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Wednesday, August 3, 2011 • Vol. 112, No. 31

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School budget saves teachers, but increases fees

Biodiesel fire destroys hillside home Investigators estimate loss at $400,000

By Tom Corrigan Issaquah Press reporter

By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter Fire roared through a Cougar Mountain home early July 31 after a backyard biodiesel kit started the blaze. Just after 6 a.m., neighbors reported flames and smoke shooting from a house in the 17000 block of Southeast 60th Street, a tree-lined neighborhood between Cougar Mountain Zoo and Cougar Ridge Elementary School. Firefighters converged on the home, and discovered barrels and other equipment used to manufacture biodiesel in the backyard. Investigators later pinpointed the biodiesel setup as the cause of the fire. “The fire began in the middle of that process, outside of the home, and came into the home from there,” said Lt. Troy Donlin, a Bellevue Fire Department spokesman. Flames roared through the ground floor and damaged the attic. The basement sustained water damage as firefighters extinguished the blaze. Donlin estimated the total damage at $400,000. Residents in Bellevue’s Lakemont neighborhood reported the fire at the empty residence. The home is about a mile southeast of the elementary school. “It appeared as though the calls came in progression from the furthest-away neighbor, who saw it through the woods — 20foot flames and explosions — and the last caller, who was a neighbor across the street,” Donlin said. The homeowner reached the scene later in the morning. Units from Eastside Fire & Rescue, and the Bellevue and Mercer Island fire departments, responded to the blaze.


Jack Altree snapped a photo of a black bear in his backyard in the 3400 block of 239th Avenue Southeast at about 1:15 p.m. July 18, just before the bear destroyed the birdfeeder in search of a snack.

Bear encounters increase Cool weather is factor in frequent sightings The dreary summer is not just disrupting afternoons alongside Lake Sammamish or hikes atop Cougar Mountain. The unseasonably cool conditions also impacted food sources for the black bears common in the forests around Issaquah and across the Evergreen State. “The long, cold spring basically delayed the berry crop, and that leaves a lot of hungry bears wandering around,” state Department of Fish and Wildlife Craig Bartlett said. “Hungry bears get into trouble.” State wildlife agents confirmed 122 bear reports in King County through July. The total could match or outpace the 2010 tally — 210 confirmed reports countywide. Both years reflect a sharp increase from the 49 confirmed reports in 2009. “That’s not just people calling us and saying, ‘I think I saw a bear.’ That’s our officers going out and seeing footprints and stuff,” Bartlett said. See BEARS, Page A5

Overall, thanks in part to a voterapproved levy lid lift, the Issaquah School District is doing better financially than many other Washington school systems. That’s the message Issaquah school board members will hear from district financial staff Aug. 9. The board plans a public hearing on the 2011-12 school budget that evening during its regular meeting at 7 p.m. in the district administration building. Officials are expected to finalize the budget at a subsequent meeting Aug. 24. Perhaps the biggest piece of the school financial puzzle was settled in May. That’s when state officials finally passed a two-year budget plan, and school districts here and elsewhere around the state learned what sort of support Olympia would be sending them in the next few years. As announced by the district in

Issaquah School Board Agenda: Issaquah School District 2011-12 budget public hearing 7 p.m. Aug. 9 Issaquah School District Administration Building 565 N.W. Holly St.

late May, while state funding to local schools dropped by $4.3 million, Jake Kuper, chief of finance and operations for the Issaquah district, said thanks to the levy lid lift and other cost-cutting measures, local teachers handed layoff notices in the spring have been called back. Still, the district did not escape the budget process unscathed, according to both Kuper and Sara Niegowski, district See BUDGET Page A5

Donations to charity honor Issaquah girl

By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter

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A black bear reaches into a birdfeeder in a Newcastle backyard near Lake Boren and May Creek on July 19.

Rachel Beckwith, a 9-year-old Issaquah girl, continues to inspire people around the globe. In the days after Rachel died July 23 from injuries sustained in a Bellevue crash, donations to a charity she championed surpassed $700,000 from more than 20,000 people. Inspired by a church fundraiser, Rachel asked in June, in lieu of birthday gifts, for donations to Charity:Water, a New York-based nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing clean drinking water to people in developing nations. So far, the charity estimates almost 4,000 projects have provided clean water to more than 1.7 million people in 19 countries. Charity:Water estimates each dollar invested in improved water access and sanitation yields, on

HOW TO HELP Rachel Beckwith asked people to donate to Charity:Water as a birthday gift. Now, people can donate as a tribute to the late 9-year-girl. Donate at the organization’s website, Or, donate to help Rachel’s family pay medical expenses. Donate at the Band of Brothers Northwest website,

average, $12 in economic returns. Rachel’s $300 came up short, See DONATIONS, Page A5

FBI seeks help to Tiger Mountain hike launches trails project identify Issaquah robber By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter

The Seattle office of the FBI is asking for help in tracking down a suspect in two bank robberies, including the holdup of the Issaquah branch of S t e r l i n g Suspect Savings Bank on July 22. According to the FBI, the suspect who robbed the Issaquah bank also is believed to have robbed a Washington Federal Savings Bank about 10:35 a.m. July 21 in Bellevue. Authorities said surveillance video captured the suspect in the course of the Issaquah robbery. People with information on the suspect are asked to call the FBI at 1-800-222-TIPS. Calls are kept confidential. Information leading

to an arrest could lead to a $1,000 reward. The man is described as a white male, heavyset, in his mid 40s and roughly 5 feet, 10 inches tall. When he robbed the Sterling Savings, he was wearing a white baseball cap, white T-shirt and blue jeans. He also was wearing a dark-colored backpack. Inside the Issaquah bank, according to local police, the suspect presented the teller with a note demanding money. He did not show any evidence of carrying a weapon. The man left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash. Issaquah Police Sgt. Bob Porter said local officers responded to a sounding alarm at the bank, but the suspect was gone before they arrived. Based on witness statements, officers could not determine in what direction the suspect fled.

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The long trek across the Evergreen State started just after dawn on Tiger Mountain. The nonprofit Washington Trails Association launched Hikea-Thon, a monthlong fundraiser to protect and maintain trails, at the High Point Trailhead near Issaquah just after 6 a.m. Aug. 1. In the month ahead, more than 100 hikers plan to climb, ramble and slog across mountains, coasts and other scenic destinations. “Tiger Mountain is the perfect place for people who work in Issaquah and Redmond and Seattle to just head out before work, get on the trail, get some exercise, get their hearts pumping before that long workweek,” association Development Director Rebecca Lavigne said. Lace Thornberg, hike leader and Washington Trails magazine editor, said the early morning Tiger Mountain hike offered a

“Our summer has been so slow to start, and Hike-a-Thon is really giving them an added incentive to get out and hike in August. August is pretty much it — provided that this week is an indication of what’s to come, that summer is actually going to stick around.” — Lauren Braden Washington Trails Association communications director


chance for participants to jumpstart Hike-a-Thon. “This 6 a.m. guided hike is our way of helping these awesome folks get their Hike-a-Thon campaigns started with a bang,” she said. “Before 9 a.m., when they head off to work on Monday, these hikers will already have five miles

Lace Thornberg, Mickey Weinrich and Pam Roy (from left) start a month of Hike-A-Thon trips with a five-mile roundtrip West Tiger 3 Trail hike Aug. 1 at the High Point Trailhead. under their boots for their Hike-aThon campaigns. That’s pretty cool.” Lavigne said the organization selected Tiger Mountain to “high-

See HIKE-A-THON, Page A5


YOU SHOULD KNOW Interstate 90 travelers should plan ahead for Blue Angels-related closures during Seafair. The state Department of Transportation plans to close the bridge from 9:45 a.m. to noon and 1:15-2:30 p.m. Aug. 4, and 12:45-2:40 p.m. Aug. 5-7. The agency plans to close the express lanes at 9 a.m. Aug. 4 and 10:45 a.m. Aug. 5-7, and reopen the lanes by 3:30 p.m. each day. The bridge closes to pedestrians and cyclists up to 30 minutes before the scheduled shutdowns.

light all of the amazing places we have to hike right in our backyard.

“I am truly excited to see it come to film — and it’s not because of any financial gain, although that would be nice, not to be a starving author forever.”

— Sarah Gerdes Local author discussing process to transform her books into films. See story, Page C1.

 City launches $50,000 study to determine how departments coordinate, collaborate A2 • Wednesday, August 3, 2011

By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter Consultants started interviewing employees at City Hall last month, as leaders embark on a $50,000 study to determine how municipal departments function and the city delivers services to businesses and residents. Mayor Ava Frisinger selected Seattle consultant Moss Adams to examine the Building, Planning and Public Works Engineering departments, in addition to economic development efforts. The focus is on organization and a still-nascent effort to anticipate future service needs. “It’s always beneficial for organizations to say, ‘How are we doing? Might there be places we could improve?’ Because we want to do the very best that we can at providing services,” Frisinger said. “That’s our mission — we want to do it effectively, not just efficiently.” Construction in Talus and the Issaquah Highlands — urban villages and the impetus behind the Major Development Review Team — is slowing after a construction boom in the late 1990s and early 2000s. In addition, the city is refocusing planning efforts on the Central Issaquah Plan — a redevelopment outline for the 915-

acre commercial core along Interstate 90. “For several years now, we’ve kind of been looking at the end of the tunnel, if you will, for MDRT,” Public W o r k s Ava Frisinger Engineering Director Bob Brock said. “We’ve talked off and on, internally here as well as with the mayor’s office, on how that transition works. Quite h o n e s t l y, you’ve got Bob Harrison building-related things, planning-related things and engineering-things that are all coming out of that workgroup.” The recession and anemic economy also prompted city leaders to examine economic development efforts. Hires — City Administrator Bob Harrison joined the city in the No. 2 position in October 2010 — and retirements — including Brock’s planned fall retirement — influ-

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enced the decision to commission a study. So, too, did input from City Council and community members. “There are not any preconceived ideas about what any of this will turn out to be,” Frisinger said. “We’ve heard on occasion from departments that it might make sense to look at how we work together, how do we coordinate and so on. It seemed like this would be an opportune time to do that.” Moss Adams is due to deliver a report to the city in October, just as council members delve into the next municipal budget. Harrison said leaders could incorporate some recommendations into the 2012 budget. “In having discussions with the mayor, we saw a real opportunity with the Central Issaquah Plan and the growth that’s happened in the last 10 years in the community to take a breather and evaluate the current way we do business and the structure of the organization, and see if that current model continues to make sense or should be adjusted for the future,” he added. Frisinger said the city has not conducted a major organizational analysis since she assumed office as mayor in 1998. In the ensuing 13 years, the city has changed

dramatically, adding area and almost 20,000 residents. “We thought it would be an opportune time to look at the departments,” Frisinger said. “Are there ways that we might align the departments differently?” In some cases, employees from different departments already share responsibilities on certain projects. “There is an extraordinary amount of communication and collaboration between departments, particularly in some areas, with open space and habitat acquisition and things like that,” Frisinger said. In recent years, Moss Adams examined the organization at the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank and elsewhere in municipal government. The consultant’s record in Issaquah prompted Frisinger to select the consultants for the City Hall study. “The city was familiar with their work and knew it was good quality,” Harrison said. “I think they’re familiar with the organizational culture and expectations of the community, so they seemed to be a natural fit.” Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or Comment at

City honors nonprofit Providence Marianwood By Tom Corrigan Issaquah Press reporter Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger said a key factor in the city’s decision to recognize the Providence Marianwood Skilled Nursing Community is the fact that the facility is a nonprofit organization. During a council meeting July 18, Frisinger and the Issaquah City Council honored Providence Marianwood on the occasion of their 25th anniversary. The city declared Aug. 13 as “Providence Marianwood Day” in Issaquah. In comments made after the meeting, Frisinger said Providence Marianwood can help care for people who otherwise might not be able to afford nursing home services. “We will continue to take those who have outlived their resources,” said Karla Heath, executive director of Providence Marianwood, which is in Issaquah on Providence Point Drive. Heath added that at any given time, greater than 50 percent of the population of Providence Marianwood is receiving Medicaid. “By virtue of its time here,” Frisinger said, “Providence has served the community well.” Providence Marianwood is the only nonprofit nursing facility on the east side of King County, according to the Providence website. “It’s a place that serves people with a great deal of compassion,” Frisinger said of Marianwood, describing the institution as a long-standing and important part of the Issaquah community. Heath said the city’s proclamation is welcome. “Proclaiming Aug. 13 as Providence Marianwood Day provides us the opportunity to celebrate our mission and good works with all of our employees, as well as with the entire community of Issaquah,” Heath said. “This proclamation represents our long-time collaboration with the city of Issaquah and

Issaquah is all but certain not to participate in a regional fire authority, due to concerns about higher property tax bills for city homeowners. On July 26, City Council members indicated Issaquah should not proceed in the formation of a regional fire authority. Unlike Eastside Fire & Rescue, a regional fire authority could tax residents to fund emergency services. Officials from Issaquah and rural fire districts formed a planning group in late 2009 to consider a regional fire authority in the EFR service area. “We did that so we were at the table and could participate in the

By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter Talus developer Intracorp is building 17 townhouses in the 630-acre urban village on Cougar Mountain. Construction is under way in the Centerra at Talus neighborhood and Intracorp expects sales on the three-level units to start soon. “These homes are being built for the homeowner who wants to live in a community that offers easy access to the vibrancy of urban living and the serenity of the outdoors,” Jeff Smallwood, Intracorp vice president of marketing and sales, said in a news release. “There’s no better value in today’s residential marketplace.” Centerra at Talus offers townhouses from 1,186 square feet to 1,920 square feet. Plans call for the homes to feature garages wired for electric-vehicle plug-in terminals. The sales center for the project is on track to open in September. The project includes environmentally sound materials and home-building practices. “This Centerra at Talus project

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Barbara Schaefer (right), a Providence Marianwood employee, accepts the city proclamation July 18 from Mayor Ava Frisinger declaring Aug. 13 Providence Marianwood Day. gives us the opportunity to further tell our story.” Now boasting 120 patient beds with some 200 employees, Heath said the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace originally founded the Issaquah facility. The current operators, the Sisters of Providence, took over in 1996 and run the facility along with some 60 other hospital and medical facilities in Alaska and the western U.S. The Issaquah facility began marking its anniversary in May. A yearly spring luncheon

marks the founding of Marianwood by the Sisters of St. Joseph, Heath said. For this year, the facility also honored six employees who have worked at Marianwood since its founding. On Aug. 13, Marianwood will hold a summer celebration for employees, residents and their families. Heath said plans include a barbecue, live music and bouncy houses. Tom Corrigan: 392-6434, ext. 241, or Comment at

discussion as we went through a process,” Councilman Fred Butler said at a Committee-ofthe-Whole Council meeting. “We’re at the point right now where, I think, it’s fairly obvious which way we want to go. It’s not to our benefit or to our citizens’ benefit.” Contributions from member cities and fire districts fund EFR. Issaquah contributes about $5 million per year to the agency. Issaquah homeowners contribute 76 cents per $1,000 in assessed value for emergency services under the existing arrangement. Early estimates for a regional fire authority indicate the cost for emergency services could rise to $1.17 per $1,000 in assessed value for Issaquah

homeowners. “It doesn’t seem like a good deal,” Councilman Tola Marts said. Under the existing arrangement, the city uses dollars from the general fund — the account used to fund police and fire services, community development and planning, parks and recreation, and municipal government — to pay for emergency services, rather than a separate property tax. “It doesn’t seem like a good deal and, in fact, it’s not a good deal for a couple of reasons,” Butler said. “Right now, we pay for fire service out of the general fund. Our citizens don’t see that. If we move toward a regional fire authority, there would be an item, a charge to property own-

ers for fire service, and they would see it.” Rural fire districts 10 and 38 led the effort to envision a regional fire authority. Under the existing structure, residents in rural fire districts pay more for emergency services than Issaquah homeowners. District 10 includes Klahanie, May Valley, Preston, Tiger Mountain and Carnation. District 38 includes unincorporated King County near North Bend and Snoqualmie. Other cities in the EFR framework, such as Sammamish, expressed little interest in creating a regional fire authority. Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or Comment at

King County Council delays Metro Transit fee decision King County Council members listened to testimony from dozens of bus riders July 25 before delaying a planned decision on a measure to stave off cuts to Metro Transit service. The council plans to discuss the issue again Aug. 15 — a day before a crucial ballot deadline.

Construction starts on 17 Talus townhouses will provide a number of full-time jobs for construction workers, and help to boost the local economy — which is something that we’re very proud of given today’s economic climate,” Smallwood said. Keith Niven, city Major Development Review Team program manager, said a retail component for the neighborhood is also part of the discussion. Talus does not receive the same scrutiny as the Issaquah Highlands, the other urban village in the city. Discussions about retail development dominate decisions related to the highlands. Talus is designed as a more residential neighborhood than the highlands. Intracorp received plaudits from local environmentalists a decade ago for setting aside more than 400 acres as open space. The tract connects to Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, a 3,115acre expanse across the forested mountain. Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or Comment at

Issaquah school officials fight proposed county ban on rural campuses

Council balks at joining regional fire authority By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter


Talus developer Intracorp is building 17 townhouses, shown in the artist’s rendering above.

The steepest proposed reduction in Metro Transit service could eliminate Route 200 in Issaquah and Route 927, a link between downtown Issaquah and the Sammamish Plateau, as early as next year. Metro Transit faces a $60 million budget gap due to a decline in sales tax revenues. In order to

close the gap, transit planners need to trim 600,000 hours from bus service — or 17 percent — through 2013. County Executive Dow Constantine proposed the $20 vehicle-tab fee — billed as a congestion-reduction charge — for 2012-13 to generate funds for

Metro Transit. If the fee is not enacted, Metro Transit plans to start widespread service cuts in February. Council members could send the measure to voters on the November ballot or enact the fee outright. The deadline to place measures on the November ballot is Aug. 16.

Local school officials worry an 80-acre plot bought for $3.3 million in 2006 will become largely worthless to the district if King County officials move forward with a proposed ban on new school buildings in rural areas. Known as the Winterbrook Farm site, the undeveloped land sits at 21207 S.E. May Valley Road, outside the city’s designated urban growth area. At the time the school board approved the property purchase, school officials indicated the farmland could become home to an elementary and middle school. The idea was to alleviate foreseeable crowding in the attendance area of Liberty High School. Still, the board did not anticipate a need for new schools feeding into Liberty prior to at least 2014. The King County proposal would all but close an existing loophole that allows schools to be built on rural lands. The change is meant to bring the county’s growth management plan in line with state and regional growth regulations as required by the state’s Growth Management Act. The intent is to fight urban sprawl. But proposal opponents say not allowing schools in rural areas is unnecessary to eliminate sprawl and will end up costing school districts — and taxpayers — money. Issaquah School District spokeswoman Sara Niegowski said local schools already operate four buildings in rural areas. As an example of how the King County proposal would cost the district money, Niegowski pointed to the construction of Pacific Cascade Middle School. Built in 2006, Pacific Cascade was the last Issaquah district school to go up in a rural area. The district paid $3.7 million in 2003 for the property on which Cascade now sits, Niegowski said. An urban site studied by the district carried a price tag of $15.6 million. The price difference is clearly substantial, Niegowski said, further noting that even though Pacific Cascade technically sits in a rural area, it is across the street from hundreds of homes. While district officials don’t want to lose the Winterbrook property, they also don’t want the county to force them into buying a potentially expensive urban replacement for the rural land, Niegowski added. And increased property

costs might be only one of the problems local leaders face if the county moves forward with its proposal. In urban areas, Niegowski said undeveloped plots large enough for a school are becoming hard to find. “Overall, this is a big deal for us,” she said, regarding King County’s proposal. Among area school leaders, those in Issaquah are not alone in opposing the rural school ban. All in all, 15 properties held by seven school districts could be affected. Those properties are valued at $12 million. Districts are promoting an amendment to the county plan, one that would grandfather-in rural properties districts already own. “Unless we can get some movement on this,” said Snoqualmie Valley schools Superintendent Joel Aune, “it appears it’s going to have a negative impact on our district.” King County leaders were slated to vote on the rural school issue at their June 29 meeting, but they delayed the vote until September in order to consider various amendments. “We’re trying to balance multiple policy objectives,” including conservation and education, said Lauren Smith, one of King County Executive Dow Constantine’s top land-use advisors. While King County’s policies are supposed to match up with state and federal regulations, they had not been updated since the 1990s. Now is the time to close loopholes that encourage new development in rural areas, according to antiurban sprawl advocates. “The existing countywide planning policies … have been a problem for years,” said Tim Trohimovich, co-director of planning and law for Futurewise, a Seattle-based conservation group. Trohimovich pointed to two proposed developments that include placing schools in rural areas to serve urban populations as an example of how the existing policy permits sprawl. Schools also attract residents, he said. “That is why real estate agents tout new schools in the area in which they are trying to sell a house,” Trohimovich said. “So, people move into the rural area to be near the new school.” Tom Corrigan: 392-6434, ext. 241, or Reporter Dan Catchpole contributed to this report. Comment at

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011 •


State honors bank employees for protecting Issaquah senior from fraud

By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter


State wildlife biologist Brian Kertson spent five years studying the local cougar population, including this 130-pound, 2-year-old male captured and tagged in the Cedar River watershed in 2008.

Issaquah is cougar territory, but big cats are still scarce By Tom Corrigan Issaquah Press reporter Now a wildlife biologist with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, Issaquah native Brian Kertson likes to talk about what he calls the “wildland-urban interface.� Basically, such an area is where raw, undeveloped nature bumps up against developed, urban areas. Probably not surprisingly to those who live or work here, sitting as it does in the shadows of the Cascade foothills, Issaquah is just such an interface. And, of course, such interfaces can contain plenty of wildlife, including larger animals not usually found in urban areas. “The kind of territory we live in is cougar territory whether we realize it or not,� said Bob McCoy, a local wildlife activist who takes a special interest in cougars and is an admirer of Kertson’s work. For his part, Kertson clearly agrees with McCoy’s assessment regarding cougars in Issaquah. From 2003-08, Kertson completed a large-scale study of cougars in Issaquah and surrounding areas. The work represented Kertson’s doctoral thesis at the University of Washington. “Previously, we just didn’t know a lot about the cougars in that area,� Kertson added. Finished last year, Kertson’s work is attracting some attention and may be published in the near future. Along with similar studies done across the state, it also is being used as the basis for developing a statewide policy on how to deal with Washington’s cougar population. “There are states who would love to have as much information as we do,� Kertson said. For his study, Kertson looked at an area of 1,100 square miles between roughly Interstate 405 and the Cascades, and from roughly Sammamish to Renton. In all that space, Kertson figures there are between 30 or 40 resident and transient cougars at any given time. Resident cougars have an established territory. As the name implies, transient cougars are

those that are just sort of passing through, probably looking for a space to call their own. During his study, Kertson used dogs to track down and temporarily cage 34 cougars. Most were adults, though Kertson said some of the animals were younger. Of those captured, 28 were fitted with small GPS collars. Other animals got traditional radio collars. By using the GPS units, Kertson said he was able to track the movements of some cougars for as long as three years. One big finding was that most of the cougars in this area spend about 17 percent of their time in more urbanized locales. “These cougars don’t generate a lot of reports,â€? Kertson said. “They are there, they just aren’t seen.â€? According to the state, there have been three reported cougar sightings in Issaquah and Sammamish this year. The most recent was in Sammamish in March. But both Kertson and McCoy said most supposed cougar sightings are false alarms. “Cougars are highly adaptable‌ They make a living off not being seen,â€? Kertson said. Over the five-year period of his study, Kertson added there were only 17 confirmed cougar reports in the study area. And most of those were simple sightings; the animals were not causing problems. Kertson further noted the time cougars spend in the interface arrives in small increments. The animals wander through for a short time and move on quickly. So, now the big question. When all is said and done, according to Kertson’s study, just how many cougars call the wilds around

“They aren’t sitting behind trees waiting for kids to pass by.� — Brian Kertson State Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist

Issaquah home? The short answer is, not many. Kertson said the combined “Tiger/Squak/Cougar mountain complex� just isn’t big enough to support more than two or three resident cougars. Transient cougars may come and go, but Kertson said none of the cats stay long. Adult cougars need plenty of space to roam and feed. A grown male’s home territory generally runs about 200 square miles; the same figure is about 60 miles for adult females. While Kertson admitted cougars certainly could be dangerous, he insists they are not the threat many people seem to believe them to be. “They are not sitting behind trees waiting for kids to pass by,� he said. The threat cougars pose to domestic animals is also generally overstated, in Kertson’s opinion. He said the vast majority of cougar attacks on domestic animals are due to poor husbandry by the animal’s owners and are largely avoidable. “These animals are there, but they just aren’t this brooding danger,� Kertson said.

