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Sammamish in Review: A look back at 2013 By Ari Cetron
Sammamish is a quiet town, and most residents like it that way, but some stories from 2013 still reverberate. Possibly the biggest story of the year, and the one which put Sammamish on a national stage, was the incredible run of the Eastlake Little League baseball team. Eastlake Little League shines on national stage Only one team from Washington – the 1982 Kirkland
all-stars – has ever won the Little League World Series, but the youngsters from Eastlake nearly matched the accomplishment over the summer. Eastlake lost its first game at the state tournament in July, but rallied to win eight consecutive elimination games. That qualified the program for the Northwest Regional tourney for the first time. The team was far from done. It walloped Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, 13-1 in the regional title game, becoming the 10th team from Washington to advance to the
Eastlake’s boys and girls Little League teams won state shampionships. The boys team went on to the Little League World Series and finished third in the nation.
Ace Hardware closed after more than a year of different attempts to keep the business in the city.
World Series in Pennsylvania. Eastlake’s run made it the darling of Washington; residents across the Evergreen State tuned in to watch the middle-school students battle their way through the competition in Pennsylvania. Eastlake nearly reached the
U.S. championship game, but settled for third in the country after a heartbreaking, 14-13 loss to Westport, Conn. Ace is no longer the place
news, Ace Hardware closed in August. The store closed after owner Tom Koch was unable to sign a lease with Regency Centers, the property owner. Koch had been looking to find See REVIEW, Page 2
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Pair of Sammamish City Councilmen bid farewell By Ari Cetron
After serving one term each, John James and John Curley said goodbye to the Sammamish City Council Dec. 10. Each opted not to run for re-election. Mayor Tom Odell, who was elected at the same time as the other two men, presented each of them with a plaque recognizing their service to the city. “To me, this has gone by far too quickly,” Odell said. He praised both councilmen,
noting they have sometimes voted on opposite sides of issues, but that disagreements have always been respectful. “We haven’t always been John Curley on the same page, which I think is healthy,” Odell said. Curley spoke of how serving
in government changed his perception of it, at least as far as the city goes. He went in expecting apathy and inefficiency, he said, but instead found a well-managed cadre of skilled professionals. He noted one complaint he has often had about council meetings, which, he said, can chase off some potential candidates: Meetings can run too long and involve too much discussion. Curley said he hopes council meetings can be run more efficiently in the future, so that peo-
ple who are more representative of Sammamish residents – “people in their 40s who work for a living” – can run for election. John James Curley echoed Odell’s theme of learning to work together. When Curley was first
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elected, he beat Councilman Tom Vance. Two years later, Vance won election to the council for a different seat. Curley said Vance had become one of his best friends on the council, even though they are on opposite ends of the political spectrum. “You can disagree adamantly and still respect the guy, because he works so hard for the city,” Curley said. James, who had entertained
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someone else to take over the store, and Regency was unwilling to give him a new lease without a new owner shored up. As the clock wound down, Koch then tried to find a location to build a new store, but was unable to find one that worked for his business and conformed to the city’s zoning and environmental regulations. Some individuals pressured the City Council to rewrite large parts of the environmental codes to allow the store to relocate. The council, however, noted it was a bad precedent, and there would be no guarantee, after the store was built, that it would remain a hardware store. The location Ace called home is now a Trader Joe’s. City stays with EFR After more than a year of brinksmanship and high-stakes negotiations, Sammamish decided not to form its own fire department. The city has been a member of Eastside Fire & Rescue since its founding in 1999. The consortium merges the fire service of Sammamish, Issaquah, North Bend and King County Fire Districts 10 and 38. Sammamish has long complained about the way EFR is funded. With funding based entirely on assessed property values, Sammamish notes that its expensive homes and low call volumes lead to the city subsidizing fire service for the other partners. Sammamish officials sought to change that funding model to be based 75 percent on value and 25 percent on calls for service. The city was rebuffed in its efforts and hired a consultant to study if it was viable to create its own fire department.
The study indicated Sammamish could, and after some one-time start up costs, it could be cheaper than staying with EFR. The city seemed poised to leave. But an 11th-hour change of heart from the other partners kept the group together. Sammamish got an 85-15 funding split, and a handful of clarifications to the agreement that underpins the agency. While the lawyers still need to review the fine print, it seems the agency will survive, at least for another seven years – the length of the new agreement. Water wars An ongoing dispute between the city of Issaquah and the water district that covers most of Sammamish flared up into hightech trickery. Issaquah has been planning to take over the portion of the Sammamish Plateau Water & Sewer District that sits inside that city, causing some bad blood between the entities. That was compounded when Issaquah decided to start using a filtration system near the Issaquah highlands, which is also about 600 feet away from one of the water district’s pumps. The district said the system is unsafe and could cause contaminants to enter the water being pumped. Issaquah countered by claiming the system is safe, and will be monitored by the state Department of Ecology to ensure it remains safe. Both sides presented arguments from dueling engineers to prove their points, and accused the other side of deliberate misinformation. This came to a head when an Issaquah city staff member purchased Internet sites similar to those used by the water district, and then had those route users to the city’s site – a practice known as cybersquatting.
