Committee sticks with same math curriculum recommendation

February 16, 2010

The Issaquah School District’s Instructional Materials Committee voted Feb. 11 to recommend school board members purchase the Discovering Mathematics textbooks to replace its aging textbooks. Read more

Issaquah woman wins $170,000 lottery jackpot

February 16, 2010

Teresita Clark

Issaquah resident Teresita Clark hit it big — $170,000 big — in the state lottery Jan. 30.

Clark, a transplant to Issaquah from the Philippines, said she plans to use the windfall to help relatives pay for college educations. Before the lotto win, Clark, a bookkeeper, helped pay for three relatives’ educations and helped support relatives in her native land for years.

“The way I see it, is if you’ve got something, you give something in return,” she said in a lottery press release. Read more

State fire fatalities up 31 percent in 2009

February 16, 2010

In 2009, fire agencies reported 59 fire fatalities to the Office of the State Fire Marshal, representing an increase of 31 percent compared to the previous year.

The fire death rate is estimated at 8.8 per million population in Washington state. According to the latest available national statistics (2006 figures), the United States rate is 13.2 fire deaths per million population — Washington ranked 20th lowest in the nation.

December 2009 was the deadliest month since fire fatality reporting became a requirement in 1999, with 19 fire deaths being reported.

The leading known preventable fire causes in 2009 were smoking, representing approximately 17 percent, and electrical appliances or distribution, accounting for nearly 14 percent.

State Fire Marshal Mike Matlick encourages Washington state residents to protect themselves and their loved ones from the devastation of fire by taking steps to eliminate hazards.

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Health & Safety Fair comes to Issaquah on March 13

February 16, 2010

Attendees at last year’s Health & Safety Fair ask questions about eye care and prescription lenses. File

The sixth annual Issaquah/Sammamish Health & Safety Fair will be from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. March 13 at Pickering Barn. Vendor space for health care professionals is still available.

Free health screenings will be offered for blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, blood typing, posture and intra-oral cancer. Free chair massages and Chinese pulse diagnosis will also be available. Read more

Business leader asks lawmakers to stimulate economic growth

February 16, 2010

A state business leader said the economic recovery is fragile, and said lawmakers in Olympia must find ways to bolster the recovery. Association of Washington Business President Don Brunell delivered the remarks to the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce at a Jan. 21 luncheon. Read more

City officials mull change to Klahanie annexation area

February 16, 2010

Klahanie residents asked the City Council to reconsider a still-nascent proposal to redraw a key growth map, as Issaquah officials consider annual changes to the city growth plan. Read more

Issaquah wins Crest division

February 16, 2010

Girls Basketball Roundup

The Issaquah High School girls basketball team has weathered all kinds of storms this season. There have been the issues of lack of size, youth and no home court. Read more

Diabetic takes on triathlons, inspires community

February 16, 2010

Bobby Heyer (right) races the cycling portion of an Ironman race team ride with one of his Team Type 1 teammates, Matt Vogel. Contributed

Bobby Heyer, a four-time Ironman-finisher and avid triathlete, is training to complete his fifth Ironman in Brazil in April. But apart from the physical task of finishing five Ironman triathlons, Heyer continually fights to overcome a separate challenge of its own: He is a type 1 diabetic.

Heyer, an Issaquah resident and member of the Team Type 1 triathlon team, kicked off two separate American Diabetes Association walks in October. The first was in Seattle’s Seward Park, followed by one in Tacoma. His message to diabetics was simple: “You’re never going to be perfect, but there’s no reason you can’t do anything that anybody else is doing.”

Type 1 diabetes is a form of the disease in which the body does not produce insulin, a hormone that moves blood sugar from the bloodstream into blood cells, causing the body to attack itself; it differs from Type 2 diabetes, in which insulin in the body is less efficient at moving sugar out of the blood cells, resulting in high blood sugar.

Heyer was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 15. He was a freshman in high school who at the time was actively involved in football, wrestling, skiing and track. Although he considers himself unique in that he already had such a broad athletic background, he held on to one philosophy that kept him from slowing down:

“At some point, you just have to own it.”

