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Year in Review
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The Issaquah Senior Center will continue to be funded for the first six months of 2016. A quorum of the Issaquah City Council voted unanimously Dec. 21 to authorize city administrators to renew its contract with nonprofit organization Issaquah Valley Seniors
to operate the city senior center. The council’s approval preempted a vote on an alternative bill to establish cityoperated senior services. Council President Paul Winterstein said he was happy to arrive at an agreement that would not disrupt services to seniors, but that he continued to have doubts about Issaquah Valley Seniors’ leadership. “I was ready to rip the Band-Aid
off right now,” Winterstein said. As previously reported [“Proceeding with caution,” Dec. 18, 2015] the city’s new deal with Issaquah Valley Seniors was developed with a number of conditions on their continued relationship. The centerpiece of those conditions was the withholding of 60 percent of the senior center’s annual $99,000 grant, the receipt
of which will be contingent on the center’s ability to act by June 30 on the findings of an audit. The council earmarked $65,000 to hire an outside auditor to review Issaquah Valley Seniors’ finances and management. The Council Services and Safety Committee added further conditions requiring a review of current no-trespass orders against members and publication of the senior center’s most up-to-date bylaws. SEE SENIOR, 2
Eastlake High School seniors Jerry Lau and Connor McNeal display their solution to EvergreenHealth’s need for a pain management education tool. McNeal holds a tablet that runs the program he and his team created for nurses to use.
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As of the new year, the population in city of Sammamish grew to more than 60,000 making the Klahaniearea annexation official Friday. An adjusted 2015-2016 biennium budget of $220.5 million reflects the additional 2-square-mile area in the city’s revenue and expenditures. The Sammamish City Council approved the updated budget Dec. 1. The budget adjustment did not stray far from the estimate shown in the November 2014 fiscal study the city commissioned. In 2016, the annexation is expected to be slightly more costly than anticipated, but due to ongoing revenues and one-time costs, by 2017 the city’s finance department estimates the annexation will have made up that difference plus roughly an additional $250,000. Part of the revenues brought in by annexing the area will go toward improvements to Issaquah-Fall City Road. The estimated 2016 budget is $39.5 million, including a surplus of $8 million carried over from 2015. The city of Sammamish estimates it will collect $3.7 million from property tax from Klahanie-area SEE SAMMAMISH, 2
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Eastlake students tackle real-world issues Students in ‘start-ups’ course partner with EvergreenHealth BY MEGAN CAMPBELL ISSAQUAH/SAMMAMISH REPORTER
As EvergreenHealth CEO Bob Malte said: “Experience is the best teacher.” This rings true with more than 30 Eastlake High School students who
were tasked to find solutions to realworld issues the EvergreenHealth Clinic is currently working to solve. For Connor McNeal, a senior at Eastlake, that solution equated to 22 hours of coding to integrate a pain algorithm into Evergreen’s current software. “It really challenged me,” McNeal said. “It’s fun and rewarding.” McNeal’s team, which included Laura Brockway, Cory Flynn and Jerry Lau, were asked to find a way for EvergreenHealth to better deliver pain-management education. The students’ solution integrates with the
clinic’s current technologies. This challenge was one of several Eastlake students in the “Sammamish Start-Ups” course faced this fall. The Lake Washington School District Superintendent Traci Pierce said the Eastlake course is one of many “signature programs” throughout the district that pairs students with business professionals to solve real-world problems. It allows students to put their knowledge to the test. SEE STUDENTS, 2
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Sammamish mayor signs off BY MEGAN CAMPBELL ISSAQUAH/SAMMAMISH REPORTER
Outgoing Sammamish Mayor Tom Vance said he’s most proud of the legwork that brought nearly 11,000 people into Sammamish Friday. In his four years with the council, he played a significant role in the Klahaniearea annexation, a process that involved the neighboring city, Issaquah, and several votes of the people. King County had designated the roughly 2-square-mile area within the city of Issaquah’s potential annexation area. Voters twice rejected joining Issaquah, in 2005 and 2014. The February 2014 tally failed by just 32 votes. “When the Klahanie vote (in 2014)
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and to address the congestion that turns Issaquah-Fall City Road into a “parking lot every morning and evening,” he said. Closing out in 2015, the city had a surplus of nearly $8 million, according to a mid-biennium update given to the council in November. The 2015-2016 budget is $220.5 million. “The city is in even better financial shape than we even thought,” Vance said. “Let’s not get caught up in politics and let’s follow through on some of these major projects.” Those major projects include Sahalee Way, Issaquah-Fall City Road and other road networks within the city. Citizens elected Vance to the council in 2011 and the council named him mayor in 2013. His last council meeting was Dec. 1. Vance was outvoted in the November election for position No. 6 to Tom Hornish. Hornish, who will join the council this month, did not run for the mayoral seat. The seven-member council votes internally to determine the mayor.
