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Traffic talks jam town hall By Peter Clark

INSIDE Find schedules, a festival lineup, a dose of hatchery history and a map of festival venues in the Ohfishal Salmon Days Festival Program.

IF YOU GO By Greg Farrar

Two chinook salmon struggle at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery weir Sept. 26 to return upstream seeking a place to spawn in Issaquah Creek.

Come out for food, fun and flair at 44th annual Salmon Days By Peter Clark As the salmon return, so do the thousands of people expected for this year’s Salmon Days Festival. Oct. 5 and 6 will see coho, chinook, sockeye, kokanee and many festivalgoers make their way to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery for a weekendlong celebration full of events, activities, food and music. The homegrown event celebrates the return of local salmon as they make their pilgrimage from the Pacific Ocean back to the spawning grounds of Issaquah Creek and the hatchery. Approximately 180,000 people attended last year’s event, which was met with sunny, mild weather.

The Grand Parade will kick off the weekend beginning at 10 a.m. Oct. 5. It will wind its way down Front Street to the hatchery in a bright display of community spirit and appreciation of the surrounding environment. Salmon Days also brings artists from the region to show off their talent and sell their expressive wares. With crafts and seasonal goods for sale, more than 250 booths are expected to give plenty for art lovers to see. This year’s festival also brings back the Greenbelt Gallery, the eclectic section along Rainier Boulevard by City Hall South that will showcase local interest topics from sustainability to Issaquah’s sister cities. Do not forget the food. Salmon Day’s organizers promise some of the best local, Northwest and

global food. The Kiwanis Club of Issaquah will also fire up the grill for its famous annual salmon barbecue. Live music will sing the salmon home on a total of five stages this year, featuring a number of different musical styles for all audiences. The Front Street Stage will host local, new and upcoming talent of every genre. The Go Fish! Stage will have a mixture of everything from Moroccan sounds to Appalachian clog dancing. The Hatchery Stage is the place to go to experience the toe-tapping sounds of swing and bluegrass. The David Harris Rainier Blvd. Stage will host rock, rhythm and blues, pop, dance and headliner hits. Finally, the Kids’ Stage will live up to its name and deliver everything kids love: music, pup-

Salmon Days Festival 410 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 5-6 4Grand Parade: 10 a.m. Oct. 5 4Downtown Issaquah

ON THE WEB Celebrate the Salmon Days Festival on Twitter. Use the hashtag #SalmonDays to help others follow the fun. Follow the newspaper at issaquahpress. peteers, magicians and jugglers. Veterans’ Memorial Field will be the site of the Field of Fun, in case there still does not seem to be enough entertainment. While the claim of a “bazillion events and activities” is probably an exaggeration, there still will be plenty to put a smile on the face of every age group. There will be inflatable fun, sports challenges, animals, hands-on projects, arts and crafts, interactive games, cool kid carnival fun and more. The morning of Oct. 6, joggers with time to stretch will hope for nice weather in the Run with the See FESTIVAL, Page A5

Help EFR ‘Give Burns the Boot’ during festival The volunteer association for Eastside Fire & Rescue will staff a “Give Burns the Boot” booth during the two-day Salmon Days Festival. You can easily spot the 5-foot firefighter boot ready for your donation. This is the Northwest Burn Foundation’s 24th annual “Give

Burns the Boot” fundraising event. “We not only collect money for the Northwest Burn Foundation, but we also provide burn prevention information to the public,” volunteer firefighter Anita Sandall, EFR Northwest Burn Foundation coordinator, said in a press release. “With so many

people attending during Salmon Days, there’s no better opportunity to collect funds for burn survivors then over the two days we will be part of the festival.” Burn victims and survivors come from many walks of life, with the highest group being children. Approximately 116,000 children are treated for fire/burn

injuries each year. The most common rooms in the house for injury are the kitchen and bathroom. In Washington state, scald injuries, caused by hot liquids or steam, are the second leading cause of death to children in the age group 0-4 years of age. Learn more about the fundraiser at

Traffic talks are in a jam. To address ongoing transportation problems and lobby for a Legislature special session this fall, local and regional representatives met for a town hall Sept. 26. An overflowing crowd came to Issaquah City Hall to voice concerns about traffic and hear possible solutions. Washington State Department of Transportation Regional Administrator Lorena Eng joined Sen. Mark Mullet, Rep. Jay Rodne, Rep. Chad Magendanz, King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, Issaquah City Council President Fred Butler, former Bothell City Councilman Dick Paylor and North Bend Mayor Kenneth Hearing to have a discussion in an attempt to resurrect the failed Legislature funding package and hear citizen opinions. ‘Where does that go?’ Eng began by giving a breakdown of transportation spending from taxes and explaining why the budget for the department is so tight. “We pay 37 ½ cents in gas tax. Where does that go?” she asked. She said 14 ½ cents go to pay off improvement debt. Eleven cents goes to cities and counties, and they have to spend it on roads. And 4 cents is to pay off previous transit debt. “That leaves us 8 ½ cents to do all the maintenance and preservation that we have to do,” she said. “We just don’t have the funds to do much because it’s tied up. Zero percent of the gas tax is diverted to other purposes.” Rodne led the panel, giving his view of the current state of transportation and his opinion where the public should put its blame. “Lorena is here as an ambassador,” he said of Eng. “It’s us who should be held accountable. The Legislature has not been doing our job of oversight.” A $10 billion package, which would have included a 10 ½-cent gas tax, failed in the State House June 26. Supporting legislators hoped to fund maintenance, improvements and a bridge connecting Portland and Vancouver, Wash. Though it was a pet project of Gov. Jay Inslee, multiple fears over the tax increase, lack of system reform and the inclusion See TOWN

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Renamed Whittaker trail honors American climbing legend By Peter Clark It may not be Mount Everest, but it’s still an honor. King County Executive Dow Constantine stood with the first American to climb Earth’s tallest mountain to unveil new names for the Wilderness Peak Trail that winds its way up the southeastern side of Cougar Mountain on Sept. 26. Jim Whittaker, a Seattle native, whipped the burlap off the wooden signs that led the way to the new Jim Whittaker Wilderness Peak Trail and the Nawang Gombu Wilderness Cliffs Trail, named after Whittaker’s Sherpa, who braved all 29,000 feet with

him. This year marks the 50th anniversary since the historic ascent. A year later, Gombu climbed to the summit again, becoming the first person to make the trip twice. On a simple wooden bridge, extending over a calm stream, Tibetan prayer flags flapped as Constantine praised Whittaker and Gombu’s bravery. “Today, we are here to honor two men who stood on Earth’s highest point and came back heroes,” Constantine said. “They ran out of oxygen but managed to make the summit. It took courage, perseverance and

Jim Whittaker (right) kisses a picture of his deceased Sherpa partner Nawang Gombu as King County Executive Dow Constantine shares the moment. The two unveiled the new names of trails on Cougar Mountain after Whittaker and Gombu, who climbed Mount Everest 50 years ago.

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Memorial for fallen deputies comes closer to fruition

A physical tribute to fallen deputies is one step closer to reality, after the Metropolitan King County Council received a Sept. 16 report containing a plan to establish a memorial inside the King County Courthouse. The memorial would honor the 16 members of the King County Sheriff’s Office who have been killed in the line of duty since the department was established in 1852. Among them is King County Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Herzog, who was killed in the line of duty while working in the city of Newcastle in 2002. Herzog had worked in Newcastle for several years and knew many of the residents and businesses. “Creating this memorial to honor our fallen members of the sheriff’s department is the right thing to do,” Councilman Reagan Dunn, the prime sponsor of the ordinance, said in a news release. “These 16 heroes gave the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of the residents of King County, and I’m very thankful this memorial is one step closer to being built.” The report calls for the

memorial to be placed in the King County Courthouse near the sheriff’s offices. It also Richard Herzog details the potential design, using a granite or marble backdrop with glass plaques. “The use of stone, glass and lighting will be consistent with the historical character of the courthouse interior and with other memorials in the building,” said the report compiled by the Sheriff’s Office and the County Facilities Management Division. The memorial, which is likely to cost anywhere from about $37,000 to $50,000, can be funded through the King County Charitable Campaign. Construction on the memorial is anticipated in the second half of 2014. The County Council will get a chance to see the final design before it is installed. “The proposed memorial will be a fitting tribute to those in the Sheriff’s Office who have lost their lives in the line of duty,”

Sheriff John Urquhart said in the release. “I thank Councilmember Dunn and the entire King County Council for working together to make this happen.” The city of Newcastle put its full support behind the initial proposal in an April letter addressed to the King County Council. “I can think of no better way to show our respect to Deputy Herzog, by passing the proposed King County memorial ordinance,” Mayor Rich Crispo wrote. Dunn, who represents Newcastle on the County Council, specifically thanked the city for its support of the memorial. “Their support is illustrative of the city of Newcastle’s pledge to never forget the sacrifice of Deputy Richard Herzog, who tragically lost his life in 2002,” he said. There is currently no memorial in the county recognizing the deputies’ sacrifices. Learn more about the 16 King County Sheriff’s Office deputies killed in the line of duty, including Herzog, at About/Remembrance.aspx.

Videos tell story of salmon recovery in state All around Washington state, salmon are returning from years in the Pacific Ocean to their home rivers, much to the delight of school children, anglers, scientists, and businesses. A major annual salmon migration from sea to river happens around the state every fall. Community festivals, salmon bakes and 10K runs are scheduled to recognize the annual event. The Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office is unveiling a 10-minute video that documents the state’s effort to bring them back from the brink of extinction. See it at http://youtu. be/uTGndUjkDko. The office also is releasing six, two-minute videos that focus on those affected by the decline of

salmon populations and those working to restore salmon and salmon habitat. See them at www. “These videos help us tell the story of why salmon are important, why they are in decline and what we are doing to stop that decline,” Kaleen Cottingham, the director of the Recreation and Conservation Office, which oversees the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office, said in a press release. “Salmon are so important to Washington, and hopefully these videos will give people a better understanding of why.” Salmon populations have been declining as Washington’s population has grown. In 1991, the federal government

declared the first salmon in the Pacific Northwest as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. In the next few years, it listed 17 more species of salmon as either threatened or endangered. By 1999, some salmon populations had disappeared completely and salmon were listed as threatened or endangered across nearly three-fourths of the state. The Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office was established by the Legislature, through the Salmon Recovery Planning Act, and charged with coordinating a statewide salmon recovery strategy. It recently launched an interactive Web site, at, that allows people to see how salmon are doing in their community’s streams and rivers.

Souvenir photos at Salmon Days!


By Greg Farrar

Construction continues on a halfroundabout at the intersection of Lakemont Boulevard Southeast and the on- and off-ramps for westbound Interstate 90 traffic at exit 13 near Sunset Elementary School. The new construction is just yards south of the older roundabout where Lakemont and West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast meet.


EFR goes pink for breast cancer awareness Employees at Eastside Fire & Rescue will again wear pink shirts in October as they show support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Oct. 3-5, 9-11 and 15-17. While the focus of raising awareness is primarily related to prevention measures and treatment methods of breast cancer, EFR joins with the International Association of Firefighters and many other local and national groups in the fight against all cancers. “While I don’t dwell on

the matter, cancer unfortunately invades my space periodically. The networks we build over many years within our families, friends, workmates, church associates and peers in respective industries gives us a respect for how cancer changes lives and impacts relationships,” Fire Chief Lee Soptich said in a news release. “If wearing pink, doing walkathons and sponsoring fundraising events will further prevention, awareness and treatment efforts, then we feel an obligation to stay

in the fight until this battle is won.” The American Cancer Society reports breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the United States. Employees at EFR hope this display of support will inspire cancer patients and encourage others to do what they can to help in the fight, the news release said. Learn more about Breast Cancer Awareness Month at

Meteorologist hosts annual Eastside Friends of Seniors luncheon

its free services into Bellevue and the Snoqualmie Valley. Volunteers from Eastside Friends of Seniors provide rides to medical appointments and help with shopping and routine chores. There are no financial requirements to receive the free assistance, but more than 92 percent of EFS clients are classified as low income. The services of Eastside Friends are available to anybody older than 60 within their area of service. The luncheon is free and open to all. Donations will

be accepted to support the volunteer services provided by the organization. Learn more about volunteer opportunities and make donations at Call 369-9120 or email to make a reservation for the luncheon.

