Eagle named to Swedish national lacrosse team

February 2, 2010

Kevin Powers, a midfielder on the Issaquah High School lacrosse club, battles against a Skyline player in a game last spring. By David West

Kevin Powers has always been proud of his Swedish heritage. This summer, the Issaquah High School junior will show his pride as a member of the Swedish national men’s lacrosse team.

Powers qualified for the team because he was born in Sweden and spent the first five years of his life as a resident of the Scandinavian country.

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Liberty takes KingCo Crest title with wins over Issaquah, Skyline

February 2, 2010

Hamilton Noel, of Liberty (top), grimaces while pushing Issaquah’s Sean Novak down to the mat during their 145-pound bout, which Noel won by a pin. By Greg Farrar

Liberty, Issaquah and Skyline high school wrestling teams finished off the regular season Jan. 28 in a dual meet that featured the three schools as well as Mount Si.

Liberty defeated Issaquah 41-30, and also defeated Skyline 46-26. With these victories, the Patriots finished their regular season undefeated and took the 3A/4A KingCo Crest title.

“These guys have worked hard for it,” Liberty head coach Manny Brown said about Liberty’s seniors and their quest to win the division. “They’ve put the time in the last four years.”

Also at the meet, Skyline and Issaquah defeated Mount Si by scores of 45-33 and 48-33, respectively.

The match between Issaquah and Liberty kept those in attendance on the edges of their seats, as the Patriots had not beaten Issaquah in several years. Brown also used to be an assistant coach at Issaquah. Read more

Man steals pricey bike from downtown shop

February 2, 2010

A man stole a bike worth more than $10,000 from a downtown Issaquah bicycle shop Jan. 29, and then flashed a handgun when a store employee tried to stop him. Read more

Patriots top Spartan swimmers

February 2, 2010

Jarrett Brown, of Liberty, swims in the 500-yard freestyle race against Skyline Jan. 26 at Julius Boehm Pool. By Christopher Huber

Going into the Jan. 26 meet with Skyline High School, Liberty standout Logan Briggs needed just one more stellar performance to qualify for all eight individual events at state.

He knew he could win the 100-yard butterfly — he had previously swum it as fast as 56.23 seconds. The problem was, he had run up a mountain over the weekend during a workout. He was a bit sore and not quite sure what to expect in terms of hitting the state mark, he said. Read more

Highlands’ future is focus of meeting

February 2, 2010

Judd Kirk returns to answer questions

Judd Kirk

Port Blakely Communities executives will re-engage Issaquah Highlands residents, as the developer works to answer questions about the community’s future.

The outreach follows a busy year for the highlands developer, when officials broke ground on large-scale projects in the community, and residents grumbled about the highlands’ lack of retail offerings.

Judd Kirk — a Port Blakely senior vice president, the chief real estate strategist and a key player in establishing the vision for the highlands — spearheaded the outreach effort.

Kirk and René Ancinas, the president and chief operating officer of parent company Port Blakely Companies, assumed responsibilities for the highlands after former Port Blakely President Alan Boeker resigned Jan. 15. Read more

Road to recovery ends with beauty school honors

February 2, 2010

Makenna Converse (right) works some hairstyling artistry with a curling iron and hairspray for fellow student Catrina Hull at Evergreen Beauty College in Bellevue. By Greg Farrar

Two years ago, Makenna Converse was 16, living on her own after being asked to leave home because she was expelled from school and addicted to alcohol.

“My parents went through a rough divorce,” the now sober 17-year-old said. “I didn’t know how to handle it, so I started getting myself into trouble. I’d drink and do other things to myself to make it go away.” Read more

Community calendar

February 2, 2010

Events

Bunny beauties The public is invited to the Eastside Rabbits and Cavies 4-H Club’s annual “Cupid’s Critters” rabbit and guinea pig show from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Feb. 7 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W. A raffle and costume contest will be held at noon. Concessions will also be available. Call 221-5802. File

A family bird walk, sponsored by the Eastside Chapter of the Audubon Society, is from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Feb. 6 at Lake Sammamish State Park. Children can also make a pinecone bird feeder and learn about wintering birds at a family activity at Lewis Creek Park.

Sponge invites families to a free cultural event celebrating the Chinese Lantern Festival from 10 a.m. – noon, Feb. 6 at its Issaquah campus, 375 N.W. Gilman Blvd. The festival features an array of arts and crafts projects, including a chance for kids to make and decorate their own paper lanterns, and an opportunity for families to sample dumplings. In addition, native-speaking teachers from Sponge will offer New Year-themed mini language classes in Mandarin, Spanish, French and Japanese.

The public is invited to a Trout Unlimited meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Issaquah Brew House, 35 W. Sunset Way. Hans Berge, King County Fisheries biologist, will give a presentation about the results and findings of the 2009 Kokanee Tagging Project. He will also talk about upcoming efforts to perpetuate the unique, wild, native Lake Sammamish Kokanee winter run. A prize drawing will be held for those who volunteer to count returning fry in Lewis and Ebright Creeks. Read more

Pirates, wizards help students read

February 2, 2010

Maria Murray, a fifth-grade teacher, reads the book ‘How I Became a Pirate,’ to students and their families in the Pirate’s Den reading room. By Chantelle Lusebrink

Teachers dressed as pirates and wizards — what more could a student ask for?

Families gathered for a night of reading fun at Clark Elementary School’s first Literacy Night Jan. 25.

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City seeks bids for I-90 Undercrossing

February 2, 2010

The city is accepting construction bids for the Interstate 90 Undercrossing, a long-planned connector from Northwest Gilman Boulevard to Southeast 56th Street. Read more

City works to protect salmon habitat

February 2, 2010

By Dona Mokin

The city will prevent development along a sliver of Issaquah Creek in the Sycamore neighborhood as part of a broader plan to restore salmon habitat in a municipal park.

Officials said the Squak Valley Park North restoration project — set to begin this summer — will improve the creek as workers restore habitat and reconnect the waterway to the historic floodplain.

But the plan also heightened flooding concerns for a nearby resident.

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