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Going global Teen leads Sammamish toward first ever sister city

The completed Grand Ridge Trail now connects hikers, bikers and horsemen from the Issaquah Highlands to Duthie Hill. The trail has three large bridges, including a 600-foot boardwalk.


It might not get done when she’s still here, but Rachael Martel has laid the groundwork for a Sammamish first. As part of her Eastlake High School senior project, Martel has dedicated nearly a full year to finding the 13-year-old municipality a sister city. “There’s so much to be gained from another culture,” she said, noting she first got the idea last spring when talking to a friend in passing. That interest has turned into a passion for the 17-year-old, who has since organized a committee of community members and last week presented a list of five candidates to the Sammamish City Council. Among that list were Cookstown, Northern Ireland; Grenada, Nicaragua; Bucaramanga, Columbia; Xi’an, China and Slough, England – all cities with connections or similar interests to Sammamish. “It has never been to this point,” said Martel, who is now waiting on word from the council to take the

CELESTE GRACEY, Issaquah & Sammamish Reporter

From Issaquah’s backdoor The completed Grand Ridge Trail connects Highlands with a splendid hike BY CELESTE GRACEY CGRACEY@ISSAQUAHREPORTER.COM


After 11 years of work, the Washington Trails Association has connected its High Point trailhead, which is just East of Issaquah, to Duthie Hill Park on the Plateau. The crew celebrated the milestone last week, but the work is far from done. On a sunny spring afternoon, volunteers dig up stumps and clear brush to reroute part of the trail. Water doesn’t drain well from the original trail, leaving a slop of mud. It will be a couple more years before the reroute is complete. “I haven’t gotten a sense that it’s all done,” confessed Mike Owens, chief crew leader for


the project, during the celebration. He leads volunteers up the trail four days a week a few months of the year. One heads to the mountains once the snow melts on alpine trails. WTA estimates that its volunteers have put in about 40,000 hours on the trail so far. Much of the Grand Ridge Trail was built from scratch, allowing King County to construct a stronger route with better drainage. The bulk of the route swirls around the Issaquah Highlands, before jutting up to the popular mountain bike park. The final leg of the project is a 600-foot puncheon bridge, about a quarter mile from Duthie Hill Park, that runs a few


feet above ground across a bog so thick with mud it once threatened to steal shoes off feet. “We didn’t spend a single day up there where we weren’t soaking wet and mud up to the knees,” Owens said. The project took a year and a half. Made of salvaged cedar, the bridge is strong enough to withstand the weight of

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influential community members like Sammamish Kiwanis president Doug Eglington and Sammamish Chamber of Commerce executive director Deb Sogge. Both voiced enthusiasm for the project at the April 3 council meeting. “I think that it’s really important that this effort is sustained,” Eglington said. “It’s necessary to continue our education as a community, our effort in commerce and maintaining our economic strength.” Sogge pointed out Seattle and the success its had with sister cities. “If they have 21 sisters cities, there must be something they’re gaining from it,” she said. Martel, who maintains a 3.93 GPA, will be attending college next fall. She currently has her choices narrowed down to the University of Washington or Lehigh in Bethlehem, Pa. Wherever she goes, her involvement in the project helped her decide she will focus

Eastlake senior Rachael Martel stands with a poster she used last summer during Sammamish Days. She asked residents to plot where they are from or where they have traveled in the world to help give her ideas for her sister city project. kevin endejan, Issaquah


next step. “A few people who have said we should do this, but have never done anything before.” Martel, who first got her project approved last May, set things in motion in the summer at Sammamish Days. Taking a map of the world, she asked residents to post push pins in cities they were originally from, where they had visited or where they wanted to visit, hoping to gauge public interest.

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Martel was shocked at the number of red, yellow, blue and green pins that ended up in her map. “I just hadn’t expected quite so many, so I was really excited about that,” she said. She began attending Issaquah sister city meetings, trying to gain an idea of how the neighboring city established and has maintained its relationship with Chefchaouen, Morocco. “Why reinvent the wheel if somebody already invented it,” Martel said. “I sat in on them and I learned so much.” In January, Martel then formed a sister city committee, which included several

on studies. Unfortunately for Martel, there is also the likelihood it could take more than a couple of months to finish the project. She knows there’s a good chance she won’t get to see it all the way through. Spending well over the required 60 hours of work required for the senior project, that is a bit difficult to digest. At the same time, Martel also realizes she has exceeded her own expectations. “Last May, I was looking at it like even if I can get this word out I’ll be happy, but look what’s happened,” she said. “It’s been because of the help of the people who are on my committee, it’s been because of the help of the people who put these pins in during Sammamish Days. I couldn’t have done this without people looking at this and saying ‘I’m going to help.’”


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South Cove pays double for garbage City Council could have saved one neighborhood thousands by choosing Allied Waste

Compare the rates Annual rate for a 32-35 gallon trash can and a 96-gallon yard waste bin under the different contracts Issaquah, currently served by Waste Management – $168 South Cove, under a current contract with Allied Waste – $379


Every few months Dick Buckwitz loads a red trailer with yard waste and hauls it to Cedar Grove Composting, because he’s sick of paying Allied Waste’s $10 monthly fee. It’s not that the South Cove resident can’t afford the cost. It’s more a matter of principle. The community – newly annexed to Issaquah – pays a rate twice that of the rest of the city for its garbage hauler. “I’m offended by this lack of respect,” Buckwitz said. A privilege of being in the city is that it can negotiate lower water, garbage and even cable rates. The rest of the city doesn’t have a fee for its yard waste. However, a state law, meant to protect garbage haulers, will keep South Cove linked to Allied Waste until 2016 – and stuck with the rates negotiated by the state. The Issaquah City Council had the opportunity this fall to renegotiate the deal by choosing Allied Waste as the garbage contractor for the entire city. Allied Waste

Dick Buckwitz stands in front of a trailer he uses to haul his own compost. Unlike the rest of the city, South Cove residents have to pay $10 a month for haulers to pick up yard waste. CELESTE GRACEY, Issaquah & Sammamish Reporter even had the lowest bid, meaning South Cove residents would have paid less than half their current rate. Instead, the council chose CleanScapes, with the switch scheduled for July. Councilmembers were attracted to CleanScapes customer service. It offered more green initiatives and bear-proof cans, in addition to lower rates than the city’s

current contract. “You have to weigh what’s in the city’s best interest as a whole,” said Councilmember Joshua Schaer, who is also paying the higher Allied rates through his homeowners’ group. Buckwitz disagreed, saying the council should have given more consideration to South Cove’s situation. “I think they

ignored us.” He added that South Cove residents didn’t speak up when they had the chance and no one championed the issue. Issaquah’s situation is fairly common. Most cities can’t afford to get newly annexed areas off their old garbage contracts, said David Fujimoto, the city’s resource conservation office manager. The city had to add three years to South Cove’s contract with Allied Waste to make up for the damages for ending the contract. Buckwitz says those damages should be paid by the city, not South Cove residents. While it’s going to take a while for the neighborhood to see the full benefits of annexing, South Cove will see a significant improvement in 2016 when it joins the city’s contract, Fujimoto said. Issaquah & Sammamish Reporter staff writer Celeste Gracey can be reached at 425391-0363, ext. 5052.