State Attorney General Rob McKenna honored Bellevue bank employees July 28 for safeguarding an elderly Issaquah man suffering from dementia. In 2008, a massage therapist at a local assisted-living facility and another woman tried to bilk the then-78-year-old man out of his savings. Authorities said the women took the man from the Issaquah facility to a courthouse wedding. Then, the massage therapist bride and the other woman took him to a Bank of America branch in Bellevue to cash out his bank account. Employees called the police, and officers arrested the women. For the effort, the employees received AGO Community Heroes plaques from McKenna. The

attorney general also announced training materials to encourage more tellers to come to the aid of vulnerable customers. “These banking professionals understand that exemplary customer service can be as simple as speaking up for a client who can no longer speak for himself,� he said in a statement. “The training materials we’ve produced encourage employees at banks and credit unions to be on the lookout, and speak up for vulnerable customers, just like Elizabeth Reamy, Laura Olson and Darshana Maru did.� Legislation written by the Attorney General’s office, and passed last year, directs the office to produce training materials for banks and credit unions. Under the law, financial institutions must provide training to front-line workers about vulnerable customers. “Often by the time police and

prosecutors are involved, damage has already been inflicted,� King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg said in a statement. “Bank employees are in the best position to spot these crimes before they occur.� The law also protects banks from lawsuits if employees make a good-faith effort to protect a vulnerable customer. “We are extremely proud of our employees who acted so quickly to take action on behalf of our customer,� Bob Landers, area executive for consumer and small business banking for Bank of America, said in a statement. “We also applaud the release of these new guidelines from the Attorney General’s Office, which provide additional guidance to our industry on recognizing and reporting fraud and abuse against our most vulnerable customers.�

Report dead birds to help track West Nile virus King County public health officials need community members to crow about dead birds in order to track the West Nile virus. Public Health – Seattle & King County is asking residents to report dead birds. Crows, in particular, die quickly from West Nile virus, and clusters of dead crows could indicate the presence of the virus. Officials did not detect West Nile virus in King County last year, but the virus has been active locally in the past. Most people do not feel the effects of the infection, but in others, West Nile disease can cause severe symptoms, including diseases of the brain and spinal cord. West Nile disease caused 57 deaths in the United States last year, out of 1,021 reported cases in 41 states. Throughout the summer and early fall, Public Health – Seattle & King County plans to collect dead birds deemed suitable for laboratory testing. The birds must be a crow, raven, jay or magpie; dead

Officials say bacteria in air poses no health risk Monitors detected bacteria capable of causing infectious tularemia in a daily air sample from East King County on July 25, but public health officials said the bacteria did not pose a threat. Officials said a later test detected none of the bacteria in the air. Since establishing a federal air-

WHAT TO KNOW In order to track West Nile virus, Public Health – Seattle & King County is asking residents to report dead birds by phone at 206-205-4394 or online at Local health officials recommend residents reduce the number of mosquitoes by: Tipping out containers collecting water, including barrels, buckets, wheelbarrows, bottles, wading pools, birdbaths, animal troughs and plant saucers.

Dumping water off of tarps and

plastic sheeting, and disposing of used tires. Cleaning garden ponds, circulating water in fountains and placing mosquito screens over rain barrels. Cleaning leaf-clogged gutters and repairing leaky outdoor faucets. Repairing ripped windows and door screens — and making sure they fit tight, so adult mosquitoes cannot enter the home. Helping elderly neighbors mosquito-proof residences.

for less than 24 hours; and have no visible trauma or decay in order to be tested. The mosquito most responsible for West Nile virus in King County is the northern house mosquito, culex pipiens. The species prefers to lay eggs in standing water. Even

small amounts of water, such as in plant saucers or a clogged gutter, can produce many mosquitoes. People can avoid mosquito bites by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks. Health officials recommend for people to consider using insect repellent, too.

monitoring system in 2003, similar positive test results related to the naturally occurring bacteria have been common elsewhere in the United States. The bacterium, Francisella tularensis, is found throughout Washington and is commonly carried by rabbits, squirrels and other rodents. Tularemia rarely infects people. Only one to 10 human cases occur statewide in a typical year.

In King County, the positive sample came from a filter collected during the morning. Officials collected a subsequent sample from the same station in the evening. The later sample did not detect any bacteria. State and local health and safety officials continue to monitor the situation. Officials said no signs of illnesses had been reported in the area after the positive test result.

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 Time to legalize marijuana is now PRESS E DITORIAL

A surefire solution exists to end confusion surrounding marijuana laws — legalization. The most sensible course of action is to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana. Such a decision could end the confusion of medical marijuana users and municipal officials alike. Issaquah upheld a six-month moratorium on medical marijuana collective gardens July 18, because state and federal law do not jibe on marijuana, medical or otherwise. City Council members kept a month-old moratorium in place while they crafted a possible solution. Although the decision is not ideal, the temporary ban is a prudent response to a confusing situation. We call on the city to work quickly and compassionately to create regulations to allow medical marijuana users access to a drug allowed under voter-approved state law. Meanwhile, King County is not bothering to regulate medical-marijuana operations in rural and unincorporated communities. That means Issaquah medical marijuana patients authorized to grow pot can skirt the city ban and plant a garden in Klahanie, Preston or elsewhere outside city limits. But by bringing medical marijuana back to Issaquah, patients could face a hazy — and absurd — change in rules. The argument for legalizing marijuana is not new, but some reasons merit repeating. Prohibition is a failed policy. Marijuana is readily available. Licensing and regulation could improve safety, generate much-needed revenue and, most importantly, free up police for more important tasks. Contrary to anti-marijuana propaganda, pot is not a gateway drug. Marijuana — like other legal and illegal drugs — has ruined lives, but the law cannot prevent such tragedies. Legalization could help addicted marijuana users seek treatment, free from the fear of prosecution. No such stigma exists for people addicted to alcohol and prescription medication — legal substances under the law. For most recreational marijuana users, smoking pot is nothing more than a harmless pastime. For medical marijuana users, smoking pot is a critical pain reliever and appetite booster. Unfortunately, incremental steps to legalize marijuana only create more confusion. Citizens and cities must navigate a patchwork of confusing and contradictory laws. The most commonsense — and compassionate — solution is to legalize marijuana.


What to remember on a new assignment


was asked by my newest editor to sort of introduce myself to the Issaquah public through this column. The following probably isn’t what she had in mind, but here goes. We will start with a quick list of things to remember should you ever find yourself taking over a new beat for a local newspaper: When you call the mayor of the town you’ll be working in and ask for comment, keep that person’s name someplace handy, like in your head. That way, when they call you back, you won’t sit there dumbstruck about who in the world is on the other end of the phone. Make note of the company phone number. If for some reason you ever were curious about this topic, I can tell you the number for the Darigold dairy production facility is just a few digits different from the main number for The Issaquah Press. If you are moving into a territory you are unfamiliar with, in-

vest in a GPS. Enough said. In case you haven’t somehow guessed, I am the newest reporter for The Issaquah Press. I last worked for a Tom paper in Bothell, but Corrigan spent most of Press reporter my career in my native Cleveland covering big-city politics and big-city schools. Here, I’ll be doing features and covering smaller city schools, which is not necessarily a bad thing. I have yet to go to a meeting of the Issaquah School Board. Nevertheless, I have faith those meetings will be quieter than those in Cleveland. One assumes no Issaquah teacher has ever stood up

T O T HE E DITOR Public funds

Pedestrian bridge

Cost of weekend sheriff’s lake patrol would end up paying for itself

Project is another example of government City leaders need to focus on projects building something with an IOU that would bring more visitors here

It baffles me that the sheriff’s lake patrol is routinely seen “cruising” Lake Sammamish during the week, yet, when there is a warm day/weekend (such as the long Fourth of July weekend and July 23-24), they were rarely or nowhere to be seen. The number of people on Lake Sammamish boating erratically, violating no-wake, 8 mph zones, excessive drinking, driving water vehicles with expired tabs and paddling around without even the basic life jackets is incredible. When I read about a lack of revenue or resources that our cities and counties need, I see some real “low-hanging fruit” to pay for our law enforcement officers. Not only will a weekend presence of water patrols easily pay for itself with greater enforcement of the rules, it will create an aura of safety in a lake that can be out of control. I would venture to guess that once a serious accident takes place on the lake (which is just a matter of time) the presence of our paid public servants will also increase. Why not get ahead of the curve and enforce the prevailing laws designed to create a safer environment? One only needs to sit at the Lake Sammamish boat launch and view the excessive number of water vessels with expired, green 2010 tags. This easy enforcement doesn’t even require the usage of an expensive boat and gas!

I’d like to comment on two recent letters to the editor regarding the new pedestrian/bicycle overpass on state Route 900 (July 13 edition). As a proud member of the Issaquah/Sammamish Tea Party, if I had been in town for the opening of the bridge, I would have joined the protest as well. While both commentators expressed interesting points of view, the reason behind the protest is this: The project was paid for with borrowed funds. Anyone paying the slightest bit of attention to the debt ceiling debate should realize our economy is on borrowed time. Bicycle paths, playgrounds and other municipal-use projects are great when the community approves of the project and allocates available funds to complete the project with penalties in place for cost and completion-time overruns. One of the commentators suggested that the cost of this bridge to adds up to less than a full cent for every person in the United States. Yes, the city of Issaquah contributed $354,000, with the bulk of the funding coming from the state and federal government. However, state and federal funds are also our funds. For all who think the government has an abundant money tree, please check your own bank accounts. If one employs the math used to justify the commentator’s position of just one cent per person, that could soon add up to $14 trillion.

In a recent Issaquah Press editorial, a compelling argument was presented for continuing the state-funded program for tourism. This goes double for a charming and historic community like Issaquah. After years, the City Council and the advisory local tourism committee unfortunately have no long-term plan for marketing the city to visitors. Despite our many attractions, such as a zoo, several museums, community theater, an attractive state park plus the fish hatchery, it appears little or no thought has been given to promoting the town. More council focus is given to inconsequential tree trimming than the economic engine of tourism. The tourism committee budget is merely doled out to local organizations with the nonchalant action of a parent disbursing children’s allowance. With a meager budget of little more than a $100,000 derived from a local 1 percent hotel-motel tax, while other cities levy a 2 percent, the money appears to be frittered away to black-hole projects such as the long-delayed trolley to nowhere. Issaquah tourism, and the jobs it would spur, deserves much better from our elected officials.

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The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust at 20 ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ at Village Theatre

Rachel Beckwith I am so sorry for your loss. Such a beautiful child. Most children her age don’t appreciate just the little things we can do to change the world. I wish people would slow down on the highways. We are losing too many precious children that don’t deserve to die. I know she will be missed. Revelation 21:3-4 says, death will be no more nor pain nor outcry the former things have passed away. I cannot wait until all innocent people like Rachel will be resurrected in a perfect paradise Earth. God did not want us to suffer because of our parents Adam and Eve; we have inherited imperfection. Again, I am sorry for the parents who lost their precious daughter. And I hope this will at least show drivers why we should slow down on the freeways and not to cause another wrongful death. Lakisha Mckenzie

Great article. Really shows the history and commitment in this effort. My mom and I were on some of this year’s trek. It was great to see the hundred or so folks along the trail. I am still a little sore. Of course, Mom is in better shape (age 84) and did 14 miles! See you on the trail. Brogan Thomsen

This was a fantastic production! I’m one of those fans who know every lyric, and the talent did not disappoint. Such unique staging — bringing the characters up to date with jeans and backpacks. Lisa Olivia


Facebook cyberbullying The Internet has allowed these type of “behind the scene” crimes to flourish, and probably a lot of the time, unnoticed. It has also allowed for people to develop a backbone or feel as they can be overly vulgar because they are sitting behind a computer — just need to view YouTube comments to see that. Personally, I think the lack of standards (now that I’m older) of watching children’s activities and the access to apps/sites make it all that much easier. Granted, kids will be kids and bullying has been around for eons, but I guess it hurts more when it’s your kid being bullied. Toby Barnett

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P UBLIC M EETINGS Aug. 4 Cemetery Board 6:30 p.m. Coho Room, City Hall 130 E. Sunset Way

Aug. 8 Council Services & Safety Committee 5 p.m. Eagle Room, City Hall 130 E. Sunset Way Arts Commission 6:30 p.m. Coho Room, City Hall 130 E. Sunset Way

Aug. 9 Council Land & Shore Committee 6 p.m. Baxter Room, City Hall Northwest 1775 12th Ave. N.W. Issaquah School Board Agenda: Issaquah School District 2011-12 budget public hearing 7 p.m. Issaquah School District Administration Building 565 N.W. Holly St. Sister Cities Commission 7 p.m. Coho Room, City Hall 130 E. Sunset Way

City to elevate flood-prone homes The city Planning Department is considering a permit to allow crews to elevate flood-prone homes along Issaquah Creek. Plans call for elevating four homes in the Sycamore neighborhood by about 4 feet above the 100-year floodplain. The project includes decks, stairs, landings, walks, foundations, crawlspaces and some minor modifications to the homes to account for the elevation. The homes along Sycamore Drive Southeast and Southeast Sycamore Place qualified for a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant program administered by the city. The city also intends to elevate a home along Northwest Cherry Place. In January 2009, floodwaters ruined houses in hard-hit Sycamore. Since that major flood, crews breached a Great Depression-era levee across the creek from the neighborhood to allow more room for the creek to meander during floods.

City Council mulls 10 percent water rate hike Issaquah customers could start paying more for water by early next year. The city is proposing a 10 percent rate increase to replace aging pump stations and water mains, address increased operating costs related to increased charges from Cascade Water Alliance, and provide debt service coverage required in bond agreements. The average residential customer should pay about $2.91 more per month, if the City Council approves the hike. Plans call for the increase to take effect starting with the December billing cycle. The city last increased water rates in 2009. However, last year the city cut water rates and adopted a dollar-for-dollar utility tax in order to pay for municipal fire hydrants. The change came after a state Supreme Court decision regarding hydrants. The proposal will be discussed by the Council’s Utilities, Environment & Technology Committee. The proposal is expected to return to the full council by mid-September.





to complain about school cafeteria food and ended up whipping bologna sandwiches at board members. Also assuming there are not millions of dollars that seem to have gone missing, that the roofs of high school gyms are not going to be caving in any time soon. All of these things really happened in Cleveland. Luckily, the last occurred when the building was empty so no one was hurt, and one result was that voters passed a capital improvement bond issue for the first time in something like 20 years. Guess people decided investing a few maintenance dollars might not be a bad idea after all. Incidentally, for a while I loved covering the big-city stuff, even if it was for a weekly. I got a kick out of hanging out with the big boys, once having the mayor drive my car while being chased by her security (long story), and being among the first to ever walk into what was then the new Cleveland Browns Stadium. Incidentally, I also got a little tired of Cleveland’s big-city stuff, too. You’ve seen one long argument fueled by racial politics, you’ve pretty much seen them all. And they never get any less ugly. Smaller beats decidedly have their attractions. It could be Issaquah may be one of the more inspiring beats I’ve had. For example, in my first week here, I talked with two senior citizens — “senior” being a very relative term. One just wrote his first novel. The other won a gold medal in an international athletic competition and likes to take sprints up Tiger Mountain followed by 100 or so pushups. I’m not sure I could do 100 pushups in a week. In any case, these two may end up inspiring me to drop 50 pounds and finally write that fantasy. Or maybe that sentence is fantasy? At the moment, who knows? No matter what happens, I’m still glad I met these gentlemen. This undoubtedly sounds corny, but meeting outstanding people is one of the perks of journalism no matter where you work. And, hey, if anybody wants to start a food fight at a school board meeting, just let me know. I’ll bring my camera. Sounds like fun.

director of communications. If the school board approves the budget as written, the district will lay off the equivalent of five fulltime custodial staffers. The spending plan also calls for some readjustment of bus routes and increases in athletic fees. Additionally, the cost of sending your child to all-day kindergarten classes will increase from $3,400 to $3,500. Regarding the athletic fees, Kuper said under the current budget plan, high school athletes will pay $150 per sport played, up from $120. Students who take part in multiple sports will pay a

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Hike-a-thon FROM PAGE A1

Washington has such a diversity of landscapes for people to explore. In this kind of summer where a lot of the high country is still out of reach and under snow, we want people to know that there are so many great places to explore very close to home.” Hike-a-Thon raised $63,500 for the organization last year — a larger haul than the $5,000 generated during the inaugural fundraiser in 2004. The number of participants and dollars raised continues to increase each year, organizers said. Hikers collect sponsors and pledges from family and friends, then spend August logging mile after mile on trails across Washington. Some hikers use photos and reports to document each trek, but each hiker’s tally is based on the honor system. Hikea-Thon participants can earn prizes, such as outdoor gear, in addition to the blisters. “Hike-a-Thon connects hikers with the well-being of the trails under their boots,” Hike-a-Thon

Issaquah sends condolences to Norway after Oslo tragedy The recent terrorist attacks in Norway prompted a global outpouring of goodwill to the Scandinavian nation, including a message from Issaquah. Sister Cities Commission Chairman Mike Pautz sent a note to officials in Issaquah’s sister city, Sunndal, after the July 22 attacks on government buildings in the capital, Oslo, and a nearby youth camp.

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maximum fee of $300. Fees cover only about 10 percent of the cost of high school sports programs, Kuper added, saying the increases will help pay for some needed new trainers. Middle school athletes will not see any fee increases. As for changes to bus routes, Niegowski said the district hopes to minimize routes for students who live within one mile of their school. Issaquah schools have been adjusting routes for about five or six years, she added. So far, according to Niegowski, there has not been much reaction to the increased athletic fees or the changes in bus routes. Because of the state of the economy, many people have come to see increased fees and similar measures as a fact of life, Niegowski said.

Coordinator Kara Chin said. “It’s a tangible, fun and healthy way to give back to those trails and public lands. Anyone can participate, whether you hike a little or a lot, up mountains or down valleys. It’s for anyone who likes to hike.” Lauren Braden, communications director for the organization, said cool, cloudy conditions persisting through July offered another boost for hikers to hit the trails in August. “Our summer has been so slow to start, and Hike-a-Thon is really giving them an added incentive to get out and hike in August,” Braden said as the monthlong event launched. “August is pretty much it — provided that this week is an indication of what’s to come, that summer is actually going to stick around.” Hike-a-Thon, she added, offers others incentives to participants. “By the end of August, I was in great shape. I had awesome stories,” Braden said. “It really does push you to go and put off painting the house and doing things around town because you’ve got to go out and hike.” Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or Comment at

Authorities put the death toll at 77 people. “I wanted to take a moment to say hello and send our positive thoughts to you and your families throughout Norway. Given the recent events in Oslo, and elsewhere in the world, it is important that we all do our best to help spread goodwill and support,” Pautz wrote. “Many of us in Issaquah are thinking of you and hoping that you are all doing well.” Sunndal is more than 200 miles from Oslo, the largest city in Norway. Issaquah and Sunndal leaders established a sister-city relationship 20 years ago. The pact included some early exchanges, but diminished as the years passed. Representatives from both cities intend to reignite the relationship soon. Issaquah also claims Chefchaouen, Morocco, as a sister city.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 • “The good news and the bad news is that nobody is surprised,” she added. Teacher layoff notices originally went out in mid May. Even while local school officials waited for the state legislature to approve their 2011-13 budget, they were obligated to renew teacher contracts by May 15. Unsure of the final state budget, administrators came up with a worst-case scenario that included layoffs for 36 teachers. According to Kuper, all potentially laid-off teachers will be back in front of students when schools open in a few weeks. Because Issaquah schools were able to halt the potential layoffs, class sizes will remain the same as in previous years, according to both Kuper and Niegowski. All in all, according to Niegowski, the district could


Residents from the Sammamish Plateau to Squak Mountain reported bear sightings — and emptied or destroyed birdfeeders — throughout July. State wildlife officials and organizations remind residents in Issaquah and other communities near bear habitat to take precautions to limit the potential for dangerous encounters. Conflicts can arise after people feed the animals. If a person puts out treats for bears or neglects to secure potential food sources, such as garbage containers, pet food and birdfeeders, he or she can attract unwanted attention from the animals. Otherwise, bears tend to steer clear of people. However, the animals start to lose their fear if they become food-conditioned, or come to identify humans as a food source. Usually, the Department of Fish and Wildlife traps and relocates nuisance bears. If relocation fails, a nuisance bear may be destroyed.

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but in the days after the July 20 crash, leaders at EastLake Community Church asked Charity:Water to reactivate Rachel’s donation website. Donations started to pour in, and the flow increased to a deluge as local news outlets carried the story. “NBC Nightly News” featured a segment about Rachel’s fundraiser July 29 and donations soared beyond $700,000. Rachel’s mother Samantha Paul survived the Bellevue crash. In a message posted on Rachel’s donation website July 25, she offered thanks to donors. “I am in awe of the overwhelming love to take my daughter’s dream and make it a reality. In the face of unexplainable pain you have provided undeniable hope,” she wrote. “Thank you for your generosity! I know Rachel is smiling!”


employ up to 1,022 certified staffers. Due to increasing enrollment, the number of teachers in the district actually is slated to increase by 1.7 percent. At the same time, however, the current budget cuts teacher pay by 1.9 percent. District officials say the salary reduction is directly due to decreases in state funding. Certified administrators also are due to receive pay cuts of 3 percent. In a letter sent to district employees, Superintendent Steve Rasmussen said teachers can earn back their pay reduction through a couple of different means, including taking on extra professional development hours. Tom Corrigan: 392-6434, ext. 241, or Comment at

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and Wildlife offers tips for people to avoid bear conflicts. Find the guide on the agency’s website, Follow the “Living With Wildlife” link. Learn more bear safety tips from the nonprofit Grizzly Bear Outreach Project at

State wildlife agents prefer to release bears at least 40 miles away and across rough terrain from the capture site to prevent bears from returning. In addition, releasing nuisance animals near other populated areas is also undesirable. The dense population in East King County presents a challenge for relocating nuisance bears. “That’s sort of superimposed on top of a growing population, particularly as King County pushes toward the mountains,” Bartlett said. “With the population density, there are just more people to run into bears. Then, when you drop this weather pattern on top of it, that’s what you get.”

