Former Sonics announcer suffers head injury in fall

December 29, 2008

Bob ‘Voice’ Blackburn, who announced Sonics games solo for 20 years and with KJR’s Kevin Calabro from 1987 to the early 1990s, is seen here at his new home at Timber Ridge at Talus. Blackburn suffered a head injury Dec. 7 in his home. By Greg FarrarBob ‘Voice’ Blackburn, who announced Sonics games solo for 20 years and with KJR’s Kevin Calabro from 1987 to the early 1990s, is seen here at his new home at Timber Ridge at Talus. Blackburn suffered a head injury Dec. 7 in his home. By Greg Farrar

Long-time Seattle SuperSonics announcer Bob “Voice” Blackburn is recovering well at Overlake Hospital Medical Center after suffering a head injury in a Dec. 7 fall at his home at Timber Ridge at Talus, in Issaquah. 

Surgeons operated on Blackburn Dec. 10, and since then, he has been up and acting like his normal self, said his wife Pat Blackburn. Doctors plan to release him within the next week, she said. Once back home, he will likely work with nurses for further recovery.

“It’s going to be a little while,” Pat Blackburn said. “He’ll go back to skilled nursing at Timber Ridge. I think he’ll just have a few weeks of therapy and he’ll be right back and doing things.”

She said at first she and paramedics thought he had a heart attack, but found out later, after a CAT scan at Overlake, the injury had caused internal bleeding on the right side of his brain. 

“He’s regained the use of everything,” Pat Blackburn said Dec. 26 from the hospital. “He’s definitely talking to us. He was cracking jokes last night. We know it’s going to be more improvement every day.” Read more

Rams flatten Eagles 80-62 in Christmas tourney

December 29, 2008

Mount Rainier runs circles around rusty Issaquah

Mount Rainier’s Art Cage stuffs Issaquah forward Robby Primrose (above) in the first half of the first-round game of the Les Schwab BCC Christmas Classic  at Bellevue Community College.By Christopher Huber

Mount Rainier’s Art Cage stuffs Issaquah forward Robby Primrose (above) in the first half of the first-round game of the Les Schwab BCC Christmas Classic at Bellevue Community College.By Christopher Huber

The fact that the Issaquah boys basketball team had only played two games since Nov. 17, with no legitimate practice time in two weeks, may have been a factor in the Eagles’ loss Dec. 27 to Mount Rainier. 

Most likely, though, it was because the Rams spent most of the game running the court with relative ease. 

Issaquah (1-2) lost 80-62 in the opening round of the Les Schwab BCC Christmas Classic Tournament at Bellevue Community College.

“We didn’t handle their pressure very well,” Issaquah head coach Jeff Altchech said after the game. “We talked about it in practice and we just didn’t do a good job of handling their trap. We just weren’t being aggressive enough.” Read more

Thirteen teachers earn national certification

December 29, 2008

Students in Kathryn Steedman’s classes at Challenger Elementary School learn about the diversity of music education, including types of instruments, and about the cultures that create music. By Kathryn Steedman Students in Kathryn Steedman’s classes at Challenger Elementary School learn about the diversity of music education, including types of instruments, and about the cultures that create music. By Kathryn Steedman 

 

If you thought cramming for your SATs and advanced chemistry courses were tough, try spending more than 400 hours preparing lesson plans and instruction videos before placing them neatly before a panel of national experts.

Thirteen Issaquah School District teachers took that challenge and passed with flying colors.

The 13 teachers recently received the nation’s highest certificate in teaching achievements — their National Board Certifications. They are among more than 900 in the state earning the certificates this year. 

“As a certified teacher, I have the confidence of knowing that my practice stands up to intense scrutiny against other teachers nationwide,” Leah Van More, a teacher at Pacific Cascade, wrote in an e-mail. “National Board gave me the opportunity to collaborate with teachers from around the region as we sought to deepen our respective practices.” Read more

Issaquah’s Tribe among the state’s finest

December 29, 2008

Hall Monitor Kevin Lindsay Issaquah High SchoolHall Monitor Kevin Lindsay Issaquah High School

Twenty-eight years ago, a football team from Issaquah High School loaded up a school bus bound for the Kingdome to play for the state title. They called themselves the Indians. 

On Dec. 5, the same event took place, only in lieu of the now-deceased Kingdome, we went to the Tacoma Dome. We called ourselves the Tribe. We went to finish what we started. The near year of commitment for this season paid off.

The hallways were covered with good luck posters, player spotlights and even dress codes for the event. Every other overheard conversation was about football. School spirit had never been as high as it was that week.  

The week of football practice was somewhat relaxing. No more curious classmates constantly asking, “Can we beat them?” Preparation and perfection were the top priorities. The coaches assured us, if we played to our ability, we would no doubt come out on top. We would scream “dominate” when we finished practice and think of the countdown: three days, then two and then one. Read more

Rapid response

December 29, 2008

Have you made any resolutions for the New Year? If not, why not?

No! Do not know why anyone needs to wait until Jan. 1 to make a decision, to do or not to do something. There are 365 days a year to accomplish your goals.

Ken Sessler, Issaquah

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I make resolutions almost every day and don’t keep them, so why would Dec. 31 be any different?

Barbara Extract, Issaquah Read more

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