Issaquah girls leading run back to playoffs

December 22, 2009

Domi Mendezona, Issaquah senior point guard, puts up a shot trying to beat back Eastlake’s comeback in the third quarter. By Greg Farrar

Domi Mendezona, Issaquah senior point guard, puts up a shot trying to beat back Eastlake’s comeback in the third quarter. By Greg Farrar

Girls Basketball Preview

The Issaquah High School girls basketball team might be a little short in size, but the Eagles thus far aren’t coming up short on the scoreboard.

Of the local teams, the Eagles are by far off to the best start. Issaquah has won its first six games of the season, and four of them have come in 4A KingCo Conference play. That’s not bad for a team that doesn’t have a 6-footer on the roster.

Issaquah, however, has a winning tradition and the Eagles are shooting for a return to the 4A state tournament. Skyline and Liberty are eyeing post-season competition, too.

Eagles win on hustle, defense

Issaquah won three games last week, including a dramatic fourth-quarter comeback to beat Eastlake 51-45 Dec. 18 at Eastlake. Read more

Local 4-H program survives county cuts

December 22, 2009

Malori Yates (left), of the Eastside Rabbits and Cavies 4-H Club, presents her rabbit at the 2009 Puyallup Fair to judge Sarah Cleavenger (right), a former member of the club, during Rabbit Fit and Show competition. By Mark Fredrickson

Malori Yates (left), of the Eastside Rabbits and Cavies 4-H Club, presents her rabbit at the 2009 Puyallup Fair to judge Sarah Cleavenger (right), a former member of the club, during Rabbit Fit and Show competition. By Mark Fredrickson

King County officials nixed a plan last week to put the local 4-H program out to pasture.

A last-minute, $109,000 infusion from the King County Council will keep the program afloat for another year. The youth organization with agricultural roots now includes offerings in things such as plant science, horse riding and robotics.

Local 4-H’ers will also have somewhere to showcase their handiwork: The council allocated $50,000 to continue the King County Fair — the oldest fair west of the Mississippi River.

Councilman Reagan Dunn, who represents unincorporated King County south of Issaquah, said the outcry from 4-H participants and parents prompted the council to adjust the budget.

“I’m glad that we were able to scrape together enough funding for another year, because 4-H is so important to the youth of my district,” Dunn said in a statement released after the Dec. 14 council decision. “I have heard from hundreds of parents and students who participate or have participated in the program. I have seen them in action at the King County Fair. It was very sad to think that the program might end.”

Officials decided to cut money for 4-H as they worked to fill a $56 million county budget gap. After officials announced the cut, however, 4-H supporters rallied to preserve money for the program. Read more

Jeanne L. Coward

December 22, 2009

Jeanne Coward

Jeanne Coward

Jeanne L. Coward, of Bend, Ore., died Nov 23, 2009, in Bend. She was 69. Read more

Community calendar

December 22, 2009

Events

 Win a book Win a signed copy of “The Fortunes of Indigo Skye,” for ages 12-18. Tell library staff which book by local author Deb Caletti you love the most and you could win an autographed copy of “The Fortunes of Indigo Skye.” Entry forms are available at the library beginning Jan. 2. The winning entry will be selected=

Win a book Win a signed copy of “The Fortunes of Indigo Skye,” for ages 12-18. Tell library staff which book by local author Deb Caletti you love the most and you could win an autographed copy of “The Fortunes of Indigo Skye.” Entry forms are available at the library beginning Jan. 2. The winning entry will be selected in a drawing Feb. 1.

The 21st Issaquah Reindeer Festival returns to the Cougar Mountain Zoo with activities throughout December. Meet Santa Claus in his house from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. through Dec. 23 and 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Dec. 26-30. Visit Santa’s reindeer team. Have your face painted by one of the happy elves from noon – 2 p.m. daily. Leave a letter for Santa at Santa’s Post Office. Enjoy hot chocolate, kettle corn, apple cider, cookies, candy canes and more. Don’t forget — bring a new, unwrapped present for Toys for Tots and receive a free child’s admission to the zoo for after the festival. Go to www.cougarmountainzoo.org or call 392-6278.

Issaquah Christian Church’s annual Christmas Tree Lot is open from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 24 at 10328 Issaquah-Hobart Road S.E. Proceeds help support church missions, including building homes in Mexico. There will be hot chocolate, apple cider, coffee and cookie treats with Christmas caroling. Call 392-5848 or go to www.iccweb.org.

