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Support for Mr. Z not letting up

Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District general manager Jay Krauss stands near a retention pond in the Issaquah Highlands. Controversy errupted when the city of Issaquah sought a permit to inject stormwater from the Highlands into a infiltration field 600 feet from wells that serve 54,000 residents in Issaquah and Sammamish. The matter is still not resolved.

Eastside Catholic students and alumni keep the pressure on BY LINDA BALL LBALL@ISSAQUAHREPORTER.COM


THE YEAR IN REVIEW The most influential stories of 2013 The video of Sammamish boy, Jonathan Carollo, drumming on the family washing machine went viral in January.


It was an eventful year in Issaquah and Sammamish, with a wide range of topics reported in these pages. Here is a look at what happened in Issaquah and Sammamish in 2013.


A different beat Jonathan Carollo, 11, of Sammamish, created a washing machine video that went viral, generating more than one million hits on YouTube. Carollo used everything from the lid to the stainless steel inside the drum of his family’s washing machine to create a percussion beat reminiscent of a one-man drum line. He made appearances on both “Good Morning America,” and “The Today Show.” Saving Tigers Cougar Mountain Zoo’s general curator, Robyn Barfoot, traveled to India to promote the conservation of tigers. Barfoot paid for the trip from her own pocket,


visiting several preserves and lecturing students in Bangladesh on what they could do to help. Ace gets the axe Ace Hardware in Sammamish is denied a proposal made by development group Kindar Ace to build a new 11,200-squarefoot store on a piece of property between Northeast Second and Northeast Fourth Streets. Store owner Tim Koch eventually had to close the popular store.


216 acres on Squak Mountain sold to timber company

Residents of Squak Mountain and the May Valley were alarmed to hear that pristine land near the top of Squak Mountain in the Issaquah Alps had been sold to logger Kurt Erickson. The land — five contiguous parcels that had been foreclosed on — if logged could result in further flooding in the May Valley and disturbance to wildlife that inhabit the area.

Sammamish City Council approves community center operating agreement The Sammamish YMCA and the city agreed that the yet-to-bebuilt community center will be leased to the YMCA at $1 per year for 25 years. The YMCA will manage the facility, provide programs and cover all operating expenses. The city will serve as the lead on design and construction. ‘Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park’ is born With state funding for parks decreasing, Issaquah citizens concerned about the ailing park formed “Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park.” The group will advocate and raise money for improvements to the park, which had not seen any major improvements in years. SEE REVIEW, 3

Students came out Saturday Dec. 28 to once again show their support for Mark Zmuda, the vice-principal at Eastside Catholic School who lost his job when the school administration found out he had wed his gay partner last summer. It is still unclear to many whether it was a “forced resignation,” or if he was fired. Zmuda has kept out of the spotlight since the issue exploded onto multiple media outlets Dec. 19. However, he did allow one of the students at the school to interview him. A short clip from that interview, with Catrina Crittenden was aired on KING 5. Zmuda said “to set the record straight, I was terminated. I did not resign, I was let go.” When he asked why, he was told because he had violated Catholic teachings. He said he asked the administration if it was a breach of his contract, and they said no. He was terminated for marrying his partner. Sister Mary Tracy, president and CEO of the school made Zmuda an offer. She suggested he dissolve the marriage to save his job, an offer she said she wasn’t proud of but that SEE SUPPORT, 2

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At Saturday’s rally, Joseph Meehan, 17, a junior at Eastside Catholic, said he personally believed Zmuda was fired due to his knowledge of a past experience with the school. Meehan said the LaCrosse coach left under unusual circumstances last year. He did not elaborate. “We’re trying to bring the focus back to Eastside — this is about Mr. Z,” Meehan said. “The broader gay rights issue is important, but we can’t forget why we are here.” Meehan said he is taking an advanced calculus class and Zmuda was to give a lecture after the holiday, which he was looking forward to. Now, that won’t happen. Alumni of the school are equally displeased with the situation. Corey Sinser said several alumni were meeting later in the evening “at a bar in Bellevue, like good Catholics,” to discuss plans. “Ultimately it’s about supporting these

