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Three candidates compete in primary Solar power creeping onto the plateau By Caleb Heeringa

Whether it’s Town Center, the expansion of East Lake Sammamish Parkway or the Southeast 32nd Street barricade, each of the three candidates running for the City Council seat being vacated by veteran Councilwoman Nancy Whitten were spurred to action by city policy right outside their front doors. John Galvin, a Town Center property owner and privatepractice psychologist, has been a fixture at the council’s public comment period over the years, more often than not assailing a Town Center development plan that he says has been purposefully designed to fail. Jim Wasnick, an information technology executive, decided to run after watching the city’s decision process on the removal

of the Southeast 32nd Street barricade, near his home. He met with city leaders and convinced them to add more pedestrian safety measures in his neighborhood. Ramiro Valderrama, who has worked in business consulting and international development and lives in the Sammamish Glen neighborhood, was catalyzed by his opposition to the expansion of East Lake Sammamish Parkway, which he called wasteful. Valderrama runs local advocacy group Citizens for Sammamish, which often weighs in on a variety of city issues.

Ballots for the primary election were to have been mailed out July 27. They must be returned by Aug. 16. The top two vote-getters will move on to the Nov. 8 general election. Here is where the three stand on some of the largest issues facing Sammamish.

Q: Should the city build a community and aquatic center as envisioned through the city’s feasibility study? Wasnick: Wasnick praised the “beautiful” design that consultants from architecture firm Barker Rinker Seacat had devel-

oped for the facility, but at $64.1 million he said he wasn’t sure the city could afford it. The study calls for millions of dollars of road improvements to 228th Avenue to handle traffic coming and going from the facility; Wasnick suggests taking that cost out of the community center estimates, since the extra roundabouts will likely be needed regardless of whether the community center is built. But Wasnick rejects calls by Whitten to move the facility out of Town Center to save money by avoiding the city’s own requirements for low-impact development and structured parking. “If we ever want to get Town Center started and want to use (the community center) as a launching point then this has to

By Ari Cetron

Within minutes of resolving to work out their differences so that Eastside Fire & Rescue could exist past its current 2014 expiration date, the fire service’s board of directors grappled with a thorny issue as old as the agency itself. Fire officials are pushing the agency’s partners to chip in for a remodel and expansion of the headquarters building, located on Newport Way in Issaquah. In March, Deputy Chief Wes Collins proposed reconfiguring the inside of the building to add seven offices, a conference room, copy room and an upstairs women’s bathroom, as well as a storage building for EFR equipment that currently sits outside. That plan’s approximately $500,000 price tag was a non-starter for representatives from Sammamish, Issaquah and North Bend, some of whom questioned the wisdom of committing their taxpayers’ money to permanent improvements to a building that belongs to King County Fire District 10. A hazy future for the agency also didn’t help; some partners were involved in discussions about an independent taxing authority for fire service and the

Mary Pigott was reading about how much energy people in the U.S. use. She found the number staggering, and decided to do something about it, so starting in 2008, Pigott had an array of solar panels attached to the roof of her house. Pigott has an unusually large number of solar panels, and said she usually generates much more power than she uses. Since she’s pumping energy into the electrical grid, most of the time she actually gets a check from Puget Sound Energy instead of a bill. While the money is nice, she said she was more motivated by the ecological benefits of using solar power. “It was the right thing to do,” Pigott said. Solar energy, while still providing a fraction of energy needs in the U.S. is growing. In 2010,

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Remodel of EFR HQ gets lukewarm response By Caleb Heeringa

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The third in a series that will examine what people in the city are doing to become more ecologically friendly.

EFR Deputy Chief Wes Collins shows the exercise equipment being used in a garage at the agency’s headquarters.

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City Council hammers out shoreline agreement By Caleb Heeringa

By all accounts, Sammamish has somewhat grudgingly closed the book on its years-long Shoreline Master Plan process. The council voted 4 to 0 at its July 18 meeting to pass a series of compromises that city staff had hammered out with the Washington State Department of Ecology over the last two months. Councilmembers Mark Cross and Michele Petitti were absent and Councilwoman Nancy Whitten did not vote. Community Development Director Kamuron Gurol said Ecology was still reviewing a few of the last minute tweaks the council made to the plan, but that prior to the council meeting agency representatives had endorsed the plan. “Like any policy document, it’s a balance and a compromise between competing interests,” Gurol said.

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agency’s interlocal agreement allows partners to withdraw from EFR in 2014. Sammamish had never been interested in joining a fire authority, and discussions appear dead on arrival for cities like Issaquah, which would see a

In May Ecology sent the city an 18-page list of required changes to its plan, including reigning in maximum dock sizes to comply with federal standards and making 25 feet the closest a building could be to the shoreline instead of the city’s suggested 20 feet. Gurol said the city met Ecology in the middle on both docks and setbacks. While a vast majority of new docks on Lake Sammamish must be no wider than four feet, docks on Pine and Beaver lakes can go as wide as six feet as long as the land owner is willing to sacrifice length off the end of the dock. He said Sammamish’s plan also makes it easier to use clear plastic on the surface of a dock within the first 30 feet instead of metal grating that had been suggested by Ecology. Ecology officials have argued that cutting down on dock width and allowing more light under-

nearly 40 percent increase in the cost of its fire service, according to projections. Since March, Collins has been attempting to whittle the project down to the bare necessities – three new offices, a women’s bathroom and additional shop space that would provide at least some additional cover for the thousands of dollars worth of vehicles that currently sit out in the wind, rain and snow. At the agency’s July 14 meeting, Collins unsuccessfully attempted to get the partners to simply agree to the framework for how the remodel could happen. The interlocal agreement that underpins the agency doesn’t dictate how to handle major remodels of jointly used facilities. While two or more partners have pitched in to build or remodel

neath helps cut down on the unfair advantage bass and other non-native predator fish have over native species like Lake Sammamish’s kokanee salmon, which are under consideration for protection under the Endangered Species Act. Mayor Don Gerend and others on the council and in the public have questioned why such dock standards are necessary on Pine and Beaver lakes, given that the lakes contain no salmon. Joe Burcar, a shoreline planner for Ecology, wrote in an email that docks have an adverse

affect on the natural state of all variety of animals in the shoreline ecosystem, including freshwater fish, birds and other wildlife. The Shoreline Management Act, which underpins the master plan process, requires that all docks be only the minimum size necessary to meet whatever “water-dependent” use is going on in the lake in order to maintain as much of the natural state of the shoreline as possible. The city’s plan also retains the ability for a property owner to build a home as close as 20 feet from the Lake Sammamish shoreline, though Gurol said the city “greened up” the naturally vegetated buffer that would be required next to the lake. A landowner could only use 15 percent of their lot width as a cleared, active use area if they had their home that close to the water. Gerend said he still feels that

many of Ecology’s requirements unfairly restrict property rights, are based on science he questions, and are unsafe. In particular, he questions the four-foot dock width in the first 30 feet of water in Lake Sammamish. But given that the city’s only other option was a protracted legal battle with a state bureaucracy, Gerend said the compromise brokered between city staff and Ecology was good enough for now. “There were a few issues that the council had to swallow hard and accept, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get together with some other cities and lobby the legislature for changes to the law,” he said. “To hold up the whole plan for a few issues didn’t seem worth it.”

individual stations, a headquarters remodel would mark the first time in the agency’s 12 years of existence that every partner has joined in on the same capital project. “We’re cutting new teeth and it’s always painful to cut new teeth,” Collins said in a later interview. The headquarters building was constructed in 1981 as a response station. It was designed to house 10 full time firefighters but has since been converted to an administrative building for an agency that employs 240 people and covers an area of roughly 190 square miles. The administration has been pushing for a remodel since the agency formed in 1999. Collins said most offices contain two or more employees who

at times must carry on phone conversations over each other; firefighters on desk duty because of injury must set up in the lunch room; there is not enough room in the building’s shop space to do maintenance on ladder trucks. None of the second floor of the building is handicap accessible and Collins called the lack of a women’s bathroom upstairs “not what you’d expect out of a government building.” Sammamish Deputy Mayor Tom Odell questioned the need for the project, saying he felt the agency could work around some of the issues – by finding another location to do repair work to the ladder truck, for example. “I don’t have male and female restrooms in my house – what we do is lock the door,” he said.

“Since we’ve gone this long (without a remodel, I think we can go a bit longer.” Dee Williamson, North Bend’s representative on the board, said it was a project he’d like to support, but it would be a hard sell to the rest of his city’s council, with the recession continuing to put a strain on the city’s budget. “Our city hall doesn’t have men’s and women’s bathrooms,” Williamson said. “We have city records stuffed in cardboard boxes in cabinets. We’re broke.” Collins will be bringing the board more detailed cost estimates on the remodel in the fall.

“There were a few issues that the council had to swallow hard and accept.” – Don Gerend, Mayor –

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stay in Town Center,” he said. Galvin: Galvin said the project is “too big” for the city, particularly during an economic recession, and that the council should shelve it for the time being and focus their efforts on getting a gym built at the Sammamish EX3 Teen Recreation Center, in the old library at 228th and Inglewood Hill Road. John Galvin The facility, scheduled to open this fall, is owned by the city but is being operated by the Boys and Girls Club. The city and club envision adding a 7,000 square foot gym on the property, though the estimated $3 million construction costs have yet to be funded. “(A teen center gym) is a real project – that’s something we could have built in a couple years,” he said. Though most on the current council have publicly called the project too expensive, Galvin said he believes some on the council feel differently in private and are “pushing” the project on citizens. Valderrama: Valderrama was out of town on business and did not return calls for comment for this article. In a June 16 interview, he said he was concerned that the feasibility process has been divorced from the cost of the facility, begetting a project that the community can’t afford. He suggested the city look harder at developing a partnership with a private provider or nonprofit like the YMCA to run the facility in order to hopefully cut down on the operating cost the city must subsidize.

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Jim Wasnick Total raised: $5,165 Personal contributions $4,000 Top five donors Name Hometown Vanessa Collins Sammamish Jeff Muzzy Snohomish Kevin Muzzy Snohomish Josee Clermont Sammamish Greg Landskov Sammamish

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John Galvin Total raised: $0 Personal contributions $0 Source: Washington State Public Disclosure Commission He said the process thus far is indicative of the city’s tendency to over plan for projects they’ll never be able to afford, as with the later phases of the East Lake Sammamish Parkway that were kicked down the road following the recession. “It’s systemic in the city to produce these grand master plans,” he said. Q: What are your thoughts on the Town Center project? What can the city do to jumpstart development in the area? Galvin: Though he has been and continues to be an outspoken critic of the city’s Town

city already owns. John Galvin - ValderRamiro Valderrama - rama pointJim Wasnick - ed out that a lot has changed ronmental requirements and by economically since the Town placing the densest part of Center discussions wrapped up development on Southeast 4th in 2008. Street, where there is no road “We’re in a different place as a infrastructure, as opposed to city, as a state and as a country along 228th Avenue. than when we started the pro“It’s too costly for anyone to cess,” he said in the June 16 develop,” Galvin said. “And interview. “In light of the current developers have made that judgrealities I think (the Town Center ment by not showing any interPlan) needs to est in Town Center.” have some Galvin suggests instead helpflexibility.” ing local business growth by encouraging home businesses Wasnick: and converting some properties Wasnick said along 228th Avenue to smallthe Town scale commercial or office space. Center project should help Valderrama: Valderrama said broaden the Jim Wasnick the city should maintain some city’s tax base flexibility on Town Center in by bringing in order to make more sales tax-generating comit easier for mercial properties, but said that developers to shouldn’t be relied on as a cure build – includ- to what ails the city as far as its ing adding or one-sided tax base goes. subtracting Wasnick said he doesn’t think density in spe- the city should be taking a leadcific zones. ing role by pre-emptively investBut he said ing in infrastructure to entice the city needs developers to break ground on Ramiro a retail core to project. Valderrama provide some “I don’t subscribe to ‘build it of the services and they will come,’” he said. that people have to go to “I’ve seen that happen in other Redmond or Issaquah for right places and then they don’t come now – he applauds the council’s and it’s just empty shelves.” recent decision to form an ecoQ: Why should voters choose nomic development committee you on Aug. 16? What sepaas a step in the right direction. He also suggests the city keep rates you from the other two an open mind as far as whether candidates? or not it wants to place the comValderrama: Valderrama said munity center off Southeast he has a history of uniting citiFourth Street, closer to the core zens with disparate interests and of Town Center, in order to have getting constructive work done an anchor that brings in other through Citizens for projects. Sammamish. It’s a collaborative The feasibility study briefly model he’d like to carry onto the looked at the Fourth Street locacouncil if he were elected. tion before narrowing its focus to the property behind the See ELECTION, Page 5 Sammamish library, which the


