t pack ‘em in like they used to — Thursday night dinners offer wonderfully cooked meals and the poker league still draws a steady core group. But neither event has been bringing in new members. So, what would it take to draw in newbies? Members’ automatic access to other lodges nationwide does Issaquah no good. Our members have wracked their brains to draw in fresh attendees, but it’s time to start thinking outside the box we’re trapped in. A quick search of Google turned up an article in Jewish World Review, detailing declining membership in all fraternal

organizations. But one trend it cited as a possible savior is drawing in the family unit. Let’s face it, fraternal organizations David are notoriously Hayes renowned for Press reporter their secret meetings and halls/lodges that are little more than a cheep watering hole for members. And still not many know the Issaquah Elks has long welcomed women members and even has the all-female Emblem Club. But to get new members, some are tapping into families and their needs. What would it take to draw you and your family to the Issaquah lodge? For example, forgetting costs for now, would we be better serving the community if we had more youth activities, such as a venue to host teen bands and dances? Would we draw more families if we had child care services? Would we draw parents if we offered a workout facility instead of just a big meeting hall? I’ve heard of other facilities that actually have swimming pools and bowling alleys. Would you join for access to those? We sport a top-notch kitchen. What would we have to offer to See ELKS, Page A5

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Proposal needs geo-tech, hydrological review

Let’s get some perspective on annexation and move on

pose new bans on things they believe are “bad.” I’m guessing it will be forcing no sales of boxed plastic bags we now have to buy for our garbage and cleaning up after our aniThe proposed redevelopment mals. Bad! Off the shelves, you at Seventh and Gilman (Antique naughty retailers! Mall area) is the first go through Last week, I watched yet our new Central Issaquah Plan another ridiculous display of the regulations. One thing that has ban in action. become clear is the difficulty A man paid for a large number of construction in high-ground of items. The clerk apologized water, near creek, earthquake for not asking first if he wanted hazard areas … much of the val- any bags. He said “yes,” and then ley floor. The land at Seventh and was told she had to charge him 5 Gilman has the further complicents for each bag. He reached in cation of being a Special Flood his pocket to pay the 10 cents for Hazard Area. two bags. Then, she said she was It is imperative in these difsorry again because there was ficult sites that there is belt-and- 1 cent sales tax, so he reached suspenders review of both the again into his pocket to find a geo-tech report and the hydropenny. logic modeling from the develThere were no smiles there, oper. Please require third-party just the same sighs I’ve seen so peer review of both the geo-tech many times with a nice clerk analysis and the model. bereft to help her customer leave the store with a good shopping Connie Marsh experience. Issaquah The ban is no small step in the right direction for anyone Plastic bags much less the environment. What it really is: a power grab to tell citizens and businesses what they must do to stay in step with the beliefs of some Thank you, Issaquah citizens, individuals. for working so hard to retrieve I hope other communities thousands of signatures to get the and the country will not follow reusable thin film bag ban issue Issaquah in this matter. At least on the ballot. Thank you even Seattle citizens fought (and won) more to the voters who voted to revise the ban to not penal“yes” to repeal the ordinance. ize customers who would like a What you did was the right thing paper bag. to do. Kathleen Olsen Now, it’s time to watch the Issaquah City Council who will act to

The ban is a power grab to tell people what to do

F rom the W eb The Rovin’ Fiddlers perform at Spiritwood Thanks to Greg and The Issaquah Press for your support and excellent coverage! And thanks to the folks at Spiritwood for letting us play for them. They are a wonderful audience. Ken Neville The Rovin’ Fiddlers

FCCLA and ‘The Hunger Games’ teach students about hunger I want to congratulate the members of the FCCLA chapter for seeing a need and acting on it.
 It’s encouraging to watch the next generation of leaders grow up! Jane Wells

Considering offering annexation to parts of Klahanie PAA (Editor’s note: This is a comment excerpt. See the full comment at I am glad we were not left in

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the middle like we were after the last vote. At least this time the vote was clear, and the majority of the Klahanie PAA residents agreed on something. However, I am confused why this vote, and the residents’ decision, is not being respected, and why a pathway for letting them go is not being swiftly put in motion. Maybe I am missing something here. However, I don’t see the council revisiting the recent bag ban vote by precinct to see if there are any islands of voters that should be exempt from majority rule. The parameters of this election were set by the city, and were for the entirety of Klahanie, not for individual neighborhoods. The election got less than 50 percent support, and really less when you factor in the 60 percent needed for the bonded indebtedness. We have elections all the time, but for example, I do not see results of state initiatives being re-engineered to reflect how each county in Eastern Washington

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Compared to drought in California, civil war in Syria and Russia’s invasion of the Crimean Peninsula, the issue of annexing the Klahanie Proposed Annexation Area to Issaquah or its remaining in unincorporated King County doesn’t seem quite so earth shattering. Now, if we shrink that subject even further — to recognizing the overwhelming preference of a small portion of the PAA to annex to Issaquah and annexing it, while recognizing the wish of the remainder of the area to not be annexed, by not annexing it, it seems even less traumatic. Even worrying about the shape of the area to be annexed pales in significance when we look at the many past Issaquah annexations and consider their shapes and sizes. If the city had put many of these past annexations through the same criteria filter that the three overwhelmingly “yes” precincts are being subject to, I’m sure many of them would not be annexed now. In the interest of moving on, let us sincerely hope that the Issaquah City Council will make the decision to annex the consistently faithful areas, release those who have shown other wishes and, yes, move on with the important business of managing our beautiful, vibrant city.

Dick L’Heureux

Brookshire Estates

voted. There are many states that voted heavily against the current president, but they must live with what the majority decided. I think the idea of going back and playing with the results is more like how banana land dictators and faux democracies do things. Sometimes I don’t understand why things become so difficult, when the answer is so clearly obvious. We have a marvelous system; we just need to do a better job respecting it. C.A. Christensen

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P olice & F ire Damaged window A malicious mischief report was filed March 4 in the 900 block of Northeast Ingram Street regarding a damaged window on a BMW 330i. The estimated loss was $200.

Mail theft A Sammamish woman called police after she believed some mail thefts occurred between 2 and 3:30 p.m. March 4 in the 2900 block of 218th Avenue Southeast. The woman saw a white pickup truck with a lawnmower in the back pull up in front of her mailboxes, as did a neighbor. The women say they saw an Hispanic male wearing a bright green shirt and construction vest get out of the truck, while a white male stayed in the truck. The woman found a way to watch the truck unobtrusively, and said the Hispanic male took mail from a mailbox and hid it under his vest. Later on, someone else was able to get pictures of the truck, the driver and the truck’s license plate.

Not the brightest hitchhiker At 1:45 a.m. March 6, a police officer was driving near the intersection of 212th Way Southeast and East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast. He spotted a man walking along the side of the road, and owing to the inclement weather, offered the man a ride. The officer ran the man’s name through police databases

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get you to come and enjoy a well-cooked meal from it? Perhaps schools could re-introduce a culinary program, utilizing our facility. We’ve got too many clubs in our community to count. How many of them would rather meet in our hall than their current restaurant, members’ home, etc.? Let us know. We’re accommodating.

and found he had an outstanding warrant from Tukwila for trespassing. The officer met up with a Tukwila officer, and turned the man over to the Tukwila Police.

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Park parking A man called to complain about people loitering in Pedestrian Park behind his business in the 100 block of Front Street North on March 5. Police made contact with the man and advised him the park was public, and police could not require people to leave.

Suspicious A police officer noticed a woman rummaging through the back of her car in the 3300 block of 198th Place Southeast at 10:09 a.m. March 6. The officer started talking with the woman, who had telltale signs of both meth and heroin use on her body. The woman, whose license is suspended, said she was picking up a friend and was parked in front of the friend’s boyfriend’s house. Both the friend and boyfriend have outstanding warrants for their arrest. The police went to the door and knocked, but no one answered.

Unusual donation At 10:59 a.m. March 6, police received a call that someone had left fireworks in the donation box at Fire Station 83 on Issaquah-Pine Lake Road. The police retrieved the fireworks for disposal.

