Sen. Fred Jarrett tapped for No. 2 county job

November 17, 2009

The next No. 2 man in King County government will be Fred Jarrett, the Mercer Island Democrat who represents southwest Issaquah in the state Senate. Read more

Brace yourself: Orthodontics has come a long way

November 17, 2009

Dr. Nadine Egger (left) shows a patient her new Invisalign clear braces tray, created from a full, 3-D computer image of her mouth. Contributed

Dr. Nadine Egger (left) shows a patient her new Invisalign clear braces tray, created from a full, 3-D computer image of her mouth. Contributed

Jennifer Lee, 43, always wished she’d taken corrective action on her teeth as a child.

“I would have loved as a kid to get braces,” said the longtime Issaquah resident now living in Cle Elum. “They weren’t that crooked, but the cost was such that it wasn’t a huge priority. Plus, like most kids, I didn’t want a mouth full of silver.”

But a funny thing happened on the way to her orthodontist in Issaquah with her two sons, Cody, 17, and Cooper, 12. Lee learned that she, too, was a candidate for Invisalign, the newest in clear-braces technology.

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, Lee is one of over a million adults wearing braces, twice the number from just 15 years ago.

Lee’s orthodontist, Dr. Nadine Egger, has been practicing in Issaquah since 1998 and she has been working with her father since she was 14. So, she’s seen technology change a lot over the years. Read more

Planners envision downtown park as ‘crown jewel’

November 17, 2009

Almost 16 acres in downtown Issaquah will be transformed into walking paths and picnic areas, near where Issaquah Creek and the East Fork meet. The area encompasses three contiguous parks: Cybil-Madeline Park, Tollë Anderson Park and Issaquah Creek Park. City officials dubbed the area near the confluence of the creeks as the “crown jewel” of the municipal park system. Read more

Skyline wins first state swimming crown

November 17, 2009

The jubilant Skyline girls swim team hoists the 4A state championship trophy Nov. 14 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. By Greg Farrar

The jubilant Skyline girls swim team hoists the 4A state championship trophy Nov. 14 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. By Greg Farrar

First-year girls swim and dive head coach Susan Simpkins said she was still smiling more than a day later as she talked about her team’s remarkable performance at the state 4A meet Nov. 14.

Skyline won its first state swim and dive team championship after beating second-place Garfield 234-176 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

“Everybody, they were just so excited,” Simpkins said in a phone interview Nov. 15. “It was just the perfect ending to a fabulous season.”

The win came thanks to record-breaking swims from senior Andie Taylor in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events, Skyline’s winning times in the 200- and 400-yard relays and freshman Maria Volodkevich’s 100-yard breaststroke win.

Taylor is state champ in the 200-yard freestyle after breaking her own state record with a time of 1 minute, 46.55 seconds. Read more

A new home to roam

November 17, 2009

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Almos sits on a high point in the new tiger enclosure at Cougar Mountain Zoo. In the middle,

 Taj looks down on visitors to the new habitat.

Taj looks down on visitors to the new habitat.

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This rock structure is in the middle of the enclosure. Visitors can watch the animals from several great vantage points. See video of the tigers in their new home at www.issaquahpress.com. Photos by Kathleen R. Merrill

Get your wine on at Grape Cup Challenge

November 17, 2009

As the season for Apple Cup ramps up, some of your favorite wineries and winemakers are coming to Pickering Barn Nov. 19 for the first Grape Cup Challenge. Read more

Helpful Harvest

November 17, 2009

harvest-ARAS-giving-2009111At left, volunteers Vicki Huang (left) and Joyce Zhan hand out cookies to guests lined up for food, clothes, books and toys Nov. 14 during the annual Harvest Festival organized by the ARAS Foundation (Acceptance, Respect, Affection and Support). More than 200 volunteers helped at Issaquah Valley Elementary School, serving more than 2,000 of the less fortunate.

At right, Monica Sampson, of Klahanie, holds up a jacketharvest-ARAS-giving-2009111 for size on son Daniel, 12, who has two brothers and two sisters. Sampson had to quit her job as an assembler when the only shift that fit the family’s schedule was shut down. Learn how to help ARAS by e-mailing mary@arasfoundation.org. By Greg Farrar

EFR’s firefighter overtime funds are running out

November 17, 2009

Overtime for firefighters is likely to go over budget. Read more

Eagles finish in fifth place at state volleyball tourney

November 17, 2009

Riley Sorenson (5), Issaquah junior setter, and Stephanie Stoll, senior middle hitter, block a volley by Woodinville's Melissa Gilkey Nov. 5 in the 4A KingCo volleyball championship game. By Greg Farrar

Riley Sorenson (5), Issaquah junior setter, and Stephanie Stoll, senior middle hitter, block a volley by Woodinville's Melissa Gilkey Nov. 5 in the 4A KingCo volleyball championship game. By Greg Farrar

The Issaquah High School volleyball team, after suffering a tough first-round loss, kept on battling through the consolation round Nov. 12 and as a result, the Eagles came back and grabbed fifth place in the 4A state tournament in Kennewick’s Toyota Center.

Issaquah defeated Jackson 3-0 Nov. 13 in the match for fifth place.

The Eagles, who lost to Kentwood 3-2 in the opening round, fought back to oust Richland 3-2 and Woodinville 3-1 to earn their shot at an award.

“It was a great way to finish off the season,” Issaquah coach Todd Parsons said. “The loss was tough, but the team pulled together through the adversity and made a choice to finish the year on a win.”

For the Eagles, fifth place was their highest finish since taking third in the 3A state tournament in 2005. In this year’s tournament, the Eagles showed plenty of grit and had plenty of leadership. Read more

Off The Press

November 17, 2009

Kathleen R. Merrill Press editor

Kathleen R. Merrill Press editor

Last week, I decided to drop by Cougar Mountain Zoo to check on Taj and Almos, the elder of our local, rare Bengal tigers. I’ve seen them grow up, like many of you have done.

I knew they were moving into their new, larger, adult habitat at some point. (Taj had been in there for nearly three weeks. Almos, a little shyer about the move, maybe because he heard people talk about the horrors of packing and moving, had entered the enclosure only three days before.) Read more

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