went south, you did such a wonderful job of meeting with the folks in Issaquah and not only encouraging them to let Klahanie go from their (potential annexation area) to our (potential annexation area) but to strengthen our personal relationships with the city staff and with the city council members of Issaquah,” Deputy Mayor Kathy Huckabay said during Vance’s last council meeting, Dec. 1. “That’s going to help us in the future as we approach so many … regional decisions.” Vance credits the ability to annex Klahanie into Sammamish in part to long conversations he had with Issaquah’s Mayor Fred Butler and City Council President Paul Winterstein. Vance said he helped show the city of Sammamish’s willingness to bring those residents into the city
Longtime councilor Whitten ends 12-year career BY MEGAN CAMPBELL
After 12 consecutive years on the Sammamish City Council, Nancy Whitten said it was time. Recognized for her years of service, advocacy work and dedication, the City Council and community members alike shared kind words during Whitten’s last council meeting Dec. 8. Don Gerend, one of the longest-serving councilors, shared a doggerel, defined as “comic verse of irregular rhythm” or the
“technical term for bad verse.” Describing her Chicago roots, a “stint in law school then honed by real life and community activism,” Gerend said this background prepared Whitten to handle “issues not so cool with diligence and insight, plus a large dose of sarcasm.” He quoted her throughout the years: “‘Stormwater runoff will certainly destroy Pine Lake,’” and “‘Use green techniques and show developers no pity.’” “So, three terms on council, it’s been quite a ride, looking
back on the record with a true sense of pride,” Gerend read. “In retrospect we can think of a term that’s quite fittin’: We salute you this day, hard hittin’ Nancy Whitten.” Whitten, as described by Councilmember Bob Keller, was one of the city’s “most active environmental activist that we had in the city,” he said. “She was one of the most ardent defenders of Pine Lake and she still is today,” he said. It was a privilege, Keller said, to have the opportunity to learn
from her, especially during the council’s most recent revision of the comprehensive plan. Whitten announced she would not run for re-election in May 2015. She’s been on the council since 2003. Incoming councilorelect Christie Malchow will fill Whitten’s seat in position 2. Whitten is positive about the incoming City Council and hopes the environment remains a major focus in council decisions. “I wish you the best of luck and for me it’s ‘zip-a-dee-doodah, zip-a-dee-day,” she said.
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The review, which will require the senior center to lift bans on members who are found neither to be guilty or under investigation of elder abuse, had been a contested issue in committee, with Councilmember Joshua Schaer voting against the require-
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In all, during the Dec. 17 Sammamish Chamber of Commerce meeting, three groups of students presented their solutions to the problems posed by EvergreenHealth officials. The other two solutions included an interactive map and a potential partnership with Delta Air Lines to list travel medications likely needed before visiting various destinations. “They’re brilliant ideas and the brilliance comes in the simplicity,” Malte said. These solutions are ones EvergreenHealth plans to implement. The signature programs in the district developed about three years ago. This is the first year such a course has been taught at Eastlake High. Teachers Brittanie and Scott Petersen pitched the course to the Sammamish Chamber last spring. Brittanie Petersen teaches business and marketing, while her husband of 10 years teaches engineering and computer science. This is the first time they’ve taught a course together. There are three, what’s called, “pathways” students can follow during their studies at Eastlake: business, engineering and science. To get into the Petersens’ start-ups course, the students, usually seniors, have had to take at least one course in those pathways. Prior to this course, there was “no opportunity to blend those skills together in an academic setting,” Brittanie Petersen said. Out of all the district’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) significant programs, this is the largest, with 34 students enrolled, she said.
ment. “We noted this is a more active requirement than the others,” said Councilmember Tola Marts, the chair of the Services and Safety Committee. “Most of the rest of these … were observation or oversight rather than direction.” But Marts and Councilmember Eileen Barber approved the condition because they wanted Issaquah
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residents. In total, the city anticipates about $26.9 million in revenue this year from property tax. These revenues are in spite of the City Council's decision to not increase its property tax rate, a trend seven years strong. By law, cities can raise property tax by 1 percent each year. The estimated property tax rate in the city in 2016 is $1.97 per $1,000 of assessed value. For Klahanie residents, this should be lower than unincorporated King County rates. Lower rates was one of the city’s plat-
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Valley Seniors to have free and open board elections, Marts said. Councilmember Stacy Goodman proposed a final amendment, which passed, that will require Issaquah Valley Seniors to adopt a written policy for rejecting membership applications. “I highly doubt there’s anything comprehensive,” she said.
forms when campaigning to gain a positive annexation vote. The city of Sammamish estimated, for a $500,000 single family residence in Klahanie, residents would save nearly $600 in 2015 if they were paying the city’s property tax rate. The start of the new year also brings two new faces to the Sammamish City Council: Tom Hornish and Christie Malchow. Among other issues, the council will revisit the tenfold increase to A Regional Housing Coalition and a $4.5 million work order for improvements to Southeast Fourth Street, both of which the 2015 council approved during the budget process in December. The first council meeting of the year is Jan. 5.
Correction The Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District’s 2016 sewer rates were incorrectly reported in the Dec. 18 issue of the Reporter. The average sewer rate will increase 97 cents, to a total average monthly rate of $33.16.
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Pullman man sentenced to more than 20 years for murder of father, Sammamish business owner BY MEGAN CAMPBELL ISSAQUAH/SAMMAMISH REPORTER
On Dec. 16, a jury found Erik C. Luden guilty of second-degree murder for the May 30 slaying of his father, a Sammamish business owner and resident. Whitman County Judge David Frazier sentenced
Luden, of Pullman, Washington, to 20 years and 4 months in prison Dec. 18, according to court documents. The Whitman County Superior Court also levied Luden a $900 fine. Second-degree murder, a class A felony, carries a maximum sentence of life and a $50,000 fine.
