Include a stop at travel medicine clinic in your globe-trotting plans

July 14, 2009

The Travel Medicine clinic in Issaquah can inform vacationers of the health risks of visiting popular tourist destinations, like the Ganges River in India. Liquid Library

The Travel Medicine clinic in Issaquah can inform vacationers of the health risks of visiting popular tourist destinations, like the Ganges River in India. Liquid Library

Whether you’re taking a vacation south of the border, are being sent overseas to work in a developing economy or are heading to a Third-World country to do God’s work, make sure you include Michelle Vierra in your plans.

Vierra is the head of Travel Medicine at the University of Washington Medicine Issaquah Clinic. She said when planning a trip, one of the first things you should do is set up an appointment with a health care provider, either your regular doctor or a travel medicine specialist.

Stop by Vierra’s office, tell her where you’re going and with two clicks of a mouse button, she can pull up on her computer screen everything you need to know about your destination regarding your health.

There are four basic areas of information Vierra shares with her clients, between 50 and 70 people per week:

-Food and water precautions — “The standard is boil it, peel it, cook it or forget it,” she said. Read more

Lois Ann Bergman

July 14, 2009

ois Bergman

ois Bergman

Lois Ann Bergman, of Issaquah, died July 5, 2009, in Bellevue. Read more

Motorcycle show expands to two-day event

July 14, 2009

By David Hayes
Renowned for its car shows, the XXX Rootbeer Drive-in Restaurant has tried to host motorcycle rallies in the past with mixed results. This year, with a local motorcycle club organizing the proceedings, plans to host one of the biggest rallies west of Sturgis look more realistic.
David Harris, president of Issaquah’s Thundering Angels Motorcycle Club, has expanded the program to a two-day event July 18-19.
Day one is a charity ride to raise funds for Issaquah’s Life Enrichment Options and the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank. Harris said the club is not your stereotypical, hide-the-women-and-children motorcycle gang.
“We’re just a fun bike club for those interested in biking,” he said. “We’re also a social club with a nonprofit status.”
For a $20 donation for the charity ride, bikers go on a three-hour tour of the countryside, with several stops along the way. At each stop, riders are given an envelope with three poker cards. By the end of the ride, the riders who can make the best hands from their combined cards win prizes.
Harris said that to improve their odds, bikers could purchase an extra envelope for $10. He hopes, weather permitting, as many as 100 riders participate, raising more than $2,000.
He said he also hopes the good weather spills over into the day-two events. That’s when he’s eyeing breaking attendance records.
“This could be huge,” he said. “We’re estimating 1,000 bikers could show up.”
The day kicks off with a free danish breakfast at the XXX at 8 a.m. Live music rocks the crowd throughout the day, including:
4Kaleidoscope School of Music’s Divide by Zero’s from 9-10 a.m.
4The Offenders from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
4The Astro Cats from noon – 1 p.m.
4Who Cares from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
To keep bikers entertained when they’re not gawking at one another’s rides, Harris invited stunt riders Team LoJic, from Los Angeles. They perform from 10:45–11 a.m. and from noon – 12:15 p.m.
“You usually can’t find stunt teams anywhere up here,” Harris said. “We’re lucky to have them come up from L.A.”
Other events include:
4A slow bike race, demonstrating who’s got the best control to go slow over a 100-foot course.
4A messy burger contest. XXX owner Jose Enciso transforms his infamously huge XXX burger from the biggest burger in town to the messiest.
4A $5 raffle for an autographed Ventures guitar, signed by members Nokie Edwards, Sammamish resident Don Nelson and Bob Bogle.
Harris said bass guitarist Bogle signed the original six-string two weeks before he died.
“It’s a very rare guitar,” he added.
There will also be vendors, and appearances by The Venturettes, Miss Issaquah Bike Show Laura Keri and Seattle radio personality Mark Christopher.
Harris said even if you don’t like motorcycles, this should still be a fun event for the whole family.
“At other rallies, like the one Snohomish used to have, they usually shut down the whole town,” he said. “Gilman Boulevard, in front of the XXX, is a great place to have it, because it won’t bother anyone else.
“The Thundering Angels are committed to work with the community, keeping the city happy and getting the public out here for a fun time,” he added.
ou never know what type of souped up ride will show up at the annual Burgers, Bikers & Babes Motorcycle Rally July 19 at the XXX Rootbeer Drive-in restaurant. By Greg Farrar