Jeff Renner, of KING 5 news, hosts the second annual Gathering for Seniors at noon Oct. 11 at the Bellevue Hilton to benefit the activities of Eastside Friends of Seniors. Eastside Friends of Seniors is a nonprofit organization that began serving seniors in Issaquah and the Sammamish Plateau in 1997 as Faith in Action. The group changed its name in 2011 to reflect its mission and has expanded

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Alison Meryweather, Lisa Callan vie for Issaquah School Board seat By Neil Pierson npierson@ Alison Meryweather and Lisa Callan are familiar with each other, having been finalists for the Issaquah School Board’s vacant position earlier this year. Meryweather was appointed to the Position 4 post — left open by Chad Magendanz’s move to the state House of Representatives — in March. But Meryweather will have to impress voters to keep the job, and Callan will challenge her again on the Nov. 5 ballot. The Position 4 seat covers the southeast region of the district. Although candidates run for a specific geographic seat, voters districtwide cast ballots for all Issaquah School Board members. Members are elected to four-year terms. Meryweather has lived in Issaquah for more than 25 years, and she has served with various Parent Teacher Student Associa-

tion groups for nearly half that time. She has spent time in Olympia as a PTSA advocacy representative, and was part of education reform efforts in 2009. That led to the McCleary decision that is currently revamping the state’s funding of basic education. Meryweather is also a board member for Volunteers for Issaquah Schools, a citizen group that works on bond and levy campaigns; and she’s a trustee for the Issaquah Schools Foundation, which raises private donations for classroom learning purposes. She has two daughters who attend Issaquah High School. Callan’s educational background includes a math and science degree from Northern Arizona University, and she spent 14 years with The Boeing Co. as a software development consultant. Callan serves on the Grand Ridge Elementary School PTSA and helped create a cultural diver-

October is Disaster Preparedness, NOAA Weather Radio Month Gov. Jay Inslee has proclaimed October as Washington State Disaster Preparedness Month and NOAA Weather Radio Awareness Month. Local jurisdictions, individuals, schools and businesses across the state will promote all-hazard preparedness throughout the month. A highlight of the month is the Great Washington Shakeout “drop, cover and hold on” earthquake drill at 10:17 a.m. Oct. 17. The drill will emphasize the urgent need for people, organizations, schools, communities and businesses to practice what to do to be safe during an earthquake, and how to be ready before an earthquake strikes. Coastal communities will test their tsunami alert sirens at the same time. Organizers with the Military Department’s Emergency Management Division are aiming for 1 million Washingtonians to participate in the drill. To date, more than 550,000 have registered, and the number is climbing. Last year, 710,000 people participated. People and organizations can sign up at

This is the second ShakeOut for the state of Washington. More than 37 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the Province of British Columbia will run an earthquake drill on the same date and time. Inslee’s proclamation also touts two other October happenings that emphasize emergency preparedness: 4The governor proclaimed October as National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Weather Radio Awareness Month. NOAA weather radios provide emergency alerts about approaching hazards, complementing other disaster information sources. 4The governor also took note of the Take Winter By Storm campaign that kicks off in October. Take Winter By Storm will highlight preparedness actions for the public to take to be ready for winter storms. Learn more about Washington State Disaster Preparedness Month, NOAA weather radios and emergency preparedness at preparedness/prep_index. shtml.

Issaquah companies will be at Seattle Home Show

Seattle Home Show 2 will feature all the latest trends and products for anyone set to tackle a Northwest home improvement. The annual exhibition will also feature chef demonstrations, antique appraisals and seminars. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors, $3 for juniors and kids 7 and younger get in free. Doors open at 10 a.m. Learn more at

Four Issaquah companies will showcase their wares at the Oct. 4-6 Seattle Home Show 2, the fall version of the country’s oldest and largest home show. Lake Washington Windows and Doors, SlabJackNW, Springfree Trampoline and West Coast Decks will all exhibit their services at CenturyLink Field Event Center.

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sity council there. None of the current Issaquah board members have a child attending Alison Meryweather elementary school, but Callan has a son at Grand Ridge, which she believes gives her a unique perspective. “The current directors are really doing their best to look after all kids in K-12, but I think it’s really nice to have that representation,” Callan said. Both candidates said they’re supportive of the district’s February 2014 ballot measures. Issaquah will be asking voters to approve three levy packages — a $193 million maintenance and operations plan, a $1.7 million transportation plan for new buses and a $51.9 million plan for various technology upgrades. Meryweather said she wouldn’t make any

DSHS is bringing mobile office to Issaquah The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services Mobile Community Service Office will be in Issaquah from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, 179 First Ave. S.E. Those in need can apply for cash assistance, basic food assistance and child care services. Community members can also drop off paperwork, complete an eligibility review or mid-certification review, or make changes to an existing case. Learn more by calling 1-877-501-2233 toll free.

Kindering hosts ‘Sesame Street’ writer at fundraiser Emily Perl Kingsley, a writer, author and 20-time daytime Emmy Award winner, will speak at Kindering’s annual Salute to Courage benefit luncheon

changes to the three measures, and believes all of them are critical to the district’s operations. Lisa Callan In regard to the transportation levy, failing to pass it would mean “we would not be updating our fleet of buses according to the depreciation schedule with the state,” she said. Callan has a similar position. She was part of the district’s levy committee, listening to feedback from parents, students, teachers and administrators. “I’m comfortable with it,” she said. “The committee really pushed hard in asking the district, ‘Why are these your top priorities?’” Dealing with state legislators is a priority for both candidates. While funding remains the top concern for most school officials, Meryweather and Callan

Oct. 17. Kingsley, who has a son with Down syndrome, was instrumental in expanding the cast of “Sesame Street” to include children with disabilities. Kindering is the Eastside’s largest early intervention center for children with special needs. The organization served more than 3,500 children and families last year. The event is free, but donations are encouraged. It begins at noon at the Westin Bellevue, 600 Bellevue Way N.E. RSVP at or call 289-7506.

Learn about changes in new healthcare law Oct. 8 Theresa Baker, of the Baker Insurance Group, hosts the first of several interactive informational sessions on the Affordable Care Act “What You Need to Know” at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Spiritwood at Pine Lake retirement commu-

said there are other issues to talk about as well. Callan said board members should reach out to legislators to continue defining basic education and paying attention to the amount of “face time” students receive. “The whole purpose of that is to get kids better understanding of their subjects,” she said. Additionally, Callan would like to address how many credits are needed for graduation, and how “mutual consent” to move teachers from one school to another should be handled at the local level rather than through a state mandate. Meryweather said Issaquah needs to continue pushing for equity. Its teacher salary schedule and levy lid amounts, for example, don’t match up with neighboring districts. “There’s a lot of grandfathering (laws) that put Issaquah at a disadvantage,” she said. Callan’s father was a school superintendent in

Arizona, and she said she’s had a lot of conversations about how district officials should interact with teachers unions. Ultimately, she feels negotiations need to keep students’ best interests in mind. “The board’s role is to set policies and govern policies to make sure there’s an open-door relationship, and that the administrators are being responsive to the Issaquah Education Association,” Callan said. Meryweather addressed the results of the district’s homework survey, which were presented over the summer. She said she felt the findings, largely determined by PTSA leaders, had merit. “In terms of the homework study, I think there were some items that Ron Thiele was going to follow up on,” Meryweather said of the superintendent. “I concur with that, so that kids are getting the types of homework assignments that are relevant, and not busy work.”

nity, 228th Ave. S.E. Baker also will share insights about the new regulations with patients affected by multiple sclerosis at 10 a.m. Oct. 10 at Swedish/Issaquah, 751 N.E. Blakely Drive. The 25-year insurance professional is also scheduled to speak at Spiritwood again Nov. 5. “ObamaCare is coming,” she said. “The only way to be prepared for the change is to be educated on how the law will affect you and your family.”

The foundation’s goal is to make up the gap between what the state provides for basic education and the actual cost. As part of the fundraiser, anyone who shops at can earmark up to 8 percent of his or her purchase for the foundation. Donations can also be made on the ISF website,

Schools partner with Amazon to raise funds The Issaquah Schools Foundation has started its annual All in for Kids fundraiser, and is looking for families to donate money to fund basic programs throughout the school district. Issaquah remains near the bottom of the state’s public school districts in terms of per-pupil funding.

Annual audit released State Auditor Troy Kelley released Issaquah’s annual audit Sept. 27 and the city came away from the scrutiny cleanly. The Washington State Auditor’s Office reported no significant deficiencies or material weaknesses in the financial statements or the federal awards. Every year, the state office issues more than 2,000 audit reports, detailing for government transparency and accountability. View the report at

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Rain, rain, go away, Salmon Days here to stay


ain, rain, so much rain. There may be more than one benefit to all the rain of the past few days, but in Issaquah there is one species that is welcoming the rushing creek waters. Welcome home, salmon. This gush is just for you. But now that the creek flow is strong and swift, calling the salmon home, the rain can quit. We’ve got a party coming on and 150,000 guests are due to arrive this weekend. The party, of course, is Salmon Days, recently named the world’s best festival of its size — again! Hold that thought as the sun peeks out to kiss the tops of nearly 500 canopies holding the arts and crafts and food booths. Remember “world’s best” as you pause among the crowds to enjoy the live entertainment on five stages, watch the dogs jump and dive, laugh at the clowns in the grand parade, greet friends on Front Street and follow the smoke to the salmon bake. Hopefully you enjoy the festival without an umbrella, but either way, the festival is Issaquah’s best foot forward and open invitation to the world to see what’s so special about our town. See you there!

Trolley adds to downtown Nearly 1,800 riders have discovered the fun of riding on the Issaquah Trolley in its first couple months of weekend operations. It’s easy to be critical of the trolley. It’s not really part of Issaquah’s history and the ride only goes about four blocks and back again to the train depot. But who can argue that it is just a little bit of uniqueness that adds to the fun spirit of the historic downtown? As Conductor Barb Justice says, “The best part is the happy kids and their parents and grandparents.” The other merchants downtown would probably say that the trolley’s vitality to the Front Street core is the best part. Either way, we hope it’s around for so many years that it actually becomes part of the town history.

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Grand Ridge Plaza is on the grow


rand Ridge Plaza in the Issaquah Highlands is growing, and growing and growing after years of stops and starts, and false starts and stops. If you watched it grow in the past months, you could hardly believe all the workers could get done in a short period. You’d go up there on a Monday and there would be a wooden shell of a building, and then go back on Thursday and it would be nearly done. It was a sight to behold. If you haven’t been there in a while, you are in for a shock on your next visit. It’s like a huge outdoor mall has sprouted and spread. I don’t know if it’s what the highlands residents bargained for or wanted, but it’s shiny and new, and pretty awesome in my opinion. I can hardly wait for Ulta Beauty to open. And The RAM brewery is open today. If it wasn’t a deadline Monday, I would be there for sure. The Regal Cinemas is on my short list of places to get to soon. Other coming business are a Safeway store and gas station, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Marshalls. Last week, I was a judge at a cocktail contest at BevMo!, which opened the next day. Unfortunately, only two of the four competitors showed up. Still, a good time was had by all at the invitation-only event. Daniel Postlewait, of the Pom Bar in Redmond, won a $200 gift card to BevMo! and the

“Party Pleaser” award for the best tailgating cocktail, which was judged by all of the people in attendance. His competitor Michael Kathleen Merrill Watts, of the Press managing editor Low Bar in Vancouver, Wash., won the main prize of the night, a $500 gift card to BevMo! and a trophy from Bacardi, for the best fallinspired cocktail. I have to confess that I have judged everything under the sun in my decades with newspapers — pies, ice cream, cakes, children in costumes, pets in costumes, decorations, all types of animals, fair foods, chocolates, the list could probably take up this whole column. But I was unprepared for this contest. It seems simple, right? Go there, ingest cocktails, proclaim your favorite. It wasn’t that easy. Ethan Chung, of 425 magazine, suggested we make a point system. Nina Milligan, of The Highlands Council, added a category to that, and we were off and running. Both cocktails were delicious, but I had a clear favorite. However, I was outvoted. I guess the scotch got to my fellow judges. Make it a point to head to the highlands, and the stores at Grand Ridge Plaza. You’ll be glad you did.

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Ordinance is behavior modification gone awry More than 3,000 signatures have been obtained from local citizenry to let us vote yea or nay on the city’s bag ban. This is significant support for the right to put an issue before the people. Here are some facts ... 1) shoplifting is eight times higher in towns with plastic bag bans 2) plastic bags are sanitary and reusable ... and they are reused, contrary to assertions otherwise 3) the volume of trash from our wonderful local coffee shops far exceeds any quantity of plastic bags allegedly laying all over our city streets and in landfills 4) there is no proof banning plastic bags improves the environment 5) bag bans punish customers 6) the ordinance includes no method for measuring alleged reductions in waste 7) unsanitary poly-cloth and plastic-coated bags have no proven benefit as alternative to plastic or paper bags 8) polyester is a petrochemical fiber ... it’s plastic! This ordinance is behavior modification gone awry complete with financial punishment for noncompliance. Like taxes, once there is a foot in the door, more like it will surely come. Several council members have stated as much. If we don’t vote this out, be sure another like it is on the way. Please download, sign and mail the petition for ordinance repeal at


less-than-thought-out decisions are made with regard to how “Issaquah should look in the future” the more and more we are going to be a mere extension of Bellevue. What’s wrong with letting Bellevue be Bellevue and keeping Issaquah the way it is, a small friendly town with a small friendly feel? We don’t need to look and feel like a big city. My guess is the majority of residents feel the same way.