Location, location, location are three of the top concerns in real estate. Would you join the lodge if the it had a higher profile location on Gilman Boulevard or elsewhere rather than a street off the beaten path? To paraphrase a Tom Cruise movie, help us help you. No idea is too crazy. Logistics and finances can be worked out later. Don’t let the Issaquah lodge go the way of the Palatka Lodge. What? Never heard of the Palatka Lodge? Exactly.

Phoenix Art Restoration’s Gilman Village location was originally built in 1899 and is an appropriate home for such a historically minded enterprise.

Phoenix Art Restoration brings conservation and fine art custom framing to Issaquah Celebrating their second year in Gilman Village, Phoenix Art Restoration brings world-class art restoration and fine art custom framing to Issaquah and the Eastside. Phoenix provides restoration services on paintings, works on paper, sculpture, ceramics, frames, antiques and objects of all description. “We all love what we do,” says Ray Miles, custom framing manager at Gilman Village. “All the employees at Phoenix Art Restoration are passionate artists in their respective mediums who have chosen their career for its creative aspect.” Miles is celebrating his 29th year in the art and custom framing industry. He sees his role as a designer and consultant to blend the design aesthetic of his clients with the style and period of their artworks. “Our frame selection is larger than the average frame shop would carry,” Miles says. “As for specialty frames, we have a nice selection of closed-corner mouldings that are hand-carved, hand-finished in 22-carat gold leaf. “We carry a large variety of unusual and very fine Italian specialty frames. We hand carve, cast, gild and finish custom mouldings. We also carry a wide selection of shadow box frames. Bring your imagination.” “But we don’t charge extra for our expertise. We don’t even charge for restoration evaluations. My clients are usually surprised at how affordable our services are.” Phoenix Art Restoration was founded by Newport High alumni Daniel Zimmerman whose vision was to offer restoration and exceptional custom framing to his clients. Most of the restoration work takes place at their 8,000-square-foot facility in Shoreline. At the restoration facility, a team of experts in all forms of two and three dimensional art, furniture, and collectables bring treasured works back to life. “As a company we are constantly striving to improve, educate and innovate in the interest of providing our clients and their artwork the very best service. Our procedures and ethics are guided by the inter-

national association of conservators. Our mission is to be able to care for any work of art, large or small, fine or decorative. This includes family heirlooms and personal mementos. Our clients are often surprised at the variety of artifacts we can restore. I hate to see a cherished artifact or work of art cast aside simply because of damage that could easily be repaired,” Zimmerman says. Phoenix Restorations’ scope of services also includes transport, installation, onsite restoration and repair, as well as emergency disaster services for fires, floods or natural disasters. The Gilman location focuses mainly on custom framing and was opened to offer its unique services to its clients on the Eastside. “As little as ten years ago there

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were five independent frame shops in the greater Issaquah area. Today, we are the only one,” Miles says. “Gilman Village offered a unique opportunity to establish a location for high quality art services and offer Eastside clients the ability to bring in their restoration work. “ Phoenix Art Restoration is pleased with its decision to open a location in Issaquah and enjoys giving back to the local community through charities, local school auctions, an onsite art and collectables road show, as well as cultural and fun family events at Gilman Village. For more information and to view examples of Phoenix Art Restoration’s work, please visit www. or call 425-677-8789.

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Wednesday March 26, 2014

Issaquah High School hosts third fashion show, auction


Casey Kovarik (second from left), attending a ballet dance class as a first-grader, hopes to help children the age she was then, as she plans to join the Dance Marathon at UCLA for the Pediatrics AIDS Coalition.

MARATHON TWO-STEP IHS graduate to dance for 26 hours for charity

By Joe Grove Eliza Doolitle sang she could have danced all night in “My Fair Lady.” Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney and Julie Andrews sang the same claim. However, Casey Kovarik, a 2013 graduate of Issaquah High School and now a student at UCLA, hopes to make good on that claim April 5 and 6, when she attempts to dance 26 consecutive hours as part of a fundraiser for the Pediatrics AIDS Coalition. For the past 12 years, students have organized a 26-hour Dance Marathon to raise money and educate individuals regarding pediatric HIV and AIDS, Kendall McManus, an event publicist, said. “So far, we have contributed more than $3.5 million toward beneficiaries such as the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Project Kindle, a free camp for children affected by the disease and the UCLA AIDS Institute. “Casey has pledged to take a literal ‘stand’ against pediatric HIV and AIDS, staying on her feet for 26 hours straight.” Kovarik said the Pediatric AIDS Coalition is big on campus and a lot of Greek life gets behind it, with 12 members of her sorority (Chi Omega) on the board that organizes the event. “They really encour-

GET INVOLVED Learn more by visiting the website, or watch a short info-graphic video on YouTube at http://youtu. be/Ts9BMatK0sw. Donate to Casey Kovarik’s team at http://bit. ly/1gu5hF8.

Nick Garcia (above) and Maddie Tasker walk the runway at last year’s fashion show. Garcia and Tasker are seniors who will be in the show again this year. Photos By Studio B Portraits

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Casey Kovarik age us to get involved,” she said. “We are always one of the top fundraising houses, and it will be known as a bucket list experience at UCLA.” Kovarik said she does not have a background in dancing “except for a few classes in the first grade.” She played soccer in high school and hopes the sports background will give her the needed stamina. “They told us we didn’t need to be good at dancing, just be able to stay up a long time,” she said, adding that is more important than looking good while dancing. Kovarik played soccer for many years, but hasn’t played in college because of high school injuries. “I have arthritis in my knees, so I hope they don’t give out during the 26 hours,” she said. McManus said Dance

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Marathon at UCLA is the largest collegiate charity event in California, bringing together thousands of students, parents, alumni and interested community members each year. “Calling on family and friends, participants raise at least $250 each, and many do so in particularly creative ways, she said. “As a registered dancer, Casey will spend 26 hours with her fellow students learning about the disease, meeting young children who are affected and celebrating the continuous fight for a cure.” Kovarik said she is not preparing for the dancing so much as she is working on the fundraising. “You don’t get pledges by the hour or anything, you just explain to friends and family, whoever will listen,” she said. “The fundraising has gone fairly well for me and our house is in second place out of quite a few teams, but we See MARATHON, Page A8

New Eastside Friends of Seniors director sees vision come true

Retired transportation economist and Redmond City Councilman Hank Myers is the new director of the volunteer organization Eastside Friends of Seniors. He was doing volunteer work in his community when he proposed the idea of creating a nonprofit organization to help seniors maintain their independence by providing essential services that allow them to remain in their own homes. “My friend said that agency already exists,” Myers recalled. “That’s when she told me about Eastside Friends of Seniors.” The organization operates out of offices in the basement of Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church on the Sammamish Plateau.

Eastside Friends of Seniors provides free rides to medical appointments, help with shopping and basic home maintenance that allows seniors to maintain their independence as well as their dignity by allowing them to remain safe and comfortable in their own homes. The agency began serving seniors living in Sammamish and Issaquah in 1997 as Faith in Action. In 2010, it rebranded and began providing services to residents in the Snoqualmie Valley. It expanded its service area to Bellevue in 2011. Last year, Eastside Friends of Seniors volunteers drove more than 20,000 miles transporting seniors to medical appointments and to the grocery


By Jane Garrison “Beware the Ides of March.” What’s that supposed to mean? It seems so important, so relevant, but no. It’s only the anniversary of the assassination of Julius Caesar, not the beginning of spring, as we might hope. Around here, we should celebrate the sun’s arrival into the northern hemisphere, not the passing of an emperor 2,000 years ago. We need something reliable to tell us spring is here. My husband says he can tell spring has arrived when the taxes are due. I thought, I can do better than that: I know it when I see the Indian plum blooming in the woods. But wait. I really know Indian plum will bloom way before