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students and Mr. Z,” said Sinser, a 2006 graduate. Sinser said Zmuda was forced out the door even though the administration is still saying he resigned. As far as Tracy’s suggestion that Zmuda dissolve his marriage, Sinser said if that’s true it’s pretty shocking. “The Gospel compels us to love one another,” he said. “If that’s your understanding of that kind of love then your priorities are mixed up.” Kristen Miller, a 1984 graduate of Holy Names, was at the rally with her son, Chris Miller, a senior at Eastside Catholic. Miller said Sister Tracy was the principal at Holy Names when she graduated. She said she tends to believe Zmuda’s side of the story, that he was terminated. “I have fabulous things to say about Eastside Catholic, but not this time,” she said. Staff writer Linda Ball can be reached at 425-391-0363.

Authors to speak on child/teen issues Skyline High School and its PTA will host a community event at 7 p.m. Jan. 14 with speaker Dr. Madeline Levine, a psychologist, educator and founder of Challenge Success. A New York Times bestselling author, Levine wrote “The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids,” and “Teach Your Children Well: Why Values and Coping Skills Matter More than Grades, Trophies, or Fat Envelopes.” Levine’s talk will be in Skyline’s Lyceum Theatre. On Jan, 23, Chap Clark, a practitioner, adolescent and family scholar and author, will be hosted by Inglewood Middle School PTA and Sammamish Presbyterian at a 7 p.m. talk in Eastlake’s Performing Arts Center. Clark wrote “Hurt 2.0: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers.” He talked before a large audience last spring at the Boys and Girls Club. Neither of the evenings require a ticket, although both have a first-come first-serve seating arrangement.

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Jan. 4 Boy Scout Tree Pick-Up: Scouts will be coming through Sammamish and Issaquah Highlands to pickup and recycle your tree. Trees must be curbside by 9 a.m. Please note they cannot accept trees with tinsel, nails, or flocked trees. The suggested donation is $15-$30 per tree (no cash). Put the donation in a sealed envelope and place it on the bottom of the tree with a rubber band. All donations will go directly to fund the local Scouting programs in Sammamish. Checks should be made out to “Boy Scouts of America”.

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Issaquah City Council: 7 p.m. at Issaquah City Hall, 135 E. Sunset Way in council chambers.

Jan. 7 Sammamish City Council: 6:30 p.m. Sammamish City Hall, 801 228th Ave S.E.

Jan. 8 Eastside Catholic Open House: 6:308:30 p.m. Eastside Catholic School, 232 228th Avenue S.E.

Jan. 9 Eagle Scout Project Meeting: 4-5 p.m. City Hall at Sammamish Commons, Council Chambers 801 228th Ave S.E. Annual Scout Meeting to review upcoming opportunities with the city of Sammamish and other local organizations.

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Adrianne Haslet-Davis and Adam Davis were both injured in the Boston Marathon bomings. Haslet-Davis is an Issaquah High School graduate.



Former NBA player leaves Sammamish home after trashing it Former Seattle Sonics player Robert Swift finally left a million-dollar Sammamish home he’d been squatting in. He vacated the 6,000 square-foot home in the 21000 block of Southeast 40th Place, leaving behind piles of empty pizza boxes, dog feces, empty beer bottles, holes in walls and what appeared to be a makeshift shooting range in the basement. Muslim prayer center gets green light A Sammamish hearing examiner dismissed an appeal by a neighborhood group and allowed the prayer center to have a 44-space parking lot in the 22000 block of Southeast 20th Street. Examiner John Galt ruled there was not enough evidence to back many of the environmental and traffic concerns voiced by “Friends of SE 20th.”


Plot thickens on Squak Mountain Logger Kurt Erickson withdrew his forest practices permit application after it was determined that one of the streams on the property met the requirement as a potential fish habitat. Foresting consultant Paul Graves said they would start over after applying appropriate fish buffers. Meanwhile, an application for $2 million was submitted to the conservations futures citizens oversight committee to get help for the county to buy the land from Erickson.


