NEW — Wednesday sports update

December 9, 2009

NEW — 3:55 p.m. Dec. 9, 2009
Liberty coach honored
Liberty High School’s Steve Valach was recently honored as the Seattle Seahawks’  High School Coach of the Year.
Valach received an award and a check for $2,0000 for the Liberty football program at halftime of the Seahawks’  Dec. 6 game against the San Francisco 49ers.
This fall Valach guided the Patriots to a 12-2 record and a second-place finish in the Class 3A state tournament. It was the first time since 1988 that the Patriots played in the state title game. The Patriots lost to Bellevue 23-17 in the title game.
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King County will widen swine flu vaccine availability

December 9, 2009

UPDATED — 3:27 p.m. Dec. 9, 2009

King County public health officials will offer the H1N1, or swine flu, vaccine to everyone in the county 6 months and older, starting Saturday.

Public Health – Seattle & King County will widen eligibility because many health care providers in King County said they are able to meet the demand for high-risk patients. Moreover, vaccine supplies are increasing and expected to continue to rise.

But officials cautioned that supplies could be limited at some locations if demand is strong. Check the availability at pharmacies here.

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Fireplace, woodstove use OK; burn ban lifted

December 9, 2009

UPDATED — 2:55 p.m. Dec. 13, 2009

Go ahead, light a crackling fire to combat the brutal cold. A burn ban for all wood-burning fireplaces and devices was lifted Sunday morning.

Puget Sound Clean Air Agency officials lifted the ban after air quality improved.

The agency enacted the first burn ban of the winter heating season Wednesday. The ban included King, Kitsap and Pierce counties, and was enacted because cold weather conditions and increased fireplace use created unhealthy pollution levels for young children, seniors and people with heart and lung problems, officials said.

During the Stage 2 burn ban, no burning is allowed in any wood-burning fireplaces, woodstoves, fireplace inserts or pellet stoves unless the sources provide the only available heat source.

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YWCA Family Village at Issaquah groundbreaking / Dec. 7, 2009

December 9, 2009

Sue Sherbrooke, CEO of the Seattle/King/Snohomish YWCA, thanks guests with her applause Dec. 7 at a ceremony marking beginning of construction of the YWCA Family Village at Issaquah, which will provide 146 apartment units for low-to-moderate income residents at Highlands Drive Northeast and Northeast High Street. Ribbons tied by guests symbolized the strength of the community partners in the project, and the coral bark maple tree, which will be planted on the site, symbolized the community that will grow there together. – Photo by Greg Farrar

Sue Sherbrooke, CEO of the Seattle/King/Snohomish YWCA, thanks guests with her applause Dec. 7 at a ceremony marking beginning of construction of the YWCA Family Village at Issaquah, which will provide 146 apartment units for low-to-moderate income residents at Highlands Drive Northeast and Northeast High Street. Ribbons tied by guests symbolized the strength of the community partners in the project, and the coral bark maple tree, which will be planted on the site, symbolized the community that will grow there together. – Photo by Greg Farrar

Donate a toy, pick up a free Krispy Kreme doughnut

December 9, 2009

UPDATED — 10:15 a.m. Dec. 9, 2009

Krispy Kreme is making the holiday season a little sweeter for children in need by hosting a Salvation Army toy drive.

Customers who bring in a new, unwrapped toy for donation at participating Washington stores will receive a free doughnut or doughnut coupon.

Toy collection barrels will be available at the Issaquah store, located at 6210 East Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., through Dec. 20, and Salvation Army will then distribute the toys to families in need.

A tale of two titles

December 8, 2009

The Liberty senior running back Kevin Ton kneels on the Tacoma Dome turf with teammates after the state 3A championship game loss Bellevue 23-17. By Greg Farrar

The Liberty senior running back Kevin Ton kneels on the Tacoma Dome turf with teammates after the state 3A championship game loss Bellevue 23-17. By Greg Farrar

Liberty falls prey to Bellevue’s juggernaut of a running game

Liberty High School’s football team came within six points of winning its first state championship in 21 years on Dec. 4.

However, the Patriots were unable to close the gap, falling to the rival Bellevue Wolverines 23-17 in the Tacoma Dome.

“Right now, it’s tough to swallow that we lost,” Liberty quarterback Trey Wheeler said after the game.

The Wolverines came out with guns blazing, taking the ball first, marching down the field, converting on two fourth downs and scoring a touchdown. The 80-yard drive took eight minutes and 55 seconds. Read more

Kicking the habit at 14,441 feet

December 8, 2009

Jeff Rafuse, of Issaquah, is all smiles  after reaching the summit of Mount Rainier, photos Contributed

Jeff Rafuse, of Issaquah, is all smiles after reaching the summit of Mount Rainier, photos Contributed

Issaquah man quits smoking for good after participating in Climb for Clean Air

Jeff Rafuse had tried many times to quit smoking, something he picked up at age 15.

Little did he know, all it would take to kick the habit is climb a 14,441-foot mountain.

The 1998 Issaquah High School graduate learned of the American Lung Association’s annual Climb for Clean Air through the KIRO radio program “The Ron and Don Show.” As tribute to a producer on the show suffering from lung cancer, Don O’Neil joined the climb of Mount Rainier, a fundraiser for the ALA.

“He talked quite a bit about the climb, which motivated me a little to do it, too,” said Rafuse, 29. “I’d been smoking on and off since I was 15 and had tried to quit with varying degrees of success.”

He felt the time, March 1, 2009, was right to quit for good, especially if he wanted to get in shape to reach the summit with other climbers.

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Public Meetings

December 8, 2009

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Anna Maria Dunmore

December 8, 2009

Anna Dunmore

Anna Dunmore

Anna Maria Dunmore, of Issaquah, died Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009. She was 77. Read more

Lois Gloria Johnson

December 8, 2009

death-johnson,lois-20091200Lois Gloria Johnson, of Preston, died Nov. 28, 2009, at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue. She was 82. Read more

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