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Portion of Soaring Eagle Park nearly transferred to Sammamish City still years away from building ballfields on 30-acre parcel By Caleb Heeringa

Thirty acres of Soaring Eagle Park will soon be in Sammamish’s hands, nearly four years after King County agreed to transfer the parcel. City and county officials confirm that the agreement will allow the potential for sports fields and other “active use” on Sammamish’s 30 acres, at the

north end of the Trossachs neighborhood, but the rest of the 578 acres of the park will be preserved from future development. Doug Williams, spokesman for King County Department of Natural Resources, said the delay stemmed from surveying work that had to be done to formalize the location of a conservation easement on the property. The park had a “floating” easement for 330 acres through the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office, but has reached agreement with the agency to expand that to 578

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acres in exchange for preserving the current trail system and allowing for future development of Sammamish’s parcel. “(The agreement) preserves the integrity of the (conservation) grant and allows the transferred site to have the (development) restrictions removed,” Williams wrote in an email. Williams said sports fields and a parking lot could be allowed on the property. Sewer could also be extended into Sammamish’s parcel, provided that it is only used See PARK, Page 3

Some councilors lukewarm on adding initiatives and referenda By Caleb Heeringa

Sammamish’s city attorney warned the City Council of the potential pitfalls of instituting an initiative and referendum process in the city at a Jan. 10 council study session. The council vowed to look at the issue in September at the behest of Sammamish resident Sam Rodabough, who says the city’s lack of initiative and referendum powers makes it “the donut hole of direct democracy on the Eastside.” An initiative is a petition-driven measure by which citizens can have a proposed new law placed on the ballot for the citizens to decide. A referendum, also petition-driven, can be used to overturn the actions of the City Council. Such powers are already widely used at the state level, but are

“I think we need to proceed with due caution and not rush to judgment on this thing.” – Tom Odell, Mayor –

not automatically granted at the city level. The council must either vote to institute them or a citizen must get signatures from registered voters equal to half the total votes cast in the most recent municipal election – a little more than 7,000 signatures based on last November’s voter turnout. Rodabough said during public comment that he was generally pleased with the way the city has been run thus far and didn’t have anything specific in mind in

wanting the powers of direct democracy at the city level. But he said having the option was a good insurance policy in the case of a bad decision by a future council. “I view the initiative process as similar to having a pile of sandbags at home knowing one day there may come a flood,” said Rodabough, a land use attorney in Bellevue. “When the floodwater is rising it would be too late if we didn’t have the sandbags in place.” City Attorney Bruce Disend argued that allowing initiative and referendum powers has tradeoffs. It allows citizens to address issues that the council is “either unwilling or unable to take on,” but is also “contrary to the concept of representative democracy,” in which elected See INITIATIVE, Page 2

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Jenna Bryson, Olivia Onnen and Seline Yee (from left) take a break after finishing a snowman in Bryson’s front yard Jan. 16. The Seattle area was blanketed by snow, but schools were already off for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Council members take on new roles in regional government Sammamish’s two new City Council members will be representing the city on regional boards. Mayor Tom Odell announced at a Jan. 10 council meeting that newly elected Councilman Tom Vance would be replacing him on the Suburban Cities

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Association board, which advocates for the interests of cities across the Eastside. Vance will join Councilman Don Gerend on the board. Ramiro Valderrama, the second new face on the council, will be replacing Gerend on the Eastside Fire and Rescue board, which sets policy and the budget for the fire agency. Valderrama will join Odell on the board.

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tion of the freedom of speech, leaving the city with a $40,000 bill for attorney’s fees. Continued from Page 1 Disend also credited the city for having “an exemplary public officials are appointed to make process” that values citizen input decisions and are then held before the council makes major accountable for those decisions at decisions. the ballot box. “Rarely have I heard a citizen Disend also argued that initiacomplain that there wasn’t suffitives and referenda have a tencient public process before a dency to be directed at narrowly decision was made in the city of tailored issues without considera- Sammamish,” he said. tion for the unintended conseRodabough said several counquences. cilmembers had indicated to him “Elected that they officials typisupported Outside expertise cally have the idea of more experiDuring discussion on the pros granting ence with and cons of local initiatives and direct and a greater referendums, City Attorney Bruce democracy Disend highlighted the following understandpowers localing of the excerpt from a 2002 paper by the ly but that issues facing League of Women Voters titled they “were “Direct Democracy: The Initiative government concerned and Referendum Process in – they get to about Tim Washington State”: see the forEyman arriv“(Brigham Young University est and the ing in the political scientist) David Magleby trees while city of sees direct democracy (the initiainitiatives Sammtive process) as valuing participaand referenamish.” tion, open access and political dums tend to Rodabough equality, while tending to defocus just on said those emphasize compromise, continuthe trees,” concerns ity and consensus. It encourages Disend said. were likely conflict and competition and Disend overblown, attempts to expand the base of went on to given that participants. On the other hand, recount his local initiaindirect democracy (the legislative tives are relaown horror process), he says, values stability, story of the tively limited consensus and compromise, and local initiain what they seeks to insulate fundamental tive process can address principles from momentary pasgone wrong. compared to sions and fluctuations of opinion.” Disend statewide iniworked for tiatives. State the city of law dictates Bellingham in 1988 when citizens that local initiatives and referenpassed an anti-pornography inidums can’t: tiative that sought to declare ◆ Address city employee pay pornography as a violation of or collective bargaining issues women’s civil rights. The initia◆ Repeal the levying of taxes tive was challenged by the ◆ Repeal the formation of a American Civil Liberties Union local improvement district and the city was forced to defend ◆ Repeal unanimously passed the initiative in court, where a ordinances that are “necessary judge promptly ruled it a violafor the immediate preservation of


Students run for a final grade

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Hundreds of Skyline and Eastlake students jog along Northeast Eighth Street during their final exam for P.E. class — a 5K run — Jan. 12. The students began at Skyline, traveled along Southeast Eighth Street, crossed over the wetlands on the new portion of 244th Avenue Northeast and arrived at Eastlake after traversing the hill on Northeast Eighth Street. Event volunteers estimated that up to 800 students participated. public peace, health, safety or for the support of city government.” Eyman’s recent initiative to repeal a red-light camera program in the city of Redmond was thrown out by a judge who ruled that the cameras were not a proper subject for the initiative. Though Eyman may have won the war if not the battle – the city ended up ditching the red-light camera program late last year, saying they were ineffective in preventing accidents. The council, which has yet to schedule a formal vote on the matter, asked Disend for more

“Elected officials typically have more experience with and a greater understanding of the issues facing government.” – Bruce Disend, City Attorney –

details on exactly what would or would not be subject to an initiative or referendum. Mayor Tom Odell, for one, was

lukewarm on the idea. “The ultimate referendum is an election … If people are unhappy with the performance of the council, they can express that at that time by removing the people they don’t like,” Odell said. “I think we need to proceed with due caution and not rush to judgment on this thing. We’ve managed to do without (initiatives and referendums) since the inception of the city and not had a problem. While it might be nice to have on the shelf, my experience in life is that there are a lot of things that it is nice to have but that you don’t really need.”

