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Milestones from the year reflect changes By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter Renewal defined the year, as the community paused after a population boom and economic bust — and positioned Issaquah for the decades ahead. Milestones from the last 12 months offer contrasts. Leaders opened showcases for “green” design and concluded a milestone effort to preserve Tiger Mountain forestland. Tragedy left indelible impressions, too, as a gunman menaced downtown pedestrians on a September morning and turned a school campus into a crime scene.

Gunman dies in police shootout at school Just before midnight Sept. 15, a man stopped at Issaquah City Hall and asked for assistance from a police officer. The man carried a handgun, and told the responding officer a strange tale about saving the planet. The incident started a series of strange interactions between Issaquah police and the man, Ronald W. Ficker. The exchange ended in gunfire Sept. 24, after a rifle-toting Ficker, 51, led officers on a circuitous chase through downtown Issaquah, prompting bystanders to scramble for cover inside homes

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and beneath bleachers at a youth football game. The day before the lethal shootout, Ficker rented a silver Kia Forte and put about 450 miles on the vehicle before abandoning the sedan at a downtown intersection. Then, he set off, carrying a pair of rifles and 952 rounds of ammunition. The incident unfolded as frantic 911 calls from people along the See TOP

By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter Tall buildings could someday punctuate the skyline in the modest business district along state Route 900, after city leaders created a framework Dec. 19 to transform acre upon acre blanketed in storage units, low-slung office buildings and automotive service centers into a dense neighborhood

Overnight blaze destroys Preston home

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Brian Jarvis, a firefighter with Eastside Fire & Rescue Engine 72, sprays water into a window of a burning Preston family home Dec. 22.

for shops and homes. In a landmark decision, City Council members approved a 30year agreement between the city and longtime Issaquah developer Rowley Properties to overhaul almost 80 acres in the coming decades. The council agreed to allow buildings up to 150 feet tall and mixed-use development on up to 4.4 million square feet in Hyla Crossing and Rowley Center — parcels along Interstate 90 and state Route 900. The landowner, in turn, is required to pay for transportation See BUILDINGS, Page A6

Family escapes unharmed as firefighters battle flames, elements By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter Firefighters lost a battle against the elements early Dec. 22, and a predawn blaze left a Preston family homeless only days before Christmas. The rural location along a tight, steep road less than a mile from Interstate 90 left firefighters little room to maneuver to combat the flames. The lack of fire hydrants in the neighborhood also limited firefighters’ options. Flames tore through the home at 8303 293rd Ave. S.E. at about 2:45 a.m. The occupants escaped unharmed, but a firefighter suf-

fered a minor burn to the face and is expected to recover. Eastside Fire & Rescue and other nearby emergency aid agencies responded to the blaze after the homeowner called 911 and said a fire started in the garage and spread into the wood-frame house. The house and attached garage belched flames and smoke as firefighters arrived at the scene moments later. Units from Maple Valley Fire & Life Safety, and the Duvall, Fall City and Snoqualmie fire departments also responded to the blaze. Firefighters called in additional water tankers to the scene to shuttle water to the property — a secluded spot at the southernmost tip of 293rd Avenue Southeast. But temperatures in the 20s meant water turned to ice on the road and other paved surfaces, creating another challenge for firefighters. The narrow road conditions also posed a problem for the vehicles attempting to reach the blaze, so fire trucks and other vehicles

used road shoulders and neighbors’ lawns. King County property records list the affected homeowners as Phillip and Patty Kropelnicki. Only a smoking ruin remained the day after the blaze. Flowerpots still sat on a ledge left untouched by flames and firefighting near a knee-high St. Francis of Assisi statue. Stubborn snow clung to the ground beneath shrubs along the driveway and deep ruts crisscrossed the grass — a remnant from the equipment used to battle the blaze in the predawn darkness. The homeowners could not be reached for comment. Neighbors Fred and Michelle Cohen live down the hill from the Kropelnickis’ property and looked on as fire trucks roared through the quiet neighborhood. “It was very scary because there are no fire hydrants out here,” Michelle Cohen said the afternoon after the blaze. The modern King County build-

ing code requires a sprinkler system in homes not adequately served by a hydrant system or road access. The house destroyed in the blaze — built in 1966 — came from a period before officials required residential sprinkler systems. Michelle Cohen said the tightknit neighborhood and the Kropelnickis’ church congregation pulled together to help the family after the fire. Firefighters called a King County fire investigator to the scene. The blaze remains under investigation. Officials couldn’t provide a cause or the total damages the day after the fire. Neighbors said the situation could have been much worse along the street if the conditions had changed amid the blaze. “There was no wind last night, so we’re all very blessed,” Michelle Cohen said. Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or Comment at

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Music for the menorah Menchem Farkash, 8, plays a few notes on a keyboard as the band sets up and visitors gather before the seventh annual Hanukkah celebration of the Festival of Lights Dec. 20 at Blakely Hall. Behind him is a menorah carved from a block of ice for the first day of the eight-day holiday. In previous years, for the children-friendly family event, it has been made out of Legos, doughnuts and jelly beans. The event is sponsored by the Chabad of the Central Cascades and is open to the public every year.

By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter The team at Issaquah Community Services — 22 trained volunteers — opens the nonprofit organization’s office each week to offer a hand to people in need, but the volunteers might not be able to serve as many people next year if more donations do not arrive soon. Issaquah Community Services is the all-volunteer nonprofit organization responsible for dispersing donations to families living inside Issaquah School District boundaries. Merry Christmas Issaquah is the organization’s most important fundraiser of the year. But the fund



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is more than $20,000 shy of its goal for the year, and organizers need the dollars to offer rent assistance if eviction is imminent, help with utility bills if the provider is threatening shutoff or emergency transportation. The need, measured in the number of families helped, continues to expand. The organization helped 503 families from October 2010 to October 2011. The goal for the 2011 fundraising drive is $65,000. But as the fundraising drive nears completion, Issaquah Community Services still needs to raise $20,529 to meet

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University of Washington students King County executive highlights accomplishments at term’s halfway point organize medical care for Tent City 4 By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter County Executive Dow Constantine reached the midpoint in a four-year term as King County’s leader Dec. 21. In the days before the milestone, Constantine highlighted accomplishments in the job thus far — including efforts to rein in spending through negotiations between the county and labor groups, reducing employee health care costs and adopting a performancebased management program modeled on a system at Toyota. “The common theme of many of our accomplishments is partnership — finding a way for people to work together who maybe didn’t work so well together before,” he said in a statement released Dec. 19. Constantine entered office in late November 2009 and outlined a bold plan to remake county government. In the past year, the executive joined the King County Council to enact a $20 vehicle-tab fee to prevent cuts to the King County Metro Transit system and joined state leaders to land Boeing 737 MAX production in Renton. Under Constantine, the county

DUI crackdown continues through holiday Police urged motorists to consider a designated driver on New Year’s Eve as a statewide campaign to nab drunken drivers continues through the holiday season. The effort runs through Jan. 2. The campaign means beefed-up DUI enforcement on Issaquah and King County roads, as the Issaquah Police Department and other law enforcement agencies join the crackdown. The seasonal campaign started on Thanksgiving. Washington law enforcement officers advise all holiday partygoers to designate a sober driver, call a cab or choose not to drink alcohol. Officers in King County on routine and extra patrols arrested 876 people for DUI during the same period last year. In addition to Issaquah police and the Washington State Patrol,

also opted to use conservation dollars to purchase a Maury Island gravel mine and turn the shoreline land into a county park. The county Dow Constantine also opened Brightwater, a $1.8 billion treatment plant near Woodinville, in recent months. Constantine made the decision to switch contractors during construction to save money and keep the project on track. Officials adopted flat fees for county permits at the Department of Development and Environmental Services — eliminating a frequent headache for rural and unincorporated landowners. In November, council members adopted the 2012 budget weeks earlier than normal — even earlier than officials adopted the 2011 budget last year. Debates about county budgets — and proposed cuts in government services — also defined Constantine’s term so far. Unions representing more than

officers in nearby Bellevue, Newcastle, North Bend, Renton, Sammamish and Snoqualmie plan to participate in the extra DUI enforcement. The anti-DUI effort is organized under the aegis of the King County Target Zero Task Force, a regional effort to crack down on unsafe driving practices. Target Zero managers coordinate the extra patrols. In addition, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission provides support. Target Zero’s goal is to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries statewide by 2030.

New Year’s holiday means closures at city facilities Prepare for closures at the Issaquah Community Center and the Julius Boehm Pool for the New Year’s holiday. The community center is scheduled to close from Dec. 31 to Jan. 2.

90 percent of county employees agreed to waive pay increases. The measure enabled officials to preserve government services. Constantine also credited employees for reducing health care costs by $61 million. The county also adopted a performance-based management program — a customer-focused model called Lean. The administration also emphasized efforts to reach out from county government in Seattle to King County cities. Less than a year after entering office, Constantine completed a trip to the county’s 39 cities. (The executive’s tour countywide stopped in Issaquah in February 2010.) Constantine is due to outline the agenda for the year ahead in the 2012 State of the County address Feb. 6. “We are not doing this alone,” he said. “Everyone has banded together in the spirit of serving the public — our employees, the County Council, countywide elected officials past and present, our partners in other jurisdictions and civic-minded residents. Everyone has contributed to this progress. I look forward to more in the coming year.”

Meanwhile, the pool is scheduled to close Jan. 1-2 for the holiday. In addition to the community center and pool, City Hall and Issaquah Municipal Court close Jan. 2 for the New Year’s holiday.

State fines GEICO for overcharging customers The state fined GEICO $100,000 for overcharging Washington customers, and the insurer agreed to refund $7.5 million by the end of the year. In a Dec. 21 announcement, state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler said the excessive charges affected 25,267 customers. “A computer database error caused the problem, which the company reported to us promptly,” he said in a statement. “GEICO has also agreed to a two-year compliance plan that includes multiple audits.” The state suspended another

By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter The community often donates clothing and food to Tent City 4, and a group of University of Washington public health graduate students is organizing medical care for the homeless encampment’s residents. Tent City 4 settled in the Community Church of Issaquah parking lot in late October. The encampment — home to up to 100 homeless adults — is due to remain on the site until Jan. 21 before relocating to a Kirkland church. The students plan to offer the medical care Jan. 14 and, in the meantime, continue to seek donations of medical supplies, and doctors and nurses as volunteers. “I want to see everybody at Tent City who needs some kind of medical attention get it that day,” UW public health student Angie Wood said. The medical outreach comes after Issaquah-based International Smile Power and local dentists teamed up last month to offer dental care to Tent City 4 residents. “It’s really wonderful to see the community come together and give people what they need,” Wood said. Such programs offer residents in Issaquah and other cities a chance to meet and learn about Tent City 4 residents. “It’s really impressive and inspiring to see people taking on that much,” Wood said. “It was really wonderful getting to know

$50,000 fine on the condition the Maryland-based insurance company abides by the terms of the compliance plan. The refunds average about $300 and many have already been paid to Washington customers. The company has been contacting active and former customers affected by the issue. GEICO expects to pay all of the refunds by Dec. 31. In late May, GEICO representatives reported the computer error. The glitch resulted in 7 percent of the company’s Washington customers being overcharged for insurance between August 2009 and June 2011. Fines collected by the Insurance Commissioner’s Office do not go to

people. They’re so open to talking with the community.” Wood, alongside students Ashraf Amlani, Patricia Atwater and Barbara Obena, organized the event to foster links between the UW and the community. “We knew that the UW has a lot of resources in the area of experts and a lot of medical expertise, so I thought that was probably doable,” Wood said. Organizers said the date chosen for the medical event is deliberate. Hectic days precede the encampment’s relocation to another house of worship. “We put it specifically on that date to give us enough time to put together as many services as we could and leave time for their move,” Wood said. The students praised Tent City 4 and Tent City 3 — a Seattle counterpart to the Eastside encampment — for attracting attention to homelessness and offering a resource to people in need. “It improves visibility without increasing stigma, which I think is fantastic,” Atwater said. The campsite features 24-hour security. Organizers conduct warrant and convicted sex offender checks on potential Tent City 4 residents, and do not admit offenders. The camp bans alcohol, drugs and guns from the premises. Most residents depart the encampment during the day and head to jobs or to search for employment.

the agency. Instead, the money is deposited in the state’s general fund to pay for other state services.

Transit is option during state Route 520 bridge tolling King County Metro Transit and Sound Transit leaders encouraged commuters to use mass transit after tolling starts on the state Route 520 bridge Dec. 29. The state Department of Transportation estimates tolls should cause thousands of motorists to use the Interstate 90 bridges or drive around Lake Washington instead. Officials encourage commuters to consider mass transit to cross the lake.

HOW TO HELP University of Washington public health graduate students organized a medical care day for Tent City 4 residents Jan. 14. Email to learn more or to schedule a donation. Organizers need the following items: Ear, nose and throat scope kit Blood pressure cuff Thermometers Loaner exam table Gloves Mayo stand Sani-Cloth Rolling chair or stool Scopettes Cottonballs Band-Aids 1x1s, 2x2s, 4x4s Tongue blades Alcohol preps Paper sheets and gowns Hand sanitizer Baby wipes Glucometer supplies

“It clears up a lot of misconceptions about who is in tent cities,” Amlani said. “That was one of the most eye-opening experiences for me when I first went and visited Tent City.”

In the past year, Metro Transit and Sound Transit increased daily bus service in the Route 520 corridor by 20 percent — or about 6,500 seats and more than 130 additional bus trips. Find complete schedules and more information at and Commuters can use Metro Transit’s online “Seat Finder” service at seatfinder to find a vanpool. Many transit service improvements came through a partnership with the state Department of Transportation and U.S. Department of Transportation to better manage congestion on Route 520.

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gunman’s route led police to the tree-lined Clark Elementary School campus. In the days before the incident, police said Ficker told friends, “Watch the news” and “Something big is going to happen.” Up next: King County Executive Dow Constantine is expected to order a prosecutor-led inquest into the shooting — a fact-finding hearing conducted before a jury to examine officers’ actions.

Swedish/Issaquah opens to official fanfare Hospital executives and designers spared no expense to create a Swedish Medical Center campus to connect to the surrounding community, and curious residents across the Eastside embraced Swedish/Issaquah on July 9, as the $365 million hospital opened to 22,000 people for a public debut. Hospital executives, community leaders and elected representatives stood beneath a banner proclaiming “the future of health care” to open the hospital days earlier. The hospital system and Puget Sound Energy partnered to develop a “practical ‘green’” facility — the most energy-efficient hospital in the state and perhaps the United States. In the patient areas branching from the atrium, electronic medical records augment state-ofthe-art medical equipment. The reclaimed lumber and terrazzo floors inside resemble a hotel more than a health care facility. Swedish/Issaquah started to offer more services — including childbirth and inpatient surgeries — Nov. 1 as the last portion of the 550,000-square-foot campus opened to patients. Up next: Come July 2012, Swedish/Issaquah is projected to sustain about 1,000 jobs and continue to add capacity for patients until the need arises for up to 175 beds.