Referring to his condition, Heyer said he never truly “owned it” until his freshman year in college, when he decided that taking care of his body was the most important thing to focus on.

It was not too long after college that Heyer got into his favorite sport, cycling, as he joined a couple friends in completing the STP, a 200-mile bike tour from Seattle to Portland, Ore., in one day.

“That was when I truly got into endurance sports,” he said.

And after nine years, he has accomplished physical tasks that very few, let alone those with Type 1 diabetes, could dream of accomplishing. And as he has continued his pursuit of personal physical accomplishment, his passion for diabetes awareness has spread to the community.

Heyer is involved with Team Type 1, a cycling and triathlon team designed to raise awareness about people living with diabetes. The team was founded by friends and fellow diagnosed Type 1 diabetics Joe Eldridge and Phil Southerland.

Heyer got involved with the team in 2005, when he raced with Eldridge and Southerland in the Race Across America, a team-cycling race from Oceanside, Calif., to Atlantic City, N.J.

“I didn’t think we’d be that good, but we ended up taking first in our division and second overall, and set a record,” Heyer said.

The three of them, and eight other cyclists, came back to take first overall in the RAAM that next year. Heyer noted that by that point he felt as though Team Type 1 was really beginning to get its message about diabetes out to the community.

It seemed at the ADA Walk as though the message Heyer and Team Type 1 are preaching has continued to spread, at least to Gary Pruitt, a representative of Univar, one of the ADA Walk’s corporate sponsors.

“You (the community) are the real heroes for putting this all together. Every step brings ADA closer to a cure for diabetes,” Pruitt said in a speech right before the event began.

Nearing age 45, Heyer is still planning on deepening his career as a triathlete. His ultimate goal is to qualify for the Kona-Ironman-World-Championship in Hawaii; his next chance will be at the Ironman in Brazil next year.

“It certainly won’t define who I am, but I think I can do it,” he said.

Heyer mentioned that the Brazil event will be unaffiliated with Team Type 1, but he plans to continue to live his life with the goal of spreading community awareness as well as inspiring other diabetics.

“You don’t have to do an Ironman,” he said. “Just take care of yourself and live your best life.”

Jeff Lehman is a former student in the University of Washington Department of Communication News Laboratory. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

Patriots sending six to state tourney, Skyline grappler wins regional title

February 16, 2010

Brandon Studer, of Liberty, shown beating Tyler Volk of Issaquah Jan. 28, captured the 171-pound Class 3A Region I Tournament title Feb. 13 with two pins and a 7-0 decision in his three matches. By Greg Farrar

Liberty High School’s wrestling team will send six competitors, including three regional champions, to the Mat Classic XXII state tournament Feb. 19-20 in the Tacoma Dome.

The six Patriots qualified for the state tournament after strong performances at the Class 3A Region I Tournament Feb. 13 at Liberty.

Wright Noel won the 140-pound regional title with a 6-1 decision against Eastside Catholic’s Jake Cowin. Noel began the tournament with two easy wins. He defeated Rico Munoz, of Chief Sealth, 18-1 in the first round and downed David Kahn, of Ingraham, 16-1 in the semifinals.

Hamilton Noel took the 145-pound class with a victory against Ingraham’s Michael Tran, who had to forfeit the final because of an injury. Hamilton dominated Weber Coryell, of Bainbridge, 15-0 in the first round and pinned Michael Przystupa, of Juanita, in 4:37 in the semifinals.

Brandon Studer captured the 171-pound title with a 7-0 decision against Juanita’s Logan McCallum. Studer pinned his first two opponents en route to the finals. He pinned Zachary Broten, of West Seattle, in 37 seconds in the opening round, and pinned Cole Johnson, of Mercer Island, in 2:14 in the semifinals. Read more

Mary Sue Nanthrup

February 16, 2010

Mary Sue Nanthrup died in Issaquah on Feb. 6, 2010. She was 73. Read more

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