The Swedish/Issaquah Medical Campus, the first new regional hospital in 25 years, opened in 2011 and offers much needed health care services to local residents.

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Lawmakers finally agree on a budget, whatever it is


ere’s the good news: the Legislature finally passed a budget. Here’s the bad news: The public doesn’t have a clear idea as to what it says. Once again we will have to trust that legislators did the right thing. After all, the budget deal didn’t get finalized until the wee hours on Wednesday and the public didn’t get a chance to read, let along comment, on the details. If there’s any consolation, it’s that the budget deal is a compromise between the House and Senate, and Democrats and Republicans. That means there was give and get all around. As Rep. Ross Hunter, head of the House Ways and Means Committee, put it, “I think we accomplished that.” To their credit, legislators preserved key health programs such as Disability Lifeline. That program provides help to those on the bottom rung of the economic ladder who aren’t able to work. Without state help their future is bleak. The budget also funds education with no cuts. Yes, times are tight, but we can’t shortchange our future by gutting our kids’ education. The Legislature also passed the $1 billion Jobs Now package which, we hope, will put tens of thousands of people to work. Doing any of this was complicated by the need for lawmakers to close a roughly half-billion dollar shortfall for the two-year budget cycle that ends June 2013. They did this, but it included at least one budget trick. The state is going to hold on to $238 million in local sales taxes for about a month after they are collected before sending the money to other jurisdictions. The accounting maneuver gives the budget a temporary boost. The budget also boosts a few taxes. One is projected to raise $14.5 million by eliminating a tax deduction for some large banks. The other anticipates an additional $12 million by changing rules on roll-your-own cigarettes. We hope that’s true, but revenue streams in budgets don’t always come true. The budget also scales back pension benefits for state workers hired after 2013 that will keep them from collecting a full pension even when they retire early. Sounds like what the private sector does now. A final point worth noting: the budget leaves about $320 million in reserves. A bank account is always a good thing, for states as well as people. – Craig Groshart, Issaquah & Sammamish Reporter


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The cost of doing nothing Over the past few years, the community has come together to develop a plan for the future of much of Issaquah’s valley floor. The plan, called the Central Issaquah Plan or “CIP,” represents a 30-year vision for the bulk of Issaquah’s existing commercial and business districts. The plan was developed by a diverse group of committed citizens, appointed by the mayor, who worked together as a task force representing all aspects of the political and community spectrum. Members included property Matt Bott owners, environmental interests, small and large businesses, new and longtime citizens, planners and more. The task force spent close to 1,000 hours creating this foundation for our future. It is an impressive vision for the nearly 1,100 acres of “Central Issaquah” and one that incorporates the best of Issaquah’s character, values and environmental, economic and social sustainability goals. City leaders are now preparing for the plan’s final review and eventual adoption. From our perspective, this is the right thing to do. Here’s why: Our region’s population will grow by hundreds of thousands of people in the next few decades. In fact, much of it is already here with our children

and grandchildren. Communities across the region are preparing for this growth in ways that will preserve their natural amenities, attract jobs and support families. The need for this planning is not only required by the state’s Growth Management Act, but also it is the smart and responsible thing to do for Issaquah. Having a plan matters. A plan of this nature provides certainty, vision and a place to capture the values of the community. The CIP accomplishes this goal through its focus on workforce housing, open space preservation, density where it belongs on the valley floor, economic vitality, mobility and overall the securing of a more livable, walkable and economically competitive community. As a long term plan, the CIP provides a direction – a vision. Some details of the plan may change, be upgraded or improved. And like any other redevelopment initiative, funding will occur organically through a mixture of sources, brought to fruition over the course of the 30-year redevelopment period. And the cost of doing nothing is severe. We are and will remain a small community relative to our regional neighbors. It is therefore critical that our existing and potential businesses and residents see that Issaquah has a plan for the future. Without a plan, businesses and the jobs and new revenue they bring to our community, will seek a home elsewhere.

We need a competitive and diversified business environment to help fund our parks, arts, public safety, schools and more. We must be in a position to compete for these future jobs and, as a small community relative to our region, we must ensure we give ourselves every chance to succeed in the new economic reality. Thus, in a community planning effort of this nature, there is little room for stepping backwards or unnecessary delay. Such moves would not be responsible. Let’s continue forward with our due diligence and get the job done for our citizens. In the competitive region we live in, failure to plan - to have a blueprint for success - is, as the saying goes, is “planning to fail.” If you care about Issaquah’s character, its treasures, the preservation of its unique natural and built amenities and the establishment of a competitive local economy over the decades to come, please join the Chamber in encouraging city leaders to continue their work towards adoption of the plan. I urge you to learn more and become a supporter of this project by visiting the city’s website at www. Please contact me directly if you would like to help. Matthew Bott is Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce.

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The following information was compiled from Sammamish police reports: A security guard at Skyline High School discovered a blue cooler with vegetation growing over it in the wooded area east of the school on April 6. There were 11 cans of Bud Light in the cooler — 10 of them were unopened. The security guard reported the cooler was dirty, filled with mud and had probably been there for quite some time — possibly years.

VANDALS STRIKE Police discovered a plexiglass cover to the Margaret Mead Elementary sign broken into several pieces the morning of April 5 along with two large rocks at the base of the sign. A teacher later reported that she immediately removed two profane four-letter words from the sign when she arrived at school in the morning.

UP TO NO GOOD Two Sammamish teenagers were discovered by police April 5 suspiciously parked in an apartment complex lot. When asked what they were doing, the teens

told the officer they were there to watch the moon. The officer found this strange as the vehicle was parked next to a 15-foot retaining wall and the moon was to the rear of the vehicle. The windows to the vehicle were also fogged over. The teens denied using drugs or alcohol, but the officer detected the odor of alcohol. Only one of the teens returned a positive result of 0.01. They were provided with trespassing warnings and asked not to return to the complex, located in the 2000 block of 235th Place Northeast, for at least a year.

