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The gym at Sunny Hills Elementary School was built as cheaply as possible, and now resembles something close to a portable building. April’s bond would replace it. From the left, Elizabeth Kaiser, Yasmeen Gallagher, Daniela Knutson, Stephan Daghofer. Below, Principal Sarah White. CELESTE

Fundraiser for nearly extinct Kokanee

GRACEY, Issaquah & Sammamish Reporter


Bond would rebuild Issaquah’s oldest schoolhouses BY CELESTE GRACEY

“I think people want good schools. That’s why people move to Issaquah.”



waterfall of rain pours down on Sunny Hills Elementary, slops over the gutters and splashes onto its outdoor walkways. Sidestepping one of many puddles, Principal Sarah White flips up her hood and heads for the 11 portables that make up much of her campus. The wooden structures have been a fixture at Sunny Hills for so long, they’re counted among the 31 permanent classrooms. Some have even seen remodels. They’re the biggest reason why White is hoping for a new school; the list of needs – including gutters that don’t behave like water fountains – continues to grow as the 1960s facility ages. A new school building, ticketed at $27 million, is among the top projects in the Issaquah School District’s hopes to pay for through its April bond. “We’re so excited,” White said. “The staff already talks about ‘When we get a new school building…’” The district is asking residents to pay $219 million over the next eight years. The bond would replace an expiring one with a lower

– Principal Mike DeLetis tax rate. For the past two decades, the district’s focus has been on keeping up with growth. Since 1991, the student population has almost doubled in size. “It was a tough challenge to keep buildings coming up fast enough,” said Steve Crawford, director of capital projects. While the district scrambled to find space for students to sit, thoughts of renovating older schools like Sunny Hills and Liberty High School were put on hold. April’s bond would rebuild ISD’s oldest

facilities. It also comes with perks such as $12 million for football stadiums at each high school.

Finishing Liberty Liberty High School Principal Mike DeLetis adjusts the fan in a new science lab. It sends a gentle whoosh through the room, and puts a smile in his eyes. As simple as it might seem, it’s a point of pride. Without a fan, the students can’t use SEE BOND, 13

The Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is hosting its first major fundraiser for saving the Kokanee Salmon. The fresh water fish, which looks much like a sockeye, is nearing extinction. However, it failed to make the federal government’s endangered species classification last year. The Coho Café plans to cater the event at 6 p.m., March 23 at the hatchery. “This possible extinction is literally happening right in our own backyard and if a community as educated and affluent as King County cannot turn this critical situation around, then I’m not sure there is hope,” said Heather VanDorn, catering manager at Coho Café. The hatchery began a program a couple years ago to spawn the fish in streams that run through Issaquah and Sammamish. The costly process requires staff to hall water from the streams to the hatchery, so the fish will learn the scent. Tickets to the event are $60 and available at the Coho Café or by phone at 425-391-4040.

Kokanee Salmon before being released into laughing Jacobs Creek. FILE PHOTO

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Neighborhood continues to improve natural areas by removing non-native plants BY KEVIN ENDEJAN KENDEJAN@ISSAQUAHREPORTER.COM

Take a drive through Klahanie and it might resemble more of a state park than a neighborhood. At least that’s the look the community’s preservation club is going for. “We spend an awful lot of time, effort and funds in keeping those natural areas as free as possible from invasive, non-native plants,” said Bonnie Anderson, chair of the Natural Areas Association of Klahanie. The hard work has paid off in recent years as the 300-acre neighborhood was recognized with various awards by the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah, the Eastside Audubon Society, King County’s Noxious Weeds department, the Urban Grant program and the Humane Society of the United States, which certified Klahanie as an Urban Wildlife Sanctuary. According to Anderson, a 25-year resident of Klahanie, things weren’t always this way. “If you would have seen our natural areas eight or 10 years ago, they are night and day,” she said, noting there used to be an abundance of ivy, Scot’s Broom, blackberries and several other invasive species. In order to combat the non-native plants, NAAK was formed approximately seven years ago by a former community member. Anderson took the reigns in 2007 and has since played a major role in the restoration of native forests, wetlands and a

From left, Natural Areas Association of Klahanie members Diane Weinstein and Bonnie Anderson stand in front of the neighborhood’s native garden with community manger Marta Mckie. KEVIN ENDEJAN, Issaquah & Sammamish Reporter 12,000-year-old bog. The club currently has three other members, including Walt Black, Diane Weinstein and Barb Justice. Community manager Marta Mckie works with all of them and several community volunteers to maintain the health of natural areas.