TROOPERS SEEK WITNESSES TO CRASH Washington State Patrol investigators put out a call last week for witnesses to the deadly pileup along Interstate 90 in Bellevue. The crash fatally injured a 9year-old Issaquah girl and injured numerous other motorists, including a handful of Issaquah residents. Investigators asked for witnesses to call Detective Greg Wilcoxson at 360-805-1195 or Detective Jeff Maijala at 401-7742. Just before 8 a.m. July 20, as traffic slowed due to congestion near the Interstate 405 interchange at 133rd Avenue Southeast, a tractor-trailer jackknifed into a logging truck in the adjacent lane, authorities said. The impact dislodged the rear axle of the logging truck and sent the piece hurtling into traffic.

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For broker, home is where the heart used to be

By Tom Corrigan Issaquah Press reporter When the recent economic upheaval began to strike at local real estate sales, Issaquah native and real estate broker Scott Weeda decided he needed a way to differentiate himself from every other agent out there. “One of the big buzzwords back then was ‘niche,’” said Weeda, who works for the Issaquah office of John L. Scott Real Estate. Thanks in part to what he described as a “very bitter divorce” in 2009, Weeda discovered what has become his particular forte. When a married couple decides to separate, splitting up their possessions is, of course, a big part of the process. That process often includes selling the place the couple once called home and that — as you might have guessed — is where Weeda comes in. He described divorcing couples as an underserved segment of the population. “It’s something that few others want to touch,” Weeda said of helping splitting spouses deal with what might be their biggest joint asset. “My own experience kind of set me up for doing this,” said Weeda, who figures that roughly half of his business now involves divorcing couples. Weeda said word of mouth accounts for many of the specialized referrals he receives. He said some divorce attorneys now recommend him to their clients. Not wanting to get involved in such situations themselves, some of Weeda’s colleagues send divorce business his way. Judges or arbitrators also recommend him. “Staying neutral is really my trick,” Weeda said. Typically, one spouse or the other still is living in the home to be sold. Both sides may understand the home needs to be put on the market so sale proceeds can be divided. Nevertheless, one side or the other may not be exactly a willing participant to a sale. For many facing divorce, Weeda said the formerly shared home often represents one of two things. For either side of the divorce, a home can be the last reminder of a oncehappy relationship and something they just don’t want to give up. Alternatively, the home sale can be viewed

Gilman Village debuts summer farmers market By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter


Issaquah real estate broker Scott Weeda said his own divorce helped set the stage for what has become his specialty: helping divorced couples sell their home. as one last chance to twist the proverbial knife a little deeper into a former spouse. Weeda said his divorcing clients always want to tell him their side of the story. “They all want to talk about why they got divorced,” he stated. “Every single one of them.” And Weeda added he listens to every single story, every time. But, most importantly, he said, he stays rigorously neutral and judges no one. Weeda said it doesn’t matter to him who cheated on who or even who might have been abusive. “That’s not my issue,” Weeda said, adding it’s just not his place to judge anyone on their past behavior or their behavior in the course of the divorce. Predictably, the latter isn’t always stellar. “I think my own rotten experience gave me a special sense of empathy. I don’t see them as angry, upset people,” Weeda said, adding he knows his clients often are stuck in very uncomfortable situations. “I know they are not being themselves,” he said. Weeda further added he refuses to take

sides so that one spouse — or their attorneys — doesn’t come to think he is a spy of some kind for the opposition. He said winning the trust of divorce attorneys can be difficult but doing so has clearly added to his business. Although he is based in Issaquah, Weeda said his specialty has him selling homes all over King County and southern Snohomish County. He is insistent that there is no hint of “ambulance chasing” involved in his work, that he really tries to make difficult situations just a little bit easier. His work has gotten him noticed. Weeda has been featured on cable network CNN and National Public Radio. Not incidentally, Weeda is not soured on the idea of marriage. Despite his own divorce and everything he’s seen on the job, Weeda remarried just a few weeks ago. “I’m just a hopeless romantic,” he said, smiling. Tom Corrigan: 392-6434, ext. 241, or Comment at

Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Art Walk! Presented by Downtown Issaquah Association

issaquah art walk First Fridays all summer long This Friday August 5 from 5pm - 8pm. Downtown & Gilman Village

The latest addition to Gilman Village is fresh for summer. The iconic shopping complex along Northwest Gilman Boulevard added a farmers market late last month in a bid to increase customer traffic. The market includes local produce, flowers and more — but nothing to compete against existing offerings at the complex. Aaron Barouh, Gilman Village president and general manager, said the concept is meant to highlight local farmers. “Why not do a farmers market that’s actually a farmers market?” he said. “Just limit it to farmers and small-scale food producers. No crafts. No walk-around food. If it works, it works. If it doesn’t, well, we tried.” The farmers market debuted July 28. The event is due to continue through late September. Because the market is open on Thursdays, no conflict exists between Gilman Village and the popular Issaquah Farmers Market at Pickering Barn on summer Saturdays. Gilman Village featured a similar open-air market in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The market offered produce, wine and more, but success waned. (That market space is occupied nowadays by Billy Bob’s Burgers & BBQ.) “That was as close to a farmers market as we came,” Barouh said. “In retrospect, it would have been

Spokane bank acquires Bank of the Northwest Spokane-based AmericanWest Bank completed acquisitions of Bank of the Northwest and Sunrise Bank late last month. Bank of the Northwest operates a branch in Issaquah along Northwest Mall Street. The former Issaquah Community Bank and other community institutions merged to form Bank of the Northwest in February 2010. Bank of the Northwest and Sunrise Bank customers can continue banking as they did before the merger — using the same bank accounts, bank-issued hardware,

IF YOU GO Gilman Village Farmers Market Thursdays through Sept. 22 Gilman Village 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd.

better to have just done a farmers market rather than that.” Barouh said he considered adding a farmers market for years. So, he explored numerous farmers markets for ideas and came to admire the Ballard Farmers Market for combining market vendors and brick-and-mortar merchants. “I always shied away from it in the past, because at most farmers markets, crafts and walk-around food are always really big components,” he said. “I always felt that that was really unfair to the merchants that are here every day and the restaurants that are here every day.” Barouh said he envisions market vendors stationed throughout the complex on Thursday afternoons. “I thought, if I’m going to do this, I want to make the village and the merchants part of the market,” he said. “I thought the village was just a spectacular ambience for something like a farmers market.” Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or Comment at

online usernames and passwords, credit cards, debit cards, checks and banking locations. The acquisitions bring AmericanWest Bank’s total assets to $2 billion. AmericanWest Bank now operates 66 branches in Washington, Idaho, California and Utah. “This is an exciting time for our entire company as we welcome valued customers and talented employees to our organization,” company CEO Scott A. Kisting said in a news release. “We are pleased to offer our new customers access to increased lending capabilities, expanded products and services and additional benefits inherent in a well-capitalized bank.”

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Hikers map future of mountaineering GPS systems become a common commodity for mapping, conserving open space

A virtual trail of bread crumbs As GPS — global position system — technology blossomed in the past decade, getting lost and disoriented has been reduced to a novelty. GPS units not only tell us where we are or how to get where we’re going, but they can also tell us where we’ve been. Coupling data gathered from a GPS system with computerized geographic information systems — commonly known as GIS — cartography has been propelled into a new age of accuracy. Hobart resident Harry Morgan has followed the rapidly changing technology and studied its applications. From 2003-2005, the retired engineer with ties to the Cascade Land Conservancy and Issaquah Alps Club completed a series of GIS courses at Green River Community College. After completing the coursework, Morgan put his new skills to use, mapping Squak Mountain’s trails for the Issaquah Alps Trails Club. “He’ll get right down and help on the GPS,” Issaquah Alps Trails Club President David Kappler said, adding that Morgan’s expertise has become a substantial asset to the club. After eight trips, Morgan had walked all the trails in the state park, using a Garmin 60CSx GPS to record his trips. He set the device — clipped to his backpack’s shoulder strap — to automatically record its location every three seconds. When he returned home, he loaded the data in his computer. “It’s just like Hansel and Gretel going into the forest,” Morgan said. “You’re leaving bread crumbs where you’ve been.” The computer program connected the points recorded by the GPS


Above, Janet Wall searches in Issaquah’s Berntsen Park for invasive plants that she can electronically mark. Below, Wall uses her Garmin eTrex vista HCx to record the location of Tansy Ragwort in Berntsen Park.

“It’s just like Hansel and Gretel going into the forest. You’re leaving bread crumbs where you’ve been.” — Harry Morgan Hobart resident

“It’s helpful to know exactly where those are found on a parcel and the extent of them. You can’t just eradicate them in the first visit.” — Janet Wall Issaquah Rivers & Streams Board member

unit, and after placing the points atop a U.S. Geological Survey base map of the area, Morgan’s map came to life. For a time, the map was sold at Issaquah’s REI. Mr. GPS Morgan also used his GPS to create trails maps in Newcastle, Enumclaw and the Rock Creek area of Maple Valley. As a Cascade Land Conservancy trustee, he also started teaching courses on GIS systems to members of the organization. Morgan even did work in Mexico, creating a city map for the town of Loreto, Baja California Sur, where he and his wife now spend each winter. In the town on the shores of the Gulf of California, Morgan rode his bike along each street, recording the locations of restaurants, hotels and shops. He even took to local parks, walking the chalk lines of a nearby soccer field. The local bookstore now sells his map. His work took another turn when he used his GPS and a depth sounder — which uses sonar pulses to detect water depth — to map the ocean floor off the coast of Loreto. The data provided crucial information about marine life in the area, and he gave the map to a local environmental group. “The thing I enjoy most about

GPS and GIS mapping is hopefully making a difference in the protection of important areas,” Morgan said. “Cartography can be an important tool if used well.” The hardware Morgan’s Garmin GPS — the size of a small handheld radio that costs in the ballpark of $200 — can only record geographic locations. He is forced to write additional information on a notepad. However, he recently began using a Trimble GeoExplorer on behalf of the Cascade Land Conservancy. The GeoExplorer is the size of a shoe and has an interface similar to a personal data assistant. The touch screen works with a stylus, and the device loads satellite images, allowing users to see — in context — where the unit has recorded information. With each data point the unit records, users can easily make notes, such as whether invasive plants are present. Nevertheless, you’d have to fork over about $3,000 to purchase one of these nifty units. The Cascade Land Conservancy purchased the unit Morgan uses with a government grant. Morgan’s sister, Janet Wall — an Issaquah Rivers & Streams Board member and 2004 Ruth Kees

Backyard bunny A cute baby bunny was discovered July 24 on the property of Bruce Byrkett, of Preston, who startled it while mowing the yard and called his wife Norma to have a look. The Byrketts recently have had frequent sightings of two adult rabbits around their home. Later after this photo was taken, Bruce Byrkett got a look at three little ones together. BY NORMA JEAN BYRKETT

Issaquah City Hall drop box is open for ballots King County Elections started mailing primary election ballots and voters’ pamphlets to residents in late July, as the Aug. 16 Election Day deadline approached. Voters can start returning ballots immediately. Return completed ballots at a drop box or through the mail. Mailed ballots require a first-class stamp. Ballots must be postmarked by Aug. 16 or returned to a drop box by 8 p.m. the same day. The elections office opened a drop box at Issaquah City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way, and others across King County late last month. If a voter does not receive a ballot by Aug. 6, contact King County Elections for a replacement. The county Voter Hotline is available 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at

206-296-8683. Aug. 8 is the in-person deadline to register to vote. Register in person at the King County Elections, 919 S.W. Grady Way, Renton. Though no Issaquah municipal or school board races appear on the August ballot, local voters decide on the county veterans-andhuman-services levy.

Gilman Village bookstore opens Ravens Books was designed to owners Philip and Lisa Boynton’s ideas about what a neighborhood bookstore should be. The bookstore opened in Gilman Village in June. “We want this to be a place for families to enjoy regular storytelling times for young children, and have a variety of books for teens and adults,” Lisa Boynton

said in a news release. “It’s important to us that it be a contemporary Northwest setting with highquality used and new books.” Philip Boynton said Ravens Books should be “a neighborhood bookstore where book clubs for all ages can meet to buy and discuss books.” The bookstore also offers the “Ravens Recycles” program, a chance for readers to pass along books to others and share books.

Newspapers’ photo contest is open to amateur shutterbugs The Issaquah Press and Sammamish Review announce their annual photo contests, open to all amateur shutterbugs. As in the past, contest photos can fall into one of three categories: people, scenic and animals. Entries will be weighed on the

Environmental Award winner — has started learning the new technology as well. (The Ruth Kees award is the highest environmental honor the city of Issaquah offers.) With a Garmin GPS of her own, she is learning to keep track of invasive plants — such as holly, ivy and yellow archangel — on specific pieces of property. “It’s helpful to know exactly where those are found on a parcel and the extent of them,” Wall said. “You can’t just eradicate them in the first visit.” In addition to noting coordinates, she can walk the perimeter of a patch of invasive plants to create a precise footprint that can be uploaded onto a GIS system. To track the size of the plants, she only needs to walk the perimeter again and compare the old and new footprints. That eliminates the need to place physical markers on the property. Thus, she can also mark the locations of streams or any other features of interest. Kappler said GPS mapping is particularly useful when it comes to locating ivy, particularly mature ivy that grows up trees, as it spreads seeds. “A lot of times, those are off trails and in unexpected places,” he said. Issaquah in the digital world In the future, Morgan said he hopes to continue mapping trails in the Issaquah area for the Issaquah Alps Club, although the maps are now posted on the organization’s website and no longer printed. “My hope and desire is to do a map of Cougar Mountain and of Tiger Mountain,” he said. However, he is now working to create a “hood hunt” for Issaquah, in which participants follow a path through the city to find landmarks and answer fun questions. Hood hunts have become popular in the Fremont and Alki neighborhoods of Seattle, and Morgan said he hopes to have Issaquah’s completed this summer. He said Issaquah’s hunt will center near Front Street and take participants about an hour and a half to walk.

basis of originality, composition, lighting and the strength of the photo’s identification with Issaquah or Sammamish. Photographers are invited to submit their entries by email, in JPEG format, to You also can mail an 8by-10 print to Amateur Photo Contest, 45 Front St., S., Issaquah, WA 98027. With all entries, include your name, address, a phone number and any story behind the photo. The entry limit is three entries per photographer. The deadline for submissions is Aug. 14. Determined by newspaper staff, winners will be announced in the Sept. 7 editions of The Press and Review. All admissions come with permission to be reproduced, with a photo credit, in any publication of The Press or Review.


AtWork! plugs in to statewide electronics recycling effort By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter

By Tim Pfarr “Are we there yet? How much farther?” If you’ve gone hiking with a child, you have surely heard these migraineinducing questions thousands of times. Harry Morgan As you take left and right turns up a mountainside, there is often no good answer to give the tired youngster. After all, how much farther is it to the top? Where in the world are you on that map you brought? If only you had a map created with GPS data. Every twist and turn on the trail would be recorded with surgical precision.

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Evergreen State consumers recycle old electronics by the bushel — more than 100 million pounds of outmoded computers, monitors and televisions since January 2009. The haul is equal in weight to 181 fully loaded Boeing 787s. Some 400,000 pounds of the statewide tally started as dropoffs to AtWork! The nonprofit organization helps connect employers and people with disabilities. AtWork! operates a recycling center in Issaquah. The organization started collecting electronics in 2009 as the state rolled out ECycle Washington, a program to collect old electronics. “That 200 tons of electronics has translated to more than $65,000 in revenue for our organization,” said Andrea Simmonds, director of development for Bellevue-based AtWork! “For us, every dollar that’s made in one of our social-enterprise businesses is a dollar that we can plow back into our mission of helping people with disabilities to find jobs in the community. So, for us, it’s kind of a win-win situation. We get to help the environment and it helps our ability to execute our mission.” The organization sends, on average, two full trailers to ECycle Washington for processing twice each month. Schools in the Issaquah School District also joined in the ecycling effort. Liberty High School parent volunteers joined ecycling nonprofit organization 1 Green Planet to host drop-off events during the school year. AtWork! started to receive more drop-offs after 1 Green Planet relocated from Issaquah to Renton. AtWork! is on track to collect more e-waste in the future, because the organization just started accepting peripheral devices, such as keyboards and printers, for recycling. Statewide, more than 250 ECycle Washington collection sites and services exist. Consumers drop off old electronics for recycling at no cost. Under a 2006 state law, manufacturers selling computers, monitors and TVs in Washington must fund and operate a program for recycling electronics. Before the program launched, most old electronics ended up in landfills. The arrangement resulted in toxic runoff and a potential mountain of wasted resources. “In this electronic age more and more of our waste contains toxics, like lead and mercury, as well as valuable resources that don’t belong in our landfills,” state Department of Ecology Director Ted Sturdevant said in a statement. E-Cycle Washington started

WHAT TO KNOW The state Department of Ecology estimates recycling 100 million pounds of electronics through E-Cycle Washington saved 31,448 tons of greenhouse gas emissions and more than 1.5 million British thermal units. The breakdown in energy savings equals: 14,472 households’ annual energy consumption 276,630 barrels of oil 12,489 gallons of gasoline AtWork! in Issaquah offers electronics recycling through the program at no cost to consumers. Find detailed recycling information — including a list of accepted items — at the organization’s website, Find a complete list of locations in King County and statewide at the ECycle Washington website,

collecting electronics in January 2009; the Department of Ecology oversees the program. “Electronics manufacturers responded to that challenge by providing responsible end-of-life recycling of electronic products for the citizens of Washington state at no charge to the consumer,” John Friedrick, executive director of the manufacturers’ organization, the Washington Materials Management and Financing Authority, said in a statement. Discarded TVs comprise the majority of the statewide haul — 62 percent, on average — of the 3.3 million pounds of electronics coming into the program per month. Consumers toss out bulky TVs in favor of flat-screen models — a major factor in the high volume of recycled TVs. Officials estimated Washington residents recycle electronics through E-Cycle Washington at a yearly rate of 5.9 pounds per person. “That’s a good rate, but we hope to do even better by increasing public awareness about this free program,” Sturdevant said. In addition to bulky items, such as computers and TVs, E-Cycle Washington also accepts tablet computers and e-readers. The program sends electronics from collection sites to processors for recycling. Most of the ewaste is processed in the United States. Then, the Department of Ecology monitors the recyclers in the program for recycling levels and to ensure exported waste is handled safely.

Lake Sammamish kokanee proposal stays afloat In a rare bipartisan effort, the U.S. House of Representatives backed a proposal July 27 to allow officials to add animals and plants to the Endangered Species Act — a measure important to a coming protection decision for Lake Sammamish kokanee salmon. In a spending bill, House Republicans called for only allowing the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to remove species from the endangered list, rather than add others. U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, a powerful Washington Democrat, led the effort to strip the so-called “extinction rider” from the spending bill. U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, Issaquah’s representative in Congress and a Republican, joined 36 other GOP representatives and 187 Democrats to support Dicks’ amendment. Under a recent legal agreement between the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Center for Biological Diversity, the agency is required to decide by the end of the year whether the Lake Sammamish kokanee proposal should proceed. Local environmental groups, governments and the Snoqualmie Tribe petitioned in 2007 to list the landlocked salmon species as endangered. If the agency lists a species as endangered, biologists create

rules to protect the animal from human interference, designate critical habitat and joins state agencies, local governments and nonprofit organizations to increase the Dave Reichert s p e c i e s ’ chance of survival. “The extinction rider would have been a disaster for hundreds of animals and plants across the country that desperately need the help of the Endangered Species Act to survive,” Noah Greenwald, endangered species program director for the Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity, said in a statement.


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From left, Sean Nyberg, Michael Essig, Lisa Barton, John L. O’Brien, Steve Leppard, Jerry Tuttle, and John Price, not pictured, Fred Hopkins, S. Russell Joe and Kirk Wines

The law firm of O’Brien, Barton, Joe & Hopkins PLLP, first established in 1981, is a general practice firm conveniently located in Issaquah, Washington. Our professionals can meet most of your varied legal needs, including the areas of Wills and Trusts, Probate, Divorce and Family Law, Business, Real Estate, Employment, serious Personal Injury, and even that occasional traffic ticket.

Never let be said that the news staff at The Issaquah Press doesn’t know how to have fun! From left, page designer and reporter David Hayes, Harvey Manning immortalized in bronze, managing editor Kathleen Merrill, reporter Warren Kagarise, sports editor Bob Taylor and photographer Greg Farrar, Seated right is reporter Tom Corrigan, the newest member of the award-winning journalism team.

The attorneys at O’Brien, Barton, Joe & Hopkins PLLP live, work and volunteer in our Issaquah and Eastside communities.

O’BRIEN, BARTON, JOE & HOPKINS, PLLP O’BRIEN PROFESSIONAL BUILDING 175 NE Gilman Blvd., #100 Issaquah, WA 98027 425-391-7427 •

Connecting the community since 1900

425-392-6434 •

From left, Dick, Rene, Susan, Ron, Jason and Brandon From left, Bret Tauscher, Financial Advisor and Sean Laughney, Financial Advisor. (Not pictured, Marie Manning, Sr. Branch Office Administrator)

It’s your future. Shouldn’t your financial advisor give it the time it deserves? Because we serve individual investors and business owners, our resources are dedicated to helping you reach your long-term financial goals.

Bret Tauscher, Financial Advisor Sean Laughney, Financial Advisor Member SIPC

1580 NW Gilman Blvd, Ste 6 Issaquah, WA 98027 (425) 394-0396

Eastside Mobile Auto Glass has been locally owned and operated since 1979. We specialize in insurance approved windshield repair and replacement, and work with ALL auto insurance companies. Quality installations are provided at your location or ours by our certified professional technicians, and our work comes with a lifetime leakage warranty. Our dedication to excellence keeps customers returning year after year. Call today or drop on by for a FREE quote! We’re located in the Issaquah Auto Mall. Serving Eastside for 32 Years


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60 NW Gilman Blvd. Issaquah • 425-391-7227 Between Big O Tire & Mark’s Japanese-European Auto Repair

Front row from left, Cynthia, Mitch, Keather, Back row from left, Yanis and Brian

Leathers is the largest full line home furnishing showroom east of Bellevue. After the big flood of 2009 we moved to our amazing new 35,000 square ft. showroom in Pickering Place. The former Linens n Things building is now chock full of more then beautiful leather furniture. We have expanded to the hottest looks in upholstered family room furniture, dining and bedroom. Now your new resource for hand made rugs, Amish furniture, Stressless Chairs, and the incredible woodwork of Theodore Alexander. Below the prices of the big upper end box stores like Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, with unmatched customer service, talented designers and a sense of humor. The New Leathers has it all, every room, every budget. Treat yourself and your home to the environment you always wanted, right here in Issaquah! 1475 11th Avenue NW Issaquah, WA 98027 425-392-7632

Front row, Dr. Shadi Araghi, Children Specialist and Dr. Ray Besharati, General and Cosmetic Dentistry. Back row, Highlands Dentistry dental team.

