Get your flu shot without an appointment today through Nov. 20 at Virginia Mason

October 17, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 17, 2009

With the flu season just around the corner, Virginia Mason will offer seasonal flu vaccinations, without an appointment, for all patients six months and older at the Issaquah clinic, 100 N.E. Gilman Blvd.

The walk-in clinic will offer flu shots and FluMist. The walk-in clinics are not offering H1N1 vaccinations. Additionally, there will be no drive-thru flu clinic this year.

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Skyline blanks Issaquah in rivalry rematch

October 16, 2009

Updated 12:33 p.m. Oct. 18

As the torrential rain fell and soaked the players to the core before the game, Skyline running back Nick Washburn’s teammates looked at him and said it was going to be all about the run against Issaquah.

The Skyline Spartans typically attack early and often through the air, but on Oct. 16 their receivers rain-slicked gloves and slippery football meant a passing attack would be dicey. They were going to give Washburn his chance to prove himself.

He did, and 18 carries and 181 rushing yards later, Skyline beat the Issaquah Eagles 42-0 in a rematch of last year’s state championship game at Spartan Stadium.

“I’ve really got something to prove with the running game,” Washburn said after the game. “So when we get these rainy days, I’m just glad we get to run the ball.”

The win clinched a first place finish in the KingCo Crest division standings for Skyline, as well as a spot in the playoffs with Bothell and the winner of the KingCo 4A crossover game in two weeks.

“We had chances. They were able to make those conversions and we weren’t able to make third-down pickups,” Issaquah head coach Chris Bennett said. “They’re pretty good across the board and they don’t have any soft spots anywhere.”

Skyline (4-0, KingCo, 6-1 overall) came out and scored two touchdowns in the first on a 10-yard Jake Heaps keeper and a 28-yard Nick Beauchamp run.

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Hear from county executive, council candidates at Saturday forum

October 16, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 16, 2009

Join King County executive candidates Dow Constantine and Susan Hutchison at a Saturday morning forum in Newcastle. County Councilman Reagan Dunn and challenger Beverly Harison Tonda, candidates for the District 9 seat, will join the would-be executives at The Golf Club at Newcastle.

The district includes swaths of Bellevue, Newcastle and Renton, as well as unincorporated King County land south of Issaquah.

The free forum begins at 9 a.m. in the St. Andrew’s Ballroom, 155500 Six Penny Lane. Organizers ask attendees to R.S.V.P. to the event. Call 206-241-5774 or e-mail to R.S.V.P.

Debbie Berto, publisher of the Newcastle News and The Issaquah Press, will moderate the executive portion of the forum.

NEW — Thursday sports update

October 15, 2009

NEW — 11 a.m. Oct. 15, 2009

Issaquah runners go undefeated

The Issaquah High School boys cross country team concluded its regular KingCo Conference season Oct. 14 undefeated when the Eagles defeated rivals Skyline and Liberty in a district meet at Klahanie Park.

Issaquah won the meet with 26 points with host Skyline second with 47 and Liberty third with 56. The Eagles finished the season with a 12-0 record.

Skyline’s Kyle Branch was the individual winner, finishing first in the 3-mile race in a time of 16 minutes, 4 seconds. Liberty’s Eric Bice was second in 16:11 and Issaquah’s Kevin LeMond was third in 16:11.

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Woman drowns in Beaver Lake

October 15, 2009

NEW — 9:55 a.m. Oct. 15, 2009

Police said a woman drowned in Beaver Lake Oct. 14.

A 33-year-old woman and Beaver Lake resident walked into the lake from the park’s beach area around 8:15 p.m., according to the King County Sheriff’s Office. A dive unit from the sheriff’s office found her 25 feet from shore.

Sgt. Robert Baxter, of the Sammamish Police Department, said there’s reason to believe that the woman did not know how to swim.

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the woman, but is not scheduled to release the name until later today.

Medics from Eastside Fire & Rescue responded to the emergency call around 9:15 p.m. and tried to resuscitate her, but she had already been dead for about 40 minutes, Baxter said.

The woman was apparently upset after an argument with her husband and left her house to go for a walk, according to the sheriff’s office. Baxter said a witness saw her walk into the lake and disappear.

City Council candidates Tola Marts, Nathan Perea outline visions

October 14, 2009

NEW — 12:20 p.m. Oct. 14, 2009

Between now and Nov. 3, Issaquah voters will choose a successor to longtime City Councilman David Kappler.

Besides the Position 7 race, voters will decide between incumbent Council President Maureen McCarry, a Squak Mountain resident, and South Cove real estate agent Joan Probala in the Position 5 contest. Mayor Ava Frisinger, Councilwoman Eileen Barber and newcomer Mark Mullet are running unopposed. Mullet will become the first Issaquah Highlands representative on the City Council.

Meet political newcomers Tola Marts, a Squak Mountain resident and engineer, and Nathan Perea, a highlands resident and mortgage adviser. The candidates hope to succeed Kappler in the Position 7 seat.

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Ammonia leak kills Issaquah Creek salmon

October 13, 2009

Ammonia released into the East Fork of Issaquah Creek from the Darigold plant killed dozens of fish last week. Read more

Sunny Hills Elementary named ‘Great School’

October 13, 2009

Students, teachers and administrators have a lot to be happy about this month after recently being recognized for continued academic improvement. Read more

Issaquah couple plead guilty to mortgage fraud

October 13, 2009

The last of seven people charged in a $47 million mortgage fraud scheme pleaded guilty Oct. 2. Federal authorities said the scheme included Issaquah real estate agent David Sobol, 40, and his wife, Alla Sobol, 28. Read more

Mother/daughter duo tackle Alzheimer’s using their talents

October 13, 2009

Sylvie McQuade (left) admires the glass projects daughter Cristina McQuade, 10, made for an Oct. 17 silent auction to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Sylvie’s will run in the New York City Marathon on Nov. 1 with the Alzheimer’s Team. By Greg Farrar

Sylvie McQuade (left) admires the glass projects daughter Cristina McQuade, 10, made for an Oct. 17 silent auction to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Sylvie’s will run in the New York City Marathon on Nov. 1 with the Alzheimer’s Team. By Greg Farrar

Each morning, Sylvie McQuade wakes up, puts on her running shoes, takes in the early morning air and runs up to 6 miles.

“It brings balance to my life,” she said. “Once I’m done, I’m ready to tackle the day. It is also a time for me to reflect, pray and organize my day.”

Every two weeks, she runs distances well over a half-marathon, so she can prepare for the 26.2 miles it takes to finish the New York City Marathon, which she’ll compete in Nov. 1.

That may be impressive, she said, but it pales in comparison to what her daughter is doing to help her raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association, for whom she’s running. Read more

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