Gunman dies in shootout near Issaquah High School

September 24, 2011

Guardian One, the King County Sheriff's Office helicopter, takes off from the Issaquah Community Center lawn during the search for a gunman. By Christina Lords

UPDATED — 8:45 a.m. Sept. 26, 2011

Issaquah police shot and killed a gunman Saturday after police said the man opened fire near downtown Issaquah schools as children and spectators gathered for sporting events.

The man parked a car on Front Street South at Newport Way Southwest and then headed on foot, carrying two rifles — including a bolt-action hunting rifle — to the area near Clark Elementary and Issaquah High schools at about 11:15 a.m. on a muggy fall day.

Police said the man menacingly pointed firearms at passers-by as he headed about a half-mile to Clark Elementary School.

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National Weather Service changes flood warnings for Issaquah

September 24, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. Sept. 24, 2011

Less than a year after conflicting flood information confused Issaquah residents during a December deluge, the National Weather Service plans to adjust flood warning levels for Issaquah Creek.

The agency plans to base flood warnings on the creek’s flow, rather than height. The agency plans to make the adjustments Oct. 1.

The switch is meant to avoid confusion between National Weather Service data and the city’s flood warning system.

The city bases warnings on real-time data from a gauge upstream from Issaquah in Hobart. The system can usually provide a few hours of lead time before flooding impacts Issaquah.

The data collected by the National Weather Service comes from a downstream gauge near the creek mouth in Lake Sammamish State Park.

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Prepare for West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast closures

September 24, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. Sept. 24, 2011

Issaquah motorists should prepare for possible delays during a road project.

West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast, from Lakemont Boulevard Southeast to 193rd Place Southeast, is reduced to a single lane from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday as crews prepare to resurface the road.

Expect overnight lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Obama visit could impact Eastside traffic

September 24, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. Sept. 24, 2011

President Barack Obama is due to arrive in Washington late Sunday morning to attend fundraisers on the Eastside and in Seattle.

The president’s schedule does not include any announced public events. Motorists should plan for possible delays as Obama’s motorcade travels from Boeing Field to a fundraiser at a Medina home and then to another campaign event at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre.

(The last time Obama visited the area, the president mentioned Issaquah businesses in a Seattle speech.)

For upcoming editions, The Issaquah Press seeks Issaquah School District residents attending the events or associated protests.

Email your contact information and photos to reporter Warren Kagarise at, or contact the paper on Twitter or Facebook, by noon Monday.

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Liberty Patriots fall to Mount Si Wildcats in overtime thriller

September 24, 2011

NEW — 12:25 a.m. Sept. 24, 2011

In a tale of two halves, the Liberty Patriots could not sustain their first-half momentum and lost in overtime to the Mount Si Wildcats in Snoqualmie.

The Patriots played like a defensive juggernaut in the first half Friday night, forcing three turnovers including one at their own 1-yard line.

In the second half, the combination of Wildcat running back Connor Deutsch’s legs, the crowd’s throats and the Wildcats’ hustle let the hosts climb back from a 13-0 deficit to tie at 13 with half a minute left in the game.

Then, in overtime, Wildcat kicker Cameron Vanwinkle nailed a 35-yard field goal, and his Patriot counterpart Josh Johnson missed a 35-yard attempt, giving Mount Si the victory, 16-13.

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Skyline leaves Issaquah in the dust

September 23, 2011

Skyline senior running back Damian Greene, left, holds on to the ball and spins past Issaquah sophomore defensive back Derek Chapman before scoring a pivotal touchdown in the third quarter Sept. 23. By Christopher Huber

NEW — 11:30 p.m. Sept. 23, 2011

The Skyline Spartans came out on top, beating Issaquah 41-14 Friday.

Skyline quarterback Max Browne worked in typical fashion after a slow start, completing 30 of 42 pass attempts for 361 yards and five touchdowns. He threw one interception, but his scoring strikes went to four different receivers.

Issaquah got ahead early in the first quarter but Skyline took a 17-14 lead into the break.

The Spartans scored 31 unanswered points, altogether and held the Eagles to just 60 yards of total offense in the second half. Brown and the Skyline offense found a rhythm in the third quarter, scoring 14. 

Issaquah quarterback Ethan Kalin threw three interceptions and went 16 for 29 for 189 yards passing, including touchdown strikes to Jack Gellatly and Derek Chapman, respectively.

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National Public Lands Day comes to Issaquah Alps

September 23, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. Sept. 23, 2011

Issaquah Alps peaks host volunteers Saturday for National Public Lands Day.

Organizations plan trail work on Cougar and Tiger mountains in the Issaquah area.

Washington Trails Association and King County Parks volunteers plan to decommission old trail sections along Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park’s Indian Trail.  The decommissioning involves adding plants in the old tread.

The work party runs from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event is designed for families, and participants can sign up at the Washington Trails Association’s website.

The state Department of Natural Resources and Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance plan to build Tiger Mountain trails Saturday for National Public Lands Day.

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Liberty High School girls soccer tops Lake Washington

September 23, 2011

NEW — 1 p.m. Sept. 23, 2011

Kiana Hafferty’s goal at the 37th minute Thursday proved to be the difference as the Liberty High School girls soccer team edged host Lake Washington 2-1 in a KingCo Conference 3A/2A contest.

Cassidy Nangle put Liberty ahead 1-0 on a goal at the eighth minute. Lake Washington tied the score at the 27th minute on a goal by Emily Bunnell.

Liberty improved its league record to 4-0 with the victory and remained in a tie with Interlake for first place.

In other action, it was Interlake 5, Sammamish 0; Mount Si 2, Juanita 1; and Bellevue 0, Mercer Island 0.

In KingCo 4A action, Issaquah and Roosevelt battled to a 2-2 draw. Delany Foreman and Annie Hoffman scored Issaquah’s goals. In other games, it was Redmond 1, Eastlake 1; and Garfield 1, Inglemoor 1.

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Minor earthquake shakes communities south of Issaquah

September 22, 2011

NEW — 4:15 p.m. Sept. 22, 2011

Seismologists recorded a magnitude-3.2 earthquake south of Issaquah early Thursday afternoon.

University of Washington seismologists said the minor earthquake occurred at 1:22 p.m. Scientists pegged the earthquake’s epicenter near Lake Desire in rural King County, about eight miles southwest of downtown Issaquah.

King County Sheriff’s Office deputies did not respond to any calls related to earthquake damage, agency spokesman Sgt. John Urquhart said.

Seismologists at the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, based at the UW, said the temblor occurred about 15 miles beneath the surface.

The seismic activity came a month after seismologists recorded a minor earthquake beneath Mirrormont on Tiger Mountain.

Such small earthquakes occur often, and do not indicate another, larger quake is imminent.

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Skyline High School grad earns collegiate honor

September 22, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. Sept. 22, 2011

Willamette University junior wide receiver Jake Knecht, a former Skyline High School football standout, has been selected as the Northwest Conference Football Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week after providing several big plays Sept. 17, when his team defeated Southern Oregon University 31-9. Knecht contributed 213 all-purpose yards during the game.

Knecht scored on a 67-yard catch to give Willamette a 10-7 lead early in the second quarter. Later in the second quarter, he hauled in a 44-yard pass to the Southern Oregon 1-yard line that set up a Willamette touchdown for a 17-9 halftime lead.

In the fourth quarter, he tallied his second touchdown of the game on an 80-yard reverse that gave Willamette a 31-9 lead with 13:27 left in the game. Knecht finished the afternoon with four catches for 130 yards to go along with his 80 rushing yards. He added several additional yards on kick returns.

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