For Family by Family. Bring the whole family in for a truly fun dental visit! You’ll be surprised at how relaxed and at home we can make you feel in our office. Drs. Araghi and Besharati will provide you and your family with the most effective and comfortable dental services available. Come join our family of patients! CALL US TODAY TO FIND OUT ABOUT OUR NEW PATIENTS SPECIAL!


2520 NE Park Dr, Suite C Issaquah, WA 98029 425-996-0457

Dr. Michael Upton, Chiropractic Physician

Bruce and Denise Johnson

For a limited time (until August 15, 2011, some limitations and restrictions apply), we will provide no cost one half hour full body massages, by simply calling our office to be scheduled. We are the areas only Premera provider, including massage therapy, as well as being approved providers for nearly every insurance company. We bring over 33 years of experience to manage your pain including medical doctors, radiologists, personal trainers, physical and massage therapists.

Salmon Days are fast approaching and local business owners Bruce and Denise Johnson invite you to join them and many others, creek side, at their Field Of Champions Sports Bar and Grill. Great views, great ambience and great food make Field of Champions an everyday destination for local families, sports fans and business “lunchers” alike.  The sports theme makes the restaurant as much about fun as it is about good food...and yes, they do carry NFL SUNDAY TICKET!”

p 425.427.0809 f 425.427.8619 1836 25 Ave NE Issaquah, WA. 98029

425.392.7111 385 NW Gilman Blvd Issaquah


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From left, Madelyn, Talona, Amy, Jennier, Jill (owner), Danna, Kelly, Julianne, Jessie, Shea (not pictured: Talace and Anne)

Jill O’Donnell, opened Salon O last year to create a comfortable environment for stylists with established clientele,” Jill says. “All of our stylists bring many years of experience and knowledge to meet your every need. Our talented local stylists are friendly, energetic and committed to pampering our clients with the latest, trendiest styles,” says Jill. “Our goal is to provide extraordinary customer service through years of experience.” Salon O offers competitive pricing and a wide range of services, including haircuts for men, women and children, color, foils, balayage, Brazilian blowout, special occasion styling, feather extensions and waxing services.

Overlake Center, Issaquah (located next to 24-hour Fitness) 5712 East Lake Sammamish Prkwy SE #105 Issaquah, WA 98029 425.392.9000 -

From left, Dr. Kerry Moscovitz, Mikaela Ostergren, Mary Shibley, Erika Smith, Gretchen Smith, Rebecca Barnes, Dr. Will Pentecost

NewVision Eyecare is dedicated to providing the highest quality comprehensive eye care to families of Issaquah and Sammamish. Dr. Kerry Moscovitz has created a state-of-the-art eye care destination that combines computer and digital technology with clinical excellence in medical eye care and contact lenses. Our optical contains the newest custom frames from Gucci, Kate Spade, Cole Haan, Silhouette and Maui Jim among other contemporary designs. Our doctors and staff aim to create a friendly, comfortable environment to serve your eye care needs.

Pine Lake Medical Center Mercer Island 22741 SE 29th • Sammamish 2448 76th Ave SE # 106 (425) 392-2196 (206) 232-1633

The warmth of a small town... the comfort of a small community

Erica S. Fisette, CFP® & Michael J. Fisette, CFP®, MSF

Michael Fisette and his daughter Erica, founders of Fisette Financial Services, offer clients the wisdom of accumulated knowledge, and the fresh eyes of a new generation. These complementary viewpoints create blended perspectives on an ever-changing financial landscape. As Certified Financial Planner® practitioners, we will develop, implement, and continuously update a comprehensive financial plan for you. Our investment strategy is predicated on the New Normal: income generation is critical as new economies emerge, and economic shocks become commonplace.

425-507-9004 1650 NW Sammamish Road, Suite 250, Issaquah, WA 98027 Securities offered through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. member FINRA/SIPC

Rosemarry Warren

Dr. Warren offers complete dental care for your entire family. Whether you need a damaged tooth repaired or you want a total smile makeover, Dr. Warren has the advanced training and artistic vision to help you achieve your ideal smile. Her passion for learning and devotion to her patients translates into extraordinary results. Modern esthetic dentistry, like teeth whitening, veneers, and Invisalign clear braces, can give you a vibrant, attractive smile. Let our experienced and friendly dental team give you something to smile about!

Red Oak – We are an active adult and customized assisted living care offered in a smaller more personable community at the foot of Mount Si. Our caring staff insures our residents’ comfort and happiness. We offer a smaller, more personal retirement community adjacent to both thriving community activities and a tranquil parkland. Our location provides serenity and ease of access. Real life – Real Fun – Real living. Day and night, our staff is “on duty” to assure 24-hour security and prompt response in case of emergency.

We care about your quality of life. Voted Best in Snoqualmie Valley 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

425.888.7108 • 650 E. North Bend Way • North Bend

Barb Iverson

Real Estate is my passion. I truly love to help people buy and sell homes. To that end I have worked hard to become an expert in my field. I am a full time, full service, award winning broker with critical credentials to insure that my clients receive the expertise and knowledge they want and deserve. In addition, my brokerage firm is Re/Max, an internationally renowned and respected company – together we make a great team!

For all your real estate needs....CALL ME!

175 Gilman Blvd., Issaquah 425.391.9200

From left, Terry Sager, Vickie Singsaas, Ad Manager Jill Green, Amelia Vesper, Michelle Comeau, and Classified Manager Mariana Skakie make up the advertising team at The Issaquah Press and its other three newspapers. They work one-on-one with business owners to help them with budgeting, ad design and scheduling. Neil Buchsbaum, also an account rep, was not available for the photo.

Barb Iverson, CRS, ASP, CNE Cell (425) 445-7003

The administrative team at The Issaquah Press includes, from left, Kelly B., circulation; Scott Spung, accounting; Debbie Berto, publisher; Dona Mokin, advertising design; Breann Getty, production coordinator; and Wendy Enden, front desk. It takes 27 employees of Issaquah Press Inc. to publish three weekly newspapers, one monthly newspaper, four annual magazines and numerous special sections.

Connecting the community since 1900

Connecting the community since 1900

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Proliance Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine - Issaquah Location

Elizabeth Kasprzak, owner

At Proliance Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine, we specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of general orthopaedic conditions and sports injuries, in addition to conditions requiring more specialty-focused care. In our new facility in Issaquah, we offer the following key services in one convenient location: orthopaedic clinic, physical therapy, MRI and outpatient surgery. As the only orthopaedic surgical practice to have served the greater Issaquah and Sammamish communities for over 25 years, we look forward to serving you when the need arises.

Issaquah Skin Care - private oasis in Issaquah Highlands offers full menu of facial therapies and quality skin care products. Private, by appointment only, setting ensures full, one-on-one, personal attention to each client’s individual needs. Owned and operated by European born Elizabeth Kasprzak Issaquah Skin Care over the years has become a spa of choice for many demanding and results seeking skin care clients.

510 8th Ave NE, Suite 200 Issaquah, WA 98029 Phone: 425-392-3030 Fax: 425-392-2564

1135 116th Ave NE, Suite 510 Bellevue, WA 98004 Phone: 425-455-3600 Fax: 425-455-3920

Issaquah Skin Care

1605 Huckleberry Circle, Issaquah WA, 98029 425.996.0419

From left, Sheena Sanders and Jessica Anderson

At Suburban Soul, we offer a broad selection of premium denim, tops, accessories, shoes, beauty products, home décor, as well as men’s shirts and jeans. Our specialty is jeans, and we carry many brands, including Big Star, Citizens of Humanity, Miss Me, Jag, Worn, Not Your Daughter’s Jeans, Silver, Joe’s and many more. Our pride is our exceptional customer service and support — visit us today and discover your new favorite store!

425-391-8171 735 Gilman Blvd Next to R.E.I. in the Commons

OPENING SOON! Our Christian Science Reading Room is for all to enjoy. Explore, shop, read, browse, study and experience prayerful quiet. Bibles, Bible study guides, writings of Mary Baker Eddy including Science and Health with key to the Scriptures, CDs, magazines, books and the Christian Science Monitor weekly newspaper are all available to borrow or purchase. We welcome you to come inside or sit by our reflection pool and have a peaceful moment in your day.

Watch for our open house in the fall.

Christian Science 415 Rainier Blvd. N. Issaquah 425-392-8140 Reading Room

The whole Riverdog Pack

Our mission is to unleash a new capacity for learning and communication between each dog and owner that strengthens the bonds of commitment and understanding between themselves, their families, and their community. We’ve trained and cared for thousands of dogs — in Issaquah, Snoqualmie and the greater Seattle area with unique, practical curriculum based on positive rewards and clear communication. Whether your dog needs training, more exercise, behavior modification, or simply a decent bath, our award-winning staff is completely focused on helping almost any dog become a better, more enjoyable family pet. Come see us! Initial behavior consultations are always complimentary. Obedience . Classes . Daycare & Training C.A.M.P. Puppy KinderPlay . Private Instruction

1400 19th Avenue NW • 425.427.5958

From left, Chris, Jeff, Josh, Salvador, Bill, Jake and Travis

Since 1910, Fischer Meats has provided Issaquah with the finest quality meats, poultry and fresh sausages. As the oldest business in Issaquah, we have seen some changes, but the two things that never change are the quality of our meats and outstanding customer service. Our seafood partner, Wild Salmon Seafood, specializes in wild salmon, seafood, shellfish, smoked fish and so much more!

85 Front Street North Issaquah (425) 392-3131

From left, Les Bedford, Susan D’Angelo, Sarah Hulbert, Dale Peterson and Phil Miller

1st Reverse Mortgage USA is dedicated to serving the senior homeowners and business professionals in our community. Although new to Issaquah, we are veterans in the reverse mortgage field – our Issaquah office staff represents over 55 years combined experience in this industry. We believe that all senior homeowners should have the opportunity to make informed decisions regarding their personal well-being. This requires education. Our goal is to provide that education, and to enable them to obtain the financial security that they deserve. We look forward to talking with you soon! 1505 NW Gilman Blvd, Suite 2 Issaquah, WA 98027 425-200-0860 direct 877-217-0166 toll free NMLS# 3001

Tony Fuentes, Owner

German Car Specialists, Inc. has been servicing fine German Automobiles on the Eastside since 1979. German Car Specialists has become somewhat of a legacy, with the children of our founding customers now bringing their automotive needs to our establishment on a regular basis. Combining specialized factory equipment, knowledgeable technicians and great customer service, German Car Specialists has earned a reputation that can be trusted. We are centrally located in the Factoria area of Bellevue, and have a shuttle available for convenient transport. Please come by any time and learn how our extensive experience and service can help enhance your ownership of your Mercedes-Benz®, BMW®, or Audi®. 425-644-7770 12408 SE 38th Bellevue, WA 98006


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Back row from left, Michael, Dave, Ken, Yung Mee, Claire, Jorge, Jeff, Adan Front row Dan, Bentley his associate

Evans Creek is a family owned and operated landscape business. We design, build and maintain exceptional garden spaces. Projects range from simple pruning to complete garden renovations. The quality of our work reflects exceptional planning and the dedication of our staff, which includes the finest technicians and artisans. Evans Creek Landscaping was acknowledged as the “Best Landscaper” runner up, by 425 MAGAZINE! We truly love to create new gardens and enjoy getting to know our clients. Give us a call! We look forward to serving you with honesty, quality and creativity. - We’re truly grateful Daniel & Claire Higgins 425-836-4643

Making the world a better place, one garden at a time.

Front row from left, Paula, Charlene, Mark Germack D.D.S., Barry Feder D.D.S.,P.S., Back row from left, Kileen, Patti, Heidi, Julie, Vonnie, Ann, Laura and Jossie

Barry Feder, D.D.S., P.S. & Mark Germack, D.D.S. Voted top dentist for 2009, 2010 and 2011 by his peers in Seattle Metropolitan Magazine Voted favorite dentists in Issaquah 4 years running!

From left, Dave, Mat B., Mat S., Kristie, Carlos the mannequin, Scott, Cole

At Pacific Bicycle Company we take pride in our beautiful two-story shop and love the Pacific NW. We ride the local trails, roads and slopes. We give back to the community by participating in making our trails and recreation areas better for everyone. Our expert staff can help the seasoned veteran or the occasional rider. Let us help you find the right bike, equipment, gear, and help you keep it in running smoothly. Join us on one of our weekly road or mountain bike rides. We rent and service skis and snowboards in the winter, and also sell snowboards and winter clothing and gear.

Call, e-mail us or stop by for friendly advice and great deals.

Serving the Plateau Since 1994 22830 NE 8th St., Sammamish 98074 425-836-3911

From left, Steve Bennett, Financial Advisor, Paula Butler, Sr. Branch Office Administrator, Kim Smith, Sr. Branch Office Administrator.

For over twenty-two years, Edward Jones has provided personalized service and a variety of investments to Eastside clients. We invite you to call and schedule a complimentary portfolio review. You are also welcome to drop in to see us and get acquainted with our experienced and professional staff.

• Family Dentist • New Patients Welcome • Extended Hours

450 NW Gilman Blvd. • Issaquah • Member SIPC

1700 NW Gilman Blvd, Ste 105 Issaquah, WA 98027 (425) 391-9160

From left, Mary, Yong, Afen, Kathy, Andy (owner & head chef), Kenny, Tony, Raymond and Ling

From left, Michelle, Adam and Craig Walker

Cascade Garden owner Andy Liu has over 30 years experience serving Chinese cuisine. He believes in providing the highest quality and freshest ingredients for the best possible Chinese dining experience. Cascade Garden features a widely varied menu, featuring the cuisines of Northern China – Szechwan, Mandarin and Hunan – as well as family recipes from Taiwan and Korea. The restaurant offers 30-60 person banquet seating, perfect for birthday celebrations, wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, corporate lunches and holiday parties.

Plateau Computer, a family business in the Klahanie Shopping Center is the plateau’s only full service computer shop. Our primary business is virus removal and tune-ups, be we offer so much more. We have a friendly and informative sales staff and service all MAC and PC products, both new and refurbished. We also are authorized retailers for Clear, Qwest/ Century Link, Dish Network and DirecTV.

Cascade Garden Chinese Restaurant & Lounge

Meadows Shopping Center 1580 NW Gilman Blvd. 425-391-9597

Bring in your PC, mention the Issaquah Press and receive 20% discount toward your service. 4534 Klahanie Dr. SE Issaquah 425-837-5483

From left, Sanh Ly, Nancy Cindric, Bronwyn McHardy-Welch, Betty Berg, Sue Jensen and Kelly Jensen BACK ROW: Lara Snead, Tim Johnson, Marcia Roling, Deidre Case, Arlene Carter FRONT ROW: Nancy Dunn, Holly Hanken, Ursula Potter, Barbara Schaefer, Olivia Ma, Colleen Hardy, Amy Lewis, Andrea Abercrombie, Jodell Etter, Johann Neethling VERY FRONT: The tail of Stevie, our Munchkin cat.

Over the past fifteen years, Plateau Jewelers has earned a reputation for brilliant craftsmanship in fine jewelry and outstanding customer service. Our graduate gemologist, experienced designers, and master craftsmen create premier custom designs. What’s more, we create this fine-crafted jewelry right in our store using the latest technology.

Located on the south end of the Sammamish Plateau, Providence Marianwood provides excellent skilled nursing care with respect and compassion in a peaceful and healing environment. Specializing in short term post-hospitalization care and rehab and long term nursing care, Marianwood is always “Here when you need us”! You are welcome to come for a tour. Call (425) 391-2873 to schedule an appointment. Marianwood is also a great place to volunteer. Check our website for complete information.

To serve you better we are remodeling our store. During construction you can find us three doors down from our normal location. So if you are looking for beautiful jewelry, and want to build a relationship with a professional jeweler, stop by this gem of a jewelry store. We are conveniently located on the Sammamish Plateau in the Pine Lake Plaza.

3725 Providence Point Drive SE Issaquah, WA 98029 (425) 391-2800

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From left, Dennis Dossett, Korinne Gang, Jean Luo, Margaret McElroy, Alexander Dewar and Alan McElroy.

From left, Dr. Ronald G. Sherman, Dr. Oleg Shvartsur

The byline for the Margaret M Center for Intuitive Arts is “Where body, mind, and soul meet, and where personal and business success begins.” It provides an environment for personal growth to facilitate personal success, development, and awareness based on your individual journey and offers workshops and classes for business success as well as individual counseling and personal development and a free metaphysical library. Visit for directions and a listing of services.

We have been in the Issaquah/Sammamish area for 15 years, with most of the same staff for more than 10 years. You will always see the same faces on every visit. Our goals are: 1. Never lecture anybody about their oral habits of the past. 2. Present all options, and let the patient choose what treatment they want completed or not. 3. Keep our fees on the “low side”. We want to help you through this difficult economy. 4. Nobody will “out-customer-service” us! 5. Maintain PPO relationships. We are a PPO for WDS and all other PPO’s. Come see “The New Face of Dentistry”!

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From left, Braden Davis, Josh Harrison and Kyle Schwartz From left, David, Tom, Alex, Kevin, Nikki, Corey, Lisa, Sean, Brad, Ken and Chris

Family-owned Klahanie Service Center uses the most up-to-date diagnostic and repair equipment to service your Asian, domestic or European vehicle. Five master certified ASE technicians, with a combined experience of 90+ years, top off the perfect combination of location, experience and friendly service. The shop offers you the flexibility of early drop off and late pick up of your vehicle. We have changed to Chevron to serve you better. We also offer Chevron gasoline, diesel fuels and a convenience store.

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From left, Arnavi Chheda, Ashley Williams, Priyanka Pant, Sumitha Reddy and Bryce Goodwin

A mathnasium membership helps your child in both academic and daily life, on standardized tests, and beyond to an unlimited future. We improve each student’s focus and understanding to build the skills and self-confidence necessary for a lifetime of success! Better grades are just the beginning. Discover how a better understanding of math can open new doors! Whether a studetn is advanced at Mathematics, or struggling with it, Mathnasium can aid success through customized programs tailored to the student’s specific needs.

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From left to right, Yuliya Boltach receptionist, Simone Isturis Veterinary Assistant, Brook Nicholson receptionist, Kristen Gardner Veterinary technician, Kathryn Christensen Veterinary Assistant, William Hougham DVM, Sukhdeep Brar DVM, Rachel Bangs Receptionist

Klahanie Center Veterinary Hospital has been providing quality and compassionate care to the residents of the Sammamish Plateau since 1998. Located next to Klahanie QFC, our conveniant house and same day appointments 7 days a week fit even the busiest schedules. Dr. Brar and Dr. Hougham provide everything from routine care, specialized surgery, emergency care and laser therapy. Our therapy laser has been successful in non-invasively reliving pain for many beloved pets. Call today for an appointment!

Klahanie Center Veterinary Hospital

4582 Klahanie Drive SE Issaquah, WA 98029 (425) 392-3110

Bellevue Paint & Decorating, Inc. is very proud and excited to be celebrating its seventh year serving the Sammamish community. Bellevue Paint & Decorating, Inc. presents their premium coating, Benjamin Moore paints, Sikkens stains and clear finishes, for all of your painting needs. For your decorating needs, we offer a complete line of paint and wallpaper supplies. Please call us at 425-836-5484 or stop by to meet our Sammamish Plateau store manager, Josh Harrison, and his friendly and knowledgeable staff, who will help you complete your project right the first time. Or visit our other store at 13120 Bel-Red Rd. 425-454-7509.

Dick Wahl’s BELLEVUE PAINT & DECORATING, INC. 425-836-5484 • 612 228th Ave • Sammamish Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7-6 • Sat. 9-4 • Sun 10-4

From left, Nakkia Luna, Josh Luna, Jeremy Hatch and J.R. Guse

TAJ Collision Center is a family business with 18 years of quality and excellent customer service in Issaquah. We offer complete auto body collision repair, insurance, restorations, bikes and custom work. Our promise to you is to provide quality work and great customer service. All of our work has a lifetime guarantee and we work with all insurance companies. We look forward to meeting you and taking care of your car needs.

“Our Customers Drive Home Our Reputation”

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Insurance, Restoration, Bikes & Custom Work 60 NW Gilman Blvd, #D, Issaquah 425.557.7993

Left to right, Traci Hiegel, M.D., Meghan Wilkins, Annie Piñeyro, A.R.N.P., Jennifer Brown, Bonnie Raymond, David Hildebrand, M.D., Nicole Arwine, Hannah Helm, Zoë Shih, A.R.N.P., Laura Orta

Since 1989 Cascade Pediatrics has been providing unparalleled quality care for Issaquah and the surrounding areas. Founded and owned by practicing physician Dr. David Hildebrand and in partnership with Dr. Traci Hiegel, Cascade Pediatrics has grown exponentially over the years and now includes nurse practitioners Zoë Shih and Annie Piñeyro. Our mission at Cascade Pediatrics is to provide high quality medical care to the community that we work in, live in and love.

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La Costa Mexican Restaurant serves authentic Mexican food and is family owned and operated. They create mouth-watering, delicious salsas and tortilla chips daily using only the freshest ingredients. Enjoy free appetizers and drink specials from 3 pm to 6:30 pm daily in the lounge. Lunch specials are available Monday through Friday. Come enjoy a taste of Mexico soon!

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From left, Barbara, Sherise, Andrea, Bill, Amanda, Janae, Ashley, Jeremy and Dannielle

Salon Boulevard has been serving Issaquah since 1979. Come see Issaquah’s finest hairstylists! Let us bring new life to your drab, boring hair and repair tired, damaged do’s. We now feature Bumble & Bumble products. Stop in for $5 off your first Bumble purchase anytime during the month of August.

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Susan Gerend, Real Estate Agent

From waterfront estates to vacant land, Susan specializes in helping her clients prepare their property for our competitive real estate market. Together, they prioritize repair and improvements to minimize inspection issues. This not only promotes a smooth transaction but also will ultimately help to maximize the net proceeds of the home. Susan endeavors to work hard for her clients and derives the greatest pleasure from seeing their hopes fulfilled. As a Windermere agent, she is proud to be associated with the Windermere Foundation which strives to give back to the community and help those in need. She is in this business because she knows the difference between a house and a home. Whether you’re buying or selling a home, she’ll be there every step of the way.

Shelly Green, Sr. Branch Office Administrator & David Bleiweiss, Financial Advisor

At Edward Jones, we don’t expect anyone to invest with us until they know our investment philosophy. I believe I have a responsibility to understand the unique financial needs of each and every client, and that’s why we are in the middle of our community. Relationships are key, and in our view, meeting face to face builds strong relationships. David and Shelly look forward to meeting you and your family.

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From left, Michele, Kristiana, Josh, Mike, Denise, Todd, Kevin, Kara, Laurissa, Tina and Jason

Celebrating 78 years of serving Issaquah and surrounding communities! The Grange Supply team is dedicated to our customers through superior service and quality products! Experts on hand to answer your most difficult questions regarding pet, wildlife, lawn and garden, animal feed, tack, supplements, fencing and clothing. Convenient access to a 24 hour ethanol-free fuel island. Bio-diesel and propane during normal business hours. The Grange Supply, creating a unique shopping experience for the Issaquah community!

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From left, Sue, Lynne, Nicole, Stephanie, Celeste, Chris, Nadia, Deb, & Jessica

At Washington Imaging Services, we use today’s most advanced medical imaging technologies to look for answers. The detailed images we capture allow radiologists with subspecialty expertise to detect and evaluate diseases and other conditions faster and more accurately than ever before. And that leads to more targeted treatment plans for better outcomes and saved lives. We call it Imaging for Answers. It’s how WIS provides you and your physician with a clearer picture of your health to guide your clinical care decisions.