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City Council looks at Planning Commission applicants By Caleb Heeringa

The Sammamish Planning Commission will get first crack at several important city policies in 2012, including an update of development regulations around environmentally sensitive areas, tree retention requirements and the city’s sustainability strategy. At a Jan. 10 meeting, the City Council interviewed eight of the nine citizens that have applied to fill two open positions on the advisory board, which makes policy recommendations to the council. Current commissioners

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for the park. Soaring Eagle has long been seen as a potential site for a sports fields complex. Demand for time on the city’s current fields is outpacing supply; Jessi Richardson, director of the Sammamish Parks Department estimates that 98 percent of the city’s current year-round field hours are booked up. Richardson said development is likely years away, though. The city has yet to start a master plan process for the parcel. The project could also prove expensive – during council deliberation over the turfing of the baseball field at Eastlake High School, Richardson estimated that a Soaring Eagle sports complex could run upwards of $10 million. The city and county are waiting for the conservation office to sign off on the deal, but Richardson said she expected the parcel to be in the city’s hands in four-to-six weeks. King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, who represents

Jan Klier and Mahbubul Islam are reapplying for their spots on the commission. The council is scheduled to make their appointments at their Jan. 17 meeting, after the Sammamish Review’s deadlines, along with appointments to the Arts and Parks and Recreation commissions and the Beaver Lake Management Board. Trevor Bean Age: 34 Neighborhood: Sahalee Woods Professional/volunteer background: Remodeling contractor, Sammamish and the surrounding area on the council, said she was surprised to hear that the deal had yet to go through, given that the council had approved the transfer four years ago. She called the wait for dealing with the state conservation easement “unacceptable,” and questioned the wisdom of shutting off all but 30 acres of the park to development, given the continued growth and the high population of children in Sammamish. “I wish we would have had a little bit more flexibility,” she said. “Looking at the demographics here, I think it would have been better to have more opportunities for our children to play … Who knows what we’re going to want in 50 or 100 years.” Lambert also assailed the lack of a connection road between Trossachs Boulevard and East Main Drive. The connection road had been considered in early visions for the park as an access for emergency reponders in the case of an injured hiker. A connection could also provide another transportation option for Trossachs residents, who currently have to take Trossachs Boulevard to Duthie Hill Road and head out to state Route 202

Boy Scout leader, youth sports coach Why he’s seeking appointment: Bean, a lifelong Sammamish resident, said he wanted to ensure the city remains a great community for his children. “People want to come to Sammamish – there’s a reason I moved back after college,” Bean said. Jesse Bornfreund Age: 56 Neighborhood: Sahalee Professional/volunteer back-

ground: Consultant for software and renewable resources companies, Sahalee Homeowners Association, recent City Council candidate Why he’s seeking appointment: Bornfreund said he learned a lot about the ins and outs of the city during his recent City Council campaign. He said he wanted to continue to help shape policy on environmental regulations, transportation and affordable housing. “This is an example of how I’m staying involved,” Bornfreund said.

Wayne DeMeester Age: 60 Neighborhood: Heritage Hills Professional/volunteer background: Private equity Why he’s seeking appointment: DeMeester, who has lived in the city since 1981 and has four generations of his family in the city, said he has been impressed with the city’s evolution in its short history. “I’m one of (the city’s) biggest fans,” DeMeester said. “There are some important things that (the See PLANNING, Page 7

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A portion of Soaring Eagle Park, here decked out in its summer wardrobe, will soon be transferred to the city of Sammamish. to go north. “The first time there’s some big event and people can’t get there … people are going to say

why didn’t we (build a connection road),” Lambert said. Reporter Caleb Heeringa can be

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Chelan, Sammamish find common ground

Proposal good, but not bold

There is nothing wrong with the good people living in Chelan and Kittitas counties, but what do they have in common with Sammamish? They grow apples and recreational tourists, we grow lots of kids and IT employees. We do share the Cascades in between us. Apparently, we will now share a Congressional member who must represent the new 8th Congressional District, after the redistricting committee has drawn new boundaries. Many would think that redistricting to balance populations would create compact, geographic districts with similar demographics. No. The committee’s real job is to protect incumbents and the twoparty system. By that standard, the committee did quite well. But here in the 8th, U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert (R) has been given a seat that is likely his for as long as he wants. By jettisoning some of the more liberal areas and adding conservative chunks of eastern Washington, Rep. Reichert will likely be forced to be more conservative than moderate to avoid a future primary challenge. Using the redistricting commission is probably better than letting legislators in Olympia do it, as some states do, but the process is still flawed. A better option is to turn redistricting over to judges. Certainly they have some closet political affiliations, but they are accustomed to setting aside their personal views when ruling. Our state law already mandates that judges will settle the congressional district boundaries if the committee can not reach a consensus. Another option is being pioneered by California. That new system invites citizens to volunteer and then the members are chosen at random. Seats are specifically reserved for people who are either not involved in a political party, or are part of a minority party. The commission is also forbidden from considering where incumbents live. Some are saying that the new 8th Congressional District will be a nice bridge between Eastern and Western Washington. We think it will be a difficult district to manage for a congressman and his staff, and even more difficult for an elected official to represent such varied viewpoints when it comes time to vote.

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I agree that we need to legalize gay marriage. It is absurd that we think of ourselves as modern and yet some try to legislate things such as this, with no negative effect on a single person’s life. However, this is not a ‘bold’ move by the governor, as the Review said last week. It would have been bold if she had done it in her first term. Like most politicians in power do when they are leaving office, she is doing what she should have from day one. It is disgusting to me that our ‘leaders’ cater so much to those who put them in office when they should be catering to all of the people they serve. She had enough ‘marbles’ to take on the tobacco industry, and couldn’t take on the legalization of marriage between two consenting, and more importantly loving individuals? Wow, that is so bold. I long for the day when our politicians do for us, the people, from the beginning of their term through the end of it. What a legacy that would leave! Michael Rees Sammamish

Quest program has rewards We read with great excitement the recent letter in Sammamish Review by Jenna Yuan about her ‘Dreams of a World Without War’ prompted by her work in the Lake Washington School District’s EPO Quest project. We agree with Jenna’s points about war, and want to comment about EPO Quest. Quest provides projects that require extra work for the students. And although our son experienced the unit on a different plane — more logistical and historical context than human toll — than Jenna, he certainly benefited from this extra work. He was so inspired that he spent the majority of the winter break doing online research about the chronology and events of World War I, World War II, and the Cold War. He subsequently spent most of the

last week working on a board game to make learning about World War I interactive. Our student has benefited from not only the unit but also from the program overall. It’s much more work for the students and the families — certainly cutting into the students’ precious free time — but what a rich learning experience! We hope that the district keeps this type of specialized and customized learning available, to keep students engaged and motivated to reach their full potential. Jon and Jackie Stilwell Sammamish

Obama is bad Our local leader of the liberal brotherhood, Michael O’Connell, would rather sling insults about a person’s intelligence rather than take a position on the concrete issues facing our country. His pseudo-intellectual rant concluding with “we should decide who we want to be as a people” is a diversion. We know who we are as a people, we don’t need to decide. Our identity is not the issue. The issue is that our country is in trouble because the Democrat Party, led by Obama, is bent on destroying the foundations of our country, our Constitution, our moral values and our economic system. What we are witnessing is the Democrat leadership in the Executive Branch and the Senate attempting to thwart the Constitution and continue to steer the U.S. toward their utopian vision of a European socialist state. Frankly, the Democrats’ views are just plain wrong for the people of this country and the only way to change it is to vote them out. In the 2010 election, the electorate exercised their voting rights to make a change in the US House of Representatives to stop the madness. I believe Mr. O’Connell reads the national polls that indicate 70 percent of this country believes the U.S. is headed in the wrong direction. For once, I would like a

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response from him on the issues I presented so he would show the citizens of this fine town of Sammamish what he stands for. We all respect a person who can articulate a position on a specific issue. Mr. O’Connell, your letter to the editor response shows us your elitist, condescending attitude and it reminds us of that same attitude of President Obama toward the people. Maybe you believe we are just clinging to God, guns and religion in Sammamish also? John Burg Sammamish

Use facts not opinions I am compelled to respond to John Burg’s Dec. 28 letter. The writer seemed to disagree with President Obama’s policies, and had nothing but negatives to say but not a single fact to back up his comment. No, Obama is not a CEO but he is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, former president of the Harvard Law Review, community organizer and civil rights attorney. He served in the Illinois Legislature from 19972004, taught Constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992-2004 and was See FORUM, Page 5

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elected to the U.S. Senate with 70 percent of the vote in 2004 to name a few “credentials”. Opinions are just that, opinions. Facts are facts and can be substantiated. For every opinion posted in the forum article Dec. 28th, 2011, I challenge everyone to look at over 100 “facts” about the last 3 years. One excellent website which goes into solid factual detail can be found at This is one of several on the Internet, that will provide the same information on bills, and legislation this man has been able to get passed. I honestly believe, even if he had not accomplished over 200+ items of business, as he has, (having to work with one of the most craven and obstructionist Congress known to me, and I am 71 years old) it will show that Obama will have had one of the most productive terms possible. Oh, and one last point I would like to share...which is also a fact and can be substantiated. CBS Radio’s Mark Knoller has kept track of presidential vacations for years and supplied the data. So far, President Obama has taken 61 vacation days after 31 months in office. At this point in their presidencies, George W. Bush had spent 180 days at his ranch where his staff often joined him for meetings. And Ronald Reagan had taken 112 vacation days at his ranch. Among recent presidents, Bill Clinton took the least time off — 28 days. You are welcome to your opinions, but please do research before you vote! Donna Martin Sammamish

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Copper tops were stolen from the entrance signs to the Sterling Woods neighborhood overnight Jan. 3. Police believe the material was stolen to be sold as scrap metal. No neighbors witnessed the theft. The case remains under investigation.

check with lots of zeros, were stolen from the front porch of a home on the 3300 block of 217th Place Northeast between Dec. 27 and Dec. 31. The packages included several sweaters and a coat, as well as a $1.4 million check from a recent property sale. The resident had surveillance cameras on their property but the infrared lighting was out, so the cameras did not pick up any footage at night. The resident was able to put a stop payment order on the check before it was cashed. The case remains under investigation.