FRAUD A former Sammamish and current California resident stopped by Sammamish City Hall on April 3 to report someone in Washington had purchased a 1977 Ford Pinto in her name. The woman said she left Sammamish because her then boyfriend was stealing from her.

MISSING LAPTOP A Sammamish citizen called police April 7 to report a missing laptop. The resident of the home in the 2300 block of 251st Street

Southeast reported that she left town Feb. 20 through Feb. 25. Just prior to leaving she noticed her laptop was in plain view and hid it under the living room couch cushion. She thought she had just misplaced the computer the last month, but realized it was gone when she was recently unable to find the cord, which was plugged into the wall.

CARS RANSACKED A woman called police April 6 after the two vehicles in the driveway of her home in the 1000 block of 169th Avenue Southeast were ransacked. The woman said it was her own fault for leaving the vehicles unlocked. The thieves allegedly took two iPods, a garage door opener, mail box keys and $50.

JEWELRY STOLEN A Sammamish resident called police April 4 after she found nearly $9,000 in jewelry missing from her home. The woman reported that someone stole the items, which included her $7,000 wedding ring, sometime between March 26 and April 2. The woman was suspicious of contractors working at her home in the 3300 block of 263 Avenue Southeast as there were no signs of forced entry.

Friday, April 13, 2012

It’s a Date

Things to do in Issaquah and Sammamish

Friday, 4-13

Sunday, 4-15

How to Start a Business: 1:30-3:30 p.m. Learn the resources that are available to you through the Small Business Administration, the steps in starting a business, how to write a business plan, and how to do research, etc. Free. Sammamish Library, Meeting Room, 825 228th Ave. SE, Sammamish

Compost at Home: 2-3 p.m. Create rich compost from yard and food waste, including free sources of compostable material in our community. We will be building a hot compost pile in class, so dress for messy materials. Free. Sammamish Library, Meeting Room, 825 228th Ave. SE, Sammamish

Saturday, 4-14

Monday, 4-16

The Future Remembered The 1962 World’s Fair and Its Legacy: 1-3 p.m. The 60-minute program will include time for questions and answers, and an opportunity for those who attended the fair to share their own memories of Seattle’s signature event. Free. Issaquah Library, Meeting Room, 10 West Sunset Way, Issaquah Computer & Electronics Recycling Drive: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring your desktop computers and laptops, working or not to Sammamish City Hall. Also accepted: monitors (LCD & CRT’s) cell phone, iPods, iPads, keyboards, mice, cables, speakers, printers, scanners, copiers and TV’s. A tax deductible receipt is provided for all donations. All hard drive data is securely destroyed. Contact Dawn Sanders, dsanders@

Alpha Course: 6-8:15 p.m. Includes dinner, an engaging message and an opportunity to meet with others to deepen friendships and discuss different aspects of Christianity. Free, but registration required by contacting Vonda Renfroe at Childcare is available for infants-6th grade with 48-hour advance notice and fee ($3/hr for one child, $5/hr for a family); contact Sarah Gerkens at sarahgerkens@spconline. org. Sammamish Presbyterian Church, 22522 NE Inglewood Hill Road.

Tuesday 4-17 Teen Writers’ Group: 3:30-5 p.m. Share and talk about writing while munching snacks. Critique and be critiqued, or just observe. Free. Sammamish Library, Meeting Room, 825 228th Ave. SE, Sammamish

QFC Supports The Nature Conservancy’s Efforts to Protect Our Heritage Each month QFC is proud to support an organization that is making a positive impact on our community and our world. In April, we are pleased to continue our association with The Nature Conservancy as our Charity of the Month. This is a partnership that goes back over 20 years. The Nature Conservancy is doing important work to preserve plant and animal biodiversity in every state in the U.S. and over 30 countries around the world. For over a decade, The Nature Conservancy has been using a collaborative, sciencebased approach combined with key analytical methods to decide where to work and what to conserve. This approach is called Conservation by Design. The concepts of Conservation by Design include: setting goals and priorities, developing strategies, taking action and measuring results. Using these concepts, The Conservancy focuses on finding the highest priority solutions in places where they can have the greatest impact. There are four priority targets in Washington which the Conservancy has been working on. These targets are: clean up Puget Sound, restore Washington Coast salmon

runs, restore forest lands in Eastern Washington and preserve Washington State sagelands. The Nature Conservancy notes that “Puget Sound is slowly dying from toxic runoff, changes in the quality and quantity of fresh water, continued loss of natural shorelines and the effects of rising sea levels.” To clean up and protect the Sound, the Conservancy is working to reduce toxic runoff and to make conservation more profitable for for farmers, timber managers and shellfish growers, and the lands and waters they manage. It is working to protect and restore important rivers and shorelines to safeguard the clean water and habitat they provide. The numbers of wild salmon on the Washington coast have plummeted over the last few decades. Salmon need the clear, cold waters of Northwest rivers in order to spawn and survive. Protecting salmon on the coast becomes possible by restoring and protecting the rivers where they spawn. Recently, the Conservancy purchased 3,088 acres in a corridor along the Clearwater River and plans to restore the forests along the river. This restoration work will provide jobs and create an

environment that will help in salmon recovery. Restoring forests in eastern Washington is also one of the Conservancy’s priorities. Large-scale restoration projects will help protect habitat for wildlife and strengthen the overall ecosystem to protect against mega-fires and insect outbreaks. The Conservancy works with local communities and with public and private managers across ownership boundaries to pursue beneficial forest management practices. Washington’s sagelands contain hundreds of unique plant and animal species.

Unfortunately, two-thirds of these natural environments in Washington are gone due to ranching, agriculture or other development. The Conservancy is working with farmers and ranchers to restore sagelands and to provide a place for wildlife to roam free. The Nature Conservancy is working to preserve and protect our natural heritage for future generations. If you would like to contribute to their efforts you can do so at your local QFC during the month of April. If you have comments or questions, please contact Ken Banks at ken.banks@qfci. com or call 425-462-2205. Paid Adver tisement

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ARAS prepares for seventh annual bike drive The Acceptance Respect Affection Support group of Sammamish will hold its seventh annual bike drive Sunday, April 29 at Sammamish City Hall. Last year, with the assistance of the Village Bicycle Project organization, ARAS shipped 582 bikes plus bike parts to Ghana, Africa. Over the years the organization has sent thousands of bikes to Ghana. Donated bikes and parts can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or arrangements can be made to drop off beforehand at a different Sammamish location. Volunteers are needed from 8 a.m. until approximately 4:30 p.m., to help prepare the bikes for ship-

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ment. Handlebars and seats are lowered and the pedals removed in order to conserve space in the shipping container which will be at City Hall. No bike experience is needed to volunteer. ARAS welcomes clubs, families and scout troops to assist by seeking bike donations in their neighborhoods, schools, places of worship and work. Donations are tax deductible.