City Council candidates are required to disclose the identity of those that donate to their campaigns, as well as how much of their own money they are spending. Contributions are limited to $800 per candidate per election. Here are the totals and top five donors for the three candidates running for the fourth council seat in the Aug. 16 primary election, as of July 21. For more information, visit the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission at Ramiro Valderrama Total raised: $3,142 Personal contributions $0 Top five donors Name Concentric 2 (Mike Collins) Claradell Shedd Harry Shedd Kathy Huckabay Kelli Ron


Center Plan and has in the past lobbied the City Council to increase development density on property owned by he and his neighbors, Galvin said the project would not be a priority for him if he were elected to the council and that he wouldn’t seek to reopen the plan, since the project would likely come up again in the coming years when the city reexamines its Comprehensive Plan. Galvin said the citizens and councilmembers involved in crafting the plan over the years made the conscious decision to short-circuit the plan by overburdening developers with parking, affordable housing and envi-

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Review editorial A simple answer to pot confusion There is one sure-fire way to end all the confusion over conflicting marijuana laws. Legalize it. Sammamish just placed a moratorium on collective medical marijuana growing operations because the state and the feds have different ideas about what should be allowed and they don’t want to be caught in the middle. It was a prudent response to a confusing situation. Meanwhile King County has decided not to bother with any sort of regulation. So Sammamish residents — with the proper medical documentation — can head over to a friend’s house in, say, Klahanie and grow all the pot they want. Whether or not they can bring it back into the city becomes a bit of a grey area. All of this is just absurd. In 1992, “inhaling” was an important distinction that caused a ruckus for then-candidate Bill Clinton. In 2008, Barack Obama admitted he inhaled and nobody cared anymore. We’ve come a long way in popular opinion and its time for the laws to catch up. The arguments for legalizing have all been made ad nauseam, but some are worth repeating. Prohibition doesn’t work, nor will it. Marijuana is available to anyone who wants it and prohibition creates a black market. Licensing and regulation could improve safety, free law enforcement for more important tasks and generate tax revenue. Contrary to anti-marijuana propaganda, it’s not a gateway drug. Some lives have been ruined by it, yes, but making it illegal didn’t stop that from happening. Legalizing it might allow people who need addiction help to seek treatment without fear of prosecution. And for the majority, smoking marijuana is nothing more than a recreational pastime. Today’s retirees came of age in the 60s, and if they didn’t smoke a joint then, they probably have friends who did. Few are potheads today. The incremental steps toward legalization have created a patchwork of confusing and contradictory laws. Citizens are left in the middle, with their ability to smoke dependant on which side of a municipal boundary they happen to be standing on.

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Sammamish Forum Huckabay endorses Valderrama As a former City Councilmember, I have had the pleasure to know and work with Ramiro Valderrama for more than six years. Over this time, I watched as he organized the East Lake Coalition and then mobilized citizens through Citizens for Sammamish. Through that process, he has helped to create an organization of knowledgeable citizens who come together to research, discuss and develop effective solutions on a range of issues from finance, community services, connectivity transportation, environment, economic development. Through these years, I have regularly witnessed and admired Ramiro’s leadership ability to bring people together to work collaboratively and effectively with each other, our city council and hard working city staff. Ramiro has the character, knowledge and expertise to effectively address the challenges facing our city and strengthen our community. So, I am proud to wholeheartedly endorse him for City Council and I ask you to join me in voting for him in this primary election Aug. 16 and the November general election. Kathleen Huckabay Sammamish

The name doesn’t mean much There have been times in the history of the United States when controversy surrounded the name of the President of the United States. Other times, the name could be just anybody such as Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt, even possibly Franklin. No matter. But there are times, especially during conflict, when our president’s name could give the impression that we have chosen wrongly and have put the White House in the hands of the enemy with whom we are at war. There are individuals and groups of people who resent our leader’s name be of ancestry of our enemy,

albeit a present enemy and future friend, such as England, Spain, Mexico, Japan and Germany. This brings me to my point. There have been two presidents who have, in some circles, been suspect. When at war with England, the name Washington was from our hated enemy. The other blasphemous insult was the name Eisenhower from our other hated enemy. Obama Who? Anthony Emmanuel Sammamish

Review should be more careful I write in response to Steve Hendricks comment regarding the printing of natural deaths in the “Police Blotter”. Tonight as I read his letter I was in tears and I cannot thank him enough for his words. We recently read about the loss of our father/father-in-law who passed away of natural causes in our home in the Review and we were devastated by the fact it was in the section along with petty crime. Our 88-year-old father/father-in-law moved in with us in January. His death was imminent, but he was with family and going to die with dignity in the home of his loved ones. We had been given help and guidance from Hospice but we were not in their system so we needed to call 911 when he lost his battle on June 18. We were up all night with him and by his side when he died. We never thought that it would be reported two weeks later in the paper and with so many details incorrect. I also went to the Sammamish police station to let them know how upsetting it was and they were very empathetic but told me that the local papers have legal access to all police reports but they try to blot out personal information as much as they can to protect our privacy. I requested a copy of the actual

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report to try and understand how the Review got the details so wrong. It is by choice that the Sammamish Review chooses what they print and add a catchy title to. I usually don’t read the blotter but “Death investigation” and an 88 year old caught my eye as I was turning the page and it was about us. They need to be made aware of the pain they cause people with their “tabloid” style reporting. Thank you again for taking the time to voice your kind words about people you have never known. Claudia Haunreiter Sammamish Editor’s Note: The Sammamish Review will no longer be running police blotter items related to deaths by natural causes unless it appears the death may be suspicious in nature.

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for winter use. Winter and summer recreational opportunities abound; including parks, camping, bicycling, boating, skiing, walking and hiking. All these activities are more available here than in most parts of the country. A great many of our streets have sidewalks and shade trees. We have it very good here. I am an MIT graduate who had to leave school because of World War II before I finished my Ph.D. in aeronautical engineering. I am not a pauper, but I am retired and on a fixed income. I cannot afford extra taxes to duplicate our already ample recreational opportunities.

“I feel like (being a council member) would be a natural evolution of my community service,� he said. “What jazzes me up is being inclusive.�

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Wasnick: Wasnick said he sees a small difference in the campaign websites of him and his opponents. “If you look at our websites, mine is ‘Wasnick for Sammamish,’ while my opponents are ‘Valderrama for Council’ and ‘Galvin for Council,’â€? he said. “It’s subtle, but I think there’s something to be said for that ‌ I’m doing this for the city and for my fellow residents.â€? Wasnick also sees himself as a straight-talker who avoids


“political schmoozing.� Galvin: Galvin said his involvement in city politics since incorporation gives him a good sense of where the city’s been and where it is going in the future. He claims credit for being one of the first to point out that the city’s overreliance on property taxes and impact fees was going to lead to fiscal headaches down the road. He also said that if elected he intends to hold only one term, in hopes of getting fresh faces on the council. “There are a lot of innuendos out there that the other people running are not attuned to,� he said. Reach reporter Caleb Heeringa at 392-6434, ext. 247, or To comment on this story, visit


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King County eschews crackdown on medical-marijuana operations By Warren Kagarise

King County is adopting a more laissez-faire approach to medical-marijuana operations as Issaquah, Sammamish and other cities tighten rules for patientrun collective gardens and other operations. Issaquah City Council members upheld a six-month moratorium on medical marijuana collective gardens July 18 — the same day the council in neighboring Sammamish enacted a similar moratorium. Federal Way, Kent, North Bend and other cities also clamped down on medical-marijuana operations. King County Executive Dow Constantine, however, does not intend to propose legislation to address the issue in rural and unincorporated areas.

Teens injured in crash Three teens were sent to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries after a driver collided with a fence and tree near Beaver Lake in the early morning hours July 21. An 18-year-old Fall City man was driving a 2007 Subaru Impreza northbound on Beaver Lake Way Southeast near the corner of Southeast 25th Way when he lost control of his vehicle at

“At this time, the executive does not plan to propose any new regulations governing dispensaries in unincorporated areas of the county,” said Frank Abe, a spokesman for the executive. The decision means medicalmarijuana operations in unincorporated areas, such as The Kind Alternative Medical Collective, a nonprofit collective in Preston, can continue operations unaffected. In the meantime, county officials plan to reach out to residents in unincorporated areas to address concerns. “The King County executive, prosecutor and sheriff will continue to work with unincorporated area communities and other local jurisdictions to protect public health and safety, and monitor issues that evolve

around 12:25 a.m. and left the east side of the road. Fire crews arrived and extracted the teens from the wreckage. The driver’s 18-year-old brother and a 16-year-old Sammamish teen were passengers in the car and also sustained serious but not-life threatening injuries, according to a King County Sheriff’s Office press release. The fence was destroyed and the tree damaged in the accident.

under the new state law,” Abe said. Initiative 692, passed in 1998, allows people suffering from certain medical conditions to possess a 60-day supply of marijuana. Marijuana, for medical purposes or otherwise, remains illegal under federal law. King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg does not prosecute “legitimate patients who qualify under the law if they reasonably adhere to the dictates of the statute” — a policy the prosecutor’s office adopted in October 2008, not long after the state Department of Health clarified possession rules for medical marijuana users. County prosecutors continue to pursue marijuana cases related to the criminal drug trade. State lawmakers attempted to

Investigators believe that the teen was speeding at the time but do not believe alcohol was a factor.

King County is a top ‘digital county’ nationwide King County is a Top 10 Digital County after out-innovating counties across the United States in a National Association of Counties survey. The survey — a joint effort

legalize and regulate marijuana dispensaries and farms, but Gov. Chris Gregoire vetoed measures to legalize such operations, and the truncated law took effect July 22. Under the state law, up to 10 qualifying patients can join together and form a collective garden of up to 45 plants, so long as the marijuana is not visible from public spaces. In unincorporated areas, “King County government will continue, as it has since the enactment of Initiative 692, to protect public health and safety through existing laws and regulations,” Abe said. Reach reporter Warren Kagarise at 392-6434, ext. 234, or To comment on this story, visit

between the national association and the Center for Digital Government — identified the “best electronic practices among counties nationwide” and ranked the top candidates. King County tied for the No. 9 spot in the category for counties of more than 500,000 people. “The Digital Counties Survey identifies the very best examples of how counties are aligning technology to support See DIGITAL, Page 9

City bans pot gardens By Caleb Heeringa

Sammamish has temporarily banned collective medical marijuana gardens in the city while they wait for lawyers or legislators to hammer out conflicting law on the subject. At their July 18 meeting, the City Council unanimously approved an emergency moratorium on collective marijuana gardens, which the state legislature recently approved for those prescribed the drug for medicinal purposes. Gov. Chris Gregoire vetoed portions of the law after receiving word from the U.S. Department of Justice saying that the law was in conflict with federal drug laws and that state and local employees could be prosecuted for approving collective gardens under the new law. Lyman Howard, Sammamish’s deputy city manager, said the emergency moratorium gives the city time to see how the dispute plays out – either in the courts or state legislature. “There’s a lot of conflicting law and rather than step into that we’re calling a time out so we can see what other cities are doing,” Howard said. Howard said the city had not received any official requests for a collective garden within city limits. Without the moratorium, the law would have gone into effect this month. The moratorium will stay in effect for six months. As an emergency act, the city must hold a public hearing after the fact. That hearing is scheduled for the Sept. 6 City Council meeting. Reporter Caleb Heeringa can be reached at 392-6434. ext. 247, or To comment on this story, visit

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UW Issaquah Clinic offers Sammamish Café is big hit with local families round-the-clock care A presence in the community for 14 years, the UW Neighborhood Issaquah Clinic has been honored for its commitment to excellence many times over. The Clinic has consecutively earned four excellent accreditation scores for meeting nationally recognized standards of high-quality health care from the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care. The clinic has also received two leadership awards from Premera Blue Cross for continued participation and support in the Premera Quality Score Card program. Additionally, the National Committee on Quality Assurance has recognized Dr. Sandi Anderson, Dr. Randy Mandell and Dr. Patricia Read-Williams for excellence in diabetic care. The UW Neighborhood Issaquah Clinic provides a complete spectrum of primary care services for the entire family. “Having a primary care provider is critical to achieving and maintaining your best health,” explains Read-Williams. “Your primary care provider will serve as the first point of contact for health care needs, physical exams, diagnosis and treatment of acute illnesses, and can help you manage chronic diseases.” The Clinic also offers a wide range of specialty services, including travel medicine services, sleep medicine consultations, aesthetic medicine services, ADHD services and nutrition counseling. Convenience and the highest quality of care are what attract patients to the UW Clinic. The clinic is open six days a week with evening and same-day appointments, but after hours are covered, too. “Patients have access to medically trained staff members 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” says Read-Williams.