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Tent City IV, a traveling encampment of homeless people, came to Sammamish for the first time in October. Issaquah quickly shut down the fake sites after the practice came to light. Issaquah and the water district are still in talks about the possible takeover. Sammamish is looking at a similar takeover itself. In September, the Sammamish City Council authorized the city to begin talks about a “friendly takeover” with both of the water districts that serve Sammamish. Community Center progresses Construction on the Community Center is on track to start later this year, but decisions made in 2013 have paved the way. City voters approved a $30 million community center ($5 million to be paid by the YMCA) with a laundry list of amenities in
a 2012 advisory vote. However, as the design team started work on the project, it became apparent that something would have to give – either the budget or the planned amenities. At a City Council meeting in September, project designers estimated the cost for the center promised in the 2012 vote would be closer to $34 million. In November, that number was refined and the center is now expected to cost $34.5 million. Council members John Curley and Ramiro Valderrama each opposed the center with the higher budget. Both focused on the dollar amounts promised, rather than on the amenities promised. The rest of the council, however, went the other way. They noted the city has a healthy account balance and projects a budget surplus at the end of next
year, so it can cover the overrun without a tax increase. The council approved the center with its new budget in November. If all goes as planned, it could open in the fall of 2015. Tent City comes to town A group of visitors no one expected caused quite a stir in October. Tent City IV, a traveling group of homeless people, set up camp behind Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church. The group has been staying on church grounds around the Eastside for years, but it had never before come to Sammamish. The city believed the relative dearth of public transportation options, and lack of spacious See REVIEW, Page 3
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locations, meant Tent City would skip the plateau. But when plans to locate in a different city fell through, Mary, Queen of Peace stepped in to offer a hand. The group moved to Sammamish with a 60-day permit, which the City Council later extended to 90 days. Some in the community welcomed Tent City openly and have been delivering food and other needed goods to help residents. Others have been opposed to the group, fearing an increase in crime. To date, there have been a few reported incidents involving Tent City residents. The group is set to move to a new location toward the end of this month. Fresh faces in government John and John – not the ones from They Might Be Giants – announced they would be leaving the Sammamish City Council. Councilmen John Curley and John James each announced they would retire from the council after each serving a single term. Even two open seats, however, did not draw many people interested in serving on the City Council. Former Planning Commission Chairman Robert Keller ran to fill one of the seats, and was unopposed. The other seat was contested. Former City Councilwoman Kathleen Huckabay ran to return to council after retiring
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the thought of running for a Seattle Port Commission seat earlier this year, took some time to recap his four years. He noted the idea
four years ago. She was challenged by political newcomer Larry Wright. Huckabay won about twothirds of the vote and will be returning to the council. Councilmen Don Gerend and Tom Odell both stood for re-election this year, and neither drew an opponent. On the Lake Washington School Board, Sammamish resident Doug Eglington retired after more than 20 years of service. Mark Stuart, of Redmond, was the only person who ran to fill the seat. Things got a little more interesting on the Issaquah School Board. Board member Chad Magendanz resigned his seat to serve in the Legislature. A field of applicants to fill the seat for the remainder of the term was winnowed down to two finalists – Alison Meryweather and Lisa Callan. The school board vote to choose a replacement was split at first, before siding with Meryweather. But Callan took her case directly to the boss – school district voters – and won the post in the November election.
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Sammamish Landing had its official opening in the summer, and far exceeded expectations for popularity.
Two new parks facilities were both wildly popular after they opened this year. Sammamish Landing Park provides the only public beach access to Lake Sammamish within the city limits. It opened this year and was far more popular than even the most optimistic estimates. Its popularity came with a downside; there is little convenient parking nearby. Many park-goers had been parking on a nearby
street in Redmond, but that city repaved the road with a bike lane, removing all parking spots. In December, the Sammamish City Council voted to allow staff to begin the design process for a parking lot across the street from the park. Even if the lot opens, however, it will only serve to replace the spots lost to Redmond’s project, and officials are not sure how to provide more parking at the site. The city also will start designing an access ramp mandated by federal law. A proposed bathroom, however, was put on hold
after the council balked at its price tag. The city also enjoyed the first year for its community garden. The garden that had been planned for Beaver Lake Park fell through after permitting became problematic. A new location in the lower Sammamish Commons, however, proved to be the right spot. Dozens of gardeners applied for the roughly 45 spots in raised planter beds. Residents grew a cornucopia of foods and flowers in their planters, and in September, the city held a harvest festival to celebrate
of installing a municipal swimming pool he and his children could use was one of the things that launched him into politics about seven years ago. Now, at the end of his term, that pool is in the cusp of being built, he said, although it still won’t likely
be open for another two years. “It seems like I’ve done this for someone else’s kids rather than my own. That’s part of giving back,” James said. Dec. 10 was the council’s last scheduled meeting of 2013. Both men’s terms
run through the end of the year, so in the event of an emergency meeting, they would still sit on the council. Two new council members, Robert Keller and Kathleen Huckabay, will be sworn in at the first meeting in 2014.
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the first year of its operation. Critical areas remain In a series of meetings which likely bored most residents, the city reviewed its Environmentally Critical Areas Ordinance. The ordinance governs
how development takes place, or in some cases doesn’t take place, in a host of areas, such as steep slopes, wildlife corridors and near streams and wetlands. The discussions largely centered around the need See REVIEW, Page 11
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Review editorial A new year brings new goals There are dozens of issues Sammamish could tackle this year. Here are a few select ones we’d like to see accomplished in 2013. Cable franchise review – Sammamish is set to renew its cable franchise agreement early this year. Gone are the days when the cable franchise meant simply which company will provide premium television to an area. Those cables now carry Internet and telephone conversations at the very least. Citizens consume media in countless new ways and are just as likely to wirelessly stream a show and binge-watch on a rainy weekend afternoon as they are to carve out 30 minutes during prime time. The City Council needs to pay attention to evolving media habits and be sure the franchise agreement reflects what’s best for citizens now. It might also consider opening up the franchise to allow more competition. Marijuana ordinance – The city has plans to develop a marijuana ordinance by the end of the year. It needs to follow through with a set of final regulations and stop this limbo of “temporary” moratoria that have been in place for years. Klahanie – Klahanie residents will vote in February about whether or not to join Issaquah. If they don’t, Sammamish leaders need to follow through on all the talk from the past year and find a way to annex the area. Town Center – The council made a couple of changes to the Town Center regulations. It should resist the urge for wholesale change without an in-depth study (which frankly, the city doesn’t have the time for right now, owing to a state-mandated Comprehensive Plan review). Any eventual changes should keep goals realistic; Sammamish doesn’t have the daytime population to support much retail, particularly when the city is bookended by Redmond Town Center and the Issaquah highlands. School partnerships – Issaquah schools used a windfall of state cash to bring in counselors from Swedish. Lake Washington schools partner with regional powerhouses like Microsoft for tech help.
