Nick Price’s 33 not enough, Eagles lose 78-72 in overtime

December 21, 2010

Nick Price, Issaquah junior guard, puts up a shot Dec. 17 looking for two of his 33 points against Eastlake. By Christopher Huber

After Issaquah High School guard Nick Price scored a game-high 33 points against the Eastlake Wolves Dec. 17, the Eagles should have won. Read more

Teen Talk

December 21, 2010

What’s your favorite holiday movie and why?

Eastside Catholic High School

“Hmm. I’d say my favorite holiday movie is ‘A Christmas Story.’ It’s such a classic; my family and I watch it every year together for hours on end. I never get tired of it! It also brings back really good memories of when I was young. After watching this movie, I tried to convince my parents that MY tongue wouldn’t stick on metal, but it wasn’t snowing, so my parents said it would just be disgusting.”

Tessie LaMourea, senior

“Every Thanksgiving, my family and I always fight for the wishbone. We do ‘rock, paper, scissors’ to narrow it down to two people and then the two crack the wishbone.”

Joseph Cote, junior

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King County Council calls for Twitter oversight

December 21, 2010

King County agencies use Twitter to alert residents to bus delays, election results and inclement weather, but the embrace of the micro-blogging service has raised questions about public records.

County Council members adopted legislation Dec. 13 to provide guidance on the use of Twitter, Facebook and other social media tools by county agencies. Read more

Arts Calendar

December 21, 2010

DECEMBER

22nd

Village Theatre presents “Anne of Green Gables” through Jan. 2, Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, $20 – $60, 392-2202 or www.villagetheatre.org for show times

23rd

Violinist Geoffrey Castle, 7:45-10 p.m., Bake’s Place, $20

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City rolls out updated permitting system

December 21, 2010

The city Building Department has installed a system to streamline the permitting process.

The department transitioned to the system, called TRAKit, Dec. 15. The system allows city employees to respond to customer requests on a timelier basis.

TRAKit is connected to mybuildingpermit.com and allows both systems to seamlessly share information. Officials said the process should make viewing and requesting permits and inspections easier and more convenient.

Mentors receive $100,000 in grants from Issaquah nonprofit

December 21, 2010

Washington State Mentors is helping at-risk youths by helping those who mentor them.

The Issaquah-based nonprofit organization gave $100,000 to 17 mentoring organizations. The grants were made possible by a federal grant to Washington State Mentors from the U.S. Department of Justice, with assistance from the offices of U.S. Reps. Jim McDermott and Jay Inslee and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray. Read more

The Hot List

December 21, 2010

Movie: ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader’

For Narnia and for Aslan! The long awaited Chronicles of Narnia sequel, “Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” is finally here. Edmund and Lucy Pevensie journey back to Narnia, this time dragging their cousin Eustace along. Upon arrival, they rendezvous with Prince Caspian on his royal ship, the Dawn Treader, and embark on another adventurous journey. While aboard, they encounter a whole host of fantastical creatures as they sail toward the edge of the earth. Read more

Issaquah swimmers soak Skyline, Bothell

December 21, 2010

Willy Matsuda, Issaquah High School sophomore, swims the 100-yard butterfly against Skyline and Bothell Dec. 16 in a state-qualifying time of 54.85 seconds. By Greg Farrar

Issaquah High School boys swimming coach Laura Halter doesn’t want her swimmers to get bored racing the same event meet after meet, especially early in the season. So, Halter mixed up the lineup a bit Dec. 16 and as a result, the Eagles beat two teams at the Julius Boehm Pool.

Issaquah defeated rival Skyline 103-74 and Bothell 135-39 in the 4A KingCo Conference meet.

Issaquah and Skyline were scheduled to compete against each other earlier this month, but the meet was postponed because neither team was prepared since the snowstorm in late November had wiped out a week of practices.

Issaquah already had Bothell, which has a small squad this year, on the schedule and invited Skyline to make it a three-team event.

Issaquah swimmers were ready for a big meet.

“When it’s Skyline, everyone wants to step up,” Halter said. “The team really did.”

Halter made a few alterations in the lineup.

“Early in the season, I want to make sure our swimmers, especially the more experienced ones, swim a variety of events,” Halter said. “I wanted to mix it up a little bit. It worked out pretty well. What was fun was all our boys swam so well.”

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Governor appoints former candidate to state post

December 21, 2010

Suzan DelBene lost the race to unseat the Issaquah representative, Congressman Dave Reichert, in November, but the Microsoft alumna has been appointed to a political post in Olympia instead of the other Washington.

Gov. Chris Gregoire has appointed DelBene as director of the state Department of Revenue, the agency responsible for tax collection.

DelBene has been tapped to lead the department as Gregoire seeks to simplify the tax system. Read more

How to re-gift

December 21, 2010

Iman Baghai

So, Aunt Georgiana gave you another present that made you wince. Don’t worry. If you are a novice re-gifter, here are several ways you can get rid of that 2002 version of “Madden,” that Backstreet Boys’ album or hideous sweater.

Give the gift to the homeless or a foster child. The Issaquah Food Bank and Issaquah’s Friends of Youth always welcome donations during the holiday season and volunteers to make stockings for foster children. I can personally guarantee the gift you give away would be very appreciated by the recipient. So, cheer someone up and give it away.

Gift a friend you weren’t going to give a gift to. This works in your favor because who knows? They may return the favor next year.

Gift a younger sibling. The other day a friend had given me a present at a white elephant exchange that I thought would have no significance (destination: trash can), but my sister saw it and boy, did she go ballistic over it.

Participate in a gift exchange or white elephant exchange. Gather a bunch of your friends and have everyone bring a wrapped gift worth about $10. Put the gifts in a pile and pull sticks to see who get to pick first and who goes last. To add a spin on it, if you don’t want to take the risk and open a present, you could always take someone else’s.

Appease your arch nemesis. The holidays are the perfect time to build bridges across rough terrain with your peers.

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