Better living hits the airwaves

March 23, 2010

Local radio show focuses on holistic health

Program guest and author David Spangler (left) chats during a radio commercial break with ‘Healthy You!’ host, Issaquah resident and Fern Life Center manager Keesha Ewers, during her weekly show in the KKNW 1150AM studio at Factoria. By Greg Farrar

To those who know Keesha Ewers and the Fern Life Clinic she manages here in Issaquah, it comes as no surprise that her “Healthy You!” radio show has just become nationally syndicated.

“There is a thirst for knowledge,” said Donna Frindt, the show’s communications and development manager. “With the current health issues and reform debate, people want a place they can go for important medical information.”

Ewers’ goal is to help listeners help themselves by showing them how not to be dependent on current medical practices, but rather to have an open mind when deciding on the best medical treatment.

She said she does this by interacting with her audience during the show and by answering their often unanswered medical questions.

“People are tired of 10-minute physician appointments and of insurance companies dictating when you can get health care,” Ewers said. “People want good information that they can understand. They are starving for that.”

To help with this effort, Ewers said she strives to bring in people from all fields that pertain to health. She has brought in everyone including psychotherapists, neuroscientists and even financial advisors. Read more

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Stop toilet leaks

March 23, 2010

To keep a vital natural resource from going down the drain, conservation officials mailed leak-detection kits last week to every single-family residence in Issaquah. Read more

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Meet exchange students

March 23, 2010

Say YES to Morocco

By Rachel Osgood

Katie Cohen, a sophomore at Issaquah High School, recently returned from a semester abroad in Rabat, Morocco. Through the program Youth Exchange and Study, Cohen stayed with a host family and attended a Moroccan school.

“Morocco was one of the three countries the YES program offered, and it interested me because they spoke both French and Arabic,” Cohen said, “I attended a French-speaking school, which used the French system. There are two-hour lectures and then tests, no movies or worksheets like in American schools.”

Cohen discovered that education wasn’t the only cultural difference. Read more

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Community Calendar

March 23, 2010


Scrambling for eggs The Sammamish Family YMCA Eggstravaganza is from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. April 3. There will be carnival games, face painting, inflatable obstacle courses and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. The YMCA is located at 4221 228th Ave. S.E. Call 391-4840. Contributed

Issaquah Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours meets for networking from 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 24 at University House Issaquah, 22975 S.E. Black Nugget Road. $10 for members with advanced registration; $15 at the door. Call 392-7024.

Comedian Drew Carey will be the keynote speaker at the fifth annual Celebration of Youth Luncheon to support Friends of Youth, from noon – 1:15 p.m. March 25 at the Bellevue Hyatt Hotel. Go to

Scottish Ceilidh Dancing from 7-9 p.m. March 25 at the Issaquah Valley Senior Center, 75 N.E. Creek Way. Free.

Country Creation Home & Gift Show, featuring more than 85 crafters selling a variety of handcrafted items, is from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. March 26-27 and from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. March 27 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W. Admission is free. Call 413-1004.

The 19th Annual Gilman Village Easter Festival & Egg Hunt is 10 a.m. April 3 at 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd. There will be music, balloons, face painting and more than 10,000 eggs. And don’t forget to bring a camera to get a photo with the Easter Bunny. Call 392-6802.

PCC Natural Markets’ annual Egg Scramble, for ages 8 and younger, is at 9 a.m. March 27 at 1810 12th Ave. N.W. Bring your own basket and hunt for prize-filled eggs, snap a photo with the Easter Bunny and win special prizes. Call 369-1222 or go to Read more

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Student’s essay wins Optimist Club of Issaquah contest

March 23, 2010

Issaquah High School’s Matthew Hertogs, 17, has been selected as the winner in the Optimist Club of Issaquah’s essay contest. Read more

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Eagles start baseball season with 6-2 win over Highlanders

March 23, 2010

Grant Gellatly, Issaquah senior shortstop, rounds second base to third on a fifth-inning single by Devin O’Donnell. Both then scored against Hazen on a two-out RBI double by senior pitcher Shane Yarnell. By Greg Farra

After three hitless innings by both teams to start the game, the Issaquah High School baseball team rallied to defeat Hazen 6-2 at home March 17 to start the season.

Issaquah’s offense caught fire in the bottom of the fourth inning, and the rally began with Marcus Gaan being hit by a pitch followed by a run-scoring double by Spencer Rogers. Next, Devin O’Donnell was walked, and Shane Yarnell drove O’Donnell in with a double.

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Bid awarded, construction to begin on I-90 undercrossing

March 23, 2010

Construction should start by late April on the long-planned Interstate 90 Undercrossing, a north-south connector meant to alleviate traffic on Front Street and state Route 900.

City Public Works Engineering Director Bob Brock said work should last about five months. The roadway should open to vehicles by the end of the year.

City Council members awarded a $1.46 million construction contract last week to complete the roadway. The council passed the measure in a unanimous vote without discussion. The particulars associated with undercrossing construction had been addressed in earlier meetings, including meetings late last year where officials discussed trees and wetlands damaged by construction.

A man walks on the East Lake Sammamish Trail at the Interstate 90 overpass, where the long-planned Interstate 90 north-south undercrossing connector will be. By Greg Farrar

The undercrossing will connect Northwest Gilman Boulevard to Southeast 56th Street via a two-lane roadway built from the traffic signal at the post office.

The city counts on the undercrossing to remove about 2,000 to 4,000 cars from Northwest Gilman Boulevard and 3,000 to 6,000 cars from Front Street North each day. Gilman Boulevard handles 29,000 cars per day; Front Street handles 49,000, city figures show. Read more

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Comp Plan changes favor electric cars

March 23, 2010

Officials could ease rules to allow more charging stations for electric vehicles in Issaquah, as the City Council considers the latest updates to the long-term growth blueprint. Read more

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Patriots kick off title defense with pair of wins

March 23, 2010

Prep Roundup

By Tim Pfarr Ryan Maio, Liberty junior, dives into third base with an RBI-triple March 17 as the ball escapes from Juanita junior third baseman Chris Foss.

The Liberty High School Patriots began defense of their 3A/2A KingCo Conference title last week with two victories against the Juanita Rebels.

The Patriots won at Juanita 6-2 March 17 and beat the Rebels 10-9 March 19 at Liberty.

In the March 19 game, Liberty scored three times in the bottom of the sixth inning to overcome the Rebels. Jason Hubbard, Ryan Maio and John McLeod each had two hits for Liberty.

In the March 17 game, Hubbard drove in three runs and McLeod had three hits. Liberty scored four times in the top of the fourth inning to take a commanding lead. Cameron Talley had two hits for Liberty. Connor Sjolander was the winning pitcher. Read more

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City gets conservation grants

March 23, 2010

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

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