Sunset Elementary School student is approached by stranger

September 30, 2009

NEW — 3:17 p.m. Sept. 30, 2009

A 9-year-old Sunset Elementary School student was approached by a man in a vehicle he didn’t know while walking to his bus stop at 8:50 a.m. Tuesday.

The student was walking on 182nd Avenue Southeast when a short, white-haired man wearing a black hat and a green jacket asked the boy he’d like a ride in his vehicle up the hill.

When the student said no, the man, driving a dark-green GMC vehicle, drove away.

The student reported the incident to school officials and a Bellevue Police officer interviewed the student and filed a report. The officer patrolled the area for a vehicle fitting that description, but didn’t find one.

A similar incident happened to a Maywood Middle School student Sept. 18 as he was walking to school in the morning. In that instance, the student told the woman who offered him a ride he didn’t need one and the woman drove away.

District officials sent out bulletins via e-mail in both cases to let families know of the incident and make sure students are aware of what they should do when a stranger approaches them.

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NEW — Sports update

September 30, 2009

NEW — 11:15 a.m. Sept. 30, 2009

Skyline, Issaquah take soccer wins

The Skyline and Issaquah high school girls soccer teams remained tied for first place in the 4A KingCo Conference standings Sept. 29 after both captured victories.

Skyline defeated host Ballard 1-0 while Issaquah whipped host Lake Washington 4-1. Read more

NEW — Sports update

September 30, 2009

NEW — 10 a.m. Sept. 30, 2009

Issaquah volleyball sweeps Garfield

Riley Sorenson had 36 assists and four aces Sept. 28 as she led the Issaquah High School volleyball team to a 3-0 sweep of host Garfield.

Issaquah won the games 25-12, 25-10, 28-26. The victory gave Issaquah a 2-1 record in the 4A KingCo Conference.

The Eagles had strong play up front from Stephanie Stoll, Alyssa Schultz, Sarah Hanna and Rachel Roeder.

Stoll had 13 kills and five blocks. Schultz contributed 10 kills, Roeder and Hanna each had seven kills. Alexa Batquin had a strong defensive game for the Eagles, coming up with 15 digs.

In other action, Skyline lost to visiting Woodinville 25-17, 25-14, 25-18.

Maddie Magee had 12 kills, Paige Haas scored nine kills, Madison Stoa had 16 assists and four aces, and Andrea Chon claimed 11 digs for Skyline.

The Spartans league record dropped to 1-2.

Local teams fall in golf

The Issaquah High School boys golf team dropped a tough KingCo Conference match Sept. 28 to Mount Si 178-185 at the Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course.

Mount Si’s Bradley Harrelson captured medalist honors with a 4-under-par 32.

Chris Batt topped Issaquah with a 2-under-par 34. Other Issaquah scores were Derek Wilson and Kevin Moon, both 37s; Ben Halter, 38, Devin O’Donnell and Erik Fritz, both 39s; and Brendan Jung, 40.

Liberty lost to Newport 204-239 at the Newcastle Golf Course. Newport’s Kevin Chien took medalist honors with a 1-over-par 37.

Skyline was defeated by Redmond 195-204 at the Plateau Golf Course. Redmond’s Charlie Mroz and Cole Helgesen shared the medalist honor as both shot 1-over-par 37s. A.J. Taylor and Cole Clearman each shot 40s to lead Skyline.

Skyline netters edges by Eastlake

The Skyline High School boys tennis team was edged by rival Eastlake 4-3 Sept. 28 in a KingCo Conference match.

Eastlake locked up the match by winning all four singles.

Win Hubbard and Ben Huang, Zach Oseran and Max Kerwien, and Justin Kahng and Steven Do won the doubles matches for Skyline. Hubbard and Huang captured the No. 1 doubles with a 6-1, 6-4 victory against Drew Choco and Jon Lockwood.

Police looking for man who robbed elderly woman Sunday

September 29, 2009

NEW — 6:55 p.m. Sept. 29, 2009

A man snatched a gold bracelet from the wrist of an elderly woman at a local retirement facility Sunday morning before fleeing into nearby woods, police said.

At 11:30 a.m. Sept. 27, the man approached the woman at a facility in the 3600 Block of 228th Ave. S.E. and had a brief conversation.