Another copper theft

A home on the 300 block of 219th Avenue Northeast was burglarized between 7:30 a.m. and 12:35 p.m. Jan. 5. The resident arrived home to find a glass back door broken and the home ransacked. Several thousand dollars worth of jewelry, an iPad and prescription medication were among the items taken from the home. Police located several fingerprints in the home but believe the suspect may have been wearing gloves. The case remains under investigation.

A resident on the 4000 block of 194th Place Northeast had five light fixtures stolen from his property between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The fixtures, which are made of copper, appear to have been ripped from the ground.

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Harassment A 55-year-old Issaquah man may face a violation of a court order charge for allegedly attempting to contact a Sammamish man Jan. 4 despite a no-contact order between the two. The protection order was issued last year after the Issaquah man allegedly threatened to “gut” the Sammamish man with a hunting knife. The Issaquah man allegedly called a mutual friend and asked him to pass on a message to the Sammamish man, which violates the no-contact order’s ban on contacting via a third party. The case was forwarded to prosecutors.

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Tool theft A miter saw was stolen from a home under construction on the 20000 block of Northeast 39th Lane between Dec. 28 and Dec. 31. The home was unsecured at the time. No other items were taken.

Shoplifting A 43-year-old Sammamish woman will face theft charges after being caught shoplifting from Rite Aid Dec. 27. Police viewed surveillance footage of the woman walking out with a cart full of items. Police contacted the woman at her home and informed her she was under arrest. She was allowed to stay in her home because she was already under house arrest in connection with an earlier crime.

Burglary A resident on the 400 block of 212th Avenue had jewelry and about 50 CDs stolen from her home Jan. 5. Sometime between 10:30 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. the suspect kicked down the back door to the

home’s garage and ransacked the home. The case remains under investigation.

Broken mailbox A mailbox was destroyed in front of a home on the 2400 block of 200th Avenue. The renter of the home recalled hearing a loud noise between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. Jan. 3. The next morning the mailbox and its support post were torn out of the ground. Police believe a car may have lost control and hit the mailbox, though the homeowner believes someone targeted the mailbox.

Suicide threat Police responded after a Sammamish woman in her 20s made suicidal comments and left her home with a kitchen knife Jan. 3. Police contacted the woman on her cell phone and convinced her to meet them at a local park. Police contacted the woman, who was upset and crying and in possession of the knife. She was transported to the hospital for a mental health evaluation.

No: license, yes: marijuana pipe A 20-year-old Sammamish woman was arrested on suspicion of driving with a suspended license after being pulled over for not having a rear license plate near the corner of Southeast Fourth Street and 228th Avenue at around 10 p.m. Dec. 31.


The woman’s license had been suspended in connection with an unpaid ticket in Nevada, though the woman told police she had paid it. Police noticed the odor of marijuana in the car and the woman turned over a marijuana pipe, which was taken for disposal. The woman’s mother was called to drive the car home.

New Year’s Eve joy ride A 22-year-old North Bend man was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving after allegedly driving a dirt bike at a high rate of speed on East Lake Sammamish Parkway. An officer witnessed the dirt bike, which had no lights and was not street legal, speed down the parkway well over the speed limit. The officer followed the bike, whose two occupants were not wearing helmets, to a home on the 3800 block of East Lake Sammamish Parkway.

The driver was cited for reckless driving.

Missing person found An officer responded to a report of a disabled and lost teenager near the corner of Southeast Eighth Street and 212th Avenue just before midnight Dec. 30. Police arrived and found an autistic teenage male who seemed unable to communicate. The teen had no identification, but police located his parents by knocking on doors in the area.

Suspended license A 41-year-old Sammamish man was cited for driving with a suspended license after being pulled over near the corner of Southeast Klahanie Boulevard and Issaquah-Pine Lake Road Southeast at around 12:30 a.m. Dec. 30. The man told police that See BLOTTER, Page 9

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city) is going to be making decisions on … I think it’s time to give back to the city. Mahbubul IslamAge: 41 Neighborhood: Audubon Park Professional/volunteer background: Current Planning Commissioner, manager for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Why he’s seeking appointment: Islam said being on the commission has allowed him to see how cities deal with regulations he helps enforce in his day job at the EPA. He said he values going into subjects with an open mind and becoming informed by gathering facts and public input. He said he’s also not afraid to take an unpopular position, as he did with the commission’s recent decision on the city’s storm water manual. “I’m not afraid to ask questions,” Islam said. “I’m not afraid to be the minority voter if I feel strongly against something the majority agrees to.” Jan Klier Age: Klier declined to give his age Neighborhood: Beavercrest Professional/volunteer background: Current planning commissioner

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Why he’s seeking appointment: Klier said serving on the commission has taught him much about the city in which he lives. Having been on the commission for several years, Klier said he has found himself more and more comfortable being an independent voice and dissenting from the majority opinion. “(Being a commissioner) is one way of learning about the city we live in and taking that back to the community,” Klier said. Ryan Kohlmann Age: 36 Neighborhood: Vintage Professional/volunteer background: Planning and real estate development Why he’s seeking appointment: Kohlmann, who helped design the Yarrow Bay project in Black Diamond and has also worked as a planner for the cities of Issaquah and Bellevue, said he was interested in guiding development in Town Center going forward. “Sammamish started as a very rural community and became an urban city,” Kohlmann said. “The Town Center vision is a great balance of that … I’m hoping to be a part of that.” Jun (Gary) Qiu – Age: 41 Neighborhood: Deerfield Professional/volunteer background: Information technology, youth sports coach

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Why he’s seeking appointment: Qiu said he wanted to help the city use smart planning, look into more public access to Lake Sammamish and improve transit in the area. “There’s got to be some way to solve our transportation issues,” Qiu said. “Many people work in Bellevue but there is no direct bus there.”

Why he’s seeking appointment: Ransmeier said he felt his financial background and experience planning for Seattle University could be applied to a term on the commission. “(Sammamish) is a beautiful, beautiful area,” Ransmeier said. “I’m excited at the opportunity to use the skills I have to give back to the community.”

Denis RansmeierAge: 64 Neighborhood: Lake Sammamish near Southeast 25th Street Professional/volunteer background: Retired financial officer for private colleges

John Strandberg Age: 42 Neighborhood: Pacific Estates Professional/volunteer background: Environmental policy and planning Why he’s seeking appointment: Strandberg, who was not


present for the council’s interviews, wrote in his application that his experience as a planner for the cities of Maple Valley and Brentwood, Calif. “provide me a strong foundation to be an effective Planning Commissioner.” “Well-planned communities offer a balanced environment of development and preservation, allowing people to live, work, play and prosper – my commitment to this cause is passionate,” Strandberg said. Reporter Caleb Heeringa can be reached at 392-6434. ext. 247, or To comment on this story, visit

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Lake Washington School Board officially rejects land transfer The Lake Washington School Board made it official Jan. 9. A group of Sammamish neighborhoods will not be transferred from the Snoqualmie Valley School District to the Lake Washington School District. At its regular meeting, the Lake Washington School Board accepted its staff’s recommendation to deny a request from residents of the Devereaux, Trails at Camden Park, 26th Street and 27th Place neighborhoods to start sending their children to Lake Washington’s Carson Elementary, Inglewood Junior High and Eastlake High School, according to Kathryn


Reith, communications director for the district. The vote made official a mutual decision both districts had made, agreeing the territory transfer would hurt Snoqualmie schools more than it would benefit Lake Washington schools. While negotiating the territory transfer, the superintendent and two board members from each district considered factors like the affected students’ educational opportunities, school capacity, safety and welfare, geographic accessibility, and the history and relationship of the property affected to the students and communities affected. The neighborhoods’ petition is terminated, but, according to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, they techni-

cally can take it to court for review.

