Kevin Powers, local lacrosse star, plays in All-American Showcase

August 16, 2011

Kevin Powers plays in May 2010 with his Issaquah Lacrosse team against the Stadium Tigers. His five goals contributed to a 16-4 win. By Greg Farrar

In May, Issaquah High School’s four-year varsity lacrosse player Kevin Powers made first team all state for his performance as top midfielder on both offense and defense. Because of that achievement, Powers was invited to participate in the U.S. Lacrosse’s All-American Showcase in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

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Issaquah meeting to focus on King County outreach

August 16, 2011

The way King County leaders and residents interact is due to change soon.

In a decision last month, leaders changed how county government and unincorporated-area residents interact. Now, Countywide Community Forums of King County — a public-engagement program overseen by the county auditor — is asking citizens for feedback about the updated outreach effort. The effort includes a forum at the Issaquah Library and a survey for residents to complete online.

The outreach model adopted by the County Council establishes eight to 12 community service areas to cover all rural and unincorporated areas in sprawling King County, not just the communities included in the six existing unincorporated area councils.

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Wanted: Issaquah-area residents’ 9/11 memories

August 16, 2011

The terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, reshaped the United States forever. In addition to the tragedies in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa., the attacks left indelible memories for people across the nation, including in Issaquah.

As the attacks’ 10th anniversary approaches, The Issaquah Press is seeking 9/11 memories from local residents about how the events impacted them for upcoming coverage of the milestone.

Email your contact information to by Aug. 26, or contact the newspaper on Twitter @issaquahpress and on Facebook at

Elks’ lodge poker league rolls out the felt

August 16, 2011

Players of all skill levels invited to series of charity tournaments

ESPN’s live coverage of the 2011 World Series of Poker main event has the side effect of getting people’s blood pumping to join in on the action.

Participants of the Elks Lodge poker league get ready to shuffle up and deal at a recent tournament’s final table. By Tina Eggers

Whether you’re in search of some poker action outside the home game or somewhere closer than a card room or casino, then look no further than Issaquah’s Lake Sammamish Elks Lodge No. 1843.

The 2011 fall Texas Hold ’Em Poker League starts Aug. 27 and organizers are looking for more players to fill out the roster.

The league, now in its sixth year, has attracted players of varying skill levels. Sharyn Solum, 65, recently retired, was looking for a hobby to fill her free time when a former city co-worker and Elks member introduced her to the action.

“Tina Eggers brought me in to try it out,” Solum said regarding Issaquah’s city clerk. “I’d been playing for a couple of years but learned a lot more from the more experienced players.”

The league follows the same format as any other tournament, with only a few differences. Played each month the first and third Saturday (the league kicks off early Aug. 27 because of the holiday weekend Sept. 3), players buy in for $35 and may re-buy as many times as they want when they go broke for the first three rounds of action.

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‘Drive Hammered, Get Nailed’ anti-DUI effort starts soon

August 16, 2011

Issaquah police officers plan to join a regional push to pull drunken drivers from local roads as summer comes to a close.

The agency is joining other police departments in King County — and more than 10,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide — from Aug. 19 to Sept. 5 in the Drive Hammered, Get Nailed campaign.

Beneath the clever title is a serious message about the impacts of drunken driving and driving under the influence. DUI crashes claimed 38 people on King County roads last year.

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Seattle University coach cruises to top spot at trail run

August 16, 2011

Cougar Mountain Trail Run Series concludes Oct. 30

Uli Steidl takes the last few strides with a smile Aug. 13 as he wins the Cougar Mountain Trail Series’ 13-mile race at the Sky Country Trailhead. By Greg Farrar

Even after his hip flexor started bothering him one-third into the Cougar Mountain Trail Run Series’ 13-mile race Aug. 13, Uli Steidl was able to pull away from his competition for the win.

The Seattle University assistant track and cross country coach said his familiarity with the trails on Cougar Mountain helped him maintain a steady pace throughout the run. His final time was 1:38.27 for the event.