He then grabbed her hand and tried to pull a ring from her finger, but was unsuccessful, police said in a news release Tuesday. After failing to get the ring, he then pulled the bracelet from her wrist and fled into a wooded area nearby.

Police searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect. He is described as a Hispanic male in his 30s and approximately 5 feet, 9 inches tall with a medium build; he was wearing a hat and bright-colored shirt.

If you think you may have information about the crime, call police at 837-3200.

Salmon Days marks 40th year

September 29, 2009

Salmon, lined up like rush-hour commuters, return en masse Sept. 25 to the fish ladder at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, just in time for the 40th annual Salmon Days Festival. By Greg Farrar

Salmon, lined up like rush-hour commuters, return en masse Sept. 25 to the fish ladder at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, just in time for the 40th annual Salmon Days Festival. By Greg Farrar

As the Issaquah Salmon Days Festival marks a ruby anniversary — a color chinook take on as the fish swim upstream — festival organizers and volunteers looked back at how the festival changed and grew over 40 years.Since 1970, Salmon Days has turned from a small-town fair to a regional festival — and a crucial draw for out-of-towners and tourism dollars.

Salmon Days also provides a chance for local nonprofit organizations to reach out to the community, and for the festival and city to showcase sustainability efforts. Despite the advances during the past four decades, organizers and officials said the purpose of the festival remains the same.

“Salmon Days is all about the heart and soul of the community,” Pauline Middlehurst, spawnsor and public relations manager for the festival’s office, said with a week remaining until opening day.

A 2004 study showed the festival pumped $7.5 million into the Issaquah economy. Middlehurst said the figure represented the dollars spent outside festival grounds. In other words, money spent for gas, meals and lodging at local businesses.

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Community Calendar

September 29, 2009

Events

It’s Salmon Days at the Farmers Market, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Oct. 3 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W. Call 837-3300. Read more

Governor to attend hospital ceremony

September 29, 2009

Gov. Chris Gregoire will attend the Oct. 12 groundbreaking ceremony for a new Swedish Medical Center campus in the Issaquah Highlands. Read more

Longtime volunteer looks back on 40 years of Salmon Days

September 29, 2009

Pam Stevens, who’s been volunteering for Salmon Days since her mother helped organize the first one in 1970, mans the Geoteaming desk Sept. 26. By Greg Farrar

Pam Stevens, who’s been volunteering for Salmon Days since her mother helped organize the first one in 1970, mans the Geoteaming desk Sept. 26. By Greg Farrar

Pam Stevens recalls her mom, Donna Graves, organizing a community festival from their Issaquah living room. Little more than a gopher at the time, Stevens had volunteered her services for the very first Salmon Days.

She continued helping out here and there over the years as the festival grew in popularity. But it wasn’t until 1987 that Stevens became an “ohfishal” volunteer, with T-shirt and badge, full time, year round.

Before the army of volunteers grew to more than 500 in recent years, Stevens, 52, recalls how it seemed that just a handful accomplished much. Read more

Election forums planned for school, City Council candidates

September 29, 2009

Voters can learn what Issaquah City Council and Issaquah School Board candidates think about key issues at an Oct. 8 forum sponsored by The Issaquah Press. Read more

An advocate for arthritis

September 29, 2009

10-year-old named honoree for fundraiser

U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, Alicia Seidel and her mom Cynthia pose for a photo during Alicia’s lobbying efforts for research funds during the 2009 Arthritis Advocacy Kids Summit in Washington, D.C. Contributed

U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, Alicia Seidel and her mom Cynthia pose for a photo during Alicia’s lobbying efforts for research funds during the 2009 Arthritis Advocacy Kids Summit in Washington, D.C. Contributed

She swims, she plays soccer and she snowboards. By all accounts, Alicia Seidel is like many other 10-year-olds in the area: There’s just one difference — she has arthritis.

“I’m the only one at my school with arthritis,” said Alicia, an Endeavour Elementary School student.

“A lot of people know about arthritis, but they think it is something you get when you’re old,” said her mother Cynthia Seidel, who was also recently diagnosed with an arthritic condition.

Alicia is one of 294,000 children living with arthritis in the country. But she hasn’t let it slow her down. In fact, because of her determination and her message for research and a cure, she was named the honoree for Bellevue’s second annual Arthritis Foundation Walk Oct. 10. Read more

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