Members of the Troop 682 Den 6 Webelos worked with EarthCorps in late 2010 to construct Klahanie’s native garden.

While NAAK itself has done a lot of projects, Anderson has also found several useful partners along the way, including EarthCorps and Puget Sound Energy. Two years ago, PSE began removing large portions of invasive plant species and replaced them with more than 3,000 native

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The Issaquah District’s bond good for students and taxpayers


he Issaquah School District is asking voters to give it $219 million on April 17 to rebuild its oldest schools and make improvements and modernizations at many others. The money is needed and voters should say yes to this bond issue. Today’s issue features a report by staff writer Celeste Gracey that outlines numerous problems with the district’s old schools. Not only are they in disrepair, but also they don’t come close to meeting the needs of our students. Consider: Clark and Sunny Hills elementary schools and Issaquah Middle School each are more than half a century old. There simply is no way a school that old can give our kids the tools they will need to succeed in life. There are other critical needs that the bonds will address. Modernizations and/or renovations are planned for a number of elementary schools, including Apollo, Challenger, Cougar Ridge, Discovery, Endeavour, Grand Ridge, Issaquah Valley, Maple Hills, Sunset, Beaver Lake, Maywood and Pine Lake. There also is money for needed improvements, modernizations, and/ or renovations at all the district’s high schools. Liberty High School particularly needs help. How bad is bad? How about failing roofs, windows, and floors; old heating, electrical, and mechanical systems; and inadequate security and safety features. As expensive as $219 million sounds, this is a good time to sell bonds since construction costs are at historic lows. In addition, the district will get the long-term benefits that come from new buildings operating about 30 percent more efficiently that old ones. So, then, what’s the bottom line, financially speaking? Surprisingly, if the bond passes, the owner of a $500,000 home will pay about $200 LESS per year. That financial magic happens because previous bonds that are being retired will save voters more than the new bonds add. The retiring bond debt will drop the tax rate from $4.85 to $4.05 per $1,000 of assessed property value; approval of the new bond will bump the estimated tax rate up to only about $4.42, significantly less that the current rate. Because bonds are like a home mortgage – and affect taxpayers over a number of years – it takes a “super majority” yes vote, that is, “60 percent plus one” to approve them. Voters need to make this issue a priority since other “hot button” issues and races won’t be on the ballot. The district has prepared a needed and carefully thought out blueprint for our schools. Voters should to say “yes.” – Craig Groshart, Issaquah & Sammamish Reporter ISSAQUAH | SAMMAMISH

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Let’s hold drunk drivers accountable BY REP. ROGER GOODMAN

My neighbor in Kirkland, Steve Lacey, was a father of two, a Google engineer headed to Costco on a sunny weekend afternoon when a drunk driver killed him. I drive that way all the time. It could have been me. Or maybe you. The drunk driver who pleaded guilty this week to killing Steve had a 0.29 blood-alcohol Roger Goodman level, three times the legal limit. Patrick Rexroat might only serve 32 months in prison, after taking “earned early release” time into account. But Steve Lacey’s wife and kids have lost Steve forever. That doesn’t feel like justice to me. We need to be tougher on drunk drivers. Because you’re three times more likely to get maimed or killed on our roads than at the hands of a violent criminal.

And because no child should ever have to lose a mom or dad in a senseless car wreck. That’s why I’m continuing my aggressive fight to reduce deaths and injuries from drunk driving. I’m calling for stronger laws that make it impossible to vacate DUI felonies and that add cameras to ignition interlock devices, so offenders can’t game the system (HB 2443). We need to pay attention to the kids. I say it’s time to increase penalties for drunk driving whenever there’s a minor in the car (HB 2302). I’ve heard horrifying 911 calls from kids driven by drunk parents - incredible! And what about Steve Lacey’s kids? Locking up drunk driver Patrick Rexroat won’t bring Steve back. As his wife, Nabila Lacey, wrote to me, she and her kids have been sentenced to a life without Steve, with no possibility of parole. The same is true for all children whose parents are killed by drunk drivers. I propose requiring DUI offenders who kill to pay child support for the kids of their victims. That’s true accountability, and it’s fair. Why should a surviving mom or dad be forced to work two jobs – or sell the family home and move into an apartment? It wouldn’t cost taxpayers anything to require DUI killers to do the right thing. As taxpayers we spend a lot of money arresting, prosecuting and locking up rapists, robbers and murderers. As we should. Those who threaten public safety need to be stopped.