City crests 30,000 residents after boom decade Issaquah is 170 percent larger and more diverse than a decade ago. The city ballooned to 30,434 people — the result of a construction-and-annexation population boom. Information from the 2010 Census released in February ranked Issaquah as No. 6 on the list of fastest-growing cities in the state during the past decade. The city claimed 11,212 residents after the 2000 Census. In the years since the last decennial count, homes sprouted in the hillside Issaquah Highlands and Talus neighborhoods. Issaquah also absorbed unincorporated King County communities in large annexations. The outsized change also attracted outsized attention. Issaquah, long lauded in the Puget Sound region for trailheads and salmon, earned a spot on Outside magazine’s Best Towns 2011 list for abundant outdoor recreation opportunities. “Issaquah hasn’t been totally yuppified,” Outside noted in a cover article. “The biggest party of the year is Salmon Days, a two-day festival in October celebrating the return of the spawning fish.” Up next: Issaquah, long ranked among the fastest-growing cities in Washington, is no longer experiencing a population boom, but the city continues to add residents.

Officials preserve Tiger Mountain forestland The long-running saga to preserve Park Pointe — a slice of Tiger Mountain forest near Issaquah High School — ended in late March, after more than a decade of public and behind-the-scenes negotiations to halt construction of hundreds of houses once proposed for the land. The tradeoff: Under the agreement, city leaders steered construction from Park Pointe to the Issaquah Highlands instead, and,


Guardian One, the King County Sheriff's Office helicopter (above), takes off from the Issaquah Community Center lawn as law enforcement agencies respond to a gunman in downtown Issaquah. as a result, preserved more than 140 acres in the process. The other key piece allowed construction on 35 acres adjacent to the highlands site. Bellevue College and local homebuilders plan to add a satellite campus and homes on the site. The multipronged effort to preserve Park Pointe dominated politics and government in Issaquah for more than a decade. Then, Mayor Ava Frisinger outlined the landmark opportunity to preserve Park Pointe in late 2008, and city officials shepherded the agreement through the arduous transfer-ofdevelopment-rights process. Up next: Bellevue College could break ground on the highlands parcel in 2012, although construction on the campus could stretch for decades.

Cyberbullying incident attracts national spotlight On the same May morning Issaquah Middle School students received a lesson in online security, a 12-year-old Issaquah girl pleaded not guilty to cyberstalking and computer trespassing charges. King County prosecutors said the girl and her 11-year-old friend posted lewd messages and photographs on Facebook. Investigators said the girls accessed classmate Leslie Cote’s Facebook page, scrawled the phrase “I’m a slut” across a photo and used the website’s instant messaging service to proposition boys for sexual acts. The incident generated national attention, led to a “Today” appearance for Leslie and raised questions about bullying in the social media age. In July, a King County Juvenile Court judge ordered the girls to complete community service and apologize to Leslie for the incident. (Under state law, the girls faced a maximum penalty of up to 30 days in juvenile detention for cyberstalking and computer trespassing.) Up next: Issaquah School District officials and local law enforcement officers continue to remind parents, preteens and teenagers to safeguard online interactions.

Innovative fire station opens as ‘green’ showcase The red accents on Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 72 offer a familiar façade for the “green” features incorporated into the building. Station 72 is the most energy efficient fire station on the planet. The city and EFR spearheaded a project to create a next-generation facility as a showcase for “green” innovations in Issaquah and a model for other fire departments. Crews completed the station for $6.8 million — less than the total $8 million budget. Upon completion in late spring, Station 72 achieved the top Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification. Firefighters started to operate from the building in August.

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Station 72 planners said the building could deliver dividends — in reduced energy costs and, hence, costing less public money — during the decades ahead. Up next: EFR partner Fire District 10 is due to ask voters to consider a $5.5 million bond for fire station construction in January, and Station 72-inspired elements might be a key design component.

Local girl’s death leads to flood of donations Rachel Beckwith inspired a deluge of donations to charity. The 9-year-old Issaquah girl died in July after a pileup along Interstate 90, but a cause she championed in life — clean water projects in developing nations — rocketed to national attention after the fatal accident. Donations to Charity:Water, a New York-based nonprofit organization, reached $1.2 million in the months after Rachel died. In August, Nicholas Kristof, a columnist for The New York Times, highlighted Rachel’s mission to raise funds for the charity. Rachel turned 9 in June and, rather than birthday gifts, asked friends and family members to donate to Charity:Water. The girl set a $300 goal, but came up $80 short. Then, after the accident, donations started to flood the charity. “In the midst of this grim summer, my faith in humanity has been restored by the saga of Rachel Beckwith,” Kristof wrote. Up next: Rachel’s mother, Samantha Paul, plans to travel to Africa on the one-year anniversary of her daughter’s death to see Charity:Water in action.

Issaquah residences reshape homebuilding YWCA Family Village at Issaquah offers shelter for people in need. The adjacent zHome offers a showcase for “green” homebuilding. Together, the projects reshaped a neighborhood across the street from the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride. Family Village and zHome opened months apart and the residences attracted attention from around the region — and the globe. Family Village is meant to offer 146 rental units in a “green” setting for people employed in Issaquah but unable to afford other housing in the community. Meanwhile, next door, zHome uses zero net energy and 70 percent less water than a traditional home. Issaquah and other partners collaborated to open the 10townhouse complex. The result: zHome ranked as the first carbonneutral and zero-energy multifamily community in the United States. The projects shared a Green Globe Award — King County’s top environmental honor — for rigorous efforts to incorporate “green” construction elements. Up next: Family Village is open to residents and sales on the zHome units started after public

open houses concluded in late autumn.

City OKs medical marijuana collective gardens In a landmark decision meant to balance concerns about patients’ rights and public safety, City Council members set rules in early December for medical marijuana collective gardens to limit such operations near schools, parks and other collective gardens. The process to craft a medical marijuana ordinance started after a patient-run medical marijuana operation, GreenLink Collective, opened downtown last year. Changes in state law for medical marijuana also shifted in early 2011. In June, council members imposed a moratorium on collective gardens as local and state officials scrambled to ease patient access to medical marijuana, despite conflicts between state and federal laws. City planners then spent months collecting input from medical marijuana patients, law enforcement officers, elected leaders and residents to craft the ordinance. The result is a milestone in the effort to clarify jumbled rules for medical marijuana and untangle different rules related to the drug. Up next: The moratorium on medical marijuana collective gardens ended Dec. 19, and city officials expect to accept applications from patients interested in establishing Issaquah operations.

Village Theatre’s rebuilt First Stage Theatre debuts The curtain rose on the downtown First Stage Theatre in early April after a $3.1 million reconstruction project to duplicate the original 1913 structure. Village Theatre opened First Stage Theatre to audiences after years spent planning and reconstructing the brick-red-and-huntergreen structure. The rebuilt theater doubled classroom and rehearsal space for the 32-year-old Village Theatre. The project also offered a stage for the theater to polish original musicals for the Village Theatre Mainstage — and beyond. (The dual-stage setup is common for regional theaters across the United States: a smaller stage for edgier fare and a larger stage for large-scale productions.) Broadway-bound musicals “Next to Normal” and “Million Dollar Quartet” germinated at the old First Stage Theatre during the last decade. The productions picked up Tony Awards on Broadway, and “Next to Normal” earned the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, a rarity for musicals. Up next: Teenage performers plan to present the musical “Godspell” at First Stage Theatre in January, and the space could again serve as a venue for Village Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals.


the goal. The city provides office space and overhead, so 100 percent of donations go to people in need. Holiday donations through Merry Christmas Issaquah enable the organization to help people in the coming year. The organization offers a place to turn for local families in need of some extra help. Most clients need assistance to pay rent or a utility bill. “The idea that people have to go knocking on doors and making phone calls and go to work, take care of their families and do all of this stuff” is a challenge, Issaquah Community Services President Marilyn Taylor said. So, Issaquah Community Services volunteers donate time and effort to reach out to local families each week. Other organizations also pitch in during the annual Merry Christmas Issaquah fundraising drive. St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, for instance, hosted a Community Messiah Sing-Along on Dec. 18 to raise more than $1,300 for Merry Christmas Issaquah. The annual fundraising drive serves as a reminder to community members about the need for social services in the Issaquah area. “It’s all about the community and the hearts of the people,” Taylor said. Merry Christmas Issaquah has received more than $700,000 in donations since starting in 1981.

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In an effort to curb waste and cooperate with the city of Issaquah’s recycling initiatives, the local meals program is hoping to eliminate paper and plastic products from its dinner services. The program recently has installed a high speed, sanitizing dishwasher and has been collecting donations of plates and silverware. Organizers now are set for dishes, according to Issaquah Meals Coordinator Adria Briehl. However, Briehl said full-sized cutting boards would be helpful, as would kitchen and bath towels, the latter so staffers can make full use of the new dishwasher. Medical or food service gloves in which to serve food also would be welcomed. Donations can be dropped off any weeknight from 5-6:30 p.m. at the firehouse on Sunset Way next to the Issaquah Police Department. Call 679-0342 to learn more.

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HOW TO HELP Help by making a tax-deductible donation to Issaquah Community Services. The organization is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Send donations to Merry Christmas Issaquah, c/o The Issaquah Press, P.O. Box 1328, Issaquah, WA 98027. The names of donors — but not amounts — are published in The Press unless anonymity is requested. The holiday fundraising drive accounts for about 65 percent of Issaquah Community Services’ annual budget. Merry Christmas Issaquah set a record last year as 215 donors contributed $66,297. “We could be switching positions with the people in need,” Taylor said. “There’s just so much need.” Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or Comment at


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Under a rule due to go into effect Jan. 1, the state is requiring dog, cat and ferret owners to vaccinate the animals against rabies. The rule is meant to reduce the number of rabies exposures in Washington. Statewide each year, several hundred people must receive a series of rabies shots because of possible exposure to the rabies virus. The state Department of Health’s Zoonotic Disease Program said the rule requires owners of dogs, cats and ferrets

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Sentencing for the former Issaquah insurance agent convicted of swindling more than $1 million from elderly clients has again been delayed, until Feb. 10. Jasmine Jamrus-Kassim, 49, pleaded guilty Oct. 31 to 10 counts of first-degree theft in King County Superior Court. Prosecutors reduced the number of charges from 21 as part of a plea deal. Jamrus-Kassim had been scheduled for sentencing Nov. 18 and again Dec. 9, but the court continued the hearing after the defendant requested a different attorney. Prosecutors said JamrusKassim stole at least $1,052,088 between late 2007 and late 2009. The seniors made out checks to Jamrus-Kassim. The clients thought she intended to reinvest the money for them. Instead, she funneled the money into a personal account for clothes, jewelry, online psychic advisers and a trip to Mexico.



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 Special thanks to our many letter writers PRESS E DITORIAL

We’d like to take a moment to salute those people who took the time to write a letter to the editor in 2011. Their written voice provokes, challenges, encourages and thereby builds a stronger community for us all. We aren’t able to publish every letter we receive, but here’s a list of the 123 authors, in alphabetical order, who did get ink this year. Jack and Judy Albrecht Kristen Allen-Bentsen Rickie Anderson Vicki Appleton Rachael Ashbaugh Michael T. Barr Kevin Barry Matthew Barry David Baty Richard Beaudry Paul Beckman John Birrell-Levine Janice Bowen James Bowsher Marilyn Boyden Larry Brickman Sally Brunette Don Buck L.M. Caldwell Robin Callahan and Janine Kotan C.A. Christensen Karen Conley Maria Cruz Barbara de Michele Royal Domingo Barbara Extract Ray Extract Rosemary Fahey Martha Franklin Cynthia Freese Linda Fruge Theresa Gekeler Mary Beth Haggerty-Shaw Mike Harrington David W. Harris Lisa Hedger Don Hindman Bill Hirt Linda Hjelm Ruth and Preben HoeghChristensen Candice Hoffman Ernest Huber Wren Hudgins David Irons Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank staff John Johnson Hugh Jones Cori Kauk Gary Kneepkens Terry J. LaBrue Ann M. Lamb Kathy Lambert Lena Landwerth Ferrin Lauve Emily Lee’s third-grade class at Grand Ridge Elementary School John E. Lee Pablo Lopez Peter Lutz C. Macchio Matt Marinelli

Connie Marsh Patricia Martin Jeff Matson Pat McArthur Maureen McCarry Erylis McClish Bob McCoy Buck McCrone Bruce Miller Mark Miller Nina Milligan Jeffrey Mitchell Julie Mitman Kimberly Montague Cate V. Mueller N.B. “Crash” Nash Marvin and Susan Nielsen Laura Nudelman Mardi Nystrom John Ozburn Dr. Steve Rasmussen Lynn Rehn Karen Ridlon Judy Rogers H. Ross Phyllis Runyon Tim Ryan Dick Ryon Dave Sao David Schirmer Mary Schurman Henry Schwerdtfeger Roland Segers Ken Sessler Robert Sharpe Steve Sheehan Barbara Shelton Dr. Mark and Misty Sherwood Penny J. Short Lily Skelton Linda Smith Ilene Stahl Karen Stevens and Camille Vaska Leigh Stokes Carol Sullivan Tim Talevich Marilyn Taylor Hank Thomas Jackie Thomas John Thompson Delvin Tingwal Jane Ulrich Bryce Van Parys Camille Vaska Janet Wall Nancy Wagner Keith Watts Chris Weber Bryan Weinstein Nancy Whitaker Paul Williams Wendy Wolf

Thank you

Martha Franklin Issaquah


Fight to keep drug illegal is true gateway to more crime Regarding your Dec. 13 editorial, not only should medical marijuana be made available to patients in need, but also adult recreational use should be legally regulated. Drug policies modeled after alcohol prohibition have given rise to a youth-oriented black market. Illegal drug dealers don’t ID for age, but they do recruit minors immune to adult sentences. Throwing more money at the problem is no solution. Attempts to limit the supply of illegal drugs while demand remains constant only increase the profitability of drug trafficking. For addictive drugs like heroin, a spike in street prices leads desperate addicts to increase criminal activity to feed desperate habits. The drug war doesn’t fight crime, it fuels crime. Taxing and regulating marijuana, the most popular illicit drug, is a cost-effective alternative to a never-ending drug war. As long as marijuana distribution is controlled by organized crime, consumers will continue to come into contact with hard drugs like methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin. This “gateway” is a direct result of marijuana prohibition.