“I was by myself for most of the race,” he said. “I pulled away in the first mile … but I was always expecting someone to come from behind to catch up with me.”

Steidl lives in Seattle with his wife, Trisha Steidl, who also participated in the race.

Marlene Farrell, competing in the event for the first time, took top honors in the women’s category with a final time of 1:54.21.

Although the Leavenworth resident said she hasn’t been doing much competitive running this season, she was pleased with the outcome of the race.

“I do a lot of road running, but I find trail running … is nice because I don’t have to think about the miles,” she said. “I can just get out and enjoy the scenery, and I really enjoy uphills and downhills.”

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Evergreen State is prime turf for skin cancer

August 16, 2011

With cloud cover not only being common, but seemingly the norm around Puget Sound, many locals may not be overly worried about exposure to the sun and the possibility of skin cancer such exposure can cause.

Living in one of the highest zones in the United States for rates of skin cancer, residents should keep an eye out for the development of asymmetrical moles. Thinkstock

That might be a big mistake according to area doctors and the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to the CDC, the rate of new melanoma diagnoses in the state are 35 percent higher than the national average from 2001-2005. Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer.

The occurrences of melanoma in the state was the fifth highest in the country. An estimated 1,900 state residents were diagnosed with melanoma in 2008. The two most common forms of skin cancer — basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas — are highly curable, according to Roger Muller, senior medical director for United Healthcare of Washington.

Melanomas are not. Approximately 175 people in Washington die of melanoma each year, according to the CDC. That’s the 16th highest melanoma death rate nationally and 7.4 percent higher than the national average. In a seemingly odd statistic given our local climate, Washington’s Island County is among the top 10 counties in the country for new melanoma cases striking the area at the dangerous clip of 130 percent above the national average.

“At first blush, I can see how the numbers could be surprising given that much of the year here is cloudy,” said Arlo Miller, a dermatologist with Virginia Mason Issaquah. “However, digging into melanoma risk factors … it actually makes a lot of sense.”

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Police corral escaped Issaquah landscaping goats

August 16, 2011

Issaquah police officers encountered a difficult-to-wrangle opponent July 26 — goats munching across the landscape.*

Police responded to a report of a goat in the street near Northwest Village Park Drive and Champery Place Northwest at about 12:30 p.m. and, at the scene, found a citizen holding a goat on a dog leash. The officer managed to corral the goat into a fenced area.

Then, as the officer returned to the patrol cruiser, the citizen yelled and said more goats had escaped from the fenced area.

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Salmon is king now in Lake Sammamish

August 16, 2011

Dallas Cross

Hey, it is time to take advantage of the overabundance of king or chinook salmon that are heading for Issaquah Creek and to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

The state declared open season for them in Lake Sammamish beginning Aug. 16. By then, the hatchery was expected to have all it needed for egg harvest and to have left the rest for us.

This year’s regulations state you may keep up to four salmon, of which only two may be king salmon, the ones with the black lips.

Also this year, you must have a Washington State Discover Pass in order to use Lake Sammamish State Park and its boat launch. The pass may either be purchased on a daily basis for $10, or for $30 for an annual pass. Fishing within 100 yards of the mouth of Issaquah Creek is prohibited.

The fishery for kings has been rewarding in recent years, for many have been caught. However, the peak spawning period is generally over when the season opens and you will mostly catch matured and dark salmon. Every so often, you get a late arrival with silver sides that’s suitable for the table. For most, the thrill of catching a heavy-duty salmon in a suburban lake makes the outing quite worthwhile.

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Press Editorial

August 16, 2011

Good education starts with school supplies

When there’s a community need, Issaquah takes care of its own. And Issaquah residents always put education on a pedestal. School will soon be starting and parents have already begun the major shopping spree to outfit returning students. Not every parent has the means.

The need for back-to-school supplies is critical. Have you thought to buy an extra box of crayons?

The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank expects about 500 children of their clients will need backpacks filled with notebooks, paper, crayons and marker pens, red and blue pens, erasers and glue. And those are just among the minimum needs.

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