Press Editorial

February 24, 2009

Start with the Comp Plan to have your ideas heard

If you have any interest at all in helping to shape the future of the city of Issaquah, now is your chance — with only a short time commitment. Each year the city’s Comprehensive Plan comes up for a mandated review. Issaquah has never taken the mandate lightly — the Comp Plan review is always interesting, relevant and pretty thorough. Read more

Public Meetings

February 24, 2009

Feb. 26

Civil Service Commission

4-5 p.m. Read more

Roll Call

February 23, 2009

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Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1694 adjusts the spending for the 2007-09 biennial budget. The governor has signed it into law. Read more

License plates can benefit musicians

February 23, 2009

Local residents and musicians are banding together to help save music programming in public schools in the state, but need your help to get started.

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Acclimating to the warm weather

February 23, 2009

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Dispatches from around the globe This week— Alaska

It’s mid-February and too warm: 34 degrees. I can’t even wear my Marmot jacket in this weather; it makes me overheat as I run errands. This tells me I have acclimated to Anchorage. As race communications coordinator for Iditarod, the 1,000-mile dog sled race from Anchorage to Nome, I am in the midst of my two-month annual spell here. 

When I arrived, the temp was 5 degrees. It took me five days to acclimate to the cold, very dry Alaska climate. Read more

Winning on the wheel

February 23, 2009

Issaquah man banks big on game show

Steve Pelikan (above) wears a ‘Wheel of Fortune’ T-shirt at the house party he and Victoria gave for friends for the broadcast of the taped TV show. At left, Victoria Pelikan, husband Steve and his mother Sharon Pelikan (from left) share the stage on the pretaped ‘Wheel of Fortune’ program as his total winnings are broadcast on the Pelikan family TV.By Greg Farrar

Steve Pelikan (above) wears a ‘Wheel of Fortune’ T-shirt at the house party he and Victoria gave for friends for the broadcast of the taped TV show. At left, Victoria Pelikan, husband Steve and his mother Sharon Pelikan (from left) share the stage on the pretaped ‘Wheel of Fortune’ program as his total winnings are broadcast on the Pelikan family TV.By Greg Farrar

The centerpiece on “Wheel of Fortune” — the famous disk decked out like a pack of Fruit Stripe gum and divided into wedges for cash and prizes — is a two-ton behemoth. So, when it was time for Issaquah resident Steve Pelikan to spin the wheel last month, he was told by stagehands, “Pull as hard as you can and then push as hard as you can.” Read more

Mural is tribute to surviving cancer

February 23, 2009

Joe Dowell (right) and artist Jeanette Vesperini pose in front of the mural she painted at his home. Contributed

Joe Dowell (right) and artist Jeanette Vesperini pose in front of the mural she painted at his home. Contributed

It all started with a Kleenex box.

The type with the swirling colors coiling into elaborate shapes: flowers, leaves, the countryside.

One day Newcastle resident Joe Dowell, 60, found one that particularly interested him, and the color of that lavender box wouldn’t leave his brain, even after a piece of it was removed.

The morning of Aug. 25, 2008, Joe was tending to his garden as he often did since retiring from Boeing in 2007. He wouldn’t remember the next few days after a seizure hit, the result of a cancerous tumor in his head. Still, he moved on.

“There’s a lot of people who have it much worse than me,” he said. “I get enough sympathy from others.”

After several days in the hospital, he returned home. Due to a law, he couldn’t drive for the next six months, and he began thinking of ways to make home a more enjoyable stay. A gym was built in the garage and right next to that, a mural, one inspired by that lavender Kleenex box.

“He kept telling me about the Kleenex box,” said Jeanette Vesperini, who was commissioned by Joe to paint the mural. “I look at it more as a winery.”

The result of her work was an impressionistic view of a Tuscany countryside, filled with sweeping strokes of yellow, orange and, of course, lavender.

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Redmond-based work rep helps vets find jobs

February 23, 2009

When Anthony Eigner got out of the Marines in 2000, he struggled to find a career that fit his experience in the military. Read more

Community calendar

February 23, 2009

Events 

The Cascade Ridge PTSA presents Festival of Cultures from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 27 at the school, 2020 Trossachs Blvd. S.E., Sammamish. Be greeted in 18 different languages, taste exotic food, learn new information from around the globe, see displays, touch artifacts, enjoy entertainers from Ireland, India, Korea and Cascade Ridge’s own choir. Admission is free. Read more

Ellie Merrill

February 23, 2009

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Ellie Merrill, a most beloved German shepherd, died at noon Aug. 20, 2008. She was 14. She would’ve turned 15 in December.

Ellie spent much of her life in poor, unkind conditions, but was rescued and deeply loved and spoiled throughout her golden years. Her life was a lesson to others that no matter our past, we can learn to love and trust again. Read more

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