Dr. Sandra Anderson and patient. “After clinic hours, patient calls are sent to on-call nurses or other healthcare professionals.” Issaquah Clinic providers speak many languages, including Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese and Hindi. All UW Neighborhood Issaquah Clinic physicians are board-certified and active members of the UW School of Medicine faculty. Furthermore, patients have access to the world-class care provided by the entire UW Medicine Health System. The Clinic utilizes electronic medical records, allowing providers access to a patient’s entire UW Medicine health record. In addition, patients can access their own personal health information online via UW Medicine eCare. Registered users can email their health care team, schedule and cancel appointments, order medication refills and easily review their medical history and lab results. Come experience health care at its best! Stop by the Clinic at 1455 11th Ave NW in Issaquah or visit to learn more.

Sammamish Café opened just three months ago but word is spreading quickly that the city’s newest restaurant is a winner for breakfast and lunch. “My son and I came yesterday. Thank you for the hot food, generous smiles, and genuine hospitality. The decor was just right, paying homage to Sammamish history. We loved it so much that we came back today along with Sammamish Cafe is open daily for breakfast and lunch. my husband. Welcome to Sammamish!” wrote Shalini Bhatia Redmond has won the Best Breakfast catKoduri on the restaurant’s Facebook page. egory four years running.” Many customers may already know Sammamish was especially in need of the reputation for all-American comfort a good breakfast place, and the Café fills food at Issaquah Café, open since 1989. the bill. Sammamish Café is seventh in the Cafés Menu items include eggs benedict Inc. group, owned by Michal and JoAnn with made-from-scratch hollandaise Scott. All offer the same tried and true sauce, corned beef hash, biscuits and menus. gravy, Joe’s Special (beef with spinach, “We are in the business of serving qual- grilled mushrooms, onions, spices and ity comfort food cooked fresh to order,” eggs), a variety of pancakes, waffles and said Michal Scott. French toast. Fresh indeed. Pot roasts and turkeys “We have developed a following for our are cooked on location, along with corned create-your-own omelets and scrambles,” beef brisket, prime rib roasts and meat said Scott. He recommends the humonloafs. Ahhh, the meat loaf! gous cinnamon rolls! “We make a large variety of hot and Karen Harp also took time to complicold dishes and sandwiches out of all of ment the Café. these fresh cooked products,” said Scott. “My husband and I visited for the first Sammamish residents are discovering time yesterday and were greatly what other diners already know. impressed! We will be returning often. “We have been picked in the Cheap Thank you for giving us a delicious addiEats publication as a place who has tion to the plateau restaurants,” Harp ‘something for my 80-year-old mother as noted on Facebook. well as my 4-year-old son,’” said Scott. Both Issaquah and Sammamish Café “Metropolitan Magazine picked Issaquah are open 6 a.m. – 3 p.m. MondayCafé’s pot roast as the Best on the Saturday and 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday. Eastside. Our Village Square Café in Learn more at

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Issaquah Highlands Self Storage is now open Issaquah Highlands residents have expressed the need for extra storage for many years. Issaquah Highlands Self Storage officially opened its doors in early May 2011, just in time to rotate storage of seasonal items. Located in Issaquah Highlands on High Street between 9th and Highlands Drive, adjacent to the park and ride, it is the most convenient storage facility for Issaquah Highlands and lower Sammamish Plateau residents. “As a resident of the Highlands, I drive by the facility at least twice a day. There is nothing more frustrating than having to go out of your way to get to your storage unit,” said developer and highlands resident Bob Gregg. Gregg represents the ownership group and has spent the last several years acquiring the land and developing the project. The storage facility is six stories high and 68,000 square feet with 503 heated storage units to protect valuable possessions from the damp Northwest weather. Sizes range from 25 to over 200 square feet. Customers have long access hours every day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. via electronic keypad. You’ll find convenient reserved parking next door at the park and ride in addition to the main loading area in front. Additional features and services include boxes and packing supplies, truck rental, covered load and unload, high tech security and convenient hours 7 days a week to meet any and all moving, packing, and storing needs. “As a medical rep who lives in the Issaquah Highlands, I find it convenient to store my supplies at Issaquah Highlands Self Storage. The new facility is clean, secure and has even easier access in and out of the units than was expected,” highlands resident Bob Clements said. The building was designed by


Endangered decision is due soon for Lake Sammamish kokanee By Warren Kagarise

Manager KJ Magellan Architects of Redmond and DCI Engineers of Seattle. The project was constructed by Foushee of Bellevue. Construction financing was provided by First Savings Bank, NW in Renton. The building was designed to meet LEED guidelines. Stop by the store for Afterhours on Thursday, Aug. 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the store for food and beverages. The Grand Opening Celebration will be Sept. 15 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. with networking, tours, prizes, food and donations. For more details or to rent a storage space, visit or call 425-295-2959.

The long process to add the dwindling Lake Sammamish kokanee salmon to the endangered species list inched ahead July 12, as the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service agreed to make decisions soon about the salmon species and more than 700 animal and plant species under consideration for federal protection. Under a legal agreement between the agency and environmentalists, the Fish & Wildlife Service is required to decide by the end of the year whether the Lake Sammamish kokanee proposal should proceed. Taylor Goforth, a spokeswoman for the Fish & Wildlife Service in Lacey, said the agreement does not change the plan, because the agency intends to release a decision during the same timeframe. “It’s still under review and we’re aware of the deadline and we plan to make it,” she said. Local environmental groups, governments and the Snoqualmie Tribe petitioned in 2007 to list the landlocked salmon species as endangered. In May 2008, the agency decided the species merited additional study and

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strategic priorities and create crucial operational and administrative efficiencies,” Larry E. Naake, National Association of Counties executive director, said in a statement. “Especially

What is a Lake Sammamish kokanee salmon? The kokanee salmon species native to Lake Sammamish is a smaller, freshwater version of sockeye salmon. Unlike sockeye, kokanee do not journey to the ocean; they instead remain in Lake Sammamish until returning to a handful of creeks to spawn each fall. The species has been on the decline in the past decade, although the reason for the dip in population eludes scientists. then ordered a 12-month status review. Then, the process slowed as petitions for other species flooded the Fish & Wildlife Service. Even if kokanee warrants listing under the Endangered Species Act, other species deemed a higher priority for protection could leapfrog the salmon. If the agency lists a species as endangered, biologists create rules to protect See SALMON, Page 26

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Save energy on the cheap Installing solar panels may be one way to reduce energy consumption, but there are a host of free or low cost ways to reduce energy consumption around the home, without a big investment in money or time. Heating ◆ Install a programmable thermostat to make sure you aren’t heating and cooling the house when no one is home. ◆ Have your heating system inspected and cleaned for peak efficiency.

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Solar panels line the roof of John Curley’s home in Sammamish.

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the solar power industry grew 67 percent to $6 billion, according to the Solar Energy Industry Association. The amount of energy generated by solar power grew by 956 megawatts to a total of 2.6 gigawatts. The numbers track with anecdotal evidence from Sunergy systems, an area company that installs solar power systems. “Last year has been the busiest,” said Greg Williams, a solar energy consultant with Sunergy who has worked in the industry for 27 years. The company had to hire three people to keep up with demand, and is installing three or four systems a week, on average, he said. Noting that some area utilities are increasing rates soon, Williams said he expects business to keep booming. “We tend to get more phone calls when the power bills come out,” he said.

Energy efficiency rebates Puget Sound Energy offers its customers rebates when they purchase a variety of energy efficient appliances or add insulation to their homes. Rebate programs vary depending on the age of the home, and exactly what sorts of changes homeowners want to make, but can save homeowners hundreds or thousands of dollars. For details, visit default.aspx and follow the link under Rebates that corresponds to the year your home was built. Does it work here? There are only a handful of Sammamish homeowners with solar power installed, including Pigott and City Councilman John Curley. Curley had worked as a

Public sector solar The Lake Washington School District is also getting in on the solar game. Eastlake High School had panels installed in 2008, and so far they are exceeding expectations, said Chuck Collins, the district’s resource conservation manager. When first installed, the district expected to save about $2,000 per year on electric costs, but they’ve actually seen savings closer to $3,000, Collins said. It works particularly well in the summer months, when days are long and bright and no children are in the school. “It really works to create a zero-energy building during the summer,” Collins said. The school also has a kiosk showing how much solar energy is being collected, which allows students to use the information in class. Collins noted that public agencies can be a good fit for solar power. Since they know the school isn’t going anywhere, or going to be sold, they can afford to wait longer for the payoff to work out. “Even if there’s a 15-20 year payback, we’re OK with that,” Collins said.

spokesman for Sunergy, and had the system installed on his home — now being sold — as part of his compensation. He is no longer under contract with the company, he said. Curley and Pigott both said that the traditional gloomy northwest weather doesn’t stop their solar panels from generating some energy. Though they work better on sunny days, some light manages to seep through most cloud cover. Williams said that his company, prior to installing a system, will visit a home and make sure that it would work for them. Setting aside the weather, other factors can make a home less than optimal for a solar power system. The direction the roof faces, and it’s angle are big concerns, as well as large trees or neighboring houses which might shade the roof during the day. Williams said they are usually able to determine just how much energy a system would be able to produce for a given house, so the homeowner can pencil out the potential savings in electrical bills. The savings can be pretty large. Curley said he watched his electric bill go from $265 a month to $19. “This is an investment, not just for the world, but for your house, as well,” Curley said. Maybe not for everyone According to Williams, most systems cost homeowners $25,000-$40,000 to install and a homeowner will likely make back their money, in the form of lower electric bills, in eight-14 years. There are numerous tax incentives for installing the system, including a 30 percent federal tax credit and a sales tax reduction for most residential systems. Still, Williams cautions that the economics might not work

