City officials pocket dollars for conservation

March 6, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. March 6, 2010

City Council members accepted a pair of King Conservation District grants Monday to improve Pickering Garden and mark storm drains.

The council accepted more than $60,000 in grant dollars during a brief meeting.

The garden grant — $41,358 spread through 2011 — will be at the Pickering Garden to implement education efforts and improvement the site. The project includes a series of classes on landscaping, gardening without pesticides and herbicides, and natural yard-care techniques conducted by Seattle Tilth.

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Eagles fly into state semifinals

March 5, 2010

NEW — 11:58 a.m. March 5, 2010

The Issaquah High School girls basketball team hoped it would get a shot at Auburn Riverside in this year’s 4A state tournament.

The Eagles got their wish.

Issaquah, 23-4, tangles with top-ranked Auburn Riverside, 27-0, at 7 p.m. Friday in the semifinals at the Tacoma Dome.

The Eagles reached the semifinals after flying by Lake Stevens 67-47 Thursday in the quarterfinals.

Mackenzie Schiltz hit six three-pointers and finished with a game-high 20 points to lead Issaquah. Her six trys were one shy of the tournament record.

Domi Mendezona scored 14 points and Maddey Pflaumer had 12 points for Issaquah.

The Eagles, who shot 47.1 percent, led from start to fnish.

Issaquah lost to Auburn Riverside last year in game for fourth and seventh place. The Eagles, who led through most of the game, have been eager for another shot at Auburn Riverside.

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Rock and Gem Show is this weekend at Pickering Barn

March 5, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. March 5, 2010

The East Kingco Rock Club’s 45th annual Rock and Gem Show is from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

This family festival celebrates earth science, rockhounding, lapidary arts, and gem and jewelry artisans and dealers. There will be children’s activities; lapidary demonstrations and displays; local dealers and artisans; food; door prizes; and deals on jewelry, minerals, natural art and gemstones.

The East Kingco Rock Club is a nonprofit association devoted to the education and enjoyment of earth sciences and lapidary arts.

Learn more about the group or about membership opportunities by e-mailing; going to; or calling 206-612-3113.

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Nonprofits host fundraiser for Haiti earthquake victims Saturday

March 4, 2010

NEW — 5 p.m. March 4, 2010

Local nonprofits will host a fundraiser for victims of the devastating Haitian earthquake Saturday.

Organizers from the Ithna-Asheri Muslim Association, Islamic Education Center of Seattle and the Pakistani Association of Greater Seattle will host the fundraiser from 7-10 p.m. at Embassy Suites Hotel, 3225 158th Ave. S.E., Bellevue.

The event will be open to the public and dinner will be served. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for children younger than 12.

Call Asad Faizi at 916-835-9584, Momem Mokhtari at 206-428-1970 or Rizwan Nasar at 206-412-7545 to learn more.

A magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck the impoverished Caribbean nation in January, and leveled large swaths of the capital, Port-au-Prince. Government and relief agencies estimate the quake killed more than 200,000 and left hundreds of thousands more injured or homeless.

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Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics final week / February 2010

March 4, 2010

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Spartans stay alive in state tournament

March 4, 2010

NEW — 2:07 p.m. March 4, 2010

The Skyline High School boys basketball team stayed alive in the 4A state basketball tournament with a 55-44 victory against U.C. Davis, of Yakima, in the consolation round Thursday.

Skyline 21-4, plays Stanwood at 11 a.m. Friday in another consolation contest.

The Spartans outscored Davis 25-15 in the fourth quarter. Kasen Williams led the Spartans with 19 points and Cory Hutsen had 16 points.

Skyline, the KingCo Conference’s top seed, fell into the consolation bracket when the Spartans lost to Jackson 45-43 in the opening round Wednesday. Skyline had the lead going into the final minute of the game but had back-to-back turnovers. Jackson scored off both turnovers to win the game.

Will Parker led the Spartans with 14 points and Hutsen had 11 points.

In other first-round action, Eastlake defeated Lake Stevens 69-48. Michael Russo, of Eastlake, led all players with 21 points. Eastlake plays Kentwood at 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the quarterfinals.

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Winter Olympian J.R. Celski greets Issaquah fans

March 4, 2010

NEW — 12:10 p.m. March 4, 2010

Federal Way native and bronze-medal speed skater J.R. Celski met more than 200 fans during a visit to the Issaquah branch of 24 Hour Fitness on Wednesday evening.

Maggie Iuppa, 9, of Klahanie, meets her Winter Olympics hero, J.R. Celski, on Wednesday at the new 24 Hour Fitness center on East Lake Sammamish Parkway. Maggie, a fourth-grader at Endeavour Elementary School, presented Celski with a shoebox diorama of the speed-skating oval where he won Olympic bronze last month. — Photo by Greg Farrar

For almost two hours, Celski signed autographs, posed for photographs and displayed one of the two bronze medals he won at the Vancouver Olympics last month. The stopover at 24 Hour Fitness — one of Celski’s sponsors — marked his first post-Olympics appearance in the Seattle area.

The skater earned bronze medals in the men’s 1,500-meter race and the men’s 5,000-meter relay at the just-concluded Vancouver Olympics.

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Eagles win state opener

March 3, 2010

NEW — 2:20 p.m. March 3, 2010

The Issaquah community has an old tradition of logging. The Issaquah High School girls basketball team has been pretty adept at falling tall timber, too. The Eagles ran into an taller opponent, which is nothing new lately, and dropped Lewis & Clark of Spokane, 51-49 in the opening round of the 4A State Tournament March 3 in the Tacoma Dome

Issaquah, 22-4, plays Lake Stevens March 4 in the quarterfinals at 3:30 p.m. Lake Stevens defeated Rogers of Puyallup 52-48.

Maddey Pflaumer capped a fourth-quarter comeback for Issaquah when she hit two free throws with six seconds left to put the Eagles into the lead.

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Swedish ER nurse dies during relief mission to Haiti

March 3, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. March 3, 2010

A Swedish/Issaquah emergency room nurse died Monday during a medical relief mission to Haiti.

Matthew Bouthillier, of Renton, suffered a heart attack in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, during a volunteer mission with Medical Teams International, a Portland nonprofit with offices in Redmond.

“We are shocked and saddened beyond words at this enormous loss,” Medical Teams International President Bas Vanderzalm said in a statement released Tuesday. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Matt’s wife, Melissa, and his family, as well as our team in Haiti.”

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Richard (Dick) Walimaki

March 2, 2010

Richard Walimaki

Richard (Dick) Walimaki, of Issaquah, died at Private Nursing Care Inc. on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010. He was 79. Read more

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