Robert Sharpe Policy Analyst, Common Sense for Drug Policy,


The governor and the Olympia gang are hunkered down and do not have the political will to do what is necessary to balance a budget. Special interest groups — most specifically, the public employee unions — are in charge of the governor’s office and most of our legislators. No amount of taxes — sales, income or tribal — will solve the problem. Doug Balzer



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Fanatics won’t be happy until religion is shoved down everyone else’s throat Doing a great impersonation of the constantly offended Bill O’Reilly, columnist David Hayes complained about the alleged “war on Christmas” and how awful it is that public school teachers can no longer force Jewish, Hindu, Muslim and nonreligious children to perform songs glorifying the birth of Jesus Christ in front of their Jewish, Hindu, Muslim and nonreligious parents. Hayes wrote, “Foothills Baptist Church and Issaquah Christian Church have hosted live nativity scenes, providing no better way to depict the original Christmas.” I agree with Hayes on that point: There’s no better way for Christians to celebrate the birth of Christ than on church property. Actually, I’ll expand that to include the front yards, back yards and living rooms of Christian homes. So what is Hayes complaining about? In a

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Kudos to the thoroughly honest and kind gentleman who found and turned in my small Ziploc bag full of Christmas money for my grandchildren. Additional thanks to Panera Bread employees for keeping it intact for me until I could return and retrieve it. Just another example of Issaquah being such a nice community filled with good people — I’m so glad to be an Issaquah resident.


Quotes from your front-page article: “As the group blocked a downtown Seattle street and ignored orders to dispense.” “Officers used pepper spray after warning demonstrators and exhausting other options to disperse the crowd.” “The march ended up blocking a major intersection during rush hour.” “Warnings were issued numerous times. The crowd did not get back. There was pushing and shoving from some of the demonstrators.” It is only a few of the unscheduled, sort of spontaneous, unpermitted marches that have been problematic. My judgment is it is shameful that the media puts an old woman’s picture on the article to gain sympathy for what are illegal acts. When one puts themselves in positions as mentioned above, sometimes they will get hurt. It goes with the territory and everyone needs to be aware of the risks.

bitter tone, Hayes cited the “grubby” ACLU and the “little” Freedom From Religion Foundation (the largest free-thought association in North America, according to But those organizations are concerned only about violations of the separation of church and state. Issaquah Christian Church won’t hear a peep from the ACLU or FFRF when it hosts a manger scene on its property. Nor will any citizen who celebrates Jesus at home. So Christians can freely celebrate the birth of Jesus to their heart’s content at home or church, and Hayes admits that there is “no better way” to do so. Thus I can’t understand what he’s whining about. Hayes said his wish “would be an emphasis on the return of the true meaning of Christmas.” Emphasize it all you like. No one is stopping you. Display a crèche on your lawn. Two or three, if you like. Sing “O, Holy Night” until you get hoarse. The FFRF, ACLU, and I won’t care. We’ll care only when you want the government to facilitate your religious activities. And that’s what it all boils down to. Freely exercising their religion isn’t enough for folks like Hayes. They’ll be happy only when they’ve shoved their religion down everyone else’s throats at City Hall, at the local library and in our public schools. To that goal, I reply, “Bah humbug.”

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Perhaps the city officials of Issaquah have the best intentions in passing this local ordinance, but it pre-empts state law and will never hold up in court. There is nothing in the state law that allows cities to control collective gardens — zero, zip, nada. If Issaquah could get away with doing this, then Eastern Washington cities, like Yakima, could get away with banning cannabis entirely. Be careful what you ask for. Steve Sarich


I had just set out on a walk with my dog at about 9 p.m. Dec. 21 down Bush Street and heard this glorious sound coming from the walkway. It was Christmas carolers in front of my house. They had amazing voices and it was such an exhilarating experience these days. And, just when I was losing faith in our young people, i.e., teenagers, this group was made up of these wonderful young people. Whoever you are, I just wanted to let you know that you filled me up with such good feelings and a wonderful Christmas spirit! Thank you and I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. It was a real gift!

Carol Sullivan Issaquah

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PO LICE BLOTTER Best of blotter Throughout the year, the police blotter chronicles criminal masterminds, traffic snags and occasional oddities beneath tongue-in-cheek headlines. The items included here — culled from 12 months of police reports — highlight some of the most humorous and strangest happenings from the year:

Going, going, gone Police started a search for a missing child in the 900 block of 12th Avenue Northwest at 10:05 a.m. Oct. 10. Police said a first-grade student developed a stomachache that turned into a restroom emergency. The student then decided to walk home to Renton to take care of the problem. Citizens found the boy and stayed with him until police arrived at the scene. Officers transported the student back to school.

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mischief in the 19200 block of Southeast 47th Street at 11:47 p.m. April 1. Someone applied toilet paper — or, rather, TP’d — to the trees and houses in the neighborhood. Police told the caller the entire neighborhood received the same treatment as her house, and she “was comforted to know that her house was not the only one targeted.”

The end is near A resident discovered a backpack full of survival supplies in the 2900 block of 224th Avenue Southeast and turned the bag in to police Feb. 3. The backpack contained water purifiers, plastic garbage bags, rope, soap, shampoo, a bag full of lighters and matches, duct tape, fishing line, a book titled “In Time of Emergency: A Citizen’s Guide on Disasters,” and a guide to surviving nuclear attacks and natural disasters.

Police cited and released a 34year-old Bellevue resident for driving with a suspended license at Highlands Drive Northeast and Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road at 10:17 p.m. Dec. 17.

Stopped Police cited and released a 29year-old Lynnwood man for driving with a suspended license at Interstate 90 and Front Street North at 10:12 a.m. Dec. 18.

Unlicensed Police arrested a 20-year-old Renton man for possession of false identification and for not having a valid driver’s license in the 1300 block of Newport Way Northwest at 2:35 p.m. Dec. 18.

Police arrested a 25-year-old Issaquah man for driving with a suspended license in the 300 block of Northwest Dogwood Street at 3:42 p.m. Dec. 18.

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Wire was stolen from a residence in the 900 block of Third Court Northeast before 11:13 a.m. Dec. 14.

A GPS unit was stolen from a vehicle parked in the 4300 block of 191st Avenue Southeast before 7:04 a.m. Dec. 16. The estimated loss is $110.

Police responded to a disturbance in the 6100 block of East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast at 4:07 p.m. and discovered a drunken man on a public bus. The officer managed to wake the man. He said he planned to go to The Home Depot and later got off of the bus.


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Assault Police arrested a juvenile male for assault, threats and possession of narcotics in the 300 block of Shangri-la Way Northwest at 4:51 p.m. Dec. 18.

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Open-and-shut case A garage door opener was stolen from a vehicle and then items were stolen from the garage in the 2000 block of Newport Way Northwest before 11:23 a.m. Dec. 17.

Rent to own A television, sound system, a washer and a dryer were stolen in the 5300 block of 237th Terrace

Return to sender A credit card and a check were stolen from a mailbox in the 100 block of Northeast Dogwood Street before 2:08 a.m. Dec. 19.

Out of gas Gasoline and tools were stolen from a vehicle parked in the 6600 block of 230th Avenue Southeast before 2:15 p.m. Dec. 19. The Press publishes names of those arrested for DUI and those charged with felony crimes. Information comes directly from local police reports.

Police responded to suspicious activity at Fred Meyer, 6100 East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast, and discovered a drunken man sleeping on a palette outside of the store. Eastside Fire & Rescue transported the man to Swedish/ Issaquah for detoxification.

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A windshield wiper was damaged on a vehicle parked in the 1400 block of 11th Avenue Northwest before 2:45 p.m. Dec. 18.

Police responded to a call from the Issaquah Valley Senior Center, 75 N.E. Creek Way, after a caller said men leaving the Issaquah City Jail, 130 E. Sunset Way, said they planned to go to the senior center for coffee and doughnuts at 3:05 p.m. June 29. Police advised the caller to post the age requirements for the center and ask the men to leave.

Police located a woman sleeping outside on the ground in the 18700 block of Southeast Newport Way at 4:47 a.m. Jan. 1. Residents in a nearby apartment took the intoxicated woman to a lounge at the apartment complex to warm up. She told police she had argued with her boyfriend, a resident at the complex. The boyfriend did not answer the door and the woman’s phone had a dead battery. Police transported the woman to Denny’s.



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Sobering Police arrested a 27-year-old Kodiak, Alaska, man for stealing alcohol in the 100 block of Front Street South at 12:45 p.m. Dec. 15. The estimated loss is $6.87.

Roughhousing Police responded to a possible assault at Northeast Katsura Street and 12th Court Northeast at 5:34 p.m. Dec. 15 after a caller said a woman assaulted another woman and then drove off. Police could not locate the women described in the call.

Credit crisis A resident in the 400 block of Wilderness Peak Drive Northwest said his or credit card number was stolen and used to make fraudulent purchases before 6:29 p.m. Dec. 15. The estimated loss is $550.

Halted Police cited and released a 29year-old Issaquah man for driving with a suspended license in the 5500 block of East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast at 8:03 a.m. Dec. 16.

Drugs Police arrested a 19-year-old Seattle woman for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the 700 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard at 4:10 p.m. Dec. 16.




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upgrades, affordable housing construction, Tibbetts Creek restoration efforts and storm-water system improvements. Leaders said the potential for change in Hyla Crossing and Rowley Center offers a rare opportunity to reshape Issaquah as the city readjusts after a decadelong population boom. “If the last decade was about filling the city, then the next decade needs to be about bringing the jobs and services that those residents require,” Councilman Tola Marts said before the unanimous council decision. “The plain fact is, the people who live here can’t work here, and the people who work here can’t afford to live here.” ‘It will transform the valley’ The city is squeezed among the Issaquah Alps and Lake Sammamish and, project supporters said, unless redevelopment occurs in the business district along the interstate, more sprawl is inevitable elsewhere. Officials said Rowley Properties — among the largest landowners in the business district — is in a position to consider a long-term plan to reshape a significant piece in the area. The city is in the midst of a parallel effort to define redevelopment in 915-acre Central Issaquah. The agreement to redevelop the Rowley Properties land is seen as critical to the broader redevelopment push. Still, details about how the redevelopment could proceed remain difficult to predict — and Rowley Properties Chairman Skip Rowley acknowledged such uncertainties before the council decision. “There’s no way of saying when this is going to be,” he said. “I can tell you that it’s going to take a long time.” Or, officials and executives said, the ambitious plan to remake the area into a high-rise cluster could come up short. “If we’re all wrong and the market rejects the vision, what’s the worst that happens?” Marts said. “The valley doesn’t change — 30 years from now it looks a lot like it does today. There’s nothing onerous in this agreement. The Rowleys aren’t looking for a tirerecycling center or a spent nuclear fuel storage facility, but if it works, it will transform the valley.” ‘This is not a perfect document’ Rowley Properties executives agreed to undergo a project overview every seven years throughout the pact’s 30-year span. The addition to the development agreement came after community members raised concerns about oversight. Though the agreement outlines certain responsibilities for Rowley Properties, some decisions — such as extending a light rail line or bus routes to the property — is left to planners at Sound Transit and King County Metro Transit, and is beyond city and landowner control. “This is not a perfect document, but it is the culmination of a negotiated process where a lot of different people with interests gave a little bit to get us where we are,” Councilman Fred Butler said. The council praised the agreement, but members recognized opponents’ concerns about possible traffic congestion, spoiled mountain panoramas and Tibbetts Creek pollution. “How are people going to get from this development over to the transit center when there’s so much traffic to cross?” Issaquah Environmental Council member Barbara Shelton asked council members. “How are little old ladies in wheelchairs going to get across SR 900?” The dense construction empha-

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Rowley Properties could someday build tall buildings on 78 acres in the business district, as shown in the rendering above. sized in the agreement is meant to limit sprawl. In 2005, the thenCascade Land Conservancy established the Cascade Agenda — a long-range planning effort designed to reduce unchecked growth and encourage denser development in the region. Issaquah, as a Cascade Agenda Leadership City, attempts to cluster construction near existing roads and other infrastructure. Calls to protect natural resources Janet Wall, a prominent environmentalist and advocate for creek conservation, raised concerns about construction near Tibbetts Creek, because “the Cascade Agenda isn’t only about building dense, walkable communities where public transit is feasible. In return for building density and cluster developments, it’s also important to protect natural resources and prevent sprawl.” The development agreement requires 100 feet for a buffer between the creek and construction, but environmentalists’ concerns remain. Connie Marsh, a longtime community activist, used the stop-andgo efforts to build more retail offerings in the Issaquah Highlands as a cautionary tale about a developer unable to meet expectations. “We are sitting here now looking at the Issaquah Highlands, as you all know, and their commercial area, where we were expecting an urban village and what seems to be coming to fruition is another strip mall,” she said. “We have done this before. I think we need to learn that you need enough structure in your agreement to get to the place where you want to go.” Rowley bristled at the criticisms leveled at the company since Rowley Properties and city planners announced the bold effort in April 2010. “We were taking a piece of property that had been developed, and we were going to redevelop it into something that the city of Issaquah could feel proud of,” he said. “For the people from the outside looking in at these negotiations, you would have thought that what we were doing was raping the earth. I have never been so chastised by people, looked upon as the scum of the earth by people, as I have in going through this process.” Supporters laud Rowley family City Major Development Review Team Manager Keith Niven led the negotiations between the city and Rowley Properties — a process shaped by the development agreements for the highlands and Talus urban villages. “Yet the city staff and my staff knew where they were going and what they could do, and thanks to the other development agreements, how those things would most likely work out,” Rowley said. Kari Magill, Rowley Properties CEO and Skip Rowley’s daughter, said the developer needed a flexible agreement to shepherd the project to completion. “There aren’t a lot of people who

own 78 acres on the valley floor in Issaquah that are ready for redevelopment, so I think you have some basis for having a unique precedent,” she told council members. The council decision capped a yearslong process encompassing Rowley Properties executives, community members, and Issaquah elected officials, planners and commissioners. The council opened a public hearing Nov. 21 and, after listening to project supporters and opponents, continued the hearing Dec. 19. Throughout the process, supporters outnumbered opponents. Proponents emphasized the Rowleys’ long history in Issaquah and contributions to the city, such as a successful effort in the 1990s to build the Issaquah Community Center. Suzanne Suther, a former Issaquah Chamber of Commerce executive director, told council members said “the Issaquah community has had the enviable good fortune to become the beneficiary of the Rowley family’s generosity, leadership and devotion to civic responsibility” since Skip Rowley inherited the company from his father, George Rowley Sr. ‘The city we live in and love’ Former City Administrator Leon Kos recalled urging Skip Rowley to consider a long-term redevelopment of Hyla Crossing and Rowley Center. “We knew that the I-90 corridor was going to redevelop, and it was important that the Rowleys were in a position to redevelop their property,” he told council members at the November hearing. “They could set the tone for the I-90 corridor and set an example for how we could implement the Cascade Agenda in the city of Issaquah and create a livable community.” Comments about inevitable growth — and the policies city officials can enact to define such construction — dominated the discussion before the council decision. “Issaquah is going to grow,” Issaquah resident Robin Buekers said. “The question is, will it grow in a way that you all like or will it not?” The arduous process ended in applause from audience members packed into the Council Chambers at City Hall South — and a confident statement about the future. “In the end, I have no idea what will happen after tonight, but I do hope that whatever this redevelopment looks like is something never before seen in this region — positive for the environment, forwardthinking for technology and shows why Issaquah is a leader for so many things on the Eastside,” Councilman Joshua Schaer said. “So, I’m going to take a leap of faith on this idea. I only ask the following: Don’t make it Seattle, don’t make it Bellevue and, in fact, don’t make it anywhere else than the city we live in and love.”