The Issaquah High School PTSA and Associated Student Body will present their third annual Issaquah IFashion Show and Auction on March 28 in the Issaquah High School Theater. The silent auction kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Doors open for the fashion show at 7 p.m. with the curtain rising at 7:30 p.m. The IFashion Show and Auction support Issaquah High’s ASB and PTSA by providing funds for outreach programs and clubs, including Spike Ball Club, Cycle the Wave and DECA. Since 2012, the amount the show raised has increased by about 25 percent each year. Tickets are $15 for adults ages 18-64, and $5 for students with an ASB card and seniors ages 65 and older. VIP tickets are $50. VIP ticket holders receive a special swag bag with donations from Neiman Marcus Bellevue, Boehm’s Chocolates and Swedish/ Issaquah. Along with raising funds for school clubs, the fashion show gives a creative outlet for juniors or seniors, such as senior Meaghan Victory, who had to eliminate most sports activities due to juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. “Despite the fact that I am currently in a full-length arm cast I am glad to be able to participate,” Victory said in a press release. “It gives me an opportunity to

Master gardener’s corner With Jane Garrison

spring starts, even under cover of snow. Well then, I know it when I see daffodils and crocus coming up in pots, planters and flowerbeds. The $1 primroses in pots at the grocery store send a similar message. Am I just being foolish? These plants are not originals, but instead hybridized flashy show-offs designed to make us feel good and promote spring fever. Should I fall for that? See SPRING, Page A8

Baseball, circa 1940-1955 Paul Koss and his baseball team decided to dress in drag for a game. The ensemble was completed by very large tennis shoes that flapped when he ran. The other team, whose pitcher was E. Croston, got wind of the cross-dressing and did the same. 2011.019.001

The Issaquah History Museums take requests regarding what people would like to see in the Digital Collection. Roughly quarterly, volunteers have a data-entry day and prep a bunch of records for upload. If there is a particular name, place or item you’d like to see more images of on the website, email Erica Maniez at erica. If you have a photo or subject you would like to see in this feature, email

store. Groups of volunteers have cleaned yards, done simple repairs and built ramps for residents in isolated areas. The free services are available to any resident in the service area that is at least 60 years old. Myers said he hopes to utilize the connections he has made in the public and private sectors during his decades of public service to help the agency expand its reputation with civic organizations and corporations that provide grants to nonprofit agencies. Learn more about becoming a volunteer or client of Eastside Friends of Seniors at or call 369-9120. Email Myers at

Locals will receive SAMMI awards March 28 The 14th annual SAMMI awards celebration will include several Issaquah residents honored this year for their exceptional volunteering efforts. Vicki Hoffman will receive a posthumous Community Spirit Award for her service with the Issaquah Food Bank, Nourishing Network, Issaquah Schools Foundation, Tiger Mountain Community High School, Issaquah Community Network and Drug Free Community Coalition. Sara Baumert, an Issaquah High School senior and Sammamish resident, will receive a Youth Spirit Award for her leadership with Girl Scouts of Western Washington and community volunteerism. Jan Bennett, a longtime Issaquah School District emSee SAMMIS, Page A8

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Alamdari’s ‘Women of Persia’ series, paintings on display April 1 through May 30 with an artist reception from 6-8 p.m. April 19, Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive, presented by artEAST art center and the Highlands Council First Friday Wine Walk, downtown Issaquah, 6-9 p.m. April 4, $25 advance tickets, $30 same day, www. Fly for Life Ultimate Frisbee Event, raise awareness for organ donation, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 5, Central Park, 1907 N.E. Park Drive, $20/adults, $15/youths, T-shirt includ-

ed, register at flyforlife. Downtown Issaquah’s Spring Cleanup, help keep Issaquah beautiful, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26, meet at the Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N., call 391-1112 to register Women’s Handgun Safety Class, 18 and older, limited space, 6-9 p.m. April 29-30, $60, gun range at the police department, 130 E. Sunset Way, call 837-3206 or go to ‘The Tutor,’ through April 27, Village Theatre, 303 Front St. N., tickets $25-$65,

Elk Ridge Trail work party, 8:30 a.m., on Taylor Mountain, get directions and sign up at http:// AAA Driver Improvement Program, 55 and older, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Timber Ridge at Talus, 100 Timber Ridge Way N.W., $18, preregister by calling 206-243-3564 Lenten Reflection Day with Shannon Huffman Polson, author of ‘North of Hope,’ Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 325 S.E. Darst St., $10 suggested donation, 392-3215 May Creek Hike, moderate, 8 miles, 600-foot elevation gain, 9 a.m., meet at 175 Rainier Blvd. S., 516-5200


Elk Ridge Trail work party, 8:30 a.m., on Taylor Mountain, get directions and sign up at http://bit. ly/1imfyXN Hello English! Beginning ESL Class, 10 a.m. to noon, Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. S.E., 392-3130 Spanish Story Time, 10-10:30 a.m., Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, 392-5430 Study Zone, grades K-12, 4-6 p.m., Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, 3925430 Fish and Chips, with music

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by Jim McKay and Ken Kelly, 6 p.m., Lake Sammamish Elks Lodge, 765 Rainier Blvd. N., $12, 392-1400

Elk Ridge Trail work party, 8:30 a.m., on Taylor Mountain, get directions and sign up at

Talk Time: an English conversation class, 6:30-8 p.m., Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, 392-5430

Friday Social presents music by Ron Herring, 3-4 p.m., Spiritwood at Pine Lake, 3607 228th Ave. S.E., free

Poker Night, 7 p.m., Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive,

Food Bank Fundraiser, join Timberlake Church for poker and Bunco to support the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, 6:30 p.m., Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive, $20, register by emailing shane@

‘Painting Sketchbook,’ bring your mixed media sketchbook, 7-8:30 p.m., artEAST, 95 Front St. N., $25/members, $30/nonmembers, http://

noon to 4 p.m., community center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S., free, RSVP by March 28 by emailing

AARP tax help, 10 a.m. , Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, 392-5430

54th annual Bandage Ball benefitting Overlake’s new Eastside Cancer Center, $300/ person, $3,000/table of 10, call 688-5526 for tickets or to volunteer,

‘The Residue of History: Olde Town Mine History Walk,’ 10:30 a.m., Issaquah Depot Museum, 78 First Ave. N.E., $5/person, $3/members, reservations required, French Story Time: Bonjour!, 11:30 a.m. to noon, 3 and older, Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. S.E., 392-3130 ‘State of Mind: Finding a Balance in Your Life,’ empowering and educating youths for healthy lifestyles, for grades six through 12,

Big Dog Revue, 8 p.m., Pogacha, 120 N.W. Gilman Blvd., $5 cover, 392-5550 British Beats, 7:30 p.m., Vino Bella, 99 Front St. N., 391-1424



Corks and Canvas, 6 p.m., Vino Bella, 99 Front St. N., $45, must preregister at www.

& Clothing Bank customer service or sorting inventory, Friday and Monday needed most, or 392-4123

Alamdari’s ‘Women of Persia’ series, artwork on display through May 30, Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive, presented by artEAST and the Highlands Council

Front St. N., 313-9600

Teen Book Group, 3-4 p.m., Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, 392-5430

Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Gaslamp Bar & Grill, 1315 N.W. Mall St., 392-4547

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MAR. 28 Lakemont Blvd. S.E., $5/ residents, $6/ Clay Play for Adults, 6:309:30 p.m., artEAST art center, 95 Front St. N., $40/ members, $45/nonmembers, glazes only $20/members, $25/nonmembers, CT and Classic Soul, 7:30 p.m., Vino Bella, 99 Front St. N., 391-1424 Ed Mays Groove Kitchen, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Amante, 131 Front St. N., 313-9600 The Daily Flash, 8 p.m., Pogacha, 120 N.W. Gilman Blvd., $5 cover, 392-5550

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Open gym volleyball, 6-9 p.m., community center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S., men and women 16 and older, $4/ adults, $3/youths

‘Owl Prowl’ night hike, bring a flashlight, 7:30-9 p.m., Lewis Creek Visitor Center, 5808

Chinese Story Times: Ni-Hao!, 10-11:45 a.m., all ages, Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. S.E., 392-3130

Spanish Story Times: Hola!, 10-10:45 a.m., 3 and older, Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. S.E., 392-3130


6:30-9:30 p.m. March 28 Benefit Rock Concert for Kaleidoscope School of Music, featuring five teen bands performing, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. March 28 at the Kirkland Teen Union Building, YMCA, 348 N. Kirkland Ave., Kirkland. There will be a raffle and prizes. Tickets are $5, ages 10 and younger are free. Learn more by calling 822-3088.