Former Sammamish councilwoman and mayor Kathleen Huckabay has joined the private bank team at Union Bank as a wealth strategist. Huckabay, who was a member of the council from 1999 to 2009, is now responsible for the growth of Union Bank’s wealth planning throughout the greater Seattle area. “Kathleen has extensive experience Kathleen in wealth Huckabay planning, which will enable us to build lasting relationships by creating and implementing objective and customized strategies to help our clients achieve their goals and dreams,” said Chris Merrywell, regional managing director. “With Kathleen’s experience and client focus, we are confident that we will continue to expand our business while serving new and existing clients in the Seattle area.” Huckabay has 20 years of wealth planning experience. She joined Union Bank on April 5 after serving as a financial planner for US Bank Private Reserve. Prior to that, she was a senior wealth advisor at Berntson Porter PLCC and Laird Norton Trust Co. Huckabay, who still resides in Sammamish, serves on the boards of the East King County Estate Planning Council, Habitat for Humanity of East King County Advisory Board, Eastside Baby Corner, and Sammamish YMCA; and is a member of the Sammamish Kiwanis Club. She holds a degree in tax accounting and law from the University of Utah Graduate School of Business and a business degree from DePaul University.

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Banic moves to downtown Issaquah Banic Chiropractic and Massage is moving from its location on Gilman Boulevard to Downtown Issaquah April 16. The group is hosting an open house noon to 4 p.m., April 21. The move will improve the quality of the facility and provide more room for treating patients. The group has been on Gilman for about eight years.

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In recognition of National Cash Mob Day, the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce is making sure Issaquah is a part of the national celebration, announcing the community’s first-ever Cash Mob, April 16, to support a lucky local business. A recently formed group of chamber members, known as Young Issaquah Professionals, or YIPPIES, has taken quick action in order to bring the nationwide phenomenon to Issaquah. Cash Mob is a group of people who congregate at a locally-owned business and infuse their collective cash into the local merchant’s register. The day, time and location of the mob are conveyed via social media and the “mobbers” are simply required to show up, have a good time and shop. In most cases, mobbers are asked to spend around $20 each, but any amount will do. Several mobs around the country have reported over $1,500 contributed in just over an hour of mobbing. “The group sought an idea that was unique, energetic and added value to the community and to our chamber members” said Nathan Perea, director of membership development for the Issaquah Chamber. “ The Young Issaquah Professionals are led by their chairwoman, Audrey Slade of Meadow Creek Business Center. “The Cash Mob is a tool that this generation is using to accomplish a variety of tasks: Supporting local business, creating meaningful connections through commerce and building buzz for our community,” Slade said. The first Mob will take place at 11 a.m., April 16, but the name of the merchant hasn’t been released. “People who want to take part in our first mob and future mobs can like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter to find out where we’ll be,” Perea said.



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Two concerned parents sparked the Issaquah Schools Foundation that now benefits 14,000 students BY CELESTE GRACEY

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Maureen and John Shaw saw a small need in their son’s classroom that was symptomatic of a larger problem. To help, they started a foundation where private dollars could help public education. celeste gracey, Issaquah & Sammamish Reporter

Mock trial team places in state Eastside Catholic’s Mock Trial team took seventh place at the state competition on March 25 in Olympia. The three-day event had 22 high school teams from across the state. Mock Trial is part of the

“No one wanted to feel like they were moving into a sinking ship,” John said. Even as the district improved, the Issaquah Schools Foundation continued to find needs. Today it supports nine programs, including robotics clubs and financial literacy courses for all of the district’s eighth graders. It gave $75,000 this year in classroom enrichment grants, which provide special equipment and curriculum. This year alone it expects its money to impact 14,000 students. The foundation exists to bridge the gap between basic education, which is limited in Washington state, and the education stuYMCA Youth & Government program. The following Eastside Catholic students were recognized as outstanding attorneys: Michael Abraham, Kate Benecke, Lucas Heflin and Tennley Noble. The following Crusaders were recognized as outstanding witnesses: Michael

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dents need to achieve their potential, said Robin Callahan, the foundation’s executive director. The state only pays for curriculum changes every 18 years. The district needs to replace it every 8-10 years, but has to come up with money on its own to do so. Last year the foundation raised enough money to help the district fully implement a new elementary science curriculum. It hopes to do something similar this year by helping pay for an elementary literacy curriculum. Issaquah’s basic education has always been outstanding, but it doesn’t mean that teachers should continue to work with worn out books, Maureen said. For the Shaws, education was the most important thing they thought they could give their children. It also helped them put an emphasis on education at home. “I would guess that the foundation is going to do really well in the future,” John said. Maureen added, “It’s unlimited, it’s shown to be that.”

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Issaquah student honored at BC Issaquah resident Casey Pinckney, a second-year student at Bellevue College, has been named a 2012 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Bronze Scholar by Phi Theta Kappa, a national honor society for commu-

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superintendent to resign, John said. “It got everyone stirred up.” The administration was looking for something positive for the district when the financial chief called John back with a list of people who could help. “Part of the magic of the early years is that it was all volunteer. All of the money went into the classroom,” John said. The founders picked a need – globes and maps – and held its first phone-a-thon. The group raised $63,000 that first year. “We were thrilled,” Maureen said. The Shaws came to the Plateau on the front wave of suburbanization. As more families moved into the area the levies began to succeed.


or John and Maureen Shaw, the Issaquah Schools Foundation started with a dirty kindergarten rug. The filthy square, where her son and his classmates gathered, was long overdue for replacement. The 1980s were rough for the district, which saw a string of levies fail. It was lacking even basic material updates. “That rug was symptomatic of what was happening in the district,” John said. The couple offered to buy the class a replacement, but much to their surprise the principle turned them down. It was against the district’s policy to accept gifts for only specific schools. Otherwise there could be heavy inequality for those in wealthier neighborhoods. However, the Shaws weren’t good at taking “no” for an answer, especially when it came to their children’s education. After the district’s financial chief confirmed the policy, John asked, “Is there away around that?” The finance officer, who liked the question, responded, “Well, if we had a schools foundation.” Now, 27 years later, ISF is holding its annual luncheon May 10 and the foundation relies on the fundraiser for most of its $1 million budget. “It wasn’t even in our dreams that it would be this big,” Maureen said. The schools foundation didn’t have a quick start. The Issaquah School Board turned them down the first year. It took a financial fiasco in the district, before John’s idea would garner enough support in the community. On the whole, the issue wasn’t as big as people made it out to be, but it forced the