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The Grand Ridge Elementary School fifthgrade class of teacher Jessica Trotter looks on as she prepares to give up her long hair Oct. 26 for the national Locks of Love charity.

Norm Bottenberg, a builder working Oct. 12 on the 2011 edition of Nightmare on Beaver Lake, is on the right.

Lydia Keeler, 20 months old, enjoys her fireman's hat and a juice box while on an open house tour Oct. 8 of the new Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 72.

Above, Jordan McCabe (left), sixth-grade basketball ace, meets the Harlem Globetrotters’ Rocket Rivers and veteran Curly Neal Feb. 7 at Beaver Lake Middle School, during a student assembly. At right, Lauren Steinert, a Liberty High School junior, lets her red hair and this javelin fly for a personal record of 59 feet, 3 inches during the Patriots’ March 31 track and field meet against Ballard.

Above, David Braza (right) is greeted July 9 at the finish line of the 10-mile Cougar Mountain Trail Run on his 42nd birthday, by wife Denise and children Justin, 9, and Gabby, 5. At left, a honeybee looks for nectar in a blooming purple liatris flower July 26 at the Issaquah Trails House on Rainier Boulevard Southeast.

Above, Tim Bissmeyer and his family, Issaquah Highlands residents, check out his design for the new Issaquah Police Department shoulder patches. Noah, 3, and Evan, 1, admire their two gifts from Police Chief Paul Ayers as wife Heather looks on. At right, Ryden Romines, a Starbucks barista at the Meadows Shopping Center on Gilman Boulevard, waits on a customer Sept. 27 during the first month the store began serving wine.

Coco, a 4-yearold Labrador retriever, snags a tennis ball thrown in the snow by its owners, David Rigby and wife Suzie Nixon, while they enjoyed a walk Dec. 29 in the Issaquah Highlands.

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History in Winter The Issaquah History Museums winter history program is at 11 a.m. Jan. 14 at the Depot Museum. Museum Director Erica Maniez will give an entertaining, illustrated overview of Issaquah’s history, illustrated with photographs and documents from the museum collections. This program is free to the public. Refreshments will be served. Call 392-3500 or

Events Master Naturalist Training Program, an 11-week training program on wildlife ecology, wetland management, forest restoration, cultural history, plant identification, environmental interpretation and more, presented by the Bellevue Parks & Community Services, is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 3 through April 13, at the Lewis Creek Visitor Center, 5808 Lakemont Blvd. S.E. Apply at Learn more by contacting Alexandra DySard at 452-4195 or Applications are due by Jan. 6. The Boy Scouts will be going through Sammamish and Issaquah Highlands neighborhoods to pick up and recycle Christmas trees. Place your tree and suggested donation of $15 to $30 (check only, payable to Boy Scouts of America) curbside by 8 a.m. Trees with tinsel or nails or flocked trees cannot be accepted. Learn more at “The iPad as an Assistive Device,” a free presentation by the Issaquah Special Needs Group and Life Enrichment Options, is from 7-8:30 p.m. Jan. 10 at Clark Elementary Library, 500 Second Ave. S.E. Email info@

Religion A live Q&A, “Why Should I Forgive,” is at 11 a.m. Jan. 12 at the Christian Science Reading Room, 415 Rainier Blvd. N. Learn about the spiritual benefits of forgiveness. Call 392-8140. The Christian Science Church Issaquah presents the following free talks featuring guest speaker Ginny Luedeman. Free parking and childcare are available. Call 392-8140 or go to “From Rock Star Singer to Healer” — 7:30 p.m. Jan. 6, Community Church of Issaquah, 205 Mountain Park Blvd. S.W. “Finding Home… On Earth as it is in Heaven” — 2 p.m. Jan. 7, Issaquah Valley Elementary School, 555 N.W. Holly St.

Fundraisers Cartridge World in Issaquah is collecting nonperishable food items for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank through the holiday season to help assist those in need. Bring in three or more items to the Issaquah Cartridge World, 1175 N.W. Gilman Blvd., through the end of the year and receive 15 percent off a purchase during that visit to the store. Learn what the food and


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clothing bank needs most at AAA’s fourth annual Soap for Hope campaign collects unused and unopened toiletry items and distributes them to persons in need via local shelters, food banks and other charitable organizations. Donations may be dropped off at the AAA Issaquah office from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 405 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite 102, through the end of the year. New, full- and samplesized toiletry items, such as soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothpaste and deodorant will be accepted. Go to index.asp.

Volunteers Issaquah History Museums needs volunteers to be docents greeting the public at the restored Train Depot, or at the old Town Hall and adjacent jail (or both). Also, help is needed with mailings and scanning of photos. Learn more by contacting Karen at or 392-3500. Mountains to Sound Greenway needs volunteers for tree potting from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 7 through Feb. 25, at the Greenway Native Plant Nursery. Learn more or RSVP at or call 206-812-0122.

Classes A special Nia movement fitness class to benefit Cancer Lifeline is from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 31 at DanceWorks Studio, 16641 Redmond Way, Redmond. The event features University House instructor Barbara Krauss and Village Green instructor Stephanie Rostad. The minimum donation is $15. All proceeds will benefit Cancer Lifeline. Learn more by contacting Pauline Osborne at 702-2416 or Winter quarter registration is under way at the Julius Boehm Pool. Register now for one or all sessions. Popular programs include swimming lessons, water aerobics, safety classes and party rentals. Register or learn more at or call 837-3350. Winter 1 Session: Jan. 4-26 Winter 2 Session: Jan. 30 to Feb. 23 Winter 3 Session: Feb. 27 to March 21 ArtEAST offers the following workshops at its Art Center, 95 Front St. N., unless otherwise noted. Go to or call 996-8553. “Figure Drawing Open Studio” — 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mon-

days Jan. 9 to Feb. 27, $109 to $226, depending on number of sessions “Beginners Workshop in Poetry Writing” — 6:30-9:30 p.m. Jan. 11, Hailstone Class Annex, 232 Front St. N., $45 “Byzantine Bracelet” — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 14, $100 “Visual Journaling: Saying More Than Words Can Say” — 5:307:30 p.m. Jan. 15 to Feb. 5, $110 “Chainmail Bracelet” — 6:309:30 p.m. Jan. 17, $100 “Mud Pies: Clay Play for Parents and Children” — 2-4 p.m. Jan. 18, $10 per participant “Topics in Expressive Figure Drawing” — 6:30-9:30 p.m. Jan. 18, $55 ($185 for four sessions) “Pondering Pub” — 6-9 p.m. Jan. 19, $10 donation “Art for the Soul” — 9:30 a.m. to noon, Jan. 20, $18, Hailstone Class Annex, 232 Front St. N. “Introduction to Encaustics” — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 22, $125 “Poetry Writing Workshop” — 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 25 to Feb. 29, $125, Hailstone Class Annex, 232 Front St. N. “Watercolors: Pushing the Puddle” — Fridays 2-4 p.m. Jan. 27 to Feb. 10, $125 “Wire, Wax and Fabric” — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 28-29, $175

Issaquah Library The following events take place at the Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way. Call 392-5430. Baby Music Time, for ages newborn to 14 months with an adult, 10:30 a.m. Jan. 7 Opera Preview: “Attila,” by Giuseppe Verdi, for adults, 3 p.m. Jan.7 Teen Zone: Manga! 3 p.m. Jan. 9 “Hot Flashes & Related Symptom Management,” for adults, 7 p.m. Jan. 10 Teen Zone — featuring games, books and special activities — 2:30 p.m. Jan. 12 “Preparing for Chemotherapy,” for adults, 7 p.m. Jan. 12 “The Future Remembered: The 1962 Seattle World’s Fair and its Legacy,” for adults, 7 p.m. Jan. 17 Meet the Author: Jennifer K. Chung, winner of the 33rd annual International 3-day Novel Contest and writer of “Terroryaki!”, for adults, 2 p.m. Jan. 21 “Food, Mood and You: Benefits of Healthy Food Choices for Cancer Survivors,” for adults, 7 p.m. Jan. 24 Book Club, for adults, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” by Rebecca Skloot, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25 “Play & Learn Chinese,” for ages newborn to 5, 10:30 a.m. Fridays “Talk Time: An English Conversation Class,” for adults, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays Lunch Bunch Story Times, for ages 3-6 with an adult, noon Tuesdays Toddler Story Time, for ages 24-36 months, 10 a.m. Tuesdays and 11 a.m. Wednesdays Waddler Story Times, for ages 12 to 24 months with an adult, 10 and 11 a.m. Thursdays Preschool Story Times, for ages 3-6 with an adult, 11 a.m. Mondays and Tuesdays Spanish Story Times, for all young children with an adult, 6 p.m. Mondays Study Zone SAT Review, for teens, 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Study Zone, for teens to get free homework help, call 3925430 for days and times FreePlay, all ages: Borrow (with library card and ID) a Nintendo DS and game to play at the library. Citizenship classes, adults, 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays


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Monita and Jimmy Horn in 1961 The Horns celebrate 50th anniversary Tonya Eliason

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Realtors earn SOS designation for Cascade Team Issaquah area real estate brokers Matt Jensen, Bridget Shannon Woodcock Franklin, Tonya Eliason, Jonathan Leslie and Shannon Woodcock earned the S.O.S. (Simply Outrageous Service) designation for Cascade Team Real Estate. The S.O.S. designation is awarded to agents and brokers who ranked in the top 10 percent for sales companywide and who also demonstrated exceptional commitment to community. They continually give back through community programs like Project Crayon Drive to benefit Seattle Children’s, during the free holiday sleigh ride events and within their local schools, charities and local youth team sports.

CASTUS Corporation’s Nathan Bosseler and Jonathan Campbell (right), with Texas Christian University representatives CASTUS Corporation signs deal with TCU CASTUS Corporation, a local business owned and operated by two Eastlake High School graduates and Bellevue College alumni, recently completed a sale with Texas Christian University. Texas Christian University is a private university in Fort Worth, Texas. The CASTUS software scheduling program will be used for TCU campus broadcast and the School of Communications instruction. CASTUS was developed by Nathan Bosseler and Jonathan Campbell and is currently in use by several Western Washington cities and businesses. Their affiliate company, Impact Studio Pro, was nominated for the Innovation in Issaquah program, and is a member of the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce.

Monita grew up in Coulee Dam and Jimmy grew up in Pullman. They met in Pullman while both were attending college. Jimmy had just returned from the United States Navy after five years and Monita was a senior at Washington State University. Al Schy, president of the Folkdance Club, hosted a party at his house in Pullman. It was between semesters and only a few students were in town. Al invited his old buddy, Jimmy, and introduced him to Monita and her friends. That spring, Jimmy attended the Folkdance Club. Monita didn’t pay much attention to Jimmy until that summer, when they were all working. She needed a ride out to the hills to collect plants. They spent several times together, getting to know each other. That fall, Monita went to college in the east and they wrote to each other once a week. When she came back on vacation in August, Jimmy picked her up at the airport in Spokane, giving her a ride home. Later he proposed, and she accepted. Monita found an apartment in Pullman to live in until they were married. She went to graduate school in botany and taught a lab section of Botany 101 for work. They were married Dec. 29, 1961. That next spring, Monita discovered she was pregnant and Kurt arrived in 1962. Jimmy graduated from WSU in indus-

Jimmy and Monita Horn in 2011 trial arts education in 1964. Tom Deering was superintendent of Issaquah schools. He had been a teacher under Jimmy’s father, William Horn, in Fairfield. His daughter, Margaret, had babysat Jimmy’s sister’s children in Waitsburg at a later date. So, knowing Jimmy’s father helped when Tom hired Jimmy. Jimmy taught one class of electricity at Issaquah High School and two classes of elementary math and a woodshop. After two years, he was getting little satisfaction from teaching and decided to try industry. He got hired by Puget Power to work as a draftsman, where he stayed until they were downsized in 1993. Meanwhile, Monita was a homemaker, raising three boys (Kurt, Kevin and Keith). She volunteered in the schools as both a library helper and as a volunteer teacher of origami during some recesses. When Clark Elementary School was the only collector of newspaper for recycling, she took the kids around to collect papers. Jimmy moved to Seattle City Light and worked for the company until 2005. Monita had enjoyed researching her family for years at various libraries. She began volunteering at the Issaquah Historical Society, even though she was a “newcomer.” She has indexed the obituaries in much of The Issaquah Press. The couple continue to enjoy their various hobbies. They plan to celebrate their anniversary in the spring when the mountain passes should be clear.

C LUBS  Eastside Chapter of Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG): 7-9 p.m. third Thursday, First United Methodist Church, 1934 108th Ave. N.E., Bellevue, 206-3257724, Eastside Genealogy Society: 7:30 p.m. second Thursday, Bellevue Library, 1111 110th Ave. N.E., Eastside Mothers and More: Second Tuesday 7-9 p.m., Eastshore Unitarian Church, Room E202, 12700 S.E. 32nd St., Bellevue, Elks Lodge No. 1843: 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesday, 765 Rainier Blvd. N., 392-1400 Fraternal Order of Eagles: steak night (every second Friday), prime rib (every fourth Friday), monthly poker tourneys, special holidays and fundraisers open to the public. 175 Front St N, 3926751. New members welcome.

