Woman drowns in Beaver Lake

October 20, 2009

The way Anil Kumar will remember his friend Lavi is as a 20-something girl who imbued life with a sense of hospitality in a strange, new place. Read more

Nathan Perea recalls small-town Issaquah, hopes to redefine growth

October 20, 2009

Nathan Perea

Nathan Perea

When Nathan Perea moved to Issaquah as a second-grader, the city was home to just shy of 6,000 people. Back then, in 1985, Issaquah had the feel of a small town. Perea remembers how growth — and the associated headaches — reshaped the city.

“I can remember the way Issaquah was when I moved here,” he said. “As I watched us grow, even at a young age, I watched the disparity between the growth and the infrastructure. We grew at such an alarming rate and it started to take 45, 50 minutes to get from the plateau to I-90.”

The city had swelled by the time Perea returned to the city and settled in the Issaquah Highlands in 2006. The hillside community was nonexistent when Perea moved to Issaquah as a child. Nowadays, the city is home to almost 27,000 people.

As he campaigns for a City Council seat, first-time candidate Perea seeks to unite the old and new. He talks about how elected officials can learn from past mistakes and increase the quality of growth.

“Remembering that, I know that as we grow, we need to make sure that we’re doing that responsibly and supporting it in the right way, so that we’re not just clogging this place up and detracting from its beauty and charm,” Perea said. Read more

Hugh ‘Mac’ Thomas Macdonald

October 20, 2009

Hugh Macdonald

Hugh Macdonald

Hugh “Mac” Thomas Macdonald died Sept. 28, 2009. He was 88. Read more

Community Calendar

October 20, 2009

Events

More than 200 Mountains to Sound Greenway volunteers will plant trees from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Oct. 25 and from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Oct. 31 at Lake Sammamish State Park. Learn more at www.mtsgreenway.org. Read more

Off the Press

October 20, 2009

When I gotta dance, I’ll leave it to the celebrities

Gotta dance! Gotta dance!

Bob Taylor Press Sports Editor

Bob Taylor Press Sports Editor

One of my favorite scenes from “Singin’ in the Rain” is where a naïve, bespectacled young fellow hits the big city and sings “Gotta Dance!” I know how he feels. Sometimes, I feel like I gotta dance, too.

Unfortunately, I have no talent for dancing. My dancing is like, well, like listening to Roseanne Barr sing “The National Anthem” — it’s painful.

I am a member of the Two Left Feet Gang. Despite this quandary, I have turned into a big fan of dancing.

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Now, this might not sound like the most macho thing for a longtime sports writer, but one of my favorite programs on television is “Dancing With The Stars.“ I know, I know — a lot of people probably thought it was WWE’s Smackdown. Nah, I’d rather watch high school wrestling than pro wrestling any night, but that’s another story.

Actually I’ve watched “Dancing With The Stars” for the past three years, developing a huge respect for stars who are taking up ballroom dancing for the first time. Some, like former Olympic Gold medalist gymnast Shawn Johnson, have become quite good. Johnson became a “Dancing With The Stars” champion. One of my favorite stars was NFL standout Jason Taylor, who made it to the final round in 2008.

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Issaquah earns key victory over Eastlake, 4-0

October 20, 2009

Olivia Schmoe (left), Issaquah senior defender, and Kelly Morro, Eastlake junior forward, battle as they chase the soccer ball out of bounds during the first period of their Oct. 13 soccer match at Issaquah Stadium. By Greg Farrar

Olivia Schmoe (left), Issaquah senior defender, and Kelly Morro, Eastlake junior forward, battle as they chase the soccer ball out of bounds during the first period of their Oct. 13 soccer match at Issaquah Stadium. By Greg Farrar

Coming into its Oct. 13 match against Eastlake, the Issaquah High School girls soccer team was reeling from its big loss to district rival Skyline Oct. 8.

The 2-0 defeat was the Eagles first 4A KingCo Conference loss and it knocked Issaquah into second place with five games remaining.

So, when it came time to face another tough team from the plateau, the Eagles were focused. They knew they had to outhustle the Wolves on both sides of the ball and take advantage of any scoring opportunity they got.

“When they got their chances, they put them away,” Eastlake captain Courtney Pixler said.

Issaquah forward Kristin Maris scored all four goals in the Eagles’ 4-0 win against Eastlake. Read more

School levy dates, dollars set

October 20, 2009

Issaquah School Board members unanimously voted to put three levy measures before voters Feb. 9. Read more

College News

October 20, 2009

Sammamish student studies abroad

Alicia Kim, a Dartmouth College student in the class of 2012 from Sammamish, is studying French in Paris during the fall 2009 term as part of the college’s foreign study program. Read more

Flu season: Provide protection for unborn

October 20, 2009

Children born to women who received the flu vaccine in pregnancy have protection from this illness for the first six months of their life. By receiving both flu vaccines, you are providing your child with significant protection from these illnesses.

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Amidst the pumpkins

October 20, 2009

Ronan Jenkins (left) and Sylvia Alexakos-Naughton, both 3 1/2 and of Seattle, find a donkey far more fascinating than the pumpkins at Fox Hollow Farm on Oct. 18. The farm, owned by Anthony and Autumn Ridnell, has a Shetland pony, donkey, chickens, geese, ducks, a dog, kittens and horses. Children of all ages can also enjoy a hay bale maze, inflatable castle, and tasty treats and beverages.

Ronan Jenkins (left) and Sylvia Alexakos-Naughton, both 3 1/2 and of Seattle, find a donkey far more fascinating than the pumpkins at Fox Hollow Farm on Oct. 18. The farm, owned by Anthony and Autumn Ridnell, has a Shetland pony, donkey, chickens, geese, ducks, a dog, kittens and horses. Children of all ages can also enjoy a hay bale maze, inflatable castle, and tasty treats and beverages.

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