MONDAY ‘Promoting Issaquah, A Kickoff Presentation on the Development of an Issaquah Tourism Business Plan,’ 6-8 p.m., Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W., free, registration recommended, http://

Send items for Let’s Go! to by noon Friday.

Benefit Rock Concert



Hindi Story Times: Namaste!, 2 and older, 7-7:30 p.m., Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. S.E., 392-3130

Open Mic Night, sign up at 6:15 p.m., performances from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Train Depot Museum, 78 First Ave. N.E., issaquahopenmic@

Garden Committee, 7:308:30 p.m., Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive, www.

Midnight Rambler: Rolling Stones Tribute Band, 7:309:30 p.m., Amante, 131

The Rovin’ Fiddlers, 7-9 p.m., senior center, 75 N.E. Creek Way,

‘Seven Essentials to Raising Successful Tweens and Teens,’ lecture Laura Kastner, Ph.D., 7-9 p.m., Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N., $20, 20 percent discount code IP2014, www.parentmap. com/lectures

To My Kitten (Susan O’Connor)- on Her Birthday

My little darling it seems like only yesterday that you and I met held hands and kissed for the first time My heart was pounding so hard I thought you would hear it and I think I was shaking too Now after all these years I still feel the same every time we hold hands and kiss You are my sweetheart now and forever - because you are YOU - so precious and wonderful To this day I appreciate you being with me by my side each and every day Now it is your special day - Happy Birthday My Love Love Forever, Your, Miko (Michael O’Connor)

SUNDAY West Tiger Railroad Grade trail work party, 8:30 a.m., on Tiger Mountain, Western Views Hike, easy, 5 miles, 600-foot elevation gain, 9 a.m., meet at 175 Rainier Blvd. S., 453-8997 Stan’s Overlook Dog Hike, moderate, 5 miles, 1,400-foot elevation gain, 10 a.m., meet at 175 Rainier Blvd. S., 322-0990 ‘Biking Puget Sound: My Favorite Recreational Rides’ with Bill Thorness, 2-3 p.m., Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, 392-5430 Sammamish Symphony Orchestra presents: Mozart’s ‘Great Mass in C Minor,’ 2 p.m., Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle, $32 advance purchase, 206-517-7777

WEDNESDAY APRIL 2 Issaquah Amateur Radio Club monthly meeting, 7 p.m., senior center, 75 N.E. Creek Way, refreshments provided, call 392-8497 Trivia Night, 7:30 p.m., Zeeks Pizza, 2525 N.E. Park Drive, 893-8646 Infant Lap Sit Story Time, 11-11:45 a.m., Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, 392-5430 Kiwanis Club of Issaquah: Gibson Hall, 105 Newport Way S.W., 891-7561 Preschool Story Time, 1:30-2:15 p.m., ages 3-6, Issaquah Library, 10 W.

Sunset Way, 392-5430 Jewish Juniors Club: 3:305:30 p.m., Chabad of Central Cascades, 24121 S.E. Black Nugget Road, 427-1654 Optimist Club of Issaquah: 6-7 p.m., Shanghai Garden and 5-7 p.m. third Tuesday at Issaquah Food Bank, Issaquah Emblem Club: 7 p.m. Elks Lodge, 765 Rainier Blvd. N., 392-1400 Issaquah Networkers: 7:30-8:30 a.m., IHOP restaurant, 1433 N.W. Sammamish Road, www.

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O bituaries Lucy Ann Bair Lucy Ann Bair, a longtime Issaquah resident, passed away peacefully at her home on Feb. 27, 2014. She was 71. Lucy is survived by her three children, Ron Bair and his wife Kim, Melanie

Daniel James Daniel James, of Sammamish, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by Daniel James family. Born in India, he married Agatha in Singapore, and moved to Issaquah in 1997 to be closer to children. He leaves behind his wife of 59 years; three chil-

The Issaquah Press Join in on Olde Town Mine History Walk on March 29

Shinn and her husband Mike, and Robin Mickelson and her husband Craig, as well as her 10 grandchildren. Lucy enjoyed spending time with her kids and grandchildren. Lucy was loved and will be missed by all.

dren, Wilfred, Caroline and Veronica (partner Gerard); three granddaughters, Daphne, Alythia and Cameron; and an extended family globally. He is greatly loved. Visitation is Thursday, March 27, from 5-7 p.m. at Flintoft’s Issaquah Funeral Home. Funeral Mass is Friday, March 28, at 11 a.m. at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Sammamish. Friends are invited to sign the family’s online guestbook at www.

Join Issaquah History Museums history hike leaders at the depot museum March 29 to explore the mining history that continues to shape downtown Issaquah. Get a new perspective on Issaquah’s Olde Town neighborhood through historic photos, maps and observation of the changing landscape. The first in a series of three mining historythemed interpretive walks will showcase the mine areas on the edge of downtown Issaquah. Walks will be added in the future for mine areas along Grand Ridge and Cougar Mountain. Issaquah History Museums is proud to restart the mine walks in memory of long-time volunteer Steve Grate, who created and

April 13, 1937 – March 9, 2014 Born in San Francisco, Sandra “Sandy” Palmer Sandra Palmer was the only child of Dorraine June Elgin and Ralph Somers Roy. She was raised in San Rafael, Calif., and graduated from Sir Francis Drake High School, then attended the College of Marin, where she met her first husband, Orville Hubbard. They moved north to Seattle, where Sandy was employed by The Boeing Co. Sandy moved to High Point, Issaquah, in 1962 with her second husband, Robert Hanson. They raised three children there. She was also a member of High Point Mission Church. In 1969, the family moved to Pine Lake. Sandy was involved with the PTA and enjoyed being a Bluebird leader. She fulfilled a longtime wish to own her own horse named Clem and enjoyed horseback riding — a highlight being a weeklong horseback riding/camping trip with girlfriends. In 1976, Sandy moved to Carnation with her third husband, Ray Palmer. She added three stepchildren to her family, Debbie, Sue and Rip. She enjoyed living on a farm with a variety of animals and loved having more horses around her. After Sandy’s children were grown, she worked for the Issaquah District Court and the city of Issaquah where she formed many close

friendships. She loved fishing and looked forward to her annual summer trek to northern B.C. and Alaska to fish there. She went parasailing, loved collecting and polishing rocks, gold panning and her beautiful garden. She also loved the ocean and collecting seashells. After retiring to Moses Lake, she began quilting with her daughter, Heidi. She made many beautiful pieces for family and friends. She volunteered, making quilts for children through the organization Linus. Sandy bravely battled cancer without complaint and spent last summer at Liberty Lake with extended family and friends. Sandy is survived by her children Rod Hanson, of Guerneville, Calif., Jeanne Hanson, of Snohomish, and Heidi Farmer, of Liberty Lake; and seven grandchildren, Sally Hanson, Lily Hanson, Tara Flood, Jake Flood, Micah Flood, Katie Farmer and Nick Farmer. She is also survived by her devoted companion of 18 years, Jack Miller. At Sandy’s request, there will be no services.

Meet Patches, a 13-year-old pit bull terrier mix. Don’t let her age fool you. This Patches spunky girl loves to explore on walks. She is laid back and would make a good companion. Call 649-7563 or email adoption@seattlehumane. org to learn more.

Spring Should they be the real indicator of spring? Well then, how about the real thing? Can I tell when I see the big, fat shoots on the Himalaya blackberries poking up out of the soil? No, because they do it throughout the year. They never give up. One nice day, and they’re back. I used to think I could tell when the Canada geese fly north in the spring. Wrong, because they fly anytime in any direction, now that suburbia makes life pleasant for them. What about those robins that are supposed to come back in the spring? Not good, because they really live here throughout the year. I see them sneaking off to parks and woodlands in the winter, not far from the rich, composted soil in our yards and gardens. We can’t tell much by their behavior anymore. Does spring arrive when

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ployee, will receive a Community Spirit Award for her work with Congregations for the Homeless, Tent City, Is-

Roxy is a 2-year-old black, shorthaired kitty who wants nothing more than Roxy someone to love. She is a tiny girl with big amber eyes. Roxy is not a fan of the noisy, bustling shelter environment, but her loving nature is evident when you pet her.