Jeffrey Rowe Issaquah

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Something smells about this situation

I was shocked to see the celebration of the donation by a local car dealer of vehicles to be used by the Issaquah Police. How can this not be illegal influence peddling? If it’s not illegal, it certainly carries the stink of insider relationships. I would strongly urge the city to return these “donations” and to purchase what the police need through the usual processes. We don’t need Issaquah to look like so many places where local businesses get special treatment.

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All drivers need to pay more attention

A bad start to the day — on Sept. 18, I was returning from a walk at about 8 a.m. and was waiting for the light on Newport Way and Sunset Way. A 927 local bus was (apparently) running far behind schedule, for as soon as the light changed Wes Howard-Brook (the walk sign came on and the Issaquah voice said I could cross) the bus made a fast right, right in from Gender wage gap of me. I jumped back, and then a car behind the bus almost hit me, as it followed closely behind the bus. And then, I was almost hit by a woman turning left onto On Sept. 17, the U.S. Census Bureau released new data on Newport. the gender wage gap — but All this happened in a matter of there’s nothing “new” about it. seconds and I still had the light! In 2012, women still earned just Usually Issaquah drivers are 77 cents, on average, for every pretty considerate and will often dollar earned by their male stop if you are near the crosscounterparts. That number walk. But that day, I was in the Kathleen Olsen hasn’t budged in the past deway, even though I was trying to Issaquah cade, and it’s lower for women cross legally. I’m glad I got home of color. safe, and I hope they slowed State park Washington, D.C., has closed down. the gap to 90 cents and WyoM.A. Hult ming was at the bottom of the Issaquah list at 64 cents. In Washington state, a man earns $52.53 to After reading the article in the a woman’s $41.06. We were Sept. 16 edition of The Issaquah number 25 on the list of states Press I am incensed that the at 78 cents. Use this information city’s Economic Development when you go to any candidate Letters of 300 words or less Department would even conforms this fall; ask a question should be emailed or mailed sider the commercialization of about where they stand on the by noon Friday. We will edit the Lake Sammamish State park wage gap. for space, potential libel and/ waterfront. There is a bill trying to get or political relevance. Letters Of the three proposals submit- out of committee onto the floor addressing local news receive prited, only the Issaquah Soccer of our U.S. Congress for a vote, ority. Letters must be signed and Club’s proposal makes any sense. and it needs public support. have a daytime phone number to Why would you destroy the Senators Patty Murray and Maria verify authorship. beauty of the remaining undeCantwell support this bill; Rep. veloped portion of the lakefront Dave Reichert is not on record as with a restaurant and or a hotel/ supporting Paycheck Fairness Act Email: convention center? H.R. 377/S.84. Thanks to those Mail: P.O. Box 1328, With commercialization come who support this bill! Issaquah, WA 98027 pollution, the destruction of Patricia Martin natural resources, critical animal Issaquah AAUW Branch habitat, etc. As more and more

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of light rail on the proposed bridge caused enough in the Democratled chamber for them to jump ship and side with the Republicans to squash the bill. Local solutions Butler told Issaquah’s side to the crowd. “For Issaquah, I-90 is our lifeline to the rest of the world headed west,” he said. “If there was a better alternative to the Issaquah-Hobart Road, then people would take it. If you’re surrounded by three mountains and a lake and there is only one way through, it gets pretty unbearable.” He gave a modest solution for the town and pleaded with state government to work together. “I would like to see a modest amount of money for an intersection improvement plan, which is the first step we would have to make,” he said. “I would hope the reforms that the Legislature agrees to tackle can be ones of bipartisan support. If not, we’re going to be stuck on partisanship and ideology and nothing’s going to get done.” Eng offered one resolution to I-90 slowdowns, though she did not indicate any definite plan for implementation. She said the Department of Transportation was looking at shoulder driving for peak time traffic, a tactic used elsewhere in the county. “For the most part, I-90 works well,” Eng said. “And wouldn’t it be great during peak times, to use the shoulder to ease congestion? It won’t be the shoulders as is, there will have to be improvements.” Hearing presented the smaller town perspective of the failed transportation bill. “The majority of the cities in the state supported the transportation bill as presented,” Hearing said. “North Bend voted unanimously not to support it.” He said he felt the money could be used more responsibly, and pointed to North Bend side roads that were in disrepair due to a constricted budget.

Grocery store workers vote to authorize strike Grocery store workers across Snohomish, King, Kitsap and Pierce counties said they are prepared to go on strike, if employers don’t offer a fair proposal.

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By Peter Clark

More than 70 people packed into City Hall’s Eagle Room Sept. 26 to ask questions of regional leaders on the state of transportation.

“We’ve got to preserve our infrastructure and that has got to be our focus right now. We do need to put money into the roads. If we do not get money by July, we will have to cut 600,000 hours of buses in King County.” — Kathy Lambert

Together on taxation Some common ground was found over the inclusion of another gas tax within a possible transportation package. While the Republican representatives present were cold to the high number in the early bill, they both offered some support. “I am kind of emboldened that there are eight other states that just raised their gas tax,” Magendanz said, continuing in jest. “I would entertain a 5 to 9.9 percent gas tax.” Rodne agreed. “I think the gas tax is the most efficient way to pay for transportation improvements,” he said. Down the line, all said they would support an increase for the region’s needs. Division quickly sprang up over defining those needs, even locally.

Lambert said attention must be paid to existing roadways and transit, adding that a complete lack of funding would drastically affect the region. “We’ve got to preserve our infrastructure and that has got to be our focus right now,” she said. “We do need to put money into the roads. If we do not get money by July, we will have to cut 600,000 hours of buses in King County.” Mullet stressed the leadership needed in handling the influx of people to the region. “This growth, it’s like fighting the tides. The second that growth goes away, it means we’ve screwed up,” he said. “We’re trying to catch up. In the 1970s, we could have done light rail and we didn’t. It’s only going to get more and more expensive. “Sound Transit is trying to get a system in place in a city that is already dense and built out and that’s expensive,” he added. “If we don’t get our act together, then we will be overwhelmed by people that we don’t know what to do with.” In the end, the town hall impasse reflected the one in the Legislature. While Mullet, a Democrat, impressed on the crowd the importance of managing unstoppable population growth, Rodne, a Republican, stood firm on his refusal to use taxpayer money in inefficient ways. Rodne said without substantial changes to the way projects were chosen, designed and built, a bill would not receive his vote. “Until we have those reforms, I’m not going to support a system that’s broken,” he said.

The workers are opposed to employer proposals that would stop health care coverage for employees who work less than 30 hours a week and deny workers paid sick days. Workers represented by UFCW 21, UFCW 367 and Teamsters 38 have been in contract negotiations with employers since March. An overwhelming 98 percent of the union membership voted to authorize

a strike. “We hope the employers come to their senses and make a fair proposal that respects me and my coworkers and our families,” said Jessica Roach, a Fred Meyer employee and member of UFCW 367. “But if they force us to strike, we are ready.” The local stores that could be affected would include the Safeway, QFC and Fred Meyer.

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“I feel there wasn’t enough money in the cities,” he said of the funding package. “We’ve asked for more money for years for our arterial streets and we have no way of funding them outside of the general fund.”

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Public can comment on I-90 tolling proposal

Community networks host technology workshop

The state Department of Transportation will conduct an additional comment period from Oct. 7 to Nov. 6 to gather input on the proposal to toll Interstate 90 and the range of alternatives. The agency will hold three public meetings during the comment period. The first meeting is from 4-7 p.m. Oct. 10 at Bellevue College, 3000 Landerholm Circle S.E. The next is at Mercer Island High School, 9100 S.E. 42nd St., from 4:308:30 p.m. Oct. 21. The third and final meeting will be in Seattle at the Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St., from 4-7 p.m. Oct. 23. Learn more at CrossLakeWATolling.

Learn about how new technology is opening a world of possibilities for job seekers with disabilities at a free workshop. The Issaquah, Eastside and Snoqualmie Valley community networks will host three speakers at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Issaquah High School Performing Arts Center. Brandi Monts, of Washington Initiative for Supported Employment; Bill Youngman, from the Department of Social and Health Services’ division of Vocational Rehabilitation; and Hillary Rossi, from AtWork!, are all expected to speak. The workshop is aimed at parents of youths with disabilities, but is open to students, teachers, counselors, business owners and others interested in the latest, cool-


to honor Gombu, who died in 2011, and he spoke of the guide fondly. “Gombu was a wonderful person,” Whittaker said, describing the first press conference the two mountaineers held after their descent. “I asked Gombu, ‘What was the first thing you thought of when you got to the highest point in the world?’ and he answered, ‘How do we get down?’” As the first employee of REI and CEO of the outdoor recreation company in the 1960s, Whittaker praised his hometown and the surrounding area. “We’re really blessed to be from the Northwest,” he said, remarking on the perspective he earned on his climb up Everest. “You

just realize how precious life is and how everyday is a gift. We are really lucky.” Constantine said he wanted to inspire hikers with the renaming of the trails. “My hope is that the tens of thousands who use this trail every year will remember Jim and Gombu,” Constantine said. Whittaker said he simply wished to promote a healthy, outdoor life for the children of the future. “Let’s create a beautiful world,” he said. “And let’s have no child left inside.” The trails are among the most highly trafficked and popular in the King County Parks system, with an average of more than 100 hikers a day.

and also feature a 1-kilometer fun run for children younger than 12. The simplest pleasure of Salmon Days is to join the crowd on the Issaquah Creek bridge and watch the fish swim home and jump the fish ladder. Of course, Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery

docents will be out in full force to offer tours of the facility and educate the public about the life cycle of the fish. With “Streaming Live” as the theme this year, organizers hope to share the future of the hatchery, the festival and the fish with those who will attend.

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teamwork. Their accomplishments are not dimmed by the passage of time.” The Jim Whittaker Wilderness Peak Trail travels for 1.9 miles and the Nawang Gombu Wilderness Cliffs Trail climbs around for 1.3 miles before meeting at the top of Wilderness Peak in the southeast corner of the park. The Wilderness Creek Trailhead will also be renamed the Jim Whittaker Wilderness Peak Trailhead. Whittaker said the prayer flags were meant

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Fishes. Hosted by the Issaquah Rotary foundation, the 5-kilometer event will take runners and walkers down Gilman Boulevard

est technologies. RSVP by emailing

Embrace Zero Waste with renowned author Join waste reduction blogger Bea Johnson, author of “Zero Waste Home,” for a talk about waste reduction from 1-2 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. Oct. 17 at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive. The event celebrates the first anniversary of the CleanScapes retail store and customer service center in Gilman Village. During the presentation, Johnson will share how her family of four adopted a Zero Waste lifestyle, her system of 5Rs and the benefits of living simply. After the presentation will be a 30-minute Q & A and a book signing. Learn more at http://bit. ly/zerowastelife.

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Automotive specialist shifts gears to saving lost souls By Dan Aznoff After 15 years of keeping cars and trucks on the road, Nate Bean, owner of Integrity Automotive Maintenance & Repair in Issaquah, discovered his true calling had little to do with changing spark plugs or servicing radiators. The North Bend resident has joined forces with a local prison ministry that reaches out to men and women who may have lost their way. The stamps on his passport trace missions to three continents and more than seven countries in less than 36 months. Bean’s curbside ministry dates back sharing portions from the gospel on the sidewalk outside Bellevue Square. “Nate has an evangelistic call on his life. He shares the gospel in outdoor settings regularly in malls and street corners,” said Dr. Robert F. “Bob” Jordan, a board member of Prisoners for Christ. “He has an arsenal of gospel tracts and is very forward in sharing his faith.” In 2010, Prisoners for Christ President Greg Von Tobel invited Bean to share that calling, and he participated in his first prison outreach program that year with the Bible study group at the King County Jail in Seattle. A few months later, he was asked to share his testimonial with inmates at the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton. Inside the walls “We did three or four Sunday worship services at the state prison. Our group was then given time after the service with several of the inmates,” Bean said. “Our

goal is to see lives changed through the Gospel, but we were always on the lookout for individuals we could train to become Christ’s voice inside the walls.” In his first overseas assignment, Bean traveled to India, where he visited a leper colony, a prison and the orphanage that housed the children of many inmates. That first trip included an afternoon in the slums of Delhi. “The strong smells coupled with the fact that India is so crowded made the experience something that made a permanent impact on my soul,” Bean said. “There are six times more people there than in the United States in one-third the space. That was a fact I could not envision until I actually saw the masses of humanity and the extreme poverty for myself.” Jordan, who said Bean is beloved in South India, described him as a “warming and caring heart” to adults, inmates and especially children. The next destination for Bean was four days to Honduras in August 2011. The ministry gained access to three prisons and held a training seminar over four busy days. He returned to India in November 2011 to visit nine prisons and an orphanage in six days. Hyperabad, he said, is known in the West as a center for technology and telephone customer support centers. But the streets outside the sterile office buildings were filled with despair. “The people in India were hungry,” he said. “Not just hungry for food. Many of them desperately wanted spiritual fulfillment.”

