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County Council implements $20 car tab fee for Metro By Warren Kagarise

King County Council members, after listening to more than 1,000 people urge against reduced bus service, enacted a $20 vehicle-tab fee Aug. 15 to forestall a 17-percent reduction to mass transit countywide. Metro Transit planners considered eliminating Sammamish route 927 in the proposed cutback. In addition to enacting the vehicle-tab fee, the agreement calls for Metro Transit to phase out the free-ride zone in downtown Seattle in October 2012 and use smaller buses on less-popular routes as cost-saving measures. Metro Transit estimates eliminating the downtown Seattle freeride zone should save $2.2 million. The deal is meant to soften the impact of the economic downturn on cash-strapped Metro Transit. The sales tax rev-

enues the agency uses to fund service plummeted due to the anemic economy. “The people of King County voted with their feet, and they overwhelmingly turned out to tell us to save Metro Transit and keep bus service on the street,” County Executive Dow Constantine said in a statement. “They have been heard.” The agreement also calls for the transit agency to offer $24 in bus tickets to people paying the vehicle-tab fee. People uninterested in the tickets can instead donate the balance to almost 150 human-services agencies. The decisive support for the agreement came from the Sammamish representative, Councilwoman Kathy Lambert and Councilwoman Jane Hague, another Eastside member.

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Grit Wholewheat of the Zambini Brothers Company waves as he rides on top of a chicken at the Sammamish Days festival in the Sammamish commons. His colleague, also from the Zambini Brothers Co., is wearing the chicken suit. See more photos, Page 12.

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Lake Washington schools approve $231 million budget By Caleb Heeringa

After being “hung out to dry” by the state legislature, the Lake Washington School District will take more local levy dollars, slightly increase class sizes and make teachers work two additional days for the same pay. At their Aug. 8 meeting the school board unanimously passed the district’s 2011-2012 budget. The $231.3 million spending plan calls for a property tax increase of 10 cents per $1,000 of assessed value to pay for maintenance and

operations. The hike had been approved by local voters in 2010 but had not been collected due to state-mandated cap on how much local school districts can tax. The Legislature increased that cap this year. Coupled with recently approved capital levy that will finance expansions to Eastlake and Redmond High Schools as well as a new science and technology magnet school north of Sammamish, homeowners in the district will pay a total $3.45 per $1,000 for schools — up from

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“When are we really going to make the decision that the kids are our future? – Chip Kimball, Superintendent –

$2.98 last year. Last year’s budget was $225.8 million. Taxpayers aren’t alone in bearing the burden of the state’s cuts

to school districts. The state budget had called for teachers to take a 1.9 percent pay cut. Teachers in the Lake Washington district salvaged their current salary levels by agreeing to work two additional days. Also, students in kindergarten through fourth grade will see slightly larger classes following a $2.6 million dollar cut in funds aimed at reducing class sizes. Superintendent Chip Kimball didn’t mince words when it came to where the blame lies. “This sits squarely on the

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Legislature’s shoulders,” Kimball said. “We have to decide as a state at what point is education really going to be a priority. When is education going to be the “paramount duty” as described in the constitution? When are we really going to make the decision that the kids are our future? I think we’re being pennywise and pound foolish in this state around our approach to the funding of education.” The two additional days will

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Water went in, but will it come out Water district, tribe at odds over storing water in the ground By Caleb Heeringa

The move followed several dry summers in the early part of the For the past five years, decade. In those years, the disSammamish Plateau Water and trict ran low on ground water, Sewer District has been injecting had to begin rationing and issued extra drinking water into a local warnings and tickets to residents aquifer in hopes of insuring a who overwatered their lawns. healthy water supply if the The permit allowed for 565 region ever sees another summer “acre feet” per year of excess drought. water – about 183 million gallons But the district has not been or enough to supply about 2,260 allowed to withdraw that water homes for a year – to be pumped from the aquifer due to concerns into the so-called “plateau from the aquifer,” which Muckleshoot is roughly “If we can’t take that Indian Tribe south of Evans water out we’re just that the extra Creek. water hasn’t But Wood throwing money away.” been staying in said Ecology – Bob Brady, the ground. has yet to grant Commissioner – They fear the the district district would approval to overdraw its take that water water supply and potentially back out of the ground for use. harm nearby salmon-bearing Jay Regenstreif, a planning streams and lakes. engineer with the district, said Doug Wood, a hydrogeologist the district proposed several at the Washington State times over the past few years to Department of Ecology, said the withdraw 70 percent of the water department granted the district a they had been injecting, or about permit for the aquifer recharge 395 acre feet. The Muckleshoot program in 2006. tribe asserts that the water isn’t

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The area outlined in purple is the plateau aquifer that Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer has been injecting with excess water through their aquifer recharge program. The state Department of Ecology has yet to approve removal of that water from the aquifer. The area outlined in blue is the Lower Issaquah Valley aquifer, from which the water for the project is drawn. The yellow area is a separate aquifer recharge program the district runs. The district has withdrawn water from that aquifer without issue. being retained by the aquifer, and that drawing additional water would deplete it. “Until (the district) can demonstrate that injected water is actually additional water available for recovery in the summer

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and is not simply displacing existing groundwater, Ecology should not provide authorization for recovery quantities under (the program),” Muckleshoot Water Resources Analyst Carla Carlson wrote in an April 2010 letter to

Ecology. The Muckleshoots have a stake in the aquifer because Lake Sammamish drains into Lake Washington, which, in turn, is See WATER, Page 6

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Forging a ‘bipartisan agreement’ Hague lobbied state legislators to permit the County Council to enact a temporary fee to shore up funding for mass transit. Gov. Chris Gregoire signed the legislation in May. “This bipartisan agreement addresses my primary concerns and offers real reform for Metro,” Hague said in a statement. “It’s critical that we keep people and businesses moving on the Eastside — especially during these tough economic times. This new package creates jobs and provides equity for the Eastside.” In June, Constantine proposed creating a $20 vehicle-tab fee — billed as a congestion-reduction charge — for 2012-13 to generate funds for Metro Transit. Under the state legislation, the fee is due to go into effect six months after Constantine signs the measure into law. The initial proposal attracted support from the Democrats on the council, but not enough to clear the supermajority threshold needed to enact the change. Republicans Lambert and Hague negotiated for reforms to Metro Transit in exchange for support. (The council is nonpartisan, although members often caucus along party lines.) “We’re working together in a bipartisan fashion, unlike those in Washington, D.C.,” Lambert said in a statement. “People in these uncertain economic times need certainty that they have an alternative method, such as buses, to get to work. There are many systemic changes in the new package that will help meet the needs of efficiency, transparency and providing transportation.” County Council members heard from more than 1,000 people at a series of public hearings in the days before a planned July 25 decision on the fee. The council opted to shift the decision to Aug. 15 to allow for a possible solution. “Today’s developments are the result of hours of public testimony, hundreds of messages and thousands of emails about the vital role Metro plays in the lives of King County residents,” Councilman Joe McDermott said

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in a statement. “My colleagues and I will continue to work together to find long-term, sustainable funding for Metro to keep our region moving for years to come.” Some changes could still occur The push to enact the fee attracted broad support from Eastside and Seattle business groups, environmental organizations, organized labor and major employers, such as Microsoft and the University of Washington. The groups joined together and advocated for the fee as the Transit Rescue Coalition. “We recognize this is a difficult vote while we are still recovering from a tough recession,” states a letter written by coalition members. “But we believe that all citizens will pay far more in transportation costs and time by the loss of dependable, frequent bus service.” Metro Transit planned to start widespread service cuts in February if the council did not enact the fee. Jim Jacobson, Metro Transit deputy general manager, said the agency intends to examine lesspopular routes for possible reductions. “If there are routes that just aren’t performing very well, look at ways to make adjustments to those and invest in places where you’re going to get better ridership,” he said. Still, despite the council agreement, riders should expect some changes to route and service, especially on routes along the urban-rural boundary in East King County. “It does not mean there will not be any changes to the system, but reducing the system 17 percent is off the table for two years,” Jacobson said. Reach reporter Warren Kagarise at 392-6434, ext. 234, or To comment on this story, visit