The blotter consists of police officers’ accounts of crimes and other incidents in Sammamish and Issaquah. Persons arrested are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
Sammamish Dec. 6 SWEET TOOTH: An unknown person stole 12 candy cane decorations from the front yard of a residence in the 23000 Northeast 19th Drive. LIGHTS: An unknown person stole Christmas lights from the yard of a residence in the 2800 block of 220 Place Northeast. EVEN WHEN IT’S LOCKED: A resident in the 2600 block of 212th Place Southeast reported that someone stole mail from the locked box located on the street in front of the victim’s residence.
Dec. 7 CHILD NEGLECT: Police took a 13-year-old into protective custody because he was left alone while his parent was in Hawaii. MERRY ON A BUDGET: Someone stole Christmas decorations from the front lawn of a residence in the 100 block of Windsor Drive Southeast.
Dec. 8 ‘TIS THE SEASON TO STEAL PACKAGES: An unknown person stole a package left on the front porch of a residence in the 27500 block of Southeast 28th Place. BUS STOP: An unknown male in the 2000 block of 250th Place Southeast approached children while waiting for the school bus. The children’s mother confronted the man and he left, leaving behind female clothing and a syringe. METAL SPRING WINDOW PUNCH: Someone forced their way into a home in the 3600 block of East Lake Sammamish Parkway using a metal spring window punch on the rear glass door. The intruder stole costume jewelry. HOODED INTRUDERS: Two intruders wearing navy blue hooded rain coats entered the residence in the 2700 block of 233rd Avenue Southeast through an open garage door. The owner found them inside the house and they fled. The King County Sheriff ’s K-9 unit was unable to track them down.
The court’s decision came after two days of testimony, including that of experts who claimed Luden’s father, Virgil, was alive for the majority of the attack. Erik Luden hit Virgil Luden over the head and neck with a kitchen pot a minimum of 15 times, according to expert testimony, the
Moscow-Pullman Daily News reported. After testimony, the jury deliberated for more than five hours, according to the Moscow-Pullman Daily News. On the night of the murder, then 24-year-old Erik Luden reportedly called 911 claiming his father came at
him with a kitchen knife. Erik Luden told the 911 dispatcher that he “responded” and hit his father in the head with a steel pot, according to court documents. Pullman police found Virgil Luden, 58, dead upon arrival at his son’s apartment near Washington
NOT AGAIN: For the second time in two months, someone stole a mountain bike from the backyard of a private residence in the 24800 block of Southeast 19th Street.
SUSPENDED: At 10:56 p.m. on the 600 block of Front Street North, police arrested a 34-year-old Issaquah man for driving with a suspended license.
resident of the 1400 block of Hyla Avenue Northwest whom reported her children were not listening to her. She wanted police to document that she had told her children to stop using their cellphones and go to bed.
BACKPACK: Someone smashed a car window of a vehicle parked in the 22900 block of Northeast Fourth Street and stole a fourth grader’s backpack, which contained school supplies.
Dec. 11 GET OFF MY LAWN: Sammamish police confronted two males in the 2800 block of 220th Place Northeast who did not have a solicitor’s license but were selling window services door-to-door. SO CLOSE: Two suspects pushed a cart filled with alcohol and other merchandise without paying at the Safeway located off of 228th Avenue Northeast. They returned the items when the Safeway manager confronted them outside.
Issaquah Dec. 11 DOOR DAMAGE: At 5:42 p.m., a resident of the 500 block of Mountain Park Boulevard Southwest reported an attempted burglary. The burglar damaged the jamb and strike plate of
GTA: At 8:15 a.m. on the 1500 block of Northeast Jonquil Lane, a complainant reported the theft of a 2000 Toyota Landcruiser valued at $15,000. VEHICLE PROWL: At 11:33 a.m. on the 300 block of Shangri-La Way Northwest, a Ford Explorer was reported as having been prowled. The complainant reported a computer and spa products were stolen from the car, at a loss of $2,300. DON’T THEY, THOUGH?: At 6:06 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a store on the 1600 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard that had been the origin of a 911 hangup. The officer contacted an employee who said he had called because someone had filled out a donation card that read “ISIS sucks,” which had been posted on the store’s wall and subsequently criticized by a customer. The officer removed the card. OFFICER MOM: At 11:43 p.m., an officer contacted a
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Dec. 14 THE SHIRT OFF YOUR BACK: At 10:23 a.m. on the 2200 block of Newport Way Northwest, $500 of clothing was reported stolen. DUI: At 2:43 p.m. on the 300 block of Shangri-La Way Northwest, police arrested a 51-year-old Issaquah man for driving under the influence as determined over the course of an accident investigation.
Dec. 15 BLOCKADE: Officers stood by at the scene of an accident on Northwest Talus Drive and Renton-Issaquah Road Southeast, in which a propane delivery truck lost a tire and was consequently blocking the road.