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Hollywood debut awaits local author Storyteller Sarah Gerdes is force behind upcoming films

By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter Sarah Gerdes, author and mother to Conor, Porsche and Mercedes, balances motherhood and Hollywood. The longtime local author is Sarah Gerdes nearing a milestone in a lifelong effort to tell stories to the masses: films based on the books she spent years to create. The lineup includes “The Kim Sisters” — a musical about a trio transplanted from Korea and hurtling to success in the United States — and adventures based on “Chambers” — a series about time-traveling teenagers. The initial e-book in the “Chambers” series came out in May. “I am truly excited to see it come to film — and it’s not because of any financial gain, although that would be nice, not to be a starving author forever,” Gerdes said late last month. “It’s because I can’t wait to see it through somebody else’s eyes. I’ve written this work that has all of these characters. I have a theme and I know where it’s going.” Lucas Foster — the producer behind “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” and other action-packed films — refers to Gerdes as “the Terminator” for the perseverance and passion she delivers on each project. Foster’s Warp Entertainment is producing “The Kim Sisters” and “Cham-

bers” films. “The amount of money we spend to make a movie, and then market and distribute a movie, is colossal. So, we have to do some thinking about who our audience is very early on and who we’re trying to reach,” he said. “Are we capable of reaching them with whatever it is we’re building? I think Sarah — she doesn’t have to think that way — but I think she’s inclined to think that way as well.” The figures in “The Kim Sisters” relocated from war-torn Korea to Rat Pack-era Las Vegas. The classic rags-to-riches tale chronicles the sisters on a meteoric arc from the Las Vegas Strip to “The Ed Sullivan Show” and into the depths of addiction. “I felt like it was such an important story. I didn’t want to screw it up and I didn’t want to tell him too much before I had it written,” Gerdes said. “He kind of kept hearing that something might be interesting somehow, but I needed to get it baked.” In the meantime, she submitted a 25-page “Chambers” overview to Foster in September 2010. Intrigued, the producer requested more. Then, a month later, after Gerdes handed “The Kim Sisters” to Foster, Warp Entertainment optioned the piece for a film. Foster envisions the planned film about “The Kim Sisters” as a musical similar to “Chicago” or “Evita” — box-office blockbusters in the category. The experience presents a challenge for the action-oriented producer. “It’s very much like an action


Issaquah resident Ian McEntire, 19, celebrates with author Sarah Gerdes after winning a walk-on-role in a film under development by Foster’s Warp Entertainment.



Lucas Foster, Hollywood producer (left), and Sarah Gerdes, local author, discuss their collaboration as they prepare to transform her books into films. movie in the sense that the movie is built around the action sequences, which in this case are musical numbers,” he said. “Weirdly, it has a similar rhythm to something that I’ve done before, even though I haven’t spent a lot of time with musical arranging and all of the sort of tools one uses to fit music into a film format.” “The Kim Sisters” — billed as “the greatest American story never told” in a promotional reel — builds upon a biography Gerdes completed last year. “I thought it was a good female empowerment story,” Foster said. “I thought it was universal.” In February, Gerdes and Foster huddled to discuss “Chambers”

and revisions to the planned storyline. The author incorporated the feedback into the burgeoning series about brother-and-sister team Cage and Mia. Though “Chambers” abounds in colorful locales and eras, Foster said the characters define the storyline. “What I really like about it is, they’re very witty, they really have their heads on their shoulders. They have to tap into their knowledge from school, but they also have to tap into sort of street smarts to stay ahead of it,” he said. “I think it sends a positive message.” Warp Entertainment snapped up a film option for the five-book series in May.

Type-A collaborators Gerdes dashes off sentences in spare moments at home in rural King County between Issaquah and Maple Valley. In addition to assembling the “Chambers” series, she muses on a feisty blog about food, fitness, motherhood and, of course, the long transition from page to screen. Gerdes is in constant motion — a holdover from the punishing hours she once kept in the tech field. The author also credits her parents for instilling a muscular work ethic. “If I just even have a moment,

Local author Sarah Gerdes and Hollywood producer Lucas Foster rolled out the “Chambers” e-book at a series of events late last month at electronics retailers across the Eastside. In a contest for fans, Ian McEntire, a 19-year-old Issaquah resident, clinched a walk-on role in a film under development by Foster’s Warp Entertainment.

“Sure, you can write a book by yourself, and it may even be good, but the collaboration of a few key people can really make a difference in the outcome.” — Lucas Foster Hollywood film producer

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Numerous artists participated in the city’s Chalk Art Festival at the Issaquah Community Center on July 26. The top artists in each category created a variety of artwork using chalk and a concrete canvas:

Ages 12 to 15 First: Sharda Raina Second: Anumita Chopra Third: Avalon Feiler

Age 6 and younger First: Tanisha Kshirsagar Second: Archita Chopra Third: Amanda and Haakon Nyiaka Ages 7 to 11 First: Aparna Krishnan Second: Sophia Hurley


Ages 16 to adult First: Spencer Hildie and Christina Frost Second: Allison Haywood Third: Melissa Heitkamp

Above, Ellen Li, 7, of Sammamish, draws the sun in a blue sky looking down on a flower during the Chalk Art Festival July 26 at the Issaquah Community Center. At left, Tanisha Kshirsagar, 5, of Sammamish, draws a border of flowers around her sidewalk panel at the community center.

Family First: Macaire Ament and Fiona Kine Second: Aadi Kaul and family Third: Jhacoli Yang and family

Vivian, 12, wears black chalk stripes on her face as she draws a cheddar cracker goldfish with a hat. She asked her last name not be used.

Above, Sheama Tura, 6, of Issaquah, wears a shirt as colorful as the chalk as she draws a beach and a palm tree for a tropical scene. At right, an orange cat looks over the top of a dresser drawer in a finished art creation.

Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is fishing for volunteers By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter Onlookers teem to the bridge across Issaquah Creek and Issaquah Salmon Hatchery grounds each fall as coho and chinook salmon complete a long journey from the Pacific Ocean. In order to share information and tales about the salmon species’ life cycle, Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery needs volunteers to serve as guides. The

spawning season stretches from September through November. FISH, a nonprofit organization, conducts educational tours for school groups and other hatchery visitors on weekdays each autumn, as traffic transforms the quiet hatchery grounds into a bona fide tourist destination. FISH Executive Director Jane Kuechle said the ideal docent candidate is “somebody who likes to impart knowledge and who likes

to teach.” Volunteers complete a daylong training program before joining the docent ranks. Kuechle joined FISH as executive director June 13, and she plans to complete the program, too. “Some of the people that you would be giving tours to at the hatchery are schoolchildren, as well as adults,” she said. “There’s a full range of people who go through the hatchery on tours.”

In addition to hatchery tours, FISH advocates for retaining and improving the historic hatchery, promotes watershed stewardship and helps state hatchery employees spawn salmon. Docents also promote community involvement and participate in the Salmon Days Festival — a blockbuster event at the hatchery. FISH docents don vests and hold signs aloft as they roam the hatchery grounds during the festival.

Salmon Days attracts more than 100,000 people to the hatchery and downtown Issaquah in a typical year. The event offers docents “a chance to be able to share their knowledge and their love of salmon and the hatchery and downtown Issaquah,” Kuechle said. Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or Comment at

GET INVOLVED Friends of the Issaquah Hatchery volunteer training 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 27 Watershed Science Center at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, 80 Newport Way S.W. Call the FISH hotline at 4270259 or email Volunteer Coordinator Beverly Lee at to sign up as a volunteer or enroll in the training. FISH volunteers must be 18 or older. Learn more about the organization at

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Bellevue/Issaquah Trout Unlimited presents a free flycasting clinic from 5-8:30 p.m. Aug. 10 at Beaver Lake Park. Learn tips from pros, whether beginning casting techniques or to fine tune skills or new tricks. Bring your own gear and test drive the newest systems. Food and beverages will be available. Learn more at

The Sammamish Symphony Orchestra seeks string musicians for the 2011-12 season. Call 206-517-7777. The Providence Point White Elephant Sale is from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 5-6 and from 9-11 a.m. Aug. 7 at 4135 Providence Point Drive S.E. Call 392-1222. The Highlands Soccer Club fall 2011 registration is open through Aug. 5 at The club is open to boys and girls ages 3-12. Matches are at the Issaquah Highlands Central Turf Fields on Sunday afternoons. There is a $49 program fee and a $39 uniform fee to new members. It’s National Farmers Market Week at the Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 6 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W., featuring the following events: Children’s pony rides are all day in the grass pasture Buck & Elizabeth perform a family ventriloquist and music show from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the courtyard A cooking demonstration by Chef Elon Wagoner, of Era Living, is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the outdoor market. The Providence Marianwood gallery presents Sammi Splash through Sept. 30. View a preview of artwork to be featured at this year’s fifth Sammamish Art Fair and the 2011 SAMMI Award Art Collection from 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 17 at Providence Marianwood, 3725 Providence Point Drive S.E. The Sammamish Chamber of Commerce presents its annual “Sammamish Nights” from 6:30-10 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Sam-


mamish Commons. It features Ventura Highway Revisited, local wine tasting and top restaurants. Register at VIP price is $65; general admission is $45. Lake Sammamish Elks Lodge hosts an ice cream social at 1 p.m. Aug. 13, 765 Rainier Blvd. N., $4.

Fundraisers Coho Café, Passport Unlimited and “The Rack Warriors” team join the fight against breast cancer Aug. 3-6 to raise funds and awareness for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure. A portion of the proceeds during the four days will go toward the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure and the local team The Rack Warriors participating in the three-day, 60-mile walk. The Issaquah Coho Café is located at 6130 East Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E. Go to

Religious/spiritual Issaquah Christian Church hosts a free Vacation Bible School from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 8-12 for children ages 4 through sixth grade. This year’s theme is “Inside Out and Upside Down on Main Street: Where Jesus Makes a Difference Every Day.” Register at or call 392-5848.

Library The following events take place at the Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way. Call 392-5430. “Baby Music Time,” for ages newborn to 14 months with an

Suzanne D’Errico, of Issaquah, and Kathy and Mike Smolin, of Palo Alto, Calif. Great grandparents are Della and Mario D'Errico, of Boerne, Texas.

Katie Smolin Katie Winter Smolin David Smolin, of Palo Alto, Calif., and Andrea Smolin, of Issaquah, welcomed daughter Katie Winter on July 5, 2011. Katie was born at Swedish/First Hill hospital, in Seattle, weighing 7 pounds 11.2 ounces and measuring 19.25 inches. Grandparents are Paul and

adult, 10:30 a.m. Aug. 20 Sweet Summer Teen Book Group, for teens, 3:30 p.m. Aug. 4, 18 and 25 “Finding the Right Colleges for you,” for teens, 10 a.m. Aug. 6 “Generating Creativity Through Timed Writing,” for teens, 3 p.m. Aug. 11 “Finances for College,” for teens, 10 a.m. Aug. 13 Computer class: “One-onOne Assistance,” for teens and up, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Aug. 20


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Bellewood Senior Living offers the following events at 3710 Providence Point Drive S.E. Patio Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 6 Cascade Café Summer Fiesta, with acoustic guitarist, noon Aug. 18, $10 per person, call 3912880 to make reservations Galleria Opening and Wine & Cheese Reception featuring the Accidental Stitcher exhibit by artist Richard Buchmiller, 2-4 p.m. Aug. 21 Issaquah Valley Senior Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday at 75 N.E. Creek Way. The following activities are open to people 55 and older. Call 392-2381. Spiritwood hosts bingo from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 9. A Hawaiian Luau is from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 12 for a $5 donation at the door. Art Workshop with Pam Poirier is from 1:30-4 p.m. Aug. 19. Bring your own supplies to this free class. After Lunch Lecture, featuring Tom Malmoe giving a Medicare refresher, is 12:15 pm. Aug. 23. Bring an Italian themed dish to a potluck at noon Aug. 24. The following day trips are offered through August: Wine tasting in Woodinville, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 3, $18 for members/$20 for non members Crystal Mountain Gondola Ride, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 8, $27/$29 Lakewood Gardens Tour, 9:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 10, $13/$15 Gold Creek Pond Interpretive Walk, 9:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 15, $20/$22 Ladies Lunch at Bennett’s Pure Food Bistro on Mercer Island, 11:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 17, $5/$7 Little Creek Casino, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 22, $12/$14 Explore Westport, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 24, $15/$17 Evergreen State Fair, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 29, $8/$10

Boise, Idaho, home on June 28, 2011. He was born weighing 4 pounds, 7 ounces and measuring 17 inches. He arrived with twin, Elaine. Maternal grandparents are Dan and Fran Pope, of Issaquah. Paternal grandparents are Norm and Judy Mithoug, of the Fairwood area of Renton. Great-grandparents are John Pope, of Issaquah; Evelyn Carbaugh, of Spokane; Robert Mithoug, of Everett; and Vivian Francis-Wick, of Everett. Julia is a 2000 graduate of Issaquah High School.

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Upchurch, Ritchmond Christina Upchurch, of Sammamish, and Brad Ritchmond, of Seattle, were married on July 16, 2011, at the Warrior Dash in North Bend. The bride’s stepfather John Sanders officiated. A reception followed at the grandparents’ home of Del and Dolores Luse, in Issaquah. The bride, the daughter of John and Dawn Sanders, of Kirkland, and Craig and Barb Upchurch, of Easton, is a 2001 graduate of Eastlake High School. Her attendants were all of the Warrior Dash participants. She is a 2008 graduate of the Brian Utting School of Massage. She works at Lifestyle Chiropractic, in Green Lake. The groom, the son of Don and Diana Ritchmond, of St. Paul, Minn., is a 1991 graduate of Centennial, in Circle Pines, Minn. His groomsmen were all the participants of the Warrior Dash. He earned a degree in biology from the University of Minnesota and a degree in marine biology from the University of Washington in 1999. He owns Artisan Aquariums. The couple honeymooned in Bali.

Meet Pikko, a 1-year-old Shiba Inu mix with a heart as big as he is! Pikko is a playful sweetheart who likes to be babied like a lap dog. He’s happiest when he’s right by your side and also enjoys a good outdoor adventure.

Meet Charlotte, a 1-year-old kitty with a great personality that is only outdone by her dashing good looks! Charlotte is a loving girl with a beautiful grey coat and striking green eyes. She enjoys lounging, chasing string toys and being petted.

These pets may already have been adopted by the time you see these photos. If you’re interested in adopting these or other animals, contact the Humane Society for Seattle/King County at 6410080, go to or e-mail All adopted animals go home spayed/neutered, microchipped and vaccinated, with 30 days of free pet health insurance and a certificate for an examination by a King County veterinarian. The Seattle Humane Society is now open from noon - 6 p.m. seven days a week.

E NGAGEMENTS  Sambrook, Fetterman Kimberly Sambrook and David Fetterman, both of San Francisco, announce their engagement to be married on Aug. 20, 2011, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Robert and Janice Sambrook, of Issaquah. A 1999 graduate of Issaquah High School, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications in 2003 from the University of Washington and a Master’s in Business Administration in 2009 at Arizona State University. She quit her job to volunteer with the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Progressive Animal Welfare Society. The future groom is the son of D. Scott and Ann Fetterman, of York, Pa. He is a 1999 graduate

Kimberly Sambrook and David Fetterman of Central York High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science in applied mathematics in 2003 at Harvard and a Master of Science in computer science in 2003. He works at Facebook as engineering manager of Mobile.

Westling, Weisel Karl Jansen and Corinne Fulton Fulton, Jansen Corinne Fulton and Karl Jansen, both of Ann Arbor, Mich., were married on June 25, 2011, at Huron Hills Church in Ann Arbor. The bride, the daughter of Kevin and Terry Fulton, of Sammamish, is a 2008 graduate of the University of Michigan. She is an elementary school teacher. The groom, the son of Norman and Krystal Jansen, of Portage, Mich., graduated in 2009 with a degree in civil engineering from the University of Michigan.

Sara Westling and Brent Weisel, both of Seattle, announce their engagement to be married in February 2012 at Hidden Meadows in Snohomish. The bride to be, the daughter of Sharon and Pat Westling of Lake Roesiger, is a 2005 graduate of Jackson High School. She earned a master’s degree in Psychology from Central Washington University in 2011. She works as a mental health counselor in Bellevue. The future groom, the son of Christine and Bob Weisel of Issaquah, is a 2005 graduate of Issaquah High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Central Wash-


Liberty grad assumes command of destroyer

Elaine Pope Grandparents are Daniel and Frances Pope, of Issaquah, and Norm and Judy Mithoug, of the Fairwood area of Renton. Great-grandparents are John Pope, of Issaquah; Evelyn Carbaugh, of Spokane; Robert Mithoug, of Everett; and Vivian Francis-Wick, of Everett. Julia is a 2000 graduate of Issaquah High School.


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Cmdr. Matthew Roberts, son of Beverley and Paul Robert, formerly of Issaquah, has assumed command of the Everett-based Matthew Roberts destroyer, USS Momsen DDG92. A 1988 graduate of Liberty High School, Roberts was a commanding officer in Liberty’s NJROTC program. Roberts attended the University of Arizona with a Navy ROTC scholarship and was commissioned in 1993 after receiving his Bachelor of Science de-

Brent Weisel and Sara Westling ington University in 2010. He works as a financial analyst at Turning Point Consulting.

gree in mechanical engineering. He has since received his Master of Arts degree in organizational management from George Washington University and graduated from the War College at Newport, R.I., as the Halsey Scholar with a Master of Arts in national security and strategic studies. Roberts has served as a military assistant in the Bureau of African Affairs with the U.S. State Department and as a Special Assistant in the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Actions Group.

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William M. Herzog died July 18, 2011, in Issaquah, He was 81. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Aug. 4 at St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Bellevue. William was born Feb. 8, 1930, in Frances, the son of Grace and Harold Herzog. Raised in Seattle, he also lived in Wenatchee, Mercer Island and Issaquah, where he was a resident of Cougar Mountain for 52 years. William attended Franklin High School, the University of Washington, Wenatchee Junior College and Seattle University. He also served in the United States Army Reserve in the 1950s. In 1951, William married Patricia Compton in Wenatchee. William was a small businessman in Seattle and Issaquah selling, installing and maintaining materials, and handling

equipment across the Northwest for 56 years. William was a member of the Rotary Club of Issaquah in the 1970s and 1980s. He was the scoreboard boy for the Seattle Rainiers in the 1930s and a shortstop for the Issaquah minor league team in the 1950s. He was also a long-time member of St. Andrews Lutheran Church. William loved to root for and bemoan the Mariners, people watching and watching cartoons with his great-grandsons. His family remembers him as a hard-working, family-oriented Mariners fan. He is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Patricia; sons Jeff, of Seattle, Scott, of Tulsa, Okla., and Steve, of Renton; daughter Sally Nguyen, of Issaquah; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandsons. Send memorial donations to Northwest Scleroderma Foundation or Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Terry Gerald Hubbard Terry G. Hubbard, of Newcastle, loving husband to Kelly and abiding father to Jason and Cade, passed away Thursday, July 28, 2011, at home. He was 56. A vigil service will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, at Flintoft’s Funeral Home, 540 E. Sunset Way, Issaquah, 392-6444. A fu-

neral Mass will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 4, at St. Madeleine Sophie Catholic Church, 4400 130th Place S.E., Bellevue. Burial will follow at Upper Hillside Cemetery in Issaquah. Friends are invited to view photos, get directions and share memories in the family’s guest book at

William E. Thornburg William E. Thornburg, of Issaquah and Bellevue, died July 11, 2011, at Mercer Island Care Center. Born to George and Mildred (HardWilliam Thornburg ing) Thornburg, Bill attended Los Angeles schools and Poly Tech before his United States

Air Force service. Bill worked in insurance in Portland, Ore.; Fairbanks, Alaska; and Powers Insurance, Issaquah. After retiring, Bill was a Hutchison House resident. Preceded in death by his sister and two brothers, Bill is survived by son Daniel Thornburg; daughters Tracy Thornburg and Kelly Thornburg; and grandson Joshua Thornburg. Special thanks/remembrances to Providence Hospice Care, medics, Faith in Action and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

Jeanne Davis Wilson March 17, 1920 to July 21, 2011 Jeanne was born in Seattle, of pioneer Oregon and Washington descendants Olive E. and Brisbon N.L. Davis. She attended Seattle public schools and was a member Jeanne Wilson of Lincoln High School’s class of 1937; she also attended the University of Washington. A lifelong member of Seattle First Baptist Church, Jeanne met her husband W. Warren Wilson, of Louisiana, and the two were married Feb. 18, 1944. Three children were born of this union: Leigh W. Wilson (Janet), Christine L. Anderson (Dawayne) and Marilyn J. Andrews (William). Also surviving are two granddaughters, Heather Sudderth (Brett) and Joscelyn Stevens (Adam), and five great-grandchildren. Jeanne was preceded in

Local organizations can apply for county grants Issaquah nonprofit organizations can apply for grants through a program from Countywide Community Forums. The grant program is open to any nonprofit organization operating in King County. Find the application and more information at The deadline to apply is Aug. 22. Organizations can receive grants of up to $5,000. The amount is based on the number of survey responses each applicant can acquire during Countywide Community Forums’ online surveys from Aug. 19 to Oct. 16. The survey topics focus on how residents in unincorporated areas can engage King County government, as well as the upcom-

death by her parents, husband and brother H. Stanton Davis. The family lived for 35 years in a home built by Warren near the summit of Cougar Mountain in the Issaquah-Bellevue area, watching the area below change over the years from a rural to a suburban landscape. Jeanne was employed, before marriage, by Seattle First National Bank (Bank of America) and later by Pan American Airways, Continental Insurance Co. and HerffJones Printing Co. Her husband and children always remained at the center of her life, and she thoroughly enjoyed her many friends, her community activities in organizations such as Camp Fire Girls, and her 91 years of church involvement and service. She will be dearly missed by her family and her many friends at church and at work who loved her and admired her caring and cheerful nature. A memorial service for Jeanne is planned for 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, at Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave., Seattle. ing county budget and King County Metro Transit’s budget shortfall. Participation in Countywide Community Forums is open to anyone living, working or attending school in King County. Options include both in-person forums and an online survey. Find the survey at

Summer Sunday Worship 9:30 AM Kids’ Day Camp Aug. 1-5 visit LIVING GOD’S LOVE 745 Front Street South, Issaquah Phone: 425-392-4169

Sunshine Day Camp returns for another summer

Sunshine Day Camp, run entirely by local teenagers, will be back again this year from Aug. 8-12 at the Lake McDonald Club House. For $20, children who are potty-trained and up to age 8 can enjoy a week of snacks, games, water activities and lunch. “We are having special guests throughout the week, including a hip-hop teacher and possibly a clown or magician,” said founder Sada Adams, 14. Adams started the camp in 2008 at age 11. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day, and all profits will be donated to the American

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Diabetes Association. Camp organizers ask parents to pay more than $20 if they can to help support the cause. Scholarships will be available to those who cannot afford the $20 fee. The camp raised $300 in 2010. “It’s just amazing,” said Heather Berry, whose 6-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son attended the camp in 2010. She said the price was unbeatable for a weeklong camp, and that it was one of the few camps 3-year-olds could attend. She said her kids had as much or more fun than those at more expensive camps. Register your child online at


Local students honored

Laura Blauman and Daniel

James, of Bellevue, and Christopher Scott, of Sammamish, were recently named to the dean’s list at Savannah College of Art Design for the spring quarter 2011. To qualify, students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or above. Matthew Smith, a senior from Issaquah, is on the spring 2011 honor roll in the School of Business at the University of Kansas. He is the son of Matthew and Karen Smith, of Issaquah, and is a graduate of Skyline High School.

