New director takes helm at Issaquah Valley Senior Center

January 13, 2010

Courtney Jaren, new Issaquah Valley Senior Center executive director, stands before a twice-weekly exercise class at the social center. — Photo by Greg Farrar

UPDATED — 2:06 p.m. Jan. 13, 2010

Only one day on the job, and Courtney Jaren is busy meeting patrons and making plans at the Issaquah Valley Senior Center.

“We’d like to put out an all-call for volunteers,” she said, of her first order of business. “We want people in the community to come volunteer with us particularly our schools, Rotary or Eagles groups.

“We want to open ourselves up to new generations and embrace the entire community.”

Jaren is the new executive director for the center. Her first day was Tuesday and she succeeds Janice Koriath, who left the position at the end October. Meet Jaren at a meet-and-greet event today at 2 p.m.

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Newcastle City Council fires city manager, cuts more than $1 million from budget

January 13, 2010

NEW — 12:22 a.m. Jan. 13, 2010

At a special Newcastle City Council meeting Tuesday night, the council voted 6-1 to terminate City Manager John Starbard’s contract, effective immediately.

The council appointed Rob Wyman, a former community development director for the city, to take over as interim city manager for the next six months.

During the four-hour meeting, the council also cut more than $1 million of expenses from its 2010 budget. Of those cuts, more than $800,000 was cut from the 2010 capital budget. Newcastle is located within the Issaquah School District.

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Klahanie pushes county to consider park proposal

January 12, 2010

Klahanie residents asked King County officials last week to slow the proposed Klahanie Park transfer to Sammamish until the homeowners association can assemble a proposal to take on the park.

But the cash-strapped county hopes to complete a transfer before money runs out — possibly within the next few months — to keep the 64-acre park open.

The park and Klahanie, bordered by Sammamish and Issaquah, is in unincorporated King County. The former county executive proposed closing Klahanie Park and 38 others in unincorporated areas in August to help the county close a yawning budget gap.

Sammamish then offered to acquire the park and adjacent Issaquah School District land, despite protests from Klahanie residents. Neighborhood residents, however, failed to submit a proposal to take over the park — something residents blamed on poor communication between county officials and the homeowners association.

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Great Waves look to crash music scene

January 12, 2010

The Great Waves are (from left) Will Holmes, Ryan Sprute, Ashley Bullock and Paul Beeman. Contributed

The Great Waves are (from left) Will Holmes, Ryan Sprute, Ashley Bullock and Paul Beeman. Contributed

Skyline grads take year off from college to record first EP, ‘Blue Blood’

Until her junior year in high school, Ashley Bullock, a 2007 Skyline High School graduate, wasn’t really into music.

She was a bit shy and was more interested in having intellectual conversations and debates with friends, said her father Ed Bullock.

But when she sang for her boyfriend Paul Beeman and his band, The Matirns, during a tryout in their practice garage, they made her their lead singer.

Now called the Great Waves, the Sammamish-based band released its first EP “Blue Blood” on Dec. 2.

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Public meetings

January 12, 2010

Public Meetings

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Small morning fire damages Front Street business

January 12, 2010

A small fire charred the inside of El Abuelo, 147 Front St. N., a small Mexican grocery and convenience store, just before 3 a.m. Jan. 11. Read more

Bob Blackburn, longtime voice of the SuperSonics, dies

January 12, 2010

Issaquah resident Bob Blackburn was the announcer for the Seattle SuperSonics. By Greg Farrar

Issaquah resident Bob Blackburn was the announcer for the Seattle SuperSonics. By Greg Farrar

Long before he was the Voice of the Seattle SuperSonics, Bob Blackburn was the voice for many people in the Vancouver-Portland area.

The Voice will be missed.

Blackburn, 85, died Jan. 8 of pneumonia. The Issaquah resident left a great legacy as a sportscaster. He spent 60 years on the air, calling more than 7,000 sports events, including 2,359 National Basketball Association games.

He is survived by wife Pat, six children, 19 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A private memorial service will be held Jan. 23. The family will hold a public service at 3 p.m. Jan. 24 at First University Methodist Church in Bellevue. Read more

Lift-off from the lake

January 12, 2010

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Lift-off from the lake Canada geese become airborne after a running start on a recent clear, cold morning at Lake Sammamish State Park. by Greg Farrar

Youth’s legacy lives on in foundation’s free classes

January 12, 2010

David Pettigrew, an avid outdoorsman, died in 2005 in a snowboarding accident, but his legacy continues on in free safety classes provided by a foundation started by his parents, Marna and Edward Pettigrew, of Issaquah.thedavidpettigrewmemorialfoundation.com

David Pettigrew, an avid outdoorsman, died in 2005 in a snowboarding accident, but his legacy continues on in free safety classes provided by a foundation started by his parents, Marna and Edward Pettigrew, of Issaquah.thedavidpettigrewmemorialfoundation.com

In 2005, Marna and Edward Pettigrew lost their son David to a snow boarding accident. Since then, the Issaquah couple has been turning their personal tragedy into a teachable moment for the greater community in the sports he loved most.

An avid outdoorsman who was into flyfishing, skiing, snowboarding and golfing, David died in a snowboarding accident at Alpental Ski Resort.

“Through the help of his friends and siblings, we established a foundation in his memory,” Marna Pettigrew said.

Not a year after his death, his friends hosted a golf tournament in his honor. A nonprofit organization soon followed in 2007.

The David Pettigrew Memorial Foundation provides skiers and snowboarders with free training and education, rescue equipment and knowledgeable instructors. The foundation has donated tracker beacons and accompanying safety backpacks to local ski patrols, and granted scholarships to local ski patrollers to attend the Association of Professional Patrollers Workshop and the International Snow Science Workshop. Read more

Swedish Medical Center seeks oldest Swedish baby

January 12, 2010

The Swedish Medical Center is seeking the oldest baby born at its hospital. Read more

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