But the fact is that year after year, the deaths and serious injuries on our roadways vastly exceed the damage inflicted by violent criminals. I’m proud I’ve helped Washington pass strong laws that have sharply reduced DUI fatalities on our roads and highways. But hundreds of our neighbors, like Steve Lacey, are still being killed by drunk drivers every year. As long as the carnage continues, we need to ask: Is there more we can do? The answer is clearly “Yes!” Police, prosecutors and victims-rights groups agree that we should increase accountability for offenders and protections for victims by passing the stronger laws. Most importantly, we must change the culture, so friends don’t let friends drive after they’ve had “just had a few.” Ever. It’s not worth a life. If you drink and drive and kill someone, you shouldn’t be able to serve a couple years and then move on with your life. Not while your victims pick up the pieces. Not when the cost to society and taxpayers is so high. Let’s hold drunk drivers more accountable for a lifetime of damage caused to victims’ families. Let’s do it now.

Rep. Roger Goodman (D-Kirkland) represents the 45th Legislative District, which includes Sammamish. He is vice chair of the Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Committee and vice chair of the Judiciary Committee.

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‘Take me to the Issaquah jail’

The following information was compiled from Issaquah and Sammamish police reports: A man repeatedly visited the Issaquah jail in hopes of getting committed there instead of in Seattle where he was convicted of his crimes. The Issaquah jail has a reputation for being one of the nicest in the state. At one time someone famous paid to serve his time there. On three occasions March 2-3 a man brought his commitment papers to the jailhouse, upset with the officers who wouldn’t take him. He threatened to make them arrest him, but they assured him any new crimes would just add to his sentence. The officers finally offered him a ride to the Seattle jail. He accepted.

Train camp Police found a transient camp was established inside an old railroad car at the Issaquah History Museums’

POLICE BLOTTER train depot March 3. The officer advised the museums to clean it up and secure it so transients would come back.

Snatch and run A woman called police March 9 after she watched a man grab a package off her front door step of her Sammamish home, jump in the passenger side of a green SUV and take off northbound on 236 Avenue Northeast. The box contained $60 worth of herbal sweeteners.

Drunken mother Police were dispatched to the Boys and Girls Club at Samantha Smith Elementary Monday, March 5 after a mother allegedly came to school to try and pick up her children while drunk. Two girls were upset and said their mom was “acting wired” and refused to get in the car with her. When a daycare official confronted the woman, she said she could smell a

strong odor of intoxicants. A brief argument ensued and the woman took her son and left her two daughters behind. When police arrived at the woman’s home, they detected a strong odor of intoxicants, but due to significant amount of time elapsing, couldn’t determine when she last had a drink. The officer explained to the woman he would be forwarding his observations on to Child Protective Services.

Window of opportunity A Sammamish resident reported someone entered his home March 9 and stole a laptop and a digital camera with two lenses, valued at $1,400. It appeared the burglars entered the home in the 2200 block of 226th Place Northeast through an open window on the side of the garage.

Drunk – and more An employee of a Sammamish grocery store called police just after midnight on March 9 after

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an intoxicated man was found lying face down near the front of the store in the 2900 block of 228th Avenue Southeast. When the officer tried to talk to the man, he began rolling around on the floor, staggered to his feet and became belligerent by swearing at the officer and looking at him with an “evil stare.” The man twice blew a .278 on the portable breathalyzer. Medics eventually took him to the hospital for involuntary detox after he vomited on the grocery store floor and soiled himself.

Up in smoke Four juveniles were found inside a parked in a Sammamish neighborhood March 3 with a milky white substance floating through the air. When an officer approached the vehicle, he detected a strong odor of marijuana — strong enough to where it left a foul taste in his mouth. The officer found a plastic container with 15.3 grams of marijuana, a bong and a pipe.

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Teens represent county in Olympia Two area teenagers, Katie Miotke (Issaquah) and Magaret Edwards (Sammamish), recently represented King County in the 2012 Know Your Government Conference under the under the WSU 4-H Youth Development Program. There were 11 total teens from King County, who Feb. 18-21, participated in the annual state-wide conference in Olympia. The program is designed to connect youth with the political and government process by providing hands-on learning experiences via a mock, non-partisan, political party convention.