Retail sales up in Sammamish, county and state At least one economic indicator in Sammamish shows steady improvement, mirroring countywide and statewide trends. The Washington State Department of Revenue reports taxable retail sales in Sammamish up 4.4 percent in the third quarter of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010. Retail trade, which excludes construction and measures only storefront sales, increased a bit more modestly over the same period – increasing by 1.8 percent.

King County and Washington State as a whole also saw a gradual warming of their economies in 2011. The county’s taxable retail sales were up by 4.8 percent and retail trade increased by 4 percent. Statewide, taxable retail sales increased by 3.2 percent and retail sales were up by 2.4 percent. According to a department press release, several major industries saw increased business statewide, including construction, which rose by 1.4 percent –

the first gain for this sector since the first quarter of 2008. Accommodations and food services rose by 5.3 percent and motor vehicles and parts were up 4.5 percent while general merchandise stores dropped 1.2 percent.

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his license had been improperly suspended due to child support issues. Police advised him to take it up with the court.

Vandalism A resident on the 3300 block of 216th Place Southeast reported that someone had thrown a wooden sign post through the back window of his vehicle overnight Dec. 28. The sign post was removed from the corner of Southeast 34th Street and 216th Place Southeast. Police have no suspects and no items were taken from the vehicle.

Check fraud A Sammamish resident reported Jan. 6 that someone had written two checks in his name over the previous week. The checks were written at grocery stores in the Tacoma area. The resident told police that their housekeeper had recently lost a check that they had written to her.

Hardball collections A resident on the 1800 block of Trossachs Boulevard Southeast had their front porch light and doorbell broken at around 2 p.m. Jan. 5. The resident’s mother-inlaw heard someone try to open the door and then heard breaking glass and saw a man in his 30s wearing a dark-colored jacket, blue jeans and a dark-colored baseball cap leave the front of the town home and get into a white four-door car and drive away. The residents, who have only lived in the unit for two months, told police they believe the suspect may have been looking for the last tenant, who had been foreclosed on. The residents said they had received several notes on the door and mail from collections agencies directed to the last tenant. The case remains under investigation.

Suicide attempt Police stood by as a 22-year-old Renton man was transported to the hospital for a mental health evaluation Jan. 4. A Sammamish resident called police after the man knocked on his door and began speaking nonsensically

about the different colors in the home. Police responded and the Renton man told them he needed to go to the hospital “to get his mind straightened out.” The man told police had been having suicidal thoughts and had attempted suicide a few days ago. He was transported to the hospital.

Suspended license A 44-year-old Fall City man was cited for driving with a suspended license after being pulled over near the corner of Southeast 24th Street and 228th Avenue the evening of Jan. 1. The man told police that he thought he had taken care of his tickets. He was released at the scene.

Mailbox baseball A resident on the 1700 block of East Beaver Lake Way Southeast reported that their mailbox had been destroyed overnight Dec. 30. Police believe it was related to several other damaged mailboxes in the area during the same time period.

Vandalism Several decorative lights at the entrance to Aldarra Estates were broken overnight Dec. 30. A residence on the 2300 block of 279th Avenue Southeast also experienced similar vandalism. Police have no suspects.

DUI A 26-year-old Renton man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, reckless driving and obstructing an officer after being pulled over near the corner of Southeast 12th Way and 268th Avenue Southeast at around 3 a.m. Dec. 31. An officer clocked the man driving 40 mph in a 30 zone on Trossachs Boulevard and attempted to pull him over. The man turned his lights off and quickly turned onto residential streets in an attempt to evade the officer. When police finally located the man he smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes but refused to cooperate with officers. The man’s license had already been suspended for a prior DUI arrest. The man refused to submit to a breath test and was booked into Issaquah Jail. Items in the Police Blotter come from Sammamish Police reports.

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Mountain bike league takes shape


Birthday is spent in service

By Christopher Huber

Washington High School Cycling League, which began in 2010. While many young mountainLeaders expect to see twice as biking enthusiasts in Sammamish many youth turnout for the may have already spent time sport in January than did last traversing one of the state’s few year. designated mountain bike parks “The Sammamish area is espein Duthie Hill Park, they now cially unique in that there is a have an option to compete forhigh concentration of high mally. schools located near these trails More and more cyclists from and one of the few mountain Eastlake, Skyline and other area bike parks in our state,” said Lisa high schools are joining the ranks Miller, the league’s state director. of a new moun“I can’t tell you tain biking how many times On the Web team as it I have heard, ‘I begins its secJoin a team or learn more wish I had this ond season of about the Washington High in high school.’ racing. School Cycling League at Bringing this The team, sport to our high Eastside map-league. schools is a Composite, dream come fielded about true.” eight riders in 2011 and looks to Washington’s league is an add up to seven more in 2012, expansion of the National said coach and Sammamish resiInterscholastic Cycling dent Phil Therrien. Association, founded in 2009 and “It gives high school-age kids modeled after a cycling league just another alternative sporting started in Northern California in activity that they can participate 2001. in and compete in at the state Washington is the third state to level,” said Therrien. “Kids interemulate its model for high ested in cycling as a recreational school-level teams, Miller said. activity now have a way to form In its inaugural racing season clubs and teams.” last year, 14 Washington teams The growing contingent of saw 80 students and 60 coaches cross-country-style cyclists is See BIKE, Page 11 part of the rapidly expanding

Photo courtesy Washington High School Cycling League

Members of the Eastside Composite mountain bike team work on maneuvering their bikes during a training camp in 2011 at Duthie Hill Park.


The Rev. Suzi Robertson, far right, vicar of Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, and about 25 of her fellow parishioners gathered at Tent City in Issaquah Jan. 10 and served dinner to residents. The Rev. Suzi Robertson, vicar of Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, decided to celebrate her 60th birthday by inviting the church community to throw a party for residents of Tent City. The church cooked roast beef, turkeys, a variety of homemade casseroles and provided salad, bread and birthday cupcakes for about 60 people. They also sang “Happy Birthday” to anyone

there who has a January birthday. In addition, the community members delivered books, clothing, blankets, flashlights and batteries and other gifts to the Tent City residents. “So many people on the Sammamish Plateau have everything,” Robertson said in an email. “I am blessed with all I need, and I knew it would warm my heart for my flock to spend my birthday serving those who are less fortunate. It was the best birthday I have ever had.”

Photo courtesy of Phil Therrien

Jake Therrien, from left, Phil Therrien and Max Pendergast, all of Sammamish, Javan Ruanl, Dan Caputo and Issaquah High School’s Silas Harrison all helped found the Eastside Composite team for the Washington High School Cycling League.


R. Alexander Paull on dean’s list R. Alexander Paull, a 2011 graduate of Eastlake High School, was named to the dean’s list at Montana State University for the fall 2011 semester. He was also tapped as a lifetime member of the National Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, to be initiated in

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and ride leaders participate. Miller expects to see up to 200 racers at the state races this year. Nationally, about 2,100 high schoolers and 500 coaches were expected to participate this season, she said, which includes the launching of new leagues in Texas, Utah and Minnesota. “The momentum is there and the goal is coast-to-coast by 2020,” Miller said. League and team leaders tout the fact that it’s a no-cut sport that accepts youth with any level of skill or interest. All they need is a mountain bike and a helmet and they can join the team. Girls and boys in grades nine through 12 are welcome. At races, they are all scored together to create the team’s final score. “Unlike many sports, there are no try-outs and nobody is benched,” said Miller. “I think this is especially important to those students that have never participated in school sports before and also for those students that want to try a new sport in high school.” Sammamish’s team just began practices at Duthie Hill Park in mid-January. The season consists of four races, including the state championship, and runs from late March

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Bozeman, Mont., Feb. 9, 2012.