To adopt these or other animals, call the Humane Society for Seattle/King County at 641-0080 or go to All animals are spayed/neutered, microchipped and vaccinated, and come with 30 days of pet health insurance and a certificate for a vet exam.

Fashion do something fun and help raise money for school clubs with friends.” A casting call was made in September and more than 75 models signed up on a firstcome, first-served basis. “This may be one of the only activities where you see a wide variety of kids involved together. It’s awesome,” senior David Chun, fashion show production assistant, said in

the release. ULTA Beauty, the show’s exclusive makeup and hair sponsor, is joined by many other local sponsors from Grand Ridge Plaza, Gilman Village, Bellevue and Redmond. Clothing sponsors include Macy’s, Sports Authority, The Tux Shop Redmond, Cache, Chico’s and Francesca’s. Anyone interested in getting involved as a sponsor or volunteer should email info@ Learn more about the event at

Mustafa Masud is named to honor roll

Caitlin Doxsie makes dean’s list

Mustafa S. Masud, of Issaquah, has been named to the honor roll at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., for the winter term.

Caitlin Doxsie, of Issaquah, was named to the dean’s list at The University of Puget Sound for the fall 2013 semester.

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guided the mine history program for six years. The Olde Town Mine Hike is a loop walk that will cover the recently redone area near the Issaquah Creek dam and Mine Hill areas before returning to the depot. Participants meet at the Issaquah Depot Museum and check in before the walk begins promptly at 10:30 a.m. Advance registration is required. Tickets are $5 per participant ($3 for history museums members). Walks are held rain or shine. Bring water and snacks, and wear comfortable walking shoes. Leave dogs at home. Learn more by calling the Issaquah History Museums at 392-3500 or email Tickets are available at

the first houseflies show up? It’s hard to tell when you see sleepy ones buzzing around the living room at Christmas time. Mosquitoes might be a better indicator, but even they have to have conditions right for a hatch. Some people may think spring starts when the Mariners come back after spring training. The more fashion-conscious may notice it when people stop wearing coats and jackets. Unfortunately, the amount of clothing people require around here depends more on their internal temperatures rather than the degrees registered outside. Is there a smell, a noise, a sight that truly represents the beginning of spring for everybody? While I’m pondering that issue, I think I will go to the store to get some of those primroses.

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Jane Garrison is a local landscape architect and planner who gardens in glacial till on the plateau.

want to be first, as we have been first for the past four years.” Kovarik will be home for spring break before the event and she will continue working on her fundraising, she said.

saquah Schools Foundation and Habitat for Humanity. The free, family-friendly event starts with a reception at 6 p.m. March 28, followed by the awards presentation at 7 p.m., at Skyline High School, 1122 228th Ave. S.E. Learn more at www.

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Voters to decide on tax, fee hikes for roads, buses By Emily Heffter Seattle Times staff reporter King County voters will decide in April on a $60 car-tab fee and a tenth-ofa-cent sales-tax increase for roads and buses. On Feb. 24, the Metropolitan King County Council also passed a 25-cent fare increase for bus riders starting in 2015. Peak onezone fares are $2.50 now, and peak-two-zone fares are $3. The increases make up a funding package county officials pulled together to save King County Metro Transit from threatened service cuts of as much as 17 percent. County leaders hoped the state Legislature would act to save the bus system, but it didn’t. The ballot measure would raise $130 million per year, $50 million of which would go to cities around the county to fix their streets. The rest would go toward restoring Metro service and fixing county-maintained roads. County leaders acknowledged the new taxes would affect poor people disproportionately, so they also approved a low-income fare of $1.25 if the tax measure passes. If the measure fails, the low-income fare would be $1.50. After years of waiting for the Legislature to provide funding options, Councilman Rod Dembowski, a North Seattle Democrat, said, “This is an opportunity to go on offense and make necessary investments in public infrastructure.” The tax measure, on the April 22 ballot, has broad support from business, labor and transportation groups, and the relative ease with which it made its way onto the ballot reflects months of careful political maneuvering. In the past, some suburban and conservative lawmakers have hesitated to raise money for transit, but the inclusion of money for rural and small-town roads helped. Some human-services groups oppose regressive taxes, but the low-income fare helped appease them.

“It’s sort of like your roof,” said Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, a Redmond Republican. “Nobody wakes up in the morning and says, ‘I really want to repair the roof.’ But when the water is dripping on your head ... you realize it’s time to fix the roof.” In the end, all nine members of the County Council — acting as a Transportation Investment District board — voted to put the measure before voters. Eastside activist Will Knedlik spoke against the tax measure, saying it is unfair to voters in the east and south parts of the county. He said it “squanders a chance” to set up a long-term financial plan to make Metro more sustainable. Supporters vowed to launch an enthusiastic campaign. “While remaining critical of the regressive nature of these taxes, and also recognizing that they do not meet the long-term financial needs of Metro, I recognize at this point that this is our only option to prevent deep service cuts later this year,” said Katie Wilson, representing the Transit Riders Union. Both the sales-tax increase and the higher vehicle-license fee would end after 10 years. In an unrelated move, the state said it would keep sending King County Metro millions of dollars to sustain popular added bus lines on the Alaskan Way Viaduct, which carry more than 24,000 daily passengers, while Highway 99 tunnel work is ongoing. Bus use has grown on the viaduct routes since construction in that corridor began in 2011, Metro said, but an earlier allotment of $32 million in state funds, which pays for about 150 daily bus runs, will run out midyear. The new money will keep them going through 2015. Emily Heffter: 206-464-8246 or Times transportation reporter Mike Lindblom contributed to this report.

HELP WANTED Part-Time Circulation Coordinator

The Issaquah Press Family of Newspapers has an immediate opening for a part-time CIRCULATION COORDINATOR. This position is approx. 24–28 hours/week, Tuesday–Friday, $13.00/ hour. Duties are administrative, customer service and delivery with company vehicle. They include: • Take circulation calls, emails and in-person inquiries from customers, determine and implement the best solution / response. • Correspond with the newspaper carriers. • Process subscription payments and renewals. • Maintain route maps in a CAD program. • Once per week deliver newspapers to newsstands, grocery stores, gas stations etc. and wherever else required in Issaquah and Sammamish. • Deliver newspapers as a substitute carrier, if/as needed. • Install and maintain delivery tubes if/as needed. • Keep warehouse area, and company vehicle clean and organized. • Other duties, as assigned.

Experience, Physical and other Requirements:

Knowledge of the Issaquah/Sammamish area desired. Valid driver’s license with clean driving record. Customer service written and verbal communication skills required. Must be detail oriented, organized and able to multi-task, have basic math skills, as well as strong computing skills including Word and Excel. Ability to lift, load and deliver bundled newspapers up to 40 lbs at a time; walk distances; enter/exit vehicle 40+ times in a day in all weather conditions; move empty pallets; sit at a desk for an extended time period. Successful candidate will complete a pre-employment drug screen and background check.

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Wednesday March 26, 2014

Issaquah is too much for Liberty in nonleague match By Christina Corrales-Toy

By Neil Pierson

A Skyline High School wall of defenders successfully block a first-half free kick during a March 18 game against the Wenatchee Panthers. Skyline won, 2-1.