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Executive Director Deb Sogge, there are more than 4,000 home businesses licensed on the Plateau. “There so many licensed, but we don’t see them,” she said. On Saturday, the Chamber hosted its first ever Home Business Expo as a chance BY kevin endejan to meet entrepreneurs while allowing home-based operations to showcase their products. When Sandra Scherzinger’s mother fell “We’ve been calling them hidden treaill, her priorities abruptly changed. sures for years, so it was about time we Having to provide full-time care, the Sammamish resident could no longer work started showing them off,” Sogge said. Forty different exhibioutside her home. She tors made their way to also couldn’t afford to the Sammamish EX3 quit her career. Teen & Recreation CenThat’s when the former ter, ranging from limoutoy store manager got an sine service to jewelry idea. makers and everything in “I looked at where I between. thought there was a need “It’s great, I had no and came up with the idea there were so many concept of building an home-based businesses online educational toy in Sammamish,” resident store,” she said. Matt Sentena said. “It’s Scherzinger, her husbeen informative.” band Ted, and daughter For business owners Megan, launched homelike Cindy Houot, the based 4 Knowledge-4 expo was an opportunity Fun on Feb. 7. They have to get out in the commu390 items for sale on nity and meet potential their website and have customers. The owner of used Sandra’s former toy - Deb Sogge, Chamber CEO Angel Heart Designs, a connections to obtain 40 hand-made ceramic comdifferent vendors. pany, she has sold items worldwide. Her “We’re not an eBay business,” Sandra most famous transaction came a couple of said. “We are a stand alone, family busiyears ago when she sold 100 ceramic ness.” The Scherzingers aren’t an rarity. AccordSee treasures, 7 ing to Sammamish Chamber of Commerce

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Scott Gardiner, left and Louis Weiss dressed as pirates Saturday as part of the Sammamish Chamber of Commerce’s Home Expo, themed ‘Hidden Treasures.’ The pair wave at drivers Saturday on the corner of 228th and Inglewood Hill Road in Sammamish. kevin endejan, Issaquah & Sammamish Reporter

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Costco has strong second quarter Costco topped Wall Street estimates with strong second quarter earnings and revenue. The Issaquah company had earnings of 90 cents per share, or $394 million, on revenue of $22.97 billion. This was a 13 percent improvement in earnings and a 10 percent increase in revenue from the prior year’s second quarter.

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cupcakes to the British Royal Family after their personal buyer found her online. “I signed each one, ‘Cindy Houot, Angel Heart Designs, Sammamish, Washington,’” she said. “I wanted them to know absolutely everything.” However, when it came to gaining local recognition, opportunities were limited — at least until Saturday. “I think it’s nice that home-based businesses have a place where they can be recognized and found out about,” said Houot, who

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also hosts ceramic classes and children’s tea parties. Scherzinger agreed the opportunity was priceless. “We think it’s a really good idea to let people know what’s out there,” she said, noting 4 Knowledge-4 Fun delivers all over the world, but will gift wrap and hand deliver all local orders. With Saturday’s positive community turnout, it’s likely the chamber will continue similar events in the future. “We want Sammamish to be a place where people want to build their business and preserve their business,” said Chamber President Jason Weil.

Blue Drifter Ranch in Issaquah has been recognized nationally by the American Angus Association for having two registered Angus cows included in the Association’s 2012 Pathfinder Report. Only 2,027 of the nearly 30,000 American Angus Association members are represented in this year’s report.

White named VP at BC Ray White has joined Bellevue College as its new Vice President of Administrative Services. He will oversee several functional areas of the college, including finance, the Ray White physical plant,

BUSINESS IN BRIEF public safety, capital projects, and auxiliary services (such as the bookstore, food service and the child care center). White holds a bachelor’s degree in business and finance from Western Washington University and a master’s degree in business administration from City University.

Office closed for remodel The John L. Scott Real Estate office in Sammamish has temporarily closed while the company remodels its interior. Brokers still are available and the company’s office number remains the same, 425-836-7800. Clients also can use the company’s “mobile” platform on its web site. The company will celebrate a Grand Re-Opening in May.