ou never know what type of souped up ride will show up at the annual Burgers, Bikers & Babes Motorcycle Rally July 19 at the XXX Rootbeer Drive-in restaurant. By Greg Farrar

Renowned for its car shows, the XXX Rootbeer Drive-in Restaurant has tried to host motorcycle rallies in the past with mixed results. This year, with a local motorcycle club organizing the proceedings, plans to host one of the biggest rallies west of Sturgis look more realistic.

David Harris, president of Issaquah’s Thundering Angels Motorcycle Club, has expanded the program to a two-day event July 18-19.

Day one is a charity ride to raise funds for Issaquah’s Life Enrichment Options and the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank. Harris said the club is not your stereotypical, hide-the-women-and-children motorcycle gang.

“We’re just a fun bike club for those interested in biking,” he said. “We’re also a social club with a nonprofit status.”

For a $20 donation for the charity ride, bikers go on a three-hour tour of the countryside, with several stops along the way. At each stop, riders are given an envelope with three poker cards. By the end of the ride, the riders who can make the best hands from their combined cards win prizes. Read more

Seattle runner wins Cougar Mountain Trail Run

July 14, 2009

Chris Charles, of Seattle, sprints the last 50 yards of the Cougar Mountain Trail Run July 11, coming in first with a time of 1 hour, 13 minutes and 18 seconds. By Adam Eschbach

Chris Charles, of Seattle, sprints the last 50 yards of the Cougar Mountain Trail Run July 11, coming in first with a time of 1 hour, 13 minutes and 18 seconds. By Adam Eschbach

It wasn’t his attire, a certain technique or even his endurance that eventually allowed Chris Charles to best all of his peers July 11.

It was all about staying on his feet.

The Seattle runner crossed the finish line minutes ahead of everyone else in the third leg of the 2009 Cougar Mountain Trail Run Series. Afterward, Charles credited his ability to complete the 10.3-mile course in 1:13.18 to his balance.

“I was just trying not to fall,” he said. “You get going on these switchbacks, and you come barreling around them. You have to grab onto limbs at parts, so you don’t twist an ankle or fall.”

Charles, who didn’t compete in either of the first two legs of the series, finished this one nearly three minutes ahead of runner-up Greg Crowther. Read more

Federal money not coming for salmon

July 14, 2009

A proposal to replace a dam near the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery with a structure friendlier to migrating salmon will not receive federal dollars, leaving city and hatchery officials to search for new funding sources. Read more

High-profile coaches help hone techniques

July 14, 2009

World-champion coach Joe Seay (center) works with Skyline senior Anthony DeMatteo (left) and another wrestler on the mats July 3 at the weeklong ‘Wrestle with the Bull’ commuter camp. By Christopher Huber

World-champion coach Joe Seay (center) works with Skyline senior Anthony DeMatteo (left) and another wrestler on the mats July 3 at the weeklong ‘Wrestle with the Bull’ commuter camp. By Christopher Huber

Like most high school athletes, Skyline High School wrestler Anthony DeMatteo loves competition. Knowing he could train harder, work out longer or play smarter helps him appreciate the work he puts in.

DeMatteo, a three-sport athlete, also appreciates the caliber of coaches who advised and taught him some new strategy and technique recently at the annual Wrestle with the Bull commuter camp at Skyline.