CAGED PANTHERS Matthew Richardson, Jason Twaddle score in Skyline soccer 2-1 win over Wenatchee

By Neil Pierson npierson@ Matthew Richardson isn’t tall, but he might have been the biggest player on the field for the Skyline High School last week. Richardson scored the Spartans’ first goal, then assisted on Jason Twaddle’s tally midway through the second half as Skyline held off the Wenatchee Panthers, 2-1, in a March 18 nonleague boys soccer match at Spartan Stadium. The 5-foot-1 sophomore forward is in his first year of varsity soccer, but he has two older brothers who’ve played for Skyline, including 2013 graduate Daniel Richardson. “He just said, ‘You’re going to get hit,’ so I got ready for it,” Matthew said of Daniel. “I’ve got hit a couple times, but you’ve got to learn. You’ll learn to play with the bigger players.” Against Wenatchee, Richardson’s impact was

undeniable. The Spartans struggled to create a consistent attack in the first half, and then were forced into comeback mode after Giovanni Soto scored for the Panthers in the 49th minute. It took only five minutes for Skyline (1-0-1) to get the equalizer. The Spartans sent a dangerous cross into the penalty area, and when Wenatchee goalkeeper Adrian Villanueva couldn’t corral the ball, Richardson kicked it into the empty net. “He fumbled it, and I was just in the right place at the right time, put it away,” Richardson said. In the 65th minute, Richardson forced a strong save from Villaneuva. Seconds later, he drilled a long shot off the crossbar, and Twaddle was there to head in the rebound for the gamewinning goal. “I always love winning it for the team,” Twaddle said. “It’s a good time.”

The first half wasn’t without chances, but neither team was able to capitalize. The best chance for a breakthrough came in the 13th minute. Skyline’s Mason Prendergast was tripped in the box and earned a penalty kick, but defender Nick Morgan sent his shot wide to the right. Overall, the Spartans weren’t happy with the way their offense performed early on. It didn’t help that forward Nihar Baxi and midfielder Sean Curtis were out with injuries, depleting the team’s depth. “We started distributing on the ground, which is good, and we actually started making chances, which is the best part,” Twaddle said. “I think we just need to learn how to play as a team,” Richardson added. “We’re playing too much kickball. Just keep it on the ground, pass our way to goal and then just finish

it off.” Wenatchee also had opportunities for goals, but Skyline sophomore keeper Alex Appel stood tall. He had a key save in the 26th minute, successfully collected some dangerous balls behind the defense, and organized his teammates on several set pieces. “He’s been doing great,” Twaddle said of Appel. “He’s been nervous, but he’s been able to pursue a good career so far.” The Spartans saw several key players graduate from last year’s squad that won the Class 4A KingCo Conference title and advanced to the state tournament. They opened the season with a 1-1 draw against visiting Camas, so the results have been favorable even if the chemistry hasn’t always been there. Skyline opens conference play at home March 28 against Newport. “Sometimes, we’re not on the same page,” Twaddle said. “If we get on the same page, then we’ll work better as a team.” “I didn’t think we really played well tonight,” Richardson said, “but we got the result in the end, which is what counts.”

Despite new pieces, hopes remain high By Neil Pierson npierson@ It might not be realistic for the Skyline High School boys soccer team to repeat their success of 2013, when the Spartans, undefeated in conference, play for the first time. After all, the Spartans will have to find replacements for several key seniors who graduated, including starting center backs Ryan Shim and Chris Sorenson, and allstate central midfielder Kaleb Strawn. The Spartans finished 13-3 overall and reached the Class 4A state tournament last season, where they lost 1-0 to Camas in the first round. Head coach Don Braman acknowledges the challenge of finding new stars, but

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thinks the pieces are in place for similar levels of success. “It’s hard to replace those kids, but we’re excited about the kids we’ve got,” Braman said. “There’s a lot of work to do in terms of being able to understand how to play together, and that’s where we’re going to be putting our energy, but we’re in a good place to get rolling.” A new winning formula starts between the goalposts, where the Spartans lost Ben Morgan and Zachary Anselmi, who combined for six shutouts last season. Senior Jack O’Keefe, junior Bryce Escobar and sophomore Alex Appel are competing for the starting goalkeeper assignment.

In front of them, senior Jake Therrien is the only returning defender with varsity experience. But newcomers Nick Christoforou, Fed Rubiolo and Nick Morgan appear to be capable, Therrien said. “Our back line is pretty good-sized guys, so we’re not worried about that,” Therrien said. “And I think we have a lot of good speed coming on the outside, so I think we’re going to really be looking to get our outside backs up the field and attack.” Strawn, who provided 10 goals and 13 assists last season, is now playing collegiately at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey. The top returning scorer is senior Jason Twaddle (seven goals, three as-

sists), who expects to once again provide hold-up play and distribute the ball to other attackers. “As long as we work together, we’ll be able to score — not just me but others,” Twaddle said. Braman is looking to newcomer Nihar Baxi, a senior, to provide goals, and the midfield also has several threats, including senior Armeen Badri. Badri, Twaddle and Therrien play year-round with an Eastside FC select squad, and having experience playing with and against each other in club soccer should help the Spartans. “A lot of our seniors graduated,” Badri noted, “but one good thing was we had a lot of sophomores and juniors starting last year, so a lot of those starting spots are still the same guys playing.”

Recreation boys league. On the Pelicans roster are Rashon Evans, Bryce Smith, Lucien Berche, Duncan McCulloh, Calvin Jensen, Jarrett ChangLam, Connor Rooney, Evan Sanders and Noah Holst. Coaches are Derek Smith and Brian Rooney.

The Pelicans, which completed the season with an 8-2 record, finished the regular season as the fifth seed before heading into the playoffs, where they won three consecutive games to clinch the title. On the Huskies roster are Drew Cox, Matthew

Cromwell, Ryan Curtis, Haydn Hannley, Ryan Hikida, Varun Pradeep, Spencer Smith and Cory Yoshimura. Coaches are Martin Hikida and Ross Yoshimura. The Huskies amassed a 7-2 record before advancing to the title game.

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The week of March 17 was a good one for Liberty High School tennis captain Jenny Adams. Liberty’s No. 1 singles player competed in three matches, and won all of them, including a victory against Interlake’s Isabelle Long, who defeated Adams a year ago. Adams culminated the week with a tough victory against Issaquah’s Kristen Cheung. She won the first set 7-5, then captured the second 6-3. Despite the win, Liberty coach Mike Salokas said his captain, who took second place in the 3A state doubles tournament last year, lacked energy in the March 20 match against Issaquah. “Quiet honestly, she played like she was a little tired,” Salokas said. “This is our third match this week, so I saw a little bit of tired out there today.” Fatigue may have played a part in Liberty’s 5-2 loss to Issaquah, but perfection, or something close to it, is necessary when going up against the Eagles, the KingCo 4A defending league champions. The March 20 matchup against Liberty proved to be a nice nonleague tuneup before the Eagles start league play this week, Issaquah coach Gary Kiyonaga said. “Liberty was a great opponent for us. They played real well, too,” he said. The Patriots won the No. 1 singles match, but the team was only able to capture one other victory. Liberty’s No. 3 singles player Sadie Demme defeated Issaquah’s Eve Shih, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3. In the other five matches, it was all Issaquah, as the Eagles made quick work of the visiting Patriots. Issaquah’s Regina Darahovski, the Eagles No. 2 singles player, finished off her opponent in straight sets, defeating Liberty’s Noelle Rauschendorfer, 6-0, 6-1. “Regina, wow, she finished her match quickly,” Kiyonaga said. “It was a much closer match than what the score showed, but I think that indicates how well Regina was playing.” The Eagles’ No. 1 doubles team of Emma Gavin and Halle Gordon swept their Liberty counterparts, Alia Jaeger and Hannah Ho, 6-0, 6-0. Gavin was actually stepping in for senior star Kelsey Wilson. Wilson, who placed second at the 4A state doubles tournament last year, was away visiting colleges. “That was a really big step for her and she did really great,” Kiyonaga said of Gavin. In the other doubles matches, Issaquah’s Lucy Huffman and Sami Mittman defeated Liberty’s No. 2 duo, Christina La and Jyotsna Kuramkote, 6-3,

