Eastlake golfers defeat Skyline, remain unbeaten

October 4, 2011

Brian Mogg, Skyline High School sophomore golfer, deals with a tough approach shot from the rough on the fifth hole of The Plateau Club’s back nine Sept. 27. He was the match medalist with an even-par 36. By Christopher Huber

Brian Mogg always finds a way to get even. On the golf course, that is.

At the Sept. 27 cross-town match against the undefeated Eastlake Wolves, Skyline’s No. 1 golfer birdied the ninth hole for the third straight time to bring his score to 36.

“I really wanted to get even,” said Mogg, a standout sophomore who has won and placed in the top 10 in numerous regional youth tournaments. “I just try so much harder.”

While Mogg was the medalist at The Plateau Club after shooting an even 36 on the back nine, Eastlake pulled off another win to go 8-0 on the season. Despite No. 1 Li Wang tallying a 45, the Wolves managed to out-stroke Skyline 200-212.

Eastlake relied on low scores from sophomore Spencer Weiss and No. 10 golfer, freshman Colby Stirrat, both of whom scored a 3-over 39. They were the only other two to finish under 40.

Skyline was unable to place anyone else in the top five, as Eastlake’s Will Sharp compiled a 40-stroke performance and RP McCoy, Jack Fisher and Paul Russo all put up a 5-over 41.

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Eagles girls swim coach is pleased with win, loss

October 4, 2011

Stacy Maier, Issaquah High School junior, swims the butterfly leg of her winning and state-qualifying 200-yard individual medley race. Her time was 2:14.98. By Greg Farrar

Issaquah High School girls swimming coach Laura Halter received a pair of pleasant surprises from her team last week.

In a Sept. 27 KingCo Conference 4A meet against Eastlake at the Julius Boehm Pool, the Eagles won in surprising ease, 110-76.

Then, on Sept. 29, Issaquah lost, 100-86, to defending state champion Skyline at Boehm Pool. Halter was actually elated by the 14-point loss to the talented and deep Skyline team.

“If anyone had told us before the meet we would come within 14 points of Skyline, I think most of our team would have laughed,” Halter said. “After the meet, I told our team how proud of them I was of them. We had a lot of kids who had great swims. Usually when we go up against Skyline, it is a beating. This year, it was fun.”

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Issaquah School District football teams notch victories

October 4, 2011

The Issaquah and Liberty high school football teams both bounced back from tough losses Sept. 30 while Skyline rolled up an easy triumph as all three district teams were victorious on the same day for the first time this season.

Skyline looked like its usual self, scoring early and often on its way to a 56-17 rout of the Redmond Mustangs.

Skyline improved to 3-2 on the season and 2-0 in KingCo Conference 4A Crest Division competition. The Spartans are tied with Eastlake for first place.

Spartans quarterback Max Browne completed 15 of 19 pass attempts for 215 yards and threw three touchdown passes. Back-up quarterback Nate Gibson completed all seven of his passes and threw two touchdown passes.

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Mother-daughter teams ride the wave of cycling joy

October 4, 2011

Emily and Carol Weisbecker wave at onlookers as they pedal along the 12-mile Cycle the WAVE ride on Sept. 18. Contributed

The numbers 371 and 371 were attached to the back of their seats in bold black type.

On their green, four-wheeled recumbent bicycle, Emily and Carol Weisbecker took off from the Cycle the WAVE starting line with one goal in mind — to live together in the moment.

They didn’t know if they’d make the full 12-mile bike ride, but they didn’t really care. They were riding in tandem.

For Carol, the Sept. 18 all-women’s bike ride benefiting domestic violence survivors was a chance to include her daughter — who has mental and physical disabilities — in her long-time joy of cycling.

For the men and women benefiting from the ride’s donations, the event is a chance to break away from the cycle of domestic violence in their lives.

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Timberlake Church opens new campus in Issaquah Highlands

October 4, 2011

At Timberlake Church, no one’s in suits and ties or fancy dresses. It’s a come-as-you-are atmosphere in the Issaquah Highlands.

Regular services began Sept. 11 at Grand Ridge Elementary School and attracted 398 people. The following week, 370 people attended. Timberlake Redmond, the first Timberlake campus, has a congregation of more than 2,000 members. Many travel long distances to attend. By opening an Issaquah campus, the church hopes to reach out locally to the communities of Issaquah, Sammamish, Snoqualmie and North Bend.

Rusty Gerhart, senior associate pastor at Timberlake Redmond and lead pastor of the Issaquah campus, said that the church emphasizes welcoming everyone.