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Above, Nate Bean (left) sits down for a photo with orphans and children of incarcerated parents in India during his first Prisoners for Christ overseas ministry trip in November 2010. At left, Bean hands out biblical literature in a prison courtyard to inmates during a Prisoners for Christ African ministry trip in June 2012. Bean continued to answer his call in the spring of 2012 for a 2,000-mile trek to six prisons in West Africa. He squeezed in time for two ministry training seminars. “The primary purpose of our trip was to introduce the prisoners to Prisoners for Christ, bless them with teaching, train them, provide fellowship and give them humanitarian aid. We then ask the prisoners to evangelize within the prison walls by holding crusades,” he said. “When that was accomplished, we


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Young boys smile in a neighborhood outside a prison in eastern Africa during a June 2012 ministry trip taken by Nate Bean.

Issaquah library hosts mental awareness session By Joe Grove With Salmon Days visitors crowding the streets of Issaquah, the National Alliance on Mental Illness Eastside hopes to attract people to the library to a “Get a Head Start on Mental Illness Awareness Week.”

Judi Jeanotte, administrative assistant at NAMI Eastside, said the session, at 11 a.m. Oct. 5, is for people with mental illness, and family members and caregivers of mentally ill people. She said it is the beginning of Mental Illness Week and people who attend the hourlong session will hear two presenters, one a

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woman who has recovered from her mental illness. She will discuss things she has had to deal with in her struggle with the disease and helping people overcome preconceived ideas about mental illness. Jeanotte said people will be given literature dealing with mental illness, information about classes


available for people wanting to educate themselves about the issues involved, an opportunity to register for classes and information about how to register for classes at a later date. Jeanotte said NAMI has a strong presence in Redmond, but not so much in Issaquah. “We want to be more

involved in Issaquah,” she added. Information from NAMI states about 42 million Americans live with anxiety disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder, 15 million with depression, 6 million with bipolar disorder and 2.6 million with schizophrenia.

Volunteers are at work preparing the Issaquah Valley Senior Center for its biggest fundraiser of the year, the annual White Elephant Sale. The center is 35 years old, and Executive Director Courtney Jaren said something like the White Elephant Sale has gone on from the beginning to supplement the budget. This is her fourth year overseeing the event.

IF YOU GO White Elephant Sale 4Issaquah Valley Senior Center 410 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 5 and 6 475 N.E. Creek Way

Jaren said the sale is “a little more of a treasure trove than a garage sale. We have people in their 80s and 90s who are downsizing from an entire lifetime of collecting and donate items to the sale. Everything being sold is a donation.” She said the most unusual thing she has seen at the sale was a vintage, antique Frederick & Nelson handcarved, three-drawer bureau with the tag still on it. “It happens often that antiques show up,” she said. Among those this year is a baby crib donated by a man in his 80s. It was his crib when he was a baby, and he believes it was also his father’s crib. There is also a wooden, standalone medicine cabinet with an oval mirror and the original porcelain knobs and shelving. Another unusual antique is a working pump organ donated by one of the center’s members. The organ has a high, carved back with a mirror and Victorian looking trim. “We will probably let it go for the best offer on the sale weekend,” Jaren said. “Only the very dear will be sold that way. Most things will have a price on them. We like to remind people this is a fundraiser, so don’t come in thinking you are going to barter down to a dollar on See SALE, Page B3

Bygone python Hamilton heads home after nearly a week on the lam By Peter Clark


The last Labor Day celebration was held in 1969. Harriet Fish cited volunteer fatigue as the cause of the festival’s demise; others claim that revelry degenerated into outright rowdiness too often for the local authorities’ liking. Labor Day celebrations were replaced by Salmon Days, in honor of the salmon returning to Issaquah Creek to spawn. This 1982 Salmon Days parade photograph shows Gilman Boulevard before construction of the many shopping centers and restaurants that line the street today.


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

A python hid behind the walls in an Issaquah High School classroom for almost a week. Even though Hamilton, biology teacher Bryan Robles’ ball python, posed no threat to the children who learned his secret hiding spot, it still is an unsettling thought. Robles said that the almost 4-foot snake had never tried to escape. However, after a summer left in the care of a student, Hamilton grew. “All last year, he didn’t attempt to get out,” Robles said. “He’s just grown. He’s graduated to eating rats


Student Devon Keller was very glad to see Hamilton, the ball python, return after his almost weeklong disappearing act. and he used to just eat small mice.” Now, biology textbooks are placed on the corners of Hamilton’s terrarium, but on the fateful night of his escape, no such security was in place. Robles said he was there during the Sept. 10 Curriculum Night, when parents met with teachers. The next day, Hamilton had fled. “We had teachers, the assistant principal, the principal and a person

from animal control looking all over the place, and of course we couldn’t find him,” Robles said. “The biggest fear at the time was he could squeeze under the doors, but there was just not enough room for him.” Additionally, Robles said pythons would rather stay in one place than hightail out of a building, let alone a room. “They’re just not likely See PYTHON, Page B3

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GO! Mondays: Figure Drawing Open Studio: Short Pose, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Long Pose noon to 2 p.m., $20 each or $30 for both, artEAST Art Center and Gallery, 95 Front St. N., 391-3191 Monthly Welcome Tea, . 1-2 p.m., Experience Tea Studio, 195 Front St. N. La Leche League, first Monday of the month:

10 a.m. to noon, Overlake Medical Clinic, 1740 N.W. Maple St. Volunteer: Docents at Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, help Friends of the Salmon Hatchery give tours, go to, click on “get involved” and complete volunteer application form, to learn more call 392-8025 Volunteer: YWCA Family Village youth mentors, activity helpers, computer lab, after-school program, 270-6804,

Issaquah Business Builders: 7:30 a.m., IHOP Restaurant, 1433 N.W. Sammamish Road, 7850984, Coat Drive for Foster Kids, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sleep Country, 975 N.W. Gilman Blvd. Suite C, through Nov. 3, drop off a warm coat with functional buttons and zippers, waterproof is a plus Fall Festival, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays in October, Fox Hollow Family Farm, 12031 Issaquah-Hobart Road S.E., $10/person, free/

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children 1 and younger,

‘A Log’s Life,’ for ages 3-6, 11 a.m. to noon and 1:302:30 p.m., Lewis Creek Park Visitor Center, cost is $2/resident, $3/nonresident, preregister by calling 452-6885

Sammamish Farmers Market, 3-8 p.m., Sammamish Commons at City Hall, 801 228th Ave. S.E., support local businesses, get fresh produce and enjoy crafts for kids Talk Time: An English Conversation Class, 6:30-8 p.m., Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, practice English with a certified instructor, free Friends of the Sammamish Library: 5:15 p.m., in the library meeting room, 825 228th Ave. N.E., 868-3057

Lewis Creek Park hike, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Lewis Creek Visitor Center, 5808 Lakemont Blvd. S.E., Bellevue, hike guided by park ranger, all ages, free ‘Get a Head Start on Mental Illness Awareness Week,’ 11 a.m., Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, learn about mental illnesses, prevalence and recovery, presented by staff from the National Alliance on Mental Illness

Issaquah Salmon Days Festival, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., downtown and Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, enjoy live music, arts and crafts, food

Meet the Author: Ravi Pai, author of ‘Bold and Vulnerable in Delhi,’ 11 a.m., Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. S.E., join the Sammamish-based author for a discussion after the reading, free

Thriller Flash Mob rehearsal, 5-6 p.m., Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive, bring food donation for Issaquah Food Bank, performances will be Oct. 26 at noon and 4 p.m. during Issaquah Highlands Green Halloween,

SUNDAY Run with the Fishes, 9 a.m. 5K run-walk, 10 a.m. 1K kids dash, Sports Authority, 1185 N.W. Gilman Blvd., $10/kids dash, $35/5K runwalk, preregister at Issaquah Salmon Days Festival, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., downtown and Issaquah Salmon

Public Hearing: PreAnnexation Zoning, Klahanie Potential Annexation Area, 7 p.m., Council Chambers, City Hall South, 135 E. Sunset Way

children ages 1-3, $2/child Issaquah Community Network: 5:30 p.m. first Monday, Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N., 391-0592

Naturalization Ceremony, 2-4 p.m., Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. S.E., welcome a group of new citizens with USCIS and the Sammamish Library

Second Hand Newz: Tribute to Fleetwood Mac, 7:30 p.m., Amante, 131 Front St. N., 313-9600

ArtEAST: 6:30 p.m., Up Front Art Gallery, 95 Front St. N., or 392-3191

Medicare and Healthcare Changes presentation, 6:30 p.m., Spiritwood at Pine Lake, 3607 228th Ave. S.E., free

Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Sportsmen’s Clubhouse, 23600 S.E. Evans St., 392-3311

‘The Anti-Cancer Lifestyle,’ 7-8:30 p.m., Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, learn to create an anticancer lifestyle using beneficial foods, protect yourself from environmental threats and enhance your physical and emotional well-being, free

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The Spla$h!Mob Game ends, pick up game card at Visitor Information Center, 155 N.W. Gilman Blvd., find all the outrageously decorated salmon are hiding in 20 Issaquah businesses, part of Salmon Days Festival, drop finished cards at Visitor Information Center

Big Dog Revue, 8 p.m., Amante, 131 Front St. N., 313-9600

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The Rockefellers, 8 p.m., Amante, 131 Front St. N., 3139600

Lewis Creek Film Series: ‘Wolves: A Legend Returns to Yellowstone,’ 2-3 p.m., learn about impact of wolves returning to Yellowstone National Park, no registration necessary, free, ages 12 and older


Beaver Lake Community Club: 7 p.m., Issaquah Lodge at Beaver Lake Park, 25101 S.E. 24th St., www.

Electric Soul, 7:30 p.m., Vino Bella, 99 Front St. N., 391-1424

Shaggy Sweet, 7:30 p.m., Vino Bella, 99 Front St. N., 391-1424

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Toddler Time, 8 a.m. to noon, Monday-Friday at community center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S.,

Family Fish Pit at the Pool, 6:30-9 p.m., Julius Boehm Pool, 50 S.E. Clark St., , drop-in rates apply, $3/

youth or senior, $4/adult, $10/family

Hatchery, enjoy live music, arts and crafts, food vendors, kids activities and salmon, free


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

Make Sugar Skulls, 3:30-5 p.m., Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, free, all ages

vendors, kids activities and salmon, free

Issaquah Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W., featuring the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra (classical), 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the gazebo

Figure Drawing Open Studio: Short Pose from 9:30-11:30 a.m., Long Pose from noon to 2 p.m., artEAST Art Center, 95 Front St. N., $20 each or $30 for both, 391-3191

Social with magician Brian Ledbetter, 3-4 p.m., Spiritwood at Pine Lake, 3607 228th Ave. S.E., free, open to public

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7 a.m. to closing Oct. 5 Celebrate the return of the Salmon all day at the Lake Sammamish Elks Lodge. Start with a hardy pancake breakfast. Enjoy the festival and return at 11 a.m. for fresh, fish and chips. Finally, give back to the community and win some money at the same time with the Elks charity poker tournament at 4 p.m. With a $35 buy in, part of the proceeds go toward The Compassion House. The lodge is located at 765 Rainier Blvd. N. Call 392-1400 to learn more.



Open Mic Night at Blakely Hall, 7:30-9:30 p.m., 2550 N.E. Park Drive. Free and open to all ages, singers, poets and comedians. Email zumbawithcindy@

Celebrate salmon at the Elks

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

Daughters of the American Revolution, Cascade Chapter: 10:30 a.m., Bellevue Red Lion Inn, 11211 Main St., 454-1350 Eastside Interfaith Social Concerns Council: St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 4228 Factoria Blvd. S.E., Bellevue, 747-3031 Cascade Mountain Men: 8 p.m., Issaquah Sportsman’s Club, 600 S.E. Evans St., www.