State University. Virgil Luden suffered from blunt force trauma to the head and neck, confirmed by autopsy the following Monday. Virgil Luden, who went by “Cliff,” had been a mortgage broker for more than 25 years. He established his business, Sage Home Loans, in Issaquah and Sammamish in 2000. He traveled to Pullman to help his son move, according to court documents. Megan Campbell: 425-6540386; firstname.lastname@example.org Les Schwab staff arrived to replace the tire. MIP: At 1:09 p.m. at Issaquah High School, a minor was found to be in possession of alcohol. DISTURBANCE: At 2:48 p.m., police arrested a 24-year-old Tukwila man for creating a disturbance on the 800 block of Front Street North.
Dec. 16 CAR THEFT: At 6:53 a.m., a 1992 Honda Accord was reported stolen from the 500 block of Newport Way Northwest at a loss of $2,000. ASSIST: At 9:55 a.m., an officer was called to assist Issaquah Municipal Court security officers with the arrest of a 28-year-old Puyallup man. ORDER: Officers arrested a 54-year-old Sammamish woman on the 200 block of Southwest Hepler Lane for violating a court order.
PUBLIC NOTICES Mainvue WA, LLC, is seeking coverage under the Washington State Department of Ecology’s Construction Stormwater NPDES and State Waste Discharge General Permit. The proposed project, 223rd Assemblage, is located at 22245 SE 38th St. in Sammamish in King County. This project involves 10.09 acres of soil disturbance for Residential construction activities. Runoff discharges to an unidentified wetland that is conveyed west to Springs Creek which ultimately Discharges to Lake Sammamish approximate 3,500 feet downstream. Any persons desiring to present their views to the Washington State Department of Ecology regarding this application, or interested in Ecology’s action on this application, may notify Ecology in writing no later than 30 days of the last date of publication of this notice. Ecology reviews public comments and considers whether discharges from this project would
cause a measurable change in receiving water quality, and, if so, whether the project is necessary and in the overriding public interest according to Tier II antidegradation requirements under WAC 173201A-320. Comments can be submitted to: Department of Ecology Attn: Water Quality Program, Construction Stormwater P.O. Box 47696, Olympia, WA 98504-7696 Published in Issaquah/Sammamish Reporter on December 25, 2015, January 1, 2016. #1491404
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Decision could avert dueling carbon measures on 2016 ballot
ackers of a carbon tax measure have spent months gathering signatures needed to earn a spot on the 2016 ballot. The Petri Dish Now they may not turn them in because the content of a competing initiative polls better. “We are on the fence about whether or not to turn in our 350,000 signatures because of the emergence of an alternative proposal,” Yoram Bauman, the force behind the JERRY revenue-neutral proposal in InitiaCORNFIELD tive 732, wrote on the group’s web site Monday. A conference call with I-732 supporters was slated for Tuesday night and a final decision due by Dec. 30. I-732 is conceived as a bipartisan plan to combat climate change in a way that doesn’t put all the financial onus on the emitters of pollution-causing carbon. The alternative, which is still being drafted, will likely impose a fee on polluters and spend the money on clean energy and clean water projects. It is pushed by the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy. Bauman noted I-732 doesn’t fare as well with voters as the alternative because of its complexity. And voters won’t spend the time to consider it amid the din of the presidential elections. “That puts us in a difficult situation because I-732 requires a serious conversation ... but most voters don’t have the time or the inclination to have a serious conversation
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Because people can’t drive Miss Morgan asks why flashing yellow lights are so confusing, 12/18/15 Reporter. The answer: because Seattle drivers are constantly confused: “gee, I don’t know, should I or shouldn’t I?” Seattle drivers are the absolute worst in any major city I’ve driven in. Don Portlin Bellevue
Seems to be more about maximizing toll revenues On Saturday Dec. 19 at about 5:30 p.m., a collision occurred in the northbound lanes of I-405 near the SR-527 interchange. This caused a blockage to traffic, and shortly afterwards, the variable message signs were announcing a
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Does this action signify that WSDOT’s priorities have changed? Is maximizing toll revenue now more important than relieving traffic congestion? I think WSDOT owes us an explanation, with an apology if appropriate, for this indefensible behavior. Lin Wilson Bellevue
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THE YEAR IN REVIEW
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People and events that made news in 2015 January-March Issaquah’s government gets serious about traffic
Issaquah city officials opened 2015 by meeting with state legislators over breakfast to discuss issues affecting the city. It quickly became apparent that the leading issue would be traffic — a problem that’s become a daily annoyance in a city that’s more than tripled its population since 1999. A transportation package was on the agenda for the 2015 legislative session and state lawmakers eventually followed through with earmarks for additional I-90 lanes and a study of the Front Street interchange.
Citizens ask for all the trimmings on new skate park
The Issaquah City Council had scheduled work to begin on a new skate park in Tibbetts Valley Park in spring 2015, but members of the Issaquah Drug Free Community Coalition arrived at a council meeting in January imploring lawmakers to invest more in the project. The city government and the Coalition had been working on relocating the skate park away from the Community Center since 2013. A design firm came back with two options costing $350,000 and $500,000 — the city authorized the former option, which fit into the already budgeted amount. But Coalition members wanted more and councilors, months later, agreed to give it to delay construction for a year if the community could raise enough money to match a county grant. By the time the council sat down to work on the 2016 budget, they authorized even more city funds to meet the price tag of the “deluxe” design.