Water heating ◆ Set the water heater thermostat to low. ◆ Install inexpensive pipe insulation on all exposed hot water pipes and the first three feet of exposed cold water pipe connected to the hot water heater. ◆ Wash clothes in cold water. ◆ Take shorter showers. ◆ Use the dishwasher rather than hand washing, and don’t pre-rinse dishes. ◆ Install low-flow showerheads. Lighting ◆ Install CFL bulbs in place out for everyone. For example, people living on a fixed income may not make enough to take advantage of all of the federal tax credit, he notes. And while having solar panels will increase the value of a home, they don’t fully pay for themselves when it comes time to sell. “It’s not something you’re going to want to install if you’re going to be moving in two years,” Williams said. Also, homeowners should be conscious of the condition of their roof. If they will need a new one soon, it might be better to get the roofing done before bolting solar panels to it. Curley and Pigott both said they are happy with their system. It requires fairly little maintenance. Although the panels do require some cleaning to have them work at their best, it can be as simple as hosing them down. “It only has to be hard if you want it to be hard,” Pigott said. Her panels, although they sit on three sides of her house, are unobtrusive. She has guests over who don’t even notice them, she said. “They’re not that conspicuous. They’re not an eyesore,” she said. She also said that as she installed her panels over a period of 18 months, she watched as the prices dropped. “They become more affordable all the time,” she said. “At least look into it. Even a little bit helps. You don’t have to hit per-

of traditional incandescent bulbs. Remember that these bulbs contain trace amount of mercury and should not be disposed of in the trash, but through household hazardous waste facilities. Appliances ◆ Avoid over-drying laundry and clean the lint screen every time to help reduce drying time. ◆ Reconsider whether or not you really need a second refrigerator or freezer. ◆ Many electronics draw power even when turned off. Use a power strip with a switch so you can turn off power to items like TVs, DVD players or game consoles when not in use. Some power strips can do this automatically. Weatherization ◆ Use weatherstripping around doors and windows. For a cheaper fix, a rolled up towel held against the bottom of a door can block air from coming in. ◆ Fill, patch or caulk holes in the floor leading to unheated spaces. ◆Ensure that floors, walls, ducts and attics are properly insulated. Source: Puget Sound Energy

How does it work? The process for converting light into electrical energy, was first discovered by French physicist Edmond Becquerel in 1839, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. The first practical solar power cells, however, were not developed until 1954 by Bell Telephone researchers. The cells generally consist of two sheets, usually made of silicon alloys. When light from the sun, in the form of photons, hits the front sheet, it knocks lose an electron that then starts moving around from one sheet to another and creating a sort of hole where they were. When lots and lots of these electrons (which carry a negative charge) move, they create an imbalance in the electrical charge between the front and back sides of the cell. This starts creating a flow of electricity. That electrical flow can then be used as power. fection to improve.” Editor Ari Cetron can be reached at 392-6434, ext. 233, or To comment on this story, visit


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Proposed county rule could cost local school district By Tom Corrigan

Issaquah School District officials worry an 80-acre plot bought for $3.3 million in 2006 will become largely worthless to the district if King County officials move forward with a proposed ban on new school buildings in rural areas. Known as the Winterbrook Farm site, the undeveloped land sits at 21207 S.E. May Valley Road, outside the city’s designated urban growth area. At the time the school board approved the property purchase, school officials indicated the farmland could become home to an elementary and middle school. The idea was to alleviate foreseeable crowding in the attendance area of Liberty High School. Still, the board did not anticipate a need for new schools feeding into Liberty prior to at least 2014. The King County proposal would all but close an existing loophole that allows schools to be built on rural lands. The change is meant to bring the county’s growth management plan in line with state and regional growth regulations as required by the state’s Growth Management Act. The intent is to fight urban sprawl. But proposal opponents say not allowing schools in rural areas is unnecessary to eliminate sprawl and will end up costing school districts — and taxpayers — money. Issaquah School District spokeswoman Sara Niegowski said local schools already operate four buildings in rural areas. As an example of how the King County proposal would cost the district money, Niegowski pointed to the construction of Pacific Cascade

Middle School. Built in 2006, Pacific Cascade was the last Issaquah district school to go up in a rural area. The district paid $3.7 million in 2003 for the property on which Cascade now sits, Niegowski said. An urban site studied by the district carried a price tag of $15.6 million. The price difference is clearly substantial, Niegowski said, further noting that even though Pacific Cascade technically sits in a rural area, it is across the street from hundreds of homes. While district officials don’t want to lose the Winterbrook property, they also don’t want the county to force them into buying a potentially expensive urban replacement for the rural land, Niegowski added. And increased property costs might be only one of the problems local leaders face if the county moves forward with its proposal. In urban areas, Niegowski said undeveloped plots large enough for a school are becoming hard to find. “Overall, this is a big deal for us,” she said, regarding King County’s proposal. Among area school leaders, those in Issaquah are not alone in opposing the rural school ban. All in all, 15 properties held by seven school districts could be affected. Those properties are valued at $12 million. Districts are promoting an amendment to the county plan, one that would grandfatherin rural properties districts already own. “Unless we can get some movement on this,” said Snoqualmie Valley schools Superintendent Joel Aune, “it appears it’s going to have a negative impact on our district.” King County leaders were slated to vote on the rural school

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issue at their June 29 meeting, but they delayed the vote until September in order to consider various amendments. “We’re trying to balance multiple policy objectives,” including conservation and education, said Lauren Smith, one of King County Executive Dow Constantine’s top land-use advisors. While King County’s policies are supposed to match up with state and federal regulations, they had not been updated since the 1990s.

Now is the time to close loopholes that encourage new development in rural areas, according to anti-urban sprawl advocates. “The existing countywide planning policies … have been a problem for years,” said Tim Trohimovich, co-director of planning and law for Futurewise, a Seattle-based conservation group. Trohimovich pointed to two proposed developments that include placing schools in rural areas to serve urban populations as an example of how the existing

policy permits sprawl. Schools also attract residents, he said. “That is why real estate agents tout new schools in the area in which they are trying to sell a house,” Trohimovich said. “So, people move into the rural area to be near the new school.” Reach reporter Tom Corrigan at 392-6434, ext. 241, or Reporter Dan Catchpole contributed to this report. To comment on this story, visit

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BUILDING MATERIALS Issaquah Cedar & Lumber Decking • Beams • Fencing • Siding 5728 East Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE 425.392.3631

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COUNSELING Rebecca Turner, L.P.C. Solid Rock Counseling 425.454.3863 (Bellevue)

CPAs Fleck Jurenka, LLP Certified Public Accountants Fresh Ideas & Continuous Tax Planning 360 Rainier Blvd North, Issaquah 425.961.0632

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CUSTOM CABINETRY Acorn Custom Cabinetry, Inc. 7211 132nd PL SE, Newcastle 425.235.8366 M-F 7:30 am – 4 pm, Sat 10 am – 2 pm

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LANDSCAPE CONTRACTORS Greener Dreams, Inc. 425.369.8133 Professional yard maintenance Experience in Issaquah, Redmond, Sammamish & Sno-Valley since 1991.

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Pine Lake Community Club Rent for Parties, Meetings, Weddings & Receptions. 425.392.2313 • 425.392.4041

MORTGAGE/HOME LOANS Prevail Credit Union A Better Way to Save & Borrow In Issaquah • for Washington Residents 206.382.1888 or 800.248.6928

MUSIC LESSONS StringThyme Music and Herbs Violin and Viola lessons taught by Danielle McCutcheon Beginning through professional levels, ages 6 and up Studio at Issaquah Mills Music

ORTHODONTISTS Angolkar 4 Smiles Orthodontics Drs. Angolkar, Pawar & Gessel Board Certified Orthodontist 505 E. Sunset Way • 425.392.0980

PAINT/WALLPAPER Bellevue Paint & Decorating Featuring Benjamin Moore Paints Bellevue • 425.454.7509 Sammamish • 425.836.5484

PHYSICAL THERAPY Balance Physical Therapy, Inc. Restore strength & balance to your body 730 NW Gilman Blvd, Ste C-108 425.391.6794

Susan H. Gerend, CRS, GRI, ASP Windermere Real Estate/East, Inc. Certified Residential Specialist Connected to the Pulse of Sammamish & Issaquah for over 32 years. 206.719.4663

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Christine Kipp Ewing & Clark Expert Representation & Unique Marketing Services 425.260.3934



Port Blakely Communities, Inc.

40 yrs. Experience in pediatric & adult ENT 510 8th Ave NE Ste. 310, Issaquah Highlands 1135 116th Ave NE #500, Bellevue 425.454.3938

NEWSPAPERS The Issaquah Press

Peak Sports and Spine Physical Therapy

1011 NE Park Drive, Suite 200 Issaquah, WA 98029 425-391-4700

Founded in 1900 45 Front St S, Issaquah 98027 • 425.392.6434

Henri P. Gaboriau, M.D., FACS

ENT/Facial Plastic Surgery 22840 NE 8th Street, Sammamish 425-898-1228

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Issaquah 425.391.9211 Sammamish 425.391.2427 Factoria 425.653.7100 • Bellevue 425.450.9801 Snoqualmie 425.396.7778 Renton Highlands 425.235.9505

Overlake Medical Center Issaquah Primary Care & 24-Hour Urgent Care Clinic 5708 East Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE Issaquah 98029 425.688.5777

Proliance Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

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Providence Marianwood

NUDIST PARK Fraternity Snoqualmie

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RECREATION YOUTH/ADULTS/SENIORS Redmond/Sammamish Boys & Girls Club

Sound Hearing

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NURSERY/GARDEN CENTERS Hayes Nursery Full selection of superb quality plants, flowers, trees & gifts. Professional staff for all-year gardening advice. 12504 Issaquah-Hobart Rd 425.391.4166

NURSING FACILITIES Issaquah Nursing & Rehabilitation


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Power Equipment Repair 1295 Front St. S. Issaquah, WA 98027 425.392.1373

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PLUMBING Schuerman Plumbing

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Holiday Inn Seattle - Issaquah

Professional Service with a Personal Touch. Living & working on Eastside over 25 years 206.353.2639 •

Pure Healing driven by Pure Science 1740 NW Maple St., Issaquah 98027 425.313.4800

Virginia Mason Medical Center

Nancy Sinclair, Re/Max Metro – Eastside

Your Local Real Estate Company 1495 NW Gilman Blvd, Suite 16 Issaquah, WA 98027 425.837.4700


Northstone Real Estate, Inc.

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Alicia R. Reid, Realtor Coldwell Banker Bain, Redmond Eastside Specialist, Accredited Luxury Home Specialist 425.466.0203 •

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REMODELING/HANDYMAN Cole NW Construction Kitchen & bath remodeling, additions, painting, roofing, decks, closet systems, home theater & handyman. Free estimates. 425.557.2950

Local Remodeling Contractor Kitchen & Bath Additions & More No Job Too Small – Give Us a Call Cutting Edge Carpentry Call James 206.277.5360

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TLC Academy Montessori Education Toddler • Preschool • Kindergarten 21512 NE 16th St Sammamish, WA 98074

SELF STORAGE Issaquah Highlands Self Storage Your Neighborhood Storage Solution! 910 NE High St, Issaquah 98029 425.295.2959

Fins Bistro Seafood Restaurant & Outdoor Patio Pre-Theatre Dining with Full Service Bar 301 Front Street N, Issaquah 98027 425.392.0109

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Issaquah Cafe Your Family’s Favorite Comfort Foods! 1580 NW Gilman Blvd Meadows Shopping Center (next to QFC) 425.391.9690

La Casita Mexican Restaurant 3076 Issaquah/Pine Lake Rd • 425.391.5911

La Costa Mexican Restaurant 240 NW Gilman Blvd • 425.392.8980

Rancho Grande Mexican Restaurant 480 228th Ave NE • 425.898.7328

ROOFING Miller Roofing

Snoqualmie Ridge Storage $39 5’x5’

Serving Issaquah/Sammamish since 1964 16637 Issaquah-Hobart Road SE 425.392.6121 •

Over 25 storage sizes + RV/Boat Parking 35501 SE Douglas Street, Snoqualmie 425.396.1410 • Open 7 days a week

RV PARK Issaquah Village RV Park


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1605 Huckleberry Circle Issaquah, WA 98029 425-996-0419

SCHOOLS Cougar Mountain Academy For Children with High Expectations Grades 1-5 • Kindergarten & Pre-K 5410 194th Ave SE • 425.641.2800

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Lombardi’s Italian Restaurant

Voted Best Italian 10 Years in a Row! Lunch • Dinner • Private Dining Room • Family Friendly 695 NW Gilman Blvd, Issaquah • 425.391.9097

