Skyline High School graduate weathers Joplin tornado

May 31, 2011

Only debris remains after a massive tornado leveled parts of Joplin, Mo. By Barrett Knox

Macy’s in shell-shocked Joplin, Mo., is a destination on a grim pilgrimage.

Skyline High School graduate Ashley Knox, a store employee and former Issaquah resident, encountered people shopping for clothes to replace wardrobes destroyed amid a catastrophic tornado and, as the death toll climbs higher, clothes for funerals.

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Local athletes make strong showings at state track meet

May 31, 2011

Haley Jacobson, Issaquah High School senior, takes a jog down the track before her 100-meter dash at the 4A state championship May 28 in Tacoma. By Greg Farrar

For the seniors, the state championship track and field meet at Tacoma’s Mount Tahoma High School on May 27 and 28 marked the final athletic event of their high school careers.

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Too much Wolves for Spartans

May 31, 2011

Skyline’s third loss to Eastlake is in state championship

LAKEWOOD — Brandon McComb came to understand that he wasn’t going to get big minutes on the talented Eastlake High School boys soccer team.

So, he realized he’d better come up big when he plays.

Sean Klauer, Eastlake senior forward, keeps the ball from brothers Travis and Kaleb Strawn, of Skyline, during the first period of the 4A state soccer championship match May 28 in Tacoma. By Greg Farrar

McComb, a reserve senior forward, got the winning goal as Eastlake turned back Skyline, 2-0, in the May 28 Class 4A state championship match at Harry Lang Stadium.

The Wolves beat fifth-ranked Skyline for the third time this season on two second-half goals, including a rare McComb tally in the 46th minute.

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Reeling in the years for Issaquah High School

May 31, 2011

Graduates plan reunion for students of the 1970s

Musicians Tom Wallace (left) and Jeremy Reeves practice for the upcoming reunion and benefit for Issaquah High School’s graduates of the 1970s. By Tom Wallace

High school graduations can be annoyingly formal.

At her 10-year reunion, Valaree Muir Weiss, noticed her former classmates were refreshingly open at the bar the night before the reunion and at the picnic held the day after, but old high school cliques reformed the night of the reunion.

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FISH hires new executive director

May 31, 2011

Jane Kuechle spent many hours as a girl on family road trips to out-of-the-way Oregon places.

Jane Kuechle

“Wherever we went, we would stop whenever we saw a salmon hatchery,” she recalled.

Kuechle, a longtime leader in local nonprofit organizations, is about to spend more time at a salmon hatchery. The expert in fundraising and nonprofit management is the next executive director of Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, the nonprofit group responsible for education and tours at the downtown hatchery.

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Issaquah puts laid-off teachers on recall list

May 31, 2011

District could get $4.3 million less next year

Parents in the Issaquah School District can breathe a collective sigh of relief. Class sizes in the district will not increase next year.

The news stems from the proposed state biennial budget the state Legislature approved May 24.

After reviewing the budget for the past four months, the state House of Representatives and Senate approved a compromise budget that would lower the salaries of teachers and administrators, but would save the jobs of many district teachers.

Gov. Chris Gregoire has yet to sign the bill.

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Lacrosse title run ends in semifinals

May 31, 2011

The Issaquah High School boys lacrosse club began its season with heavy hearts and ended it falling short of their goal — the state championship.

The Eagles’ season came to an end May 25, when they lost to host Bainbridge, 13-9, in the semifinals of the Washington Boys Lacrosse Division I tournament.

Issaquah players had dedicated this season to Tyler Lucas, who died Feb. 1 from injuries he sustained in a three-car accident. Lucas was a two-year starter and an all-league player. Program members wore a special decal on their helmets in memory of Lucas this season.

The Eagles, who had a two-year reign as Division I state champions end last spring, were eager to return to the top spot. That was also Lucas’ goal for this season.

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Buy (nearly) all you need at Goodwill for a year

May 31, 2011

Beautiful Existence, with her son Epic, is trying to buy almost everything she uses from Goodwill for a year. Contributed

A local resident has taken up a unique challenge this year: to shop only at Goodwill for everything she needs — except for things like food, hygiene items and prescriptions.

Beautiful Existence is what she calls herself, a representation of her life and dedication to humanity design, according to her blog. Her motivation for the challenge came from a childhood of shopping at thrift stores and learning to live in an environmentally friendly way. She grew up on a farm in Olympia, where she says her parents taught her the importance of conservation and living frugally.

“I was actually in a thrift store with my mom last year and I thought, ‘OK, all these people do all these challenges. I wonder if I could buy from a thrift store all year?’” she said.

She started her blog and garnered some unexpected media attention, boosting her followers from 75 to 200-plus followers a day, most of whom leave comments on the site thanking her for the inspiration.

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Eagles’ Jason Lichtenberger named coach of the year

May 31, 2011

Jason Lichtenberger

Some of his 4A KingCo Conference peers thought this would be a rebuilding year for Issaquah High School boys soccer coach Jason Lichtenberger. After all, eight starters graduated from the 2010 team.

But Lichtenberger believed the Eagles had enough talent to challenge the upper echelon this season. By the end of the season, his peers realized Lichtenberger was right in his assessment of the Issaquah team.

Issaquah, for the third straight year, reached the league tournament. The Eagles posted a 12-3-3 overall record and were 7-2-1 in conference play. Issaquah took third place and finished just three points behind co-leaders Eastlake and Skyline.

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King County Council protects Issaquah Creek salmon habitat

May 31, 2011

Critical salmon habitat in the Issaquah Creek Basin is protected for the next half-century — and possibly longer — due to a King County Council decision.

The council members approved a 50-year lease agreement May 16 for 30 acres along Holder Creek and near Carey Creek — tributaries of Issaquah Creek. The wedge-shaped property is along Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast, about a mile north of the state Route 18 interchange.

The legislation authorized County Executive Dow Constantine to lease the land from the state Department of Natural Resources at no cost.

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