Evergreen hires new CNO Nancee R. Hofmeister has joined Evergreen Healthcare as Chief Nursing Officer. She is directly responsible for the planning, coordination and direction of nursing care and nursing practice at Evergreen. Hofmeister joins Evergreen from

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Likosky joins Evergreen Dr. David J. Likosky has joined Evergreen Healthcare as the medical director of The Evergreen Neuroscience Institute. Dr. Likosky, a member of the Evergreen Healthcare staff since 2000, is also the director of Evergreen’s stroke program, which was recognized by HealthGrades for the past two years as the best stroke program in Washington state and is among the top 5 percent of programs in the nation.

YWCA hosts co-op market The Issaquah YWCA is hosting a community co-op market to support small business vendors, selling everything from products/ services, beauty pampering, arts/ crafts, wellness, baked goods, books, entertainment and more. The “Eastside Market and Mingle” will run every first and third Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Issaquah YWCA Commons Center, 930 Northeast High Street. For more information email Send business news to Assistant Editor Kevin Endejan at kendejan@ or call 425-3910363 ext. 5054.

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Big River Sept. 12-Oct. 21 This retelling of Mark Twain’s novel, “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” ran for more than 1,000 performances on Broadway.

Fiddler on the Roof Nov. 7-Dec. 30 This Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical has entertained audiences for nearly 50 years. It includes some of the most beloved songs in musical theater such as, “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Matchmaker,” and “If I Were A Rich Man.”

The Mousetrap Jan. 16-Feb. 24 Written by Agatha Christie, “The Mousetrap” is the longest-running play in modern history, tracking more than 24,500 performances to date. It’s the tale of eight inhabitants stranded by a snowstorm, one murderer, and one nameless target — but how many will get hit in the crossfire?

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March 13 to April 21 Two long-lost childhood friends drop everything to embark upon the journey of a lifetime: a 2,175-mile trek from Georgia to Maine along the Appalachian Trail. Long-kept secrets come to the surface and ghosts from the past haunt their steps.

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Last week, Village Theatre announced its 2012-2013 Mainstage Season lineup, set to open in mid-September. The shows include classic musicals, “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Chicago,” “Big River,” the play, “Mousetrap,” and “Trails,” a new musical” developed through Village Originals. Village Executive Producer Robb Hunt said musicals are selected through listening to audience and performer feedback. “After 32 years in Issaquah, announcing this season is just as exciting as it was in 1979,” said Hunt, who noted the loyal season ticket-holders the theater has developed throughout the years. Of Village’s more than 18,000 subscribers, 5,281 have been season ticket-holders for more than 10 years. Here’s a break-down of the 2012-2013 season:


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Ella Moss and her mother Penny, along with Julia, Jenny and Jordan Hepperle provide a first hand look at how girls lacrosse has taken off in Issaquah and Sammamish in the past five years. JOSH SUMAN, Issaquah & Sammamish Reporter

Girls lacrosse explodes Sport’s popularity soaring among Issaquah, Sammamish females I knew a lot of the kids on the team and we were already friends.” Jordan has continued playing, joining off-season teams for tournaments and continuing to grow along with the sport, which has experienced a massive expansion in the area. Just four years after Jordan was forced to play with the boys for lack of a team, her 11 year-old sister, Julia, joined a girls youth program that has six teams for girls in grades three through eight. Watching the youth and high school programs grow has been especially exciting for the Hepperle family, which includes the sisters and their mother, Jenny, who doubles as Issaquah Youth Lacrosse girls program director. “It’s been really cool,” Jordan said of the game’s expansion in the area. “Some of the younger girls have only been playing two years less than the high schoolers, but they already

When Jordan Hepperle decided she wanted to try lacrosse in 2007, she ran into a small problem. Other hotbeds – Mercer Island and Bellevue – had been active in the sport for some time, but so few girls played the game on the youth level in Issaquah that when Hepperle went to sign up for a team, she realized she would have to adjust her expectations. “There were maybe three girls there,” Jordan said. “We were just put on a team.” Without the numbers to field a girls team let alone a full program at that time, Hepperle was placed on an existing boys team and was introduced to the far more physical game played on the boys side. “I didn’t even know there was a different thing for girls,” Jordan said. “It didn’t really matter because •