Kevin Average student-teacher ratio Teeley, president of the Grades K-1 – Last year- 19:1 This year- 20:1 Continued from Page 1 Lake Grades 2-3 – Last year- 23.9:1, This year - 25:1 Washington Grade 4 – Last year- 25.12:1, This year – 26.75:1 Education Grades 5-6 – Remains at 26.75: 1 both be aimed at helping the Association, Grades 7-12 – Remains at 29.4: 1 district transition from a said teachers three-year to a four-year high saw the two school system in the 2012 additional days for the same pay as well as an income tax last year. school year. as a good compromise that would “When you add it up I think Sixth grade will move from maintain teachers’ paychecks the legislature did pretty damn the district’s elementary while doing the best for students. well patching (the budget) togethschools to the middle schools Teeley shares Kimball’s fruser with literally no tax increases,” and ninth grade will move tration with the state’s recent Springer said. “When it came from the middle schools to cuts but says the district is fortudown to cutting funding for the high schools. nate that its taxpayers continue paraeducators or cutting breast One of the extra days will to support the district with local cancer screening for low-income be a teacher work day allowlevy dollars. women … We had to look at it as, ing staff that will be switching “It would be one thing if (this ‘Who is going to die from these schools to become acquainted. year’s cuts) were the only ones,” decisions?’” The second will do the same Teeley said. “But it’s cut after cut Since 2009, the state has cut for children — students will after cut piled $13 million in funds to the dismeet their “We had to look at it as, up year after trict that had been aimed at keepteachers in the next ‘Who is going to die from year. We’re for- ing down class sizes in K-4 classtunate in Lake rooms, forcing the district to grade and if these decisions?’” Washington bump up their average class size they are School District ratios in those grades by a child switching – Larry Springer, that our citior two. schools will State Representative – zens support “The important thing is that get a field their public we were able to keep (employtrip to the schools at the polls …. The trouees’ salaries) whole and impact new location. ble is that not every district the classrooms the least we pos“Since there are so many around the state has that same sibly could,” Board President changes going on, this helps situation.” Jackie Pendergrass said. “The students learn about what the State Rep. Larry Springer (Dlegislature felt that school disnext year is going to be like,” tricts could use their levy dollars district spokeswoman Kathryn 45), who represents a state house district which largely overlaps to help bail them out … That’s Reith said. “Hopefully that the school district, said he doesnot something they can continue leads to a little less tension n’t blame the school district for to count on.” and fear.” their displeasure, but said the legKimball noted at the meetislature was faced with an Reporter Caleb Heeringa can be ing that in fall 2012, half of “untenable” situation. reached at 392-6434. ext. 247, or high school students and twoThe recession led to a $12 To comthirds of middle school stulion budget deficit and voters ment on this story, visit dents will be in a new buildrejected a tax on candy and soda ing.

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Review editorial Sammamish really does go green The Review’s “Sammamish goes green” series over the last several weeks has chronicled some of the large and small efforts of city residents, each effort making large and small differences. Let’s face it, a suburban bedroom community like Sammamish has a lot working against it in terms of being ecologically friendly. Sprawling cul-de sacs with segregated retail areas and no major employment centers to speak of mean almost every trip requires a car. Sammamish Goes Green Older housing develop◆ Backyard wildlife habitats ments con◆ Eco-friendly landscaping tribute unfil◆ Solar powered homes tered storm ◆ Lake health advocates water runoff to ◆ Low-impact transportation fragile lake and stream ecosystems, or disrupt the migration patterns of native wildlife. Newer developments with bigger houses require lots of energy to heat, cool and keep well lit. Don’t forget the extra energy for more street lights, churches, schools that come with a burgeoning population. Yes, Sammamish has a lot working against it, but we’ve learned that Sammamish residents still have very “green” values. Some of your neighbors have found ways to make their backyard inviting to Sammamish wildlife, or use landscaping to help keep the lakes healthy. Others choose to ride bikes to work, even to Seattle. Still others are installing solar panels or moving toward electric cars. In each of these stories, we provided readers information on how you, too, can live a little greener. If not solar panels, try switching to energy-saving CFL light bulbs. Maybe biking to work isn’t in your future, but the bus or a vanpool may be a better option than you expect. Often, the greener way of doing things is also the cheaper way, particularly in the long run. We hope readers will examine their own lifestyle and see if they, too, can become better stewards of the city and its bountiful habitat. Resident Mary Pigott said it well. “At least look into it. Even a little bit helps. You don’t have to hit perfection to improve.”

Poll of the week Should the county have implemented the car tab fee without a vote? A) No. New taxes should go to the voters. B) Yes. It was needed and they showed some leadership. C) It’s fine. Elected officials are supposed to make decisions. After all, we live in a republic, not a democracy. To vote, visit



Sammamish Forum Community center needs a vote The new Sammamabad Mining Co. is owned and operated by the Sammamish City Council, soon to present a new IPO to generate funds for the next great illusion - the Town Center. The IPO will be issued in the form of bonds or other gimmicks in order to extract more taxes from the homeowners. Now, the architectural concept drawing has been submitted showing a large barn with nesting habitats attached to produce — goose eggs. When you deal with goose eggs, business will always never survive. The Sammamabad Mining Co. will always drill and scrape for more taxes from the residents. The result is a serious one — especially for retired people who would be taxed out of their homes. The residents of Sammamish will be blessed will a public pool and other amenities to feel fuzzy about. What will the public pool and Town Center do for generating tax revenue? This is another flawed spending venture nobody can afford during tough economic times we are currently confronting — bound to get even worse. A full recovery is not even in the picture as more people are out of jobs. In November 2010, we elected three new members to the City Council, who promised to control the wild spending of this hamlet. Almost a year later we find ourselves again in the same old game — who cares, it is not our money we are spending. Does the city have a money printing operation to continue the wasteful practice? Have those three elected new Councilmembers forgotten their election campaign slogans in such a short time? This proposed project must not pass — we the citizens of Sammamish want to have a say in the decision. It must not rest in the hands of the council and the city manager. Heinz W. Maine Sammamish

Urgent care an urgent need Recently, it became necessary to

go to urgent care because I needed a physician after hours. I realized there are two in Issaquah and two in Redmond; yet no facility on the plateau. The existing ones are not close by if you are in an emergency situation not requiring 911. Since we are a city of about 45,000 inhabitants, I would hope one of the major hospitals in the area would open an urgent care for our residents. The set up would not be difficult, since there is a large vacant store in the Sammamish Highlands mall. There is ample parking available. I hope this need is addressed. Marietta Kilmer Sammamish

The center is wanted and needs a vote I would like to respond to Michael J. O’Connell’s Aug. 10 letter “The Silent Majority” that was in response to my earlier letter to the Review. O’Connell states that my opinion that a silent majority supports the community center is “based on the enthusiasm of the study group” I participated in and implies that I believe the study group was not an accurate sampling of our entire community. O’Connell then provides a lesson in polling. I find this odd in that as far as I know O’Connell did not attend the study group, has never spoken to me, and I did not state that in my previous letter, so I’m not sure how he came to that conclusion. My opinion was not formed based on what occurred at the study group or whether we had non-response or response bias factoring in to who attended. My opinion is based on living in this community for many years, talking to others, monitoring election issues, attending past council meetings, reading letters to the editor, etc. It is true that my comment regarding the silent majority supporting a community center is not based on fact or any formal or

