Off The Press

May 19, 2009

Warren Kagarise Press Reporter

Warren Kagarise Press Reporter

Praise DOT for alerting drivers to bridge closure

Before May 4, most drivers crossing the Interstate 90 floating bridge noticed the expansion joints in the roadway only as a quick rumble beneath the tires. Then, the state Department of Transportation announced plans to close the bridge’s express lanes.

DOT officials rolled out a plan to saturate the media by using old-school methods, like newspapers, and television and radio stations, and less traditional media, like Twitter, to alert drivers. Read more

Boehm’s candy maker receives tourism award

May 19, 2009

Tyson Garbusjuk (left) and his father Bernard, of Boehm’s Candies, hold the 2009 Tourism Excellence Award. By Greg Farrar

Tyson Garbusjuk (left) and his father Bernard, of Boehm’s Candies, hold the 2009 Tourism Excellence Award. By Greg Farrar

Bernard Garbusjuk, of Boehm’s Candies, was honored last week as the first recipient of the Boehm’s Award for Issaquah Tourism Excellence.

The Boehm’s Award, presented by the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, is named after longtime Issaquah business partner Boehm’s Candies Inc. in recognition of the company’s foresight in creatively developing and marketing experience-based tourism.

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Police investigate second toilet explosion

May 19, 2009

School officials and King County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the cause of another toilet explosion at the Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus. Read more

Brain cancer remains incurable, fatal

May 19, 2009

Issaquah resident Heather Chamberlain holds a photo of her sister Jenny Lee Higley Lynch who seemingly randomly developed a brain tumor at age 32. By David Hayes

Issaquah resident Heather Chamberlain holds a photo of her sister Jenny Lee Higley Lynch who seemingly randomly developed a brain tumor at age 32. By David Hayes

Walkathon’s aim is to also raise community awareness

In the past 100 years, the diagnosis of a glioblastoma, or malignant brain tumor, has essentially been a death sentence. 

Issaquah resident Heather Chamberlain dealt with that harsh reality when her sister, Jenny, was diagnosed with the incurable brain cancer in 2006.

“They never figured out why she got it,” Chamberlain said. “It was odd. It doesn’t usually strike someone that young.”

Chamberlain said there was no family history of cancer, so they were shocked when Jenny, 32, was diagnosed — especially since she was pregnant. Read more

Press Editorial

May 19, 2009

Celebrate Memorial Day with a staycation

There’s a new buzz word in the air, and it couldn’t be more relevant than now, at the start of the Memorial Day weekend, when we make the mental shift toward summer. That word? Staycation.

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Harold Fredrick ‘Fred’ Lyons

May 19, 2009

Harold Lyons

Harold Lyons

Harold Fredrick “Fred” Lyons, of Issaquah, died peacefully May 11, 2009, at Evergreen Hospice Center after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 63. Read more

Activist to be honored

May 19, 2009

carlosnancy-people-2005122The 5th District  Democrats will honor long-time activist Nancy San Carlos with a service award, which it will name in her honor for future awardees, at its general meeting at 7 p.m. May 20 at the King County Library System building, 960    Newport Way, N.W.  Call 836-4220 File

Community calendar

May 19, 2009

Events 

A Chamber of Commerce new member coffee is at 3:30 p.m. May 21 at Denny’s, 720 N.W. Gilman Blvd. Call 392-7024 or go to www.issaquahchamber.com. Read more

Improved healthfinder.gov makes health information quicker and easier to use

May 19, 2009

 An improved and more accessible version of healthfinder.gov, a federal Web site designed to help people stay healthy, has been launched by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Read more

Skyline girls make it 8 straight track titles

May 19, 2009

Team anchors Shealee O’Donnell, of Skyline (left), and Madison Callan, of Issaquah, sprint neck and neck to the finish of the 4x200 relay, where Skyline won by .18 seconds in a time of 1:42.58 for the 4A KingCo championship. By Greg Farrar

Team anchors Shealee O’Donnell, of Skyline (left), and Madison Callan, of Issaquah, sprint neck and neck to the finish of the 4x200 relay, where Skyline won by .18 seconds in a time of 1:42.58 for the 4A KingCo championship. By Greg Farrar

Junior Shealee O’Donnell anchors Spartan KingCo win

 
Skyline’s girls track team continues to dominate KingCo, winning its eighth straight title May 15.

Junior Shealee O’Donnell was integral to the girls’ win. The standout sprinter placed second to Issaquah’s Johanna Carr in both the 100- and 200-meter dash with times of 12.48 and 25.44 seconds, respectively. But she also ran a leg of the winning 4×100 and 4×200 relays. 

She anchored the 4×200 and held it together just long enough to beat Issaquah by .18 seconds. 

“I knew not to pass on the corner, but found an extra spurt of energy,” O’Donnell said after Skyline won the 4×200 in 1:42.58. “I couldn’t have done it if (Kaylyn Berry) hadn’t run such a good leg.”

Helping the Spartans to a second-place (87.5 points) team finish at KingCo, sophomore multisport phenom Kasen Williams earned champion status in three events: high jump (6-02), long jump (22-05) and the triple jump (46-01.5). Williams’ triple jump performance was enough for third in state going into the 4A District 2 meet and beat the KingCo competition by nearly four feet. Read more

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