Friends of the Issaquah Library: 7 p.m. second Wednesday, Friends of the Sammamish Library: 5:15 p.m. the first Thursday in the library meeting room, 825 228th Ave. N.E., 868-3057 Issaquah Community Network: 5:30 p.m. first Monday, Hailstone Feedstore, 232 Front St. N., 391-0592 Issaquah Ham Radio Support Group: 7 p.m. fourth Monday at the Issaquah Police Station, 130 E. Sunset Way, talk-in at 146.56 MHz at 7 p.m., meeting at 7:30 p.m., Issaquah Women’s Club: 9:30 a.m. first Thursday, September through June, Tibbetts Creek Manor, 750 17th Ave. N.W., 392-7016 or 391-5961, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3436: 7 p.m. third Tuesday, Issaquah Valley Senior Center: 75 N.E. Creek Way, 837-9478

Sammamish Library The following events take place at the Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. S.E. “Joyful Noise! with the Noiseguy,” Presented by Charlie Williams the Noiseguy for ages 5 and up, 3 p.m. Dec. 27 “Professor Payne’s Amazing Flea Circus & Magic Show!” presented by Payne Fifield for ages 5 and up, 3 p.m. Dec. 29

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Jeremy John Gilroy

Jeremy John Gilroy, 37, died Dec. 11, 2011, in Seattle. Jeremy lived loudly. The fiery redhead was born in Oswego, N.Y., to Jack and Helene Gilroy. Jeremy Gilroy He was joined two years later by sister Kristen. Jeremy spent most of his life in the Seattle area. He grew up in Issaquah, surrounded by loving friends and a nurturing community. He rode his bike for hours and hours every day, singing at the top of his lungs. He paid daily visits to many of his neighbors, and followed the garbage truck around Squak Mountain so he could put away the trash cans of everyone who lived in a 3-mile radius. He

Raymond Dale Hunt of Issaquah, loving husband to Dorothy, passed away Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 in Issaquah. He was 88. A committal service with military honors will be held at Jeffer-


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loved dogs and little kids, Matchbox cars, stickers and sidewalk chalk, and annual trips to Ocean Shores. Everyone who knew Jer well remembers his infectious laugh and has a great story about him. Jeremy was a graduate of Issaquah High School. He had several jobs, most recently at Auburn Volkswagen. He liked going to work and was never shy about making friends and saying whatever was on his mind (often it was “I like you”). He helped us live more compassionately and joyfully. Jeremy’s family would like to thank those who helped him through his last year of life. In his memory, please consider a donation to Special Olympics ( or the Sibling Support Project ( at 6512 23rd Ave. N.W., Seattle, WA 98117. We’ll gather to remember his life at 11 a.m. Jan. 7 at St. Madeleine Sophie Church, 4000 130th Place S.E., Bellevue.

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son Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Friends are invited to view a full obituary and photos and share memories in the family's online guestbook at Flintoft's Funeral Home and Crematory, 392-6444.

By Tom Corrigan Issaquah Press reporter According to an August 2000 article in The Issaquah Press, the family motto of 2003 Liberty High School grad Lindzi Cox Lindzi Cox is as follows: “We have our good days and our bad days. We just hope all our good days are on the weekend.” Hopefully for Cox, at least some of the filming of the upcoming season of the ABC show “The Bachelor” took place on the weekend. Cox, 27, is set to appear on the ABC reality series that starts its next season Jan. 2. “The Bachelor” is famous for its “rose ceremonies,” where, after going on televised dates, the eligible bachelor of the title hands roses to the women he wants to stay on the show. For this season, having formerly appeared on “The Bachelorette,” businessman Ben Flajnik will have his choice of 25 bachelorettes, including Cox. According to ABC, Cox and other show participants, as well as their

friends and families, are not allowed to talk with the media prior to the participant either being eliminated or winning the show. Cox could not be reached for any comment. During her days at Liberty, Cox spelled her first name more conventionally, using “Lindsey,” according to Issaquah School District records. Her name also appeared that way in at least two Issaquah Press stories outlining her equestrian accomplishments. In July 2000, Cox won three riding blue ribbons aboard Nautical Ridge. She talked about practicing with the horse on her parent’s farm in Newcastle. According to the story, Cox competed in her first horse show at age 4. In 2001, she won her age group at the American Horseshow Association Young Rider national championships held in California. According to several websites devoted to TV and “The Bachelor,” Cox put her riding skills to work on the upcoming show. Instead of arriving in a limo, as do most of the bachelorettes, Cox made her initial entrance on horseback. There is no word on whether or not the ploy got her any special attention from the show’s featured bachelor, Flajnik. Tom Corrigan: 392-6434, ext. 241, or Reporter David Hayes contributed to this report. Comment at


Lindzi (then Lindsey) Cox, while a Liberty High School student in 2000, rides her horse Token on the family's Newcastle property during a workout.

Father helps quadriplegic son communicate and hold two jobs using specialized interface By Tom Corrigan Issaquah Press reporter


THR buyer Noah Williams shows off a 1960s Gibson guitar purchased during a gold, silver and memorabilia buying event at the Holiday Inn of Issaquah.

Buyers discover golden keepsakes By Tom Corrigan Issaquah Press reporter Early the morning of Dec. 21, the buyers for THR and Associates were at least temporarily on their own inside a meeting room of the Holiday Inn of Issaquah. A national buyer of precious metal and collectibles, THR was in town Dec. 19-23 to offer those wishing to divest themselves of possibly worthwhile but unneeded items a chance to earn money for those items. THR is the same group that produces the Treasure Hunters Roadshow TV show. Standing by a table filled mostly with jewelry and watches, THR buyer Noah Williams said the company usually provides him with about $500,000 to spend on items during a stop such as that at the local Holiday Inn. Tough economic times and current high prices for gold and silver are driving sellers to such companies as THR, Williams said. He added the Issaquah buying event was a lot busier earlier in the week, but sellers were still arriving in small numbers as Christmas approached. As of mid-week, Williams said the star item purchased was undoubtedly a 1961 Gibson electric guitar. He placed the full value of the instrument at about $8,000, saying the seller had left with a check for $7,500. Williams did not supply names, but said the seller was the child of a former member of a local rock band from a few years back.

Williams said the family had tried to sell the guitar previously, but couldn’t find anyone willing to pay what they thought it was worth. Several factors made the guitar a higher-priced item, according to Williams. First is the age of the guitar along with the facts it was made in America and there were few of the models produced. Some World War II memorabilia purchased during the Issaquah event included a soldier’s belt and canteen. Williams paid $100 to the seller who said the items had belonged to a grandfather. Williams travels around the country for THR and said Washington was the 14th state he’s visited this year. The strangest items he’s bought? That would be some letters written by mass murderer Charles Manson, along with a braided piece of Manson’s hair. Williams said he paid $2,500 for the items, which he was able to authenticate. The seller’s father apparently had served some time in the same prison as Manson. As for Williams’ most expensive purchase, that was a large number of gold coins, enough to fill what to Williams looked like a casino chip carrying case used by high rollers. Having collected the coins as an investment, the seller more than doubled his money, earning close to $1 million from THR, Williams said. Tom Corrigan: 392-6434, ext. 241, or Comment at

Once his father switches it on, Issaquah resident Bob Brookens, who just turned 40, instantly starts operating the MacBook Air attached to his wheelchair. The cursor moves rapidly and the screen flickers and changes rapidly as well. Through the computer, Brookens makes a personal comment to his father, Doug Brookens. Bob is then ready and willing to demonstrate how he completes his job for a call center provider. Bob is a quadriplegic who has cerebral palsy and cannot communicate verbally. He’s not able to use a keyboard or a joystick. But in the early 1980s, working with the University of Washington, Doug was able to rig up a computer interface his son could use. “For the first time, he could communicate more than ‘yes’ or ‘no,’” Doug said, adding that with email and the Internet, Bob’s world eventually got a whole lot bigger. That interface, which has been through plenty of refinement over the years, now allows Bob to hold down not one, but two parttime paying jobs. The call center job really is a long-distance, Internet position. The Bellevue office of AtWork! has even set up a space for Bob to complete his assigned tasks, said Lisa Fox, director of employment services for AtWork! AtWork! is a nonprofit organization helping challenged people throughout the area. Bob’s computer interface works by way of head movements transmitted to the computer via a sort of collar near Bob’s neck. When Bob taps his head on the collar, the computer’s cursor moves and he can click on various instructions on the screen. “He’s always been interested in computers,” said Doug, who added he spent years programming and refining the interface and the com-


Doug Brookens, left, helped design a computer system that allows his physically challenged son, Bob, to communicate, surf the Internet and hold down two paying jobs. mands Bob uses. Doug, a retired psychologist, has no formal computer training. Bob’s brother and a grandfather also helped with the programming. For the call center firm, Direct Interactions, Bob evaluates call center operators by listening to recorded, incoming consumer calls and then answering a long series of questions, Doug said. The questions all deal with the operator’s attitude, helpfulness and so on. Bob also works with the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. For FISH, he has produced a database of group speaking engagements and is keeping track of the inventory in the hatchery’s still new gift shop. When Bob is not working, Doug said his son’s computer usually still is being put to use. “He loves the weather,” Doug said. Through his computer, Bob sends various weather-related reports to the Everett Parks and Recreation Department. He looks at tide reports provided by a Sequim resident. Bob even sends weather news to a friend of his family whose son is on a mission trip in Russia. Bob got used to the idea of literally using his head when he was very young, Doug said. At about age 3, Bob learned to operate an

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electric train set using special controls set up by his father. “He quickly got the idea that some kind of movement resulted in something happening,” Doug said. Besides the special interface, Bob has also had the use of what was described by his father as a kind of beefed-up wheelchair. With it, Bob was able to go along on various family outings. Nowadays,

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with the help of a caregiver, Bob lives on his own during the week in an Issaquah Highlands condo. Overall, Doug described his son as a determined, happy man. “He’s just the kind of guy who loves life,” Doug said. Tom Corrigan: 392-6434, ext. 241, or Comment at

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Kasen Williams leads parade of best efforts from individuals, teams


t was a year of state titles for Skyline High School, and the end of a career for a Spartan who always seemed to be in championship form. When he graduated last spring, Skyline’s Kasen Williams left a legacy that might never be duplicated in the Issaquah School District. He was definitely the most dominant figure in the local sports scene in 2011. Williams, who now plays football for the University of Washington, concluded a remarkable high-school career last May by winning three individual titles at the Class 4A state meet. Along with those championship medals, Williams also collected numerous national and state honors. While he was catching touchdown passes for the Huskies this fall, his alma mater did quite well, too. Skyline won Class 4A state championships in girls swimming, football and girls soccer. The Spartans also had a near miss in boys soccer last spring, finishing second in the state tournament. Overall, the sports programs at all three Issaquah district high schools had something to cheer about in 2011. Liberty High School had incredible achievements in girls cross country, boys track and girls soccer. Issaquah High School had plenty to cheer about in girls soccer, girls cross country and girls track. Here's a recap of the top local sports stories in 2011:

“We had three girls who ran outstanding races, but we had four others than ran well but not at their best.” Junior Allie Wood, a standout softball player, was Liberty’s top placer at state. Wood finished 27th in 19:27.9. Freshman Sarah Bliesner was 43rd in 19:47.7 and sophomore Megan Larson was 44th in 19:49.9. Rounding out the Patriots’ top five were junior Megan Chucka (94th) and sophomore Amy Broska (101st). Junior Rachel Shaw was 102nd. The only senior on the team was Aimee Christensen, who finished 133rd. Prior to the state meet, Liberty won a second straight Sea-King District 3A title.

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A three-peat for Skyline swimming Skyline, sparked by senior Katie Kinnear, won its third consecutive state swimming title Nov. 12 at the King County Aquatic Center. The Spartans rolled up 202 points to finish 55 points ahead of runner-up Stadium. “I’m just thrilled. I cannot believe how they swam,” Skyline coach Susan Simpkins said. “They performed better than we ever imagined.” Kinnear, bound for UCLA, won her fourth consecutive 100-yard butterfly title in 53.46 seconds, just .36 of a second off of the staterecord time she set as a sophomore at Eastlake. The Skyline swimmer dropped a second from her previous personal best to win the 100 backstroke in 54.6, an automatic All-American time. Her butterfly time was also good enough for All-American status.


Peyton Pelluer (right), Skyline High School junior linebacker, and teammate Nic Sblendorio (9), junior defensive back, combine to throw Woodinville senior running back Devin McKee to the turf during the 4A state semifinal game Nov. 26. ing the Skyview Storm, 38-7, Dec. 3 to win the Class 4A championship in the Tacoma Dome. It was the sixth state title in the history of Skyline’s football program. “This is what every high school player wants to experience,” Skyline junior quarterback Max Browne said after the title game. “We got it done. It’s a dream come true.” Browne capped a fantastic season as he completed 15 of 22 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns. He earned several post-season all-state and allKingCo Conference awards. The Skyline defense, led by junior linebacker Peyton Pelluer, was outstanding against Skyview, of Vancouver, Wash., which had overpowered all its opponents in the playoffs.

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Kasen Williams (right) prepares to don his father Aaron Williams' old University of Washington football jersey Aug. 27, 2010, as the Skyline High School senior wide receiver announced his choice to play for the UW beginning in fall 2011.

Where did he put all the loot? Hopefully Kasen Williams had enough room on his trophy case for all the awards. Williams was selected as the Gatorade Washington Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year last spring. He was the first Gatorade Washington Boys track and field Athlete of the Year to be chosen from Skyline. The award recognized not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the track. Williams maintained a 3.10 grade point average in the classroom. At the Class 4A state meet, Williams won the triple jump with a leap of 50 feet, 9 1/4 inches, which ranked third in the nation. He also captured the long jump with a 24-5 1/4 effort and won the high jump by clearing 610. He ranked among the nation's top 20 in the long jump and high jump. At the KingCo Conference 4A championships, Williams won the triple jump, high jump and long jump. It was the third straight year he won those events. Earlier this year, Williams was selected as Parade Magazine's National football player of the year. And, not just limited to track and football, Williams showed skill on the basketball court. Last winter, he earned all-KingCo Conference 4A first-team honors in bas-

The two victories were the sixth and seventh individual titles in her amazing high school career. Kinnear was named the swimmer of the 4A meet. The Spartans added key points in winning the 200 medley relay and the 400 free relay. Kinnear anchored the 400 free relay team and was helped by Maria Volodkevich, Meghan O’Keefe and Stephanie Muñoz. The relay team finished in 3:32.87, an All-American consideration time. In the 200 medley relay, Skyline finished first with an All-American consideration time of 1:47.22. Sarah Elderkin, Andi Scarcello, Kinnear and Volodkevich made up the relay team. Besides the Spartans, Liberty had plenty to celebrate about in the 3A state competition. The Patriots finished seventh, an all-time best for the program. Freshman Mackenna Briggs won the 100 backstroke in 58.62 and took third in the 200 individual medley.

Skyline football back on top After finishing second in the state tournament in 2010, the Spartans were eager to redeem themselves in 2011. However, when Skyline began the season with a 5-3 record, chances of reclaiming the state title did not seem promising. But the Spartans got rolling in the post-season and completed their journey to the top by crush-

Not all of Skyline’s victories in girls soccer were fancy, but the Spartans always managed to get the job done. And it wasn’t always the same player stepping up and carrying the team. When the Spartans won the Class 4A state title Nov. 19 at Puyallup’s Sparks Stadium, they had another new hero. Junior defender Lianna Simms, subbing for injured Jackie Wilson, connected on a free-kick in the 22nd minute as top-ranked Skyline defeated Bellarmine Prep, 1-0. Tough defense and dazzling goaltending by senior Tina Vargas were keys to the Spartans’ success. Skyline had four shutouts in four state playoff games, and outscored opponents 5-0. The win gave Skyline (18-0-2) its third state title and first unbeaten season in school history. Vargas posted her 11th shutout of the season. She made seven saves, including four in the final 10 minutes. In the semifinals, Brooke Bofto and Maddie Christ scored as Skyline stopped fourth-ranked Tahoma, 2-0.