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informal polling that I have conducted, and to be honest I didn’t think anyone would think that. My point was that I wanted to encourage the City Council to not base their decision solely on those opposed to the community center for one reason or another. Rather I want them to get feedback from those who don’t normally speak up. We tend to see the same people writing to the editor over and over (you know who they are) and it would be nice to hear from others for a change. A good solution is to put it to a vote of the community. I agree with O’Connell on this point. My hope is that the community will see the value in a facility like this. John O’Meara Sammamish

The center is unwanted and needs a vote I was delighted to read Mr. O’Connell’s “The Silent Majority” editorial concerning the flawed thinking that the Sammamish citizens and other parties involved in the community center focus group represented the majority of Sammamish tax-paying residents. See FORUM, Page 5

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Decision delayed on mosque parking By Caleb Heeringa

The city may take into 2012 to decide whether to allow the construction of a parking lot next to a Southeast 20th Street home being used as a mosque. Senior Planner Evan Maxim said the city has given the Sammamish Muslim Association until November 11 to reply to the city’s request for more information on their project. The group is seeking to install a 38-stall parking lot and officially convert their singlefamily home into a religious use facility for 50 to 80 families who worship there. The group has been operating on a temporary agreement with the city since buying the property in 2009.

Maxim said the city has asked the group for more information on the potential uses of the building, landscape designs near the proposed parking lot and the amount of people coming and going at given times of the day. Though some neighbors have taken issue with the size of the parking lot, Maxim said the city wants to ensure any proposed lot is big enough to serve the mosque users without leading to overflow parking in the nearby residential areas. The city has also asked the group to choose between allowing access to the home for fire trucks or installing a sprinkler system, Maxim said. In addition to the city’s quesSee MOSQUE, Page 10

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I agree that the city of Sammamish should put the bond measure and operating budget proposed up for a public vote and include the specifics he proposed be included in it in detail. Speaking with many Sammamish residents about the proposal, most have serious questions about the necessity for such a center and the cost to build, operate and maintain it during this tight-dollar environment and the uncertainty of what else may happen to our economy. Let’s put the bond measure and operating budget up for a public vote so the majority of residents can decide the future (if any) of a community center for Sammamish. Just because many residents have been unable to join the focus groups or have been intimidated to speak their minds in public doesn’t mean they should not have a vested interest in the

center’s feasibility since their precious tax dollars are stretched already. Thanks again, Mr. O’Connell for airing the thoughts of many in Sammamish.


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Regenstreif said was partly because of uncertainty about whether they’d be able to Continued from Page 2 draw it back out and partly How much water stays? because the district is interpart of the Cedar River waterThe district’s measurements ested in seeing what the shed. show that the water table in the aquifer levels look like when The tribe has state-recognized aquifer has actually been rising the district doesn’t inject. fishing rights over the entire in recent years, though Wood said If the water levels drop subwatershed after a 2006 settlement it is unclear if that is due to the stantially, the district may be between the state, tribe and city aquifer recharge program or the able to convince Ecology that the of Seattle. wet winters and mild summers program is helping maintain a “Their argument is that you’re the area has seen recently. healthy aquifer. adding pressure to the aquifer … The district is entitled to take Uncertain that the program and it drains out the sides like a out 1,659.5 acre-feet per year will ever pay dividends, the disfull bathtub,” Wood said. from the aquifer and has not had trict did not add water to the Commissioner Mary Shustov to exceed that in recent years, aquifer this past winter. said the program, one of only a Regenstreif said. “If we can’t take that water out handful approved in the state, is The district had to drill down we’re just throwing money much cheaper and more environ- 138 feet below the surface to find away,” Commissioner Bob Brady mentally friendly than building water in the driest part of 2005 – said. an above-ground storage tank. the lowest the water table had Wood said the agency had The district’s largest storage tank been in more than a decade. been attempting to strike a comholds about 21.5 acre feet of Since then, the lowest annual promise between the district and water, about 5 percent of what readings of the aquifer have the tribe for several years, but the district was seeking to withrisen, although four out of the those talks went on hiatus with draw from the aquifer. last five years have been wetter last year’s retirement of long“(The aquifer) is basically than normal in the Seattle area. time district general manager, nature’s storage bin,” she said. The district did not inject Ron Little. “Why would we buy land and water last winter, which Wood said he’s hopeful that both parties can come back to the table soon now that Rain and aquifer totals new manager Jay Krauss Below are the annual rainfall totals for the Seattle area, according to has been at the helm for a the Joint Institute for the Study of Atmosphere and Ocean at the while. Krauss took over at University of Washington. The chart also shows the corresponding the beginning of the year. annual highs and lows in the plateau aquifer according to the Regenstreif said the disSammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District. The district began its trict does not have an estiaquifer recharge program in 2005. Rainfall is measured in inches per mate on what it has spent year, while the aquifer measurements refer to how far down the district on the program, though had to go to find the water table. The annual average rainfall in Seattle the district has spent is 36.2 inches. money on extra bypass pipes in the wells they use Rainfall lowest measurement highest measurement to add water to the aquifer. 2005 35.4 138 feet 126 feet 2006 48.8 135 feet 121 feet Reporter Caleb Heeringa 2007 38.9 136 feet 120 feet can be reached at 392-6434. 2008 30.7 134 feet 123 feet ext. 247, or cheeringa@iss2009 38.4 136 feet 122 feet To comment on 2010 47.0 132 feet 120 feet this story, visit www.Sammamish

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Sammamish residents can get some pointers on ways to limit their environmental footprint, as well as get free mammograms and have their children fingerprinted at the Sustainable Sammamish event at the Aug. 24 Farmer’s Market. The event, put on by the Sammamish Chamber of Commerce, will feature energy conservation tips from Puget Sound Energy and instruction on cutting down on water usage by the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District. Attendees will also learn about the environmental impact of eating locally grown food as com-

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Wayne Drop, mascot of the water and sewer district, meets a new friend at a past sustainablity event. pared to mass-produced food products that are often shipped hundreds of miles before show-

ing up on store shelves. A line of “green footprints” will lead attendees around the market to various learning stations. “We’re trying to make sure people realize that we can all do a little bit for our future and for our families and for ourselves,” Chamber Executive Director Deb Sogge said. The event will also include several personal health and safety activities. Evergreen Hospital will be offering mammograms in their mobile truck. Representatives from New York Life will offer free fingerprinting of children, which can prove useful in the event of an emergency. The market runs from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24 at Sammamish Commons, next to City Hall. Reporter Caleb Heeringa can be reached at 392-6434. ext. 247, or To comment on this story, visit


POlice Blotter Suspicious garage saler A resident on the 1300 block of 224th Place Northeast called police Aug. 6 to report a suspicious man who was snooping around their property. The well-dressed elderly male came up the resident’s driveway and began looking around the resident’s garage and asked the resident whether there was a garage sale going on. The resident told the man that he must be thinking of a home down the road and the man left. A neighbor had a generator stolen out of their garage last month after a man matching the same description did the same thing.

Online harassment A Sammamish resident called police Aug. 5 to report that someone had been harassing her on an Internet message board. The resident, who runs a Chinese performing arts group in Seattle, reported that someone on the message board had been badmouthing her following a performance she directed in Seattle recently. The messages included statements insinuating that the resident has cheated on her husband, making fun of her weight and calling for her to leave Seattle. Police could find no evidence of direct threats of violence and believe the messages are the work of a jealous competitor. The resident is consulting a lawyer about her legal options.