“It doesn’t matter where you are in your life or your walk with God,” he said.

“We want to grow together, but we don’t want the pretense that is often associated with church, where you have to fit a certain mold in order to be there,” he added. “We believe that everyone’s welcome, everyone matters and that everyone’s needed.

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Mayor Ava Frisinger unveils 2012 city budget

October 4, 2011

Construction could start on a long-planned park along Issaquah Creek, North Issaquah landowners and the city could partner to tackle transportation problems, and police could step up traffic enforcement if the City Council approves the 2012 municipal budget Mayor Ava Frisinger unveiled Oct. 3.

Frisinger offered a $32 million general fund budget — dollars used to fund police and fire services, community development and planning, parks and recreation, and municipal government.

The proposal is not as austere as the budgets Frisinger proposed in recent years. The council adopted a $30.4 million general fund budget in 2011. The increase stems in part from increased debt payments on council-issued bonds for city construction projects.

The proposal does not call for a property tax or rate increases. The council last raised the property tax rate in 2007. Under state law, council members could increase the rate 1 percent per year.

Frisinger’s announcement launched at least a month of deliberations between council members and city staffers to craft a complete budget. The council is required to adopt the budget before Dec. 31.

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Costume swap offers ‘green’ twist on Halloween

October 4, 2011

Dana Verhoff and her children, all decked out for Halloween. Verhoff supports an eco-friendly costume swap for this year’s Halloween. Contributed

Spider-Man still would do whatever a spider could. Tinkerbell would still grant you three wishes. They would just save their moms a few bucks while at it.

Three Issaquah businesses have helped organize a costume swap for Halloween. The swap encourages parents to trade in their children’s old costumes for used ones, instead of buying new ones each year.

The swap will occur Oct. 8, all across the country, including in Issaquah and eight other spots in Washington.

Dana Verhoff, co-publisher of the online newsletter Snoqualmie Valley Macaroni Kid, said the website for Green Halloween, www.greenhalloween.org, inspired her to bring the costume swap to Issaquah.

The idea for a green Halloween started in Issaquah in 2007, with Lynn Colwell and her daughter Corey Colwell-Lipson.

“My daughter was taking her kids around for Halloween,” Lynn said, “and she noticed the kids seemed to be more interested in bubbles and stickers than in candy.”

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Judge rules against Salmon Days ‘expression areas’

October 4, 2011

City and Salmon Days Festival officials could not prevent a man from distributing religious literature at the Oct. 1-2 festival, a federal judge ruled days before the event.

Paul Ascherl handed out more than 600 Christian tracts to festivalgoers on both days. The leafleting came after Judge Marsha J. Pechman ruled the “safety and congestion concerns” related to the Salmon Days leafleting ban “are likely speculative,” and issued a preliminary injunction to stop city and festival officials from enforcing the ban if Ascherl decided to distribute religious literature.

In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle, Ascherl said Issaquah police officers threatened to arrest him for handing out similar literature last year in places outside a pair of downtown “expression areas” on festival grounds. In the August lawsuit, attorneys said Ascherl, a Snoqualmie resident, relocated to the “expression areas” after police and a festival official intervened.

Issaquah officials created a city ordinance 11 years ago to address concerns about public safety as festival attendance climbed. In addition to banning leafleting in most areas at Salmon Days, the ordinance also prohibits protests, unscheduled entertainment or nonprofit activities outside of booths and designated areas. Officials also raised concerns about leaflets leading to additional litter.

In a Sept. 21 ruling, Pechman dismissed concerns about unscheduled activities as a cause for congestion.

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Press Editorial

October 4, 2011

Yes on I-1183 to end state liquor business

Initiative 1183 — putting liquor sales in the hands of retailers instead of the state —is worth a yes vote. Last year, voters were asked a similar question, challenging the state’s monopoly on liquor sales. The voters said no. But I-1183 is vastly different.

For one thing, small stores like mini-marts will not be allowed to sell liquor, squelching the fear that teens will have more access than ever. Only stores larger than 10,000 square feet will qualify, unless a smaller store is the only option in town.

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Issaquah School Board delays bond ballot question

October 4, 2011

Officials also shuffle project priorities

After roughly four hours of discussion, the Issaquah School Board voted 4-1 to place a revamped $219 million capital improvement bond package before voters.

But in a decision that came earlier in the course of their regular Sept. 28 meeting, the board voted unanimously to mount the levy in April instead of February as previously planned.

The issue will appear on ballots for an April 17 election. In 2014, voters also may decide a capital improvement levy — not a bond issue — to pay for some items removed from the original proposal for the 2012 bond question.

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