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SPORTS ROUNDUP Former Skyline student headed to Russia for World Race Walking Cup Katie Burnett, who spent a year at Skyline and another at Newport, recently qualified for the U.S. National Team for the 20 km race walk at the World Race Walking Cup in Saransk, Russia on May 12 and 13. Burnett, who began race walking with the Cascade Striders youth track club in middle school, finished fourth at the IAAF Trials to earn one of the five spots on the team. “I’m really looking forward to going to Russia,” Burnett said. “I’m excited to have a chance to compete against the best in the world.” Strictly enforced rules govern Katie Burnett the parameters for race walking and state that to the naked eye, competitors must always appear to have one foot on the ground. “It’s obviously not a mainstream sport here,” Burnett said of race walking. “I was trying all the events and it turns out it was my best one.” The 23-year-old Burnett graduated from William Penn University (Iowa) with a degree in Biology and was a four-time NAIA All-American for the Statesmen.

Bellevue College underway with 9-week fly fishing class From left, Issaquah senior pitchers Brandon Mahovlich, Andrew Kemmerer and Ethan Kalin bring veteran leadership to the mound for the Eagles. JOSH SUMAN, Issaquah & Sammamish Reporter

Eagles armed with experience A difficult 2011 has Issaquah’s seniorladen staff ready to recreate legacy BY JOSH SUMAN JSUMAN@SOUNDPUBLISHING.COM

For Issaquah head baseball coach Rob Reese, there was nothing typical about the 2011 season. A program usually brimming with seniors had only three, the Eagles started the season with four straight losses and little seemed to go according to plan throughout as the team posted the first losing record in Reese’s 17 seasons at the helm. “We were just too young,” Reese

said, adding that he played several freshman. “We had guys that just weren’t ready for varsity.” While half of this season still remains, including a crucial three-game stretch of division games later this month, it appears Reese’s crew is now all grown up. And it has started and ended on the mound. After losing three straight one-run games to begin the season, the Eagles have won six of eight, allowing only eight runs in the six victories (Issaquah also faced Bothell on Wednesday, after The Reporter’s press time). Ethan Kalin, Brandon Mahovlich and Andrew Kemmerer have returned with improved consistency and Scott Boydston, Ryan Guiberson and Las Vegas transplant Justin Vernia have added depth to a staff that allowed nearly five runs per game last season.

Kemmerer and Guiberson both boast perfect ERAs and Mahovlich has only allowed nine base hits against 29 strikeouts in 20 innings. Kalin has been just as good and opposing hitters have only managed a .164 batting average in 17 innings and a third against him. “All of those guys are bigger, stronger and more experienced,” Reese said, adding that each has posted “dominating” performances on the mound this year. Mahovlich said he has been focused on hitting his spots with the improved velocity Reese talked about rather than overthrowing, which often caused his control to suffer. Kalin has also reduced the number of walks allowed and has given only seven free SEE BASEBALL, 15

Alaskan guide Dick Lange will come to Bellevue College’s North Campus (14673 NE 29th Pl.) for nine weeks beginning on April 7 for a weekly fly fishing course. The introductory course is meant to teach the fundamentals of the sport including fly tying, casting and other fly fishing basics. A morning on a local stream is also part of the class. Cost is $165 and registration is available online ( or in person now.

Youth rugby camps coming to Issaquah, Sammamish For nearly three decades, Waisale Serevi has been one of the most dedicated ambassadors of rugby as well as one of the top players in the game worldwide. Now, he’s bringing that experience to the Eastside with a series of youth camps designed to teach youngsters the fundamentals of the game and the benefits it offers beyond it. Serevi will run two camps in Issaquah with the first, a flag rugby camp, running each Monday for six weeks, beginning April 16. The fee for the flag camp is $66 with each session lasting from 4:305:45 p.m. A week-long camp will run from July 9-13 at Central Park in Sammamish each day from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The fee for the week long camp is $200. Registration is available online at

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SAMMAMISH’S TOP GUNS While Issaquah boasts the deepest pitching staff, Skyline, Eastlake and Eastside Catholic also have their share of top-flight pitchers. Skyline – Matt Lunde has struck out 37 batters in 27 innings and Nick Kassuba has a 1.43 ERA in 14 and two-thirds innings of work. Eastlake – Andrew Stull leads the Wolves with a 2.21 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 12 and two-thirds innings on the mound. Eastside Catholic- Blake Gillespie, Alex Foley and Austin Soukup each have 14 or more innings this season with a combined ERA of 1.52 to go with 48 strikeouts against only 15 walks to lead the Crusaders to the top of the Metro League and an 8-1 overall record.


passes after averaging over Kemmerer, who watched one walk per inning last as his brother Jacob helped year. Reese and the Eagles to the “Pitchers really worked 2007 3A title. on The mechanyounger ics and Kemmerer hitting said the our spots element of in the that team spring,” that sticks Kalin said. - Andrew Kemmerer out most in “It’s nice his mind to have the whole staff back now is their willingness to from last year.” accept whatever role the Each of the three talked team required in order to about leaving their mark be part of a winning baseon a program that is ball team and live up to the fraught with tradition, cap- program’s lofty legacy. turing seven KingCo titles “Those guys had each and three state championother’s backs and it’s the ships since 2000. Perhaps same way with this team,” no one on this year’s team Kemmerer said. “I want a knows that better than ring of my own.”

“I want a ring of my own.”

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Matthews, Gevers, Lewis among state track and field leaders BY JOSH SUMAN JSUMAN@SOUNDPUBLISHING.COM

Issaquah, Eastlake and Skyline each have several athletes with top-10 state marks in 4A through the first third of the track and field season. For the boys, Eastlake’s Ryan Lewis and Skyline’s Drew Matthews are tied with one other runner for the eighth best time in the 200 meters at 22.84 seconds. Matthews also owns the third best time in the state in the 400 meters at 49.35. Spartan teammate Jamon Rogers is fifth in the 800 meters with a time of 1:57.20 and Keegan Symmes has the sixth overall mark in the 3,200 meters at 9:37.23. Matthews, Rogers, Andrew Millett and Karl Uselman are ninth in the 1,600 meter relay. Eastlake’s 400 meter relay team is ninth with Liam Doyle, Drew Lewis, Josh Horton and Ryan Lewis currently with the ninth fastest mark. University of Texas El Paso football commit Gino Bresolin is eighth in the shot put and the

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Drew Matthews only KingCo competitor in the top-10. Alex Ziebart has a season-best mark of 169 feet, 9 inches in the javelin for Skyline. Jorrell Dorsey is the lone Issaquah athlete in the top-10 in 4A with a 43-1 in the triple jump, good for third.