Possible burglary Police were called to The Knolls at Inglewood Hill Aug. 4 after staff had seen three men in their early 20s apparently fleeing with stolen merchandise. The apartment’s maintenance manager saw the men running away with armfuls of items and headed towards the Key Bank building across Inglewood Hill Road, where they got into a smaller black SUV, possibly a Suzuki brand. Police found the front door of

a nearby apartment open and no one home. The manager reported that the tenants had just rented and were in the process of moving in. Police could find no signs of missing items and noted that a large flat screen television and several other valuable items had not been taken. The case remains under investigation.

Chop shop A Sammamish resident had a tire and wheel stolen off his car as it was parked on the 20900 block of Northeast 19th Place overnight Aug. 3. Police have no suspects.

Stolen tools A resident at The Knolls at Inglewood Hill had more than $1,000 worth of power tools and fishing gear stolen between July 29 and Aug. 1. Two drills, two saws and a roto hammer were among the items taken from the man’s work truck as it was parked at the complex. The fishing gear was taken out of the man’s boat, which was parked nearby. The suspects apparently tried to steal the trolling motor off the boat as well; police were able to obtain fingerprints from the dust on the motor. The case remains

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Ransacked A resident on the 24100 block of Northeast 20th Street reported that someone had gone through their home between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. Aug. 1. The resident arrived home to find the front door unlocked and several drawers and closets open. The home is currently for sale and police believe the suspect was able to get a key to the home by opening the real estate company’s key box. The suspect also apparently went through a barn and shed on the property. Despite the signs of burglary, the resident could not identify any missing items. The case remains under investigation.

Slashed tires A resident on the 700 block of 218th Avenue Northeast had two of their tires slashed overnight July 31. The resident is unsure why they might have been targeted and believe it was a random act of vandalism. .

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hand during a medical call Aug. 5 due to fears about the man’s firearm collection. Crews reported that they had responded to the man’s home on multiple occasions due to his alcohol consumption and mobility issues and are concerned for their safety because he keeps two loaded weapons within arm’s reach of his bed. Police interviewed the man, who told police he is capable of caring for himself and that he keeps his weapons near because someone broke into his home several years ago. Police do not believe he is an imminent danger to himself or


Found bicycle City staff found a red, 15-speed Glacier Point Magma bicycle in the bushes at Pine Lake Park Aug. 5 and turned it over to police. Police found no reports of a similar bike being stolen and are holding onto the bike in case someone comes to claim it.

Vehicle prowl A resident on the 22900 block See BLOTTER, Page 9

Conversation with the Candidate Why I’m running for City Council By Tom Vance Why would anyone want to run for City Council? The time commitment is substantial: the average city councilperson can spend up to 20 hours a week in activities, meetings, and study time. At that rate, the pay is barely above the minimum wage. To get the job, you need to put yourself, and your family, through a tough, stressful campaign. I know. I did all of that, two years ago. Why am I running? Because Sammamish still has important issues to confront and challenges to overcome. Our population is growing, even in this tough economy. How do we manage our growth, maintain and improve our infrastructure, while we preserve the qualities that brought us to Sammamish? Can we provide new public amenities for our many young families and growing population of seniors? As the economy improves, how do we make the Town Center grow new

business and provide new services? Will we make sure our environmental protections are in place? As a community, we’ve accomplished a lot. Sammamish is an award-winning, livable city. But in the face of inevitable change, we need a committed, effective, and thoughtful City Council. For years I have volunteered in Sammamish. I was an advocate and a voice for the East Lake Sammamish Trail, sports fields, and a better library. I chaired the Parks Advisory Committee that started the conversation on many of our parks and recreation projects, including a community/aquatics center. I helped create the Town Center Plan, as Chair of our Planning Commission. I will listen and work hard to preserve the qualities that brought us here, and to fulfill our vision of a family-friendly community. These are just some of the issues that the City Council will face and I hope to discuss with you here, online, and in person in the next few weeks. Let’s work together.

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Learn how to be a Salmon Watcher during spawning season Salmon should start returning to local creeks soon to spawn, and King County needs volunteers to help collect information about the fish. Through the Salmon Watcher Program, the county trains volunteers to identify and record species and numbers of spawning salmon in Lake Washington watershed streams. The program includes numerous monitoring sites. Prospective volunteers must attend a training session. The county has scheduled training sessions from 7-9 p.m. at: ◆ Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Ave. N.E., Sept. 15 ◆ Renton, at a to-be-determined location, Sept. 20 ◆ Woodinville City Hall, 17301 133rd Ave. N.E., Sept. 22 Contact county Senior Ecologist Jennifer Vanderhoof at or 206-263-6533 to learn more.



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of Southeast 47th Court had a garage door opener stolen from her unlocked vehicle as it was parked in her driveway overnight Aug. 3.

Grand theft longboard A Sammamish teen had his brand-new longboard stolen from Pine Lake Park between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Aug. 3. The teen left the board hidden in some bushes by the boat launch while he and his friends enjoyed the park. When he returned the board was gone. The teen had just purchased the black Mandrid longboard the day before.

International phone charges A Sammamish resident discovered someone had made more than $3,000 worth of phone calls to Honduras on their cell phone over the month of July. The resident suspects that a housekeeper they had recently hired was responsible. The housekeeper blamed a friend she had brought to the home to help out. The case remains under investigation.

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tions, Maxim said the city is asking the association to respond to a letter from a lawyer representing Friends of Southeast 20th Street, a group formed by neighbors opposed to the project.

A resident on the 23000 block of Southeast 40th Place had their car window broken in the early morning hours of Aug. 1. It appeared that someone had gone through the contents of the vehicle, though nothing was taken.

Missing laptop A resident on the 22900 block of Southeast 40th Street had their laptop stolen from their home between 1 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. July 31. The resident reported that they had left their garage door open during the afternoon and suspect that someone came into the home and took the IBM Thinkpad. The resident was not concerned about the laptop, which was old and worth less than $100 but was more concerned that someone had been in the home. The case remains under investigation.

Suspended license A 24-year-old Renton man was cited for driving with a suspended license after being pulled over near the corner of East Lake Sammamish Parkway and 212th Avenue Southeast just after midnight Aug. 6. The man’s license had been suspended in February due to unpaid tickets. The man was cited and his aunt was called to drive the car away.

Guns, drugs and motorcycles A 28-year-old Sammamish man was arrested on suspicion of drug possession after leading police on a short chase just after 3 p.m. Aug. 2. An officer began following the man after seeing him riding his motorcycle without a helmet on 228th Avenue. The officer caught up with the man on Southeast 24th Street and turned on his overhead lights. According to the police report, the man turned around and saw the officer and then accelerated

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and made a quick turn onto 244th Avenue Southeast, driving into the oncoming lane of traffic and off the roadway for a short time. The man was able to maintain control and pulled into a nearby driveway. The man got off his motorcycle and put his hands up and slowly began advancing towards the officer, according to the police report. The officer drew his weapon and ordered the man to the ground, where he was handcuffed. The man told the officer he had a weapon on him; the officer frisked the man and found a pocket knife in his pocket and a loaded semi-automatic handgun in between his belt and pants. The man also had a purple Crown Royal bag containing two glass pipes, a small amount of marijuana and two pills later identified as clonazepam, a muscle relaxant. When asked why he had attempted to flee from the officer, the man told police he was upset because he had just caught his girlfriend with another man. Police contacted the girlfriend and verified that she had not been harmed. The man was the registered owner of the handgun, but he did not have a concealed weapons permit. The man also did not have a motorcycle endorsement on his driver’s license. He was booked into King County Jail on suspicion of drug possession and eluding an officer.