Liberty girls come close to soccer title The Liberty girls team almost duplicated Skyline’s season. However, the Patriots fell to Seattle Prep, 3-2, Nov. 19 in the Class 3A state title game at Sparks Stadium. The Patriots ironically opened the season losing to Skyline, 1-0, in a nonleague game. Liberty then won 18 straight games en route to the state championship game. On the way to the final the Patriots repeated their KingCo Conference 3A/2A title. It was Liberty’s first time in the state championship game in the school’s 34-year history. The Patriots top previous finishes were third places in 1998, 2000 and 2001. While their final game didn’t end the way the Patriots wanted, senior captain Cassidy Nangle said she was proud of the team’s accomplishments. “We were able to take the name


Katie Kinnear, Skyline High School senior, receiving a first-place medal Nov. 12, was part of the swim team that won the Spartans’ third consecutive 4A state title. of Liberty soccer further than it’s ever been,” she said. “We made it to the state championship, and that was something we couldn’t frown upon.” Liberty earned its spot in the title game by defeating Eastside Catholic, 1-0, in the semifinals. Kailiana Johnson scored Liberty’s goal. Liberty goalkeeper Macaire Ament recorded her 11th shutout.

Liberty boys track team second at state The Liberty boys track team placed second May 28 at the Class 3A state track and field meet at Tacoma’s Mount Tahoma High School. Liberty’s strong showing was largely a result of phenomenal performances from Josh Gordon and the school’s boys 4x400 meter relay team. Gordon, a junior, took first in the 3A long jump with a leap of 22-10 1/2. He took second in the high jump, clearing 6-6. The latter set a new personal best and a school record. The 4x400 team — Gordon, Devin Bennett, Joseph Bergmann and Hamilton Noel — took first place with a time of 3 minutes, 22.08 seconds. Also, Liberty’s Hiron Redmon, a sophomore, took third in the 800meter dash with a time of 1:56.1; Bennett was fourth in the 400 with a time of 51.01; and Noel placed sixth in the pole vault with a jump of 13-6. In all, it was a big spring for Gordon, who also had a sensational performance in the 3A KingCo meet. Gordon won the high jump, long jump, 200 and ran as a member of the Patriots’ winning 4x400 relay team.

the 4A state tournament. She was also selected the league's most valuable player. "She won it by a landslide," Issaquah coach Tom Bunnell said. "She was just so dynamic." Although on the small side, Thomas commanded respect from every team she played against. Thomas scored a league-leading 10 goals and had 11 assists to tally a league-leading 31 points. Thomas, who was named to the all-KingCo first team, hauled in an even bigger post-season honor. She was selected the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Washington State High School Player of the Year. In addition, Thomas was selected to the association’s All-Far West Region Team and named an All-American. “She had a pretty good year,” Bunnell said.

Liberty girls cross country takes eighth at state meet The Liberty girls cross country team entered the 3A state meet with high hopes of finishing among the top four teams. However, the Patriots ended up eighth Nov. 5 at the Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco. Nevertheless, it capped an outstanding season for the Patriots, who reached the state meet for the second straight year. “I am not unhappy with eighth,” Liberty coach Michael Smith said. “Last year when we went to state, we were just happy to get there. This year, the girls really wanted to get fourth. However, that meant everyone running perfect.

Issaquah, which had five freshmen on its girls cross country team, finished eighth Nov. 5 at the Class 4A state meet in Pasco. The Eagles had the second-highest finish for a KingCo Conference 4A team. Redmond was third. “We finished just about where I thought we should have been,” Issaquah coach Gwen Robertson said. “I was hoping for a top-10 finish and that’s where we were. We couldn’t have asked for a better day. The weather was perfect. The girls all performed very well.” Senior Rachel Osgood was Issaquah’s top runner, finishing 32nd on the Sun Willows Golf Course in a time of 19 minutes, 17.4 seconds. Ellie Clawson was next for Issaquah in 42nd. Rounding out the Eagles’ top five were Cayla Seligman (100th), Ellie Hendrickson (112th) and Emily Winterstein (113th). All will return next season along with freshman Abby Wilson and sophomore Amanda Chalfant, who finished 118th and 122nd, respectively. “I am pleased that they got to see what state is all about. Hopefully they will go back next year when all the mystery is gone,” Robertson said. “It was pretty exciting for them. I think it could get them pretty motivated for the future.” For Issaquah, it was the first time the girls team had competed at a state meet in 13 years.To put it into a different perspective, some current members of the team were just 2 years old when the Eagles last sent a girls team to the state championship meet. Prior to the state meet, Issaquah finished fourth at the Wes-King BiDistrict 4A meet. A week before district, Issaquah placed second at the KingCo 4A meet to qualify its team to the district competition for the first time in 13 years.

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Small player has big impact One of the smallest players in KingCo Conference 4A girls soccer had a mighty big impact this season. Audrey Thomas, just 4-feet-11, was a dynamo on the pitch for Issaquah High School. The junior midfielder led the conference in scoring and sparked the Eagles to


Eva Perry, of Issaquah High School, clearing the pole vault bar in 2010 during the state 4A track championships, came back from an injury to win the event this year as a junior.

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0, Williams 3 Liberty – Ben Wessell 11, Tynan Gilmore 10, Jordan West 8, Matt Campbell 7, Dalton O’Brien 3, Robbie Thomas 3, Matt Duffy 2, Cam Lee 2, Tim Phan 0.

Prep boys basketball 4A KingCo Conference CREST DIVISION

Skyline Issaquah Redmond Newport Eastlake CROWN DIVISION

League W L 3 0 3 1 2 2 2 3 1 4

Season W L 5 0 6 1 4 2 3 4 2 6

League W L 4 0 4 1 3 1 1 3 1 4 0 5

Season W L 6 2 5 2 4 1 2 3 1 6 1 6

Garfield Ballard Roosevelt Bothell Woodinville Inglemoor Dec. 20 Games Redmond 54, Ballard 50 Garfield 85, Eastlake 65 Issaquah 86, Inglemoor 78 Roosevelt 65, Newport 50 Skyline 49, Woodinville 32 Dec. 21 Game Chief Sealth 73, Garfield 67

ISSAQUAH 86, INGLEMOOR 78 Issaquah 12 30 19 25 – 86 Inglemoor 16 21 21 20 – 78 Issaquah – Nick Price 41, Ryan Sexton 13, Drew Danner 12, Cory Nevin 6, Brian Watson 6, Jake Henke 4, Fletcher Martin 4, Grant Bair 0, Blake Bichsel 0, Ty Gibson 0. Inglemoor – Chris Bryant 22, Travis Bobin 16, Trey Miller 14, Cooper Danby 9, Willie Augustavo 8, Hans Fortune 5, Curtis Bafus 3, Alex Williams 0. Other Issaquah statistics: field goals, 30-68 (Price 16-23); 3-point FGs, 7-20 (Price 4-8); free throws, 1927 (Watson 6-8, Price 5-6, Sexton 4-4); rebounds, 30 (Sexton 6, Price 5, Martin 5); steals, 10 (Witte 3); assists, 13 (Watson 4). SKYLINE 49, WOODINVILLE 32 Skyline 12 16 16 5 – 49 Woodinville 16 6 7 3 – 32 Skyline – Will Parker 20, Lucas Shannon 11, Jonah Eastern 6, Hunter Cikatz 3, Bryan Cikatz 3, Nick Kassuba 2, Addison McIrvin 2, Isiah Richmond 2, Max Browne 0, Andrew Giese 0, Michael Parducci 0. Woodinville – Tommy Wick 11, Robbie Jackson 9, Matt Laitala 5, Quinton Parker 3, Brett Arrivey 2, Danny Ayvazov 2, Jacob Miller 0, Franklin Myles 0, Harrison Van Til 0, John Villasenor 0, Jay Wyrick 0. GARFIELD 85, EASTLAKE 65 Eastlake 19 21 6 19 – 65 Garfield 22 19 26 18 – 85 Eastlake – Brandon Lester 23, Eric Holmdahl 12, Michael Hwang 7, James Farnsworth 5, Wes Owen 5, Connor Perry 2, Kyle Laubscher 4, Jake Davidson 3, Austin Howell 2, Mason Pierzchalski 2, Ty Ackerman 0, Cole Calhoun 0, Caleb Perkins 0, Will Mittenthal 0. Garfield – Tucker Hammond 25, TreVaunte Williams 18, Torrence Baker 9, Daniel Greer 9, Aja Buchanan 7, Garrett Hopper 7, Demario Hall 6, Ibrahim Edo 2, Jalen McGruder 2, CJ Bussee 0, Kai Greene 0, Ray Jaun Stelly 0.

3A/2A KingCo Conference League W L 4 0 3 0 3 1 2 1 2 2 1 3 0 4 0 4

Sammamish Bellevue Lake Washington Mercer Island Mount Si Liberty Interlake Juanita Dec. 19 Games Bellevue 62, Liberty 42 Cedarcrest 65, Interlake 63 Redondo Union, Calif., 40, Mount Si 36 Dec. 20 Games Chapel Hill, Ga., 61, Mercer Island 59 Bellevue 61, Hazen 53 Interlake 64, Granite Falls 62 Oaks Christian, Calif., 75, Mount Si 47 Dec. 21 Games Mercer Island 60, Providence Christian 44 Mount Si 37, San Pedro, Calif., 35 Liberty 53, Highline 44 Dec. 22 Games Thomson, Ga., 64, Mercer Island 63 Inglewood, Calif., 64, Mount Si 40 Liberty 54, Hazen 48

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LIBERTY 53, HIGHLINE 44 Highline 10 9 9 16 – 44 Liberty 11 15 15 12 – 53 Highline – Marcus Dolan 19, Montae Rainwater 11, Eric Anderson 10, Rob Rink 1, Jaquel Demerson 0, Jakob Gronvald 0, Breylin Kalauli 0, Samuel Gustafsson

BELLEVUE 62, LIBERTY 42 Bellevue 22 14 13 13 – 62 Liberty 7 9 18 8 – 42 Bellevue – Michael Carlson 18, Jackson Rezab 10, Cole Walton 10, Zach Adamonis 7, Jack Walton 6, Timmy Haehl 4, Kyle Foreman 3, Jarret Hogans 0, Johnathon Laura 2, Dylan Foreman 0, Tyler Hasty 0, Sheldon Matalon 0, Scott Whiting 0, Rueben Mwehla 0. Liberty – Tynan Gilmore 16, Robbie Thomas 6, Jordan West 5, Ben Wessell 4, Matt Campbell 3, BJ Demps 3, Cam Lee 3, Matt Duffy 2, Tim Phan 0, Corey Dukelow 0, Dalton O’Brien 0. LIBERTY 54, HAZEN 48 Liberty – Tynan Gilmore 17, Robbie Thomas 9, Corey Dukelow 0, Tim Phan 3, Jordan West 6, BJ Demps 1, Dalton O’Brien 2, Matt Campbell 11, Ben Wessell 4. Hazen – Frankie Johnson 14, Emmanuel Oppong 2, Antonio Brown 0, Eric Jacobs 0, Alex Olson 9, Cody Moorhead 2, Sam Pawliuk 0, Zac Kolterman 8, Dawit Kasa 12, Brody Graybeal 3. Lahainaluna Invitational At Maui, Hawaii REDONDO UNION, CALIF., 40, MOUNT SI 36 Mount Si 10 14 8 4 – 36 Redondo Union 7 13 6 14 – 40 Mount Si – Anthony McLaughlin 10, Levi Botten 7, Jason Smith 7, Ryan Atkinson 6, Beau Shain 5, Miles Zupan 1, Tyler Button 0, Griffin McLain 0, Jack Nelson 0, Josh Piper 0, Joe Williams 0. MOUNT SI 37, SAN PEDRO, CALIF., 35 San Pedro 2 3 17 13 – 35 Mount Si 8 8 11 10 – 37 Mount Si – Griffin McLain 12, Levi Botten 7, Anthony McLaughlin 6, Ryan Atkinson 5, Miles Zupan 3, Brandon Justham 2, Jack Nelson 0, Beau Shain 0. INGLEWOOD, CALIF., 64, MOUNT SI 40 Inglewood 21 14 9 20 – 64 Mount Si 5 6 20 9 – 40 Mount Si – Anthony McLaughlin 8, Beau Shain 7, Levi Botten 6, Miles Zupan 6, Ryan Atkinson 5, Griffin McLain 4, Brandon Justham 2, Jack Nelson 2, Tyler Button 0, Charlie Corriveau 0, Hunter Malberg 0, Jason Smith 0, Joe Williams 0. OAKS CHRISTIAN, CALIF., 75, MOUNT SI 47 Mount Si 12 6 10 19 – 47 Oaks Christian 17 26 13 19 – 75 Mount Si – Miles Zupan 9, Anthony McLauglin 7, Tyler Button 6, Levi Botten 5, Jason Smith 5, Hunter Malberg 3, Joe Williams 3, Ryan Atkinson 2, Jack Nelson 2, Josh Piper 2, Charlie Corriveau 1, Griffin McLain 1, Beau Shain 1, Brandon Justham 0.

Metro League Dec. 20 Game EASTSIDE CATHOLIC 65, O’DEA 63 O’Dea 23 15 13 12 – 63 Eastside Catholic 18 12 15 20 – 65 O’Dea – Sekou Wiggs 23, Jacob Lampkin 11, Jalen Ward 10, Chris Holmes 9, Jalen Jones 6, Bryant Carter 4, Aaron Falaniko 0, Jamie Orme 0. Eastside Catholic – Austin Soukup 24, Mandrell Worthy 13, Joey Schreiber 10, Matt Callans 8, Joey McKay 6, Trey Reynolds 2, Chevy Walker 2, Austin Porcello 0.