Area students graduate from SPU The following local students graduated from Seattle Pacific University: Issaquah: Matthew Axelson, Bachelor of Arts, communication; Britney Samantha Boyer, Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, history; Tyler Buckingham, Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, economics; Laura Hall, Bachelor of Science, Summa Cum Laude, biology; Cassandra Hershberger, Master of Business Administration, management; Madison Maloney, Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, psychology; Kimberly Montgomery, Master of Education, literacy; Ragini Narasimhan, Master of Arts, teaching; Adam Rizkalla, Bachelor of Arts, accounting; Susan Warner-Murray, Master of Science, nursing; and Feibing Zhou, Master of Business Administration, management. Sammamish: Kelley Cade, Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, special education; Samantha Captain, Bachelor of Science, food and nutritional sciences, (sports and exercise emphasis); Caitlin Hawkinson, Master of Arts, industrial/organizational Psychology; Nicholas Holderman, Bachelor of Arts, psychology; Grant Hope, Bachelor of Arts, business administration; Jenica Husband, Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude, music; Tiffany LaMonte, Master of Arts, teaching; Lindsey Myers, Bachelor of Arts, business administration and accounting (management emphasis); Brittany Nation, Bachelor of Arts, communication; Benjamin Phelps, Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, music, (music technology emphasis); William Probus, Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, business administration (information systems emphasis); Melissa Reich, Bachelor of Arts, communication; Mahnoosh Shadbakht, Master of Science, marriage and family therapy; and Richard Yagi, Bachelor of Arts, accounting

Local students graduate from WSU The following Washington State University Students have earned undergraduate degrees following the spring 2011 semester. Issaquah: Robin Askins, Bachelor of Arts, hospitality business management; Mikaela Bauer, Bachelor of Arts, business administration; Jessica Cheung, Bachelor of Arts, interior design; Jillian Clark, Bachelor of Arts, English, Summa Cum Laude; Nicholas Dalton, Bachelor of Science, civil engineering; Taylor DeGrande, Bachelor of Science, construction management; Michelle Hedeen, Bachelor of Science, general studies (basic medical sciences), Magna Cum Laude; Jeremy Hill, Bachelor of Science, mechanical engineering; Tanna Hitchcock, Bachelor of Arts, criminal justice, Cum Laude; Meagan Houck, Bachelor of Arts, communication; Lauren Hughes, Bachelor of Arts, humanities; Ashley Hutchinson, Bachelor of Arts, interior design; Shannon Inton, Bachelor of Arts, human development, Cum Laude; Racquel Jensen, Bachelor of Science, construction management; Shannon Keveren, Bachelor of Science, general studies (biological science), Magna Cum Laude; Lynnda Kilpatrick, Bachelor of Arts, sociology; Megan Lattin, Bachelor of Arts, business administration; Ashley Lindeman, Bachelor of Science, general studies (basic medical sciences), Magna Cum Laude; Hotaka Maeda, Bachelor of Science, kinesiology; Jeffrey Mahoney, Bachelor of Science, biochemistry; Ashley Martin, Bachelor of Arts, human development, undergraduate certificate in family studies; John McIlvaine, Bachelor of Arts, communication; Danielle Moore, Bachelor of Arts, sociology; Carina Nygaard, Bachelor of Arts, interior design; Makenna Nystrom, Bachelor of Arts, English; Karissa Patterson, Bachelor of Arts, communication; Kayleigh Phillips, Bachelor of Arts, communication; Thea Price, Bachelor of Arts, political science, Cum Laude; Shane Reckling, Bachelor of Arts, social sciences (general studies); William Rogers-Durham, Bachelor of Science, mechanical engineering, Magna Cum Laude; Jessica Schumaker, Bachelor of Arts, communication; Brett Tada, Bachelor of Arts, business administration; Sadie Wigginton, Bachelor of Arts, political science. Newcastle: Michelle Quach, Bachelor of Science, nursing, Cum Laude

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I’m going to go out and weed. Or, I’m going to mow the lawn. Or, I’m going to hop on the treadmill for 10 minutes. Or, I’m going to read a book to my daughter,” she said. “We don’t ever just sit down and watch TV.” Gerdes and Foster mesh, in part due to similar dispositions. The collaborators — both self-described late-night, early-morning people — often trade emails at 2:30 a.m. and, after a brief respite for shuteye, again at 5 a.m. “We’re very Type A and committed. It’s been a bonus,” Foster said. “Maybe if one of us went at a different speed, it would be harder. I’m not super patient and Sarah’s the very definition of not patient.” Gerdes insists she is not interested in joining the process as screenwriters reshape “The Kim Sisters” and “Chambers” for film. The key to a successful collaboration, she said, is to allow Foster to proceed as a moviemaker, unfettered. “We are at some point going to have disagreements,” she said. “It’s a normal process, but I have a high degree of confidence that we can face anything and deal with it equitably.” Foster credits Gerdes for listening to input and incorporating feedback. Early in the process, the duo mapped out characters from “Chambers” on index cards to create a more cohesive and compelling tale. “She’s the Terminator, man. She’s unbelievable. She’s a dynamo for sure,” he said. “I like working with her because it’s a constant dialogue. She’s always trying to improve it, and she’s soliciting other people’s opinions, although she has a strong voice and she will handily reject any-


thing that she doesn’t feel fits the paradigm. But she’s not closeminded, either.” Gerdes is careful not to define success against the standard set by other up-by-the-bootstraps authors, such as “Twilight” creator” Stephanie Meyer and “Harry Potter” scribe J.K. Rowling. “Anybody who says, ‘Wow, it’s going to be so successful like that,’ is probably smoking crack, but I think that’s a very vain thing to think,” she said. The shift in the publishing industry from paper to pixels also influenced Gerdes’ decision for “Chambers” to proceed in e-book form. “Five years ago, that’s all I wanted and I made choices based on that. I decided to not do some things because I was so, ‘Oh, it’s got to be in Barnes & Noble.’ Now, you know what I think about?” Gerdes said. “I just want to make sure that my kids can go to college. I just want retirement. Having kids and age have totally changed my litmus test of success.” Teamwork is essential to “Chambers” and the other projects Foster transforms from unpolished manuscripts to blockbusters. “Sure, you can write a book by yourself, and it may even be good, but the collaboration of a few key people can really make a difference in the outcome,” he said. Foster said “Chambers” is sharp and savvy enough to capture a difficult-to-please audience: teenagers. “I felt that they were authentic, but I got validation from my kids that it was authentic, that it did feel legit,” he said. “They will totally tell you when something is not good or not for them. They will just totally lay it on you.” Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or Comment at

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At left, Grave Danger roller derby team members with names like Georgia O’Grief, SHedonist, Sara Problem and Carmen Getsome warm up for the crowd at KeyArena to see the Rat City Rollergirls 2011 League Championship. Above, Re-AnimateHer thanks fans with a smile and a wave.


Above, Cecilia Hanley, who goes by ReAnimateHer for the roller derby team Grave Danger, wears a jammer cap on her helmet during practice at KeyArena July 10 before the 2011 championship match against the Throttle Rockets. At right, Jessica Ivey, who goes by the name Scarlet Leather, takes warmup laps. At far right, Re-AnimateHer (left) gets a push for added momentum from teammate and fellow Issaquah resident Candice Cooper, or Stella Borracha, as they practice strategy and tactics before Grave Danger’s 112-104 championship victory over the Throttle Rockets. Below right, Cooper does a split as she warms up on the flat oval course at KeyArena.


he first time Cecilia Hanley saw roller derby, she was standing on stilts at a Maxim Magazine Super Bowl party in Detroit. “I was like, ‘Why am I on stilts when I could be on roller skates?’” she said. She packed her bags and moved to Seattle, “because at the time, Rat City was the best league and I wanted to skate for the best league,” she said. Now, Hanley, known as Re-AnimateHer, skates for the team Grave Danger, and has one of the biggest fan followings of any Rat City Rollergirl, with more than 2,200 fans on Facebook. “I really try to interact with my fans,” she said. “I go to the crowds and I wave. When I’m skating on the line, I’m a little more showboaty, but people are coming to see a show.” Hanley is one of three Issaquah women who skate for Grave Danger. The others, Candice Cooper (alias Stella Borracha) and Jessica Ivey (Scarlet Leather) also make the commute from Issaquah to Seattle almost daily to practice with their team or to compete at KeyArena. “This is one of the most empowering things that has happened for our generation of women,” Ivey said. Rat City Rollergirls, coined after an old nickname of White Center south of Seattle, began in 2004. The league has four teams — Grave Danger, Derby Liberation Front, Sockit Wenches and Throttle Rockets — each with 20 players per team. The league also has



ROLLER DERBY RULES Competitions, called bouts, are divided into two 30-minute halves. Each team has one jammer and four blockers. The jammers try to pass the blockers on the opposing team. After they pass them once, jammers score points for every opposing blocker they pass during a two-minute jam. Watch the “The Basics of Flat Track Roller Derby” video online on YouTube.

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Lakeside Recovery 17-U wins regional tourney, heads to state By Bob Taylor Issaquah Press sports editor When Mark Thorpe was assembling his Lakeside Recovery 17-U baseball team, he had a hunch it was state-tournament caliber. Thorpe’s hunch proved accurate. The Lakeside Recovery 17-U team is playing in the American Legion AA state tournament this week at Gonzaga Prep in Spokane. The club opened tournament play Aug. 2 against Mead. Classified as the Lakeside Recovery Baseball Club’s junior team, the 17-U group has had an amaz-

ing season to date. The team, mostly Issaquah and Newport high school players, entered the state tournament with a 39-18 record. Lakeside Recovery 17-U won the District II Divisional tournament last week at Bannerwood. In the title game, Lakeside Recovery 17-U defeated the Renton Cannons, a team composed of Liberty High School players, 6-3. The Cannons, who surprised Woodinville, 10-6, in a consolation game, also qualified for state but decided not to participate because the team did not have enough players. Woodinville replaced the

Cannons as the District II No. 2 team. Lakeside Recovery 17-U opened the district tournament July 26 with a 15-5 rout of Bellevue Legion. Then on July 27, Lakeside Recovery 17-U edged Woodinville, 4-3, in an eight-inning battle. “It has been a good season and hopefully it will just keep on getting better,” said Thorpe, who has been the 17-U head coach for three years. Thorpe coached a Lakeside 17-U team, composed of Newport players, to the AA state tournament last year, too. The Lakeside pro-

gram had separate junior teams for Issaquah, Skyline and Newport. This year, the Lakeside program decided to have just one 17U team. “When I looked at our roster from the fall tryouts, I knew we had a good team. All the Newport kids were more experienced and stronger. The Issaquah kids were good players. I thought we had a team that should qualify for state,” Thorpe said. The team got off to a hot start, See LAKESIDE, Page C5

Danny Rawlings, of Lakeside Recovery 17-U, hits during the fifth inning July 28 against the Renton Cannons. He doubled and reached home in the fourth inning on a sacrifice RBI by Ioannis Kritsonis in the 6-3 victory. BY GREG FARRAR

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AA DISTRICT 11 TOURNAMENT At Bannerwood Park July 26 Game Lakeside Recovery 17-U 15, Bellevue Legion 5 July 27 Game Lakeside Recovery 17-U 4, Woodinville 3 July 28 Game Lakeside Recovery 17-U 6, Renton Cannons 3 (title game, Lakeside Recovery advances to state tournament)

Prep football 7-on-7 Cougars Passing Tourney At Lakewood July 30 Scores Bethel 49, Liberty 34 Issaquah 69, Port Angeles 29 Issaquah 45, Stanwood 0 Liberty 39, Bellingham 25 Liberty 28, Sultan 7 Issaquah 41, King’s 35 Consolation Round Liberty 49, Mount Vernon 39 Quarterfinals Issaquah 31, Lakewood 21 Semifinals Issaquah 45, Bethel 42 Championship Game Issaquah 41, Kamiak 14

Summer golf WJGA State Tournament At Walla Walla Final scores BOYS 16-17 Top finishers: 1, Tyler Salsbury (Enumclaw) 69-6972–210; 2, Chris Babcock (Shoreline) 71-72-68–211; 3, Li Wang (Sammamish) 72-71-70 – 213; 4, Zach Spencer (Mead) 70-73-72–215; 5 (tie), Kelly Campbell (Auburn) 73-72-71–216, James Freutz (University Place) 70-74-72–216; 7, Anthony Allen (Arlington) 7572-70–217; 8 (tie), Michael Almonte (Fircrest) 69-7277–218, Charlie Kern (Mercer Island) 70-74-74–218; 10, Tye Morrison (Mead) 75-74-70–219; missed final cut, Bryan Jung (Bellevue) 76-72–158. 14-15 Top finishers: 1, Frank Garber (Kirkland) 72-7071–213; 2, Brian Mogg (Sammamish) 75-70-71–216; 3 (tie), Michael Baldeck (Clarkston) 70-72-76–218, Nolan Cull (Lake Tapps) 73-73-72–218; 5, Joe Harvie (Orting) 72-75-72–219; 6, Gregory Gildea (Vashon) 7970-72–221; 7, Brian Moon (Mulkiteo) 70-77-75–222; 8, Eric Ansett (Spokane) 75-74-74–223; 9, Chase Carlson (Tacoma) 74-76-76–226; 10 (tie), Spencer Weiss (Sammamish) 75-75-77–227, Stephen Roller (Hayden) 73-77-77–227; missed final cut, Jack Overstreet (Issaquah) 83-75–158; RP McCoy 8379–162. 12-13 Top finishers: 1, Sam Warkentin (Bainbridge Island) 76-72-74–222; 2, Spencer Tibbits (Vancouver) 74-7475–223; 3, Vincent Vu (Auburn) 76-77-72–225; 4, Grant Cole (Redmond) 76-77-74–227; 5, John Sand (Hoquiam) 77-73-78–228. 8-11 Top finishers: 1, Joe Highsmith (Lakewood) 38-3973–150; 2, Alvin Kwak (Snohomish) 38-37-80–155; 3, Ian Siebers (Bellevue) 39-39-81–159; 4, Connor Golembeski (Redmond) 41-49-80–160; 5, Ryan Park (Bellevue) 39-41-82–162; missed final cut, Victor Wang (Sammamish) 42-43–85; John Hayes (Sammamish) 45-41–86; Tommy McCoy (Sammamish) 45-44–89. GIRLS 16-17 Top finishers: 1, Alexus Song (Auburn) 80-7373–226; 2, Kassidy Long-Goheen (Gig Harbor) 82-7279–233; 3, Savana Bezdicek (Colbert) 74-77-85–236; 4, Amanda Beyke (Federal Way) 81-78-78–237; 5, Taylor Anderson (Moscow) 84-75-79–238. 14-15 Top finishers: 1, Catherina Li (Kent) 75-70-70–215; 2, Bree Wanderscheid (Lewiston) 73-76-77–226; 3, Mary Haseoehrl (Lewiston) 72-76-82–230; 4, Olivia Benzin (Tacoma) 78-78-79–235; 5, Marianne Li (Bellevue) 76-78-84–238; missed final cut, Jamie Midkiff (Sammamish) 87-75–172; Mersadie Tallman (Issaquah) 89-89–178. 12-13 Top finishers: 1, Sarah Lawrence (Duvall) 81-7881–240; 2, Ashley Fitzgibbons (Sammamish) 81-7882–241; 3, Sarah Rhee (Seattle) 78-83-83–244; missed final cut, Maddie Nelson (Sammamish) 8582–167. 8-11 Top finishers: 1, Abigail Euyang (Seattle) 41-4084–165; 2, Kenedee Peters (Olympia) 46-47-84–177; 3, Gabrielle Ferreira (University Place) 48-44-91–183.

Running Michelob Ultra Run at Seafair July 30 Races 5K Top local finishers: 22, Katelyn Steen (Sammamish) 18:42; 65, Jeffrey Dabundo (Issaquah) 21:28; 95, Jeremy Pape (Sammamish) 22:52; 97, Thales Carvalho (Issaquah) 22:53; 136, Alec Bluhm (Issaquah) 23:51; 149, Casey Krueger (Issaquah) 24:07; 195, Frank Yandrasits (Issaquah) 25:16; 223, Mark Dabundo (Issaquah) 25:50; 230, Lee-Ann Houston (Sammamish) 26:02; 234, Sheila Krueger (Issaquah) 26:13; 236, Dave Parsons (Issaquah) 26:19; 237, Kate Parsons (Issaquah) 26:22; 243, Jennifer Mahaffey (Issaquah) 26:30; 320, Roger Fairchild (Sammamish) 27:36; 325, May-Jane Man (Sammamish) 27:41; 327, Brian Smith (Preston) 27:45; 328, Madeline Robinson (Sammamish) 27:45; 332, Miko Shinoda (Sammamish) 27:49; 334, Jill Hoopes (Issaquah) 27:50. 8K Top local finishers: 2, Joseph Gray (Newcastle) 24:12; 43, Brian Carroll (Sammamish) 30:29; 69, Joon Song (Sammamish) 31:40; 106, Michael Brisbois (Sammamish) 33:57; 157, Paul Njoku (Sammamish) 35:41; 206, Gaylene Donner (Newcastle) 37:02; 249, Ben Rixe (Sammamish) 37:55; 255, Jack Wiggins (Sammamish) 37:58; 316, Dennis Chen (Newcastle) 39:00; 369, Brian Benn (Newcastle) 39:46; 379, Kim Garland (Sammamish) 39:57; 386, Margie Cofano (Sammamish) 40:02; 394, Sam Ly (Newcastle) 40:14; 396, Mark Butler (Newcastle) 41:54; 424, Kosay Hartmann (Issaquah) 40:43; 429, Eric Hartmann Issaquah) 40:51; 450, Osamu Yamamoto (Sammamish) 41:11; 457, John Cofano (Sammamish) 41:21.

Club swimming Midlakes League LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP MEET At King County Aquatic Center Results for local swimmers: GIRLS 8 & Under 100 medley relay: A final, 3, Plateau (Megan

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winning 11 of its first 12 games. Included among the triumphs was a first-place finish at a tournament in Arlington. During the season, Lakeside Recovery 17-U took three of four games from the Bothell Pride, a team composed of players from Bothell High School’s 4A state championship squad. Lakeside Recovery 17-U entered the state tournament hot, with victories in nine of its last 10 games. Pitching has been one of the team’s main strengths this season. “We have some quality arms,”