In the Beginning Preschool

TOYS White Horse Toys Traditional and European Brands Helpful Staff • Games & puzzles for all ages

TRAVEL AAA Travel & Insurance For all your Travel & Insurance needs 405 NW Gilman Blvd, Suite 102 Issaquah, 98027 • 425.557.0222

TUTORING Huntington Learning Center Celebrating 34 years of Academic Success 1460 NW Gilman Blvd, Issaquah 425.391.0383 1915 140th Ave NE, Ste D3, Bellevue 425.643.8098

Kumon Math and Reading Learning Center

Lake Washington Facial Plastic Surgery

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Advanced facial rejuvenation care 510 8th Ave, Suite 300 425.278.1810 in Issaquah Highlands •

Mathnasium of Issaquah/Sammamish


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VETERINARY Tiger Mountain Veterinary Clinic


Practice Limited to Small Animals Jayne Jensen, D.V.M. 14920 Issaquah-Hobart Rd 425.255.PURR or 425.391.PURR

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Ages 20 mos. to Pre-K 9:30 am – 1 pm (M, T, TH & F) 425.392.0123 ext 3


WEDDINGS & EVENTS Pine Lake Community Club

NW Cuisine with an Adriatic Flair 120 NW Gilman Blvd, Issaquah • 425.392.5550

Our Savior Lutheran Preschool

SPA Sammamish Center Medical Spa

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Round Table Pizza Carry Out, Dine In, Delivery, Banquet Facilities 730 NW Gilman Blvd • Issaquah 425.391.7117 Sun-Thurs 11am-10 pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm

All faiths welcome. Ages 3, 4 & 5 425.392.1201 Ext. 4

Please visit

Sammamish Children’s School

Nurturing Children & Enriching Families 207 228th Ave SE, Sammamish 98074 425.313.9000

The Sammamish Café

Comfort food at its finest! Saffron Center – North Plateau 22830 NE 8th St, Sammamish 425.242.1350

Sammamish Christian School & Noah’s Ark Preschool

sip at the wine bar & restaurant

425.392.7470 •

1084 NE Park Drive Issaquah, WA 98029 Phone: 425.369.1181 • Fax 425.369.1194 Visit on Facebook & Twitter life’s fast…sip slow

Stan’s Bar-B-Q Rated #1 in the State! 58 Front St North, Issaquah 425.392.4551

Enriching Minds • Nurturing Hearts Inspiring Souls • 4221-B 228th Ave SE

Sammamish Hills Lutheran Preschool Where kids love to learn & learn to love. 22818 SE 8th St Sammamish 98074 425.698.5777 •

Sammamish Spanish Preschool We love to teach and we teach with love 22809 NE 25th Way, Sammamish, 98074 425.836.0212 • 425.898.7831

Thai Ginger

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SnoSprings School

RETIREMENT LIVING Merrill Gardens at Renton Center “A One-of-a-Kind Retirement Community” Voted Best of Renton 2009, 2010, 2011 425.235.6400

Pre-K – 2nd Grade Foundation Education 25237 SE Issaquah-Fall City Rd 425.392.1196

Sunnybrook Montessori School Academic program • Experienced Teachers 14 mos–6 yrs • Low Ratios • Extended Care 1005 5th Ave NW, Issaquah • 425.392.4087

SYNAGOGUE Chabad of the Central Cascades 24121 SE Black Nugget Road Issaquah, WA 98029 Phone 425.427.1654 • Fax 425.642.8389

THEATRES Village Theatre 303 Front St N, Downtown Issaquah Box Office • 425.392.2202 Box Office Hours • Tue-Sat 11am-7pm

TOWING Clark’s Towing, LLC Auto • Truck • Foreign • Domestic Family owned & operated since 1965 6003 221st Pl SE • PO Box 2107 Issaquah 98027 • 425.392.6000

Safeway Wedding Cakes & Flowers Elegant and delicious wedding cakes Beautiful and affordable wedding flowers

WINDOW/GUTTER/ROOF CLEANING Reflection of Perfection Window, Gutter and Roof Cleaning Satisfaction Guaranteed Call for a free estimate – 425.922.3939

ZOO Cougar Mountain Zoo Threatened & Endangered Species Unique Teaching Zoo 19525 SE 54th • Off Newport Way 425.391.5508


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POlice Blotter Shady buyer A Sammamish couple reported July 14 that they suspected they were being scammed by a prospective buyer after listing their duplex for sale on Craigslist. The couple was looking for someone to buy a duplex they owned in Seattle and received an email from an interested party in England. The prospective buyer then

SAMMAMISH REVIEW mailed the couple a cashiers check for twice what they were asking for the unit with instructions that they wire the extra money back to England. The couple reported the incident to police.

Drinking and driving and almost dying A 22-year-old Sammamish man will likely be charged with driving under the influence after colliding with a parked car and rolling his vehicle over. Police responded to a report of an injury accident on the 2100 block of 236th Avenue Northeast at around 1:45 a.m. July 14. There

they found a man trapped in a Honda Civic that had flipped on its roof. Aid units were able to extricate the man from the vehicle and transport him to the hospital. Police and hospital employees report that the man was slurring his words, which prompted them to take a blood sample after he refused to do a breath test. The man was reportedly combative with police and hospital employees and demanded to be immediately be let out of the hospital so that he could drive home and go to sleep. The man did not believe officers when they told him that he had just been in a rollover acci-

dent, according to the police report. Police are awaiting the results of blood tests to determine his level of intoxication.

Garbage bomb A resident on the 3800 block of 203rd Avenue Northeast had their garbage can destroyed by some sort of explosive at around 1:30 a.m. July 9. The explosion ripped open the sides of the plastic can and sent the lid flying across the residents’ yard. Police have no suspects.

Wallet was too fat An officer on patrol found an unclaimed wallet in the middle of the road on the 500 block of 228th Avenue Northeast the afternoon of July 10. Inside the wallet was more than $1,000 in cash. Police attempted to contact the man via his home and work phone numbers and then kept the wallet at the Sammamish Police station until he could pick it up.

Compost bomb A resident on the 2300 block of 236th Avenue Northeast had their yard waste bin vandalized by an explosive at around 12:15 a.m. July 10. Police found firework debris inside the bin and took pictures of the scene. They have no suspects.

Musical custody dispute Police were called July 8 to sort out a dispute between a recently divorced couple after the male half entered the woman’s home to remove a $30,000 grand piano. The woman reported that she had arrived home to find the piano missing and received a text message from her ex-husband saying that he had taken it and thanking her for leaving the door open for him, even though she

had locked it before she left. Police contacted the male, who said the piano was technically a business asset that he was entitled to under the terms of the couples’ divorce. The man also said that he was still technically the owner of the home, which is under foreclosure. Officers documented the incident and forwarded it to the attorneys involved in the couples’ ongoing court proceedings.

Graffiti Police documented some graffiti that had been scrawled on a sign and some Puget Sound Energy power boxes near the 22600 block of Southeast 29th Street July 15. The graffiti was written in black marker and was juvenile in nature. Police advised the city and Puget Sound Energy of the damage.

Bad check A 24-year-old Issaquah man may face forgery charges after allegedly trying to cash stolen checks at the Bank of America on Issaquah-Pine Lake Road July 14. Bank employees called police after becoming suspicious about several checks the man was trying to cash. Police searched the man’s vehicle and found several checks belonging to another Issaquah man. The suspect told police that he had gotten the checks from a friend, who said they belonged to his dad. Police contacted the owner of the checks, who said that he didn’t know the suspect and that he hadn’t given anyone permission to cash his checks. The case remains under investigation.

Food fight A resident on the 1800 block of West Beaver Lake Drive reported that someone had covered See BLOTTER, Page 19

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their vehicle in condiments and flour July 13. No permanent damage was done to the vehicle and police have no suspects.

Disbanding the militia A 42-year-old Sammamish man stopped by the Sammamish Police Department July 13 to dispose of a magazine of ammunition for an AK-47. Police obliged the man.

Unpermitted logging A resident on the 1900 block of East Lake Sammamish Parkway reported that someone had been chopping down small trees near the public trail in the middle of the night. The resident reported that she had heard the cutting noises between 2 and 3 a.m. Police located several tree clumps chopped down near the base of the trees. The case remains under investigation.

Beers and bombs An 18-year-old Sammamish woman was arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of minor in possession of alcohol July 10. Police responded to a large juvenile party on the 200 block of 246th Way Southeast around 11:30 p.m. after a neighbor reported that someone had blown up their garbage can with a fire-

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work. Police arrived to find the shades to the home drawn and the lights out but found more than 20 people who appeared to be underage drinking in the back of the home. Unable to get the occupants of the home to answer the front door, the officer began running the license plates of the multitude of cars parked out front and contacting the registered owners. Several of the car owners agreed to come retrieve their cars as well as their children. The officer found that one vehicle belonged to the 18-year-old Sammamish woman, whom he had arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence about three weeks earlier. By this time, the home’s occupants had allowed an officer in the home. They took the 18-year-old into custody on suspicion of minor in possession. After the woman invoked her right to remain silent, the officer threatened to have her sent to the hospital as a medical precaution because he thought she might be too intoxicated by alcohol. The woman then agreed to give a breath test because she did not want to have her stomach pumped. She blew a .10 on the breath test and was booked into Issaquah Jail.

If only he kept quiet Police arrested an apparently intoxicated 26-year-old Sammamish man after he repeatedly yelled and screamed at neighbors July 10. Officers were called to the Saxony Apartments

after neighbors reported a loud argument in the man’s apartment at around 6 p.m. Officers contacted the man, who was arguing with a Duvall woman over friendship issues. The pair agreed they were being a bit loud and agreed to calm down. About 40 minutes later officers got calls from neighbors again after the argument resumed. Police arrived and contacted the Duvall woman outside the apartments. Police convinced the woman to go home, but gave her a breath test and revealed a .17 blood alcohol level. The woman agreed not to drive and said she would walk to Safeway and call for a ride. Police then contacted the man, who was also intoxicated and refused to calm down. Police had been to the man’s apartment two days prior after his noise had disturbed neighbors.

Police were eventually able to talk the man back into his apartment. As they were leaving they witnessed the man walk onto his deck and begin yelling at downstairs neighbors because he was angry that they had called 911. Two neighbors told police that the man had been a problem for several weeks. Police told the man they would be contacting his landlord, to which he replied “good” and told police which unit the landlord lived in. The landlord told police he was going to look into evicting the man. During this conversation, police received another 911 call saying that the man was still yelling at neighbors. Police told the man that they wouldn’t charge him with disorderly conduct under one condition – that he return to his apartment and be quiet. Police talked the man back into his apartment. As they were leaving, the man

August Events


came back out onto his deck and repeatedly asked the officers if he was allowed to leave. Police reminded him five times that it was in his best interested to spend the rest of the evening in his home being silent. The man continued to ask the same question over and over in a loud voice, prompting officers to take him into custody and cite him for disorderly conduct.

Smash and grab A Bellevue resident had a checkbook and several other items stolen from his car as it was parked on the 2200 block of East Beaver Lake Drive Southeast between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. July 9. The suspect broke the front passenger window to access the car. Police have no suspects. Items in the Police Blotter come from Sammamish Police reports.

