Issaquah Press earns regional journalism excellence awards

June 2, 2009

The Issaquah Press won an award for General Excellence in the 2008 Western Washington Excellence in Journalism Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists on May 30. Read more

City’s anti-pollution grant nears renewal

June 2, 2009

A city program to cut water pollution has prevented industrial chemicals, fryer grease and even the material dentists use to fill cavities from contaminating ground water. Read more

Carving a tie to the past

June 2, 2009

John Mullen is reviving Snoqualmie Tribe’s tradition of crafting canoes

The canoe Spirit of the Salmon is about 27 feet long. By Christopher Huber

Snoqualmie Tribe Master Carver John Mullen loves his job. There’s a spiritual element to it that most people don’t experience on a daily basis, or ever, for that matter.

His works speak to him.

The Beaver Lake resident hand carves canoes, but the craft goes much deeper than hacking at wood.

“Regardless of what we work on or even what we do, the water will talk to you, the trees’ll talk to you. It’s just sitting here and listening,” Mullen said about the spiritual aspect of his craft. “I tell them (students), ‘Use your imagination. Listen.’ It’s not just the native people. Everybody has it. It’s something you can’t teach. It’s just there.”

Before he and his apprentice carvers begin their work on a canoe at the tribe’s Snoqualmie shop, they gather in a circle around the untouched log and thank it for giving itself to them. The next day, they come to work with ideas they dreamed about and begin forming the canoe.

“You can’t plan it out. There’s no blueprints,” Mullen said. “It’s all just knowledge passed on.” Read more

Off the press

June 2, 2009

David Hayes Press Reporter

David Hayes Press Reporter

The Press is now a major daily newspaper

I truly enjoy working at The Issaquah Press. Writing at a weekly community paper has also allowed me to do much within newspaper production, and I am grateful for the experience.

However, I’ve learned one of the downsides of a weekly publication is breaking news. It used to be if an event happened after 9 p.m. Monday night, it wouldn’t get in our paper until nine days later, because it missed our deadline to get in that week’s Wednesday edition and would need to wait until the following Wednesday — an eternity in the news business.

I once covered a weekend city meeting, writing an accompanying story. Then, I covered the follow-up City Council meeting on Monday and a key fact changed, but it was too late to recall the story without incurring thousands of dollars of “stop the presses” penalty fees. Read more

Issaquah lacrosse defends its state championship

June 2, 2009

Issaquah players hoist the Championship Cup for the fans May 30 after beating Mercer Island 10-9 in the state Division 1 lacrosse championship match. By Charles Mauzy/Issaquah Youth Lacrosse

Issaquah players hoist the Championship Cup for the fans May 30 after beating Mercer Island 10-9 in the state Division 1 lacrosse championship match. By Charles Mauzy/Issaquah Youth Lacrosse

When the boys high school lacrosse season began, Issaquah High School coach Brandon Fortier hoped his team would improve enough in the second half to challenge for another state championship. The Eagles certainly fulfilled his wishes.

On May 30, Issaquah defended its Washington State League Division I title with a 10-9 victory against rival Mercer Island in Seattle’s Memorial Stadium.

Goalkeeper Cameron Danforth’s save with two seconds left enabled Issaquah to hold off a late charge by the Islanders.

“Cam made the save and it was time for the dog pile,” Fortier said.

Issaquah players certainly had a right to be exuberant. During the regular season, the Eagles finished second to Mercer Island in the league standings. In the only meeting between the teams, on April 24, Mercer Island won 6-4. After that loss, Issaquah finished the season with 10 straight victories to end with a 19-2 record.

It was the third time in five years that Issaquah and Mercer Island battled in the state championship game. Mercer Island edged Issaquah by a goal in the 2005 and 2006 title games. Issaquah defeated Mercer Island last year in the semifinals before it beat Bainbridge 11-8 in the title game.

Fortier was elated by this year’s triumph, and especially happy for a corps of seniors — Jake Director, Jordan Goldstein, Riley Goodman and Connor McClain. All played key roles throughout the season, and were instrumental in the championship contest. Read more

Unions allege school district violated state law

June 2, 2009

Union groups attended a school board meeting May 27 and alleged that Issaquah School District officials violated state law by not using union apprentices in construction projects. Read more

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Skyline’s Kasen Williams wins high jump 4A title

June 2, 2009

Others shine at state meet

Johanna Carr (left) and Haley Jacobson hug after racing side by side for their last 100-yard dash together. By Greg Farrar

Johanna Carr (left) and Haley Jacobson hug after racing side by side for their last 100-yard dash together. By Greg Farrar

Skyline sophomore Kasen Williams again impressed with his high-flying abilities May 28-30 at the Washington State Track and Field Meet in Tacoma. 

Not only can he haul in diving catches on the football field, but he also proved he can out-leap just about every jumping-event competitor in the state. 

The standout multisport athlete won the 4A high jump with a leap of 6-10, a height he had not previously cleared in competition. He also placed top three in two other events

Williams said he had been working on improving his run-up to the bar all week. He said he had to pretend every bar setting was lower than it actually was.

“I worry about what I need to do and not get caught up in what everybody else does,” he said at the meet May 30. “I got the speed and made the leap to 6-10.” 

Several other Issaquah-area athletes found success at the state meet at Mount Tahoma High School as well. There were a few disappointments, but in the end, the Skyline girls and boys teams placed fifth (29 points) and eighth (25 points) respectively. Issaquah’s girls finished sixth with 28.33 points and the boys had two points. The Liberty girls placed 11th in state with 21.25 points and the boys had eight points. Read more

Duo posts high stock market scores

June 2, 2009

Discovery Elementary School fifth-graders Erika Shing and Jingyu Jenny Yang placed third in the elementary-level competition in the statewide Stock Market Game. By Christopher Huber

Discovery Elementary School fifth-graders Erika Shing and Jingyu Jenny Yang placed third in the elementary-level competition in the statewide Stock Market Game. By Christopher Huber

Discovery Elementary School fifth-grader Jingyu Jenny Yang did so well in the statewide Stock Market Game that she said her mom half-joked about letting her invest the family’s money.

Yang and classmate Erika Shing were among about 40 Washington students recently recognized for their high marks in the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association’s annual Stock Market Game.

The goal of the game was to have the top portfolio value at the end of the 10-week investment period. Participating teams, with members ranging from fourth to 12th grades, started out with a virtual cash balance of $100,000. Nearly 1,000 teams and 3,300 students participated across the state.

“I’m pretty happy,” Yang said. “Macy’s and Nike were the best.”

The students placed third in the elementary category after finishing the game with a balance of $110,223.88 — a 10.2 percent return.

What makes Yang’s and Shing’s accomplishment even more impressive is they made that money in just five weeks. They, along with the rest of teacher Jessica Daly’s class joined the game about halfway through the competition, Daly said. Read more

Potential high school math curriculum up for viewing

June 2, 2009

Potential high school math curriculum up for viewing Read more

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