Heroin use on the rise in Issaquah and Sammamish As use of prescription opiods is on the rise, one 80 mg. tablet of oxycodone will sell for $80 to $100 on the street. Black tar heroin is cheaper and chemically comparable. New data shows that in 2012 within the area of the Issaquah School District, there were 31 overdoses in the 19-30 age group, compared to 16 in 2009. In the 31-50 age group, there were 25 overdoses in 2012 compared to 15 in 2009. Issaquah seeks Regional Growth Center designation Such a designation would put Issaquah in position to compete for priority funding for transportation infrastructure to support further growth. It could be May of 2014 before Issaquah receives the designation, if it does at all, since such designation is very competitive.


Water War The Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District, a private utility, raises concern over plans by the city of Issaquah to inject storm water runoff from the Issaquah Highlands into the Lower Reid Infiltration Gallery (LRIG), a football field size area of land only 600-feet uphill from one of three wells serving 54,000 people in Sammamish, parts of Issaquah and unincorporated King County. The matter still remains unresolved. Trust for Public Land comes to the rescue of Squak Mountain King County executive, Dow Constantine, and the Trust for Public Land, sign a conditional agreement to purchase the 216-acres owned by Erickson Logging, Inc. on Squak Mountain to save it from logging. King County will work to secure the funding necessary to take ownership of the land in the long term. The plan calls for the TPL to buy the property in Feb. 2014, and convey a portion of it to King County when the county has initial funds for a first phase of the purchase. Klahanie annexation study shows financial gain for Issaquah Annexing Klahanie and 12 surrounding neighborhoods would produce about $620,000 in net income for Issaquah before taking into account start-up costs and a sales tax credit from the state that the city would have to apply for, concludes an independent study on the annexation. Issaquah would gain about $6.47 million annually from property tax, some sales tax, state-shared revenues, utility taxes and real estate excise tax.

Issaquah native, Adrianne Haslet-Davis, loses foot, lower leg in Boston Marathon bombing A 1998 graduate of Issaquah High School, and a professional ballroom dancer, Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who now lives in Boston and works at Arthur-Murray dance studio, lost her foot and lower leg in the Boston bombing. Her husband, Adam Davis, suffered broken bones and lacerations in his legs from shrapnel. He had just returned from Afghanistan.


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embers of the Machinists Union at Boeing will vote today on what may be a defining moment with the company. Boeing has offered to extend the contract with the union, which means the wing work for the new 777X airplane will remain in this area. If members reject the deal, the company says the work will go elsewhere. We urge members to vote “yes.” We know many union members are upset at the contract extension offer. It comes with a number of concessions, including a change in their pension program. And while we sympathize with their feelings, the contract offer reflects a change other companies are making throughout many industries. Like it or not, it’s a new reality. What union members must focus on are jobs. Accept the contract extension and jobs -- good paying one -- stay here for those now employed at Boeing and the thousands to come un the future. Reject the contract and jobs will disappear year after year after year. Union members rejected an earlier offer from Boeing. The company has modified its proposal. Local union officials opposed another vote, and called for another “no” vote once national union leaders scheduled the vote today. Clearly, the national leadership sees the obvious: a “no” vote means Boeing will move the work to an area where non-union members could be the ones doing the work. The company has received offers from 22 states to do the 777X work. Change is never easy; often it is painful. This is one of those cases. Change is going to come to local machinists in any case. A “no” vote will mean jobs for many of them will begin to disappear. A “yes” vote will mean jobs will remain and grow, even if the benefits are different. A”yes” vote is the best option. - Craig Groshart, Issaquah & Sammamish Reporter