Abigail Johnson on dean’s list Abigail Johnson, daughter of Michael and Lesley Johnson, was named to the dean’s list at Hope College for the first semester of the 2011-2012 school year. To qualify, students must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

through late May, Therrien said. It’s as competitive or casual as each rider wants it to be, but riders who place high enough at state have a chance to compete at the national championship in July in Sun Valley, Idaho. Aside from training for races, the team leaders focus on teaching overall fitness, nutrition and basic maneuvering skills that the youth will be able to apply in life and riding after high school, Therrien said. “A big part of the effort in training is really around general fitness,” he said. “Those are skills the kids can use the rest of their lives.” Therrien said Washington hopes to emulate California’s growth. The originating state now fields 30 teams and the state championship race draws about 500 riders and looks like a large cyclocross production. “This means we have a very good opportunity,” he said. “We’ll probably double ridership this year from last year.” As the ridership grows, the Eastside Composite will split into school-specific teams, consisting of as few as six riders per school. “This provides the unique experience that is unique to high school kids,” Therrien said. Reporter Christopher Huber can be reached at 392-6434, ext. 242, or Comment on this story at

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McAuliffe has fun with physics By Christopher Huber

Nearly 500 McAuliffe Elementary School students went wild as Rhys Thomas attempted to demonstrate the law of gravity with juggling balls. The professional juggler and science performer danced, jumped, spun and scampered about as he dropped a ball or lost track of how many he was supposed to be handling. Thomas had everyone in the building laughing and eager for the next trick as he spent an hour teaching Newtonian physics through his antics in Science Circus. It’s a school assembly program that uses practical and colorful explanations to explain gravity, gyroscopic stability, cenPhoto by Christopher Huber

Rhys Thomas demonstrates balance and gyroscopic stability while juggling during his Science Circus assembly Jan. 10 at McAuliffe Elementary.

tripetal force, balance and inertia. “I liked that he taught us about gravity and made it cool in a way,” said Eli Corriveau, a sixthgrader who volunteered to help during one of Thomas’ gravity demonstrations. “If we didn’t have gravity, then juggling would not be possible.” Thomas blends science with comedy and circus arts and brings students into some of his demonstrations, which include glass bowl spinning, balancing on a 6-foot unicycle and bowling ball juggling. “This is a continued effort to not have to work for a living,” said Thomas as students filed into the gym. The more than 24-year gig as a zany science educator and performer has taken him to hundreds of schools across the country and to museums and venues in 17 countries, said the Portland, Ore.-based Thomas. He was just 25 when he and his wife moved to Seattle for a summer of street performing, according to his website.

The rain forced Thomas to develop an indoor show — The Science Circus — which he was eventually hired to perform at the Seattle Science Center. That launched him into a life of traveling the world to teach Newtonian physics to youth and adults alike. “I really like the travel,” he said. “I get applause, money and a workout. What a great job.” Thomas said he appreciates how receptive his audiences have been over the years. He captivated the McAuliffe students, and their teachers, for the entire hour with a steady stream of wit and jokes and acrobatic tricks. One thing he’s noticed over the years is that if you present the subject with genuine enthusiasm, people will like it and learn a lot. “Most things you present with genuine enthusiasm they will like,” he said. See PHYSICS, Page 13

Skyline student takes a hard look at plastic bottles By Christopher Huber

ter of the school’s two-story student commons. Skyline junior Macey Knecht She and a few classmates doesn’t consider herself a “treestrung hundreds of plastic bottles hugger,” she said. and bags across the atrium to But during a curiosity-driven remind students every day at after-school “dumpster-diving” lunch and during passing period session, it hit her just how much how much they throw away each plastic the approximately 1,800 day. Knecht said she wasn’t sure students at her school use and how students would take it, as throw away — as much as 1,000 they like to buy their sports bottles — every single day. drinks and such and not carry “Skyline High School tries to them in a reusable bottle. But give the image we’re environabout 26 percent of the 600 stumentally dents polled friendly, but…” afterward said ON THE WEB: Knecht said. the event “When you see Watch the “Bag It” trailer at caused them to something like start carrying a this, it changes reusable bottle your perspecto school. tive of the school.” “Each day of her campaign I She had gone through the had several students approach school’s recycling bins and me and ask how they could parnoticed that most of the bottles ticipate or support her,” said B.J. were thrown in the trash instead Sherman, Knecht’s DECA project of with the plastic bags. advisor, “which is not only a tes“Every single water bottle hit tament to our caliber of learner me that much more,” she said. at Skyline, but to Macey’s influ“There was a ton of Gatorade botence.” tles. But there were definitely About 39 percent of the stumore water bottles.” dents polled said they still buy Knecht recently finished a flavored drinks, but now carry a weeklong project to highlight reusable bottle for water. Skyline’s plastic consumption Sherman noted the visual and waste. It began out of her impact the strung bottles and need to run a public relations bags had at school. campaign for her IB Business and “When students entered the Finance class and the DECA mar- commons that first morning they keting project. But it turned into were in awe of the visual display a full-fledged display in the centhat consumed the entire facility

Photo by Christopher Huber

Hundreds of plastic bottles and bags hang across Skyline’s main commons area to illustrate roughly how many bottles, and other sorts of plastic, the school consumes every day. which punctuated the point that we are drowning in plastic,” he said. Speaking to the general mindset of high school students, Knecht reasoned that the school wastes so much plastic simply because teenagers don’t want to refill a container — it’s easier to buy it over and over in a bottle. “It’s too difficult to refill a water bottle,” she said. It was more than just telling people about a problem in the

world. As part of her efforts, Knecht offered incentives to those who brought reusable water bottles to school, she said. She and friends also repurposed old posters to advertise the cause. “We want to make a difference, too,” Knecht said. Knecht got the idea for the project after watching the trailer video for “Bag It,” a movie that investigates the effects of the

world’s dependence on plastic. Although it’s difficult to gauge the student body’s true reception of the plastic awareness week for a while, Knecht said it will only grow as some students take a hold of the cause and school leaders help incorporate it with the existing efforts to reduce paper consumption. “There has been a major difference,” Knecht said. “It’s just going to keep going on by word of mouth.”


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Photo by Christopher Huber

Abigail Burcheci, a McAuliffe fourth-grader, helps performer Rhys Thomas demonstrate gyroscopic stability during the Science Circus assembly Jan. 10.

Physics Continued from Page 12

When it was all said and done,

and the youth had calmed down from the laughing and fast-paced engagement, Thomas’ Science Circus left them with a greater message. “Science can be fun,” he said.


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A class, led by Dr. Amir Bastawrous, will discuss the treatment options available for colon cancer at all stages of the disease at 7 p.m. Jan. 18.

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Sammamish/ Issaquah MoveOn is hosting a presentation and discussion on the proposed Washington Investment Trust at 2 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Sammamish Library.


Jan. 18 Sammamish Youth Board 6 p.m. City Hall Jan. 19 Sammamish Planning Commission 6:30 p.m. City Hall

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Men’s breakfast with speaker John Meany, who will discuss fly fishing is at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 19 at Bellewood Senior Living. $5 per person, call 425-391-2880. history, ethics and literature of Japanese internment during World War II, led by Professor Robert Keller, is at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Sammamish Library.


Reisha Holton will host a series of writing workshops from 7-8:45 p.m. Jan. 24, Feb. 14, 21 and 28 at the Sammamish Library.


Get an ebook reader for a present? Learn how to download library books to it during a demonstration at 1 p.m.

Jan. 28 at the Sammamish Library.


Christa McAuliffe Elementary is hosting a used book rodeo with

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A panel discussion sponsored by artEAST about the exhibit “Unfinshed Business” at University House in Issaquah is scheduled for 2 p.m. Jan. 19 at 22975 S.E. Black Nugget Road in Issaquah. Email Open mic night at the Sammamish teen center for students in grades six12. The event is free and refreshments are available for purchase, 7-9 p.m. Jan. 19.


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Creative Kids Preschool is hosting a workshop on emotional coaching, developed by John Gottman, to help parents learn to guide their children through life’s ups and downs. It is scheduled for 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 1 at Good Samaritan Episcopal Church. To register, call 868-9544.