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know so much about the game.” Throughout Washington, there are 34 girls high school lacrosse programs from Tacoma to Mulilteo. On the Eastside, 10 programs, broken down by school district (or school in the case of private schools like Eastside Catholic and Forest Ridge) cover Bellevue, Redmond, Issaquah, Sammamish, Kirkland and Mercer Island. In 2012, Bellarmine Prep, Highline, Gig Harbor and GrahamKapowsin added programs as well. The Issaquah School District’s high school program (which also includes those within the Snoqualmie Valley School District boundaries) has nearly tripled in size since it was formed in 2008 and will field varsity and JV squads this season with coaches Justin Waagbo and Penny Moss. Both grew up in the birthplace of the game on the East Coast and



Defending state football champions will meet when Skyline hosts 2011 Florida 7A champion Manatee of Brandenton, Fla. on Saturday, Sept. 15 at Skyline High School. The game is planned to be nationally televised, according to Skyline Athletic Director Ryan Gilbert. “I think it’s great,” Gilbert said of the opportunity to showcase his football program nationally against another recognized program. “They have a big time, national caliber quarterback and we obviously do too.” Skyline will have Max Browne, who recently picked up an offer from Alabama, the defending national champs of college football, after leading Skyline to the 4A state title. Manatee will counter with Cord Sandberg, who took his Hurricanes to a 13-2 mark with nearly 2,200 yards and 19 touchdowns through the air to go with 10 scores and 800 yards on the ground. Gilbert also confirmed the Spartans are looking at another out-of-state opponent for 2012. The rumblings suggest that Skyline is looking at a trip to face the Cottonwood Colts from Salt Lake City, though that game is not finalized and could not be confirmed by Gilbert at this time. The time of the Manatee game is still TBD.

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Eastside. Five Eastside programs including the Issaquah and Lake Washington school districts and Eastside Catholic School operate at the youth level with teams including fifth thru eighth graders. Eastside Catholic Athletic Director Scott Garvis was one of the driving forces behind getting lacrosse sanctioned by the state high school athletic association in Minnesota and said he has seen a similar growth pattern in Washington. At Eastside, nearly 90 percent of those playing lacrosse in the boys and girls programs were students who previously did not play a spring sport. “The more kids we can get connected to the school, the better atmosphere we have,” Garvis said. “Lacrosse is a huge addition to the spring program because you could be bringing up to 80 new kids out for sports between the boys and girls. Reporter Josh Suman can be reached at jsuman@ or 425-453-4270 ext. 5045

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Eastside’s O’Rourke selected for all-star basketball games Senior still weighing her college options BY JOSH SUMAN ISSAQUAH & SAMMAMISH REPORTER

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Michaela O’Rourke of Eastside Catholic continues to pile up the awards, earning invitations to a pair of all-star showcases, the Queen of the Hardwood Classic in Lakewood and the Washington-North Idaho All-State game at Spokane’s West Valley High School. “It’s really flattering,” O’Rourke said of the invites. “I’ve played with and against a lot of the girls playing in the games and it’s nice

Eastside Catholic baseball edges Skyline Eastside Catholic toped Skyline in the preseason opener March 9 as Alex Foley tossed four innings and allowed only three hits and two runs in a darkness shortened game, 4-3. Skyline starting pitcher Corbin Powers went two innings and allowed a pair of runs, both earned, as Braden Wolgamott went 1-3 with one RBI. Matt Sinatro, Brandon Fischer and Michael Stewart scored runs for the Spartans and each had a base hit.

Spartan Baseball Club fundraiser The Spartan Baseball Club’s annual fundraising dinner and auction will be held from 5:30-10 p.m. March 31 at the Plateau Club in Sammamish. People can register at Eastlake alum Kevin Penner bested a field of 120 collegiate golfers to take the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate crown and lead his UNLV squad to a first place team finish, its fourth win in six events this season. Penner shot a first round 67 followed by a second round 69 and 73 in the final round to hold on by one stroke over a handful of golfers.

