Coyote pups rescued from storm sewer

July 21, 2009

Kyle Endelman and his maintenance team from the city of Sammamish netted the first coyote and carefully placed the wild animal inside a small cardboard box. The coyote was released into the forest soon after. By J.B. Wogan

Kyle Endelman and his maintenance team from the city of Sammamish netted the first coyote and carefully placed the wild animal inside a small cardboard box. The coyote was released into the forest soon after. By J.B. Wogan

It took five maintenance employees, two soccer balls and about 12 feet of pipe, but they got the baby coyote out. The only problem was, there was a second coyote in the Highland Creek Estates storm water sewer, and city of Sammamish maintenance workers couldn’t figure out where.

The incident began at about 9:30 p.m. July 14 when Shelagh Stoa decided that enough was enough — someone had to rescue the two baby coyotes from the storm water sewers outside her house near Klahanie.

“I had to listen to those things crying for three nights,” Stoa said.

She spent the evening calling public agencies, but it wasn’t until the next morning that she found one willing to help. Maintenance workers from the city’s Public Works Department said they would come out and take a look. Read more

Survey: 70 percent favor gas station

July 21, 2009

Issaquah Highlands residents could someday fill up vehicles with gasoline or alternative fuels without leaving the hillside community. But they may find it difficult to grab a snack or late-night fill up at a highlands gas station. Read more

Skyline grad needs to raise funds for educational trip to Guatemala

July 21, 2009

Bill Doerrfeld has been accepted with a select group of 12 students around the country for a yearlong cultural learning experience and opportunity to help local communities in Guatemala. Contributed

Bill Doerrfeld has been accepted with a select group of 12 students around the country for a yearlong cultural learning experience and opportunity to help local communities in Guatemala. Contributed

While many 17-year-olds might be kicking back during summer, recent Skyline High School graduate Bill Doerrfeld spends his days washing cars and selling tickets, so he can participate in a yearlong educational program to help people in Guatemala.

Doerrfeld was one of 12 students in the U.S. and abroad who was selected by the Magic Carpet Rides program to visit Guatemala.

“Seeing the world would allow me to gain new insights on life and I’m excited about it,” Doerrfeld said.

Magic Carpet Rides is a gap-year program that gives high school graduates the opportunity to experience diverse cultures, explore natural attractions and assist indigenous people.

“The program is for people who want to travel and explore,” Doerrfeld said. “The point is to engage us in complete cultural immersion.”

Valerie Doerrfeld, Bill’s mother, said she believes the program is an exciting opportunity for her son. Read more

Community calendar

July 21, 2009

Events

The Issaquah Farmers Market is from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. July 25 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W. Children 18 or under are invited to sell handmade items. Registration is required; call 837-3311. Chalk Art on the Trail — kids are invited to decorate the Pickering Trail from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. There will be pony rides on the grass lawn and Family Music Time, featuring The Musik Nest. Read more

Bikes & Babes

July 21, 2009

Motorcycle stunt rider Ryan Glenn, of Team Logic, performs his signature trick at the third annual Burgers, Bikers & Babes Motorcycle Rally at XXX Rootbeer Drive-in July 19.

Motorcycle stunt rider Ryan Glenn, of Team Logic, performs his signature trick at the third annual Burgers, Bikers & Babes Motorcycle Rally at XXX Rootbeer Drive-in July 19.

Cyclists to tackle uphill climb for cancer cure

July 21, 2009

Deborah Taylor is one of the cyclists taking part in the 2009 Cougar Mountain Climb for Cancer. By Joel Blatt

Deborah Taylor is one of the cyclists taking part in the 2009 Cougar Mountain Climb for Cancer. By Joel Blatt

Joel Blatt knows as well as anyone how difficult a battle with cancer is. He witnessed its effects firsthand when he lost his father to the disease in 2002.

“I always have wanted to help others and give back. When I dealt with cancer … I decided then and there to start an event,” Blatt said.

That event became reality in 2006 with the bike fundraiser Climb for Cancer.

The event involves a bike ride up a two-mile hill that is notorious in Issaquah for its length and personality. The ride is up Zoo Hill, located behind Cougar Mountain Zoo.

“It really tests you,” Blatt said.

The event is a time-trial race, but welcomes participants of all skill levels.

Bob Vincent, of Sammamish, is an avid cyclist who has participated in Climb for Cancer since its creation four years ago. Vincent was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1996, and two years later lost his father to skin cancer. He has become an advocate for donating to cancer research. He applauds Blatt’s hard work and devotion.

“My hat is off to Joel for making it happen and bringing it back for us each year,” Vincent said. Read more

To The Editor

July 21, 2009

Iris Grill

Shop, eat at local establishments or more will close like popular restaurant

For years, the Issaquah and Sammamish chambers of commerce have been urging their residents to shop local. The recent closure of Issaquah’s beloved Iris Grill is a perfect case in point. Read more

Issaquah Soccer Club donates $100,000 for Central Park turf

July 21, 2009

Dark, soggy, grass sports fields in the Issaquah Highlands could be replaced with all-weather turf and sports lighting, thanks to city park bond dollars and county and state grants. Read more

Donald Neal Timmerman

July 21, 2009

Donald Neal Timmerman died peacefully at home in Hobart with his family by his side June 30, 2009. He was 77. Read more

Public schools must pay for private special ed, Supreme Court rules

July 21, 2009

Parents of special-needs students in many cases can chose education programs they believe will work best for their student’s needs without entering into their local public school districts, according to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling rendered June 22. Read more

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