Tacchetti, Claire DiRamio, Belle Battistoni, Kate Jendrezak) 1:18.66; B final, 13, Edgebrook (Lindsay Rubin, Julia Meyers, Cassidy Miller, Sarah Baisler) 1:40.34. 25 freestyle: A final, Battistoni (Plateau) 14.38; 4, Mylie Hanger (Fairwood) 16.60; B final, 14, Jendrezak (Plateau) 18.04. 25 backstroke: A final, 4, Sophia Cancelosi (Edgebrook) 20.18; B final, 9, Hannah Peters (Klahanie) 21.15. 25 breaststroke: A final, 2, Shaye Agnew (Maple Hills) 22.12; B final, 9, DiRamio (Plateau) 22.99; 15, Kate Sansing (Edge) 26.25. 50 freestyle: A final, 4, Sarah Brunsdon (Edge) 38.52; B final, 9, Amelia Moulton (Klahanie) 41.26; 12, Tacchetti (Plateau) 44.28. 25 butterfly: A final, 1, Battistoni (Plateau) 15.51; 5, Agnew (Maple Hills) 17.90); 6, Kate Toomey (Newport Yacht Club) 18.72; B final, 16, Katie Ueda (Edge) 21.41. 100 freestyle relay: 2, Plateau (Taylor Gauron, Tacchetti, Kelsey Anderson, Jendrezak) 1:09.51; B final, 14, Klahanie (Eva Isabella Spokoiny, Elizabeth Needles, Peters, Mounton) 1:26.01. 9-10 100 medley relay: A final, 1, Edgebrook (Melanie Bantle, Sophia Coco, Sarah DiMeco, Luci Stewart) 1:06.87; 4, Plateau (Grace Tacchetti, Danika Himes, Maggie Roth, Holly Schwinn) 1:08.16; 7, Columbia (Natalie Sun, Lillian Piel, Maithili Patel, Lauren Sayles) 1:11.59; B finals, 10, Klahanie (Olivia Onnen, Melissa Kappes, Elizabeth Bruski, Rachel Clark) 1:11.33. 50 freestyle: A final, 3, Sun (Columbia) 31.01; 3, Coco (Edge) 32.17; B final, 9, Tacchetti (Plateau) 32.58; 14, Stewart (Edge) 34.37. 50 backstroke: A final, 6, Onnen (Klahanie) 41.83. 50 breaststroke: A final, 1, Himes (Plateau) 37.73; 2, Bantle (Edge) 38.50; 4, Maggie Van Nortwick (Somerset) 40.75; B final, 12, Piel (Columbia) 44.84. 100 freestyle: A final, 4, Coco (Edge) 1:11.65; 5, Clark (Klahanie) 1:13.32; 7, Sayles (Columbia) 1:14.79; B final, 16, Tacchetti (Plateau) 1:19.81. 25 butterfly: A final, 1, DiMeco (Edge) 14.99; 6, Bruski (Klahanie) 16.89; B final, 12, Roth (Plateau) 17.52. 200 freestyle relay: A final, 8, Klahanie (Kappes, Katelyn Peters, Onnen, Clark) 2:24.30. 10 & Under 100 individual medley: A final, 1, Melanie Bantle (Edgebrook) 1:13.28; 2, Danika Himes (Plateau) 1:15.07; 3, Natalie Sun (Columbia) 1:17.79; 4, Sarah DiMeco (Edgebrook) 1:20.23; 6, Maggie Van Nortwick (Somerset) 1:21.37; 8, Lauren Sayles (Columbia) 1:24.59; B final, 14, Holly Schwinn (Plateau) 1:29.00; 16, Lillian Piel (Columbia) 1:31.65. 11-12 200 medley relay: A final, 2, Klahanie (Julie Deng, Gabrielle Glubochansky, Maggie Leist, Gabby Salgado) 2:09.91; 3, Edgebrook (Chase Raines, Shannon Cassady, Abigail Paxton, Hannah-Rae Ernst) 2:11.17; B final, 10, Maple Hills (Grace Morford, Ellie Hohensinner, Amy Warmenhoven, Abigail Russell) 2:21.86; 16, Plateau (Gracie Jendrezak, Darian Himes, Allison Bennett, Haley Dardis) 2:28.27. 100 individual medley: A final, 3, Cassady (Edge) 1:08.73; 4, Lindsey Hanger (Fairwood) 1:10.86; 6, Himes (Plateau) 1:12.68; B final, 13, Bennett (Plateau) 1:25.59. 50 freestyle: A final, 2, Hanger (Fairwood) 27.14. 50 backstroke: A final, 3, Salgado (Klahanie) 31.53; 5, Emily Schahrer (Samena) 33.34; 8, Deng (Klahanie) 34.58. 50 breaststroke: A final, 2, Cassady (Edge) 33.74; 6, Himes (Plateau) 37.23; 6, Ernst (Edge) 37.40. 100 freestyle: A final, 1, Hohensinner (Maple Hills) 59.51; 2, Raines (Edge) 1:01.72; 6, Schahrer (Samena) 1:04.76; 7, Paxton (Edge) 1:06.14. 50 butterfly: B final, 9, Leist (Klahanie) 30.60. 200 freestyle relay: A final, 5, Klahanie (Deng, Leist, Glubochansky, Salgado) 1:59.56; 6, Edgebrook (Emma Faciane, Abby Pana, Sophia Troeh, Paxton) 2:02.89. 12 & Under 200 freestyle, A final: 2, Ellie Hohensinner (Maple Hills) 2:08.21; 6, Gabrielle Glubochansky (Klahanie) 2:26.76; 7, Abby Pana (Edgebrook) 2:28.69; B final, 13, Sophia Troeh (Edgebrook) 2:41.60; 15, Haley Dardis (Plateau) 2:45.86. 13-14 200 freestyle: A final, 4, Hanna Schwinn (Plateau) 2:11.74; B final, 9, Lara Hakam (Edgebrook) 2:21.05. 200 medley relay; A final, 6, Klahanie (Gianna Castro, Anne Bania, Jessica Clark, Gabriela Miguel Gonzalez) 2:11.40; B final, 13, Edgebrook (Caroline Mull, Mariesa Macdonald, Lara Hakam, Sophia Troeh) 2:33.61. 100 individual medley: A final, 1, Mackenna Briggs (Maple Hills) 59.83; 3, Cecilia Nelson (Maple Hills) 1:08.00; 6, Gabrielle Gevers (Samena) 1:10.95; 7, Jessica Clark (Klahanie) 1:11.29; B final, 12, Carly Ruggles (Phantom Lake) 1:21.97; 13, Madison Cooley (Klahanie) 1:23.45; 14, Ashley Gleason (Klahanie) 1:28.62. 50 freestyle: A final, 2, Gevers (Samena) 26.56; 6, Nelson (MH) 27.22; B final, 15, Hakam (Edge) 29.23. 50 backstroke: A final, 5, Anna Collons (Newport Hills) 31.50; 8, Brooke Flaten (Plateau) 33.75. 50 breaststroke: A final, 2, Kourtney Brunings (Newport Hills) 32.14; 4, Linnea Uyeno (Triangle) 33.37; B final, 15, Ruggles (Phantom Lake) 38.42. 100 freestyle: B final, 11, Clarissa Mitchell (Newport Hills) 1:02.27; 12, Flaten (Plateau) 1:02.89. 50 butterfly: A final, 1, Briggs (Maple Hills) 26.68; 8, Alyssa Poggemann (Somerset) 32.28; B final, 12, Bania (Klahanie) 32.22. 200 freestyle relay: A final, 4, Newport Hills (Lauryn Hepp, Brunings, Collons, Emma Wrightson) 1:51.11; B final, 9, Klahanie (Bania, Castro, Cooley, Clark) 2:02.47. 15 & Over 200 freestyle: A final, 1, Maggie Pana (Edgebrook) 2:01.90. 200 medley relay: A final, 2, Edgbrook A (Maggie Pana, Kellie-Marie Langan, Marit Borth, Cassie Burgess) 1:58.57; 4, Klahanie (Abby Magee, Andi Scarcello, Adrienne D’Alo, Annie Moore) 2:01.54; B final, Edgebrook B (Mikenna Whatley, Emma Stewart, Madeline Mull, Kayla Foremski) 2:28.26. 100 individual medley: A final, 2, Scarcello (Klahanie) 1:03.03; B final, 9, Kimberly Rogers (Fairwood) 1:07.61; 10, A. Magee (Klahanie) 1:08.70; 15, Caitlin Duffner (Maple Hills) 1:13.13. 50 freestyle: A final, 6, Borth (Edge) 26.18; B final, 10, Foremski (Edge) 27.80. 50 backstroke: A final, 7, Andrea Price (Phantom Lake) 31.54; B final, 10, Burgess (Edge) 31.73. 50 breaststroke: A final, 1, Scarcello (Klahanie) 31.57; 4, Langan (Edge) 34.23; B final, 9, Moore (Klahanie) 35.33. 100 freestyle: A final, 5, Burgess (Edge) 58.17; B final, 11, Natalie Rach de la Garrigue (Klahanie) 1:02.47. 50 butterfly: A final, 3, Price (Phantom Lake) 27.99; 4, Borth (Edge) 28.29; 6, A. Magee (Klahanie) 28.56; B final, 10 (tie), Rogers (Fairwood) 29.23, Langan (Edge) 29.23. 200 freestyle relay: B final, 10, Klahanie A (Ali Hartlein, Hayley Magee, Moore, D’Alo) 1:54.43; 11, Klahanie B (Melanie Kim, Lily Krass, Courtney Lo, Julie Singsaas) 1:58.01; 14, Edgebrook (Mull, Stewart, Whatley, Foremski) 2:02l.74. BOYS 8 & Under 100 medley relay: A final, 4, Edgebrook (Mason McCann, Luca Pungan, Christopher Harig, Nico Bristol) 1:23.81. 25 backstroke: A final, 8, Alex Amedson (Columbia) 22.71; B final, 10, Ross Nakamura (Columbia) 23.06; 11, Bryan Khoo (Edge) 23.13. 25 breaststroke: A final, 4, Pungan (Edge) 22.07; 6,

Thorpe said. One of the team’s most dominant pitchers has been Levi Novak, who did not even play juniorvarsity ball at Newport in the spring. The staff also includes Scott Boydston and Cole Westover, who both pitched on Issaquah’s varsity team in the spring. Westover led the Eagles in saves with three. Other pitchers on the staff include Trevor Creek, Jake Chinery, Connor McCarthy and Jake Rosen, of Newport; and Danny Rawlings, of Issaquah. The defense has been solid this summer with shortstop Patrick Harrod, the lone Skyline player on the team; second baseman Ioannis Kritsonis, of Newport; and third

Adult sports


Issaquah Alps Trail Club

 Aug. 5, 10 a.m., Dogs Welcome Hike, 4-6 miles, 800- to 1,200-foot elevation gain. Call 481-2341 ... Aug. 6, 9:30 a.m., Squak Mountain from Mountainside Dr., 5 miles, 1,200-foot elevation gain. Call 453-8997 ... Aug. 7, 9:30 a.m., Lodge Lake on Pacific Crest Trail, 4 miles, 850-foot elevation gain. Call 427-8449. Cascade Bicycle Club Aug. 10, 6:15 p.m., Newcastle ParkMercer Island loop, 20 miles from Newcastle Beach Park. Call 891-7079. Softball Issaquah Parks has Jack & Jill leagues and men’s 35 & older leagues, which begin play in early August. Call 837-3308. Shooting Aug. 21, noon, Cascade Mountain Men shooting event at Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club ... Hunter education courses are available at the Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club. Call 206-940-5862. Fishing Aug. 10, 5:30 a.m., the Trout Unlimited chapter of Bellevue-Issaquah holds a free fly casting clinic at the Beaver Lake Park pavilion area. Clinic provides tips and techniques for beginners and experienced anglers. Anglers can bring own gear or test new casting gear and systems. Football Alumni Football USA is looking for players to compete in a game between Issaquah and Skyline alumni in October. Location and time to be determined later. Roster spaces limited to 40 players for each team. If interested, call 888-404-9746 or go to Golf tournament Aug. 12, 1 p.m., Issaquah Football Golf Tournament at Lake Wilderness Golf Course, Maple Valley. Open to Issaquah football coaches, alumni, former Issaquah football players, parents of current players and Issaquah football fans. Tournament features a four-man scramble and begins with a shotgun start. Call 206-660-4952. Running Aug. 6, 8:30 a.m., Grand Ridge 5K, half-marathon and 5K at Grand Ridge

Park. Go to ....Aug. 13, 8:30 a.m., Cougar Mountain Trail Series, 13-mile race from Sky Country Trailhead. Get details at

Youth sports/activities Soccer Issaquah Soccer Club is registering players for its fall recreation program (U6-U18) at Baseball, fall ball, clinics Field of Champions is registering players 9-15 for fall ball, and is also holding clinics on hitting, offense, and catching. Call 222-6020. Tennis Issaquah Parks offers a tennis camp for youngsters 7-10 from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 8-11 at Skyline High School. Call 837-3300. Swimming Issaquah Parks provides swimming lessons for all ages at the Julius Boehm Pool. Call 837-3350. Baseball tryouts The Lakeside Recovery program will hold tryouts in August for its 2012 teams. Tryouts are: 14U Sandy Koufax 5-8 p.m. Aug. 8 at Skyline High School, 15U Legion 5-8 p.m. Aug. 9 at Skyline, 13U Sandy Koufax 5-8 p.m. Aug. 10 at Skyline, 16-18U AAA Legion, 18U Babe Ruth and AA Legion 5-8 p.m. Aug. 11-12 at Newport High. Makeups for all ages are 5-7 p.m. Aug. 15 at Newport. Call 444-4747. The Eastlake Sammamish Baseball Association holds tryouts for its Sandy Koufax and Mickey Mantle teams Aug. 13-14 at the Sammamish Community All-Purpose Fields. Go to to learn more. Field of Champions Bears Baseball Club is holding tryouts for its 2011-12 teams (13U, 14U, 15U and 16U) Aug. 67 at Skyline High School. Register at, or call 222-6020.

Summer baseball American Legion 17 & under Aug. 3-6, Lakeside Recovery U-17 in AA State Tournament in Spokane.

Charlie Arnold (Maple Hills) 22.73. 50 freestyle: A final, 7, Bristol (Edge) 39.49; B final, 10, Andres Kappes (Klahanie) 41.81; 14, Emmet Bowler (Klahanie) 44.60. 25 butterfly: A final, 2, Harig (Edge) 19.86; 5, Jerry Chen (Columbia) 20.26; 7, Amedson (Columbia) 21.25; 8, Arnold (Maple Hills) 22.37. 100 freestyle relay: B final, 11, Edgebrook (Bristol, Khoo, Devian Shukla, Pungan) 1:19.66. 9-10 100 medley relay: A final, 1, Somerset (Jimmy Butler, Nolan Van Nortwick, Connor Poggemann, Andres Gonzalez) 1:07.51; 2, Edgebrook (Parker Raines, Blake Ueda, Michael Peck, William Paxton) 1:07.87; B final, 9, Plateau (Zacharia Mseitif, Nick Lewis, Kyle Falkner, Connor Lotzkar) 1:14.38; 12, Klahanie (Reece Shrimpton, Henry Gao, Matthew Seminatore, Brandon Cooley) 1:18.74. 50 freestyle: A final, 1, Zeke Pelluer (Tam O’Shanter) 29.14; 3, Lewis (Plateau) 31.22; B final, 9, Shrimpton (Klahanie) 36.54. 50 backstroke: A final, 1, Falkner (Plateau) 35.64; 2, Peck (Edge) 36.49; 3, Ueda (Edge) 36.82; B final, 9, Lewis (Plateau) 39.48; 15, Kyle George (Maple Hills) 47.06. 50 breaststroke: A final, 1, Van Nortwick (Somerset) 37.30; 2, Ueda (Edge) 42.64; B final, 11, Raines (Edge) 45.05; 14, Gao (Klahanie) 46.95. 100 freestyle: A final, 1, Paxton (Edge) 1:03.63; 2, Gonzalez (Somerset) 1:03.68; 4, Falkner (Plateau) 1:07.13. 25 butterfly: A final, 1, Pelluer (Tam O’Shanter) 14.75; 3, Paxton (Edge) 14.94; B final, 12, George (Maple Hills) 18.36; 14, Poggemann (Somerset) 18.74; 16, Gao (Klahanie) 19.34. 10 & Under 100 individual medley: A final, 1, Andres Gonzalez (Somerset) 1:15.79; 2, Nolan Van Nortwick (Somerset) 1:19.64; 3, Michael Peck (Edgebrook) 1:20.29; 4, Graham Wrightson (Newport Hills) 1:23.43. 11-12 200 medley relay: A final, 2, Klahanie (Sandor Voros, Connor Azzarello, Ryan Kinnear, Thomas Bowler) 2:13.74; B final, 10, Edgebrook (Bennet Ernst, David Corbitt, Johnathan Cassady, Jack Sansing) 2:31.43. 100 individual medley: A final, 1, Kinnear (Klahanie) 1:02.26; 3, Cassady (Edge) 1:11.07. 50 freestyle: A final, 5, Bowler (Klahanie) 29.08; 8, Trey Gevers (Samena) 29.84. 50 backstroke: B final, 14, Aaron Ao (Columbia) 39.37. 50 breaststroke: A final, 1, Cassady (Edge) 34.44; 5, Gevers (Samena) 38.47; B final, 15, Azzarello (Klahanie) 42.60. 100 freestyle: B final, 12, Ao (Columbia) 1:12.72; 13, Manan Gandhi (Columbia) 1:12.82; 16, Casey Stanfield (Klahanie) 1:18.17. 50 butterfly: A final, 1, Kinnear (Klahanie) 27.03; 5, Voros (Klahanie) 34.11; B final, 13, Gandhi (Columbia) 39.89. 200 freestyle relay: 4, Klahanie (Azzarello, Alejandro Calderon, John Carr, Bowler) 2:04.36. 12 & Under 200 freestyle: A final, 4, Bennet Ernst (Edgebrook) 2:25.86; B final, 9, Dylan Shrimpton (Klahanie) 2:40.77; 14, Alejandro Calderon (Klahanie) 2:48.68. 13-14 200 freestyle: A final, 1, Alec Raines (Edgebrook) 1:50.05; 2, Nick Klatt (Maple Hills) 1:50.26; 3, Elliot Schwinn (Plateau) 1:55.60; 4, Connor Broughton (Edgebrook) 1:57.24; 6, Connor Schwinn (Plateau) 2:03.80. 200 medley relay: A final, Newport Hills (Nolan Hoover, Ben Nussbaum, Keith Nussbaum, Henry Pratt) 1:50.78; 4, Edgebrook (Andrew Pana, Connor Broughton, Alec Raines, James Stewart) 1:54.79; 6, Plateau (Jeremy Bradford, Connor Schwinn, Elliot Schwinn, Richard Baron) 2:01.61. 100 individual medley: A final, 3, Pana (Edge) 1:02.33; B final, 12, Sam Demers (Columbia) 1:11.62;

14, Thomas Kim (Klahanie) 1:12.19; 15, Bradford (Plateau) 1:12.51. 50 freestyle: A final, 1, Gabe Florsheim (Samena) 23.30; 7, Nick Nava (Klahanie) 26.36. 50 backstroke: A final, 2, Hoover (NH) 27.28; 4. Pana (Edge) 28.44; 6, Nava (Klahanie) 29.83; B final, 9, Timothy Johnson (Maple Hills) 32.05; 11, Turner Englehart (Maple Hills) 32.95. 50 breaststroke: A final, 2, B. Nussbaum (NH) 29.66; 7, C. Schwinn (Plateau) 33.51; 8, Michael Cao (Klahanie) 35.66; B final, 13, Ryan Herrin (Columbia) 36.06. 100 freestyle: A final, 1, B. Nussbaum (NH) 52.66; 6, Baron (Plateau) 57.22; B final, 11, Herrin (Columbia) 1:06.01; 14, Thomas Khuu (Columbia) 1:07.93. 50 butterfly: A final, 1, Florsheim (Samena) 24.43; 2, Hoover (NH) 25.93; 4, Nick D’Alo (Klahanie) 27.36; 6, Baron (Plateau) 28.60; B final, 11, Demers (Columbia) 29.63; 12, K. Nussbaum (NH) 29.77; 14, Englehart (Maple Hills) 31.62; 15, Johnson (Maple Hills) 31.62. 200 freestyle: A final, 2, Klahanie (Nava, Cao, Kim, D’Alo) 1:45.07; 3, Maple Hills (Johnson, Kyle Larson, Englehart, Nick Klatt) 1:46.19. 15 & Over 200 freestyle: A final, 1, Logan Briggs (Maple Hills) 1:43.62; 2, Brian Ruggles (Phantom Lake) 1:48.19; 3, Chase Onstot (Maple Hills) 1:51.00; 7, Lucas Ung (Edgebrook) 2:00.46; B final, 11, PJ Warmenhoven (Maple Hills) 2:03.83. 200 medley relay: A final, 6, Edgebrook (Lucas Ung, George Done, Sebastian Bury, Spencer McCulloh) 1:47.01; B final, 13, Columbia (Mitch Corson, Lior Habinsky, Ryan Collins, Sam Demers) 1:54.45; 15, Klahanie (Jay High, Eric Onnen, Paul Jett, Ashton Powell) 1:56.03. 100 individual medley: A final, 4, Gentry Gevers (Samena) 56.98; 7, Jett (Klahanie) 58.76; B final, 16, Caleb Walin (Samena) 1:07.68. 50 freestyle: A final, Ethan Hallowell (Mercer Island CC) 20.95; 4, Bury (Edge) 22.36; 5, Ruggles (Phantom Lake) 22.39; 15, McCulloh (Edge) 24.59. 50 backstroke: A final, 1, Briggs (Maple Hills) 25.56; 3, Gevers (Samena) 26.07; 7, Collins (Columbia) 27.40; B final, 10, Corson (Columbia) 28.31; 13, Chris Chan (Edge) 29.37; 14, Ung (Edge) 29.56; 15, James Nevin (Klahanie) 29.61. 50 breaststroke: A final, 3, Kevin Hays (Maple Hills) 28.46; B final, 9, George Done (Edge) 29.77. 100 freestyle: A final, 3, Bury (Edge) 49.35; 6 (tie), Onstot (Maple Hills) 51.78, Nicholas Weiss (Newport Hills) 51.78; B final, 12, Warmenhoven (Maple Hills) 55.39. 50 butterfly: A final, 5, Collins (Columbia) 25.52; B final, 9, Jett (Klahanie) 25.49; 10, Hays (Maple Hills) 25.66; 13, Malcolm Mitchell (Newport Hills) 26.69. 200 freestyle relay: A final, 3, Maple Hills (Briggs, Hays, Tyler Larson, Onstot) 1:30.86; B final, 13, Klahanie (High, Onnen, Nevin, Powell) 1:43.40; 16, Edgebrook (Chan, Andre Garay, Brent Isaacson, McCulloh) 1:44.55. Combined team scores 1, Mercerwood Shore Club 1,505; 2, Mercer Island Beach Club 1,459; 3, Newport Hills 1,372.5; 4, Edgebrook 1,115.5; 5, Fairwood 983; 5, Samena 933; 7, Klahanie 750; 8, Triangle Pool 724; 9, Mercer Island Country Club 705; 10, Somerset 698; 11, Tam O’Shanter 674; 12, Phantom Lake 629; 13, Rolling Hills 600; 14, Strattonwood 530.5; 15, Seattle Tennis Club 518; 16, Plateau Club 490; 17, Norwood 437; 18, Maple Hills 407.5; 19, Columbia Athletic Club 376; 20, Kingsgate Gators 371; 21, Woodridge 344; 22, Overlake 296; 23, Newport Yacht Club 194; 24, Kingsgate Monarchs 189; 25, Kingsgate Royals 150; 25, High Woodlands 91; 27, TPC Snoqualmie Ridge 10.

baseman David McIlvaine, of Issaquah. All three played varsity baseball in the spring. The outfield play has been consistent with Rawlings and Sam Reynolds, of Issaquah; and James Ferris, Curtis Kojima, Frazier Krall and Chinery, of Newport. Kojima, along with Kritsonis, played on the Newport varsity team that won the 4A KingCo Conference Crest Division title and reached the state regional tournament last spring. Zach Walker, who played on Issaquah’s varsity team, and Mack Barry, of Newport, have handled the catching chores. Rosen and Ferris have been solid hitters for the team this summer. However, Thorpe points out

that anyone in the lineup is capable of stepping up and delivering a hit at a crucial time. “It seems like we have a different hero every day,” Thorpe said. Although he would like to see Lakeside Recovery 17-U advance to the Regional tournament Aug. 8 in Yakima, Thorpe said he would always savor this season. “I’ve been coaching for a long time and this has definitely become one of my favorite teams. The players get along together and play well together,” Thorpe said. “This team deserves to be successful.” Bob Taylor: 392-6434, ext. 236, or Comment at

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Issaquah High School wins passing tournament The Issaquah High School football team won the 7-on-7 Cougars Passing Tournament at Lakewood High School for the third straight time July 30 when the Eagles defeated Kamiak, 4114, in the championship game. Issaquah quarterback Ethan Kalin, who will be a senior this fall, was named the tournament’s offensive most valuable player. The Eagles defeated Port Angeles, 69-29; Stanwood, 45-0; and King’s, 41-35, in the preliminary rounds. Issaquah then downed host Lakewood, 31-21, in the quarterfinals and topped Bethel, 45-42, in the semifinals. Liberty also played in the tournament. The Patriots dropped their opener, 49-34, to Bethel, and then rebounded by beating Bellingham, 39-25; Sultan, 28-7; and Mount Vernon, 49-38.

Free fly-casting clinic is at Beaver Lake Park The Trout Unlimited BellevueIssaquah chapter is holding a flycasting clinic from 5:30-8 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Beaver Lake Park pavilion. The clinic is free. At the clinic, beginning anglers may learn basic casting techniques while seasoned anglers can fine-tune their skills or learn new techniques from professional fly casters. Anglers can bring their own gear or test new casting gear and systems.

Skyline football is ranked 89th in the United States The Skyline High School football team is ranked 89th out of 100 teams in the preseason poll. Skyline went 12-2 last season and finished second in the 4A state tournament. The Spartans lost to Ferris, of Spokane, in the 4A state championship game. Skyline’s past success and the return of junior quarterback Max Browne were among the reasons for the Spartans’ national ranking. Browne passed for 1,482 yards and 50 touchdowns last fall.

Indians go out in two The Issaquah Indians 16-U baseball team got knocked out of the Colt West Zone Tournament in San Jose, Calif., July 30 when it lost to Monterey, Calif., 9-7, in the consolation bracket. The Indians, who won the Washington regional title last month, also lost to South San Francisco, 3-0, in the July 29 opening round.

Miss Red Dot third at Tri-Cities The Preston-based unlimited


a traveling all-star team, with Hanley on its roster. At the seventh-annual championship July 10 held at KeyArena, Grave Danger took first place, winning 112-104 in a cut throat bout against the Throttle Rockets, or as Hanley calls them, “the losers.” But it’s all in good fun. Hanley’s fans like her attitude, her gothic look, tattoo sleeves on her arms and her skill on the track. “She has such a fantastic attitude, we love her sportsmanship,” Lisa Bailey-Schindehette, of Kent, said at a July 10 bout. “It’s really fun to see her be really aggressive and then turn around and high five the last person.” Bailey-Schindehette and her husband have season tickets and come with their three children to every bout. Spectators young and old come to KeyArena to watch the roller girls compete, with tickets generally costing less than $20 for children and less than $30 for adults. Ivey’s family comes to bouts to watch her skate, and her two children have even participated in Rat City events. In January, the Issaquah High School band, including her son Louden Ivey, played at a half-time show. Her daughter, Emma Ivey, often translates the national anthem into sign language before the bouts begin. Ivey said she moved to Issaquah in 2005 for the schools and the tranquil environment, but her Grave Danger bouts are anything but tranquil. Fans cheer, music blares, blockers


hydroplane Miss Red Dot, driven by Kip Brown, finished third July 31 at the Air National Guard Hydroplane Series in Tri-Cities. Spirit of Qatar, driven by veteran Dave Villwock, finished first and ended Steve David’s string of three consecutive victories on the Columbia River. Steve David, driving Oh Boy! Oberto, took second. Brown remained perfect in the preliminary heats. He has won all five heats he has competed in this season. Brown and Miss Red Dot had been the national leaders entering the race. However, Villwock moved ahead of them in the standings with his victory. The Air National Guard series moves to Seattle for the annual Seafair race Aug. 5-7 on Lake Washington. Testing for the unlimited lights begins at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 5-6. The unlimiteds begin testing at 9:50 a.m. Aug. 5 and at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 6. The first heat is set for 3:05 p.m. Aug. 6. Racing continues Aug. 7 with the finals at 5:15 p.m.

