Regence warns of vitamin coverage scams

May 18, 2010

Regence members in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Utah report they are seeing claims for services not received on their explanation of benefits.

The claims were filed on behalf of companies that sell nutritional supplements.

The members bought products from companies whose ads state: “Learn how you can get your nutritional supplements reimbursed up to 100 percent through your insurance provider.”

Regence issued a nationwide alert to all Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in April, after an investigation showed that parties filing for reimbursement were submitting fraudulent claims from providers involved in the scheme.

The fraudulent claims are coded for legitimate covered services, such as consultations, lab and X-ray, which members did not receive.

In addition, the supplement companies essentially advised consumers to disregard any notes on their health plan’s explanation of benefits about coding for services, alleging the health plan is attempting to pay less for the services.

The alert affects the more than one million Washingtonians served by Regence and 100 million people nationally who are members of a Blue Cross Blue Shield health plan.

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Skyline boys take 4A KingCo title

May 18, 2010

Issaquah falls back to fifth place, Liberty second in 3A meet

Kasen Williams, Skyline junior, hits the sand on this triple jump at 49 feet, 3.75 inches to win the 4A KingCo championship May 14 at Eastlake High School. By Greg Farrar

The Skyline boys track team is 2010 KingCo 4A champs after scoring 127 points in the league meet May 12 and 14 at Eastlake High School. The Issaquah boys placed fifth overall with 63.5 points.

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Eagles flight path to playoffs halted by Wolves, 8-0

May 18, 2010

The Issaquah Eagles had high hopes going into the KingCo playoffs. In its final six games, the team had gone 4-0-2 and, despite lacking standout players Lucas Morais and Quinn Grisham, seemed ready to take on Eastlake for the third-place game May 11.

But the Eastlake Wolves, which had won three straight, hit the field running and won 3-0 at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.

The win put Eastlake in third place in the KingCo 4A rankings and ended Issaquah’s season.

“They did a great job rising to the occasion, and putting together a nice season,” Issaquah head coach Jason Lichtenberger said. “We went down fighting.”

Although they showed some resilience in the second half, the Eagles struggled out of the gate. Eastlake’s Renato Bandeira scored the first goal of the game in the fifth minute and helped the Wolves control the tempo and poke holes in the Issaquah defense.

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Longshot Spartans win their way into regional showdown with Kentwood

May 18, 2010

Chris Tamminen always believed his Skyline High School baseball team had a chance at reaching the 4A state regionals.

But other than Tamminen and his players, there probably weren’t many people who liked the Spartans’ chances when the team entered the 4A KingCo Conference tournament May 8 at Woodinville High School.

After all, how many people would bet on a 9-11 team?

The longshots from Skyline became one of the season’s big surprises. The Spartans won three of four games in the KingCo tournament, and then walloped Evergreen, of Vancouver, 8-0 in a bidistrict game May 15 to earn a regional berth.

Skyline plays Kentwood at 1 p.m. May 22 in a first-round game at Everett Field. Central Kitsap plays Mountlake Terrace in the other first-round contest. The winners play at 4 p.m. for a berth in the 4A state semifinals.

“I always felt like we had a chance,” Tamminen said. “The kids always believed.”

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Newcastle Elementary PTSA hosts unique student fundraisers

May 18, 2010

Rory Brown, a Newcastle Elementary School fourth-grader (front), prepares to send a ball down the lane at the PTSA social at Lucky Strike in Bellevue April 25. Meanwhile, from left, Newcastle fourth-graders Adam Morrison, Mason Vold and Shaan Luthra, and second-graders Drew Blik and Ryker Vold strike a pose for the camera. By Tim Pfarr

The Newcastle Elementary School PTSA hosted two unique, back-to-back fundraisers the weekend of April 24 and 25 — a recycling drive at Lake Boren Park and a social at the Lucky Strike bowling alley at Lincoln Square in Bellevue. Read more

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Early goal not enough, Spartans lose 4-1 to Garfield

May 18, 2010

Travis Strawn, Skyline’s junior midfielder, pulled off a stunning shot less than eight minutes into the KingCo 4A title game against Garfield. The goal left the Bulldogs wondering how their tight defense let it in and sent Skyline players joyously leaping into the air.