The Affordable Care Act and You, 7-8:30 p.m., Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive, information session by insurance professionals Julia and Steve Cooke about the upcoming changes to health insurance

WEDNESDAY Issaquah Garden Club, 10 a.m., Tibbetts Creek Manor, second Wednesday of each month, Issaquah Breastfeeding Group, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Village Green Yoga, 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd., first two sessions are free, subsequent sessions are $10, Mud Pies: Clay Play for Parents and Children, 2-4 p.m., artEAST Art Center, 95 Front St. N., enjoy the wonders of clay with your child, $10/attendee (adult or child), register early to guar-

OCT. 9 antee a spot at Citizenship Class, 3:30-5 p.m., Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, prepare for the United States citizenship test with a trained instructor, free ‘The Angelina Effect: Am I at Risk for Breast Cancer?’ 6-8 p.m., Swedish/Issaquah, 751 N.E. Blakely Drive, learn about factors in your personal and family history that may increase your risk for breast cancer and meet multiple breast experts American Masters: Georgia O’Keeffe, 7-8:30 p.m., Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. S.E., free

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O bituaries Lana (Haro) Farrington Lana (Haro) Farrington passed away in Issaquah at the age of 70 on Sept. 21, 2013, after Lana Farrington a yearlong battle with lung cancer. She was raised near Lake Sammamish by her parents Elmer Haro and Patricia (Ek) Haro. Her childhood summers were spent at Alexander’s Resort, owned by her grandparents George Ek and Hazel (Alexander) Ek. Lana graduated from Issaquah High School in 1961 and earned an interior design degree from Washington State University in 1965. In 1966, she married Curtis B. McPhail, a pilot, who was tragically killed while test flying an experimental airplane in 1971. She married Terry Farrington in 1976, and they later divorced. Lana started a daycare and preschool in her home, which led her to earn a degree in early childhood education. She eventually worked as a preschool director and consultant. In 1995, she earned her master’s degree in spiritual counseling and psychology from Antioch University and worked as a psychotherapist-LMHC. Lana recently

Bernell John Guthmiller Bernell John Guthmiller, of Issaquah, passed away Sept. 26, due to complications of diabetes. Bernell Guthmiller Bernie is survived by his loving wife of the last 39 years, Kathy Guthmiller. Bernie and Kathy raised a beautiful and lively brood of girls; Cathie Ogilvie, Glenna Usselman (James Usselman), Sharene Kuhrt (David McGrath) and Stacey Kuhrt. Bernie was preceded in death by his son Doug. Bernie is also survived by seven precious grandchildren, Christina (Daniel Graham), David, Melissa (Scott Haas), Jacob, Jade, Taylor and Jordan, and also five lovely great-granddaughters, Chloe, Courtney, Alexis, Gabrielle and Hailey. Bernie was born in Roscoe, S.D., on July 7, 1937. He grew up in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, and then settled in Issaquah, where he lived for more than 40 years. Bernie loved to tell stories and was a well-known tease. He loved old westerns, The Eagles band,

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something that elsewhere would be 5 or 10.” For collectors wanting to get a head start, a pre-sale is going on. The center has a large glass case stocked with antiques and collectibles already priced and available for

realized her dream and started a private practice, Wellspring Counseling. Lana wore the badge of cancer survivor, having recovered from ovarian cancer in 1993. Determined to overcome the disease a second time, she continued to work with her clients and remain positive while enduring cancer treatments. Her life touched many, and she leaves a legacy of strength, determination, perseverance and inspiration. Lana is survived by her brothers Bill Haro and Lee Haro; her daughters Sonja, Ellie and Sara; stepdaughters Cathe and Jackie; and six grandchildren, Ryan, Bryce, Isaac, Rylie, Gabriel and Mason. A celebration of life service will be held at Pine Lake Covenant Church, 1715 228th Ave. S.E. Sammamish, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, with a reception to follow at the same location. In lieu of flowers, remembrances in her honor may be made to Treehouse For Kids, Attn: Development, 2100 24th Ave. S., Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98144, or Providence Marianwood Foundation: 391-2895, Full obituary and online guestbook are at www.

Fox News and travel. His hobbies included flying airplanes, playing golf, restoring vintage cars, learning to play the guitar and making cabbage rolls for his family, and he also enjoyed the period of his life when he was co-owner of Signal Stables, which trained thoroughbreds. An electrician by trade, in 1968, Bernie, along with his brother and stepfather, founded and owned Signal Electric. Bernie was proud of Signal and the men and women who worked there. The welfare of the employees at Signal was of utmost importance to him. Bernie was a self-made man and was proud of his ability to trouble shoot and problem solve in both life and work. He often spoke fondly of the time he served in the army stationed in Greenland. He will be remembered for the love he gave to his family and the joy he brought to our hearts. A memorial service will be Saturday, Oct. 12, at 2 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Issaquah, where Bernie and Kathy have been members for 39 years. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests gifts be made to the Memorial Fund at Our Savior Lutheran Church in his honor. presale, items such as a set of antique Noritake China from occupied Japan, a full set of Regency service for 12, a beautiful 42-piece set of National Silver Co. flatware, Norman Rockwell figurines, Lennox pottery, English tea cups and flowered china pieces. The inventory is refreshed as items are sold, as they have many antiques and collectibles stored off the premises, Jaren said.

Don La Croix Don La Croix, 73, passed away Sept. 18, 2013, in his Long Beach home. His wife of Don La Croix 41 years, Alfie, was at his side. He leaves behind three children, Jennifer (Joe Panico), Jaleesa and

Dorothy Mae Pickering Dorothy Mae Pickering, 80, of Rexburg, Idaho, formerly of Kooskia, Dorothy Pickering Idaho, and Issaquah, passed away at home after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She left for her heavenly home on Sept. 13, 2013, with her loving husband at her side. She was born in Long Beach, Calif., in 1933, to Jack and Leela Cousyn. Her teenage years were filled with music studies, knitting, sewing and ice skating. She graduated from Mount Vernon High School and married Drury Davis Pickering on Sept. 6, 1952, in Seattle. They had 61 wonderful years together. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, and was known for her gentle kindness, infinite patience and sweet

Aretha Wright Aretha Iris Wright, of Issaquah (Preston), passed away Thursday, Sept. 27, 2013, at Aretha Wright home. She was born April 3, 1920, in Port Angeles, to Hiram and Clara Wright. She attended Roosevelt High School in Port Angeles. Aretha was married to Sylvan Ridenour in 1938, and then to Claude Wright in 1946. She was preceded in death by her parents Hiram and Clara Wright, and her siblings Howard, Roy, Jaretta, Grace, foster brother Les Raleigh and foster son Harold Mallare. She is survived by her son Don and wife JoAnn, of Issaquah; three grandchildren, Chad, Jill Stewart and Brent; and five great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her foster daughter Nadine LeMaster, of Mercer Island, and foster son Jerry Mallare, of Florida. Volunteers are setting up for the sale, which will include crafts and baked goods. The main dining room will house sporting goods, crafts, and miscellaneous antiques and collectibles. The crafts include knitted and crocheted items, quilts, mittens, children’s knitted caps, scarves sweaters, blankets, kitchen towels and baby clothes. Many items were made by the center’s

Patrick, as well as a large extended family.
Don and Alfie were longtime residents of the Issaquah area. A funeral will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 47th and Pacific in Seaview on Thursday, Sept. 26. A military service will be held at Tahoma National Cemetery (his final resting place) at a later date.
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disposition. Dorothy was an accomplished accordionist and taught lessons with her best friend Delores Sward, of Mount Vernon. She later traveled Europe, performing as a member of The Bavarian Village Band. She was also gifted at playing the organ and piano. Her kindness and love for animals, gardening, cooking and endless love for family will be sorely missed. She was our “angel.” She is survived by her husband Drury Davis Pickering, of Rexburg, Idaho; and four children: Devin, of Hawaii, Darren Norka, of Kooskia, Idaho, Dru, of Rexburg, Idaho, and Dale (Christina), of Rexburg, Idaho; and her younger brother Jack Cousyn, Jr. (Nanette), of Silverdale. She was blessed with 25 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held in her honor at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, in Kamiah, Idaho.

Aretha moved to Issaquah (Preston) in 1950. She was a homemaker, baby sitter and caregiver. Aretha was a 60-year member of Raging River Community Church (formerly Preston Baptist Church). She was also a member of Lone Star Rebekah No. 141 of Fall City, and was a Past Noble Grand Matron, a member of Skogsblomman Vasa No. 378 and Issaquah Seniors. Aretha loved Jesus, her church and people. Her other hobbies and interests included dancing, gardening and traveling. She was a hugger par-excellence, and had a long list of people for whom she faithfully prayed. The memorial service will be held at Raging River Community Church in Preston, Oct. 5 at 10:30 a.m. The family suggests financial remembrances be contributed to Raging River Community Church to be used for the ministry of RJC (Reaching Japanese for Christ) at P.O. Box 948, Preston, WA 98050. Arrangements are by Flintoft’s Issaquah Funeral Home, 392-6444. Happy Hookers crocheting and knitting group. The card room will have tables of priced household goods. Linens, purses, accessories, soft goods and jewelry will be on display in the pool room. Most regular activities at the center, except for the Tuesday and Friday lunches and mobile activities, have been canceled for the week leading up the sale and will resume Oct. 8.

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P ets of the W eek Lexi is a playful and athletic 2-year-old shepherd mix in a lovely black-andLexi copper coat. She loves to fetch and she leaps through the air with effortless grace. Lexi is willing to learn and already knows her basic commands.

This is friendly Dalia, a 3-year-old kitty with orange tabby fur. This girl relishes her Dalia food and lives life with gusto! She especially likes chasing laser lights and feathers on strings. She likes getting lots of attention.

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

JoAnn Fukui, of Sammamish, loving mother to Jami, Alexia, Julia and JoAnn Fukui Anna, passed away after a yearlong battle with ovarian cancer on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at home. She was 55. JoAnn also survived by her mother Adeline, and siblings Nancy, David, Mary and Jan and their

families. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at Mary, Queen of Peace in Sammamish. Private family graveside service to follow at Upper Hillside Cemetery in Issaquah. Friends are invited to view photos, get directions and share memories in the family’s online guest book at www.flintofts. com. In lieu of flowers, JoAnn’s wish was to impact a village with clean water — please donate to charity: water at www. joanns-wish in her honor.


the leaders who sets the course for both the international ministry.”

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No greater calling “There is no greater calling—for me—than to help spread the Word of the Lord to a group of sinners,” Bean said with conviction. “The Lord teaches us to forgive. And there is no place like prisons to find sinners who have been given the time to reflect on their own sins and are ready to ask to be forgiven.” He explained that the men he has met in prisons are ready to change “once they learn of the truth of God’s grace and mercy. “Asking for grace and mercy must be a voluntary act of the sinner through the preaching of the Word,” he added. “We can only lead the sinner in the right direction down that long path.” In addition to a supply of Bibles, Bean never leaves on an international mission without a personal stockpile of soccer balls. “Soccer balls are an international form of good will,” he said. “Many times, a soccer ball can open doors that are normally closed to visitors from the West.”

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moved on in an attempt to train the nationals to be able to grow the ministry by recruiting others.” Bean then quoted from Romans 10:14-15: “And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent?” He returned to Africa in October 2012 for visits to three prisons in Burundi and a training seminar in Rwanda. This May, Bean joined a party of four missionaries to visit prisons in the Republic of the Congo. He is scheduled to spend 12 days at prisons in West Africa this month. Bean said the mission in Africa has been made even more difficult by corruption inside the government, and often inside the church itself. He said contributions to remote churches must be sent in the form of tangible items, such as farm tools or Bibles, because cash will inevitably fall into the hands of rebels. The ministry and its travel expenses are funded by support from its members. Jordan said Bean, the newest member of the PFC missionary team, “is a cherished brother who is faithful in the local jails, on the streets, with international missions and is one of

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to move long distances,” he said. And so, sure that Hamilton had not vacated the premises, yet still unable to locate him, Robles continued classes. Because Hamilton is not poisonous and is the smallest variety of the African pythons, there was no danger for the students in the classroom. “The only danger was that he would appear and startle somebody,” Robles said. While Robles had to quash some rumors, he said the students were not very frightened. “The kids were sympathetic and thought it was kind of a joke,” he said. “There was an atmosphere of giddiness that somewhere in the room is a snake.” Student Megan Dierda agreed. “I was sad because he was your pet,” she said to Robles. “I don’t think anyone was truly scared. It was just something that created some drama.”

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After six days of looking without a hint as to Hamilton’s whereabouts, even the security cameras in the room were checked. But then one day, Robles returned to the empty room after making copies. “And there he was right by the door,” he said, “you know, how a dog waits by the door for their master to come home.” After further investigation, Robles figured out Hamilton had whiled away the hours in a small opening between cabinets. Most of the students were excited to see the classroom pet return. “You having a pet snake made me more comfortable around them,” student Anna Mckee said to the teacher. “I told my mom about it and even she was excited he was back.” Robles, who has taught at Issaquah High for 12 years, was glad to welcome the snake home and see an end to all the attention the poor reptile received for his daring disappearing act. For now, Robles will just make sure the textbooks remain on Hamilton’s terrarium.