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Both school districts seem to be, on a smaller scale, adopting the Sammamish model of contracting for services. They should look for opportunities to continue to do so. It allows them to provide needed services without adding to payroll dollars. Arts opportunities – Last year the city’s arts commission sponsored reading of plays and a discussion with Chinese artists moderated by an expert university professor. The year before, it was All Sammamish Reads and an author discussion. The commission should continue these innovative programs that find ways to expand cultural opportunities on the plateau. Transportation — Keep the toll off the Interstate 90 bridge and maintain funding for Metro bus routes to Issaquah, even if it means a higher gas tax. February elections – The trio of school district levies in the Issaquah School District, and a pair of levies and a bond in the Lake Washington School District, are all up for a vote. The only good thing about the dismal turnout of voters in the November election is the easy assurance of getting enough voters to validate the school levy election. Let’s hope Sammamish voters get back on track and return their ballots in higher numbers in 2014. State park priorities —Washington State Parks put out a call for proposals to enhance Lake Sammamish State Park and received three responses. They need to try again, seeking proposals for specific projects in the 2007 master plan that are waiting to be implemented. One should be for the RV, tent and yurt site, a sure boost in economic growth for both the park and city. Future leaders — Sammamish is overdue to have its own leadership program. Start with a series of Citizen 101 classes for citizens to learn about their government, water issues, police department, school funding and volunteer opportunities. Informed citizens are tomorrow’s leaders — and Sammamish can never have too many leaders. Elections for the Legislature will be in November, let’s see some candidates from the plateau.
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State — Governor Gov. Jay Inslee (D), Office of the Governor, P.O. Box 40002, Olympia, WA 98504-0002; 360-9024111; www.governor.wa.gov
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January 1, 2014 retrieve them. When she went to do so at about 4 p.m., they were gone. The packages contained dog food, beauty supplies and other goods worth about $110.
Old bullets A man came to the Sammamish police station at 12:50 p.m. Dec. 16 to turn in some old, live ammunition he got when his father died.
Shifting stuff A homeowner on the 21400 block of Southeast
one had kicked in the door to the home between 3:02 and 4:10 p.m. Dec. 18. The homeowner had not yet determined if anything was taken.
A Stanwood man reported someone had broken into his car when it was parked at a home on the 2500 block of 231st Avenue Northeast between 7:30 and 8 a.m. Dec. 18. He said that they took a lockbox with methadone inside it.
At 3:29 a.m. Dec. 15, a police officer saw a car he believed to be going above the posted speed limit near the intersection of Southeast 35th Street and 228th Avenue Southeast. When he pulled the vehicle over, he noticed the odor of intoxicants coming from the driver. He blew a .104 on the portable breath test – above the legal limit of .08. He later refused to give a breath sample back at the station.
Missing contractor A man on the 22500 block of Northeast 12th place called Dec. 19 to report his wife had hired a contractor to build a shed on their property in July. They’ve paid him $30,000 but have not seen him since late September. The work is only about 20 percent done and they can not contact the contractor. He said others are having the same problem. They also found someone, whose signature is similar to the contractor, charged about $12,000 worth of goods at Home Depot on the wife’s credit card.
Burglary A homeowner on the 3600 block of East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast reported some-
Warrant arrest A police officer arrested a woman at her home on the 1100 block of 228th Avenue Southeast at about 6:40 p.m. Dec. 20. She had
an outstanding warrant from Bellevue for driving with a suspended license.
Missing packages A woman called to report some packages had gone missing from her front porch on the 19700 block of Southeast 24th Way between 3 and 3:40 p.m. Dec. 20. A UPS driver had dropped the packages off and the woman’s husband, who was home, saw them. He was unable to retrieve the packages for a while, and by the time he could, they were missing. Inside were board games and a shirt worth $160.
More missing packages A woman on the 2900 block of 218th Avenue Southeast had some packages delivered at about 3:20 p.m. Dec. 20. She was working and unable to
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33rd Place is having his home remodeled. Sometime between Dec. 14 and 16, someone came to the home and moved around some containers of chemicals used for the hot tub, and removed the cover for the garage door keypad. It does not appear the home was entered.
Burglary A woman called to report that her home on the 2600 block of 212th Avenue Southeast had been burglarized between 6:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 17. The intruder seems to
have kicked open the back door. The homeowner said someone took camera equipment, jewelry, musical instruments and other items worth at least $980.