Madison Callan, McKenna Hogan and Julianna da Cruz to form the second fastest 800 meter relay team at 1:45.70. Amanda Chalfant replaces Hogan in the 1,600 meter relay, where the Eagles boast the fastest time in 4A by nearly two full seconds at 4:06.50. Eva Perry has the second best mark in the pole vault at 11-0 and Sara Wedekind is 11th in the same event for Issaquah. Hogan also has a top10 mark in the long jump and triple jump. Alex Daugherty of Skyline is second in the

400 at 59.34 and seventh in the 800 with a time of 2:21.34. Teammate Lauren Bruner is 10th in the 300 meter hurdles at 48.04. Daugherty teams with Dorie Dalzell, Maddi Hutson and Natalie Neumiller for the 1,600 meter relay, where the Spartans are currently fourth fastest. Skyline’s Sydne Tingey is tied with several others near the top of the high jump at 5-2. For complete track and field results from throughout the season, visit

Girls leaders On the girls side, Issaquah’s Gabrielle Gevers is tied for eighth in the state for the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.74 seconds and is deadlocked with two others for the 10th best time in the 200 meters at 26.64. Gevers is joined by


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horses. All of King County’s trails allow horses, bikes and hikers. In addition to reroutes, King County Parks is also planning to add more loops through the Grand Ridge Park, which adds mileage for mountain bikers. It’s also desirable for hikers as an alternative to the trail’s lacking lookout.

Hike the trail Grand Ridge has three trailheads. While the most popular for mountain bikers is High Point, hikers often take off from Central Park or Grand Ridge Drive. From Central Park, either head to the south end of South Pond or follow the large power lines south. At the edge of the park a small sign with a map marks the beginning of the trail. The route wanders atop ravines and along the park. At the first fork, keep straight to move onward or turn right to loop back to the beginning. Highway noise from I-90 joins the forest for the first mile and a half, but just as the sound fades, a babbling creek passes beneath a wooden bridge and the trail finds a break at Grand Ridge Drive. For those looking for a short hike from home, this is a good turn-around point. It’s also a preferred starting point for those hoping to hike to Duthie Hill and back. The trail picks up again across the road, just before the fake river rock bridge on the drive. At this point, the forest fades from the effects of civili-

Jeffrey Houghton crosses the MikeO Puncheon bridge on the Grand Ridge Trail. celeste gracey, Issaquah & Sammamish Reporter

Issaquah named Tree City again Issaquah has been named as a Tree City USA for the 19th year in a row. It was among 83 other cities in the state that earned the qualification, which also requires cities to have ordinances encouraging the city’s tree canopy, to celebrate Arbor Day and to spend at least $2 per capita on tree care – about $60,000 for Issaquah. The city is celebrating Arbor Day from 11 a.m. to noon, April 21 with a tree planting along Issaquah Creek and Pickering Trail. To help plant, check in before the event at the Pickering Trail entrance, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

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of Washington as a state and a territory April 14. The museum is bringing in historian and author Lorraine McConaghy to present the documentary and lecture, which is based on her new book, New Land, North of the Columbia. The event begins at 11 a.m. at the Issaquah Train Depot, 150 First Ave. N.E., Issaquah. Complimentary refreshments will be provided. For more information visit issaquahhistory. org or call 425-392-3500.




It’s 6 miles from Central Park to Duthie Hill with 800 feet elevation gain. It’s 4.5 miles from Grand Ridge Drive to Duthie with only 450 ft. of total elevation gain.

zation into a delightful lowland hike. While the trail has about 20 bikers for every hiker and seldom attracts a horse, there is a delight of being so close to town and yet so submerged in the woods. Trees coated in moss stretch across forest floors carpeted by ferns. Budding leafs promise to fill in the landscape, but in early spring hikers still can look deep into the forest. After another mile the trail offers a connection to Mitchell Hill on the right, but continue north. Another quarter mile and a second trail branches west. It ends on private property, so turn right for Duthie. When you reach the Canyon Creek tributary bridge, take a moment to appreciate the wood structure. All of the beams were carried in by human hands. For one of the trail’s bridges a team carried a 14,000 pound, 45 foot-long beam two miles using only rigging gear. At the end of the hike the trail descends a couple hundred feet to a boardwalk. The hand-split cedar is a delightful treat for hikers. It elevates passersby just enough to look across the forest floor and into the timbers. For hikers, the boardwalk is a good a turning point. Otherwise the trail switchbacks another quarter mile, before ending at the service road for Duthie Hill.


Man tries to lure boy into car in Klahanie The Klahanie community is on alert after a man tried to lure a male student into his SUV Monday afternoon. The boy was walking home from school, when the man pulled up in the car near 256th Avenue Southeast and offered him a ride. When the student refused, the man shouted “Get in the car” and continued to follow him. The man then sped down the road a few blocks and parked on 37th Street. The student continued to walk home, until he saw the blue car parked and the man waiting outside it. The student walked into a condo complex and waited for the man to leave, before walking home. He described the man as being in his 60s or 70s with white hair, which was balding in the front. If you have any information, call the King County Sheriff ’s office at 206-2964155.

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Gerald B. Treacy, Sr. age 93, of Sammamish, WA, died on Thursday, 3/29/12, at Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue, WA. Born and raised in Roselle Park, NJ, he lived in Clark, NJ, before moving to Sammamish 20 years ago. A Veteran of WW II, he proudly served his country in the US Army Air Corps, flying the first reconnaissance plane patrolling the US West Coast. Later stationed at Hickam Field, Pearl Harbor, he missed the attack by only a few days, having returned home on leave due to the death of his father. He served in the South Pacific for the duration of the war. He attended Syracuse University, Union College, and Rutgers University. He was employed as a Research Scientist for over 30 years with Exxon Research and Engineering in Linden, NJ; retiring in 1981. He enjoyed writing, reading all of the roughly 2,000 books in his library, photography, genealogy and was very proud of his Irish heritage. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 64 years, Mabel Lillian (Nesbitt) Treacy of Sammamish, WA, in 2009, by his son, Roger James, of Clark, NJ, in 1956, and by his granddaughter, Amy Christine Turner-Breckheisen, of Mendham, NJ, in 2004. He is survived by his son, Gerald B. Treacy, Jr., and his wife, Joyce of Poulsbo,WA; and his daughters, Barbara Yantz of Point Pleasant, NJ, and Carol El Koury and her husband, Victor, of Sammamish, WA; four grandchildren, Douglas Turner and his wife Josephine, of Belle Mead, NJ, Joseph ElKoury and his wife Sohyn of Mukilteo, WA, Kate Sandefur and her husband Alex of Greentop, MO, and Patricia Spencer and her husband Reed of Sammamish, WA. He also leaves seven great grandchildren; John, Nina, and Ian in Greentop, MO, Lucy Spencer of Sammamish, WA, and Ryan, Matthew, and Daniel Turner, of Belle Mead, NJ. Local arrangements entrusted to Flintoft’s Issaquah Funeral Home. Services and burial will be in New Jersey. Please sign the online guest book at 608519

