Community greets Swedish/Issaquah at opening celebration

July 9, 2011

Evan Jackson, 3, rides on the shoulders of his dad Kyle as the Issaquah Highlands residents and thousands of others attend Swedish/Issaquah’s public open house Saturday. By Greg Farrar

NEW — 4:30 p.m. July 9, 2011

Hospital executives and designers spared no expense to create a Swedish Medical Center campus to connect to the surrounding community and, on Saturday, curious residents from Issaquah and across the Eastside embraced Swedish/Issaquah as the $365 million hospital opened for a whirlwind of public tours.

Organizers estimate 22,000 people descended on the 18-acre campus during the daylong event. The hospital’s opening celebration served as the centerpiece at Highlands Day, a neighborhood festival in the Issaquah Highlands.

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Eastside Habitat for Humanity Store to open soon

July 9, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. July 9, 2011

Habitat for Humanity of East King County plans to open a 10,000-square-foot Habitat Store by late summer.

Profits from the store support Habitat’s mission to build affordable housing. The nonprofit organization is in the midst of construction efforts in the Issaquah Highlands and Renton.

In the meantime, the Bellevue store is accepting donations for resale. Call 351-1186 or go to to learn about donation options.

“We’ve been planning this store for a year and feel confident about moving forward after the University of Washington’s Leadership MBA Program completed a comprehensive market study last winter,” Tom Granger, executive director of the local Habitat affiliate, said in a news release.

Bellevue-based Chesmore Buck Architecture is designing the build-out of the store.

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Lakeside Recovery team tops Titans in tourney

July 8, 2011

NEW — 3 p.m. July 8, 2011

The Lakeside Recovery Senior American Legion baseball team, for the second straight night had a big inning, and pounded out a 8-3 victory against the Twin City Titans on Thursday in the Brandy Pugh Memorial Tournament at Bannerwood Park.

The victory was the second straight for Lakeside Recovery, which plays the Bankers Baseball Club at 8 p.m. Friday at Bannerwood. Lakeside Recovery plays Chaffey, the defending tournament champion, at 8 p.m. Saturday at Bannerwood. On July 10, Lakeside Recovery plays Pacific Tech Construction at 2 p.m. at Bellevue College.

Issaquah High graduate Mike Paulson, who played at Walla Walla Community College last spring, had three hits to lead Lakeside Recovery against the Titans, a Senior American Legion team from the Richland area. Andrew Kemmerer, of Issaquah, had two hits, one a home run, and drove in three runs for Lakeside Recovery.

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YWCA opens campus near Issaquah for homeless parents

July 8, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. July 8, 2011

Cynthia Liggitt is a single mother, the former wife of a minister and a former inmate at the Washington Corrections Center for Women.

“It still pains me to say that, but I’m learning to tell the truth about my life so that I don’t go down that wrong route again, and I hope that my story might help others,” said Liggitt, who was charged with felony theft and forgery and served 4.5 years in prison.

With the help of YWCA’s Passage Point program, Liggitt has finished her incarceration, earned a degree and received parenting classes and counseling that have helped both her and her 2-year-old daughter, Jayden Wyrick.

Liggitt and local dignitaries, including King County Executive Dow Constantine, spoke at the grand opening of Passage Point in Maple Valley on Thursday.

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Swedish/Issaquah receives official welcome as opening nears

July 7, 2011

Dr. Rod Hochman, Swedish Medical Center president and CEO, and Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger, cut a ribbon Thursday to open Swedish/Issaquah during a VIP celebration. By Greg Farrar

NEW — 8:30 p.m. July 7, 2011

Swedish Medical Center executives, community leaders and elected officials stood beneath a banner proclaiming “the future of health care” and cut a blue ribbon Thursday to open Swedish/Issaquah, a $365 million hospital and, officials hope, a model for “green” practices and patient healing.

“When you really believe in something, it is amazing how much you can accomplish when you put your mind to it,” Kevin Brown, Swedish Medical Center senior vice president and chief administrative officer, said at the ceremony. “The residents of the greater Issaquah-Sammamish area put their mind up that they wanted to have a facility, a hospital that they could call home and never gave up on that idea. Neither did Swedish.”

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Georgia property manager sells Issaquah offices for $32 million

July 7, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. July 7, 2011

The hillside office center behind The Home Depot sold Wednesday for $32 million.

The former owner, Piedmont Office Realty Trust, sold the 156,323-square-foot building to The Lake Washington Land Co., a Washington-based business.

The building at 22833 Southeast Black Nugget Road — officially the Eastpointe Corporate Center — had long been nicknamed for Boeing, a tenant. The building site encompasses 5.79 acres.

Eastpointe Corporate Center opened in 2001 and Piedmont acquired the building in 2003. The property management company is based in Johns Creek, Ga.

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Lakeside Recovery baseball rocks Honda in tourney opener

July 7, 2011

 NEW — 11 a.m. July 7, 2011

The Lakeside Recovery Senior American Legion baseball team exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning Wednesday to break a 2-2 tie and pull away for a 9-2 victory against Honda Auto of Bellevue in the opening round of the Brandy Pugh Memorial Tournament at Bannerwood Park.

Jake Bakamus, of Issaquah High, had two hits and drove in three runs for Lakeside Recovery, the tournament host team. Brandon Mahovlich, also of Issaquah, and Aaron Sandefur, of Newport, each contributed two hits for Lakeside Recovery.

Winning pitcher Connor Lawhead, a Skyline graduate who played for Walla Walla Community College in the spring, went the distance. He struck out seven batters and did not allow an earned run.

Lakeside Recovery plays the Twin City Titans at 8 p.m. Thursday at Bannerwood Park. On Friday, Lakeside Recovery plays the Bankers Baseball Club at 8 p.m. at Bannerwood Park.

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Late-night crash kills two near Interstate 90 interchange

July 7, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. July 7, 2011

State troopers said two people died late Wednesday night after a truck rammed into their vehicle on state Route 18 near Preston.

The crash occurred at about 11:45 p.m. after the driver of a car, a 65-year-old man, stopped to help the driver of a disabled pickup along the road. The driver of the disabled vehicle, a 47-year-old Enumclaw woman, then got into the car with the man. As they attempted to make a U-turn on westbound state Route 18 just south of the Interstate 90 interchange, a tractor-trailer slammed into the vehicle.

“Making that kind of maneuver would be very high-risk in that area. It’s already very clear by the no-passing zone and all of that,” Trooper Julie Startup said Thursday morning. “Obviously, not a great spot, and this morning, that did not go well.”

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Officers to start cracking down on speeders soon

July 7, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. July 7, 2011

Prepare to slow down — or else — on local roadways soon as law enforcement officers throughout King County participate in a statewide speeding crackdown.

The countywide Target Zero Task Force is coordinating the extra speed patrols for the July 15 to Aug. 7 effort.

Driving faster than posted speed limits may not seem like a big deal, but more than 40 percent of fatal crashes in Washington involve a speeding driver. The average speeding ticket in Washington is $156, but as speed increases, so does the fine.

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Entrepreneurs can attend emergency preparedness workshop

July 7, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. July 7, 2011

Issaquah entrepreneurs can learn how to create a business survival plan in case of a natural disaster or other emergency July 12.

The emergency preparedness workshop is part of the “Open for Business” program. The workshop is designed to provide tools to small to mid-sized businesses to create a comprehensive business survival plan.

The workshop features several speakers, including a business continuity manager from the University of Washington, as well as a risk manager from Liberty Mutual.

The event is 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. July 12 in the Council Chambers at Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave. N. RSVP to Jill Rucker, AmeriCorps VISTA emergency management program assistant, at

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