Missing items A woman on the 100 block of 217th Avenue Northeast called Dec. 16 to report she was missing paperwork and her Kindle. She last saw the paperwork in April and could not say when she last saw the Kindle. See BLOTTER, Page 11
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Skyline alum taking cross-country ride for charity By Neil Pierson
Kyle Roth doesn’t consider himself to be an avid cyclist, but this summer he’ll be covering roughly twice the distance of a Tour de France rider. The 21-year-old Roth, a 2010 Skyline High School graduate and senior at the University of Washington, is embarking upon a 4,000-mile ride in June to raise money and awareness for disabled people. Roth is one of four Pi Kappa Phi fraternity brothers at UW – and one of about 75 nationwide – who plan to ride from Long Beach, Calif., to Washington D.C. on a 64-day Journey of Hope. The group will average 60-75 miles per day, and along the way, they plan to meet with people with disabilities and spread a positive message. From Long Beach, they’ll go to Las Vegas, turn south toward Dallas, then finish up with a ride north through Georgia and the Carolinas before arriving in the nation’s capital. The event is the brainchild of Push America, a non-profit organization under the ownership of Pi Kappa Phi and its 177 chapters across the nation. The fraternity started the nonprofit in 1977 with “the purpose
How to donate Tax-deductible donations for Kyle Roth, a 2010 Skyline High School graduate, and his philanthropy, Push America, can be made online at http://support.pushamerica.org/goto/ JOHKyleRoth
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Skyline High School graduate Kyle Roth, pictured with his Raleigh bike, will be pedaling across the country this summer in order to raise money for people with disablities. of instilling lifelong service in its members and enhancing the
quality of life for people with disabilities,” the Push America web-
site states. For Roth, it also presents a
more personal obstacle. “I looked at it as sort of a challenge, sort of to test myself,” he said. “Also, getting to see the country and getting to see a ton of people along the way is going to be a great experience. “And I’m hoping to sort of get out of it the ability to dive right into things, not be hesitant, when trying to decide whether to do something big.” The trip will be an unprecedented challenge. The past two summers, Roth said, he’s participated in a miniature Journey of Hope, riding with fraternity brothers from Portland to Seattle. “No training – I just sort of hopped into it,” he said of the experience. “It was pretty difficult. I probably should’ve done See RIDE, Page 7
Christensen writes equine tales from personal experiences By Neil Pierson
After a 35-year career as a horse trainer, Anne C. Christensen is now immersed in an activity that’s worlds away. Christensen, a Northwest native who moved to Sammamish two years ago, began writing full-time six years ago as A.C. Christensen. She’s published three autobiographical fiction books since then – two of them rooted in her personal experiences with horse culture. In “Patrick the Naughty Pony,” the first of what Christensen hopes will be a 12-part series called “Over the Rails Pony Tales,” she writes about her adventurous childhood on Mercer Island. Her parents bought her a circus pony, an animal that wasn’t naturally meant for riding or showing, but through determination and repetition, she developed a new friend. And that helped Christensen make her own friends through a local saddle club. “It was kind of a fun way to
grow up,” she explained. “There was a dozen other kids who had ponies, so we rode all over the island, we swam in Lake Washington with them, we had pony parties … It’s kind of the life lessons we learned through that (which) I used in some of the stories.” The second book in the series, “Annie and Alley,” skips ahead to a time when Patrick – who has transformed into an equestrian champion – is traded for an exracehorse, Alley. Christensen’s tale draws upon her own past, when she transitioned to a quality show trainer in Kirkland. Historically, former racehorses were either euthanized or shipped overseas as meat. “Some of us took them over, retrained them, gave them a new job to be a riding horse,” she said. Following a successful competitive riding career, Christensen became a trainer. She taught three students who qualified for the national Pony Finals, and molded three U.S. Equestrian Federation Horse of the Year
Anne C. Christensen award winners. But her business, she said, was always about more than winning, a theme that has filtered into her writing career. “I thought there should be a place for kids that was a safe place to learn, where snobbishness wasn’t an issue, where winning a blue ribbon … wasn’t the only goal,” she said. “The main goal was personal improvement
and to learn while you’re having fun.” Christensen’s third book, “Motorbikes and Murder,” strays away from lighthearted subjects like ponies, although it contains the familiar theme of friendship. It also draws upon past personal tragedy – “I don’t want to go into too much detail, but it was pretty much a crisis,” she said – that caused her to seek a support group. The book follows Mackenzie, a woman who chooses to run away from her pain. However, she keeps finding and escaping trouble through “some odd characters that you wouldn’t think would come to her aid,” Christensen said.
Through her own hardships, Christensen became interested in crime victims’ rights, and she combined that with her love of murder mysteries to write about the aftermath of being a victim. “There’s a pinnacle point where (Mackenzie) realizes that you don’t walk through life by yourself, and that you have to become engaged and help people when they need help, or be a friend,” she said. For Christensen, the process of telling a story is fun and generally easy, but she has difficulty editing because “it’s not once or twice, it’s a dozen times or more.” Feedback from readers of See HORSE, Page 7
Obituary Donald W. Benson Donald Benson, 78, of Sammamish, died Christmas morning. Born and raised in South Dakota, Don moved to Washington in 1964, settling in Sammamish in 1988. He joined Associated Grocers in 1967, becoming president in 1986, a position held until his retirement in 2000. Above all, Don valued his faith and his family. He is survived and loved deeply by Janet, his wife of 32 years; daughters Laurie (Dusty) Henry, of Sequim, Lynn (Shawn) Fedina, of Sedro Woolley, and Lana (Mike) Johnson, of Arlington; son Mark, of
Boise, Idaho; 10 grandchildren; and four greatgrandDonald W. chilBenson dren. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Issaquah. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to his beloved church, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran; Trinity Lutheran College in Everett; Mercy Corps or a charity of your choice. Online guestbook: www.flintofts.com.
ever since, because you get so much out of them.” A math and physContinued from Page 6 ics major at UW, Roth is searching for ways to some training. And that’s meet his fundraising goal what I’m doing now for of $5,500. As of last week, this big trip, but other than he was more than 25 perthat, that’s the only real big cent there, but had only bike riding I’ve done.” received support from Philanthropic efforts friends, family and PKP are a big part of Pi Kappa alumni. Phi’s mission, Roth said. Since its inception, the He began to understand Journey of Hope has raised that as more a fresh“People need to see the than $15 man, million, person before they see a and it’s when he was aimdisability.” part of ing for – Kyle Roth, a frater$500,000 Bike rider – nity trip more in to an 2014. Easter Roth Seals hopes camp. There, the group potential donors can built a shed, a fence and understand the importance play equipment for campof the cause. ers, and interacted with “We’re going crossthem through various country and spreading activities like a haunted a message that people house. need to see the person “It was really fun,” Roth before they see a dissaid. “That was my first ability,” Roth said. “A sort of experience with the lot of people sort of get philanthropy, and I’ve just uncomfortable when been trying to go to every dealing with people with single event we’ve put on disabilities.”