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om and pop pot dealers should prepare for the bright light of public scrutiny as they enter the marijuana mainstream. There will be no hiding out as the state lets cities and counties know who wants to grow, process and open a cannabis corner market in their communities and where exactly they want to do it. Soon these wannabe legal dope dealers will be the talk of many a town Jerry Cornfield and maybe the target of a few not-somellow neighbors, who don’t want the businesses near their homes. The state Liquor Control Board has received roughly 2,500 license applications and begun informing cities and counties which ones are on their turf. For each application, cities and counties get 20 days to express support, opposition or no position. “If the local authority objects, we review with an additional layer of scrutiny,” liquor board spokesman Brian Smith said. “Typically, we are looking for whether the local authority made a case that providing a license to the applicant, or at that location, is a threat to public safety. The burden

is on the local authority to make its case.” State law does not tell elected leaders what to do before responding. It does not, for example, require holding public hearings, but it doesn’t dissuade them either. That’s where the city of Lynnwood may be blazing a trail for others. The mayor’s office recently received word from the state of an application for a license to grow and process marijuana on a stamp of commercial land on 208th Street Southwest, abutting homes and the Interurban Trail. City leaders sprang into action and scheduled a community meeting to discuss and dissect this application. They mailed notices to residents living in the vicinity with the date, time, place and reason for the meeting. They also attached the liquor board’s official letter containing names, phone numbers and birthdays of applicants. They posted it all online as well. City leaders no doubt wanted to be certain residents knew exactly who had designs on growing pot on this particular corner. Not surprisingly all of this didn’t sit well with Mark Greenshields of Auricag Inc., who applied for the license for a 30,000-square-foot indoor growing operation. Greenshields said he understood the purpose of the


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meeting, but worried the spread of personal details could create future professional and personal problems for he and his partners. He had another reason for his frustration – by the time the notices went out, he’d already abandoned plans to open in Lynnwood and is looking to open in unincorporated Snohomish County near Woodinville. That mooted the need for a meeting in his mind, but the city didn’t cancel the meeting until some days later. Outgoing Councilwoman Kerri Lonergan-Dreke supported getting residents together regardless of the status of the application because legal pot businesses are coming to town and most residents don’t seem to realize it. The city needs to be proactive, she said. She hopes public sessions are held on every application even the ones that don’t materialize, she said. “I think that’s a good strategy to take,” she said. “It’s good for folks to start to understand how the state has responded to the initiative.” And a reminder for those looking to grow and sell pot in this state that public attention, unwanted or not, is one of the costs of doing business. Political reporter Jerry Cornfield’s blog, The Petri Dish, is at Contact him at 360-3528623 or


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Issaquah mayor says water district using scare tactics A letter sent out by the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District speaking to the threat posed by untreated storm water being injected into the ground above the aquifer is “simply not true,” said Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger. The water district is accused of being motivated by “self-preservation” because it opposes the annexation of the Klahanie PAA to Issaquah. Jay Krauss, the general manager of SPWSD said the board of commissioners for the water district has no position on Klahanie. Backup suitors The city of Sammamish made it official that if Issaquah doesn’t want Klahanie, it does. During a city council meeting June 11, the Sammamish City Council voted 6-0 to pursue the annexation of Klahanie and the surrounding neighborhoods if Issaquah didn’t hurry up and submit language to the county, to get the issue on a ballot.

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promised on a new ECA ordinance. New pilot programs will allow landowners to build in areas previously off limits because of environmental concerns — areas like streams, wetlands, and terrain prone to erosion such as hillsides. To the ballot Issaquah City Council votes 6-1 with council member Josh Schaer dissenting, to put the Klahanie PAA annexation on the ballot in February 2014. Annexation of the PAA will give Issaquah the chance to become an entitlement city for federal community block grants if it hits a population of 50,000. Right now Issaquah has a population of about 33,000, and the Klahanie PAA has about 11,000 residents. Trust for Public Land and Erickson come to agreement The Trust for Public Land and logger Kurt Erickson agree on a sales price of $5 million for the 216 acres on Squak Mountain. Erickson said TPL worked hard to “get it right.” Funding sources include conservation futures funds which are collected through property taxes for permanent protection of open space land, and the King County Parks levy. SEE REVIEW, 6

Buzzkill The City of Sammamish decided to hand out citations to those seen possessing fireworks on the Fourth of July. They would be fined $500, or if they discharge their own device, they would be fined $1,000. Residents were encouraged to attend the city’s Fourth on the Plateau event if they want to watch a pyrotechnics display.