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National Night Out Kick-off August 2nd • Noon - 3pm • Sammamish Commons Community safety and awareness fair with lots of emergency personnel. Entertainment includes W.E. C.A.R.E. Sports (1:30) & Jam Academy Kids (12:00)

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August 29 • Noon - 1pm • Ebright Creek Park Harry Potter impersonator Nate Weinstein

August Concerts in the Park 6:30-8pm at Pine Lake Park Parking at Discovery Elementary and shuttle from Pine Lake Park and Ride

August 4 FreddyPink (Rhythm & Blues) August 11 BottleRockit (Country rock) August 18 Sammamish Symphony (Music from Oscar award winning films)


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Sammamish Days August 13th • 10am - 3pm • Sammamish Commons Kids Parade, Ethnic food and entertainment, Kids area

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Local residents trek from mountains to sound By Christopher Huber

Matt Haynie isn’t a morning person. But he had to rise bright and early for nine days while trekking from Ellensburg to Seattle with a group of about 60 Seattle area hikers. “I just thought it would be something really neat to do,” said Matt, 15, of Sammamish. “I had never been on a camping trip where we were moving the entire time.” But he didn’t realize how tiring it would be until they had to get up at 6:30 a.m. on day eight to hike 16 miles over Cougar and Squak mountains. The constant up- and downhill climbing took its toll, he said. “That was really the most exhausting day ever,” he said. Matt was among about 20 youth — a few from Sammamish — and about 40 adults who biked, rode horseback and hiked 130 miles from Ellensburg to Seattle July 2-10 as part of the Mountains to Sound Greenway 20th Anniversary Trek. Held every decade, the trek is meant to celebrate nature and educate people about what the Greenway Trust has done to preserve the


Greenway Intern and Trek EMT David Dunphy, front, Grace Hung, and Greenway Trust staffer Sonja Hanson hike along Rattlesnake Mountain July 6. wilderness areas along the Interstate-90 corridor since 1990. It also connects people with the trust’s founders and leaders, said

Erin Steinkruger, a program associate at the organization. “This is the reason I-90 doesn’t look like I-5,” said Matt. He quot-

ed the leaders of the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, which has spent the past 20 years working with governments and

landowners to preserve the wilderness areas from Ellensburg to Seattle. Participants spent about seven hours per day on the trails and spent much of the rest of the time each day exploring around their campsites, making friends or searching for specific plant species for a scavenger hunt, Steinkruger said. Grace Hung, a Sammamish resident and incoming senior at Eastlake High School, signed up for the trek because she had never been farther east than Snoqualmie Pass and thought it would be quite an experience. Her brother, Teddy, 15, also went. Grace, who doesn’t hike much, noted the easygoing pace of the trek — she was still tired at the end of each day, though. “Going to Ellensburg was really neat for me,” Grace said. “It was really relaxing. You could just go at whatever pace you want. It was more about enjoying yourself than trying to keep up.” Participants spent the first two days on bikes, horseback and even riding in wagons, traversing the trails 26 miles from Ellensburg to south Cle Elum. See TREK, Page 21

Summer concerts rock the park By Anna Marum

Photo by Anna Marum

Howie and Amy McOmber dance to classic rock'n'roll songs as the About Face band performs Thursday evening at Pine Lake Park

picks a variety of genres to cater to a wide audience. Families tossed balls back and “We’ve never had a negative forth and children danced to the comment,” she said. unmistakable melodies of Boston, Denise Markley of Redmond, a Journey and Van Morrison at regular attendee, said she enjoys Pine Lake Park July 21. About the music and likes that families 500 people braved a can run around and few light showers to play. If you go hear the About Face She said she band, a classic rock What: Summer hopes the series cover band. The perConcerts in the Park continues into formance was part of When: Thursdays, future years and the weekly series put 6:30 – 8 p.m. appreciates that the on by the city of Where: Pine Lake concerts are free. Sammamish, Park Tara Johnson of Summer Concerts in Cost: Free Issaquah said the the Park. concert was fun Recreation Coordinator Lynne despite the weather. She loves Handlos said the turnout was the classic rock, so she enjoyed the best yet this summer, due to the About Face band. unseasonable weather in previ“Their Journey song sounded ous weeks. This summer marks exactly like Journey,” she said. the concert series’ 11th year, she The concert series kicked off said. For this year’s lineup, she on July 7 and the last concert of picked the most popular bands in the summer will be on August 28. the last 10 years. The About Face Next Thursday July 28, Dr. Funk, band returned from 2008. a funk and groove band, will perHandlos said she purposely form.


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Tree socks colonize Seattle

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By Anna Marum

Artist Suzanne Tidwell, creator of the yarn socks adorning several tree stumps near Eastlake High School in Sammamish, now has another site to add to her résumé. In April, Seattle Parks and Recreation asked artists to contribute to ARTSpark Program 2011. The program, which organizes performances and art in Occidental Square during the summer, is a partnership between Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, and 4Culture’s Site Specific program. The ARTSpark representatives were excited to give Tidwell the go-ahead to wrap the trees in the square with

UW graduation The following students from Sammamish graduated from the University of Washington this June. This is a partial list. Some student’s names were printed in previous weeks. Christopher Yan Hoi Poon, B.S. in chemistry and biochemistry; Steven Mathew Postlewait, B.S. in bioengineering; Nathan William Precup, B.S. in aeronautical and astronautical engineering; Krishanu Ray, B.A. in English; Atusa Rezaee, B.A. in communication; Ashley M Rolph, B.A. in communication and drama; Natasha Ungine Safarian, B.A. in business administration; Nicia Michelle Sanelli, B.A. in communication; Karishma Ashvin Sanghvi, B.S. in industrial engineering; Christine Frances Schmid, B.A. in political science; Cary Ann Schnebeck, B.S. in health informatics and health information management; Kassandria Lee Seaton, B.A. in law, societies and justice; Gabrielle Ann Seidler, B.A. in business administration; Risa Rylin Sepkowski, B.A. in international studies; Peter Arnold Shank, B.A. in social sciences; Kevin William Shreve, B.A. in comparative history of ideas; Ryuichi Robert Sikora, B.A. in business administration and international studies; Andrea Haluptzok Smith, B.S. in construction management; Leila E Solaimani, B.A. in


Photo by Katya Palladina

Suzanne Tidwell affixes a sheath of yarn in Seattle’s Occidental Park. brightly-colored yarn, said the artist. “It really transforms the neighborhood,” she said. Tidwell began installing the tubes of yarn on June 1 and finished on June 30. The bright hues of red, orange, purple and yellow have been likened to styles of Tim Burton and Dr. Seuss. The artist said the feedback

from Seattleites has been incredible. “The community has been so supportive and enthusiastic,” she said. The Occidental tree socks may come down in mid-August to make way for other artists’ projects. Tidwell said projects like the Occidental Square and her current project for the Bellevue Arts Fair have kept her busy.

She said she will likely change the Sammamish tree socks in August. The socks’ colors will represent the transition from summer into fall, and will include bright reds and purples and orange and brown. The Sammamish City Council has allowed the tree socks to continue for a year, and the new display in fall should be the final one.

interdisciplinary studies and society, ethics and human behavior; Mie-Seon Elizabeth Srein, B.A. in political science; Anirudh Srinivas, B.S. in computer science; Ju Suh, B.S. in biology and Spanish; Samantha Renee Tanji, B.A. in classical studies and anthropology; Teresa Ai-Shiung Teng, B.A. in economics; Ann Louise Trigg, B.A. in communication and political science; Ryan Michael Troyer, B.A. in interdisciplinary studies and science, technology and environment Jennifer Tse, B.A. in political science; Ramkumar Nageshbabu Vaithyam, B.A. in business administration; Jordan Bond Villeneuve, B.A. in political science; Jessica Joan Whitehill, B.A. in social sciences; Drew Y Whitten, B.A. in business administration; Matthew Robert Wilson, B.A. in business administration; Michael Joseph Wilson, B.S. in industrial engineering; Jacqueline Elizabeth Yerges, B.S. in medical technology; Leonar Yiong, B.A. in Japanese and linguistics; Johnson Yu, B.A. in international studies and Susan Roseann Yvarra, B.A. in global studies.

achieve a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Kesl married Jordan Collier of Covington July 19 at Lord Hills Farms in Snohomish, The couple’s honeymoon location is Costa Rica. The bride’s parents are Jim and Ann Kesl, of Sammamish. The groom’s parents are Mark and Ann Collier, of Covington, Wash. Bridal attendants include Katy Chapin, Amy Kesl, Danny Kesl and Matt Kesl. The groomsmen were Nick Smith, Adam Collier, Melissa Collier, Megan Collier and Katie Collier. Laura Kesl attended Eastlake High School and Seattle Pacific University. She is a 2011 graduate of Seattle University, where she earned a Masters of Education in student development. Jordan Collier attended the Seattle Christian school and the University of Washington. He is currently a second year medical student at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Yakima.

Samuel Jefferies graduates Samuel Robert Jefferies of Sammamish graduated from the University of WisconsinMadison this spring. Jeffries received a Bachelor of Arts in history, international studies and political science.

Johnna Furcini on dean’s list Sammamish resident Johnna Furcini made the dean’s list at Linfield College for the spring semester. In order to be named to the dean’s list, students must complete 12 graded credits and be in the top 10 percent of their class.

Monica Anderson makes dean’s list

Caitlin Evans on dean’s list

Laura Kesl and Jordan Collier

Sammamish resident Caitlin Evans made the dean’s list at Ball State University this spring. To qualify, students must

Laura Kesl weds Jordan Collier Sammamish resident Laura

Sammamish resident Monica Anderson has been named to the dean’s list for the 2011 spring semester in Villanova University’s college of engineering. To qualify for the dean’s list in the college of engineering, students earn a semester GPA of 3.25

They hit the John Wayne Pioneer Trail, a major cross-state trail that leads all the way through North Bend. On July 4, the hikers went 21 miles on horseback, bike and wagon to Crystal Springs. They passed through Lake Eaton State Park and then learned about the state’s efforts to build wildlife bridges over and under I-90, to help animals avoid freeway traffic. On day four — their final day on bikes and horses — they trekked 28 miles to Rattlesnake Lake, near North Bend, and celebrated the re-opening of the renovated 2.3-mile Snoqualmie Tunnel. “My favorite moment of the trek was being the first to go through,” Matt said. “It’s probably one of the most unique parts of the trek. It was very, very dark.” From Rattlesnake Lake, the group hiked 11 miles to Snoqualmie Point July 6, and then another seven miles July 7 to Preston. All the while, they learned about the various features of the protected areas of the greenway, as well as efforts in the works to preserve more land. “My favorite part was really meeting all the different people,” Grace said. “It was fun to meet different types of people I never would have met otherwise.” From Preston, the hikers walked to Issaquah (11 miles). On the eighth day they made it to Bellevue (another 16 miles), via Squak and Cougar mountains, most of the time remaining out of sight from any major roadways. The trek wrapped up with a 10-mile hike from Bellevue to Seattle, where the group and other supporters and event goers celebrated with a party on Pier 58. Grace said she gained an appreciation for all the rain and gloomy weather we get on the Eastside. “This was one of the first times I’ve gone hiking in years,” she said. “Even though we complain about rain, that’s kind of what makes these trails.” Leaders of the Mountains to Sound Greenway said the trek was meant to gather all the partnering members and organizations that made the 20 years of conservation possible. Due to the complicated logistics, the nine-day trek only happens every 10 years, Steinkruger said. “It’s quite an undertaking,” she said. “It was definitely a community effort.” Grace is already ready for the next big Greenway Trek. “It’s the experience of a lifetime,” Grace said. “If they have a 30th anniversary one, I’m definitely coming back.” Reporter Christopher Huber can be reached at 392-6434, ext. 242, or

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Events RASP Reading Series: Stephen “Stepto” Toulouse & Open Mic. The Redmond Association of Spokenword’s reading series event will feature Microsoft employee Stephen “Stepto” Toulouse and provide an open mic. opportunity for writers to read their work in a comfortable, welcoming environment. Toulouse is a geek, a gamer, a writer, and the director of policy and enforcement for Xbox LIVE. The event will take place on Friday, July 29 at 7:00 PM in room 105 of the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center.


and petecas. Held on the Plaza between City Hall and the library, 1:30 p.m. August 2.

Gotta have that funk

National Night Out begins at 7 p.m. Aug. 2 in neighborhoods throughout the city.


Concert in the Park summer concert series features “FreddyPink” from 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 4 at Pine Lake Park.