Issaquah opens first recreational marijuana shop
Six months after Washington’s first legal recreational marijuana stores arrived, Issaquah saw its own 21-and-over shop open its doors. The Issaquah Cannabis Company, on Northeast Juniper Street, was positioned as the only Eastside recreational marijuana retailer east of Bellevue.
Tent City 4 illegally moves to Tiger Mountain trailhead
Roving homeless encampment Tent City 4 once again found itself at the center of controversy after a permitting dispute prompted residents relocate, unpermitted, to a trailhead on the north side of Tiger Mountain. After trying for months to convince King County officials to let the camp relocate to the construction site of Cougar/Squak Corridor Park — receiving firm “No”s each time — managing organization SHARE/WHEEL directed residents
first to attempt to occupy the site anyway. Sheriff ’s deputies were called out to guard the Squak Mountain site, which led Tent City 4 to reroute north of Tiger Mountain along Interstate 90 — a site leaders believed to be owned by the state. Ironically, after days spent determining the ownership of the land, the site turned out to be county property. However, Tent City 4 residents were allowed to stay for four months before moving on to Snoqualmie.
Truck collides with I-90 overpass A Recology CleanScapes semi-truck collided with the Interstate 90 overpass on Front Street in March, injuring its driver and damaging the bridge. The truck had attempted to travel under the overpass with its hydraulic container bed deployed, punching a hole in the south side of the pass. The damage to the bridge racked up a $1.2 million repair estimate and remained unfixed at the end of 2015.
‘America’s Most Wanted’ bank robber’s stash found
In March, officials located an underground bunker in the 3500 block of East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast in Sammamish. The bunker belonged to a 46-year-old bank robber featured on “America’s Most Wanted” in 2011. Bradley Steven Robinett was sentenced to 12 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, on May 18. He pleaded guilty in January to escape, being a felon in possession of a firearm and interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle.
Sammamish buys Mars Hill church property for $6 M
In March, the Sammamish City Council unanimously approved the $6.1 million purchase of the abandoned Mars Hill Church with the goal of converting the building for the purposes of higher education.
April-June Eastside Catholic School gets new president
Eastside Catholic announced its new president, John T. Kennedy, in April. Kennedy has more than 25 years of school administrative experience and officially began as president on July 1. The school’s former president, Mary Tracy, resigned in January 2014 after the school made headlines for firing former vice principal Mark Zmuda. Zmudahad married his longtime same-sex partner, which allegedly violated his contract with the school.
Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park gain exec. director The Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park hired former Seattle Times researcher Janet Farness as their executive director in April. The prospects for making the hire
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Tent City 4 made a surprise, unpermitted move to a trailhead north of Tiger Mountain in March after failing to secure a sanctioned campsite from King County. initially seemed grim. The Friends had formed as an advocacy group for the park in 2013, but did not receive IRS approval on their 501c3 nonprofit status until late 2014. The Friends requested $25,000 each in 2015 nonprofit grant funding from Issaquah and Sammamish but, in the absence of nonprofit status, were approved for only $10,000 from Sammamish. The Issaquah City Council came through on the $25,000 in full once their status was approved.
the settlement agreement, the city must allow residents David and Megan Gee to submit a variance that would allow them to develop in the buffer around a wetland located in the middle of their property. The City Council voted in early December to allow them to do so. The variance remains contingent on the hearing examiner and a Washington State Department of Ecology review. If the plans are not approved, the case will go to trial.
Cougar/Squak Ben Yazici to retire, Lyman Howard to be next city manager Corridor Park opens In April, Sammamish City Manager Ben Yazici announced he would retire in early 2016. Yazici, who has been the city manager for more than 10 years, recommended Deputy City Manager Lyman Howard as his replacement. In mid-April, the council voted to keep the search for Yazici’s replacement internal. In May, the City Council unanimously named Howard as its next city manager, starting in February 2016.
Pullman man charged with murder of father
Erik Luden was arrested for the slaying his father in his College Hill apartment in Pullman, Washington, May 30. He was found guilty of second-degree murder Dec. 16 and sentenced to 20 years and 4 months in prison. His father, Virgil C. Luden, 58, had been a Sammamish business owner of more than 20 years.
Teachers protest inaction on McCleary, walk out
Teachers employed with the Issaquah School District walked out May 19 to protest the state Legislature’s inaction funding basic education. In 2012, the state Supreme Court upheld a lower court decision that current substandard funding of education was a violation of the state constitution. The Legislature has remained in contempt of court since that ruling. The Issaquah teachers walkout was part of a larger campaign of 24 local chapters of the Washington Education Association. The superintendent said in a statement to parents that he could not endorse the walkout, but he did “share some of the frustration that has led the teachers across the state to take this action.”