Strawn nailed the ball into the right side of the Garfield net after teammate Braxton Griffin’s header deflected a Mitchell Kim throw in from the left sideline. It put the Spartans up 1-0 early on, but in the end Garfield proved to be a bit stronger on both sides of the ball.

Thanks to two penalty kicks (a rarity) and two late goals, Garfield won 4-1 to take the KingCo 4A soccer championship May 11 at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.

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Gold Stars

May 18, 2010

Girl Scout Troop 50614

Girls from Girl Scout Troop 50614 from Sunny Hills Elementary School served dinner to residents of Tent City 4 prior to their departure.

The girls served up barbecued pulled pork, baked potatoes and other homemade goodies. The girls also donated several staple items, like butter, cheese sticks and yogurt, and a special box of Girl Scout cookies.

Katie Raissipour and Jessi Wanamaker

Katie Raissipour and Jessi Wanamaker, two freshman at the Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus, showed support for others by participating in this year’s Day of Silence April 16.

The two made short-sleeved shirts to show their support and sported them around campus.

The Day of Silence is a national day promoting tolerance for and recognizing the equality of students who have various sexual orientations. The day focuses on ending lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools.

Discovery fourth-graders

Discovery Elementary School fourth-graders won the state’s Disney Planet Challenge on April 20.

Students in Tasha Kirby’s fourth-grade class won the state’s competition, which asked them to submit a portfolio about local killdeer preservation. For their efforts, students received certificates and a $1,000 grant.

Gold Stars highlights accomplishments — big or small — by Issaquah students. Send a few sentences and the student’s name, age, grade, school, good deed and a photograph, if possible, to

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Youth board seeks members

May 18, 2010

The Issaquah Youth Advisory Board is accepting applications from fifth- through 11th-grade students.

The board helps plan student events, joins discussions and lectures about city policies, as well as state and national politics and initiatives on teen issues.

Home-schooled and private school students are also representatives on the board.

Applications are due May 28; board members will serve during the next school year. Apply here.

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Love and learning

May 18, 2010

The word love should not exist. Love is a misnomer. It is a word used to describe a feeling for which there is no spoken translation.

Hall Monitor Jack Apman Issaquah High School

At age 16, I found my soul mate. We have been together for nearly a year and a half at the time of this writing.

I remember the night we professed our love for each other. I remember telling her that words could no longer express the intensity with which my heart’s flame burned for her. I remember telling her that love was the only explanation. At the time, all that I had said had made sense. I was overwhelmed by a feeling of contentedness.

As we grew closer, my feelings for her began to change. I realized that I was slowly falling out of love with the girl of my dreams. I was falling out of love with the girl I would give my life for. I was at a loss for words. I was at a loss for thoughts. I was lost.

I knew that my feelings for her were stronger than ever. I also knew that it didn’t feel like love anymore. I was experiencing psychological torment the likes of which I cannot express.

On the brink of mental collapse, my heart spoke to me. It spoke with a fluency that only a heart could. I had learned. I gazed into my soul mate’s eyes and told her that I no longer loved her. I told her that to love her was to limit myself. To love her was to cheat her out of the feelings that I had for her in my heart, the feelings that were so much more than love.

I told her this and she smiled. Nothing needed to be said. Nothing could be said. We sat in silence, overwhelmed by the feeling of contentedness yet again.

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Sounds of silence

May 18, 2010

Music store to close its doors for good in June

Barry Reisman is about to see his business go the way of the buggy whip.

Just as the advent of the car negated the need of buggy whips for horse-powered carriages, technology is making the need for a physical copy of music to listen to it obsolete.

Reisman owns Soundsations, one of the few remaining used-record stores on the Eastside. Come the end of June, Soundsations closes shop.

“People just don’t buy used music any more,” Reisman said. “It’s all downloaded now.”

Reisman and his wife, Sandra, opened Soundsations in Los Angeles in 1978. They moved back to Issaquah, where she grew up, in 1991, opening next to Denny’s restaurant before settling in its current location in the Commons Shopping Center in 1995.

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