Development Commission halts planned highlands residences

December 22, 2009

Answers demanded about commercial development

Officials halted plans to build a proposed Issaquah Highlands residential complex last week, after city development commissioners complained about the pace of retail development in the highlands. Read more

Liberty seventh-grade select basketball team wins Thanksgiving tournament

December 22, 2009

Contributed The Liberty seventh-grade select team is back, from left: Coach Troy Anderson, Erisah Cruz, Devin Anderson, Avery Granberg, Christina Snow and Coach Eric Granberg; and front, from left: Danielle Demps, Sarah Bliesner, Shea O’Brien, Krista Merca, Gabby Olague and Cherelle Demps.

The Liberty seventh-grade select team is back, from left: Coach Troy Anderson, Erisah Cruz, Devin Anderson, Avery Granberg, Christina Snow and Coach Eric Granberg; and front, from left: Danielle Demps, Sarah Bliesner, Shea O’Brien, Krista Merca, Gabby Olague and Cherelle Demps. Contributed

The Liberty High School seventh-grade select basketball team opened its season with a first-place finish in its age group at the Cold Turkey Tournament in Bellevue Thanksgiving weekend.

The team defeated the Snohomish select team — which won the tournament last year —in the final game to win the 16-team tournament.

“The girls played great,” said coach Troy Anderson, of Newcastle. His daughter, Devin, plays on the team.

“They put a lot of time, a lot of hard work and a lot of effort in. More than anything, I’m just very happy for the young ladies,” he said. Read more

Jones, Simpson

December 22, 2009

Stacy Jones and David Simpson

Stacy Jones and David Simpson

Stacy Jones and David Simpson, both of Issaquah, were married July 16, 2009, at the Vegas Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas.

A Vegas Game Night reception was held at the home of Audrey Oxley in Sammamish. Read more

Bake’s opens its living room to new variety show

December 22, 2009

Greta Matassa headlines a recent show at Bake’s Place in Providence Point. By Pat Loughery

Greta Matassa headlines a recent show at Bake’s Place in Providence Point. By Pat Loughery

When Craig Baker first opened Bake’s Place in Providence Point a decade ago, he hoped to create a more intimate setting for an audience to listen to jazz music. It was akin to inviting 70 or so of his closest friends to his living room.

Greta Matassa has been the longest running performer in Baker’s living room, bringing her impressive repertoire from her regular stomping grounds of Seattle. Matassa has been named the Earshot Jazz Vocalist Singer of the Year.

“She’s been called the queen of jazz in Seattle,” Baker said. “At least I call her that.”

Matassa considers Bake’s Place one of her favorite venues to perform.

“It’s gorgeous for a jazz room. It’s unique,” she said. “Few others in the country get the performer as remotely close to the audience.”

The two recently were sharing their love of old variety shows, such as the popular “Dean Martin Show,” and decided that would be a perfect format to recreate for Bake’s Place. Thus, was born Fridays in the Living Room with Greta. Read more

Military News

December 22, 2009

Patrick Beckwith deploys to Iraq Read more

City Council reappoints Municipal Court judge

December 22, 2009

N. Scott Stewart

N. Scott Stewart

Judge N. Scott Stewart will serve another four years as the sole Issaquah Municipal Court judge, the City Council decided Dec. 7. Read more

John Louis Whitaker III

December 22, 2009

John Whitaker

John Whitaker

John Louis Whitaker III, of Snoqualmie, died Monday, Dec. 14, 2009. He was 68. Read more

Sports calendar

December 22, 2009

Adult Sports

Issaquah Alps Trail Club

Dec. 26, Cougar Mountain hike to waterfalls at Far Country, Doughty, Coal Creek Falls, 6 miles, 500 gain. Call 427-8449 … Dec. 27, 9 a.m., Cougar Mountain, 4 miles, 500 gain. Call 453-8997 … Jan. 1, 10 a.m., Dogs Welcome Hike, 4-5 miles, 600-1,000 gain. Call 206-322-0990 … Jan. 2, Rattlesnake Mountain, hike to Stan’s Overlook, 5 miles, 1,400 gain. Call 837-1535 … Jan. 3, Tiger Mountain, hike to Tradition Plateau, 5-6 miles, 600 gain. Call 392-3571. Read more

To the Editor

December 22, 2009

Issaquah museums

Thank you for asking candidates’ position on new facility funding

During the election coverage earlier this fall, I was pleased to see that The Issaquah Press asked candidates how the city of Issaquah might help fund a new facility for the Issaquah History Museums.

The construction of a new facility for the photographs, artifacts and archival material of the community is sorely needed. We currently operate out of the Issaquah Depot Museum and the Gilman Town Hall Museum. After the completion of a new exhibit at the depot in 2010, we will have filled our available exhibit area.

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Skyline gymnasts beat Garfield

December 22, 2009

It took Skyline High School gymnast Amy Bearman a couple of weeks to recover from a concussion during practice, but by the time the dual meet with Garfield rolled around, she was in full form. Read more

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