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“Patrick” and “Annie” has been positive, she said, and their repeated interest in her main characters has led Christensen to pursue
a series. As for “Motorbikes and Murder,” she’s found her audience to be unusually diverse. “I kind of wrote it for women, honestly, but I’m finding I have a readership of about 50-50 (men and women), so that was a little bit of a surprise,” she said.
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Girl scouts help Tent City IV
Sophia Czechowski, Holly Keyser and Lauren Hall, of Girl Scout Troop 42442 serve dinner to Tent City IV residents Dec. 6. The troop raised more than $1,400 over the course of a few weeks to benefit Tent City residents.
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2013 in sports: Lots to rejoice about at Eastlake, Skyline By Neil Pierson
There may have been a few disappointments in 2013 for prep sports teams on the plateau, but the year wasn’t without a large number of impressive achievements. Sure, the Skyline High School football and girls soccer teams came up short in their quests for a third straight state championship. The football team won the KingCo Crown Division title before losing its state playoff opener to Federal Way, while the soccer team also won a conference title before falling to rival Issaquah in the state quarterfinals. Although only one local highschool team – the Eastlake boys golf squad – managed to hoist a first-place trophy at the state championships, there were several groups and individuals who could claim high levels of success during the past year. Swimming: Kim keeps collecting the hardware Edward Kim, who kept swimming his way into Washington’s high-school record books. At February’s 4A state meet in Federal Way, Kim added to his collection of championship medals. The Eastlake High junior won the 50-yard freestyle in 20.11 seconds – the second-fastest time in meet history – and was first in the 100 butterfly, giving him six individual titles in his prep
career. The Harvardbound Kim, who already held several school records, broke Eastlake’s top mark in the 500 freestyle in December. Diving: Spartans star Levy takes home top honors Max Levy had finished second at the 4A state meet as a sophomore and as a junior. He wasn’t about to let his senior year end the same way. The Skyline High star won the 1-meter diving championship in February, compiling 463.50 points to obliterate the competition. Runner-up Eric Klassen of Redmond was more than 50 points back. Softball: Eastlake girls climb ladder to regionals The Eastlake Little League baseball team may have received more accolades, but the Eastlake softball all-stars also made plenty of noise. Under the direction of man-
ager Steve Pollis, the Eastlake girls stormed through its district and state brackets, picking up the state championship with an 8-0 record. They punched their ticket to the Western Regional tournament courtesy of a 9-8 victory over Mill Creek/South Everett on July 11. At regionals in San Bernardino, Calif., the team finished pool play with a 3-1 record, beating teams from Alaska, Montana and Idaho. Eastlake bowed out in the semifinals with a 4-1 loss to Granada Hills, Calif. Golf: Wang, Weiss guide Wolves to state title After finishing second in 2011 and 2012 at the 4A state golf championships, the Eastlake Wolves knew 2013 might be their best chance to reach the mountaintop. At May’s state event near Vancouver, File photo Eastlake got a pair of Skyline’s Max Levy won a state medal-winning perfortitle in diving. mances from Li Wang and Spencer Weiss, and scored 97 points to finish in first place. Wang, a three-time state runner-up, is now competing at
Mat Taylor plans to stay at Skyline Skyline High School football coach Mat Taylor withdrew his name from consideration for the Central Washington University head coaching position. Taylor, who announced his decision Dec. 22, told The Seattle Times he first realized he wasn’t ready to leave his teaching and coaching job at Skyline while driving home from the end of his three-day interview at CWU. Dec. 20 could have been Taylor’s last day of work at Skyline if he took the job, but snow had canceled school. As he drove home, instead of to work, Taylor said the implications started to dawn on him. After discussing it with his wife and sleeping on his decision, he let CWU know his decision. Taylor said he had no idea if the college was interested in hiring him. “It was an unbelievable process. I just, when I got home, I felt like, I’m a teacher,” Taylor said. “When it comes down to it, that was a part of me I wasn’t ready to let go of yet.” Taylor’s six-year record at Skyline is 72-9, including state titles in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012. He served as an assistant coach for nine seasons before taking over for Steve Gervais in 2008. CWU announced three other finalists for its coaching vacancy last month. They are John Graham, defensive coordinator at Eastern Washington; Chris Tormey, a former head coach at Idaho and Nevada; and Ian Shoemaker, co-offensive coordinator at St. Cloud State in Minnesota. The school was expecting to make a hiring decision prior to Jan. 1. Yale University, and Weiss, who is committed to Washington, will try to lead the Wolves to a repeat title this spring. Wrestling: EC’s Iwicki captures 120-pound title Sammamish resident Matt Iwicki stole the show when plateau wrestlers converged on the Tacoma Dome for the Mat Classic XXV state championships in February. Iwicki, a sophomore at Eastside Catholic Matt Iwicki School, won the Class 3A state title at 120 pounds, a year after finishing third at 113. It was Eastside Catholic’s first individual wrestling crown in 27 years. At state, Iwicki was barely challenged. He beat Hazen’s Zack Moore with a 16-0 technical fall, advanced to the quarterfinals with an injury-default win, pinned Prairie’s Wil Treadwell, and blanked fellow finalist Kiegan Schauer of Mount Spokane, 5-0. Volleyball: Skyline claims second trophy in three seasons
Eastlake’s Ed Kim won more state titles in 2013, bringing his high school career total to six.
It wasn’t the start the Skyline Spartans envisioned at November’s Class 4A state volleyball tournament. Emerald Ridge, featuring a blistering offensive attack, swarmed Skyline 3-0 and pushed the Spartans to the brink of elimination.
