Covington man dies in crash near Issaquah

April 26, 2011

Police blamed reckless driving for a fatal crash near Issaquah late last week.

The three-vehicle accident on state Route 18 near Issaquah left a 36-year-old Covington man dead April 23 and prompted detectives to launch investigations into possible vehicular assault and vehicular homicide.

Troopers blocked traffic near the mangled vehicles along state Route 18 after a deadly crash April 23. By Washington State Patrol

Washington State Patrol investigators said the incident started as motorists in a red Ford Probe and a green Toyota Celica drove in a reckless manner in the westbound lanes at about 5 p.m. Then, just east of the Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast exit, police said the driver of the Celica, a 26-year-old Pullman man, attempted to pass traffic on the right road shoulder.

The driver lost control of the Celica, traveled across all highway lanes and struck a maroon Honda Pilot heading east.

The driver of the Probe, a 39-year-old Tacoma man, lost control. The vehicle rolled onto the shoulder and came to rest upside down.

Eastside Fire & Rescue medics transported the driver of the Pilot, Trung Ngo, and his passenger, wife Cheuk Chann, 37, to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries. Ngo died at the hospital after 9 p.m. Chann has been released from Harborview and is expected to survive.

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Issaquah caterer acquires Redmond business

April 26, 2011

Issaquah caterer Taste of Amazing has acquired Savory Moment, a Redmond company specializing in chef-prepared entrées, side dishes and desserts.

Taste of Amazing plans to move to the Savory Moment space in Redmond by May 1. Taste of Amazing owner Gail Kurpgeweit announced the move on the company’s website April 18.

The company plans to continue free delivery to Issaquah and Sammamish customers.

County proclaims April as Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 26, 2011

King County leaders proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month to help broaden awareness about the impacts of child abuse and neglect.

In issuing the proclamation last week, the County Council joined in the national effort to combat child abuse.

“We all can help recognize and prevent child abuse and neglect,” Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, the Issaquah representative, said in a release.

The proclamation notes the links from child abuse and neglect to the increased likelihood of future criminal behavior, substance abuse, health problems and risky behavior.

The measure calls upon citizens, community agencies, faith-based groups, medical facilities and businesses to increase efforts to support families, prevent child abuse and strengthen communities.

Lambert presented the proclamation at the April 19 annual meeting of the Washington State Court-Appointed Special Advocate Association, or CASA.

The program trains volunteers to represent the best interests of child victims of abuse in Dependency Court.

Issaquah food pantry opens for tours

April 26, 2011

Meet Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank employees and volunteers as the downtown food pantry hosts a May 5 open house.

Participants can also tour the space at the food bank, 179 First Ave. S.E., during the gathering. Stop in for a meet-and-greet and a tour from 4-7 p.m.

The attendees can also meet Executive Director Cori Kauk. The former Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department recreation coordinator started at the food bank Jan. 18.

A ‘cannonball’ rolling all year long

April 26, 2011

Hamilton Noel, Liberty High School junior running back, eludes the last Bellevue defensive player during a 34-yard touchdown run in a football game in November. By Greg Farrar

Liberty wrestler Hamilton Noel has become a dominant three-sport athlete

For as long as he can remember, Liberty High School wrestler Hamilton Noel has learned from the best. His father, Wright Noel, was a state championship high school wrestler and an NCAA First-Team All-American wrestler at Brigham Young University.

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Theater helps performer connect to audience, life

April 26, 2011

Actress beats Asperger’s obstacles  on high school stage

Savannah Freese

Budding actress Savannah Freese openly shares her experiences of living with Asperger’s syndrome and depression.

Like a star accepting an award, the 19-year-old is quick to thank her greatest supporters — her family and friends — and she pours accolades on Liberty High School’s drama program, the conduit of her success.

“I don’t know if I would have lived if it hadn’t been for drama,” Freese said.

As a child, she felt introverted and shy. Making friends was difficult, especially when her family moved from Buckley in rural King County to Texas and then to Issaquah as a young girl.

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Local high school students make post-graduation plans

April 26, 2011

Student uses a gap year to decide his future

Eastside Catholic High School

With summer approaching, people are planning what they’ll be doing next fall. Underclassmen are preparing themselves for the work that will be demanded of them in higher grades.

For upperclassmen, the traditional expectation is that they’ll begin the college application process or begin actually attending college.

There are other options. People can take gap years, travel, go right to a vocation, attend an international university or do whatever they feel will be a good step into their adult life. The options are not as limited as it may seem.

Neil Kittridge, an Eastside Catholic High School senior, is taking a gap year.

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Landslide poses risk to Squak Mountain neighborhood’s utilities

April 26, 2011

City Council OKs study to find possible solutions

A car drives past the landslide on Mountainside Drive Southwest during the morning commute April 25. By Greg Farrar

The city has agreed to spend $30,000 to gather data on a landslide creeping down a Squak Mountain hillside and threatening utilities leading to the Forest Rim neighborhood.

The landslide poses a risk to the only utility lines and road to the hilltop neighborhood of about 100 homes. Forest Rim is the highest-elevation neighborhood on the mountain.

“The earth essentially just decided it was time,” Sheldon Lynne, city deputy public works engineering director, told City Council members April 18. “It couldn’t hold itself up any longer.”

The landslide is inching down Squak Mountain near a switchback along Mountainside Drive Southwest, less than a mile downhill from Forest Rim. The section of displaced hillside is about 200 feet across and stretches about 100 feet from end to eroded end.

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County seeks proposals for youth sports facilities

April 26, 2011

Youth sports organizations can apply for King County grants to build or upgrade recreation facilities.

The county Parks and Recreation Division is accepting applications from qualified groups for Youth Sports Facilities Grants. Applicants must partner with a public agency, such as a school district or municipal parks department, to develop or renovate sports facilities.

The fund has helped organizers build or renovate hundreds of public sports amenities in neighborhoods throughout the county.

Past grant recipients in the Issaquah area include city-run Central Park in the Issaquah Highlands and county-run Duthie Hill Park in Sammamish.

“Thanks to robust partnerships with community groups, we are using our limited resources to bring new or improved recreational amenities for King County residents that otherwise wouldn’t be possible,” County Executive Dow Constantine said in a release.

The program provides matching grant funds of up to $75,000. Grant requests range from $5,000 to $75,000.

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Fundraiser is rockin’ and rollin’ for barber’s colon

April 26, 2011

Mark Ashbaugh has cut, trimmed, curled, straightened and styled hair in Issaquah for almost two decades.

Mark Ashbaugh chats with client Allison Smith during her hair-styling appointment. Several businesses and friends are hosting a benefit for Ashbaugh, who just had two surgeries on his colon. By Laura Geggel

After two surgeries in the hospital, his family and friends are asking the community to give back by helping him at a benefit called Rockin’ and Rollin’ for Mark’s Colon.

Since they started the Front Street Salon in 2000, Ashbaugh and his business partner Danielle Abker have amassed more than 600 clients.

Customers call his humor “edgy” and “very funny.”

“People who know him love him,” friend and customer Clinton Fink said. “There will be a family of four and they’ll all be waiting to get their hair cut.”

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