Stolen pills A Sammamish resident reported that someone had stolen several prescriptions for anti-anxiety

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Burglary attempt A resident on the 26600 block of Southeast 15th Street called police after seeing someone running from his garage on July 31. The home’s audible burglary alarm went off at around 11:40 p.m. When he went to reset it he noticed two of his garage doors open and a man running away from his home. No items were taken. The resident did not get a good look at the burglar, who fled the scene in a vehicle.

Divorce proceedings Police were called to a burglary alarm at a Sammamish residence and detained the former owner the afternoon of July 31. The man told the police that it was his home but that he and his former wife were in the process of getting a divorce. Police called the female half, who was out of town but reported that the couple had agreed the home was hers. She had replaced all the locks on the home and installed an alarm system. Unable to get in through normal means, the man had attempted to climb a ladder and enter through a window, setting off the alarm. The man agreed to stay out of the home and deal with the divorce proceedings when the woman got home from vacation. Items in the Police Blotter come from Sammamish Police reports.

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Sammamish Days shows off city’s cultures

Grit Wholewheat of the Zambini Brothers Company sits on the shoulders of his colleague who is dressed up as a chicken. Sammamish Days, an annual cultural celebration put on by the city, drew hundreds of residents to the Sammamish Commons Aug. 13. The festival

included a children’s parade, traditional Native American and Indian dancing, and various booths run by the city, volunteers and local businesses.

Madhu Kannan, 10, practices a dance pose prior to her bharatanatyam dance performance.

Ben Hawken helps his son Asher paint a picture at the children’s booth.

After getting her face painted, Alexia Aslin, 5, shows off her butterfly.

Ishan Parikh, 9, looks up during his tabla performance.

Anumita Chopra, 11, places a pin indicating that she has visited Australia at the sister city booth.


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Rachael Martel, 17, helps three children place tacks on a world map to indicate the countries they have visited.

Koki Ikeda, 5, poses with the Zambini Brothers Co. sea serpent.

Anvitha Mallipedha, 6, works on a craft at the children’s booth in a traditional Indian dress.

Meghan Harris concentrates on her henna design at the henna tattoo booth.

Anand Purt, Bhupinder Puri, and Sophie (from left) watch a Native American dance performance. Volunteer Grace Robertson, 14, adds the finishing touches to her balloon animals.

Photos by Monisha Gulabani

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Sammamish man honored for community spirit By Monisha Gulabani

When Sammamish resident Jay Schupack signed on to help build a new home in Issaquah for homeless people, it was business as usual. He didn’t expect to win a national “Gold Nugget” award for community spirit. “We were extremely honored to be presented with a Gold Nugget,” said Schupack. “I don’t think we realized that we were thought of so highly within our community.” Schupack is executive director of the Master Builders Care Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Master Builder’s Association. For the past 8 years, Schupack has led the Master Builders Care Foundation to participate in 11 housing projects throughout the area. These projects have supported homeless families in Renton, Bellevue, Seattle, Sultan and Arlington, among other cities. For this project, Schupack led the group putting together the Julia L. Pritt house in Issaquah. The foundation teamed up with John Day Homes Inc. and


The Issaquah duplex will house two families. Compassion House, a local nonprofit provider of housing for homeless families, to build the home. According to Schupack, it usually takes time to find what the foundation calls a “builder captain,” a company that can take charge of the physical building logistics involved in each project. In this case, however, John Day Homes Inc. jumped right in to help with general contractor

recruits. “Seeing the project come together was really neat,” said Schupack. Long-time local resident and philanthropist Julia Pritt donated the land, the city of Issaquah supported the project, and approximately 40 trades from the homebuilding industry combined to contribute more than $244,000 to build the duplex, See AWARD, Page 15


Jay Schupak shows off the award he earned for helping manage construction of a new duplex for homeless people.

Eastside Catholic student’s art displayed at Swedish By Monisha Gulabani

If you’re looking at Stephanie Matusiefski’s photo, something bad has probably happened. Her photo was chosen to hang in the emergency room area at the new Swedish Issaquah Hospital. “It’s kind of exciting to see your artwork in a hospital and to add to the art scene in Issaquah,” said Matusiefski, a 2011 graduate of Eastside Catholic High School. Matusiefski is one of 32 students — three from Eastside Catholic — to have their work displayed at the hospital. Her photo is entitled “Nature’s Climb.” In order to choose pieces for display, the hospital held the Swedish Issaquah Community Art Project, a contest that called for entries from local youth. Swedish communication specialist Natalie Kozimor said they wanted to have locals submit art so that the community can contribute to the environment here at Swedish. After submission, a graphic artist at Swedish adjusted some colors in Matusiefski’s photo. The original was more natural look-

“It’s kind of exciting to see your artwork in a hospital and to add to the art scene in Issaquah.” – Stephanie Matusiefski, Artist –

Photo by Christopher Huber

Stephanie Matusiefski, a 2011 Eastside Catholic, of Sammamish, poses next to her photograph as it hangs in an ER exam room at the new Swedish Hospital in Issaquah. ing, Matusiefski said. She was prompted to join the contest by her art teacher at

Eastside Catholic. Megan McDermott, AP studio art teacher, convinced 11 Eastside

Catholic students to submit a total of 27 pieces in the contest. Four art pieces from three of

these students were chosen for permanent installation. “I have a lot of photos I’ve taken for my portfolio,” Matusiefski said. “It was just a fun thing to do the contest.” McDermott said that she felt a sense of honor when she heard that her students were chosen to represent the artistic and school community. “I am so excited to have my students have permanent artwork displayed. They all worked so hard and deserve the recognition that they have received. It will be a great reminder of Stephanie’s, Alli’s and Shannon’s senior year at ECHS and in our AP Studio Art class.” said McDermott. Intern Monisha Gulabani can be reached at


August 17, 2011 • Her attendants were all of the Warrior Dash participants. She is a 2008 graduate of the Brian Utting School of Massage. She works at Lifestyle Chiropractic, in Greenlake. The groom, the son of Don and Diana Ritchmond, of St. Paul, Minn., is a 1991 graduate of Centennial, in Circle Pines, Minn. His groomsmen were all the participants of the Warrior Dash. He earned a degree in biology from the University of Minnesota and a degree in marine biology from the University of Washington in 1999. He owns Artisan Aquariums. The couple honeymooned in Bali.