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for the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission said nobody likes doing it, but that they were trying to balance the species. Animal advocate Diane Weinstein said more than 1,000 people signed a petition by Action for Animals to protest the practice.



Pit bull attacks, kills toy poodle Tammy Hessler was walking her four-year-old toy poodle, Jackson, on a leash, when Jackson was attacked and killed by a pit pull owned by Christina Hart. Inflicting one deadly bite into the poodle’s lungs and stomach, the poodle died instantly. The attack took place in the Issaquah Highlands where the covenants, conditions and restrictions (CCRs) restrict certain breeds, including pit bulls. A neighbor said the dog has attacked other dogs twice before. Bird mess It was revealed that in an effort to reduce the amount of goose poop left by Canadian geese at Lake Sammamish State Park, geese were euthanized using gas. A spokesperson

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Issaquah nanny dies in shark attack A German Au Pair who worked as a nanny in Issaquah died August 21, one week after losing her arm in a shark attack while snorkeling off the Maui coast. Jana Lutteropp, 20, died at Maui Memorial Medical Center. Hawaii officials announced they plan to study tiger shark movements around Maui, amid an unprecedented spike in shark attacks since 2012.


Delay in hatchery project won’t affect Salmon Days A delay in the construction of the upper intake for the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery wouldn’t delay Issaquah’s largest celebration. With part of the creek diverted around the construction area into a large culvert, some of the fish had to be hauled by a water truck to the upper part of the creek. The project includes replacing the old dam which dates back to 1937. Issaquah ‘hijacks’ website As the controversy over Issaquah injecting storm water into the ground over the aquifer increased, it was revealed that people going to the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District’s website were immediately diverted to the city of Issaquah’s website. Known as cybersquatting, someone in the City of Issaquah’s staff approved the action. The city of Issaquah immediately took care of the problem. Klahanie annexation issue goes before King County Boundary Review Board Two nights of testimony were heard by the King County BRB, a quasi-judicial body, which makes decisions on incorporations, annexations, mergers and disincorporations by cities. The cities of Issaquah and Sammamish both made their case, as did the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District, Eastside Fire and Rescue, Klahanie Choice and a constant flow of concerned citizens.


Salmon Days thrives under sunny skies An estimated 150,000 to 200,000 people attended Salmon Days in Issaquah, the first weekend of October. The weather couldn’t have been better, and indeed the fish came home. The festival included many new vendors, as well as ones who have been at the festival since it began. Klahanie approved by BRB to go to voters The King County Boundary Review Board approved the Klahanie PAA annexation to go before voters in February, 2014. The board deliberated in public after reviewing mounds of testimony, exhibits and letters which were SEE REVIEW, 8 presented over two nights in September. The city of