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Wednesday October 2, 2013

Career game not enough in 55-21 loss Wake up,

run with the fishes

Russell Boston runs for 189 yards, 3 TDs

By Joe Grove

By Christina Corrales-Toy A week before Liberty’s Sept. 27 matchup against Juanita, running back Russell Boston had a special visitor. Boston had dinner with Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice JonesDrew prior to the team’s game against the Seattle Seahawks. Jones-Drew, a star at UCLA, led the NFL in rushing in 2011 and is considered one of the league’s top backs. “He told me to surround yourself with the right people and just go at it 100 percent every day,” Boston said. Effort is never something that Liberty coach Steve Valach has to worry about when it comes to Boston, but that visit may have provided an extra spark for the Patriots’ running back, who turned in his best game of the season in the team’s 55-21 loss to Juanita. Boston rushed for 189 yards on 12 carries, scoring all three of Liberty’s touchdowns. “The offensive line was just opening gaps,” Boston said. “We had schemed that all week. If I just hit it hard and fast, I could take care of the rest after that.” Liberty was able to exchange blows early with the Rebels, before Juanita, one of the top teams in the KingCo 3A/2A Conference, took control. “Offensively, we put together a couple of touch-

The Issaquah Rotary Run with the Fishes is Oct. 6. This year’s run is the 37th annual Rotary run. Runners can participate in the Run with the Fishes 5K Run/Walk or the Kids Dash. For those who want to make a race of it, timing chips will be provided, or participants can just walk or stroll. Event proceeds benefit local charities supported by the Issaquah Rotary Foundation. The 5K Run/Walk begins at 9 a.m. and the Kids Dash at 10:30 a.m. Register for the events at or mail at Issaquah Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 553, Issaquah, WA 98027. On race day, participants should meet near Sports Authority, 1185 N.W. Gilman Blvd. People will be able to register on race day but they will not be guaranteed an event-designed running shirt. A general registration ticket is $35 for preregistration and $40 at the event. Register online at The race course is flat, miles are clearly marked and water stations are available along the course. Unofficial results will be posted near the finish line. Official results will be posted on the event and Rotary websites as well as Facebook for those who want to share with friends. Donors of the event include Peak Sports & Spine, Sports Authority, Rowley Properties, Integrity Automotive, YMCA and UEMA. There will be a postevent celebration for all attendees.

Photos by Greg Farrar

Above, Russell Boston, Liberty High School junior running back, hits the jets at the midfield stripe to outrun three Juanita defenders during his 62-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Boston ran for all three Patriot touchdowns, despite their 21-55 loss to the Rebels. At right, Nate Solly, Liberty High School sophomore quarterback, throws under intense pressure from Juanita senior defensive end Brent Patterson in the fourth quarter.

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downs, but then fizzled out,” Valach said. “We just didn’t execute like we needed to.” Juanita claimed the early lead, rushing for a 4-yard touchdown in what was the team’s first possession of the game. Liberty immediately responded, marching down the field with a score of

its own on the very next possession. Boston found the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown. Through one quarter, the game was tied, 7-7, but Juanita overcame its slow start to put up 20 points in the second quarter. “We knew it was going to be a challenging game,” Valach said. “We thought it was going to be a game that if we played well, we were going to be in it. Obviously, we had a lot of trouble stopping them.” See FOOTBALL, Page B5


By Greg Farrar

Samantha Krahling, Alex Daugherty and Maizy Brewer (from left), Skyline High School cross country teammates, pace the girls’ field during the Sept. 25 meet against Eastlake and Ballard.

Skyline trio lead the way to cross country victory By Neil Pierson npierson@ Alex Daugherty has put her talent on display as a basketball and track and field athlete, but she hadn’t run a cross-country race until early September. The Skyline High School senior is showing she has the stamina for the sport, winning the individual girls title at Klahanie Park in 18:56. She had plenty of help as Skyline easily defeated Ballard (19-41) and Eastlake (15-50). Sophomore Maizy Brewer was just 2 seconds back in second place, and fellow senior Samantha Krahling took third in 19:04. The three Spartans broke in front of the pack immediately and gradually widened their lead over the

course of the race. Ballard’s Jamie Smith finished fourth, 38 seconds behind Krahling. It was an encouraging performance from Daughterty, who said she set a conservative pace for the first two miles. She isn’t far from reaching a preseason goal. “This is my first crosscountry season, so my goal my coaches set with me is to be sub-18:30,” she said. “It completely depends on the course. I mean, you’re racing the course more than your time in a lot of these situations.” Skyline coach Brendan Hyland said the girls are in decent shape to be one of 16 teams at the seasonending state meet. “As long as we stay healthy, that’s always a See SKYLINE , Page B5

By Greg Farrar

Jack Suh, Issaquah High School freshman, hits the ball back to Inglemoor junior Jeremiah Kalmus while winning his first-seed tennis match Sept. 26 by a score of 6-4, 6-7, 1-0 (6). The ninth-grader was a bright spot in the Eagles’ 2-5 loss to the Vikings. Issaquah’s doubles team of Ethan Wisdom and Patrick Russell also beat Inglemoor’s Andrew Szot and Aaron Huang, 6-3, 6-2.

Above, Andrew Kan, Issaquah High School senior co-captain, has his eye on the approaching ball during a volley against Alex Shaw, of Inglemoor, during their second-seed match Sept. 26. Kan was defeated in the contest, 1-6, 1-6. At left, Sam Reardon, Issaquah High School junior co-captain, lays his racket into the ball against Tobin Hansen, of Inglemoor, during their Sept. 26 third-seed tennis match. Reardon lost his contest, 0-6, 2-6.

Issaquah’s Giannopulos named to high-profile lacrosse prospects list Following his inclusion in the Sept. 23 StudentSports. com regional high school lacrosse watch list, Issaquah junior Mikey Giannopulos was added to the online scholastic sports magazine’s Top 200 national list of NCAA prospects and players to watch in the class of 2015. He’s the first student-athlete from Washington state to be named to the list. Giannopulos, who platoons for the Eagles as a midfielder and a faceoff specialist, finished the 2013 season with 196 ground balls, making him the top sophomore in the state and ranking third among Division I boys players. His 42 points (30 goals, 12 assists) ranked fourth on the Issaquah squad and helped the Eagles to a 14-60 record. The team took first in the King East Conference before eventually falling to state runner-up Mercer Island by a single goal in the state quarterfinals. After being recruited by Georgetown, Giannopulos orally committed as a sophomore to play for the Hoyas. Georgetown finished the 2013 season with a 6-9 overall record, earning a berth in the Big East Conference tournament. The Hoyas’ last trip to the NCAA Tournament was in 2007, its 11th consecutive trip to the NCAAs. The entire Top 200 prospect list for the class of 2015 is at www.studentsports. com/lacrosse/2013/09/24/ top-200-2015.

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EC - Feslii Wynn run (Sacchi kick)

KINGCO 4A CONFERENCE Friday, Sept. 27 Skyline 36, Roosevelt 0 Roosevelt 0 0 0 0 -0 Skyline 8 14 7 7 -36 S - Kilton Anderson 3 run S - Chandler Wong 1 run (Kevin McGrane kick) S - Anderson 14 run (McGrane kick) S - Anderson 12 run (McGrane kick) S - Derek Loville 13 pass from Anderson (McGrane kick) Issaquah 48, Newport 28 Newport 7 0 0 21 -28 Issaquah 10 21 10 7 -48 I - Jack Gellatly 6 run (Jason Schwartz kick) N - Conner Baumann 63 run (Chido Chang kick) I - Schwartz 21 field goal I - Tommy Nelson 15 pass from Jack Neary (Schwartz kick) I - Gellatly 1 run (Schwartz kick) I - Gellatly 15 pass from Neary (Schwartz kick) I - Schwartz 20 field goal I - Derek Chapman 71 pass from Neary (Schwartz kick) N - Paul Wells 5 run (Chang kick) I - Chris Egland 7 pass from Neary (Schwartz kick) N - Drew Sample 48 pass from Baumann (Chang kick) N - Wells 33 run (Chang kick)


KINGCO 3A CONFERENCE Friday, Sept. 27 Juanita 55, Liberty 21 No details reported METRO 3A LEAGUE Friday, Sept. 27 Eastside Catholic 49, Bainbridge 12 EC 21 14 14 0 -49 Bainbridge 0 0 0 12 -12 EC - Devon Arbis-Jackson pass from Harley Kirsch (Juan Sacchi kick) EC - Dominique Fetui run (Sacchi kick) EC - C. MacIlvennie pass from Kirsch (Sacchi kick) EC - Henry Jarvis run (Sacchi kick) EC - Arbis-Jackson pass from Kirsch (Sacchi kick) EC - Jarvis run (Sacchi kick)

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Liberty added one more score before the half, Boston’s 59-yard rushing touchdown, to make it a 27-14 Juanita lead. Juanita scored two more times in the third

KINGCO 4A CONFERENCE Monday, Sept. 23 Issaquah 202 strokes, Inglemoor 208 Individuals—1. Zach Overstreet (Iss) 35 strokes; 2. Taylor Swingle (Iss) 38; 3. Jason Richardson (Ing) 40; T-4. Even Ponto (Ing) 41; T-4. Grant Wickstrom (Ing) 41. Tuesday, Sept. 24 Skyline 187 strokes, Bothell 200 Individuals—1. Chris Mogg (S) 34; 2. Caleb An (B) 36; T-3. Adam Nett (S) 37; T-3. Michael Butler (S) 37; 4. Miles Gaston (S) 38. Thursday, Sept. 26 Eastlake 192 strokes, Issaquah 204 Individuals—T-1. Spencer Weiss (E) 37 strokes; T-1. Scott Nielsen (E) 37; T-1. Gabe Lysen (E) 37; 4. Barrett Dowling (I) 39; T-5. Zack Overstreet (I) 40; T-5. Daanyal Nasar (E) 40. KINGCO 3A CONFERENCE Wednesday, Sept. 25 Liberty 187 strokes, Juanita 199 Individuals—1. Ben Graham (L) 34 strokes; T-2. Dexter Simonds (L) 36; T-2. Luke Hall (L) 36; T-2. Frank Garber (J) 36; T-5. Alex Wilsey (L) 40; T-5. Alec Robson (J) 40; T-5. Devin Andrews (J) 40; T-5. Connor Andrews (J) 40. METRO 3A LEAGUE Wednesday, Sept. 25 O’Dea 132 points, Eastside Catholic 119 Individuals—1. Rowan Foxley (O) 35 strokes: T-2. Nate Killeen (EC0 39; T-2. Aaron Callow (EC) 39; T-3. Richard Beltram (O) 41; T-3. Joe Moore (O) 41; 6. Scott Rohlinger (O) 42.

GIRLS SOCCER KINGCO 4A CONFERENCE Tuesday, Sept. 24 Woodinville 1, Skyline 0 Scoring summary: 1. W, Keegan Bolibol (Kelsie Niell), 78th minute: Shutout: Molly Stinson. Corner kicks: S 7-0. Saves: S 4-2. Shots: W 4-2. Shots on goal: S 9-6. Issaquah 4, Newport 0

quarter, while managing to hold the Patriots scoreless. The Rebels added two more touchdowns, bringing their night’s total to eight, in the fourth quarter. Boston found the end zone in the fourth quarter for a 41-yard touchdown run in what was Liberty’s only score in the second

Scoring summary: 1. I, Julianna Da Cruz (Morgan Hubbard), eighth minute. 2. I, Lyrik Fryer. 3. I, Megan Stapley. 4. I, Tala Fry (Olivia Witherspoon) 76th. Shutout: Anna Miller. Thursday, Sept. 26 Issaquah 5, Roosevelt 0 Scoring summary: 1. I, Tala Fry (Lyrik Fryer) 32nd minute. 2. I, Amanda Ulrich (Fry) 37th. 3. I, Julianna Da Cruz (Fryer) 40th. 4. I, Devan Talley (Annie Hoffman) 64th. 5. I, Hoffman (Fryer) 68th. Shutout: Megan Hannan, Anna Miller. Friday, Sept. 27 Skyline 1, Ballard 0 Scoring summary: 1. S, Amanda Johnston (Lauren Carson) 72nd minute. Shutout: Emily Baril. Corner kicks: S 5-0. Saves: B 11-2. Shots on goal: S 12-2. KINGCO 3A CONFERENCE Tuesday, Sept. 24 Liberty 2, Sammamish 1 Scoring summary: 1. L, Jacquelyn Anderson (Sami Harrell). 2., L Kelley Johnson. 3. S, Lindsey Backous. Thursday, Sept. 26 Liberty 4, Mercer Island 0 Scoring summary: 1. L, Jacquelyn Anderson. 2. L, Sami Harrell (Anderson). 3. L, Kelley Johnson (Tara Johnson). 4. L, Harrell (Anderson). Shutout: Amy Ellenberg, Katie McGuire.