Jan. 23 Meet and greet with the Arts Commission at 5:30 p.m. followed by a commission meeting a 7 p.m. at City Hall Lake Washington School Board work session at 5 p.m. followed by a school board meeting at 7 p.m. at the L.E. Scarr Resource Center, 16250 N.E. 74th St., Redmond. Jan. 25 Issaquah School Board 7 p.m. at district headquarters, 565 N.W. Holly St. in Issaquah Jan. 26 City Council retreat at Suncadia Resort through Jan. 28. Open to the public. Jan. 28 Lake Washington School Board worksession 8:30 a.m. at the school district offices


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tice for adults who want to improve their English language skills, will take place at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 19 and 26.

Intermediate ESL Class, 10 a.m. Jan. 24 and 31.

dren 9-24 months with an adult, 10 and 11 a.m. Jan. 20 and 27.

A series of weekly poetry workshops, for poets of all skill levels is set for 7 p.m. Jan. 18 and 25. Space is limited.

Hindi Story Time, for children 3 and older with an adult, 4 p.m. Jan. 19 and 26.

Toddler Story Time, for children 2-3 with an adult, 10 and 11 a.m. Jan. 18 and 25.

Spanish Story Time, for children 3 and older with an adult, 10 a.m. Jan. 23 and 30.

Preschool Story Time, for children 3-6 with an adult, 10 a.m. Jan. 19 and 26.

Baby Story Time, for children birth-9 months with an adult, 11 a.m. Jan. 19 and 26. Waddler Story Time, for chil-

Pajama Story Time, for children 2-6 with an adult, 7 p.m. Jan. 23 and 30. Talk Time, conversation prac-

A writing workshop for all ages from 15 and up will allow people to work on something they’re already doing or bounce ideas off other writers at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 and 31. The Sammamish Book Group will discuss “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains” by Nicholas Carr at 7 p.m. Jan. 18.

volunteer opportunities Evergreen Healthcare is seeking volunteers to help serve patients throughout King County. Volunteers, who will be assigned to help people in their own neighborhoods, provide companionship, run errands, do light household work, or give a break to primary caregivers. Volunteers will be supported by hospital staff. Call 899-1040 or visit hospice. Eastside Bluebills is a Boeing retiree volunteer organization that strives to provide opportunities for retirees to help others in need and to assist charitable and nonprofit organizations. 10 a.m.noon, the third Wednesday of the month at the Bellevue Regional Library. Call 235-3847. The King County LongTerm Care Ombudsman Program needs certified longterm care ombudsman volunteers. After completing a four-day

training program, visit with residents, take and resolve complaints and advocate for residents. Volunteers are asked to donate four hours a week and attend selected monthly meetings. Contact Cheryl Kakalia at 206-694-6827. LINKS, Looking Into the Needs of Kids in Schools, places community volunteers in the schools of the Lake Washington School District. Opportunities include tutoring, classroom assistance and lunch buddy. Email or visit Eastside Baby Corner needs volunteers to sort incoming donations of clothing and toys and prepare items for distribution. Visit Volunteers are needed to visit homebound patrons with the King County Library System’s Traveling Library Center pro-

gram. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and have reliable transportation. Call Susan LaFantasie at 369-3235. Sammamish Citizen Corps Council needs volunteers to help support the Community Emergency Response Team and other groups. Email, visit or attend the meeting from 7-8 p.m. first Wednesday of every month at Fire Station 82. Volunteer drivers are needed for the Senior Services Volunteer Transportation Program. Flexible hours, mileage, parking reimbursement and supplemental liability insurance are offered. Call 206-448-5740. Guide Dogs for the Blind Eager Eye Guide Pups Club needs volunteers to raise puppies for use as guide dogs for the blind. Email

focus on faith Divorce Recovery, for those going through a separation or divorce is set for a weekly class, from 7-9 p.m. Feb. 14- April 24 at Pine Lake Covenant Church. Visit Financial Peace University, a class that teaches people how to achieve financial goals by eliminating debt, saving for the future and giving, is scheduled for 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursdays Jan 19-April 12 at Pine Lake Covenant Church. Wednesday night youth group will have games, worship and fun for students in grades six-12 from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Sammamish Presbyterian Church. Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) allows mothers of young children time to make friends share stories and grow spiritually. The group generally meets twice a month on Thursday mornings at Mary, Queen of Peace Church. Visit A Toast to the Lord, a faithbased Toastmasters club, meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Friday at the Fire Station No. 83 on Issaquah – Pine Lake Road.


They offer job interviewing skill development for those seeking employment or a career change; motivational and inspirational speaking training. Call 427-9682 or email Mary, Queen of Peace youth groups are for children in sixth-eighth grade and ninth12th grades. Meetings are at 6:30 p.m. Sundays. Call the church at 391-1178, ext. 129. Faith United Methodist Church offers “Faith Cafe” for women of all ages. Drop-in coffee time, scrapbooking/stamping, mom and baby playgroup, quilting/knitting and walking group, classes, studies and themed days. 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Call Jo Lucas at 837-1948. Healing Prayer Service is for those who desire to make space for God in a peaceful setting, the fourth Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m., at Pine Lake Covenant Church. Email or call 890-3913. Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered program offering support. Mondays, 7-9 p.m., Pine Lake Covenant Church. Visit, or call 392-8636. Griefshare is a support group for those who have lost a loved one is from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays at Sammamish Presbyterian Church.

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January 18, 2012



Eastlake swimmers qualify for state meet in losing effort By Christopher Huber

It was Brian Ruggles’ day to be in the water Jan. 10. Despite having to swim against Ed Kim, Eastlake’s phenom sophomore, in the relays, the Issaquah senior dropped time from his 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke performances to help the Eagles beat the Wolves 109-76 at Boehm Pool. Ruggles, who also helped Issaquah win the 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard free relay, improved his state time in the 50 free when he finished in 22.57 seconds. And in the 100 back stroke, he cut 2.5 seconds from his previous district-qualifying time, finishing in 57.79 seconds. “I felt really strong in the water,” Ruggles said after the meet. “I’m strong off the start. I love working on starts. I haven’t dropped time in that since sopho-

more year.” Eastlake’s Kim, however, had quite a meet for himself. Aiming to qualify for state in all eight individual events, he added two more to his list. He had previously qualified for the 50, 100, and 200 freestyle, the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly. Against Issaquah, he cruised to victory — adding state-qualifying times — in the 200-yard individual medley (1 minute, 48.25 seconds) and the 500 freestyle (4:45.28). And with four meets left, Kim has plenty of time to work on his time in the 100-yard breaststroke. Kim walked into the Issaquah meet with no recorded time this season in either of the two events he won. His time in the 500 free was more than 15 seconds faster than the state-qualifying standard and about 32 seconds faster than the meet’s second-place finisher,

Photo by Christopher Huber

Ed Kim, Eastlake sophomore phenom, takes a breath during the 200-yard freestyle race against Issaquah Jan. 10. He won the event with a state-qualifying time of 1:48.25. Ben Nussbaum, of Issaquah. “Racing Ed…it’s really fun to keep up with him,” said Ruggles, a longtime teammate at the Bellevue Club.

Issaquah saw a strong performance from another state-bound swimmer. Gabe Florsheim won the 100-yard butterfly event in 54.36 seconds, a second faster

than his state qualifying time earlier this season. He also contributed to the Eagles’ 200-yard See SWIM, Page 17

Eastlake’s defense not enough for resilient Skyline By Christopher Huber

Photo by Christopher Huber

Eric Holmdahl, Eastlake forward, comes down for the rebound against Skyline’s Lucas Shannon late in the second quarter.