Prep girls basketball 4A KingCo Conference CREST DIVISION

Eastlake Skyline Issaquah Redmond Newport

League W L 4 0 3 1 2 2 1 3 0 5

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Woodinville Roosevelt Inglemoor Ballard Garfield Bothell Dec. 19 Game Eastlake 63, Piedmont, Calif., 44 Dec. 20 Games Ballard 46, Redmond 41 Issaquah 61, Inglemoor 56 Roosevelt 45, Newport 42 Woodinville 64, Skyline 45 Eastlake 73, Huntington Beach, Calif., 64 Potter’s House Christian 71, Garfield 51 Dec. 21 Games

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Youth sports/activities Soccer Issaquah Soccer Club is offering a Oregon City, Ore., 66, Garfield 42 Chandler, Ariz., 68, Eastlake 61 Issaquah 54, Juanita 50 Dec. 22 Games Stanwood 77, Newport 34 Tahoma 61, Bothell 36 Skyline 58, Bishop Blanchet 31 Eastlake 46, ThunderRidge, Colo., 36

winter development academy for players 7-8 years old. Go to Issaquah Parks is registering players for its K-fifth grade spring summer program. Learn more by calling 8373346. Register at Basketball Issaquah Parks has a Hoopsters program for ages 6-8. Games are on Thursday’s from 5-5:50 p.m. Program begins Jan. 12. Register at Little League Issaquah Little League is registering players for 2012 baseball and softball teams. Go to ... Sammamish Little League is registering players for 2012 baseball, softball and Challenger teams. Register at Fencing Washington Fencing Academy begins an introductory class for youngsters 8-12 Jan. 10. The 10-week class is held at Endeavour Elementary School. Register at

High school sports Boys basketball Dec. 28-30, Skyline at Desert Heat Classic in Palm Springs, Calif.; Dec. 28-30, Issaquah at Bend, Ore., tournament; Dec. 29, 6:30 p.m., Liberty at Stadium; Jan. 3, 7:30 p.m., Garfield at Issaquah, Liberty at Lake Washington, Ballard at Skyline. Girls basketball Dec. 28-29, Skyline at North Idaho Tournament; Dec. 28, 4:45 p.m., Liberty vs. Jackson at Juanita; Dec. 29, 11 a.m., Liberty vs. Cascade at Juanita; Dec. 30, 12:45 p.m., Liberty vs. Kamiak at Juanita; Jan. 4, 7:30 p.m., Issaquah at Garfield, Lake Washington at Liberty, Skyline at Ballard. Gymnastics Jan. 5, 7 p.m., Garfield, Redmond at Issaquah, Bellevue, Mercer Island at Liberty, Eastlake, Inglemoor, Roosevelt at Skyline. Wrestling Jan. 5, 6 p.m., Skyline at Redmond, 7:30 p.m., Issaquah at Ballard, Liberty at Sammamish. Boys swimming Jan. 3, 3:15 p.m., Inglemoor at Skyline (Boehm Pool); Jan. 5, 3:30 p.m., Sammamish at Liberty (Boehm Pool).

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ISSAQUAH 61, INGLEMOOR 56 Issaquah 11 14 20 16 – 61 Inglemoor 17 12 11 16 – 56 Issaquah – Monica Landdeck 16, Mandie Hill 13, Ngozi Monu 4, Mackenzie Wieburg 11, Aimee Brakken 7, Taryn Holmes 6, Quincey Gibson 2, Ali Mendezona 2. Inglemoor – Kelly Conroy 19, Taylor Peacocke 17,

ISSAQUAH 54, JUANITA 50 Issaquah 10 8 17 19 – 54 Juanita 14 12 9 15 – 50 Issaquah – Mandie Hill 13, Monica Landdeck 13, Mackenzie Wieburg 12, Aimee Brakken 7, Quincey Gibson 7, Ngozi Monu 2, Katrina Clements 0, Taryn Holmes 0, Ali Mendezona 0. Juanita – Mikayla Jones 13, Kate Cryderman 10, Molly Grager 10, Winnie Leavitt 7, Bre Carter 4, Taylor Lloyd 4, Molly Steck 2, Mary Carter 0, Makenzie Waltar 0. WOODINVILLE 64, SKYLINE 45

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portion of her junior track season because of an injury. However, she came on strong when it counted. At the Class 4A state meet, Perry cleared 11-3 to finish first in the girls pole vault. It was a case where the third time was certainly the charm for Perry, who had been one of the top placers the previous two years. She placed eighth in 2009 as a freshman and fourth in 2010 as a sophomore.

Skyline 14 7 14 10 – 45 Woodinville 23 17 11 13 – 64 Skyline – Megan Wiedeman 20, Rachel Shim 10, Susie Tinker 2, Haley Smith 4, Morgan Farrar 3, Shelby Kassuba 2, Lacy Nicholson 2, Allie Wyszynski 2, Alex Daugherty 0, Bryn deVita 0. Woodinville – Mackenzie Campbell 14, Ali Forde 13, Alexis McLeod 11, Deidre Miller 11, Midori McElwee 7, Kim Frost 6, Amanda Skalabrin 2, Cassidy Berday 0, Erin Hamilton 0. SKYLINE 58, BISHOP BLANCHET 31 Skyline 16 15 15 12 – 58 Bishop Blanchet 7 10 6 8 – 31 Skyline – Haley Smith 14, Megan Wiedeman 14, Rachel Shim 8, Allie Wyszynski 8, Shelby Kassuba 6, Bryn deVita 4, Lindsay Coutts 2, Lacey Nicholson 2, Alex Daugherty 0, Morgan Farrar 0, Katie Fitzgerald 0, Susie Tinker 0. Bishop Blanchet – Shannon McMahon 9, Lauren Martin 8, Caitlyn Dixon 5, Kelly Kaufman 2, Zoe Krauss 2, Taylor Thole 2, Laura Walker 2, Micah Lussier 1, Maddie Cathey 0. Nike Tournament of Champions At Phoenix, Ariz. EASTLAKE 63, PIEDMONT, CALIF., 44 Piedmont 8 17 9 10 – 44 Eastlake 16 19 17 11 – 63 Eastlake – Caleigh McCabe 12, Kendra Morrison 12, Maggie Douglas 9, Ellie Mortenson 8, Bella Zennan 8, Abby Carlson 5, Lauren Files 2, Marijke Vandershaaf 4, Lauren Greenheck 3, Taylor Boe 0, Taylor Yoneyama 0. EASTLAKE 73, HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIF., 64 Eastlake 16 16 18 23 – 73 Huntington Beach 19 6 26 13 – 64 Eastlake – Kendra Morrison 17, Abby Carlson 11, Bella Zennan 10, Caleigh McCabe 8, Maggie Douglas 4, Marijke Vandershaaf 8, Lauren Files 7, Taylor Boe 2, Ellie Mortenson 4, Lauren Greenheck 2, Taylor Yoneyama 0. EASTLAKE 46, THUNDERRIDGE, COLO., 36 Eastlake 14 7 10 15 – 46 ThunderRidge 5 5 15 11 – 36 Eastlake – Kendra Morrison 11, Marijke Vandershaaf 11, Bella Zennan 7, Lauren Files 6, Abby Carlson 4, Maggie Douglas 4, Ellie Mortenson 3, Taylor Boe 0, Lauren Greenheck 0, Caleigh McCabe 0, Taylor Yoneyama 0.

3A/2A KingCo Conference League W L 4 0 3 1 3 1 2 2 2 2 1 3 1 3 0 4

Liberty Juanita Lake Washington Mount Si Bellevue Interlake Mercer Island Sammamish Dec. 19 Game Lake Washington 45, Kentlake 27 Prairie 75, Mercer Island 34 Dec. 20 Games Lake Washington 53, Juneau, Alaska, 31 Mount Si 60, Nathan Hale 39 Dec. 21 Games Mount Si 58, Eastside Catholic 40 West Seattle 46, Sammamish 38 Wasilla, Alaska, 47, Lake Washington 38 Issaquah 54, Juanita 50 Dec. 22 Game Liberty 66, Hazen 39

Season W L 7 0 5 2 6 3 4 3 3 3 5 4 1 8 1 6

LIBERTY 66, HAZEN 39 Hazen 5 10 12 12 – 39 Liberty 23 19 10 14 – 66 Hazen – Airashay Rogers 19, Cecillee Fernandez 6, Anastasia Pallis 5, Gabby Brower 3, Javonya Stewart 3,


Despite her previous performances at state, Perry was bit of long-shot to win the title after placing third at district by going just 10-6. However at state, Perry became the first Issaquah pole vaulter to win a state title. She was also the first Issaquah individual to win an event at state in six years. With Perry and senior Haley Jacobson, who placed second in the 200 meters and fourth in the 100, Issaquah finished sixth in the team standings. Prior to the state meet, Perry repeated her title in the KingCo championships by going 11 feet.

Ariana Williams 2, Samantha McCord 1, Lauren Goss 0, Tyra Markey 0, Ngan Thai 0. Liberty – Sierra Carlson 24, Aspen Winegar 10,, Tara Johnson 7, Megan Tsutakawa 6, Cherelle Demps 4, Adele Payant 4, Morgan Safley 4, Alicia Abraham 3, Ashlan Applegate 2, Stephanie Yea 2. MOUNT SI 60, NATHAN HALE 39 Nathan Hale 8 6 15 10 – 39 Mount Si 19 21 13 7 – 60 Mount Si – Angel Tulee 14, Amedara Oguara 9, Hannah Gose 8, Megan Mosney 4, Sarah Luth 2, Malea Wells 2, Sierra Houston 0. Mount Si – Shelby Peerboom 14, Darian Michaud 10, Jordan Riley 9, Molly Sellers 9, Alex Welsh 6, Kelsey Lindor 5, Katie Swain 4, Ally Pusich 2, Grace Currie 0, Elizabeth Prewitt 0.

Prep wrestling Metro League Dec. 20 Matches BISHOP BLANCHET 66, EASTSIDE CATHOLIC 18 106: Robert Bratch (B) d. Ryan Mazure. 113: Mattie Iwicki (EC) p. Arthur Lane, 0:30. 120: Hans Robel (B) won by forfeit. 126: Jesse Mare (B) won by forfeit. 132: Kellen Manley (B) p. David Tronsrue, 1:36. 138: Charlie Roran (B) p. Jake Warfield, 2:46. 145: Jack Auter (B) p. Luke Lattanzio, 2:34. 154: Jon Obernesser (EC) p. Joe Osborne, 3:36. 160: Anthony Roy (EC) p. Andrew Kennedy, 1:15. 170: Victor Hernandez (B) p. Kea Roberts, 1:47. 195: Peter Johnson (B) p. Joe Stoutt, 1:44. 220: Austin Kloth (B) p. David Hurdle, 0:54. 285: Solomon Yetbarek (B) won by forfeit. EASTSIDE CATHOLIC 60, CLEVELAND 6 106: Ryan Mazure (EC) won by forfeit. 113: Mattie Iwicki (EC) won by forfeit. 120: double forfeit. 126: double forfeit. 138: Jake Warfield (EC) p. Asia Smith, 1:06. 145: Luke Lattanzio (EC) p. Mohamed Aburar, 1:32. 152: Jon Obernesser (EC) p. Jubei Moliga, 2:50. 160: Anthony Roy (EC) p. Jose Perez, 1:57. 170: Angel Mason (Cleve) p. Conner Heger, 2:50. 180: Kea Roberts (EC) p. Manan Romero, 0:41. 195: Joe Stoutt (EC) won by forfeit. 220: David Hurdle (EC) won by forfeit. 285: double forfeit. EASTSIDE CATHOLIC 60, CHIEF SEALTH 12 106: Jordan Armstrong (CS) p. Ryan Mazure, 0:26. 113: Mattie Iwicki (EC) won by forfeit. 120: double forfeit. 126: double forfeit. 132: David Tonsrue (EC) p. Finn Kellin, 0:25. 138: Jake Warfield (EC) p. Levil Belete. 145: Luke Lattanzio (EC) p. JaShaunna Adams, 1:59. 152: Jon Obernesser (EC) won by forfeit. 160: Anthony Roy (EC) won by forfeit. 170: Conner Heger (EC) won by forfeit. 195: Joe Stoutt (EC) p. Mike Lakisa, 1:31. 220: David Hurdle (EC) p. Tino Folifan, 0:25. 285: double forfeit.

Prep boys swimming State leaders Leading times reported to Washington Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association, through Dec. 21: (Local swimmers only) CLASS 4A 100 freestyle: 1, Edward Kim (Eastlake) 47.94. 100 backstroke: 1, Kim (Eastlake) 52.51. 100 breaststroke: 3, Zach Alleva (Eastlake) 1:02.64. 100 butterfly: 1, Kim (Eastlake) 52.75. 200 IM: 1, Kim (Eastlake) 1:57.84. 200 freestyle relay: 2, Issaquah, 1:33.21. 400 freestyle relay: 3, Issaquah, 3:25.44. CLASS 3A 50 freestyle: 3, Logan Briggs (Liberty) 22.40. 100 freestyle: 2, Briggs (Liberty) 48.32. 200 freestyle: 2, Briggs (Liberty) 1:48.96. 100 breaststroke: 1, Raymond Ha (Liberty) 1:01.27; 3, Kevin Hays (Liberty) 1:03.08. 200 medley relay: 2, Liberty, 1:41.76. 400 free relay: 1, Liberty, 3:22.50.

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Movie: ‘New Year’s Eve’

To say the cast of the recently released “New Year’s Eve” is star-studded would be an understatement: Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, and many others, all make an appearance in this film, which is in the spirit of 2010’s “Valentine’s Day.” For those unfamiliar with the previous film, which also name-dropped several stars, including Patrick Dempsey, Taylor Lautner and Anne Hathaway, the duration of the movie occurs on the specific holiday as the plots of individual characters intertwine. The primary storylines revolve around relationships — new and old — work and family. It has all the promise of a good romantic comedy, and should offer the perfect happy ending for the holiday season.

Book: ‘Room’ by Emma Donague ✔

Though not a newly released book, Emma Donague’s “Room” deserves some residual spotlight from its summer debut across bestseller lists. The novel is told from the viewpoint of 5-year-old Jack, whose entire life has occurred in Room with his Ma; his only knowledge of the outside world is through the TV and the occasional visits from Old Nick. Jack’s innocent beliefs and childish representation of ordinary objects is refreshing, as is Donague’s ability to maneuver around a chilling topic with the gentle touches of youth. Though sometimes chilling, “Room” is a heart-warming and uplifting story of freedom, family, and the triumphant bond between mother and son. ✔

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Music: ‘Whatever’ By Hot Chelle Rae

After a year filled with successful singles, like “Tonight Tonight” and “I Like it Like That,” and landing performances at prestigious venues, such as Seattle’s Jingle Bell Bash, Hot Chelle Rae’s sophomore album has a lot to live up to. And with its upbeat, catchy tracks, it does not disappoint. “Forever Unstoppable” and “Whatever” are sure to dominate the radio waves, while the ballad “Why Don’t You Love Me,” which features Demi Lovato, provides an interesting contrast from the pop-sound of the other songs. This album makes it clear as to why Hot Chelle Rae is being hailed as one of America’s top new bands.

