Skyline boys basketball team wins KingCo hoop opener

December 14, 2011

NEW — 10:15 a.m. Dec. 14, 2011 

The Skyline High School boys basketball team won its KingCo Conference 4A opener Tuesday by defeating host Redmond 58-44.

Skyline broke open a tight game in the fourth quarter by outscoring Redmond 16-8.

Senior forward Lucas Shannon, of Skyline, led all players with 19 points.

Will Parker added 16 points and Nick Kassuba 15 for the Spartans. Conner Floan topped Redmond with 15 points.

In other league action, it was Roosevelt 67, Bothell 51; Garfield 79, Woodinville 44; and Ballard 56, Inglemoor 45.

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Late potter Richard Fairbanks’ collection is given new life

December 13, 2011

Local woman blends her art with that of her late husband

Dixie Parker-Fairbanks, in her South Cove studio, shows collages that combine photographs of her late husband Richard Fairbanks, his ceramics, the architecture of the world that inspired him, and the lecture notes he used as an art professor. By Greg Farrar

Twenty-five years after her husband — potter and best friend Richard Fairbanks — died at the height of his career, Issaquah painter Dixie Parker-Fairbanks embarked on an artistic journey to blend her husband’s revolutionary ceramics with photos of his Scandinavian architectural muses.

Her method: collage work. Her motive: well, it’s twofold.

Akin to the likes of many great artists before him, the strength and depth of Richard Fairbanks’ body of work only gained widespread recognition — at least in the States — posthumously.

In 1989, feeling drained, lonely and saddened that her husband’s voice had been silenced just as it was gathering an audience, Dixie began uncovering her husband’s exhaustive collection of ceramic art.

When the task was completed, she looked out over a sea of pottery that stretched from her Issaquah house to the far end of her lawn.

“Beyond the sadness and sense of loss of him, the overwhelming feeling was that something significant must be done with this collection,” Dixie said of the experience in an Ellensburg article in Artifact, a Seattle art magazine.

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Issaquah Turkey Trot collects $8,000 for local food bank

December 13, 2011

Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank Executive Director Cori Kauk (left) accepts the donation from Heather, Mason, Wesley and Tom Matthews (from left). Contributed

The runners at the Thanksgiving morning Issaquah Turkey Trot — some dressed in Pilgrim- and poultry-inspired costumes — raised $8,000 for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.

The donation comes as the food bank serves clients during the holiday season. Race organizers presented a check to food bank managers Dec. 9.

“The spirit that was there that day — everybody came together. I felt that united our community, especially for the purpose that we had,” organizer Heather Matthews said. “It gives me a lot of happiness to see what a great community we belong to.”

Participants also collected 213 pounds of food to donate to the food bank.

Overall, more than 600 runners participated in the 5K race. Matthews said a man came dressed as a Pilgrim and another group came dressed as the feathered characters from “Angry Birds.”

The cool, clear conditions led more than 50 people to participate in the run the morning of the event. (The morning the Issaquah Turkey Trot debuted in November 2010, snow greeted the runners.)

Cori Kauk, food bank executive director, also ran in the Issaquah Turkey Trot.

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Ice sculpture menorah highlights Hanukkah celebration

December 13, 2011

Past celebrations featured giant menorahs made of kosher doughnuts, LEGOS, balloons and candy.

This year, ice is the medium of choice for creation of the menorah that will be among the highlights of a Hanukkah celebration set for Dec. 20, said Berry Farkash, of the Chabad of the Central Cascades.

The happening is set for 6 p.m. Dec. 20 at Blakely Hall in the Issaquah Highlands. Several local dignitaries, including Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger, are expected to attend and take part in the lighting ceremony.

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Issaquah Eagles fly out to fast 5-0 start in league play

December 13, 2011

Nick Price, Issaquah High School senior guard, draws a technical foul and gets benched for doing a pull-up on the rim in the first quarter against Newport High School Dec. 9, while scoring two of his game-high 18 points on a breakaway jam. By Greg Farrar

The Issaquah High School boys basketball team might need to adopt the old Willie Nelson tune “On the Road Again” as its team song. The Eagles, after winning their only home game of the month Dec. 9, finish December on the road.

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Issaquah Highlands pedestrian bridge is meant to smooth access

December 13, 2011

The pedestrian bridge across Highlands Drive Northeast is lifted into place the early morning of Dec. 8 after arriving on site the day before in pieces on flatbed trucks from Florida. Contributed

The route is easier for pedestrians to cross a major thoroughfare after crews completed a pedestrian bridge across Highlands Drive Northeast on a moonlit morning last week.

