Issaquah Municipal Court offers debt reduction program

May 2, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. May 2, 2009

To help citizens who have outstanding traffic tickets and fines regain their driver’s licenses, Issaquah Municipal Court is offering a debt reduction program through May 31.

During this period, the court and its collection agency will waive the accrued interest and 50 percent of the outstanding collection costs.

“For those who have outstanding fines, this is a great time to clear your record and save some money at the same time,” said Lynne Jacobs, court administrator.

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Track teams sweep

May 1, 2009

NEW — 11 a.m. May 1, 2009

The Issaquah and Liberty high school boys and girls track and field teams won their April 30 KingCo Conference meets.

Dillon Reagan captured the shot put and the discus to help the Issaquah boys defeat Garfield 87-54. Johanna Carr won the 100 meters and the 200, and anchored the winning 800 relay as the Issaquah girls cruised by Garfield 114-35. Elain Tran, of Issaquah, won the 100 and 300 hurdles, and also ran a leg of the winning 400 relay. Issaquah’s Arielle Walton was another double winner, taking the 1,600 and 3,200.

Peter Stacy and Chandler Jenkins each won two events as the Liberty boys defeated Lake Washington 94-51. Stacy captured the shot put and discus. Jenkins won the long jump and triple jump, and anchored the Patriots’ winning 400 relay.

Kelsey Werre won the 100 and 200 for Liberty as the Patriots’ girls team sprinted by Lake Washington 91-53. Werre also anchored the Patriots’ winning 800 relay.

Eagles top Patriots

Lauren Merdinyan, of Issaquah, took medalist honors with a 46 as the Eagles defeated rival Liberty 267-271 April 30 in a KingCo girls golf match at the Maplewood Golf Course.

Lacrosse pounds Panthers

Jake Director scored five goals and Jordan Goldstein four as the Issaquah High boys lacrosse club walloped Snohomish 17-1 April 30 in a nonleague contest.

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City, schools prepared as swine flu arrives in King County

April 30, 2009

UPDATED — 9:15 a.m. May 1, 2009

Ten probable cases of swine flu have been identified in King County, public health officials said today.

Public Health – Seattle & King County spokeswoman Megan Coppersmith outlined seven new probable cases.

The cases include a woman in her 20s, four children ages 8-12, and two other children whose mother was previously reported as a probable case.

The cases announced Wednesday include three Seattle residents: a man in his 20s, a woman in her 30s and a boy who is a student at Madrona K-8.

Officials said the Madrona student is hospitalized and his condition is improving. Seattle School District officials closed Madrona K-8 this morning as a precautionary measure. The other people are not hospitalized and their conditions are improving.

Coppersmith said the infected people reside in King County, but did not have additional details. She said none of the reported cases are serious.

“These symptoms appear to be pretty mild,” she said.

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Global green citizen

April 30, 2009


Mayor Ava Frisinger, center, accepted a King County Green Globe award at an April 22 ceremony in downtown Seattle. Joining the mayor were, from left, Parks & Recreation Director Anne McGill, Parks Planner Margaret Macleod, King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert and city Senior Planner Debi Kirac. Issaquah received the award for efforts to preserve open space.

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Sports wrap up

April 30, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. April 30, 2009

Eagles tie Bothell

Michael Axelson’s goal in the 55th minute Tuesday enabled the Issaquah High School Eagles to tie Bothell 1-1 in a 4A KingCo Conference boys soccer thriller in Bothell’s Pop Keeney Stadium.

With the tie, Issaquah (4-3-2) remained in a tie for first place in the Crest Division with Eastlake and Garfield.

Skyline, getting goals from Mitchell Kim and Evan Kamber, defeated Ballard 2-1 in 4A action.

Matt Filer, assisted by Dean Byron, scored in the 51st minute as Liberty tied host Mount Si in a 3A/2A battle.

Issaquah softball bounces back

Issaquah, after losing 1-0 to Bothell Monday, slammed host Garfield 10-0 Tuesday in a five-inning 4A KingCo softball contest. The game was called after the fifth inning because of the 10-run mercy rule.

Briana Bray, the winning pitcher, allowed just two hits and helped herself by going three-for-three. Kenna Olsen drove in three runs for Issaquah, which is tied with Redmond for first place in the Crest Division with a 7-2 mark.

Lacrosse team downs Bainbridge

The Issaquah High Lacrosse Club, which suffered its first league defeat last Friday, downed visiting Bainbridge 12-8 in a key Washington State League Division One contest Tuesday.

Jordan Goldstein, Todd Jones and Kevin Powers each scored three goals for Issaquah. The Eagles lost to first-place Mercer Island 6-4 last Friday.

Liberty coach going to Blanchet

Chris Bilanko, Liberty High School’s head boys basketball coach since 2004, is leaving the Patriots’ program to become the new head coach at Seattle’s Bishop Blanchet.

Bilanko will be reunited with Steve Gervais, former Skyline head football coach, who is now athletic director at Bishop Blanchet.

Bilanko was a former assistant basketball coach at Skyline before moving to Liberty.

Tennis teams post victories

The Issaquah and Skyline tennis teams each captured KingCo Conference victories Tuesday. Issaquah downed Sammamish 6-1 and Skyline topped Redmond 5-2.

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Home Tour Spring 2009

April 29, 2009

To view Home Tour Spring 2009, click on the link below.

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Issaquah Youth Lacrosse — Week 7 / April 29, 2009

April 29, 2009

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Choking is not a game

April 28, 2009

Grieving parents share their heartache, lessons with others

Kevin Tork earned good grades in school and hung out with his friends. Most recently, he fell in love with poetry and had begun writing, completing six chapters in a book he called “The Mark.” 

But on March 30, Kevin’s life ended at age 15 while he was playing what is known as the choking game. 


Kathy Tork mourns the death of her 15-year-old son, Issaquah High School student Kevin. Kathy and husband Ken are certain he accidentally strangled himself while playing the choking game. By Greg Farrar

Kathy Tork mourns the death of her 15-year-old son, Issaquah High School student Kevin. Kathy and husband Ken are certain he accidentally strangled himself while playing the choking game. By Greg Farrar

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Choking game flirts with disaster

April 28, 2009

Adolescents are playing a deadly game by choking themselves to get high. Read more

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158 teachers to get layoff notices

April 28, 2009

Issaquah School Board members voted unanimously to lay off 158 of its 1,097 teachers April 22, after district officials presented their reduction in force plan. Read more

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