T HIS M ONTH ’ S S PONSOR  Thanks to the Rotary Club of Sammamish, which sponsored this page. The club invites you to a breakfast meeting on Thursdays from 7:158:30 a.m. at Bellewood Retirement Apartments. Learn more about the club at


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Finding ‘green’ innovation Composting lunch helps environment

Club ideas save money

A paper full ‘paperless’ week

Schools are going green

Every day, a teenager has to answer many important questions: What should I wear? What homework did I finish last night? Can I get away with Jacob Brunette sleeping through EngIssaquah High lish? School But perhaps the most important question is: Should I compost my lunch? Every day, the students at Issaquah High School must decide whether his or her organic food scraps should rot in a landfill or in a natural environment where they will help sustain the plant life. Now, if asked, most would say that, of course, they would prefer to help the environment. But it can be so hard to separate your pizza crust from your Gatorade bottles, and sometimes the yellow compost bin is all the way on the other side of the room, and… ugh. Composting at Issaquah High was introduced last year, and in all honesty, it isn’t that difficult. Unfortunately, it has to combat teenagers’ natural apathy, and all too often, it fails. While many do a good job separating their compost from their trash and recycling, several students will just drop everything in the trash bin, sending it all to the landfill. However, composting’s future looks bright, as many middle schools are introducing composting programs of their own. As a result, kids are coming into high school already brainwashed into being good citizens. And that’s the best thing that could happen. Once it takes more mental effort not to compost, it will stay a part of school lunch forever.

The Issaquah School District is changing for the better, thanks to the efforts of Liberty High School’s girls’ science club, the Physettes, Veronica Austin and their environmentally Liberty High friendly ideals. School Led by President Macaire Ament, the Physettes have attempted to initiate a series of green changes at Liberty, including a project to cut down the amount of light used in certain areas of the school. “In some cases, lights are on full power all day, and at some point, people ought to be mostly out of these areas and therefore those areas require a reduced amount of light,” Ament said. If the school were to accept the plan, Physettes hope that the money saved would go toward getting recycled paper. However, the change would have to be adopted districtwide for the proposal to be effective, which complicates the process. “Given both the economic times and the general state of change in the school, recycled paper is an issue that may unfortunately be put off for a while, despite it's many longterm benefits both to the district's public image and to the Earth,” Ament said. Despite setbacks, the Physettes have continued to pursue greener alternatives for the schools, including meeting “with a district official early in the year to learn about some of the green developments at other schools, (light timers, lowflush toilets, smart sprinklers) that were scheduled to come to Liberty,” Ament said. “We are looking forward to those developments and hope to see more green elements in the future.”

In an attempt to reduce the school's environmental impact, Skyline High School’s Spartans tried to survive one week without paper. Sampurna Basu The idea Skyline High was introSchool duced to promote environmentally friendly methods of submitting school work. Teachers were supposed to ask students to submit homework assignments virtually in order to limit the use of paper. All available printers and copy machines were shut down for one full academic week. However, most classrooms did not go paperless. Instead, there was simply a shift in the source of the paper being used. As a result, paperless week received many complaints from both the student body and staff members. There was a significant increase in students using their own notebook paper due to the usage of class copies. Many teachers forced students to print their assignments at home, which posed a problem to students who do not have access to a printer at home. Overall, very few teachers actually started using a virtual method of homework submission. In addition to the failure in the academic area, hundreds of paper snowflakes hung in the commons area and hallways of the school. Despite the holiday charm of the snowflakes, their presence during paperless week contradicted the whole point. In conclusion, Skyline’s efforts to become more environmentally friendly were truly a step in the right direction, but

Sometimes I get annoyed when I hear about groups, schools and people coming up with new, creative, constantly evolving ways to “go Shreya Tewari green.” It’s often so difficult Eastside Catholic to think of High School unique things to try that I feel like I can't contribute to the community. However, during the past couple of weeks I’ve been paying attention to the environmental practices at school and I’ve realized something. Contributing to the community doesn’t have to mean doing something different. Sometimes it can just mean keeping things up. At Eastside Catholic High School, we recycle. That doesn’t sound like a big deal, right? Anyone can recycle. But not everyone does and not necessarily in an organized fashion. At three places of the cafeteria, outside the gym, in every hallway and in every classroom, there are separate disposal bins for garbage and recyclables. No matter where someone is, it’s just as easy to walk to a recycle bin as a trash can. Also, everything that needs to be disposed of in staff workrooms is taken care of meticulously. All paper and other materials would’ve been recycled, naturally, but there is a system for recycling all of the printer cartridges and even machine parts. The light fixtures and some other construction materials present throughout the campus are also recyclable! Recycling everything and making recycle bins easily accessible to everyone makes the

Students prove ’tis the season to give back


he spirit of philanthropy is always alive during the holiday season, but various student-run nonprofit organizations in the Issaquah School District prove

that giving back is practiced year round. The Washington Association for Chinese Education ( is a student-run, nonprofit organization dedicated to generating

interest in learning Chinese, helping students understand China and increasing the number of Chinese programs in Washington schools. Founded in March by a group of Skyline High School students, WACE is now in seven schools and five school districts. Its "Why Learn Chinese Competition" concluded last month, and the results will be announced at the awards ceremony next month. Andrea Liu, founder and co-chair of WACE, recently announced that due to WACE’s hardworking efforts, Skyline will have Chinese as a course offering next year. Another nonprofit is The Washington Student Math Association (I), an organization dedicated to supporting math education in Washington. Founded in 2009 by a group of students and now led by President Ashwin Rao (a Skyline senior), WSMA has written a comprehensive BY GREG FARRAR starter pack to help new math clubs get started, hosted elementary math expos in local libraries, hosted The Liberty High School girls soccer team accepts its the first Math Bowl, a “Jeop3A state championship second-place trophy in November ardy!”-like competition between eight high schools and for the most successful finish in the program's history. partnered with the Microsoft The only two games the team lost all season were to the Store to host Mathmania. 4A and 3A state champions. Organizations have a con-


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stant need for volunteers, while students are always looking for volunteer opportunities. That led to the creating of the Linking Opportunity Lee Xie ( Issaquah High organization. School Linking Opportunity is a student-run nonprofit organization that connects high school students to organizations seeking volunteers for events. Organizations post volunteer opportunities on the website and students can register for the events of their choice. Linking Opportunity already has more than 30 nonprofit partners, including the city of Bellevue, Bellevue Arts Museum, Seattle Children’s and YMCA. “Experiences generated through volunteering help both the volunteers and the community to bring the people of the world together to solve problems,” said Iman Baghai, an Issaquah High School junior and head of marketing at Linking Opportunity. These organizations are all working toward a better community — a worthy cause that will always be in season!

“I love waking up early before my parents with my siblings, and waiting for my parents to wake up so we can open presents.” Sebastian Van Coevorden, senior

“Making cookies for Santa and setting up the Christmas tree!” Cassie Harvey, junior

Issaquah High School “Riding on the ferry boat to Seattle on Christmas morning with my family. The view is gorgeous.” Chloe Lathe, junior “I sit in front of the T.V., watch NFL and eat. I have eaten until I gained 10 pounds at one point.” Keith Luu, senior

Liberty High School “At my family Christmas party I get to hand out the presents to all of my little cousins. I like being the first person to see the big smiles on their faces right before they tear up some wrapping paper!” C.J. Johnson, junior “Every Christmas since we were little kids we had the “elves” visit us. They bring us an advent calendar on Dec. 1 and a pair of PJs on the 24th.” Caitlin Duffner, senior

Skyline High School

“Christmas dinner with the family.”

Charlotte Zhao, junior

“Snowboarding with the whole family.”

Shawn Lee, senior

STAFF EDITORS Iman Baghai Olivia Spokoiny WRITERS Veronica Austin Sampurna Basu

Jacob Brunette Lauren Bruns Kim Bussing Samantha Garrard Hannah Grandine Katie Sutherland Lee Xie

PHOTOGRAPHERS Shreya Tewari Stephanie Yi BUSINESS TEAM Laura Domek Emily Jones Amelia Meigs Jamie Moseley

PAGE DESIGN David Hayes MANAGING EDITOR Kathleen R. Merrill

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Wings N Things, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Field of Champions, 385 N.W. Gilman Blvd., 392-7111

“Annie Get Your Gun,” through Dec. 31 Village Theatre, Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N., $22 to $62, 392-2202 or Evergreen Philharmonic 25th anniversary reunion concert, featuring former and current musicians, 6 p.m. Issaquah High School Performing Arts Center, 700 Second Ave. S.E.,

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tions for openings in its tenor and bass sections for the remainder of its season. Singers must have choral experience and basic music reading ability. Schedule an audition appointment by calling 392-8446. Learn more at  The SAMMI Awards Foundation, in partner-

ship with artEAST Art Center, seeks artwork from area artists for the 2012 SAMMI Awards. Submit original 2-D artwork created between 2009 and now by Jan. 5. The winning artwork will receive a $250 cash prize and will be used to set the design themes and color tones for the ceremony and marketing materials. Learn more by emailing the foundation at or calling artEAST at 392-3191.

Tickets for Village Theatre’s ‘Godspell’ go on sale Village Theatre’s teenage performers plan to stage the musical “Godspell” at First Stage Theatre soon — and theatergoers can purchase tickets now. “Godspell” — a stage adaptation of the Gospel of Matthew — runs Jan. 7-22 at the theater, 120 Front St. N. Tickets cost $14 to $16. Call 392-2202 or go to Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak created” Godspell” in 1971. (Schwartz later wrote “Wicked” — a megamusical about the Wicked Witch of the West.) In “Godspell” — cast members range in age from 13 to 18 — performers examine parables of a community in a time of uncertainty. The characters test the values of brotherhood and friendship.



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MUST-READ BOOKS Readers’ appetite for ‘The Hunger Games’ dominates top titles

By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter


“The Hunger Games” — Suzanne Collins’ young adult novel set in a dystopian future — ranked as the top title requested throughout the King County Library System in 2011. The top titles requested throughout local libraries mirror bestseller lists and offer a glimpse at readers’ tastes. “The Hunger Games” — No. 1 in a popular series about a post-apocalyptic world — and other books in Collins’ lineup jousted against titles from authors Rick Riordan and Laura Hillenbrand, and comedienne Tina Fey, for the top spot. King County Library System librarians tracked the most-requested titles by determining the number of holds on a particular book. The number indicates readers’ most likely checked out the book, although the figure is not a precise count. The system does not release the information for individual libraries due to confidentiality policies. Patrons at the Issaquah Library checked out 817,783 items from January to November. Systemwide, patrons at the 46-branch system checked out 20,472,720 items during the same period. In another milestone for local libraries, Library Journal magazine and Gale, a publishing company, named the Issaquah-based King County Library System as Library of the Year. Organizers cited the library system’s efforts to encourage reading, help people searching for jobs and community outreach. The library system is run from offices along Newport Way Northwest.

MOST-REQUESTED BOOKS OVERALL ‘The Hunger Games’ by Suzanne Collins 27,534 holds ‘Unbroken’ by Laura Hillenbrand 26,590 ‘Catching Fire’ by Suzanne Collins 23,970 ‘Son of Neptune’ by Rick Riordan 20,602 ‘Bossypants’ by Tina Fey 15,410

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MOST-REQUESTED BOOKS FOR YOUNG ADULTS ‘The Hunger Games’ by Suzanne Collins 27,534 ‘Catching Fire’ by Suzanne Collins 23,970 ‘Son of Neptune’ by Rick Riordan 20,602 ‘The Throne of Fire’ by Rick Riordan 13,278 ‘The Lost Hero’ by Rick Riordan 12,605

MOST-REQUESTED BOOKS FOR CHILDREN ‘Theodore Boone: The Abduction’ by John Grisham 3,025 ‘Sign of the Moon’ by Erin Hunter 2,601 ‘Moon Over Manifest’ by Clare Vanderpool 1,999 ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ by J.K. Rowling 1,546 ‘Pokémon Black & White Handbook’ 1,245

MOST-REQUESTED BOOKS FOR ADULTS ‘Unbroken’ by Laura Hillenbrand 26,590 ‘Bossypants’ by Tina Fey 15,410 ‘The Help’ by Kathryn Sockett 13,423 ‘State of Wonder’ by Ann Patchett 12,795 ‘Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother’ by Amy Chua 10,599 ‘In the Garden of Beasts’ by Erik Larson 9,596 ‘The Fifth Witness’ by Michael Connelly 7,255 ‘Smokin’ Seventeen’ by Janet Evanovich 7,225 ‘Tick Tock’ by James Patterson 6,098 ‘The Confession’ by John Grisham 6,084

Japan Ginger delivers a quick, appetizing bite Restaurant reviews are a regular feature of The Issaquah Press. Reviewers visit restaurants unannounced and pay in full for their meals. By Tom Corrigan Issaquah Press reporter Upon walking into Japan Ginger Teriyaki and Sushi Bar, one can get confused. Do you sit at a table and wait for a server or do you go up to the counter and order off the large menu board? We ended up ordering at the counter and then helping ourselves to a seat — not a great beginning to a lunch, but it was all uphill from there. As the restaurant is named for its teriyaki, I felt obliged to try some. My friend the vegetarian opted for yakisoba noodles with tofu. The meals arrived in a very reasonable amount of time, our plates carried by a friendly waiter/host. The first thing we both noticed was how good the food looked, that the presentation was done very nicely. The chicken teriyaki is probably not the best you’re ever going to have. It’s also very far from being the worst. The chicken was nicely done, tender and warm. The sauce was sweet and flavorful. There also was plenty of sauce on the plate.

JAPAN GINGER TERIYAKI AND SUSHI BAR 220 Front St. N. 427-6080 Dine in or take out 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through

Saturdays; closed Sundays Teriyaki specials are $6.75 to $9.50

for lunch; $7.75 to $10.95 for dinner

There are teriyaki restaurants that seem to think a tablespoon or two of sauce will do the trick. This isn’t one of them. Two scoops of rice and a small salad accompanied the teriyaki. Regarding the yakisoba, my friend described it as tasty. His only complaint was the tofu was a little mushy, not crisp. Still, he cleared his plate. I should note that both lunches were generously proportioned. The chicken was a large, sliced breast, big enough for a healthy appetite, or in my case, enough to take some with me for lunch the next day. Besides the expected variations on teriyaki — chicken, beef and so on — Japan Ginger’s menu includes Asian sta-

ples, such as kung pao chicken, General tracts from the restaurant either. It’s well Tao’s chicken, and sweet and sour lit and clean, with some modest Asian chicken. Besides yakisoba, available noo- decorations. The small tables could easily dle dishes include pad thai and udon be moved around to accommodate a noodle soup. There are tempura and larger group. bowl specials, along with fried rice that All in all, with generous helpings and comes with your choice of veggies or perhaps better than average sushi, Japan meat or fish. Ginger is a good choice for lunch or a Japan Ginger has a few seats in front quick dinner. Downtown Issaquah has of a small sushi bar in the front of the plenty of decent places for a not-toorestaurant and the sushi choices are fancy, not-too-pricey meal. This is decidplentiful. Again, the presentation is great edly one of them. as the food arrives at your table on a Tom Corrigan: 392-6434, ext. 241, or small, elevated wooden cutting board. Comment at The California rolls and the cucumber rolls were both very good. In terms of décor, Japan Ginger is about what you’d probably expect: nothing Seattle • Eastside • Edmonds fancy, but (425) 394-0773 there’s SWEDISH ISSAQUAH CAMPUS, SWEDISH GREENLAKE CLINIC nothing & EDMONDS FAMILY MEDICINE that de-



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