Brad Ritchmond and Christina Upchurch

Christina Upchurch weds Brad Ritchmond Christina Upchurch, of Sammamish, and Brad Ritchmond, of Seattle, were married on July 16, 2011, at the Warrior Dash in North Bend. The

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which now provides housing for two families. “There’s a unique partnership between our nonprofit organization, the for-profit companies that act as “builder captains”, and the local businesses that support the project,” said Schupack. “The community spirit really comes through in each of the homes we build.” In recognition of their efforts, both the Master Builders Care Foundation and John Day Homes Inc. were presented with a Gold Nugget for Community Spirit at the annual Pacific Coast Builders Conference in San Francisco on June 23, 2011. Gold Nuggets are presented for creative achievements in addressing complex issues.

bride’s stepfather John Sanders officiated.A reception followed at the grandparents’ home of Del and Dolores Luse, in Issaquah. The bride, the daughter of John and Dawn Sanders, of Kirkland, and Craig and Barb Upchurch, of Easton, is a 2001 graduate of Eastlake High School. “It was a very very neat feeling to be awarded a Gold Nugget,” said Schupack. “It was a long haul to build the duplex, but the overwhelming support of the community made the Julia L. Pritt house project come together very nicely.” The Master Builders Care Foundation is currently evaluating several potential housing projects similar to the Pritt House to take on in the coming year. Additionally, it plans to host the annual “Ramp-a-thon” this November, an event to build wheelchair ramps for low-income individuals with disabilities. “There’s no doubt that we will continue to use our resources and connections to provide housing for individuals in various communities throughout the area.” said Schupack. Intern Monisha Gulabani can be reached at

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Local students form arts group to help youth perform By Anna Marum

Skyline Junior Elaine Jeon, a violinist, met Kevin Lee while in the Evergreen Philharmonic Orchestra. She had the privilege of listening to him play and was inspired by his projects, she said. Lee went on to found a group called the Society for Emerging Artists. Jeon found them while searching for summer music camps and jumped at the chance to volunteer. “It’s a nearby opportunity that I don’t have to pay thousands of dollars for. And I can be around my friends all summer long doing what I enjoy.” As liberal arts programs struggle to survive amid deep cuts, the group of musicians with local

UW announces dean’s list Sammamish residents have been named to the dean’s list at the University of Washington for the spring quarter. To qualify, a student must have completed at least 12 graded credits and have a GPA of at least 3.5. This is a partial list. More students will be named in future weeks. The students were Charmila Nicole Ajmera, senior; Adam Lucas Albaum, sophomore; Nathan Dean Anderson, senior; Melissa Delaine Arnold, junior; Sohrob Tosh Aslamy, sophomore; Jordan Scott Atwood, sophomore; Brandon James Barron, senior; Robert Edward Bart, senior; Alexandra Nicole Beahan, sophomore; Meaghan Beth Beaulaurier, senior; Lauren Nola Becherer,

roots is working to empower young people through performance. The Society of Emerging Artists aims to demonstrate the powerful role of music in society and provide an outlet for students’ musical voices, said Lee. Lee, an Issaquah High School graduate, began his musical career with the violin and now studies conducting with Juilliard School faculty when he is not attending classes at Columbia University. When he was 16, Lee founded and directed the Eastside Project Choir and Chamber Orchestra, a studentrun orchestra that raised funds for charitable organizations in the Puget Sound area. Lee, now 19, said he created

the Society of Emerging Artists to give young musicians more opportunities to perform, to make classical music more accessible and to support charities through funds raised by performances. The group of student musicians recently held a classical music festival August at Daniels Recital Hall in Seattle. Jeon had been looking forward to the performance. “I’m thrilled to share with the public the high level of music we students can create, even though we are not a professional orchestra.” The best thing about music is the opportunity it presents, Jeon said. “Performing on stages where

legendary musicians once stood is really inspiring and hard to forget,” she said. “From playing onstage at Carnegie to playing chamber music on the streets with friends, music has given me (the) chance to try different things in life I would have never imagined.” Erin Kim, director of press and media affairs for the group, said proceeds from the festival will go to “Charity: Water” through a page dedicated to Rachel Beckwith, a 9-year-old Issaquah girl who died in an I-90 accident late July. The organization funds clean water projects in developing nations. Lee said the society chose to support Beckwith’s charity because it inspired them.

“We came together to explore the idea of youth empowerment,” he said. “Young people can do great things.” Through this festival, Lee said he hopes to demonstrate the solid link between music and liberal arts emphasizing the importance of music to society. “There is a strong interconnectivity between all the liberal arts which makes the humanities, in essence, a collective dedicated to deepening our emotional range and helping us to understand the dire importance of humanity from varied perspectives,” he said. “Through this interconnectivity, each subject—whether it is music, language or culture— deepens the experience of the other.”

junior; Brittany Elizabeth Bolz, junior; Brandon Alexander Bond, junior; Eric Michael Braun, senior; David John Bretl, senior; Graham Thomas Brew, junior; Ashley Alexa Brown, senior; Adam Matthew Brzycki, junior; John Devachariam Bushey, senior; Dune Trenton Butler, sophomore; Carly Dallas Cameron, senior; Zhiyuan Chen, junior; Brian Marsh Christensen, sophomore; Jamie Long Sang Chu, senior; Julia Chung Sang Chu, senior; Seung Hwan Chung, junior; Casie Marie Clark, senior; Christopher Andreas Clark, junior; Kevin Stefan Clark, senior; Christina Elizabeth Corrales-Toy, senior; Erin Yvette Cote, sophomore; Daniel Dahlberg Dawson, sophomore; Mckenna Alice Dean, junior; Michael Christopher Devlin,

junior; Kaylee Reece Donahue, senior; Alice Dabney Donigan, senior; Kristin Nicole Dorr, junior; Andrew Steven Duenkel, senior; Benjamin William Dulken, senior; Morgan Kaye Eagar, junior; Christopher Michael Edwards, senior; Anas M Elkugia, sophomore; Stephen John Ellis, sophomore; Leslie Danielle Elston, senior; Alexa Jordan Forster, senior; Bradley Scott Freeman, junior; Hannah Libby Frenkel, junior; Heather Katelyn Gee, senior; John Casey Geil, senior; Sarah Jean Geyer, sophomore; Ryan Matthew Gilchrist, junior; Maxwell Thomas Gray, senior; Emily Laura Griffith, senior; Simi Gupta, sophomore; Daryl Roger Hansen, junior; Kristin Joyce Harper, senior; Laura Nicole Barron Hedeen, junior; Chelsea

Rose Hewitt, junior; Ashley Dondanville Hogan, senior; Chen-Haw Steven Hsu, sophomore; Chia Yang Alex Hu, junior; Monica Renae Ittes, senior; Teresa Hanmei Jiang, sophomore; Tanor Jeffrey Johnson, senior; Christian Eric Juenke, sophomore; Nicholas Welles Kamisar, freshman; Alexandra Lynn Kenyon, senior; Tyler Gregory Klein, junior; Adam Michael Kuczynski, junior; Nicole Allison Kwan, junior; Zachary William Laturner, sophomore; Christian Jeremiah Lawler, sophomore; Kerry Elizabeth Lazarz, senior; Sean Douglas Leake, junior; Elliot Wook Lee, senior; Joshua Seung Hoon Lee, junior; Justin David Lester, sophomore; Tinny Liang, senior; Joey Jay Lim, sophomore; Allen Yang Liu, senior; Tiffany HarnYing Lu, sophomore; Wei-Ting Lu, senior; Michael Frank Lucas, senior; Stephanie Rene MacDonald, senior; Skye Marissa MacLeod, senior; Carlos Eduardo Madrid, senior; Nabil Faruk Manji, sophomore; Brandyn

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Ready, steady, go 18th annual Beaver Lake Traithlon set for this weekend

Road, which offers views of the Cascade Mountain Range, Mount Si and the Snoqualmie Valley. Bikers will then head east on Redmond-Fall City Road and back up the plateau along a 2-mile hill. The run will take participants By Anna Marum through hills that circle Beaver Lake and finally to the finish line. Sammamish triathletes, and Longtime triathlon participant others from around the Puget Collin Clark lives on Beaver Lake Sound, will soon be at it again. and has participated in the race The 18th Annual Beaver Lake nearly every year since he and Triathlon will return Saturday, his family moved to the area in Aug. 20. 2005. The race Clark said If you go: will begin, he competes What: Beaver Lake Triathlon transition primarily for and end at When: 7:45 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 fun, but the Where: Beaver Lake Park, 25101 Beaver Lake race also S.E. 24th St. Park. It will helps keep Cost: $82 for individuals, less for include a him in shape quarter-mile teams and gives Get more information and register, swim, a 13.8him a sense at mile bike of accomand a 4.3plishment. mile run. His favorite part of the triathlon The swim portion of the race is the sense of community he will be held in Beaver Lake. The gets, he said. bike route will take competitors “It’s really fun to run a race northeast over the Duthie Hill that goes the course of the neigh-