Sammamish settles public records lawsuit
What began with a Sammamish family’s desire to build on their Beaver Lake property nearly a decade ago led to a lawsuit against the city of Sammamish and eventual settlement of $90,000. Per
In June, the county Department of Natural Resources opened a new trailhead and closed the chapter on a three-year effort to protect a Squak Mountain hillside from logging. The site, formerly the old Issaquah Highlands Recreational Club campground, had been purchased by Erickson Logging Inc. in 2012, sparking a campaign to save the hillside by the Issaquah Alps Trails Club. The Trust for Public Land purchased the land for $5 million in mid-2013 on behalf of King County, which took ownership at the end of 2014 upon repayment of the amount. The 216-acre park included the Margaret Way trail, named for Issaquah City Parks Planner Margaret Macleod.
Issaquah Creek restoration
The city of Issaquah began a threemonth, $1 million restoration of the east fork of Issaquah Creek in June. Workers, focusing on the portion of the creek that abuts Confluence Park, widened the waterway and installed logs, wooden debris and anti-erosion measures to make the creek more habitable to salmon returning to the hatchery. The city additionally paid $250,000 to relocate the historic Tolle Anderson homestead away from the work site.
July-September Klahanie to join Sammamish
The Sammamish City Council voted in early July to annex about 11,000 people into the city Jan. 1, 2016. The annexation, put to a vote in the April special election, received overwhelming support, 86 percent approval. The council also established a Klahanie transition committee, which met throughout the fall and winter.
Initiative, referendum passes The Sammamish City Council voted 5-2 in July to move forward with a resolution that states its intent to adopt citizenenacted initiative and referendum powers that allow residents to create or repeal laws SEE YEAR IN REVIEW, 8
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Skyline overcomes deficit
The Skyline Spartans boys basketball team overcame a 63-54 deficit against the Issaquah Eagles in the fourth quarter, earning a 76-73 win on Jan. 9 in a battle between rivals. Robert Biegaj, who scored a team-high 26 points for Skyline, played a pivotal role in his team’s comeback in the fourth stanza. Biegaj hit two three-pointers in Skyline’s signature 12-0 run in the fourth quarter. Biegaj buried a three-pointer as the shot clock expired with 3:22 left in regulation, giving Skyline a 66-63 lead.
Eastlake defeats Mount Si
Proficient free throw shooting down the stretch propelled the Eastlake Wolves to a thrilling victory against the Mount Si Wildcats. Eastlake (6-8 overall), who hit 10 free throws in the fourth quarter, captured a 78-73 win against Mount Si (3-10 overall) in a Class 4A KingCo boys basketball matchup on Jan. 16 in Sammamish. Eastlake head coach Steve Kramer said it wasn’t his team’s best showing of the 2014-15 season, but he would
take the win nonetheless. “It wasn’t real pretty,” Kramer said. “We obviously made our free throws in the fourth quarter so that was really the difference.”
Spartans defeat Eagles
Skyline Spartans junior forward Taylor McKerlich turned in her most dominant performance of the 2014-15 season against the Issaquah Eagles girls basketball team. McKerlich scored a game-high 24 points and freshman Jade Loville added 17 points in the Spartans’ 66-39 victory on senior night in the regular season finale against the Eagles on Feb. 5 at Skyline High School in Sammamish. Skyline improved its overall record to 12-5 with the win. Issaquah dropped to 8-10 with the loss.
Iwicki captures state title
A levelheaded demeanor served Eastside Catholic Crusaders senior Matt Iwicki well throughout his high school wrestling career. The even-keeled Iwicki attained his ultimate goal, registering a convincing 5-1 victory against Bonney Lake’s Avery Meyer in the Class 3A 145-pound title match at the Mat Clas-
sic 3A state tournament on Feb. 21.
Crusaders capture third place at state
Eastside Catholic cruised to a 68-56 victory against the Seattle Prep Panthers in the third place/fifth place game at the Class 3A state hoops tournament at the Tacoma Dome on March 7.
APRIL-JUNE Eastside Catholic defeats Stanwood
Expectations never wavered for the Eastside Catholic Crusaders boys lacrosse team. The Crusaders bolted out to an 8-1 lead after the first quarter and cruised to a 19-5 win against the Stanwood Spartans on April 16 at Eastside Catholic High School in Sammamish.
Issaquah track team wins team title at state meet
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Tears of joy were evident following Issaquah’s comeback 2-1 win against the West Valley Rams in the Class 4A state soccer championship game on Nov. 21 in Puyallup. Madison Phan scored the game winning goal in the the final minute of play.
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Sammamish breaks ground on town center, affordable housing
within the city by way of petition. In the April special election, the people showed they wanted the powers, approving the advisory by a margin of 55 percent amid a 24 percent voter turnout. The initiative and referendum powers went into effect in October.
Boy killed on Newport Way
On June 26, 4-year-old Haochen Xu was struck by a car in front of his mother at a marked crosswalk on Newport Way, outside of the Summerhill neighborhood where they lived. Neighbors flocked to Issaquah City Council meetings over the ensuing weeks to demand something be done to make the Newport Way corridor safer. The city responded with an open house in July for citizens to identify problem crosswalks. The results of a study of pedestrian crossings recommended a number of improvements to well over a dozen locations in the city. The speed limit on Newport Way, from the Lakemont Interchange to State Route 900, was lowered to 30 mph in September.
Issaquah Senior Center
Following months of “he-said-she-said” controversy surrounding two members who said they were banned from the Issaquah Senior Center for asking questions about the managing nonprofit’s finances, Mayor Fred Butler announced he would only recommend a continued relationship with Issaquah Valley Seniors if it agreed to a management audit and other conditions.