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For Latinos, a struggle to find success BY GABRIELLE NOMURA ISSAQUAH & SAMMAMISH REPORTER


ndrea Torres is not your typical criminal. Squinting through rectangular glasses in the April sunshine, the 21-year-old with a youthful face, blends in with the other students as she walks across the Bellevue College campus. Last quarter, she got straight A’s. But, while she may wear Converse sneakers and carry a Hollister book bag, it’s the writing on Torres’ T-shirt, “Undocumented, unafraid and unashamed” that might make a person take a second look. Torres, a Mexican American, is an illegal alien. “I remember my dad saying, you’re an immigrant – you’re going to have to work so much harder than everyone else,” said Torres, who came from Mexico as a child to live in North Carolina, and then Washington – where she now lives in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood. The family knew life in the U.S. would be hard. Torres said her father, who has a valid driver’s license, was pulled over in North Carolina several times – despite the fact that he hadn’t been speeding, swerving or driving with a busted tail light. In high school, she remembers what some of her classmates would say, such as, “Illegals, go home,” or the time she ran to the bathroom in tears after a community college representative singled her out in front of the class, and told her she wouldn’t be eligible for college. “Some people don’t even see me as a human being,” Torres said. “To them, I’m just an illegal alien.”

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The Latin America Culture Club, El Centro, the Black Student Union, and the Associated Student Government took a minute to support the DREAM Act at Bellevue College. CONTRIBUTED further,” said Enrique Morales, associate vice president for access, policy and planning in the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity at University of Washington. But it’s not just Latinos who miss out. Tom Finaly, the chief operations officer of Southern California-based United States University that primarily serves Latino and military families, said the booming Latino population could be instrumental in filling positions in the health-care industry for example, especially as Baby Boomers retire. “If you look at it from a national standpoint, we are going to lose the fastest-growing population to unskilled labor – and we already know that unskilled labor is not the future,” Finaly said. In the end, if one-third of the U.S. population is predominately low-income unskilled laborers, it’s the U.S. economy that takes a hit, he said. “There won’t be enough money capital or human capital for us to move forward.”

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Despite the fact that the House Bill 1079, signed under Gov. Gary Locke in 2003, gave undocumented students the right to pay in-state tuition at colleges and universities, Henry Amaya, a retention specialist at Bellevue College, said the law caters to only a portion of students. To qualify, students must have lived in the Washington for three years and have graduated from a

state high school. The reality is, many young Latinos grow up constantly moving from place to place, wherever their families can find work – often picking fruit or working construction jobs. What Amaya and others see as crucial to helping students, such as Torres, is the passage of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, a federal bill in both the House of Representatives and the Senate that would grant certain undocumented students temporary legal residency and would allow them to work towards permanent legal residency. The DREAM Act has gained momentum, including gaining the support of corporations such as Microsoft and multiple Washington colleges. But it’s still been almost 10 years since it was first introduced, said Bárbara Guzmán, a program manager for Seattle-based Latino/a Educational Achievement Project. Guzmán said many students like Torres are willing to “come out” as being undocumented to help call attention to the need for the DREAM Act. Without the passage of this act, which Congress will revisit in 2013, Guzmán said young peoples’ hopes, and even safety, could be on the line. “So many students have been disillusioned when the DREAM Act didn’t pass the first time. Some contemplated suicide,”

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Guzmán said. “We’re very worried about that desperation.” These students feel left without options much of the time. They’ve have been brought here as children by their parents, and have no choice but to deal with the consequences said Adrian Morales, a founder of Campaña Quetzal coalition to improve Latino educational success. “It’s not their crime, it’s their parents’ crime – but is it really a crime to want a better life for yourself and your families?,” Morales said. If there’s any consolation for such students, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office concentrates on removing convicted criminals and not noncriminal immigration violators. It has the funds to remove about 400,000 of the more than 10 million individuals estimated to be in the U.S. who lack lawful status or are removable because of a criminal conviction. “Given this reality, ICE must set sensible priorities,” said Andrew Munoz, Public Affairs Officer in ICE’s Seattle Field Office.

Multiple causes It’s not just undocumented Latino students who struggle to get to the dorm rooms and lecture halls of a four-year university. Because Latinos are family-oriented, they tend to make decisions, even the choice to go to college, as a group, said Amaya, who recently helped Bellevue College and the Bellevue School District host its first “Latino Night” for middle and high school students and their families. “For some of these students, their parents are low-income and working two to three jobs to support their children,” he said.

For this reason, students like Gabriella Gonzalez, 21, are left to choose between their studies, and their family being able to have food to eat and a place to live. Gonzalez grew up being told ‘Échale ganas,’ do your best in life, work hard and go on to college. But despite her supportive parents, the Renton resident took a year off of Bellevue College to work two full-time jobs, one at the mall, the other at a Wendy’s. The money from her 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. shift would go toward her family’s groceries, rent and utility bills.

Hope remains In many cases, the hard work of students like Gonzalez is continuing to improve Latino success in education, but that doesn’t mean there’s not still a long way to go, Guzmán said. For example, parents in Seattle pushed for more dual language instruction in schools, which is thought to improve students’ self-esteem. Additionally, Washington has seen an improvement in high school graduation rates for Hispanics in the past 10 years, jumping from less than 50 percent in 2002 to 64.5 percent today. Still, that’s less than whites, Asians and Pacific Islanders, about on par with black students, and higher than American Indians, according to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. As the immigrant Latino population continues to deepen its roots in Washington, students will have more people in their life who have attended college, a cousin or older sibling enrolled in college, or even a teacher or local politician, Guzman said. “Without realizing it, a Latino student going on college becomes a role model for the next generation.”

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For kids ■ Fourth-eighth graders are invited to attend Rainer Youth Choir’s first Summer Choir Camp, Aug. 20-23 at Kent United Methodist Church, 11010 Southeast 248th St., Kent. A $25 fee includes all clinic materials, a camp T-shirt, dinner for each camper and two guests. Learn more at www., or 253-347-0180.