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Sherman: one of the best at talking and defending takes it as a sign of respect that teams are throwing away from him, which is how HERALD WRITER cornerback Darrelle Revis earned the nickname “Revis Island.” Depending on your perspective, Richard “I’ve been proud of you since you Sherman is either best known as one of spurned us. I told you, I didn’t want you to the NFL’s top cornerbacks, or as one of the go down that path, I’m proud of you, boy.” NFL’s biggest talkers. — Jan. 6, 2013. Sherman, who was mic’d In reality, he is both. up, to Washington quarterback Robert Sherman’s standout play is why he’s Griffin III following a playoff win, a referin the spotlight in the first place, but his ence to the fact that Sherman encouraged brashness/confidence/cockiness/whatever Griffin not to come to Stanford, in part you want to call it is also a big part of who because Andrew Luck was also heading he is. On the field, Sherman uses his trash there, but also, perhaps, because he didn’t talk to get into an opponent’s head — we’re want Griffin to be subjected to playing for looking at you, Steve Smith — and off the Jim Harbaugh. field he uses it to build his brand. “A.J. Green is just a lot of noise talking Here we offer a small sampling of Sher---------- Forwarded message ---------and bad routes.” — Oct. 30, 2011. Sherman’s greatest hits, so to speak: From: Iunker,Meghan E <> man to Sports Radio KJR’s Curtis Crabtree “U Mad Bro?” — Oct. 14, 2012. SherDate: Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 12:28 PM following his first NFL start, a game in Subject: Cheryl Breidenbach’s ad man, via Twitter, with his now-signature which he suff ered a concusTo: “undisclosed.for.privacy” <undisclosed.for.privacy@edwardline pasted over a picture of New England> sion early and kept playing, quarterback Tom Brady following a Seahawks Richard Sherman is one of the according to an article he Seahawks win over the Patriots. best cornerbacks in the National Football wrote this season for TheMHello, “Sometimes, man, when the bully gets League and one of the biggest talkers. bullied, that’s how it happens.” — Oct. 24, JENNIFER BUCHANAN, Everett Herald I just sent an email from our “I’m system with ad we’d like to use, still a fithe fth-round 2012. Sherman responding to 49ers coach but with the automated email, itlast didn’t give me room ask a pick I checked. That towill Jim Harbaugh’s complaints about the couple questions. never go away. ” — Dec. 27, physical play of Seattle’s defensive backs. on, Russell Wilson. But if you sit there and 2012. Sherman describing Since our ads at Edward Jones pre-made, the size is off, so I “In my 24 years of life, I’m better at listen to the idiots like Mel Kiper and Todd I sentare was wondering if the one why would be OKplay to size down he’ll always with a to the life than you.” — March 7, 2013. The McShay and things like that, you miss requirements of the spacechip available. I also was wondering if the on his shoulder, even money shot from a sometimes hilarious, a lot of good players.” —black Dec.boarder 19, 2013. around the ad could be changed to the yellow/gold aftEdward er gaining was used for our Jonesrecognition ad in the Black Friday sometimes awkward takedown of ESPN’s Sherman explaining whycolor the that Seahawks as one of the NFL’s best wrap. resident instigator, Skip Bayless, during an have been able to find so many steals in cornerbacks. appearance on “First Take.” the draft. Please let me know if these are possibilities. “I wanted to make a state“It helps when you don’t listen to the “I don’t want to be an island. I want to ment to my city. I’m from Thank you! idiots in the draft room. When you don’t be more of a tourist attraction. You stop Compton (Calif.), and it’s listen to the idiots, you find players like here, I take your money and you go.” — hard for people to underJeremy Lane and Byron Maxwell and Nov. 14. 2013. Sherman Meghan when asked Iunkerif he stand that you can be an myself and Kam Chancellor, the list goes Edward Jones

athlete and have high academic standards and achieve high academic things. So, I really wanted to make that known to people that you can go to Stanford from Compton.” — April 30, 2011. Sherman on the day he was drafted, explaining why he went to Stanford despite also having an offer from USC. “He’s an incredibly perspicacious guy.” — Oct. 3, 2013. Sherman, describing former Stanford teammate and current Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, who a day earlier had described Sherman as vociferous. In the game of vocabulary one-upmanship, Sherman’s description of Luck means, “having or showing an ability to notice and understand things that are difficult or not obvious.”



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Sammamish hoped for an “either-or” vote, but BRB board chair Mary Lynne Evans said only the Growth Management Planning Council has the authority to make that decision. The PAA is in Issaquah’s growth management plan. Funding model for Eastside Fire and Rescue comes under the microscope The partners in Eastside Fire and Rescue raise questions about how much each should be contributing to EFR. Sammamish, unhappy with the funding model for sometime, feels it is getting the short end of the stick. The partnership agreement expires at the end of 2014, but any agency that wants to leave EFR must give notice by the end of 2013, causing some stress among the partners and Sammamish residents who fear Sammamish might leave the partnership and form its own fire department.