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since relocating to the Pacific Northwest have continued to grow the game in the Issaquah area. “It just keeps getting better,” Moss said of the participation and performance level of the program. “Kids are able to play as young as second and third grade. I’ve coached my ninth graders this year since they were in fifth grade.” That is a significant change for a program that won only a handful of games during its inaugural season, primarily with first-time players. While there are only a pair of newcomers to the program this season, Moss said many girls have been drawn to the sport in recent years as a way to get out of a club soccer scene that is increasingly intense and demanding. “Soccer is so huge and there are so many levels and it’s just so competitive,” Moss said. “I think some kids are burnt out on it and are looking for something different. It’s just something new.” But with the game’s growth on the youth level, it may very well be the norm for the next generation of girls around the

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Top Bond Projects $219 million is the total bond cost $63 million to rebuild Issaquah Middle School next to Issaquah High School $44 million to finish Liberty High School’s remodel $27 million to rebuild Sunny Hills Elementary School $19.5 million to remodel and move Clark Elementary School to the IMS site $12 million to remodel and add covered stadiums to Issaquah, Skyline and Liberty high schools teachers won’t need to flip on all of the light switches, says Steve Crawford, director of capital projects. New buildings use up to 30 percent less energy, because of natural light and better insulation. That’s operations money that can be spent on teachers and curriculum, he said. The district can’t use saved capital projects money to pay teachers, but it can use the money to make the facilities as efficient and durable as possible. New buildings cost less to operate. For DeLetis,

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the remodel is as much an improvement for student learning as it is about the community taking pride in its high school. “I think people want good schools,” he said. “That’s why people move to Issaquah (school district).” Issaquah Reporter staff writer Celeste Gracey can be reached at 425-3910363, ext. 5052.

Fix A Leak Week in Issaquah As part of national Fix A Leak Week, Cascade Water Alliance and the city of Issaquah sent toilet leak detection mailers to about 100,000 homes throughout the county March 12. The average American home wastes around 10,000 gallons of water each year from running toilets, dripping faucets and other household leaks, according to a Cascade press release. The mailers include dye strips that help determine whether there is a leak. For more information on leaks and other conservation programs visit www.

Celebration time at IHS Issaquah High School plans to celebrate the completion of its new facility with the public April 3. The school is planning a presentation on the construction project, tours of the building and student music and art showcases. The event is at 6 p.m. at the new school, 700 2nd Ave. S.E. The performing arts wing was opened to students in the Fall, but the staff wanted to wait until the space received its final touches, before inviting the community to celebrate. The rebuild was result of a 2006 bond measure.

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Above, teacherAlisa Jermica and Principal Mike DeLetis in the newly remodeled science rooms at Liberty High School. Below, Principal Sarah White and Teacher Kelsey Jensen at Sunny Hills Elementary.

An Auburn man plummeted to his death off Rattlesnake Ridge on March 9 in what so far appears to be an accident. Another hiker saw the 32-year-old man near the ledge. When the hiker looked back again, the man was gone. The hiker saw the man’s body laying 300 feet below. He hiked down to find the man had died. Sheriff ’s deputies confirmed his death. A team of about 30 search and rescue responders helped carry the man’s body out. Rattlesnake Ridge is just east of Tiger Mountain and south of Snoqualmie.

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Bunsen burners – common lab equipment. The district added the fans when it remodeled two of Liberty’s science labs, but the remaining science classrooms won’t get the improvements until another bond passes. Before the remodel, teacher Alisa Jermica was in one of the leastequipped rooms. Her students worked on long tables instead of at lab stations – waist-high booths equipped with gas and plenty of electrical outlets. Her space is now so enviable that she’ll occasionally swap rooms with teachers so they, too, can run larger experiments. At first the district didn’t plan to fully remodel Liberty. The last capital bond provided $15 million for a new performing arts space. The project is now well under way. The finished product would be similar to Issaquah High School with a 600-seat auditorium, orchestra pit and black box theater. As a planning committee began filling out the details for the new arts center, DeLetis encouraged them to take a second look at Liberty. The group decided the school needed more extensive improvements. The district got a head start by giving a few extra dollars for classroom remodels, including Jermica’s science lab. The school is depending on April’s bond to provide another $44 million to finish the remodel. The plan touches every part of Liberty’s campus, except the main gym, which received upgrades in the 1990s. The narrow A-frame entryway would be combined with the student commons to create an open space. Administrative offices would move to the front of the school, giving a better view of whose coming and going. Heading to the ground floor of the classroom wing, DeLetis greets a teacher in the hall. It’s state testing week, but he wants to show the cramped classrooms. Unlocking the door to a math room, he flips on the lights. “We call it the bunker, because there are no windows,” he says. Rooms that have windows aren’t much of an improvement. They’re just a bit larger than a dog door. Plans for a remodel would provide enough natural light that most days

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