Needing to win consecutive games to reach the trophy round, the Spartans did it against Mead (3-0) and Rogers of Puyallup (3-1). Skyline then capped a 20-5 season with a straight-set win over Bothell, earning the seventhplace trophy. Coach Callie Wesson’s program solidified its status as a perennial 4A powerhouse, advancing to state for a third straight year. The Spartans were sixth in 2011. Football: New coach Bartel sparks Wolves’ return to prominence After a difficult 2012 season in which head coach Gene Dales resigned for personal reasons, the Eastlake High football program was hungry to prove itself. Under first-year coach Don Bartel – a former Skyline defensive coordinator – the Wolves ran roughshod over most opponents en route to a 7-2 regular-season record. In the playoffs, the Wolves got big performances from their top players – quarterback Blue Thomas, and running backs Troy and Drew Lewis – to blow out Roosevelt and Kentwood. They edged Union to reach the state quarterfinals for the second time in three seasons, but lost to eventual runner-up Camas. Swimming: Skyline girls return to the podium Three straight state titles between 2009 and 2011 have made expectations mighty high for the Skyline girls swim team, See REVIEW, Page 9
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Scoreboard BOYS BASKETBALL KINGCO 4A CONFERENCE Standings Crown Division Team League Overall Garfield 5-0 8-0 Issaquah 3-1 4-3 Ballard 3-2 6-2 Roosevelt 2-3 5-3 Skyline 1-3 3-3 Newport 0-4 1-4 Crest Division Team League Overall Bothell 3-2 5-3 Inglemoor 2-1 4-3 Eastlake 2-2 5-4 Redmond 1-2 1-3 Woodinville 1-3 4-4 Friday, Dec. 27 Eastlake 78, Sunny Hills (Calif.) 68 Sunny Hills 20 15 21 12 -68 Eastlake 18 24 25 11 -78 Eastlake: Mason Pierzchalski 9, Jordan Lester 8, Jeffrey Feinglas 4, Davis Woerner 25, Ben Davidson 2, Eric Uhlar 2, Mick Vorhof 17, Jake Davidson 10, Aaron Burnham 0, Josh Colbert 0, Brandon Naluai 0. Skyline 72, Clover Park 60 Clover Park 7 18 10 25 -60 Skyline 14 16 20 22 -72 Clover Park: White 7, Morris 5, Coronado 4, Tamblin 4, Winston 26, Martin 2, Obee 10. Skyline: Collin Crisp 6, Drew Stender 4, Matt Smith 3, Blake Gregory 2, Dae’von Bovan 17, Jonah Eastern 17, Robert Biegaj 12, Blake O’Brien 11, Nick Brodeur 0, Ryan Sakamoto 0, Logan Wanamaker 0. Saturday, Dec. 28 Eastlake 69, Archbishop O’Leary (B.C) 51 AO 15 13 14 9 -51 Eastlake 23 6 16 24 -69 Eastlake: Mason Pierzchalski 8, Ben Davidson 4, Jake Davidson 2, Jeffrey Feinglas 2, Brandon Naluai 2, Davis Woerner 16, Mick Vorhof 13, Jordan Lester 12, Eric Uhlar 10. METRO 3A LEAGUE Standings Mountain Division Team League Overall O’Dea 5-0 5-0 E. Catholic 4-1 7-1 Seattle Prep 3-2 5-4 Lakeside 3-2 4-4 Blanchet 0-6 3-6 Sound Division Team League Overall Rainier Beach 4-0 6-0 Bainbridge 2-1 5-2 West Seattle 0-3 3-4 Chief Sealth 0-4 z1-4 Valley Division Team League Overall Franklin 4-0 7-1 Cleveland 2-2 3-5 Nathan Hale 1-3 2-5 Ingraham 0-4 1-7 Thursday, Dec. 26 Eastside Catholic 82, Bishop Manogue (Nev.) 49 BM 11 11 15 12 -49 EC 15 25 22 20 -82 EC: Ian Christie 9, Matisse Thybulle 9, Max Hudgins 7, Morgan Clark 3, Austin Moss 2, Sava Trifunovic 2, Zach Wallin 2, Mandrell Worthy 18, Nathan Christie 17, Alex Vilarino 13, Austin Haner 0, Iain
McLaughlin 0. Friday, Dec. 27 Eastside Catholic 90, St. Bonaventure (Calif.) 41 SB 13 11 9 8 -41 EC 24 24 27 15 -90 EC: Matisse Thybulle 7, Max Hudgins 6, Nathan Christie 3, Austin Moss 2, Sava Trifunovic 2, Mandrell Worthy 19, Morgan Clark 15, Alex Vilarino 13, Zach Wallin 12, Ian Christie 11, Austin Haner 0. Saturday, Dec. 28 Eastside Catholic 71, Valencia (Calif.) 69 Valencia 12 13 20 24 -69 EC 20 16 13 22 -71 EC: Nathan Christie 8, Ian Christie 5, Alex Vilarino 5, Mandrell Worthy 27, Matisse Thybulle 16, Max Hudgins 10, Morgan Clark 0, Austin Moss 0, Zach Wallin 0.