Ebright development denied
In July, a Sammamish hearing examiner denied a developer’s request to construct a 30-lot residential neighborhood in an area that would have required constructing a bridge over the salmon-bearing Ebright Creek to access it. The examiner’s decision was followed by a sigh of relief from residents who appealed the city’s reduction and variations to code they argued put Ebright
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tallying 59 team points, capturing the Class 4A girls team title on May 30 in Tacoma. Eagles’ sophomore Nikki Stephens competed in four events consisting of the 100-meter dash, 400-meter dash, 800-meter relay and 1600-meter relay at the Class 4A state meet. Stephens captured second place in the 400 with a time of 55.56 and fifth place in the 100 with a 12.33.
The city of Sammamish broke ground on two locations in its town center in mid-July. It also broke ground on the Habitat for Humanity affordable housing project off of 228th Avenue Southeast, near Southeast 20th Street.
First Silver Alert
On Sept. 10, an 83-year-old Providence Point man who disappeared from his home the previous morning became the first subject of the state Silver Alert program. Silver Alerts were introduced Aug. 27 to broadcast the identifying information of missing elders with some form of dementia.
hensive Plan months after the state June 30 deadline. It also approved one of the most restrictive tree ordinances in the state.
Irish president visits Plateau
On Oct. 22, Irish President Michael Higgins and his wife attended a Gaelic football match at Skyline High School.
Driver who killed two family members gets six years
On Oct. 30, a King County judge sentenced Sammamish resident Carol Fedigan, 69, to six years and one month for two counts of vehicular homicide, and one count each of vehicular assault, driving under the influence and reckless endangerment for a 2014 accident in which, while holding her 3-year-old grandson on her lap, she drove through her Lake Sammamish property killing her husband and son-inlaw and severely injuring her daughter.
Council approves contingency E. coli closes Chipotle funds for Big Rock Park The Sammamish City Council, in a split vote, approved Sept. 1 the use of additional funds for the construction of Big Rock Park. The $557,272 increase brought the project’s total cost to $784,633.
Food truck linked to E. coli
In early September, more than 10 people fell ill with E. coli linked to the food truck Los Chilangos and the Eastside Commercial Kitchen where Los Chilangos prepared some of its food. Los Chilangos had served food at both the Sammamish and Issaquah farmers markets. All reportedly ill recovered and the food truck reopened mid-month.
October-December Council approves comp plan, tree ordinance In early October, after months of deliberation and several seven-hour council meetings, the Sammamish City Council approved the 2035 Sammamish Compre-
Stephens anchored a firstplace 1600 relay team with teammates Bella Foos, Sami Corman, and Elise Burdette which set a Class 4A state track meet record, clocking a 3:48.95. She also ran the anchor leg of the 800 relay squad that captured second place, compiling a time of 1:40.99. The 800 relay team consisted of Alia Sugarman, Foos, Burdette and Stephens.
Former Spartan signs with Seahawks
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Skyline 2011 graduate Kasen Williams, who played for the University of Washington Huskies from 2011 through 2014, was signed by the Seattle Seahawks to the 90-man roster on June 12.
JULY-SEPTEMBER Gunners capture Northwest title
Issaquah and Tacoma battled to a 1-1 tie on July 10 at Issaquah High School in Issaquah. The Gunners clinched the Women’s Premier Soccer League Northwest Division championship with the tie.
Community rallies together for Brown
The line outside of Mod Pizza stretched out the door and down the sidewalk for one of the biggest events of the summer for the Eastlake High School community on Aug. 4. Many people attended a fundraiser for Eastlake 2013 graduate Riley Brown, who was diagnosed with Hodgkins
All Washington branches of the fast food restaurant Chipotle voluntarily closed their doors in October as health officials investigated an E. coli outbreak linked to the Mexican chain.
La Way. Crews immediately began installing monitoring devices and dewatering wells to track and stop the movement, respectively. Meanwhile, the city rerouted gas and water utilities around the site. In response to criticisms that they were not sharing enough with Talus residents, city officials engaged in an aggressive public communications campaign that included a dedicated website, public meetings and daily email updates.
Sammamish council to reconsider funding to ARCH, Southeast Fourth Street
The Sammamish City Council unanimously voted to reconsider the $100,000 donation to A Regional Coalition for Housing and the awarded $4.5 million to Southeast Fourth Street at the Dec. 8 meeting. Both were approved earlier in the year and part of the $220.5 million 2015-2016 budget approved Dec. 1. The incoming council will revisit the matters next year.
Kirkland-to-Issaquah rail line given $3.3 billion price tag
Sammamish Mayor Tom Vance was not re-elected for another term. Tom Hornish, Vance’s opponent for City Council, gained the majority of votes. Councilmember Ramiro Valderrama-Aramayo will return to the 2016 council. Outgoing councilor Nancy Whitten, who sat on the council for 12 years, did not run for re-election. Resident Christie Malchow gain majority support and will fill Whitten’s seat next year.
