Grammy winner Eric Tingstad to appear with American Indian artist

January 12, 2009

Grammy-award winning guitarist Eric Tingstad, of Issaquah, will join forces with another Grammy winner Jan. 17 at the Kirkland Performance Center. Tingstad, well known for his

Eric Tingstad, of Issaquah, teams for the first time with American Indian artist Mary Youngblood Jan. 17. File

Eric Tingstad, of Issaquah, teams for the first time with American Indian artist Mary Youngblood Jan. 17. File

 impressionistic style, will perform songs from his “Southwest” album. 

Appearing with Tingstad will be Mary Youngblood, an American Indian flutist who is half Aleut and half Seminole. She has won a Grammy in the Best Native American Music Album category for the album “Beneath the Raven Moon.” In 2007, she won her second Grammy for Best Native American Music Album for “Dance With The Wind.”

“I’m really looking forward to performing with Mary,” Tingstad said. ‘We’ve never played together, but we know a lot of people who have performed in bands with both of us.”

Tingstad was nominated two years ago for a Grammy in the new age category for his album “Southwest.” Tingstad and woodwind collaborator Nancy Rumbel, who form the duo Tingstad & Rumbel, won a Grammy in 2003 for their New Age album, “Acoustic Garden.” Read more

Eagles take renewal of Eastlake rivalry

January 12, 2009

The Issaquah High School Eagles won 10 of 14 bouts against the Eastlake Wolves in a Jan. 8 dual match at Eastlake High School.

Ben Tickman (top), Issaquah senior, works to drive Eastlake’s Shay Fuentes to his back in their 130-pound match. By Greg Farrar

Ben Tickman (top), Issaquah senior, works to drive Eastlake’s Shay Fuentes to his back in their 130-pound match. By Greg Farrar

The final score was 58-23 Issaquah, in what was a quick but feisty meet on both sides of the mat. 

“We came out looking flat,” Eastlake coach Riley Cornett said. “We didn’t attack. We were not very aggressive.”

The meet was both teams’ second league match of the season. After a lax winter break, Eastlake is now 2-2 overall in dual meets and Issaquah is 2-1. 

This was the first time the two schools’ wrestling teams faced off in years, as Issaquah just this year moved up to KingCo 4A competition from Class 3A. Read more

Patriots win invitational without posting any individual titles

January 12, 2009

It seems Manny Brown won’t have to do any more preaching to his team about working as one — they’re already a step ahead of him.

Liberty High School wrestler Wright Noel’s headgear slips down during his match against Andrew Smith, of Kent-Meridian, in the championship match of the 140-pound weight class at the Liberty Invitational. By Ryan Piersol

Liberty High School wrestler Wright Noel’s headgear slips down during his match against Andrew Smith, of Kent-Meridian, in the championship match of the 140-pound weight class at the Liberty Invitational. By Ryan Piersol

On Jan. 10, at its own invitational, the Liberty High School wrestling squad failed to win a single weight class. Still, in true team fashion, the Patriots managed to pull out the tournament championship.

“That’s a great accomplishment, winning without a personal championship,” said Brown, in his third season as Liberty’s head coach. “It means the whole team chipped in and did a great job coming through with points when we needed them.” Read more

Skyline sunk by Newport in first meet after weather delays

January 12, 2009

Skyline’s Ashton Powell swims in the 200-yard freestyle. He finished fourth in the event with a time of 2:15.34. Photo by Christopher HuberSkyline’s Ashton Powell swims in the 200-yard freestyle. He finished fourth in the event with a time of 2:15.34. Photo by Christopher HuberThe Skyline and Newport high schools boys swim and dive teams had just an hour and a half to get through their entire meet Jan. 8 at Boehm Pool in Issaquah. 

With 99 swimmers competing between the two schools, there was no time to dillydally between heats. Pool managers reminded  officials of the 5 p.m. open swim start. 

They managed to finish on time, but Skyline came out on the losing end. Newport (3-1), which had 65 boys on the junior varsity and varsity, beat the Spartans 119-66. Skyline is now 2-1 on the season. Read more

Artificial feeding not ideal to help wildlife

January 12, 2009

Despite record snowfall in some parts of the state, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists say most deer, elk and other wildlife can survive the winter without food provided by humans.

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Geography bee winner moves on to state finals

January 12, 2009

Pine Lake Middle School sixth-grader Wesley Esko holds a globe he won after winning the school’s geography bee. ContributedPine Lake Middle School sixth-grader Wesley Esko holds a globe he won after winning the school’s geography bee. Contributed

 

Six Pine Lake Middle School students vied for a chance to shine at the state geography tournament Jan. 7.

Students began practicing in the school’s Geography Club, which met weekly beginning in November, to play geography games, learn about resources and practice answering questions, Karin Daar, a teacher at Pine Lake Middle School, wrote in an e-mail. Read more

Project is a tribute to Chihuly

January 12, 2009

Jack Ryan, Newcastle Elementary School fifth grader, stands before his art project in tribute to Seattle glass artist Dale Chihuly.Jack Ryan, Newcastle Elementary School fifth grader, stands before his art project in tribute to Seattle glass artist Dale Chihuly.   

On Jan. 8, Newcastle Elementary School fifth-graders brought their art projects to the school’s commons for display. The assignment: Select an artist, make a poster about the artist’s career covering a timeline, plus draw/paint/create a reproduction of one of the artist’s more memorable works, and also create your own artwork in the style similar to the artist you depicted.

Jack Ryan, 10, of Newcastle, chose Seattle glass artist Dale Chihuly. Jack had seen his work locally and the inspiring display at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. Read more

Construction proves students are built of stern stuff

January 12, 2009

Skyline High School has been under construction for most of this year. Some students may say that this had made the 2008-09 school year the worst in the history of Skyline.

Hall Monitor Michelle Erickson Skyline High School

Hall Monitor Michelle Erickson Skyline High School

But if you look at Skyline and its students, you can’t see it. There is no evidence that the construction has affected the spirits of the Skyline Spartans. We still support each other as much as possible. 

Everything from sports to drama gets a huge turnout each time. Skyline is an overly peppy school. Even if the roof got blown off, we would still bleed green and silver; we are still Spartans. Read more

Gold Stars

January 12, 2009

Manny Brown

Manny Brown, Liberty High School’s wrestling coach, helps the community by helping his wrestlers understand the importance of volunteerism. Each wrestler must complete six hours of community service before obtaining a varsity letter from the school. To help the students, Brown organizes volunteer trips to places like the Renton Food Bank for the team to volunteer their time. Read more

Community invited to discuss new dental building at meeting Jan. 21

January 12, 2009

A community conference regarding the Pacific Dental Care Clinic will be held at 7 p.m. with the Development Commission Jan. 21.

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