GIRLS BASKETBALL KINGCO 4A CONFERENCE Standings Crown Division Team League Overall Issaquah 4-0 5-2 Newport 4-0 6-1 Garfield 3-2 5-3 Skyline 1-3 5-3 Ballard 1-4 4-5 Roosevelt0-5 1-8 Crest Division Team League Overall Eastlake 4-0 7-1 Woodinville 3-1 5-3 Bothell 2-3 5-3 Inglemoor 1-2 4-3 Redmond 0-3 0-7 Friday, Dec. 27 Eastlake 54, Colony (Alaska) 36 Colony 5 6 8 17 -36 Eastlake 15 15 12 12 -54 Eastlake: Rachel Lorentson 7, Elise Morrison 7, Ellie Woerner 7, Haleigh Boe 6, Derese Litzey-Adams 6, Marijke Vanderschaaf 5, Maggie Douglas 16, Melanie Hwang 0, Santana Martenson 0, Lauren Mittenthal 0, Elizabeth Tracy 0. Skyline 71, George Washington (Calif.) 33 Skyline 23 20 18 10 -71 GW 11 9 6 7 -33 Skyline: Alex Daugherty 7, Bryn deVita 7, Taylor McKerlich 6, Maddie Adamson 5, Kailey Kassuba 5, Cassidy Daugherty 4, Gina Grossi 3, Alicia Shim 3, Stella Mazzaferro 2, Shelby Kassuba 16, Promise Taylor 13, Nicole Cox 0. Saturday, Dec. 28 Eastlake 50, Tamalpais (Calif.) 24 Eastlake 14 17 13 6 -50 Tamalpais 7 8 2 7 -24 Eastlake: Ellie Woerner 9, Rachel Lorentson 7, Maggie Douglas 5, Melanie Hwang 4, Elise Morrison 4, Derese Litzey-Adams 2, Santana Martenson 2, Marijke Vanderschaaf 17, Haleigh Boe 0. Skyline 42, Pleasant Grove (Utah) 26 Skyline 12 11 13 6 -42 PG 4 9 6 7 -26 Skyline: Bryn deVita 7, Kailey Kassuba 6, Alex Daugherty 5, Taylor McKerlich 5, Promise Taylor 4, Cassidy Daugherty 3, Nicole Cox 2, Shelby Kassuba 10, Maddie Adamson 0, Gina Grossi 0, Alicia Shim 0.
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and the squad again met many lofty goals in 2013. The Spartans finished fourth at November’s state championships in Federal Way, winning five individual medals and two relay medals. Seniors Erin Taylor, Stephanie Munoz and Yui Umezawa piled up most of the points. Taylor finished second in diving, while Umezawa was eighth in the 100-yard backstroke. Munoz won medals in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly. Swimming: Ivan Graham becomes a prodigy in the pool Sammamish resident
Ivan Graham set multiple records during the last youth swimming season. Competing in the 11-12 boys division, Graham broke the Pacific Northwest Swimming record in the 200-yard breaststroke March 27, finishing in 2 minutes, 15.94 seconds. His time of 1:02.01 in the 100 breaststroke five days earlier was among the top20 times of the year nationally for his age group. In January, Graham won seven races at a meet in California, and broke a 26-year-old Pacific Northwest record in the 100 individual medley at 57.87 seconds.
Soccer: Local girls share in Eastside FC’s success It had been 17 years since a girls team from Washington had won the U.S. Youth Soccer National
Championships, but the Eastside FC under-14 squad ended that streak on July 27 in Overland Park, Kan. Sammamish residents Molly Monroe, Cameron Tingey and Alexa Kirton were part of the squad, which defeated YMS Xplosion of Pennsylvania in the title match, 2-1. Two weeks earlier, Eastside FC’s U-18 team capped its postseason run with a second-place finish at the National Presidents Cup tournament in Auburndale, Fla. Several Skyline players were part of the team, including goalkeeper Emily Baril and defender Emma Elder.
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Considering going for Eagle Scout this year? The city is hosting a meeting to connect potential Eagle Scouts with groups from around the area to brainstorm possible Eagle Scout projects at 4 p.m. Jan. 9 at City Hall. Groups who have ideas for possible scout projects should contact Dawn Sanders at email@example.com.
join the club The Sammamish Heritage Society meets from 7:30-9 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Pine Lake Community Club, 21333 S.E. 20th St. in Sammamish.
Walking in Balance, a presentation by foot expert Eric Sach, will focus on how to walk with better balance and better care for your feet from 7-8 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Sammamish Library.
The Sammamish Book Club will discuss ‘Rouse Louse’ by Louise Erdlich from 7-9 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Sammamish Library.
The art exhibit ‘Crossing Boundaries’ opens Jan. 22 at City Hall. The exhibit will be available for viewing during regular business hours through April 25.
The mother-daughter book club, for girls 10-13 and their mothers, will discuss “Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library” by Chris Grabenstein from 1-2 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Sammamish Library.
Sammamish Plateau Amateur Radio Club meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at Fire Station 83. The club is open to amateur radio operators and those interested in the hobby.
A support group for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s is where caregivers gain emotional support, learn and share their experiences 6:30-8 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at Faith United Methodist Church.
Rotaract, a community service for young adults ages 18-30 sponsored by the Sammamish Rotary, meets twice a month. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rotary Club of Sammamish meets every Thursday at 7:15 a.m. at the Bellewood, 3710 Providence Point Drive S.E. Visit www.sammamishrotary.org.
The La Leche League is committed to helping mothers breastfeed their babies. They plan to meet on the second Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon at the Sammamish EX3 Teen Center, 825 228th Ave. N.E. Visit www.lllusa.org/web/ SammamishWA.
The Sammamish Fit Club, a club looking to improve the health of the community, meets from 7:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays. Call Trish at 206-605-0679 or email email@example.com.
The Sammamish Citizen Corps, a volunteer group affiliated with the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, meets the first Wednesday of each month at Fire Station 82. Visit www.sammamishcitizencorps.com.
volunteer opportunities The World of Miro, a preview of the Seattle Art Museum’s Joan Miro exhibit in February, is set for 7-8:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Sammamish Library.
Life Stories, a free cross-generational event, will pair teens with adults over 55 to share life stories and experiences in a variety of ways. The event is sponsored by the Sammamish Arts Commission and is set for 1-3 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Sammamish Teen Center. For more information, visit http:// www.ci.sammamish.wa.us/ events/Default.aspx?ID=3122.
Introduction to Snowshoeing, a presentation designed to techniques and safety for the winter sport, is from 7-8 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Sammamish Library.