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Jason Houck, of Issaquah, crosses the finish line first during last year’s Beaver Lake Triathlon. borhood,” he said. Because he lives on Beaver Lake, when Clark competes in the triathlon, he gets to see his family cheer him on multiple times during the course of the

race. Clark is more comfortable with the swimming and running portion of the race, so he said his favorite moment of the course is during the cycling portion, when

his bike crests the final stair-step of the grueling hill. He said that knowing the worst is over and it’s almost literSee TRIATHLON, Page 19

Lakeside Recovery takes 2nd place in state tournament By Bob Taylor

The Lakeside Recovery 17U baseball team lost a showdown with District II rival Woodinville, 9-7, Aug. 7 in the state AA American Legion championship game at Spokane’s Gonzaga Prep. Lakeside Recovery held a 7-3 lead through six innings, but Woodinville rallied behind home runs from Matt Laitala and Caleb Hamilton. The Falcons scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to beat Lakeside Recovery. Matt Laitala supplied the big blow with a three-run home run that put Woodinville ahead, 8-7. Caleb Hamilton followed with a solo shot. Daniel Rawlings, of Issaquah High School, had two hits, drove in a run and scored a run to lead Lakeside Recovery. Patrick Harrod, of Skyline, had one hit and scored twice. Lakeside Recovery, which won the District II tournament last month, finished the season with a 44-20 record. The title game pitted the two bracket winners against each other for the title of the 16-team tournament. Eight teams played at Spokane’s University High

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Daniel Rawlings takes a big swing during a game earlier in the season. School, and the other eight at Gonzaga Prep. Woodinville finished first in the University High bracket and Lakeside Recovery was first in the Gonzaga Prep bracket. Lakeside Recovery reached the final by winning three

straight games after falling to Burlington, 5-4, Aug. 4. On Aug. 2, Lakeside Recovery scored three times each in the fifth and sixth innings to defeat the Mead Panthers, 6-2, in the opening round. David McIlvaine, of Issaquah

High, had two hits and scored two runs in Lakeside Recovery’s victory against Mead. Jacob Chinery and James Ferris, both of Newport High School, each had two hits. Winning pitcher Levi Novak, of Newport, pitched a complete game and struck out

nine. Lakeside Recovery exploded for four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning Aug. 3 en route to an 8-6 victory against the host Gonzaga Prep Bulldogs. Curtis Kojima and Frazier Krall, of Newport, Ferris and Harrod each had two hits for Lakeside Recovery. Chinery, who threw a complete game, struck out nine batters. Lakeside Recovery scored twice in the first inning and then plated single runs in the second and third innings. The team then put the contest away with the four-run fourth. On Aug. 4, Lakeside Recovery lost to Burlington, 5-4. Rawlings had two hits, drove in a run and scored a run for Lakeside Recovery. Lakeside Recovery led 4-0 going into the bottom of the fourth inning when Burlington scored four times to tie the game. Burlington tallied the winning run in the fifth inning. The loss to Burlington meant Lakeside Recovery had to play Kennewick, a perennial power, in a loser-out game Aug. 5. McIlvaine drilled a three-run See RECOVERY, Page 19


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ally downhill from that point is a big relief. “It’s a good feeling,” he said. “I know I can finish the run after that.” He said he sees himself continuing to participate in the triathlon. “I hope to compete in it every year going forward,” he said. “I can imagine doing it well into my 50s, as long as the race goes on.” Race Director Sharon Freechtle said the triathlon is a fun event for people of all levels of experience. “It’s a really good atmosphere,” she said. Freechtle said she is expecting about 500 athletes to partici-


pate in this year’s race. On average, the course takes a little more than two hours to complete, she said. Individuals, teams and families of all ages can register online through noon Aug. 18. After that, participants can register from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 19 at Pacific Bicycle on NE 8th Street. Registration will not be available the day of the race. Freechtle was confident the Beaver Lake Triathlon will continue to be popular among community members for years to come. “It seems to be something everyone wants to keep around,” she said. “I think it’ll stay strong for quite a bit longer.” Intern Anna Marum can be reached at

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The10U Eastlake Jettas won the 3 Earls of Everett tournament the last weekend of July. The team also won the Auburn Summer Bash earlier in the month. The team shows off their championship banner from the 3 Earls Tournament. Front row, from left, are Adam Henderson, Nathan Fitzgibbons, Cooper Safon, Dalton Chandler, Josh Kelleran. Second row: Kiran Matthias, Carter Jensen, Braden Loveall, Dylan Matsuoka, Jack Rud. Back row: Rob Chandler, Jamie Matsuoka, Manager Todd Safon. Not pictured: Austin Oh, Luke Ahlquist, Will Armbruster, Coach Jeff Kelleran, Coach Jeff Ahlquist.

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triple in the sixth inning to highlight a four-run rally as Lakeside Recovery beat Kennewick, 14-9. McIlvaine had two hits, four RBIs and scored three runs for Lakeside Recovery. Rawlings had a single, scored two runs and stole two bases for Lakeside Recovery. Lakeside Recovery led 10-2 going into the top of the sixth

inning when Kennewick scored four times to make the contest closer. However, Lakeside Recovery put the contest away by answering with four runs in the bottom half of the inning. The victory against Kennewick meant Lakeside Recovery would again play Burlington, the lone undefeated team in the bracket. Lakeside Recovery, needing to beat Burlington twice to reach the state title game, responded with two crucial victories. In the first game, Lakeside

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Sammamish Walks is part of the series of hikes sponsored by the city and guided by local volunteers. This months’ walk is through part of the Grand Ridge Trail at 10 a.m. Aug. 20. For more information, visit Concert in the Park summer concert series features “Soul Purpose” from 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 25 at Pine


SAMMI splash, an exhibition of artwork from this year’s SAMMI awards and a preview of works that will be at this year’s Sammamish Art Fair, runs through Sept. 30 at Providence Marianwood, 3725 Providence Point Drive S.E. An artist reception is set for 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 17. It is free and open to the public.

A mobile mammography facility will be available for Sammamish residents. The mobile facility features the same equipment used at Evergreen Hospital, but you do not need to be an Evergreen patient to use the facility. It is available from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Evergreen Primary Care Center, 22850 Northeast Eighth Street. For an appointment, call 899-2831.

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Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is holding a new volunteer training program from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 27. Email Volunteer Coordinator

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The KidsFirst Noontime series concert will feature Nate Weinstein, a Harry Potter impersonator, at noon Aug. 29 at Ebright Creek Park.



Urban Poetics: A photogrpahy exhibit by Victoris Bjorklund will be on display at City Hall from Sept. 2-Oct. 4 at City Hall, and is viewable during normal business hours. The documentary file “Painted Life” the story of Hank Pender as seen through the lens of his son, Jacob, will be shown at 1 p.m. Sept. 10 at City Hall.


Focus on faith

Join the club Rotaract, a community service for young adults ages 1830 sponsored by the Sammamish Rotary, meets twice a month. Email

givers of people with Alzheimer’s. Caregivers gain emotional support, learn and share their experiences 6:30-8 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at Faith United Methodist Church. Call 6171936.

The La Leche League is committed to helping mothers breastfeed. They plan to meet on the second Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m.-noon at Fire Station 83 Visit SammamishWA.