GIRLS SWIMMING KINGCO 4A CONFERENCE Thursday, Sept. 19 Issaquah 139, Mount Si 29 200 medley relay: 1. I (Katie Maier, Jenifer Matsuda, Michelle Francois, Gabrielle Gevers) 2:05.19. 200 free: 1. Abigail Paxton (I) 2:10.78. 200 IM: 1. Maier (I) 2:26.57. 50 free: 1. Matsuda (I) 26.26. 100 butterfly: 1. Francois (I) 1:08.70. 100 free: 1. Sammantha Harbeck (I) 59.75. 500 free: 1. Claire Putney (I) 6:18.35. 200 free relay: 1. I (Harbeck, Brooke Flaten, Lydia Mull, Paxton) 1:55.36. 100 back: 1. Matsuda (I) 1:03.80. 100 breaststroke: 1. Paxton (I) 1:19.80. 400 free relay: 1. I (Gevers, Maier, Francois, Matsuda) 4:01.82. Friday, Sept. 27 Issaquah 104, Garfield 82 200 medley relay: 1. G (Gwen Umbach, Jocelyn Crawford, Olivia Borgmann, Marley Cross) 1:57.16. 200 free: 1. Katie Maier

half. Liberty’s junior running back was humble about his big night, crediting his quarterback and linemen for the success. “He’s one of the best I’ve ever had,” Valach said. “What you see on the field, that doesn’t even compare to who he is as a person.” It was a tough game

(I) 2:06.11. 200 IM: 1. Jenifer Matsuda (I) 2:06.11. 50 free: 1. Cross (G) 25.07. Diving: 1. Kristen Hines (I) 163.60 points. 100 butterfly: 1. Matsuda (I) 1:02.71. 100 free: 1. Crawford (G) 56.85. 500 free: 1. Michelle Francois (I) 5:45.99. 200 free relay: 1. G (Crawford, Jackie Montstream, Umbach, Cross) 1:45.54. 100 back: 1. Sammatha Harbeck (I) 1:06.93. 100 breaststroke: 1. Annika Helgesen (I) 1:18.85. 400 free relay: 1. I (Francois, Harbeck, Maier, Matsuda) 3:58.55. KINGCO 3A CONFERENCE Tuesday, Sept. 24 Newport 126, Liberty 60 200 medley relay: 1. N (Maddie Rainey, Katherine Groesbeck, Lorea Gwo, Elisa Fang) 1:57.94. 200 free: 1. Mackenna Briggs (L) 2:02.65. 200 IM: 1. Maggie Pana (N) 2:19.48. 50 free: 1. Emily Waddell (N) 25.96. Diving: 1. Christina Sargent (L) 165.60 points. 100 butterfly: 1. Leah Petrini (N) 1:04.81. 100 free: 1. Lorea Gwo (N) 56.64. 500 free: 1. Briggs (L) 5:21.02. 200 free relay: 1. N (Lorea, Claire St. Marie, Kiera Watson, Emily Waddle) 1:47.54. 100 back: 1. Lauren Hepp (L) 1:07.77. 100 breaststroke: 1. Gwo (N) 1:16.59. 400 free relay: 1. N (Rainey, Waddell, Fang, Pana) 3:52.09. Thursday, Sept. 26 Mercer Island 115, Liberty 64 200 medley relay: 1. M (Sabrina Steinhauer, Sofjia Raisys, Maeve Murdoch, Audrey Hixon) 2:00.78. 200 free: 1. Alex Seidel (M) 2:04.13. 200 IM: 1. Mackenna Briggs (L) 2:12.10. 50 free: 1. Caitlin Cox (M) 26.51. Diving: 1. Hadley Michaels (M) 158.60 points. 100 fly: 1. Seidel (M) 1:01.79. 100 free: 1. Cox (M) 56.63. 500 free: 1. Cecilia Nelson (L) 5:25.24. 200 free relay: 1. M (Hixon, Seidel, Cox, Sydney Seto) 1:44.71. 100 back: 1. Briggs (L) 1:00.26. 100 breaststroke: 1. Ellie Hohensinner (L) 1:16.87. 400 free relay: 1. M (Emily Olsen, Leah Fisk, Murdoch, Seidel) 3:45.90.

BOYS TENNIS KINGCO 4A CONFERENCE Tuesday, Sept. 24 Issaquah 6, Bothell 1 Singles—Jack Suh (I) d. Daniel Fredrickson 6-1, 6-0; Andrew Kan (I) d. Cole Jones 6-1, 7-5; Sam Reardon (I) d. Jacob Yu 6-3, 6-0; Conner Newton (B) d. Edward Park 6-0, 6-1.

for a Liberty defense that had allowed only one touchdown in the previous eight quarters. Boston led the Patriots’ defense with 13 tackles, followed by Sam Dodt with eight. “We didn’t get what we wanted tonight, which was a win, but we got some good experience,” Valach said.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 • Doubles—Cyrus Chang/Henry Jian (I) d. David Bellini/Andrew Roeticcender 6-4, 6-0; Felix Xue/Gabe Reardon (I) d. Matthew Pittsford/Jehramy Bindon 6-2, 6-0; Ethan Wisdom/Patrick Russell (I) d. Adam Crutcher/Kellen Bowers 6-0, 6-1. Wednesday, Sept. 25 Inglemoor 6, Skyline 1 Singles—Jeremiah Kalmus (I) d. Alex Wu 6-0, 6-0; Alex Shaw (I) d. Diego Graterol 6-0, 6-1; Tobin Hansen (I) d. Parker Matias 7-6, 6-0; Arie Bolotin (I) d. Zach Chambers 7-6, 6-0. Doubles—Ryan Paek/Ryan Chin (I) d. Griffon Johnson/Calvin Kim 6-2, 6-1; Garrett Verhajen/Jack Wilcox (S) d. Thomas Lancaster/Anthony Kuykendall 6-3; 6-1; Andrew Szot/Jared Weigler (I) d. Arjin Narajan/Mitchell Hansen 6-3, 6-3. Thursday, Sept. 26 Inglemoor 5, Issaquah 2 Singles—Jack Suh (Iss) d. Jeremiah Kalmus 6-3, 6-7, 1-0; Alex Shah (Ing) d. Andrew Kan 6-1, 6-1; Tobin Hansen (Ing) d. Sam Reardon 6-2, 6-1; Arie Bolotin (Ing) d. Felix Xue 6-1, 6-3. Doubles—Ryan Paek/Ryan Chin (Ing) d. Cyrus Chang/Henry Jiang 6-1, 6-4; Thomas Lancaster/Anthony Kuykendall (Ing) d. Gabe Reardon/Edward Park 6-4, 6-4; Ethan Wisdom/Patrick Russell (Iss) d. Andrew Szot/Aaron Huang 6-3, 6-2. KINGCO 3A CONFERENCE Thursday, Sept. 26 Bellevue 7, Liberty 0 Singles—Jared Madison (B) d. Marek Pierepiekarz 6-0, 6-0; Hunter Egger (B) d. Naoki Lucas 6-0, 6-0; Henry Barkhubajin (B) d. Cody Hughes 6-1, 6-0; Mizhuel Zhao (B) d. Ethan Le 6-4, 6-4. Doubles—Diom Sagati/Michael Smythier (B) d. Matthew Cao/Aaron Burk 6-4, 6-3; Chase Olson/Chris Grahm (B) d. Keaten Winegar/Jimmy Andrus 6-0, 6-0; Dexter Chan/Dale Khan (B) d. Tim Bombeli/Tyler Le 6-4, 6-4.

VOLLEYBALL KINGCO 4A CONFERENCE Monday, Sept. 23 Issaquah 3, Woodinville 1 25-17, 25-5, 18-25, 25-18 Highlights: Karter Boice (W) 5 kills; Tynan Gable (W) 5 kills; Melina Hsiao (W) 10 digs; McKenzie Bostic (I) 23 assists; Kristen Plank (I) 11 kills, 3 aces; Lauren Alberg

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concern in girls cross country,” Hyland said. “If we can stay healthy, I think they have a real good shot to get to state. And that’ll be fun, because we haven’t gone to state for a few years with


(I) 9 kills. Newport 3, Skyline 0 25-23, 25-23, 25-23 Highlights: Anna Crabtree (N) 15 kills; India Gants (N) 30 assists, 4 aces; Casey Schoenlein (N) 22 kills, 5 aces; Kristina Mills (N) 12 digs. Wednesday, Sept. 25 Newport 3, Issaquah 0 25-19, 25-11, 25-20 Highlights: Daniela Jaramillo (I) 13 digs; McKenzie Bostic (I) 19 assists; Kristen Plank (I) 7 kills; Hope Dahlquist (I) 3 aces; Anna Crabtree (N) 11 kills, 10 digs; India Gants (N) 30 assists, 7 digs, 4 aces; Katie Moran (N) 10 digs; Avi Niece (N) 3 blocks; Jessica Galloway (N) 5 kills, 2 aces; Casey Schoenlein (N) 19 kills. Skyline 3, Woodinville 0 25-13, 25-18, 25-19 Highlights: Katy Valencia (S) 16 assists; Megan Wedeking (S) 12 assists; Molly Mounsey (S) 12 kills, 4 blocks, 7 digs; Chloe Epker (S) 8 kills, 9 digs, 3 aces; Karter Boice (W) 10 assists; Courtney Smith (W) 5 kills, 4 blocks; Alex Shardleman (W) 13 digs; Tynan Gable (W) 15 digs; Erin Hamilton (W) 9 kills. KINGCO 3A CONFERENCE Monday, Sept. 23 Liberty 3, Sammamish 0 25-12, 25-12, 25-13 Highlights: Shea O’Brien (L) 11 kills; Krista Merca (L) 15 digs; Emily Skinner (L) 10 assists, 4 aces. Wednesday, Sept. 25 Mount Si 3, Bellevue 2 Interlake 3, Lake Washington 1 Juanita 3, Sammamish 1 Mercer Island 3, Liberty 1 21-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-15 Highlights: Shea O’Brien (L) 10 kills, 13 digs; Malia Parilla (L) 13 assists, 3 aces; Krista Merca (L) 16 digs; Madison Chapman (L) 8 assists; Janie Akiyoshi (M) 15 digs; Sara Lindquist (M) 20 kills, 5 aces; Natalie Robinson (M) 36 assists, 9 aces; Jemma Yeadon (M) 12 kills, 4 aces; Olivia Hughes (M) 5 kills. METRO 3A LEAGUE Thursday, Sept. 26 Seattle Prep 3, Eastside Catholic 2 23-25, 25-15, 25-16, 19-25, 15-8 Highlights: Madison Burnett (S) 26 kills, 10 digs; Katy McMullan (S) 5 blocks; Kate Bubar (S) 41 assists; Milou Haskin (S) 5 blocks; Ellie Komen (S) 13 digs.

the ladies.” Boys win two The Skyline boys team took a pair of dual-meet wins against Eastlake (2831) and Ballard (23-34) at the 3-mile Klahanie Park course. Joey Nakao, a senior, came in second with a time of 16 minutes, 13 seconds.


Preparation is key when driving in winter weather (BPT) - Driving during the cold winter months can have a hazardous effect on commuting motorists and their passengers. Even the most experienced drivers may find the simplest errand a tough feat, especially if their vehicles are not properly prepared for the challenging conditions winter often brings. Safety and preservation of your vehicle during the winter months should be a top priority. Start the season off right by winterizing your vehicle before taking to the road. Here are some helpful tips to help you arrive safely to your destination: * Traction is key: With hazardous winter weather ahead, now is not the time to ignore your tires. Consider installing a set of winter tires on your vehicle. Goodyear has a wide range of winter tires to help meet the driving needs of virtually every consumer. Winter tires are typically designed with a specialized rubber compound that maintains its flexibility in cold weather. This helps the tire to adapt to the road surface and dig into snow and ice. * Temperature matters: Winter weather can be unpredictable, so it’s important to remember the benefits of having winter tires. Winter tires contain rubber compounds for traction and grip in cold weather. Winter tires should be considered when temperatures drop below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. * Service your vehicle: Have enough antifreeze and windshield wiper fluid. For a correct amount of antifreeze to withstand the winter temperatures, a 50/ 50 mix of antifreeze to water is sufficient. Be sure to completely fill your vehicle’s reservoir before the first snowfall hits. It may be useful to buy extra, but make sure it is high-quality, “no-freeze” fluid. * Inflation is essential: Proper tire inflation is essential for vehicle stability, fuel efficiency, optimum steering, grip, wear and load-carrying capabilities. During these winter months, it’s recommended to check your tires’ air pressure at least monthly.

* Practice makes perfect: It’s important to be alert when driving on snow* Stock your vehicle: Keep a kit with essential items is helpful in case of covered roadways because slush, ice and other hazards make it difficult to change emergencies. Some essential items to include are blankets, water bottles, a first aid lanes and handle your vehicle. Practice driving techniques in an empty, open kit, jumper cables, shovel/ ice scraper, road flares, a candle and matches. parking lot. Refer to your owner’s manual to fully understand your vehicle’s For more helpful car care advice or information for your vehicle, visit your local braking and traction control systems. Goodyear retailer or go online to

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P olice & F ire Throwing a tree tantrum Police received a report of a male throwing things around in the back yard of a complex in the 23300 block of Southeast Black Nugget Road on Sept. 7. He was identified as a neighbor involved in a conflict over tearing up trees.