If Eastlake would have figured out a way to get Michael Hwang and Brandon Lester the ball in the second half Jan. 13, the Wolves could have ridden a comfortable lead to victory over Skyline. But the Spartans were able to contain the two hot shooters and get past the Eastlake defense down the stretch. Skyline guard Will Parker gave his team its first lead of the night with an arching 3-pointer with 1:38 remaining in the fourth quarter. And that shot gave the Spartans the momentum to out last Eastlake 70-61 in overtime. Eastlake went to 2-6 in KingCo play and 4-10 overall. At 7-1 KingCo and 12-3 overall, Skyline remains atop the Crest Division standings, in front of Redmond (6-2). “It took the first half for us to do what the coaches wanted us to do in the first place,” said Lucas Shannon, a Skyline senior forward who scored 21 points. “We didn’t really change much.” But the Spartans still got beat handily in the first half on defense. Its focus was to contain

Eastlake’s Lester and Hwang, who are dangerous from beyond the 3-point arc and all-around weapons for the Wolves. The pair combined for 27 of Eastlake’s 31 first-half points, including five 3pointers. The Eastlake’s full-court-press defense dominated and kept Skyline shooters guessing in the first half. Despite tallying 18 points in the first half himself, Lester wasn’t happy with the way his team lost focus in the second half. It tried the same scheme, but the Spartans’ defense retooled and came out in a man defense. “(Skyline) just picked it up on defense and we did nothing different,” Lester said. “Our shots just didn’t finish.” Hwang opened up the game with a big three and Eastlake kept the lead all the way through, at one point leading 23-15 in the second quarter. It took a 4-point halftime lead and quickly made it 38-27 early in the third. Skyline trailed 48-39 at the end of three, but relied on Eastlake foul trouble to score easy points. In the fourth, Shannon and See BASKETBALL, Page 17



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EC scoring: Joey Schreiber, 26; Austin Soukup, 13; Joey McKay, 11; Mandrell Worthy, 6. Bainbridge scoring: Chris Bell, 29; Rico Failla, 20.

Girls basketball Boys basketball KingCo 4A Standings Team Conference Crest Skyline 7-1 Redmond 6-2 Issaquah 4-4 Newport 3-5 Eastlake 2-6 Crown Garfield 7-1 Roosevelt 5-3 Ballard 5-4 Bothell 4-4 Woodinville 2-7 Inglemoor 0-8 Metro – Mountain Div. standings Team Conference Seattle Prep 9-1 O’Dea 6-3 E. Catholic 5-5 Lakeside 4-6 B. Blanchet 0-10

Overall 12-3 11-3 10-4 7-7 4-10 9-3 9-4 7-7 7-5 4-10 4-9 Overall 11-2 9-5 9-6 8-6 1-13

Wednesday, Jan. 11 Skyline 41, Roosevelt 36 1 2 3 4 Final Skyline 9 9 9 14 41 Roosevelt 10 10 5 11 36 Skyline scoring: Will Parker, 15; Hunter Cikatz, 6; Isaiah Richmond and Lucas Shannon, 5; Max Browne and Jonah Eastern, 4. Roosevelt scoring: Joe Knight, 14; Josh Jacobsen, 12. Tuesday, Jan. 10 Eastlake 69, Inglemoor 53 1 2 3 4 Final 14 17 8 14 53 Inglemoor Eastlake 19 10 26 14 69 Eastlake scoring: Brandon Lester, 21; Michael Hwang, 16; Eric Holmdahl, 11; Kyle Laubscher, 10; Caleb Perkins, 6. Inglemoor scoring: Trey Miller and Sam Omondi, 14. Skyline 51, Garfield 49 1 2 3 4 Final Garfield 16 9 8 16 49 Skyline 15 13 13 10 51 Skyline scoring: Will Parker, 14; Max Browne, 11; Bryan Cikatz, 10; Nick Kassuba, 6; Hunter Cikatz and Isaiah Richmond, 4. Garfield scoring: Tucker Haymond, 20. Bainbridge 67, Eastside Catholic 62 1 2 3 4 Final E. Catholic 12 12 17 21 62 Bainbridge 13 18 9 27 67

KingCo 4A Standings Team Conference Crest Skyline 6-2 Eastlake 5-3 Issaquah 4-3 Newport 3-5 Redmond 1-6 Crown Woodinville 9-0 Inglemoor 6-2 Roosevelt 4-4 Garfield 3-5 Ballard 3-6 Bothell 0-8 Metro – Mountain Div. standings Team Conference Holy Names 8-1 Seattle Prep 8-2 Lakeside 7-3 9-4 B. Blanchet 5-5 E. Catholic 2-8

Overall 9-5 8-6 9-4 5-8 5-8 12-1 10-3 6-6 4-8 4-10 0-13 Overall 10-1 11-3 7-7 5-9

Friday, Jan. 13 Skyline 53, Eastlake 50 1 2 3 4 Final Eastlake 11 15 13 11 50 Skyline 13 15 11 14 53 Skyline scoring: Allie Wyszynski, 18; Megan Wiedeman, 15; Rachel Shim, 7; Morgan Farrar and Lacey Nicholson, 4. Eastlake scoring: Kendra Morrison, 18; Caleigh McCabe, 12; Lauren Files and Marijke Vanderschaaf, 4. Wednesday, Jan. 11 Inglemoor 88, Eastlake 74 1 2 3 4 Final 19 18 17 20 74 Easstlake Inglemoor 17 19 23 29 88 Eastlake scoring: Marijke Vanderschaaf, 17; Caleigh McCabe, 15; Kendra Morrison, 12; Lauren Files, 11; Abby Carlson, 8. Inglemoor scoring: Taylor Peacocke, 29; Kate Taylor, 20. Bainbridge 57, Eastside Catholic 54 1 2 3 4 Final

Bainbridge 19 9 10 19 57 E. Catholic 14 13 16 11 54 EC scoring: Sarah Hill, 19; Lauren Johnson, 9; Michaela O’Rourke, 8; Courtney Brown, 7; Ashley Blanton, 6. Bainbridge scoring: Grace Kenyon, 27; Hannah Depew, 14. Skyline 69, Garfield 59 1 2 3 4 Final Skyline 15 7 28 19 69 Garfield 20 9 11 19 59 Skyline scoring: Megan Wiedeman, 21; Allie Wyszynski, 17; Morgan Farrar and Lacey Nicholson, 10; Rachel Shim, 6, Susie Tinker, 5. Garfield scoring: Shaunice Robinson, 25; Nyasha Sarju, 24.

Wrestling Thursday, Jan. 12 Eastside Catholic 60, Franklin 24 113 — Matti Iwicki, EC, pinned Kevin Nyguen. 120 — Andrew Le, F, pinned Matthieu Bos. 126 — Jack Sy, F, won by forfeit. 132 — David Tronsrue, EC, pinned Aser Augustin. 138 — Jake Warfield, EC, pinned Ron Lam. 145 — Edgar Reynoso, F, won by forfeit. 152 — Jon Obernesser, EC, pinned Angus Sega. 160 — Anthony Roy, EC, won by forfeit. 170 — Simon Van Anen, EC, pinned Marcel Sampson. 182 — Coner Heger, EC, won by forfeit. 195 — Joe Stoutt, EC, won by forfeit. 220 — David Hurdle, EC, won by forfeit. 285 — Alex Neale, EC, won by forfeit. Wednesday, Jan. 11 Skyline 71 Newport 9 106 — Nathan Swanson, S, pinned Adam Little, N, 1:14; 113 — Justin Manipis, S, pinned David Yingling, N, 3:53; 120 — Tristan Steciw, S, pinned Matt Droker, N, 3:45; 126 — Jo Tono, S, pinned Robert Kerdrick, N, :47; 132 — Joey Gurke, S, pinned Ryan Yuskaitis, N, 5:44; 138 — Tyler White, S, pinned Jesse Langley, N, 3:26; 145 — Christian Caldwell, S, pinned Sean Sternberg, N, 3:25; 152 — Ian Crouch, S, pinned Humza Talat, N, 1:49; 160 — Nikilay Lifshaz, N, dec. Michael Mecham, S, 8-5; 170 — Douglas Lawson, S, tech fall Gavin Strong, N, 19-4; 182 — Cyrus Sarkosh, S, pinned JP Routon, N, 1:44; 195 — Kyle Nardon, S, pinned Isaiah Warren, N, 1:14; 215 — Sean McAlhaney, S, pinned Austin Curtis, N, 1:29; 285 — Taylor Shimoji, N, pinned Larry Liao, S, 1:25.