The Sound Transit board had already been introduced in August to a proposed light rail line extending from Totem Lake to Issaquah via Bellevue. But the project wouldn’t be attached to a cost — potentially more than $3.3 billion — until December, when the board held its first workshop to begin crafting ST3, a voter package to expand regional light rail and rapid bus systems beyond the light rail projects currently scheduled for completion in 2023. The Sound Transit Board is currently on a path to complete ST3 by June in order to put it before voters in November.
Longtime EF&R chief signs off
Vance loses re-election
On Nov. 13, construction work on a future site of 90 homes in Issaquah’s Talus community stopped after workers realized the earth on the hillside was moving. The landslide occurred slowly, but with enough force to buckle Northwest Talus Drive near Shangri-
Lymphoma in early 2015. Brown, who is currently attending the University of Arizona, visited Mod Pizza with family members and friends for the occasion. Mod Pizza donated 20 percent of all sales of the entire day to the Eastlake Booster Club, which in turn donated those funds to the Brown family.
Crane hits gamewinning field goal
Skyline Spartans field goal kicker Jack Crane had been their before. Crane, who missed a key field goal attempt in last year’s playoff contest against the Skyview Storm, lined up for a 44yard field goal try in overtime with the game tied at 28-28 against the arch-rival Issaquah Eagles. Crane’s kick split the uprights and the Spartans celebrated a comeback 31-28 win against Issaquah on Sept. 4.
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Eastside Fire & Rescue Fire Chief Lee Soptich retired after a 15-year career as the organization’s chief. His last day was Nov. 30. Eastside Fire named Greg Tryon interim chief and hired Jeff Clark of Arizona as fire chief in December.
The Crusaders, who led the O’Dea Fighting Irish 2114 with just 34 seconds left in the first half of play, took the wind out of O’Dea’s sails on the final drive of the second quarter. Eastside Catholic senior quarterback Harley Kirsch connected with wide receiver Matt Laris on a Hail Mary 40-yard touchdown pass as time expired in the first half, giving the Crusaders a 28-14 lead. The Crusaders added two more touchdowns in the third quarter en route to a 42-14 victory against the Fighting Irish on Oct. 17 in Sammamish.
Eagles win title
In the final minute of regulation in the Class 4A state soccer championship game, Issaquah sophomore Claudia Longo lined for a corner-kick in a 1-1 tie against the West Valley Rams. Longo’s pass on the corner-kick couldn’t had been more perfect. Eagles’ senior Madison Phan rose above the defense on a
header shot which found the back of the net, clinching the Eagles 2-1 win against the Rams in the state title game on Nov. 21.
Crusaders capture second straight football state title
The old adage “a comeback for the ages” would be an understatement in regard to what the Eastside Catholic Crusaders achieved in the Class 3A state championship game against the Bellevue Wolverines. Bellevue led Eastside Catholic 35-14 at halftime and extended their lead to 42-14 on a Christoph Hirota 12-yard touchdown run with 6:10 left in the third quarter. Eastside Catholic looked defeated. It looked like it was over. The reality was it wasn’t over by any stretch of the imagination. Eastside Catholic outscored Bellevue 34-0 down the stretch, earning an improbable 4842 overtime victory on Dec. 4 at the Tacoma Dome.
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CATHOLIC SCHOOLS on the EASTSIDE United in the strength of Catholic education, faith, and service
1 St. Monica Catholic School Pre-Kindergarten, K-8
4320 - 87th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040 206-232-5432 • stmonicasea.org
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January 13, 2016 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Kindergarten Showcase January 31, 2016 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. School Open House February 3, 2016 9 -11 a.m. School Open House
Holy Family School, Kirkland Preschool, K-8 7300 120th Avenue NE Kirkland, WA 98033-8121 425-827-0444 • hfkschool.org Future Kindergartner Night: January 6, 2016 | 6:15 p.m. – 7 p.m. Visit our website to register for a tour or download an application
St. Brendan Catholic School Preschool, K-8 10049 NE 195th Street Bothell, WA 98011 425-483-8300 • school.saintbrendan.org Open House: Sunday, January 31 | 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
St. Joseph School, Issaquah and Snoqualmie Preschool, K-8 220 Mountain Park Blvd. SW Issaquah, WA 98027 425-313-9129 • sjsissaquah.org Please contact Jackie Olund to schedule a tour email@example.com.
Sacred Heart School Pre-Kindergarten, K-8 9450 NE 14th Street Bellevue, WA 98004-3437 425-451-1773 • sacredheart.org/school/ Open House: Thursday, February 4, 2016 | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
St. Madeleine Sophie Pre-Kindergarten, K-8 4400 - 130th PL SE Bellevue, WA 98006 425-747-6770 x201 • smsbellevue.org Open House: Sunday, January 31, 2016 | 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
7 St. Louise Parish School Pre-Kindergarten, K-8
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8 Eastside Catholic School Grades 6-12
232 - 228th Avenue SE Sammamish, WA 98074 425-295-3000 • eastsidecatholic.org High School and Middle School Open House Wednesday, January 6, 2016 | 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Ridge School of 9 Forest the Sacred Heart 4800 - 139th Avenue SE Bellevue, WA 98006-3015 425-201-2434 • forestridge.org All School Open House (Grades 5-12) Thursday, January 7, 2016 | 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
January 01, 2016 edition of the Issaquah/Sammamish Reporter