Issaquah alumni mile Aug. 13 The third running of the Issaquah High School alumni mile is at 5 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Issaquah Middle School track. The annual summer event gathers track and cross country runners who once competed for Issaquah High. Register online at The schedule of events includes a kids lollipop 200-meter run at 5 p.m. and the alumni mile at 5:15 p.m.

Skyline golfer second at state Brian Mogg, a Sammamish resident who attends Skyline High School, finished second in the boys 14-15 division at the Washington Junior Golf Association state tournament last week in Walla Walla. Mogg finished the tournament July 29 with a 216 total and finished three strokes behind firstplace winner Frank Garber, of Kirkland. Mogg shot a 71 on the final day at the Walla Walla Community Club. Although he matched Garber on the final two days of the tournament, Mogg fell three strokes behind the Kirkland player on the first round and never overcame the deficit. Spencer Weiss, of Sammamish and Eastlake High, finished in a tie for 10th with 220. In the boys 16-17 division, Li Wang, of Sammamish and Eastlake, was third at 213. He was just three strokes behind winner Tyler Salsbury, of Enumclaw. In the girls 12-13 division, Ashley Fitzgibbons, of Sammamish, finished second at 241. She was just one stroke behind first-place Sarah Lawrence, of Duvall.

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knock jammers out of the track and referees call fouls. “I just enjoy the physical contact of it,” Ivey said. Cooper, a former skateboarder from California, practiced at the volunteer-run Potential Fresh Meat, a roller derby practice squad, before trying out for Grave Danger last July. After learning she made the team, “I think when I got the phone call I screamed really loud,” she said. She also thrills at the thought of intense competition. “In derby you always have to be prepared for somebody to take you out,” she said. Hanley, who grew up ice skating on frozen ponds in Michigan, is used to rough and tumble after growing up with her brothers. “I’m an angry child, so I like playing a physical sport,” she said dryly. “The team aspect part of it is a little hard for me, but the hitting and being aggressive, it comes very naturally.” Each roller woman pays $35 per month to play and manages the derby, with some acting as business managers and others working in marketing. “Nobody runs the league, we all run it,” Cooper said. “All of us have a small part in making this all happen.”

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ISSAQUAH SCHOOL DISTRICT NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING 2011-12 PROPOSED BUDGET The Issaquah School District has prepared a budget for the 2011-12 school year, which is on file in the District Administration office. A copy will be furnished to anyone upon request. A public hearing will be held in conjunction with the regular board meeting of the Board of Directors of the Issaquah School District at 7:00pm, Tuesday, August 9, 2011 in the Board Room at the Issaquah School District Administration building. The hearing is for the purpose of providing an opportunity for public input on the proposed 2011-12 budget. Any person may attend this meeting and be heard for or against any part of the budget. This hearing is in accordance with the requirements of WAC 932-123-054. Published in The Issaquah Press on 7/27/11 & 8/03/11 02-2214 LEGAL NOTICE

The Urban Village Development Commission will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, August 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers located at 135 E Sunset Way. At this meeting the Commission will discuss the proposed Rowley Development Agreement.

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ISOLA Real Estate II, LLC, 555 S. Renton Village Place, Ste 570, Renton, WA 98057 is seeking coverage under the Washington State Department of Ecology’s Construction Stormwater NPDES and State Waste Discharge General Permit. The proposed project, Plateau Park, is located at 24238 SE Issaquah-Fall City Road in Issaquah, in King County.

1:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible.

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2011-0333 - E11CT007 – Robert and Judith Voelker for property located at 4460 281st Place SE Fall City, WA 98024; STR: SW-18-24-07; SIZE: 4.93 acres; REQUEST: Public Benefit Rating System and/or Timber Land; Tax #182407-9103. Details are available from the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Rural and Regional Services Section, 201 South Jackson Street, Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98104; Phone (206) 205-5170.

Stormwater will be discharged to unamed tributary to Lake Sammamish. Any persons desiring to present their views to the Washington State Department of Ecology regarding this application, or interested in Ecology’s action on the application, may notify Ecology in writing no later than 30 days of the last date of publication of this notice. Ecology reviews public comments and considers whether discharges from this project would cause a measurable change in receiving water quality, and, if so, whether the project is necessary and in the overriding public interest according to Tier II antidegradation requirements under WAC 173-201A-320.

Dated at Seattle, Washington, this 3rd day of August, 2011 Published in The Issaquah Press on 8/03/11 02-2211 LEGAL NOTICE DOWNTOWN ISSAQUAH ASSOCIATION NOTICE OF ROAD CLOSURE NW Alder Place, Issaquah

Comments can be submitted to: Department of Ecology Attn: Water Quality Program, Construction Stormwater P.O. Box 47696, Olympia, WA 98504-7696

On August 5, 2011, NW Alder Place will be closed from 1st Place NW to Front St. and from Front Street to 1st Ave NE between the hours of Noon and 10pm to facilitate an ArtWalk event. Front Street will remain open.

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Hearing Examiner for the King County Council will meet in Room W-1201 on the 12th floor of the King County Courthouse, 516 Third Avenue, Seattle, Washington, on Wednesday, August 17, 2011, at the time listed, or as soon thereafter as possible, to consider applications for classification and real property assessment under Current Use Assessment Statute RCW 84.34, all listed hereafter;

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Information regarding this meeting may be obtained by contacting Gaila Gutierrez, Major Development Review Team (MDRT) at 1775 12th Ave NW, Issaquah; 425-8373414 or gailag@ci.issaquah.


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King County upgrades outmoded criminal filing system King County prosecutors’ outmoded case-management system is in line to receive a $1.5 million upgrade soon. In a unanimous decision July 25, County Council members approved the funds to start replacing the Prosecutor Management Information System, or PROMIS. “There is no doubt we have gotten our money’s worth out of the current case-tracking system installed 28 years ago. Investing in a new case management system for the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office that takes advantage of modern technology will have a

ripple-effect throughout each agency in the criminal justice system and result in a rapid gain of efficiencies,” county Prosecutor Dan Satterberg said in a statement. Since PROMIS debuted in 1984, the Prosecutor’s Office’s criminal caseload has tripled from about 3,700 filings per year to more than 10,000. The original vendor is defunct, technical support is nonexistent and only a handful of county employees can keep the system running. The county budget required cuts in the criminal justice system

in order to close a $60 million shortfall last year. In the budget, the council set aside a $1.5 million criminal justice reserve. Councilman Bob Ferguson spearheaded the plan to replace PROMIS. “This one-time investment will bring a much-needed efficiency into our criminal justice system that will hold down costs and make this government more sustainable over time,” County Executive Dow Constantine said in a statement. “I thank Councilmember Ferguson for championing this investment.”



Police arrested a 44-year-old Issaquah man on a Tukwila warrant at Southeast Black Nugget Road and Highlands Drive Northeast at 1:25 a.m. July 10.

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In a July 25 decision, the King County Council toughened rules for violent offenders, and declared some felons ineligible for a pretrial release program. Convicted violent, sex and domestic violence felons no longer qualify for telephone reporting as they await trial for a similar serious offense. Through the Community Corrections Division, the county operates several alternative-to-detention programs, including electronic home detention, work-education

Washington State Patrol is No. 1 for DUI enforcement The numbers show the Washington State Patrol is tough on drunken drivers: Troopers arrested almost 20,000 last year. For the effort, the International Association of Chiefs of Police named the Washington State Patrol as the top DUI enforcement agency in North America. The honor recognizes agencies

release and reporting programs — CCAP Basic and CCAP Enhanced. Under the council legislation, people charged with a violent, sex or domestic violence felony cannot participate in CCAP Basic, a telephone-reporting program, if they have been convicted of such a crime in the past. “Today’s reform moves the ball forward on an important public safety issue,” Councilman Bob Ferguson, sponsor of the ordinance, said in a statement. Council Chairman Larry Gossett and Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, Issaquah’s representative on the council, opposed the legislation.

“We need to continue to protect our judges’ ability to use judicial discretion in these pretrial cases, where the needs of individual cases can be properly evaluated,” Lambert said in a statement. “Judges need these various tools to help people address their underlying problems in order to help break the cycle of crime. Our courts must always have a ‘face of justice,’ as Norm Maleng used to say, and we should not forget that people are innocent until proven guilty.” Maleng served as King County prosecutor for 28 years until his sudden death from a heart attack in May 2007.

for “year-round efforts to detect and apprehend impaired drivers and to address impaired driving through policies, officer training, and public information and education.” The state patrol is due to receive the award in October at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Chicago. Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste has told front-line troopers they have no higher pri-

ority than removing drunken drivers from the road. “We consider every DUI arrest a potential life saved,” he said in a statement. “We never know which drunks will kill, but we know with certainty that some of them will. We’re committed to taking all of them off the road.” Statewide, police agencies arrest about 40,000 impaired drivers each year. The state patrol accounts for about half of the total.

saquah man on a Bellevue warrant for driving with a suspended license, and cited him for driving with a suspended license, at Front Street North and Gilman Boulevard at 1:05 p.m. July 13.

The rush of the brush

A Subaru was stolen in the 18300 block of Southeast Newport Way prior to 11:46 a.m. July 10. The estimated loss is unknown.

Sonicare toothbrushes were stolen in the 5700 block of East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast prior to 6:14 p.m. July 13. The estimated loss is unknown.

Sweet and sour

Energy crisis

Police asked a man to stop selling strawberries without a permit in the 100 block of Second Avenue Northeast at 12:56 p.m. July 10.

Police responded to a theft in the 800 block of Front Street North after a caller at a business said a customer left without paying for an energy drink prior to 8:30 p.m. July 13. Police could not locate the customer, and the caller obtained incorrect license plate information.

Insulin insolence

King County Council stiffens pretrial rules for felons

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A window was damaged on, and a camera, iPod, makeup bag and diabetic supplies were stolen from, a Toyota parked in the 18400 block of West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast prior to 2:35 p.m. July 11. The estimated loss is $1,230.

Sobering Police arrested an 18-year-old Sammamish woman for being a minor in possession of alcohol at about 11:30 p.m. July 10. Police had responded to a large juvenile party in the 200 block of 246th Way Southeast after a neighbor said someone blew up his or her garbage can with a firework. Police arrived to find the shades drawn at the home and the lights out, but located more than 20 people drinking in the back of the home. The officers, unable to convince the home’s occupants to answer the door, started running the license plates of the vehicles parked out front and contacted the registered owners. Several of the owners agreed to retrieve their vehicles — and their children.

The road not taken An Acura parked in the 600 block of Front Street South was stolen prior to 9:52 a.m. July 12. The estimated loss is unknown.

Cut and haste Police responded to suspicious activity in the 2500 block of Northeast Park Drive at 9:58 a.m. July 12 after a caller reported men carrying machetes near Central Park. Police could not locate the men.

Drugs A male juvenile was arrested for possession of marijuana in the 300 block of Rainier Boulevard South at 8:51 p.m. July 13 and then released to the Sammamish Police Department for investigation of a crime in Sammamish.

Turn off the light Light fixtures were stolen from a house in the 23100 block of Southeast 58th Street prior to 10:29 a.m. July 14. The estimated loss is $300.

Credit crunch A person in the 500 block of Newport Way Northwest said unauthorized charges had been made to his or her credit card account prior to 11:20 a.m. July 14. The estimated loss is $376.64.


If a tree falls in the forest

Pull the plug

A resident in the 1900 block of East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast said small trees had been chopped down on a public trail prior to 3 a.m. July 13. Police located several tree clumps chopped down near the base of the trees.

Police discovered graffiti on a sign and Puget Sound Energy boxes near the 22600 block of Southeast 29th Street on July 15. The cost to remove the graffiti is unknown.

Extra value meal

Items were stolen from a storage unit in the 1700 block of Northwest Sammamish Road prior to 5:28 p.m. July 15. The estimated loss is unknown.

Double trouble Police arrested a 24-year-old Is-

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Hot mail A mailbox exploded in the 18400 block of Southeast 44th Street prior to 11:04 p.m. July 16. The estimated loss is $80.

Arrest Police arrested an 18-year-old Renton man for second-degree vehicle prowling and third-degree malicious mischief in the 4300 block of 189th Avenue Southeast at 2:36 a.m. July 17.

No good deed goes unpunished

A porch light exploded in the 4700 block of 194th Avenue Southeast prior to 1:39 p.m. July 17. The estimated loss is $280.

A 24-year-old Issaquah man faces forgery charges for attempting to cash stolen checks at Bank of America, 3090 Issaquah-Pine Lake Road S.E., July 14. Employees called the police after becoming suspicious about several checks the man attempted to cash. Police then searched his vehicle and found several checks belonging to another Issaquah man. The officer contacted the checks’ owner. He said he had not given anyone permission to cash the checks.

A 42-year-old Sammamish man asked the Sammamish Police Department to dispose of a magazine of AK-47 ammunition July 13.

Items were stolen from a storage unit in the 1700 block of Northwest Sammamish Road prior to 2:52 p.m. July 16. The estimated loss is $1,600.

The tires and wheels were stolen from a vehicle parked in the 200 block of Newport Way Northwest prior to 9:20 a.m. July 14. The estimated loss is $2,238.

A television, laptop computers and cameras were stolen from a home in the 2100 block of 272nd Way Southeast prior to 9 p.m. July 12. The estimated loss is unknown.

Disarmament agreement

Set up housekeeping

Let there be light


Police arrested a juvenile male for stealing food from Front Street Market, 80 Front St. S., at 12:58 p.m. July 13. The estimated loss is $1.59.

A U-Haul truck was stolen in the 100 block of Northeast Gilman Boulevard prior to 10:37 a.m. July 16. The estimated loss is $14,000.

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A resident in the 1800 block of West Beaver Lake Drive said his or her vehicle had been covered in condiments and flour prior to July 13. The estimated loss is unknown.

All that’s missing is U

A marker was removed from a bus shelter at West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast and 188th Avenue Southeast prior to 9:16 a.m. July 14. The estimated loss is $100.


A purse was stolen at the Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, prior to 3:55 p.m. July 12. The estimated loss is $100.

Dressing on the side

successful effort and no response from inside the restroom. Police used a pry tool to open the restroom and removed the subject from the building.

Police assisted a woman in the 600 block of Northwest Juniper Street at 11:43 a.m. July 17 about a neighbor problem. She said her neighbor continues to talk to her and had other people send her birthday cards to mark the occasion. She said she did not want the cards and does not want to talk to the neighbor anymore.

Police arrested a 19-year-old Sammamish man for possession of marijuana and for being a minor in possession of alcohol in the 800 block of Lake Drive at 10:13 p.m. July 14.

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Movin’ out

It’s time to go now Police responded to trespassing at Shell, 1605 N.W. Gilman Blvd., at 12:16 a.m. July 16 after a person locked himself or herself inside a restroom. The door lacks a keyhole on the outside. Officers and a store employee attempted to remove the hinges to open the door, to no avail. The group gave up after about 20 minutes of un-

Bling bling sting Jewelry and a laptop computer were stolen in the 23300 block of Southeast Black Nugget Road prior to 8:44 p.m. July 17. The estimated loss is $11,500.

On the move Items were stolen from a storage unit in the 1700 block of Northwest Sammamish Road prior to 10:36 a.m. July 18. The estimated loss is $2,510.

Purse snatched A window was damaged on, and a purse was stolen from, a Toyota parked in the 18400 block of West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast prior to 4:37 p.m. July 18. The estimated loss is $350.

Prize patrol Items were stolen from a vehicle parked in the 1600 block of Newport Way Northwest prior to 7:48 p.m. July 18. The estimated loss is $850.

Arrest Police arrested a 29-year-old Graham woman for driving with a suspended license and a hit-andrun accident in the 1000 block of Northeast Park Drive at 4:21 a.m. July 19.

Toyota taken A Toyota was stolen in the 800 block of Front Street South prior to 7:15 a.m. July 19. The estimated loss is unknown.

Thanks, but no thanks Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 300 block of Shangri-la Way Northwest at 5 p.m. July 19 after a woman said she had received calls from a telemarketer. In a recent call, the telemarketer told her she won money. She told the person to keep the money and hung up the phone, but she continued to receive the calls.

Hung up A cellphone was stolen in the 300 block of Northwest Dogwood Street prior to 1:10 a.m. July 20. The estimated loss is $100. The Press publishes names of those arrested for DUI and those charged with felony crimes. Information comes directly from local police reports.

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CALENDAR  AUGUST Beat the Heat Splash Day, 1 p.m., community center

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Music on the Streets: Train Wreck, 6-9 p.m., Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N. Concerts in the Park: FreddyPink, 6:30-8 p.m., Pine Lake Park Troy Shaw, 6-10 p.m., Vino Bella, 99 Front St. N., 391-1424

ArtEAST presents First Friday Community Night, 5-8 p.m., at artEAST Gallery Up Front, 95 Front St. N. ArtWalk, 5-8 p.m., downtown and Gilman Village

Brooks Giles Band, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Vino Bella Take One, 7:3011:30 p.m., Vino Bella

N.W. Muscle Car Meet, 8 a.m., Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, 98 N.E. Gilman Blvd. Concerts on the Green: Ventura Highway Revisited, 7-8:30 p.m., community center Music on the Streets: Kellee Bradley 6-9 p.m., Hailstone Feed Store Concerts in the Park: BottleRockit, 6:30-8 p.m., Pine Lake Park

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Symphony to perform movie magic

Alehouse brews up a fine menu selection Restaurant reviews are a regular feature of The Issaquah Press. Reviewers visit restaurants unannounced and pay in full for their meals. By David Hayes Issaquah Press reporter The last time a SUNSET group of us dined at the Sunset AleALEHOUSE house, we didn’t go to enjoy the food so 20 Front St. S. www.sunsetmuch as endure it. You see, its menu sports an eating 11:30 a.m. to challenge — The 10:30 p.m. National Champ — Sunday to which features nine 1/3-pound beef pat- Monday; 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 ties and nine slices p.m. Tuesday to of cheddar cheese between two buns. Saturday As delectable as $4-$9 for appetwo-thirds of a tizers; $4 to $13 pound of Nebraska for soups and salbeef per person ads; $8 to $34.14 was, we decided for entrees this go-around to give the rest of the wide-ranging menu a sampling. Opened by the owners of JaK’s Grill across the street, they’d like you to think of Sunset Alehouse as a more casual version of the steakhouse. Bar food this is not. The menu has a wide selection of appetizers, soups and salads, burgers and hot sandwiches, and specialty items. From the hot sandwiches section, we ordered the Italian chicken sandwich. Sunset takes the best of an Italian meal — grilled chicken breast, mozzarella, tomato, pesto mayo and a balsamic reduction — and puts it all into one convenient bite between a toasted baguette. It’s always refreshing when a sandwich holds up to that many ingredients, as the baguette held its crunch from first bite to last. While the sandwich came with fries this time, it’s nice to have a selection of alternatives, including spicy Baja slaw, Italian pasta salad, or chips and salsa. In the mood for a good hot dog, I spotted on the menu the Baja Dog, a.k.a. The Uncle Geno. It starts with a solid foundation of a Hebrew National dog, wraps it in bacon


Sunset Alehouse’s The National Champ is an eating challenge featuring nine 1/3-pound patties and nine slices of cheese. — come on, everything is better with bacon — and is slathered with guacamole, pico de gallo and cream cheese. It was a cool, refreshing change from the typical dog I get with just mustard and ketchup. But if I had my druthers, I’d add a few more jalapeños to the guacamole, as I like mine with a little more kick to it. If I was looking for that jolt to the taste buds exclusively, I should have given the 3 Chili Silly burger a try. Having watched Adam Richman burn every last taste bud out of his mouth in hot eating challenges across the country on “Man v. Food,” I definitely have to give this burger a try. With a bold warning on the menu to eat at your own risk, the silly sauce features a devilish blend of habeñero, serrano and jalapeno peppers. The silly sauce is also used on Sunset’s cheese steak. Finally, our staff vegetarian was

pleased to learn all the burgers on the menu can be replaced with a Gardenburger patty. So, armed with the knowledge that more is better, he ordered Cord’s Ultimate Double Cheeseburger, featuring two garden burger patties and three types of cheese (Tillamook cheddar, pepperjack and provolone). Once again, the toasted bun was the hero, as it held its shape, crunch and the insides all in place, from first bite to last. Speaking of pleasant surprises, not many restaurants offer bottomless fountain drinks. Sunset’s server kept our glasses filled with each pass by our table at no extra charge. Refreshing. So, whether you’re up for an eating challenge, or down for a casual meal, Sunset has something to satisfy everyone. David Hayes: 392-6434, ext. 237, Comment at

Downtown ArtWalk returns Aug. 5 ArtWalk returns to downtown Issaquah on Aug. 5. The summertime event runs 5-8 p.m. along downtown streets and in Gilman Village. In rain or shine, regional artists set up temporary shows in downtown businesses and on street corners for the evening. The teen group Electric Foot plans to play a final perform-

ance at the Issaquah Library during the August ArtWalk. Catch the set at the library, 10 W. Sunset Way, from 4:456:15 p.m. Other bands from the Kaleidoscope School of Music also plan to play at the library throughout ArtWalk. The last ArtWalk for the year is Sept. 2. ArtWalk is scheduled to return in May 2012.

A sign invites visitors to downtown to check out an Artwalk venue.

Listen as SamIF YOU GO mamish Symphony Orchestra perform- POPs! Goes ers re-create magic Issaquah moments from the 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26 silver screen at the Village Theatre — POPs! Goes IsFrancis J. Gaudette saquah concert Theatre Aug. 26. The concert is 303 Front St. N. free, due to supFree port from longtime Pick up tickets on a Issaquah developer Rowley Prop- first-come, first-served basis at Rowley erties. POPs! Goes Issaquah is meant Properties, 1595 N.W. to support arts on Gilman Blvd., Suite 1, the Eastside and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. open the arts to a weekdays. broader audience. For “Music From The Oscars – Award Winning Film Scores” — the theme for the upcoming concert — the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra and conductor R. Joseph Scott plan to offer pieces from memorable Hollywood films. The guest performer for the 16th anniversary concert is Audrey Chen, the principal cellist in the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra. Chen earned first place in the solo and concerto playoffs in the 2009 Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside — a showcase for young performers — and received the Overall Excellence award. In addition, she also claimed first place at the 2011 Washington State Solo and Ensemble Competition and received the alternate prize in the junior division of the 2011 Music Teachers National Association Festival.

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