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Tuesday, Jan. 10 Inglemoor 40 Skyline 31 106 — Nathan Swanson, S, pinned James Epps, I, 3:11; 113 — Josepsh DeMatteo, S, won by forfeit; 120 — Mitchell Barker, I, dec. Justin Manipis, S, 4-2 OT; 126 — Tristan Steciw, S, pinned Jake Lindloff, I, 3:07; 132 — Joey Gurke, S, pinned Larry Arnold, I, 3:52; 138 — Tyler White, S, dec. Ryan Mydske, I, 6-4; 145 — Gabe Seward, I, maj. dec. Christian Caldwell, S, 12-4; 152 — Ian Bedo, I, dec. Ian Crouch, S, 8-6; 160 — Michael Mecham, S, maj. dec. Jonathan Meiusi, I, 13-4; 170 — Sam Gastineau, I, pinned Douglas Lawson, S, 3:40; 182 — Mark Johnson, I, pinned Cyrus Sarkosh, S, 3:00; 195 — Josh Koukal, I, pinned Sean McAlhaney, S, 5:52; 220 — Ben Carson, I, won by forfeit; 285 — Andrew Stocker, I, pinned Larry Liao, S, 1:45. Lakeside 45 Eastside Catholic 36 106 — Hunter Hughes, L, pinned Ryan Maure-Schmidt. 113 — Matt Iwicki, E, won by forfeit. 120 — Jason Lacy, L, pinned Matt Boss. 126 — Neil Xu, L, won by forfeit. 132 — Sam Dunietz, L, pinned David Transue. 138 — John Crutcher, L, maj. dec. Jake Warfield. 145 — Aidan French, L, won by forfeit. 152 — John Obernesser, E, pinned Jacy Stewart. 160 — Anthony Roy, E, pinned Ben Jaffee. 170 — Peter Scott, L, maj. dec. Connor Heger. 182 — Kea Roberts, E, pinned Connor Haney. 195 — Joe Stout, E, won by forfeit. 220 — David Hurdle, E, won by forfeit. 285 — Kody Burleson, L, pinned Alex Neale.

Boys swim and dive Thursday, Jan. 12 Issaquah 115, Skyline 68; Skyline 143, Bothell 32.5; Issaquah 148, Bothell 32 200 medley relay — Issaquah (Willy Matsua, Austin Melody, Gabe Florsheim, Brian Ruggles) 1:46.09. 200 free — Brian Ruggles, I, 1:48.84. 200 IM — Paul Jett, S, 2:02.18. 50 free — Willy Matsuda, I, 23.21. Diving — Max Levy, S, 217.0. 100 fly — Gabe Florsheim, I, 55.51. 100 free — Austin Melody, I, 52.59. 500 free — Alec Raines, S, 4:58.87. 200 free relay — Issaquah (Willy Matsua, Gabe Florsheim, Dave Nam, Brian Ruggles) 1:32.34. 100 back — Willy Matsuda, I, 56.81. 100 breast — Ben Nussbaum, I, 1:05.09. 400 free relay — Skyline (Paul Jett, Matt Haynie, Ashton Powell, Alec Raines) 3:32.46.


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medley relay win, sending it to state with a finish of 1:42.73. Eastlake’s relay team took second in 1:49.94. Florsheim also helped Issaquah win the 200-yard free relay (Dave Nam, Henry Pratt and Nussbaum) in 1:38.18. Ruggles also helped the Eagles’ close out the meet with a win in the 400 free relay. He, Nam, Willy Matsuda and Austin Melody swam the relay in 3:28.97, about 12 seconds ahead of Eastlake’s team (Kim, Alleva, Jackson Berman and Henry O’Neil). Eastlake’s state-meet veteran, Zach Alleva, took it easy at the dual meet so he could rest for a meet in Austin, Tex. Jan. 14-15. Although already state-bound in the 100 breaststroke, Alleva won the event in 1:05.51. He had qualified for state with a previous time of 1:02.64. “That was more of a cruise for me,” Alleva said after the race. Melody won the 200 individual medley in 2:05.37, good enough for a sure spot at the district meet. He also improved on his district-qualifying 100 freestyle time when he won it in 52.27 seconds.



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Parker combined to make 10 of 12 free throw shots and bring the score to 58-56, Eastlake. That’s when Parker hit the clutch shot to take the lead. As Eastlake lost momentum and missed scoring opportunities, the Spartans found an offensive rhythm and tightened its defense. Lester led all scorers with 26 points. Hwang finished with 16. Parker finished with 14 for Skyline and teammate guard Jonah Eastern tallied 13, including three 3-pointers. “We just chalk it up to our focus,” Shannon said. “We just manned up and finished.”

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The weather’s new normal perplexes planting times By Jane Garrison

With La Niña we don’t know what is normal anymore. We used to be able to predict the weather around here. In January, we expected our lowest temperatures — maybe even icy ponds. We used to get a break for two weeks in February, which would give us the false idea that spring would come early, and also the opportunity to prune roses and fruit trees. We expected showers and sun breaks in March and April and started seeds indoors. Then May would bring the first warm days, and we prepared our soil. June was never stable; we always had warmth and rain, per-

King County deputies to receive cardiac arrest equipment Local public health officials said equipment and training for King County Sheriff’s Office deputies to respond to cardiac arrest could mean the difference between life and death. King County Emergency Medical Services, a division of Public Health – Seattle & King County, plans to distribute 53 automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, to deputies interested in the training.

fect for planting warm-weather veggies. The rain always lasted through the Fourth of July, dousing the fireworks fantasies. On the fifth came the sun and it would stick around until October. The veggies grew big and produced. Octobers were clear and cold as the last of the edible crops were brought in. Then on Halloween, the rain would come, dousing the kids again. Those rains would last until year’s end, falling sometimes as wet snow. We planned on it every year. We are not able to predict weather cycles now. Last year, my diary shows that January was warmer than usual, and February

was dry and sunny. Then March came in like a lion and didn’t let up. My diary shows that May, June, and July were the coolest on record, averaging highs of 60 degrees, not enough to grow vegetables. We finally got some warm temperatures in August, but it was too late to plant. We had a few warm days in September and October, but mostly it was cold

Trained deputies can then be dispatched to a cardiac arrest call alongside emergency medical responders. Equipped deputies arriving first at the scene of a cardiac arrest can start resuscitation and deliver the initial defibrillator shocks and, as soon as emergency medical responders arrive on the scene, they can take over resuscitation duties. Officials announced the initiative Jan. 4. “Training and equipping sheriff deputies with external defibrillators is a great service for all residents in King County and will

definitely save lives,” Dr. Mickey Eisenberg, medical director for King County Emergency Medical Services, said in a statement. “Rapid defibrillation can literally snatch the life from the jaws of death.” Officials said 15 deputies have already been trained and equipped with AEDs. The involved agencies plan to assign the remainder of the AEDs during the coming months as deputies receive training. “This is a voluntary initiative and all deputies receiving an AED have expressed their inter-

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and wet. November and December were drier than usual. It seems that our dry periods were wasted on our cold months in 2011. It was a bad year for gardening. If the weather cycles are changing how can we deal with it? Maybe we have to change our expectations and respond to conditions as they arise. If we get any nice days in January we could prune the fruit trees and the roses ahead of time. We can be ready for anything that comes along. Is it possible to outfox the weather? We could look at cold frames; crop covers, supported and unsupported; raised beds; and season extenders that allow

us to go with the flow. There are many possibilities out there for gardeners. It’s important to educate yourself to deal with gardening in unpredictable weather. Check out I would ask people at The Grange Supply for what they have to offer, because they live here and share your pain. Charley’s Greenhouse in Mount Vernon gets my vote, too, because they understand “cold and wet.” You can always crosscheck prices and possibilities at

est in participating in this lifesaving program,” Capt. Bryan Howard, emergency services coordinator for the sheriff’s office, said in a statement. Public Health – Seattle & King County provided funding for 49 of the AEDs. EMS levy funding is available for projects related to training for King County and a regional municipal workforce, as well as providing AEDs for King County facilities and vehicles. “Our sheriff’s deputies often arrive first at the scene of an

emergency, and they are already trained to save lives,” County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, chairwoman of the Security Oversight Committee and the Issaquah representative on the council, said in a statement. “These AEDs are important tools to have available in the field so we can get help quickly to where it is needed. “Recent placement of AEDs in the King County Courthouse already has saved at least one life, and now we can expand this capability throughout the community.”

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

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