Potential $227 million bond issue draws questions from school board

September 6, 2011

Equity and getting the best construction return for the district’s dollars seemed to be the underlying issues as the Issaquah School Board continued to debate a potential $227 million capital improvement bond issue voters might decide in February.

The board has a little less than a month to decide on the bond question prior to a Sept. 28 deadline. Toward the end of the discussion at the board’s Aug. 31 meeting, board President Jan Woldseth Colbrese said officials may schedule some extra talks in addition to those planned for the regularly scheduled September board sessions. One topic might be questions about whether officials have set their improvement sights too high.

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Salmon Days volunteer sign-up party is Sept. 7

September 6, 2011

Issaquah Salmon Days Festival organizers are having their annual volunteer sign-up party from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

During the event, those willing to help with Issaquah’s yearly Salmon Days party can sign up to take on any one or more of several tasks, from helping with a Salmon Day booth to being a “refuse ranger” to manning a shuttle bus.

This year’s Salmon Days is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 1 and 2.

In general, volunteers work shifts of three to four hours. Salmon Days welcomes volunteers of all ages, though Pauline Middlehurst, sponsorship and promotions manager for the festival, said those younger than 14 should be accompanied by a parent.

Learn more or obtain a sign-up sheet at www.salmondays.org, or call the Salmon Days office at 392-0661.

Press Editorial

September 6, 2011

9/11 did not shake America’s spirit

The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 left a mixed legacy in America. Even 10 years later what exactly that legacy is remains unclear. It is still obscured by the dust and debris kicked up from the collapsing World Trade Center towers. There is no neat thread to tie it all together.

Part of the legacy is pain, shock, fear, suffering, introspection, resolve and hope.

But one thing is clear: Our communities remain strong. Terrorists cannot destroy the bonds that tie neighbor to neighbor.

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Eagles win 48-0, finding there’s safeties in numbers

September 6, 2011

Jack Gellatly scores twice, Issaquah defense gets three endzone sacks

Reed Peterson (12), Issaquah junior wide receiver, is protected by (from left) Noah Evans, Jacob Peterson and Mitchell Morimoto during his 83-yard kickoff return for a touchdown during the first quarter of the Eagles’ 46-0 win Sept. 2 over the Heritage Timberwolves. By Greg Farrar

About a minute and a half into Issaquah High School’s season opener Sept. 2 against visiting Heritage High School, Jack Gellatly sailed into the end zone for Issaquah, scoring his first of two rushing touchdowns.

It became a big night for Gellatly, a sophomore running back, and for the Eagles. Dominating both offensively and defensively, the Eagles never looked back en route to a 48-0 nonleague victory against Heritage, of Vancouver, in Gary Moore Stadium.

All of Issaquah’s points came in the first half.

“We came out really strong, scoring on our first drive,” Gellatly said. “But our defense was also phenomenal. Our starters had a shutout, and some young guys came in and did really well to keep the shutout going. It’s always cool to see a lot of people playing and contributing.”

Gellatly, the youngest of four brothers who all starred at Issaquah, rushed for 113 yards on four carries.

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Encompass offers parenting class about emotions

September 6, 2011

Encompass’ “Emotion Coaching” parenting class is back by popular demand.

A class scheduled for Sept. 22 in the Issaquah Highlands is already full. A second class has been set for Oct. 5.

“I think the reason the workshop keeps filling up so fast is that it’s a relatively new area for parents to be talking about,” Encompass parent education and support manager Kerry Beymer said. “We all are so accustomed to talking about physical development and academic development, but social and emotional development is just as important, and parents are starting to realize that.”

The first 35 parents or caretakers who register for the free, two-hour workshop will learn how to acknowledge and respect children’s feelings before they begin problem solving with the child about how to best handle the situation.

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Police gain capability to retrieve license photos during stops

September 6, 2011

Police used to rely on text descriptions to identify criminals, but now, due to upgraded computer capabilities, officers can retrieve driver’s license photos on in-car computers.