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Skyline edges evenly matched Eastlake in swimming opener

December 13, 2011

Max Levy, a Skyline High School sophomore, executes a dive Dec. 6 at Redmond Pool. By Christopher Huber

At the rate Skyline and Eastlake high school swimmers qualified for state events in their first meet of the season, there might not be much room for other 4A competitors at the championship this season.

In each team’s first dual meet of the 2011-12 boys swim and dive season, Eastlake qualified a swimmer in three events and Skyline had one swimmer who finished fast enough for a state time. Ultimately, Skyline edged out Eastlake, 96-90, Dec. 6 at Redmond Pool.

“I look forward to see what they do at state,” said Kate McCary, Eastlake’s second-year head coach.

In some of the day’s fastest races, Eastlake’s Edward Kim, the state champ in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events as a freshman, won the 100-yard butterfly in 52.75 seconds, almost two seconds faster than needed to get to state, and ahead of Skyline sophomore Paul Jett (57.41 seconds). In the 100-yard backstroke, Kim finished in 52.51 seconds, nearly five seconds faster than the state 4A standard.

Teammate Zach Alleva qualified for state with a winning time of 1 minute, 2.64 seconds in the 100 breaststroke. Skyline’s Alec Raines, also a top performer at state last year, took second to Kim with a time of 58.25 seconds.

Raines, a sophomore, qualified for the state meet in the 500 freestyle event, hitting the wall in 4:56.42 and beat Eastlake’s Jackson Berman by nearly 13 seconds.

“He’s a workhorse,” Paul Doran, Skyline assistant coach, said. “We can put him anywhere.”

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City Council sets rules for medical marijuana gardens

December 13, 2011

In a decision meant to balance concerns about patients’ rights and public safety, City Council members set rules Dec. 5 for medical marijuana collective gardens to limit such operations near schools, parks and other collective gardens.

City planners spent months collecting input from medical marijuana patients, law enforcement officers, elected leaders and residents to craft the ordinance. The result is a milestone in the effort to clarify jumbled rules for medical marijuana and untangle different local, state and federal rules for the drug.

The measure requires a 1,000-foot buffer between a collective garden and a community center, school or another collective garden. The ordinance also set a 500-foot buffer between a collective garden and park, preschool or daycare center.

The ordinance also established a limit of a single collective garden per site.

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Occupy Seattle protester in pepper spray incident served on Issaquah School Board

December 13, 2011

Occupy Seattle protester Dorli Rainey, 84, turned into the unlikely face of Occupy protests nationwide after police used pepper spray against demonstrators last month.

Dorli Rainey

The incident came as the latest chapter in a long record of civic engagement for Rainey, a former Issaquah School Board member.

Seattle police officers used pepper spray against Rainey and other protesters Nov. 15 as the group blocked a downtown Seattle street and ignored orders to disperse. In the moments after the incident, a photographer captured Rainey as pepper spray and a material meant to dilute the irritant dripped from her face.

“I’m not a dangerous person,” she said days after the incident. “I did not ask for this fame. I really did not ask for this.”

The photo — by photographer Joshua Trujillo — soon started to go viral, as bloggers and media outlets reposted the image. Then came calls from journalists around the globe. Rainey appeared on “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” the day after the incident.

“My whole life has turned upside down,” she said. “My phone rings constantly. My inbox keeps telling me to clean it out.”

Detective Mark Jamieson, Seattle Police Department spokesman, said officers use pepper spray after warning demonstrators and exhausting other options to disperse the crowd.

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Occupy Seattle protester in miscarriage case is Issaquah graduate

December 13, 2011

Jennifer Fox, a protester at Occupy Seattle and a 2011 Issaquah High School graduate, skyrocketed to national attention in recent days after she said she miscarried following a confrontation between police and protesters, even as police and the media questioned the claim.

Fox, 19, attributed the miscarriage to kicks and pepper spray from police. The teenager is seen in a video screaming after police used pepper spray against Occupy Seattle protesters at Westlake Park on Nov. 15.

Fox initially told The Stranger, a Seattle alternative newspaper, she suffered a miscarriage after the confrontation, but she has not provided medical documentation to the media during subsequent interviews.

The viral video and Fox’s reported miscarriage attracted national attention, including from The Washington Post and Forbes.

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