Mountains to Sound Greenway volunteers will pot thousands of native, bare-root seedlings to replenish the Greenway Native Plant Nursery in Issaquah Jan. 9 and 16. Sign up to volunteer at www.mtsgreenway.org/volunteer, call 206-812-0122 or e-mail volunteer@mtsgreenway.org. Full-day and half-day shifts are available.

Fundraisers

Through Dec. 24, Barnes & Noble in Issaquah will give local children in need the chance to read by encouraging customers to donate a new children’s book to Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program. Each Barnes & Noble store celebrates the holidays by hosting a book drive to benefit a local literacy program. This year, Page Ahead is serving 54,635 children in 24 counties in Washington state with 161,192 new books and related literacy services, including students at Lake Hills Elementary School, Northshore Head Start and Cascade Elementary School. Donate a book to Page Ahead by calling 206-461-0123 or going to www.pageahead.org. Read more

Off The Press

December 22, 2009

Ruffled feathers lead to reader responses

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes Press reporter

In one week, The Issaquah Press will publish its top 10 stories of the year for 2009. Among such issues as the school and city budgets, banning dogs in Timberlake Park and the weather, I have no idea where a rooster falls.

That’s right, a rooster.

When we vote for a story, we usually weigh how much impact it had upon the community as a whole. Of all the weighty issues we’ve covered, none elicited as much passion, vitriol or feedback from our readers as McNugget the rooster.

When I went to cover the latest breaking story of McNugget, I had no idea I was opening another Pandora’s box.

In Greek mythology, out of curiosity, Pandora actually opened a jar gifted by Zeus, which became a box in the retelling over the ages, and released all the evils, ills, diseases and burdensome labor mankind had not known previously. Read more

Resident asks school board to remove Pledge of Allegiance from meetings

December 22, 2009

The Issaquah School Board may consider eliminating the Pledge of Allegiance at its regular business meetings.

At their Dec. 9 meeting, school board members were asked to eliminate the pledge from their meetings by parent Matthew Barry.

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We Wish You a Meow-y Christmas

December 22, 2009

christmas-lights-20091218bchristmas-lights-20091218a Alvin the cat answers the knock at the door for Michael and Courtney Bostjancic, who have made their home a

most cheerful one for the holidays. More than 7,000 light-emitting diodes at 230 S.E. Bush St. decorate the fence,

bushes and trim on their house for Christmas.

Daughter helps dad document Rwanda feature

December 22, 2009

During the 1994 Rwandan genocide, Narcisse Ruhangintwari, a Hutu, killed his neighbor Pascal Niyomugabo’s wife, who was of Tutsi decent, according to Seattle-based Rwanda Partners. After the 100-days of genocide was over, Niyomugabo had lost 75 other family members. Read more

One step forward, two steps back for gay community

December 22, 2009

Students at Skyline High School, get together to talk about issues in a meeting of the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance. All three schools in the Issaquah School District have student GSAs. The clubs at Skyline, Issaquah and Liberty are among more than 3,000 such clubs at high schools in the United States. By Stephanie Yi

Students at Skyline High School, get together to talk about issues in a meeting of the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance. All three schools in the Issaquah School District have student GSAs. The clubs at Skyline, Issaquah and Liberty are among more than 3,000 such clubs at high schools in the United States. By Stephanie Yi

A look at the future of gay politics

It had been two months since petitioners against Senate Bill 5688 qualified Referendum 71 for the ballot. For two months, the Washington LGBT community actively fought to extend the rights of same-sex domestic partnerships. After two months, their efforts paid off.

On Nov. 3, Referendum 71, the “everything but marriage” bill, was approved by Washington state voters 53 percent to 47 percent — a victory for Washington’s gay and lesbian community.

While domestic partners’ rights have been growing in steps since the creation of a domestic partnership registry in 2007, the passing of R-71 expanded the rights and protections of same-sex domestic partners to that of married spouses — the ability to take family and medical leave when a partner is seriously ill, the right to workers compensation coverage, and insurance coverage and group policy rights.

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Sean Lonergan Martin

December 22, 2009

Sean Martin

Sean Martin

Sean Lonergan Martin died Dec. 17, 2009. He was 23. Read more

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