The camp, in its sixth year hosted at Skyline, is one of just four summer wrestling camps in the country run by world-champion wrestler and 2000 Olympic silver medalist Sammie Henson.

Although Henson helps with various other wrestling camps or events throughout the year, the only other week-long camps he runs happen in St. Charles, Mo., and San Clemente and Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., according to his Web site.

Henson wasn’t the only high-profile wrestler who spent the week of June 29 – July 3 imparting skill techniques, mental strategies and conditioning methods on the mats in the Skyline gym. His former coach, Joe Seay, came to Sammamish to coach the final two days of the camp, which included about 45 area youth wrestlers from elementary to high school level. Read more

Community Calendar

July 14, 2009

Chalk Art Fest, presented by the city of Issaquah Arts Commission, is from noon - 5 p.m. July 21 at the community center. All entries will be judged at 5 p.m.; winners will be announced at 6 p.m. before the Concert on the Green. Sidewalk space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 837-3300.

Chalk Art Fest, presented by the city of Issaquah Arts Commission, is from noon - 5 p.m. July 21 at the community center. All entries will be judged at 5 p.m.; winners will be announced at 6 p.m. before the Concert on the Green. Sidewalk space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 837-3300.

Events

The Issaquah Farmers Market is from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. July 18 at the Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W. There will be Market Bingo at 11 a.m. in the Hay Barn. A winter gardening class is from 9-11 a.m. Register by calling 206-633-5045, ext. 2, or go to www.seattletilth.org. Call 837-3311. Read more

80 and airborne

July 14, 2009

Joe Haldeman celebrates his 80th birthday with a solo paraglide flight off Tiger Mountain. The weather conditions on takeoff were less then ideal and nearly spoiled any chances of a smooth, safe flight. The hard east winds didn’t faze Haldeman as he took to the skies. To see video of Haldeman’s flight, go to www.issaquahpress.com. By Adam Eschbach

Joe Haldeman celebrates his 80th birthday with a solo paraglide flight off Tiger Mountain. The weather conditions on takeoff were less then ideal and nearly spoiled any chances of a smooth, safe flight. The hard east winds didn’t faze Haldeman as he took to the skies. To see video of Haldeman’s flight, go to www.issaquahpress.com. By Adam Eschbach

Issaquah Alps Trails Club joins Trailsfest

July 14, 2009

Washington Trail Association’s Field Director Alan Carter Mortimer (left) demonstrates trail maintenance sawing at Trailsfest. By Ed Grenfell

Washington Trail Association’s Field Director Alan Carter Mortimer (left) demonstrates trail maintenance sawing at Trailsfest. By Ed Grenfell

Outdoor enthusiasts headed to Trailsfest are in for a treat this weekend. Where else can people go bird watching, learn about mountain weather forecasting and take notes on ice climbing basics?

“We like to think of Trailsfest as the coolest outdoors expo in Washington,” Trailsfest coordinator Lace Thornberg said. “It just kind of takes everything that’s great about getting outside and brings it all to one place.”

Trailsfest has spent eight of its 16 years at Rattlesnake Lake in North Bend. Last year, about 3,000 people of all ages showed up for the free event. Thornberg threw in an incentive for all people arriving by bicycle: Those people are eligible to receive a free raffle ticket for a cycling prize.

Bikers can take a six-mile ride on the Snoqualmie Valley Trail from the lot at Tanner Road and North Bend Way. People who are driving can find Rattlesnake Lake by taking exit 32 off Interstate 90 and turning south on 436th Avenue Southeast.

The Issaquah Alps Trails Club will join other exhibitors, such as Issaquah’s REI, at the event to sell hiking guides of Cougar, Squak and Tiger mountains. Experienced hikers will man the booth and answer questions about hiking in the area. Read more

Shirley Dell Johnson

July 14, 2009

Shirley Johnson

Shirley Johnson

Shirley Dell Johnson, of Sammamish, died July 9, 2009, in Bellevue. She was 85. Read more

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