The Rotary Club of Sammamish meets every Thursday at 7:15 a.m. at the Bellewood Retirement Apartments. Visit

Block Party Quilters meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at Mary, Queen of Peace Church. Visit

The Sammamish Fit Club, a club looking to improve the health of the community, meets from 7:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays. Call Trish at 206605-0679 or email

The Social Justice Book Group meets at 10 a.m. the third Monday of each month in Sammamish. Email Teen late night. The second Friday of each month is teen night at the Redmond/Sammamish Boys and Girls Clubs. Music, dancing, games, Xbox and Wii, movies, food and more. An ASB or ID card is required for admittance. The fee is $6. Email or call 250-4786. A support group for care-

Cascade Republican Women’s Club meets at 11:30 a.m. the third Wednesday of the month at the Plateau Club. Call 861-7910. Redmond Toddler Group, a parent-child program with art, music, play and parent education has openings in pretoddler, toddler and family classes. Call 869-5605 or visit Moms Club of the Sammamish Plateau has activities including weekly, age specific playgroups and month-

ly meetings, coffee mornings, mom’s nights out, craft club and local area outings. Visit or call 836-5015. Foster Parent Support Group meets the last Thursday of each month from 6-8 p.m. at Mary, Queen of Peace. Earn your training/foster parent hours. Refreshments and child care are provided. Call 206-7198764. The Eastside Welcome Club, for people new to the area, meets at 10 a.m. the first Wednesday of the month and at other times for activities and outings. Call Barbara at 8682851. Sammamish Kiwanis meets at 7 a.m. every Wednesday at Sammamish Hills Lutheran Church. Visit Toastmasters of Sammamish meet from 7:15–8:45 p.m. every Tuesday at Mary, Queen of Peace. Call 427-9682 or email The Cascade Woman’s Club, meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month in members’ homes. See CLUBS, Page 21

Mary, Queen of Peace youth groups are for children in sixtheighth grade and ninth-12th grades. Meetings are at 6:30 p.m. Sundays. Call the church at 3911178, ext. 129. Faith United Methodist Church offers “Faith Cafe” for women of all ages. Drop-in coffee time, scrapbooking/stamping, mom and baby playgroup, quilting/knitting and walking group, classes, studies and themed days. 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Call Jo Lucas at 837-1948. Healing Prayer Service. If you desire to make space for God in a peaceful setting. The fourth Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m., at Pine Lake Covenant Church. Email or call 890-3913. Celebrate Recovery, a Christcentered program offering support. Mondays, 7-9 p.m., Pine Lake Covenant Church. Visit, or call 3928636. Griefshare, a support group for those who have lost a loved one is from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays at Sammamish Presbyterian Church. Moms In Touch an interdenominational prayer support See FAITH, Page 21


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library activities Mother Daughter Book Club will discuss The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis, 3 p.m. August 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. August 17. Cover Art and Cupcakes, is

an art exhibition for teens. Design a book cover for your favorite book or an imaginary one. Pick up an entry form at the Sammamish or Issaquah Library and turn it in by August 15. Exhibition will take place at 2 p.m. August 19.

Sammamish Medical Reserve Corps is seeking retired medical and non-medical workers. Meetings are 6:30-8 p.m., fourth Wednesday of the month at Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 82. Email MRC@sammamishcitizencorps.oeg.


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Membership in the volunteer service organization is open to all women. Call 898-8603 or visit

group for moms to pray for children and schools. Call Jan Domek, (Issaquah School District) 681-6770, or Kelly Wotherspoon, (Lake Washington School District) 392-2291, or visit

Sammamish Garden Club meets at 9:30 a.m. the second Tuesday of the month in the homes of members. Call Cathy at 836-0421 or email

The Sammamish Book Group will discuss Garlic and Sapphires: the Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl, 7 p.m. August 17.

The Pine Lake Garden Club meets the second Wednesday of the month, plus occasional meetings for workshops and local field trips. Call 836-7810. The Sammamish Symphony is seeking musicians. Visit

volunteers needed CERT Victims Needed – CERT is looking for volunteers to play “victims” in a mock disaster event. Victims will need to wear old clothes and will be made up with fake wounds and injuries. The event will take place on Aug. 20th.To register, contact Denise Mack at or visit for more information.


Mothers and More – Sammamish/Redmond Chapter offers “Moms Need a Playgroup Too,” scrapbooking, book club, movies out, clutter club, kids play groups and more. At 7 p.m. the first Thursday of the month. Visit

ed. 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 hospice.

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Free Hebrew classes are offered through Chabad of the Central Cascades. Call 427-1654.

Learn to read and speak Samskritam at the Vedic Cultural Center. Visit Community Bible Study, open to all women, meets Thursday mornings. Visit Bhajan Bliss. Musicians and singers teach the traditional devotional bhajan. Vegetarian food. 7:30-9 p.m. Fridays at the Vedic Cultural Center. Divorce Recovery, a seminar for those going through separation or divorce or trying to move on from divorce, meets weekly from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., September 13 to November 29 at Pine Lake Covenant Church. Call 425 392-8636 or visit

Eastside New Neighbors meets at 10 a.m. the first Tuesday of the month in members’ homes. Call 836-3963.






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“Caffeine for the Soul,” a Judaic and Torah class for women, is from 1-1:45 p.m. Tuesdays at Caffé Ladro in Issaquah Highlands Shopping Center. Call Chabad of the Central Cascades 427-1654.

Kabalat Shabbat 7 p.m. Fridays, the Chabad House at the Issaquah Highlands. Call 427-1654.

Sammamish Saddle Club — Visit or call Sheila Nyborg 466-7168.

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 provid-


Pine Lake Covenant Church offers a ministry for children with special needs at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. Call 3928636.


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Friends of Youth seeks donations of school supplies Having all of the right supplies can make a tremendous difference to a young person’s frame of mind and their success in school, according to the Friends of Youth organization. With that in mind, the group is holding a school supply donation campaign in Issaquah and at its Redmond headquarters. Items needed include: ◆ backpacks for preteens and


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$4,500 and a chance to see his or her work become part of the county parks system. Contest organizers encourage all architects, designers, hobbyists, students, builders and creative people to apply. The challenge is to design a “green” camping space to create a comfortable and durable sleeping area from a cargo container. The selected design is due to be announced Sept. 14 as part of the Built Green Conference and Festival, a gathering in Issaquah for building industry professionals.

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Existing Environmental Documents: Geotechnical Report, by Earth Solutions NW, Arborist report by Greenforest Inc, TIA by JTE, TIR by DRS, Critical Areas affidavit, SEPA checklist Other Permits Included: SEPA Review: Staff Member Assigned: Rob Garwood, Senior Planner, (425) 295-0524, rgarwood@ci. A public hearing is to be scheduled for this application. The public hearing time, date, and location will be provided in the forthcoming Notice of Recommendation to the Hearing Examiner. Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on the application by no later than 5:00 p.m. on the last day of the comment period identified above, at Sammamish City Hall. Inquiries regarding the application, SEPA determination process, comment period, public hearing, decision and appeal process as well as requests to view documents pertinent to the proposal, including environmental documents may be made at the City of Sammamish City Hall, 801 – 228th Avenue SE, Sammamish, Washington 98075 (Tel: 425.295.0500) during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Note: Mediation of disputes is available pursuant to SMC 20.20. Requests for mediation should be made as soon as it is determined the disputed issue(s) cannot be resolved by direct negotiation. Please contact the Department of Community Development for additional information on the Land Use Mediation Program. Published in Sammamish Review on 8/17/11


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