Hot tub crime machine Police responded to a noise complaint in the 700 block of Front Street South on Sept. 8. Upon arrival, officers found six people in a hot tub. They were informed that the hot tub was closed per the hours on the sign.

Nothing suspicious here Police responded to a suspicious male rolling a piece of luggage and shining his flashlight into garages in the 1800 block of Northeast Kenyon Court on Sept. 9. Officers arrived and contacted the subject sitting in his car. He stated he works for United and returns lost luggage.

ON THE MAP See the Issaquah Police Department’s reported activity from the previous 72 hours at a crime map created by the city at Addresses contained in the map have been rounded to the nearest hundred block. The address displayed reflects the location where the officer responded to the incident — not necessarily where the incident occurred.

Thieves love golf An estimated $1,325 in golf clubs was taken in the 1600 block of Ridgeview Avenue Northeast on Sept. 9.

Thieves love water sports An estimated $1,250 in water sports equipment was stolen in the 19200 block of Southeast 46th Place on Sept. 9.

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Possible fraud

A reporting person had questions about a male transient that has been observed to be staying the night in a historic wooden mine cart in the 100 block of Southeast Andrews Street on Sept. 9. They stated that the male must be climbing the locked fence surrounding the property in order to gain access.

An employee at the Bank of America, in the 600 block of Front Street North, told police she declined to cash a check for a female subject who left about a half-hour before on Sept. 10. Shortly after, police discovered that the owner of the check in Redmond was missing some checks. Although the employee did not cash the check, she thought she should report this as a possible fraud.

Stolen games An estimated $3,950 was lost from a report of a stolen game system and games in the 900 block of Discovery Circle Northeast on Sept. 9.

The Press publishes names of those charged with felony crimes. Information comes directly from local police reports.

EASTSIDE FIRE & RESCUE REPORTS FOR SEPT. 20-23 4Two engine crews assisted a pedestrian hit by a motor vehicle at 12:19 p.m. Sept. 20 in the 200 block of 228th Avenue Southeast. 4Two engine crews assisted at the scene of a motor vehicle accident at 3 p.m. Sept. 20 in the 3500 block of IssaquahPine Lake Road Southeast. There were no injuries. 4Two engine crews investigated unauthorized burning at 5:23 p.m. Sept. 21 in the 25600 block of Southeast 149th Street. 4An engine crew investigated a report of smoke at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 21 in the 2500 block of 244th Avenue Southeast. It turned out to be smoke from a barbecue or tar kettle. 4An engine crew extinguished a structure fire at 2:27 a.m. Sept. 22 in the 2300 block of 14th Place Northeast. 4An engine crew extinguished a natural vegetation fire at 4:15 p.m. Sept. 22 in the 2300 block of Northeast Park Drive. 4An engine crew assisted at a motor vehicle accident with injury at 10:52 a.m. Sept. 23 in the 400 block of East North Bend Way. 4Two engine crews were dispatched at 11:31 a.m. Sept. 23 to the scene of a motor vehicle accident with injuries in the 5100 block of Issaquah-Pine Lake Road Southeast.

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MUSIC MAN David Harris is still bookin’

Salmon Days finale features all-star band

rock ‘n’ roll after 30 years

By David Hayes David Harris’s earliest recollections of Salmon Days are of the festival being more like a town parade that featured the high school band, the Issaquah Indians football team, the National Guard and a fire truck with a guest appearance by JP Patches and Gertrude. Little did the British expatriate know that in fall 1970, just a year after moving to Issaquah, he’d soon have a hand in shaping the town’s music scene for decades to come. The 26-year-old had uprooted his wife and two children from southern London to take a job as an engineer with The Boeing Co. in 1965. “I remember getting on the plane and literally not knowing where we were going,” Harris said. Something he brought with him across the pond was his passion for music. Having played in his share of garage bands while growing up, Harris was happy to provide a rudimentary PA system for his son’s own band. Steve, an Issaquah Junior High School student at the time, got his first gig at the 1983 Salmon Days, playing on a small stage on a side street that is now Northwest Alder Place. “Dorothy Knitter, the Salmon Days manager, asked me after that if I’d like to handle booking the entertainment the following year,” Harris said. Through his efforts, the festival would transform from a single venue with a lone band that played all day, to four stages featuring some of the region’s best talents. Harris figures he has booked more than 450 bands in the past 30 years for the Front Street Stage and the Mainstage, which came to be known as the Rainier Blvd Stage. But in the beginning, the task was daunting. “Those days, I had to get a bit lucky,” Harris said. “There was no Internet, so I had to travel to a lot of bars to find bands and festivals, like the Bite of Seattle, to see who people were listening to.”

After a couple years of building up his Rolodex, suddenly, the “flood came in,” as he put it. Bands began sending in their audition tapes by the boatload, enthusiastically seeking to add Salmon Days to their schedule. These days, the submissions have tapered off, as word has gotten out that Harris usually picks the bands he wants, knowing what the community likes to hear — a preference he’s learned from trial and error. “With the help of Fred Hopkins, I’ve actually put on two jazz festivals and two music festivals,” Harris said. “I’ve found jazz doesn’t work. Bluegrass doesn’t work. Not that there’s anything wrong with that type of music. They just don’t draw.” Harris said he’s learned the Issaquah community likes music they know and music that is upbeat. “So, we get what they want and certainly what I prefer,” he added. What he prefers turns out to be twofold — he steers away from tribute bands, as they usually pay homage to rock acts that have a handful of hits and a bushel full of filler. Secondly, he brings in names with recognition, including: 4Mungo Jerry (featuring 1970 hit “In the Summertime”) 4Spencer Davis 4Alan White (drummer for Yes) 4Chris Slade (drummer for AC/ DC) 4Jeff Kathan (drummer for Bad Company/Paul Rodgers) 4Lynn Sorensen (base guitarist for Bad Company/Paul Rodgers) 4Roger Fisher (guitarist for Heart) Harris has turned many of his musician acquaintances into close friendships. “Alan White and I have become quite close chaps,” Harris said of the Newcastle resident. “He usually sits in every year, whether I want him to or not.” The booking business, however, hasn’t always been smooth sailing. Harris figures the main stage has moved nine or 10 times over the years, with some of its biggest

By Greg Farrar

David Harris (right) looks on as Mungo Jerry performs on the Rainier Avenue Stage during the 2009 Salmon Days Festival. disasters occurring on what is now Veterans’ Memorial Field: 4In the late 1980s, an overnight windstorm tore through the venue, leaving behind nothing but the stage floor. 4A scheduled National Guard helicopter landing also blew everything over. 4A rainstorm bordering on a monsoon so flooded the field, the last couple of acts had to be canceled for fear of them being electrocuted onstage. 4In 1998, half the headlining band Hit Explosion didn’t show, forcing Harris to cobble together what musicians were still around to ensure the show would go on. 4Then there was the band that wouldn’t stop playing, performing long after the 6 p.m. cutoff. With the band getting more and more vulgar, the crowd shrinking and the police chief making threats, Harris finally pulled the plug on the PA system. Harris has parleyed his bona fides into other gigs — he’s also booked the Tuesday night Concerts on the Green for 18 years, Newcastle Days and the Mount Si Festival. Several years back, he began attending the National Association of Music Merchants conference in Anaheim, Calif. Standing shoulder to shoulder with a veritable who’s who of musicians checking out the latest technology in the business, Harris suggested these performers join forces for an all-star jam. Thus was born the Legends Concert the association features at the end of its convention each year. In his free time, when not work-

ing in his booking business HTS Audio LLC, Harris is president and co-founder of the Thundering Angels Motor Cycle Club, has earned his commercial pilot’s license (though it’s been ages since he’s been in a cockpit) and volunteers with Seattle Children’s projects. So, when his 30th anniversary booking for Salmon Days approached, organizers wanted to honor his long service to the community. “We were thrilled to honor him,” said Robin Kelley, a longtime volunteer with Salmon Days for more than 22 years and its current director. The best way, she felt, was to name the main stage after him — The David Harris Rainier Blvd Stage. “It was just a small token of our appreciation,” Kelley said. “It was our opportunity to expand and give weight to the work he’s done for our community for so long.” And therein lies the rub — Harris realizes it takes considerable commitment and an insider’s knowledge to fill his shoes. He can’t just hand the job off to anyone. His son Steve has been with him since the beginning as principal sound engineer for just about every band during the 30-year span. But he doesn’t want to take over the mantel, should his father retire. At age 74, however, Harris is showing no signs of slowing down. “God willing, I’ll keep going if they want me to as long as it’s practical,” he said. “I’ve already got thoughts about next year’s Salmon Days.”

After 30 years of booking musical acts for the Salmon Days Festival, David Harris has made contacts with more than 450 bands. To mark the anniversary, Harris is calling in some favors and assembling a final festival act to remember — The Northwest All Star Salmon Jam. The act will fill the final time slot Oct. 6, from 4:30-6 p.m., and Harris said he’s already been given the green light to go long, if necessary. That’s a good thing, too. The All Star band will actually cycle through 25 of the Northwest’s most renowned musicians, including vocalists Larry Strobel and Christy Wheeler, guitarists Roger Wheeler and Ron Smevik, and drummers Alan White and Rich Nalum, to name a few. Harris said what will set this band apart from other collaborations is he has chosen all the songs they’ll play. “I’ve always had to put up with what they want to play. This time, I’m coming up with my set list,” he said. The songs will all be rock ‘n’ roll classics, but ones that get short shrift from bands. Harris said look at YouTube and songs like Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” and Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” have millions of hits, proving people like them, a lot. For the night’s final song, Led Zeppelin’s “Rock N Roll,” Harris plans to squeeze every one of them onstage for a mass jam session.

Hang out with friend Richard Marx at casino show By Sherry Grindeland Expect a laid-back and relaxed Richard Marx when he appears onstage at the Snoqualmie Casino Ballroom Oct. 3. He’s coming to the Northwest following a 10-day vacation in Tuscany. “I’m a foodie, and I love good wine,” Marx said during a telephone interview while he was on his way to the airport before his trip. “And going to Tuscany is going to the mecca of food and wine” For many of his fans, a similar phrase would describe his shows: Listening to Marx in person is a chance to hear the musical equivalent of a fine wine. Or in Marx’s case — the equivalent of a multicourse gourmet banquet filled with a wide variety of songs. Marx has sold more than 30 million albums, had platinum after platinum hit and holds a record for having his first seven singles reach the Top 4 on the Billboard charts. His success as a songwriter and producer of all

genres has been just as phenomenal — from the ‘N Sync hit “This I Promise You” to the recent “Long Hot Summer” he wrote for country singer Keith Urban. During his more than 30-year career in music, Marx has toured internationally numerous times. These days, he does shows instead. “I don’t call them tours anymore,” he said. “I’ve always associated tours with albums. Now, when I feel like going out and playing, I just line up a few shows in a row and go and have a good time.” He describes these shows as time to share some of his greatest hits and some stories. It’s like having people hang out in his living room, he said, and they all enjoy some conversation and some music. “I talk a lot between songs,” Marx said. “That’s one of the problems with tours, people don’t get to know the performers. But in these smaller shows, it is like mini parties.” Marx said his goal is to make audiences feel that they’re

IF YOU GO Richard Marx 47 p.m. Oct. 3 4Snoqualmie Casino 437500 S.E. North Bend Way Snoqualmie 4Tickets start at $30. 4Must be 21.

Richard Marx just hanging out with a friend — not a world-famous musician and songwriter. Professionally and personally he doesn’t need what he described as the insanity of tours — promoting album after album in a whirlwind of crowded venues. It’s much more fun to simply be Marx, the musician. And being a musician comes naturally to the man who celebrated his 50th birthday Sept. 16. He was born to a musical

family — his father was a jazz pianist who developed a successful career as a jingle writer. “Mother was a big band singer and did a ton of famous commercials,” he said. “I grew up watching musicians all the time. There was never a question in my mind that I would do anything but music, even when I was 5. Writing songs was something that crept into my life in my teen years.” These days, Marx combines his writing and performing talents with another passion — producing. He’s not giving up writing — indeed, he wrote a song the day

before he left for vacation. “It was an effortless song,” he said. “Songwriting is rewarding, and that one just flowed. But sometimes writing isn’t fun. Sometimes I, literally, have to bleed on the page to get it right.” Producing he said, is where music is born; it’s where he gets to create music as opposed to recreating it when he sings. Even after more than three decades in the music business, Marx isn’t bored. “My dad used to say, find something you love doing and you’ll never work a day in your life,” he said. “To me, this never gets old. Every new recording is a thrill. I have the best job in the world.” Marx has sold more than 30 million albums, scored 14 chart-topping singles and, as a songwriter, earned a Grammy for song of the year (2004 Song of the Year Grammy for co-authoring Luther Vandross’ “Dance with My Father”). He frequently does benefit concerts, particularly for children’s causes.

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