Free Fly Casting Clinic. The Trout Unlimited chapter of Bellevue-Issaquah will hold its annual fly casting clinic where beginning anglers can learn basic casting techniques while seasoned anglers

10 Concert in the Park summer concert series features “Doctorfunk” from 6:30-8 p.m. July 28 at Pine Lake Park.


Brother Coyote and Sister Fox Puppet Show, a puppet adaptation of a Mexican

Tales from a Small Planet, search under stones and rummage through suitcases with songs, dances and books to discover hundreds of stories from Planet Earth for children 2 and older with an adult, 3 p.m. July 29 at the library.

folktale. Brother Coyote wants to catch and eat one of Dona Conchita’s chickens while quickwitted Sister Fox waits to trick him with her clever schemes. In Spanish and English for children 3 and older with an adult, 1 and 3 p.m. July 30 at the library.

August 2 National Night Out and

Kids performance, along with the Sammamish Police official kick off of National Night Out, is set for noon Aug. 2 at City Hall. W.E. C.A.R.E Sports, for children ages 5 and older with an adult. Celebrate the differences and similarities among cultures by playing games from around the world with W.E. C.A.R.E. Sports. Discover new games that use luna sticks, diabolos, pelele (fling-it nets), lariats, takraw balls

can fine tune their skills and learn new techniques. All can benefit from tips by professional fly casters. The clinic will be held in the pavilion area of Beaver Lake Park on August 10 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Concert in the Park summer concert series features “BottleRockIt” from 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 11 at Pine Lake Park.

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Public meetings August 8 Lake Washington School Board. Worksession, 5 p.m. 16250 N.E. 74th St., Redmond Town Center. Board meeting, 7 p.m. August 16 Primary election. Ballots must be mailed back or turned in to ballot drop boxes.

Library Activities Swaddler Story Time, for children birth-9 months with an adult, 11 a.m. July 28 and Aug. 4. Waddler Story Time, for children 9-24 months with an adult, 10 and 11 a.m. July 29. Hindi Story Time, for children 3 and older with an adult, 4 p.m. July 28 and Aug. 4. Toddler Story Time, for children 2-3 with an adult, 10 and 11 a.m. Aug. 3. Preschool Story Time, for children 3-6 with an adult, 10 a.m. July 28 and 1 p.m. July 29 and Aug. 4. Tales of the Trickster, for ages 3 and older with an adult. Explore tales of magic from Africa, Europe and the United States with multicultural stories, music, instruments and artifacts, 1 p.m. Aug. 5.

Spanish Celebration with Stories and Songs, for birth to 5 years with an adult. To celebrate Sammamish Days, the library will offer a fun filled-workshop for Spanish-speaking families to learn about Early Literacy and how to prepare children for Kindergarten, 11 a.m. Aug. 13. Mother Daughter Book Club will discuss “The Breadwinner” by Deborah Ellis, 3 p.m. Aug. 27. Farmers Market Writing Workshop, for ages 13 and older. Join other writers as we search the Farmers Market for inspiration, then spend a summer evening writing, sharing our work and learning from each other, 4:30 p.m. Aug. 10 and 17. The Sammamish Book Group will discuss “Garlic and Sapphires: the Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise” by Ruth Reichl, 7 p.m. Aug. 17.

Volunteer opportunities Sammamish Medical Reserve Corps is seeking retired medical and non-medical workers. meetings 6:30-8 p.m., fourth Wednesday of the month at Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 82. Email 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 The King County LongTerm Care Ombudsman

Program needs certified longterm care ombudsman volunteers. After completing a fourday 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 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. 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 distribu-

Volunteers are needed to visit homebound patrons with the King County Library System’s Traveling Library Center program. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and have reliable transportation. Call Susan LaFantasie at 3693235. 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 206448-5740. Guide Dogs for the Blind Eager Eye Guide Pups Club needs volunteers to raise puppies for use as guide dogs for the blind. Email Volunteer Chore Services links volunteers with seniors or individuals who are disabled and are living on a limited income. Call 425-284-2240.

Continuing Education Beyond Baby Blues, a dropin postpartum depression support group, meets from 12:301:30 p.m. Thursdays at New Parents Services, 11911 N.E. First St., No. 300, in Bellevue. Participants must call to confirm 450-0332, ext. 3.

Sammamish Presbyterian Church is hosting a series of different fitness classes, Wednesdays and Fridays 6:307:30 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Billie Donahue at 785-2880. Classes

Magic Around the World, for ages 5 and older with adult. Learn amazing facts about the people, landmarks and history of countries around the world with maps and artifacts from each area, 2 p.m. Aug. 9. Musik Nest, for children ages 2-3 with an adult. Share songs, dance, rhythm and new ways to enjoy music with your toddler, 7 p.m. Aug. 11.

Like us on August 13 & 14, 2011 10:00 am to 4:30 pm City of Sammamish Community All Purpose Fields 400 228th Avenue NE

are free and no registration is required. The Issaquah Sammamish Interfaith Coalition is hosting English Language Classes at 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Pine Lake Covenant Church.


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A dozen Sammamish youth golfers advance to state By Christopher Huber

The Washington Junior Golf Association District 2 Championship tournament didn’t go quite as well as Li Wang would have hoped. Over the two weeks prior, the incoming Eastlake High School junior had placed sixth and tied for fifth in two national American Junior Golf Association tournaments in Texas and Oregon and was ready to take this one by storm on the not-so-difficult Mount Si Golf Course. After shooting a disappointing plus-4 76 on July 19, Wang managed to shoot on par (72) in the second round. But it wasn’t quite enough to take the title in his age group — the 16- and 17-year-olds. He took second place with an overall 148-stroke performance. Mercer Island’s Charlie Kern won with a low score of 144. “Yesterday (July 19) I had to get really low to have a chance to win,” Wang said. “I posted a pretty good round. Just wasn’t enough I guess.” Wang was among 12 Sammamish youth golfers who advanced to the WJGA state tournament after posting low enough numbers at the 2011 District 2

Photos by Christopher Huber

Sammamish’s R.P. McCoy watches his drive from the first tee box during the WJGA District 2 Championship July 19 at Mount Si Golf Course. Championship July 18-19 at Mount Si Golf Course. The dozen youth will compete at Walla

Walla Country Club, Wine Valley Golf Course and Veteran’s Memorial Golf Course July 27-29.

In all, 16 Sammamish residents participated in the district tournament.

Along with Wang in the boys age 16-17 group, Jack Strickland qualified for state as the first alternate. He shot a consistent 77-77 over two days at Mount Si. Wang said the course gave him a lot of birdie opportunities, but that they were tough to execute on the green. “The first day I wasn’t really on,” he said. “There were a lot of birdie opportunities, but you just got to let them come, you can’t force anything. You just had to stay patient out there.” In the boys 14-15 age group, Spencer Weiss and Brian Mogg, both of Sammamish, each lowered their second day scores and qualified for state. They finished third and fourth, respectively. Weiss posted a 75-74-149 and Mogg finished with a 77-75-152. “I didn’t make any mistakes or get in trouble,” Weiss said. “I hit a lot of greens and 2-putted.” R.P. McCoy, 14, also qualified for the state tournament after he tallied a 157-stroke performance (77-80). In addition, Nate Fischer shot a 171 to qualify as state alternate in the 12-13 age group. In the boys age 8-11 competiSee GOLF, Page 25

Skyline graduate Adrian Sampson overcomes Tommy John surgery, gets drafted by Florida Marlins By Bob Taylor

The excruciating pain in his elbow was matched by the agonizing ache in his heart. Adrian Sampson thought his baseball career might be over two years ago. But the former Skyline High School standout underwent successful Tommy John surgery in 2009 and his career has entered a new promising chapter. Sampson began his comeback this spring as a starter for Bellevue College. The freshman right-hander compiled a 6-2 record, a 1.87 earned run average with 82 strikeouts in 62 innings. Opponents hit just .176 against him. Sampson’s pitching helped Bellevue win the NWAACC championship. His year also included getting selected by the Florida Marlins in the 16th round of the Amateur Baseball Draft. “This year has been a lot of fun,” he said. This summer, Sampson is

pitching for the Bellingham Bells of the Northwest Collegiate League. Sampson gives much of the credit for his fantastic season to Bellevue College coach Mark Yoshino. “I had a lot of help from coach Yoshino. It got me back into a good rehab schedule, lifting weights and had me throw bullpens to build up my arm strength. I have to give him all the credit,” Sampson said. Yoshino points out that Sampson’s internal drive had much to do with the season. The Bulldogs coach noted Sampson had a strong work ethic and an open mind to coaching tips. Until last year, Yoshino didn’t think he had a chance of recruiting Sampson. “He was completely off my radar,” said Yoshino, who knew when Sampson was a junior at Skyline that he had made a commitment to Oregon State. Yoshino had seen Sampson pitch in summer baseball before

and was familiar with his success at Skyline. Sampson was a standout during his sophomore and junior years at Adrian Skyline, earnSampson ing all-KingCo Conference first-team honors both seasons. Some top programs had Sampson on their radar. Surgery is needed The fact Sampson pitched well during his junior year was partially due to willpower. Although his arm often hurt, he fought on. “The pain just would not go away,” said Sampson. Sampson took two weeks off, hoping the rest would help his arm in preparation for the summer American Legion season. “I didn’t throw a baseball or anything during that time,” he said.

When he started a game for Lakeside Recovery’s Senior American Legion, his arm throbbed. “It was the worst pain I ever felt,” he said. Sampson went to a doctor and had an MRI. Because school was still in session, he went back to class that day. “By the end of the day, my dad called. He told me the results. My ulnar ligament was torn,” Sampson said. “I knew I had to get Tommy John surgery right away.” For a while, he just sat stunned. “I couldn’t believe it at all. What would happen to my future? I knew I would not be playing my senior year. It was one of my worst days,” he said. He had been dreaming about playing pro ball from the time he began playing at age 5. He went through all the usual channels of youth baseball. He grew up idolizing his older brother Julian, who also starred at Skyline before

getting drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2007. For the younger Adrian to join Julian in the pros, he would have to go through the Tommy John surgery. The Tommy John procedure is named after the former Major League pitcher. The procedure is also known as the ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction. The ligament on the medial elbow is replaced with a tendon from elsewhere in the body. It takes a full year to recover from the surgery. However, the success rate is quite high. Almost 90 percent of all players who undergo the surgery return and experience some success. John, for example, played 14 more years after the procedure and won 164 games. On July 29, 2009, Sampson had his surgery. He woke up with a huge sling and his arm was in a cast. A week later, he began physical therapy. “The process went through a See DRAFT, Page 25


Eastlake Little League making run at state The Eastlake Little League 11and 12-year-old Majors all-star team is the District 9 champion after defeating Bellevue West 9-8 in the Majors tournament title game July 19 at Redmond’s Hartman Park. The boys actually defeated Bellevue West twice in a row to take the championship title. It first won 13-0 in the first game before knocking the Bellevue team out for good, with the second victory. Eastlake advanced to the Little League state championship tournament in Vancouver, Wash. In the second championship game — Bellevue had to lose twice to be eliminated —

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rollercoaster of emotions,” he said. “One day, my arm would be pain free, and I would feel like I am on the way back. Another day, sometimes I would wake and my arm would be super sore. I started to wonder if I might be in the group of guys who had Tommy John surgery who didn’t come back.” But Sampson continued to work. “I had no intentions of not coming back to play baseball. I am a baseball player. I had just hit a little speed bump,” he said. “I wanted to get through this. I wanted to still play baseball. That had been my goal the whole time.” Heading to Bellevue Because of the surgery and recovery time, Sampson was unable to pitch his senior year at Skyline. That presented a problem because most of the colleges that had recruited him lost interest.