Sammamish residents make themselves heard A grass roots organization called announces that the Eastside Fire Fighters hired an attorney, accusing the City of Sammamish of violating Washington’s Open Public Meetings Act. The attorney, SaNni M-K Lemonidis, wrote “it appears the city council and technical advisory board have openly discussed fire service issues.” EFR deputy chief Greg Tryon said if any of the EFR partners were to go out on their own it would cost them more to operate an independent department. Fred Butler elected new Mayor of Issaquah After serving for 16 years, Mayor Ava Frisinger did not seek re-election, making way for city council president Fred Butler to overcome opponent Joe Forkner to become Issaquah’s next mayor. Lisa Callan was successful in winning the only open seat on the Issaquah School Board, beating opponent Alison Meryweather who had been appointed. Sammamish approves EFR formula The Sammamish City Council voted unanimously to approve a new funding formula for partners in EFR The formula ended with each partner paying 75 percent based on assessed valuation and 25 percent based on calls for service. Sammamish Mayor Tom Odell said “all of this was bloody avoidable, frankly,” adding the EFR had come to his daughter’s aid more than once, and that his father made his last trip in an EFR aid car. EFR issues not over With the funding formula out of the way, the partners still had to agree to any changes on the interlocal agreement. Yet another ad-hoc committee was formed to work out any issues. Tempers flared at the Nov. 14 EFR board meeting, with North Bend’s Alan Gothelf saying “let’s walk our egos out of here and decide what we can and cannot do.”


Tent City 4 to stay in Sammamish Tent City 4 which has been behind Mary Queen of Peace in Sammamish since Oct. 19, will stay there at least through the holidays. The community for the homeless has a strict code of conduct, meaning no drugs, weapons or violence along with security. Rev. Kevin Duggan said most of the residents have jobs, but ended up homeless due to other circumstances.

Sammamish residents concerned about the future of Eastside Fire and Rescue in their community, filled Sammamish City Hall on Oct. 29. KELLY MONTGOMERY, Issaquah & Sammamish Reporter.

Klahanie Annexation vote scheduled The Issaquah City Council voted 5-1 with council member Josh Schaer voting no, to hold the Klahanie annexation vote in a special election Feb. 11, 2014. The question to overturn the ban on plastic shopping bags will also be on the ballot, after a grass-roots organization got enough signatures on a petition to revisit the issue. Meeting of the minds The partners in Eastside Fire and Rescue come to terms on changes requested to the interlocal agreement. Most of the changes turned out to be nothing more than clarifications, with everyone in attendance at the Dec. 12 EFR board meeting celebrating with cookies and sparkling cider. Mayor Ava Frisinger says goodbye At the last Issaquah City Council meeting of the year, outgoing Mayor Ava Frisinger was honored for her 16 years of dedication to the city, again with cookies and sparkling cider. In a rare show of emotion, she said “I get maudlin after half a glass of sparkling cider — probably because I’m part Scottish,” she joked. Student Rebellion Eastside Catholic students make their feelings loud and clear when they stage sit-ins and demonstrations at the school and the Archdiocese of Seattle, after a much beloved viceprincipal is terminated for marrying his gay partner last summer, which goes against the beliefs of the Catholic Church. Mark Zmuda has kept a low profile since the story broke. Sister Mary Tracy, the school’s president and CEO, said “if the teachings of the church change I’d hire him back in a minute. He’s a wonderful educator.” This story has garnered national and international attention.