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In concert ■ SilverSounds Northwest and ChoralSounds Northwest, two troops of retirees, will perform two concerts of classic rock n’ roll. SilverSounds performs at 2 p.m., April 22 and ChoralSounds performs at 7:30 p.m., May 12 and 2 p.m., May 13 at Highline Performing Arts Center, 401 S 152nd St., Burien. ■ Sammamish Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with Everett Chorale, Master Chorus Eastside and Sacred Music Cham-

From left: Faculty adviser Henry Amaya poses with students Victoria Sifuentes Leija, Eliseo Gonzalez and Gabriela Gonzalez, members of Bellevue College’s El Centro Latino and Latin American Culture Club. GABRIELLE NORMURA, Issaquah & Sammamish Reporter spired Torres. “Every time I hear of an undocumented person graduating from a university, it inspires me to keep going,” she said. Those moments, in addition to her passion for drawing and painting, are a comfort to Torres when she is feeling overwhelmed and frustrated with life. Without a Social Security number, Torres can’t get a driver’s license; she takes an hour-long bus ride to Bellevue College; she doesn’t qualify for financial aid, and she can’t get a job to help pay for her school. Instead, she relies on money from her father when he can spare it. He has a government-issued tax identification number that he’s uses to pay taxes on his own tiling business, but it would be illegal for him to hire his daughter. When Torres has needed money for books, she’s volunteered on campus in exchange for vouchers at the book store. nds

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Nothing comes easy. Money is always a problem. And even if she can raise the money to transfer to a university, she’ll still have trouble finding employment without a Social Security number. Torres shocked her friends and family when she first put on her “undocumented” T-shirt, explaining it was the only way she could feel comfortable being herself. She wears it to let people know that she’s proud of her Mexican roots – but, like many others who grew up in the U.S., she too has an American dream. As Torres sees it, her education and future are at stake if the laws don’t change. With 10 years since it was first introduced and still no DREAM Act, Torres continues to put her goals on hold, in hopes she can finish her Associates of Arts degree, transfer to a university, and ultimately, become an art therapist. In the meantime, she’ll be waiting – undocumented, unafraid and unashamed.

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Anyone who has gone through the American public school system has probably written a haiku poem — or at least thought they had. Sammamish resident Michael Dylan Welch doesn’t necessarily agree. “One thing that’s often taught in schools is that haiku is a 5-7-5 syllable form, and that’s not really accurate,� said Welch, vice president of the Haiku Society of America. “I would call it an urban myth and yet it continues to be taught that way.� Welch — an author, guest editor and translator for more than 50 haiku books — will share his expertise in the ancient Japanese poetry this Saturday during “Haiku in the Woods� at Beaver Lake Park. A life-long poet, Welch became serious about writing haiku in the mid-1980s. He bought books on translation and anthologies of English language haiku, shortly after becoming a member of the Haiku Society of America. He followed by co-founding Haiku North America, a biannual conference, and also co-founded the American Haiku Archives at the California State Library in Sacramento — the largest public haiku archives outside of Japan. Adding to his list of credentials, Welch just had one of his translated haiku printed on the back of United States Postal Service cherry blossom stamp. The local poet said one of the common misconceptions about haiku is that its Real Estate for Sale King County

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Local poet Michael Dylan Welch stands in front of Beaver Lake, where on Saturday he will lead a haiku-themed walk through the woods. kevin endejan, Issaquah & Sammamish Reporter counted by syllables. The traditional Japanese method counts by sounds. “It’s as misleading as believing 100 yen is equal to 100 dollars,� Welch said. He also noted that there are often important elements left out, like the kigo, a season reference, and kireji, a cutting word that divides the poem into two parts. Welch will hit on the key concepts of haiku starting at 10:30 a.m., in a presenta-

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“Above all, the title ‘Haiku in the Woods’ is meant situate haiku in a natural setting and to give people a new way to appreciate nature by writing poems about what you experience,� Welch said. Those interested can register at the city of Sammamish website, Space is limited. “This program meets all the criteria that the Arts Commission strives for — to engage, involve, inspire and inform,� said Daphne Robinson, chair of the Sammamish Arts Commission. “We are honored to have a poet of Mr. Welch’s calibre to lead this program.� For those who miss out on Saturday’s event, Welch is teaching another free haiku class from 5 to 7 p.m., April 18 at the Sammamish Teen Center. Contact Meaghan Jowdy at 425-250-4783 or, for more information.

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Advertising Sales Consultant Sound Publishing, Inc. has an immediate opening for an Adver tising Sales Consultant at the Issaquah/Sammamish Reporter. This position is based out of our Factoria office, just off I-90. The ideal candidate will demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, both written and oral, and excel in dealing with internal as well as external contacts on a day-to-day b a s i s. C a n d i d a t e w i l l need to have an exceptional sales background and print media experience is a definite asset. Must be computer-proficient at Word, Excel, and utilizing the Internet. Position requires use of personal cell phone and vehicle, possession of valid WA State Driver’s License and proof of active vehicle insurance. Compensation includes a base plus commission and an excellent group benefits program. EOE Sound Publishing, Inc. is Washington’s largest private, independent newspa per com pany. Ou r broad household distribution blankets the entire Greater Puget Sound region, extending northward from Seattle to Canada, south to Salem, Oregon, and westwa r d t o t h e Pa c i f i c Ocean. If you thrive on calling on new, active or inactive accounts both in p e r s o n a n d o ve r t h e phone; if you have the ability to think outside the box, are customerdriven, success-oriented, self-motivated, well organized and would like to be part of a highly energized, competitive and professional sales team, we want to hear from you! No calls or personal visits please. Please email your cover letter and resume to:

GENERAL ASSIGNMENT REPORTER The Bellevue Reporter is seeking a general assignment reporter with writing experience and photography skills. Primary coverage will be arts/entertainment, Bellevue public schools, general assignment stories and The Scene magazine. As a reporter for Sound Publishing, you will be expected: * to take photographs of the stories you cover by using a digital camera; * to post on the Bellevue Reporter web site; * to blog and use Twitter on the web; * to be able to use InDesign to layout pages * to shoot and edit videos for the web; The most highly valued traits are: * to be committed to community jour nalism a n d va l u e eve r y t h i n g from shor t, br ief-type stories about people and events to examining issues facing the community; * to be inquisitive and resourceful in the coverage of assigned beats; * to be comfortable producing five bylined stories a week; * the ability to write stories that are tight and to the point; * to be a motivated selfstarter; * to be able to establish a rapport with the community.

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April 13, 2012 edition of the Issaquah/Sammamish Reporter