Through a $300,000 grant from the State, Regional and Federal Enterprise Retrieval System project and the Washington Auto Theft Prevention Authority, officers can quickly confirm a person’s identity by using a copy of a state Department of Licensing photo.

The program is expected to reach most law enforcement agencies in the state soon.

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Issaquah program gives young girls something to cheer about

September 6, 2011

Metallic purple-and-gold poms reflected the sun shining through the trees as more than 50 purple duffle bags haphazardly lined the grass near a baseball diamond in Tibbetts Valley Park.

Members of the Issaquah cheer squad perform a stunt for the audience during an Aug. 27 jamboree for a youth football game. Contributed

To Mickayla Cummins, one of about 65 girls enrolled in the Issaquah Youth Cheer program’s inaugural season, those colors are far from insignificant.

Cummins, 12, has been cheering since she was a young girl, but she’s never been able to cheer for Issaquah in Issaquah.

Until now.

The Issaquah Youth Cheer program — made up of five squads with six coaches — will cheer for each of the 11 youth football teams a minimum of two times this season, cheer director Kathy Corbin said.

“It’s been overlooked as a sport,” coach Julé Gunn said. “But it is considered one. They exercise. They dance. It’s a lot of teamwork and sportsmanship.”

Most surrounding youth football programs, such as Skyline and Newport, have cheer programs in place, and Issaquah had an obvious void to fill, she said.

Organizers of the program were hoping to have 25 to 30 girls initially sign up. They were ecstatic when 65 registered for the program’s first season, Gunn said.

“We have kids in the program who were our driving force,” Corbin said. “There was so much interest in starting it for about five years.”

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Off the Press

September 6, 2011

Road turtles don’t grow in Idaho

Everyone told me two things about my move from Moscow, Idaho, to my new home writing for The Issaquah Press and Newcastle News.

Christina Lords Press reporter

One: “Issaquah? You know that’s where Modest Mouse is from, right?”

Two: “You’re going to hate the traffic.”

But on a dark, fateful night in late July, this native-born Idahoan met her newest pesky road foe — and it had nothing to do with learning first hand how ill-advised it is to leave the office here on Front Street at 5:05 p.m. to make it on time to, well, anywhere.

I didn’t know what to call them, these white and yellow traffic bumps in neat little rows held down against their will by thick, black tar-like goo.

All I knew was that these little road turtles were masquerading as my beloved solid painted lines that have so faithfully led me to my chosen destination time and time again.

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Swedish/Issaquah introduces OB speed dating

September 6, 2011

When Christie Malchow and her husband moved to Sammamish recently from Kirkland, they needed to find another OB/GYN for their second child.

“I didn’t want to drive to back to Kirkland when we had a new hospital right here” said Malchow, 38.

The timing couldn’t have been more perfect. Malchow said she learned of a new program from Swedish/Issaquah during a stop at an information booth at a public event at City Hall — OB speed dating.

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Eastside Baby Corner hosts pants collection party

September 6, 2011

Eastside Baby Corner’s second annual Pants Party collection event is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 10 at the EBC Warehouse, 1510 N.W. Maple St.

To help fill the need for its No. 1 most requested item, Eastside Baby Corner seeks donations of children’s new or gently used pants (sizes 5 to 14) that will directly benefit local children in need. Their goal is to collect 1,000 pairs of pants, especially for boys, for low-income and homeless children for the back-to-school season.

“We had a few hundred pants and a few hundred people last year at our first event, so for the second year we thought we’d bump up the goal,” said Mia Reyes, communicates and development coordinator.

Reyes expects turnout to triple this year. Festivities are free, and include cupcakes from Cupcake D’Lish, arts and crafts booths from Macaroni Kid, and kid-friendly entertainment by the Kaleidoscope School of Music.

Now in its 21st year, Eastside Baby Corner gives children what they need to thrive by distributing almost everything kids, birth to age 12, through a network of family-assistance agencies. Learn more at www.babycorner.org.

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