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Eastlake relied on a game-winning RBI from Josh Jayagaran. His hit scored teammate Alec Gomez in the bottom of the sixth inning to make it 9-8 Eastlake. Gomez finished 2-for-2. Eastlake’s Elliot Carney went 1-for-2 with two RBIs and a home run. Mark Whitley also slammed a home run and finished the game 2-for-4. Jack Senegor was 2-for-2. Will Bickford got the win on the mound for Eastlake. The team went 7-0 through the tournament. State tournament update As of the Review’s press deadline, the boys of Eastlake were still alive in the hunt for a Majors state title at Fort Vancouver. The team opened the “I wasn’t sure what I was going to do for college,” he said. But Skyline coach Chris Tamminen called Yoshino to see if he was interested in giving Sampson a chance. “It was definitely a shock. When I met him and his father I left with a good impression,” Yoshino said about Sampson. Sampson had heard from Skyline graduates Michael Lee and Kyle Decater about the Bellevue program. Both had been successful at Bellevue before moving on to the college and professional ranks. “I knew Bellevue was one of the best junior college programs in the country,” Sampson said. Sampson and Bellevue became a perfect marriage. Yoshino said he was impressed with Sampson’s attitude right from the start. “He really wanted the team to do well,” Yoshino said. “When high-profile players go to a twoyear college, some of them have prima donna attitudes with their own personal network of coaches and assistants, and aren’t loyal to the two-year college program they are part of. Adrian was the opposite, he came in just like

tournament July 23 with a 15-2 win in five innings over West Seattle (the District 7 champs). Eastlake also beat District 1 champs Kent 5-1 July 24 to advance to the July 26 game against Salmon Creek, the top team in District 6.

Sammamish Little League 9/10 All-Stars finish shy of district title From the south side of Sammamish, the all-stars from the Sammamish Little League 9/10 team came close to earning the league’s first District 9 title ever in that division, according to coaches. But it lost in the everyone else, was a team player and made a strong commitment to the program.” Throughout the season, Sampson got stronger and stronger. In the NWAACC Tournament, he blanked Lower Columbia, 3-0, on three hits. He struck out 15 and walked just one batter. “It was one of the biggest games I have had in my career,” he said. The performance led to Sampson being selected to the all-tournament team. “He is a competitor, man,” Tamminen said. “He is the type of kid you definitely pull for.” Drafted by the Marlins Professional baseball scouts began following Sampson this season, too. When the Marlins selected Sampson it did not come as a complete surprise to him. “I felt I would get drafted, but I had no idea what round or by what team,” he said. Sampson has until Aug. 15 to sign with the Marlins. “I would love to start my professional career as soon as possible. I’m excited about the Marlins, but I also enjoyed my

championship game 11-5 to undefeated Mercer Island July 11 at Everest Field in Kirkland. Sammamish’s 9- and 10-yearolds went 6-2 during the 10-day tournament and lost both times to Mercer Island. Sammamish’s Will Simpson finished the tournament with a .482 batting average (15-for-29), two home runs and one win from the pitcher’s mound. Cole Hinkelman went 11-for-24 (.458) and had two wins from the mound. Andrew Moore had two home runs, walked seven times and earned one win as a pitcher. Mason Ahlemeyer went 8-for-25 (.320) and hit one home run. Paul Creekmore also got a win on the mound.

season at Bellevue. I have a lot of good options,” he said. Yoshino had a hunch the Marlins might draft Sampson. “Ironically, the day we made a significant pitching mechanic change in the bullpen was the day the Florida Marlins national scout was in to see him,” Yoshino said. Sampson said he believes his career has entered a new chapter. In fact, he believes there are many chapters ahead. “This year has gone by so fast. It’s been a fun ride,” he said. “I feel I have 14 to 20 years left in baseball. I will probably never stay away


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tion, John Hayes, of Sammamish, finished with a 79-stroke, score over two nine-hole rounds to qualify for state. Tommy McCoy and Victor Wang also qualified with scores of 83 and 85, respectively. Sammamish’s Kelley Sullivan missed the 14-15 age group cut by two strokes with a score of 8381-164. Sammamish resident Maddie Nelson stood out among the girls competition July 18 and 19. Despite posting an 84 in the first round, she improved by five strokes the next day to win the 12-13 age group by one stroke. She shot an 84-79-163 to make it to the state tournament. And Ashley Fitzgibbons, who won the 2010 state tournament in the age 8-11 bracket, just barely made the cut for this year’s age 12-13 group. She scored an 81-90171 and was back on the course July 20 to work on her game, she said. “Tuesday I blew up. On the first hole I doubled it and I got my mind out of things and it never came back,” Fitzgibbons said. She is excited for state, but she said she needs to focus on “keeping everything in play and don’t lose it on the first (hole).” Reporter Christopher Huber can be reached at 392-6434, ext. 242, or

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Obituaries Ernest H. Johnston Ernest H. Johnston was born in Seattle to English parents Alfred and Lilian Johnston on April 21,1926. He died in Issaquah on July 16, 2011. Ernie attended public, Catholic and technical schools in Seattle. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific. Ernie is survived by his wife of 62 years, Betty; their daughter Brenda Corbett; son Stephen Ernest H. Johnston and his wife Marianne Johnston; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. All were dearly loved by him. Ernie worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 38 years, and the city of Issaquah for 10 years. He was a quiet, gentle man who was

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an excellent craftsman and gardener. He loved his family, friends, his church and his country. Loved and respected by all who knew him, he will be missed by all of us. May he rest in peace. A celebration of Ernie’s life, including a military honor guard, will be held at Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church at 325 S.E. Darst St. (Second and Darst streets), Issaquah, on Sunday, July 30, at 2 p.m.

Evan Stanley Espeseth Stan Espeseth, 89, passed away July 12, 2011. He was a long time resident of Bellevue and Providence Point, Issaquah. Stan is survived by his wife of 58 years, Barbara; son Robert (Cynthia) of Woodinville; daughter Karen Snow (Will) of Palo Alto, Calif.; and grandchildren Madeline and Jesse. A memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6 at Sammamish Presbyterian Church, 22522 N.E. Inglewood Hill Rd., Sammamish. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Stan’s memory can be made to the Issaquah History Museum, P.O. Box 695, Issaqauh, WA 98027 or to an organization of your choice.

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the animal from human interference, designate critical habitat and joins state agencies, local governments and nonprofit organizations to increase the species’ chance of survival. Kokanee used to thrive in Lake Sammamish. The freshwater salmon species formed the foundation of a robust ecosystem and a recreational fishery. Snoqualmies once fished for the plentiful salmon as a staple. The effort to secure Endangered Species Act protection for kokanee includes a cautionary precedent. The local nonprofit organization Save Lake Sammamish petitioned in 2000 for the Fish & Wildlife Service to declare early-run kokanee as endangered, but biologists declared the earlyrun fish extinct in 2003, before the agency could act. In recent years, the number of salmon in the late-fall and early-winter run has dwindled to fewer than 1,000 in some seasons. Kokanee return to only a handful of creeks — Ebright, Laughing Jacobs and Lewis — to spawn. In a conservation effort encompassing the Fish & Wildlife Service, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, and King County, teams collect adult kokanee from the streams and then spawn the fish at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. The effort started during the

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44-Business Opportunity MAKE $20,000-$40,000. JOIN our breeding program. Easy. Fun. All equipment FREE. Work 3 hrs per week. 4 ft work space needed. Live anywhere. Call 1-309-720-4389 <w> SALES/AUCTIONS

50-Garage Sales Local GARAGE SALE, FRIDAYSATURDAY, July 29/30, 9am4pm. Great stuff! New, used and vintage. 214th/Main, signs off Thompson & Inglewood. No early birds please!! MERCHANDISE

63-Items for Sale/Trade COACH/DONNA KARAN/ BRIGHTON purses, $30/each. Top quality, good condition. 425-837-9816

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63-Items for Sale/Trade TWO ALBINO GECKO (M/F) , with all accessories, $50. Retail value $220. Moving. 206291-6846

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Performs a variety of clerical & confidential duties while supporting Fire Administration & elected boards/commissions. Proficiency in office software, minute taking, & front desk reception a must. Valid WA driver’s license, HS diploma or GED, & min. 2 years exp. required. Must be bondable & insurable. 2011 salary $3,794.40/month plus benefits. App. packets avail. 7/20/11, EF&R Headquarters, 175 Newport Way NW, Issaquah (9-11 a.m. & 1-4 p.m.). Submit app., resume, complete driver’s abstract, & photocopy of diploma & valid driver’s license to same address by 4 p.m. 8/15/11. A $15 application fee is required.

EOE/ADA compliant. DRIVERS -- COMPANY Lease - Work for us to let us work for you! Unbeatable career opportunities. Trainee, Company driver. Lease operators earn up to $51K. Lease Trainers earn up to $80K (877) 369-7105 <w>

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134-Help Wanted AFTERSCHOOL SUPERVISOR: TLC ACADEMY is a premier Montessori school located on the Sammamish Plateau offering quality education for over 30 years. Seeking part-time Afterschool Supervisor five days a week for approximately 20 hours (Monday - Friday 2:00pm-6:00pm) beginning in late August. Position includes caring for children ages 18 months to 6 years old, organizing activities, hiring and scheduling staff. Experience working with groups of children preferred. Interested candidates contact or visit our website at

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DIVORCE $135. $165 with children. No court appearances. Complete preparation. Includes, custody, support, property division and bills. BBB member. (503) 772-5295, www.paralegalalternatives. com? <w>

The Issaquah Press seeks a motivated, outgoing person in advertising sales for our award-winning community newspaper group. Work with the friendly merchants of Newcastle and nearby. Take over a developed territory with room to grow. If you have the motivation to sell and a passion for great customer service, we want to meet you! Training provided. You will help clients develop advertising campaigns and annual plans, and communicate with our graphics department to develop the ads. You must have the ability to juggle many deadlines and details, have basic computer experience, good grammar skills, and thrive on your own success. Reliable transportation needed, mileage allowance provided. Average 20 hours week/very flexible. Join our fun team! Email cover letter, resume and references to:

DRIVERS -- CDL-A Flatbed Drivers Needed. Teams, solos, & O/O’s. Great pay & benefits. Consistent miles and hometime. 1 yr exp. REQ’D. 888-430-7659. <w> EXPERIENCED ADMIN ASSISTANT, 3 days/week, 15-20 hrs. for Interior Designer office, Issaquah. Computer literacy & online research required. Send resume: INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL EXCHANGE Representative: Earn supplemental income placing and supervising high school exchange students. Volunteer host families also needed. Promote world peace! 1-866-GO-AFICE or www. <w>

2009 spawning season and continued last year. Biologists later release the kokanee fry into Lake Sammamish tributary streams. The program illustrates the crossagency effort to preserve the fish. “It’s not like we’re on a different side,” Goforth said. “We’re willing to help this species enough that we’re willing to work with you at the hatchery level and augment the population.” Meanwhile, the Fish & Wildlife Service is addressing a long backlog of hundreds of species under consideration for listing under the Endangered Species Act. The legal agreement between the Fish & Wildlife Service and the Center for Biological Diversity, a nonprofit group based in Tucson, Ariz., requires the agency to make initial or final decisions about 757 species through 2018. In return, the Center for Biological Diversity agreed to withdraw legal opposition to a May agreement between the agency and another conservation group. Center leaders said the agreement overlooked some species in need of protection. “The Southeast, West Coast, Hawaii and Southwest are America’s extinction hot spots,” Kierán Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity, said in a statement. “Most of the species lost in the past century lived there, and most of those threatened with extinction in the next decade live there as well.”

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146-Health & Fitness FREE FIRST NIA CLASS! Exhilarating, high energy fusion movement class combining dance, martial arts, healing arts to soul-stirring music. Blue Heron Ranch Studio, Sammamish. Tues, Thurs, Sat 9:30AM; every other Wed 6:30PM.

More info: 425-868-3475 dancin-cowgirl

210-Public Notices 02-2207 LEGAL NOTICE CITY OF SAMMAMISH NOTICE OF ORDINANCES ADOPTED Notice is hereby given that the City Council of the City of Sammamish adopted the following ordinances at the July 18, 2011 Regular Meeting. Copies of these documents are available and will be mailed upon request of the office of the City Clerk, 801 228th Avenue SE. during regular office hours, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Documents are also


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