6-0; and the Issaquah team of Inyoung You and Christine Park beat Cheyenne Rice and Ana Guzman, 6-0, 6-2. In the final singles match, and the day’s longest one, Issaquah’s Carly Ruggles defeated Liberty freshman Sienna Rice. Ruggles lost the first set, 6-4, but came back to win the second one, 6-2, and then the tiebreaker, 10-7. Despite the loss, Salokas said he’s thrilled with what he’s seen of the Liberty freshman. “Sienna is very, very talented,” he said. “Every day, I just see her improve.” The Patriots have a good, balanced group this year, Salokas said, with very talented underclassmen. “We have a good balance in that we have the seniors who have the composure and the mentoring ability to help the younger players,” he said. “As for the younger players, the first day of practice for us isn’t the first day they’ve held a tennis racket, and I’ll take that anytime.” Issaquah is poised to repeat as league champions, Kiyonaga said, after they lost only two players to graduation. One of them, though, was Samantha Garrard, the Eagles star who now plays at Seattle University. “I think we’re trying to maintain that winning tradition,” he said. “The attitude’s good, we’re playing well and we’ve got lots of good players, so I think we have a shot.” ‘Unacceptable’ courts While the teams squared off at Issaquah High School, it was hard not to notice several off-colored spots on the school’s tennis courts. The patches represent a temporary fix to a sort of bubbling that occurred on the court’s surface, Kiyonaga said. “I do have some concerns,” he said. “One of my girls that was playing here today said she was slipping. We’re a little concerned about what now is the unevenness, because my thinking is that when the tennis ball hits the patched part it will bounce different from the regular part.” The court issues were just as concerning to Salokas, whose team is currently relegated to Tibbetts Creek Field, while construction on Liberty High School continues. Salokas said he fears that the same people who constructed Issaquah’s court will install Liberty’s, whenever that may be. “I’m trying to do everything I can do to make administration and the people in the school district aware of the fact that this is unacceptable,” he said. “These courts as they exist right now at Issaquah High School, this is unacceptable and no one should be comfortable with this situation.”

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Issaquah High School’s Regina Darahovski volleys against Noelle Rauschendorfer, of Liberty, during their March 20 match at Issaquah High School.


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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

TV Show: ‘Reign’

Exchange student: Bablina Celis

Exchange student: Francesco Carella

Exchange student: Greta Loss

Imagine moving to a different country, where you don’t know anyone, and having to join a school when you barely understand the country’s culture. This is reality for exchange students like Bablina Celis, from Cancún, Mexico, who Azan Sarosh is attending Liberty Liberty High School. Celis said moving to High School America for the school year was a fascinating experience. “The thrill of going to a different country to live with a different family and change my everyday life has been absolutely amazing,” she said. Things are different in America, but in a good way. As an exchange student, she had to move in with an unfamiliar family: the Guzmans. “When living with an unfamiliar family, you get to experience what other families are like, and because we are from different cultures, they get to learn from yours just as you learn from theirs,” Celis said. Although at first it seemed intimidating, Celis found living with another family was not bad. “I’ve become really close with my host parents and siblings, to the point that I don’t even say the word ‘host’ anymore because now they are like my second family,” she said. Celis plans to go back to Cancún after the school year, and is excited to share her new experiences with her friends and family.

“The food sucks here,” said Francesco Carella, when asked about what he saw as some of the major differences between the United States and his home. Carella is an Italian exchange student te Jacob Brunet attending Issaquah High School this Issaquah year. In a recent High School interview about living abroad, food was the first thing that came to mind. Besides the food, Carella’s opinion of the U.S. was mostly positive. “People here are very open, and I like that,” he said. “There is more tolerance and multiculturalism, which is good.” School initially was a bit of a struggle for Carella. In Italy, students stay in a single classroom all day as teachers switch rooms. “I got to run all over the school to all my different classes,” Carella said of his first month here. “It was pretty difficult.” After class, Carella stays involved with school through Issaquah’s Sports Med program. “In Italy, I volunteer as an EMT,” he said, “and I can keep doing that kind of stuff here with Sports Med.” He also fences at the Washington Fencing Academy, after fencing for six years in Italy. Next year, Carella will return to Italy to finish high school and attend college. After college, “I will probably come to the U.S.,” he said. “That’s my bigger plan.”

On the first day of school, the attention of students in the International Baccalaureate Spanish class was quickly captivated by someone speaking in the most authentic, beautiful Spanish accent they had heard. oud Salma Mahm Greta Loss is actually Italian, Skyline an exchange student High School this year at Skyline High School. The Beat caught up with Loss to see what she thinks of her new life in the United States. “The thing I miss most is my family, of course,” she said. “And the Italian food.” Growing up in the city of Feltre, Italy, an hour and a half away from Venice, Loss said she always had aspirations of travelling abroad. “I chose America as my study country, but everything else, like the state and city I would be staying in, was completely random,” she said. Loss’s favorite thing about American school is the close integration of the student body. In Italy, she said, very few school sports or interest-based school clubs exist. Here, Loss joined two sports teams — swim and tennis — and enjoys participating in other extracurricular activities. “I want to do another program here during college,” she said, “but the free university in Italy is too tempting to give up.”

If you are into period dramas with a little bit of fantasy mixed in, “Reign” is right up your alley. Although it took a little time to introduce all the subplots during the initial episodes, the first season of this show is now in full swing. “Reign” shows every Thursday at 8 p.m. on the CW and could easily become another CW hit rivaling “Gossip Girl” and “The Vampire Diaries.”

Book: ‘To the Lighthouse’ By Virginia Woolf Calling all literature buffs: If you are looking for a brain boggler, this book is the one for you. I’m not going to lie, I just read this novel in English, but it is the single-most intriguing reading experience I have ever encountered. Written in a collective stream of consciousness, the story follows the life of the Ramsay family before, during and after World War I. Compiled by Sampurna Basu

Let’s Talk About It Advisory board tackles youth substance abuse Although drug abuse is a widely discussed topic, few dig deeper into the underlying causes, the reasons why youths would start risking Erika Kumar their health by using Skyline High dangerous substances. School Today’s generation of teenagers are faced with unprecedented challenges on a daily basis: family conflicts, rigorous schoolwork, bullying, peer pressure and sky-high parental expectations, just to


name a few. Not knowing how to deal with and manage the stress and emotions that result from these issues often leave teenagers in a dangerous predicament. Viewing drugs or alcohol as the only way to cope with their distress, many young people practice this harmful behavior and put their lives at risk. Easy access to illegal substances and a lack of understanding of the effects drugs have on their developing bodies further push teens toward substance abuse. Drug addiction is considered a 100 percent preventable disease. The key is ensuring kids have developed a mindset

O pinion against substance abuse before they become overwhelmed with the pressures and challenges of adolescence. Contributing family factors include lack of parental supervision and communication, severe discipline and unreasonable expectations, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Major community factors include cultural acceptance and availability. With Initiative 502 legalizing marijuana, its accessibility will increase exponentially, putting

many more at risk. To address this widespread issue, the Issaquah Youth Advisory Board will host State of Mind: Finding a Balance in Your Life, a free event focused on empowering youths to help them achieve a healthy lifestyle. All middle and high school students from the Issaquah School District are invited. It is from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at the Issaquah Community Center. To register, teens should email issaquahstateofmind@gmail. com or call Cathy Jones at 8373317 by March 28. The event is hosted in conjunction with Issaquah Parks & Recreation and

the Issaquah Drug Free Community Coalition. Community service hours will be given for attending. Two sessions will feature three speakers who will discuss stress management, the effects of drugs on the developing body, and nutrition and sleep. Small group discussions and self-empowerment will be the focus of this event. Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of themselves and a healthier lifestyle, as well as the skills needed to manage stress. Everyone will have fun interacting with their peers in a comfortable environment, so register today!

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Jasmine Vu,


“I make a playlist of calming songs and listen to them when I’m busy and need to de-stress.”

“I always carve out some time just for myself every week. I always know when that time is, and would never let myself sacrifice that for some other commitment.”

Ali Bedbury


Neil Chakrava senior

“I schedule out my activities in advance and make sure I make time to hang out with my friends, because I think time to relax can be just as important as time to work.”

Skyline High School

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A12 • Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Beaver Lake thespians take on the task of ‘Shrek’ By Neil Pierson npierson@

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre

Eric Ankrim, as Edmund, and Katie Griffith, as Sweetie, star in Village Theatre’s ‘The Tutor.’