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(Left) Eastlake’s Rachel Ainslie during a game last season, when she returned from injury to help her team to the postseason; The Issaquah High School girls soccer team celebrates its shootout win over Skyline in the 4A state quarterfinals; The Eastlake Little League All-Stars on the ESPN SportsCenter set. COURTESY PHOTO; RICK EDELMAN AND KELLY CHANDLER PHOTOGRAPHY

Best of Issaquah-Sammamish sports 2013 Game of the Year: Issaquah-Skyline girls soccer, 4A state tournament quarterfinals


Humanitarian Recognition: Eastside Catholic baseball aids special needs peer The Crusaders have made plenty of headlines during the past two baseball seasons under new head coach Kyle Larsen, reaching the 3A state title game in 2011. But their most impressive feat in 2012 had little to do with their own achievements on the diamond. When the program agreed to play Newport at Safeco Field, the home of the Seattle Mariners, it also signed up for a joint-fundraiser and the chance to throw out the first pitch before a game. Instead of using that opportunity for themselves, a group of EC seniors decided to involve the school’s Options program, which serves intellectually disabled individuals. That led Jane Dickison to the practice field with the Crusaders and eventually, an MLB pitching mound, where she threw out the first pitch to an EC classmate.

Comeback story of the year: Rachel Ainslie, Eastlake girls basketball Coming back from a heart condition was tough enough. But it was far from the last challenge for Eastlake’s Rachel Ainslie, a senior on the girls basketball team in 2012-13. Her final prep season was no given after a devastating knee injury during an AAU game, but a return to the court gave her a final run wearing the Eastlake uniform she grew up dreaming of and helped her team to a postseason spot.

Person of the Year: Gwen Robertson, Issaquah cross country, track and field

Surprise of the Year: Crusaders return to title game in football Eastisde Catholic made its first ever state title game appearance in football in 2012, in only the second year under head coach Jeremy Thielbahr. In 2013, the Crusaders repeated that feat in even more impressive fashion. It looked like rival O’Dea would once again ascend past EC after a lopsided win during the regular season at Charlie Acosta Field, followed by a Metro League title for the Irish. But in a state semi-final rematch, that loss was avenged in a major way, as the Crusaders won 28-14 to get back to the championship game. All of that came despite losing 25 seniors from its 2012 team, and breaking in a new starting quarterback in sophomore Harley Kirsch. Coach of the Year: Don Bartel, Eastlake football The Reporter chronicled the Wolves’ new leader on the gridiron from his hire back in January to the team’s 4A state quarterfinal run during the fall, the first for the

Inspirational Story of the Year: EC wrestling tournament remembers life lost Jean Hill and her family endured a life-altering tragedy when 16-year-old Brian, an Eastside Catholic student and member of the wrestling and football teams, died in a car accident near the school’s former Newport Hills campus in 2004. But in the years after his passing, and even through a change in location to its Sammamish campus, the school and wrestling program have made sure to keep his memory alive. The Brian Hill Invitational brings competitors from around the region to the school for a wrestling tournament, something Jean said has been an invaluable gift.

Team of the Year: Eastlake Little League All Stars The first team from Eastlake Little League to capture a state championship at the Majors division wasn’t satisfied with only one trophy, and parlayed its first victory into many more en route to the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa. Eastlake thrilled a national television audience in the Northwest Regional Tournament, winning a semi-final game in comeback fashion before taking the title the following day. At the Little League World Series, the Sammamish youngsters advanced to the knockout stage, posting a 3-2 record.


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If it involves running, and Issaquah High School, odds are Gwen Robertson is somewhere in the fold. Three-plus decades of coaching has made her the living legacy of the program, and offered a chance for plenty of her former athletes to return and become coaches. That reality has been a rewarding one, as have the three cross country state titles, 12 individual state champions in track and field and numerous conference and district titles. Robertson received induction into the Washington State Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame in 2013, an honor befitting a career of dedication and excellence.

The Eagles got three tries at their neighborhood rivals for the second straight girls soccer season, and made it pay off, beating Skyline in a shootout to advance to the 4A state semi-finals. Issaquah was unable to top the Spartans in the final game of the regular season, or in the conference title game a week later. But in a win-or-go-home situation for each team, it was the Eagles that prevailed, getting a second half goal before taking the penalty kick round to return to the favor to a Skyline program that beat them in last year’s state championship game.

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