Issaquah, Skyline to battle for state football championship

November 29, 2008

NEW 9:29 p.m. Nov. 29

Issaquah and Skyline football fans, get ready for another showdown. This time it will be at the Tacoma Dome for the 2008 Class 4A state title.

Issaquah has now won four straight in its run to state after beating the Central Kitsap Cougars 31-13 Nov. 29 at the Tacoma Dome. Issaquah is now 11-2.

The Skyline Spartans beat Ferris 24-21 in its semi-final bout Nov. 29 in Spokane. Junior quarterback Jake Heaps threw for 266 yards and connected with sophomore receiver Kasen Williams for a touchdown. Skyline improved to 13-0.

Issaquah looked like its healthy self, Saturday, as it used a balanced offensive attack and strong defensive line. With all of its top starters playing, Issaquah stifled any Central Kitsap momentum throughout the afternoon game.

“They did a great job against the run,” said Issaquah head coach Chris Bennett after the semifinal game in Tacoma. “But at this point in the season everybody plays good and you’ve got to find ways to move the football and we did that.”

Issaquah out-gained the Cougars 276 yards to 179.
The Eagles play Skyline in the first ever all-Issaquah School District Class 4A final at 7:30 p.m., Friday at the Tacoma Dome.

Check back for the full game stories later.

‘Nutcracker’ opens tonight in Seattle, features local dancers

November 28, 2008

NEW — 11:15 a.m. November 28, 2008

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 25th anniversary production of the beloved Stowell/Sendak “Nutcracker” opens tonight, and some young dancers from Issaquah and Sammamish will be featured performers as the production unfolds on the McCaw Hall stage.

 

Pacific Northwest Ballet dancer Benjamin Griffiths with company dancers and school students in 'Nutcracker.' — By Angela Sterling

Pacific Northwest Ballet dancer Benjamin Griffiths with company dancers and school students in 'Nutcracker.' — By Angela Sterling

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Root for local comic in Seattle competition

November 26, 2008

NEW — 7 p.m. November 27, 2008

Justin Rupple, of Issaquah, is one of five finalists in the 29th annual Seattle International Stand-Up Comedy Competition.

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Thanksgiving is top day for home cooking fires

November 26, 2008

NEW — 6:05 p.m. November 26, 2008

In 2006, Thanksgiving Day topped the charts once again as the peak day for home cooking fires. There were 1,400 home structure fires involving cooking equipment that year, more than three times the daily average, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Read more

Metro will have different holiday schedules Thanksgiving Day, day after

November 26, 2008

NEW — 2:50 p.m. November 26, 2008

Bus riders should be aware that King County Metro Transit will have reduced service for the Thanksgiving holiday on both Thursday, Nov. 27, and Friday, Nov. 28 — and the schedules will be different for each day. Read more

Volunteer Call

November 25, 2008

Does your nonprofit agency or civic club need volunteers? Call 392-6434, ext. 237, or e-mail newsclerk@isspress.com.

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Something to smile about

November 25, 2008

Young fans

Max and Isabelle Eastern and Amanda and Tyler Karl (from left) anxiously waited for the arrival of Deion Branch, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver, at Sunset Elementary School last week. The students’ parents bid on the speaking engagement at the football player’s foundation auction, benefiting children diagnosed with meningitis.

Patriots select their prince

November 25, 2008

Liberty High School juniors honor classmate with Down syndrome at homecoming

Breanne Faehnrich and Kevin McCarthy are recognized as homecoming royalty for the junior class at Liberty High School. By Mackenzie Maynes

Breanne Faehnrich and Kevin McCarthy are recognized as homecoming royalty for the junior class at Liberty High School. By Mackenzie Maynes

Kevin McCarthy is a prince of a young man. Last month, his Liberty High School classmates elected him homecoming royalty for the junior class.

McCarthy, who lives in the China Creek neighborhood of Newcastle, outpolled two classmates to earn the title of homecoming prince. At Liberty, the senior class picks the homecoming king and queen among fellow seniors, while the junior class selects a prince and princess.

McCarthy was nominated a week earlier and he felt he had a good shot at wearing the crown. The 17-year-old special-needs student with Down syndrome captured the hearts of his fellow students with his positive attitude and unwavering kindness. Read more

Zoo’s holiday festival features live reindeer

November 25, 2008

Santa stands on the porch of his home-away-from-North Pole home at Cougar Mountain Zoo, overlooking the reindeer yard. By Greg Farrar Santa stands on the porch of his home-away-from-North Pole home at Cougar Mountain Zoo, overlooking the reindeer yard. By Greg Farrar

Santa’s reindeer look forward to December all year long, and not just Christmas night. The reindeer have been logging extra flying sessions to make sure they are ready for the big night. For the first three weeks in December, they’ll be holding court at the Cougar Mountain Zoo’s 20th annual Reindeer Festival.

“The reindeer do enjoy this time of year, since they get apples every day and they love apples,” said Robyn Barfoot, general curator at the zoo. Read more

Basking in Bolivia

November 25, 2008

Issaquah man longs to return to South American country after Peace Corps mission is cut short

Members of the Sartañani Cultural Center, whose mission is to give voice to the indigenous cultural and language groups within Bolivia. Instruments shown are the zampoña (panpipes) and huanca (skin drum). By Sartañani Cultural Center.

Members of the Sartañani Cultural Center, whose mission is to give voice to the indigenous cultural and language groups within Bolivia. Instruments shown are the zampoña (panpipes) and huanca (skin drum). By Sartañani Cultural Center.

Daniel Burnett arrived home in Issaquah in August planning to take a short break from his service in the Peace Corps.

But political destabilization in Bolivia forced many U.S. citizens and the U.S. Embassy to leave the country, a place Burnett called home for nearly two years.

“I would have packed up everything, especially my photos and my instruments, and took them with me, but I was supposed to go back,” he said.

A strange beginning

Burnett arrived in the small town of Quillacas in Oruro, about 400 miles from Le Paz, the country’s capital, in August 2006, after joining the Peace Corps as a way to use his Spanish degree.

He had graduated that spring with bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and music, and a minor in philosophy, from Wheaton College in Chicago.

“I have a curiosity to get to know the rest of the world. Plus, I was a college kid without any money and I had a desire to help people,” he said.

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