‘The Tutor’ seems to have lost its lesson plan By Peter Clark Somewhere between the song about erectile dysfunction and the giant painted backdrop of the Matterhorn, I wondered where “The Tutor” lost its way. The new show at Village Theatre, which opened March 20, begins interestingly enough. It tells the story of Edmund, the titular tutor, who teaches dumb rich kids to allow constant work on his never-finished novel. Things take their inevitable turn when he lands a gig tutoring Sweetie, a rebellious teenager who provides just the right spark to loosen Edmund’s creativity. Developed as part of the Village Originals Series of New Musicals, “The Tutor” fell flat after a promising start. The first act serves as an enjoyable beginning to a lark of a musical, filled with brash song numbers and endearing, if erratic, performances. Unfortunately, the second act took the story places I had a hard time following. While I appreciate brash surrealism, “The Tutor” unexpectedly leaped out of the mostly realistic world it set up and landed in a pig field

IF YOU GO ‘The Tutor’ 4Through April 27 4Francis Gaudette Theatre 4303 Front St. N. 4392-2202 4Select Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 and 7 p.m. of odd plot points. This disappointed me because the story, written by Maryrose Wood with music by Andrew Gerle, had moments of truly lovely imagination. Edmund’s romanticized novel is acted out by the charming inclusion of larger-thanlife imaginary characters, adding personableness and humor. The show largely abandons these characters in the second act and replaces them with an abrupt takedown of vegans and a happenstance resolution. The music also walked a thin line. Most songs had a busy Gershwin brassiness that celebrated the big personalities of the show in a very fun way. However,

several songs offered little beyond one note jokes and easy musical refrains. Having said all this, my opinion fits in the minority as the audience reacted with delight through the entire show. I even spied a woman singing one of the songs to herself while exiting the theater. Beyond any disappointment with the story, I cannot deny the talent of this small cast. Erik Ankrim reprised the role of Edmund from its original production. He brought smug pretentiousness front and center, rounding the edges with a deft, fidgeting performance. Matthew Kacergis and Kirsten deLohr Helland as the fictional characters provided great energy and a lot of laughs. Without a doubt, Issaquah’s 16-year-old Katie Griffith as Sweetie shone as the star of the show. Her presence gave a grounded relatability lacking in other characters. With a powerful voice and charming handle on the banter, she played the role with an apparent ease. Having grown up in Village Theatre’s KIDSTAGE, Griffith has a promising career ahead of her and Village Theatre should feel pride in its own tutelage.

Carol Woodman has directed the annual Beaver Lake Middle School musical for 15 years, and she’s never had as much help as she’s got this year. While middle-school drama clubs don’t typically have the same participation levels as their high-school counterparts, that might not be the case at Beaver Lake, where 89 students have been cast in roles for this year’s musical, “Shrek.” That means Woodman, who teaches art and drama at the school, needs a lot of behind-the-scenes assistance. “It’s a big undertaking,” she explained. “High school has some advantages that middle school doesn’t have, and that has to do with kids who can sew and help make costumes, kids who can help make sets. We have to depend upon the parents to help do everything.” Virtually every family with a child in the show has volunteered their time, Woodman said, as have several Beaver Lake staff members. Tina Worthington, the school’s choral teacher, is directing musical efforts on the show, based on four wellknown animated movies and a Broadway performance. The actors filling the lead roles of Shrek, Donkey and Princess Fiona all have their fair share of experience. And the interest level in the musical was so high that two people are sharing many parts. Naeem Shook, who plays Shrek, is the most experienced actor in the show. In December, he performed in “Oliver!” with The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle. Shook said that before his performance in Seattle, he had just done school shows. “And it just opened up acting for me,” he said. “That’s something I want to do for the rest of my

By Neil Pierson

Alexis Jucht (left) plays Princess Fiona and Hammer Shalawylo plays Donkey in Beaver Lake Middle School’s ‘Shrek.’ life.” Performing with his friends has proved less stressful, Shook said. “It’s just great to practice with friends — it’s not serious,” he said. “You’re just having fun. And it’s pressure, but it’s good pressure.” Eighth-graders Alexis Jucht and Emma Fritton will split time as Princess Fiona. During the four performances that run March 27-29, they’ll rotate roles: One will play the princess in certain shows, while the other plays the ogre Fiona turns into. Fritton began acting during her days at Cascade Ridge Elementary School, and has performed in Beaver Lake’s last two musicals, “The Wizard of Oz” and “Beauty and the Beast.” She said she enjoys the role of Fiona for its dual personalities. “You get to have that cool little spark in you, and it’s just more fun to be an ogre — you get to be this green, ugly thing,” Fritton said. “This is definitely one of the best plays it could be for eighthgrade year.” Jucht was also part of the school’s last two musicals, and said acting allows her to escape the traditional roles she has in real life. “I love how you can be a different person,” she

IF YOU GO ‘Shrek’ 47 p.m. March 27 and 28 42 and 7 p.m. March 29 4Tickets are $8 and can be purchase at the door or in advance through the school’s bookkeeper. 4Beaver Lake Middle School 425025 S.E. 32nd St. 4837-4150 said. “I love how you can just go up there and you can completely be Fiona, who’s been stuck in a tower her whole life. Or you can be an ogre, who’s trying to hide who she actually is.” Hammer Shalawylo, who will don a plaid suit and colorful makeup for the role of Donkey, said it’s been fun to get to know other students through the musical. Shalawylo is performing in his ninth show, and while the script has been easy enough, some of the music has proven difficult. “Definitely one of the harder songs I’ve done would be, ‘Don’t Let Me Go,’” he said. “That one is extremely hard, just because it goes from high to low and key changes in the middle of the song.”

Get seasonal with spring greens, avocado and grapefruit salad By Maria Nelson Spring is just around the corner. Can you feel it? Warmer, longer days, and daffodils and crocuses peeking through the soil all give me hope that winter day’s are almost at end. Often, when I feel anxious for the beginning of a new season, the best way I find to welcome it into being is to begin doing so in my kitchen and, of course, by extension, onto my plate. A light, colorful salad is the epitome of spring, particularly if it includes small micro-greens, shoots and starts. Packed with nutrients, delicious to eat and beautiful to look at, micro-greens should be

in everyone’s salad at one point or another. More readily available than they’ve ever been, they are perfect additions to smoothies, stir-fry, sandwiches or on fresh roasted fish as a garnish with berries. The plethora of recipes that can be made with these lovely little greens is truly astounding. Some greens are so sweet they can be consumed as is with no dressing, no pomp, no circumstance. The addition of avocado, grapefruit and oranges help round out the salad, pushing it into entrée territory, but if you’d like to up the protein quotient, you certainly can by adding whole cooked grains, such as farro, cracked wheat

or even quinoa. Shredded chicken or grilled shrimp would also be a lovely addition. A salad this light and refreshing doesn’t need a heavy dressing to weigh it down. I’ve added a small amount of orange blossom water to my typical vinaigrette recipe to give the flavors more of a boost, and to serve as a nice floral counterpoint. You can find orange blossom water at Middle Eastern markets and increasingly at natural food markets. A light sprinkling of black sesame seeds provides just enough crunch and adds some visual interest. The beautiful greens in this salad were provided by Farmstr, a direct-to-


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41 ½ pounds mixed baby greens 41 cup pea shoots 41 cup sunflower starts 42 large avocados, sliced 42 large grapefruits, peeled and sectioned 41 blood orange, peeled and sectioned 4¼ cup thinly sliced red onion 42 tablespoon black sesame seeds 4Salt and pepper to taste

For the dressing 4½ cup extra virgin olive oil 4¼ cup white balsamic or apple cider vinegar 41 ½ teaspoon orange blossom water (optional) 4Salt and pepper to taste Arrange the greens, pea shoots and sunflower starts on a large platter. Tuck the avocados, grapefruits and orange slices in among the greens. Scatter the onion and sesame seeds over the top, and serve the dressing along side. In a small container with a lid, combine the oil, vinegar and the orange blossom water. Add salt and pepper to taste. Shake the jar thoroughly to combine the ingredients. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready.

Maria Nelson is a blogger and food photographer living in Issaquah. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, Relish Magazine, Buzz Feed, Daily Candy and other online publications. Find her at www.

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