Purrfect Pals cat shelter is seeking volunteers to care for and play with cats. Volunteers must be 18 or older. Shifts are two hours, once per week. Visit www.purrfectpals.org. Providence Marianwood seeks volunteers to work with the senior citizens who live there. They are particularly looking for people to assist with group activities, work in the gift nook or make new friends. Call 391-2897. Visit residents in nursing homes. Friend to Friend matches volunteers with residents in Sammamish nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Volunteers are asked to visit residents a couple times a month for a year. Orientation will be provided. Background check required. Call 1-888-383-7818. 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 www.evergreenhealthcare. org/hospice. The King County LongTerm Care Ombudsman Program needs certified long-term 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. Eastside Bluebills is a Boeing retiree volunteer organization that strives to provide
The Social Justice Book Group meets at 10 a.m. the third Monday of each month in Sammamish. Email hineswa@ live.com.
opportunities for retirees to help others in need and to assist charitable and nonprofit organizations. 10 a.m. to noon, the third Wednesday of the month at the Bellevue Regional Library. Call 235-3847. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www. linksvolunteer.org.
Moms Club of the Sammamish Plateau has activities including weekly, age specific playgroups and monthly meetings, coffee mornings, mom’s nights out, craft club and local area outings. Visit www.momsclubsammamish.org.
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 email@example.com, visit www.sammamishcitizencorps.org 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.
Eastside Baby Corner needs volunteers to sort incoming donations of clothing and toys and prepare items for distribution. Visit www.babycorner.org.
Guide Dogs for the Blind Eager Eye Guide Pups Club needs volunteers to raise puppies for use as guide dogs for the blind. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Bomb threat at Skyline turns up no programs Police conducted a sweep of Skyline High School the night of Dec. 18 using specially trained dogs after a bomb threat was found on a wall in a boy’s restroom that day. Police discovered no bomb or any other suspicious items “The threat indicated that the school should evacuate or a bomb would go off on Friday,” an email from Principal Lisa Hechtman read. “Since the threat was discovered, we have been working closely with local law enforcement to ensure the safety of students and staff. “Together we have been investigating the threat and trying to determine its source. This has included looking for unusual behaviors and objects in general, monitoring students’ coming and going from class
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Stolen car A woman called to report her car was stolen from the Safeway parking lot between 4:40 and 5:05 p.m. Dec. 20. Police could find no broken glass near where she had parked.
Fraud A Sammamish couple called to report someone from New Jersey had cashed in the airline miles they earned through their credit card and converted
and passing periods, and reviewing camera footage.” Because the threat was made for Friday, school officials in conjunction with law enforcement made the decision to allow after-school activities to proceed as usual, Hechtman wrote in the email. “We would not have allowed these activities unless we felt certain that students and staff were safe,” she wrote. “The police are following leads and will continue to investigate the source of the threat,” Hechtman wrote in an email to families the next day, Dec. 19. “In any situation where there is even a possibility of danger for students or staff, we will always take every precaution necessary See THREAT, Page 12
parts they didn’t much like. With the process complete, the city will now move on to an even larger task, reviewing its Comprehensive Plan. The Planning Commission has already begun its review of the document, which underlies most land-use regulations in the city, along with a host of other programs and rules. That document will be under review during 2014, and isn’t expected to be finished until 2015.
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Beaver Lake teacher honored as ‘Hero in the Classroom’ Beaver Lake Middle School teacher Heather Ireland was honored Dec. 18 by the Seattle Seahawks and financial services firm Symetra as a Symetra Hero in the Classroom. The educational program honors K-12 teachers throughout the Puget Sound region. Ireland is one of 16 selections during the 2013 NFL season.
She was recognized last week in front of students and peers during a surprise presentation at Beaver Lake. She received a $1,000 donation for classroom books and supplies, and was given a Seahawks jersey and tickets to a home game. She’ll be acknowledged at CenturyLink Field in Seattle during the Dec. 29 game against the St. Louis Rams. Ireland is in her third year at Beaver Lake. She serves as the school’s math department co-chair; coaches cross country, track and basketball; and is an adviser for the BLOCK club, which delivers humanitarian aid to students in Africa. “She is a positive staff member, who always puts the needs of others before her own,” Beaver Lake Principal Stacy Cho said in a news release.
Life Enrichment Options seeks executive director Life Enrichment Options is seeking an executive director to helm the formerly all-volunteer organization. The group’s board of directors decided it was time to add the position in an effort to create greater organizational structure and increase Life Enrichment Options’ ability to serve. The community-based nonprofit advocates for and assists individuals with developmental disabilities in achieving their life vision and goals through supportive housing, recreation and
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Humane Society offers winter tips to keep pets safe, healthy With snow and freezing temperatures here, it’s time to prepare pets for the winter weather. Seattle Humane Society offers these tips to keep pets safe when the temperature dips: Keep pets indoors Pets can get frostbite, too. Never leave pets outside in freezing temperatures for an extended period of time. On freezing cold days, keep their walks and snowromps short. Never let dogs off the leash on snow or ice. Dogs can lose their scent and become easily lost. Always make sure pets are microchipped and wear ID tags. Dress appropriately A dog’s coat provides some insulation against the cold, but short-haired dogs need a coat or sweater for additional warmth while outside. Increase food supply Dogs have to work harder
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High schools offering optional seventh-period classes For the first time, high-school students in the Issaquah School District will have the ability to sign up for a seventh-period course. The courses will be available for the start of the second semester on Jan. 27. The district intends the classes to be additional learning opportunities for students. They are optional, extend beyond the regular school day, and do not increase graduation requirements. Skyline High School will have 12 options available for seventh period, including subjects like algebra, courtroom law, film analysis, food science, robotics and theatre production. To register for classes at Skyline, go online to shs.issaquah. wednet.edu and click on the Academics tab on the left side of the page. The registration deadline for both schools is 11:59 p.m. Jan. 15. The number of students who select a particular course, instructor and facility will ultimately determine which courses are offered during seventh period.
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425.392.3131 fischermeatsnw.com 85 Front St. N. • Issaquah